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April 25, 2006

FAA To NATCA: No Deal

Smackdown!

Last week, Aero-News reported on National Air Traffic Controllers Association president John Carr's attempt to convince the FAA to return to the bargaining table. That request was met with silence from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey... until Tuesday, when Blakey (below, right) responded. Here's the letter.

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FAA Prepares For Possible Mass Controller Exodus

NATCA Says Membership May Opt For Early Retirement

It wasn't all that long ago that a hiring binge began at the FAA, to replace striking air traffic controllers fired by President Ronald Reagan after they refused to return to work... and now, those controllers are looking at their own retirement, for several reasons -- not the least of those reasons is, again, a labor contract dispute.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.25.06): Circling Approach: Airport in Sight

Aero-Tips!

A question that often comes up when training pilots about circling approaches is, "when is it required to miss the approach during the circling portion of the maneuver?"

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.25.06)

Aero-Linx!

Lockheed Skunk Works -- the name brings to mind stealth and secrecy. The Skunk Works is the birthplace of numerous top secret aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.25.06): DHOV

Aero-Terms!

Depart from Hover -- A guidance mode providing lateral guidance, longitudinal guidance and vertical guidance for a set heading or bank angle, a set speed, and a set climb rate, altitude or pitch.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.25.06)

"...a veritable caricature of an al-Qaida terrorist"

"...the operative who couldn't shoot straight"

"...the only al-Qaida operative inept enough to be captured before 9/11."

Source: Three of defense attorney Gerald Zerkin's Keystone Kops-like characterizations of confessed al-Qaeda operative Zacharias Moussaoui, in closing arguments Monday in the man's death penalty case.

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