Lawmakers Catfight Over District Jobs, Price Seems To Have
Lockheed Martin, legendary for cost overruns*, may have set a
new record, and the bill isn't even out of the Senate yet.
According to multiple news reports, the $1.7 billion VHXX
helicopter contract is now a $6.1 billion project. The bill
authorizing the procurement of the new presidential helicopter is
stalled by the parliamentary tactics of Senator Chris Dodd,
D-Connecticut, who is upset that home-state Sikorsky did not
receive the contract. This prompted a counterattack by New York
senators, who are hoping to claim credit for assembly jobs that
will be created at Bell, a Lockheed Martin partner in the contract,
in depressed upstate Oswego.
Reagan National Airport Has Been Closed To GA Traffic Since
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Thursday
hailed the introduction of House legislation to grant renewed
access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for general
aviation aircraft operators.
Story And Photos By ANN Contributor Ralph Pettersen
The MATS Connie departed Marana Northwest Regional Airport (AVQ)
for the last time on Friday April 1, 2005 bound for a new home in
Korea. With Captain Frank Lang at the controls, she lifted off
runway 30 at 1007 MST and, after one last flyby, headed northwest
to Oakland, CA for the first stop on her journey to an aerospace
museum on Jeju Island.
Bill Would Require DHS To Formulate A Plan For GA and
Legislation introduced on Capitol Hill Wednesday would reopen
Washington's Reagan National Airport to general aviation and
business aviation traffic for the first time since the 9/11
A Cirrus SR-20 that crashed shortly after take-off from
Greenwood, SC a year ago was slightly overweight, according to a
new NTSB report. Witnesses said the plane, with four men on board,
barely made it out of ground effect before it heeled sharply and
apparently stalled. All four men on board were killed when the
aircraft impacted the ground in a subdivision near the airport.
Gold Coast Skydivers Said Jackson County Airport Authority Was
Mike Igo says he was wronged. He was evicted from Trent Lott
International Airport in Mississippi because the airport authority
said he violated his lease. But the FAA has agreed with Igo,
telling Igo and the authority to work up an agreement everyone can
Mission accomplished and returning to base, a US Army CH-47
Chinook went down in heavy weather over southeastern Afghanistan
Wednesday. The death toll in the mishap has now climbed to 16 --
most of them American soldiers.
But Rollout Delayed Because Of... Yikes... External Tank Foam
The space shuttle Discovery is standing tall on Pad 39A at the
Kennedy Space Center in Florida, after a 10 hour 30 minute journey
from the Vehicle Assembly Center that was delayed by the discovery
of a crack in the insulation surrounding the space plane's external
Company Completes Certification Engine Inlet Icing Tests
Eclipse Aviation Corporation, manufacturer of the revolutionary
Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ), today announced recent milestones
furthering its progress towards aircraft certification in March
Strike fighter aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, flying
from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
in the Persian Gulf, attacked an enemy insurgent location east of
Baghdad, Iraq, April 4.
NASA has given the twin rovers exploring Mars a new lease on
life, extending their operations another 18-months. Like the
Energizer Bunny, Spirit and Opportunity keep going... and going...
$57 Million Weather and Radar Processor Follow-on Contract
The FAA has awarded Harris Corporation a 54-month, $57 million
follow-on contract for the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP)
program, bringing the overall value of the program for Harris to
$188 million by 2009. The WARP Maintenance and Sustainment (WMSS)
program will provide the FAA with complete hardware and software
support throughout the life of the program.
Woomera Launches A British UAV, Built By The Real "Q"
A trickle of news reports worldwide indicates that an odd
British unmanned spyplane, the Zephyr 3, is flying in remote
Woomera, South Australia. The project is shrouded by a cloak of
secrecy, even though many significant features of the aircraft have
been revealed. It is likely that the machine is destined for covert
or clandestine undertakings, once testing is complete.
"I'm seeing my lawyer later this afternoon."
Source: AC Hoffmann, a South African man who was
thrown off a Nationwide Airlines flight in Cape Town, South Africa
over Easter weekend. There he was, minding his own business,
reading a pornographic magazine on board the aircraft, when a
flight attendant asked him to stow the reading material. Airline
executives say Hoffman pitched such a fit that he was deemed unsafe
to fly and taken off the plane.
AD NUMBER: 83-08-01 R2
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 83-08-01 R2
SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing
airworthiness directive (AD), that is applicable to Hartzell
Propeller Inc. (formerly TRW Hartzell Propeller) models HC-B3TN-2,
HC-B3TN-3, HC-B3TN-5,HC-B4TN-3, HC-B4TN-5, HC-B4MN-5, and HC-B5MP-3
AD NUMBER: 2005-07-18
MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-18
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for the airplanes listed above. For certain
airplanes, this AD requires inspecting to determine the airplane's
cargo configuration, andreporting findings to the FAA. For
airplanes modified in accordance with a certain STC or with a cargo
configuration that deviates from the as-delivered configuration,
this AD requires revisingcertain manuals and manual supplements to
specify certain cargo limitations.