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EPA Limiting Deicing Fluid Runoff At Commercial Airports

February 28, 2010 - EPA's proposal would establish standards for the amount of aircraft deicing fluid (ADF) that commercial service airports must re-capture and prevent from entering wastewater runoff. American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is concerned that the standards would put undue financial burdens and creates safety hazards at many airports. Under the proposed regulation, airports with more than 10,000 annual aircraft departures and 1,000 annual jet departures would be required to capture fluid. The re-capture standards would vary based on the amount of ADF used each year, with heavy users required to re-capture 60 percent of all fluid. In addition, airports determined to have ?new sources? of pollution, such as new or extended runways, would be required to meet the highest standards.  While AAAE and the airport community support efforts to improve the environment, there are  Read More Of This Story



NCFM Rejects All Nippon Airways Women Only Bathrooms

February 28, 2010 - All Nippon Airlines (ANA) announced ANA will designate women-only lavatories, presumably on flights between Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), California airports and international destinations. All passengers, male and female, should be treated equally, said the National Coalition For Men (NCFM). The NCFM has respectfully asks that ANA not employ women-only bathrooms on flights to and from   Read More Of This Story


House Aviation Subcommittee Hears Testimony On Aircraft Icing

February 28, 2010 - NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman on Wednesday gave testimony before the House Aviation Subcommittee, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, discussed the dangers of aircraft flying in icing conditions and highlighted longstanding Safety Board recommendations that have yet to be adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration to address the issue. Reducing the dangers of flying in icing conditions has been on the NTSB's Most Wanted List of Transportation Read More Of This Story


Court Rules Against Long Term Protection Of Aircraft Tail Numbers

February 28, 2010 - On Friday, United States District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled that a list (Blocked List) of private aircraft, whose aircraft tail numbers are blocked from the public view must be released under the Freedom of Information Act (see court report). The National Business Aviation Association sued the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order to prevent the  Read More Of This Story


BAE Construction Underway To Build New Aircraft Carriers In The UK

February 28, 2010 - The BAE to build United Kingdom?s new aircraft carriers gained further momentum on Friday, as BAE Systems began construction at Portsmouth Naval Base - the future home of the Queen Elizabeth Class ships. UK Secretary of State for Defense, Bob Ainsworth, was invited to push the button on the company's new state of the art plasma steel cutter, marking the start of full scale production at the site. The team at Portsmouth  Read More Of This Story


AJSAG Objects To Granting Of Waiver Under The Open Skies

February 27, 2010 - Kingston, Jamaica - Air Jamaica Staff Acquisition Group (AJSAG), has been informed that the Government of Jamaica, in pursuit of the privatization of Air Jamaica to Caribbean Airlines, has recently filed a request with the United States (US) authorities seeking a waiver of certain requirements under the Open Skies Agreement between Jamaica and the United  Read More Of This Story


ALPA Cockpit Monitoring Legislation Threatens Safety

February 27, 2010 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA) stands in adamant opposition to an ill-conceived proposal by Sen. Jim DeMint to use cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder information for discipline, rather than as it was intended, because the proposal poses a serious risk to aviation safety. ?ALPA adamantly opposes this misguided legislation that seeks to use cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder information to  Read More Of This Story


United Signs Flight Attendant Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement

Ferbruary 27, 2010 - United Airlines has signed a Flight Attendant Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement with Republic Airways effective March 9, 2010.  Several airlines are part of the Republic Airways Holding agreement. Chautauqua?s main hub is IND with additional hubs located in CLE, LGA, STL and CMH. Shuttle America operates  Read More Of This Story


Gulfstream G650 Has Completed Its First Flight

February 27, 2010 ? Gulfstream G650 has completed its first flight. In a company first, both G650 flight-test aircraft T2 and T1 were airborne simultaneously and were tracked by dual telemetry facilities in real time. The second test article known as T2 took off from Savannah Hilton Head International Airport at 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, with senior experimental test pilots Gary Read More Of This Story


Ninety-Nines Celebrate 100 Years Of Licensed Women Pilots

February 26, 2010 - Susan Larson, President of The Ninety-Nines, has committed to flying women who have never flown in both her Cessna 182 and Hughes 500 helicopter during the week of March 6-12 in celebration of 100 years of licensed women pilots. "I can?t imagine a more satisfying reason to go fly, not that we really need one," said  Read More Of This Story


Southwest Airlines Pilots? Oppose Cockpit Conversation Monitoring

February 26, 2010 - Southwest Airlines Pilots? Association on Thursday urged Senators to oppose attempts to punish, rather than protect, pilots who voluntarily report errors through established safety programs ? including recent efforts to use ?black box? cockpit voice recordings (CVR) as a way to enact discipline on pilots. SWAPA joins fellow pilots from other airlines who  Read More Of This Story


American Airlines Flight Attendants Turn Up the Heat

February 26, 2010 - Determined to achieve a contract, American Airlines Flight Attendants will turn up the heat on the airline with a series of activities as they begin five days of ?lockdown? negotiations with American Airlines at the National Mediation Board (NMB) in Washington on Saturday, February 27. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and American have been mired in contract negotiations for more  Read More Of This Story


Cathay Pacific And Air China Sign Cargo Joint Venture

February 26, 2010 - Cathay Pacific Airways has played a key role in building Hong Kong into one of the world?s leading international air-cargo hubs. The carrier operates one of the world?s biggest freighter fleets and has developed a worldwide network that enables it to carry around 1.3 million tons of freight annually through Hong Kong International Airport. Cathay Pacific is firmly committed to the further development of the Hong Kong aviation hub and is investing some HK$20 billion in new Read More Of This Story


United Airlines Finalizes Boeing 787 Dreamliner Order

February 26, 2010 - United Airlines has finalized an order for 25 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. The agreement includes the opportunity to purchase another 50 Dreamliners.  "Boeing and United Airlines share an 80-year partnership," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "United, which launched the Boeing 777, now begins a new chapter with the 787 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built." The order  Read More Of This Story


U.S Customs Adds Six Helicopters To Its Fleet

February 26, 2010 - American Eurocopter and U.S. Customs and Border Protection has entered into the first option year on the Light Enforcement Helicopter (LEH) contract and placed an order for six AS350B3s. This is the second order on the LEH contract that was awarded to American Eurocopter by the Department of Homeland Security in July 2008. ?The AS350 B3 has proven that it is well-suited for the CBP?s surveillance missions and security patrol,? said Marc Paganini, American Eurocopter President and CEO. ?It provides a cost-effective, durable and Read More Of This Story

  Bodies Of Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority Officials ID

February 25, 2010 - The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) has reported the bodies of Rosemond W. James, Director General, and Gregory A. McAlpin, Director - Flight Safety, were retrieved from the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. On Tuesday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Haiti (OFNAC), one of the entities representing ECCAA in the recovery efforts, reported the remains  Read More Of This Story

NTSB Wants Cockpit Conversations Monitored

February 25, 2010 - In the wake of a number of airline accidents and incidents the NTSB is now calling for the FAA to put in place regulations that would require airlines to monitor cockpit conversations on a regular bias and provide for protection of those recordings from public disclosure. ?In the Colgan report, the Safety Board recommended that all available sources of information be downloaded and analyzed on a routine basis.  Numerous Safety Board investigations have identified the   Read More Of This Story


Boeing 787 Dreamliner Number ZA004 Makes First Flight

February 25, 2010 - A third airplane has joined the Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight-test program. ZA004, the fourth flight-test airplane to be built, took off at 11:43 a.m. local time on Wednesday from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The program plan called for ZA004 to fly before ZA003 because the data ZA004 is collecting is needed more quickly both for certification and development of the 787-9. Captains Heather Ross and Craig Bomben completed a three-hour-and-two-minute  Read More Of This Story


United States Transfers Guantanamo Bay Detainees To Spain and Albania

February 25, 2010 - The Department of Justice announced that several detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have been transferred to Spain and Albania on Wednesday. The identity of the individual transferred to Spain is being withheld for security and privacy reasons at the request of the Government of Spain. This transfer was carried out under an individual arrangement between the United States and the Government of Spain. The United States coordinated with the Government of Spain to ensure the Read More Of This Story


All Nippon Airways To Offer Women Only Lavatories

February 25, 2010 - Beginning Monday, March 1st, All Nippon Airways (ANA) will begin introducing women-only lavatories on ANA Group international routes excluding Air Bus 320 and Boeing B737 aircraft. Following numerous requests from passengers for this service, one woman only lavatory will be designated in the aft section of the passenger cabin, location may  Read More Of This Story


Additional Emirates Flights Would Provide Canadians Jobs Growth

February 25, 2010 - A study by independent transportation and tourism consulting group, InterVISTAS, shows a projected increase in tourism spending, and increase in tax revenues and economic activity resulting from the proposed services,through passenger and cargo, if Emirates Airlines is granted additional Canadian landing rights. ?Emirates Airline is seeking federal government approval to progressively increase connections between Read More Of This Story


Pilot With HIV Gets Second Chance At Lawsuit With FAA

February 24, 2010 - Stanmore Cawthon Cooper, a pilot with AIDS claimed to have sustained damages as the result of an interagency exchange of information performed as part of a joint criminal investigation by Defendants Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Social Security Administration (SSA), and Department of Transportation (DOT). On Monday the the United States District  Read More Of This Story


Irelands Ryanair Passengers Want O?Leary To Sumo Stelios

February 24, 2010 - Passengers vote for O?Leary and Stelios to settle their differences over Easyjet?s high fares and suppressed punctuality stats. Ryanair, on Tuesday confirmed that over 10,000 passengers, so far, have voted for Ryanair and Easyjet to settle their differences with a Sumo bout in Trafalgar Sq, closely followed by a drag-race which could see the airline chiefs donning high-heels and fishnets. Read More Of This Story


Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Fighting AIDS In Africa

February 24, 2010 - Zulu warriors have a well-earned reputation as fierce fighters, having successfully defended their KwaZulu-Natal homeland in South Africa against outside invaders for hundreds of years. But a new enemy prompted this courageous people to call in reinforcements in the unlikely form of Alaska Airlines flight attendant Read More Of This Story


Cessna Completes Full Acquisition Of CitationAir

February 24, 2010 - Cessna Aircraft announced it has completed its acquisition of CitationAir, a business aviation solutions company originally called CitationShares. The original company was started in 2000 as a joint venture between Cessna and TAG Aviation Holding SA with each holding a 50-percent share. Cessna had gradually acquired a greater share through the past decade and today announced acquisition of the final Read More Of This Story


Australian Pilots Say Bill Will Criminalize Pilots Decrease Air Safety

February 24, 2010 - The Australian parliament will soon vote on weather to add a new amendment to their Transport Security Act, known as the, ?Aviation Transport Security Amendment Regulations.? Pilots and trade unions say if voted on in whole will only criminalize pilots and decrease air safety. Many believe the Aviation Transport Security Amendment Regulations offer some sound legislation. However,  Read More Of This Story


Boston?s Logan Airport Radar Puts Traveling Public At Risk

February 23, 2010 - The FAA places its traveling passengers, pilots and crews and air traffic controllers in harms way at Boston?s Logan Airport in what the FAA believed was enhancing its aircraft separation radar system. Back in 2009, the FAA upgraded Boston?s Logan Airport aircraft separation radar system from Airport Movement Area Safety System (AMASS) to Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE-X). ASDE-X is an airport surface traffic management radar system Read More Of This Story


"Miracle on the Hudson" Sullenberger To Speak At Museum of Flight

February 23, 2010 - Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger to speak at The Museum of Flight. As pilot in command of the US Airways Flight 1549 that was dubbed the "Miracle on the Hudson," Captain Sullenberger has been hailed as a national hero for his quick thinking and outstanding aviation skills that saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew on January 15, 2009. On that day, shortly after taking off, Sullenberger reported to air traffic contr the plane had hit a large flock of birds, disabling both engines.   Read More Of This Story


Spirit Airlines Pilots Picket Demand New Contract

February 23, 2010 - Spirit Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA), concluded mediated talks with the company on February 18 without any progress toward a new contract. The pilots have been negotiating for three-and-a-half years and in federally mediated talks for over six months. The end of scheduled talks may result in the pilots calling a lawful strike should the group be released to seek self-help from the National Mediation Board. Spirit Airlines has been profitable for four consecutive quarters, enjoys the lowest cost per block in the industry, and  Read More Of This Story


Boeing?s 787 Losses Engine Thrust On Test Flight

February 23, 2010 - Randy Tinseth, Vice President, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes stated on  ?Randy's Journal? ?The first 787 - ZA001 returned from Moses Lake Sunday morning after landing there on Friday. "Our flight test pilots had touched down at the Grant County International Airport after they experienced an uncommanded loss of thrust in one of the engines. It was an opportunity to really see the best of Boeing kick into gear. Teaming with Rolls  Read More Of This Story


British Airways Cabin Crew Vote To Strike

February 23, 2010 - The cabin crew members for British Airways, members of Unite, the trade union that represents the majority of British Airways cabin crew, has announced that its members have voted to strike. British Airways ?The outcome of the ballot is very disappointing and brings a renewed threat of industrial action, which is completely unjustified. In the weeks before and during the ballot period, Unite claimed that we had breached individual crew members? contracts by making modest changes to onboard crew numbers on flights from Heathrow. "We have always said this claim was false, and it was  Read More Of This Story


Northrop To Expand Salt Lake City Manufacturing Facility

February 23, 2010 - Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems Division has recently broken ground on a facility expansion designed to increase factory output and better serve its commercial, defense and national security customers. Northrop Grumman's 225,000 square foot Salt Lake City facility, located on West North Temple  Read More Of This Story


Eurocopter Fire Fighting System For Its EC225 Helicopter

February 23, 2010 - Eurocopter develops fire fighting system for the EC225. The EC225 represents Eurocopter's latest development in the 11-tons transport helicopter segment. A new five- bladed main rotor of the Spheriflex type provides optimum reliability and lift performance. The EC225 is powered by two Turbomeca Makila 2A turboshaft engines. A full de-icing anti-icing system enhances operational effectiveness. The   Read More Of This Story

  Jetblue Airways Loses Appeal Over Age Gender Retaliation Claim

February 22, 2010 - On Friday the U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Second Circuit ruled in favor of Diane Gorzynski, a former employee with JetBlue who accused the airline of age and gender bias, creating a hostile work environment, and firing her in retaliation for complaining back in 2002. Gorzynski was a customer service supervisor at the Buffalo International Airport
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AW139 Helicopter Receives Full Ice Protection Certification

February 22, 2010 - AgustaWestland announced the Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) for the AW139 medium twin helicopter has achieved EASA Certification. This allows the AW139 to fly into known icing conditions with unprecedented all weather capabilities no other helicopters in its category can claim. FIPS Certification, achieved following an intense series of trials performed   Read More Of This Story


Pilots? Concerns Echoed NTSB Safety Recommendations

February 22, 2010 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA), commends the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for continuing to use its Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements to draw attention to many of the most serious safety challenges the U.S. airline industry faces today. ?We are gratified that the NTSB  Read More Of This Story


AAAE Urges EPA To Work With Aviation Industry On Lead Monitoring

February 22, 2010 - American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), in comments filed on behalf of its membership, expressed concern with several aspects of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule aimed at revising ambient air lead monitoring requirements and tightening the standards around airports. Fuel used for piston-engine aircraft contains lead. EPA's proposal is to treat airports identically to other sources of lead  Read More Of This Story


Southwest Pilot Pleads Guilty To Fraud

February 20, 2010 - After 911, when a series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jets and  intentionally crashed two of the jets into the Twin Towers, the federal government began looking at pilot licensing requirements. One the areas the feds began looking into, beginning in 1992,  Read More Of This Story

    Body Falls From Amerijet Aircraft Bound For Miami

February 20, 2010 - A 27 year old man who tried to reach Miami died after fallen to his death from a departing jet bound for Miami. The 27 year old stowaway had hidden himself from ramp personnel in the wheel well of an Amerijet aircraft that had been parked at AILA?s Cabo Caucedo cargo terminal at Las Americas Airport (AILA),
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National Weather Service To Use New Hurricane Wind Scale

February 20, 2010 - NOAA's National Weather Service will use a new hurricane scale this season called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The scale keeps the same wind speed ranges as the original Saffir-Simpson Scale for each of the five hurricane categories, but no longer ties      Read More Of This Story

    Suicide Pilot Joseph Andrew Stack Crashes Into IRS Building

February 19, 2010 - Joseph Andrew Stack, a pilot who had many conflicting thoughts as noted in his manifesto, made a public declaration of his anger on Thursday. At about 9:45 AM, Stack was cleared by air traffic control at Georgetown Municipal Airport, Georgetown, Texas, for take off in his Piper Dakota PA-28-236, with a tail number N2889D. The controller asked, "89D what is your 
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Bombardier Opens Third Service Centre For Commercial Aircraft

February 19, 2010 - Bombardier Aerospace announced that it has added a third commercial aircraft service centre to its growing customer support network worldwide. The facility, located in Macon, Georgia and operated by Bombardier Customer Services complements the two Bombardier-owned commercial aircraft service centers in  Read More Of This Story

    OIG Report FAA Failed To Hold American Accountable On Maintenance

On February 19, 2010, On Wednesday the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its report on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of American Airlines? maintenance programs. The audit was prompted by allegations that the overall aircraft operational reliability had decreased at this airline. The audit objectives were to assess (1) FAA?s oversight of American Airlines?   
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Garmin?s G500H Glass Avionics Optimized For Helicopter Use

February 19, 2010 - Garmin announced the G500H, an all-glass avionics system designed specifically for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market. The G500H is a derivative of the G600 and G500 for the fixed-wing market, yet the G500H has been optimized for rotorcraft and offers features like helicopter synthetic vision technology, helicopter-specific databases with over 7,000 heliports   Read More Of This Story


Bonhomme Plays It Safe As Red Bull Air Race Heats Up

On February 19, 2010 - The firm belief that the other teams are working tirelessly to raise their game this year has fuelled Bonhomme?s own competitive streak. He may have a Red Bull Air Race World Championship win under his belt but British pilot Paul Bonhomme isn?t taking anything for granted as he prepares to defend his title. The unflappable and extremely calculated pilot has spent the winter planning how to raise the bar in order to remain ahead of his rivals in 2010. He is fully focused on the  Read More Of This Story


Viking DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter Aircraft Takes First Flight

February 19, 2010 - In advance of Transport Canada certification, the first new-production DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter has taken its initial flight from Viking?s final assembly facility in Calgary, Alberta. Manufacturers serial number (MSN) 845, Canadian registration C-FMJO is the first new production Twin Otter since de Havilland Canada ended production in 1988 with the delivery of MSN   Read More Of This Story


TSA Expands Explosive Trace Detection At Airports Nationwide

February 19, 2010 - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it is expanding the random use of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) technology at airports nationwide as an additional layer of security. ?Explosive Trace Detection technology is a critical tool in our ability to stay ahead of evolving threats to aviation security,? said TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides. ?Expanding the use of this technology at checkpoints and at departure gates greatly enhances   Read More Of This Story

    American Airlines TWU Workers Gives Airline Until March 8

February 19, 2010 -
Transport Workers Union leaders, who represent more than 28,000 workers at American Airlines and American Eagle, announced this morning that unless all outstanding contract issues are settled at the two carriers by the end of mediated discussion on March 8, union members will seek an immediate release
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Airline Failed To Comply With Landing Gear Doors AD

February 18, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $2.9 million civil penalty against American Eagle Airlines for operating more than 1,000 flights using airplanes on which improper repairs were performed on landing gear doors. The FAA alleges that between February and May 2008, American Eagle  Read More Of This Story


Lufthansa Pilots Call For Strike Will Walk Off The Job February 22

February 18, 2010 - Approximately 94 percent of the pilots at the German Airline, Lufthansa have called for a strike that will take the form of a ?walkout? from Monday at Midnight, February 22 through 25th. The pilots union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) reported their pilots 2006 contracted ended April 2009, Lufthansa has only brought one offer to the table ?we received only one offer for none of the open collective agreements? and it does not address wages and the and potential plans of the company to move pilot positions to their l Read More Of This Story


US Airborne Operations Center Boeing E-4B Returns To Duty

February 18, 2010 - The Boeing Company delivered an E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft to the U.S. Air Force after 11 months of maintenance at Boeing?s Wichita facility. The aircraft returns to service in support of the center?s mission -- providing senior government and military decision makers with connected and protected air travel. ?The E-4B is the most advanced communications aircraft in the world and on alert 24/7,? said Steve Wade, general manager of Boeing Global Transport and Executive Systems (GTES). ?When they?re called upon, it?s our job to ensure they are ready.? The Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne   Read More Of This Story


BRS Aerospace Receives $8 Million In Additional Defense Orders

February 18, 2010 - BRS Aerospace a manufacturer of whole aircraft emergency parachute systems, military cargo and personnel parachutes, and reflective safety products, announced that it has been awarded an additional $8M in new orders by the US Army to manufacture "low velocity" and ?high velocity? cargo parachutes. This is a more than 50% increase to the current contract production levels.  Read More Of This Story


Ireland?s Ryanair Prime Ministers Lied To Public Over Hanger 6

February 18, 2010 - Government officials have informed Ryanair that they will not rent them the property because ?they can?t break the lease? with Aer Lingus. You would think with Ireland?s high unemployment of 13 percent government officials could solve this problem with the blink of an eye and move onto more pressing problems. Here is a company that states they can create 300 jobs and you have a government in opposition. Ryanair, Ireland?s largest airline, on Tuesday afternoon rejected the "false" claims  Read More Of This Story

  The Last Built Boeing Dreamlifter 747-400 Takes Flight

February 17, 2010 - The fourth Boeing Dreamlifter - the final airplane in the fleet of specially modified 747-400s ? entered service on Tuesday. Dreamlifters transport the large composite structures of the 787 Dreamliner from partners around the world to Everett, Washington for final assembly. The unique airplane, which was modified by Evergreen Aviation 
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Delta Pilots Disapprove Of DOT Decision On Slot Swap With US Airways

February 17, 2010 - In a letter to Delta pilots on Saturday, Captain Lee Moak, chairman of the Delta branch of the Air Line Pilots Association, the union that represents over 12,000 Delta pilots, criticized last week?s decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) which places ?onerous and likely deal-breaking conditions? on a proposal by Delta and US Airways to exchange takeoff and landing ?slots? in New    Read More Of This Story


Shipments Of General Aviation Airplanes Down In All Categories

February 17, 2010 ? On Tuesday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that 2009 worldwide shipments and billings of general aviation airplanes were down in all categories. Speaking at GAMA?s Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing, GAMA Chairman, Rob Wilson, president of Honeywell Business and General Aviation, reported that the global economic downturn led to one Read More Of This Story


Ireland?s Ryanair Holds No Punches With Photos Release

February 17, 2010 - Ireland?s Ryanair?s Michael O?Leary released photographs of what Hangar 6 is being used for today ?precisely nothing?. These photographs were taken at approx at 9 AM on Tuesday which shows no activity going on, no ?heavy maintenance work going on in the hangar?, at a time of year when it should be full of aircraft undergoing heavy maintenance. This is why 800 SRT engineers are on the dole today.Last year over 800 employees lost their jobs when  Read More Of This Story


NATCA And Pilots Ask For Transparency On ATC Facility Closures

February 17, 2010 - Pilots and aviation stakeholders from Ohio and other locations around the country affected by the possibility of losing local air traffic control radar services have sent over 550 letters to their members of Congress. In keeping momentum going for this issue, they are asking the Federal Aviation  Read More Of This Story


Ex Employee Convicted Of Multiple Bomb Threats Against Boeing

February 16, 2010 - Gino Augustus Turrella, 47, of Des Moines, Washington was convicted on Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle of 19 felony counts regarding threats he made against the Boeing Company, Shell Oil and Chevron Oil Company. The jury deliberated about five hours following a four day jury trial in front of U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour. Turrella was convicted of two counts of   Read More Of This Story


Actor Kevin Smith Goes To Twitter War With Southwest Airlines

February 16, 2010 - What started out to be a legitimate complaint has tuned into a media circus, brought about by comedian actor Kevin Patrick Smith who was removed from a Southwest Airlines fight out of Oakland California on Sunday morning due to his weight. Kevin Patrick Smith is a film producer, and director, as well as a comic book writer, comedian, and actor. He also hosts a weekly podcast show with Scott Mosier known as SModcast. Smith is known for participating in long, humorous Q&A sessions that are often filmed for DVD  Read More Of This Story

Ryanair Confronts Both Ministers Of Enterprise And Transportation

February 16, 2010 - Ireland?s Ryanair?s Michael O?Leary continues to feud with the Minister for Enterprise and Minister for Transportation. As a result he has asked for the Government to intervene in negotiations. Last year over 800 employees lost their jobs when SR Technics closed its facility at Dublin Airport. O'Leary disputes he could restore 300 of those jobs if he could rent or buy the hangar space at Dublin Airport a reasonable price. Airline Ryanair on Monday published a letter it had sent to Minister for Enterprise, Mary Coughlan TD, in which Ryanair?s Michael O?Leary has offered to meet with the T?naiste today, to explain the one  Read More Of This Story


Unmanned Aircraft Continues Reconnaissance In Haiti

February 16, 2010 - "Thanks to Global Hawk's highly advanced sensors, which are capable of taking hundreds of images in a single mission, we've provided disaster assessments for various agencies to make real-time decisions," said Gen. Bob Otto, commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, Calif. "The ability to fly 24-hour duration sorties meant the Global   Read More Of This Story


British Airways To Establish Europe's First Sustainable Jet Fuel Plant

February 16, 2010 - British Airways, in partnership with the Solena Group, is to establish Europe's first sustainable jet-fuel plant and plans to use the low-carbon fuel to power part of its fleet from 2014. The new fuel will be derived from waste biomass and manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility that can convert a variety of waste materials, destined for landfill, into aviation fuel. The self-contained plant, likely to be sited in east  Read More Of This Story


Dart Helicopters Receives Canadian Approval On Auxiliary Fuel Tank

February 15, 2010 - DART Helicopter received approval from Canada?s Department of Transport Canada, which carries out similar duties of the FAA to install auxiliary fuel tank on their AS 350 and EC 130 Series Helicopters. Transport Canada is responsible for transportation Read More Of This Story


NTSB Preliminary Report Out On Helicopter Crash In El Paso

February 15, 2010 - The FAA released a preliminary report on the Aerospatiale helicopter that crashed 23 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas on February 5, 2010. The report indicates that on February 5, 2010, approximately 1920 Mountain Standard Time, an Aerospatiale AS350 B2 helicopter, N157BC, was destroyed upon impact with  Read More Of This Story


American Airlines To Begin Flights Into Haiti

February 15, 2010 - Port Au Prince International Airport (PAP) will resume commercial flights as soon as February 19, 2010. American Airlines will resume flights to Port Au Prince, Haiti as soon as Friday. There will remain flight restrictions in and out  Read More Of This Story


Employee Guilty Of Embezzlement Ordered To Give Up Aircraft

February 14, 2010 - Sandra L. Brandes, 42, of Ottawa, Kansas was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Thursday to 15 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Brandes, as stipulated in her plea agreement, to transfer title to her airplane to her former employer, the primary victim of her bank fraud  Read More Of This Story

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Fighting forest fires poses a number of problems for fire management teams. Forest fires generally occur in remote, heavily wooded areas and in most cases are not  Read More Of This Story 
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Boeing 747 With Laser Destroys Airborne Ballistic Missile

February 14, 2010 - The Boeing Company, industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Thursday successfully demonstrated the speed, precision and breakthrough potential of directed-energy weapons when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) engaged and destroyed a boosting ballistic missile. This experiment marks the first time a laser  Read More Of This Story


Spirit Airlines Ensures New Fuel Cost Breakout Transparency

February 14, 2010 - Spirit Airlines announced an innovative approach to ensure transparency in fuel costs, making sure customers know how much of their fare is fuel cost. Customers will now have this important information available to make smart travel decisions. For example, when a fare is $137 and fuel makes up $78 of that fare, customers can decide if the remaining $59 makes this a good time to buy. Customers can now visit Sprit Airlines website visit to see how much of  Read More Of This Story

    American Airlines Gets DOT Approval OneWorld Antitrust Immunity

February 14, 2010 - Under proposed conditions, the Department of Transportation announced on Saturday it would grant antitrust immunity to American Airlines and four international partners to form a global alliance as long as the airlines agree to conditions to protect consumers and 
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Some Believe "The Barefoot Burglar" Stole His Fourth Plane

February 14, 2010 ? It?s believed that on Wednesday night, Colton Harris-Moore stole his fourth aircraft, a Cirrus SR22. The Cirrus SR22 appeared on radar at 11:30 PM skirting the restricted airspace set up for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The aircraft was stolen from an airport in Skagit County. At that time FAA personnel didn?t realize the  Read More Of This Story

    Balli Aviation Conspired To Export 3 Boeing 747 Aircraft To Iran

February 13, 2010 - Balli Aviation Ltd., a subsidiary of the United Kingdom-based Balli Group PLC, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a two count criminal information in connection with its illegal export of commercial Boeing 747 aircraft from the United States to Iran. Under the plea agreement,
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Ryanair Accuses Transportation Minister Of Misleading The D?il

February 13, 2010 - Ireland?s Ryanair Airlines on Friday accused the Minister of Transportation, Noel Dempsey of misleading the D?il on Wed 10th February, when he claimed that, ?I believe that the decline in passenger numbers at (Irish) airports cannot be attributed to the imposition of the travel tax. The economic recession has had a significant impact on consumer demand for   Read More Of This Story


For Six Straight Years Hawaiian Airlines Leads On Time Service

February 13, 2010 - Hawaiian Airlines extended its streak as the nation's number 1 on-time airline to a sixth consecutive year in 2009, according to Fridays release of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report for December and year-end. Hawaiian's on-time performance for all of 2009 averaged Read More Of This Story


Continental Fleet Service Workers Vote To Join Teamsters

February 13, 2010 - By an overwhelming margin, nearly 8,000 fleet service workers at Continental Airlines at airports across the country have voted to join the Teamsters, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced Friday. ?This is a great day for the Teamsters and for the fleet service workers at Continental,? Hoffa said. ?For far too long, Continental?s fleet service  Read More Of This Story


Dr. William Jones Receives NSBE Lifetime Achievement In Aerospace

Feb. 13, 2010 -Northrop Grumman Corporation's Dr. William L. Jones was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Aerospace by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for his technical excellence, leadership, and contributions to the Read More Of This Story

      Airline On Time Performance Improves
February 13, 2010 - The nation?s largest airlines had an on-time performance rate in 2009 that was their best since 2003, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released on Friday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, the report shows that the carriers? rate of mishandled baggage last year was the lowest recorded since 2004. Read More Of This Story 

Frontline?s ?Flying Cheap? Highlight?s Safety Cost Vs Flying Cheap

February 12, 2010 - ?Flying Cheap,? which aired Tuesday night on the PBS television news documentary Frontline, focused sharply on issues involving safety in some parts of the industry?s regional segment, about which ALPA has voiced concerns for some time. The Frontline public affairs program, which included excerpts from an Capt. Read More Of This Story


Lockheed Built Telescopes Launched On NASA?s SDO

February 12, 2010 - Two state-of-the art solar instruments built at the Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory of the Lockheed Martin  Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, were launched  aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), a suite of four telescopes, will provide an unprecedented view of the solar corona. Taking images  Read More Of This Story


GEnx-2B Engine Powers Boeing's Largest Aircraft 747-8 Freighter

February 12, 2010 ? On Tuesday the Boeing 747-8 Freighter successfully took to the sky for the first time. The jumbo jet was powered by four GE GEnx-2B engines which flew at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. "The first flight of the GEnx-powered Boeing 747-8 aircraft is the culmination of about five years of engine design, development and testing at GE," said Tom Brisken, general manager of the GEnx program.  Read More Of This Story



Wreck Of Airship USS Macon Added To National Register Of Historic Places

February 12, 2010 - Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the loss of the U.S. Navy airship USS Macon, NOAA on Thursday announced that the wreck site on the seafloor within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Macon, a 785-foot  Read More Of This Story


NASA Atlas V Rocket Successfully Launches SDO Spacecraft

February 12, 2010 - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, the most technologically advanced of NASA's Heliophysics spacecraft, lifted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41 on a first-of-a-kind mission to reveal the sun's inner workings in unprecedented detail. The launch aboard an Read More Of This Story


Regional Airline To Allow Late Pregnancy Passengers To Travel

February 11, 2010 - When a globally successful business can trace its roots back to having started out by simply fulfilling the need for lifeline travel to and from a European island community, it?s no surprise that it continues to listen and respond to the ongoing travel  Read More Of This Story


Northrop Installs LAIRCM On Navy?s CH-53E Helicopter Fleet

February 11, 2010 - The Department of the Navy's CH-53E heavy lift helicopter fleet will continue to receive new Northrop Grumman Corporation designed, built and tested Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) self-protection systems following the Pentagon's decision to authorize full production of the  Read More Of This Story


NOAA To Establish Climate Change Office

February 11, 2010 - Individuals and decision-makers across widely diverse sectors ? from agriculture to energy to transportation increasingly are asking NOAA for information about climate change in order to make the best choices for their families, communities and businesses. To meet the rising tide of these requests, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the  Read More Of This Story


Virtual Museum To Honor African American Aviation Pioneers

February 10, 2010, Airlines has a new virtual museum, BlacksinAviation.com, that explores the history of African Americans in aviation from pre-civil rights to the present. Launched today, the virtual museum highlights the challenges and accomplishments of African-American aviation professionals, including the struggle for racial equality in commercial airlines, the military and aerospace. The virtual museum is a Web site that provides written profiles along with video interviews, photos and   Read More Of This Story


Major Winter Storm Hits National and Dulles Airports

February 10, 2010, It is expected that there will be few flights if any operating at Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International as winter storms roll into the area for a second time this week. A winter storm warning has been posted for Wednesday for all Read More Of This Story


Pilot Layoffs At UPS Could Be As High As 300 Pilots

February 10, 2010, UPS has been working with its union, the Independent Pilots Association, for the past year to identify ways to cut operating costs to avoid any pilot furloughs. However, UPS announced plans to furlough at least 300 of its airline pilots, but at the same time continued its effort to find a solution with the pilots' union that would  Read More Of This Story


DOT Grants Delta US Airways Slot Waiver At LaGuardia And National Airport

February 10, 2010 - The Department of Transportation announced that it has tentatively decided to grant the waiver requested by Delta Air Lines and US Airways to allow the carriers to proceed with their proposed slot swap transaction at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA).  The proposed  Read More Of This Story


Continental Airlines Names Plane in Honor of Marlon Green

February 10, 2010 - Continental Airlines named one of its aircraft in honor of its late Capt. Marlon Green, who won a landmark legal battle to become the first African American pilot hired by a major U.S. passenger airline, in a special ceremony at Bush Intercontinental Airport today. "Capt. Green was a pioneer who was willing to challenge the unacceptable status quo of the time and paved the way for the most qualified applicants to be hired, regardless of the color  Read More Of This Story


Alaska Airlines And Horizon Air Welcomes Coke Back Onboard

February 10, 2010 - In response to customer input, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air will again serve beverages from The Coca-Cola Company onboard all flights starting March 1st. Both airlines served Coca-Cola products from 1998 until April 2008, when Jones Premium Sodas began to be offered   Read More Of This Story


AirTran Airways Flight Dispatchers Agree To Four-Year Contract

February 10, 2010 - AirTran Airways and the Transportation Workers Union (TWU) announced today the successful membership ratification, by an overwhelming margin, of a new 48-month collective bargaining agreement. "Our dispatchers, who are at the focal point of our System Operations Control Center, and who make real time decisions with respect to the operations of over  Read More Of This Story


Ex-Boeing Worker Gets 15 Years In Theft Of Space Shuttle Secrets

February 10, 2010 - A former Boeing engineer, Dongfan ?Greg? Chung was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on six counts of economic espionage and acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the People?s Republic of China (PRC), for whom the engineer stole Boeing trade secrets related to several aerospace programs, including the Space Shuttle. Read More Of This Story


Boeing's Largest Aircraft 747-8 Freighter Takes To The Sky

February 9, 2010 - The Boeing 747-8 Freighter successfully took to the sky for the first time today before more than 5,000 employees, customers, suppliers and community leaders. The flight begins a test program for the world's most efficient freighter. With 747 Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein and Capt. Tom Imrich in the flight deck, the newest member of the 747 family took off at 12:39   Read More Of This Story


The US Coast Guard Terminates LORAN-C Signal

February 9, 2010 - The U.S. Coast Guard terminated broadcast of the North American Long Range Navigation-C signal (LORAN-C) at 3 p.m. on Monday with the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center in Alexandria, Virginia, coordinating the shutdown. The LORAN system began as a radio-based navigation system  Read More Of This Story


Unmanned K-Max Helicopter Demonstrates Successful Cargo Resupply

February 9, 2010 - Lockheed Martin Corporation and Kaman Aerospace Corporation successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Marine Corps the capability of the Unmanned K-MAX helicopter to resupply troops by unmanned helicopter at forward operating bases in Afghanistan. During a series of flights last week in subfreezing temperatures at the U.S. Army?s Dugway Proving Ground, UT,  Read More Of This Story


Island Air Receives Five Star Aviation Safety Award

February 9, 2010 - Island Air, an on-demand air charter company based in Friday Harbor, Washington, has been recognized for its long standing safety record by receiving the Five Star Safety Award from Phoenix Aviation Managers Inc. The award was presented in Friday Harbor on February 4, 2010. Island Air has been insured by Phoenix Aviation Managers for more  Read More Of This Story


Pilot With HIV Sues FAA Under Privacy Act Of 1974

February 9, 2010 - Stanmore Cooper learned he was HIV/AIDS positive and at the time he was an active FAA licensed pilot. Prior to testing and unaware he had acquired the virus, Cooper began to succumb to opportunistic infections, he developed Peripheral Neuropathy. A condition caused by nerve damage which is an area that carries information to and from the brain and spinal cord. In many cases, Peripheral Neuropathy symptoms improve with time, especially if it's caused by an underlying condition    Read More Of This Story


Aircraft Carrier Lincoln Underway for Flight Deck Certification

February 8, 2010 - USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) left San Diego on Sunday to begin flight deck certification with Carrier Airwing (CVW) 2 off the coast of Southern California. Flight deck certification is a multiple-day evolution with a series of flight and hangar deck exercises.  Read More Of This Story


Haiti Receives Additional Aid From Air Canada Flight

February 8, 2010 - Air Canada continues to support relief efforts in Haiti by dispatching its fourth dedicated aircraft full of humanitarian relief supplies on Saturday February 6, 2010. The flight to Port-au-Prince is coordinated with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), the Canadian    Read More Of This Story


TSA To Revise LASP For General Aviation By Fall

February 8, 2010 - Officials at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported they are in favor of a scaling back on a proposal that would include General Aviation into the ?The Large Aircraft Security Program? (LASP). This is welcomed news for the General Aviation community. TSA stated that they would  Read More Of This Story


BAE To Pay $400 Million In Settlement On Corruption Charges

February 8, 2010 - London, United Kingdom  The Company, the U.S. Department of Justice and the UK Serious Fraud Office have reached settlements in connection with the Justice Department investigation announced by the Company on 26th June 2007 and the Serious Fraud Office announced by the Company on 3rd  Read More Of This Story


Boeing 747-8 Freighter To Make First Flight Today

February 8, 2010 ? On Saturday Boeing completed taxi tests on the 747-8 Freighter reaching a top seed of approximately 90 knots (103.5 mph, 166.6 kph), with Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein at the controls. "The airplane performed well," said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. "Based on early  Read More Of This Story


Two Planes Collide While Glider Was In Tow

February 7, 2010 - At about 1:30 PM Saturday, a Piper Pawnee aircraft towing a glider collided mid-air with a Cirrus SR20 airplane just two miles northwest of Boulder Municipal Airport, Boulder, Colorado. The glider being towed by the Piper Pawnee was able to unhook from its towline and land safely. Several people who witnessed the accident, described people falling from the Cirrus airplane. All passengers onboard the Cirrus plane were killed and as well the pilot of the Piper Pawnee. Read More Of This Story


Snow Accumulation Causes Roof Collapse At Dulles Jet Center

February 7, 2010 - On Saturday morning about 8 AM, the Fairfax County Fire Rescue of Virginia was called out to Dulles International Airport on a roof collapses at Dulles Jet Center. The hanger roof at Dulles had fully collapse destroying several business jets. Officials believe the  Read More Of This Story


Paper Pilot License Certificates To Expire On March 31

February 7, 2010 ? FAA pilots who have a paper pilot?s license will need to change the license to the plastic license by March 31, 2010. Pilots having a paper license will not be able exercise the privileges of pilot after March 31st. Back on September 8, 2009, the FAA released a notice of change. FAR 61.19(h) reads, Duration of pilot certificates, except for a temporary certificate Read More Of This Story


Atlas Air Flight 46 Drops Wing Cover On Approach To MIA

February 6, 2010 ? While on a one mile final approach descent to Miami International Airport, an Atlas Air Flight 46, a Boeing 747, had a structural separation of a wing actuator fairing cover that fell onto the parking lot at the International Mall Read More Of This Story


CF-18 Hornet To Patrol Skies Over Vancouver's Olympics Games

February 6, 2010 - The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) a joint organization of Canada and the United States will provide aerospace warning and aerospace control during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially  Read More Of This Story


Cirrus Aircraft To Participate In Red Bull Air Race 2010

February 6, 2010 - At the Red Bull Air Race events around the world in 2010, guests will have the unique opportunity to experience Cirrus Aircraft, one of the world's best selling four place, single engine piston airplane. Guests attending the races in either the Race Club or the High Flyer?s Lounge will have special  Read More Of This Story


Pilot License Certification Requirements Under Review By The FAA

February 5, 2010 - As part of the Federal Aviation Administration?s (FAA) Call to Action to enhance airline safety following last year?s Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, NY, the FAA seeks recommendations from the aviation community to improve pilot qualifications and training requirements. On February 12, 2009, a Colgan Air, Inc., Bombardier DHC-8-  Read More Of This Story

    Marijuana High Caused US Airways Flight 1447 To Divert

February 5, 2010 - Airlines continue to experience great difficulties with unruly passengers. On Sunday Kinman Chan a passenger on US Airways, Flight 1447 was arrested for physically assaulting a flight attendant and for disruptive behavior. Chan admitted he had ingested marijuana cookies while waiting for ,
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American Airlines Uses 1993 Straggly To Thwart Flight Attendant Strike

February 5, 2010 - The Association of Professional Flight Attendants said on Wednesday that American Airlines' suggestion that it may train management employees to replace strikers is "an ill-conceived and doomed strategy." Said APFA president Laura Glading in a hotline message, nearly two days after word of the AA potential   Read More Of This Story


NTSB Report On Colgan Air Crash Highlights CAPA?s Safety Concerns

February 4, 2010 - The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) representing 28,000 professional airline pilots has reviewed the findings of the NTSB report on the Continental Express Flight 3407 crash in Buffalo last February 2009. CAPA calls for immediate action to address serious safety concerns including   Read More Of This Story


Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes Third Flight Test

February 4, 2010 ? Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes third flight test publicly, unveiling some of its interior components. The third flight test airplane, ZA003, has a partial interior that provides a glimpse into the new flying experience that the 787 Dreamliner will offer. Configured for   Read More Of This Story


NTSB Colgan Air Flight 3407 Actions Led To Crash Of Flight

February 4, 2010 - Washington, DC - The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the captain of Colgan Air flight 3407 inappropriately responded to the activation of the stick shaker, which led to an  Read More Of This Story


Irish Aviation Authority Survival The Name Of The Game In 2009

February 4, 2010 - It was nothing short of traumatic in the world of aviation. The global recession had a huge impact on the industry as both the leisure and corporate sectors seriously curtailed their flying. Freight too suffered a big Read More Of This Story


Tuskegee Airmen Lieutenant Colonel Lee A. Archer Dies At 90

February 4, 2010 - Lieutenant Colonel Lee A. Archer, "Buddy" the first African American military aviators in the United States Army Air Corps, a fighter pilot in the Tuskegee Airmen and was one of the first black corporate vice presidents of a major American company, General Foods in   Read More Of This Story


Staffing At Busy New York Radar Facility Dips To Post 1981 Low

February 3, 2010 - WESTBURY, N.Y. ? Staffing of fully trained and certified air traffic controllers at the FAA radar facility that handles the climb and approach phases of flight in the busy New York airspace, including all flights into and out of Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark   Read More Of This Story


Pan Am Flight Crew Remembers The Era Of Flying Boats

February 3, 2010 - A panel of Seattle area Pan American World Airways veterans will recall their experiences of the grand era of the flying boats, 1935 through 1945, during a February 13 program at The Museum of Flight. The panel will provide a rare, inside look at a bygone  Read More Of This Story


Embraer Receives Steep Approach Certification For London Airport

February 3, 2010 ? Embraer has received steep approach certification for another member of its E-Jets family, the EMBRAER 190, to operate at London?s premier business airport, London City (LCY). The EMBRAER 170 received the same certification in 2007 and is currently operated by British Airways at LCY. The EMBRAER 190 uses a software solution developed Read More Of This Story


Boeing Soon To Begin Airframe Fatigue Tests On 787 Dreamliner

February 3, 2010 - ?Unlike static tests, where loads are applied to the airplane structure to simulate both normal operation and extreme flight conditions, fatigue testing is a much longer process that simulates up to three times the number of flight cycles an airplane is likely to experience during a  Read More Of This Story


Bombardier Lands New Customer For Amphibious Firefighting Aircraft

February 3, 2010 - Bombardier Aerospace announced the sale of Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft to an undisclosed customer. The customer?s identity and the number of aircraft remain undisclosed for the time being. Based on current list price, the contract is valued at approximately $126 million US and includes training and technical   Read More Of This Story


TBM 850 Turboprop Aircraft Displayed at Aeroexpo In Marrakech

February 3, 2010 - DAHER-SOCATA displayed its TBM 850  turboprop business aircraft at the Aeroexpo Marrakech 2010, held at Marrakech Menara Airport. This very fast turboprop aircraft received a great deal of attention from participants attending the expo. The Aeroexpo Marrakech 2010 will continue until March 3rd and will Read More Of This Story


Red Bull Air Race Pilots Attend LA Awards Ceremony

February 2, 2010 - All four Red Bull Air Race pilots in attendance at the 7th annual awards ceremony, joined by race director Jim DiMatteo, said they were honored to be invited to the star-studded evening at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills that paid tribute to 70 people of remarkable Read More Of This Story


No User Fees In FY2011 Budget For General Aviation

February 2, 2010 ?"When it comes to the long-standing battle over user fees, it appears that today, we have reached an important and welcome milestone," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The fact that user fees are not part of the President's 2011 budget proposal shows the Read More Of This Story


FAA Proposes $2.5 Million Penalty On American Eagle Airlines

February 1, 2010 ? ?The traveling public has to be confident that airlines are following important safety rules,? said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. ?When they are not operating to the highest levels of safety, they are subject to stiff fines.? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a civil penalty totaling   Read More Of This Story

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