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AOPA Online - Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association home page
...Pilot Town Meetings... Pilot Town Meetings...
Click to view the new AOPA Flight Training Web site...
Flight Training Web site...
More on the new flighttraining.aopa.org...
instrument approach chart service...
More on AOPA's improved instrument charts...
AOPA's Airport Watch...
AOPA's Airport Watch 866/GA-SECURE hotline...
More on Airport Watch hotline funding...
In a letter... More on N.Y.'s efforts to regulate general aviation...
AOPA's online ADIZ course... Air Safety Foundation's "Know Before You Go" online course...
Click to view flash cards...
More on ASF flash cards and online courses...
View runway safety flash cards...
Back-country airstrip aides protected...
FAA to implement restricted airspace despite AOPA opposition...
Lawmakers take up general aviation issues...
Congressman and AOPA member Sam Graves holds pilot event...
Assembly to vote on bill limiting airport expansion...
AOPA opposes DLS runway drag strip plan...
Government action mirrors AOPA recommendation on grounded air tanker fleet...
Ninety-Nines chapter sets record using ASF Pinch-Hitter course...
TX, OH pilots:... AOPA President Phil Boyer is hosting Pilot Town Meetings in Houston 6/15, Dallas, 6/16, and Columbus 6/17.
Air Force Link
...reaqgan-- A riderless horse follows the caisson bearing former President Ronald Reagan's flag-draped casket during his funeral procession here June 9. A pair of President Reagan's boots are reversed in the stirrups of the empty saddle symbolizing that he will never ride again. He served as the military's commander-in-chief from 1981 to 1989....
A solemn journey
Members of a joint honor guard carry former President Ronald Reagan’s flag-draped casket to a horse-drawn caisson for the funeral procession here June 9.
21-ship salute
OVER WASHINGTON (AFPN) A flight of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., fly over former President Ronald Reagan's funeral procession down Constitution Avenue here June 9.
Reagan makes first, last flight in jet he ordered
The blue-and-white presidential jet that brought the flag-draped coffin of former President Ronald Reagan to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on June 9 is an aircraft he ordered before he left office, but this was his first ride in it.
AMC musicians among those honoring President Reagan
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFPN) Four Airmen of the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America here will perform during a ceremony honoring former President Ronald Reagan at his presidential library and museum in Simi Valley, Calif., on June 11.
Airman carries his American flag everywhere
When some people say they carry the American flag close to their heart, it is usually just a figure of speech.
Major proves age, injury no obstacles to fitness
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFPN) Maj. Jeanne Frazier could not run, and she was dreading the mandatory physical training and fitness tests.
Air Force athlete wins Brazil World Cup
SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) Michael Herman, an Air Force World-Class Athlete and first alternate to the 2004 USA Olympic Shooting Team, won the 2004 Brazil World Cup....
Welcome to AIN Online: June 2004
...Safire Aircraft Forced to Suspend Operations
Transponder Problem Causes Capitol Hill Panic Attack
India's First Civil Transport Takes Flight
Sudden Wind Shift Possible Factor in Premier I Overrrun
Sikorsky S-92 Obtains European Certification
News Releases at John Wayne Airport (SNA)
... John Wayne Airport Presents: An Exhibition Of Winners From The Orange County Chapter Of The American Institute Of Architects’ Annual Design Competition        - Display Features Award Winning Architectural Renderings And Photo Panels From Many Of Orange County’s Most Prestigious Architectural Firms
Table of Contents
...EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Tradition Continues with 2004 Mass Aircraft Arrivals...
June 10, 2004 - The Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture event, the world’s largest annual aviation gathering, will once again welcome the mass arrivals of Piper Comanche, Beech Bonanza, Mooney and Stinson aircraft in 2004. EAA’s 52nd annual event will be held July 27-Aug 2, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh ... ...
See You at The New EAA Member Village!...
June 9, 2004 - The corner of Knapp Street and AirVenture's main thoroughfare, east of the main gate will have a new look at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. This intersection is now a "must-go-there" destination called the EAA Member Village at AirVenture. It includes the EAA Membership Tent, EAA's Sport Pilot Center, and an EAA Merchandise Tent. Previously this location was the Food Court which is now located south of the EAA Wearhouse ... ...
'NXT' to be Unveiled Where Nemesis Retired...
June 9, 2004 - The public debut of the long-awaited NemesisNXT kit plane, direct descendent of the legendary Nemesis Formula 1 racer, is set to occur at the same place its predecessor retired: at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh ... ...
FAA Renews EAA Chapter Drug-Testing Exemption...
June 9, 2004 - FAA Exemption 7111C , which allows EAA chapters to conduct charitable sightseeing flights without having to comply with the full FAR 135 and 121 drug-testing requirements, has been renewed by the FAA. The exemption permits EAA Chapters to conduct local sightseeing flights during daylight hours within 25 statute miles radius of the event airport.
Under the exemption, private pilots can act as pilot-in-command of such flights as long as they comply with FAR 61.113(d), which requires notification of the closest FSDO of the event. Pilots and event organizers are limited to four charitable sightseeing flight events per year under this exemption ... ...
KidVenture for Kids of All Ages...
June 8, 2004 - Many new and exciting activities are in store for kids of all ages at the sixth KidVenture at EAA AirVenture 2004. The big tent, located just behind the Eagle Hangar at EAA AirVenture Museum, has become a destination all its own within the convention, operating from 9 a.m.- 3:30 July 27-August 1 and until 2 p.m. on August 2 ...
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Renews EAA SportAir Workshops Sponsorship...
June 8, 2004 - Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company, the world's leading aviation supply house, has renewed its sponsorship of the Experimental Aircraft Association's SportAir Workshops for another year.  The one-, two- and three-day hands-on training courses are held nationwide, teaching necessary skills and techniques to build a safe aircraft. With the increasing interest in homebuilt aircraft throughout the nation, EAA's SportAir Workshops, which cover all the key areas of aircraft building like sheet metal, fabric and composite construction, have become an essential resource for builders ... ) ...
Sloan Named Recipient Of EAA's Tony Bingelis Award...
June 7, 2004 - Alex Sloan, an active Experimental Aircraft Association volunteer Technical Counselor, Flight Advisor and aircraft builder, as well as the first Chairman of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, has been selected as the 2004 recipient of the Tony Bingelis Award. The Bingelis Award recognizes an individual’s contributions to the homebuilt-aircraft community, and honors the memory and involvement of the late Tony Bingelis. Sloan will be recognized for his 30 years of contributions and service to EAA members and the homebuilt aircraft community. He will receive the award during the annual Homebuilders’ Dinner on July 29 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, which is scheduled July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh ...
IATA - IATA
Spinetta Takes Over as IATA Chairman
http://ww w.bell47helicopterassociation.org/
...B47HA AT TULSA OK, JUNE 22, SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY PRES. RHODES, MORE INFO ON WAY.
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29-30: PFA Suffolk Coastal Strut Fly-in , Boxted, nr Colchester. 3rd year running the fly-in to be held at the Boxted Airfield Historical Group's open weekend. 40s style dance on the Sunday night. Open to all but PFA, vintage and veteran types particularly. £5 landing fee STRICTLY PPR 01206 231304 (07731 949410 on event days)
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PilotWeb
DH Moth Club Charity Flying Weekend...
Shuttleworth (Old Warden), Bedfordshire ...
Gliding Competition...
Bidford-on-Avon ...
CHIPMUNK FIFTH SHARE
PIPER SARATOGA PA32R-301T 1985
News on AVIA.RU
...Aeroflot signs contract with finnish concern Finnair for maintenance of DC10-40F cargo liners
[11 Jun 2004] This contract terms include routine maintenance planning, maintenance of equipment , overhaul, and regular maintenance of 4 cargo planes, based at Frabkfurt-Han airport where Finnair Technical Services has long been operating.
A new automated telephone inquiry system is set into operation at Domodedovo International Airport
[11 Jun 2004] In order to further increase the level of service at Domodedovo International Airport, a new referral service is created - automated telephone inquiry desk for passengers.
Russian air force will make aerial survey of all Chechen settlements
[10 Jun 2004] Russian Air Force planes will make aerial survey of all Chechen settlements to determine a degree of destruction made in the course of combat operations.
UTair company opens new regular flights and increases frequency of now performed ones
[10 Jun 2004] UTair Aviation JSC, starting from June, opens new flights and increases the frequency of the now performed ones from towns of the Central Russia and Western Siberia.
Aeroflot - Russian airlines general director welcomes advancement made in solving basic problems of Sheremetievo airport
[10 Jun 2004] Aeroflot's general director V. Okulov welcomes an advancement made in solving basic Sheremetievo airport development problems and building Sheremetievo-3 terminal at a meeting held with the Russian government chairman on 4 June 2004.
Exhibition dedicated to space open in Moscows contemporary history
[10 Jun 2004] An exhibition named "A new road to the Universe conducted in the framework of "The year of German culture in Russia, 4004" has been opened in Moscow-based contemporary history of Russia.
Il-86 plane flying from Antalia to Ekaterinburg landed with engine turned off
[10 Jun 2004] The plane was on a flight from Antalia to Ekaterinburg with 286 passengers aboard.
Domodedovo Air Service Catering Facility introduces a new menu for passengers of night trains
[9 Jun 2004] A new "night" menu for railway passengers is developed by Domodedovo Air Service catering facility, a subsidiary of the EAST LINE Group.
Domodedovo Cargo Terminal to enhance business technology
[8 Jun 2004] Cargo ground handling technology modernisation is one of the priorities for Domodedovo International Airport's development.
Voronezh aircraft builders got their own customers terminal from Russian government
[8 Jun 2004] Transport Ministry-signed decree will enable the aircraft departure and landing permits to be issued at the Pridacha aerodrome when performing special international flights under the given decree.
An-24 plane of UTair company made unplanned landing
[8 Jun 2004] On departure from Surgut the plane's commander suspected some failure in the work of one of the engines and decided to come back to the departure airport.
Vnukovo airport being reconstructed will be tired to Moscow by two kinds of high-speed train
[8 Jun 2004] A light metro line is planned to be extended to a classical metro station "Yugo-Zapadnaya" through Solntsevo and Novopereelkino districts, and to build a high-speed rail road in the Kiev direction of the Moscow Rail Road.
In 2004 Aeroflot wont acquire air companies
[7 Jun 2004] In 2004 it is planed that a Tu-154 plane, special equipment and new uniform for personnel be purchased for 2 million dollars.
Safety measures toughed at Nizhnevartovsk airport
[7 Jun 2004] The new examination rules will be applied at the most tensed time at North airports.
Leningrad region inclined to sell unprofitable planes
[7 Jun 2004] Auctions for selling two air planes owned by Leningrad region are expected to be conducted on July 6 by the Leningrad region property fund.
http://www.fsi mzone.com/html/new.shtml
JetBlue Launches First International Flight...
Rapidly growing, low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways on Thursday launched its first international flight -- to the Dominican Republic. The New York-based airline, which already flies to the US commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has begun service to Santiago in the Dominican Republic and plans to launch service to Santo Domingo, the capital city, on June 17.
Barely four years after its launch, the carrier plans to expand its fleet by 150 planes and its work force by 18,000 in the next seven years. JetBlue also plans to launch service to Canada and Mexico, Chief Executive David Neeleman said in May. ...
Pakistan Airports On Alert On Hijacking Fear...
Pakistan placed its international airports at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad on high security alert on Thursday after reports that there was a threat of hijacking, a government official said. "There is a high alert at the three international airports after hijacking threats," said Major Riaz Ahmad, a spokesman for the Airport Security Force. "We received some intelligence reports on hijacking last night and have beefed up security."
A security agency source said the alert was to ward off any retaliation to a military crackdown on foreign militants in a remote tribal region this week in which dozens have been killed. News of the alert comes after officials said the army commander in Karachi narrowly escaped assassination on Thursday when gunmen attacked his convoy with gunfire and a bomb, killing at least nine, including his driver. Airports in Pakistan have been put on high security alert several times in the past year. ...
Fsfreeware - Flight Simulation Files - Distribution System
Fsfreeware - Announce 'Alpina' - This new serie of Lwm Vtp scenery will concentrate on the Alpine Regions - We are working to editing All the Major Lakes to fit with Srtm Terrains - We are also working on the surronding areas of Alpine Lakes -  with general updates of features around the Alpine Lakes - The First Package to be released sometimes during the first two weeks of July - will covers the Following Lakes: Lugano - Lake Maggiore - Lake Como - and other minor lake present on that area - All lakes are completely remodelled - and positioned exactly where they should be - this will enhance your enjoyment of Fly over Alpine Lakes quite alot! - Alpina 1 - 
X-Plane.org
The latest versio of GoodWay Flight Planner is now available. The Freeware version will be available soon. This version is fully compatible with X-Plane version 6 through 7.41 final. Go to GoodWay for further information and to download this amazing product. ...
Boeing 737-800/w for X-Plane 741 with plugin-controlled glass cockpi
Plane Crash Info.com
...June 8 2004      09:38...
Off Libreville, Gabon...
Gabon Express      Flight: 221...
BAe HS 748-232 Srs 2A...
TR-LFW    &n bsp; cn: 1611/82...
Libreville - Franceville...
30      Fatalities: 19...
The aircraft nosedived into the sea about 100 meters off a beach shortly after taking off from Leon Mba international airport. Engine failure forced the plane back towards the airport....
news_updat es
...Airbus Sells 20 A330 Planes to China Eastern...
United May Emerge From Bankruptcy This Fall...
Suicidal Man Jumps From Helicopter Over Grand Canyon...
Cargo Excluded From US Homeland Security Funding...
Fuel Prices Add to Airline Competitive Pressures...
Group of Eight Agree to Make Travel Easier for Non-Threatening Passengers...
Regional Airlines May be Headed for Trouble...
Airbus Hopeful for $20B China Eastern A330 Order...
Qantas Withdraws Sydney Terminal From Market...
Aer Lingus Interested in 7E7 or A330...
US Capitol Evacuated for Airplane Incursion...
Airport X-rays May Come in 3D Soon...
Two Arrested for Bomb Hoax...
Bombardier Sees Market for 100-135 Seat Regional Jets...
At Least 16 Killed in Gabon Crash - 26 passengers & 4 crew, survivors seem to have minor injuries...
Airbus Sells 30 A320s to JetBlue...
European Airlines Told to End Price Discrimination...
Two New Private Chinese Airlines Approved...
European Pilots May Create Schedule Problems...
al Qaeda Warns of More Attacks...
World Airlines Talk of Paperless Tickets by 2007...
7E7 New Zealand Sale a Blow to Airbus...
Virgin USA Splits Between 2 Choices...
Airlines Ask for 3 More Years of War Risk Insurance...
Boeing 7E7 Orders May Exceed 200 in 2004...
AircraftDealer.com - Used Aircraft and New Aircraft for Sale by Brokers and Dealers
...1985 Piper Cherokee Dakota for sale
1985 Piper Cherokee Dakota...
1978 Cessna Skylane RG for sale
1978 Cessna Skylane RG
Cessna In the News
...50 Sales Opening Day of Sun 'n Fun
New Piper: Media
...NEW PIPER ANNOUNCES NEW DEALERSHIP
VERO BEACH, Fla., June 6, 2004 – The New Piper Aircraft, Inc. today announced that it has signed Senate Aviation Limited in Dorset, England to represent the Company in sales and service in territories in the United Kingdom and Spain. Specifically, the new dealership will represent the territories of United Kingdom, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Spain. Senate Aviation will be headed up by brothers Christian and Matthew Lawrence ......
Service Bulletin 1151E
SB 1151E Supplement
SB 1151E revises Table I releasing the PA28 series aircraft and adds the requirement to replace the engine mounts on the affected PA44 series aircraft. NOTE: Aircraft serial numbers removed from the “Serial Numbers Affected” list since the ‘Original’ issuance of SB 1151 have been documented to be free from any suspect parts installed.
ALPA Portal
...Two ALPA Family Members Selected for Union Plus Scholarships
Luca Sabbatini and Jordan Worrall, children of ALPA members, have been selected to receive 2004 Union Plus Scholarship awards.   ...
ALPA’s Calm Air Pilots Ratify New Contract
June 10 -- The Calm Air pilots have ratified their contract by more than a 94 percent margin.   ...
ALPA Gemini Crewmembers Elect MEC Officers
June 10 -- The crewmembers of the Gemini Air Cargo unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) have elected new Master Executive Council officers for the term beginning immediately and ending February 28, 2006.   ...
ALPA Reaction to NTSB Findings in FedEx Accident
June 8 -- A statement was issued today by the Air Line Pilots Association in response to the findings of the National Transportation Safety Board regarding the July 26, 2002 crash of FedEx Flight 1478 in Tallahassee, Florida.   ...
DHL Carriers Meet in Wilmington, Jumpseat, Consolidation Issues Top ABX/ASTAR Agenda
June 4 -- Continued access to cockpit jumpseats was a central focus of discussion during the first round of talks between the pilot groups who fly freight for DHL. The leadership of the ABX Air, Inc., (OTC BB: ABXA.OB) and ASTAR Air Cargo pilot unions met in an unprecedented working session Thursday in Wilmington, Ohio to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.  
Gliding Magazine | News
...Sinus and Virus from the Pipistrel factory in Slovenia, are now registered and flying in the USA and both aircraft were on show at the Sun-n-Fun Airshow at Lakeland, Florida, but had already been sold to pilots in Florida and Utah. Michael Coates, Company Director of X-Air Australia, flew the Sinus to its new home in St George, Utah and for the description of this flight see this
June 11 2004
The FAI have ratified the claims by Terry Delore (New Zealand) and his crew Steve Fossett (USA) for two world records from a 1804.8km flight last November 14 in an ASH-25Mi from Esquel (Argentina) - the Open Class out and return and speed over a 1500km out and return with 156.62km/h. The records had been held by Klaus Ohlmann (Germany) at 1708.4km and 136.82km/h since December 20, 2002.
Catching Waves
June 10 2004
Wave flying is to most pilots the ultimate gliding experience and Gavin Wills starts his series of articles with advice on how to exploit these conditions. See Features.
The Allegroallegro
Our photo is of the Allegro, an ultralight two-seater from the Czech Republic which for the last three years has been proving itself as a reliable and economical tow plane. It has been tested extensively in all conditons and from different runway surfaces, using a Pirat and K-13. As a result the Allegro has been sold to aero clubs in Germany (where regulations for towing gliders with sport aircraft came into effect in 2001), Greece and Poland. It is now being imported into Australia by Michael Coates of X-Air Australia and there is a flight test by Mario Mayerhofer on this
The June Stamp
Simine Short calls her stamp for this month “The Dark Side of Gliding”. She explains: “In June 1994, Marshall Islands honoured the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied landings on Normandy, with a block of four stamps, one of which shows two British Horsa troop gliders, most likely in preparation for the landing".[ ...
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AeroKnow
...June 12 -- Four new aviation magazine additions indexed
June 9 -- Gallery of pictures taken during a June 5 visit to
Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum, Rantoul, Illinois
June 7 -- A gallery of antique aircraft and warbirds photographed
      & nbsp; at Frasca Field, Urbana, Illinois June 5
June 13 -  1898 --  Donovan R. Berlin was born in Romona, Indiana, USA.
      & nbsp;  He would grow up to design the Curtiss P-40.
June 14 - 1946 -- The last Short Sunderland was completed. 721 were built.
June 15 - 1928 -- The first mail transfer from an airplane to a train took place
     &n bsp;  when Lt. Karl Axtater and Lt. Edward White, in a blimp, transferred mail bags
     &nb sp;  while in flight over Illinois Central Railroad train in progress.
June 16 - 1963 -- A former cotton mill worker named Valentina Tereshkova
    &nb sp;   became the first woman to fly in space, launched aboard Vostok 6. The flight
      & nbsp; was completed three days later.
June 17 - 1961 -- The Hindustan HF-24 Marut flew for the first time.
June 18 - 1916 -- The first American volunteer in Lafayette Escadrille is shot down.
     &n bsp;  H. Clyde Balsley was downed in action near Verdun. He survivted.
June 19 - 1959 -- The ZPB-3W, first of four of the largest blimps to ever see
     &nbs p;   operational service was delivered to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. ...
ESA Portal
...Space technology races round Le Mans
  Spaceflight engineers face three constant challenges: reducing weight and size, improving thermal insulation and increasing reliability. Progress in these fields does not just benefit rocket launches or spacecraft. This week EuroNews investigates how space technology is migrating into numerous areas of life on planet Earth....
Closing in on Phoebe... Encounter with Phoebe
   The most complex interplanetary mission ever launched is about to meet one of our Solar System’s most enigmatic moons. The NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens spacecraft will fly by Saturn’s largest outer moon, Phoebe, on Friday, 11 June 2004....
Artist's impression of the JWST... European agreement on James Webb Space Telescope’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) signed
10 June 2004    An agreement between ESA and seven Member States to jointly build a major part of the MIRI instrument, which will considerably extend the capability of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), was signed, 8 June 2004....
ESA's 37th Parabolic Flight Campaign underway...
PATCO News Page
...F ired air-traffic controller still feels the sting decades later
Lock Out By David Kiley, USA TODAY Reagan fired more than 11,000 air-traffic controllers in 1981 for staging an illegal strike. The move was a major blow to the power of labor unions....
Ron Taylor says he and other fired air-traffic controllers "thought we, as labor, had a friend in the White House."...
By Eliot J. Schechter for USA TODAY
Ron Taylor was fired by President Reagan 23 years ago. He's still trying to get his job back.
Taylor, 57, of Stuart, Fla., was one of more than 11,000 air-traffic controllers fired by Reagan after they went on strike for higher wages and fewer hours on the stress-filled job. In 1993, President Clinton ended the "ban for life" Reagan had imposed on former members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Association, but Taylor and thousands of others weren't rehired.
"When they talk about Reagan as compassionate, I just don't know what they are talking about," says Taylor, president of PATCO, which continues legal action to get members' jobs back.
"Reagan banned us for life," Taylor says. "Even murderers are eligible for parole. We thought we, as labor, had a friend in the White House."
.....more............
Aerosphere Air and Space Magazine, a world of aviation and spaceflight
...NASA reported that the rover Spirit found high concentrations of salt deposits in a large crater. Its sister rover, Opportunity , is scheduled to enter the deep crater the NASA team has dubbed Endurance, even though the odds are the rover won't make it back out!... Want to know where all that Red Planet water went? Read to find out......
Honoring President Ronald Wilson Reagan...
Our second great American Revolution will push on to new possibilities not only on Earth but in the next frontier of space… Because in the next decade Americans and our friends around the world will be living and working together in space.
--President Ronald Wilson Reagan, February 6, 1985
Now for the July 20, 35th Anniversary Drawing...
UFOs Photographed by Mexican AF Pilots
Magazine Article Archive
UFOs Photographed on March 5, 2004
6/4/04
Latest on Mars Discoveries 6/9/04
A Tryst with Venus 6/9/04
AVweb: June 10, 2004
At DC, "Incoming Plane!" ... "You Have One Minute To Impact."
Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher's King Air 200 yesterday caused panic in Washington D.C. just hours before the expected arrival of the casket bearing former president Ronald Reagan. The aircraft was cleared to land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) inside the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) but while radio communications were never lost, something about the plane's transponder signal was -- 13 miles southwest of DCA, Greg Martin, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told reporters. ......more..........
Air Tour NPRM Takes Another Twist
Some say it's just incompetence but others are suggesting bad karma is to blame as the much-despised National Air Tour Safety Standards process hit another bump. It seems some of the meatiest of the one-on-one dialogue between opponents and the FAA will go unrecorded because the transcripts from part of a public meeting held in Las Vegas have been lost. FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto told AVweb a steno machine used in the afternoon session of the meeting failed and the verbal submissions were lost. He said all 11 presenters have been contacted and submitted copies of their notes, and the question-and-answer session has been reconstructed as well as possible. "It's not as dire as some people are trying to make it out to be," he said.
What's A Pilot Worth?...
Given the climate of ensuing and/or continuing Chapter 11 filings among major carriers, a list of who pays what to fly which airplane becomes interesting and potentially volatile reading. Safely and routinely transporting many hundreds of passengers over many many hundreds of not always hospitable miles, ultimately translates to some monetary value and Airline Pilot Pay claims to track that value. According to the Web site www.airlinepilotpay.com (and with numbers "updated for 2004"), Delta pilots lead the pay-scale pack receiving $320 for every one of the 65 hours its most senior captains (12 years or more) watch the screens and otherwise command Boeing 777s. The lowliest of four-stripers make $212 per flight hour. According to the pay-scale numbers listed by Airline Pilot Pay (currently) successful airlines like JetBlue and Southwest don't go up quite as high, the pilots fly more hours and the two airlines fly one type each.
...And They're Going Down In Some Cases...
Delta, which is publicly involved in very trying financial times, is eyeing up the pay packets of its pilots to help cut expenses. It wants its 7,200 pilots to cough up $800 million a year in concessions (an average pay cut of about $11,000 each) and analysts say that might not be enough. Meanwhile Air Canada pilots have already swallowed $300 million in pay cuts (an average of $10,000) but they still have some esprit de corps left for the cause, as evidenced by a very public gesture of support for the airline -- a $200,000 ad campaign. AVweb is aware of some pilots willing to fly for (and some airlines willing to pay) substantially less.
VATSIM.net - NOTAMS
...Jeff Clark has been appointed Vice President Documents and Archives for the VATSIM Board of Governors. Jeff has a long history with online simulation going back to 1998 and before that real world experience in ATC. He currently resides in London, but he can be found hanging around ZLA. Jeff will be leaving his current position as Deputy Director of VATUSA to assume his new duties at VATSIM. Congratulations Jeff!
ZNY/ZDC Summer Solstice
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, and to celebrate it we give you the longest ATC coverage of the year! On June 13th, New York and Washington ARTCC will staff all major airports and airspaces from 10am to 10pm eastern time (14:00-02:00z).
http://www.airdispla ysint.co.uk/
...Super Constellation
To see one of these graceful 1940's airlines in the air is a rare treat to see two is unique. Both the Dutch and Swiss "Connie's" will be flying at Biggin this year. As well as seeing them in the air both will be on the ground for the public to look around and speak to the crews and club members flying in with them. Membership for the Swiss group is available
 Mirage 2000
The French Air Force will be flying in two Mirage 2000 for the static display The Americans are Coming
Not since 1993 have we seen a US Air Force display at Biggin Hill. This year Two F15's from RAF Lakenheath will be appearing on the Saturday....
Ford UK,  through their local dealership Bristol Street Motors,  have kindly agreed to provide all of our vehicle requirements at this year's Air Show
Boeing 737 News Reports
...- NASA Tests Aviation Turbulence Detection System
A NASA developed technology that can automatically alert pilots of potentially dangerous turbulence will make its first evaluation flights on a commercial airliner.
The idea behind NASA's Turbulence Prediction and Warning System (TPAWS) airborne radar is to give flight crews enough advance warning, so they can avoid turbulence or advise flight attendants and passengers to sit down and buckle up to avoid injury.
Researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center (LaRC), Hampton, Va., developed TPAWS to detect turbulence associated with thunderstorms as part of the NASA Aviation Safety and Security Program. NASA teamed with Delta Air Lines, Atlanta; AeroTech Research, Hampton, Va.; and Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the in-service evaluation of a production-prototype airborne radar unit with turbulence hazard prediction capabilities.
Delta will install the TPAWS/Rockwell Collins radar unit on a Boeing 737-800 this summer. Delta flight crews will use and evaluate the technology during regularly scheduled flights in the U.S. and South America. The prototype is expected to fly for six to nine months.
Researchers from NASA, the companies involved and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will evaluate interim and final results of the turbulence prediction radar system. If the evaluation is successful, the technology may be adopted for new and existing aircraft.
"The TPAWS technology is an enhanced turbulence detection radar system that detects atmospheric turbulence by measuring the motions of the moisture in the air," said NASA's TPAWS project manager Jim Watson. "It is a software signal processing upgrade to existing predictive Doppler wind shear systems that are already on airplanes," he added.
"Delta Air Lines is always interested in evaluating new technologies that offer the potential for improved ride quality and safety for our customers and flight crews," said Ira Pearl, Delta flight operations technical support director.
Researchers have already tested TPAWS on a NASA Boeing 757 research aircraft. The TPAWS equipped plane searched for turbulence activity around thunderstorms for eight weeks. The aircraft flew within a safe distance of storms, so researchers could experience the turbulence and compare the radar prediction to how the plane responded to the encounters. After one severe patch of turbulence, a NASA research pilot said his confidence in the enhanced radar had "gone up dramatically," since the plane's weather radar did not show anything, while the same time the TPAWS display showed rough skies ahead.
Atmospheric turbulence encounters are the leading cause of injuries to passengers and flight crews in non-fatal airline accidents. FAA statistics show an average of 58 airline passengers are annually injured in U.S. turbulence incidents. Ninety eight percent of those injuries happen, because people don't have their seat belts fastened. Turbulence encounters are hazardous; they cost airlines money and time, in the form of re-routing flights, late arrivals, additional inspections and maintenance for aircraft.
The NASA Aviation Safety and Security Program is a partnership with the FAA, aircraft manufacturers, airlines and the Department of Homeland Security to reduce the fatal aircraft accident rate, protect air travelers and the public from security threats. Researchers at four NASA centers are working to develop advanced, affordable technologies to make flying safer and more secure. NASA's LaRC; Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.; Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.; and Glenn Research Center, Cleveland are working on the program.
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...NBC’s The Today Show is scheduled to begin filming on June 22nd and 23rd. MI is committed to work with 60 Minutes to complete the filming before the full-blown press flight (timing for this still undetermined and funding dependent). On Sunday June 27th at 8pm PST, KVIE (Public Television for the Central Valley-Sacramento) will be airing a segment called "Are We There Yet?" that will include the Skycar and the Milk Farm. For more information please see www.kvie.org
Putting the Rotapower engines into volume production is considered essential because MI will then have lower cost engines for the Skycar as well as receiving royalties on all engine sales by Freedom Motors. For this reason amongst others, the staff at MI and Freedom has been exploring many different aspects of the Rotapower engines to be used in the Skycar in order to make sure that the initial high volume engines produced by Freedom Motors also fits the requirements of MI. As you may know we have two Rotapower engine displacement options available to power the production M400. The first is our 650cc displacement rotor that produces 90HP with single rotor on alcohol or 75HP on gasoline. The second is a 530cc displacement rotor, which produces 135HP with two rotors on ethanol and 110HP on gasoline. We are committed to using ethanol under the assumption that it will be available. However if it is not then 75HP per engine is marginal prior to boosting and the amount of boost required is high. For that reason a conservative commitment has been made to use the twin 530cc fueled by ethanol. Ethanol has a number of advantages including:
1.) Low emissions
2.) Non-toxic if spilled in lake or as a result of an accident
3.) Lower fire hazard
4.) Absolutely no build up of deposits in the engine
5.) In the Rotapower engine it produces nearly 20% more power (cools incoming charge).
6.) It is a renewable fuel since it can be produced from almost any biomass (generally corn)
We are working with the ethanol industry with the view of using the Skycar to promote the use of ethanol. Hopefully we will be able to get some sponsorship from this relationship.
We were prepared to build the flight test lake prior to the other improvements in the Milk Farm project (see www.milkfarm.net). That remains possible but is a politically delicate issue and therefore we are moving cautiously. The Skycar re-engining is also slowed due to the modest funds available pending funding of the engine production in Freedom Motors.
When Freedom Motors volume engine production is funded (potentially within 60 days) they will be able to reimburse MI for work done in the past under contract (approximately $2 million) and MI will be able to accelerate the engine installation in the Skycar.
Freedom Motors has signed a contract to develop a small diesel 15 HP engine (see www.thermofan.com) and is signing a contract with the largest US supplier of handheld power tools for the development of a very small gasoline fueled Rotapower engine (<2.5HP). It has also prepared a private placement offering memorandum in preparation for raising $7.5 million needed to produce the Rotapower engine components (rotor and seals) that Freedom plans to produce itself. The other parts of the engine will be produced under license at many locations throughout the world.
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..AAIB publishes latest reports...
AAIB publishes latest reports The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published its June Bulletin which gives official reports on a number of air accidents. A couple of these are highlighted ...
The ship that can't be seen...
The ship that can't be seen Since the US airforce introduced the first stealth aircraft in 1954 we have been used to aircraft designed to keep their radar signatures low. Yet because of the sheer size and complexity ...
NATS reviews traffic forecasts...
NATS reviews traffic forecasts NATS, the UK's principal air traffic services provider, has reviewed its traffic forecasts published in October last year. Revised forecasts to 2006 have been submitted to ...
BBAC: UK Balloon Event Listing - Forthcoming Events
..Sat 17th Jul 2004 - Sun 18th Jul 2004
'Night Glow' and Spectacular firework display choreographed to music
Saturday night Indoor Ideal Home exhibition with many exhibits and all the latest items for the home
Free gas, free entry (provided all briefings attended), free refreshments and meal after `Night Glow'. £50 assistance for first six private entries....
Sat 18th Sep 2004 - Sun 19th Sep 2004
The meet is designed for about 20 balloons on a first-come-first-served basis, free accommodation to first 15 entries, free propane and subsidised accommodation, night glow, fireworks and free goody bag for all entries.
Met Office homepage - The home of the Met Office on the internet
...Climate change and the insurance industry, Exeter, 15 June 2004
As a world leader in climate change research the Met Office is holding an event with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to discuss the impact of climate change on the insurance industry.
Flying Scholarships for the Disabled - Latest News
...Well done Ian!
Ian Rutland has been awarded the Sir Michael Cobham Flying Bursary from the Air League International Trust
Ian, a 2002/03 FSD scholar who also designed our website, is hoping to raise enough funds to apply for a commercial instructor's licence.
This Bursary will cover the cost of his instrument rating and with donations he has already received he is now well on the way to achieving his life ambition.
Mn/DOT Office of Aeronautics
...FAA Notice:
Owners Have 60 Days To Update Their Addresses
As part of an FAA regulatory enforcement crackdown, the agency said that aircraft owners must, by July 31, complete and return the triennial aircraft registration form if their addresses are not current. "It's a safety issue, not just a paperwork issue," said Mark Lash, manager of the FAA civil aviation registry. "The agency and manufacturers must be able to notify aircraft owners to distribute safety and maintenance related information, including ADs. The database also helps local law enforcement and light Service Stations begin the search for a downed or overdue aircraft."
Owners who fail to correct an outdated address might see a suspension or revocation of their registrations and cancellation of their tail numbers, the agency warned. The FAA has prepared a list of registrations with incorrect addresses. The list is posted online at registry.faa.gov . For questions on this requirement, or if you see a correct address shown in the agency's list of presumed incorrect addresses, contact the FAA at (866) 762-9435.
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