Ouch... The fallout from an incident (and near-accident) that
occurred to a Cessna Corvalis, last year, is likely to be an
expensive one. The FAA is proposing an aggressive $2,425,000 civil
penalty against Cessna Aircraft Co. after carbon composite parts of
the wing of one of its aircraft came apart during flight. On
Dec. 6, 2010, an FAA test pilot performing a production audit test
flight in a Cessna Corvalis experienced a failure of the skin on
the left wing. About seven feet of the left wing skin separated
from the forward spar and damaged a fuel tank.
Representative Of 14 Industry Unions Send A Letter To House And
The leaders of 14 unions with ties to the aviation industry have
sent a letter to members of Congress urging the quick passage of a
long-term FAA funding measure. The agency has been operating on
continuing resolutions since the last full appropriation bill
expired in 2007.
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced
Tuesday that the remains of nine servicemen, missing in action from
World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their
families for burial with full military honors.
US Marine Corps officials have identified two pilots killed in
Monday's crash of a Cobra attack helicopter at Camp Pendleton in
California. The Chicago Tribune reports both were Illinois
residents. First Lieutenant Thomas Heitmann was a 27-year-old from
Mendota, while Captain Jeffrey Bland was a 37-year-old from
USA Today Survey Finds Airline Fees Keep Escalating
When they first started popping up a few years ago, the new list
of a la carte fees charged by airlines were a nuisance. Now,
they're rising to the point at which fees could cost you more than
your seat under some circumstances. USA Today notes that some fees
for overweight checked bags have now passed the $400 milestone.
Major Renovation Continuing At The Major Midwestern Hub
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met this week with the Secretary
of Transportation Ray LaHood and the Administrator of the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA), Randy Babbitt to discuss Illinois
transportation priorities including the O’Hare Modernization
Program and FAA Reauthorization.
An unidentified pilot told the Canyon County Sheriff's Office
that he was practicing aerobatic maneuvers in a Steen Skybolt
Monday afternoon when the aircraft suffered a structural failure.
He parachuted to safety as the plane crashed into an alfalfa field
near Greenleaf, west of Boise, Idaho.
Metro Aviation tells HAI's Rotor News it is in the process of
completing the first of three EC155 B1 aircraft for the University
of Michigan Survival Flight. The aircraft will reportedly be the
first EC155 B1 equipped and operated with an EMS package in the
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is
initiating an annual aviation conference to look at the future of
aviation. The organization built the conference based on the
premise that challenges and opportunities abound in aviation,
despite the common misperception that the industry is a mature one
with little need for technology investments.
Looking At Rebuilding The Art and Craft Of
One of the few bright lights of 2009-2010 was the rise of
SAFE... an uncommon new aviation association that seems to be on
the road to DOING THINGS rather than just bragging about how good
they are. Born of the political strife that resulted during the
NAFI/EAA melt-down, we have come to find that th leading
personalities in SAFE are some of the most dedicated flyers and
aero-education professionals we've ever met. Doug Stewart is (very
much) one of those folks.
Flight Schools Exempted From Postsecondary Education
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 619 into
law, which provides relief to many of the flight training
facilities that were facing burdensome regulation from the
California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). With
the signing of SB 619, flight training providers and flight
training programs that pose no financial risk to students are
exempted from the BPPE's regulations.
APEC Pledges To Focus On Benefits Of Business Aviation
GAMA has expressed its strong support for an initiative to
facilitate business aviation operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
The proposal was agreed to by transport ministers at the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting in San
Francisco on September 14, 2011.
'H' Series PFD And MFD Designed Specifically For Helicopter
Phoenix Heliparts and Aspen Avionics are preparing to receive an
FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of
Aspen’s H-series Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and
Multi-function Flight Displays (MFD) in the international fleet of
MD500 helicopters. Aspen’s H-series PFD and MFD systems are
designed and manufactured to meet the unique rigors of helicopter
Agency Says Advance Ratings Will Be 'More Accessible' To
Holders Of PPLs
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) released proposed
rules on Qualifications for flying in Instrument Meteorological
Conditions (IMC). With Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2011-16,
the Agency puts forward for consideration new and more accessible
instrument ratings for holders of private pilot licenses.
Scaled/Virgin Joint Venture Will Build Private Spacecraft
The Scaled Composites facility in California's Mohave Desert
offered a secluded location to experiment and low rent when Burt
Rutan moved in years ago. But the ambiance was decidedly more
show-biz Monday as Scaled and Virgin Galactic celebrated the
completion of a new, $8 million production facility for their joint
venture known as The Spaceship Company.
Most Of The Seven-Ton Spacecraft Will Burn Up Before Reaching
NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), which ceased
operations on December 14, 2005, is expected to re-enter the
Earth's atmosphere Friday morning, but NASA scientists are still
not sure where the remains of the seven-ton satellite will
eventually fall to the ground.
Analysis Suggests High 'G' Forces In Violent Pitch-Up
The leading theory, and we're quick to stress that it is only a
theory, behind what may have led to Friday's accident at the Reno
Air Race points to the possibility that pilot Jimmy Leeward blacked
out after his modified P-51 pitched up sharply before nosing over
and impacting the ground. Analysis points to the loss of an
elevator trim tab as a possible factor in the accident.
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The WSPA was founded June 11, 1986 in Tucson, AZ. The charter
meeting was the result of a year's effort and input by the pilots
who attended the 1985 Women Soaring Seminar at Air Sailing near
Reno, NV. The organizations' current membership exceeds 200 pilots
including International pilots.