GAO Criticizes "Weak Oversight" Of 13,000 Contractors
The FAA isn't keeping a close enough eye on the 13,000
contractors it uses to inspect and certify repairs to aircraft in
the US civil fleet, according to a new report from the General
The saga of Darleen Druyun, the USAF official who took a job
with Boeing while negotiating with the company on a $23 billion
tanker deal, isn't over yet. Now, Lockheed Martin wants to talk to
her about whether she might have steered Air Force launch contracts
toward Boeing in 1998. The contracts were worth $1.88 billion.
Whooping Cranes, Led By Ultralights, Continue Long Journey
What could well be a species' last hope of survival in the air
is, to the uninitiate, a pageant on the ground. But it's one few
will see. A flight of 14 whooping cranes, led by an ultralight,
passed through Indiana this week and they stopped near Bob Burton's
The FAA has certified AAR Corporation as the new operators of a
state-of-the-art maintenance facility United Airlines abandoned
last year in Indianapolis (IN). The new operation could breathe
life into Indy's ailing aviation industry in the wake of the United
plant closure and the ATA Airlines bankruptcy.
Six Army troops who died in the crash of their UH-60 in Iraq
last year were honored at Fort Campbell (KY) Monday. There, family,
friends and fellow soldiers unveiled a monument called, "Wings of
Philadelphia International Gets An Earful About Noise
If you ask a lot of people around West Deptford Township (NJ),
they don't want Philadelphia International's Runway 17-35 to be
extended 400 feet in their direction -- they don't want the runway
China Airlines (CAL) and Connexion by Boeing Wednesday announced
they've reached a definitive agreement to install high-speed
internet connections on China Airlines' North America flights
during the initial service introduction phase. According to the
agreement, the initial installation of the Connexion by Boeing SM
real-time, high-speed Internet system aboard the CAL long-haul
fleet of Boeing 747-400 aircraft will begin in the second quarter
of next year.
Young Israeli Cancer Patient: "I Want This Oshkosh"
EAA received a special visit from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of
Wisconsin on Wednesday to mark the state's first international wish
that was granted this past summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Raviv
Yalosky, an 18-year-old cancer patient, and his family received red
carpet treatment here last summer after they traveled from Tel
Aviv, Israel, to Oshkosh. His original wish-to learn how to fly-was
not possible because of his illness, so after hearing from a nurse
about EAA AirVenture, Raviv said, "I want this Oshkosh."
General aviation just became safer for our nations pilots.
Niborex, Inc. today officially released its Portable Electronic
CoPilot product for the Pocket PC platform. This product allows a
pilot to create, organize, and view on their Pocket PC device all
the information necessary for a safe and successful flight. It is
meant to assist the pilot from pre-flight to shutdown. Operation is
based upon a fully user-customizable "talking" organizer. It
incorporates any item a pilot may wish to bring with them on a
flight: custom checklists, text (for NOTAMS, TFRs, etc.), graphics
(for weather images, runway diagrams, etc.), video (for educational
information, videos, etc.), customized HTML applets (allowing the
user or others to create custom fun
Maritime Forces Deputy Gets Bird's Eye View Of War In Iraq
The deputy commander of coalition maritime forces operating in
US Central Command’s area of responsibility catapulted from
the flight deck of USS John F. Kennedy Monday to participate in an
S-3B Viking sortie in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This probably won't help the process of getting a runway and
hangar on private property in Maesybont, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Tony Ware was landing his Bolkow BO-207 when he got a bee in his
bonnet -- or more appropriately, a wasp down his shirt.
Remember the Steven Spielberg movie, "Catch Me If You Can?" In
it, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a con artist pretending to be a pilot
as he runs from the law. Perhaps that was the inspiration for a
39-year old man arrested while carrying a Lufthansa pilot's uniform
"The aircraft was on short final approach to the runway when the
pilot was reportedly stung on the right side of his abdomen by a
wasp which had made its way under the loosely fitting T-shirt that
he was wearing. He touched down late as a result of struggling to
dislodge the insect. He then attempted a go-around, but failed to
clear the hedge at the far end of the runway."
Source: British Department of Transport report on
the crash of a GA aircraft in Wales last week. The pilot walked
away unhurt -- except for that little sting on his torso.