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Airlines Continue To Deceive Passengers On Ticket Prices

January 31, 2012 - Business Travel Coalition (BTC) transmitted a letter signed by some 150 organizations to Congressional conference committee members negotiating a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Signatories urged conferees to include language that will prevent some airlines from continuing to violate Section 41712 of the U.S. Federal Aviation Act. Read More


San Diego Pilot Killed Hand Propping Aircraft Engine

January 31, 2012 - Private pilot Gordon Woodard, 41, of Lakeside, California was killed Monday when he tried to manually restart his 1974 aircraft engine in a procedure known as hand-propping. At about 8:30 AM Gordon and a passenger who was also identified as a pilot were taxiing the Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow II aircraft, registration N746R, out to the runway  Read More


GOP To Introduce Legislation To Kill Aviation Consumer Protection Rules

January 31, 2012 - Rep. Tom Graves announced he will introduce legislation to cancel a series of Department of Transportation (DOT) aviation consumer protection rules that include requiring airlines to show all costs at the time an airline ticket is purchased, providing baggage refunds, mandating that airlines cannot impose increases to a ticket once it has been purchased  Read More


Pilot Indicted On Plane Crash That Killed His Daughter

January 30, 2012 - Massachusetts Franklin County grand jury has indicted Steven Fay, 57, of Hillsborough, N.H a pilot who crashed his plane killing his daughter Jessica Malin, 35, also of Hillsborough last year. The grand jury handed down a one count indictment of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 1, 2011, plane crash Fay, who was piloting the Cessna 310  Read More


FFDOA President Advocates For Armed Pilots In And Out Of The Cockpit

January 30, 2012 - Marcus Flagg, President of the Federal Flight Deck Officer Association (FFDOA), in a radio interview advocated that pilots that have been certified by the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program be able not only to carry a handgun in the cockpit but be allowed to carry their firearm concealed on their person to and   Read More


Spirit Airlines Fined Over Handling Of Disability Complaints

January 30, 2012 - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Spirit Airlines $100,000 for failing to appropriately record and respond to complaints about the carrier’s treatment of passengers with disabilities, violating DOT’s rules implementing the Air Carrier Access Act which prohibits discrimination in air travel on the basis of disability. “Our rules  Read More


Rep. Hirono Introduces “Airline First Responder Workplace Fairness Act”

January 29, 2012 - On Wednesday, Rep. Mazie Hirono (D) of Hawaii Hirono introduced legislation the “Airline First Responder Workplace Fairness Act” that promotes fairness and safety to flight attendants. The bill, HR 3824, is to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration addresses fatigue issues which could impair   Read More


Spanair Files For Bankruptcy After Qatar Airways Pulls Out Of Rescue Deal

January 29, 2012 - Spanair’s Board of Directors on Friday decided to file for bankruptcy. On Wednesday, the company was in an "Emergency Financial Situation." The Catalonian government approved a €10.5 million loan plan in order to save it. Revenue improved and the company was cutting costs. However on Friday, the airline ceased operations Read More


Eurocopter Helicopter Sales Up By 12 Percent In 2011

January 28, 2012 - Eurocopter generated a record high annual turnover in 2011 as the company benefitted from long-term strategies of investing in innovation to keep its helicopter product line at the forefront, growing the international footprint, developing services businesses and optimizing internal operations. The deliveries  Read More


Delta Airlines To Offer Internet GPS Shipping Tacking With Onasset

January 28, 2012 - Agreement Enables Seamless User Experience for Complete Cargo Visibility from a Single View. Delta Air Lines announced an exclusive marketing agreement with OnAsset Intelligence, a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking solutions, enabling Delta Cargo customers to view GPS location   Read More


Frontier Airlines Names New CEO, President And Interim COO

January 28, 2012 - Frontier Airlines names key executive positions, David Siegel will join the Company as CEO, President, and interim Chief Operating Officer. In assuming these positions, Siegel will remain on the Republic Airways Board of Directors while stepping down as lead independent director. Siegel’s appointment is  Read More


NASA's J-2X Engine Kicks Off 2012 With Powerpack Testing

January 28, 2012 - A new series of tests on the engine that will help carry humans to deep space will begin next week at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi. The tests on the J-2X engine bring NASA one step closer to the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen rocket engine to be developed in 40 years. Tests will focus on the  Read More


Cirrus Aircraft Offers Perspective Global Connect On 2012 Aircraft

January 27, 2012 -  New for 2012, all models of Cirrus Aircraft can now be equipped with Perspective Global Connect, an avionics enhancement that contributes to an already feature-rich cockpit. Perspective Global Connect provides access to the on-demand Iridium satellite network to obtain global communications  Read More


Mesa Air Group Pilots Elect New Leaders

January 27, 2012 - Pilot leaders at Mesa Air Group, which is represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), unanimously elected officers to spearhead the union’s efforts. First Officer Marcin Kolodziejczyk was re-elected as the chairman, First Officer Jez Ingram-Clay was re-elected as the vice chairman, and Captain Darrell Cox was elected as the secretary-treasurer. The officers’ new two-year  Read More


One Level Of Safety Needed In Flawed Flight Duty And Rest Regulations

January 26, 2012 - More than a dozen pilots from a number of ALPA pilot groups have been in Washington, D.C., working with Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Government Affairs staff aggressively lobbying members of Congress in support of “One Level of Safety” for cargo and passenger pilots. In just two weeks  Read More


Aerial Firefighters Preparing For 2012 Wildland Forest Fire Season

January 26, 2012 - "With near record lows in rainfall, combined with record high temperatures in much of California in December plus ongoing dry conditions throughout much of the Southwest, the aerial firefighters are preparing for an earlier than normal deployment of assets, given the prevailing high fire dangers, especially in those parts  Read More


NTSB Completes Study On Amateur Built Aircraft Accidents

January 25, 2012 - Throughout the 2011 calendar year, the National Transportation Safety Board has been conducting a study of Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft to evaluate the safety of this growing and innovative segment of general aviation. In addition to using the information gathered during its accident investigations, the NTSB   Read More


Jeppesen CEO Recognized As Aviation Industry Leader Of The Year

January 25, 2012 - Mark Van Tine, president and CEO of Jeppesen, a unit of Boeing Flight Services, was recognized Friday night as the “Aviation Industry Leader of the Year” by the Living Legends of Aviation during a gala held in Beverly Hills, Calif. The prestigious aviation industry award recognizes the professional dedication and  Read More


Groundbreaking For New Runway At Ft. Lauderdale International Airport

January 24, 2012 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta helped break ground on Monday for a $791 million runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport which will create thousands of jobs. “This is one of the largest and most important airport construction projects in the country right  Read More


New Aviation Consumer Protections Take Effect This Week

January 24, 2012 - DOT's Office of Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement was hard at work in 2011 protecting the interests of the flying public. As part of the final provisions of a rulemaking the Department of Transportation (DOT) made last year, airlines and ticket agents are now required to publish all additional taxes and fees for airfares as well   Read More


GE Reports $200 Billion In Jet Engine Backlog, Largest In Company History

January 23, 2012 - General Electric reported fourth quarter financial results and one number that jumped out was the staggering size of the company’s backlog, $200 billion in orders and commitments, the largest in GE history. What are some of the products in high demand? Start with GE Aviation. The world’s largest and most powerful commercial jet engine, GE90,  Read More


Raytheon Upgrades National Weather Service Forecasting System

January 23, 2012 - The next generation of the National Weather Services' (NWS) Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), which was developed, tested and fielded by Raytheon Company, is now operational at the NWS Omaha Weather Forecast Office. As the first of 135 forecast sites to upgrade to the new system, this successful implementation initiates  Read More


EU Aviation Safety Agency Calls For An Immediate Inspection Of The A380

January 22, 2012 - On Friday the European Aviation Safety Agency issued an airworthiness directive (AD) on the Airbus A380. The European Aviation Safety Agency is requiring owners and operators of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets after perform a detailed visual inspection of the wing rib feet" the metal brackets that connect the wing's ribs to its skin after Airbus found  Read More


NTSB Cites ATC Error In Near Mid-Air Collision Over Gulfport Airport

January 22, 2012 - The NTSB cited an operational error by a tower air traffic controller as the probable cause of a near mid-air collision involving a commercial jetliner and a small private plane over the Gulfport-Biloxi airport. On Sunday, June 19, 2011, at 12:35 p.m. CDT at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, a Cessna 172, N54120 was cleared for takeoff on runway 18  Read More


Air Force Reinstates High-Altitude Rules Based On Human Performance Lab Data

January 22, 2012 - Airmen undergoing their fitness tests at high-altitude bases can breathe easier during fitness testing thanks to the efforts of Air Force Academy leaders and the Human Performance Laboratory. Changes to the Air Force Fitness testing program in 2010 didn't include an altitude adjustment, as the previous  Read More


Tuskegee Airman Laid To Rest At Arlington

January 22, 2012 - Family members, friends and fellow service members gathered on Friday to honor the life and contributions of an original Tuskegee Airmen. Retired Lt. Col. Luke Weathers, 90, a member of the 302nd Fighter Squadron during World War II, received full military honors including an F-16 Fighting Falcon flyover by 113th Wing, an Air National Guard unit of Washington, D.C. "The Tuskegee  Read More


FAA Breaks Ground For New Air Traffic Control Tower At A Fort Lauderdale Airport

January 19, 2012 – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday broke ground for a new $16.4 million, state-of-the-art airport traffic control tower at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The new tower, equipped with the latest radar, communications and weather technology, will enable air traffic controllers to Read More


UPS, Fedex Face Antitrust Court Date Over Price Fixing, Collusion Charges

January 19, 2012 - In a positive move forward for parcel shippers and their consultants, defendants United Parcel Service Co. (UPS) and FedEx Corporation (FedEx) have answered a complaint alleging antitrust violations filed by AFMS LLC. In addition, the parties have agreed to a trial date, pending court approval, of June 18, 2013 Read More


ATR Shows Strong Growth For 2011 In The Regional Aircraft Market

January 19, 2012 – The Italian-French aircraft manufacturer ATR’s 2011 results attest to the structural changes in the regional transport market, making ATRs the new reference in this sector. ATRs represented more than 80% of regional airplane sales in 2011, confirming the domination of turboprop aircraft on regional routes. Their low fuel consumption, combined with comfort  Read More


Boeing's Wideband Global SATCON Satellite To Be Launch Later Today

January 19, 2012 - Boeing fourth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite the company delivered to the U.S. Air Force has successfully completed prelaunch testing and is ready for launch. WGS-4, the first spacecraft in the program's upgraded Block II series, is scheduled to launch today at 7:38 p.m. aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Read More


OSHA Orders Airtran Airways To Reinstate Pilot Under The Whistleblower Act

January 18, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co., to reinstate a former pilot who was fired after reporting numerous mechanical concerns. The agency also has ordered that the pilot be paid more than $1 Read More


Air Traffic Controller May Serve More Than 20 Years In A Workers’ Comp Case

January 18, 2012 - Raymond Elmo Deskins, III, 52, of Potomac Falls, Virginia, a former air traffic controller who has received nearly $700,000 in federal workers’ compensation benefits, was convicted on Friday afternoon by a federal jury on mail fraud and false statements charges for his failure to disclose work activities in the construction  Read More


Airbus Sets Company Record In Aircraft Sales And Deliveries For 2011

January 17, 2012 - Airbus delivered 534 commercial aircraft to 88 customers (10 new) and booked 1,419 net orders in 2011, making it the most successful year in the company’s history, and the 10th in a row with a production increase. The 534 deliveries beat the previous record set in 2010 by 24 aircraft. Deliveries include a new record for 421 single aisle aircraft (401 in 2010)  Read More


Oliver VTOL To Build Commercial Version Of The "Hexplane"

January 17, 2012 - Oliver VTOL announced a commercial concept of its "Hexplane," an innovative six-engine vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that holds the promise to fly faster, further and safer than any VTOL in the industry. The commercial Hexplane concept, based on a Boeing 737-100 fuselage, has three wings and propulsion units from Bell/Boeing’s V-22 Osprey  Read More


Sikorsky Puts Together Supplier Team For S-97 Raider Helicopter Program

January 17, 2012 - Sikorsky Aircraft has selected 35 companies to join its team assembling two prototype S-97 RAIDER helicopters for evaluation by the U.S. military. Self-funded by Sikorsky and its team members, the RAIDER program will demonstrate the military applications of Sikorsky’s break-through X2 rotorcraft design, which proved its capability in 2010 to double the  Read More


Tuskegee Airman Honored During Ceremonial Brass Concert

January 17, 2012 - A member of the Tuskegee Airmen was honored during a concert by the United States Air Force Band's Ceremonial Brass on Saturday at The First Academy Faith Hall. Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard R. Hall, Jr., a Winter Park native, was attending Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans when he was called to active duty in 1942 to serve with the Tuskegee Airmen. The  Read More


Court Denies Airlines Attempt To Stop Bank Loan Guarantees To Air India

January 15, 2012 - On Friday Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for Washington DC denied Airlines for America, formerly known as the Air Transport Association (ATA) of America injunction to block $3.4 billion loan guarantees to Air India to purchase 30 Boeing aircraft. This case was a collision of interests between domestic airlines, which seek to avoid  Read More


Government Withholds Information, Who Is Flying Unmanned Aircraft In The U.S.?

January 15, 2012 - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit on Tuesday against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), demanding data on certifications and authorizations the agency has issued for the operation of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones. Drones are designed to carry surveillance equipment including video cameras, infrared Read More


American Airlines Should Honor Flight Attendants Pension Obligations

January 15, 2012 - The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), which represents more than 16,000 American Airlines flight attendants, called on American Airlines to honor its pension obligations to current employees. “We support the PBGC’s call to retain these   Read More


Boeing Achieves 737 Production Rate Increase

January 15, 2012 - Boeing has successfully achieved a production rate of 35 airplanes a month for the Next-Generation 737, with the delivery of the first airplane produced at the new rate to AWAS Aviation Services, Inc. Norwegian Air Shuttle will lease the airplane from AWAS. The 35th airplane to be built at the new rate is on schedule to roll out of the factory Read More


Black Pilots, The Tuskegee Airmen Shattered The Myth In The Movie “Red Tails”

January 13, 2012 - The George Lucas film, “Red Tails”, about Alabama’s Tuskegee Airmen premieres Friday, January 20, 2012. The storyline follows the lives of the 332nd Fighter Group who were called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard played by Oscar nominee Terrence Howard. Howard’s character is loosely based  Read More


Air Force Academy Investigates Illegal Drug Use Of 15 Cadets

January 13, 2012 - The Air Force Academy is investigating approximately 15 cadets for violating a general order prohibiting the use of intoxicating substances other than alcohol, caffeine, tobacco or lawfully used prescribed medications. The Academy issued a general order in April 2010, which applied to all Academy cadets and military  Read More


Killed Highway Patrol Helicopter Pilot Did Not Report His Medical Condition

January 13, 2012 - NTSB's investigation completed on Missouri Highway Patrol helicopter, Bell 206B JetRanger, N96MP, that crashed near Clarkson Valley, Missouri killing private pilot, Sgt. Joe Schuengel, 47, concluded the helicopter ran out of fuel.  Additional findings also indicate the pilot was on antidepressants and other   Read More


AirAsia X Airlines Pulls Out Of UK Market Over Emissions Trading Scheme

January 13, 2012 - AirAsia X Airlines, a long haul, low fare affiliate of AirAsia, announced a realignment of its network with a focus on its core markets. The move will see AirAsia X withdrawing services to India (Mumbai and Delhi) and Europe (Paris, London) from its Kuala Lumpur hub. “The continued high jet fuel prices and the weakening demand for Read More


EU Air Traffic Levels Continue To Be Impacted By Global Economic Recession

January 13, 2012 - There were 522,959 flights in Irish controlled airspace in 2011, according to statistics published by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). This represents a 2% increase on the 513,236 flights recorded in 2010. However, more significantly, the 2011 performance is 13% below the number of flights in 2008, the  Read More


Learjet To Expand Wichita Site And Workforce

January 13, 2012 - Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor, and Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft, on Tuesday announced the details of the further expansion of Bombardier's Learjet site in Wichita. The growth of the site includes the expansion of the Bombardier Flight Test Center, the establishment of a Bombardier Center of Excellence of Engineering and Information Technology  Read More


Thousands Of U.S. Aerospace Jobs Threaten By Airline Industry Lawsuit

January 12, 2012 - A decision is expected soon on a lawsuit filed by an airline industry trade group that has the potential to cost thousands of U.S. aerospace jobs and cripple the work of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The Airlines for America (formerly Air Transport Association Inc.), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, on November 16, 2011, filed  Read More


2012 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide Now Available On The iPad

January 2012 - The 2012 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide is now available on the iPad, if you like the book you're gonna love the iPad app. The photos are stunning. The search feature lets you easily find what you're looking for. The index lets you run down through the island chains to find the island or airport you want. The bookmark feature lets  Read More


Alaska Airlines Receives 2012 Joseph S. Murphy Industry Service Award

January 12, 2012 - Air Transport World magazine has named Alaska Airlines the 2012 winner of its coveted Joseph S. Murphy Industry Service Award for outstanding public and community service. ATW's airline achievement awards, which recognize outstanding performance, innovation and service in commercial aviation, are among the longest running and most prestigious  Read More


Lufthansa Airlines To Begin Transatlantic Biosynthetic Fuel Fights

January 12, 2012 - After a six-month practical trial involving biosynthetic fuel, Lufthansa is pleased to announce the first positive results. In all, 1,187 biofuel flights were operated between Hamburg and Frankfurt. According to initial calculations, CO2 emissions were reduced by 1,471 tons. Total consumption of the biokerosene mix amounted to 1,556 tons. “Our burnFAIR project went off smoothly and  Read More


Lockheed EC-121 Super Constellation "Connie” Flies Home To Yanks Air Museum

January 11, 2012 - A Cold War hero will take to the skies once again as the world’s only flyable Lockheed EC-121 Super Constellation "Connie” flies home to Yanks Air Museum for permanent display on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The Lockheed Constellation was a propeller-driven aircraft powered by four 18-cylinder radial Read More


Government Regulations, Challenges, Impact On Airline Business Revenues

January 11, 2012 - Government regulation regarding airport security, emissions and taxes is one of top issues negatively impacting global airlines’ revenues over the next 18 months. This is according to a bi-annual Sabre Airline Solutions survey of executives at nearly 80 regional and global airlines worldwide who were asked to rank what positively Read More


Spirit Aerosystems Delivers First A350 XWB Center Fuselage To Airbus

January 11, 2012 - Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. has successfully delivered its first composite center fuselage section for the Airbus A350 XWB program. The upper and forward lower shell (Section 15) composite fuselage panels were joined in Spirit's Saint-Nazaire, France, facility before being delivered to Airbus. Spirit is the world's largest independent supplier of commercial airplane Read More


UK CAA Warns If Consumer Aviation Policy Not Put In Place Passengers Will Suffer

January 11, 2012 - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has advised the Government that without a credible, long-term Aviation Policy Framework that focuses on consumers, not airlines or airports, and allows capacity to develop sustainably, it is likely that prices will rise, route choice will drop and the UK economy will suffer. Andrew Haines, CAA Chief Executive, said: “Additional capacity  Read More


OAG Projects Air Passenger Fares May Rise Up To 5.2% As A Result Of EU’s ETS

January 10, 2012 - OAG, the global leader in aviation intelligence and a UBM Aviation brand, on Monday released the latest in its series of Aviation Market Reports. This new report explores the implications of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme for the aviation industry. Airlines operating flights within Europe  Read More


Prosecutor Investigating Poland’s Presidents Plane Crash Attempts Suicide

January 10, 2012 - Mikolaj Przybyl a Polish military Prosecutor General in Poznan shot himself after cutting short a news conference in which he defended the work of his office investigation into leaks related to the plane crash that killed Poland's president, Lech Aleksander Kaczyński on April 10, 2010 and planned reforms to put military prosecutors  Read More


NCCU Dean And Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Stewart B. Fulbright Dies At 91

January 10, 2012 - Dr. Stewart B. Fulbright, 92, a Tuskegee Airman during World War II who later became the first dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University, died in Durham on January 1. Born in Springfield, Mo., in 1919, Dr. Fulbright attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., graduating in 1941 with a bachelor’s degree in French. He remained at Lincoln as an instructor in French. In early 1943  Read More


ITT Exelis Forms Leadership Team To Build FAA’s NextGen Communications System

January 10, 2012 - ITT Exelis has announced its pursuit team for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) contract. DCIS is the second major step in building NextGen, the FAA’s comprehensive, long-term plan to modernize today’s radar-based air traffic control system with satellite-based surveillance and navigation and new ground technologies. It will allow planes to Read More


EU Aircraft Operators Call For Fair And Equitable Implementation Of EU ETS

January 9, 2012 – The European aviation business community renews its support for market-based measures on entry into the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), as part of a multi-prong approach to mitigating the rise of carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. However the European Business Aviation Read More


Murder Suicide By Navy Pilot New Years Day Writes Disturbing Comments

January 9, 2012 - San Diego Sheriff's Homicide investigators continue with the investigation into the shooting that took place on Park Place in Coronado which left four people dead in a murder-suicide in the early morning hours of New Year's Day. At about 2:20 AM, January 1, 2012, David Andrew Reis age 25, a Navy pilot, Karen Elizabeth Reis sister to Read More


Eurocopter's EC175 Exceeds Targets With A 30 Percent Increase In Performance

January 9, 2012 - In releasing EC175 enhanced performance specifications, Eurocopter announced a baseline payload/radius-of-action capacity with 16 passengers at 135 nautical miles when configured for offshore oil and gas missions, out-performing any medium-lift helicopter on the market in terms of competitiveness. This represents a 30 percent performance increase compared with the initial performance baseline. For longer  Read More


Balloon Accident Kills 11, One Of New Zealand’s Deadliest Air Accidents In History

January 8, 2012 - A Cameron A-210 hot air balloon operated by Early Morning Balloons carrying 11 people crashed into power lines and then caught fire killing all onboard on Saturday in a rural town of Clareville near the township of Carterton, New Zealand. This was New Zealand’s deadliest air crash in nearly 50 years. It appears that the pilot, Lance Hopping may have been caught in a downdraft that forced the balloon onto power lines. The pilot was able to Read More


Coast Guard, Bahamian Officials Locate Downed Aircraft And Its Crew

January 8, 2012 - Coast Guard crews, and partner agencies respond to a downed single engine Cirrus type aircraft with two people aboard in the waters approximately 2 miles west of Andros, Bahamas, Saturday. Richard McGlaughlin, 59, and Elaine McGlaughlin, 25, made a distress call over the radio stating their aircraft was going down  Read More


Illegally Smuggled Military Aircraft, AD-4N Skyraider To End Up At Naval Museum

January 8, 2012 - A federal judge in Alabama has issued a forfeiture order for a Douglas AD-4N Skyraider aircraft after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) determined that it had been smuggled into the United States illegally. On Dec. 21, Judge William M.  Read More


New Law Eases Airport Screening For Troops, Families

January 8, 2012 - President Barack Obama signed a bill into law to streamline airport screening procedures for service members and their families traveling on official orders. The Risk-based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act gives the Transportation Security Administration six months to develop and implement a plan to expedite screening services for  Read More


New Mexico And Its 'Air' Roots

January 8, 2012 - On Friday the state of New Mexico celebrated its centennial. Though the Air Force officially made its appearance in the Tularosa Basin in February 1942 with the construction of Alamogordo Army Airfield, the air power roots of America were established only 150 miles from Holloman four years after New Mexico's admittance into the union in 1912 as the 47th state. America's first deployment and operational use of military air power did Read More


Boeing Expects 2012 To Be "Year Of The 737 Max"

January 5, 2012 - Boeing booked 805 net commercial airplane orders in 2011, fueled by a late flurry of record-breaking deals. The company also delivered 477 airplanes, ending the year with a strong backlog of 3,771 unfilled commercial orders. "This past year was one of the most exciting and important years in Boeing's history  Read More


Buffalo Airport TSA Worker Sentenced On Corruption Charges

January 5, 2012 - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Minnetta Walker, 44, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, to be followed by one year supervised released, by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who  Read More


MSP International Airport’s Terminal 1-Lindbergh Turns 50

January 5, 2012 - Minneapolis, St. Paul (MSP) International Airport’s Terminal 1-Lindbergh celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, a monument to the sweeping changes that have altered aviation, the airport and world as a whole in the past five decades. “When the terminal opened in January 1962, the aviation industry was still highly regulated, commercial air fares  Read More


Boeing To Close Witchita Facility By The End Of 2013

January 5, 2012 - The Boeing Company announced that the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) facility in Wichita will close by the end of 2013. The Wichita facility currently employs more than 2,160 employees. "The decision to close our Wichita facility was difficult but ultimately was based on a thorough study of the current and future market environment and our ability to remain competitive  Read More

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