One of the most exciting GA R&D programs we've seen in MANY
years, seems to be coming to fruition, and after watching the
market embrace a new generation of exciting single engine piston
aircraft, Diamond appears ready to set THE mark
for multi-engine pistons. With unparalleled
economy/performance, Diamond's new twin diesel "Fast-Glass"
is finally exciting pilots over a market segment that has been
devoid of innovation for well over a decade.
NATCA Protests Testing Of STARS Fix On Real Traffic
The Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System is designed
to revert to a backup system when problems arise, such as incorrect
identification of planes, which is now plaguing STARS in the
Detroit Terminal Radar Approach Control room. But the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) says it's "bad policy, not
bad technology," that the FAA is testing possible fixes not in a
simulator but with live traffic on the STARS system itself, which
remains plugged in while Detroit's backup system sits ready and
free, but unused.
The EAA has formally responded to an FAA proposal that would
increase the Class D airspace at Selfridge Air National Guard Base
(MI), from the current radius of 4.3 miles to 6.6 miles. In a
Federal Register notice published on February 25, 2004, the FAA
asked the public to consider the above change to support Category E
aircraft using circling approach procedures.
Attorney Says FAA Told Plaintiff He Was "Wrong Color For The
Michael Ryan says FAA repeatedly passed him over for promotion
because he is white and male. The case, Michael C. Ryan v. Norman
Y. Mineta, Secretary, US. Department of Transportation, pits merit
promotion principles against the FAA’s unlawful affirmative
Sun Country Airlines has very quietly launched a new program
where passengers pay $29 for a round trip flight, plus nine cents a
mile. It's a new way of pricing airline travel and, if you belong
to the company's "VIP Club," you pay the same rate right up until
departure time -- no advanced purchase required.
"This is an unacceptable way of doing business," NATCA Director
of Safety and Technology Doug Fralick said. "Why did the FAA spend
millions of taxpayer dollars to develop a system that has the
capability to fall back to ARTS in the event things don't go as
planned and then steadfastly refuse to use it? The FAA is
experimenting in Detroit with untested adaptations, putting the
system on Emergency Service Level to install the adaptations, then
waiting to see what happens with live traffic. It's unbelievable.
Detroit has a fully functional Electronic Target Generator lab,
which would allow the FAA to see if its proposed fixes will work.
Why not use it?"
Source: NATCA Director of Safety and Technology
Doug Fralick, angry that the FAA is testing bug fixes on its
A group of heart doctors has come up with a new service it says
will better transport cardiac patients from rural hospitals in
Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana to more sophisticated facilities. The
service, Cardiac Air Transport, is backed by Oklahoma's biggest
group of heart doctors.
Craven Community College has been waiting four months, hoping
the FAA will certify its new Institute of Aeronautical Technology.
Now, college president Scott Ralls is reportedly calling up
students who want to enroll in the program, telling them to be
ready as early as next week.
AD NUMBER: 2004-07-22
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-07-22
SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes two existing
airworthiness directives (ADs), applicable to all Boeing Model 747
series airplanes, that currently require that the FAA-approved
maintenance inspection program be revised to include inspections
that will give no less than the required damage tolerance rating
for each structural significant item, and repair of cracked
structure. Those ADs were prompted by a structural re-evaluation
that identified additional structural elements where, if damage
were to occur, supplemental inspections may be required for timely
detection of fatigue cracking. This amendment requires addit