The potential for more tax revenue appears to be driving the
city of Allentown (PA) toward redeveloping Queen City Airport --
much to the alarm of local pilots. The city says, however, that the
208 acres of airport property is being "held hostage" by GA pilots
who base there and are now looking at moving the airport to another
An astronaut stands by the airlock aboard the International Space
Station, obviously anxious. Suddenly, the lock cycles, the door
pops open and here comes...
A Domino's Pizza delivery. It could happen, especially if someone
at NASA is listening to Robert Lorsch.
Commander Aircraft Company, which filed for Chapter 11 on
December 27, 2002, has secured a court-confirmed financial
reorganization plan. Under the plan, Tiger Aircraft will acquire an
80% ownership interest in Aviation General, Incorporated,
Commander's publicly traded holding company. This will provide the
resources and working capital for Commander to move forward.
The FAA's "virtual public meeting" on the agency's proposed
charity/sightseeing rule, which is really nothing more than a
week-long Internet chat session in which the agency will respond
during normal business hours to comments submitted, will begin next
Monday, Feb. 23. The FAA is holding the chat session in lieu of
real public meetings, despite calls from Congress and AOPA for the
Let's recap the history of the Transportation Security
...was created because of the public perception that weak security
contributed materially to the 9/11 attacks. Has done much to
increase its own size and power, but nothing material to make
The EAA AirVenture Museum commemorates a historic era in
military aviation and welcomes a special new aircraft for display
during a "Salute to Tuskegee Airmen" on Wednesday, February 25. The
aircraft, a North American T-6 trainer on long-term loan from a
private owner in Delaware, is especially significant because it is
just one of two T-6 aircraft known to exist that were used by the
Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American pilots who battled
discrimination to become one of the top American flying units in
the European Theater. EAA will also welcome two original Tuskegee
Airmen, Richard Macon and Robert Martin, to the museum for a
special presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the
museum’s Eagle Hangar.
Special air fare discounts are now available for EAA members and
others who plan to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. The
52nd annual aviation gathering will be held July 27-August 2 at
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The following is a statement from Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher
to employees, amidst the Defense Department investigation into
possible conflicts of interest involved in the recently signed 767
"It is important that sufficient time be built into the 767 tanker
program schedule to accommodate the Secretary of Defense’s
reviews. Consequently, starting on February 23, Boeing will slow
the development efforts on the Air Force 767 tanker. We will
implement this slowdown in a manner that will keep key program
elements intact in the months ahead. (Production on the Japanese
and Italian tanker programs will not be affected by this slowdown.)
As we stated in our most recent quarterly earnings report, through
the end of 2003 Boeing had spent $270 million of company money o
AOPA senior staff members met with the sponsor of a sweeping
aviation security bill introduced in the US House of
Representatives, to explain the realities of general aviation
security. Most of Rep. Edward Markey's (D-MA) legislation (H.R.
3798) deals with security at airlines, air cargo operators, and air
carrier airports, but a small portion calls GA airports to perform
a vulnerability assessment that will be developed by the Department
of Homeland Security and mandatory flight restrictions over
sensitive nuclear facilities, chemical facilities, and "any other
facilities the Secretary may designate" during Code Orange
Air Staff officials have put the finishing touches on the
"Transformation Flight Plan," which spells out the future direction
of the Air Force.
"Transformation is using new things and old things in new ways, and
achieving truly transformational effects for the joint warfighter,"
said Lt. Gen. Duncan McNabb, Air Force director of plans and
The Federal Aviation Administration has published a Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding noise levels emitting from new
type-certificated aircraft. This measure would reduce noise levels
allowed in aircraft ranging from small general-aviation airplanes
to large passenger and cargo jets.
Contrary to some published reports, the NPRM will have no impact on
the proposed light-sport aircraft rules, nor on homebuilt
airplanes. Neither classification is subject to Part 36 rules, as
they have their own specifications.
Bankruptcy court Judge Eugene Wedoff ruled in support of a
motion filed by United Airlines flight attendants, represented by
the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, to appoint an
examiner to investigate United's plan to change retiree medical
benefits for workers who retired before July 1, 2003.
America West Airlines and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have
reached a tentative agreement for a new four-year contract for the
airline's dispatchers. The tentative agreement is subject to
ratification by TWU membership, and that process will begin around
March 26, 2004. The results of the ratification process could come
as early as April 2004. Additional terms of the agreement were not
"This is not a meeting for public debate."
Source: Allentown (PA) Community and Economic
Development Director Ed Pawlowski, responding to requests from
pilots and aircraft owners who wanted to give their input at a city
council meeting on plans to move or shut down Queen City Airport.
Pawlowski is spearheading an effort to redevelop the airport's 208
acres, over the objection of pilots who apparently aren't going to
get a chance to speak on the matter for some time to come.
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