Tired of riding the aviation economy fun ride, Cessna's union
machinists Tuesday overwhelming authorized their leaders to call a
strike if they have to. The Machinists Union sits down with Cessna
August 12th for contract talks that are expected to be
AIR, Inc. Predicts Up To 10,000 New Jobs This Year
More than 300 pilots met with 52 representatives from 17 major,
national, and regional airlines during AIR, Inc.’s Airline
Pilot Career Seminar, Airline Forum, and Job Fair in Phoenix (AZ)
earlier this month. Based on that and other factors, AIR, Inc.
predicts approximately 7,000 - 10,000 new airline pilot jobs for
As previously detailed, Diamond Aircraft is opening its doors
this week for a massive gathering of gaggles of Diamond composite
speedsters. As usual, an event like this is NOT to be missed and
ANN is not about to let that happen.
So... fresh from playing with the REALLY cool space folk in Mojave,
CA, ANN Publisher Jim Campbell is already in Ontario getting ready
for all the excitement -- starting today and running through this
Saturday. Be sure to drop on in if you can... it's looking like a
Remember the cat fight over
John Parker's participation in the 2003 Reno Air Races? Well, we're
pleased to see that RARA and Parker have apparently kissed and made
up... Hence, the following statement:
"American Air Racing is pleased to announce the participation of
John Parker and American Air Racing in the 2004 National
Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nevada....
So you and a couple of pals are working at what you do best --
painting stripes on a runway. You're minding your own business when
you hear an airplane approaching. No worries, you say to each
other, there are other runways. This one is closed. There's a
NOTAM. It's on the ATIS.
But the plane keeps coming.
City Council Approves Tax Incentives To Lure Manufacturer
The Albuquerque (NM) City Council has decided to wholeheartedly
back Eclipse Aviation, approving a $45 million dollar industrial
revenue bond package for the company. The company also got a
$770,000 tax break over ten years.
One of the first things the 9/11 hijackers did once inside the
cockpits was to turn off the transponders in three of the four
commandeered aircraft. As a result, American Airlines Flight 77
disappeared unnoticed over Cleveland and was off the scope for 36
minutes, only to show up six minutes away from the Pentagon.
While some airlines continue to argue that never-off transponders
aren't required now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and
other security measures are in place, New York Newsday quotes some
safety advocates who say it's a low-cost way to ensure there won't
be any more attacks like those on New York and Washington.
USS Abraham Lincoln welcomed aboard more than 80 people from
Columbia Pictures and Backbreaker Films, actors Josh Lucas, Jessica
Biel, Jamie Foxx, Sam Shepard and director Rob Cohen for the
filming of the major motion picture, "Stealth," in June.
Plan Available for Airports Considering Private Security
The TSA came out Wednesday with "Guidance on the Screening
Partnership Program" (SPP), a sort of "how-to" guide for airports
thinking of hiring private screeners to replace those provided by
the government. This option is available through a provision in the
Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) that grants any
airport the opportunity to "opt-out" of having federal passenger
and baggage screeners and choose private security service companies
to conduct screening operations under TSA management after November
A number of manufacturers are offering ultra-light jets at
prices that bring them within the reach of a broader range of
users. What segments are these jets intended to target? How will
they be used? Can our air traffic control system support the influx
of a large number of these aircraft? And what is the insurance
industry's reaction to these aircraft? At Strategic Research
Institute's 9th Annual Corporate Aircraft Transactions &
Fractional Ownership Interest Conference, business aviation experts
will discuss the wide range of issues that are likely to arise with
these new generation aircraft.
Will Maintain and Support Air Canada's Ground Radio
Global Maintenance Services has received a 4-year contract from
Air Canada to maintain all of the airline's 3,200 UHF ground radios
and systems located at 18 airports across Canada. The fixed-rate
contract, which became effective May 1, was awarded in competitive
NASA's SHARP Program Inspires Students To Pursue Space-Related
NASA’s eight-week Summer High School Apprenticeship
Research Program (SHARP), designed to encourage the career paths of
pre-college students who are traditionally under-represented,
continues to contribute to Kennedy Space Center’s workforce
of the future.
"It promises to be a really tough one."
Source: Machinists Union Spokesman Bob Wood in
Wichita, where the rank and file Tuesday overwhelmingly authorized
a strike should upcoming negotiations with Cessna fail. Wood says
the talks will be centered on health care, job security and
salaries -- and it won't be easy for either the Machinists or