Over $300,000 in Service Center Revenue for January 2004
Mooney seems to be doing just fine in the maintenance business.
The company announced Wednesday it earned $300,000 in service
center work during the first month of 2004.
Company officials say providing general maintenance services and
more extensive repair work will clearly be a focus for
increasing Mooney's high margin revenues.
"Quality service is the foundation of customer loyalty, the
benchmark of the customer satisfaction. Mooney is striving to excel
in this arena," the company said in a statement.
Mooney president J. Nelson Happy commented: "I think that
Mooney's results so far this year in our service center business
reflects a trend which should continue for the rest of the
Ultralight pilots, take note: EAA is hosting another ultralight
flight instructor ground school. The course will be held at the EAA
Aviation Center on March 20-21, 2004. Each session includes
ground school instruction on more than a dozen practical topics
necessary to earn an EAA Ultralight Flight Instructor
Those areas include Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs);
airspace and airport operations; vehicle airworthiness inspections;
student and pilot endorsements; and more. Ultralight
instructor written tests will be offered at the end of the two-day
EAA has received an exemption from FAA to designate qualified
ultralight flight instructors to provide training in two-place
ultralights. This gr
Shell Aviation and Eastern Aviation Fuels Pitch In
Shell Aviation announced Wednesday that Eastern Aviation Fuels,
the national marketer of Shell branded aviation fuels in the United
States, will provide the fuel for the national educational tour of
19-year-old pilot Jamail Larkins.
Larkins will undertake a 20-city tour in a new Cirrus SR20
aircraft provided by Cirrus Aircraft Design especially for this
event. Sponsored jointly by Embry-Riddle and Careers in Aviation
Inc., the tour will bring Larkins to middle schools and high
schools where his goal is to raise awareness among students about
career opportunities in the aviation industries.
Traveling from his home base in Ormond Beach (FL) each week,
Larkins will pilot his Cirrus SR20 to a different city, where
The world is still reeling from the loss of Aerobatic great
Duane Cole. We've heard from many, many people who have felt the
impact of this man on their lives and the words are sweet and
ever-so-sad... in that Duane is not hear to bask in the adoration
that was his due.
This weekend, this gentle, gentle man makes landfall one last time
and the aviation world has a chance to say thanks for the
inspiration and the fellowship he offered throughout his life. If
you, like ANN's Jim Campbell, are trying to rearrange schedules in
order to honor this man, please be advised that services for
Duane will be held this Saturday and Sunday, in Burleson, TX.
The visitation will
occur Saturday, February 7, from 7-9 p.m. at the Mountain
Valley Funeral Ho
Pilots from Suburban Airport (W18) in Laurel (MD) are enjoying
the sweet smell of victory, thanks to some backing from the AOPA's
Airport Support Network.
Airport supporters scored a major victory Monday night, when the
county council refused to change zoning rules that would have
allowed hundreds of condos and townhouses to be built on the
More than 250 people jammed the Anne Arundel County Council
chambers to witness the firey debate between the develpoer seeking
the zoming change, AOPA representatives and the state's own
Suburban is a privately owned airport with no federal grant
obligations. It is under contract to a developer who wanted to
build 641 condominium and townhous
Boeing announced Tuesday that it is cutting 300 jobs at its
aircraft maintenance facility in San Antonio (TX).
Norma Clayton, vice president and general manager of maintenance
and modifications for Boeing in San Antonio, made the announcement
at the company's local offices Tuesday morning. Affected workers
received 60-day notices at a morning staff meeting at the sprawling
plant on the former Kelly Air Force Base. Some workers said layoff
rumors had been circulating, but that the cuts still caught them by
Boeing officials said the layoffs are largely a result of
cutbacks in the aircraft maintenance work it performs in San
Antonio for the Air Force. The company does maintenance and upgrade
work in San Antonio on
Pat Keefer, President, U.S. Air Race, Inc. is asked ANN to help
spread the word about the 2004 National Air Races.
"Honor the Past. Invest in the Future" is the theme for the U.S.
Air Race, Inc. celebration of the sparkling 75th Diamond
Anniversary of the 1929 National Air Races.
Events are run over a weeklong period. Two cross-country air
races are typically held at locations that foster touring and many
special events and activities surround the competitions. Teams are
welcome to compete as racers or fly along at cruise power
The teams in the exciting cross-country Marion Jayne Air Race
will fly from California to Cleveland and 300-mile air races are
also planned. Participants will have the oppor
ANN is sad to report that Joe Soloy, aviation pioneer and
founder of the Soloy Corportation, passed away last Sunday. He was
Joe Ivar Soloy was born August 27, 1925 in Bengaugh,
Saskatchewan to Norwegian immigrant parents. Soloy served his
country in WWII as a radar man on a Coast Guard frigate in the
He started Soloy Corporation in 1970 to bring to reality some of
his many ideas for better aircraft. He has remained as Chairman of
the Board at Soloy Corporation until his death on Sunday, February
Joe's recognition as a Pathfinder at the Boeing Museum of Flight
is but one of many honors bestowed upon him as a result of his
accomplishments in the aircraft industry. As recent
Aviation has lost yet another pioneer this week. We are very sad
to announce the death of Whirly-Girls founder and Chairman of the
Board, Jean Ross Howard Phelan on Thursday, January 29, 2004.
Whirly-Girls was organized in 1955 by Jean Ross Howard (WG #13),
with 12 other women helicopter pilots in France, Germany and the
United States. The organization -- an official affiliate member of
the Helicopter Association International -- is dedicated to
advancing professionalism in helicopters, while providing women
helicopter pilots a forum for the exchange of information and
Your stories of Jean, along with photos, are requested so the
Whirly Girls organization can compile them into a memory
book. Please mail your
Those 4-engine Avros Regional Jets some of us have flown on --
under the Northwest Airlines livery -- are not being phased out
Mesaba Aviation announced Monday that Northwest Airlines has
decided not to exercise the early termination clause in the
Regional Jet Services Agreement covering Mesaba's Avro RJ85
aircraft. The early termination provision has now been removed from
the Jet Agreement.
Northwest and Mesaba had agreed to extend the early termination
period to Feb. 29, 2004, while Northwest studied the economics of
the fleet. Mesaba had removed five Avros from its fleet over the
past two months, at Northwest's request. Two Avros will return to
scheduled service in April 2004 and the remaining three
While NASA prepares for President Bush's new space initiative,
which includes manned flights to Mars, the European community is
also setting its sights on the red planet.
A European could step out onto the surface of Mars within three
decades, under European Space Agency (ESA) plans spelled out on
Tuesday. The plans are more precise than the broad U.S. goals of
sending a man back to the moon by 2020 and to Mars by 2030,
revealed last month by President Bush.
Under ESA plans, there will be a mission in 2007 to test a
vehicle that can withstand far higher re-entry speeds than
currently experienced by those returning from the moon. This will
be followed two years later by ExoMars, a robot mission to Mars in
search of life -- past and
Boeing is making a major boost to the UK's aerospace sector
having signed an agreement with QinetiQ, for testing new and
derivative aircraft in the company's 5-meter wind tunnel based in
The 5-meter wind tunnel represents a significant national
capability which, over the past quarter century, has made a
significant contribution to the development of many aircraft
currently flying today. Boeing has for some time been the primary
user of the facility and to date a number of Boeing programs,
including the 777 family, the Next Generation 737 family and the
767-400ER, have benefited from the use of the facility to design
high lift systems for improved takeoff and landing performance.
The wind tunnel
Grand Jury To Consider Charges Against Airline Pilot
A criminal trial is possible for an airline pilot charged with
attempting to fly a Boeing 747 while under the influence of drugs
and alcohol in December.
A Loudoun County (VA) grand jury will decide whether Richard
George Harwell goes to trial in connection with the incident at the
Washington Dulles Airport. Harwell appeared before a judge in
Leesburg Monday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.
Security screeners reportedly smelled alcohol on Harwell's
breath as he prepared to fly a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for
London with 400 passengers aboard.
He now faces state charges that carry penalties of up to five
years in prison and $25,000 in fines. The Loudoun County grand jury
meets on March 8
Lockheed Martin marked a significant milestone in aviation
history when it commemorated the 30th anniversary of the first
flight of the F-16 jet fighter on Feb. 2. The first F-16 prototype,
YF-16 No. 1, completed its first official flight on Feb. 2, 1974,
from the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base
"The YF-16 was a revolutionary technology demonstrator three
decades ago," said John L. Bean, vice president of F-16
"The technologies it introduced -- like fly-by-wire flight
control, relaxed static stability, wing- body blending, variable
camber wing, high-g cockpit, highly integrated digital avionics
using a MIL-STD-1553 multiplex data bus and modular construction --
have become common fo
Sometimes, it's not the hazards we're prepared for that get
us... but those that we're not prepared for. We see a LOT of ground
vehicle collisions in the FAA daily accident stats. .. so we
caution you all to keep your eyes out for collision hazards on the
ground as well as in the air.
COMAIR INC, FL COM913, N807CA, A BOMBARDIER CL-600-2B19 ACFT,
STRUCK A DE-ICING TRUCK WHILE MANUEVERING IN A NON-MOVEMENT
AREA, NO INJURIES REPORTED, FLIGHT WAS CANCELED, OTHER
CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNKNOWN, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
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"It has exceeded everyone's highest
expectations. Considering all of the program metrics, it easily
qualifies as the most successful fighter of the jet
Source: John L. Bean, Lockheed Martin's vice
president of F-16 programs, reflecting on the Fighting Falcon's
30th anniversary. The first F-16 prototype, YF-16 No. 1, completed
its first official flight on Feb. 2, 1974, from the Air Force
Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base (CA).