It's taken eight months, but the Dreamliner appears to have
finally found a home: Everett (WA).
The Seattle Times quotes an anonymous source close to the
team who says the recommendation will be finalized at the December
15th meeting of Boeing's board of directors.
Officially, the Boeing line is, "No decision has been made and no
decision will be made until the results of our site evaluation are
fully vetted with our board of directors." That word from Thomas
Downey, Boeing Commercial Aircraft VP of communications.
The leaders of the Atlantic Coast Airlines pilot group have
informed the Mesa Airlines Board of Directors that its 1,600 ACA
pilots oppose any takeover of their airline.
In a letter to the Mesa board, Captain Stephen Hunt, chairman of
the ACA unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, International,
said his members strongly support ACA's plan to create a new
low-cost carrier called Independence Air rather than be swallowed
up by Mesa and remain a feeder carrier for United Airlines.
"Let me be crystal clear: the pilots of Atlantic Coast Airlines
have absolutely no interest in being acquired by Mesa or deviating
in any other way from our management's independent vision," Capt.
Concorde frenzy seems to know no end. A London auction of
Concorde memorabilia pulled in some heavy dollars... well ahead of
the most flighty expectations. The crown jewel of the show, though,
was the very nose of the Concorde, itself.
Retired in October, the nose cone was auctioned off to a
Hungarian-born bidder by the name of Ferenc Gaspar, who claims he
got the bargain of the event... for only $551,600!
Adm. David Stone (USN, Ret.) To Lead TSA
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge Friday announced the
swearing-in of Admiral James Loy as the Deputy Secretary of the
Department of Homeland Security. Ridge also announced Loy's
replacement as acting TSA Administrator -- a retired Navy admiral
with plenty of experience at the helm of large military
Three days of mediated talks between the Air Line Pilots
Association, International (ALPA) and Mesaba Airlines yielded
little progress this week, prompting mediators to offer binding
arbitration to settle the protracted contract dispute.
The parties received a letter from the National Mediation Board
early Friday morning citing an impasse in the bargaining process.
The letter urges an agreement as soon as possible and offers
binding arbitration to resolve the outstanding issues. If both
parties accept the offer, a neutral arbitrator will decide the
outcome of roughly two dozen issues that remain open. These
remaining issues include job security, compensation, retirement and
Air Force investigators have determined trapped external fuel
because of an aircraft malfunction and the pilot’s failure to
properly monitor his fuel status were the causes of an F-16
Fighting Falcon crash in Iraq on June 12.
The aircraft was assigned to the 421st Expeditionary Fighter
Squadron and deployed from the 421st Fighter Squadron at Hill Air
Force Base, Utah.
Concerns about the needs of elder aircraft are being addressed
by the FAA and leading aviation interests. Better yet; there is a
solid expectation for positive changes in the coming year.
Work on an FAA Advisory Circular for documenting approved
substitute standard parts and materials was conducted at a meeting
of the FAA Aging Aircraft Ad Hoc Committee held this week in Kansas
City, Missouri. Representing EAA were Vice President of Government
and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence and Director of Aircraft
Maintenance Daryl Lenz. The committee works with the FAA Small
Airplane Directorate to develop materials that help small aircraft
owner maintain and restore their aircraft.
"No decision has been made and no decision will be made
until the results of our site evaluation are fully vetted with our
board of directors."
Source: Thomas Downey, Boeing Commercial
Aircraft VP of communications