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March 26, 2005

Aero-News Analysis: TSA Lied About Pax Data? (Part One)

DHS IG Report Snuck Out On Holiday Weekend

The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General, in a report released late on Good Friday, admitted that the TSA systematically misled almost everybody.

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FAA To Order Airbus Rudder Inspections

Order Affects Owners Of 112 A300s, A310s

The FAA Friday ordered detailed inspections of Airbus A300 and A310 rudders, in the aftermath of a rudder separation aboard a Canadian airliner earlier this month.

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US To Sell F-16s To Pakistan

India Expresses "Great Disappointment"

President Bush Friday agreed to sell Pakistan as many as 24 F-16 fighters (variant unknown), a reward for Islamabad's help in the fight against terror -- but a "great disappointment" to Pakistan's uneasy neighbor, India.

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Bill Richardson's Still Looking For A Plane

Legislature Approves $5 Million For Just That

New Mexico's Democratic governor, Bill Richardson, is shopping for an aircraft once again and it looks for all the world like he has the backing of the legislature.

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Aero-Views: Canadian Columnist Loses The Plot

Toronto Sun's Eric Margolis Opens Mouth, Removes All Doubt

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien One of the great things about being a columnist is also, potentially, the worst thing: lots of people get to read your opinion. If, on the other hand, you utter a nonsensical opinion at a cocktail party, there's a limit to the number of people who'll think you're an idiot, and your spouse will probably drag you out before you can completely destroy your reputation. But when it comes to being a columnist for a major metro daily, those limits do not reply.

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Gone West: Steve Elledge, Taps Student Leader, Naval Aviator

VT-7 Squadron Member Lost In T-45C Mishap

The release from the Navy was brief, all business. It told of the death of a student pilot of VT-7, a training squadron based at NAS Meridian, MS. The pilot's name was withheld to give the next of kin 24 hours to grieve in private.

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Colorado Man Wins Volvo Sweepstakes For Virgin Galactic Flight

He'll Be Among The First Suborbital Space Tourists

Volvo Cars of North America along with billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group of Companies today unveiled that a 41-year-old Denver man is the winner of a trip on a sub-orbital flight to space on Sir Richard's Virgin Galactic. Doug Ramsburg of Northglenn, CO, is expected to be among the first people to travel on a commercial flight to space. He was among the more than 135,000 aspiring astronauts who registered to win a trip to space as part of a promotional effort by Volvo to introduce its new XC90 SUV.

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F-15 Down At Nellis

Pilot Reportedly Ejects Safely

The pilot of a USAF F-15C is reportedly in good condition after he ejected from his aircraft while on a mission out of Nellis AFB near Las Vegas, according to the Air Force. It was the third mishap involving aircraft from Nellis since December -- the second in a week.

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Mesaba Airlines Wins FAA Diamond Award

Airline Achieves 100 Percent Participation Status for Third Time in Four Years

Mesaba Airlines has received the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Diamond Award for 100 percent participation by Mesaba's aviation maintenance technicians in FAA-accepted training programs.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.26.05)

"The Airbus A-300 and A-310s should be grounded until their tails can be proven 100% safe." Source: Toronto Sun columnist Eric Margolis in his March 20th article on the near tragedy that befell an Air Transat Airbus A-310 when virtually all of its rudder separated from the rest of the aircraft. The FAA will now require all 112 Airbus A-300s and A-310s be inspected for rudder problems. Eric, when we find something that's 100% safe, we'll be sure to call you. Right after we make our first zillion on the patent.

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NOTAM:  5/2292  Issued:  03/25/2005 19:30  Effective:  03/28/2005 19:30 - 03/28/2005 20:20  State:  PA  Facility:  ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY.  Type:  VIP  Description:  IVYLAND, PENNSYLVANIA MARCH 28 2005 LOCAL. 

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NOTAM:  5/2295  Issued:  03/25/2005 19:50  Effective:  03/28/2005 15:40 - 03/28/2005 16:30  State:  IN  Facility:  ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  JEFFERSONVILLE, INDIANA MARCH 28 2005 LOCAL. 

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NOTAM:  5/2310  Issued:  03/26/2005 00:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MORMON MESA UT.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-01 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 208 and 208B airplanes.

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