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IBM To Design An Advanced Cyber Security System For The FAA

Mar 31, 2010 - IBM and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are working together on a Research and Development project to protect the nation's civilian aviation system from the ever-growing threat of cyber attacks. IBM researchers and cyber security experts will design and build a prototype security system capable of scaling to accommodate the FAA's high-speed networks.  Read More Of This Story


Technology Coming Assist Pilots Being Lasered In The Cockpit

March 31, 2010 ? The Aerospace Lighting Institute held their annual Advanced Technology Seminar in Los Angeles, California, where Patriot Taxiway Industries? Vice President Kevin McDermott, a leading expert in the LED lighting community, gave an informative lecture on directed energy and its current effects on the   Read More Of This Story



British Airways And Iberia Airlines Pilots Have Struck Merger Agreement

March 31, 2010 ? As British Airways and Iberia Airlines work out completion of the two companies merging, the 5,000 pilots in British Airways and Iberia Airlines welcomed the merging of their two airlines but warned that they will be on their guard against one pilot group being played off against the other. In a joint statement sent to  Read More Of This Story


Eclipse Aerospace Announces Introduction of the Total Eclipse

March 31, 2010 - Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. announced that it is rolling out a new factory refurbishment program entitled "Total Eclipse" for new customers to purchase and experience the world's only certified twin-engine Very Light Jet. The Total Eclipse program marks the completion of the final design of the original EA500 aircraft. In September 2009, Eclipse Aerospace embarked on a  Read More Of This Story


DHL And Girl Scouts Send A Million Cookies To Troops Overseas

March 31, 2010 - The Girl Scouts of Nassau County and DHL, one of the world?s leading express delivery companies, have partnered together once again to deliver a record number of Girl Scout Cookies to U.S. military troops overseas. On Tuesday at the Girl Scouts of Nassau County?s Headquarters located in Garden City, NY, DHL Express picked up more than 45,000 boxes or  Read More Of This Story

NTSB Report Out On Air Plane Crash That Killed Jogger

March 30, 2010 - On March 15th, about 6 PM eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Smith Lancair IV-P, N9JE, registered to and operated by a private owner, lost engine power during cruise flight near Hilton Head, South Carolina, and struck a pedestrian while making a forced landing on a beach. The aircraft was piloted by Edward Ivey Smith, age 59 of Chesapeake, Virginia. Robert Gary Jones, 38, who was in South Carolina on a Read More Of This Story


Hull Of The Zeppelin Eureka Re-Branded With Farmers Logo

March 30, 2010 - For second time this year, The Farmers Insurance Group has selected Airship Ventures as a marketing partner, re-branding the hull of the Zeppelin Eureka with the Farmers logo. The two companies previously partnered in January, when the Farmers Insurance Airship took to the skies above San Diego, providing aerial footage and acting as the ultimate skybox for passengers above Read More Of This Story


FedEx To Use All Electric Trucks In Parcel Delivery Business

March 30, 2010 - FedEx Corp. announced the expansion of its alternative-energy vehicle fleet with the first all-electric FedEx parcel delivery trucks in the United States. Four purpose-built electric trucks optimized for electric operation from the wheels up are slated to hit the road in the Los Angeles area starting in June 2010, joining more than 1,800 alternative-energy vehicles already in service for FedEx around the world.   Read More Of This Story


Onair Terminates In Flight Phone Service With Ryanair

March 30, 2010 - Ryanair, confirmed that OnAir, Ryanair?s in-flight phone service provider, has notified Ryanair of their intention to terminate the contract after 13 months proving period of service operations. Ryanair was pleased with the performance of the OnAir system and the rapidly growing call/text and data volumes, and had notified OnAir of  Read More Of This Story


Honeywell To Modernize Radar Wind Profiler Network For NOAA

March 30, 2010 ? Honeywell announced that it has been awarded a $49 million contract to upgrade the National Weather Service's radar wind profiler network that will predict severe storms earlier and provide the public with more accurate warnings of upcoming storms. "For nearly two decades, ground weather radar improvements have been mostly incremental yet weather patterns and Read More Of This Story


Dive Teams Continue Search For Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan

March 29, 2010 - As of Late Monday search teams from Dubai, France and Spain continue to search for Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, after he and his pilot went down in a glider plane on Friday night in a lake near the Sidi Mohammed bin Abdullah Dam near Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan is the   Read More Of This Story

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NTSB Makes Safety Recommendations To The FAA On Glass Cockpits

March 29, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board adopted a study and concluded that small aircraft that had ?glass cockpits? were not safer and had a higher fatal accident rate then similar aircraft with conventional instruments. As a result the NTSB has proposed safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and has requested the FAA respond within 90 days in Read More Of This Story


Daniel Webster College To Hold New England Aviation Safety EXPO

March 29, 2010 - Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire will hold the 2010 New England Aviation Safety EXPO on May 8, 2010 from 8:45 until 5 PM. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM. This seminar promises to be instructional and entertaining. The presenter David Emerson, is the Read More Of This Story


United Flight 270 Passengers Stranded On Tarmac Nearly Nine Hours

March 29, 2010 - On Tuesday night, a United Airlines Flight 270 fully loaded with passengers bound for Denver, pushed back from the gate and instead of taking off the jet sat for over 8 hours on the tarmac. Harry Lovecraft, a passenger who was on board stated there was no food, little water, the air conditioning was off so the plane  Read More Of This Story


British Airways Flight Attendants Hold Firm To The Picket Line

March 29, 2010 - Another week of bullying by BA has backfired, Unite the union claimed on Sunday. Heavy-handed attempts to scare cabin crew back to work including withdrawing their travel assistance, deeming sick workers as strikers, and docking crew wages for days which are not strike days - are not working the union said as the scale of Read More Of This Story


NTSB Concerned About Widespread Problems Contributing To Crash

March 28, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the Continental connection Flight 3407 that crashed into a house near Buffalo last February, killing 50 people. The report cites pilot error as the main cause of the crash of the Continental flight operated by Colgan Air. The pilot and the first officer entered contradictory information into the cockpit computer system Read More Of This Story


Director Of The World's Largest Wealth Fund Missing In Glider Plane Crash

March 28, 2010 - Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the world's largest sovereign wealth fund and his pilot crashed their glider plane into a lake on Friday night in Morocco. The pilot has been rescued and is reported to be in good condition. However, Ahmed is reported  Read More Of This Story


GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team Hits Afterburner On Third New Engine

March 28, 2010 - The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team has successfully hit full afterburner on its third new production-configuration engine, continuing a year of major progress and milestones for the F136 program. The afterburner tests were conducted in an advanced testing facility at GE. All major objectives have been  Read More Of This Story


Innovative Solutions Receives FAA Certification For E-Charts On The Eclipse EA500

March 28, 2010 - Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Class 3 Electronic Charts and XM Satellite Weather upgrade to the Avio NG integrated cockpit system of the Eclipse Aerospace EA500  Read More Of This Story


Battle Of The Sexes All Nippon Airways Introduced Women Only Toilets

March 28, 2010 - Plans by one airline to add women-only toilets to its flights have split opinion in half according to the latest poll run by Skyscanner. The poll asked whether travelers agreed with All Nippon Airways' (ANA) latest move to introduce dedicated, 'women-only' toilets in most of its planes. All Nippon Airways, which offers flights to San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, along  Read More Of This Story


Canada Takes Steps To Enhance Aviation Security At Airports

March 28, 2010 - Canada's Transport Minister John Baird today announced that the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure Canadian airports have the safest and most effective security systems possible, by proposing changes to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations. A Notice of Intent providing an overview of the proposed changes will be published    Read More Of This Story


Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol Receives $20,000 Donated Headsets

March 28, 2010 ? Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser was formally recognized by the Florida Wing of Civil Air Patrol (FL CAP) earlier this month for donating a range of aviation headsets valued at approximately $20,000. The headsets, which will be put into rotation by FL CAP's flight familiarization program, will be used by more than 1,800 cadets pursuing careers in aviation and distributed to Civil Air Patrol squadrons throughout  Read More Of This Story


Bonhomme Prevails In Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race Season Opener

March 27, 2010 - Arch, who had won the Abu Dhabi race last year and was the favorite going in after winning the one Qualifying point on Friday, was disqualified in the Top 12 round for dangerous flying. Defending champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain won the first Red Bull Air Race of the 2010  Read More Of This Story

    Strike Maybe Costing British Airways More Than It?s Willing To Say

March 27, 2010 - The British Airways current cabin crew dispute may be costing the airline far than the airline is willing to admit, British Airways flight attendants union, Unite claimed on Friday. As British Airways cabin crew are set to walkout for the second time in one week over the four days from March 27-30, Unite believes that the financial and reputational damage to BA is far in 
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Safety And Health Violations At Evansville Air Traffic Control Tower

March 27, 2010 - EVANSVILLE, Ind. ? The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has notified officials at the Evansville Regional Airport that a recent inspection has found four serious and four repeat safety and health violations in its Air Traffic Control Tower. OSHA began its safety and health inspection in August 2009 as a planned inspection under the federal safety agency's Airport Air  Read More Of This Story


Arch Wins First Point Of 2010 In Red Bull Air Race Abu Dhabi Qualifying

March 26, 2010 - ABU DHABI ? Austria?s Hannes Arch won the first point of the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship by posting the fastest time in Qualifying on Friday ahead of Saturday?s season opener in Abu Dhabi. Defending champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain made a thrilling dash to try to beat Arch and snatch the one point away from his rival but hit an Air Gate at the end of his run and ended up a disappointing third. Britain?s Nigel Lamb got second while Australia?s Matt Hall took fourth. Read More Of This Story


FAA Air Traffic Controllers Honored At Awards Banquet

March 26, 2010 - The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) members met on Monday for their annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards banquet, named after the first air traffic controller and now in its sixth year. At the banquet several air traffic controllers were honored for their skills, dedication and professionalism over during 2009. Simply put, this year?s crop of  Read More Of This Story


Skydiver Killed After Parachute Fails During Landing Segment Of Flight

March 26, 2010 - On Thursday at 11:10 AM, the Port Aransas Police Department received a call reference a skydiver that had landed on and through a condominium roof located at 604 Beach Access Road 1-A in Port Aransas, TX. Port Aransas Police, Port Aransas EMS, and Port Aransas Fire Department personnel responded to that location and upon arrival observed the victim still alive in the attic suffering from massive injuries sustained  Read More Of This Story


Allied Pilots Association Support ?Aviation Jobs Outsourcing Prevention Act?

March 26, 2010 - The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 11,500 pilots of American Airlines voiced its support for H.R.4788, the ?Aviation Jobs Outsourcing Prevention Act.? Introduced earlier this month by U.S. Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-NY), the bill would establish job protections for U.S. workers by placing limits on alliances between two or more airlines,  Read More Of This Story


AAR Corp. To Acquire Aviation Worldwide Services

March 26, 2010 - AAR CORP announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement to acquire Aviation Worldwide Services (AWS), a leading provider of expeditionary airlift services and aircraft modifications to the U.S. and other government customers, from Xe Services LLC. AAR is acquiring the business as part of its long-term strategy to expand its products, services and capabilities in support of government customers in the United States and   Read More Of This Story


Court Rules No Panhandling At Los Angeles International Airport

March 26, 2010 - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and airport officials are pleased with Thursday?s unanimous decision by the California Supreme Court upholding a 1997 Los Angeles City ordinance prohibiting solicitation and receipt of funds in the terminals, parking areas, and adjacent sidewalks at Los Angeles International Airport  Read More Of This Story

    Delta Pilots Donate Playroom To Arnold Palmer Hospital For Children

March 26, 2010 - The Delta Pilots' Charitable Fund (DPCF) will present a donation of $150,000 to the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation to equip a playroom in the Congenital Heart Unit of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The donation will provide for a fully outfitted play area in this state-of-the-art healthcare facility dedicated to the care of children in the Southeast.
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Hospital Wing Helicopter Crashes Killing All Onboard

March 26, 2010 - On Thursday at about 6 AM, a Hospital Wing helicopter with a three man crew crashed about 5 miles east of Brownsville, Tennessee. The crew had picked up a patient at Decada County General Hospital in Parsons and then dropped the patient off at at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee. The helicopter departed just after 5 AM  and was    Read More Of This Story


China Received The First Of Three Dassault Falcon 7X

March 25, 2010 - Dassault Falcon delivered the first Falcon 7X to China, two more will be delivered to mainland China by the end of this month. "This is a significant milestone for the Falcon 7X program and Dassault. The time has arrived for China to emerge as a strong market for business aviation," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "In anticipation of this growth, Dassault has increased customer support   Read More Of This Story


Daniel Webster College Informed Students It Will End Its Flight Program

March 25, 2010 - Daniel Webster College located in Nashua, New Hampshire informed its students on Wednesday that the college will end the schools flight program. In a closed door meeting with students and faculty, Nadine Dowling stated the flight program would be phased out. Those students that are currently in the program will be  Read More Of This Story


US Coast Guard Pilots Spotted Overloaded Boat In The Caribbean

March 25, 2010 - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke repatriated 13 Dominicans to Cabo Enga?o, Dominican Republic, Tuesday afternoon following an at-sea interdiction by Caribbean Border Interagency Group partners Monday. Three migrants were identified through the use of biometrics (digital fingerprints and photographs) as having attempted to previously enter illegally Read More Of This Story


NTSB Chairman Addresses Air Traffic Controllers

March 24, 2010 - Washington, DC - In an address to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in Orlando on Tuesday, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman lauded controllers for their role in keeping the number of runway incursions low while challenging the Federal Aviation    Read More Of This Story

    World Trade Organization Rules Airbus Subsidies Were illegal

March 24, 2010 - The World Trade Organization (WTO) has given its final ruling on subsidies the European jet aircraft manufacturer, Airbus had received. WTO ruled that the European governments illegally subsidized Airbus, which allowed the manufacturer to undercut its research and development costs resulting and overtaking Boeing sales.
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ATI Pilots Call On An End To The Stall Tactics On Negotiations

March 24, 2010 - Six years of foot-dragging by Air Transport International (ATI) management while leaders of its 170 pilots and flight engineers work in good faith to pursue a fair contract is ?intolerable,? according to Capt. Tom Rogers, chairman of the ATI unit of the Air Line Pilots Association,  Read More Of This Story


Triumph Group To Purchase Vought Aircraft For $1.44 Billion

March 24, 2010 - Triumph Group, Inc. announced earlier on Tuesday the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. from The Carlyle Group for cash and stock consideration of $1.44 billion, including the retirement of Vought debt, creating a company with industry-leading breadth of product  Read More Of This Story


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FAA To Fine Northwest Airlines For Improper Windshield Inspections

March 24, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $1.45 million civil penalty against Northwest Airlines for operating a number of its Boeing 757 aircraft without proper windshield wiring inspections. A 1990 FAA airworthiness directive on Boeing 757s required inspections for the presence of undersized wires in the heating system for both the  Read More Of This Story


Airport X-Ray Screening Has Health And Legal Implications

March 23, 2010 - The introduction of full body x-ray screening and explosive trace detection portals at airports will increase the levels of security and the comfort of passengers and aviation employees but it may be at a cost. There is a growing concern that flight crews, and frequent flyers maybe at risk. In addition it may pose legal questions for children who are being x-rayed. The studies on X-ray based body scanners have successfully demonstrated   Read More Of This Story


In The Eye Of the Beholder Day Three Of BA Cabin Crew Strike

March 23, 2010 ? British Airways flight attendants returned back to work today from the picket lines so as not to interrupt Easter travelers. They will resume their position at the picket line on the 27th. On day one of the strike British Airways began to suspend flight attendants for failing to show up to work. On day two Unite, the  Read More Of This Story


Airlines To Transfer Takeoff Landing Rights At JFK And Reagan Airports

March 23, 2010 - Delta Air Lines and US Airways announced an agreement to transfer to four airlines 12 percent of the takeoff and landing slots involved in a previously announced transaction between the carriers at New York's LaGuardia and Washington's Reagan National airports. The transfers are contingent upon Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval and the subsequent closing of the  Read More Of This Story


Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Airtran Airways

March 23, 2010 - Motley Rice LLC, one of the nation's largest plaintiffs' litigation firms, announces Monday that it has filed a putative class action lawsuit in South Carolina against Airtran Airways, Inc. (Airtran) on behalf of putative class representative Sandie Mallard alleging that Airtran?s negligence and breach of contract resulted in significant financial loss when Airtran failed to operate flights on which it sold tickets. Former  Read More Of This Story


Elinor Smith (Sullivan) Pioneer Aviatrix Dies At Age 98

March 23, 2010 - Elinor Smith (Sullivan), aviation pioneer and record-setting aviatrix, died Friday, March 19, 2010, in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 98. One of the youngest and most daring pilots of the 1920s, Smith's numerous records for endurance, altitude, and speed, along with her work as a test pilot, left an indelible mark on the history of aviation. But it was her infectious love of flight and her bold refusal to be constrained by either youth or gender that made her an icon. Smith is perhaps  Read More Of This Story


B-2 Stealth Bomber Spirit Of Pennsylvania Returns To Service

March 23, 2010 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has returned to service with the U.S. Air Force a freshly painted, completely overhauled B-2 stealth bomber known as the "Spirit of Pennsylvania." The aircraft lifted off from Air Force Plant 42 here early in the morning on Jan. 26 for its return flight to Whiteman Air Force  Read More Of This Story


Lycoming Offers Up To $5000 Off Factory Rebuilt Engines

March 22, 2010 ? Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. company, is now offering airplane owners and operators up to $5,000 off a zero-time factory-rebuilt Lycoming engine. Lycoming's factory-rebuilt engines are built to the same limits as a new engine. They come with a zero-time logbook. Best of all, they have the same two-year warranty as an all-new engine. "We recognize that many owners Read More Of This Story


Museum Of Flight Presents A Panel Of World War II Veteran Pilots

March 22, 2010 -The Museum of Flight is home to the American Fighter Aces Association, an organization formed by true American heroes spanning from WWI through the Vietnam conflict. Several times a year, the Museum hosts a panel of these veteran pilots, whose historical actions   Read More Of This Story


ATA And DESC Strategic Alliance for Alternative Aviation Fuels

March 22, 2010, The Defense Logistics Agency?s Defense Energy Support Center and Air Transport Association of America, Inc., signed a strategic alliance agreement today in Washington, D.C., recognizing a partnership for the development and deployment of alternative aviation fuels. The Read More Of This Story


Two Aircraft Collide Killing Both Pilots In Levy County

March 22, 2010 - On Saturday two small planes a single engine Piper PA-32 and an RV-6 experimental home-built aircraft collided over Levy County Florida near the Williston Municipal Airport about 85 miles north of Orlando at about 11:51 AM. The pilot and passenger of the Piper aircraft have been confirmed dead along with the pilot, a 73-year  Read More Of This Story


US Airways Pilots Lend Support To British Airways? Cabin Crew Strike

March 22, 2010 - The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots of US Airways, announced support for British Airways? cabin crews? planned three-day strike that commence over the weekend. The British Airways crews, represented by Unite, the largest union in Britain, have announced plans to strike after negotiations with British Airways fell apart again last week. Read More Of This Story


Boeing, AmeriCares Deliver Earthquake Relief Supplies To Santiago

March 22, 2010 ? A loaned BBJ Convertible will be filled with more than 11,500 pounds of supplies this weekend as part of a relief mission to Chile arranged by Boeing Business Jets and AmeriCares. Earlier this week, AmeriCares trucked the supplies from Connecticut to Dallas. Peregrine Point reconfigured its BBJ Convertible from its  Read More Of This Story


Unite Reported British Airways Is Harassing Its Flight Attendants

March 21, 2010 - Day two of British Airways Cabin Crew strike. Unite the union representing British Airways Flight Attendants has published a 'dossier of disgrace' exposing bullying and harassment that is taking place against union members and representatives under the management of Willie Walsh. British Airways has suspended or disciplined 38 crew members. One crew  Read More Of This Story


Electric Aircraft A Highlight At EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2010

March 21, 2010 ? The innovation and technology of the emerging era of electric-powered aircraft will be a major part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 on July 26 through August 1. The 58th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, ?The World?s Greatest Aviation Celebration,? will be held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. A  Read More Of This Story


FAA Flight Advisory Nuclear Security Summit

March 21, 2010 - The United States Government will host a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC on April 12 and 13, 2010. At the request of the Department of Homeland Security and as part of the airspace security measures, the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) will be modified with additional flight restrictions during the hours of 0800-2200 local each day. The Read More Of This Story


Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Succeeds In First Vertical Landing

March 21, 2010 -- A supersonic Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter rode more than 41,000 pounds of thrust to a vertical landing on Thursday for the first time, confirming its required ability to land in confined areas both ashore and afloat. ?Today?s vertical landing onto a 95-foot square pad showed that we have the thrust and the control to maneuver accurately both in  Read More Of This Story


AA Flight Attendants Stand In Solidarity With Striking BA Cabin Crew

March 21, 2010 - American Airlines Flight Attendants on Friday expressed their strong support for British Airways Flight Attendants, who begin their strike on Saturday, March 20. Support will consist of providing housing and other basic needs for British Airways cabin crewmembers stranded in the U.S. "We share many issues and concerns with our colleagues at British Airways in our fight for a strong contract," said Laura Glading, President of the  Read More Of This Story


NTSB Says Northwest Pilots? Distraction Led To Overflight

March 19, 2010- Washington, DC - The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that Northwest Airlines flight 188 overflew its destination airport of Minneapolis by more than 100 miles and failed to maintain radio communications because the pilots became distracted by a conversation unrelated to the operation of the aircraft. The NTSB?s accident brief, released today, also note air traffic control shortcomings  Read More Of This Story


Aircraft Leasing Companies Indicted On Commercial Bribery

March 19, 2010 - CHICAGO?The owner of an aircraft leasing company was ordered released from federal custody on Wednesday evening after he was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly engaging in a commercial bribery scheme with an executive of another commercial airplane sale and leasing company. Brian Hollnagel, owner, president and chief executive officer of the BCI Aircraft Leasing, Inc., formerly of Naperville and later Chicago, was charged in a federal grand jury indictment that was    Read More Of This Story


Barefoot Bandit Colton Harris-Moore Eludes The Law Once Again

March 19, 2010 - On a tip, several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and San Juan County Sheriff Department, began an all out search for the Barefoot Bandit, Colton Harris-Moore. Their search began at 1 AM on Orcas Island which is only accessible by air or water. The island is located  Read More Of This Story


Pilots Unaware Flight Should Have Been Daytime VMC Restricted

March 19, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday announced that it is proposing a civil penalty on American Airlines for a maintenance violation on a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 which involved the aircraft pitot-static system. The pitot-static system is a system of pressure sensitive instruments that is most often used in aviation to determine an aircraft's airspeed, Mach    Read More Of This Story


Senate Moves On FAA Reauthorization Bill

March 19, 2010, Express Carrier Act In House Bill Will Level Playing Field In Package Delivery Industry. The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on FAA Reauthorization within a week despite relentless attempts by FedEx to bully lawmakers and block congressional action on a measure that would level the playing field in the package delivery industry. Memphis-based FedEx is fighting to keep the special status it quietly inserted into a bill  Read More Of This Story


National Air Traffic Controllers Association Testifies Before Congress

March 19, 2010 - NATCA Executive Vice President Patricia Gilbert reaffirmed the organization?s support for the modernization of the National Airspace System during testimony before the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday. But while she emphasized the importance of the Federal Aviation Administration working collaboratively with NATCA as the representative of the agency?s frontline workforce, she cautioned the FAA   Read More Of This Story


Pan American Flight 281 Hijacker Pleads Guilty In Federal Court

March 19, 2010 - Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Luis Armando Pe?a Soltren, 67, pleaded guilty on Thursday to participating in the November 24, 1968, hijacking of Puerto Rico-bound Pan American flight 281 to Havana, Cuba. After almost 41 years as a fugitive,  Read More Of This Story

    Inspector General 135 Operators Require Increased FAA Scrutiny

March 18, 2010 - On Wednesday, the Inspector General for the Department of Transportation, Calvin L. Scovel, testified before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee before the United States House of Representatives on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of on-demand aircraft operators. Scovel, indicated on-demand aircraft operations 
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Two Navy Jets Collide Over Nevada No Casualties

March 18, 2010 - Two Navy Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet jets were involved in a mid-air collision at approximately 10 p.m. on March 15th while on a routine training mission flying in the Fallon Range Training Complex. Neither pilot was injured. The Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC), located in the Read More Of This Story


Boeing Uses Environmental Friendly Spray Paint On 737 Aircraft

March 17, 2010 ? Brazilian air carrier GOL Airlines purchased a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The aircraft paint undercoating will consist of a first-ever application of a chrome free primer. Chrome technically known as hexavalent chrome is considered a carcinogen via inhalation and exposure levels are highly regulated. As part of  Read More Of This Story


GA Aircraft Engine Exhaust and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

March 17, 2010 - The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advising the owners and operators of general aviation (GA) aircraft of an airworthiness concern, specifically the need to inspect properly and maintain the exhaust system to prevent carbon monoxide leakage into the cabin and to install a commercially available carbon monoxide detector in   Read More Of This Story


British Airways Cabin Crew Union Requests Investigation On Strike Busting

March 17, 2010 - Unite the union that represents the cabin crew of British Airways has written a letter to Britain?s Transportation Secretary, Lord Adonis requesting an investigation of British Airways' plans to deploy a strike-breaking crew.  The union says the minister must take all steps to ensure that the reputation of UK aviation is not damaged by BA's determination to deploy under-trained novices as cabin crew during the strikes which Read More Of This Story


Protecting America's Workers Act Before House Subcommittee

March 17, 2010 - Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Dr. David Michaels on Tuesday testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee's Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. Michaels shared the U.S. Department of Labor's views on the Protecting America's Workers Act, particularly the issue of enhanced penalties.  Read More Of This Story


U.S. Coast Guard Legend Lt. Herbert Collins Dies At 89

March 17, 2010 - The last remaining survivor of the historic all-African American Pea Island life saving station died Sunday after waging a battle with cancer. Born in Manteo, N.C., Jan. 1 1921, Collins enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1939 at Elizabeth City, N.C. Shortly after boot camp he was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Tallapoosa where he served as a mess attendant. He continued to serve as a mess attendant in subsequent assignments until he was assigned to the all-African Read More Of This Story


Bob Hope Airport Authority Is Seeking Nighttime Curfew

March 17, 2009 ? The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority in California has received notice from the Federal Aviation Administration Acting Associate Administrator for Airports, Catherine Lang, in a March 5, 2009 letter that the Authority?s Part 161 Study and Application for a  Read More Of This Story

    United Airlines Pilots Form A Picket Line Over Outsourcing Of Jobs

March 17, 2010 - Pilots at United Airlines formed a picket line on Wednesday at United Airlines headquarters in Chicago to express their concerns over what they believe is a continued corporate practice of outsourcing of United pilot jobs. United pilots will also form a picket line at Dulles International Airport on Sunday, March 28,
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ICAO To Assist In Reconstruction Of Haitian Air Transport System

March 17, 2010 ? The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will be involved in the coordination of the reconstruction of the civil aviation infrastructure of Haiti, seriously damaged by the earthquake of 12 January 2010. The announcement was made following a three-day mission to Haiti by ICAO experts to assess the extent of damage caused by the earthquake to the  Read More Of This Story


Southwest Airlines Reaches Out To Hispanic College Students

March 17, 2010 - Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), announced the opening of "Dandole Alas a Tu Exito Giving Flight to Your Success," its annual education travel award program. Online applications will be accepted through April 30, 2010, at www.hacu.net. A panel of judges comprised of college professors and education advocates from coast to coast will gather this summer to Read More Of This Story


British Airways Even With Strike 60 Percent Passengers Will Fly

March 17, 2010 - British Airways? Flight Attendants association, Unite has called for a strike on March 20, 21 and 22 and further on March 27, 28, 29 and 30. British Airways has published contingency plans that will allow 60 percent of its customers to flying through Unite's strike period. The schedule aims to fly around 45,000 customers each day Read More Of This Story


Flight Data Monitoring Installed In Purdue?s Training Aircraft Fleet

March 16, 2010 - In a first for accredited collegiate flight training programs, GA-FDM announced at the National Training Aircraft Symposium that Purdue University?s Department of Aviation Technology is factory-equipping its fleet of new Cirrus training aircraft with GA-FDM?s predictive Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and recording systems. The GA-FDM system, already used by corporate and air  Read More Of This Story

  Distracted Northwest Pilots Who Had Licenses Revoked Can Reapply

March 16, 2010 - Under a settlement agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday, pilots Timothy Cheney and Richard Cole can reapply for their licenses August 29, 2010.
On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at 5:56 pm mountain daylight time, an Airbus A320, N03274, operating as Northwest Airlines (NWA) flight 188, became a NORDO (no radio communications) flight at 37,000 feet. The flight was operating from  Read More Of This Story

Cessna Citation CJ4 Receives Certification On Rockwell CMS

March 16, 2010 - Rockwell Collins announced the successful certification of the its Pro Line 21 avionics, MultiScanTM Hazard Detection System, and the company's award winning Venue? High Definition (HD) Cabin Management System (CMS) on the Cessna Citation CJ4 aircraft. The certification occurred under a type certificate (TC) achieved by Cessna, a Textron company.  "Cessna's successful certification of the CJ4 caps off years of ingenuity Read More Of This Story


Hungarian Air Navigation Training Facilities Receives Tower Simulator

March 16, 2010 - Adacel announced it has successfully completed site acceptance for their MaxSim Tower Simulation System installed at the Hungarian Air Navigation Services? training facilities.  During the initial delivery Adacel installed a front projection 180-degree tower simulator with supporting components and airport visual databases. The simulator will be expanded to a full 360-degree continuous field-of-view during phase Read More Of This Story


Boeing Next-Gen 737 Equipped With Goodrich Carbon Brakes

March 16, 2010 - The first Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft equipped with Goodrich Corporation carbon brakes has been delivered to flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline. This is the seventh Next-Generation 737 the airline has received in less than 10 months of commercial operations. Goodrich will supply wheels and carbon brake equipment for flydubai's entire fleet of more than 50 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft and will retrofit  Read More Of This Story


Assembly Completed On First Sikorsky S-70iTM Helicopter

March 16, 2010 - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and PZL Mielec, its company in Poland, today announced the completion of final assembly on the first S-70iTM Black Hawk helicopter, an international variant of the Black Hawk helicopter. This new international variant is the first BLACK HAWK helicopter assembled in Europe using a global supply chain. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary  Read More Of This Story

    American And American Eagle To Shell Out $3.6 Million In Fines

March 15, 2010 - Time and again we see where airlines have been penalized for negligent maintenance work on their aircraft. However, this has not changed the corporate culture. It is apparent that it's more profitable to pay fines than perform the required maintenance work on aircraft as required by FAA regulations even if it places the public at risk. This corporate culture is about to change. On Friday the FAA Read More Of This Story

Philippine Airlines To Give Away 70,000 Seats In Year Long Celebration

March 15, 2010 - Philippine Airlines announced the introduction of a grand seat raffle, a major discounted-fare promo, a ?Philippines Free? international campaign, and a new loyalty program targeting the youth market.  These are initial salvoes of an aggressive marketing campaign that will run over the next 12 months. Philippine  Read More Of This Story


Boeing Adds Fourth 787 To Its Flight Test Fleet

March 15, 2010 - On Sunday Captains Ray Craig and Mike Bryan piloted the airplane on its three-hour-and-six-minute flight. ZA003 is the final 787 with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to enter the flight-test program. Boeing has added the fourth 787 Dreamliner to its flight-test fleet with the completion of the first flight of ZA003. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington at 10:55 a.m. (Pacific time) and landed at 2:01 p.m. at  Read More Of This Story


NOAA Flys In Hurricane Message To Costal Areas

March 15, 2010 - The hurricane season for the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Central Pacific officially starts June 1st and ends November 30th. NOAA has chosen these dates due to 97 percent of storms have occurred during this period. For this reason NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve will host a series of public events from March 18 to 27 in six coastal communities in  Read More Of This Story


American Airlines Employees Considering Strike Option

March 15, 2010 - Labor laws in the transportation industry are different than the rules for other private sector workers and the right to strike is not guaranteed. Under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the law pertaining to labor relations for workers in commercial aviation and railroads, unions must request self-help before moving toward a strike.  After four years of contract talks and little progress, the Transport Workers Union Read More Of This Story


Unite Votes British Airways Cabin Crew To Go On Strike

March 15, 2010 - The British Airways? Flight Attendants association, Unite has called on a strike for March 20, 21 and 22 and further on March 27, 28, 29 and 30. Unite states their members will not strike over the Easter period. However, further strike actions will take place after April 14th unless British Airways and Unite can come to an agreement.?Regrettably, management turned down a     Read More Of This Story


Continental Chief Executive Calls Consumer Tarmac Rule Stupid

March 12, 2010 - Continental Airlines Chief Executive Jeff Smisek called DOT?s new consumer protection Tarmac Rule "stupid.? Consumer advocate groups called on tougher regulations, as a result of Continentals involvement with passengers forced to sit out on the tarmac overnight. On August 8, 2009, a Continental Airlines Flight 2816 sat on the tarmac at Rochester International Airport overnight with 47 passengers. The flight was  Read More Of This Story


House Bill To Protect U.S. Jobs In International Airline Alliances

March 12, 2010 - Legislation introduced this week, bill H.R.4788, better know as the Aviation Jobs Outsourcing Prevention Act which directs the Department of Transportation to ensure that new revenue-sharing agreements between U.S. and foreign airlines are beneficial to U.S. airline workers as well as to their airlines is welcomed by the Air Line Pilots Association. ?This legislation protects the Read More Of This Story


Developing Next-Gen Cooling Systems For Aircraft Avionics

March 12, 2010 - Fairchild Controls Corporation, an EADS North America company, has signed a teaming agreement with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to evaluate innovative cooling system technologies for avionics and mission systems aboard military aircraft. The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) will result in the joint development and operation of a multiple-evaporator vapor cycle  Read More Of This Story


Air Program At Carolinas Medical Center Receives Eurocopter EC135's

March 12, 2010 - American Eurocopter announce that three new EC135s have entered service with the MedCenter Air Program at Carolinas Medical Center. The aircraft, which were purchased in late 2009, were completed by Metro Aviation and include state-of-the-art cockpit technology as well as the latest medical equipment. In addition to accommodating one or two litters, the  Read More Of This Story


NTSB Glass Cockpits Vs Conventional No Better Safety Record

March 11, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board adopted a study concluding that single engine airplanes equipped with glass cockpits had no better overall safety record than airplanes with conventional instrumentation. The safety study, which was adopted unanimously by the Safety Board, was initiated more than a year ago to determine if light airplanes equipped with digital primary flight displays, often referred to as "glass cockpits," were  Read More Of This Story


Marine F-18 Jet Goes Down Off The Coast Of Saint Helena Sound

March 11, 2010 - The Coast Guard rescued two Marine Corps pilots on Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., approximately 35-miles off the coast of Saint Helena Sound, South Carolina. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina notified the Coast Guard at about 5:17 p.m., Wednesday. The report indicated two pilots aboard a Marine F/A-18D Hornet  Read More Of This Story


Women Airforce Service Pilots Receive Congressional Gold Medal

March 11, 2010 - On Wednesday aviators, friends and family members gathered for a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony to honor the achievements of the first women to fly military aircraft during World War II, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), 1,102 pilots. The event was held at the United States Air Force Memorial located in Arlington, Virginia, on the grounds of Fort Myer near the   Read More Of This Story


Airbus A400M Military Airlifter Undertakes Additional Flight Test

March 11, 2010 - The first A400M is flying today from Seville, Spain to Toulouse, France following a test flight performed in the Seville area. This flight is the tenth performed by A400M MSN1 since its first flight on 11th December 2009. In total and until yesterday the aircraft has logged 39 hours of flight test. Very poor weather in Seville prevented the aircraft from performing more Read More Of This Story


Abu Dhabi To Open Red Bull Air Race 2010

March 11, 2010 - The 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship opens in Abu Dhabi on 26/27 March, returning to the United Arab Emirates capital for the sixth consecutive year. The world?s top 15 pilots will start their six-month long battle for championship points in the first of eight races on a total of five continents. Defending champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain and Austria?s Hannes Arch, the 2008 champion will resume their thrilling duel over the sparkling turquoise waters of the  Read More Of This Story


FAA Implements Safety Management System

March 11, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Organization is now operating under a Safety Management System. This enables the FAA to manage the risks associated with changes in the National Airspace System that include installing, modifying and removing equipment, as well as modifying and implementing procedures and airspace changes. "An effective safety management system lets us manage both the risks and the challenges of introducing new technology into the Read More Of This Story


Loveland Man Sentenced Four Years Involving Airline Tickets Fraud

March 11, 2010 - Christopher B. Watts, age 59, of Loveland, Colorado, was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn to serve 51 months (over four years) in federal prison for wire fraud related to a scheme purportedly selling discount airline tickets that did not exist. Following his prison sentence, Watts was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution totaling $495,397 to nearly 90 victims. The defendant, who is free on bond, was ordered to report to a facility designated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons within 15 days of designation.   Read More Of This Story


Action Needed To Save Canadian Aviation Maintenance Industry

March 11, 2010 - The recent announcement by Air Canada to layoff more than one thousand aircraft maintenance mechanics is the latest indication that Canada is in danger of losing its place in this growing global industry. ?Over one thousand highly skilled aircraft mechanics at Air Canada will be laid off this April and the company doesn?t give a damn,? says a disgusted Fred Hospes, International Association of Machinists  Read More Of This Story


Cockpit Voice Recorder Legislation Opposed By CAPA

March 10, 2010. The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) which represents over 28,000 pilots, strongly opposes legislation introduced by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) (S.3048) to allow the use of Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR?s) as a means of punishing airline pilots found to be violating sterile cockpit and other established procedures while flying. Sen. DeMints? language would turn back the clock on every safety improvement the industry has attained in the last fifteen years of Read More Of This Story


GE And US Navy To Recycle Old Aircraft Engines

March 10, 2010 - The U.S. Navy and GE Aviation are collaborating on an environmentally beneficial program to recover rhenium-bearing aircraft engine components from out-of-service F404 and F414 engines, and then incorporate this precious metal back into the manufacture of new engine parts. Dubbed the GE/Navy Reclamation Program, this effort is aimed at reducing raw-material requirements, lowering dependency  Read More Of This Story


Ireland?s Ryanair Government Inaction Costs 500 Engineering Jobs

March 10, 2010 - Ryanair, Ireland?s favorite airline, on Tuesday condemned the Irish Government for its failure to win 500 well paid engineering jobs for Ireland as it confirmed that all 500 jobs, which it had originally promised to create in Hangar 6 at Dublin Airport, will now be lost to Glasgow Prestwick and one other European airport. Last year over 800 employees lost their jobs when SR Technics closed its facility at Dublin Airport. The owner of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, states he could restore 300 of those Read More Of This Story


Northrop Will Not Submit Bid On Air Force KC-X Tanker Program

March 10, 2010 - Northrop Grumman will not bid for the US Air Force Tanker replacement program. In 2008, Northrop Grumman was selected and awarded the US Air Force KC-135 modernization program contract. However, Northrop Grumman has decided not to submit a bid to the Department of Defense (DoD) for the KC-X program. Northrop had expressed serious concerns to the DoD  Read More Of This Story


Air India All Women Flight Crew Set Flight Record

March 10, 2010, National carrier Air India created history when at a little past midnight on Monday when the first all-women crew ultra long-haul B777-200LR NonStop flight from Mumbai to New York. Flight AI 141 was the first of the 22 all-women crew flights operated by Air India across its domestic and international network, to mark International Women?s Day. Captain Rashmi Miranda and Captain Sunita Narula were the Commanders on AI 141,  Read More Of This Story


Hydrogen Powered Aircraft Boeing 'Phantom Eye' Takes Shape

March 10, 2010 -- The Boeing Company has begun to build Phantom Eye its first unmanned, liquid hydrogen powered, high altitude long endurance (HALE) demonstrator aircraft. ?The essence of Phantom Eye is its propulsion system,? said Darryl Davis, Boeing Phantom Works president. ?After five years of technology development, we are now deploying rapid prototyping to bring together an unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV]  Read More Of This Story


FAA NextGen Implementation Plan Released

March 10, 2010 - The NextGen Implementation Plan provides an overview of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ongoing transition to NextGen. The Plan lays out the agency?s vision for the Next Generation Air Transportation System, now and into the mid-term, which is defined here as 2012-2018. The Plan further identifies the goals the FAA has set for technology and program deployment and the commitments the FAA has made in support of that vision. Through annual updates, the FAA will document their work plan for meeting  Read More Of This Story


Forecast Links Aviation Activity and National Economic Growth

March 10, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is forecasting that key airspace safety and efficiency modernization efforts will play a vital role in spurring long-term sustained growth in air travel and the nation?s overall economic health. This forecast, which comes after a short-term period of slow growth in aviation activity, underscores the need for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and  Read More Of This Story


US Airways Violates Price Advertising Rules

March 9, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Monday assessed a $40,000 civil penalty against US Airways for violating rules that require airline price advertisements to disclose the full price consumers must pay for air transportation. ?When consumers shop for air travel, they have a right to know how much they will have to pay,? said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  ?We will continue to ensure that airlines comply with our price advertising rules.? The Department?s Aviation Enforcement Office found  Read More Of This Story


ICAO To Visit Haiti To Assess Aviation Infrastructure

March 9, 2010 - A multi-disciplinary team from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is conducting a three-day mission to Haiti to assess the status of the aviation infrastructure in the country following the January 12th earthquake and to recommend a course of action for reconstruction and assistance. From March 9 to 11, ICAO officials will assess airport and  Read More Of This Story


Atlas Air Awarded Boeing Contract to Operate Dreamlifter Fleet

March 09, 2010 ? Beginning toward the latter part of 2010, Atlas Air will operate Boeing?s Dreamlifter fleet of four 747-400 aircraft that have been modified to transport major assemblies for the 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to Boeing production facilities in the United States. The parties have structured the nine-year agreement in a manner consistent with the outsourcing business model under which Atlas Air typically  Read More Of This Story


Boeing?s 747-8 And Vought Aircraft Marshall Street Facility

March 9, 2010 ? Weighing as much as a small elephant and spanning more than 57 feet, the largest of the 747-8 fuselage panels that Marshall Street assembles could barely fit inside a tennis court. Imagine loading it into a rail car. A similarly large shipment is Section 48 which consists of the upper and lower lobe, the pressure dome or bulkhead, and the aft body. From a manufacturing standpoint, one of the biggest changes on the 747-8 versus the 747-400 is the  Read More Of This Story


Environmental Satellite To Improve Weather Forecasting

March 9, 2010 - On Thursday marked a significant milestone in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) efforts overseeing the safety of the nation?s commercial space transportation industry with the 201st FAA licensed commercial rocket launch.  The vehicle carried into orbit an environmental satellite to improve weather forecasting and help monitor environmental events.  FAA?s Office of Commercial Space Transportation safety inspectors were present to monitor operations of the Delta IV booster. ?With, the retirement this year of NASA's Space Shuttle, the  Read More Of This Story


NTSB Chairman Warns Of The Dangers Of Fatigue In Transportation

March 9, 2010 - Washington, DC - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman on Friday encouraged the sleep research and healthcare community to continue their efforts to educate transportation policy makers of the dangers of fatigue in all modes of transportation. Speaking before the annual conference of the National Sleep Foundation in Washington, D.C.,   Read More Of This Story

    Earthquake Disasters Show Effectiveness In Mobile ATC Towers

March 7, 2010 - There has been a lot of publicity since the earthquake in Haiti when the ATC became unserviceable at Port-au-Prince airport.  The main tower had been badly damaged, restoring ATC had to be a priority to enable the huge influx of humanitarian aid that needed to be flown into the country urgently. The Host Systems team worked flat out to have a fully integrated mobile ATC tower ready to go out to Haiti to help ease their ATC 
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Eurocopter AS355 Receives Canadian Approval Emergency Float System

March 7, 2010 - DART Helicopter Services announced that their subsidiary partner Apical Industries Inc., received Transport Canada approval of their Cylindrical Emergency Float Systems with & without Liferafts for the Eurocopter AS355E, F, F1, F2, N & NP models. Apical?s Eurocopter AS355 Cylindrical Emergency Float Systems are the only float systems certified for take-off after a water landing for the   Read More Of This Story


Boeing Selects Pratt And Whitney to Power Boeing's NewGen Tanker

March 7, 2010 - Boeing said it is offering the Pratt & Whitney-powered NewGen Tanker as its platform for the U.S. Air Force?s KC-X recapitalization program. Boeing?s proposal calls for the NewGen Tanker to be powered by Pratt & Whitney?s PW4062 engine.  Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. ?Pratt & Whitney is honored to partner with Boeing on the NewGen platform to be offered as America?s next generation of tankers for the U.S. Air Force?s KC-X program,? said Bill Begert,  Read More Of This Story


Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk Helicopter Crashes In Utah

March 7, 2010 - The Coast Guard will begin investigating one of its own helicopters crashing on Wednesday 50 miles east of Salt Lake City. The Coast Guard Mishap Analysis Board members began work in Layton to determine the reason a Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crashed Wednesday. Coast Guard pilot Capt. Glenn Gebele leads the board with assistance of eight other Coast Guard members. The team will conduct  Read More Of This Story


Northrop To Highlight ICNSATMS At ATC Global 2010

March 7, 2010 - ATC Global 2010 is the world's leading air navigation services exhibition and conference and takes place from 9-11 March at the RAI exhibition centre, Amsterdam. Northrop Grumman's Europe-based air traffic management subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems will be exhibiting at Stand H600, to display its  Read More Of This Story


Aircraft Engine Maker Pratt & Whitney Request Court To Act Quickly

March 5, 2010 - On Thursday, Pratt & Whitney went into court to request the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Hartford, Connecticut to act quickly on an appeal before the court on a lower court decision that prevents the jet engine maker from moving over 1,000 job's out of the state and country. Pratt & Whitney  Read More Of This Story


American Airlines Walks Out Of Talks With Flight Attendants

March 5, 2010 - Negotiations between American Airlines Flight Attendants and management broke down on Wednesday when the company left the bargaining table with ten hours remaining before the scheduled end of the intense five-day bargaining session. At 6:30 pm ET, the Association    Read More Of This Story

    Air Jamaica To Be Taken Over By Caribbean Airlines

March 5, 2010 - The government of Jamaica has approved the sale of Air Jamaica to Caribbean Airlines of Trinidad and Tobago with an effective date of April 12, 2010. Both companies will work together to provide a seamless transition into a Caribbean Airlines operation. Caribbean Airlines will acquire the airline's fleet, route rights and will open a new hub
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Boeing To Offer NewGen Tanker to US Air Force

March 5, 2010 - The Boeing Company announced that it will offer the Boeing NewGen Tanker in the competition to supply the U.S. Air Force with a multi-mission aerial refueling aircraft that will meet all the warfighter?s mission requirements for the next several decades. Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said the Boeing NewGen    Read More Of This Story


Red Bull Air Race Pilots Choose Arizona Desert For Training

March 4, 2010 - With only weeks to go before the first stop of the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, pilots are seeking optimum training conditions in order to be fighting fit for the Abu Dhabi race at the end of March. It seems the Arizona desert is an ideal location for putting any recent modifications to the test as well as providing favorable weather for flying. Pete   Read More Of This Story


Pilot ?Refusal To Take A Mandatory Drug Test? Wins Appeal

March 4, 2010 - United States Court of Appeals in the District Of Columbia overturned the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) decision to revoke Dr. Fred Pasternack pilot and instructors certificates. The court vacated the Board?s decision and remand for further proceedings consistent with the courts opinion. Dr. Fred Pasternack  Read More Of This Story


Australia?s Qantas Airways Faces Sex Discrimination Claims

March 4, 2010 - The Transport Workers Union (TWU) in Australia has filed an application for a general protections dispute with Fair Work Australia that seeks to reverse a recent decision by Qantas to bar all women from 47 new permanent positions created at Sydney Airport. Qantas recently replaced 67 temporary positions with 47   Read More Of This Story


FAA Responds To John F. Kennedy Father Son Day

March 4, 2010 - A well seasoned air traffic controller at John F. Kennedy Airport New York brought his child to work during a weeklong winter break form school in February. The intentions of this father was to give his son a glimpse into what his father does for a living, the importance to an education, being a team player, work ethics, Read More Of This Story


Goodyear Tire Ordered To Pay Failing To Rehire Army Reservist

March 4, 2010 - The Justice Department on Tuesday announced that it has reached a settlement, in the form of a consent decree, with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company that, if approved by the U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, will resolve its lawsuit filed on behalf of Michael J. Ellis, a major in the U.S. Army Reserve. The Justice Department?s lawsuit, filed in May 2009, alleged that Goodyear violated  Read More Of This Story


Raytheon To Improve Accuracy Information From GPS Satellites

March 3, 2010 - Raytheon has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System (GPS) were by improving the accuracy of information from GPS satellites. The contract is worth $886 million. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a U.S. space-based global navigation satellite system. It provides  Read More Of This Story


Air Canada To Layoff Over 1000 Aircraft Mechanics

March 3, 2010 - Air Canada, Canada?s largest full service airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market will be laying off over 1000 skilled aircraft mechanics. Over one thousand highly skilled aircraft mechanics at Air Canada will be laid off this April and the company doesn't give a damn," says a disgusted Fred Hospes, International   Read More Of This Story


Navy Women In Aviation 2010 Pioneer Hall Of Fame

March 3, 2010 - With three Navy admirals in attendance and two Navy officers inducted into this year's WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame, the admirals in attendance sent a strong message that diversity allows for a greater and more versatile workforce. Navy women were out in force at this year?s 21st Annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) Conference held on Saturday in Orlando, Florida. Rear Read More Of This Story


BAE Pleads Guilty Ordered To Pay $400 Million Criminal Fine

March 2, 2010 - BAE Systems pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia to conspiring to defraud the United States by impairing and impeding its lawful functions, to make false statements about its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program, and to violate the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), announced Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler. BAES was sentenced by U.S. District Read More Of This Story


Mission Readiness Webb Space Telescope Sets Program Landmark

March 3, 2010 - The James Webb Space Telescope reached a mission-readiness landmark when it?s first primary mirror segment was cryo-polished to its required prescription as measured at operational cryogenic temperatures. This achievement sets the stage for a successful polishing process for the remaining 18 flight mirror segments. Northrop Grumman Corporation  Read More Of This Story


DAHER-SOCATA TBM 850 Aircraft With G1000 Has Home In Australia

March 2, 2010 - Melbourne, Australia, DAHER-SOCATA announced the delivery of its first G1000-equipped TBM 850 turboprop aircraft to an Australian customer. Receiving the TBM 850 was Warwick and Katrina Hawksworth of Capstone Financial services. This independently owned and operated organization was formed in July 2002 and has rapidly grown to become one of Australia's leading financial planning licensees today. "We selected  Read More Of This Story


Raytheon?s AutoTrac III To Be Used To Update India?s ATC Systems

March 2, 2010 - Raytheon Company has been awarded a contract by the India Airport Authority in India to automate the air traffic control systems at, Chennai International Airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Raytheon will install AutoTrac III,   Read More Of This Story


Unite Calls On British Airways Race And Age Discriminatory Practices

March 2, 2010 - Unite the union on Monday denounced British Airways for moving to overturn a recent ruling which said it must apply UK law to its Hong Kong-based female cabin crew. The crew's union says BA's moves are a shameful attempt to persist with its policy of dismissing its female Hong Kong cabin crew at 45 years of age - and can continue to discriminate against its    Read More Of This Story


Irish Court Ruled Ryanair Can Sue Screen Scraper Websites

March 2, 2010 - Ireland?s Ryanair, on Monday welcomed the judgment of the High Court in Dublin, which confirmed Ryanair?s legal right to bring proceedings in Ireland against foreign screen scraping websites which breach the Terms of Use of Ryanair website and Ryanair?s exclusive distribution policy. Ryanair initiated High Court proceedings against German screen scrapers ?Billigfluege? Read More Of This Story


Rio De Janeiro To Take Part In The 2010 Red Bull Air Race

March 2, 2010 - The Red Bull Air Race is returning to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2010, exactly three years after one million spectators packed the beaches to witness the biggest-ever sporting event in Brazilian history. Defending champion Paul Bonhomme won the race in South America in 2007 and the British ace will be leading the field of 15 of the world?s best race pilots on May 8th and 9th at the 3rd stop in the 8-race championship. The return to  Read More Of This Story

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