They were aiming for a Taliban commander. Instead, an American
warplane flying over Afghanistan hit a village in the Afghan
mountains, killing nine children.
American officials say the attack indeed killed former Taliban
commander Mullah Wazir. Locals in the village, however, say he
escaped. Still, the collateral damage threatened to inflame the
Afghan public. American Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said he was
"deeply saddened" by what he termed the "tragic loss of life" in
the village of Hutala in southern Afghanistan.
It was the latest strike in which civilians were killed, prompting
the UN envoy to that war-torn country to say he's "profoundly
distressed." Lakhdar Brahimi said the airstrike, "follows similar
incidents (and) adds to a sense of insecurity and fear in the
Making Oscar Skyworthy Again
Imagine this: A WWII Luftwaffe cadet restoring a Japanese Oscar in
But that's just what Herb Tischler and his son, George, are doing
at Meacham Field in Fort Worth (TX). They're rebuilding four
Japanese Ki-43-IIIa fighters from the rusted hulks of aircraft that
originally rolled off the Nakajima assembly lines between 1939 and
Boeing Commercial Aircraft has made such a big noise about its
newest commercial aircraft prospect, the 7E7 Dreamliner, that it
may be too late to back out.
Boeing's board of directors is scheduled to decide whether the
company will push forward with the project at its meeting December
15th. New Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher said last week that he fully
supports the new project. Already, the company has staged a
worldwide competition to name the aircraft, a nationwide
competition for a community in which to base its assembly plant and
has divided work on the project among several different countries.
It looks for all the world like the only thing left is to sign on
the bottom line.
Expect a lot of heat and smoke, but not much in the way of
substance when President Bush announces his new "bold agenda" for
So says the Orlando Sentinel. NASA documents obtained by
the newspaper, as well as interviews it's conducted, indicate the
new agenda will look an awfully lot like the old one.
But it's designed to sound good. One internal NASA document written
as a talking-points paper for the White House puts it like
"A house with no foundation falls, and a journey without a plan
traps us in the wilderness. To move America and the world boldly
into our greatest frontier we must build the foundations of mind,
technology and experience. Without them, our journey into space
would be only a visit. With them, we can stay. Our childr
Richard Branson went to Toulouse, France, recently, looking in
on his order for six Airbus A380s. He apparently liked what he saw.
"It's an absolute dream," Branson said enthusiastically.
The A380 will be able to hold as many as 800 passengers. The Boeing
747 typically comes with 450 seats. Boeing's only aim at competing
with the Airbus, the 747X, was cancelled in 2001.
"It's going to be a beautiful plane," said Branson of the A380,
"and it's going to have a lot of wonderful things in it."
Two people aboard a single-engine, two-place aircraft, were
killed Saturday when it went down just 300 yards from the Boone
County (AR) Regional Airport. There's no indication yet as to what
caused the accident.
Workers at a nearby softball complex said the aircraft appeared to
be "dumping fuel" before it went down. They reported smelling avgas
as they say it fell around them.
AOPA President Phil Boyer and senior staff this week told the
National Transportation Safety Board members that the association
can be a real asset to the NTSB when it has general aviation
"Only one of the board members has any significant GA experience,"
said Boyer. "We wanted the other members to understand that there
are often non-regulatory ways to improve safety, and that AOPA can
help with pilot education."
Boyer and AOPA Senior Vice President of Government and Technical
Affairs Andy Cebula began by introducing the board members to AOPA
members. They explained that AOPA is the world's largest civil
aviation organization and that AOPA members account for some two
thirds of the entire US pilot population.
A WestJet 737 headed from Calgary to Winnipeg last week was
forced to turn back because of a faulty air conditioning unit,
which caused a slow depressurization in the aircraft cabin,
according to the airline. The aircraft was able to return to
Calgary without incident, albeit at a much-increased rate of
WestJet executives were angry at Canadian media reports the
aircraft "nose dived" toward the airport after the pressurization
problem was discovered. Some media outlets reported the aircraft
lost more than 16,000 feet of altitude in only one minute.
The Van Allen Belt is described by some as a magnetic shield,
standing between Earth and the harm it might be caused by magnetic
storms on the surface of the sun. But the shield is porous and
often, huge amounts of solar wind seep through, causing problems
for astronauts and their vehicles, aircraft on the move and even
powerplants on the ground.
Those findings came from scientists last week in the wake of the
biggest solar storm ever recorded. Published in the journal Nature,
lead researcher Harald Frey of the University of California's
Berkeley campus, says this new information "will help us to make
more accurate space weather predictions."
Volvo Aero Corporation has been selected as a major contributor
to the General Electric Aircraft Engines (GEAE) F414M/MT engine for
the EADS Mako trainer.
A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, has been signed between GEAE
and Volvo Aero Corporation. The MoU involves cooperation on
development activities, hardware production, final assembly and
testing, up to a total engine value of 30 percent.
Bombardier President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Tellier
(right), wants government policy-makers and industry stake holders
to develop a comprehensive Canadian aerospace policy.
"If the Canadian aerospace industry is to survive with the
reputation of excellence it has gained worldwide with continued
benefits to our economy, the Government of Canada and all stake
holders will have to join together to establish the basic tenets of
a comprehensive aerospace policy," Tellier told the Vancouver Board
Thai 747 Lands Safely After Damage Discovered
Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Authority says there was never really
any danger when the crew on board Orient Thai Airlines Flight 261
spotted a hole in the wing of their 747-200.
It happened Thursday, about 15 minutes into the flight from Hong
Kong to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
"The aircraft didn't request any sort of assistance, but we took
our own initiative to provide what we call a local stand-by ... the
lightest level for [the] airport's emergency service," said Norman
Lo, deputy director of the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. "If
there is anything wrong with the aircraft or if the aircraft has
any handling difficulties, I'm sure the pilot would be requesting
emergency landing and full emergency service."
Just when Air Canada thought it was going to meet up with its
white knight and all his money, it now appears there's another
suitor for the bankrupt Canadian airline. Cerberus Corporation is
expected to tender an offer for the company that could top an offer
already on the table from Victor Li's Trinity Time
The Trinity offer is about $650 million and would make Li the
biggest single investor in Air Canada. "We'll be vigorously seeking
the court's approval of the agreement," Mark Gelowitz, a lawyer for
Trinity, said of tomorrow's court hearing.
"When you don't have plans, it becomes a challenge. But it's a
neat thing to bring back a piece of history."
Source: George Tischler, who, along with his
77-year old father, Herb, is rebuilding four Ki-43-IIIa "Oscars."
The aircraft are being reconstructed from original parts found in
northernmost Japan. About two percent of the parts will be
original. The aircraft will be powered by DC-3 1830 engines, since
no original powerplants are available.
Where are the safest skies in the world? Over Fort Worth (TX)
and points west, according to FAA officials. The agency's southwest
region has become one of the most accident-free operations in
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports controllers at
Alliance Airport, north of the city, have never experienced an
accident in their 15 years of operation. At Meacham Field, there
hasn't been an accident reported in nine years.
"Knock on wood, we've been lucky," Meacham tower manager Gene
Kasson said. "Anybody at any time, regardless of experience, can
have an operational error. I don't know what it is about the
region. I wish there was a magic potion you could take."
The NTSB says there are two reasons a Cessna 414 with a Riley
Super-8 conversion crashed at Marshfield Municipal Airport (WI) two
years ago: engine problems and pilot error.
The Marshfield News Herald reports CFIs Mitchell Schier,
41, and Andrew Maly, 31, both of Marshfield, along with Michael
Cervi, 30, of Marana (AZ), died in the crash. Shier was trying to
land the aircraft after it started losing power in the left engine.
The three were headed to Doniphan (MO) in the 1974 Cessna.