The Very Best (And Worst) of Oshkosh 2004! (Part One)
Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the Aero-News
For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows
inherent in the general and sport aviation community. There are but
a few places where that is more a propos than at a major event like
the Oshkosh Fly-In...
It's the end of the most turbulent chapter in Air Canada
history. An Ontario judge Monday signed off on the carrier's
reorganization plan, almost 17 months after it filed for
bankruptcy. As of next month, Air Canada will have fewer planes and
fewer workers, fewer subsidiaries and more international
As pilot contract negotiations between American Eagle management
and its pilots, represented by the ALPA resumed Monday, frustrated
pilots called on management to "do the right thing" and take
advantage of the remaining 21 days before the deadline for the end
of scheduled bargaining on Sept. 12. Although some progress
has been made during the talks, which contractually can only last
150 days, the two parties are far apart on major issues, such as
wage rates, retirement, insurance, and scheduling issues.
On Tuesday, air traffic controllers from the Memphis Air Route
Traffic Control Center and Memphis International Airport control
tower and approach control facility will discuss both the current
and future serious controller shortages facing their facility and
the potential travel and safety concerns associated with having too
few eyes handling planes.
Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Collaboration of Manned, Unmanned
Aircraft as Part of UCAR Development Program
Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a demonstration of
manned and unmanned aircraft collaboration as one of the advanced
command and control concepts it is developing for its Unmanned
Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) program.
iPASS Teams With Boeing To Serve 500,000 Customers
Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of Boeing and iPass say
they've formed an agreement to deliver iPass enterprise customers
secure in-flight Wi-Fi Internet connectivity. Through the agreement
iPass users will have access to the Connexion mobile Internet
service through the iPass Global Broadband Roaming network. Now,
enterprise IT managers and CIOs can provide their mobile workers
with a near-seamless, high-speed wireless experience to manage
their time at hotels, airports and now on airplanes – more
productively. This agreement marks Connexion by Boeing’s
first contracted Wi-Fi enterprise access provider.
Cessna Aircraft Company is pleased to announce two vice
presidents have been named within the Customer Services area. Jack
Stiffler has been named Vice President, Citation Parts Distribution
and Peter Wilkinson has been named Vice President, Cessna Parts
Distribution. Both Stiffler and Wilkinson will report directly to
Ron Chapman, Senior Vice President of Customer Service.
"If it wasn't for the lines, I would have died. It all happened
so fast. I hit the ground really hard and I was kinda waiting to
die. Then the pain set in. I knew I was alive but I wasn't sure how
badly I had been injured."
Source: Christine McKenzie, a South African
skydiver whose main and reserve chutes failed to properly deploy on
Sunday. Miraculously, McKenzie fell from almost 11,000 feet and
survived after bouncing off some power lines near Johannesburg.
AD NUMBER: 2004-17-04
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-17-04
SUMMARY: The FAA supersedes Airworthiness
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& Co KG (Grob) Models G102 CLUB ASTIR III, G102 CLUB ASTIR
IIIb, and G102STANDARD ASTIR III sailplanes.