Boeing Unveils 777-200LR Worldliner -- Longest Range Commercial
There ain't no Airbus envy in Washington state... Boeing has
just unveiled the first 777-200LR Worldliner -- the world's longest
range commercial airplane -- at a celebration attended by more than
5,000 employees, airline representatives, suppliers, and government
and community leaders.
AOPA Still Waiting To Learn His Position On General
The United States Senate today unanimously confirmed the
nomination of Judge Michael Chertoff to be Secretary of Homeland
Security, a position with tremendous influence over how general
aviation pilots can operate.
Second And Third FAA Conforming Flight Test Aircraft Will Fly
Eclipse Aviation Corporation today announced that its next two
FAA conforming Eclipse 500 very light jets, N502EA and N504EA, have
completed wing-mate and are standing on their own gear as they
approach entry into flight test later this quarter. These two
aircraft will join N503EA, which has been in flight testing since
December 31, to complete the Eclipse 500 FAA certification flight
test fleet. A fourth aircraft, N505EA, which will be used in
Eclipse's beta test program, will be on its own gear by the end of
For the third time in a row, the Bush administration's missile
shield failed a critical operations test. While the Los Angeles
Times reports the target vehicle launched without a hitch, the kill
vehicle apparently failed to leave the pad during Sunday's
By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien
What are you doing Oscar Night (which, for the cinematically
disinclined among us, is February 27th)? If you're at a loss for
plans, consider Evergreen Aviation Museum's offer of "An Evening
with Howard and Oscar." The museum promises it will be "an evening
to remember," and given the planning that has gone into this
special event at a special place, they're going to deliver on that
By Jon Thornburgh
The FAA Sport Pilot initiative became effective on September 1,
2004. Throughout 2005 many provisions of the Sport Pilot rule will
be implemented, such as developing the criteria for aircraft
factories to manufacture sport aircraft, and the publication of the
"Practical Test Standards" that sport pilot applicants must meet in
order to pass their flight tests.
The FAA wants to reduce the number of redundant ground-based
navigational aid (NAVAID) approaches to many runways. That so the
agency can shift its resources to developing more satellite-based
GPS-WAAS approaches, which deliver better all-weather access,
vertical guidance, and lower minimums than conventional
nonprecision approaches. Specifically, the FAA is proposing
canceling ancient nondirectional radio beacon (NDB) approaches to
runway ends already served by another ground-based navaid and an
area navigation (RNAV) procedure.
By Kit Darby, President & CEO, AIR, Inc.
It looks like there is some good news on the horizon for a few
of the legacy carriers that have been struggling since 9/11.
Continental has announced that they will not only be recalling all
203 furloughed pilots in 2005, but there is a possibility they may
hire 80 additional pilots before the year is out.
Authorities in Zimbabwe say the Boeing 727-100 was carrying
mercenaries bent on staging a coup in Equatorial Guinea. They
stopped for fuel at Harare International Airport -- where they were
discovered and taken into custody.
But what about the plane?
NASA's Spirit rover found a new class of water-affected rock,
while its twin, Opportunity, finished inspecting its own heat
shield and set a new Martian driving record. The rovers
successfully completed their three-month primary missions in April
2004 and are working on extended exploration missions.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its
Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee today announced six
recipients of the 2005 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Training
Scholarship. The training awards, given in conjunction with
corporate sponsors Airline Ground Schools, CornerStone Strategies
LLC, Flight Safety International and MedAire, Inc., are designed to
promote the career development of current and aspiring schedulers
Pilot Connections will conduct its next job fair in Phoenix on
Feb. 19, 2005, at The Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel from 1200 to 1600
local time. Pilot Connections is a new joint venture to host job
fairs and to promote aspiring pilots in their career goals through
awarding scholarships. The organization has awarded more than
$28,000 in aviation scholarships since 2002.
Increased Demand for Predators Fuels Growth in Facilities &
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading
manufacturer of unmanned aircraft surveillance systems, today
announced that it is expanding into a new production facility in
the Sabre Springs area of San Diego in response to greatly
increased demand for its Predator and Predator B unmanned aircraft
by ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
I've gotten by just fine with my antediluvian Garmin GPS90, an
old monochrome unit that works great even if it only has airports
and VFR fixes on it. (I've tried to wheedle test units of newer
vintage out of Garmin to see what I was missing, but they've blown
me off -- so much for the power of the Fourth Estate). But I can't
deny that newer, shinier and more capable units are giving me
serious GPS envy and may be prying loose some of my flying dollars
soon -- especially when a range of attractive price cuts and
closeouts are in effect.
"Now that the full Senate has confirmed Judge Chertoff’s
nomination, AOPA plans to ask for a meeting as soon as possible to
make sure he understands the important role GA plays in American
day-to-day life. Judge Chertoff has a reputation as a quick study,
so even if he does not know much about GA, we hope that he’ll
see why it’s so important to find common-sense ways to
address national security concerns without causing undue burdens on
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, reacting to
Tuesday's Senate confirmation of Judge Michael Chertoff to become
the second Secretary of Homeland Security.
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