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US Court Rejected Air Transport Ass Appeal On Union Elections

June 30, 2010 - On Friday the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, rejected the Air Transport Association's (ATA) attempt to overturn new National Mediation Board (NMB) rules governing union elections. Air Transport Association is America’s oldest and largest airline trade association representing over 16 member airlines. In 1936 several airlines founded the  Read More Of This Story

     
    FAA Proposes Major Changes To Aircraft Icing Certification Rules

June 30, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a significant expansion of its icing certification standards, including a new requirement that manufacturers show airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain, conditions that 
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China’s Governmental Agencies And Airlines Riddled With Corruption

June 30, 2010 - The director for the central and southern regions for the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Liu Yajun committed suicide after authorities investigates organized corruption within this highly regulated industry. Several airline executives have been terminated from their jobs Read More Of This Story

     

Contract Talks Stall Between American Airlines And Its Fleet Workers

June 30, 2010 - The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), has asked the federal National Mediation Board (NMB) to release the union and its 11,000 fleet and ground service workers from further mediation with American Airlines. TWU says American Airlines Fleet Tentative Contract Agreement is no longer Read More Of This Story

  Colleges Select CSC To Provide ATC Simulation Training Systems

June 29, 2010 - Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) announced that four additional colleges have selected its NexSim Radar and Tower air traffic control simulation training systems to support the initial training and development of next generation Federal Aviation  Read More Of This Story
    Air Transport Association Applause Tough Wall Street Reforms

June 29, 2010 - The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines is pleased with the consensuses between both houses of congress on comprehensive financial reform legislation that would rein in excessive 
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FAA Fines Executive Airlines For Failing To Perform Maintenance Checks

June 29, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a civil penalty of $700,000 against Executive Airlines, Inc., The San Juan, Puerto Rico airline, which does business as American Eagle Airlines, allegedly operated eight of its ATR-42 twin-turboprop airliners when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. Executive  Read More Of This Story

   

Midway Airport Customs Supervisor Indicted On Bribery Charges

June 29, 2010 - A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) supervisor, William Mann at Midway International Airport will be arraigned this week on federal charges alleging that he received $52,000 in bribes to allow foreign restaurant workers and their spouses to remain in the United States. These charges resulted from an investigation conducted  Read More Of This Story

             
 

British Airways Presents Cabin Crew With New Contract Offer

June 29, 2010 - British Airways makes a new offer to its cabin crew in a fresh attempt to end the current labor dispute and prevent another strike. The offer includes two changes that are intended to address cabin crew concerns about their future earnings. A new top-up payment is being offered to guarantee that existing  Read More Of This Story

   

FAA Proposes $450,000 Civil Penalty Against Dassault Falcon

June 29, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $450,000 civil penalty against Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. and its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., for improperly plating certain parts and installing them on airplanes. Installation of improperly plated parts made the aircraft not compliant with Federal Read More Of This Story

             
 

Department Of Justice Investigating AeroVironment Billing Practices

June 28, 2010 – The Department of Justice is conducting a civil investigation on AeroVironment, Inc., a manufacturer of unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for its billing practices. The investigation will focus on the appropriateness of certain expenses included in AV’s fiscal year 2006 Incurred Indirect Cost Claim  Read More Of This Story

    Tune In Radio Show "Aviation Scholarships Not Just For Kids"

June 28, 2010 – Adding to the activities scheduled for this year's WomenVenture at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 are a daily radio program and an all-new forum. The forum, scheduled for Thursday, July 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is called, "Aviation Scholarships: Not Just for Kids." This forum is intended to
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Budgetary Concerns North Carolina May Sell Off Its Aircraft

June 28, 2010 – The North Carolina General Assembly is considering the sale of sate helicopters and aircraft in an effort to reduce the states operating costs. North Carolina Forest Service will be mostly affected and may loose a number of its aircraft. A follow up report analysis of 25 underutilized state aircraft  Read More Of This Story

   

Jazz Pilots Reach A Deal With Management

June 28, 2010 – The Air Line Pilots Association Int’l (ALPA), representing more than 1,500 pilots employed by Jazz Air (formerly Air Canada Jazz), confirmed that they have signed a Memorandum of Settlement (MOS) for a tentative agreement with Jazz Air management representatives after 13 months of intense negotiations. The pilots’ collective agreement  Read More Of This Story

             
  IATA No Progress On Key Issues At EU Transport Ministers Meeting

June 28, 2010 – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed frustration by the lack of progress on key aviation issues during Thursday’s meeting of EU Transport Ministers in Geneva. “In April, Europe’s over-reaction to the Icelandic volcano cost the European economy EUR 5 billion. This
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General Aviation To Benefit From Accelerated Depreciation Proposal

June 28, 2010 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) praised Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) for introducing a proposal to extend accelerated, or “bonus” depreciation for equipment purchases in 2010 including general Read More Of This Story

             
 

ARSA To Offer Liability Insurance To Aircraft Repair Station

June 28, 2010 – The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and Polaris Enterprise Group unveiled an important new insurance option for the aviation maintenance industry. Aviation Alliance Insurance Risk Retention Group (AAIRRG) which ARSA and Polaris have been working jointly to establish and has received its insurance license, known as a certificate of  Read More Of This Story

   

Nextant Aerospace Progresses With Engine Certification

June 28, 2010 – Nextant Aerospace announced the completion of the first mating of a Williams International FJ44-3AP engine to a Beechjet 400A aircraft. The aircraft, serial number RK-108, is the first of two aircraft that will be used in the upcoming flight test program which will result in FAA certification of the engine upgrade under a Supplemental Type  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Alaska FAA Controllers Use NextGen Technology To Improve Safety

June 27, 2010 - Air traffic controllers in the Alaska region are now officially using Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) technology to improve safety and efficiency in Alaska’s rugged terrain. The system Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a core technology under NextGen  Read More Of This Story

   

Boeing Identifies Issue With The 787’s Horizontal Stabilizers

June 27, 2010 – Boeing has recently identified a workmanship issue with the 787’s horizontal stabilizers. Some airplanes have issues with improperly installed shims and the torque of associated fasteners. This finding requires inspection of all airplanes and rework if discrepancies are found.  Read More Of This Story

             
 

AirTran Airways Introduces Milwaukee Kids To Careers In Aviation

June 27, 2010 – AirTran Airways wrapped the inaugural Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy in Milwaukee on Friday with a commencement at Discovery World Museum. More than a dozen students from the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Young Leaders Academy graduated from the week-long program designed to introduce careers in aviation to promising  Read More Of This Story

   

FAA Revoked Pilots License For Buzzing Crowed Beach

June 25, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revoked Joseph Bryan Kirbow of Beaumont, Texas of his pilots license for buzzing a crowed Galveston County beach in a single engine Diamond Aircraft DA-40 with an aircraft tail number N134PS. Kirbow endangered the lives of his two passengers as well beachgoers by flying as low as 15 feet above ground Read More Of This Story

             
 

Virgin Atlantic Passengers Sit On Tarmac 4 Hours In 100 Degrees

June 25, 2010 — A Virgin Atlantic A340-600 Flight VS001 departed London’s Heathrow Airport with 300 passengers and 14 crew members on Tuesday. The flight was to land at Newark International Airport, New Jersey, but due to poor weather conditions the flight was diverted to Bradley International Airport Windsor Locks, Read More Of This Story

   

To Implement Or Not Pilot Fatigue Rules In Europe

June 25, 2010 - When Europe started to apply, for the first time in history, a uniform set of pilot fatigue rules for all commercial air operations In July 2008, the so-called “Subpart Q”, it was obvious that proper implementation and oversight would be a challenge. While in some countries few problems have been identified  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Gulfstream Receives Certification To Install WAAS On G150 Aircraft

June 25, 2010 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) functionality on Gulfstream G150 aircraft. The optional WAAS-capable receiver can be installed on new G150s during final-phase manufacturing or as a retrofit on all in-service  Read More Of This Story

   

FAA Awards Contracts To Accelerate Environmentally Friendly Technology

June 25, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced $125 million in contracts to develop and demonstrate technologies that will reduce commercial jet fuel consumption, emissions and noise. The contracts are part of the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program — to speed the introduction of “green” technology Read More Of This Story

             
 

Report Addresses FAA Airmen Medical Information Vulnerabilities

June 24, 2010 - An audit was conducted on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the Department of Transportation (DOT) at the request of the Chairmen of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and its Subcommittee on   Read More Of This Story

   

Aircraft Operating An ELT On 121.5 MHz Will Soon Be Prohibited

June 24, 2010 - Distress radio beacons, also known as emergency beacons, ELT or EPIRB, are tracking transmitters which aid in the detection and location of boats, aircraft, and people in distress. Most aircraft today are equipped with an ELT operating on a frequency of Read More Of This Story

             
 

Airline CEO’s And Union Leaders Sign Historic Joint Venture Protocol

June 24, 2010 - The chief executive officers of Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM met with pilot union leaders from their respective airlines to sign a six-way Joint Venture (JV) Protocol which recognizes that a cooperative and productive relationship is essential to the success of the corporations’ Joint Venture Agreement, which was established in May 2009. In signing the  Read More Of This Story

   

US Air Force KC-10 Cockpits To Be Upgraded By Boeing

June 24, 2010 - Boeing announced that it has received a $216 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the service's 59-jet KC-10 tanker fleet with a new communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system. The KC-10 upgrade will enable the fleet to comply with the forecasted 2015 CNS/ATM Federal Aviation Administration  Read More Of This Story

             
  Missing Aircraft With Mining Executive Ken Talbot Located

June 23, 2010 - Rescuers have located the wreckage of a crashed plane that took off from Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon carrying an Australian billionaire mining tycoon, Ken Talbot and five other board members of Sundance Resources. On Saturday the twin turboprop Casa C212 airplane crashed into think jungle
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    DOT Inspector General Sites Causes For FAA Outage In 2009

June 23, 2010 - Department of Transportation (DOT) issued their review of an FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) outage that occurred on November 19, 2009, delaying thousands of travelers and grounding hundreds of flights nationwide. The review was requested by the Chairmen of the House
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Swiss Aviators Returned Home After Circling The Globe

June 23, 2010 - Two pilots of Twin Flight Design CTs are back home in Sion Switzerland after completing around-the-world flight. A pair of Light-Sport Aircraft doing the feat is even more impressive. Their several goals were to celebrate 100 years of aviation in the European country known for its natural beauty. Yannick  Read More Of This Story

   

Russian Helicopters AgustaWestland To Build Joint Assembly Plant

June 23, 2010 - Russian Helicopters a subsidiary of JSC UIC Oboronprom, part of Russian Technologies State Corporation and AgustaWestland have announced that the set up of a joint civil AW139 medium twin helicopter final assembly plant started with a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday. A time capsule was laid in Read More Of This Story

             
  USDA Chartered Aircraft Crashes Colorado Killing Three

June 22, 2010 - On Monday a Cessna T210L, N30286 chartered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture crashed on approach to Lock Haven's William T. Piper Memorial Airport killing all onboard. At about 1 PM, the chartered Cessna aircraft crashed into a utility pole, a house and two cars west of the runway on 
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    Contract Negotiations Stall For Air Transat Pilots

June 22, 2010 - The Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), representing pilots of Air Transat, announced plans to file for conciliation with Canada’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) as efforts to negotiate a fair collective agreement with their employer, Air Transat, a division of the
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National Association Of Flight Instructors To Break Off From EAA

June 21, 2010 - After an extended period of discussions, EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) board of directors have agreed that NAFI will become a fully independent organization no later than March 1, 2011. The National Association of Flight Instructors is the United States professional Read More Of This Story

    All Airline Passengers Are Now Being Checked Against Terrorist Watchlists

June 21, 2010 - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that 100 percent of passengers traveling within the United States and its territories are now being checked against terrorist watchlists through the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight program 
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Machinists Call For Airline Re-Regulation

June 21, 2010 - After two days of Congressional hearings into the proposed merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines, many in Congress are questioning whether further airline consolidation is in the best interest of employees, passengers and taxpayers. “United and Continental are repeating a strategic move that many  Read More Of This Story

   

Bonhomme Wins First Ever Red Bull Air Race In New York

June 21, 2010 - Paul Bonhomme of Britain won the first-ever Red Bull Air Race in New York on Sunday with a scintillating performance under pressure in front of the most spectacular setting in the eight-year history of the sport. Nigel Lamb took second place in a thrilling four-way battle between the Statue of Liberty and  Read More Of This Story

             
  Spirit Airlines Uses News Media To Misrepresent Pilot Contract Proposal

June 16, 2010 - Spirit Airlines pilots are now into their fifth day of off the job strike which has forced the company to cancel its flights, now comes Spirit Airlines management seriously misrepresent its latest pilot contract proposal, which would force pilots to work more hours and pay more to provide health care for their 
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Rare Pioneering Aircraft Highlighted At EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2010

June 16, 2010 - Rare vintage aircraft will be on hand to showcase the early years of flight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 on July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport as part of “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” Among the pioneering aircraft present will be an original Hamilton H-47   Read More Of This Story

             
 

Lockheed Martin F-35 STOVL Variant Flies Supersonic Speeds

June 16, 2010 - The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time June 10, achieving a significant milestone. The aircraft accelerated to Mach 1.07 (727 miles per hour) on the first in a long series of planned supersonic flights. "For  Read More Of This Story

   

Boeing To Eliminate Pension Plan For New Employees

June 16, 2010 - In a move that deserves applause from union members everywhere, the members of District 837 in St. Louis, MO, voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract offer from The Boeing Company that would compensate current employees in exchange for eliminating the defined benefit pension plan for Read More Of This Story

             
 

Delta Airlines Mechanic Found Dead Minneapolis St Paul Airport

June 16, 2010 - At 5:30 AM on Tuesday, Minneapolis Saint Paul airport police received a phone call indicating that a mechanic for Delta Airlines was injured and required medical assistance at Gate G14. When emergency medical responders arrived, the Delta mechanic, 47 year old Jesse Paul Stygar of Rosemount was inside of one of the landing gear doors and had no pulse.  Read More Of This Story

   

US And EU Aviation Leaders To Discuss Key Issues At Brussels Conference

June 16, 2010 - The United States and Europe face unprecedented aviation challenges. Senior industry leaders and aviation safety regulators from the U.S. and Europe will explore the full scope of aviation relations across the Atlantic at the Second Transatlantic Aviation Issues Conference, “US-EU Cooperation at a Crossroads,” in Brussels, Belgium between June 29 through Read More Of This Story

             
 

Seventy Two Hours Into Their Strike Spirit Pilots Aren’t Flinching

June 15, 2010 – Spirit Airlines pilots went on strike 5:01 AM on Saturday morning as a result of contract breakdowns, Spirit pilots want a fair and equitable contract. The pilots are seventy-two hours into their strike, Spirit pilots aren’t flinching with high turnouts of picketers in Detroit,  Read More Of This Story

   

Comair And Its Pilots To Begin Using Flight Operation Quality Assurance

June 15, 2010 − Comair and the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) have signed a letter of agreement to begin a Flight Operation Quality Assurance (FOQA) program to further improve the suite of safety-related programs at Comair.  Flight  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Fuselage Assembly Begins On Boeing’s First 747-8 Intercontinental

June 15, 2010– Boeing began fuselage assembly of the first 747-8 Intercontinental at the factory in Everett, Wash. Mechanics loaded panels for the 31-foot, 8-inch (9.6 m) long front section of the new airplane into the assembly tool. The panels are part of section 41, the area of the fuselage that houses the flight deck on the upper deck and the forward passenger cabin on the  Read More Of This Story

   

Avidyne Provides New Software Update For The Entegra Flight Deck

June 15, 2010 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced that they have received FAA approval for the Release 9.1 software upgrade to the Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck (R9) avionics system. Avidyne has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval Read More Of This Story

             
  Boeing Strike Ends At Long Beach Though St Louis Maybe Next

June 14, 2010 - Employees at the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft production plant in Long Beach, California have ended a walkout that began May 11th. The union, local UAW 148 approved a 58 month contract in a vote 822 yes to 544 no. Workers will
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NTSB Urge Air Care Alliance Take Action On Safety Recommendations

June 14, 2010 - National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urges the Air Care Alliance (ACA) to take action on the safety recommendations. The NTSB is vitally interested in these recommendations because they are designed to prevent accidents and  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Aircraft Slams Into Arizona High School Killing All Onboard

On Friday a Piper PA 32R 300 departed Springerville Airport Airport, about 2 PM, 2 miles east of the airport, witnesses reported the aircraft began having engine problems. The aircraft circled the area two or three times before it suddenly crashed into Round Valley High School, Eagar Arizona. At the time of the incident no one was in the building and the 500 students were  Read More Of This Story

   

Extra 500 Spirit Turbo Prop Aircraft Coming To The U.S.

June 14, 2010 -Ken Keith, owner and CEO of Extra Aircraft and Walter Extra, company founder announced the availability of Extra’s new Rolls Royce powered, six seat pressurized 500 Spirit turbo prop in North America. The product of nearly thirty years of building and certifying world champion aerobatic aircraft, the Extra 500 Spirit benefits from  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Spirit Airlines Pilots Walk Off The Job To Demand Fair Contract

June 13, 2010 - Spirit Airlines and the union with the help of the National Mediation Board worked tirelessly through the night until 5:00 am to reach a fair and equitable agreement at 5:01 AM Saturday, Spirit pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), went on strike against their company and will   Read More Of This Story

   

Boeing Converted Freighter Joins Cargoitalia's MD-11 Fleet

June 13, 2010 – The Boeing Company is supporting the expansion plans of Cargoitalia S.p.A. by providing the Italy-based, all-cargo operator with its third MD-11 freighter under a long-term lease. Boeing Capital Corporation, the company’s aircraft financing arm, structured the deal for the newly completed MD-11 Read More Of This Story

             
 

Airlines Unwilling To Fly Stranded Passenger To Miami

June 13, 2010 - Dominique Lanoise, age 40, of U.S. citizenship weighs almost 485 pounds traveled from Miami to Port-au-Prince Haiti on a private plane in November to be with her ailing mother. Then the earthquake hit on January 12th killing many of her family members, Dominique survived the quake however, her leg was badly injured, she was loaded onto a truck and taken  Read More Of This Story

   

Insitu Signs Groundbreaking Agreement With The FAA

June 13, 2010 - Insitu Inc. signed a cooperative research development agreement (CRDA) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), whereby Insitu will provide a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and related support hardware and data. The FAA will conduct research needed to guide the development of recommendations for integrating unmanned  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Gulfstream Installs Infrared Vision System On Gulfstream GIV

June 12, 2010 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has successfully installed the Kollsman General Aviation Vision System (GAViS) on a Gulfstream GIV aircraft. The device is now available for GV, GIV and GIII aircraft. The infrared camera system provides pilots with   Read More Of This Story

   

NASA's Unmanned Global Hawk Aircraft Conducts Ground Breaking Science

June 12, 2010 - NASA's unmanned Global Hawk aircraft, developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation, completed four science flights over the Pacific Ocean during the month of April. The flights were part of the Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) mission, a Read More Of This Story

             
 

FAA Approves Precision Approaches To 0.1 Miles On Gulfstream Jets

June 11, 2010 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operational capability approval for its large-cabin business jets to fly Required Navigational Performance-Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (RNP-SAAAR) approaches to a minimum RNP value  Read More Of This Story

   

Terminated Virgin Blue Employees Claimed Airline Condoned Porn

June 11, 2010 - Sharing pornography has been commonplace in the offices and staff rooms of Virgin Blue Airlines for years, a group of workers sacked by the airline claimed. And they say that, far from objecting to the practice, airline management openly condoned it. At least five of the more than 25 Virgin  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Pilots And Air Traffic Controllers Get Ready For ADS-B

June 10, 2010 - Greater efficiency and improved situational awareness, that's what Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) promises to provide for aircraft operating in the national airspace system (NAS). With several airport areas already operating with ADS-B capability, as well as a recently published   Read More Of This Story 

   

FAA To Change Age Retirement Rules For Air Traffic Controllers

June 10, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to amend its regulations that would require an air traffic controller to retire at age 56. Under the current policy an air traffic controller must be 18 years of age, the maximum age one can start training is aged 30 and they must retire at 56 years old. However,  Read More Of This Story

             
 

OIG To Audit The FAA To Determine If The Agency Is In Step With NextGen

June 10, 2010 - The Office of Inspector General plans to review the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA's) actions to address the recommendations of a joint Government/industry task force, known as “RTCA Task Force 5.” The task force was convened to report on steps that FAA and industry should take over the next three to five years to begin efficiently transitioning to the   Read More Of This Story

   

ARSA Cautions Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton On Aviation Exports

June 10, 2010 – The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has told the Obama administration that legislation pending on Capitol Hill threatens to undermine the global competitiveness of the U.S. aerospace industry. In a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ARSA    Read More Of This Story

             
  Vintage War Plane Flips On Landing At Reagan National Airport

June 9, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday dispatched a team to investigate why a Boeing Stearman ST75 (N27WE) ground looped and then flipped on landing on the main runway, 1 at Reagan National Airport at 10:05 AM. The runway was closed for a little more than an hour to allow a crane
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    FedEx Drivers Aren't Pilots Campaign Urges A End To FedEx Loophole

June 9, 2010 - FedEx Express claims it is an airline. So why aren't flight attendants on the delivery trucks? Because FedEx's claim is ludicrous, truck drivers aren't pilots. The Teamsters unveiled a new video as part of the campaign, FedEx Drivers Aren't Pilots, to draw attention to the 
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  IATA Disapproves German $1 Billion Aviation Tax Plan

June 9, 2010 - The International Air Transport Association reacted sharply to the announcement made by the German government of a EUR 1 billion annual burden on aviation with a new departure tax in Germany. The tax is branded as an environmental initiative. “This is the worst kind of short-sighted policy irresponsibility. It’s a cash-grab by a cash-strapped  Read More Of This Story
   

Airline Consumer Satisfaction Improves Despite Added Fees

June 9, 2010 — Reversing three consecutive years of declines, overall customer satisfaction with airlines in North America has increased notably, with 10 of 12 airlines improving from 2009, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM released on Tuesday. “The fact that overall satisfaction with  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Al Shabaab Sympathizers Picked Up At JFK International Airport

June 8, 2010 - Two New Jersey men have been arrested and charged in a federal Criminal Complaint with conspiring to kill, maim, and kidnap persons outside the United States. The defendants, United States citizens Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, New Jersey, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey—were  Read More Of This Story

   

Boeing Hopes To Be A Player In Presidential Helicopter Program

June 8, 2010 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced that it will secure a license from AgustaWestland for U.S. production of the AW101 medium-lift helicopter as an entry into the U.S. Navy VXX Presidential Helicopter Program. This license will give Boeing full intellectual property, data and production rights for the aircraft in support of the VXX program.  Read More Of This Story

             
             

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U.S. Navy Version Of Lockheed Martin F-35 Makes First Flight

June 8, 2010 - The most advanced aircraft in the history of the United States Navy made its inaugural flight on Sunday, assuring a future of long-range, first-day-of-the-war stealth striking capability from the Navy's big-deck carriers. The first Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant took off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at 11:46 a.m. and l  Read More Of This Story

   

GE And Middle River Aircraft Will Expand Hiring For Maryland

June 8, 2010 - Middle River Aircraft Systems, a part of GE Aviation, announced that it is expanding its employment by 200 new jobs in the state of Maryland by bringing the Company’s employment at its Middle River facility to more than 1,000 over the next year. “It’s businesses like Middle River Aircraft Systems that help in our efforts to create jobs  Read More Of This Story

             
 

FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Airlines And Shippers

June 7, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to assess civil penalties ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 against two airlines and three shippers for alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations or U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Read More Of This Story

   

U.S. Court Of Appeals Rules In Favor Of US Airways Pilots

June 7, 2010 - The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the decision of a lower federal court that had found the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) liable in a Duty of Fair Representation lawsuit. This decision allows USAPA, which   Read More Of This Story

             
 

TSA Is Missing The SPOT With Behavior Detection

June 7, 2010 - The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) which represents over 28,000 pilots stated that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has mass deployed its behavior detection program called SPOT (screening of passengers by observation techniques), but once again has failed to equip the people who need it most. Airline  Read More Of This Story

   

Embry Riddle Creates Bird Strike Information Center To Improve Air Safety

June 7, 2010 - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a leader in aviation education and safety, is launching the International Center for Aviation and Wildlife Risk Mitigation to help manage this growing hazard. The new Center, based at Embry-Riddle's Prescott, Ariz., campus, will bring together top aviation wildlife experts to share and develop  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Plane Jane, Pilot Makes It To Saudi Arabia To Repossess A 747

June 7, 2010 - Plane Jane, released last week from Martin Pearl Publishing through Barnes & Noble, Amazon and others, are being sent to Saudi Arabia and some government agencies. A Canadian film producer has also shown interest. For those who missed the gist of the story, here is an excerpt. “I’ll be in back suiting up,” Mary said. “It will be totally dark in about ten Read More Of This Story

   

Windsor, Red Bull Air Race Pilot Arch Has Three Wins

June 7, 2010 - Austria's Hannes Arch won his third straight race in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship with a stirring performance in Windsor on Sunday, bouncing back with an emphatic victory in Canada just two days after suffering one of the worst pylon hits of his career. Britain's Paul Bonhomme took a close second in the difficult track that  Read More Of This Story

             
  Aviation Bird Strike Prevention Experts Set To Gather In Salt Lake City

June 6, 2010 - Alexandria, VA -- Leading international wildlife experts, airport operations professionals, regulators, and other aviation industry representatives will gather June 21-24 in Salt Lake City at the 12th Annual Joint Meeting of the Bird Strike Committee USA/Canada to discuss the latest advances in 
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Aviation Leaders To Gather In Berlin

June 6, 2010 - Berlin - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Berlin will be world’s aviation capital as the city prepares to host 600 industry leaders for the 66th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit from 6-8 June 2010. The official program starts at 0900 CET on 7 June with the State of the  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Emirates Airlines Recruits Pilots At Full Throttle

June 5, 2010 - Emirates plans to hire more than 700 pilots over the next 18 months to support new routes, new aircraft and increased frequencies. The airline's recruitment team will be seeking First Officers in Madrid, one of six new destinations to be announced by the airline  Read More Of This Story

   
Parachute System Saves Passengers In Aircraft Emergency

June 5, 2010 - Ballistic Recovery Systems of South St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (BRSI.PK) announced its 250th documented save when four people in a Cirrus SR20 SRV G3 single-engine aircraft were uninjured after deploying their BRS ballistic emergency parachute over unlandable rocky terrain in  Read More Of This Story

             
 

Scotts Warbirds Alley To Honor Veterans Opening Day At Eaa Airventure

June 5, 2010 — Veterans and the legendary aircraft they served in will be honored at the dedication ceremony for the new Scotts Warbird Alley, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 26 – opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at Wittman Regional Airport. This year’s fly-in runs through Sunday, August 1. Through   Read More Of This Story

    Trinidad GT Aircraft Is Introduced At The Eur-Avia Cannes Air Show

June 5, 2010 - At southern Europe's the 2010 Eur-Avia Cannes International General Aviation Exhibition Cannes, France is the venue for DAHER-SOCATA's debut of its TB20 Trinidad GT single-engine general aviation aircraft retrofitted with a Garmin G500 avionics suite. The retrofit received its 
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OIG Investigating Venice Municipal Airport For Possible Misappropriation Of Federal Dollars

June 4, 2010 - The Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to review use of airport revenue at the Venice, Florida, Municipal Airport to ensure compliance with Airport Improvement Program grant assurances. OIG  Read More Of This Story

   

United Airlines Employee Pleads Guilty Stealing 500 Airline Tickets

June 4, 2010 - The president of the Cincinnati Roller Girls, Mercedes B. Stafford, who skates under the name “Sadistic Sadie,” pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Covington, Kentucky on Thursday to one count of wire fraud, admitting that she  Read More Of This Story

   

In Light Of Pilot Layoffs Anchorage Residents Rate UPS A Bad Corporate Citizen

June 4, 2010 - A survey of 360 Anchorage residents conducted this week reveals hard feelings towards UPS following the start of its pilot furlough. A full 36% of Anchorage residents surveyed rated UPS a bad (24%), or very bad (12%), corporate citizen in Alaska and  Read More Of This Story

   

Red Bull Air Race Paul Bonhomme Tops Time Sheets In Windsor

June 4, 2010 - Paul Bonhomme topped the time sheets in the first training session on Thursday ahead of the weekend’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Windsor with Hannes Arch of Austria and Australia’s Matt Hall close behind on the challenging track set   Read More Of This Story

             
 

Night Vision Goggles Helped Locate Fallen Airman To Safety

June 4, 2010 - Airman Jake Rodenhaber and his friend Airman Michael Hejmanowski were hiking near Bruneau Canyon, Boise, Idaho when Rodenhaber fell and plunged into the Canyon. Hejmanowski ran 10 miles to seek help and by nightfall ground rescue squads were unable to find him. Air Methods' Pilot,  Read More Of This Story

   

Volcanic Ash Creates Opportunity For ATC Growth In Asia

June 4, 2010 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in recent weeks global aviation has had a tough time adapting to Mother Nature’s rage. With volcanic ash causing delays for airlines entering Europe, the Asian aviation industry has stepped up to refocus on enhancing airspace control. The Pillars of Aviation Summit in   Read More Of This Story

             
 

USS Ronald Reagan Begins Flight Deck Certification

June 4, 2010 - USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 Sailors departed Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) in San Diego June 2 to get underway to conduct carrier flight deck certification. The first CVW 14 aircraft to land on Ronald Reagan's flight deck were the "Black Knights" of  Read More Of This Story

   

CareFlite Helicopter Crashes During Maintenance Check Kills Two

June 3, 2010 - A CareFlite Bell 222 medical helicopter departed from Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, Grand Prairie, Texas on Wednesday about 2:15 PM with its pilot and a mechanic for a post maintenance flight test when the Bell helicopter main rotor separated from the helicopter before the crash. It has not  Read More Of This Story

 

FAA To Provide All Employees With Identity Theft Protection

June 3, 2010 - Identity Force, a leader in identity theft prevention services has been awarded a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration to provide all employees with identity theft protection services. The contract is part of the agency’s continued response to a breach in February 2009 that exposed the personal   Read More Of This Story

   

Women In Aviation International Receives Gift From Aviation Pioneer

June 3, 2010 - Women in Aviation, International (WAI) announced on Wednesday that the organization has received a bequest of approximately $203,000 from the estate of Arlene Elliott who passed away in January 2010. This is the single, largest bequest ever received by WAI. Along with her  Read More Of This Story

             
 

DOT Proposes Additional Consumer Protections For Air Travelers

June 3, 2010 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has proposed new consumer protections for air travelers, building on the Department of Transportation’s recent rule banning carriers from subjecting passengers to   Read More Of This Story

   

Airman Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

June 3, 2010 - A staff sergeant at Kirtland Air Force Base, indicted on child pornography charges, appeared in federal court on Wednesday after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents  Read More Of This Story

 
 
             
         
 

NMB Denies UPS Airline Mechanics Release From Negotiations

June 2, 2010 - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Airline Division lasts week sent a request to the National Mediation Board that it release the aircraft mechanics of United Parcel Service from contract negotiations after Read More Of This Story

     
 

UK-Ireland FAB Leads The Way In Implementing Single European Sky

June 2, 2010 - Ireland and the UK are leading the way in implementing the Single European Sky initiative, with the completion of the second year of the UK-Ireland functional airspace block (FAB) between the two countries. The IAA and Read More Of This Story

             
 

FAA Awards General Dynamics Contract Worth $1.2 Billion

June 2, 2010 - General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has been selected as one of three large-business contractors for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) System Engineering 2020 Research and Development/Mission Analysis Support program. The ten-year contract awarded to General Dynamics has a maximum potential  Read More Of This Story

   

Napolitano Travels To UAE To Speak On Aviation Security

June 2, 2010 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday visited Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the invitation of UAE Minister of the Economy Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, to meet with her counterparts from the Read More Of This Story

             
 

Ryanair Believes Irish Government Caused Collapse Of Tourism

June 2, 2010 - Ireland’s airline carrier, Ryanair reported they have irrefutable evidence that the Irish government is responsible for the collapse in Irish tourism as new (independent) statistics show traffic growth has returned to those EU countries that do not impose tourist taxes.  Read More Of This Story

   

Gulfstream Signs Product Support Agreement With Deer Jet

June 2, 2010 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently signed an agreement with Beijing-based Deer Jet Co. LTD to support the company’s growing fleet of Gulfstream aircraft. China’s largest business-jet charter operator, Deer Jet owns three Gulfstream G550s, two Gulfstream GVs, four Gulfstream Read More Of This Story

             
 

FAA Administrator To Present NBAA With ‘Spirit of Flight’ Award

June 1, 2010 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced that Administrator J. Randolph “Randy” Babbitt, who heads the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will present the Association with the National Read More Of This Story

   

CAPA Urges Implementation Of New Pilot Flight And Duty Limits

June 1, 2010 - The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) which represents over 28,000 commercial passenger and cargo pilots is urging policymakers to not allow special interests to derail long-awaited    Read More Of This Story

             
   

CANSO Addresses EU And Latin America Civil Aviation Summit

June 1, 2010 - Speaking at the first EU and Latin America Civil Aviation Summit in Rio de Janeiro on May 25- 26th the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) Director General, Graham Lake joined a high level panel of Air Traffic Management (ATM) leaders to address the importance in   Read More Of This Story

     

Allied Pilots Association Voices Support For Spirit Airlines’ Pilots

June 1, 2010 - The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 11,500 pilots of American Airlines, expressed support for the pilots of Spirit Airlines following the recent declaration of an impasse in contract negotiations with that carrier’s management. “We are well acquainted   Read More Of This Story

             
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