As ANN reported Thursday, transient operations will soon be
allowed at the "DC-3" airports, albeit on a very restricted basis.
While much industry attention has been devoted to reopening Reagan
National Airport to general aviation (primarily large business
jets), AOPA has focused on the GA airports inside the Washington
flight restricted zone (FRZ), repeatedly asking the TSA, FAA, and
Congress to allow transient operations at the "DC-3" airports -
College Park Airport (CGS), Potomac Airfield (VKX), and Washington
Executive/Hyde Field (W32). Now, a small victory.
A Civil Air Patrol cadet from the Pennsylvania Wing was found
dead Thursday in Osceola County, FL. The cadet has been identified
as Rebecca Marseglia, 16, of Levittown, PA. The cause of death has
not yet been determined.
Private Space Mission Honored As One Of History's Greatest
Burt Rutan and the SpaceShipOne team, creators of the first-ever
privately financed, manned spacecraft, was named winner of the
prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy Monday by the National
Aeronautic Association (NAA). The Collier trophy, awarded since
1911, honors the greatest advances in aviation history.
Cessna is launching a worldwide Citation Mustang mock-up tour on
February 14, 2005. The 10-city tour will commence in Chicago,
Illinois, on February 14, 2005, and will conclude on May 20, 2005,
at the EBACE convention in Geneva, Switzerland.
First Successful Wheels-Up Flight In Washington State
The WWII ME262 German Fighter Jet “White One”
completed the 8th test flight in Everett, WA this week.
Reports from the scene say it was an especially exciting test
flight, as it marked the first successful "wheels up" flight of the
White 1 airplane since January, 2003 (below).
Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) has introduced legislation to
improve air transportation to small communities by allowing
on-demand air charter operators to conduct limited scheduled
service between two destinations. H.R. 488, "Serving
Economies through Aviation and Technology in the 21st Century Act
(SEAT 21)," would permit on-demand Part 135 operators to conduct
public charter flights, provided the service consists of fewer than
five round trips per week. The purpose of the legislation is
to provide supplemental air service to small communities who often
lack sufficient scheduled air service.
The US Air Force has announced orders for three Boeing C-40C
aircraft to provide worldwide transportation support for government
officials. The C-40Cs are based on the Boeing Business Jet and will
replace retiring C-9A aircraft, supplying the Air Force with
reliable, updated and cost-effective airlift support.
The loud roars of Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons at Logistics
Support Area Anaconda, in Balad, Iraq are familiar reminders of
close-air support, but unmanned Predators silently swarm the skies
protecting troops by different means.
Newest Customers Include Delta State University and CTC
Delta State University and CTC Aviation are the latest customers
for Frasca International’s reconfigurable flight training
device, the TruFlite. The TruFlite was introduced last year with
over 30 units delivered to date. The TruFlite can be converted
between multi and single engine aircraft in minutes and utilizes
computer generated instrumentation (CGI) developed by Frasca.
Available Positions Include Associate Editor, Volunteer Event
As a journalist and a pilot, I have to tell you there is no
better marriage of vocation and avocation than working as an
aviation reporter and editor. Seriously. The late musician Harry
Chapin once told me his biggest fear was that someday, someone
would walk up to him and say, "Harry, the jig is up. It's time to
get a real job."
Dallas Airmotive's Carpenter Freeway production facility in
Dallas, TX, has added overhaul level authorization to its existing
Honeywell 36 series Authorized Service Center agreement. The new
authorization covers all Honeywell 36-6, 36-100 and 36-150 APUs
used in business and general aviation applications.
CMC Electronics Inc. announces that its SureSight I-series
Enhanced Vision System infrared (EVS-IR) sensor was certified by
Transport Canada in late December 2004. The CMC EVS sensor received
the Transport Canada Appliance Type Certificate AP-55.
"This action is significant because it marks the first time
since 9/11 that transient general aviation operators will have
access to these airports. While reducing the size of the ADIZ to
just the FRZ is AOPA's primary goal, permitting transient
operations in the FRZ is a step in the right direction."
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, after the TSA
announced it would allow transient aircraft to operate at the
so-called "Maryland Three" -- airports just outside Washington that
were effectively shut down in the institution of a post-9/11
AD NUMBER: 2005-03-06
MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-06
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd.&
Co KG (RRD) (formerly Rolls-Royce plc) Model Tay 611-8, 620-15,
650-15, and 651-54 turbofan engines, with low pressure (LP) fuel
tube, part number (P/N) JR33021A, installed.
AD NUMBER: 2005-03-07
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-07
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 407
helicopters that requires creating a component history card or
equivalent record for each crosstube assembly, converting
accumulated run-on landings to an accumulated Retirement Index
Number (RIN) count, and establishing a maximum accumulated RIN for
certain crosstube assemblies.
AD NUMBER: 2005-01-04
MANUFACTURER: Raytheon (CORRECTION)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-04
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) to supersede (AD) 98-15-13, which applies to certain
Raytheon Aircraft Company 90, 100, 200, and 300 series airplanes.
This AD adds the Raytheon Beech 99 series to the applicability
listed in AD 98-15-13. The compliance actions remain the same for
those aircraft originally affected by AD 98-15-13.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Thursday
announced it will assume responsibility for ground security
requirements and procedures at three general aviation (GA) airports
located within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Flight
Restricted Zone. Under TSA’s interim final rule,
transient operations will now be allowed to resume at the three
airports. The three are College Park Airport, Potomac
Airfield, and Washington Executive/Hyde Field – commonly
referred to as the “Maryland Three” airports.