New Type Association/Factory Alliance Off To Excellent
One of the most positive developments of the last few years has
been the natural tendency of certain types of aircraft owners to
congregate together to support their collective interests. Type
clubs for all manner of aircraft have not only been created, but
have come to flourish and take their place as an indispensable part
of the aviation scene... providing a sense of community and an
undeniably positive effect on the safety of all those who come
together under a common banner.
With the first manned commercial flight into space now safely
under his belt, Burt Rutan and his Mojave (CA) company, Scaled
Composites, are almost ready to set their sights on the Ansari
X-Prize. It's a $10 million cash outlay that will cover about half
of the cost of developing SpaceShipOne.
The watchword in that last sentence is "almost."
Specialists in Moscow Sunday continued to analyze the cause of
an unexpectedly high rate of pressure loss in the primary oxygen
bottle on Astronaut Mike Fincke’s Russian space suit, which
terminated Thursday’s spacewalk after 14 minutes.
NTSB: Emergency Slides Fail About 30 Percent Of The Time
American Airlines Flight 1128, an MD-80, was pushing back from
the gate when suddenly, black smoke filled the cabin. The captain
declared an emergency and ordered everyone on board to evacuate.
Flight attendants activated the aircraft's four slides. But the
emergency slide in the aircraft's tail failed to deploy.
Tex had never flown before, but he didn't seem nervous at all as
he climbed into the single-engine Cessna last week. Sure, the
engine start-up startled him, but he took it all in stride.
Throughout the flight, he was the perfect gentleman. Upon landing,
he sat on the floor and put his head in his companions hands.
How would you like $4 million to buy a new airplane?
Yeah, same here. But that's the budget New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson has to work with as his administration goes shopping to
replace their 1966 Aero Commander (file photo of type, below).
Three people were killed Sunday when their helicopter (type as
yet unknown) crashed behind a house in Lamar County (GA). The dead
men were identified by Lamar County Sheriff Larry Waller as pilot
Wyatt Zane Rogers and passengers Kendall and Kelly Loudermilk, all
from Spartanburg (SC).
The Experimental Aircraft Association will again welcome some of
the world's finest air show performers for the 2004 EAA AirVenture
fly-in, July 27-August 2, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh
From Coalition Headquarters:
A coalition C-130 Hercules transport aircraft (file photo of
type, below) leaving Baghdad International Airport about 5 p.m. was
hit by small-arms fire, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Multinational
Force Iraq deputy operations director, said in a written statement
issued by the coalition press office.
Representative John Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House
Subcommittee on Aviation, sent a letter on June 22 to Department of
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge urging the quick and
efficient transfer of responsibility for background checks for
aliens seeking flight training in the US from the Department of
Justice (DOJ) to the Transportation Security Administration
Bell Helicopter has reached separate agreements with Korea
Aerospace Industries, Ltd (KAI) and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Company
Ltd. for a collaboration to develop, certify, produce and market
the 427i light twin IFR helicopter for the world market.
"I told him, 'Actions speak louder than words. For now, I need
to ask you to remove yourself from the flight,' which he
Source: Capt. Craig Kobyashi, a 25-year cockpit
veteran at Hawaiian Airlines, after a trustee in the company's
bankruptcy, Josh Gotbaum, to get off his 767-300. Hawaiian Air
pilots are nowhere near happy about the way Gotbaum has proposed to
manage their pension fund. The airline owes the fund $4.5 million
and is late with its payments. Among other things, Gotbaum has
proposed gutting the fund altogether.
Renegade's Hamilton Aerospace Subsidiary Announces Two More
Maintenance Checks for Falcon Air Express
Renegade Venture says its wholly owned subsidiary, Hamilton
Aerospace Technologies, has signed two "drop in" "B" scheduled
maintenance checks with Falcon Air Express for one VIP and one
high-density Boeing 727-200. The total value of these maintenance
checks will be approximately $125,000. Both checks will be
completed and booked over the next two weeks.