Offers Recommendations For The GA Community For Keeping Private
The Department of Homeland Security and TSA are continuing to
monitor reports on potential terrorist threats in the United
States. While there is no specific or credible intelligence that
al-Qa'ida or its affiliates are plotting attacks in the United
States to coincide with the ten year anniversary of 9/11, TSA says
they remain at a heightened state of vigilance and security
measures are in place to detect and prevent plots against the
United States should they emerge.
Will Help Facilitate Renewed Cockpit Training For ATC
After a ten-year pause, U.S. Air Traffic Controllers will once
again be allowed into the cockpits of commercial airline flights to
observe operations under a renewed Flight Deck Training program of
the FAA. Following recent discussions with the FAA Academy, ARINC
Incorporated has agreed to enhance its widely used CASS Cockpit
Access Security System to include screening of Air Traffic
Controllers as well as pilots.
Aviation Buff Believes French Team Crossed Atlantic, But
On May 8, 1927, as Charles Lindbergh waited for a clearing in
the fog on Long Island to launch for Paris in the Spirit of St.
Louis, his rival, French World War I Ace Charles Nungesser,
departed with navigator François Coli in the opposite
direction. The French team never arrived in New York. Now, a French
aviation enthusiast has concluded that their biplane, the Oiseau
Blanc (or "White Bird"), flew over the south coast of Newfoundland
before ditching off the shore of the Canadian mainland.
First Use At Minneapolis-St. Paul Leads Way For NextGen Support
Air traffic controllers at the Minneapolis Terminal Radar
Approach Control (TRACON) are using an innovative next generation
tool developed by The FAA and Lockheed Martin to help maintain safe
separation between aircraft on final approach. The advancement
enhances the Common Automated Radar Terminal System (CARTS), a
program Lockheed Martin primes for the FAA at more than 100 TRACONs
Quartet Will Be VIP Guests At 'Navy In Space' Exhibit
Veteran astronauts Dan Bursch, Rick Searfoss, John Herrington
and Dick Gordon will be VIP guests at San Francisco Fleet Week's
"Navy in Space" exhibit. During their 10 missions, they have
collectively traveled in space 262 days, performed 44 hours of
space walks and journeyed to the moon.
Company Says Worldwide Market Is 33,500 Planes Through
Boeing predicts growth in the Chinese airline industry will
create a market for 5,000 new airplanes worth $600 billion in the
next 20 years. Worldwide, Boeing projects investments of $4
trillion for 33,500 new commercial airplanes to be delivered during
the next 20 years.
Witnesses to a fatal accident in Silver Bow, MT, on August 15th
said they saw the Piper Tomahawk which was on a training flight in
a tight but loosening spiral just before impacting the ground. The
accident fatally injured both the student and instructor in the
Baldwin Aviation Offers SMSace Program For Fixed And Rotor Wing
A new safety management program designed to support the
Owner/Operator of light fixed and rotor wing aircraft has been
launched by Baldwin Aviation Safety & Compliance. "SMSace has
been developed specifically for owners and operators of Light
Business Aircraft to provide them with a unique set of tools for a
structured safety program," explained Don Baldwin, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Baldwin.
Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group Inc.,
announced Wednesday it will offer a new course for helicopter
pilots on wildland fire operations and suppression. Taught by
qualified wildland fire instructors, the class is scheduled to
begin October 3, 2011.
The recent delivery of an EC135 to ADAC Air Rescue by Eurocopter
marks the 1000th such aircraft to be equipped with a Becker
Avionics DVCS6100 digital audio and intercom system installed. The
EC135 light twin-engine multi-purpose helicopter, along with the
Becker DVCS have been very successful products over the last
The North American distributor network for Diamond Aircraft is
has come up with a pretty attractive incentive package for
potential new DA20 and DA40 owners. The "Fly Your First Year Free"
package is targeted at those learning to fly, or considering a new
Reader Response To Our
Ten Question Editorial Rant Was Overwhelming... And
Herewith, are some of the responses to Question #10...
Whaddya think... Is AOPA a better organization with its
new leadership (Fuller) or was it better when Phil (Boyer) was
running things? Same question for EAA (possibly a mite premature at
this point)... is EAA better now with a year's worth of new
leadership, or was it better with Tom Poberezny's
Pratt & Whitney CEO Skeptical 737 MAX Will Compete With
Boeing has attracted a new critic of its plan to re-engine the
existing 737 product line for increased efficiency. Some analysts
say the move will buy Boeing 15 years before it needs to develop an
all-new 737 airframe. But David Hess, CEO of engine-maker Pratt
& Whitney, warns Boeing not to bet on that.
Tulare County, CA Sheriff First To Employ Popular LSA In Police
The Tulare County, California Sheriff's Office has taken
delivery of the first "law enforcement" model of the Flight Design
CTLE LSA, which has been modified to accommodate special equipment
to help it perform its new duties.TCSD Reserve Captain David
Williams and Lt. Marsh Carter traveled to Woodstock, CT last month
to pick up the airplane and fly it back to California.
Agency Says Older Scanners Will Be Converted Through Software
TSA Administrator John Pistole has announced the expenditure of
about $44.8 million for the purchase of 300 millimeter wave
Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for deployment to
airports nationwide. The new machines have automated target
recognition software. These so-called "stick figure" scanners are
designed to eliminate revealing, passenger-specific images.
A third S-76D prototype helicopter has joined the aircraft's
certification flight test program, according to Sikorsky officials
in Florida. “D3,” the third prototype, recently flew
for the first time, officially taking its place as the program's
primary vehicle to certify the avionics and electrical systems. The
S-76D helicopter flight test program has achieved more than 500
flight hours to-date with its first two prototypes.
Latest Temporary Funding Extension Ends September 16
Members of at least four aviation employee unions rallied
Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport Wednesday morning,
calling on members of Congress returning from their summer break to
immediately pass another FAA funding bill, before the current
extension runs out on September 16.
“The Tulare County Sheriff's Department will be
the first agency in the U.S. to put a Light-Sport Aircraft into
full time service in support of Patrol, just as many agencies do
with a helicopter.” Source: Tulare County
Sheriff's Office Reserve Captain David Williams.
The term “bilateral agreement” means an executive
agreement between the U.S. Government and the government of another
country to facilitate the airworthiness approval or acceptance of
civil aeronautical products exported from one country (contracting
state) to the other.
Many states have pilots' organizations to promiate avaition in a
way that national organizations can't. One such group is the Oregon
Pilots' Association, who's stated goal is to promote aviation in
the State of Oregon and to provide information to pilots and anyone
interested in general aviation.