NBAA President and CEO Ed
Bolen Thursday sent a letter to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), chairman
of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation,
strongly recommending the confirmation of Edmund S.
“Kip” Hawley to the position of assistant secretary of
homeland security. Hawley's nomination is expected to be considered
by the committee this afternoon.
Dear Chairman Stevens:
On behalf of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), I
would like to express our strong support for the confirmation of
Edmund S. “Kip” Hawley to the position of Assistant
Secretary of Homeland Security at the Transportation Security
The cargo for the Space Shuttle Discovery's historic Return to
Flight mission (STS-114) arrived yesterday at Launch Pad 39-B at
NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL. Discovery's payload includes the
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, the Lightweight
Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC), and the
External Stowage Platform-2 (ESP-2).
Citizens Against Waste Says There Are More Important Matters At
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) Thursday harshly
criticized plans to move forward with missions to the moon and Mars
with an impending record deficit, chronic management problems at
NASA, and unresolved questions about the missions' cost and
feasibility. NASA's new administrator Michael Griffin has said that
the space agency will have the money to implement President Bush's
"Vision for Space Exploration," aimed at returning humans to the
moon by 2020 and eventually sending them to Mars.
Count on these things: Death, taxes and Russian space shots.
They are inevitable and, generally, run as dependably as Rolex
watches. A Russian Progress module lifted off from Central Asia
late Thursday, carrying coveted supplies to the two-man crew aboard
the International Space Station.
An All-Nippon Airways DeHavilland DHC-8-Q400 made an emergency
landing in Osaka Friday, after the cockpit and cabin filled with
black smoke. No one was hurt, but it was yet another incident to
scare Japanese passengers, who've watched with dismay other
instances of mechanical or operational failures at both ANA and
It was certainly something new in 1966 when Malcom Stamper was
approached by then-Boeing CEO Bill Allen.
"How would you like to build an airplane — in fact, the
biggest airplane in the world?" Allen asked, according to "Legend
and Legacy," a history of Boeing written by Robert Serling.
A 14-year old boy found a key inside an unlocked Cessna 152
parked at an airport near Tuscaloosa, AL, Wednesday night, taking
the aircraft for a late-night joyride that almost cost him his
life, authorities said.
1,100 Unemployed As A Result; Union Battles Continue
It's a done deal -- but certainly not everyone is happy about
it. While some 7,000 commercial aviation manufacturing workers in
Kansas and Oklahoma made the transition Thursday from Boeing to
Onex as the two companies completed the sale of three plants,
another 1,100 -- mostly union machinists -- have been told to take
Petroleum Helicopters Receives Subpoena from Department of
Justice Antitrust Division
Petroleum Helicopters says it's been subpoenaed today by the
Department of Justice relating to a grand jury investigation of
potential antitrust violations among providers of helicopter
transportation services in the Gulf of Mexico.
There's a new tail number in the too-short list of P-47
survivors. According to the Salzkammergut newspaper in Austria's
Tirol, warbird recovery experts, working in the tightest secrecy,
raised a forgotten P-47D Thunderbolt to the surface of Traunsee, a
lake in Traunkirchen, in the late afternoon and early evening of
June 13th, after sixty long years on the lakebed. Sixty
years, one month and five days, to be exact.
Relics Of USAF Recon Program, One Already Destined For
If you've ever worked for a large and old organization which has
downsized, you've probably found weird items from the past. Now,
imagine how often that happens to NASA. Just this month, a NASA
building at Cape Canaveral was being inspected by security
officers, when they came to a door that was locked. And it hadn't
been unlocked in a long time.
As part of the FAA's effort to cut costs by eliminating
redundant navigational aids, the agency has announced it will
cancel 216 redundant NDB approaches July 7, saving $19,000 per year
for each canceled approach. AOPA provided extensive comments on the
list of NDB approaches proposed to be eliminated.
Opens East Coast Sales And Support Office in
Noting the back-to-back successes of its ST3400 TAWS/RMI and
previous-generation SN3308 EHSI, San Diego-area Sandel Avionics has
opened an East Coast sales and support center at Concord Regional
Airport, just minutes from downtown Charlotte, NC.
Sue Walitsky has joined the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association (AOPA) as the association's first director of public
relations. In the newly created position, Walitsky will promote the
programs and messages of AOPA and general aviation to appropriate
"We're excited to enter the aerospace industry with a work force
and facilities that are deeply rooted in the aviation business. The
new company, Mid-Western Aircraft Systems, is now the world's
largest independent supplier of structures for commercial
Source: Nigel Wright, managing director at Onex, a
Canadian investment firm that Thursday completed the purchase of
three Boeing commercial aircraft plants in Oklahoma and Kansas. In
spite of the optimism, union leaders are fuming at Onex cuts in
salaries and benefits.