"The Capacity To Allow Travelers To Choose How, Where, And When
A plan to help the Nation meet the demands of a future aviation
system that someday could include air taxis, micro-jets and
commercial space vehicles, was unveiled today by Transportation
Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and officials from NASA and others, who
called it "a blueprint that will lead to the transformation of
America’s air transportation network."
There is something to be said for tradition. Every new
commercial jet that Boeing has rolled out -- all the way back to
the 707 -- has had one thing in common: Its designation begins and
ends with a seven and there's a number in the middle.
The fact that the Lancair Columbia 400 is the fastest certified
piston powered aircraft in production today is common knowledge,
but high performance is about more than just posting a big number
like the Columbia 400’s 235 knot maximum cruise. The folks at
Lancair understand that performance means different things to
Demanding Washington Stop Airlines From Assaulting Their
Thousands of union flight attendants, other union members and
labor supporters rallied in Lafayette Park near the White House and
at airports across the country Wednesday, hoping to focus attention
on the "need for government action to stop management's assault on
workers' pensions, health care and jobs in the airline
Plan of Reorganization Approved by Bankruptcy Court, Mooney
Airplane Company Stock to Be Reacquired
Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd.'s Plan of Reorganization was
approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
Wednesday. A court order has been submitted to the judge for
signature. As of December 15, 2004 the company will have a new
trading symbol, MNYG.OB.
"22-Romeo Golf, Turn Right On Hwy 933, Hold Short At The Red
When 25-year old Craig Miers of Windham, NH, got up Tuesday
morning, he probably had no intention of becoming a hero by the end
of the day. But that's just what happened when his Pilatus PC-12
Eagle was forced down over Roseland, IN. Miers landed the aircraft
in the middle of lunchtime traffic.
The first full-blown test of the missile shield in almost two
years fizzled on the pad Wednesday when the interceptor rocket shut
itself down just prior to launch. That could spell setback for
plans to deploy an early version of the missile defense by the end
of the year.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the
Federal Aviation Administration:
Conduct a review of the emergency procedure training for pilots
of helicopters equipped with the Rolls-Royce Model 250 series IV
engine to evaluate pilots propensity to take inappropriate action
in response to an in-flight failure of the full authority digital
electronic control (FADEC) system and require any necessary changes
to emergency procedures and training to better prepare pilots to
cope with in-flight FADEC failures.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the
Federal Aviation Administration expeditiously do the
Require all pilots and operators of Cessna 208 series
airplanes equipped for flight into known icing conditions to
undergo seasonal training for ground deicing and flight into icing
conditions on an annual basis.
Canadians will not sit
idly by and watch Bombardier die. That's the word from Ottawa,
where lawmakers are making ready a bail-out package for the
transportation giant worth at least CAN $300 million.
"You cannot just look at a company that's in a crisis point and
say, 'Well, we're going to let it die, and live with the ripple
GAMA has given a solid thumbs-up to the just-released integrated
plan for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) as
an essential milestone needed to avoid gridlock in the
nation’s air transportation system.
The last planned work-ups for a deployment of F-14D Tomcats
began at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans
Nov. 30, when Fighter Squadron (VF) 213 arrived at the base to
begin their Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program (SFARP)
training with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 204.
The NBAA says nine individuals have successfully passed the
Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination, administered October
11 in Las Vegas, NV. Through the certification process, NBAA and
the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) say they're
trying to raise the level of professionalism and quality of
management within flight departments.
More Than $250,000 Available In 2005 Aviation Scholarships
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is opening the door
for aviation's next generation by offering its 2005 scholarship
awards, valued at more than $250,000. Applications for these
scholarships, grants and internship programs are now being accepted
through March 30, 2005.
B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell To Tour Florida As First
Part of Nationwide Tour
The schedule is posted for The Collings Foundation Wings of
Freedom Tour -- one of the top WWII heavy bomber barnstorming tour
programs in the country. The 2005 season will be starting with a
21-city tour of Florida featuring two of the most famous bomber
aircraft of World War II, the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress and
North American B-25J Mitchell.
Effective Immediately, New Company Will Be Headquartered At
Aircraft Components Company, Inc. (ACC), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and
Turbine Aircraft Components, Inc. (TAC), of Addison, Texas,
announced the merger of the two companies effective immediately.
The merged companies will operate under the name of Aircraft
Components Company and will be headquartered in Tulsa. Until a
General Manager is appointed, the new company will be jointly
managed by Mary Pat Barnes, formerly President of ACC, and Tom
Berscheidt, formerly President of TAC.
The Aerospace Industries Association strongly supports the Next
Generation Air Transportation System Integrated Plan released today
and will work with government and industry members to see it to
fruition, AIA President and CEO John W. Douglass said.
"It won’t be long before the nation’s airspace will
be filled with more aircraft of all kinds, like air taxi services,
new commercial jetliners, on-demand micro jets, and commercial
space vehicles. This plan sets the course as we begin our journey
into the second century of aviation."
Source: Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta,
introducing the DOT's Future Vision for Air Transportation in