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AOPA Air Safety Foundation:
to general aviation safety
May 21 — Since the beginning,
AOPA has been dedicated to improving general aviation safety.
In 1950, the association created the AOPA Air Safety
Foundation with the exclusive mission of providing
safety research and education. These activities are funded by
contributions from safety-minded pilots and
Thursday evening, the Air Safety
Foundation's advisory board paid special honor to Art Keefe,
who in the past 10 years has significantly increased ASF's
funding and endowments, giving the foundation the resources to
expand its activities and develop innovative new safety
programs, such as interactive online training programs.
More on ASF and Keefe
In photo: AOPA
President Phil Boyer and Art Keefe. AOPA going strong at 65
Issues may have changed, but mission remains the same
21 — AOPA this week marks 65 years of protecting general
aviation (GA). The association plans to celebrate by
continuing its mission of education, information, and
advocacy: petitioning Congress on behalf of pilots; pressing
the FAA to protect and preserve the nation's airports;
fighting states' efforts to balance their budgets on the backs
of aircraft owners; and educating local leaders on the value
of general aviation to their communities.
"From the outset,
AOPA was intended to be a forceful advocate for general
aviation," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "With the backing
of our more than 400,000 members, we are an effective voice on
Capitol Hill and in the halls of the FAA and the
Transportation Security Administration. We've been able to
head off costly regulations and to make sure that general
aviation continues to have access to the national airspace.
More on AOPA's first 65 years
of learning at AOPA Fly-In and Open House
May 20 — If a
good pilot is always learning, then the 14th annual
AOPA Fly-In and Open House will be your
chance to be a very good pilot. AOPA and the AOPA Air Safety
Foundation will offer 11 hours of aviation
seminars during the June 5 event at AOPA headquarters
in Frederick, Md.
The AOPA Fly-In, held each year at the
association's home airport (Frederick Municipal Airport —
FDK), has grown to be the largest one-day event of its kind in
the nation. More on Fly-In
AOPA's Airport Watch
Part of the
plan long before
May 17 — The TSA says that, "The vigilance
of airport users is one of the most prevalent methods of
enhancing security at GA airports. Typically, the user
population is familiar with those individuals who have a valid
purpose for being on the airport property." Indeed. That's
exactly why AOPA launched AOPA's Airport Watch
program in March 2003, long before today's guidelines
[ Read the Airport Watch
brochure and view the Airport Watch
video ] More on AOPA's Airport Watch
TSA's new GA airport security guidelines — real test is how
they're applied AOPA's Airport Watch
17 — The Transportation Security Administration reaffirmed
today that it does not consider general aviation aircraft and
airports to be a threat, in and of themselves. In its
long-awaited guidelines for enhancing security at
general aviation airports , the agency said GA
airport managers have already undertaken voluntary security
measures both before and since the September 11 terrorist
attacks. The guidelines, which contain many of AOPA's
suggestions , are intended to offer a consistent set
of best practices that offer a level of security appropriate
to each airport's situation.
"AOPA worked long and hard to
make sure TSA made the guidelines relevant to general aviation
— that they didn't apply airline airport security to GA," said
AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Now that the federal guidelines
are out, it's crucial that decisions by state and local
authorities reflect the guidelines and are appropriate to each
GA airport's individual situation."
|...KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq
-- Security forces Airmen on a night patrol are silhouetted by
an oil refinery fire May 18.|
This Week in
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) An
F-15 Eagle crashed into the Gulf of Mexico at about noon May
The plane, assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing here, was
on a training mission.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.
(AFPN) A Taurus XL rocket launches from here May 20 carrying a
remote sensing satellite.
Airmen, Iraqis dig up
KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) An
ages-old mystery is being unearthed here thanks to some
amateur archeologists serving with the 506th Air Expeditionary
Medics treat more than 620 in
KEP, Cambodia (AFPN) U.S. military medics
have treated more than 620 patients and have scheduled 100
surgeries in a small hospital complex in Cambodia since May
SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN)
Tech. Sgt. Robert Glasco fills a base water truck at a
Last Randolph T-38A
simulator shut down
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas
(AFPN) After 26 years of training thousands of pilots, the
last full-motion T-38A Talon simulators here was retired.
SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN)
Senior Airman Crystal Plummer installs a power supply to a
computer at a forward-deployed location....
AIN Online: May 2004 |
Program Progressing Slowly|
Regional Fractional Program Launched
Groups Lead Support for Contract Tower
FAA Recommends Compliance with
Accidents: MU-2B; Twin
Commander 840; King Air 200
|...Plenty of Preparation for
Jamail Larkins' Letterman Appearance...|
2004 - The past several days were pretty remarkable for
20-year-old Jamail Larkins, student at Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University (ERAU) and national spokesman for the
EAA Young Eagles program. On Tuesday, he flew from ERAU in
Daytona Beach to Readington New Jersey ’s Solberg-Hunterdon
Airport (N51), to prepare for a national television appearance
of CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman...
Academy Sessions Closing Fast...
May 20, 2004 -
Response for this year's EAA Air Resident Summer Youth Camps
has been outstanding! Aviation enthusiasts and their families
know that there's no better place to experience aviation than
in Oshkosh, Wisconsin-home of EAA. The EAA Air Academy's
Resident Summer Youth Camp is an accredited program geared for
aviation-minded boys and girls age 10-18. Professional
educators, Certified Flight Instructors, and students from the
nation's leading aviation colleges conduct an array of
hands-on aviation and leadership activities ...
'Doctor' Paul Poberezny Honored by
May 20, 2004 - Donning traditional
cap and gown, EAA Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny
received an honorary doctorate from the University of
Wisconsin-Oshkosh during the school's spring commencement
ceremonies last weekend. The honor, made in recognition of
Paul's contributions to aviation, Wisconsin, and the Oshkosh
area, is the third received by the EAA founder. (Others
include from Milwaukee School of Engineering (1989) and St.
Louis University (1991) ... ...
EAA to Mark D-Day’s
May 19, 2004 - On June 6, the
world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion
of Europe at Normandy, France. The EAA AirVenture Museum will
mark this historic occasion with a special series of events
the weekend of June 4-6 to remember perhaps the crucial
turning point in the battle for freedom during World War II.
Events and items include an authentic hangar dance and
banquet; an L-Bird fly-in; a WWII paratrooper living history
group encampment; a special display of a Higgins Boat landing
craft and an Mk IX Supermarine Spitfire; and presentations and
movie showings throughout the weekend ... read
X PRIZE Explained at Evening
Program During EAA AirVenture...
May 19, 2004 -
Who knows what advances are in store for the next century of
flight? It’s clear, though, that we are nearing a time when
private citizens will be able to fly in space, thanks in part
to the X PRIZE Foundation, sponsors of the Ansari X PRIZE
competition. During a special evening presentation at Theater
in the Woods on Saturday, July 31, X PRIZE Foundation Chairman
and Founder Dr. Peter H. Diamandis will conduct a multimedia
presentation and discussion on the $10 million private race to
space. Joining him on stage will be Erik Lindbergh, vice
president and trustee, and Gregg Maryniak, executive director.
A Q&A period will follow if time permits
Early Storms Fail to Dampen 40th
A good old-fashioned, grass-roots
May 19, 2004 - The fly-in that EAA
homebuilding legend Tony Bingelis built, the Southwest
Regional EAA Fly-In (SWRFI), more than lived up to its rich
heritage last weekend at New Braunfels, Texas. More than 200
volunteers worked together to overcome severe, soaking storms
at the start-up. Overall, 5,000 aviation enthusiasts came
through the gates. Fly-in Chairman Stan Shannon commented,
"Sure, it (attendance) could have been better if we hadn't had
the storms. But it could have been a lot worse. The fly-in
came off much better than we had feared in the early going. It
was truly a great team effort. This is what we are about!" ...
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July 16 to
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Duration: 9 days, 8
Date: Friday July 16th to Saturday
Highlights: (SE Canada. NORAD!,
Maritime Provinces, Quebec, First Nation territories of
Northern Quebec) Group flying in an organized Air Rally is an
outstanding way to sharpen your skills in the cockpit.
Complete a cross country marathon that you might never dream
of doing on your own, and when it is over, you will
surely be a better pilot ! This Air Rally is unlike anything
you can imagine! You will see Canada in a way no other tourist
can! Because the Air Rally is organized in partnership with
every city, region and community officials, you will
experience and discover things you could never discover on
your own. Each city and/or community is competing to make your
stay one of the most exciting.
Distance: 1650 nautical miles
Take part in the most important
Air Rally in North America
Every day has its
The International Air Rally is not
a race! It is a Challenge. The winners will be awarded for
their navigation skills and general knowledge (mechanic,
survival, first aid). The most efficient and complete team
will be rewarded! Not the fastest! Each team is composed of a
minimum of two participants. There are no restrictions as to
which kind of electronic navigation equipment can be used by
VFR registered teams will perform
6 legs. IFR registered teams will perform two additional legs.
Each leg will bear the name of the daily destination or
Hosting City. Competitions will be arranged in each Hosting
City to bring out the particularities of the region and
winners will receive "Hosting City" honors. After each leg,
the total of accumulated points will designate the winner of
this particular leg. The winning team will receive a 1,500$
CDN prize and the "Hosting City Award" delivered by a City or
Community official during the evening reception prepared for
us. A journey full of surprises and excitement will
From the beautiful coast of the
Province of New Brunswick to the charming French culture of
Gaspésie! A visit to our Innu friends (fishing anyone?) and
down the St-Lawrence River to the Eastern Townships (Québec's
Prime Minister home town!). Discover the mining land of North
West Quebec in the Bay James region and believe it or not the
source of the best water in the world in Amos, Abitibi before
penetrating the secret world of the Canadian Military defence
"NORAD" during a secret Mission in North Bay** .It is
important to register early in order to get proper security
tags to be able to access NORAD military underground facility.
This visit is exclusively reserved to the 2004 Air Rally
After a first class reception at
the Angus Glen Golf Course in the lovely Town of Markham
(Toronto vicinity) we will fly over the beautiful Thousand
Island region before reaching the final destination in the
Montreal Vicinity to celebrate our great accomplishment.
Ambassador, Captain Robert Piché and Canadian Hockey
legend Guy Lafleur will deliver the trophies and some
unexpected prizes !
2004 edition: more than a great
flying experience! An unforgettable one!
Welcome receptions, tours and
special activities are being organised by our hosting cities
and communities. 7 countries will be represented during the
Air Rally : United States, France, Germany, Japan,
Switzerland, United Kingdom, and of course Canada. Since
2001, this great flying experience has attracted many pilots
from around the world. Magazines and TV shows have found in
this adventure a good source for great TV documentaries and
Departing from the Canadian Owner
and Pilot Association Convention, held in Fredericton,
N.B. you will take part in the activities organised
during the most important Canadian aviation event.
Come and experience the
camaraderie among aviators from around the world (Europe,
Canada, USA). Though you will have to test your flying
abilities, do a little work in flight, participate in ground
competitions you will no doubt enjoy the exciting challenges
that awaits you.
Make a lot of friends and
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wantedThe makers of the acclaimed series
'Spitfire Ace' are now making a major series for Channel 4 on
the airmen of Bomber Command in World War
Autogyro reaches Saudi
ArabiaArmy officer Barry Jones has
reached Saudi Arabia on his attempt to be the first to fly an
autogyro around the world.
John Race survives a triple bypass
operation, and regains his
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|...Aeroflot seeks to to widen its
route network primarily throughout Russia and
[20 May 2004] And in the future it also plans
to do so in the distant broad. But its plans concerning the
distant broad essentially depend on the Russian Government and
competitiveness of aircraft.
Aeroflot ready to
[20 May 2004] According to AFP, an
official statement will be made in Moscow at a ceremony in the
Kremlin which will also be attended by KLM directors board
chairman Leo Van Viyk.
responsibility for TU-154 crash over boden
[20 May 2004] The Swiss ATC company
"Skyguide" takes full responsibility for the accident over the
Boden lake and begs all families of those died pardon.
International Space Station is going to change its
[20 May 2004] The ISS seeks to change
its flight route on May 18,Utro news agency reported. ISS's
orbit has been raised by 4 kilometers.
airplane had accident in the town of Urumchi, southwest
[20 May 2004] An Il-76 cargo airplane
crashed on Tuesday (may, 19) near the town of Urumchi ,
southwest China , belonged to Ukraine and was leased by an
Ukraine may resort to
response sanctions because of restrictions imposed by Russia
on Ukraines Aerosvit flights to Beijing
2004] Ukraine may ban Russia's Aeroflot company transit
flights over its territory when performing by the airline
"Aerosvit- ukrainskiye avialinii" regular non-stop flights on
a Kiev-Beijing route and regulations of bilateral Russian-
Ukraine agreement on air communication and cooperation in air
Russia and Ukraine to stir up work
over construction of AN-70 airplane
[19 May 2004]
The given issue is being prepared for consideration by the
intergovernmental Russian- Ukraine commission (a meeting of
which will be held in July, this year).
of over 4 bln euro signed at air show ILA -
[19 May 2004] Approximately1000 exhibitors
from 43 countries including Russia participated in the
exhibition which was widely represented by aircraft and
weaponry, as well as products of dual use.
Vnukovo will be linked to Moscow with high-speed transport
[19 May 2004] In 2004 the first stage of a
high-speed transportation system Moscow Railway Station
Kievskaya- Vnukovo Airport will be commissioned.
Domodedovo International Airport ranked Nomber One
in terms of passenger traffic growth among the worlds largest
[18 May 2004] In 2003, Domodedovo
International Airport showed the most intensive passenger
traffic growth among 110 world's largest airports: passenger
transportation increased 40,3% compared to 2002 - Airports
Council International reports on the initial 2003 results.
Unknown persons have mined Tu-154 airplane owned
by Urals Airlines
[17 May 2004] The airplane was
on a flight 265 Moscow - Ekaterinburg. After departure from
the capital there was received a phone call saying that this
aircraft is mined.
On may 18, 2004 "Airport
exhibition 2004" will be opened in Moscow
2004] The exhibition has been granted a status of an official
event of the State Civil Aviation Service and backed by the
Federal RF Air Transport Agency, Russian Union of
Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and Moscow Interregional
|......Commuter Xpress From
Abacus Software has released a new title
for FS2004 called Commuter Xpress. Today, most of the major
airlines build their routes around a "hub and spoke system".
Using this scheme, smaller commuter planes fly passengers from
smaller towns to hub cities where they board larger planes for
longer flights to distant cities. The major airlines have
teamed up with commuter airlines so as to use most economical
aircraft on any given route routes to maximize profits. The
package contains aircraft such as ATR-72, CRJ-700, BAE-146 and
more. More information at Abacus' website!
Flightsim Brasil has released their
update for FS2004 of this well-known package with 6 Brazilian
airports. But #1 is more than just an upgrade, since it
contains 3 totally renewed airports as well. For instance the
passenger terminal at Camoina Grande was overhauled in real
life, and now too in the FS2004 version. The upgrade is free
for owners of the FS2002 version! Get it at simMarket !
UPS Interested In Airbus A380...
package carrier United Parcel Service could opt to replace
outstanding orders for Airbus A300-600 cargo planes with A380
superjumbo orders, French daily La Tribune reported on Friday.
Without citing its sources, the paper said the acquisition of
A380s was one of the options under study by UPS and Airbus as
the US cargo group seeks to retool an order for 90 of the
A300-600s. It has already received 35 of the aircraft.
Airbus spokesman said it was company policy not to comment
regarding ongoing discussions with customers. In early March,
the Wall Street Journal reported that UPS was seeking to
cancel orders for at least 20 of the A300-600 jets worth over
USD$1.6 billion. ...
Italy Scrambles Fighters In
Jumbo False Alarm...
Italian fighter jets
scrambled to intercept a suspect plane over the Alps on
Friday, but the aircraft turned out to be an Air China jumbo
which was running late and no longer had clearance to enter
national airspace. "Two F-16s of the Fifth Squadron at Cesena
took off on the orders of air force command to check an
aircraft which did not have clearance," an official at the air
force press office said. "It turned out to be an authorization
The Air China Boeing 747, flying from Shanghai
to Milan, had been authorized to enter Italian airspace until
midnight on Thursday and was intercepted nearly nine hours
later in the skies above Bolzano, in northeastern Italy, he
said. Once the confusion was resolved the jets returned to
base and the Air China plane landed safely at Milan's Malpensa
Italian air force jets have intercepted suspect
aircraft on roughly 70 occasions since the September 2001
attacks on the United States using hijacked passenger jets.
Shockwave announces Air Power for
Anonymous writes "Dallas, TX – May
19th, 2004 – Shockwave Productions, the developer responsible
for the must have, amazingly beautiful WWII air-combat game,
FirePower, announced today they are publishing their next
title, Air Power: WW II Heavy Bombers and Jets.
Productions is using their critically acclaimed skill to
dominate the civil aviation sim world with Air Power: WW II
Heavy Bombers and Jets for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004®.
Air Power raises the bar once again by adding seven
meticulously created aircraft, visuals, and missions to
Microsoft’s latest and greatest flight
More goodies on the way from Project
In a recent update at the Project
Magenta website, Enrico Schiratti has posted some details
about some new standy instruments for both Boeing & Airbus
aircraft. The Airbus software has additions to the lower ECAM
to accomodate pmSystems, and refinement of the standby
artificial horizon and graphics changes. The Boeing software
has had analog trim and flap gauges added, as well as an
improved analog artificial horizon, and an expanded page which
allows multimonitor displays of Captain and First Officer
PFD/ND and EICAS screens (still being developed). So if you
are a user of the Project Magenta software, it's well worth a
look to see what is on the horizon!!
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|...The future of RAF
the Cat - The future of RAF
6 Squadron - 90 years
Capability Blue - C-17 in
News - Tribute to Paul
the monthly journal of risk management and accident
|...To Go? Or
Thunderstorm flying is sometimes
like finding your way out of a dark closet. Here are two
perspectives on doing it safely.
fishing for the pavement, pilots keep bending and breaking
airplanes for the same reasons. Here’s what you can do about
you don't have an engine monitor now, you'll want one after
you read this
They’re hardly an everyday event
but most happen due to owner negligence. Here’s how to
firesafe your own hangar
new GPSMap 296 has much of the capability of certified terrain
warning systems. Used wisely, it’s a safety enhancer.
Add a late descent clearance
to a request to expedite and the result is something Harry
Callahan warned us about
Crash Info.com |
Taiyuan, China - Urumqi,
China - Baku,
Two minutes after taking off from
Urumqi, the cargo plane lost altitude and crashed into a
|...US & EU
Close to Open Skies Agreement according to US Dept of
Do You Get Low Fares
Regularly? Well, maybe you don't live where the
airlines can gouge
Plane Wreckage Mystifies
Investigators - One plane down but bits from two
found in wreckage
Virgin Delays A380 Deliveries by
a Year or More - Not sure if airports will be
Boeing Talking About Selling Plant
Space in Wichita, Tulsa & McAlester,
NASA Says Robot Planes Could Share
Normal Airspace by 2008...
firefighting, border patrol, domestic security and
communications. How about freight?
Traffic Control Agency Apologizes for Midair in 2002
that killed 71, including
Independence Airlines Announces
Route Structure - This could be big on the US east
Several US Airlines Raise Prices for Fuel
Costs - Continental, United, American & Delta all
Be Nice, Win a Ticket - delta's
Song has 5000 tickets to give away if you're nice at the right
High Tech IDs Necessary for Airport &
Security Workers US lawmakers say
Tanker Deal Not "True Competition" according to
National Defense University report...
Tanker is Not Dead" according to Boeing CEO
Denver International Radar
Fails - Stranding about 2 dozen flights. No big
deal, all is well
Two on Trial for 1985 Air India
Bombing - 331 people were killed in history's worst
Cheap Seats Sell! - And it
looks like the the major airlines are beginning to
EU Will Give US Passenger Data
after agreement is reached
In-flight WiFi is
Here - Now Lufthansa has it
Makes it Into Space - It's the first time Over 100 km
for a privately funded vehicle
Air Tran Orders Six
Boeing 717s - Looks like they're planning for
Planes With Flapping Wings? - Could
be, if research works. ...
Rages Over Fire Bomber Safety as Fire Season
NTSB waves the flag as operators
call it a "very shoddy research paper". This will get
Virgin Atlantic to Delay A380
Deliveries up to a year because of airport &
parts sourcing problems
Dulles ID'ed as East Coast
Bottleneck Risk - FAA Says they're "well positioned"
to prevent delays
Brazil's GOL Airline to Buy up to
43 Boeing Planes in $2.7B deal to buy up to 43
US Government to Hire More
Screeners to reduce delays. Some airports may
lose as balance is sought
Advanced 747A Being
Considered by Boeing - If they use 7E7 technology it
may make a good seller
Australia's Virgin Blue
Profits up 47% - Look out,
Mitsubishi MU-2 Safety Questioned -
"relatively small wings and powerful engines" make them a
It's a pretty hot plane, a high wing turboprop
twin with high wing loading, a very early Japanese entry into
the world of commercial aviation. The basic design was
approved almost FORTY YEARS AGO so it's been
around quite awhile
Plane With 33 Aboard Crashes in
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The state-of-the-art aircraft will
be displayed at Geneva International Airport on May
Aviation | Articles 2004 |
Eclipse Evolution... |
About - index |
|...AIRBUS ADDS AIR SAFETY
INFORMATION SECTION TO ITS PUBLIC WEB SITE|
A new section has been
incorporated in the www.airbus.com Web site with safety
information that includes briefing notes on flight operations
as well as viewpoints from industry
By sharing such
information, Airbus is contributing to the air transport
industry’s common goal of improving overall safety. The new
Web site section, called “Safety First,” features commentaries
from a leading authority on human factors and from the Flight
Safety Foundation President & CEO and, along with a
library containing briefing notes on industry safety
initiatives, standard operating procedures and human
the News |
|... ...CESCOM Enrollment At Customer
|...Aloha Airlines Pilots Rebuke
Managementâ€™s Outsourcing of Jobs |
May 20 -- The pilots of Aloha
Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association,
International (ALPA), today announced their filing of a legal
challenge seeking reversal of management actions that violate
job-protection terms of their contract.
ALPA President Blasts FAA for
Back-Tracking on Pilot Rest Rule
-- The head of the union that represents most of the
nationâ€™s airline pilots has condemned an FAA action to
back-track on a previous interpretation that would have
required airlines to maintain a "do not call" list for pilots
who do not want to be wakened during required rest periods.
|...Fernbank Science Center Hosts NASA
Astronaut Eric Boe
“NASA: The Dream Continues!”
Mark your calendar and plan to bring the whole
family to hear Eric Boe,
Friday, June 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
at the Fernbank Science Center, Jim
Eric will have the latest news from NASA as well as
own personal story about becoming an astronaut. This is your
chance to have a conversation with a NASA
Eric is not new to Fernbank and DeKalb
County. He attended Evansdale
Elementary and Henderson
High School. While at Evansdale, Eric was in
Fernbank’s first Aerospace Education classes. He then became a
Civil Air Patrol cadet where he advanced to their highest
Spaatz Award. Eric completed his BS degree in
Engineering at the Air Force Academy and his
MS in Electrical
Engineering at Georgia Tech.
Air Force test pilot, Eric was selected by NASA in the
class of 2000. Eric has lived his lifelong dream
of flight. At the age of
twelve, he knew that he wanted to
be an astronaut. Now, when he talks
to young audiences,
Eric encourages them to always do the best they
school and never take “no” for an answer when pursuing their
Eric will also be a featured guest at
the Peachtree DeKalb Airport Good
Neighbor Day festivities
on Saturday, June 5 from noon to 5:00
Friday June 4th, from 6:30 PM to
7:30 PM, in the Jim Cherry
Planetarium at Fernbank Science Center, 156
Park Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. The event is free of
charge and open to the public. Parking at
the Science Center
is free of
DeKalb County School’s Fernbank
Science Center 156 Heaton Park
Drive N.E. Atlanta,
Driven Airliner Restoration and Exhibition, Prop-Liners of
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and to bring her home to
Hartford, CT in 2004. Now is the time to consider
Deductable Donation to a worthy non-profit organization. In
to maximize your itemized deductions for 2003, you
may want to consider
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|...Late Memphis Belle Pilot Robert
Morgan's Story Focus Of Documentary|
Special Normandy Invasion
Exhibit Marks The
60th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of
Celebrate America's Golden Age Of
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|...Canada now has a specially adapted
glider for the disabled. Barry Aviation of South Florida, who
took over the manufacture of the Peregrine two-seater which
was formerly known in Poland as the Krosno “KR-03a” Puchatek,
has just delivered the first USA built glider with hand
controls to Canada. It’s all part of a special programme,
“Freedoms Wings”, developed by Charles Peterson for the
handicapped. The glider will be based at the York Soaring
New Competition in Rieti
May 22 2004
world-wide are invited to enjoy the outstanding and varied
soaring conditions in the Italian Apennines with the
introduction of a Club Class competition from July 18 to 25.
Organised by the Internazionale del Mediterraneo under Italian
rules for the Class, it will accept older Standard Class
gliders and such flapped designs as the DG-200, LS-3 and
ASW-20. The traditional Standard, 15 Metre, 18 Metre and Open
Class competition will be held from August 2 to 12. Entries
are now welcome. See the Italian Gliding Association
(FIVV) website and for more details use
Bishop Joins The
May 21 2004
Bishop of Peterborough, the Right Reverend Ian Cundy, will be
a guest pilot in the “Cathedrals of East Anglia Gliding Race”
on June 22 organised by the Cambridge Gliding Club with the
Faulks Flying Foundation. The race, which is part of the
British Gliding Association’s National Gliding Week, aims to
use the maximum number of the cathedral spires as turning
This month Derek puts the emphasis on
spin recoveries and why spins develop. See
Sailplane & Gliding
Helen Evans, the Editor of Sailplane
& Gliding (S&G), has sent us a list of the contents of
the June-July issue, which is published in the UK at the end
of May. It has something for everyone, from aerobatics to the
European Aviation Safety Agency, early flights in the
Rhönsperber to up-to-the-minute tips on contest flying from
twice World Champion Andy Davis. To subscribe, click on to the
S&G panel on the right hand side of this page.[
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Licences for SA's Aircraft...
Airplane stowaway falls dead
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Bomb Scare Causes South African
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Cape Argus 1917 'flying edition' on
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FG Sacks NAMA Board, Retires MD...
Helicopters Airlift Supplies to Liberian Refugees Adrift at
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Ghanaians To Select New Name For Ghana
KQ Raises Fares Over Fuel...
Team Embarks On Its Work...
A irport Traders Warned On
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Landing Fees for Airport
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Police chopper chase
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Zambian Airways Introduces Bigger Aircraft On
Australia pioneers satellite
tracking for aircraft ... 1st U.S. pilot's
Aircraft mechanics now wearing
Airline's demand for photo ID provokes
Airports to be ready for big
Apollo 9's flight from Jackson...
pilots complete world record flight ...
airplane suspected of carrying drugs...
Couple sues airline
for leg room...
Data from recent test flight of
SpaceShipOne released ...
EU will share airplane passenger
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German ATC strike July at
Hijackers' kids sue over airport
Jet drama adds to Coventry airport
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Long-haul luxuries are boosting business
Models replace historic Battle of Britain
NASA and Boeing to test 'Virtual Pathways' in the
NASA plan integrates robot aircraft into airspace
New Branson airline must meet U.S. ownership
Rage at cigarrette ban flight ...
part of aviation history...
Several more airlines hike
fares to offset fuel prices...
Singapore Air Force suspends
night flying by F-16 fighters...
Song give rewards for
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Stripper's airport antics spark security
Swiss air controllers accept
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Two seconds from UK nuclear
UK engineers open flight path to quieter
US Air Force... weapons of mass
US and EU close to open skies
Virgin delays new Airbus flights...
service takes flight...
Wind blamed as Ilyushin-76 cargo
plane crashes in China
...Subject: A USAF Pilot's Experience With
I would like to add my two cents
about my John Kerry experience. During my career as an Air
Force pilot,I spent two years flying a Small twin engine prop
plane around the Pacific from my base in Okinawa,Japan.On one
trip we had to fly Senator Kerry, his congressional
aide, and a Navy Captain (Vietnam, A-4 fighter pilot) who was
to various locations in Vietnam and Cambodia as part of the
MIA/POW talks. When I met him, he was wearing a shirt with
picture of his
Sailboat on it. I told him I had a 27'sailboat in Okinawa, he
remarked "Oh I never sail on anything less than 135 feet."
Thanks, Senator, "I feel even better about the meager salary I
get paid for flying your mega-wealthy ass around the Pacific."
When we first flew him into Phnom Penh, he went to the back of the airplane and
pizza that was
put aside for the crew and passed it around to his staff. He was
never offered any pizza because they were supposed to have lunch with
government when we landed. The pizza was the crew's only meal for
that day and he ate it. Then when we picked him up in Cambodia, he was an hour
late getting to the airport. Because fuel was an issue, we
could not start the engines and therefore the air conditioning
until he arrived. Phnom Penh at that time was over 100 degrees with 95%
humidity and we were basically sitting in a greenhouse behind
the cockpit windows. When he finally did arrive, we were
wringing out our clothes from the perspiration. He walks out of the air
conditioned car, into the airplane and asks us "Could you guys
get the air conditioning running, I'm a little warm?" The
other pilot had to physically restrain me from going back there
and picking a fight. Then we took him into Noi Bai
airfield in Hanoi. After we picked him up the next day
(he stayed the night in Vietnam, we stayed in Bangkok) we taxied out, ran
for takeoff,and noticed that our prop rpm was vibrating all over
to the side to
look at it, but there was a good possibility that there was an engine malfunction and the engine may fail if we
took off with it. Well, Mr. Senator sticks his head up in
plane WILL take off, I have a press conference in Bangkok
hours!" (Maybe this is an indication of how he will run the
service members lives be damned, we had our Senatorial orders.
We ran the
engines again, and did not have the problem, so we took off and made it
flight, he told everyone how he had taken a Cessna (a small General
aviation plane) up with a fighter pilot, and the fighter pilot remarked that
Kerry was one of the best pilots he had ever seen. I don't know
about other pilots out there, but it's hard to imagine a
little, single-engine prop plane pilot being able to
show the "right stuff." After Kerry left the plane, the Navy
came up to us,
apologized and said basically that "he knows Kerry is a jerk" and
that we should be glad we don't have to deal with him every day. Your choice
folks. Elections in November. You want a mega-millionaire
it's-all-about-me crew-eating-pizza-ite like Kerry
maybe a Green
Party candidate like Ralph Nader? Or, God forbid, maybe even re-elect George Bush, a nice God
fearing Christian bent on protecting us from terrorist attacks on US
soil? Hmmm, let's see? Continued freedom under President Bush
or bombs in our backyard under Kerry (who will be sailing on
his "minimum 135' yacht").
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|Red Arrows Home
Squadron Leader Carl 'Spike' Jepson Welcome
to the web site that celebrates The Red Arrows’ 40th display
season. It is my intention in this, my third season as Team
Leader, to build on the success of last season’s display and
to continue to strive to set the benchmark in formation
aerobatic display flying. The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team
has a rich history and it is with immense pride that we follow
in the footsteps of a list of distinguished aviators who have
so successfully represented the highest standards and
traditions of the Royal Air Force. ...|
Air and Space Museum, Home Page |
|Planes of Fame Air Museum Warbird
Show at Chino The Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino,
California hosted a flying display of numerous warbirds over
the weekend of May 15 - 16. It seemed bigger than ever with
several new participants. There were several visiting warbirds
from the collections of the Southern California Wing of the
Commemorative Air Force and the Palm Springs Air Museum. At
one point a formation of twenty-six airplanes flew overhead.
Show, May 16, 2004: Static Displays page 1 Page 1
Chino flightline Most of the airplanes
that participated in the airshow were parked in two rows along
General Motors FM-2 Wildcat,
N86572 Page 2 is a walk along the
airplanes parked in the row on the right.
P-40N Warhawk, N1195N Page 3 is a
walk along the airplanes parked in the row on the left.
Show, Flying Displays: page 1 Page 1: Missing Man
Formation and Silver Wings Stearman Biplane Wing Walking Act.
Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page
2 Page 2: D-Day Invasion Aircraft Display with
Mustangs, Spitfires, P-47 Thunderbolt, Hurricane, and Avenger.
Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page
3 Page 3: Northrop N9M Flying Wing Performance by Ron
Hackworth and Korean Air War F-86 Sabre and MiG-15 Tail Chase.
Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page
4 Page 4: Navy Flight SBD Dauntless, FM-2 Wildcat,
F4F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, A-1 Skyraider, F4U
Corsair, and Sea Fury.
Chino Warbird Show, Flying
Displays: page 5 Page 5: Pacific Air Battle FM-2
Wildcats, Zeros and P-38 Lightning and British Fighter
Chino Warbird Show, Flying
Displays: page 6 Page 6: Air Power Formation Flight -
Massive Gaggle of Warbirds and United States Air Force F-16
Viper Tactical Demonstration.
...FAMOUS SPITFIRE TO STAR AT
ANNIVERSARY AIR SHOW
ML407 (The Grace
Spitfire), an historic Spitfire and the first aircraft to
shoot down an enemy aircraft on D-Day, is to star at Duxford's
D-Day Anniversary Air Show.
ML407, with Johnnie Houlton
DFC of 485 (New Zealand) Squadron at the controls, was
accredited with shooting down a Junkers 88 over the Normandy
beach head south of Omaha beach on D-Day and is the only
genuine D-Day Spitfire still flying. During the course
of the Second World War, ML407 flew 176 sorties amassing 200
combat flying hours. Says Duxford's Marketing and Public
Relations Manager Tracey Woods "It is fitting that this
Spitfire, a genuine D-Day aircraft, should be joining the
veterans and visitors to the show on such a momentous
occasion. The sight and sound of a Spitfire is, for many
people, an emotive experience and we are delighted that ML407
will be displaying at the show prior to departing for the
south coast to display there."
The aircraft, and her owner
and pilot Carolyn Grace, was also recently seen in the
highly-acclaimed Channel 4 programme Spitfire Ace which put
four young volunteer pilots through typical wartime training
for a Spitfire pilot. Two selected pilots would fly the
Spitfire - one was John Sweet but just one, Dave Mallon, went
on to do a 9-hour advanced operational training course.
Carolyn, Dave Mallon, John Sweet and Martin Davidson with
James Taylor, the two authors of the best-selling book which
accompanied the series, will also be at the ML407 stand at the
show to meet members of the public and sign autographs.
This exhilarating show on Sunday 6 June will be
the focal point in the UK for those wishing to commemorate the
60th anniversary of D-Day and will feature aircraft of the
type that flew in 1944 including the British Spitfire and
American P-51 Mustang and B-17 Flying Fortress - as well as
their modern counterparts. There will also be a military
vehicle cavalcade, a short but poignant service of
commemoration and tank running and riding. The show will
also close in a highly unusual way in a moving tribute to the
many veterans present.
The air show is the culmination
of a week-long series of events planned by the Imperial War
Museum Duxford to commemorate the 60th anniversary of
D-Day. During the week before the show, visitors will
have the opportunity to interact with various re-enactment
groups representing both the RAF and the 101st Airborne
Division (of Band of Brothers fame), meet real veterans from
the Normandy landings, listen to a variety of talks on the
invasion by experts in the field and see how women did their
hair and make up in 1944. There will also be family
activities with a D-Day theme and a stunning ENSA-style music
Normal Museum admission rates apply for the D-Day
week and gates open at 10.00am. For the D-Day Anniversary Air
Show gates open at 8.00am, the display begins at 2.00pm.
Tickets - Adults £18, Senior Citizens £13, Children £7,
Concessions £7. Discounted and Gold Pass tickets are available
in advance - for more information about air show tickets or
the flying programme call the Air Show Hotline on 01223 499301
or visit www.iwm.org.uk.
18 May 2004
Sam Kemp (Miss)
Imperial War Museum
Cambridge CB2 4QR
Direct line: 01223
Although no one has contributed to our scanner replacement
fund, the need is greater than our capacity to do without it,
and I have cut back elsewhere to purchase a new Epson 3170. It
seems to be a terrific scanner so far, and we're updating our
Magazine Index files this week. The new scanner has negative
and slide copying capability, and will facilitate great
inprovement to our gallery.|
If you've not seen earnest director's latest photos from a
photo flight with Mike Keenum's beautiful F-86F a few years
Did you know
Ralph Mays who served with the Illinois Air National Guard in
May 22 -- Several recently
acquired av mags indexed
May 24 - 1922--
The routine launch of ship-based catapult-launched aircraft
with the launch of a Vought VE-7 from the USS Maryland. Aboard
were pilot Lieut. Andrew C. McFall & passenger Lieutenant
May 25 - 1927 -- The first
outside loop was flown by James H. Doolittle.
May 26 - 1904 -- The Wright Flyer II flew
for the first time. This airplane
completed 105 flights.
May 27 - 1952 --
The DeHavilland Comet I airliner made its service debut with
scheduled revenue flight.
May 28 - 1959 --
Monkeys Able and Baker were recovered alive after a
suborbital flight in the nosecone of a Jupiter C rocket
launched from Cape Canaveral.
May 29 -
1941 -- Richard Bong enlisted in the USAAC as a flying
May 30 - 1942 -- Boeing's
B-17F flew for the first time.
May 31 -
1949 -- The first experimental ejection from a jet aircraft in
the USA took place
when Vince Mazza exited the rear cockpit of a TF-80C
over San Pablo Bay,
The TF-80C was later redesignated T-33.
|AeroKnow News Page
|... THE NEXT MEETING of
Plastic Wings Model Airplane Club is Tuesday,
June 8, starting at 7:00 P.M. For location, email
15, 2004 AeroKnow welcomed Springfield Air Rendezvous manager
Kim Curry and her father Harold R. Holesinger (General USAF,
retired) for a visit.As I have during most of the 21 year
history of this
outstanding air show, I will be writing the text and assisting
with research and production for the air show's prospectus,
brochure and souvenir
|...Beagle 2 lander leaving the
Mars Express Orbiter... Beagle 2: lessons
learned and the way forward|
2004 ESA PR 27-2004. The
Commission of Inquiry on Beagle 2, jointly set up in February
between ESA and the British National Space Centre (BNSC), has
recently concluded its
Antonio Fabrizi meets
the press... Launchers’ Director meets the
20 May 2004
At a press briefing last week in Berlin, the
Director of ESA’s Launchers’ Programme, Antonio Fabrizi, gave
a brief update on launcher activities. The occasion was the
Berlin Air and Space Show, better known as
Earth and Soyuz TMA-4 from
ISS... 'It is awkward being in
2004 After Wubbo Ockels (1985),
ESA astronaut André Kuipers is now the second Dutchman to know
what it is like to live and work in space. At the end of April
he spent nine days on the International Space Station, where
he worked on an extensive scientific and educational
Service Program At MIA Celebrates 1st
GREET TOURISTS AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
|PATCO News Page
Honorable Ted Stevens, Chairman|
Appropriations Committee, SH-522
As Congress begins work on the Department
of Transportation fiscal year 2005 appropriations bill that
includes FAA Federal Contract Tower Program, the Professional
Air Traffic Controllers Organization urges you to also
initiate a total investigation of the FAA as to why this
agency has refused to rehire the PATCO Air Traffic Controllers
since the ban was lifted by President Clinton on August 12,
To date, and based on FAA current data, only 846
PATCO Controllers have been re-hired by the FAA, instead, this
agency has been hiring younger, inexperienced controllers. I
consider the agencies policies and practices of refusing to
hire PATCO controllers "discriminatory and illegal" under the
Age Discrimination Employment Act. I have hundreds of sworn
affidavits substantiating the facts that fully qualified
former PATCO controllers who have reapplied for positions
within the FAA are continually refused employment. In
addition, under deposition, an FAA Career Division official,
admitted that PATCO controllers were considered "Best
Qualified" but also admitted to "hiring quotas" in respect to
employment opportunities available that applied solely to
former PATCO controllers.
Since appropriations is the key
word of this committee, then the FAA’s ongoing
misappropriations of taxpayers monies should also be reviewed.
It appears that the FAA is asking for an additional $7 million
"to be used exclusively for the " continuation of the contract
tower cost-sharing program." Either this program has some
serious cost over runs or someone is doing damage control to
keep this program afloat at any cost. I seriously doubt that
any of these additional funds, as requested by the agency,
will go towards increasing the underpaid salaries of the
contract tower controllers, provide them with better benefits,
more staffing or anything that might pertain to their working
conditions, so who is making the bucks on this request?
am confident that, as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, you will scrutinize and demand accountability for
all funding requests of this seriously fragmented agency.
would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your
service and if I may be of any assistance to you or your
committee, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Professional Air Traffic Controllers
cc: Senate Appropriations Committee
Aerosphere Air and Space
Magazine, a world of aviation and spaceflight |
35th anniversary of Mankind´s Greatest Adventure:
Man´s First Step on the
Moon, July 20, 2004, with Norman Rockwell´s
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"Humiliation never killed anybody."
Senator Zell Miller. More quotes...
Spirit and Opportunity Compete for Best in
Apollo 11 Flight Plan "The
flight plan for Apollo 11 was a minute-by-minute time line of
activities for the mission crew--Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins,
and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin--and Mission Control in Houston. The
flight was launched July 16, 1969. Touchdown on the moon took
place, as scheduled, on July 20, 102 hours, 47 minutes, and 11
seconds after launch from Cape Kennedy. The astronauts spent
21 hours and 36 minutes on the moon, and returned to Earth on
July 24...". More With
Yes, that´s G. H. W. Bush above--and
in the cockpit! History´s youngest naval aviator, then age 19,
has his big ...
Memphis Belle Pilot
MegaScenery USA Volume 3: Northern
California/San Francisco Goes Gold
who won that GNC Contest for a ride in a MiG-29?
Super-secret Air Force base, Area 51,
reputed home to this country's stash of extraterrestrial
hardware, is invaded by a UFO! Twice! Check out this humorous
piece about one airman's misadventure!...
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AIRSHOW PAGE |
|Dramatic takeoff of Planes of
Fame's P-38 "Porky" at the 2004 Chino Airshow. Photo courtesy
P-51s on the ramp at the 2004 Chino
Airshow. Photo courtesy of Q.
Planes of Fame's SBD at the 2004 Chino Airshow. Photo courtesy
AVweb: May 20, 2004
|TSA Releases GA
After many months of meetings, the
Transportation Security Administration has released a set of
general aviation airport " security
enhancements ." This document had the potential of
being extremely onerous for GA and all who dwell therein … but
almost surprisingly, it isn’t. "This is not
one-size-fits-all," General Aviation Manufacturers Association
VP of Government Affairs Brian Riley tells AVweb . "No one set
of rules would fit all 5,000 public-use airports, nothing
would be broad enough. [The] TSA is allowing airport operators
to determine what would be best at their particular facility."
What the "Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports"
does is give airport managers information about what other
airports similar in size and proximity to population centers
are doing, and how they can do it, too.
How exactly do you know what your
local GA airport should be doing? Obviously, those busy paved
aerodromes near larger cities and potential targets are
expected to do more than grass strips surrounded by pastures
and farmland. The 48-page document includes a type of scoring
system to determine what sort of security your facility should
have and offers a number of suggestions. The suggestions range
from keeping an eye on aircraft renters to establishing an
on-airport "community watch" program. An amazingly reasonable
sentence warns airports that "Expending resources on an
unnecessary security enhancement (e.g. complete perimeter
fencing, and access controls) instead of a more facility
specific, reasonable, and more effective method (e.g. tiedown
chains with locks) may actually be detrimental to an airport’s
overall security posture."
Threat Level Diminishes
Based on what we're seeing
on the local evening news during this May ratings sweep,
general aviation aircraft and airports are an increasing
danger to life, liberty and the pursuit of terrorists.
Thankfully, compelling promos and artfully edited sound bites
haven't convinced the TSA that a total GA lockdown is needed.
Look at page 10 in the just-released TSA security
guidelines and you will see this: "[The] TSA has not
taken a position that GA airports and aircraft are a threat,
in and of themselves."
General Aviation Legal
Defense Fund Fights Back
GA pilots and airplane
owners may have gotten a break from the TSA, but there is
still danger afoot, warns Steve Cunningham of the General
Aviation Legal Defense Fund (GALDF). The GALDF was formed in
response to the Massachusetts group Stop the Noise, which has
been busy suing pilots who have the audacity
to fly over their homes. "I have never seen this in America,
never," Cunningham tells AVweb . "We [the GALDF] want to go on
the offensive ... we intend to try these people [Stop the
Noise] in the court of public opinion." The fund hopes to
raise $100,000 to help pay legal expenses for those pilots
entangled in the Stop the Noise lawsuit, and spread the word
that airplane liberties are just the first rights that may be
lost if the lawsuit succeeds. The landowner-filed court action
claims that legal GA flights over homes, towns and property
are a "nuisance." Landowners are also demanding to be
compensated for their alleged inability to use their property.
...Your Help Is Needed, Too
Cunningham and crew have set up a Web
site and are encouraging that donations be made,
because any pilot could be targeted next, and he or she will
need your help. Though the case could be tossed out of the
courtroom in Massachusetts, this type of thing will probably
not end there. Cunningham tells AVweb that people from
Wisconsin, California and other states have come to meet with
the Stop the Noise group. He is urging even those who have
never flown in a small airplane or considered flying lessons
to take notice. "ATVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, they're all
at risk if this lawsuit sets a precedent," he says.
Adam Aircraft Talks Texas
|...Motor City Madness
Last year, the Motor City Madness Fly-In was a
tremendous success and this year we expect it to be just as
good if not better! The fly-in features the D21 TRACON, which
includes the following controlled airfields: Detroit
Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (KDTW), Oakland County
International Airport (KPTK), Detroit City Airport (KDET), Ann
Arbor Municipal Airport (KARB), Willow Run Airport (KYIP), and
Windsor International Airport (CYQG). Don't miss out on this
event, sign up now.
This year, there will be a PMDG 737 (or
747) awarded! Each time a pilot lands or departs (limit of 4),
he/she will recieve a raffle number, and the prize will be
raffled off at the end of the event.
FIR Maiquetia Improved
Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004 22:44
In its 5th anniversary the Maiquetia FIR is pleased to
announce to all VATSIM’s pilots and controllers its new and
improved website. The website has been totally reprogrammed in
order to provide a more dynamic, versatile and fast service to
In addition, all the pilots are invited to fly
in our airspace every Tuesday and Thursday from 0100 Z to 0400
Z. Come and enjoy some of the best ATC in South America. To
go, just click on www.svzm.org .
Houston ARTCC Opens New Website
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 22:16 EDT
On behalf of Houston ARTCC,
we would like to announce the creation of our new website!
This new resource will enable both controllers and pilots a
comprehensive look into the operational flow of Houston, and
provide detailed information such as airport listings,
operating procedures, letters of agreement, and much more.
Visit Houston ARTCC.
AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 |
|...Debbie Gary to Perform at EAA
AirVenture Air Shows...|
May 20, 2004 - The
performance begins with a knife-edged slide to show center,
then a hard pull to vertical and a roll, back to the crowd,
and a jack-knife dive. Aerobatic performer Debbie Gary is off
and flying, and visitors will get to see her exciting
performance in her SIAI Marchetti SF-260 during several EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh air shows this year. The Marchetti is a
slim, muscular Italian aircraft designed by Stelio Frati in
the 1960s as a pre-jet trainer for military pilots. "Air shows
are big, outdoor parties where we bring our planes to dance,"
Gary says. We swing them around overhead, in pirouettes and
dips. We loop and roll, snap and glide, straight up and
straight down…billowing smoke like whitecaps…we flirt with the
crowd. They've come to dance with us ... ...
AirVenture 2004 Presenter Rutan Sets Records In Civilian Space
May 19, 2004 - Burt Rutan, the
aviation designer and innovator whose appearances at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh are among the most popular activities
during the event, will make his 2004 Oshkosh presentations
after setting several civilian space flight records in his
continuing efforts to capture the $10 million ANSARI
The Experimental Aircraft Association's 52nd
annual fly-in gathering, which last year had an estimated
attendance of 770,000, will be held at Wittman Regional
Airport in Oshkosh on July 27-August 2. Rutan's
appearances this year will coincide with the event's 2004
theme, "Launching the Second Century of Flight"
X PRIZE Explained at Evening Program During
May 19, 2004 - Who knows what
advances are in store for the next century of flight? It’s
clear, though, that we are nearing a time when private
citizens will be able to fly in space, thanks in part to the X
PRIZE Foundation, sponsors of the Ansari X PRIZE competition.
During a special evening presentation at Theater in the Woods
on Saturday, July 31, X PRIZE Foundation Chairman and Founder
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis will conduct a multimedia presentation
and discussion on the $10 million private race to space.
Joining him on stage will be Erik Lindbergh, vice president
and trustee, and Gregg Maryniak, executive director.
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|...21 May 2004 - Wedgetail
Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft makes its first
The new surveillance plane being built for
the Australian Air Force, the Wedgetail, has made its first
The Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control
Aircraft has made its first flight from Boeing Field in
Seattle in the United States.
Based on Boeing's 737, the
Wedgetail is to be the eyes and ears of the Australian Defence
Force, using phased array radar to conduct air and maritime
Defence Minister Robert Hill says the $3.4
billion project is on budget and ahead of time.
Government last week announced that it will buy an extra two
of the planes to create a fleet of six aircraft.
two Wedgetails are to be delivered in 2006, to be based at
Williamtown in New South Wales.
May 2004 - Boeing Makes History with 1,500th Next-Generation
Boeing made history today with its
Next-Generation 737 family reaching 1,500 airplanes delivered
sooner than any other commercial airplane model.
milestone delivery -- a 737-800 to Indianapolis-based ATA
Airlines, Inc. -- occurred six years after Southwest Airlines
received the first Next-Generation 737. The Next-Generation
737 family bested by four years the previous record holder,
Boeing's family of Classic 737-300s, -400s and -500s.
"This is a testament to the Next-Generation 737's
efficiency and reliability; the confidence and trust the
world's airlines have in it; and the efforts of our employees
who design, build and support the 737 every day," said Carolyn
Corvi, Boeing 737/757 programs vice president and general
Vice President, Marketing, Randy Baseler, added,
"We know better than any other airplane company what airlines
and passengers want. That's why the 737 is history's
best-selling passenger airplane and why the 7E7 will set a
whole new standard for passenger comfort and airplane
The Boeing 727 and Airbus A320 models are the
only others to have delivered at least 1,500 airplanes. The
A320 family, the 737 competitor, reached that mark in 13 years
while the 727 did so in 16 years.
operating and maintenance costs, and advanced technologies
such as Head-Up and Vertical Situation displays not available
on competing models, are hallmarks of the Next-Generation 737
Overall, Boeing has received orders for more than
5,390 737s. That's more than Airbus has for all its models. At
any given time, more than 1,200 737s are flying, and a 737
takes off or lands somewhere in the world every 5.3 seconds.
The Next-Generation 737 family includes the 737-600, -700,
-800 and -900 airplanes. The 737-100 through 737-500 airplanes
are no longer produced.
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latest changes and/or additions to the AC-119 Gunship
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Bill Petrie, CMSgt, USAF, Ret.
Added John L. Plaster's new book
Commandos to the
website. SOG historian John L. Plaster, a
former member of the elite commando unit in Vietnam, tells the
astonishing story of the SOG warriors who penetrated enemy
lines in operations directed at the Ho Chi Minh
Added Larry Fletcher's new book
the website. A blend of fact and fiction, this is a story of
flying Stingers and B-52s in Vietnam. Get yourself a copy and
have Fletch autograph it at the reunion. Have a good
crew please be at Duxford portacabin at 0930. Start engines
flight may operate either Sunday evening or Monday
morning. 6-seat hire car has been arranged
for pickup at Southend Airport Sunday evening, crew will drive
back from Southend to Duxford on Sunday evening (unless flight
delayed to Monday am)....
10 July 2004 -
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2004 - 00:00 ...
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2004 - 23:59 ...
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Freighter crashed on
take-off On 18
May an Ilyushin 76TD 4-engined freighter crashed on climb-out
from Urumqi, China. The aircraft was destroyed and all 7 crew
The aircraft was en route from
safest way to travel...
Air is safest way to
travel In a
transport trends report published by the UK DfT on 20 May, air
travel has remained the safest way to travel. In summary:
UK flight punctuality
flight punctuality improves Scheduled and charter airline
punctuality improved in the 4th quarter of 2003 compared with
the same period in 2002, according to figures released today
by the CAA. These figures also ...
brought down aircraft...
Weather brought down
aircraft On 10
May at 1400 local time, a Cessna 172M single-engined aircraft
was substantially damaged on impact with terrain following an
'encounter with inclement weather' whilst in VMC cruise
Safety of utmost importance urges
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from Alan Smith, Chairman of the RIAT FSD Board of
I am very sad to announce that Paul Bowen died on
Tuesday 18 May after a short illness.
Paul was Director of
the Royal International Air Tattoo and founder (with Tim
Prince) of our charity "Royal International Air Tattoo Flying
Scholarships for the Disabled". He continued as a Trustee
until his untimely death. The heartfelt sympathy of all
our scholars and Paul's fellow Trustees goes out to Janet,
Paul's wife and to Guy his son. Janet and Guy have very
generously requested that donations, as a tribute to Paul,
should go to our charity in the desire to award a flying
scholarship in Paul's name.
Paul Bowen's wisdom,
drive and kindness will be greatly missed by all who knew
Alan F. Smith
Chairman of the Trustees
cheques should be made out please to "RIAT Flying
Scholarships for the Disabled" with a covering note that they
are in memory of Paul Bowen and mailed to:
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International Aerospace Exhibition 2004 ... 6 Oct 2004 - 10
Oct 2004 ... The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies ...
Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Annex Hall ...
Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies will be organizing the
11th Japan International Aerospace Exhibition (Japan Aerospace
2004) at " Pacifico Yokohama" located in the beautiful bay
area, from October 6 to 10, 2004.
Japan Aerospace 2004
will bring together all the aviation, aerospace and related
industries at one single trade fair with various gatherings in
addition to helicopter demonstration flights. We wish to
invite all those involved in the aerospace industries,
including business, trade and international suppliers from all
over the world.
We look forward to your participation at
Japan Aerospace 2004, the biggest and unified aerospace
exhibition in Japan.
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