An intriguing product designed to bring a here-to-fore
unprecedented degree of realiability to GA vacuum pumps has
apparently not held up in the field. After hearing very recent
complaints from buyers of the Aero Advantage Dual Rotor Vacuum
Pump, using the system on 540 series powerplants, we learned that
the company has shut the doors and left a short
message (see below) announcing their situation on the home page of
their web site.
A veteran Test Pilot and combat pilot, California State Sen.
William J. "Pete" Knight, has made his last departure from Mother
Earth. Knight passed away at the City of Hope National Medical
Center a few weeks after finding out that he was diagnosed with
acute myelogenous leukemia.
An American Eagle ATR with some 20 to 25 passengers on
board has suffered an accident at San Juan's Luis
Munoz Marin International at 3:00 PM after an attempt to
land in high winds resulted in a very hard landing.
Boeing's hopes for a big sale of modified 767s to replace the
aging KC-135 tanker will reportedly be on hold until at least
The Wichita Eagle reports a critical report on the Pentagon's
investigation into the tanker deal was supposed to have been
green-lighted by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last week.
John and Martha King from the King Schools; Paul MacCready, the
father of human-powered flight; and X Prize Foundation
representatives Erik Lindbergh and David Knight visited EAA's
Oshkosh headquarters on Wednesday, May 5. The group of aviation
notables had been attending a meeting of the Lindbergh Foundation
Board this past weekend where John and Martha were installed as
newly appointed members.
FAA Supervisor Destroyed 9/11 Interview With Controllers
It was recorded as a tool for FBI investigators tracking down
the 9/11 plot -- an audio tape featuring six of the ATC workers who
handled the hijacked flights that plowed into the World Trade
Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
But the tape was never turned over to the FBI and an FAA manager
later destroyed it.
"We need to figure this out."
Source: Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), frustrated by
a new delay in the Boeing 767 tanker deal. Mired in scandal and
under fire from critics who call it an expensive boondoggle, the
deal will reportedly be delayed until after the November
Not Sure You're Getting Your AOPA Dues' Worth? Check This
AOPA has been hard at work in Nashville to head off a more than
100% increase in the state aviation fuel tax rate. Thanks in part
to AOPA Southeast Regional Representative Bob Minter's efforts, a
bill (S.B. 3454) that would reverse the tax hike, which would take
effect next January, has already received unanimous approval in the
state Senate's Finance, Ways and Means Committee.
The Medallion Foundation, a non-profit aviation safety
organization that provides management resources, training and
support to the Alaskan aviation community, has contracted with the
National Air Transportation Association (NATA) to bring the Safety
1st professional line-service training program to its members.
It's another sign that the aviation industry is starting to
believe in itself again. Cessna's building the biggest jet service
center in the world, a $61 million facility that's longer than five
Sole Survivor Of Alberta Crash Found Staggering To Safety
It was a bittersweet discovery. Volunteer rescuers in Alberta,
Canada, had been looking for about four hours, trying to find a
downed Piper single-engine aircraft. They found it near nightfall
near the town of Canmore. One victim was found inside the wreckage
of the downed aircraft. But there was another person on board.