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NTSB Chairman Discusses Data Driven Systems To Improve Aviation Safety

April 30, 2010 - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said on Thursday that the use of data to manage and improve safety in the aviation industry has had a positive effect on the world's improving aviation safety record but she cautioned against over-reliance on these systems to the neglect of forensic investigation. Addressing a conference of the  Read More Of This Story

 
     
  Airport Director Resigns Under Pressure From City Commissioner

April 30, 2010 - Winter Haven Airport Director Cheryl Connor has submitted her letter of resignation to Dale Smith City Manager. Connor states her reason is due to unwarranted behavior from City Commissioner Jamie Beckett, "continual interference with airport operations and management is intolerable." Connor has ten 
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Air Station Humboldt Bay Helicopter Crashes At Arcata Airport

April 30, 2010 - Three Coast Guard aviators are safe after a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Humboldt Bay crashed at Arcata Airport at 10:55 a.m., Thursday. The helicopter had three crewmembers aboard when it went down during a training mission. The crewmembers were uninjured. The MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew was conducting a  Read More Of This Story

   

ICAO Moves Quickly To Create Task Force To Deal With Volcanic Ash

April 30, 2010 - In response to the unprecedented disruptions to commercial air traffic in Europe caused by the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano on 14 April, ICAO has established an International Volcanic Ash Task Force to drive the development of a global safety risk management framework that will make it possible to routinely determine the safe levels of operation in airspace Read More Of This Story

             
 

United Airlines Celebrates 80 Years Of The Flight Attendant Profession

April 30, 2010 - Eighty years ago on May 15, 1930, United's first stewardesses led by registered nurse Ellen Church took their initial flight on a Boeing 80A from Oakland/San Francisco to Chicago, making a 20-hour journey with 13 stops, 14 passengers and cruising at 125 mph. Ellen Church (September 22, 1904 - August 22, 1965)  Read More Of This Story

   

Delta Passenger Charged With Bomb Threats And Interfering With Crew

April 29, 2010 - Derek Michael Stansberry, a U.S. citizen and resident of Riverview, Florida, was charged on Wednesday in a criminal complaint in the District of Maine with interfering with flight crew members and willfully making false threats about an explosive device on an aircraft. Stansberry, 27, a passenger on Delta flight 273 from Paris to Atlanta on April 27, 2010, was arrested yesterday after the Read More Of This Story

             
  Airline Consolidation To Have Mixed Credit Effects On U.S. Airports

April 29, 2010 - Fitch Ratings believes that U.S. airports need to brace for new challenges should potential merger activity among the largest U.S legacy carriers take place. Airports with larger underlying markets with a high percentage of origination/destination (O&D) traffic and limited
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House Approves Airport And Airway Extension Act Of 2010

April 29, 2010 - The House on Wednesday approved and sent to the Senate the latest in a series of authorization extensions for the Federal Aviation Administration. H.R. 5147, the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, was approved by voice vote. The authorization is currently Read More Of This Story

             
 

Airline Consumer Protection Rules Take Effect Today

April 29, 2010 - Air travelers must no longer be subjected to lengthy tarmac delays on domestic flights and will enjoy additional consumer protections as a result of a new rule that will take effect today. “Airline passengers deserve to be treated fairly, and this new rule will require airlines to respect the rights of their customers,” Secretary LaHood said. Under the new rule, U.S.  Read More Of This Story

   

Bright Red Tails To Take Part In The Sound Of Speed Airshow

April 29, 2010 - The Sound of Speed Airshow at Rosecrans Memorial Airport on May 1st and 2nd will feature many amazing aircraft. As fun and exciting as it will be to see them in action, one airplane, a P-51C Mustang, will stand out from the others for two reasons: it has a bright red tail and it is a key part of an educational initiative to help people, particularly young people, understand and appreciate the history and legacy of the special  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Miami Pan Am International Flight Academy Receives 737 NG Simulator

April 28, 2010 - Rockwell Collins has delivered an advanced EdgeTM 737 NG Full Flight Simulator (FFS) to the Pan Am International Flight Academy's North American training center in Miami, marking the U.S debut of the new system. The  Read More Of This Story

    Hawker Beechcraft To Showcase Entire Product Lineup At EBACE

April 28, 2010 – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced that for the first time it will display its entire commercial product lineup, including the recently certified Beechcraft King Air 350i and C90GTx, at this year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) May 4-6 
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Red Bull Air Race Wins Prestigious Sports Emmy Award

April 28, 2010 - Red Bull Air Race World Championship program earned a prestigious Sports Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during the 31st Annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York City on Monday Night. World renowned sports broadcasters and  Read More Of This Story

   

Negotiations Failed Between British Airways And Its Cabin Crew

April 28, 2010 - Unite remains in dispute with British Airways after the failure of negotiations with the company to produce an acceptable agreement to end the company’s confrontation with its cabin crew, the union announced on Tuesday. The union will ballot its 12,000 cabin crew members on the company’s latest offer, with a strong  Read More Of This Story

             
 

FAA Proposes $348,000 Civil Penalty Against Chautauqua Airlines

April 27, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $348,000 civil penalty against Chautauqua Airlines for allegedly operating some of its regional jets without performing inspections required by five different FAA  Read More Of This Story

   

DOT Fines Southwest For Violations Of Denied Boarding Compensation Rules

April 27, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Southwest Airlines for violating federal rules regarding passengers denied boarding (“bumped”) on oversold flights. Overbooking is not illegal, and most airlines overbook their  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Report Shows Many Aircraft Accidents Could Have Been Prevented

April 27, 2010 - According to a study conducted by the Flight Safety Foundation, head-up guidance system technology, such as Rockwell Collins HGS™ Head-up Guidance System, could have prevented or positively influenced 38 percent of all commercial aircraft accidents that occurred over the   Read More Of This Story

   

Northrop Grumman Selects Virginia For New Corporate Office

April 27, 2010 – Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that it will locate its new corporate office in Virginia, concluding a search that also included the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. "We are pleased to have identified Virginia as the home for our new corporate office.  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Dominican Republic Airports Get Counterfeit Documents Technology

April 27, 2010 - All the main airports in Dominican Republic now have the latest technology installed to help identify counterfeit documents. Foster + Freeman spent two weeks installing the VSC4Plus equipment to six airports in the country. They also trained staff how to use the equipment.  Read More Of This Story

   

Bombardier Learjet Delivers First Learjet 60 XR Aircraft

April 27, 2010 - Bombardier Aerospace announced that it delivered its first Learjet 60 XR aircraft to a customer based in Mexico. This aircraft joins the growing fleet of Learjet aircraft operating in Mexico and Latin America. “This milestone delivery for the Learjet 60 XR jet confirms this aircraft’s expanding international presence,” said Fabio Rebello, Read More Of This Story

             
 

FAA Controllers In Philadelphia Transition To Next Generation Technology

April 26, 2010 - As part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) plan to modernize the national airspace system, controllers in the Philadelphia area now have the capability to use a satellite-based system to more efficiently and safely track and separate aircraft. “This new technology is a   Read More Of This Story

   

FAA Guidance Makes It Clear There Is No Room For Distraction In The Cockpit

April 26, 2010 - Recent incidents have revealed that airline pilots are using personal electronic devices, including laptop computers and cell phones, in the cockpit. In one well-publicized instance, two Northwest pilots were using their laptops in flight and lost situational awareness; they flew 150 miles past their destination. It doesn't take a Read More Of This Story

             
 

Piedmont Airlines Pilots Request Mediation From The National Mediation Board

April 26, 2010 - Pilots of Piedmont Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced that they have applied for mediation from the National Mediation Board (NMB), the government entity that oversees airline labor relations. This application comes after 11 months of contract talks with the company, resulting  Read More Of This Story

   

International Launch Services Successfully Launches SES-1 Satellite

April 26, 2010 - International Launch Services (ILS), a leading launch services provider for the global commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the SES-1 satellite directly into geostationary orbit Saturday on an ILS Proton for SES WORLD SKIES. This was the third ILS Proton launch and the fifth overall Proton launch this year.  Read More Of This Story

             
 

General Aviation Industry Prepares For An Unleaded Fuel

April 25, 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally begun the regulatory process required by the Clean Air Act that may ultimately result in standards mandating the industry’s transition to unleaded aviation gasoline (avgas). The EPA has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) which  Read More Of This Story

   

Court Orders Air Carriers To Adhere To Collective Bargaining Agreement

April 25, 2010 - Teamsters praise court decision that saves 325 Frontier Airlines and Republic Airways workers in four cities. U.S. District Court judge in Milwaukee ordered Frontier Airlines and its parent company must restore mechanic and stock-clerk work to union employees. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Airports Council International Award Scholarships To Aviation Students

April 25, 2010 - Airports Council International  North America’s (ACI-NA) Commissioners Committee awarded two scholarships of $2,500 each to deserving aviation students at the ACI-NA Airport Board Members & Commissioners Conference last week. Recipients include Jonathan Oaks, an  Read More Of This Story

   

G-Force One To Bring Sky High Adventure To South Florida

April 25, 2010 - On May 8, Zero Gravity Corporation's (ZERO-G), G-FORCE ONE will blast off from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International airport offering a once in a lifetime opportunity, introducing flyers to new heights and to defy the law of gravity. Guests will have the unique opportunity to float freely and lighten up in complete  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Royal Aeronautical Society Conference Ends With Optimistic Vision

April 25, 2010 - The Royal Aeronautical Society’s (RAeS) annual conference concluded Thursday. The final presentations highlighted the contrast between the enormous potential for future wealth creation, exports and high-tech employment that could be generated in the UK aerospace sector with the warning that this could be put at risk   Read More Of This Story

   

Darby Aviation Responds To FAA Suspension Of 135 Certificate

April 24, 2010 - Darby Aviation disputes the claims outlined in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) recent filing suspending Darby Aviation's Part 135 certificate, which permits Darby Aviation to charter aircraft operations for hire to the general public. "This suspension action revolves around a manual that the FAA has claimed is insufficient, however it is the same manual that has been   Read More Of This Story

             
 

NTSB Investigating Near Collision Of A Boeing 737 And A Cessna 172

April 24, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into the near collision of a commercial jetliner and a small private plane at the intersection of two active runways at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport in Southern California. At about 10:58 a.m. PDT on April 19, Southwest Airlines flight 649, a Boeing 737-700  Read More Of This Story

   

DOT Denies Requests for Waiver of Tarmac Delay Rule

April 23, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation today denied the requests of five airlines for a temporary exemption from the new rule limiting tarmac delays.  As a result, all U.S. carrier flights covered by the rule will be subject to its terms effective April 29. “Passengers on flights delayed on the tarmac have a right to know they will not be held aboard a plane indefinitely,” U.S.  Read More Of This Story

             
  US Airways Discontinues Merger Talks With United Airlines

April 22, 2010, US Airways Group, Inc. announced that it has discontinued recent discussions with United Airlines Corporation regarding a potential merger between the two companies. US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker issued  Read More Of This Story
   

Flying Flapjacks Saucers And Saw Blades

April 23, 2010 - If you’ve ever watched The X-Files or other sci-fi shows like it, you may think that investigating unexplained phenomena is one of the FBI’s investigative responsibilities right along with terrorism, espionage, white-collar crime, etc. In fact, the FBI was only occasionally involved in investigating the possibility of UFOs and  Read More Of This Story

             
  Boeing Super Hornet Trainer Deliveries Allow US Navy To Train In 4-Ship Formation

April 23, 2010 - Boeing and teammate L-3 Link Simulation & Training Thursday announced that they delivered two F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Tactical Operation Flight Trainers (TOFT) to the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Va., in February, and declared them "Ready for Training." The devices
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DOT Inspector General Testifies On FAA Progress Toward NextGen

April 22, 2010 - On Wednesday, the Inspector General testified before the House Subcommittee on Aviation on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress in developing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The Inspector General noted significant challenges FAA must overcome to achieve its long-term goals for NextGen. Central to this effort is the successful  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Commercial Pilots Union Calls Executive Bonuses “Particularly Ironic”

April 22, 2010 - The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 11,500 pilots of American Airlines described the timing of bonuses that airline management is receiving this week as “particularly ironic.” “We are Read More Of This Story

    Flight School North-Aire Aviation Responds To FAA Proposed Fine

April 21, 2010 - On Tuesday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicated the agency had proposed a $330,000 fine against North-Aire Aviation, a flight school for falsifying records and failing to comply with its FAA pilot school regulations. Today North-Aire Aviation released a press
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Quintiq Lands Contract With The FAA Worth Up To $17.6 Million

April 21, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the air navigation service provider (ANSP) responsible for controlling all airspace in the USA, has awarded a contract to Quintiq for Air Traffic Control employee scheduling with the integrated Quintiq Workforce Planning Solution. The Quintiq software will provide an objective  Read More Of This Story

   

Boeing Supports Upcoming Biofuel Powered Flight Of US Navy F/A-18

April 21, 2010 - Boeing is supporting the U.S. Navy's biofuel-powered flight, scheduled to take place on Earth Day, April 22. An unmodified, Boeing-built F/A-18F Super Hornet will take off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., powered by a sustainable biofuel blend of 50 percent camelina and 50 percent JP-5 aviation fuel. Operating Navy platforms with renewable energy sources such as  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Boeing Defends Company Integrity To Build The KC-X Tanker Aircraft

April 21, 2010 - The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS), parent company of Airbus, today announced that it will re-enter the competition for the U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker contract through its subsidiary, EADS North America. The Air Force has said that EADS'  Read More Of This Story

    Airship “Zeppelin Eureka” Returns To Southern California

April 21, 2010 - Airship Ventures’ Zeppelin Eureka returned today to Southern California and, for the first-time ever, will offer Ventura County flights. Departing from Camarillo Airport, these passenger flights will take place Thursday, April 22, weather permitting. The first of two scheduled dates to fly from Camarillo, this week’s 
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NASA To Select College Students For Chance To Design Space Rovers

April 21, 2010 - Seventy-six students from community colleges in 28 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have been selected to travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, May 20-22, for an out-of-this-world experience. They will participate in a three-day on-site event to develop robotic explorers that will  Read More Of This Story

   

FAA Accepts FTI Outage Review Panel Recommendations

April 20, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it is accepting the recommendations and findings of the independent review panel assigned to investigate last November's telecommunications outage. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt asked the panel to examine the cause of the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) outage and the architecture and  Read More Of This Story

             
 

AirTran Airways Supports Legislation to Limit Oil Speculation

April 20, 2010 - AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. today made public its support of legislation, “Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010” introduced by U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., to limit excessive speculation in the oil markets and put Main Street's interests  Read More Of This Story

   

IATA On Volcano Eruption Governments Must Base Decisions On Fact Not Theory

April 20, 2010 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) sharply criticized European governments for their lack of leadership in handling airspace restrictions in light of the Icelandic volcano eruption and urged a re-think of the decision-making process. “We are far enough into this crisis to express our dissatisfaction on  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Irish Aviation Authority Has Reinstate Air Traffic Services

April 20, 2010 - The Irish Aviation Authority will reinstate air traffic services from 0500 on today whereby facilitating a phased return to normal operations by airlines. This follows Monday afternoon's endorsement, by the EU Transport Ministers (Minister's Decision); of a plan to ease restrictions based on  Read More Of This Story

   

FAA Proposes $330,000 Penalty Against North-Aire Aviation

April 20 , 2010 - KANSAS CITY — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $330,000 civil penalty against North-Aire Aviation, LLC, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, for failing to comply with its FAA pilot school regulations and falsifying records. The FAA alleges North-Aire Aviation’s training courses were not valid under the FAA’s pilot   Read More Of This Story

             
 

Two Aircraft Companies Jointly Compete For Presidential Helicopter Program

April 20, 2010 - Sikorsky Aircraft announced the signing of a teaming agreement to compete jointly for the U.S. Navy’s revived VXX Presidential Helicopter program. The agreement formally positions global helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky as the prime contractor offering its H-92TM  Read More Of This Story

   

"Women In Aviation” Held Conference At Pacific Aviation Museum

April 19, 2010 - The Pacific Aviation Museum, Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii held the first "Women in Aviation" Conference on April 16-18, to examine those that blazed the trail for female aviators. The three day event included enhanced exhibits, an industry career field and speeches given by female aviators for the museum patrons. "We took a Read More Of This Story

             
 

Aviation Groups Urge Congress To Support FAA Contract Tower Program

April 19, 2010 - Nine aviation associations are urging Congress to continue its support of the cost-effective, efficient, safety-enhancing federal program responsible for funding air traffic control towers at some 250 airports that might not have them otherwise. In a letter sent to congressional  Read More Of This Story

   

Cessna CEO Solicits Industry Support On Environmental Issues

April 19, 2010 - Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton issued a call to action to the general aviation community to take a leadership role in defining solutions to environmental issues so that responsible stewardship works in conjunction with economic considerations required for industry growth. Cessna Aircraft Company  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Red Bull Air Race Pilots Go Down Under For Safety Training

April 18, 2010 – Red Bull Air Race pilots got the opportunity to train for emergency underwater escape scenarios ahead of the second race of the 2010 season in Australia that were run by the Emergency Response and Safety Training in Perth. The training, for an emergency that has never before happened in a Red Bull Air Race, included  Read More Of This Story

   

Boeing Comments On Obama’s Remarks On The Need For Heavy Lift Vehicle

April 18, 2010 – U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled proposed changes to the administration's fiscal year 2011 budget submission for space exploration, including a crew rescue vehicle and a decision on a heavy-lift rocket in 2015, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday. The Boeing Company responded today with the following statement. "The president's enthusiasm for Read More Of This Story

             
 

NTSB Preliminary Report On Plane Crash Dayton OH That Killed Two

April 17, 2010 - On April 1, 2010, at 12:53 PM, a Beech B36TC Bonanza aircraft, N4BA, piloted by Tom Hausfeld, 50, of Springboro a private pilot, and his daughter Kacie, 21 were killed during an in-flight collision with terrain and post impact fire at the Dayton  Read More Of This Story

   

Southwest Airlines Customers Will Be Able To Book Unaccompanied Minors

April 17, 2010 - On Friday, April 23, Southwest Airlines Customers will have the ability to book Unaccompanied Minors (UMs) on their website. Currently, Customers booking UM travel must complete their transaction and fill out the necessary paperwork once they arrive at the airport. Southwest will soon Read More Of This Story

             
  FAA Administrator Takes To The Air With The Thunderbirds

April 17, 2010 - Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (ACCNS) The Federal Aviation Administration administrator was given the opportunity to see other side of the safety coin when he flew with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, on Thursday. Randy Babbitt, who is
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    Retired Jeppesen President Wayne Rosenkrans Passes Away

April 17, 2010 - Former Jeppesen president and chief executive officer Wayne Rosenkrans passed away April 12. He was 86. Mr. Rosenkrans joined Jeppesen following service as an Army Air Corps F-47 pilot during World War II. He joined the company as a compiler of navigation charts and quickly
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Aircraft Safety Insured By IAVW After Eyjafjalla Volcano Eruption

April 16, 2010 - With the Eruption of Eyjafjalla Volcano in Iceland the International Airways Volcano Watch (IAVW) system is in place to ensure the safety of aircraft. The IAVW system was established by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)  Read More Of This Story

    Red Bull Air Race Lamb Soars Atop Perth Qualifying Time Sheets

April 16, 2010- Britain’s Nigel Lamb was atop the time sheets in the fourth and final training session on Friday  ahead of the Qualifying on Saturday for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Perth, pushing compatriot Paul Bonhomme into second under bright blue Western Australian skies while
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Sikorsky Pitches X2-TM Helicopter For Army Aerial Scout Program

April 16, 2010 - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has offered its X2 Technology(TM) Light Tactical Helicopter concept for the U.S. Army's Armed Aerial Scout Program, the company announced today from the AAAA Annual Convention. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Sikorsky Aircraft formally submitted its   Read More Of This Story

   

Red Bull Air Race Plane Crash In Perth Pilot Adilson Kindlemann OK

April 15, 2010 - Perth, Australia – After what has been a dramatic day in the history of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, several of the pilots expressed relief for the safe rescue of Brazilian rookie Adilson Kindlemann but also admitted it was reassuring to see the rescue teams working so quickly to retrieve the pilot and plane. An official statement issued by race organizers explained that   Read More Of This Story

             
 

War II B-17 Bomber Flies To The Museum Of Flight April 19

April 15, 2010 - Liberty Belle, a restored World War II B-17 bomber, is making a visit to Seattle and The Museum of Flight. The Flying Fortress will arrive Monday, April 19 at 10 a.m. and be on view at the Museum ramp from April 19 - April 26. On April 24 - 25 aircraft rides will be available hourly from  Read More Of This Story

    Senators Announce Legislation To “Block Airlines' Gratuitous (BAG) Fees Act”

April 15, 2010 - U.S.
Senators announced new legislation Wednesday to confront airlines that are socking travelers with new fees for carry-on luggage. The bill is called the Block Airlines' Gratuitous (BAG) Fees Act, or the BAG Fees Act. Authored  by U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.),  Read More Of This Story
             
 

Evergreen International Airlines Requests Concessions From Its Pilots

April 14, 2010 - Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) crewmembers, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) said today that they will evaluate management’s request for concessions based on the union’s own internal economic analysis of the company’s current financial   Read More Of This Story

   

Rolls Royce Makes Milestones On Royal Navy’s Aircraft Carriers

April 14, 2010 - Rolls Royce, the global power systems company, has completed two significant milestones for the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales, with completion of the first propeller and the successful testing of the vessels’ first MT30 gas turbine. The propeller, measuring almost seven  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Republic Airways Announces Branding Decision

April 14, 2010 - Republic Airways Holdings announced that the Frontier name and famous “spokesanimals” will be the face of the unified branded airline. The announcement was made on Monday during simultaneous press conferences in Frontier’s hometown of Denver and Midwest’s hometown of Milwaukee. “This decision was an  Read More Of This Story

   

Two Miami Based Aircraft Parts Suppliers Plead Guilty Fraud

April 13, 2010 - United States Attorney office for the Southern District of Florida announced the April 7, 2010 guilty plea of defendants Mariella Bianchi, 51, and Juan Beltran, 28, both of Davie, for their participation in a massive procurement fraud scheme designed to defraud the U.S. Air Force and Navy, and the commercial aviation sector.  The defendants pled guilty to conspiracy to commit   Read More Of This Story

             
 

Schumer Calls For Airline Carry On Baggage Fee Legislation

April 13, 2010 - Spirit Airlines has reported it will soon charge passengers a fee for carry on bags. Passengers will only be allowed to carry onboard one free carry on and that carry on must fit under the passenger seat. If the carry on does not fit under the seat or if passengers require to use the overhead bins passengers will be required to pay  Read More Of This Story

   

FAA Preliminary Report Out On Fatal Plane Crash In West Palm Beach

April 13, 2010 - The NTSB issued a preliminary report on the experimental, amateur built Cupaiole RV-6A aircraft that crashed, N84KM, while departing Palm Beach Country Park Airport (LNA), Florida on April 3, 2010, about 12:15 PM. The amateur built aircraft was operated by a commercial pilot, Michael Cupaiole of Boynton  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Boeing To Provide Next-Gen GPS Ground Systems Support to US Air Force

April 13, 2010 - Boeing today announced that, as part of the Raytheon team awarded the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) advanced control segment program (OCX), it will develop portions of the U.S. Air Force's new ground control  Read More Of This Story

   

IAM’s Progress At Delta Strikes A Nerve

April 13, 2010 - The International Association of Machinists (IAM)Transportation Department led a week long, nationwide organizing blitz of Delta Airline workers that was so successful the airline’s CEO resorted to the threat of arrest in hopes it would impede the organizers’ progress. He was wrong. More than 100 organizers from the  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Air National Guard Oppose Air Force Plane Grab

April 13, 2010 - Nearly 45,000 National Guard officers today applauded another bi-partisan congressional effort to turn back an Air Force plan to take C-130 cargo planes from the Air Guard to replace aging active-component aircraft. In a letter Friday to Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley, 23 members of the U.S. House of Representatives said the plan, if executed, would "severely inhibit" the Air Guard's ability to  Read More Of This Story

   

Airports Council International Urges Support In FAA Reauthorization Bill

April 13, 2010 - Airports Council International- North America (ACI-NA) has reached out to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Raymond LaHood asking the Administration to support the House language in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill that increases the ceiling for the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) from $4.50 to $7.00. In the letter sent to Secretary LaHood, ACI-NA President Greg Principato stated: “The enactment of the $7.00 PFC in the House  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Green Industries Trade Mission Explore European Business Opportunities

April 12, 2010 - FedEx Corporation is one of 25 American companies that are attending a Green Industries Trade Mission in Europe that began on Sunday through April 16th. The Green Industries Trade Mission brings representatives of 25 U.S. based businesses to eight European countries that are engaging with government and  Read More Of This Story

   

FAA Expands Air Traffic Education Program

April 12, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration announced today five new colleges and universities will be part of the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). This is the third year the FAA has added schools to the AT-CTI program bringing the total number of schools participating to 36. The FAA AT-CTI program was first established in 1990 at Minneapolis Community and  Read More Of This Story

             
  Matt Hall To Give It A Go During Australia Red Bull Air Race

April 12, 2010 - Australia
’s Matt Hall has been itching to fly in a Red Bull Air Race in front of enthusiastic fans in his home country for years and the former RAAF fighter pilot can hardly wait for the world championship race in Perth, Western Australia on April 17/18. Hall’s team has worked hard to correct an electrical failure in the season opener  Read More Of This Story
   

IATA Japan Must Address Cost Issues In Air Transport Sector

April 12, 2010 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) met with Japan’s Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Seiji Maehara. Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO urged Japan’s government to re-think the JPY2,400 per ton charge for international operations at Haneda Airport. “Charges must follow Read More Of This Story

             
 

Philippine Airlines Puts The Fun In Flying With Cat And Mouse Tom & Jerry

April 12, 2010 - The world’s most famous cat-and-mouse tandem, Tom and Jerry, puts the fun in traveling onboard Philippine Airlines’ long-haul flights as mascots of the flag carrier’s Junior Jetsetter kits, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Warner Bros. Consumer Products jointly announced today. Junior jetsetters will be thrilled to find the  Read More Of This Story

   

Hawker Beechcraft To Attend Sun ’n Fun Fly-In

April 12, 2010 – Hawker Beechcraft will participate in Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in & Expo on April 13-18 in Lakeland, Florida. At which time the company will display that the Beechcraft King Air 350i, Beechcraft Baron G58, Beechcraft Premier IA business jet and their single engine Beechcraft Bonanza G36. Hawker Beechcraft display will be located at space MD8-A at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. “While the King Air 350i and 50th anniversary Baron will  Read More Of This Story

             
  Pratt & Whitney Enters Into Collaboration Agreement With FlightSafety

April 12, 2010 - Pratt & Whitney Canada announced a long-term collaboration agreement with FlightSafety International (FlightSafety) to expand the company's global training network capability and enhance the customer training experience for all P&WC customers around the world. P&WC  
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Philadelphia Court Finds Lycoming Engines Negligent In Plane Crash

April 11, 2010- A Philadelphia jury awarded nearly $89 million in damages to family members of an airplane crash that killed the pilot and three passengers and injured a passenger. The families sued Lycoming Engines, a subsidiary of Avco Group (Pridgen v. Avco Corp) their claim was  Read More Of This Story

             
 

World Leaders Express Condolences For Polish President Lech Kaczynski

April 11, 2010 - While on a one mile approach to Smolensk Airport in Smolensk Oblast, Russia under heavy fog Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria Kaczyńska were killed when the presidential plane crashed about 11 AM, 0700 GMT. Leaders from around the world have expressed their condolences for the death of Polish   Read More Of This Story

   

Polish President Lech Kaczynski Killed In Plane Crash

April 10, 2010 -Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria Kaczyńska and military and civilian leaders died when the presidential jet, crashed as it was coming in for a landing one mile short of at Smolensk airport under heavy fog in western Russia today about 11 am (0700 GMT. Russian and Polish officials have reported there were no survivors and the death toll is at 96. The current acting  Read More Of This Story

             
 

World's Largest Rocket Contest Finalists Revealed For May 15 'Fly Off'

April 10, 2010 - Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced the nation's top 100 student rocketry teams that will compete in the final round of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The finalists include teams from 30 states and  Read More Of This Story

    Airport Fuel Truck Driver Hit By Jet

April 10, 2010 - The driver of a fuel truck was seriously injured in a collision with a private jet airplane at King County International Airport (Boeing Field). He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. There were no other injuries. The incident occurred Thursday about 6:45 PM. A Gulfstream IIER private jet was taxiing westbound then turning
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TrafficLand Digital Helicopter Takes TV Reporting To New Heights

April 10, 2010 - TrafficLand, the largest authorized aggregator of live traffic video in the U.S., announced today the availability of a new suite of products developed for TV reporting. Created with input from experienced traffic anchors, 3D TrafficTM uses state-of-the-art geospatial mapping, 3D animation and real-time streaming video to  Read More Of This Story

    Sonex Aircraft Receive FAA NKET Listing Under Amateur Building Rules

April 10, 2010 - Sonex Aircraft is the first to receive official FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) checklist acceptance and publication under the newly revised rules governing experimental amateur built aircraft for the Sonex, Waiex and Xenos aircraft kits. NKET checklist participation also opens the opportunity for Sonex Aircraft builders to legally obtain commercial assistance for their projects.
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FAA Aircraft Data Fusion Tracker To Go Live At ATC In Philadelphia

April 10, 2010 - Raytheon Company's Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) in Philadelphia is the first Federal Aviation Administration facility to go live with fused Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast track  Read More Of This Story

   

Merger To Create World's Third Largest Airline

April 9, 2010 - British Airways and Iberia have taken a further step towards creating a new leading European airline group by signing their merger agreement. The merger between the two carriers will create the world's third-largest airline in terms of revenue. The terms of the merger agreement are consistent with the binding memorandum of    Read More Of This Story

             
 

FAA Needs To Do A Better Job In Support Of Search And Rescue

April 9, 2010 - NTSB Chairwomen Deborah Hersman has indicated to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the agency needs to do a better job in support of search and rescue (SAR) response to aircraft accidents. In several recent accidents, information readily available to FAA staff was either Read More Of This Story

   

Diamond Aircraft Receives FAA Certification On Its DA42 NG Aircraft

April 9, 2010 - Diamond Aircraft announced it has received FAA certification on its DA42 NG airplane, powered by twin 170 hp Austro Engine AE-300 turbo-diesel powerplants. Particularly significant is that this certification also approves IFR and FIKI (known ice) operations. Of special interest to existing DA42 owners, the approval also includes conversion of TAE powered DA42s to the NG   Read More Of This Story

             
 

NTSB Aviation Accidents At Lowest Level In Last 20 Years

April 9, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board today released preliminary aviation accident statistics for 2009 showing an overall decrease in U. S. civil aviation accidents that includes general aviation and on-demand Part 135 operations. In fact, on-demand Part 135 operations had the lowest number of accidents and fatal  Read More Of This Story

   

NATCA, FAA Reach Tentative Agreement For Staff Specialists

April 8, 2010 - The National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Federal Aviation Administration have tentatively agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that covers FAA employees who work as Staff Support Specialists. These employees join a list of NATCA bargaining units with new contracts that includes air traffic controllers, traffic management coordinators (TMC) and  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Red Bull Air Race Returns To Perth With Growing Field Of Favorites

April 8, 2010 - The Red Bull Air Race World Championship battle will heat up in Perth, Western Australia on 17/18 April with the second stop of the eight-race season where defending champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain will be trying to stay in front of a growing pack of challengers. Matt  Read More Of This Story

   

United Airlines Flight 663 Passenger Subdued By Federal Air Marshal

April 8, 2010 - A passenger onboard United Airlines, Flight 663 was subdued tonight by a federal air marshal during a flight out of Washington at about 6:30 PM. The passenger has been identified as Mohammed al Modadi, a Qatari diplomat. It appears that Mohammed al Modadi had entered the restroom. Sometime later a flight  Read More Of This Story

 
 
             
         

First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Maintenance Training Class Completed

April 8, 2010 - Boeing announced that it has completed the first maintenance training class for the 787 Dreamliner. The class consisted of 10 mechanics from 787 launch customer ANA (All Nippon Airways) and two regulators from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). The mechanics, who completed the training last week, are the first of 150 ANA mechanics to be trained by Boeing over the next seven months. They spent more than 30 days learning how to maintain the world's most advanced  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Jeppesen Unveils 'FliteDeck Pro' Next Evolution Flight Bag Technology

April 8, 2010 - Jeppesen today introduces the FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) application a category-changing solution developed through extensive operational testing and design coordination with pilots and flight operations staff in the commercial and military aviation industries. Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro innovations were    Read More Of This Story

   

Darby Aviation License Suspended By FAA And Its Not The First Time

April 8, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency cease and desist orders against Darby Aviation as the FAA does not believe at this time the company has the ability to ensure safe operations. The FAA also has determined that Darby Aviation’s chief pilot and its Director of Operations are not qualified to hold their positions. The company’s lack of proper  Read More Of This Story

             
 

AirTran Airways Officially Opens Milwaukee Crew Bases

April 8, 2010 - AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. Tuesday officially opened its pilot and flight attendant bases in Milwaukee. The opening of the bases, which include more than 50 Boeing 737 pilots and 50 flight attendants, allows AirTran Airways to continue to expand its operations at General Mitchell International Airport Read More Of This Story

   

Wright Flyer Lands At The National Aerospace Library

April 7, 2010 - The National Aerospace Library has just taken delivery of a model of the Wright Flyer, the model aircraft is prominently displayed in the Library for all visitors to see. The 1/20th scale model was built in 2003 by David Baxter CEng, FRAeS - as part of the centenary celebrations of the Wright Brothers historic flight – and is based on the original aircraft on display at the National Air and Space Read More Of This Story

             
 

NTSB Report Out On Learjet Crash That Killed Four In South Carolina

April 7, 2010 - The National Transportation Board has ruled that chartered business jet crashed at a South Carolina airport 18 months ago was a result of the operator’s inadequate maintenance of the airplane’s tires and the decision by the captain to attempt a high-speed rejected takeoff,   Read More Of This Story

   

To Add Insult To Injury Airlines Charging More In Fees

April 7, 2010 - Spirit Airlines has reported that it will soon charge extra for carry on bags.  Ryanair has stated they are looking into charging passengers to use the bathroom on their aircraft.   Other airlines are placing vending machines on their aircraft and subjecting consumers to ads on the back of aircraft seats. While none of this   Read More Of This Story

             
 

Vought Aircraft And Its Employees Raised $40,000 For Save The Children

April 7, 2010 – Vought Aircraft Industries announced today that it raised a total of $40,388 for Save the Children through a special one-time matching gift program. Vought launched the campaign in response to employees asking for some extraordinary response to the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. The company  Read More Of This Story

   

Beechcraft Announce First Flight Of Second AT-6 Prototype

April 7, 2010 – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) and Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) today announced the successful first flight of the second Beechcraft AT-6 production representative test vehicle (PRTV). The aircraft features a new P&WC PT6A-68D engine with 1600 shaft horsepower (shp) that greatly improves the overall performance of the AT-6 to. The AT-6 is a structurally strengthened   Read More Of This Story

             
 

FAA Considers Small Aircraft Anti-Icing Fluid Flammable

April 6, 2010 - TKS anti-icing fluid is being used in a variety of platforms to provided anti-/deicing capability for smaller commercial aircraft. This fluid is applied to critical surfaces (propeller, wing and tail leading edges), is spread by aerodynamic forces via a type of installed sleeve, and removes or prevents the buildup of ice through  Read More Of This Story

   

Southwest Pilots Opposes Delta US Airways Slot Swap Proposal

April 7, 2010 - Unprecedented agreement would shut out low fares in New York and Washington, D.C. (DALLAS) The Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association is pushing for the Department of Transportation to disallow the permanent exchange of several hundred slots between Delta Airlines and US Airways at LaGuardia (LGA) and Washington National (DCA) Airports. This unprecedented Read More Of This Story

             
 

Former Teacher To Contact Students In Orbiting Space Shuttle

April 6, 2010 - Eighth grade students and children of the military community in California's Monterey Peninsula area will speak with astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth on Saturday, April 10. The call with the students and space shuttle Discovery Commander Alan Poindexter, Pilot Jim  Read More Of This Story

   

FAA Hiring Practices For Air Traffic Controllers In Question

April 6, 2010 - The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Inspector General issued their report on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA's) policies and procedures for screening, placing, and initially training newly hired air traffic controllers. DOT found that the FAA’s process for selecting and placing new controllers does not Read More Of This Story

             
 

FAA’s Oversight Of Air Carrier Inspections Continues To Be Ineffective

 

April 6, 2010 - DOT’s Inspector General’s Office testified before congress, Subcommittee on Transportation, in their report they indicated the FAA’s oversight of the Air Transportation Oversight System (ATOS) inspections continues to be ineffective at the national level in large part because the FAA does not collect data on all overdue    Read More Of This Story

   

Pilots Who Suffer From Depression Maybe Able To Fly Under FAA Proposal

April 5, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Friday that it will consider the special issuance of a medical certificate to pilots who are taking medication for mild to moderate depression, conditions that now bar them from all flying duties. On a case-by-case basis beginning April 5, pilots who take one of four antidepressant   Read More Of This Story

             
 

Air Comet Flight Attendants Pose Nude For Calendar

April 5, 2010 - Spanish airline Air Comet flight attendants posed nude for a calendar in hopes of drawing to their financial difficulties. Calendar excerpts have been exposed in Spanish news, the flight attendants are hoping that by posing for the calendar they will be able to draw attention to the fact that they had been working for the air carrier  Read More Of This Story

   

David Clark Company Develops First Space Suit

April 5, 2010 - History has been made today as Red Bull Stratos unveiled the first space suit ever to be produced by David Clark Company for a non-governmental space program. The Red Bull Stratos science team has also revealed the pressure helmet, which with the suit will serve as Felix Baumgartner's sole life-support system when he steps off his capsule at 120,000 feet to attempt a record-breaking freefall from the edge of space. This Read More Of This Story

             
 

DHS Announces New Measures To Strengthen Aviation Security

April 4, 2010 - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin implementing new enhanced security measures for all air carriers with international flights to the United States to strengthen   Read More Of This Story

   

President's Brother Laid To Rest In Dhabi After Ultralight Plane Crash

April 4, 2010 - Managing director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan body was located on Tuesday after his ultralight cashed on On March 26, 2010. Ahmed was flying in a two seat ultralight plane when he and his pilot crashed into a lake near the Sidi Mohammed bin Abdullah Dam  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Strong Consensus On Ways To Reduce Aviation Accidents

April 4, 2010 – A High-Level Safety Conference which concluded Thursday established a strong mandate for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to create a strategy to further reduce the global accident rate, through the sharing of safety-related information among Member States and  Read More Of This Story

   

Father Of GPS And Pioneer Of Satellite Telemetry Into Hall Of Fame

April 2, 2010 - Joining the likes of world renowned inventors Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, to name a few, Roger L. Easton is recognized by the National Inventors Hall of Fame for pioneering achievements in spacecraft tracking and timing and navigation technology (TIMATION) that led to the development of critical  Read More Of This Story

             
 

NTSB To Meet On Global Exec Aviation Accident That Killed Four

April 2, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting on its investigation into an accident in which a chartered business jet crashed during a rejected takeoff in Columbia, South Carolina, 18 months ago. The purpose of the meeting will be to determine the   Read More Of This Story

   

Former Continental Airlines Sales Agent In Fake Ticket Voucher Scheme

April 2, 2010 - Victoria Scardigno, a former sales agent for Continental Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, was arrested on Thursday morning on wire fraud charges stemming from a $1 million scheme involving the sale of hundreds of fake ticket vouchers. Scardigno is expected to be presented in Manhattan federal court   Read More Of This Story

             
 

Flight Crew Member Missing After A Navy Plane Went Down

April 2, 2010 - Search and rescue efforts continue for a missing crew member of an aircraft that crashed in the North Arabian Sea On Wednesday. After radioing USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) of the intent to conduct a controlled bailout, an  Read More Of This Story

   

Miami Air International Signs Agreement For EcoPower Engine Wash

April 2, 2010 - Miami Air International signed an exclusive five-year agreement to use Pratt & Whitney's EcoPower engine wash services on its fleet of B737 CFM56 engines at EcoPower service center locations in the United States and Europe.  The agreement also provides for certain engine  Read More Of This Story

             
 

World's First Weather Satellite Launched 50 Years Ago Today

April 2, 2010 - TIROS-1-the first Television and Infrared Observation Satellite-and its successors revolutionized weather observation and forecasting. Lockheed Martin and its heritage companies built every one of the TIROS series of    Read More Of This Story

   

Canada’s Skyservice Airlines Is Forced To Close Its Doors

April 1, 2010 - On Wednesday, after 24 years in operations, Canadian’s Skyservice Airlines closed its doors after the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered FTI Consulting Canada Inc receiver of all the assets, undertakings and properties of Skyservice Airlines Inc. Skyservice was  Read More Of This Story

             
 
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