FAA/DOT Issues Statement, Advisory Circular (We Have The Link
Wind Shear, Wake Turbulence, Convective Storms. What's the next
hazard to the safety of your next flight? How about, some jerk with
While law enforcement tackles the jerks, the FAA and DOT have
determined that it makes sense to handle the laser threat much like
the others are currently handled: pilots are expected to report,
and to be advised of, laser illumination of civil aircraft.
Both Agree To Stop Subsidizing Aircraft Manufacturers
"We need open warfare like we need a hole in the head."
Those words from EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson signaled a
break in the rising tensions between the continents over subsidies
granted Airbus and Boeing. Both the EU and the US have agreed to at
least try to settle their rancorous dispute over their allegations,
where billions of dollars are at stake. The agreement is also
another sign of a possible thaw in relations between America and
By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne
As of next Tuesday, all US flight instructors must complete
Transportation Security Administration Security Awareness training
(FSAA). There are three options: individual flight schools may
develop an in-house training program (per 49 CFR 1552), CFIs can
take a course offered by AOPA or take the (free) on-line
program produced by TSA. [Guess which choice most will take?]
Modifications Apply To Both Flight Instructors And Flight
The National Association of Flight Instructors is working hard
now to get the word out about details of the modifications just
released by the TSA. The details are aimed at easing and clarifying
required record-keeping training both US and non-US citizens. The
new details clarify the TSA requirements announced last September,
which placed new burdens on instructors and schools.
FAA, State DOT And Pilots Fight To Keep Pine Mountain Open
The fight against a developer's efforts to close Georgia's Pine
Mountain Airport is gathering momentum. Now, the FAA and the
Georgia Department of Transportation have joined the AOPA in trying
to keep the GA airport open.
Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta Wednesday announced
new measures designed to alert and better prepare pilots to handle
incidents of lasers being shined at their aircraft and to speed
notification about such crimes to law enforcement investigators.
The measures are designed to respond to a recent increase in the
number of reported laser incidents.
But If You Own A Boat, You Can Get Close... Go Figure
This year's Super Bowl will be subject to unprecedented security
measures — matching those afforded President Bush when he
travels. The Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, will be
surrounded by a 10-nm no-fly zone and a de facto air defense
identification zone (ADIZ) from 10 to 30 nm in which pilots must be
on an active flight plan and "squawk and talk" with air traffic
control. The FAA is expected to issue the notam establishing the
Super Bowl TFR this week.
Contrary to initial reports from Canadian defense officials, two
members of the Snowbirds precision aerial demonstration team did
not eject from their mortally wounded aircraft. Instead, a report
just released in Ottawa says they rode the aircraft to the ground.
One pilot was killed -- the other was ejected from the aircraft by
the force of the ground impact, but walked away with only minor
Hoping To Inspire Aviation's Future And Preserve Its Past
The Experimental Aircraft Association and Cessna Aircraft
Company today announced a landmark, five-year agreement launching
EAA's "Partners in Flight," which provides financial support of
EAA's youth-education and historical-preservation missions.
Astronomers have numerous technical terms and numbering systems
for describing the universe, but one type of mysterious object has
yet to be classified. For now, these oddities are named for their
strange appearance. They are called blobs.
Alaska and Hawaii, the two closest states, are supporting
American relief efforts by sending Air National Guardsmen and
resources to the region devastated by the Dec. 26 earthquake and
tsunamis, Guard spokesmen said.
Aviation Maintenance Management Class Offered At Annual
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association announced that
it will once again offer "Aviation Maintenance Management," one of
its popular Professional Development Workshops, which are offered
each year at PAMA's Annual Maintenance Symposium.
Bell Helicopter's Customer Training Academy began classes this
week at its newly opened facilities at Alliance Airport, Fort
Worth, TX. Bell's Customer Training Academy, in operation for
nearly 60 years is the world's foremost civilian training school
for helicopter pilots and maintenance personnel.
Oil filters are designed to remove steel particles from
circulation in aircraft engines to prevent scarring, scouring or
other forms of damage to cylinders. While they certainly make a
difference, the efficiency of the filters leaves a lot to be
desired. AeroMag says it's come up with an oil filter enhancement
that installs quickly and can make a huge difference in removing
EADS says it's won a huge contract that should lead to the
purchase of 160 very close-range UAV systems in Europe. In fact,
the European conglomerate says this is the largest very close range
UAV systems program in Europe.
Boeing and Emirates Tuesday said the Dubai-based airline is
ordering 30 Boeing Electronic Flight Bags for its 777-300ER
(Extended Range) airplanes, making the airline the largest customer
for that Boeing-supplied system.
"We've identified the Pine Mountain airport as being in the
state's best interest. The FAA has determined it's in the national
interest. Airports fill a vital transportation role in the
Source: Edward Ratiganm, chief of aviation
programs for the Georgia DOT, was quoted by the Columbus
Ledger-Enquirer. Ratiganm's organization, along with the FAA, has
joined the AOPA in opposing a developer's efforts to shut down Pine
Mountain Airport in Harris County Georgia. The Callaway Foundation,
which operates the airport, wants to build a five-story, $20
million hotel and wellness center on land where the airport now