NWA Promises It Will Continue Operations As Usual If Mechanics
Perhaps it's the idea that a strong offense is the best defense.
Or perhaps it's whistling in the dark. Either way, Northwest
Airlines Thursday promised it would keep flying without
interruption -- even if more than 4,000 mechanics carried out their
threat to walk off the job next Friday.
AD NUMBER: 2005-16-11
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-16-11
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain Boeing transport category airplanes
listed above. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracks of
the upper surface of the aft lower spar web of the inboard and
outboard struts, as applicable; and repetitive inspections for
cracks of the upper surface of the intermediate web bay of the aft
ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 1555 EDT -- British Airways began a
resumption of service Friday night, after striking baggage-handlers
began returning to work. But authorities said it would be several
days before the international traffic jam caused by the wildcat job
action could be resolved.
NASA scientists and engineers, still stumped by the falling foam
that killed Columbia and threatened Discovery on its Return to
Flight, say the next shuttle mission will likely be delayed until
ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 0800 EDT -- After two delays, NASA
launched its Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter Friday morning, atop
Lockheed-Martin's powerful Atlas V booster. First, it was a suspect
guidance component. Then it was a computer hiccup and a sensor
malfunction in the fueling system. But after all that, the orbiter
lifted off flawlessly.
HAZMAT, That Is; Freight Pilot Indicted For Undeclared
Ever take a flight you regretted? Harold DeGregory of West Palm
Beach, Florida sure has. The 58-year-old pilot delivered some cargo
from the Ft Lauderdale Executive airport to the Bahamas, in
November, 2004, and it could land him in the Federal pen.
A notice published by the FAA a few days ago puts the Helicopter
EMS community on notice that their current accident rate requires
strong corrective action... but does not mandate any compulsory
HAI tells ANN that they continue "to closely monitor tort reform
at the state and federal level and supports meaningful reform as a
method of addressing the high cost of aviation insurance. A
Pennsylvania court has upheld joint and several liability, and tort
reform advocates consider this a major setback."
Airline Chief Pilots Summoned To Boston For Safety Summit
The number of near-miss incidents on the ground at Boston's
Logan International Airport have gone from zero to 14 in just a
year. Wednesday, authorities unveiled a stop-gap safety plan they
hope will reduce the number of runway incursions, as the search for
Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract from the US
Air Force to deploy two production RQ-4A Global Hawk aerial
reconnaissance systems early this fall. The air vehicles will join
an advanced concept technology demonstration version of the Global
Hawk currently in theater supporting the global war on
As Northwest Airlines continues to suffer from financial ills
and rocky labor relations, the tension at headquarters in Eagen,
MN, is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Now, new trouble has
arisen over the company's use of a Champion Air plane and crew on a
flight from Detroit to DFW.
General aviation airplanes are not so-called weapons of mass
effect. That's been the AOPA mantra in talks with just about every
federal agency that will listen. "We just added another agency to
the list," the organization said in a statement on its web site
Living History Exhibit Scheduled For Later This Month
Experience the early days of air travel at EAA's "Good Ol' Days"
living history weekend on August 20-21 at Pioneer Airport in
Oshkosh. The fifth annual event features a variety of
family-friendly activities that will bring the excitement and
adventure of early flight back to life.
"I am requesting that you immediately issue a directive to
ground all [Mitsubishi MU-2B-60] aircraft until a thorough and
complete investigation into its air worthiness can be
Source: That demand came in a letter from
Congressman Tom Toncrado (R-CO) to the FAA, August 4th -- the day
an Mu-2 went down after being cleared to approach at Centennial
Airport. It was the second fatal Mu-2-B-60 mishap at Centennial in
less than nine months. Other members of Colorado's congressional
delegation have also written FAA Administrator Marion Blakey,
demanding the aircraft be grounded.