"This country and the wider world will never forget them."
Those words from a sadden British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after
word that an RAF C-130 had gone down about 25 miles northwest of
Baghdad Sunday, as people all over the Middle Eastern country went
to the polls to elect a national assembly.
It was just the sort of near-accident that would make almost any
experienced pilot wish for a case of adult diapers. A helicopter
flying over the San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles was out of
position according to controllers at LAX. The pilot had wandered
into the approach path of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737. The two
aircraft came within 400 vertical feet and .25 horizontal miles of
colliding when a controller spotted the conflict at the last second
and successfully separated the two. It was indeed a near-tragedy
and it's now prompted the FAA to make some changes in air traffic
management around LAX.
Retired General Schwarzkopf's G3 Almost Collides With
The man generally acclaimed as being responsible for the Hail
Mary military victory in the 1991 Desert Storm operation has
cheated death again -- this time as a passenger aboard a Gulfstream
G3 headed into the Lake Tahoe Airport in Nevada.
OK, we're not a blog, so we can't bleg (which is what happens
when a blog begs -- get it?) But we are a news site, and we strive
mightily to bring you news that's balanced not only with respect to
the viewpoints we present (in part by extending an open offer of
the Aero-Views soap box to anyone with something to get off his
chest), but also balanced across a wide range of aviation
It's A Delicate Matter -- Requiring Careful Planning And Just A
When folks like us hop into our Cessnas or Pipers or Grummans
for a jaunt, fuel management is, of course, a major consideration.
How far, how high, with what winds and at what temperatures --
these are all things we have to consider before we undertake a
flight of as little as an hour. But imagine being on an
around-the-world record attempt that will last more than 70 hours
without the prospect of refueling. Can you imagine the nightmare
fuel management would become on that flight?
Launcher And (Briefly) Rocket Show Up On eBay
In the small pond of Soviet weapons collectors, the big frog has
got to be Richard Moore of Cambridgeshire, England -- because of
his big FROG. FROG in capitals, for "Free Rocket Over Ground," was
the NATO codename of the obsolete Luna-M Russian missile and
launcher that got Moore into the newspapers -- after he briefly
listed the weapon on eBay. Moore calls it "the mother of all toys"
-- presumably, for the boy that outgrew model rockets without quite
Sometime next week, the FAA is expected to announce the winning
contender in the government's bidding process (called an A-76
study) to operate the 58 flight service stations (FSSs) located in
the continental United States.
TFRs Continue To Be Exploited For Corrupt, Non-Security
By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
To hear the TSA (referred to herein as the security mafia) tell
it, Temporary Flight Restrictions are vital to national security.
Security-based TFRs (as opposed to those sensible TFRs around, say,
wildfires, to let the firefighters work) have a long and sordid
history. Two might-as-well-be-permanent TFRs over Disney theme
parks illustrate something everybody understands: American
legislators are for sale, it's only the price that is in
MIA-Bound Aircraft From Venezuela Was Diverted To TUL For
The US Attorney's office in Tulsa, OK, isn't saying whose
airplane it was, but ramp workers at Tulsa International found
$250,000 worth of cocaine hidden inside an Airbus A300. The 15
kilos of coke were found in neatly-wrapped plastic packages, along
with at least one other package of marijuana.
By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
The Boeing suits will tell you that the 787 Dreamliner's
nomenclature change was all about Boeing tradition. Tradition, from
the company that told engineers in Seattle "move to Long Beach or
you're fired?" The airplane company that moved its headquarters to
a city that doesn't even have a decent airport, or a clue about how
to operate one if they did? The outfit that has consolidated a
hundred years of American aviation know-how, in order to get beaten
like Mike Tyson's ex by a ponderous European government operation,
An international team of scientists has embarked on a journey
this week to improve modeling of global scale air quality and
climate change predictions by conducting high quality measurements
of the arctic region's atmosphere.
GAMA Hires Him As Manager Of Engineering & Maintenance
GAMA says it's hired Gregory J. Bowles as Manager of Engineering
& Maintenance. Bowles assumes responsibility for activities
related to regulatory safety standards and continued airworthiness.
He will also support technical policy and certification process
Fourth Class of Space Shuttle Astronauts to be Inducted into
Hall of Fame
The world's first untethered spacewalker, an astronaut who
snared two crippled satellites on the first space salvage mission,
and a Space Shuttle Commander who overcame an engine failure to
reach orbit have been chosen for 2005 induction into the US
Astronaut Hall of Fame.
"We didn't hear anything from the Cessna. Ever since the control
tower shut down we've had a lot of confused pilots who don't know
which frequency to communicate on. I've seen a lot of near
Source: Mindy Johnke, manager of Superior Aviation
at the Lake Tahoe Airport, after a near miss Thursday involving an
aircraft that carried retired Army General Norman Schwarzkopf. The
tower at Lake Tahoe was shut down in October in the midst of a
funding dispute between the city of South Lake Tahoe and the