Will Serve Jail Time, Community Service, Pay Fine For 2008 Pier
The conviction of David Riggs, who infamously buzzed the Santa
Monica Pier in an L-39 Albatros on November 6th, 2008, has been
upheld by a Los Angeles appellate court. Riggs will serve 60 days
in jail and perform 60 hours of community service cleaning up the
beach he buzzed, as well as paying a modest fine for his stunt.
New Study Projects Over 4,000 Regional Aircraft To Be Built In
Next Nine Years
In a new study, “The Market for Regional Transport
Aircraft,” Forecast International projects that 4,198
regional aircraft will be built from 2011 through 2020. The
Connecticut-based research firm estimates the value of this
production at $130 billion in constant 2011 U.S. dollars.
New Rules Require Continuing Airworthiness Management
Regional Express Airlines has become the first airline to gain
an approval under Australia's new maintenance regulations. The
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued Regional Express
with a Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 42 approval.
Special Interest Tours Offered For A Limited Time At KSC
For more than 30 years, tour buses have driven guests past the
525-foot tall Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, at Kennedy Space
Center, pointing out the massive building in which Apollo V
rockets, and later, space shuttles, were assembled for launch. But
only a select few, including astronauts, NASA officials and space
center personnel, have ever had the opportunity to go inside the
building – until now.
Recognizes Two Airports Based On Members' Flying
The Colorado Pilots Association gave airport recognition awards
to Telluride Regional Airport, Telluride, Colorado and Marble
Airstrip, Marble, Colorado at its annual meeting on November 5. The
awards are part of a recognition program in which members of the
organization, based on their flying experiences, identify and make
recommendations of those Colorado airports that have gone out of
their way to provide exceptional services and facilities for
Osaka-Based New Low-Cost Carrier To Start Operation Next
Peach Aviation, Japan’s first low-cost carrier, has taken
delivery of its first A320 in Toulouse, France, through a leasing
contract with GECAS last Friday. The Japanese carrier will lease 10
A320s. Peach Aviation’s A320 aircraft seats 180 passengers in
a single-class layout and is powered by CFM International
Lockheed Martin Receives Contract Modernize 29 Facilities
The U.S. Air Force awarded $46.8 million in contract options to
Lockheed Martin to begin modernizing 29 long-range radars which
provide advanced warning and air traffic control surveillance over
North America’s airspace.
Technology Developed For Use In Space Has Terrestrial
On a bluff overlooking the Atlantic, Grady Koch spent a month
watching ocean winds. He beamed a laser over the sea, day after
day, measuring conditions offshore using an instrument called
Doppler Aerosol Wind (DAWN) lidar, which is a type of laser. What
Koch learns from the experiment will be used by scientists to
advance weather forecasting technology – and also by a
consortium hoping to develop a wind farm in the very spot where the
wind data is being taken.
Those Selected Will Conduct Research Beginning In Fall
NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for the
agency's second class of Space Technology Research Fellowships.
Applications will be accepted from accredited U.S. universities on
behalf of graduate students interested in performing space
technology research beginning in fall 2012.
$4.8B and 436 Airplanes, Worldwide, Shows Improvement But With Some
It has been a brutal year for the General and Business Aviation
industry... and this, after a number of equally brutal quarters
across 2009 and 2010. While some companies show some steadiness
that was evident in previous months and even some incremental
progress, its only fair to note that these numbers are an abysmal
drop from what we saw just a few short years ago... long before the
US government, the media, a bad economy, and public perception
declared war on all things aviation.
Airbus May Be Exploiting Longer-Than-Expected Training
Despite training which started months in advance of the first
delivery, ANA pilot are reportedly taking more time to train to fly
the Dreamliner than either the airline or Boeing imagined would be
necessary. Airbus is not missing the opportunity to tell customers
about its advantage in this area.
Company Shows 19 Percent Growth Over Same Period In 2010
During the third quarter of 2011, Piper Aircraft reports that it
continued to outpace the higher aircraft deliveries and improving
revenue performance that the company achieved during the same
period a year ago. Revenue from new aircraft sales through the end
of the third quarter grew to $92.5 million, compared with $77.6
million during the same period in 2010, an increase of more than 19
Congressman Mica: Facility Launches A New Era In Aviation
A Congressional field hearing today in Daytona Beach focused on
the FAAs new Florida Test Bed facility for developing NextGen air
traffic control technologies. The hearing, which preceded
today’s opening of the Test Bed, highlighted the partnership
between the FAA, the private sector and academia in developing
state of the art technologies for modernizing the nation’s
air traffic control system.
Alaska Airlines To Begin Extensive Use Of Renewable Fuel
The first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuels
was flown Monday by Contenental Airlines, according to parent
company United Continental Holdings. Flight 1403, a Boeing 737-800,
departed Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport at 1030 CST for
Chicago O'Hare International Airport using a blend of sustainable,
advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-derived jet fuel.
Moves One Step Closer To Completing Merger With Southwest
The pilots of AirTran Airways, represented by the Air Line
Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA), with 94 percent of the
pilot group voting and 83.58 percent in favor of ratification, have
approved a seniority integration agreement with Southwest Airlines
and the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association.
Some Say Airfield Should Be Closed Or Turned Over To The Air
Officials in St. Clair County, IL are still bullish on
MidAmerica Airport in Belleville, IL, despite operating losses
totally $146 million over the past 13 years. Some critics are
calling for the airport to be closed, or turned over in its
entirety to Scott Air Force Base, with which it is joined by a
Witnesses Reported Engine Problems Immediately After
Two highly-experienced pilots, one a retired airline captain and
the other the manager of a local FBO, were fatally injured Saturday
when the Beech T-34 they were flying went down just after takeoff
from Wings Field (96FL) in Williston, FL.
Officials Say Island Aviation Owes Nearly $77 Thousand
The largest tenant at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (KFHB)
in Amelia Island, FL is nearly $77,000 behind in its rent payments,
according to city officials. The total includes penalties assessed
for late payments.
Winter Weather Means An Increased Chance Of Water In Your
Winter weather is fast approaching, and some areas have already
received their first snowfalls. With the onset of colder weather,
the FAA has issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin
(SAIB) as a reminder about the hazards associated with water
contamination of fuel tank systems. The fuel tank system consists
of all tanks, components, lines, fittings, etc., from the fuel tank
to the engine.
"Piper's core business is strong. Our turboprop and
piston aircraft lines are meeting or exceeding the company's
internal financial and delivery targets." Source: Piper
President and CEO Simon Caldecott.