By ANN Contributor Larry Garner
John Moody, hailed as the "father of ultralight aviation," is in
fair condition at a hospital in Georgia, after his powered glider
went down during an airshow Sunday evening. It happened at the
Boshear/Skyfest 2004, Daniel Field, Augusta (GA). Moody, 61,
apparently got behind the curve, stalled his Ultralight, entered a
low spin and impacted the ground harder than planned.
"80 Octane Man" To Appear At Book Unveiling and Reveal Secret
ANN is really looking forward to this week. Not only is Thursday
the beginning of the 2004 rendition of the Annual AOPA Expo, but
the Long-Awaited Klyde Morris book, "Klyde Morris, The Only Ant In
Aviation (Spring-Loaded to the Ticked Off Position)," will make a
formal debut during a Friday, 1100 press conference to be attended
by Author/Cartoonist Wes Oleszewski, AOPA President Phil Boyer, and
ANN Publisher Jim Campbell.
Powerful House Member Calls On TSA To Resolve Difficulties
The chairman of the House aviation subcommittee, Rep. John Mica
(R-FL), has joined the call for the Transportation Security
Administration to extend the compliance deadline of the so-called
alien flight training rule. AOPA has formally petitioned TSA to
defer implementation of those portions of the rule that affect
flight training in aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds.
You might remember them from the dark days just after the 9/11
attacks three years ago -- dour-looking soldiers in camouflage
fatigues, with M-16 rifles slung over their shoulders, patrolling
the nation's sky terminals.
They were among the gutsiest pilots ever to strap on an airplane
-- the UK airmen who flew the de Havelland Mosquito. Sunday, they
met for the last time at Britain's Royal Air Force Museum in
London. What the Germans and Japanese couldn't do during the war,
time is doing to them now. The veterans are succumbing to age and
the Mosquito Aircrew Association says there just aren't enough left
to make the reunions viable.
More than 70 GA aircraft on display at AOPA Expo 2004
General aviation is the largest segment of the aviation
industry, with a dizzying array of aircraft. More than 70 examples
of GA's broad range, from two-seat training aircraft to light
business jets, will be on display at Long Beach Airport as part of
the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's AOPA Expo 2004,
When the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's AOPA Expo 2004
gets under way October 21-23 in Long Beach (CA), visitors will be
able to take part in more than 75 hours of informative, fun,
At Least 20 En Route Centers Have Computers Not Adequately
The nation's air traffic control system is vulnerable to
hack-attacks, according to a government audit -- and the FAA is now
scrambling to secure some of its most vital computers against
The FBI is taking a hard look at several suspicious holes found
in the hull of a US Airways Airbus after it landed in Orlando last
week. Local authorities say they look for all the world like they
were caused by bullets hitting the aircraft.
by ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien
If you travel a lot, but don't often take the same trip on the
same airline you might never figure out what's a good seat or a bad
seat. Nowadays, most lines let you change your seat assignment
online or at a kiosk in the airport. But which seats are good and
which are bummers?
Bringing home an aircraft from overseas can a daunting task.
First, there's the paperwork and approvals. But then comes the long
journey over water. Last week, Al Pike completed such a trip,
flying an homebuilt Comp Air 7 from Lithuania to Florida. Here's
the second of a two-part story on Al's trip as told in his own
words, written in private notes to interested friends during the
Last week's bizarre accident at Walker Field in Grand Junction
(CO) was caused when a mechanic's son hand-propped a Cessna 172 and
it rolled out of control into the aircraft his father was working
on, according to the FAA.
First Woman To Fly In Bendix Trophy Race, Break Sound
Jacqueline Cochran, one of aviation's legendary female pilots
and founder of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), was the
first female aviator to fly in the Bendix Trophy Race, to make a
blind instrument landing, and to exceed the speed of sound.
Forty-nine Berlin Airlift veterans visited Rhein-Main Air Base,
Germany Oct. 13 to recognize the 55th anniversary of one of the end
of the largest humanitarian airlift missions in the history of the
US Air Force.
While some middle-school students spend their free time playing
video games or watching television, a recently chartered
organization at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, is giving future
Airmen the opportunity to experience crossing into the blue as
Civil Air Patrol cadets.
"We've thrown all our resources at this new TSA rule. I've
personally gone to Chairman Mica and other members of Congress, and
AOPA's senior people have been talking to TSA on an almost daily
Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, on AOPA's
request to the TSA for an extension of the alien flight training
rule. US Representative John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House
Aviation Subcommittee, then wrote TSA director David Stone, saying,
"I am now hearing concerns from the pilot and flight training
community that the TSA's rule implementing this law is creating
problems as it applies to smaller aircraft."