Bad News In Tragic Case of Girl's
The body of an 11 year-old girl has been found in Sarasota after a
Nationally publicized "Amber Alert" and related media
attention. The crime scene is now the subject of a TFR that is in
force until at least 1700. The area is guaranteed to be a media
circus, so we strongly recommend that flyers avoid this area
aggressively and give LE officials room to do their horrific task
without interference or distraction.
The beauty of flying in the western part of the US is enjoying
the land's natural beauty, uncongested skies and isolated landing
areas, which allow for spectacular flying excursions.
Unfortunately, these airfields are
being threatened and one organization is fighting for
AOPA, in its continuing fight to protect pilots' access to
backcountry airstrips, has appealed a U.S. Forest Service decision
to ban all but emergency access to four such strips in Idaho. The
association maintains that the Forest Service does not have the
required authority to close the Dewy Moore, Mile-Hi, Simonds, and
Vines airstrips in the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness
AOPA President Phil Boyer recently met with
We have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the
Baltimore/Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is
still active. The good news is the FAA has finally decided to chart
the darn thing.
AOPA reports that pilots who use the Washington, D.C. sectional
and terminal area charts will see a significant change on the
February 19, 2004, editions. The FAA will chart the ADIZ, hoping
that it will reduce the number of airspace incursions. The
flight-restricted zone within the ADIZ will continue to be
highlighted as well.
The National Aeronautical Charting Office will use the same
symbology for the Baltimore/Washington ADIZ as it does for the
border air defense identification zones but will highlight the blue
markings to stand
Southwest Regional To Celebrate Legendary Designer
Dick Van Grunsven, the innovate designer of the legendary
RV series of aircraft kits, will be the guest of honor at this
year's Southwest Regional Fly-In.
Van Grunsven, founder of Van's Aircraft, will will receive the
fly-in's President's Award at the 40th anniversary of the Fly-In,
which will be held at the New Braunfels Airport (BAZ) on May 14-15,
2004. Past recipients of the event's President's Award include the
late Tony Bingelis, Paul Poberezny, Charles Duke and the late Duane
Van Grunsven learned to fly in 1956 at the age of 16. He has
logged 7,000-plus hours, 4,000 of it in homebuilts. He developed
his first design, a modified Stits Playboy dubbed the RV-1, in the
1960s. His first original des
Raytheon Aircraft and NetJets Inc. have signed a 10-year
maintenance contract for Hawker 1000, Hawker 800XP and Hawker 400XP
business jets in the NetJets’ fleet.
The contract, with options beyond the initial 10 years, will
provide NetJets with full maintenance for the three aircraft types.
Hawker 1000 and 800XP heavy maintenance work will be performed at
the Hawker Service Center in Little Rock, Ark., and Raytheon
Aircraft Services, located in Tampa (FL) will handle such service
for the Hawker 400XP.
In addition, the maintenance agreement covers NetJets’
aircraft-on-ground resolution and light line maintenance at NetJets
and Raytheon Aircraft Services facilities.
In December, NetJets placed an order fo
Texas Aviation Hall Of Fame Announces Call For Nominations
Do you know of a Texan that has shaped aviation within the Lone
Star State? If so, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame wants to hear
The organization is now accepting nominations for its Class of
2004. Nomination deadline is April 16, 2004.
Confirmed by the Texas Legislature in 1997, the Texas Aviation
Hall of Fame honors the aviation heroes and pioneers of Texas who
have made lasting achievements to the advancement of
Eligibility is open to any native Texan or Texas-domiciled
business responsible for outstanding aviation achievement conducted
within or outside the state. Nominees who are not native Texans or
Texas-domiciled businesses are eligible for significan
Students in Michigan will appreciate a new program, by the
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), which is making
collegiate studies a very worthwhile endeavor.
The organiation, in conjunction with corporate sponsor Avfuel
Corporation, will offer the Avfuel Michigan Business Aviation
Scholarship to benefit a student pursuing an aviation degree at an
eligible Michigan college or university. One $500 award will be
This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate
student who is officially enrolled in an aviation-related program
at any of the following Michigan schools: Andrews University,
Eastern Michigan University, Lansing Community College,
Northwestern Michigan College and Western M
An investigator of the Columbia disaster fears more astronauts
will die if NASA rushes ahead with a space shuttle launch this fall
without making all the needed repairs.
"An early launch could create the same conditions which cost us
16 lives," Air Force Brig. Gen. Duane Deal said earlier this week.
He was referring to the crews of the Columbia and Challenger and
two men who died in a helicopter crash while searching for shuttle
NASA's top spaceflight official insists, however, that the plan
for resuming shuttle flights as early as September or October will
be driven by milestones, not schedule. He stressed Wednesday that
those months are merely planning dates.
"If we don't meet milestones, we don'
Agency to Host 7th Annual Commercial Space Transportation
FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space
Transportation Patricia Grace Smith has announced the Seventh
Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference on Feb.
10 and 11 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington DC.
This year’s event will focus on FAA efforts to help
facilitate the first privately-launched manned space flight within
the year. The conference also celebrates the 20th anniversary of
the Commercial Space Transportation Office at the Department of
Panels throughout the first day will provide views from space
transportation experts in the government and private sector who
will focus on the history of commercial space transportation
NBAA will launch its 2004 Business Aviation Regional Forum
series at Jet Aviation on Palm Beach International Airport (PBI),
Wednesday, March 10.
Essentially shortened versions of the NBAA Annual Meeting &
Convention, Regional Forums bring together industry personnel at
locations across the United States to address issues germane to
that particular geographic region and to showcase products and
services of Association Members.
Forums feature indoor exhibits, a static display of aircraft and
a full slate of informational sessions. NBAA is now accepting
Exhibitor applications and Attendee registrations for the West Palm
Beach event on March 10.
Other 2004 Forums will be held in Chicago, IL on June 24; Hong
Two F-14A Tomcats operating from USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in the
Red Sea collided with each other while conducting basic daytime
fighter maneuvers Feb. 2.
No one was injured during the incident, and both aircraft landed
safely aboard Enterprise.
One F-14 sustained minor damage to its right wingtip, and the
other’s right vertical stabilizer had nearly been sheared
off. The Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 F-14s are
“Checkmates” from Fighter Squadron (VF) 211, home-based
at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
The incident is under investigation, and Enterprise is still
able to continue its present mission.
The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the
U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibili
Moving Line Could Save $300 Million for Lockheed Martin
Why not? It worked for Henry Ford.
The first-ever continuous moving assembly line for a combat
fighter jet is under consideration by the Lockheed Martin F-35
Joint Strike Fighter team.
Adopting such an approach could increase production efficiency,
reduce floor space and avoid an estimated $300 million in expenses
over the life of the program.
In late January, members of the F-35 production team from
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE SYSTEMS gathered on the
Lockheed Martin factory floor in Fort Worth to begin laying out a
preliminary plan for a continuous moving line. Using a full-scale
F-35 model, the team simulated processes for installing aircraft
systems as the jet crept along an imagin
On Wednesday, a Singapore Airlines A340-500 conducted a flight
from Singapore to Los Angeles, the world’s longest nonstop
flight. The 14,762-km (9,172 mi) flight was completed in 15 hr.--1
hr. less than the scheduled journey time because of favorable
The return trip is expected to cover the 14,700-km return (9,134
mi) journey in 18 hr. 20 min. SIA operates daily nonstop service
between Singapore and Los Angeles. The A340-500 flying the route,
while designed for 320 passengers, is configured for 181 seats--64
in business class and 117 in Executive Economy.
The limited seating reflects both the additional legroom
required in economy for the long flights and the performance
shortfall on the initial pro
On Tuesday, the National Association of Flight Instructors
(NAFI) announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part
of some very special aviation educators. Recently, they were
all designated Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional
The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation
recognized by the FAA that is earned by a candidate through a
rigorous process of continuing education and peer review.
Much like a flight instructor's certificate, it must be renewed
biennially. This process parallels continuing education
regimens used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge
base while increasing their professionalism. Simply put, the Master
The bad guys don't like them but who else wouldn't marvel at an
unmanned aircraft? Well, don't answer that.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of
unmanned aircraft systems, announced Thursday that it has produced
the one-hundredth Predator remotely piloted aircraft for the U.S.
Predator has provided the U.S. with intelligence, surveillance,
targeting and reconnaissance information on combat areas
deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans since 1995,
logging over sixty percent of all its flight hours in combat.
Predator is also in use by the U.S. Navy and Italian Air
Predator 100, like its predecessors, will be flown on an
instrument flight plan in National Air Space f
U.S. and Russian space officials are considering changing the
crew of the next mission to the international space station, a
Russian space official said Wednesday.
The proposed change came after NASA decided to replace astronaut
William McArthur with Leroy Chiao, citing unspecified health
reasons, said Sergei Gorbunov, a spokesman for the Russian space
agency Rosaviakosmos. Valery Tokarev was to be the Russian on the
mission, to begin April 19.
Instead of the Chiao-Tokarev team, the agencies are now likely
to send Michael Fincke and Gennady Padalka, who have spent
considerable time training together, Gorbunov said.
Russian officials claim Chiao and Tokarev didn't hit it off and
Leaders of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA)
unit representing Air Canada Jazz pilots have re-elected pilot
officers to serve two-year terms beginning this week.
Following a vote by the representatives on the Air Canada Jazz
pilots' union governing body, the Master Executive Council (MEC),
Captain Nick DiCintio was re-elected to a second term as chairman,
Captain Monty Allan was re-elected as vice-chairman, Captain Terry
McTeer was re-elected as secretary and Captain Rod Lypchuk was
Captain DiCintio is a Montreal based pilot with 15 years of
service at Air Canada Jazz. Captain Allen is based in Toronto and
has 21 years of service with the airline. Captain McTeer is based
Boeing and QinetiQ have signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) to explore potential collaboration on the development of a
variety of technologies, including aviation security, air traffic
management, acoustics, lighting and cabin interiors, fuel cells and
According to the agreement, Boeing's leading domain expertise in
commercial and military aircraft, along with QinetiQ's pioneering
research, could also allow for development of lighter-than-air
vehicles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), systems integration, and
Network Centric Operations.
Under this agreement, Boeing's European Research and Technology
Center in Madrid, Spain, will work closely with QinetiQ to identify
potential collaborative pro
"The reason is simple: the crew is a
single, united organism. They must understand each other, including
at a psychological level."
Source: Sergei Gorbunov, a spokesman for the
Russian space agency Rosaviakosmos commenting on the second crew
change for the upcoming International Space Station resupply flight
on April 19. The change came after NASA decided to replace
astronaut William McArthur with Leroy Chiao, citing unspecified
health reasons. Unfortunately, Chiao and partner Valery Tokarev did
not get along, so both agencies opted instead to send Michael
Fincke and Gennady Padalka, who have spent considerable time
MANUFACTURER: Air Cruisers Company
PRODUCT: Emergency Evacuation Slide/Raft
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing
airworthiness directive (AD) for a certain Air Cruisers Company
Emergency Evacuation Slide/Raft System. That AD currently requires
a one-time unpacking and subsequent repacking of the slide/raft
systems, identified by basic part number (P/N) with dash numbers,
and serial numbers (SNs) listed in the AD, and mandates repacking
of all other slide/raft systems of the same design at the next
required normal maintenance schedule of the slide/raft system.
This AD contains the same requirements but replaces the specific