Rumors of serious trouble with the once-high-flying Europa kit
aircraft operation in the UK have been confirmed at Oshkosh 2004.
After a number of complaints from builders were reported to ANN;
evidence accumulated that confirmed that a number of orders for
parts and components have gone undelivered, calls are not being
returned, and the UK company is now embroiled in legal difficulties
that one Oshkosh display staffer and kit-builder termed
"Bankruptcy" (or the UK equivalent).
This German manufactured aircraft, designated SC-01B by the FAA,
packs a lot of good things in a small package. It will carry two
people at a nifty 156Kts, using only 8.5 GPH. The aircraft will
travel about 1,000 miles before needing a fuel stop It is full IFR.
There's one slight drawback: Pack light. There's a 30-pound limit
on baggage. Owner Mike McEvoy flies into Oshkosh from California
each year. He had hoped to participate in this years AirVenture Cup
Race but mechanical difficulties have kept him from competing.
Mechanical issues also forced him to drop out of the race last
year. But McEvoy is plucky. He promises to be back next year.
It's getting ugly. The controversy brewing between bankrupt
United Airlines and its unions over pensions has now spilled over
into open court. The Machinists Union is suing the world's
number-two carrier for stopping payments to the pension plan.
This just hasn't been a very good year for fare hikes. More than
a half-dozen times so far this year, airlines have tried to
increase ticket prices and each time the effort has been shot down
by low-cost carriers' refusal to match the hikes.
The Jetport West Airport project proposed for the city of
Fulshear (TX) "presents an irreconcilable conflict with several
local airports, making it fundamentally unsafe and a hazard to
On July 31st, 1992, Young Eagle's Chairman Cliff Robertson and
EAA President Tom Poberezny flew the first Young Eagles at
AirVenture. From that point on, it was the EAA's mission to fly a
million young people by the 100th anniversary of powered flight in
In 1994, General Chuck Yeager (USAF, Ret.) took over as chairman of
the Young Eagle's program. He continued the quest until March,
2004. Over the past several years, Ford has done his share, flying
almost 200 Young Eagles and taking the reigns as the newest
Republic Airways Holdings says its Republic Airlines subsidiary
has received authorization from the US. Department of
Transportation to engage in air transportation using the Embraer
170 aircraft as a member of the United Express family under a code
share agreement with United Airlines. This authorization is subject
to the airline meeting the specific requirements of the FAA in
order to receive its Air Carrier Certificate. Nonetheless, this is
a critical step in the airlines efforts to begin commercial
Here at AirVenture 2004, one of the most interesting to see are
the smaller forums. One of the ones being held today drew our
attention; it was a presentation on the future of avgas, the leaded
fuel the vast majority of our piston-engine aircraft need to get us
from here to there.
233 Kts, FL230, 26 Minutes From Brake Release... Wow! Part
While tanking up for the flight back to GIF and the run to
altitude, Mark made arrangements to load up on some oxygen at a
local FBO. What happened next was worrisome. Some greasy (and I do
mean, greasy) kid walked a poorly restrained oxygen bottle out to
Instead, it's about the pioneering Paris Jet, first flown on
July 29, 1954 -- fifty years ago. The noisy machine was conceived
as a personal business jet, but found a niche as a fast liaison
plane in the French military. Ironically, it was based on a trainer
design that the services had rejected.
Rendell Administration Delivers $4 Million in State Funds
Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Allen G. Biehler today
announced that $4 million in state aviation development grants have
been awarded to six Pennsylvania airports.
"Safe and well-maintained airports are the hallmark of our efforts
to support aviation in the Commonwealth," Biehler said. "These
grants will be used for a variety of projects, including land
acquisition, environmental and airport-development planning, runway
and taxiway improvements, security and lighting."
The Most Mismanaged Agency Or Department In The United States
Government Has Done It Again
By ANN Correspondent Kevin O'Brien
Maybe you've never heard of W. Stephen Thayer III. But
prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys in his home state of New
Hampshire have. In the topsy-turvy world of inverted ethics that is
the TSA, this qualifies him for his position: Deputy Chief of the
TSA's Office of National Risk Assessment. In this position, he has
run the beleaguered CAPPS II air passenger data mining project.
This project has been under fire for, among other things, reckless
and irresponsible treatment of passengers' sensitive personal data.
Just where you want someone with Thayer's record -- not.
Northrop Grumman Again Beats Delivery Schedule On Navy EA-6B
Prowler Aircraft Components
Northrop Grumman Corporation this week delivered the 75th EA-6B
Prowler aircraft wing center section to the US. Navy five months
ahead of schedule. The delivery is a milestone in the Navy's plan
to replace wing center sections on its fleet of high-demand,
carrier-based electronic attack aircraft to ensure their
availability to support the nation's global war on terrorism.
"Aviation has been a very important part of my life. I didn't
come to it until late in life, but nothing has given me as much
satisfaction or brought me as much renewed intellectual interest as
the business of learning to fly and continuing to build on the
skills that flying requires."
Source: Actor Harrison Ford, who stepped up at
this week's AirVenture 2004 to become the chairman of the EAA's
Young Eagles Program. Ford is an IFR rated, seaplane qualified
pilot who owns several aircraft and has, himself, contributed to
reaching the organization's goal of introducing more than a million
kids to aviation between 1992 and the Wright Centennial in