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Aviation News Top Headliners     February 2012

Race Course Announced For 2012 EAA Airventure Cup

February 29, 2012 - Race officials for the 2012 EAA AirVenture Cup race have finalized the race course for this year’s cross-country race, scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in advance of the EAA AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, WI. This year’s race will commence in Mitchell, SD (KMHE) and end in West Bend, WI (KETB), with checkpoints in Sheldon, IA  Read More


Adventure Pilot Does It Again With The Releases Of The Ifly 720 GPS

February 29, 2012 - Adventure Pilot began shipping its new premium GPS navigation device for general aviation pilots. The new iFly 720 builds on popular features from its little brother, the iFly 700. New features include sunlight readability, simple automated Wi-Fi Updating and iFly Streets. Plus premium hardware enhancements like a faster processor, more  Read More


Alaska Airlines To Serve As Iditarod's Official Airline

February 29, 2012 - Alaska Airlines will serve as the official airline sponsor of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, marking the 34th year the carrier has supported the event. "We are proud to be a sponsor of the Last Great Race," said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president, Alaska. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual sled dog team race across Alaska. Mushers  Read More


Aerial Firefighters Promote Large Air Tanker Modernization Plan

February 29, 2012 -  The current 11 Large Air Tankers, operated by two companies, are former Navy P2V Neptunes averaging 50 years of age. The aircraft were modified with 2,700 gallon capacity tanks for dropping fire retardant and have a remaining life expectancy of roughly 10 years. "The aerial firefighting industry has long recognized these Air Tankers were getting old and would have to be replaced,"  Read More


FAA Proposes To Raise Airline Pilot Qualification Standards

February 28, 2012 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday proposed to substantially raise the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. Consistent with a mandate in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, the proposed rule would require first officers also  Read More


Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Recognized For Energy Saving Innovations

February 28, 2012 - Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta recognized the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's leadership in energy saving innovation when he helped dedicate their new solar farm. This exciting development is on the cutting edge of making our airports more environmentally friendly. The solar energy the new "farm" provides will also help  Read More


Northrop Grumman Achieves Major Milestones On MQ-4C Unmanned Aircraft

February 28, 2012 - Northrop Grumman has commenced flight tests of the first developmental multifunction active sensor (MFAS) radar destined for the U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS). The MFAS sensor has been integrated into the company's Gulfstream II testbed aircraft based in Palmdale, Calif., for flight testing  Read More


Death Of 4, Robinson Helicopter Faces Trial, Fuel Tank Design On The R44 II

February 28, 2012 - The trial of Dawson [Lee] v. Robinson Helicopter Company begins March 5, 2012 in Seattle, Washington over the death of Si Young Lee arising from the August 2, 2007 Robinson R44 II helicopter crash near Easton, Washington. According to court documents the helicopter experienced a low energy impact with the ground, whereupon it erupted in a fire, killing the pilot and  Read More


Piper's High-End Aircraft, M-Class Helps Push Piper Aircraft Sales Over The Top

February 26, 2012 - Piper Aircraft ended 2011 with increased revenue from new aircraft sales of $131.2 million, up more than nine percent from $120.2 million a year ago. The increase was fueled primarily by a favorable mix of Piper's flagship single-engine Meridian turboprop deliveries in 2011. Piper delivered 32 new top-end  Read More


Northrop Grumman's EFSS Achieves Acceptance Test At Prague Ruzyne Airport

February 26, 2012 - Northrop Grumman's Europe-based air traffic management subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has undergone a successful Site Acceptance Test (SAT) for the NOVA 9000 Electronic Flight Strip System (EFSS) at the Prague Ruzyne International Airport, Czech Republic. This SAT is a significant milestone in  Read More


College Basketball Fans Get A 'Shot' To Take Control Of Goodyear Blimp

February 25, 2012 - Goodyear whose world famous airships have become synonymous with big sporting events, is once again joining with ESPN SportsNation to provide fans with the opportunity to decide, via online voting, which college basketball tournament will attract aerial coverage by the iconic Goodyear Blimp and be deemed "Blimpworthy." Read More


I-4D Test Flight Has Major Implications For Safety And Efficiencies

February 25, 2012 - An historic test flight, which took place over Europe, has major implications for improving safety and fuel efficiencies as well as reducing flight times and CO2 emissions. The A320 test aircraft flew from Toulouse to Copenhagen and Stockholm and then back to Toulouse to trial an initial four-dimensional (I-4D) flight  Read More


GE Aviation, Record Year For LEAP Engines Drive’s Jobs Expansion

February 25, 2012 - Last week, as part of its four-day summit in Washington, DC, focused on U.S. manufacturing, jobs and trade, GE announced it will invest $580 million in aviation manufacturing and research and development in the U.S. Three new aviation plants are under construction Read More


Northrop Joins Forces With The White House To Hire, Train Veterans

February 25, 2012 - Reinforcing a long-standing commitment to hiring veterans, Northrop Grumman Corporation this week answered the call from President Barack Obama and registered its pledge with the Joining Forces Initiative, announcing the company's commitment to men and women in  Read More


DFW Airport Partners With EPA To Save Energy And Resources

February 24, 2012 - Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has entered into a Sustainability Partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Officials from DFW Airport and the EPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a ceremony at the airport on Wednesday. The airport’s objective  Read More


2 Marine Helicopters Collide Over Yuma Killing 7 During A Routine Training Exercise

February 24, 2012 - Two helicopters belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing collided in a remote portion of the Yuma Training Range Complex killing seven Marines on Wednesday. The aircraft, an AH-1W "Cobra" and an UH-1Y "Huey", were conducting routine training operations around 10:30 PM according to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Base  Read More


Cirrus Aircraft Sells More Aircraft In The Fourth Quarter Of 2011 Since 2008

February 23, 2012 - On Wednesday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the industry’s fourth quarter and complete 2011 shipment and billings summary. “Shipments declined in all three industry segments from the previous year, but the declines reached single digits which indicate general aviation is   Read More


American Airlines Workers File A Court Motion On Wages And Working Conditions

February 23, 2012 - The Ad Hoc Committee of Passenger Service Agents, representing agents at American Airlines, filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court on Wednesday to prevent AMR Corp. from making unilateral changes in the wages, benefits and working conditions of American Airlines agents. The Communications Workers of America  Read More


Lawsuit Filed Alleging Citibank Is Being Deceptive In Frequent Flier Tax Practice

February 22, 2012 - A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against Citibank in what customers have reported the company lured them in by offering 40,000 frequent-flier miles to open an account but failed to tell them they had to report 2½ cents per mile as income to the IRS. Citibank has been sending 1099 tax forms to Read More


Stellar Mass Black Hole, Record Breaking Wind Moving About 20 Million MPH

February 22, 2012 - Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have clocked the fastest wind yet discovered blowing off a disk around a stellar-mass black hole. This result has important implications for understanding how this type of black hole behaves. The record-breaking wind is moving about 20 million mph, or about 3  Read More


U-28A Crash’s Killing Four Hurlburt Field Airmen In Djibouti

February 21, 2012 - Capt Ryan P. Hall from the 319th Special Operations Squadron, Capt Nicholas S. Whitlock and 1st Lt Justin J. Wilkens from the 34th Special Operations Squadron and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten from the 25th Intelligence Squadron died February 18 when their U-28A was involved in an accident near  Read More


Fedex Joins Aviation Green Alliance As A Founding Member

February 21, 2012 - Just a few days following the 110th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s birth, the Lindbergh Foundation announced that FedEx Corp. has joined the Aviation Green Alliance as a Founding Member. “We are thrilled that FedEx Corp. will be memorialized as one of our elite group of Aviation Green Alliance Founding Members,”   Read More


Onex Single Place Folding Wing Sport Aircraft Receives FAA NKET Approval

February 19, 2012 - Sonex Aircraft is excited to announce that the FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) has approved and published amateur building checklists for the new Onex Single-Place, Folding-Wing Sport Pilot Aircraft. Availability of these approved checklists allows current and future Onex builders to show compliance  Read More


Delta Begins Installing Full Flat Bed Seats On Its Boeing 747-400 Aircraft

February 19, 2012 - Delta Air Lines is renovating its Boeing 747-400 aircraft fleet to include full flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin and new "slim line" seats offering more personal space and individual in-seat entertainment throughout the Economy cabin. The airline already has taken delivery of the first modified aircraft, which operated its first flight on Read More


Airbus A350 XWB’s New Engine Makes First Flight Powering The Airbus A380

February 19, 2012 - On Saturday the Airbus A350 XWB’s new engine the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB has successfully made its maiden flight aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 “Flying-Test-Bed” aircraft. The aircraft took off from Airbus facilities in Toulouse and performed a flight of more than five hours during which the engine covered a wide range of power settings at altitudes up to  Read More


Christmas Day, Northwest Airlines Flight 253 Underwear Bomber Gets Life

February 19, 2012 - Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called “underwear bomber,” was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison as a result of his guilty plea to all eight counts of a federal indictment charging him for his role in the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Nancy G. Edmunds in Detroit. Abdulmutallab, Read More


Boeing, Citibank Start Export-Import Bank Supplier Financing Program

February 18, 2012 - Boeing has become the latest U.S. exporter to help its eligible small-business suppliers gain access to affordable financing through participation in a Supply Chain Financing Program guaranteed by the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States. Boeing is notifying several hundred qualifying U.S. based  Read More


UPS In Talks With TNT Express To Purchase The Company

February 18, 2012 - TNT Express N.V. announces that it has received an unsolicited non-binding and conditional proposal from United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) for the acquisition of the whole of the issued capital of TNT Express at an indicative price of € 9 per ordinary share. The TNT Express N.V. Supervisory and Executive Boards have carefully  Read More


Allegiant Airlines Fined For Violating DOT’s New Price Advertising Rule

February 18, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Allegiant Air $100,000 for violating DOT’s new advertising rule, which became effective on January 26, which requires carriers and ticket agents to show the total price, including all government taxes and fees, in every advertised fare. In addition, Allegiant Air violated DOT’s rules protecting air travelers  Read More


Airport Executives Seek To Expand Trusted Traveler Program Beyond Elite Fliers

February 18, 2012 - The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) the world's largest airport organization, representing thousands of men and women across the country who manage and operate the nation's airports pledged its support on Tuesday in working collaboratively with the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection to grow the PreCheck  Read More


Gulfstream G280 To Receive Type Certification This Year

February 16, 2012 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s super midsized G280 aircraft is steadily moving toward entry-into-service, having completed several flight-test milestones en route to type certification later this year from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The aircraft received a provisional type certificate (PTC) Read More


NTIA, No Practical Way To Mitigate Lightsquared Signal Against GPS Interference

February 16, 2012 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the federal agency that coordinates spectrum uses for the military and other federal government entities, has now concluded that there is no practical way to mitigate potential interference with the global positioning systems (GPS) at this time  Read More


Phoenix Using Traffic Radar Signs To Slow Down Traffic At Sky Harbor Airport

February 16, 2012 - Most airports are designed with circular roads so that cars driving through the airport belong in the airport. With high vehicle and foot traffic each day, monitoring traffic speed can be challenging for any airport. At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where the roads go from east to west instead of in a circle, this problem is an even more serious one. Cars often  Read More


Jeppesen To Conduct Pilot And Cabin Crew Fatigue Study

February 16, 2012 - Jeppesen will conduct an industry wide survey this spring to collect pilot and cabin crew fatigue data. The study will collaborate with sleep and performance scientists, using the Jeppesen CrewAlert iPhone application to collect data directly from airline crew members. The study will advance understanding on how crew fatigue issues develop in an operational setting. The Fatigue Data Collection  Read More


President Obama Signs The FAA Modernization And Reform Act Of 2012 (H.R. 658)

February 15, 2012 - On Tuesday President Barack Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 658) which will modernize the nation's aviation system. The law will provide $63.4 billion in FAA funding over four years, including about $11 billion toward the modernization air traffic control system. This bill will allow  Read More


Passenger/Cargo Security Strategy Agreed On To Counter Aviation Threats

February 15, 2012 - Twenty Member States* of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America unanimously adopted at a conference in Caracas (Venezuela) a comprehensive strategy aimed at improving passenger and cargo security throughout the hemisphere, as part of a common effort to counter threats to civil   Read More


Boeing Secures Largest Ever Commercial Airplane Order Worth $22.4 Billion

February 15, 2012 - Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air finalized a firm order for 201 737 MAXs and 29 Next-Generation 737-900ERs (extended range). The agreement, first announced last November in Indonesia, also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes. "The 737 MAX is the best choice for Lion Air and the best airplane to serve our passengers," said Rusdi Kirana   Read More


Instrument Onboard Joint Polar Satellite To Offer Improved Weather Forecasts

February 15, 2012 - A powerful instrument, Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) has been designed to give scientists more refined information about Earth’s atmosphere and improve weather and climate forecasts is now active and sending its first data back to Earth from America’s newest polar-orbiting satellite, Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the latest generation of  Read More


New Peoplexpress Airlines A Low Cost Carrier To Start Service This Summer

February 14, 2012 - A new PEOPLExpress Airlines will take to the skies in 2012. At a press conference at the Newport News Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in Newport News, Virginia, the low-cost carrier announced it plans to begin service this coming summer. With a mission to serve markets currently underserved by   Read More


Boeing To Begin Final Phase Of The 737 MAX Wind Tunnel Testing

February 14, 2012 - Boeing announced that the final phase of wind tunnel testing, a major milestone in airplane development, will begin on the 737 MAX program next week. The Boeing 737 MAX is a new family of aircraft being developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes to replace the Boeing 737 Next Generation family. The primary  Read More


Court Orders Delta Airlines To Pay Legal Fees For Withholding Evidence

February 13, 2012 - U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten has ordered Delta Air Lines to pay plaintiffs’ legal fees in an evidence gathering proceedings after it was discovered Delta Air Lines withheld 60,000 documents in a lawsuit (Delta/AirTran Baggage Fee Antitrust Litigation, 1:09-md-02089, U.S. District Court, Northern District  Read More


Former Parent Company Of Air Canada Seeks To Dissolve Operations

February 13, 2012 - ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (ACE) reported full year and fourth quarter results for 2011 and announced its intention to seek shareholder approval for its winding-up, the distribution of its remaining net assets and ultimately its dissolution in the future. ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. is a Canadian holding company that provides  Read More


Garmin Enters The Medium Lift Helicopter Market With G5000H

February 13, 2012 - Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, announced the G5000H, an integrated flight deck specifically designed for twin turbine, medium lift helicopters. The G5000H combines widescreen displays with touchscreen controls to bring leading edge   Read More


P-2 Airtanker Wing Inspections Clears Fleet For Aerial Wildfire Deployment

February 13, 2012 - Neptune Aviation, the country's biggest operator of large airtankers, reports that its fleet of ex-Navy P2V Neptunes remains wildfire mission-ready, following the discovery of a crack in the left wing of one of its tankers during a routine scheduled inspection in late January  Read More


FAA Bill Requires Preservation And Sharing Of Vintage Aircraft Data

February 12, 2012 - Fans of American aviation are celebrating a landmark victory for the preservation and accessibility of historic aircraft data as the recently passed FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act 2012 (HR 658) makes its way to the White House for President Obama’s signature. The   Read More


Woman On The No-Fly List Arrested At Airport Gets 2nd Chance To Clear Name

February 12, 2012 - Rahinah Ibrahim, a citizen of Malaysia and mother of four children was legally in the United States from 2001 to 2005 as a Ph.D. student in Construction Engineering and Management under a student visa at Stanford University. She alleges that the U.S. government has mistakenly placed her on the “No-Fly List” and other terrorist   Read More


Airberlin First Airline In Europe To Use Satellite-Based Landings

February 12, 2012 - Following the German Federal Office for Air Traffic Control’s accreditation of the ground station for the new satellite-based approach and landing system GBAS (Ground Based Augmentation System) as a primary landing system, Airberlin will be the first airline in Europe to use satellite-based landings on  Read More


Second Predator C Avenger, Unmanned Aircraft Completes First Flight

February 12, 2012 - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, a manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, announced the successful flight of a second multi-mission jet-powered Predator C Avenger aircraft. “The first flight of our second Avenger aircraft is a significant  Read More


Jetblue Unveiled Red Sox Themed Paint Scheme On Its Airbus A320

February 11, 2012 - Boston's largest carrier and Red Sox Official Airline sponsor JetBlue Airways on Friday unveiled a custom, Red Sox themed paint scheme on its Airbus A320 at Boston's Logan International Airport. The newly branded aircraft, the first plane to officially tote a Major League Baseball uniform, was revealed by  Read More


Boeing Employee Trapped Under 787 Dreamliner Has Legs Amputated

February 11, 2012 - A Boeing employee, part of an escort team walking alongside a Japan Airlines flight at Paine Field, Everett, Washington as the aircraft was being towed, somehow got trapped beneath the tires of the 787 Dreamliner jet at approximately 6 PM, on February 3. The employee, who began working for Boeing in 2010, was dragged and  Read More


Airman Sentenced To Life In Murder Case Which Involved The Deceased Wife

February 11, 2012 - Kadena Air Base, Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cron, 26, of the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, premeditated murder and obstruction of justice and on Thursday Cron was sentenced to life without parole for stabbing death of Tech. Sgt. Curtis Eccleston on   Read More


TSA Passenger Prescreening Program Success To Be Expanded At 28 Airports

February 11, 2012 - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole announced the expansion of TSA PreCheck, a passenger pre-screening initiative, to additional airports across the country following the program’s success at seven pilot locations. With  Read More


House Aviation Subcommittee Hears Testimony On Importance In Protecting GPS

February 10, 2012 - Capt. Sean Cassidy, Air Line Pilots Association’s (ALPA) First Vice President, emphasized “the vital importance of the Global Positioning System (GPS) as a key component of [the U.S.] transportation infrastructure” during a House Aviation Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. GPS is the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) that  Read More


Boeing 787 Dreamliner Touched Down In Bangkok For Dream Tour

February 10, 2012 - Boeing's new mid-size passenger airplane, the 787 Dreamliner, touched down on Thursday after demonstrating its long-range capabilities by flying nonstop from Seattle's Boeing Field to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport a distance of 7,679 miles (12,358 km). The visit is part of Boeing's Dream Tour. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range  Read More


OIG Report Out On Misconduct Within The Federal Air Marshal Service

February 9, 2012 - The Department of Homeland Security Office Of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a long awaited federal investigation into allegations of age, gender and racial discrimination within the Federal Air Marshal Service. The findings conclude there is no "widespread discrimination and retaliation." However, the Federal  Read More


First Female Air Force 4 Star General To Head Up Air Force Materiel Command

February 9, 2012 - When the leadership of Air Force Materiel Command changes later this year, the command will be led by a familiar face who will make Air Force history when she takes the reins of AFMC. On Monday, President Barack Obama nominated Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger to the rank of general, and as the next commander of AFMC. She will  Read More


Northrop Awarded Contract To Perform Repairs For U.S. Navy's SH-60 And EA-6B

February 9, 2012 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) to repair avionics equipment on the SH-60 Seahawk helicopter and the EA-6B Prowler jet. Under a five-year, fixed-price contract valued at nearly $19 million with NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Northrop Grumman will repair the Read More


Unlicensed Pilot Killed After Stealing Airplane Had A Criminal Past

February 9, 2012 - Ray Pirro, 52, of Tracy, California died Sunday at about 4 PM when he crashed the Cessna 172N, N7582D, he had stolen and was piloting, severing power lines and plowing into a canal bank alongside Barstow Avenue, Barstow. The plane's owner Felix Boston learned the aircraft was stolen when he received a phone call from investigators. The aircraft was stolen from Buchanan Field  Read More


County To Sign Real Estate Closing, Panama City-Bay County International Airport

February 7, 2012 - This week Bay County official’s in Florida will be singing the real estate closing of Panama City-Bay County International Airport (PFN) to make room to build a commercial residential park on this 700 acre parcel. Panama City-Bay County International Airport is located about four miles northwest of the central business  Read More


Senate Approves FAA Bill, Rejecting Repeal Of The National Mediation Board Rule

February 8, 2012 - The Senate approved a long-term compromise by a 75-20 vote that will keep the Federal Aviation Administration running and hundreds of thousands of Americans working. This agreement will create or save more than 280,000 jobs, modernize America's aviation system, and improve safety for air travelers. The Senate rejected the Read More


Hummingbird Aviation Owner Found Guilty In Helicopter Service Contract Fraud

February 8, 2012 - Charles R. Priestley, 48, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty and was sentenced for making a false, fictitious and fraudulent claim to the United States government. The United States District Court in East St. Louis presided over the plea of guilty  Read More


EU Aviation Sector, Avoiding Unintended Consequences Of Legislation

February 8, 2012 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged European policymakers to focus aviation efforts on measures to shore-up the competitiveness of Europe’s aviation sector. “Safety and security must always come first. But at this critical time for European economies it is  Read More


U.S. Air Force Will Retire 286 Aircraft Over the Next Five Years

February 7, 2012 - Air Force officials announced proposed force structure changes which support the new DoD strategic guidance retiring 286 aircraft over the next five years, including 227 in fiscal year 2013. According to Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Donley, the Air Force is shaping itself for future challenges by realigning Air  Read More


Boeing Shares Drop After Boeing Reported Composite Structural Issues In The 787

February 7, 2012 - On Monday Boeing shares fell on the New York Stock Exchange after the aircraft maker reported it will need to take corrective action on the 787 Dreamliner carbon-composite fuselage support structure. The first Boeing launch customer, All Nippon Airways took delivery of the 787 Dreamliner on September 25, 2011, at Boeing's  Read More


National Geographic Filmmakers Killed In Helicopter Crash

February 6, 2012 - Two world-renowned filmmakers were killed in a helicopter crash in Australia on Saturday. Mike deGruy, a biologist and conservationist, and Andrew Wight, a pilot and underwater cave diver, were in Australia working with James Cameron and National Geographic on a documentary film. James Cameron   Read More


Lawsuit Over Blue Angels Jet Crash In S.C. Could Go To Trial By April

February 6, 2012 - On April 21, 2007, a Blue Angels F-18 Hornet jet, Number 6 crashed during the final minutes of an air show at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in Beaufort, South Carolina. When the jet crashed it crashed near George and Shirley Smith’s home, the landing gear assembly separated from the F-18 and crashed through the roof of  Read More


Global Aviation Holdings, largest military transport Files Bankruptcy Protection

February 6, 2012 - Global Aviation Holdings Inc., the parent company of World Airways, Inc., North American Airlines, Inc. and other subsidiaries, Sunday announced that to achieve a cost and debt structure that is industry competitive and continue to provide outstanding service to its customers, it has commenced a financial restructuring through the voluntary filing of petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy  Read More


“Occufly” At LAX - Flight Attendants Hold Large Protest As Part Of The 99%

February 6, 2012 - Flight Attendants from over 20 airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), and concerned citizens from across the country will hold an OccuFLY protest at Los Angeles International Airport today. Flight Attendants and supporters will protest the latest attack on collective bargaining rights included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. The FAA Reauthorization has rapidly been  Read More


OIG To Audit The FAA's Air Traffic Controller Facility Training Program

February 6, 2012 - The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to conduct a review of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) air traffic controller facility training. The FAA plans to hire and train nearly 11,000 new controllers through fiscal year 2020 to offset the impending retirements of those hired after the 1981 controller strike. With so  Read More


FAA And Avionics Rotorcraft Forum Concludes At AEA International Headquarters

February 6, 2012 - On Thursday, more than 70 general aviation industry leaders and regulatory executives concluded a successful two and half days avionics rotorcraft forum at the Aircraft Electronics Association International Headquarters. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities in the certification and installation of new avionics technologies in the rotorcraft market  Read More


NASA Receives Second Highest Number Of Astronaut Applications

February 5, 2012 - More than 6,300 individuals applied to become a NASA astronaut between Nov. 15, 2011 and Jan. 27, the second highest number of applications ever received by the agency. After a thorough selection process, which includes interviews and medical examinations, nine to 15 people will be selected to become   Read More


Pilot CEO Micron Steve Appleton Sole Fatality In Crash At Boise Airport

February 5, 2012 - On Friday at approximately 8:56 AM MST, Micron CEO Steve Appleton, 51, was killed in a plane crash at Boise Airport, Gowen Field, Idaho. Appleton was piloting a experimental Turbo-prop Lancair IVP-TP aircraft, tail number N321LC. The experimental fixed wing single engine Lancair aircraft crashed between the two main runways at  Read More


GE Opens High-Tech Engine Test Site on Canada’s Icy Plains

February 5, 2012 - Ice may be fun to skate on, but for jet engines it can pose a serious threat. Freezing mist may creep up inside the engine, coat key parts in ice and impact engine performance. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that manufacturers run engines through a series of rigorous icing tests and extreme scenarios. The jets must keep the power they need in  Read More


A4A, Boeing Recommend Path to Accelerate Viability of Aviation Biofuels

February 5, 2012 - Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, and Boeing released several recommendations to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate the commercial viability and deployment of aviation biofuels. The recommendations were announced in conjunction with the recent publication of the working  Read More


House Approves FAA Modernization And Reform Act Of 2012, H.R. 658

February 4, 2012 - The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bipartisan, bicameral, four-year infrastructure measure to reform Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs, improve the nation’s aviation infrastructure, modernize our air traffic control system, and spur private sector job creation. The House approved the Read More


Spirit Airlines Adds $2 Fee In Defiance of New DOT Consumer Regulations

February 4, 2012 - Spirit Airlines, which it likes to bill itself as offering ultra low airfares, has tacked on an additional $2 dollar fee to its ticket purchases in the name of new DOT airline consumer regulations. The Department of Transportation came out with new airline consumer rules to protect the consumer. However those rules have not set well  Read More


Former Employees Of Pace Airlines To Receive A Portion Of Their Back Wages

February 3, 2012 - In September 2009, Pace Airlines filed for Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the process of liquidation. At that time, a number of employees had worked for the company up to six weeks without getting paid and a total of 423 employees were not paid for the time they worked. A number of employees Read More


Archie League Awards, Air Traffic Controllers 2012 Honorees

February 3, 2012 - On Wednesday in Atlanta, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association capped its annual Communicating for Safety Conference with a great celebration of the best in Air Traffic Control: the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards. The Archie awards named after the first air traffic controller recognize the year’s best examples Read More


Lahood Encourages Cargo Airlines To Opt-In To New Flight & Duty Time Rules

February 2, 2012 - On Wednesday, while speaking at the Aero Club of Washington, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was asked about a statement he made in December when issuing the FAA's new rule on pilot flight and duty time. This new rule carved-out cargo carriers from mandatory implementation, but allows them to  Read More


Civil War Manned Balloon, The Intrepid To Take To The Sky

February 2, 2012 - In late 1861, Virginia residents were shocked to see a manned balloon rise on the horizon, directing Union Army artillery against Confederate positions. One hundred and fifty years later, the Intrepid the first type of aerial vehicle used for combat in the United States will take flight once again beginning this summer. Genesee  Read More


Stobert Holt Convicted In The Kidnapping And Death Of Pilot Robert Wiles

February 1, 2012 - On Tuesday, Stobert Lindell Holt was convicted of manslaughter by a Polk County Florida jury after being initially charged with first-degree murder of Robert Arthur Wiles the son of Wiles' family's aviation maintenance business. Back on April 1, 2008, Wiles disappeared from his fathers business, National Flight Services  Read More


C. R. Smith Museum Celebrates Black Aviation Accomplishments

February 1, 2012 - The American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum is again recognizing the accomplishments of the pioneers of Black Aviation with the Second Annual Black Aviation Celebration. The celebration features special presentations by C. B. Rice, an author and historian, and Donald E. "Don" Elder, an original member of the legendary Tuskegee  Read More

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