The Bell/Agusta AB139 has been awarded FAA Certification. Ground
and flight testing was completed at the Agusta facility in Cacina
Costa, Italy and at the Honeywell facility in Phoenix, Arizona.
High altitude trials were conducted in Colorado, while hot weather
tests were conducted in Palm Springs, California and cold weather
tests in Corunna, Sweden.
According to Martin Weaver, FAA Manager - Light Sport Aviation
Branch, FAA has selected the first eight candidates for Designated
Pilot Examiners (DPE) Sport Pilot. These individuals have been
invited by FAA to attend the Sport Pilot Examiner Initial Course,
Class #1, to be held January 17 to 22 in Sebring , Florida.
The FAA is once again seeking formal comments on the proposed
expanded military operations areas (MOAs) near Cherry Point over
the Outer Banks in North Carolina. AOPA requested the 60-day
extension for comments on the proposal to create the Core and Gunny
(previously called Mattamuskeet) MOAs because the FAA did not
properly notify airspace users the first time around.
The External Tank that will help launch Space Shuttle Discovery
on its Return to Flight mission is expected to roll out Thursday
afternoon, Dec. 30, from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility near New
Orleans to begin its journey to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.,
where it will be prepared for launch.
NBAA has invited corporate flight departments to participate in
a Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management
(CNS/ATM) Joint Committee Survey, conducted by the International
Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Scheduled for January 29-30th in St. Augustine, FL
Our good friend, Mike Busch, (yeah, the guy who started
AvWeb... though we don't hold that against him... much -- grin) has
been doing a highly regarded series of seminars for aircraft owners
that we hear some very good things about. His aims are simple...
take the "black-magic" and mystery out of aircraft ownership...
especially when it comes to maintenance issues.
An agreement signed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University’s Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) program
and Focus Air, a cargo carrier covering the Pacific Rim, clears the
way for CAPT graduates to be hired as flight crewmembers by Focus
Horizon Air Mechanic Auctions Off "Christmas Bonus" On
Sometimes employers miss the mark. And sometimes employees have
interesting ways in which they call that lack to the attention of
the world around them. One truly inventive protest against
corporate insensitivity has allegedly shown up on EBay where an
alleged Horizon Air mechanic auctioned off his holiday bonus... a
Spanish carrier Air Europa has signed a firm contract for three
new Boeing 737-800 airplanes. The airplanes are part of Air
Europa's ongoing short- and medium-haul fleet renewal and
expansion. The order is valued at $195 million at list prices.
Deliveries will begin in January 2006.
Next MegaScenery Product Steps Up The Scenery Graphics Realism
A Few More Notches
The next volume of the MegaScenery scenery series for Microsoft
Flight Simulator 2004 – MegaScenery Pacific Northwest - has
gone gold and will be rolling off the production presses in a few
Staff Sgt. Franklin Newbery (left) got to teach Col. Derrick
Hoxie III how to take oil and fluid samples from an A-10
Thunderbolt II on Christmas Day. The colonel was participating in
the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron's Crew Chief for a Day
program. The program offers deployed Airmen of all Air Force
specialties a chance to experience what it is like to work on
Talk about a close call... how'd you like to have been sitting
in the FO's seat when that lightning bolt hit?
SKYWEST SKW6095, AN EMBRAER 120 ACFT, REPORTED A LIGHTNING STRIKE
CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE OUTER PANE OF THE WINDSCREEN ON THE FIRST
OFFICER'S WINDOW, 10 MILES WEST OF FELLOWS, CA
Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) has announced that it has recently
received STC approval for the manufacture of King Air 300 and 350
Commuter Seats. AvFab already holds the Commuter Seat STC for the
King Air 90, 100 and 200 series aircraft.
Jazeera Airways, the new, privately owned airline of Kuwait, has
placed a firm order with Airbus for four A320s and taken options on
four more, becoming a new customer. It plans to begin services in
February 2005 with two leased Airbus A320s, serving key business
and leisure destinations throughout the Middle East.