Cessna has delivered its 5000th single engine piston aircraft, a
Skylane, since the restart of production in Independence, Kansas.
This milestone took place only seven years after the delivery of
the first Independence-built airplane. The 5,000th airplane was
purchased by Mr. Karl Fillip of Alliance Equipment Leasing, LLC.
Hill Aircraft and Leasing Corporation, a Cessna Sales Team
Authorized Representative (CSTAR) in Atlanta, was instrumental in
the sale of the aircraft.
We're expecting a release shortly, but we've received info that
indicates that FAA Administrator Marion Blakey has named Cendant
Corp's Ramesh Punwani to be the FAA's new CFO. Punwani holds a
Master's in business administration in finance from New York
University and a Master's in management science from Cornell
University. He received a Bachelor's in industrial engineering from
the Indian Institute of Technology (India). More recently, Ramesh
was VP of tour and cruise relations and director of business
development for American Express before joining Travelocity.com.
From September '93 to '96, he was Sr. VP and CFO for Empire Blue
Cross and Blue Shield.
Pilots flying into the Albuquerque within the not-too-distant
future will see evidence of progress at the area's general aviation
airport. The FAA has released $3.1 million to fund runway upgrades
at Albuquerque's Double Eagle II Airport. The money will be used to
rebuild runway 17-35 at the general aviation facility that supports
240 aircraft and 120,000 takeoffs and landings each year. Within
five years Double Eagle is expected to be home to Eclipse
Aviation's new $90 million manufacturing facility as well as a host
of Eclipse's suppliers.
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is to begin
working with leaders in flying training to develop fresh
initiatives to deliver the best possible flying instruction to all
students, from beginners to experienced pilots refreshing or
upgrading their skills. The aim will be to find more effective ways
for CASA to help trainers provide the highest possible standards of
instruction. The new commitment to flying training follows an
initial study by CASA of general aviation fatal accidents over a
The search for a missing plane came to a sad end on Wednesday.
Searchers found the wreckage of a Piper Saratoga that crashed while
carrying three Illinois couples home from a NASCAR race in South
Carolina. FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said there were no
survivors. Ground crews had been searching a heavily wooded
mountainside in southeastern Kentucky near where the plane was last
spotted on radar Sunday night. Cory said investigators from the FAA
and National Transportation Safety Board were enroute to the
We got a great note from ANN Reader, Roy, who sent us the
following humorous missive because, "It seems like everything is so
serious these days, (so) I thought you might like to hear about the
following exchange that occurred a few days ago."
The pertinent details have been changed to protect the guilty, from
those bereft of a funny bone...