Three Democratic members of the US Senate have introduced
legislation that may impose additional oversight and controls on
the FAA if they fail to reach an agreement with the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association.
Obviously pleased with the efforts of Senators Barack Obama,
D-Ill., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.; the
NATCA spin machine is busy promoting a bill that NATCA says, "would
force the Federal Aviation Administration to engage in productive,
good faith contract negotiations with its unions, including the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association..."
Test Program Will Give 30 Enlisted Sailors Wings... and
The Navy, which sixty-five years ago actually had enlisted
pilots, is going to dip a toe in the warrant-officer pool and see
how it works out. The program is a pilot program in both senses of
the word: only 30 enlisted sailors are going to be accepted in this
program, and their career horizons are going to be considerably
narrower than a regular commissioned officer.
The ever-vigilant folks at GAMA sent a letter to FAA Boss Marion
Blakey, Wednesday the 25th, expressing concern about the FAA's
lack of application for millions of dollars that were authorized
under the FY06 Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban
Development Appropriations Bill.
A few more of the "mystery orders" that allowed Airbus to leapfrog Boeing for the 2005
sales title came to light Thursday morning, with the
announcement that Spanish airline Air Europa has firmed up its
order for 10 A350-800s and two further options, for deliveries
between 2010 and 2012.
NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0959
Issue Date: January 26, 2006 at 1:05 UTC
Location: Dorado, Puerto Rico near SAN JUAN VORTAC
Beginning Date and Time: January 30, 2006 at 11:00
Ending Date and Time: January 30, 2006 at 23:00
Reason for NOTAM: Military activity
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center,
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.26.06 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.26.06
(ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner Talks About
The Corporate Air Crash In Kirksville, MO: 01.26.06
(ANN's Feature News Program, with Tom Turner on what caused last
year's Corporate Airlines a
412s Credited With Saving 'Tens Of Thousands' Of Lives
Bell Helicopter is confident their proven 412 helicopter will be
able to fulfill the US Army's requirement for a new Light Utility
Helicopter, or LUH -- and they cite the chopper's performance
following the catastrophic events of 2005 as proof.
In December 2003 and January 2004, several Air Force aircraft
took fire near Baghdad, Iraq, but missile warning systems aboard
those planes failed to indicate the attacks. Air Force officials
looked to the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center to fix this
AD NUMBER: 2006-02-10
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-02-10
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive
(AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series
100 & 440) airplanes.
Aero-News has learned that in a special report adopted
Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board is calling on
the Federal Aviation Administration to impose stricter requirements
on all emergency medical services flights.
An agreement has been reached between representatives with the
Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security
Administration, and the American Civil Liberties Union over a
lawsuit originally brought about to uncover information about the
government's no-fly list.
E-I-C Note: The Secretary of Transportation
gave a lunch-time speech Tuesday that seems to be stirring up some
dust... already NATCA is shooting back with a full barrage and we
expect others to follow suit. As these factions make themselves
known, it might behoove us all to take a look at the Secretary's
speech, listed unedited, below.
Allege Planes Not Maintained, Students Flew Passengers For
Oil leaks. Turbo failures. Unpaid students flying commercial
routes with passengers onboard. These are but a few of the reasons
pilots gave a Canadian news service as reasons why they left the
British Columbia-based regional airline Sonicblue.
FAA: New Management Controls Save Taxpayers $1.4 million
The FAA tells ANN that, "just six months after eliminating
artificially inflated overtime schedules at the New York Terminal
Radar Approach Control, the FAA has saved $1.4 million and air
traffic controller errors are down 75 percent."
Boeing announced Wednesday plans for a new 737 signals
intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft to be used for airborne
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and also advanced
network centric communications.
The Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC) at Hill Air Force Base
and Hamilton Sundstrand officials signed a public-private
cooperative partnering agreement enabling Hill’s technicians
to provide repair capabilities for the Air Force’s C-17
Aircraft starters use a lot of electrical power. Because they
are air-cooled (they do their work before the oil is flowing) they
get very hot. If a starter runs for more than just a few seconds at
a time, it will overheat—damaging the starter and possibly
“starting” a fire.
AOPA has partnered with the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) to develop a nationwide Airport Watch Program
that uses the more than 650,000 pilots as eyes and ears for
observing and reporting suspicious activity.
"You get on an airline, you think it's going to be regulated
and safe... this accident was just a ticking time bomb. When I quit
there, I quit because I [feared] that they would kill
Source: Former Sonicblue pilot Shaun
Crowe-Swords, on what he calls the airline's "atrocious" safety
record in the time he flew for the Canadian regional carrier.
Crowe-Swords cited a time he flew a Piper Navajo for the carrier,
as oil literally poured from one of the engines, to the CanWest
News Service. As was reported by Aero-News,
one of the airline's Cessna 208 Caravans went down Saturday,