Our friends at AEA have started alerting the aviation industry
(primarily, repair stations) to comment on problems they see with
the latest DRAFT Part 145 Training AC. We're happy to pass it along
to you and urge you to suppport AEA's effots with your study of the
Draft AC and your comments.
SUBJECT: FAA Publishes DRAFT Part 145 Training AC
SUMMARY: The long awaited Advisory Circular
defining the scope and description of the Repair Station Training
manual has now been published for public review and comment.
Alert To Pilots: Wing Upper Surface Ice Accumulation
As a result of a recent takeoff accident that has generated much
discussion about the effects of wing upper surface ice
accumulations, the National Transportation Safety Board is issuing
the following alert letter to pilots:
Wing Upper Surface Ice Accumulation Alert
The National Transportation Safety Board has long been concerned
about the insidious nature of the effects of small amounts of ice
accumulated on an airplane's upper wing surface.
Orders 10 Boeing 7E7s, Accelerates Leases for Next-Generation
737s, Adds 757s to Fleet
Boeing and Continental Airlines have just announced major steps
in support of the airline's growth, including its plans to purchase
ten 7E7 Dreamliner airplanes. The companies signed an agreement
calling for delivery of the 7E7-8s beginning in 2009. The 7E7 order
is valued at approximately US$1.3 billion at list prices. Boeing
and Continental expect to formally complete the agreement early in
By ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell
On a recent jaunt to DC, I worked the halls of Congress as well
as the offices of many of the alphabet associations and government
agencies that support the aviation world. It was a fascinating
week... with some interesting intel and rumors coming to light.
To many in the aviation and aerospace community, their interest
in such lofty pursuits was sparked by the work a singular talent
that wrote long and well about the things to be seen and done
beyond this Earth. We're pleased to say that this man, Sir Arthur
Clarke, who has made his home in Sri Lanka for many years, has
survived the recent devastation experienced in that part of the
Among the most avidly read special issues of our year are ANN's
Year-End Wrap-Up and New Year's Expectations and Prognostications.
Each year we wrap up the 'year that was' on December 31st... in
terms of the top stories, people and issues that made the year so
memorable and rearkable. But... we still need YOUR input this time
Crew Chief's Small Discovery Uncovers Large Safety Problem
Sergeant Shawn A. Howard is a defensive weapon of the rarest
kind. He is one of only a handful of Marines who ensure the safety
of combat aircraft at the depot level. He has a personal stake in
An AP story making the rounds suggests that the FBI is
investigating a possible laster attack on a commercial airliner.
Details are scant, but the report asserts that an airliner
traveling some 15 miles away from the Cleveland-Hopkins Airport was
struck by a high-intensity laser at 8500 feet.
This direct final rule removes the requirement for a pyrotechnic
signaling device required for aircraft operated for hire over water
and beyond power-off gliding distance from shore for air carriers
operating under part 121 unless it is part of a required life
A loss of fuel to both engines resulted in a dual-engine
flameout causing an F-15 Eagle to crash June 18 about 60 miles
north of Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., according to an Air Force
report released Dec. 29.
The B-17, Liberty Belle, took to the air for the first time in
almost four decades on 8 December 2004 putting the flying back into
Flying Fortress again. Don Brooks, founder of the Liberty
Foundation, was on hand to see the maiden flight as she circled
over the former Flying Tigers Warbird Museum (having been clobbered
into temporary closure by a number of consecutive hurricanes)
at the Kissimmee Gateway airport in Florida where she had spent the
last 14 years under restoration.
By John Alan Cohan, Esq.
Clearly, the aviation industry industry is important to the
economy of the United States. There are many issues that have come
into sharp focus for the aviation industry since the September 11
terrorist attacks, including effects of the free market, increased
insurance costs, terrorism, change in customer habits, expenses led
by new security measures, rising fuel costs, and emerging markets
such as ownership of fractional interests in private aircraft.
Airmen from Yokota Air Base, Japan, are among those bringing the
first wave of relief for people on the coastlines of Southeast Asia
and Eastern Africa. The area was devastated by a massive 9.0
magnitude earthquake and equally powerful tsunamis.
"This is NOT the GA and BizAv
industry of old, where it took phenomenal pressure to provoke
a reaction... this is a proactive as well as aggressively
reactive industry that knows that it must protect itself at all
costs... even from foes who should be on their side to begin with.
We lost a lot as a result of 9/11, we're not going to give anything
else up without one hell of a fight."
Source: ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell,
commenting on rumors that the airline industry may seek to place
some of the blame for their misfortunes on the BizAv and GA
world's "not paying their fair share" for their use
of America's aviation infrastructure... even though studies
suggest that such an argument is bot