or the second time in two years, Arlington (VA) based US Airways
sought protection from its creditors Sunday, filing for Chapter 11
bankruptcy. The move came after the airline couldn't get $800
million in annual concessions from its unions.
It's a done deal. Over the weekend, members of Local Lodge 774
of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM) enthusiastically approved a new collective bargaining
agreement with Cessna Aircraft Company.
Bombardier Aerospace tells ANN that the US Airways' filing for
bankruptcy protection will not affect total aircraft deliveries for
this fiscal year. As of September 10, 2004, there were 45
Bombardier CRJ aircraft (comprised of two CRJ200 and 43 CRJ700) yet
to be delivered to US Airways from the original order of 85
aircraft signed in May 2003.
Air Jamaica returned to the air Sunday, resuming air passenger
service to and from Jamaica following the passing of Hurricane
Ivan. All Air Jamaica service to and from Jamaica had been
suspended for two days on Friday and Saturday.
Despite $12 Billion In Security Upgrades, Few Passengers, Bags
Think about it for a minute. Since September 11th, 2001,
Washington has spent more than $12 billion to improve security at
airports and in the sky. Privately contracted security screeners
have been replaced by federal screeners. The Bush administration
created the Department of Homeland Security, which in turn spawned
Naples Airport Authority, Jet 1 Center Lock Horns In Epic
When last we visited the court fight between the Naples (FL)
Airport Authority and Jet 1 Center owner J. Scott Phillips, the
authority was suing him for $5 million in money it says he made
through illegal fuel sales at Naples Municipal.
Commits To Millions At Sea-Tac, Minneapolis-St. Paul
The TSA is spending a lot of money these days. The agency says
it's signed an agreement with the Port of Seattle for $6.5 million.
The funds will help offset the cost of installing additional
Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) machines, associated baggage
handling system equipment, and Explosives Trace Detection (ETD)
equipment. This explosive detection equipment will support an
interim baggage screening solution at Seattle-Tacoma International
Airport for Alaska Airlines.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) called
today's decision by Alaska Airlines' to substantially reduce the
number of its mechanics and related employees "a blatant contract
violation" and said this flies in the face of the National
Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) admonition for the airline to
bolster in-house maintenance following the 2001 crash of flight
Industry and aviation community representatives focused on the
operating limitations for experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA)
and the requirements for light-sport aircraft repairman
certificates and training courses during continuing sport
pilot/light-sport aircraft implementation meetings Thursday at the
FAA Light-Sport Aviation Branch in Oklahoma City (OK).
It's never too early to make plans. The 2005 Great Lakes
International Aviation Conference takes place Jan. 20 - 22, 2005,
at The Lansing Center in Lansing (MI).
An outstanding lineup of nationally known speakers will address
this fifth annual weekend conference. Among the headliners are John
and Martha King, aviation humorist Rod Machado, airshow great Julie
Clark, aviation safety expert Greg Feith, and GLIAC veteran Cathe'
The FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) Primary Network
Operations and Control Center (PNOCC) made a seamless transition to
a back-up site in Chantilly, Virginia prior to the arrival of
Hurricane Frances this past Sunday. The PNOCC, located in
Melbourne, Florida, is the main operations center from which the
FAA nationwide FTI network is monitored and managed by Harris
Operators at the Staten Island (NY) Advance were minding their
own business Friday, when all of a sudden, the phones started
ringing off the wall. Why, demanded the callers, are all these
commercial aircraft flying so low over North Shore?
Go for it. That's the word from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey
to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. She went on record last week as
backing his administration's plan to expand O'Hare International
November 15 First Day to Submit Sport Pilot Student
Marty Weaver, manager of the FAA's Light-Sport Aviation Branch,
confirmed Thursday that FAA's Registration Office in Oklahoma City
will be ready to accept student pilot applications for sport pilot
certificates beginning November 15, 2004. FAA expects to begin
issuing the first sport pilot certificates by early January
"It was a sad day."
Source: 86-year old Robert Ulrich, talking about
the day after Hurricane Charley destroyed his Dakota Hawk last
month. Ulrich had dreamed of flying for 60 years, but hadn't been
able to do it until a couple of years ago. He built the Hawk with
his own hands and, after battling the FAA on medical issues, flew
it for only 10 hours before Charley's 145 mph winds turned it into
little more than toothpicks.