This Could Be BIG Trouble... AOPA Vows To Protect Pilots From
AOPA tells us that the General Accountability Office (GAO) has
praised the way the FAA monitors Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs)
and proposed expanding that system to monitor its other designee
programs. But how would the FAA pay for it? The GAO suggested that
the agency charge designees application and renewal fees. And
that's where AOPA draws the line.
NTSB Decoding Black Boxes
The crew aboard a Gulfstream on approach to Houston Hobby Monday
was warned their aircraft was too low -- about two minutes before
the G-III impacted the ground, according to NTSB officials on the
Salvage crews continued to scour a frozen lake in the Chinese
city of Baotou Tuseday, looking for clues into Sunday's crash of a
China Eastern CRJ-200. But even though they've obtained little
physical evidence, Chinese authorities have ruled out the
possibility of sabotage.
The Department of Defense announced today that the senior
American official responsible for US policies to account for its
missing servicemen has concluded a two-day visit to New Delhi for
discussions with the Ministries of External Affairs and Defense,
and other officials.
Here's The Latest News; We'll Be Back To Full-Speed On
We'll be operating on a reduced basis (such as
we do on weekend days) over this holiday week. We wish you and your
families a wonderful Thanksgiving, and remind ourselves that there
are plenty of reasons to be thankful: we have a wonderful
readership; we live in the greatest country in the world; we are in
aviation --- and we have a great excuse to blow our diets all to
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Four JEMB election workers and two Afghan Police officers who
had been stranded in freezing conditions in remote mountains were
recently rescued by ISAF helicopters in a joint operation with
Coalition forces. The Afghan workers had been on their way to
collect four ballot boxes from villages in Badakshan Province when
a Russian Mi-8 helicopter due to collect them was forced to make an
emergency landing on October 12th.
The National Air and Space Museum is throwing a special first
anniversary celebration Saturday, Dec. 11, at its Steven F.
Udvar-Hazy Center to thank visitors who have made the Chantilly, VA
facility the state's most popular museum site.
Daniel Webster College (DWC) is moving forward with a major
curriculum renewal effort throughout its aviation division. This
process has been made possible, in part, by receipt of a $1 million
Congressionally designated grant obtained through the efforts of
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and the support of the entire New Hampshire
Controllers Say Delays, Congestion Inevitable Without More
Aggressive FAA Action
As millions of Americans take to the skies this holiday season,
the National Air Traffic Controllers Association is calling on the
Federal Aviation Administration to work with the new Congress to
address the delays and congestion that will be facing our nation's
airports this holiday season and in the days and years to come.
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"[They were] what I would characterize as a seasoned
Source: NTSB Vice Chairman Mark Rosenker, on scene
near Houston Hobby Airport as his investigators go over the remains
of a Gulfstream G-III which went down on approach Monday. The
aircraft, which was based at Dallas Love Field, was flown by a
67-year old captain and a 62-year old first officer. Rosenker said
both had logged more than 19,000 hours.