Group Includes First Three-Star Commander From NORAD
The Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors welcomes three new
members, including the first three-star commander of Continental
U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force
(NORAD) and Air Forces Northern (USNORTHCOM), U.S. Air Force Lt.
Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III. Other new Board of Governor members are
retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, the national president
of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., and William A. Davidson, the former
administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.
Charges Airline Violated Training Policies For Pilots
The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $180,000 against
Evergreen International Airlines, Inc, of McMinnville, OR, for
allegedly operating aircraft on seven flights in 2009 when the
pilots on those flights had not been trained in accordance with the
airline’s approved training program.
Flights Illustrate Increased Maneuverability And Improved
Handling In Winds
The Argus One UAV, equipped with a newly developed pod bay and
integrated propulsion unit, has successfully completed a series of
flight tests in preparation for upcoming flight tests and
demonstrations at the Oklahoma Training Center - Unmanned Systems
in Lawton, Oklahoma and the U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Test
Intelligence And Surveillance Capabilities Showcased For
Advanced border surveillance capabilities from an optionally
piloted vehicle was demonstrated recently during a European
exercise hosted by FRONTEX, an EU agency based in Warsaw created to
strengthen the security of the European Union external borders.
The Baraboo-Wisconsin Dells Municipal Airport (KDLL) is key to
growth in his area of the Badger State, says Mayor Patrick Liston
of the city of Baraboo, WI. The field has had only general aviation
(GA) activity since the 1960s, when airline service with Douglas
Eurocopter has made its first inroads into the South Western
region of China with a landmark agreement signed with Xilin
Fengteng for the sale of two helicopters – one EC120 B and
one EC135 – for use in multiple general aviation
Installing Second Unit Of One of World's Largest
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is about to introduce a second
autoclave into the Fabrication Factory at its Oye Plant of the
company's Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works in Nagoya, Aichi
Prefecture, for use in forming the shape of composite-material wing
boxes for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Support And Training Manager For Superior Air Parts
Timothy T. Archer, Group CEO, Superior Air Parts tells ANN that
general aviation industry veteran James Robert “Bob”
Moseley passed quietly in his sleep on November 17 at the age of
64. At the time of his passing, Moseley was serving as the
company’s manager of Technical Support and Training at the
Superior Aviation Beijing facility in Beijing, China.
Airport Passes Annual FAA Safety Inspection With Flying
For the twelfth consecutive year, Indianapolis International
Airport (KIND) has passed its three-day annual Part 139 Airport
Certification inspection by the FAA with no discrepancies. The Part
139 inspection is a comprehensive review process required for an
airport to renew its operating certificate. Airport officials say
that an inspection with no discrepancies is noteworthy; maintaining
this level of achievement for 12 consecutive years represents an
exceptional level of achievement.
A prototype Italian M-346 trainer went down last week departing
from the Dubai Air Show. Both the pilot and co-pilot ejected
safely, and while no life-threatening injuries were reported, the
co-pilot was said to have suffered a broken leg in the
Intriguing Efforts Help Protect Helos From Wire-Strikes and Collisions
We are always intrigued by new and innovative technologies designed to protect aviators form some of the hazards that may befall us... and a new effort from Sandel seems to be one to watch. Several months ago, Sandel Avionics showed ANN a new adaptive wire-strike avoidance feature called WireWatch, which will be implemented through the company's advanced ST3400H HeliTAWS terrain avoidance system. Comprising a detailed database and a proactive alerting capability, WireWatch can enhance the operational safety that HeliTAWS brings to the cockpit by helping helicopter pilots avoid transmission lines and other such hard-to-see hazards.
Wichita Gets Kicked In The Teeth, By Washington... Again
Late last week, and for reasons that are still somewhat
mysterious, Hawker Beechcraft received official notification from
the United States Air Force that the Beechcraft AT-6 has been
excluded from continuing in the Light Air Support (LAS) bidding
process. As a result they have requested a review of the USAF Light
Air Support Bidding decision. Initial reaction from American
politicos and analysts has been fairly negative toward the USAF
decision. Rep. Mike Pompeo, Wichita-R, is reported to have stated
that, “I have already demanded answers from the Pentagon on
why they made this very unfortunate decision, and will continue to
do so... This contract is critical both to our nation’s
security and to jobs in Wich
Intriguing Efforts Help Protect Helos From Wire-Strikes and
We are always intrigued by new and innovative technologies
designed to protect aviators from some of the hazards that may
befall us... and a new effort from Sandel seems to be one to
watch. Several months ago, Sandel Avionics showed ANN a new
adaptive wire-strike avoidance feature called WireWatch, which will
be implemented through the company's advanced ST3400H HeliTAWS
terrain avoidance system. Comprising a detailed database and a
proactive alerting capability, WireWatch can enhance the
operational safety that HeliTAWS brings to the cockpit by helping
helicopter pilots avoid transmission line
Assessment Called Improper Application Of Commercial Tax
Billionaire investor Warren Buffet recently complained that his
secretary pays a higher income tax rate than he does. The IRS
responded with increased attention on Buffett's investment firm,
Berkshire Hathaway, and decided it does indeed owe some back taxes.
Berkshire's NetJets subsidiary has been assessed $643 million in
back taxes, and NetJets has now responded with a lawsuit against
the IRS, claiming the assessment is "illegal."
All Five Board Members Expected To Attend And Participate
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the
final agenda, including invited presenters, for its two-day Public
Aircraft Oversight Safety Forum which will take place November
30-December 1, 2011, in the NTSB Conference Center and Board Room
in Washington, DC.
Company Breaks Several Records For Orders Last Week
Boeing is basking in the glow of what it says was a
history-making week that resulted in orders and commitments for 359
airplanes. "This has been an outstanding week for our customers and
our employees," Jim Albaugh, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes, said Friday. "We're pleased that in planning for their
future, our customers have chosen Boeing airplanes."
Airlines In The Region Enjoying Second Highest Traffic Growth
In The World
According to the recently released Airbus Global Market Forecast
(GMF), Latin America will require 2,028 new passenger aircraft of
more than 100 seats between today and 2030, including 1,653
single-aisle, 334 twin-aisle and 41 very large aircraft and
estimated at $197 billion.
Single Operating Certificate Creates World's Largest Regional
The FAA has granted a single operating certificate
allowing Atlantic Southeast Airlines and its subsidiary
ExpressJet Airlines to operate as a single entity. The approval was
the final regulatory step in the merger of the two carriers.
CWA Blasts Board For Conclusion That Management Did Not Coerce
Members To Vote "No"
The National Mediation Board late last week notified Delta
Airlines that it has rejected claims of interference filed by the
Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) following the November 2010
Delta flight attendant representation election. With its ruling,
the NMB has upheld the decision of a majority of voters to reject
Calling it crucial to the defense of North America, Defense
Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Canadian Defense Minister Peter G.
MacKay emphasized that both nations are committed to developing the
F-35 joint strike fighter. At a news conference held in conjunction
with the Halifax International Security Forum Friday, the defense
leaders said budget pressures should not stand in the way of
fielding the next-generation fighter jet.
“I am disappointed to learn that
Hawker-Beechcraft’s AT-6B proposal was excluded by the United
States Air Force from the Light Air Support (LAS) competition. I
have already demanded answers from the Pentagon on why they made
this very unfortunate decision." Source: Kansas
Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-04).
An online petition has been posted on the White House website
"We the People" to send a message to President Obama that the FAA
should not be allowed to close off access to the digital chart data