Wants Bombardier Protected From Unwanted Competition
For all the bluster spewing forth from both the US and European
Union regarding the ongoing subsidies battle before the World Trade
Organization, a quieter entity has watched from the sidelines,
waiting to see how the fight played out. Recently, however, Canada
launched its own case before the WTO, in an attempt to ward off new
foreign challenges to its support for Bombardier.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday the
agency exceeded its air traffic controller staffing targets for the
fiscal year that ended on September 30, by hiring more than 1,800
controllers during the year. That tops the 2006 year-end total by
256 controllers; As a result, the agency now employs 14,874
Air And Space Port Says Mishap Led To Improved
Echoes of the fatal July 26 explosion that rocked the Scaled
Composites facility at the Mojave Air And Space Port (MHV) still
resonate for workers and tenants at the airport... but they also
say something of a positive has come about as a result.
If nothing else, Northwest Airlines is a study in contrasts...
as evidenced this week by the Eagan, MN-based airline's proud
announcement it boasts one of the youngest fleets of aircraft
available on international routes.
For next week's launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-120
mission, NASA managers are urging all aircraft pilots to fully
comply with the airspace restrictions imposed around Kennedy Space
Center prior to and during shuttle launches and landings.
DART Helicopter Services has announced that their affiliated
partner, DART Aerospace Ltd, has received EASA approval of their
revolutionary Round-I-Beam skidtube for the Bell
206/A/B/L/L1/L3/L4/407 models. Both standard and float
configurations are available. Canadian and FAA approval have been
"It really got to be kind of crazy. You have this
buildup of tension. You go out there and then it gets scrubbed,
then you don't know when you're going to go. ... There were
definitely times when people drank during that period. Duh. But I
don't think it was ever an issue before a mission, like the day of
or the day before."
Source: Former NASA flight surgeon Dr. Jonathan
Clark, commenting on persistent allegations astronauts have flown
into orbit while under the influence of alcohol... and the
implication alcohol abuse is a common problem at the space agency.
Several astronauts contend they have enjoyed a beer or two ahead of
a launch... but that they abide to an unofficial 12-hour
'bottle-to-blast-off' rule, which forbids imbibing in the fin