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Aviation News Top Headliners     November 2010

FAA Fines California Flight School

November 30, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to assess a $221,650 civil penalty against Flying Vikings, Inc. (FVI) a flight school in Hayward, California for allegedly failing to complete the required training for its staff and failing to maintain training records, as required by Federal Aviation Regulations. Flying Vikings is a flight training school located at Hayward Executive Airport in the San Francisco  Read More

Lufthansa Airlines To Offer World’s First Passenger Biofuel Flights

November 30, 2010 - Lufthansa is launching the world’s first ever scheduled commercial passenger flights using bio-fuel in the first half of 2011, with an IAE (International Aero Engines) powered Airbus A321 aircraft. The daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt, will be the first in the world to use a bio-fuel blend made from 50 per cent Hydrotreated Vegetable  Read More


Jetairfly Takes Delivery On First Boeing Next Generation 737-800

November 30, 2010 - Boeing and Brussels-based Jetairfly celebrated the delivery of the airline's first Next-Generation 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior. Jetairfly, part of TUI Travel PLC, the largest tourism group in London, is the first European-based airline to operate a 737 with the new passenger-inspired interior. "The 737's operating and environmental performance  Read More


Piper PA-46 Matrix Equipped With Avidyne Entegra Release 9

November 30, 2010 - Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced customer delivery of the first Entegra Release 9-equipped Piper PA-46 Matrix aircraft. This was the first PA-46 aircraft to get the R9 upgrade, which includes dual IFD5000 integrated flight displays and dual FMS900w WAAS-capable  Read More


Lan Airlines To Acquire Colombian Airline

November 29, 2010 - LAN Airlines S.A. announced the signing of the definitive purchase agreement for the acquisition of 98.942% of the outstanding shares of Colombian airline AIRES. Having completed the due diligence process, LAN will acquire AIRES for US$12 million in cash, in addition to assuming net liabilities of approximately US$100 million, which include US$18 million of bank  Read More


ACLU Received Over 900 Complaints - “Enhanced” TSA Security Measures

November 29, 2010 - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has received over 900 complaints in the month of November from travelers who have been subjected to the Transportation Security Authority’s (TSA) new “enhanced” screening procedures. The procedures include sending travelers through backscatter  Read More


UK Pilots Warn Of Body Scanners And Pat Downs

November 29, 2010 - The British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) on Thursday hailed the 'commonsense' of the United States' Transport Security Authority which has declared that airline pilots need not go through body scanners set up in the USA and that a new system will be introduced that allows free movement of US pilots inside the States based on pre-checks. Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, said  Read More


FAA Issues First License Permitting Reentry To Earth

November 29, 2010 - The FAA has issued its first license permitting the reentry to earth of a privately developed spacecraft to the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) The Space X Dragon space capsule will launch atop their Falcon 9 rocket on December 7 and return to earth. While initially unmanned, the mission is a precursor to NASA and SpaceX efforts to eventually provide commercial trips to  Read More


Air Force Major Dismissed Under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" To Rejoin The Military

November 28, 2010 - Major Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse who had been dismissed under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, will be able to resume her service with the U.S. Air Force. Major Witt will become the first openly gay person to serve in the military due to a court order under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The  Read More


FAA Responds To EAA Request For Extension Of IA Policy Proposal

November 28, 2010 — The proposed “policy clarification” regarding A&P mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), published by the FAA in the Federal Register, is still creating many questions among EAA members as well as varying interpretations of the policy. EAA has continued its dialogue with FAA officials to  Read More


Passenger Demand Strengthens Freight At A Turning Point

November 28, 2010 - The International Air Transport Association announced international traffic results for October showing a 10.1% year-on-year increase in passenger demand and a 14.4% year-on-year increase for international freight. “As we approach the end of 2010,  Read More


Boeing To Make Changes To 787 Power Panel

November 28, 2010 - Boeing is developing minor design changes to power distribution panels on the 787 and updates to the systems software that manages and protects power distribution on the airplane. These changes come as the result of what has been learned from the investigation of an onboard electrical fire on a test   Read More


Evergreen Airlines Pilots To Vote On Strike

November 25, 2010 - The Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) Master Executive Council (MEC) has announced that they are conducting a strike ballot of the membership to be prepared for all possible contingencies should negotiations fail. EIA crewmembers, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA)  Read More


No Full Body Scans Or 'Enhanced' Pat Downs For Flight Crews

November 25, 2010 - As airports brace for the busiest days of the year, two groups won’t be holding up the security lines pilots and flight attendants. Media outlets, including the Monitor, widely reported the pilots’ deal last week, but fewer have noted that flight attendants  Read More


Canadian Consumers Rank Chicago O'Hare Airport 'Top Turkey'

November 24, 2010 - FlightNetwork, one of Canada's leaders in online travel, announced the results of their latest 'State of Air Travel Poll,' aimed at giving Canadians a voice to weigh-in on the biggest issues facing the travel industry in 2010. As thousands of Canadians are set to fly across the border for American Thanksgiving, FlightNetwork newest poll asked Canadian consumers to identify America's worst  Read More


Pilot Identity Verification Program Moves Forward

November 24, 2010 - Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole announced that the agency is taking additional steps to streamline security screening for U.S. air carrier pilots. Pistole directed TSA to review existing protocols for pilots after he was appointed to lead the agency this summer. “Pilots are trusted partners who ensure the safety of millions of passengers flying every day,” said  Read More


Air Cargo Screening Bill An Early Warning For Transportation Planners

November 23, 2010 - ComSec International, an independent provider of cargo screening services and consultation, has started advising shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and other companies involved in supply chain management to begin tentative planning for new federal air cargo screening requirements. When passed, the Air Cargo Read More


DHL Helps Boy Scouts Distribute Popcorn Across Chicago

November 23, 2010 - DHL, the world's leading logistics company, assisted the Boy Scouts of America’s Chicago Area Council with their bi-annual popcorn sale that took place Saturday, November 20th. For the fourth year in a row, DHL Global Forwarding provided use of their facility to store approximately 50 pallets of popcorn and helped a group of Boy and Cub Scouts with the sorting and unloading of the pallets distributed  Read More


Maintenance Trainer Rotor Aircraft To Be Previewed At Training Conference

November 23, 2010 - Kratos will provide a sneak preview of its latest maintenance training device (MBRAT) for rotor aircrafts, at I/ITSEC, the world's largest modeling, simulation and training conference. MBRAT stands for Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Avionics Trainer and is scheduled for general availability in the first quarter of 2011. The MBRAT is a new concept in part-task trainers for mastering aircraft Maintenance  Read More


Jacksonville Aviation Authority Launches Rebranding Effort

November 23, 2010 - In preparation for its 10-year anniversary next year and to highlight its many successes, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) unveiled a new branding campaign designed to build better awareness of the city’s vibrant aviation system. The branding campaign includes a new overall logo for the authority, new logos for each of its four airports, the renaming of three of the airports and new websites. JAA  Read More


US Airways Honors Maintenance Manager For 50 Years Of Service

November 22, 2010 - US Airways’ Line Maintenance Manager, Charles W. Marler, was recognized for his five decades of service in the airline industry with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award. The award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior aviation mechanics and is named in honor of Charles  Read More


NetJets Supports Art Basel Miami Beach

November 22, 2010 - NetJets the global leader in private aviation, announced that the company will continue its longstanding support of Art Basel Miami Beach, North America’s premier modern and contemporary art show. NetJets has proudly partnered with the international fair since 2002. Art Basel Miami Beach will run from December 2-5, 2010 at the Miami Beach  Read More


US Airways Pilots Protest Slow Pace Of Contract Talks

November 22, 2010 - The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots of US Airways, on Tuesday picketed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to bring attention to what it believes to be US Airways' efforts to take advantage of its pilots, already the lowest-compensated pilot group among the major airlines. Tuesday’s picketing event is a continuation of the pilots' public display of frustration with what USAPA believes to be US Airways  Read More


GBA Introduces ArrowHawk Gyroplane At Airshow China In Zhuhai

November 22, 2010 - Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. ("GBA"), a world-wide leader in gyroplane technology, is announced the introduction of the GBA ArrowHawk Gyroplane, at China's premier Air Show in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. The ArrowHawk reflects the latest technology from GBA's 24 years of designing safe, high performance rotor wing aircraft. Media members at the Zhuhai Air Show will be welcome to visit us at our Booth Number D1-1A, Hall #1. Read More


Mooney Aircraft Employees Face Another Round Of Layoffs

November 21, 2010 - Mooney employees received unwelcome news this week as the holiday season approaches. More difficult decisions were necessary that will eliminate many of the current positions at the company by year end. "We are not shutting down," said Mooney Chief Financial Officer Barry Hodkin. "However, we cannot   Read More


FAA Fines K-Mart And Radiology Corp For Not Properly Declaring Caro

November 21, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing civil penalties against K-Mart of Royal Oak, Michigan and Radiology Corporation of America of Delray Beach, Florida for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials shipping regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration  Read More


ICAO Strengthens Air Cargo Security Measures

November 21, 2010 - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has adopted more stringent air cargo security standards, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the overall security of air transport operations worldwide. The new measures emphasize more extensive screening of cargo, mail and other goods prior to placing them on board aircraft and better protection  Read More


JAL Voluntary Retirement Fails Company Will Layoff Flight Crews

November 21, 2010 - Japan Airlines reported it will layoff up to 250 pilots and flight attendants as a result of its voluntary retirement program failed to meet company job reduction targets. In 2009, Japan Airlines suffered steep financial losses, despite remaining Asia's largest airline by revenue. As a result, the airline embarked on staff cuts and route cutbacks in an effort to  Read More


Legacy 600 Recovered From The Jungles Of Brazil By A US Company

November 20, 2010 - Constant Aviation, a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility headquartered at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, announced they were the service center of choice to perform the recovery of the Embraer Legacy 600 involved in an incident mid-flight over Brazil in 2006. The aircraft has remained out of service in a remote  Read More


Wayne County Airport Authority Holds Contractor Accountable

November 20, 2010 - Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA), operator of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport, has reached a settlement agreement with former contractor John Carlo, Inc. (JCI) following the discovery by WCAA of irregularities with the contractor’s compliance with the Authority’s Disadvantaged Business  Read More


ITT Delivers First Composite Assembly Of Sikorsky CH-53K Helicopter

November 20, 2010 - ITT Corporation has delivered its first major structural subassemblies for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. This delivery culminates nearly three years of advanced design, development, testing and manufacturing to provide sponsors for the CH-53K helicopter. These assemblies represent significant technology advancement by applying composite materials versus traditional metals to military aircraft that operate in  Read More


FAA Fines Aviation Technical Services Of Everett Washington

November 20, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $530,250 civil penalty against Aviation Technical Services, Inc. (ATS), an aviation repair station in Everett, Washington, for allegedly failing to follow approved procedures while maintaining 14 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737s. Specifically, the FAA alleges ATS failed to follow Southwest’s Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP) during work to accomplish five    Read More


FAA Proposes Requiring Pilot Certificates To Include Photos

November 19, 2010 -The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today it is proposing that all pilot certificates include photos of the certificate holder. This action follows a requirement that all pilot certificates be made of plastic and contain security features, such as a hologram and an ultraviolet   Read More


Combating The Sexual Exploitation Of Children In Travel

November 19, 2010 - The first-ever nationwide Canadian campaign to combat the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism was officially launched Thursday at Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to mark International Children's Rights Day. This country-wide effort is the first time that  Read More


Air Force F-22 Raptor Wreckage Found Pilot Still Missing

November 19, 2010 - Search and rescue crews have found the apparent wreckage of an Air Force F-22 Raptor. The F-22 lost contact with air traffic control at 7:40 p.m. local time while on a routine training mission on Tuesday. A search was coordinated by officials with the Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Coordination Center. Airmen in HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and an HC-130 King combed an area northeast of Cantwell, Alaska, the last known location of the aircraft.  Read More


FAA Works To Ease Delays For Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

November 19, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing for a busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week by working with the Department of Defense to clear the way for commercial aircraft to fly in airspace normally reserved for the military. "We want to do everything we can to make it easier for people to travel so they can spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We appreciate  Read More


Japanese Airline Executives Indicted On Conspiracy To Fix Air Cargo Rates

November 18, 2010 - An Atlanta grand jury returned an indictment today against a former executive of Japan Airlines International Co. Ltd. (JAL) and two former executives of Nippon Cargo Airlines Co. Ltd. for participating in a conspiracy to fix and coordinate components of rates for air cargo shipments to and from the United States, the Department of  Read More


Air Malta Denies It Is Planning To Dismiss 1000 Employees

November 18, 2010 - Air Malta categorically denies the recent media report saying that the airline is planning to dismiss 1000 employees. Air Malta confirms that leading international consultants from Ernst & Young have been engaged to draw up a restructuring plan to ensure the long term viability of the airline. A substantial number of airlines in Europe  Read More


Eurocopter Signs Agreement For Maintenance Company In China

November 18, 2010 - A five-year development plan for the expansion of capabilities at COHC General Aviation Maintenance & Engineering Company in China has been signed by Eurocopter and the two other shareholders of this jointly-owned operation, Citic Offshore Helicopter and Samwell Aviation. The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) is to take effect in 2011, and will drive the expansion of CGAMEC’s helicopter maintenance activities   Read More


Sikorsky Helicopters Flying Strong In China

November 18, 2010 - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered nine new S-76 and S-92 helicopters to China in 2010 the most ever in a single year for China. Through a steady stream of deliveries that include the delivery of two S-76C search and rescue (SAR) helicopters to the Ministry of Transport (MOT) China Rescue and Salvage helicopters last week and two S-76C++ to Eastern General Aviation Company (EGAC) currently being delivered. Sikorsky announced  Read More


Flight Crews And Public Not In Support Of Backscatter Full Body Scanning

November 17, 2010 - In response to increased threats in commercial aviation, more travelers and flight crews are expected to encounter Backscatter full-body scanners at many major airports this holiday season as a result of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implementation of the use of Advanced Imaging Technology  Read More


Airforwarders Called On Congress To Secure Air Cargo

November 17, 2010 - The Airforwarders Association on Tuesday called on Congress to work with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement a risk-based assessment program for securing inbound air cargo. International cooperation will be required to improve security  Read More


Two Boeing 787 Dreamliners ZA001 And ZA005 To Return To Seattle

November 17, 2010 - While the investigation into the incident onboard 787 Dreamliner ZA002 continues, Boeing has established a plan to fly two other aircraft, ZA001 and ZA005, back to Seattle from Rapid City, S.D., and Victorville, Calif. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has reviewed and approved the plans. During   Read More


Airline Employment Down 0.6 Percent

November 17, 2010 - U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.6 percent fewer workers in September 2010 than in September 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported on Tuesday. This is the 27th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers  Read More


Airbus CEO Joins Parachutists In Jump From A400M

November 16, 2010 - A ten-man team of parachutists who jumped from the new Airbus Military A400M airlifter yesterday included Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders, and the A400M Program Manager at the OCCAR organization for the management of European Defense Program, Bruno Delannoy. The two men, both accomplished skydivers, were part of a highly experienced team of Airbus staff and  Read More


Funding Committed For New O’Hare South Air Traffic Control Tower

November 16, 2010 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will fund the design and construction of a new South Air Traffic Control Tower at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, scheduled to be built as part of the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The agreement will allow Chicago to complete the construction of  Read More


Black Hawk Helicopter Takes Historic First Flight In Poland

November 16, 2010 - An S-70i Black Hawk helicopter has flown in Poland for the first time, marking an historic milestone for the helicopter line being produced by Sikorsky Aircraft’s company in Poland, PZL Mielec. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. PZL Mielec is the final assembly center for the S-70i helicopter, the newest Black Hawk variant, which is being produced for the international market. The  Read More


SkyTerra 1 Satellite Sends 1st Signals From Space

November 16, 2010 - Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from LightSquared's SkyTerra 1 following the satellite's launch at 12:29 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday on an International Launch Services Proton vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Controllers at the ground station in Hartebeesthoek, South Africa, confirmed initial contact with the spacecraft at 9:50 p.m. Eastern time. Signal  Read More


TSA Employees Move Closer To Union Representation

November 15, 2010 – Even as the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) eagerly moves to a union representation election for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees, its president expressed the union’s determination to accelerate its lead role in the effort to secure much-needed collective bargaining rights for these employees. “The action by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) in ordering  Read More


Florida Tech And FIT Aviation Pilots Killed In Plane Crash

November 15, 2010 – On Thursday at 6:05 PM, Florida Institute of Technology pilot training facility, FIT Aviation, aircraft, a Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, N883FT, carrying four onboard crashed just after takeoff at Palm Beach International Airport. The NTSB lead investigator Ralph “Butch” Wilson reported the Piper Seminole’s left engine failed on takeoff as a result of the engine not getting any fuel. When "corrective action" wasn't  Read More


FTI Review Panel Report Out On FAA Telecommunications Outage

November 15, 2010 - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepted the second and final report on the November 2009 telecommunications outage prepared by an independent review panel assigned to investigate the incident. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt had asked the panel to examine the cause of the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) outage and  Read More


Unique Vacations Fined For Violating DOT Price Advertising Rules

November 15, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) assessed a civil penalty against the ticket agent Unique Vacations for violating the Department’s rules for advertising the price of air travel. The company was assessed a civil penalty of $200,000. “When people buy tickets for air travel, they have the right to know how much they will have to Read More


FBI Reports Cargo Theft A Growing Multi Billion Dollar Problem

November 14, 2010 - You probably don’t hear much about cargo theft on the news, but it poses a real and rising threat to our country’s economy and national security. During the past five years, the groups involved in this crime have become better organized and more violent and the price tag associated with the thefts is Read More


FAA Address Aging Commercial Aircraft In Finalized Rule

November 14, 2010 - In a continuing effort to address aging aircraft issues, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finalized a rule designed to protect most of today’s commercial planes and those designed in the future from structural damage as they age. The new rule seeks to prevent “widespread fatigue  Read More

  Bombardier To Participate In Airshow China 2010

November 14, 2010 - Bombardier Aerospace announced its participation in the 2010 edition of Airshow China, which will be taking place from November 16 to 21 in Zhuhai, People’s Republic of China. Bombardier will highlight its extensive range of business and commercial aircraft, as well as its customer services portfolio, at this event. The company’s static display will
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    Lockheed Martin Delivers Key GPS III Test Hardware Ahead of Schedule

November 14, 2010 - The Lockheed Martin-led team developing the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS III) has completed the program’s first contract deliverable ahead of schedule, by shipping the GPS III Bus Real Time Simulator (BRTS) from its Newtown, Pa., facility to Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif., on September 10, 2010. Acceptance  Read More
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Jeppesen Introduces Cessna 172 Aircraft Flight Training Solution

November 12, 2010 - Continuing a legacy of industry-leading aviation training programs, Jeppesen recently introduced a new Cessna 172 Total Training solution for the popular general aviation aircraft. The Cessna 172 Total Training solution incorporates learning situations from all phases of flight, from  Read More


LAN Selects GE To Develop RNP Navigation At Five Airports

November 12, 2010 - GE’s PBN Services business in Kent, Wash. (Naverus, Inc.) will design the optimized arrivals and departures using Required Navigation Performance technology (RNP). RNP is an advanced form of PBN that, for a typical airline, can eliminate an average of 10 nautical miles from the distance an airplane flies on Read More


UPS Appoints Romaine Seguin As President Of UPS Americas

November 12, 2010 - In her new role, Seguin will be responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in more than 50 countries and territories and also will oversee UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Latin America, Miami and the Caribbean. "Throughout her career with UPS, Romaine has excelled in leadership positions in both the United States and Europe and we're confident that she's going to make a tremendous impact on our Americas Region," said  Read More


Colton Harris-Moore Indicted On Aircraft Theft, Flying Without Airman’s Certificate

November 12, 2010 - Colton Harris-Moore, 19, of Camano Island, Washington, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Washington in connection with his lengthy crime spree in the Pacific Northwest. Harris-Moore is charged with interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman’s certificate, and interstate  Read More


Flight Test Cockpit Fire Encountered On Boeing 787 Dreamliner

November 11, 2010 - During approach to Laredo, Texas, on Tuesday, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a test flight, airplane ZA002 lost primary electrical power as a result of an onboard electrical fire. Backup systems, including the deployment of the Ram Air Turbine (RAT), functioned as expected and allowed the crew to complete a   Read More


Rolls Royce Receives $1.2 Billion Order From China Eastern Airlines

November 11, 2010 - Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won an order worth $1.2bn, at list prices, from China Eastern Airlines for Trent 700 engines to power 16 Airbus A330 aircraft.  The order includes a TotalCare long-term service agreement. Rolls-Royce and China Eastern Airlines have also formed a Carbon  Read More


Bombardier CRJ1000 Regional Jet Receives Two Type Certificates

November 11, 2010 - Bombardier Aerospace announced that Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency have awarded Aircraft Type Certificates for the 100-seat CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet. The largest member of the CRJ Series family of regional jets, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft was officially launched on February 19, 2007 to meet the requirements of regional airlines for increased capacity and lower seat-  Read More


Airplane Wreckage Of National Park Employees Located Sukoi Bay

November 11, 2010 - Debris from the plane carrying three National Park Service employees in Katmai National Park was located on the park's rugged northern coast. Katmai National Park Superintendent Ralph Moore said he was notified by a local helicopter pilot, Sam Egli, that he had spotted portions of the aircraft, including a piece of the tail with identifying numbers, on a narrow section of beach about 10 miles  Read More


CAPA Calls For Improved Screening Of Cargo On All Cargo Flights

November 10, 2010 - The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) representing over 28,000 commercial passenger and cargo pilots is calling for improved screening of cargo carried aboard all-cargo commercial flights for the second time in 3 years. CAPA was influential in passing the cargo screening bill in 2007 after four Read More


Trade Association On TSA Printer Cartridges Directive On Commercial Flights

November 10, 2010 - The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, commented on the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) directive, which went into effect Monday, which prohibits transportation of printer and toner cartridges weighing 16 ounces or  Read More


Embraer’s Legacy 650 Jet Meets Long Range Flight Expectations

November 10, 2010 – Embraer’s new large Legacy 650 executive jet demonstrator completed a nonstop flight from Dubai (UAE) to London’s Farnborough Airport, in the U.K. The aircraft covered an equivalent still air distance of 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 kilometers) in 8 hours. The flight was performed with ten occupants, seven passengers and three crew members aboard a typically equipped Legacy 650.  Read More


Tarmac Delays Down As A Result Of Tougher Regulations

November 10, 2010 – The nation’s largest airlines reported four flights in September with tarmac delays of more than three hours, down from six flights in September 2009, with only a slight increase in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) showed the only tarmac  Read More


US Airways To Add 500 Crew Members In 2011

November 9, 2010 - US Airways announced that it will need 500 crew members next year primarily in anticipation of planned retirements and attrition, which will be filled by recalling employees currently on furlough, as well as through hiring new crew members. The majority of these returning and new pilots and flight attendants will be  Read More


Pilots Urge Risk-Based Approach To Air Cargo Security

November 9, 2010 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), renewed its long-standing call for an air cargo screening policy that is risk-based, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and for fundamental security enhancements that will bring all-cargo flight operations up to passenger airline standards. “The events of  Read More


Quebec’s Premier Aviation Expands Maintenance Acquires NY’s Empire Aero

November 9, 2010 - Directly following last weeks announcement of the expansion its headquarter facility in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Premier Aviation Inc. announced, the expansion of its services to the U.S.  Premier Aviation Ltd. has completed the acquisition of the assets of the Empire Aero center in Rome, New York located at the Griffiss International airport. Premier  Read More


Google And AirTran To Give Passengers Free Inflight Wi-Fi This Holiday Season

November 9, 2010 - AirTran Airways, and Google Chrome, the innovative web browser from Google unveiled a unique promotion to bring free inflight Wi-Fi to all AirTran Airways passengers this holiday season. AirTran Airways is the only major airline to have Wi-Fi on every flight. From November 20, 2010, through January 2, 2011, AirTran Airways passengers will have  Read More


Goodyear Emphasizes Importance Of Aircraft Tire Pressure Checks

November 8, 2010 - Most people are familiar with the cliché "too much of a good thing," but there is no such thing as excess when it comes to checking aircraft tire pressure. Aviation tires' design and construction differ from automobile tires, and though it is important to maintain the correct pressure in car tires  Read More


American Cancer Society Names United Airlines’ Glenn Tilton CEO Of The Year

November 8, 2010 - The American Cancer Society, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization, has presented United Airlines’ Glenn F. Tilton with its inaugural Corporate Impact: CEO of the Year Award – Excellence in Leadership and Impact.  As part of the American Cancer Society Corporate Impact Award Series  Read More


AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag Protecting Passengers On Over 60 Airlines Worldwide

November 8, 2010 - AmSafe Industries one of the leading providers of engineered restraint systems, announced that the AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag is now available on approximately 35,000 seats on aircraft operated by over 60 airlines worldwide. "Since the FAA's 16G rule went into effect late last year and raised the bar for airlines in the area of occupant protection, demand for the AmSafe seatbelt airbag has increased  Read More


Northrop Employee Honored By Society Of Hispanic Professional Engineers

November 8, 2010 - Leony Rosa, a wireless test engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation, has received the 2010 Professional Role Model award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) for his outstanding contributions and leadership to the Hispanic community. As a wireless test engineer for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector, Rosa is responsible for the development, testing  Read More


Marsh Aviation Charged With Arms Export Violations

November 7, 2010 - A local aviation company and its chief executive officer have been charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act, following a joint investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the FBI and the Defense Criminal  Read More


NASA Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery

November 7, 2010 - NASA postponed space shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station due to a hydrogen gas leak detected while filling the external tank. The next launch attempt could be no earlier than November 30.  The leak, detected early Friday morning while the shuttle's external fuel tank was  Read More


FAA Proposes Safety Management Systems For Airlines

November 7, 2010 - In a continuing effort to take the U.S. aviation system to the next level of safety, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to require Safety Management Systems (SMS) for  Read More


All Nippon Airways Pleas Guilty To Price Fixing

November 7, 2010 - All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. (ANA) has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $73 million criminal fine for its role in two separate conspiracies to fix prices in the air transportation industry, the  Read More


  Boeing Achieves Power On Sequence On The 747-8 Intercontinental

November 6, 2010 - Boeing has completed the power on sequence for the new 747-8 Intercontinental. This milestone enables the program to begin functional tests on the airplane. "This is a critical step in the assembly process for the new 747-8 Intercontinental," said Elizabeth Lund, 747 deputy program manager, Boeing Commercial 
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United Airlines Unveils The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season Plane

November 6, 2010 - United Airlines has unveiled The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season Plane. The Boeing 757 aircraft is newly painted from nose to tail, with imagery from The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season. Onboard the aircraft, customers will notice a specially decorated interior and will be greeted by a special  Read More


NAACP And US Airways To Partner To Strengthen Workplace Diversity

November 6, 2010 – The Philadelphia Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Philadelphia NAACP) and US Airways announced they are partnering to enhance the airline’s workplace diversity programs in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. As part of this partnership, US Airways will continue to demonstrate its strong commitment to diversity and equal opportunity for all employees and will enhance the airline’s  Read More


Passenger Smuggles Halloween Candy Laced With Cocaine Into FTL Airport

November 6, 2010 – An 18-year-old Puerto Rican man was arrested on drug smuggling charges by special agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Jose Manuel Torres Perez is charged with importing smuggle 21 pounds of cocaine or more of cocaine into the United States. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison. Federal investigators  Read More

  Museum Of Flight Names New President And CEO

November 5, 2010 - The Museum of Flight in Seattle has named Douglas R. King as president and chief executive officer, succeeding Interim President Michael Hallman, who will return to his previous role as vice chairman of the museum's board of trustees. King comes to the Museum of Flight from his post as president
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Aerojet Completes Acceptance Testing On NASAs 2nd Orion R-4D Engine

November 5, 2010 – Aerojet company in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA, successfully completed acceptance testing on the second R-4D development engine. The R-4D is the Aerojet engine that will be used on NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle for the service module auxiliary propulsion.  Read More


Carmanah-Adb Lighting System Selected For Venezuela Air Force Upgrade

November 5, 2010 - The strategic partnership between airfield lighting pioneers Carmanah Technologies Corporation of Victoria, British Columbia and ADB Airfield Solutions of Columbus, Ohio has yielded a significant purchase order from the Venezuela Air Force for a joint solar and AC-powered airfield lighting system, valued in excess of $300,000 USD, as part of an infrastructure upgrade at an undisclosed Read More


TAP Begins C-Checks On Its Fleet Of Airbus Aircraft

November 5, 2010 - As the controlling company of TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil since 2005, TAP Portugal will now take advantage of Rio de Janeiro facilities in its Latin American subsidiary to perform C-Checks on a series of A330/A340 aircraft in its fleet. Upon completion of the program’s initial stage, the first aircraft was delivered to TAP Lisbon on October 10. The nose-to-tail services provided  Read More


TSA Administrator Visits Yemen To Review Air Cargo Security Practices

November 4, 2010 – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole on Wednesday visited Yemen to meet with government officials including Deputy Prime Minister Rashad al-Alimi, officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Interior as well as the U.S. Ambassador. The TSA Administrator  Read More


Korea Aerospace To Build The CWB On The F-15 Silent Eagle

November 4, 2010 – Boeing has announced that the company has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) for KAI to design, develop and manufacture the Conformal Weapons Bay (CWB) for the F-15 Silent Eagle. The Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle is a proposed upgrade of the F-15E by Boeing using stealth features, such as  Read More


Flight Attendants Call On TSA To Fully Implement CrewPass

November 3, 2010 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) has once again called for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to fully implement CrewPass, an identification credential for aviation workers that promotes expedited screening of those who most frequently must pass through airport  Read More


Pay Cut Would Make CommutAir Pilots Lowest Paid In The Industry

November 3, 2010 - Pilots for Continental Connection carrier CommutAir conducted an informational picket at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to protest proposed pay cuts that would make them the lowest-paid pilots for their aircraft type in the airline industry. Coming at a time when experts  Read More


Report Out On NY Flight Delays Causes And Nationwide Effects

November 3, 2010 - The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued their report on the causes and nationwide effects of flight delays at the principal New York area airports; Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark. The Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation requested that OIG determine the principal causes of flights delays in the New York region and identify the corresponding effect  Read More


Boeing Supports Space Shuttle Discovery’s Final Mission

November 3, 2010 - Boeing engineers and technicians are supporting Space Shuttle Discovery’s final mission, in part by processing the shuttle’s payload, which includes the last U.S. pressurized element to be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS). Discovery will launch on its final mission to the ISS from Kennedy Space Center today.  Boeing built Discovery nearly 30 years ago. Since then, the  Read More


Boeing Finalizes Russian Oder For B-737’s Worth $3.7 Billion

November 2, 2010 - Boeing and the State Corporation Rostechnology announced the finalization of an order for 50 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. The order includes purchase rights for an additional 35 Next-Generation 737s. The State Corporation's Supervisory Board approved the definitive agreement that was signed and announced on  Read More


Coast Guard Holds Ceremony For Fallen Aircrew Of Mid Air Collision

November 2, 2010 - U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento held a remembrance ceremony on Monday, honoring the Coast Guard and Marine Corps crews who were lost in a mid-air collision one year ago. While conducting a search and rescue mission, Coast Guard Rescue 1705, an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, collided with a U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W  Read More


Raytheon To Upgrade Military F-16 Aircraft Cockpit Displays

November 2, 2010 - Raytheon Company has won a contract to upgrade the Center Display Unit (CDU) of U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard F-16 aircraft. The initial contract value is $3.1 million for system integration and pre-production units. The contract includes options for production of up to 120 systems per year for five years. The Raytheon CDU will replace multiple analog flight instrument displays currently used  Read More


Air Fares On The Rise - Huntsville The Highest And Atlantic City Lowest

November 2, 2010 - Average domestic air fares rose to $341 in the second quarter of 2010, up 3.8 percent from the average fare of $328 in the first quarter in the fourth consecutive increase from the previous quarter, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported on Monday. During those four quarters, fares increased 13.1 percent after falling to a recent low of $301 Read More

Former Miami Airline Executives Indicted On Conspiracy To Fix Fuel Surcharges

November 1, 2010 - A Miami grand jury returned an indictment against four former airline executives of competing air cargo carriers for participating in a conspiracy to fix surcharges on air cargo shipments from the United States to South and Central America following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Department of Justice  Read More

    IATA Reports Stronger Passenger Weaker Freight For September 2010

November 1, 2010 -
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced international traffic results for September. International passenger traffic had a 10.5% year-on-year increase which is significantly stronger than the 6.5% rise recorded for August. International freight traffic recorded a 14.8% year-on-year Read More

Two NASA Spacecraft Begin New Exploration Assignments

November 1, 2010 - Two NASA spacecraft have been assigned a new mission after successfully completing their original science objectives earlier this year. The duo began making observations this week to study how solar wind electrifies, alters and erodes the moon's surface. Data could reveal valuable information for future explorers and give planetary scientists a hint of what's happening on other worlds around  Read More


EADS Marked Step Closer In KC-45 Refueling Tanker Program

November 1, 2010 - EADS North America has marked another step forward for its KC-45 aerial refueling tanker program with the maiden flight of the second Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF). The KC-45 is the U.S. Air Force configuration of the A330 MRTT, and is the only tanker offered in the Air Force’s tanker competition that is in production and  Read More

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