A Eurocopter AStar news helicopter, operating under contract for
a local NBC affiliate, went down late Tuesday, injuring the three
people on board.
The helicopter went down at 1820 while working a story in Brooklyn,
NY. Video of the accident shows the aircraft rotating swiftly
before impacting the side of a building, sustaining significant
fuselage damage and then impacting on the roof of a nearby
Air France Lands KLM, Alitalia Left To Grapple With
Air France and Holland's KLM Airlines completed their merger
Monday night, making the new airline the third biggest in the world
-- behind American and United.
The deal, reportedly worth $1.03 billion, did not include Alitalia,
the Italian carrier that had hoped to be part of the final package.
Now, Italian officials are scrambling for a way to bail out the
troubled airline, hoping that Alitalia can reach a restructuring
deal with its unions.
Agency Affirms AOPA Argument Against Anti-Aviation
The aviation industry has won a small battle against those who
would see aviation curtailed and harmed for their own selfish
interests. The FAA has turned down a petition from a Massachusetts
anti-noise group to require aircraft owners to put two-foot-high N
numbers under their wings.
It's like watching a game of Russian roulette. The honchos of
the country's three biggest airlines, all sitting at the same
podium, all agreeing that a lot of legacy carriers will soon go the
way of the dodo. The biggest unasked question at the table: who's
gonna get it?
New Helicopter production figures for the first three months of
2004 show Robinson leading with 158 deliveries followed by Bell
with 16, Sikorsky with 8, and Schweizer with 7. Robinson deliveries
for the quarter included 104 R44s and 54 R22s, a record high for
the company. This is an 82% increase over the first quarter of 2003
when Robinson delivered 57 R44s and 30 R22s.
A look at the 1Q/04 stats shows that Cirrus shipped 1 Cirrus SRV,
38 Cirrus SR20s, and 66 Cirrus SR22s as compared to Cessna's 8 172
Skyhawks, 53 172S Skyhawks, 20 182 Skylanes, and 8 182T Skylanes.
The totals add up to 105 four seaters for Cirrus Design and 89
Cessna Skyhawks and Skylanes (their only four seaters).
The TSA says eight airports have been selected to participate in
TSA's Access Control Pilot Program which will test Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) technology, Anti-Piggybacking technology,
advanced video surveillance technology and various biometric
There's probably nothing more embarrassing than an equipment
malfunction that draws attention to your aircraft. Well, on second
thought, there probably are more embarrassing things, but you can
be the captain of a Singapore Airlines Airbus A340-500 is wishing
all of them upon himself right about now.
The aircraft, headed from Singapore to Los Angeles, apparently
suffered a transponder malfunction which reset the transponder to
indicate a hijacking aboard (7500). That's the captain's story,
according to the FAA.
Governments of the European Union want the multi-national
parliament to go ahead and approve an agreement with Washington to
share passenger data, including credit card information and meal
preferences, with US intelligence services.
Turbo Commander Was Taking Them Home To Mexico City
Seven Mexican drug agents are dead after their Turbo Commander
mysteriously exploded on a flight from Juarez to Mexico City
Sunday. All seven were federal officers who flew anti-drug missions
over the mountains of Chihuahua.
Boeing has acquired Frontier Systems Inc., developer of the
A-160 Hummingbird and Maverick unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Frontier’s platforms and technologies add to Boeing’s
portfolio and capabilities in unmanned systems that include the
Joint Unmanned Combat Air System X-45, ScanEagle and other concepts
under development. Terms of the acquisition have not been
Global Aviation Launches Full-Service FBO at Hillsboro
Global Aviation has expanded its offerings to include Fixed-Base
Operator (FBO) services at Hillsboro airport (HIO). With its
regional FBO capabilities, Global Aviation now offers the concierge
and maintenance services desired by corporate executives and
private aircraft operators around the world.
"There will be fewer of the legacy, or network carriers. What is
harder to fathom or figure out are which ones are going to make
Source: American Airlines CEO Gerald Arpey,
speaking at a round-table discussion in Fort Worth (TX) on the
future of the airline industry. His fellow panelists, Continental
CEO Gordon Bethune and Southwest President Jim Parker, agreed that
change is in the wind. But, while Arpey and Bethune said the field
of competitors will probably be narrowed to just two or three
legacy carriers and as many low-cost carriers, Parker suggested
that the number of airlines in the business might not drop.