Main Runway To Be Extended, Crosswind Runway To See Safety
The FAA has approved an AIP grant for Theodore Francis Green
State Airport (KPVD) in Providence, RI. The airport's master plan
calls for the lengthening of its main runway, and safety
improvements to be made to the crosswind runway.
With only two weeks remaining until the ribbon is cut to
formally kickoff NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las
Vegas NV, Convention planners report that this year's event, taking
place Monday, October 10 through Wednesday, October 12, is
anticipated to meet or exceed expectations from previous years, in
large part because of the excitement surrounding the many offerings
planned for NBAA2011.
USCG Aviators Put Themselves On The Line During Natural
I had the privilege of deploying to Coast Guard Station Cape Cod
on Aug. 27, 2011 to document the arrival of Hurricane Irene. When
word came that the storm would hit Massachusetts on the 28th, the
Coast Guard was ready with the wisdom of centuries, satellite
imagery and established agency partnerships. Weathering storms in
the Northeastern United States is in our service's ancestral
Contractors And Small Businesses Invited To Participate In SLS
NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, agency procurement
officials, and Space Launch System Program managers will meet with
contractors and small business entrepreneurs September 29 for the
Space Launch System Industry Day at the Davidson Center for Space
Exploration in Huntsville, AL.
Trade Group President Says Airlines Are 'Competing In A Very
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an
upgrading of its industry profit expectations to $6.9 billion (up
from $4.0 billion projected in June). IATA emphasized that, despite
the improvements, profitability at these levels is still
exceptionally weak (1.2% net margin) considering the
industry’s total revenues of $594 billion.
It's always interesting to read what special interest groups
spend on lobbying. Turnabout is fair play, and the Associated Press
reports the special interest lobby known as the Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association spent $730,000 advocating GA causes with
lawmakers in the second quarter of this year, up from $700,000 in
the same quarter last year.
The last remaining steel steel structures that supported
Boeing's Plant 2 for more than 75 years Boeing have been taken
down, making room for site restoration, including development of
five acres of wildlife habitat. Most of the old empty buildings
formerly known as U.S. Air Force 17—but later called Plant 2
because it was Boeing's second assembly site—were demolished
this year in conjunction with Boeing's commitment to environmental
improvements that are vital to the Duwamish Waterway.
Late October Event Hosted By South Carolina Aviation
The Southeast Aviation Show will be held on October 29 at the
Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina. The event is
being hosted by the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA), and
will feature the latest aviation products, a static aircraft
display, and educational sessions.
Hoped-For Reprieve Turned Out To Be Access For The Purpose Of
An "Orderly Wind-Down" Of Operations
Toronto's Canadian Air & Space Museum received notice from
its landlord, Parc Downsview Park, on Saturday that the Park
would be locking the doors and closing the Museum to regular
business. The Park, a branch of the Canadian federal government,
has control over the Museum's access after changing the locks
following Tuesday's original eviction notice.
Pilots Were Heading To Breakfast, Fog May Have Been A
A Thorp T-18 flown by its owner went down on approach to
Plainwell Municipal Airport (61D) in Michigan Friday morning.
Witnesses said that the aircraft apparently impacted a Fed-Ex semi
truck traveling on U.S. 131 just a short distance from the runway
threshold. The pilot was fatally injured.
Carrier Files Mass Layoff Notice With State Of Wisconsin
It looks like Frontier Airlines is going to shed 213 jobs in
Milwaukee, WI, beginning in November, according to documents filed
Friday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The
positions lost will be at General Mitchell International Airport
Tests Performed At China Lake Included Hover Maneuvers
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake
performed the first bio-fuel flight test in AV-8B Harrier #88,
Sept. 21 over NAWCWD's land ranges in the upper Mojave Desert.
After preliminary ground test events earlier in the week, the
Harrier was flown by Maj. Gary "Mouth" Shill, a pilot from Air Test
and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 at NAWCWD. According to Hal
Bennett, project lead for the AV-8B bio fuel flight test program,
the testing was flawless.
McClellan Named Director Of Publications; Smith Moves To
EAA has announced several changes and upgrades to its
publications and AirVenture planning staff. “These are staff
moves that will upgrade EAA’s ability to reach even greater
success in two of our highest-visibility areas: AirVenture and
publications,” said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower
announcing the changes Thursday. “Both of these areas are
essential to our mission of growing participation in aviation and
continue to be among the most valuable assets to EAA
And Best Of All... Boeing Gets to Cash A BIG Check!
It was a long time coming -- far longer than anyone at Boeing had imagined... but now, it's done. Finally. And the business of serial production of Boeing's game-changing can now begin in earnest. By the way, might I add that 787s ARE cheaper by the dozen? The line forms at the rear...
And Best Of All... Boeing Gets to Cash A BIG Check!
It was a long time coming -- far longer than anyone at Boeing
had imagined... but now, it's done. Finally. And the business of
serial production of Boeing's game-changing can now begin in
earnest. By the way, might I add that 787s ARE cheaper by the
dozen? The line forms at the rear... On Monday, September 26th,
2011, more than 500 employees representing the 787 program walked
alongside the all-new jetliner to present it to ANA executives as a
crowd of thousands looked on. During the ceremony, Boeing
Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh presented a
ceremonial key to Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO of A
What Will It Take For This Industry To Develop A Conscience Of
Aero-News Commentary/Analysis By ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim
I love the man that can smile in
trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by
reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he
whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct,
will pursue his principles unto death.
Biofuels Receive ASTM Nod For Use In Engines Certified For Jet
A Or Jet A-1
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin
(SAIB) advising aircraft operators, Fixed Base Operators (FBOs),
FAA repair stations and FSDOs, and Foreign Civil Aviation
Authorities, that jet fuel made from hydroprocessed fatty acid
esters and fatty acids (HEFA) or Fischer Tropsch (FT) synthetic
blending components that meets the requirements of ASTM
International Standard D7566 is acceptable for use on aircraft and
engines certificated for operation with D1655 Jet A or Jet A-1 jet
fuel, provided that it is re-identified as D1655 fuel.
Two Women From Utah Identified By US State Department
Officials have confirmed that two Americans were among 19 people
who died in Sunday's crash of a Beech 1900D turboprop during a
sightseeing flight just south of Katmandu in Nepal. The two, both
women from Utah, were identified as 49-year-old Leuzi Cardoso and
40-year-old Heather Finch.
Area Of Cracking And Rupture Not Seen During Previous
In the probable cause report released last week concerning the
rapid decompression of an American Airlines B757 departing from
Miami October 26, 2010, the NTSB says 'incorrect manufacturing' was
the source of an 18x7 inch hole which opened up in the upper
fuselage of the airplane. Fortunately, the 757 landed safely back
at Miami, and no one was injured in the incident.
Sites In Texas, Georgia, California See Greatest Impact
Lockheed Martin announced Monday there will be approximately 540
reductions in employment across its Aeronautics business area as
part of a plan to trim the organization and improve operational
efficiency. The greatest impacts are occurring at the larger sites
in Fort Worth, TX, Marietta, GA, and Palmdale, CA.
The NTSB has obtained a photograph that appears to show an open
inspection panel on the T-28 which went down during an air show in
Martinsburg, WV, September 17th. Pilot John Mangan of Concord, NC,
was fatally injured when the plane went down.
“It looks like we are headed for another year in
the doldrums. With business confidence declining, it is difficult
to see any potential for significant profitable growth. A long slow
struggle lies ahead." Source: IATA Director General
And CEO Tony Tyler.