Startling Turn-About In The Meigs Saga To Be Announced
In a breathtaking change of scene for the Chicago landscape, ANN
has learned that AOPA will shortly announce their legal ownership
of Meigs Field. This masterstroke, coming just three years since
Chicago Boss/Mayor Richard Daley bull-dozed the field under the
cover of darkness and deception, signals a
tremendous turn-around in one of the most hotly contested
issues in civil aviation history.
Rec Pilots May See Much Higher Licensing Fees... Unless The
49ers Cover The Spread
Aero-News has obtained details of two of the FAA's proposed
ideas for funding the national air traffic control system. The
measures appear to be at least partly in response to scalding
criticism from the GA community concerning the Air Transport
Association's proposal, announced last month, that includes
stifling user fees for general aviation pilots.
In an prepared statement issued last night after the financial
markets closed, Aero-News Editor in Chief Jim Campbell announced
that the high-flying aviation news service would default on future
pension liabilities. The quasi-governmental Pension Benefits
Guaranty Corp. will take over the unfunded portion, leaving
taxpayers potentially on the hook for millions of missing dollars
-- or dozens, at least.
In yet another example of a GA manufacturer being implicated as
liable for just about anything, the National Enquirer is suing
Cirrus Aircraft for alienation of affection on behalf of movie star
Young Eagles Successes Give Rise To New EAA Program... "Old
Building on well over a decade of success with
their innovative Young eagles program, EAA has decided to
start yet another initiative designed to bring thousands of new
pilots into the world of aviation.
Let's face it: many of us feel that, no matter what TSA
screeners are paid to look through our carry-on luggage and invade
our personal space... it's probably too much. Well, that's not an
issue at all for some of the newest employees hired by the
Department of Homeland Security, who literally work for food.
The name on the airman certificate says Julius C Ratzinger, and
he has private privileges in rotorcraft-helicopter. But you
probably know him as Pope Benedict XVI (that's "the sixteenth," if
you're not of the, er, Roman persuasion). Yep. The world's newest
helicopter pilot (shown above, shortly after passing his check
ride) is also, I suppose you could say, CEO of a large
international organization: the Catholic Church.
But Uses Real Americans... Not Gym Club Or Dance Troupe
In an unprecedented adjustment to the typical development cycle
of a new airliner, Boeing announced last week the company would
conduct what was described as a "preliminary evacuation exercise"
of its upcoming 787 Dreamliner -- using what Boeing described as
"real American citizens."
An abandoned Russian aircraft carrier that was to be sunk as an
artificial reef is, instead, being looked at by sales and marketing
genius Gene Comfort, former Sr. VP of Sino Swearingen Aircraft as a
mid-point landing, refueling and R&R point -- halfway to the
President George W. Bush, an old fighter pilot and the son of a
former military pilot, maintains an active interest in the progress
of aviation and aerospace technology. In that vein, he plans to
attend the rollout and public demonstration of the first Rocket
Racing League aircraft at Las Cruces, NM, October 16-22, the White
When Cessna honcho Jack Pelton used the term "Cirrus killer" to
describe his company's rumored new product to secure GA skies for
metal airplanes once more, other legacy manufacturers may have
thought there's something to taking an aggressive stance to
maintain market share as well.
The Popular Rotorcraft Association, the enigmatic group of
homebuilt helicopter and gyroplane enthusiasts, announced a new
publicity policy. The Stealth Publicity Policy is meant to arrest
the association's multi-year decline in membership and public
Recently, a popular aeronautical publication ran an article
stating they had "considerable evidence" of the existence of the
oft-rumored 'spaceplane', code-named "Blackstar." The news made the
rounds among the general media for several days. Eventually, all
the hulabaloo died down... but only because none of those reporters
thought to look in Tennessee.
Could Not be Authenticated, But It Sure Sounds Like Him
The following email was received by Aero-News at the end of a
long line of forwards. Attempts to clarifiy the message have not
succeeded; the Clinton Library in Little Rock, AR had no comment,
and a call to President Clinton's office in Harlem, NY, was not
returned by press time.
The trouble-prone Mini 500 homebuilt helicopter has claimed its
latest in a long line of victims: newlywed married couple Vince and
Edna Larkin, who were walking out of Wendell's Restaurant and
Lounge in Mokelumne Hill, CA Thursday evening.
As you may know, discount retailing uber-giant Wal-Mart
Corporation is currently exploring a variety of ways to bring more
high-income customers into its stores. Wal-Mart also announced last
week that it will test-market an innovative new program to
introduce its customers to another high-end product: Very Light
Dangers of Ubiquitous Chemical Exposed By '60 Minutes'
Once, no one took the DHMO threat seriously. While great
precautions were made to keep the chemical out of avgas and Jet A
-- after all, it's noted for its corrosive properties -- DHMO
was widely used as a solvent.
After a whole lifetime of living in the snowbound North Central
US, the Klapmeier brothers have finally introduced an airplane for
the winter conditions in their home stomping grounds (as in
stomping your feet to try to get circulation back), Minnesota and
On the heels of extensive aviation industry outcry over the
highly restrictive rules involved in dealing with the Washington
ADIZ and the general inability of smaller aircraft to deal
effectively with the workload of legally using that airspace, the
FAA has instituted a new program designed to allow for more ready
access to the airspace around the Nation's Capital for light
TSA Director Mark E. Dessard was backing in an unexpected
accolade -- the prestigious Amin Human Rights Award, presented
annually by the UN Human Rights Commission to that organization
that, "has done the most in the past year to advance human rights
as the Commission understands them."
"OK, folks... ANN did not suddenly
lose its mind (though, there ARE moments... oh, never mind).
Check the DATE. 04.01.06.
It's April FIRST... a/k/a APRIL Fool's Day.
If you believed ANY of this stuff, you have been fooled,
bamboozled, and otherwise become yet another victim of our annual
attempt to enjoy the First day Of April with a little imagination
and a LOT of nonsense. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we
Source: ANN's Jim Campbell, making sure that
ANN readers checked the date before they got too involved in any of
the stories we publish on April 1st of each year. Happy April
NOTAM Number: FDC
Issue Date: October 07, 2006 at 18:30 UTC
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Beginning Date and Time: October 21, 2006 at 01:00 UTC
Ending Date and Time: October 22, 2006 at 04:50 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very
Important Person) Movement
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
The FAA has just announced an unusual AD in advance of the
public release of a new product line whose existence was only
recently leaked to the Aero-News Network. The AD targets the
AS&T "SlickWings" system, a modification of the TKS anti/de-ice
system that has been retrofitted to allow the use of a
solvent/detergent solution to clean an airplane in-flight.