One Pilot's On-Scene Report Signals New and Draconian TSA
Efforts To Severely Limit GA Freedoms
ANN E-I-C Note: The following email
is real and has been verified as being the work-product/personal
report of a pilot (who has asked for anonymity) that attended a
recent TSA meeting in Montrose, CO, in which new and mostly
unreported TSA controls were discussed that spell incredible
trouble for the aviation world... no matter who they may
Flight Readiness Review: Flow Control Valves Are Free Of
NASA managers completed a review Friday of space shuttle
Discovery's readiness for flight and selected the official launch
date for the STS-119 mission. Commander Lee Archambault and his six
crewmates are now scheduled to lift off to the International Space
Station at 9:20 pm EDT on Wednesday, March 11.
Special Guest Is Medal of Honor Winner Colonel George "Bud"
The roar of vintage warbird engines return to the Space Coast on
March 13 through 15 with the 32nd annual TICO Warbird Airshow at
the Space Center Executive Airport (TIX) in Titusville, FL. To
encourage attendance despite the present economic conditions, the
Valiant Air Command -- the airshow's sponsor -- is reducing the
gate admission fee.
LeTourneau University To Offer Two- And Four-Year Courses
The Federal Aviation Administration is looking to hire 17,000
new air traffic controllers in the next decade. To help meet this
need, LeTourneau University in Longview, TX was recently approved
by the FAA to participate in the Air Traffic Collegiate Training
Initiative (CTI) program. LETU is the only university in the state
of Texas approved to prepare and train students interested in a
career as an air traffic controller.
Complex Aircraft Endorsement... In Fixed-Gear Aircraft
On March 1, 2009, pilot Jeff Clark of Troy, MI obtained a
Complex Aircraft Endorsement. Not unusual, you say? But he did it
in his fixed gear Piper Dakota, using a landing gear simulator
developed by CFI Gregg Stockman.
Group Suggests First Implementation Of NextGen To Be In
Congested NY Area
An unprecedented array of airline, business, travel, and tourism
industry leaders joined the Port Authority in New York City last
month, urging full funding for NextGen initiatives to overhaul the
country's air traffic control system and finally put an end to
delays that plague the nation's air travelers.
Friends Fondly Remember Glenn Moore As 'Father Of Aviation' In
The pilot of a single-engine experimental aircraft succumbed to
injuries suffered when his plane lost power and crashed into a
field south of Stag Air Park (7NC1) near Burgaw, NC last Thursday
Richard Thrasher Honored For Lifetime Of Accomplishment
Richard Thrasher, a senior airworthiness inspector with
Gulfstream Aerospace, recently received the Charles Taylor Master
Mechanic Award from the Federal Aviation Administration. Thrasher
is the first Gulfstream employee to receive the award, which
recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics.
Manufacturing, Support, And Service Exclusively From Narco
Michael Coates, CEO & President of the Australian XCOM
Avionics, and Alan Hanks, CEO & President of Narco Avionics,
Inc. have jointly announced that all XCOM 2 1/4"
Avionics VHF 760 Aircraft Transceivers will now be sold and
marketed exclusively through the Narco Avionics Dealer Network and
Original Airframe Manufacturers (OEMs) in the US and Canada.
Powerback is used by aircraft to reverse using the power of
their engines, In Europe only propeller aircraft tend to use
powerbacks as a means of reversing, while in the USA some larger
jet aircraft also perform powerbacks.
"It presently appears that anyone on the ramp without a
TSA ID is subject to fines or convictions in unknown amounts and
arrest or detainment by unknown persons as it seems not to be known
how enforcement will be conducted, or by whom. The sole female TSA
person, I could not fathom or match the persons to the names,
quietly said, the one time she even dared look at the crowd, that
patrolling would likely be random and infrequent. Or something very
"Of course the question was then raised, why bother. No
Source: From an email received by ANN, and
verified as being the work-product/personal report of a pilot (who
has asked for anonymity) that attended a recent TSA meeting in
Montrose, CO, in which new