A medical helicopter flying a heart patient to a South Indiana
hospital crashed Wednesday morning, killing the passenger and
injuring the three crew members on board. Medical helicopters from
Illinois and Kentucky joined the Indiana Highway Patrol's helo in
searching for the wreckage before an injured crew member was able
to signal them with his flashlight.
When most mortals try to walk through an airport security
checkpoint with a loaded gun in our satchels, we can expect to be
detained, closely searched, arrested and tried.
But John Hostettler is no mere mortal. He's a Republican
congressman from Indiana. As such, he was briefly detained at
Louisville International Airport on Tuesday, then allowed to
continue on his way.
The FAA won't let Lake Tahoe Airport (NV) operate the control
tower part-time, but it will let the city of South Lake Tahoe raise
fees charged to aircraft and limo operators, hoping to avoid a
financial crunch that looms June 30th.
AVEMCO recently announced acceptance of the new King Schools
Practical Risk Management for Weather course as an approved
training course in AVEMCO's Safety Rewards Program. The
course will be available for purchase in early May and was screened
by King Schools at their booth during Sun n' Fun last week.
So you say sales are down? The mortgage is due, the wife is
griping and the kids need new shoes? Buck up, bucko. Aircraft
manufacturers meeting in Wichita (KS) this week say there is a
light at the end of the tunnel.
AOPA Pressing FAA To Drop Charity/Sightseeing Rule
The FAA's proposal to force small sightseeing businesses to meet
the requirements for large air tour operators and increase
flight-time requirements for pilots who fly charity fund-raisers is
neither justified nor supported by safety data and should be
withdrawn, AOPA told the agency on Monday.
Ten countries in central Europe are set to join the EU next and
that could be just the news WIZZ is looking for. Europe's newest
low-cost carrier is set to debut with the idea of serving what
until now has been a traditionally underserved market.
The past two EAA AirVenture Oshkosh gatherings set records for
the number of exhibitors and 2004 is looking more and more like a
continuation of that trend. EAA Convention Headquarters reports
reservations for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are filling up at an even
Forecast Firm Says Military Training Is About To Boom
Military fixed-wing trainer deliveries will rise steadily
through this decade, according to a market overview issued by
Forecast International, and will total 2,238 shipments worth $17.5
billion during the 2004-2013 timeframe. In light of the tactical
aircraft re-equipment cycle now under way by many major air arms,
the need to address some long-postponed trainer requirements is
receiving new impetus.
"Nothing in the original Federal Register notice or the
information that has been made available during the comment period
indicates that there is a significant safety issue with sightseeing
Source: AOPA Legislative Director Andy Cebula,
pushing hard against the FAA's proposed new charity/sightseeing
rule. More than a dozen members of Congress expressed concerns
about the proposed rule's adverse economic impact on the GA
community in letters to the FAA. And the Office of Advocacy at the
government's own Small Business Administration also found the FAA's
economic data seriously flawed and recommended that the NPRM be
British Company Reportedly Interested In Buying Kansas,
Oklahoma Boeing Plants
Far away from the prairies of Kansas and Oklahoma, a British
company is reportedly considering snapping up Boeing's
manufacturing plants in those states. Analysts say the deal would
be a $2.5 billion purchase.
Oklahoma lawmakers just don't know enough about the state's $12
billion aviation economy. That's what aviation industry leaders in
the Sooner State are saying. So swarms of lobbyists flooded the
fourth floor of the state capitol Tuesday, hoping to shed a little
light on one of the state's driving economic forces.
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta Wednesday announced
new reductions in United and American Airlines flight schedules
aimed at further reducing congestion and passenger inconvenience at
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
"China faces a formidable challenge in expanding VFR flight,"
said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Melissa Bailey.
"After spending the day with the delegation, we have a stronger
appreciation of the freedoms we have as pilots in the United
States. VFR flight in China is very limited, and the CAAC is
studying America's robust general aviation community as an
South Africans Created A "Non-Airport" Environment... At The
If you're an airport-type and you want to know how to do the job
right, the IATA suggests you check out the airport in Cape Town,
South Africa. The international aviation body says the airport
there is the best of its size in the world.
AD NUMBER: 2004-08-13
MANUFACTURER: Burkhart Grob
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-08-13
SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for certain BURKHARDT GROB LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT GmbH
& CO KG (Grob) Models G103 Twin ASTIR, G103 TWIN II, G103 TWIN
III ACRO, and G103 C Twin III SL sailplanes. This AD requires you
to replace the center of gravity (CG) release hook attachment
brackets with brackets of improved design. This AD is the result of
mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the
airworthiness authority for Germany. We are issuing this AD to
prevent abnormal or uncontrolled sailplane release due to cracked
CG release hook attachment brackets. This condition could result