Near Richard Meredith-Hardy's Microlight Base Camp
A DeHavelland Twin Otter flying from the capital of Nepal to a
base camp on Mount Everest has crashed, killing all three crew
members on board.
News reports from the region indicate the aircraft (file photo of
actual aircraft, above) was flying from Katmandu to Lukla, where
Richard Meredith-Hardy's record-setting expedition is based.
Cascade Aircraft Development Company of Oregon (CADCOR) has
commenced testing of a new, high performance, 2 place, carbon
fiber, aerobatic aircraft called "the Chanute." The first flight in
type was April 23, 2004. In the subsequent 30 days, CADCOR has
logged 50 sorties evaluating flight characteristics in both the
normal and unlimited aerobatic envelopes.
New sounds of disintegration forced evacuations near the
collapsed international terminal at Charles DeGaulle Airport in
Paris Monday. Airport officials are now thinking of razing the
entire building to the ground in the wake of Sunday's deadly
Eleven Hours Of Learning At AOPA Fly-In And Open House
If a good pilot is always learning, then the 14th annual AOPA
Fly-In and Open House will be your chance to be a very good pilot.
AOPA and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation will offer 11 hours of
aviation seminars during the June 5 event at AOPA headquarters in
It's the sort of proof no one was hoping for -- an indication
that skyrocketing fuel prices are cutting into the commercial
airline business. It's sort of like kicking a man when he's down
(or just getting up).
United Airlines says it may have to lay off more employees because
of increased fuel costs. The bankrupt carrier's chief operating
officer, Pete McDonald, said "there's always a potential," when
asked whether the higher prices for fuel would result in lay
CMC Electronics Inc. has launched a new, second-generation Class
2 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) designed specifically for airlines
and the discerning business jet owner. This new EFB,
designated the CMA-1100, bridges the gap between low-end
off-the-shelf PC tablets and high-end Class 3 EFBs, by offering an
avionics-grade hardware package and certification to DO-160D.
Adam Aircraft Announces $150 Million Order For Its New Breed Of
Adam Aircraft says a new air taxi company led by aviation
industry legends Donald Burr and Robert Crandall has placed a 75
aircraft order for its A700 AdamJet. The new air taxi company (so
new it doesn't even have a name yet) claims to be creating a
new class of on-demand, point-to-point air transportation bringing
the benefits of private jet travel to a much broader group of
frequent travelers. Both Adam Aircraft and the new venture think
they will be the first to market in this closely-followed aviation
segment, with FAA certification and first delivery of the A700 in
the first quarter of 2005 [E-I-C Note: Though the track record for
this company and normal certification timelines doesn't sugg
Almost 200 soldiers at Alaska's Fort Wainright have a new tool
in their arsenal: Four new tactical UAVs designed for
The AAI Shadow 200 TUAVs are being used to train the 22 soldiers
who will supervise their launches, flights and recoveries over the
Land of the Northern Lights.
Two Air Force Reserve Command C-130 Hercules aircraft and their
crews deployed to Mesa, Ariz., May 23 to prepare for fire season in
Arizona. The planes, equipped with the modular airborne
firefighting system, are being pre-positioned to augment the Forest
Dassault Aviation Tuesday introduced the Falcon 900DX, a large
cabin tri-jet that combines Falcon safety, technology and
performance with fuel efficiency and value. The 900DX fills a niche
between Falcon's 2000EX and 900EX models.
Stuart Matthews To Receive NBAA Meritorious Service Award --
Allan B. Lane To Receive Doswell Award
The NBAA has selected Stuart Matthews, president and CEO of
Flight Safety Foundation, as the recipient of the 2004 NBAA Award
for Meritorious Service to Aviation. Past NBAA Chairman Allan B.
Lane, retired aviation manager and chief pilot for BP Amoco, will
receive the 2004 NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell Award.
Returning Board Member: G. Edward Newton, Jr.
G. Edward Newton, Jr. will continue to represent the Corporate
Sector on the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Board of
Directors. Newton is currently Chief Pilot of Helicopter Operations
and Manager of Safety, Standards, Training & Special Projects
with Honeywell Corporation.
Donning traditional cap and gown, EAA Founder and Chairman Paul
H. Poberezny received an honorary doctorate from the University of
Wisconsin-Oshkosh during the school's spring commencement
ceremonies last weekend. The honor, made in recognition of Paul's
contributions to aviation, Wisconsin, and the Oshkosh area, is the
third received by the EAA founder. (Others include from Milwaukee
School of Engineering (1989) and St. Louis University (1991.)
E-2 Program Prototypes Applying Lessons Learned In Recent
The Naval Air Systems Command has successfully prototyped a
commercial navigation system currently installed in two of the US
Navy’s E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. The GNS-530, originally
produced for commercial aviation applications by Garmin
International of Olathe, Kansas, will bring dual utility to the
Hawkeye cockpit by simultaneously satisfying Communication,
Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM)
enhanced display requirements while also providing precision
approach to the E-2C Fleet.
Makes European Commitment with New Parts Distribution
Raytheon Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution (RAPID) is
duplicating its success with its Dallas parts distribution center
by opening a new parts distribution center in Liege, Belgium to
serve Beechcraft and Hawker customers in Europe.
"The first is the call sign identity, such as Aer Lingus EIN
123. The next line is the altitude, and the third is the speed. The
display of information to the controllers should have identified
the aircraft by their call signs but this did not happen."
Source: Lilian Cassin, spokeswoman for the Irish
Aviation Authority, on the failure of a new Thales ATC computer
system at Dublin Airport. The brand new system spat out numbers
instead of transponder information Sunday, forcing air traffic
controllers to turn it off and go back to the old system. The same
Thales system is installed at Shannon Airport.