Throught thick and thin, good times and bad, New Piper Aircraft
and its workers have muddled through. There was the economic slump.
Then there were the hurricanes (yup, plural). But now, that
solidarity is being put to the test.
Giovanni Bisignani appears to be on a crusade. The director
general of the International Air Transport Association is making
the rounds in Asia, hoping to convince any government official who
will listen that now is the time for reform.
At approximately 1850 PDT Wednesday a Lockheed P-3B air tanker,
N926AU, owned and operated by the Aero Union Corporation of Chico,
California, crashed immediately following a fire retardant training
drop near Chico. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed,
according to a statement from the NTSB.
Malpractice Crisis, Urban Sprawl Means More Medevacs in
From the always-interesting Walter Olson at Overlawyered.com, we
learn it's an ill wind that blows no good. The ill wind is the
malpractice crisis in Pennsylvania, and the beneficiaries, apart
from the usual (both plaintiffs' and defense lawyers), include
medevac helicopter operators.
Zayead Christopher Hajaig Now Considered A Fugitive
A 35-year old flight school student who sparked an international
terror alert while attending a Georgia flight school was indicted
by an Atlanta federal grand jury Wednesday. Zayead Christopher
Hajaig, also known as Barry John Felton, is charged with being an
illegal alien in possession of a firearm.
They Steered Burning Plane Off Runway And Into River
Surviving aboard an Iranian Boeing 707 landing in Tehran
Wednesday night have high praise for the flight deck crew after the
aircraft apparently suffered an engine or brake fire. Unable to
stop the aircraft as it sped down the runway, the airplane
beginning to burn furiously, the crew steered the aging airliner
into a nearby river, dousing the flames.
How One Flight Instructor Helped Capture A Terror Suspect
The arrest of Zacarious Moussaoui less than a month before the
9/11 attacks came down to two words: Clancy Prevost. In a stunning
article written for The Rake -- an investigative magazine based in
Minneapolis, MN -- Dean Stanley reports Prevost, a flight
instructor at Pan Am Flight Academy in Eagan, MI, MN, was virtually
all that stood between Moussaoui and the cockpit of a jumbo
The engineered-material arresting system has so far been a
success, saving five aircraft from expensive and perhaps even
deadly mishaps. The crushed material at the end of runways is
designed to slow a speeding aircraft to a stop without causing
severe damage, when they might otherwise run off the end of a
runway and into whatever lies beyond.
Company Will Build 25 More Systems For Civilian And Military
The FAA has awarded Raytheon Company a $57 million contract
option for continued deployment of the Standard Terminal Automation
Replacement System (STARS), which is now in service with the FAA
and the Department of Defense (DoD). Contract options include
production and deployment of 14 systems for the FAA and nine for
the DoD, as well as logistics and support activities. This option
completes Phase 1A of the STARS deployment plan.
Altair Carries Science Payloads For Oceanic, Atmospheric
Can unmanned aircraft be used effectively for Earth Science
experiments? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), in cooperation with NASA and General Atomics Aeronautical
Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), are seeking to answer that question during a
series of atmospheric and oceanic research flights off the
California coastline this spring.
"We will launch when we are ready to launch and not
Source: Wayne Hale, deputy manager of NASA's
shuttle program, quoted by Florida Today. The space agency pushed
back the launch of Discovery -- the first shuttle to go up since
Columbia was destroyed two years ago -- until at least May 22nd.
That's still within the originally-designated window, between May
15th and June 3rd.