Plans to expand and update Los Angeles International Airport
have been scrapped after meeting prolonged resistance by
local civic groups and neighbors who have fought the ambitious $11
billion development project.
Tiger Aircraft has confirmed to ANN that eight staffers were
given pink-slips last Friday. Despite what Tiger Boss Gene Criss
described as a "pretty solid" order book, nearly a third of the
current staff was laid off while the company awaits what is
expected to be a major capital infusion later this month.
Aero-News has learned through the Canadian distributor of
Challenger ultralights, National Ultralight Inc, that Quad City
Ultralight Aircraft Corp has increased the manufacturer specified
gross weight for Challenger II aircraft to 960 lbs. The increase is
applicable to all Challenger II long wing aircraft kits
manufactured after the middle of 1990 -- when changes to the long
wing structure were implemented -- as well as to all Challenger II
Special clip wing aircraft.
AD NUMBER: 2005-24-12
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-24-12
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2C10
(Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, that requires
an inspection of the thrust reverser cascades for correct
installation; removing and reinstalling the cascade inthe correct
location, if necessary; and reworking the thrust reverser cascades
to add locating spigots (metal protrusions) to each cascade; as
AD NUMBER: 2005-24-11
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-24-11
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness
directive (AD) that applies to certain Embraer Model EMB-135
and Model EMB-145 series airplanes.
Be on the lookout at your local airport for a 2002 Cessna T182,
registration N184TA, that was stolen from its hangar last month at
California's El Monte Airport (EMT). The plane's exterior is white,
with red and gray stripes.
The seesaw sales battle between Europe's Airbus and
US-manufacturer Boeing continued Monday with Chinese Prime Minister
Wen Jiabao signing a deal to buy 150 Airbus aircraft after a
meeting with French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.
First FAA Certification for Testing Of A Vertical Lift Unmanned
Bell Helicopter announced Monday its Eagle Eye TR918 Unmanned
Aircraft System, or UAS, has received its certificate of
airworthiness for experimental flight testing from the Federal
Aviation Administration. Bell tells Aero-News this represents
the first time such a certificate has been issued to a
vertical-lift UAV-type aircraft by the FAA.
Soldiers Injured; Seven Helicopters Downed This Year
The US military now reports it was enemy fire that brought
down two CH-47 Chinook helicopters in separate incidents in
Afghanistan Sunday. Five US and one Afghan soldier were injured in
the two downings.
ANN Looks Into The Relaxing Of TSA Carry-On Guidelines
As was reported in Aero-News,
last Friday TSA Director Edmund "Kip" Hawley announced the agency
will relax its screening guidelines on certain items that have not
been allowed in the cabin of a passenger airliner since 9/11.
Hawley cites the increased threat to aircraft from explosives --
and the decreased danger, the agency says, from terrorists
attempting another 9/11-style attack -- as the reasons behind the
allowance of small tools and scissors back into the cabin. Mike
Flores, president of the US Airway's flight attendants union,
disagrees adamantly with Hawley's decisio
As was alluded to last week in our Aero-Cast interview with ICAS President
John Cudahy, airshow organizer Rick Rushing officially
unveiled the highly anticipated Association of Competition Airshow
Pilots at the recently concluded International Council of Air Shows
2005 Convention attendees and press in Orlando, FL.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) praised
both the President and Congress for enactment of the FY 2006
Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development
Appropriations Bill which guarantees funding for maintaining
staffing levels in the FAA's Aircraft Certification Service.
Consider Air Zimbabwe. No, not for a trip -- we value our
readers. Just *think* about Air Zim for a minute. Some flag
carriers seem to instantiate their nation's character, and some
(like, for instance, bankrupt Swissair) seem to contradict it.
The National Development & Reform Commission of China (NDRC)
and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding about the
cooperation between the Chinese civil aviation industry and the
Bell Helicopter has opened their new $20 million, 82,000 square
foot repair and overhaul center recently when they received their
first V-22 component from the U.S. Marine Corps. The primary
function of the new facility is to support Bell aircraft currently
operated by the U.S. military.
"Our series is a tribute to all airshows and
performances that have come before, and to ICAS for its continuing
support and guidance. We hope to complement what has come
before, and enhance the airshow experience for all the fans,
performers, and sponsors that attend our events. We are grateful to
ICAS for their support of this series, and we have a dedicated and
talented team assembled to make this a great addition to the
Source: The Association of Competition Airshow
Pilot's Rick Rushing in talking about a new class of competition
for tomorrow's airshows.