We've been hearing solid rumors for a while that President Bush
was going to make an appearance at the heavily hyped 100th
Anniversary Wright Flight celebrations in North Carolina less than
two weeks hence. While the most intriguing/frustrating aspect of
this, until recently, was the inevitable TFR that would be forced
upon Kitty Hawk and ground every aircraft for miles around; another
(far more positive) story is starting to emerge.
A number of sources indicate that President Bush is going to use
the Centennial event to suggest an aggressive new effort to return
the US to a more prominent role in the pioneering of space
travel... specifically with a specific goal that we turn our
resources to mount return trips to the moon, including
Investigators Once Again Zero In On Boeing Ethics
Phil Condit may be gone, but he didn't take the storm clouds of
controversy with him when he left Boeing.
Less than a month after Congress gave the Pentagon the money to
complete a deal for 100 aircraft, the Pentagon put the project on
hold, so an internal auditor can look it over. In a letter to Sen.
John Warner (R-VA), Wolfowitz said, "Given the controversy
surrounding the tanker program, "I believe it is prudent to
reassess this matter before proceeding," Wolfowitz said. "The
department remains committed to the recapitalization of our aerial
Even with the victory in the battle to save St. Petersburg's
Albert Whitted Airport safely under its belt, AOPA continues to
fight for embattled airports in the Sunshine State.
In Pompano Beach, in Naples, and in Stuart, AOPA is actively
working to counter efforts by anti-airport activists to close or
restrict local airports.
At Pompano Beach, AOPA is drafting a formal complaint to be filed
with the FAA, after the city commissioners there voted unanimously
to expand restrictions on flight training and helicopter operations
at Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP).
"The city attorney told them not to do it. The outside experts
hired by the commissioners themselves strongly advised against it.
They did it anyway," said AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill
High Performance Aircraft Training has announced an annual
recurrent training program, for Lancairs and other high performance
aircraft, to be conducted January 17th and 18th, 2004 in Sebring,
High Performance Aircraft Training, Inc. tells ANN that their
annual recurrent training programs are specifically designed
for the fast, high flying, performance pilots and their aircraft.
The topics covered offer a theoretical perspective while connecting
it with everyday, real world, safe flying.
The incredible imaginations at Carter Aviation Technologies (the
folks who are also developing the carter Copter) have come up with
a novel use for some of their most promising brainstorms. A new
concept for firefighting missions is being introduced by Carter
Aviation Technologies (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX. The
firefighting capability is being designed as an adaptation kit for
Carter's Heliplane Transport (CHT). The CHT is a heavy-lift
transport being developed using Carter's patented
Slowed-Rotor/Compound (SR/C) Aircraft Technology. The full-size CHT
is designed to be the size of a C-130J and yet it has vertical
take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities with a useful load of
70,000 lbs at a density altitude of 4000 ft with a range of 1000
miles. The CHT is currently under evaluation
The people of Everglades City (FL) spoke and, apparently,
Collier County Commissioners were listening. They had threatened to
shut down the airport and sell it to developers. But at a Tuesday
night commission meeting, they got both barrels from residents who
support the airpark and don't want it to be turned into condos.
"The airport is extremely important to Everglades City,"
resident Claudia Davenport said. She was quoted in the Naples Daily
News. "People fly in and buy stone crabs. They fly in and stay two
or three days. The economy would suffer greatly without it."
Amazing Technology Now Being Fielded Worldwide (Part III)
If your nation operates multiple combat aircraft, a single G-FET-II
can train all the crews. One very neat feature of the GFET-II was
the modular cockpits. In an hour mechanics can loosen a few bolts.
Then the old cockpit is winched out a hatch, and a new one lowered
in. A couple of modular plugs are connected, the same bolts are
tightened, and the air data model for the new aircraft is loaded in
the computer system.
This initial machine, which is bound for Malaysia, has cockpits for
that nation's combat aircraft: the F/A-18D, the MiG-29, and the
Hawk Mk-208. Each cockpit has the correct seat angle, control
stick, throttle, and pedals, as well as the correct instruments.
The HUD is projected on the viewscreen.
The V-22 recently surpassed 1,000-flight hours flown since the
Osprey's return to flight in May '02. Osprey No. 24 got the program
past the mark during an icing test flight over Nova Scotia, where a
V-22 Integrated Test Team detachment is currently based for the
first half of the icing portion of the test plan.
"It's fitting that this milestone was reached by Osprey No. 24 on
our crucial icing detachment in Canada," said Col. Craig Olson,
USAF, V-22 Joint Program Manager. "We've accomplished what we'd
intended at this point since the return to flight, and that is
truly a reflection of the teamwork between the program office and
integrated test team."
We're Going To Be Seeing More and More of These...
Issued: 12/03/2003 20:25
Effective: 12/05/2003 15:50 - 12/05/2003 19:50
Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.
Description: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, DECEMBER 5, 2003 LOCAL.
First Scandinavian Operator to Invest in Blended Winglet
Known in Scandinavia as the "Ikea of Flight," Sterling is trying
to help solidify its advantage in the low-fare airline arena
by investing in Blended Winglet TM Technology. The carrier's first
Blended Winglet Equipped 737-800s, provided by Boullion, went into
service Nov 2003 and the second will follow in March. An additional
2 Performance Enhanced 737-800s, provided by CIT Leasing, will
arrive on the flight line April and May of 2004.
"The airport is extremely important to Everglades
City. People fly in and buy stone crabs. They fly in and stay
two or three days. The economy would suffer greatly without
Source: Everglades Airpark neighbor Claudia
Davenport, as quoted in the Naples Daily News.
The Department of Defense has announced that the Missile Defense
Agency (MDA) has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman Space and
Mission Systems Corp. for the development and testing of a concept
for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) program designed to
intercept and destroy a ballistic missile in its boost/early ascent
phase, which is the period of flight lasting from three to five
minutes after a ballistic missile is launched. The contract awarded
today is approximately $4.5 billion over the next eight years. This
is the MDA's first capability-based development and test contract,
and it features a design that is no longer constrained by the
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, from which the United States
formally withdrew in June 2002.
A “Starr” in the east will help guide North American
Aerospace Defense Command’s Santa-tracking tradition Dec. 24.
The Starr is none other than former Beatle, Ringo Starr, who will
be NORAD’S honorary Santa tracker for Christmas 2003.
“Santa and I are personal friends,” Starr said from his
home in England. “He’s asked me to do this special job
with this incredible new SantaCam, and I’ll be tracking him
as he comes over Great Britain.”
NORAD technicians upgraded the omnidirectional high-speed digital
SantaCam stationed in Great Britain and have moved it from
Stonehenge to a top-secret hideaway near Starr’s home.
Bottom Line: Rotax (Including New V-6 Project) Has Been
Bombardier Inc. has announced that it has signed a sale and
purchase agreement for its recreational products segment with
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., a corporation formed by Bain
Capital, members of the Bombardier family and the Caisse de depot
et placement du Quebec.
On Aug. 27, 2003, Bombardier announced that it had reached an
agreement in principle to sell its recreational products business
for an aggregate purchase price of $1,225 million, subject to
certain price adjustments, for a net purchase price of $1,075
Bombardier Recreational Products designs, develops, builds,
distributes and markets... Rotax(TM) engines and
karts, as well as utility vehicles.
Sportys Remembers the Concorde Via DVD
With all the hullabaloo over the passing era of the Concorde, there
remains a LOT of curiousity about this amazing
For those of you with a thirst for more scuttlebutt on these
excessively speedy bit of history, there is a neat new way to find
out more about what it was like to fly the beast. Sportys has
introduced a DVD compendium on the Concorde that was filmed at the
peak of the Concorde’s success.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the
Federal Aviation Administration:
Require that all Boeing 747-400 operators incorporate the
procedures detailed in Boeing Operations Manual Bulletin #SIA-186
into a non-normal checklist procedure for inclusion in the
quick-reference handbook until a terminating action is developed.
Advise the Safety Board when a terminating action that addresses
the blanking of integrated display systems on Boeing 747-400s is
developed and implemented. (A-03-56)
AD NUMBER: 2003-24-07
MANUFACTURER: New Piper
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2003-24-07
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) that applies to all The New Piper Aircraft, Inc.
(Piper) Models PA-31, PA-31-300, PA-31-325, PA-31-350, PA-31P,
PA-31T, PA-31T1, PA-31T2, PA-31T3, and PA-31P-350 airplanes. This
AD requires you to install an inspection hole (or use for
inspection the tooling hole in the rudder bottom rib), conduct a
detailed visual inspection of the rudder torque tube and associated
ribs for corrosion, and, if corrosion is found, replace or repair
the rib/rudder torque tube assembly.
AWB 27-4 Issue 1, 5 December 2003: Cessna 172, 180 and 185
Primary Flight Control Yoke Inspection
Effectivity: Cessna Aircraft Company and Reims
Aviation (Cessna) 172, 180, and 185 series aircraft as listed in
the current revision of Cessna Service Bulletin SEB01-3.
Purpose: To alert operators and maintainers to the
potential failure of the welded steel tube yoke assembly, which can
result in loss of primary pitch control of the aircraft, and to
strongly recommend compliance with Cessna Service Bulletin SEB01-3.
This SB describes an inspection procedure to detect corrosion, and
determine the serviceability of a yoke that has suffered corrosion
AD NUMBER: 2003-24-12
MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2003-24-12
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney (PW) JT9D-3A, -7, -7A, -7F,
-7H, -7AH, and -7J turbofan engines, with gearbox pressure tube,
part number (P/N) 697896, and No. 4 bearing front pressure
manifold, P/N 670663, installed. This AD requires a one-time visual
inspection of the gearbox pressure tube and No. 4 bearing front
pressure manifold and the attaching clamp assemblies for correct
positioning and for wear and damage,and replacement if