NBAA Marks Passing of Aviation Industry Icon Ed Stimpson
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is
mourning the loss of aviation industry legend Ed Stimpson, who
passed away in his home Wednesday in Boise, ID. Although never a
smoker, Stimpson was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in
Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know
a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented
in all things rotary-wing related, BJ (pictured below, left,
working on a Helicycle) had a gift for rotors and was a truly
great human being, to boot.
Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven-member crew are expected to
return to Earth on Friday, Nov. 27, after an 11-day mission. The
two landing opportunities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida
are at 9:44 a.m. and 11:19 a.m. EST and are currently forecast to
use Runway 33.
As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving
on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still
be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and
aerospace fields as it happens... in Real Time.
US Airways said Tuesday it had delayed the delivery of 54 Airbus
aircraft as part of spending cuts over the next three years aimed
at returning the struggling airline to profitability. US Airways
said the delivery of the planes, previously scheduled for between
2010 and 2012, would occur in "2013 and beyond."
Organization Was Founded A Week Before Pearl Harbor Was
The 58,000 citizen volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol will mark
CAP's 68th anniversary on December 1st. The celebration
commemorates the rich history of vigilant service provided by the
official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force over the past seven
Lockheed Martin, which won a 10-year, $1.7 billion contract in
2005 to operate flight service system for the FAA, says it will
close seven of the remaining 13 FSS facilities in February of next
year. There were 58 such facilities when Lockheed won the contract
4 years ago.
"This occasion provides citizens across America the
opportunity to honor Civil Air Patrol and its members. Be sure to
say 'thanks' to these unsung heroes in your communities who provide
such vigilant service, often without fanfare."
Source: CAP national commander Maj. Gen.
We've learned that Lockheed Martin intends to shut down another
seven of its stand-alone Flight Service Stations, replacing them
with the Automated Flight Service System (AFSS) that is becoming
ubiquitous around the country. Lockheed makes a lot of information
about AFSS available, but you have to drill down just a bit for