As previously noted, the Defense Department has recommended
closing 33 major bases and realigning 29 others as part of a
comprehensive reshaping of the military infrastructure through the
base realignment and closure process.
DoD BRAC Recommendations Expected to Save Nearly $50
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has announced that the
department's recommendations to close or realign military
facilities in the United States will better position U.S. forces to
confront this century's threats.
'Skeptical That Stripping Employee Benefits Will Ensure
The Allied Pilots Association (APA), collective bargaining agent
for the 13,500 pilots of American Airlines, expressed its view of
the situation at United Airlines as that carrier proceeded with
plans to terminate its four employee pension plans.
In comments filed this week, the NATA criticized a FAA
proposal to upgrade cockpit voice recorders (CVR) for failing to
conduct a meaningful review of the regulatory impact for aircraft
operated under Parts 135 and 91.
AIR, Inc.'s latest numbers show hope for those looking for
airline jobs. The Nationals and the Jet Operators were neck and
neck in their hiring totals for the month of April, hiring 168 and
162 pilots respectively.
The House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee offered
AOPA's Airport Watch program the best possible endorsement you can
get in Washington, DC -- money. Last week, the committee told the
Transportation Security Administration that it expects the TSA to
"continue funding the toll free number (866/GA-SECURE) to reinforce
security at the nation's 5,400 public-use general aviation
No one was really sure, but federal officials decided it was
better to be safe than sorry, so they diverted an Air France flight
from Paris to Boston Thursday afternoon. The aircraft with its 169
passengers made an unscheduled stop in Bangor, ME, where they spent
less than two hours before continuing on to Boston.
By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
I wasn't flying Wednesday when the city of Washington went into
a massive, hyperventilating panic over a light plane in the ADIZ; I
was driving the highways, and I got to hear the blow-by-blow on the
radio and in periodic phone calls with ANN's Pete Combs. Good
grief, what a shameful episode. There's enough shame to go around.
Indeed, there are no heroes in this tawdry tale of ADIZ incursion,
but there's a whole gaggle of goats.
The Navy, this week, begins Operational Evaluation of the MH-60R
Weapons System, the next generation submarine hunter and surface
attack helicopter that will replace the fleet's legacy SH-60B and
"I am frustrated as hell. How, with four million emails last
year about TFRs, with two education campaigns that still exist on
our website, with partnering with TSA for things, with editorials,
with constant pressure -- how can pilots within a shadow of the DC
area ignore all that and fly into the heart of the ADIZ?"
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, understandably
venting after a Cessna 150K blew through the Washington ADIZ
Wednesday, coming within three miles of the White House. The pilots
told federal investigators they were lost. On board, they had no
GPS and were not talking to anyone on the radio. As a result of the
incursion, efforts to narrow the ADIZ and reopen Reagan National
Airport to business aviation traffic may have been set back by
AD NUMBER: 2005-10-03
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-10-03
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 series
AD NUMBER: 2005-10-04
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-10-04
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A319, A320, and
A321 series airplanes.