A newspaper investigation shows the Air Force gave Boeing five
months to examine and, in many cases, rewrite the Request For
Proposal on a fleet of refueling aircraft to replace the aging
KC-135s. Knight-Ridder Newspapers reports Boeing officials
eliminated 19 of the specific capabilities requested by the USAF.
There were only 26 in total.
That's not all. The newspaper chain reports Air Force procurement
officials then gave Airbus just 12 days to answer the bid before
awarding the contract to Boeing. Even so, Airbus met 20 of the 26
An excellent job of integrating a backup power source with an
agile electric attitude indicator has made Mid-Continent's
"Lifesaver Gyro" an instant hit at this year's AEA 2004 Convention
Currently the only attitude indicator to offer a self-contained
battery backup, the MCI 4300 AI provides one hour of emergency
attitude reference -- no matter what happens to the aircraft's main
power sources... including the airframe battery(s).
Another event that looks to supplant activities once associated
with the ailing Sun 'n fun Fly-In is starting to look like it might
have the right stuff to do so. Preparation continues for the U.S.
Sport Aviation Expo to be held at the Sebring Regional Airport
(KSEF) from October 28-31, 2004. This event is centered around the
class of aircraft defined by the FAA as Light Sport Aircraft. The
field layout is nearly complete, sponsors are being solicited, the
office is open, volunteers are being recruited and the website is
available for those desiring information about exhibiting, camping,
admission fees and the many other details of an event of this
Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first of 25 70-seat
CRJ700 Series 701(i) regional jets to US Airways' wholly-owned
subsidiary PSA Airlines of Dayton, Ohio. It is the first 70-seat
aircraft to operate in the US Airways Express fleet.
Bombardier announced on May 12, 2003 that US Airways had placed
firm orders for 60 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200(i) and 25 Bombardier
EMS Technologies has introduced a new 406-1 Emergency Locator
Transmitter (ELT) at the Aircraft Electronics Association's 47th
Annual Convention and Tradeshow. EMS's advanced life-saving
technology is now accessible to a wide range of aircraft operators,
most notably, small aircraft owners. EMS's innovation brings the
ELT to the aviation market at a more affordable price and in a
smaller package than previously was available.
Demand for Max-Viz Enhanced Vision Systems Equipment
Max-Viz has announced the company's first Enhanced Vision
Systems U.S. Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of its EVS-1000
system onboard the Falcon 900A, B, C and EX aircraft.
"This U.S. Federal Aviation certification of the Falcon 900 is
another milestone win for our company," said Jim Tuttle, Max-Viz
A senior Air Force official told lawmakers March 25 that the
service would not be interested in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter if
a technical glitch could not be overcome or if program funds were
cut off. The general's meeting came in response to
subcommittee chairman Rep. Curt Weldon’s question about
Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche’s testimony
March 24 before the Senate Committee on Appropriations subcommittee
Egyptian Airline Faulted for 'Abnormal' Flight Path
Note to all airline pilots flying over France: Don't deviate.
The crew of a Luxor Air jet flew what French air officials
characterized as "a completely abnormal" flight path over the city
of Nantes. As a result, the French government has banned the
Egyptian airlines from flying over the country. Michel Wachenheim,
director-general of France's Civil Aviation Authority, said Luxor
Air's flying rights in France were suspended during a investigation
into the March 21 flight from Luxor, Egypt, to Nantes in western
EMS Technologies, Inc. has announced that for the first time its
renowned AMT-50 multi-channel SATCOM antenna has been installed and
integrated with the HSD-128 high-speed data terminal aboard a
TC Communications performed the installation on a Boeing 234
twin-rotor helicopter for the National Fire Administration (NFA) of
Taiwan. This helicopter is used for disaster management and
search-and-rescue missions, and has been operational since November
Where did they go? The Ukrainian defense minister says hundreds
of SAM missiles are missing from his country's arsenal and he has
no clue as to where those pesky things have gotten off to.
"We are looking for several hundred missiles," said Defense
Minister Yevhen Marchuk, in an interview published in the newspaper
Den. "They have already been decommissioned, but we cannot find
For the first time since introducing the controversial space
tourist program, Russia has reportedly found someone who actually
has a mission.
Gregory Olsen is a scientist who made his mark in the optics
business. Sure, he'll still have to fork over $20 million for the
ride, but he wants to do more than float around the cabin of the
International Space Station eating food out of tubes.
So you say you're an airline, down on your luck? Well, no more.
All you need to do is land in Sarasota (FL). Often.
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is trying to lure more
low-fare airlines to its runways. So the idea is pretty simple:
Offer them cash. Two million dollars, to be precise.
Employees from several states will picket The Boeing Company's
headquarters Tuesday, protesting the aerospace giant's "continued
efforts to cut its United States workforce while expanding overseas
Members and union officials from the Society of Professional
Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001,
AFL-CIO, will set up pickets at 9:00 am outside Boeing World
Headquarters, 100 North Riverside Plaza. Around noon, the group
will march to Chicago City Hall to draw attention to the $22
million of city-backed incentives used to attract Boeing.
"Meeting today on price was very good. Darleen (Druyun, then
still an Air Force official) spent most of the time bringing the
USAF price up to our number. ... It was a good day. She may be
running her own covert operation on this one, so we probably don't
want to discuss openly."
Source: Boeing's man in charge of the tanker deal,
Bob Gower, in an email during the five months when Boeing was
reportedly allowed by the USAF to rewrite proposal requirements on
100 new air-to-air tankers. Druyun was a negotiator for the Air
Force in the tanker talks. Shortly after Boeing won the contract,
she went to work for the aerospace giant. But a few months later,
she and Boeing CFO Mike Sears were fired and CEO Phil Condit
resigned, all under intense scrutiny after allegations t
ARINC and AeroMech say they've teamed up to offer complete RVSM
(Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum) solutions for popular Cessna,
Beechjet, and Hawker business jet airframes. The teaming agreement
between the two companies gives the market a new choice in RVSM