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Public Will Soon Have Greater Access To General Aviation Flight Information

May 31, 2011 - Remember in 2008 when the CEOs of Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, flew on their corporate jets to Washington, D.C., to plead before congress for a taxpayer bailout? When it was learned that each roundtrip fight cost about $20,000 it resulted in bad publicity which prompted GM to try to prevent the public from tracking its planes in  Read More

EVA Airways To Pay $13.2 Million Fine For Air Cargo Price Fixing

May 31, 2011 - EVA Airways Corporation has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $13.2 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the air cargo industry, the Department of Justice announced. According to a one-count felony charge filed on Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Taiwan-based EVA participated in a conspiracy  Read More


Bombardier Regional Aircraft Surpass Fuel Economy Estimates

May 30, 2011 - Bombardier Aerospace confirmed that the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet and Q400 turboprop airliner are both achieving better than expected fuel burn, rewarding operators with additional cost savings. The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is achieving a mission fuel consumption rate that is 4 per cent better than estimated. The additional savings in fuel burn results in an average annual savings of approximately  Read More


IAA First To Go Live With New Technology Under COOPANS Agreement

May 31, 2011 - A new air traffic management system has gone into operation at Shannon and Dublin in the past month. The system is the first in Europe to be introduced under COOPANS, a cooperative procurement agreement between several European air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and system manufacturer, Thales ATM. Under the COOPANS agreement member ANSPs have agreed a common specification for the air traffic  Read More


FAA Approves RVSM Certification On Garmin G600 For Cessna 441 Conquest II

May 30, 2011 - Garmim, AeroMech and Corporate Aircraft announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) package for Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) certification of the G600 installed in select aircraft. The STC package is available for G600 installations on  Read More


Helicopter Performs High Altitude Performance And Rescue On Mt. McKinley

May 30, 2011 - The AStar family of helicopters has become the platform of choice for a variety of missions throughout the world. From law enforcement to utility and from tour to air medical and Search and Rescue, customers across the globe depend on the performance and reliability of their AStars to complete their vital missions. On May  Read More


BTS Releases 2010 Passenger Airline Employment By Job Category

May 30, 2011 - U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 4.9 percent more pilots and 1.1 percent more maintenance workers in 2010 than in 2009 while total industry jobs declined by 0.5 percent, the U.S. Department of Transportation?s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported. BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the six   Read More


FAA Releases Audio Of Pilot Suffering Hypoxia At 17,000 Feet

May 31, 2011 - The FAA has released an audio recording of the pilot who suffered hypoxia at 17,000 feet. On May 17th a 70 year old pilot and his wife departed San Bernardino, California for a landing in Colorado Springs, Colorado (COS) in a Cirrus SR22 aircraft (N160A). Enroute the pilot was handed off to Denver Center on frequency 118.57. The controller informed the pilot that there would  Read More


Friends Of The Earth Pressures EPA To Get The Lead Out Of Avgas

May 29, 2011 - Friends of the Earth, a leading advocate for a healthier environment, sent a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday regarding its failure to respond to a 2006 petition asking for the regulation of lead emissions from general aviation aircraft under the Clean Air Act. The petition  Read More


BEA Releases Update Report On The Crash Of Air France Flight 447

May 29, 2011 - Air France Flight AF447 which had departed from Rio de Janeiro on May 31, 2009, with twelve crew members (3 flight crew, 9 cabin crew) and 216 passengers for Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, crashed killing all onboard. France?s aviation investigating body, Bureau d'Enqu?tes et d'Analyses (BEA), on Friday released its new   Read More


First Airbus Military A330 MRTT Leaves On Delivery Flight To Australia

May 29, 2011 - The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT new generation tanker/transport for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) left Madrid on its ferry flight to Australia. Designated the KC-30A in RAAF service, the aircraft is scheduled to arrive at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland on Monday 30 May, and to be formally handed over to the RAAF in the next few days. On its ferry flight   Read More


Bombardier Signs 10-Year Maintenance Contract with DFW Airport

May 29, 2011 - Bombardier signs contract with Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to provide maintenance services for the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA APM 200 automated people mover (APM) system at the airport for 10 years starting in May 2011. The contract is valued at approximately $165 million US (116 million euro). Bombardier has worked together with DFW since the year  Read More


Unprecedented Move By Easyjet And British Airline Pilots' Association

May 26, 2011 - In an unprecedented move in the airline industry, leaders of easyJet and the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) will be sharing a platform to voice their joint commitment to a major shift in approach to tackling pilot lifestyle and industrial relations. After months of tension in easyJet, with pilot concerns about  Read More


WWII Freedom Flight To Nation's Capital Brings History To Life For Texas Students

May 26, 2011 - Don Graves fought at Iwo Jima, one of the fiercest battles of World War II. He recalls seeing his fellow marines raise the American flag on Mount Suribachi, a moment captured in the now-iconic photograph. Victor Moiles was among thousands of U.S. soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge, the final major Nazi offensive against the Allied forces  Read More


Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Wing Factory Taking Shape

May 24, 2011 - Bombardier has begun installing semi-automated jigs at its new wing facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to support assembly of the advanced composite wings for the all-new CSeries aircraft. The jigs, fixed machinery that will be used to assemble the primary structural components of the composite wing Read More


UK Civil Aviation Authority Issued Update On Volcanic Ash Arrangements

May 24, 2011 - The UK Civil Aviation Authority said that new arrangements put in place since last year?s volcanic ash cloud would ensure high levels of public safety while helping to limit any disruption in the event that volcanic ash reaches UK airspace this week. But the CAA warned that disruption to aviation couldn?t be ruled out. The current Read More


Jeppesen Given Authority To Issue I-20 Student Visa For Dispatcher Program

May 24, 2011 - Jeppesen recently was formally approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue Form I-20 documentation for training students, the first step required for obtaining a student visa for non-U.S. residents interested in participating in Jeppesen?s FAA dispatcher certification training program. For corporate flight departments   Read More


Delta, US Airways To Transfer Flying Rights In NY And Washington, D.C.

May 24, 2011 - Delta Air Lines and US Airways announced a new agreement to transfer takeoff and landing rights at New York's LaGuardia and Washington D.C.'s Reagan National airports. The agreement, filed on Monday with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), revises a 2009 transaction agreed between Delta and US Airways and approved by the DOT, but under terms not  Read More


FAA Dedicates New Air Traffic Control Tower At Long Island MacArthur Airport

May 23, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday dedicated a new airport traffic control tower for Long Island MacArthur Airport that will replace the one that has served the airport since 1963. "MacArthur Airport continues to play a vital role in serving travelers in the New York metropolitan region,? said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Read More


USAF Thunderbirds Become First Aerial Team To Fly On Alternative Fuel

May 23, 2011 - Sustainable Oils announced that hydrotreated renewable jet fuel (HRJ) made from its camelina power two Air Force F-16 aircraft as part of a Thunderbirds demonstration flight on Friday at the Joint Services Open House. It is the first time renewable fuels have ever been used as part of a Department of Defense Aerial Team   Read More


Florida?s St. Augustine Air Show To Be Held Memorial Day Weekend

May 22, 2011 - After a five-year hiatus, the St. Augustine Air Show returns to the Northeast Florida Regional Airport Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 - 29, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special salute to veterans. Proceeds from this year's air show benefit United Way of St. Johns County, the Wounded Warrior Project, the   Read More


OIG To Audit The FAA On Its Efforts To Enhance Airline Safety

May 22, 2011 - The Office of Inspector General plans to conduct a follow-up review of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry efforts to enhance safety in response to the 2009 fatal crash of Colgan Air flight 3407. OIG will conduct this review at the request of the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and  Read More


Dassault Introduces The Falcon 2000S Aircraft

May 22, 2011 - Dassault Falcon has launched the Falcon 2000S, bringing a large cabin aircraft to the super mid-sized business jet market. It will offer category-leading payload, range, performance and efficiency. The 3,350 nm Falcon 2000S will feature inboard slats, high-Mach blended winglets, a new generation PW308C engine that produces fewer emissions, an entirely new BMW Group DesignworksUSA interior and  Read More


Cessna Citation Ten To Make First Flight By The End Of The Year

May 22, 2011 - Cessna Aircraft announced the Citation Ten is scheduled to make its first flight by year-end 2011, with first deliveries planned for the second half of 2013. The Cessna Citation X is a long-range medium business jet aircraft. The Citation X is powered by two Rolls-Royce turbofan engines and is built by the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. The Citation brand of business jets encompasses six distinct "families"  Read More


United Pilots, ?Inadvertent? Reinstatement of 9/11 Flight Numbers ?Reprehensible?

May 20, 2011 - United Airline?s ?inadvertent? reinstatement of Flight Numbers 93 and 175 ? flight numbers that have become synonymous with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, demonstrates an absolute and blatant disrespect of the pilots, crew and passengers who lost their lives on that date, according to the  Read More


Eurocopter Unveils First EC145 Mercedes-Benz High End Style Helicopter

May 20, 2011- Eurocopter?s EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter which features an easily transformable interior and is tailored for high-end corporate, executive and private operations made its world debut at the 2011 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. The first rotary-wing aircraft is being  Read More


A Harding Working And Well Loved Ohio Airport Manager Passed Away

May 18, 2011 - Marla Rae Elliott, age 57, of Toms Road, Bellville, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Knox Community Hospital. She was born on February 3, 1954 in Marion County, Ohio to the late Ray and Linda Lou (Ward) Knapp. Marla worked as the airport manager for the Knox County Airport from 1994 until  Read More


Bombardier Chooses Triumph To Design Global 7000 And 8000 Aircraft Wings

May 18, 2011 - Triumph Group announced that its subsidiary, Triumph Aerostructures Vought Aircraft Division, has been selected by Bombardier to design and build the wing for the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 large, ultra long-range business jets. The company will provide the all new high speed transonic wing designed to significantly  Read More


Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter exceeds its speed challenge

May 18,2011 - Eurocopter?s X3 hybrid helicopter demonstrator has delivered on the promise of pushing the frontiers in rotary-wing aviation by surpassing its original speed target of 220 kts. demonstrating the compound aircraft?s performance, capabilities and maturity. The X3?s speed milestone was reached on May 12 during stable, level flight with the Read More


Gulfstream G250 Completes Several Certification Milestones

May 18, 2011 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.?s large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G250 is on schedule for certification later this year, having recently completed several tests required for it to receive its type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel and the European Aviation Safety Agency. The three flight-test aircraft have accumulated more than 1,150 flight hours over more than 400 flights. ?We are on  Read More


Avgas Coalition Responds To Threat Of Lawsuit Against Avgas Suppliers

May 16, 2011 - The Oakland, California-based Center for Environmental Health (CEH) provided notice last week that it intends to sue 50 fuel retailers and suppliers (including subsidiaries and affiliates) for violating California?s drinking water and toxic enforcement law, based on the suppliers? distribution of aviation gasoline  Read More


Garmin Offers Retrofit Package For King Air 200 and B200 Aircraft

May 16, 2011 - Garmin a global leader in satellite navigation announced a special G1000 retrofit offer exclusively for owners of EU-registered Beechcraft King Air 200 and B200 aircraft in conjunction with this year?s European Business Aviation Convention & Exposition. EU King Air owners who place  Read More


CA Man Sentenced For Trying To Bring Surface To Air Missiles Into The U.S.

May 16, 2011 - A Southern California man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison after being convicted on a series of federal charges related to schemes to smuggle many items into the United States, including surface-to-air missiles designed to shoot down aircraft. Yi Qing Chen, 49, of Rosemead, California, received the 300-month sentence from United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer. Last October, following a two-week trial  Read More


British Airways Reaches Long Awaited Agreement With Cabin Crew

May 16, 2011 - Unite the union and British Airways have reached an agreement to resolve the long-running cabin crew dispute at the airline, the union announced. The agreement is to be put to a ballot of Unite cabin crew members over the next month, with a union recommendation for acceptance. In the meantime, the union has decided not to call any industrial action at the airline based on its present ballot mandate. Unite general  Read More


Annual AAAE Atlanta Conference To Feature Industry CEOs, Heads of FAA

May 15, 2011 - The airport industry's most influential annual gathering, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Annual Conference and Exposition, comes to Atlanta today, bringing together top aviation and government leaders to discuss the most significant issues facing airports and their industry  Read More


NATA Concerned With Environmental Group's Actions On Avgas

May 15, 2011 - This week, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), an environmental group located in San Francisco, CA, has charged numerous aviation businesses in California, including aviation fuel suppliers and fixed base operators, with violating California state law for selling aviation gasoline, which contains lead. The notices indicate  Read More


Final Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch On Monday

May 15, 2011 - NASA managers have set the liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour for 8:56 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 16. Launch attempts are available through May 26, except for May 21. The STS-134 mission to the International Space Station is the penultimate shuttle flight and the final one for Endeavour. A short in the heater circuit associated with Endeavour's hydraulic system resulted in the launch postponement. Technicians  Read More


GOP Pushing Back On National Security Bans Certain Aspects Of TSA Patdowns

May 15, 2011 - The first in the nation, a landmark legislation to stop the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from performing certain types of patdowns, a measure used is a search of a person's outer clothing to detect if a person is concealing a weapon or contraband has passed in the Texas House of Representatives. On Friday night HB 1937, authored by Representative David Simpson (R-Longview), is the first bill in the  Read More


Aircraft AvGas Producers Face Charges In Lead Pollution

May 13, 2011 - The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) in Oakland Califoria announced it has initiated legal action against ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, AvFuel Corporation and 38 airport-based suppliers of lead containing aviation fuel, for pollution of drinking water sources and/or air around twenty-five airports throughout California. Under California law, pollution of drinking water  Read More


Aviation Director Sentenced For Obstruction Of Justice

May 13, 2011 - Sean Hunter, 44, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced on Thursday in federal court by U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. to one year plus one day for obstruction of justice. In addition, the defendant was ordered to serve three years? supervised release during which time he will be under federal supervision and risks additional imprisonment should he violate  Read More


Congressional Lobbyist Group Retained To Shut Down Ohio Airport

May 13, 2011 - It appears the Huron County Development Council, Huron County, Ohio on behalf of the county commissioners, and a businessmen has retained a Washington, DC based congressional lobbyist group to investigate federal legislative avenues for closing Huron County Airport. The lobbyist group has already approached US Senator Rob Portman's office, in addition to   Read More


British Airline Pilots Association Welcomes Cockpit Cabin Air Quality Report

May 13, 2011 - The British Airline Pilots? Association (BALPA) has issued a statement following the publication of a scientific study into cabin air quality by Cranfield University. This report describes the methodology and results of a study of aircraft cabin air quality undertaken by Cranfield University and two contracted analytical laboratories on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT)  Read More


Southwest Airlines Partners With EAA AirVenture At Oshkosh

May 13, 2011 - Turning 40 has never been this much fun! Southwest Airlines takes its Anniversary party to the world's largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this July. More than a half-million people are expected at this year's weeklong celebration of all-things aviation in Central Wisconsin, and Southwest's special participation will include a recognition  Read More


NASA Spacecraft Galileo Reveals Magma Ocean Under Jupiter Moon

May 13, 2011 - New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveals a subsurface ocean of molten or partially molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io. The finding heralds the first direct confirmation of this kind of magma layer at Io and explains why the moon is the most volcanic object known in the solar system.  The research was conducted by scientists  Read More


OIG To Audit Reporting And Mitigation Errors By Air Traffic Controllers

May 12, 2011 - The Office of Inspector General plans to review the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) process for reporting and mitigating the risk of operational errors by air traffic controllers. OIG is conducting this review at the request of the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and  Read More


FAA Revises Proposal To Enhance Air Carrier Training Programs

May 12, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a substantial and wide-ranging overhaul of air carrier crew training. The supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) addresses comments from the January 2009 proposal and provisions laid out in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010. "The United  Read More


Breitling?s ?Jetman? Makes Historic Flight At Grand Canyon West

May 11, 2011 - It was his date with destiny, and ultimately the uniquely complex certification process could not prevent Yves ?Jetman? Rossy from making his historic flight through Grand Canyon West this past weekend. Flying his jet-propelled wing attached to his back, and steering only by movement of his body, Rossy launched from a  Read More


Study Shows Millions In Savings For Airlines Reduced Flight Time For Travelers

May 11, 2011 - Airlines could save at least $65.6 million annually while slashing carbon emissions and cutting flight times by implementing new flight paths at 46 mid-size airports across the U.S., according to study results released by GE Aviation. The findings of the study, Highways in the Sky, come at a critical time in the debate on the future of  Read More


US Airways Pilots Speak Out On Safety Conditions

May 10, 2011 - After numerous lapses in safety protocols at US Airways recently, the Board of Pilot Representatives of the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), which represents the airline's pilots, has unanimously called for the immediate termination of the ranking official in charge of airline safety, Vice President of Safety and Regulatory  Read More


Northrop Unveils Newest Intelligence Gathering Aircraft System

May 10, 2011 - Military users will be able to get real-time high-definition video, view infrared imagery, use radar and even listen in on communications signals all at the same time using a new intelligence gathering aircraft system unveiled on Monday by Northrop Grumman Corporation. Firebird offers a large internal payload bay and an   Read More


A Set Back For Air Canada Pilots Age 60 Retirement Rule

May 9, 2011 - The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) has completely dismissed all complaints filed by 67 pilots opposed to retirement at age 60 who alleged that they had not been fairly represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA). Air Canada pilots first negotiated through collective agreement the retirement age of 60 in 1957. However, in   Read More


British Air Line Pilots' Association Calls On Tighter Rules On Virtual Airlines

May 9, 2011 - The British Air Line Pilots' Association (BALPA) represents well over 75% of all the fixed wing pilots and helicopter aircrew based in the UK calls on tighter rules on so called "virtual airlines" are needed, according to the airline pilots union, BALPA. Virtual airlines sell tickets for routes they have contracted to other companies  Read More


Indonesia Merpati Airlines Crashes Killing All 27 Onboard

May 9, 2011 - On Saturday a Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 8968 on a domestic flight from Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia, to Kaimana, West Papua, Indonesia crashed killing all 21 passengers and a flight crew of 6. The Xian MA60 aircraft crashed off the coast of West Papua on approach to Kaimana Airport in heavy rain. The  Read More


Embraer Defense Selects Advanced Avionics System For Their KC-390?s

May 9, 2011 - Embraer Defense and Security has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Pro Line Fusion flight deck for the KC-390 tanker/transport aircraft. The Brazilian Air Force has committed to purchasing 28 KC-390 aircraft. ?This award is emblematic of our ability to leverage commercial avionics technology for military  Read More


Mooney Aircraft Responds To Rumors Over Website Being Down

May 8, 2011 - Mooney Aircraft had stopped producing new aircraft due to the economy and had been focused on using their resources to maintain their certifications and supporting their existing fleet. This support has included the provision of service parts and the technical help desk. Money had sourced out their aircraft parts with local vendors in order  Read More


FAA Must Have Long Term Funding

May 8, 2011 - The United States is facing a pivotal time in aviation history. We are charting the transformation of our air traffic control system from the ground-based radar system of the past century to the satellite-based system of tomorrow. We want to make certain our aviation system remains the safest in the world. But to accomplish our goals, the Federal Aviation Administration needs a multiyear reauthorization bill  Read More


DOT Fines Ticket Agents For Violations Of Code Share Disclosure Rules

May 8, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday fined five online ticket agents for failing to adequately disclose to consumers when flights were being operated under a code-sharing arrangement. Friday?s action follows similar fines against two other agents and is part of the Department?s effort to ensure that sellers of air transportation are complying with DOT?s code-share disclosure rules. Fareportal  Read More


BBC Equities CEO Arrested In Scheme To Defraud Investors At JFK Airport

May 8, 2011 - John Bravata, the founder and chairman of BBC Equities, LLC, was arrested Thursday at JFK International Airport, announced U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. Bravata was arrested on an inbound flight from Italy. Bravata was charged in a criminal complaint with wire fraud in connection with his solicitation of investor funds for BBC, which Bravata characterized as a real estate investment fund. The complaint  Read More

  GE Deploys First Public Use RNP Flight Path In Alaska

May 6, 2011 - GE Aviation?s PBN Services on Wednesday deployed the first public-use Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedure in Alaska at Deadhorse. The optimized instrument approach procedures will increase schedule reliability into Deadhorse while reducing fuel burn, CO2 emissions and flight time. GE?s timely 
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    Boeing Phantom Ray Completes 1st Flight Reaching 7,500 Feet

May 6, 2011 - This week Boeing reported that its Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS) successfully completed its first flight April 27 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The 17-minute flight took place following a series of high-speed taxi tests in March that validated ground guidance 
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Sikorsky Aircraft Completes Active Rotor Wind Tunnel Testing

May 5, 2011 - Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft, has completed wind tunnel testing of its active rotor system equipped with high authority flaps. The effort is jointly funded by Sikorsky and the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD). Sikorsky Aircraft is a  Read More


Singapore Airlines Faces Delivery Delays On Boeing 787 And Airbus A350

May 5, 2011 - The first batch of the 20 orders of Boeing 787 Dreamliner by the national airline of Singapore will no longer be expected this year as originally scheduled due to the manufacturer?s production technicalities. Deployment of the 20 Airbus A350-900 XWB aircrafts was likewise postponed to 2013 instead of next  Read More


Jack Pelton Steps Down As CEO From Cessna Aircraft

May 3, 2011 - Textron Inc. announced on Monday that Jack J. Pelton, chairman, president and CEO of its Cessna Aircraft unit, has retired from the company, and that a search for his successor is underway. Textron Chairman and CEO Scott C. Donnelly will run the business until a successor is named. The Cessna Aircraft Company is an airplane manufacturing corporation  Read More

First Workshop To Reduce Co2 Emissions From Aviation Underway

May 3, 2011 - The first in a series of regional training workshops to assist ICAO Member States in producing national action plans for reducing CO2 emissions from international civil aviation opened Monday in Mexico City, Mexico. It runs through Wednesday. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations   Read More


Southwest Airlines Closes Acquisition Of AirTran

May 3, 2011 - Southwest Airlines on Monday closed on its purchase of all of the outstanding common stock of AirTran Holdings, Inc., the former parent company of AirTran Airways (AirTran). Both Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways will operate separately until receipt of Single Operating Certificate. In the near term, customers will continue to interact exclusively with their ticketed carrier. AirTran aircraft will   Read More


UAE General Civil Aviation Authority Reports Air Traffic Up 9%

May 3, 2011 - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced a growth of nearly 9% in the total air movements in UAE airspace during the first quarter of 2011. Total air movements in the first three months of the year were 167.221 thousand, compared to 153.387 thousand during the same period last year. The UAE is home to the largest airline in the Middle East, Emirates Airline. It has Dubai as its  Read More


FAA Initiatives At Ohio Airport Compromised Under GOP And DOT Pressure

May 2, 2011 - A new headwind of politicians have emerged in this country that now advocate for big business on the backs of the everyday worker. Politicians speak of balancing budgets, bringing businesses to their communities and creating jobs. It?s a new catchall phrase with an underlining agenda that lacks any critical  Read More


Blue Angels Bring Recruits Into The Cockpit

May 2, 2011 - EffectiveUI announced the launch of a new interactive website created with Microsoft Corp. for the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. HTML5 and Microsoft Silverlight deliver an immersive user experience, bringing viewers a Blue Angels air show in a way that's never before been seen except by the pilots. Drawing a Crowd, the Blue Angels website gives the  Read More


Lynden Man Blinded Border Patrol Helicopter Pilot Faces Jail Time

May 2, 2011 - Wayne P. Groen, 42, of Lynden, Washington, was convicted on Friday of incapacitation of an individual during authorized operation of an aircraft, following a two day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The jury deliberated about one day before finding Groen guilty on one count, and not guilty on a second charge of interference with the authorized operation of an aircraft.  Groen was indicted  Read More


Atlas Air Expands Into Military Passenger Charter Service

May 2, 2011 - Atlas Air a provider of air cargo services announced that it has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to begin providing passenger charter service for U.S. military personnel, complementing the company?s long-time position as a premier supplier of military cargo charter solutions. The new service is expected to start in May. Atlas Air will begin operating the passenger charter service for  Read More


FAA Make Policy Change As Part Of Air Traffic Control Review

May 1, 2011 - Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt announced additional management changes and other actions on Friday as part of the FAA?s comprehensive review of the air traffic control system. Three veteran FAA managers will be repositioned to assume oversight of critical air traffic roles. Walt Cochran will   Read More


APA Supports Changes To Address Controller Fatigue

May 1, 2011 - The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 11,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed support for the decision by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to institute changes in air traffic controller staffing and scheduling in an effort to alleviate fatigue, and urged similar regulatory reforms to  Read More

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