Sun Sep 26 2004
Warbird Alley: Privately-owned, vintage, ex-military aircraft
|Mikoyan's Piston-Engined Fighters
By Yefim Gordon and Keith Dexter
128 pages, Paperback
Specialty Press, Published 2004
The latest title in the Red Star series, this book details the long
line of piston fighters produced by the Mikoyan design bureau, from
the MiG-1 all the way to the unusual piston/turbojet powered
AOPA Online - Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association home page
|Where do they stand on GA? Presidential
candidates share their views in an AOPA Pilot exclusive
Click to read article
One reason why AOPA is such an effective political force is the
power of our more than 400,000 members. Politicians know that AOPA
members vote in much greater numbers than the average citizen.
To help you decide how to use your vote, AOPA Pilot magazine
questioned both presidential candidates on a wide range of topics
that affect general aviation pilots, from protecting airports to
funding the air traffic control system to general aviation security.
This exclusive coverage is in the October issue,
arriving in mailboxes this week.
"Whoever is sitting in the White House next year will have a strong
influence on decisions that will greatly affect general aviation,"
said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "These will range from the
appointment of an FAA administrator to whether the air traffic
control system is a government or private service.
"Out on the campaign trail, the candidates are discussing broad
issues of foreign and domestic policy. Those are vitally important,
but also we want pilots to know where they stand on GA."
Both candidates came out strong in support of GA airports.
"General aviation is an important part of our economy, and continued
investment in civilian airports is central to our economic growth,"
said Republican candidate President George W. Bush.
Democratic candidate Sen. John F. Kerry said, "I believe that
general aviation airports are an integral part of the national
airport system. Increased domestic security is now a fact of life,
but I think that the government has a responsibility to see that the
effect on businesses and individuals is minimized." More on
answers on GA from Bush and Kerry
AOPA raises concerns over TSA "alien training" rule
After a comprehensive review, AOPA is raising concerns that the
Transportation Security Administration's "alien training" rule may
hit every U.S. pilot, flight instructor, and flight school. Unless
TSA clarifies that U.S. citizens are exempt, AOPA believes the rule
could be interpreted to mean that, starting next month, they would
not be able to complete flight training — including flight reviews —
without first going through some type of TSA check.
"That clearly was not the intent of Congress," said AOPA President
Phil Boyer. "We worked with lawmakers as they were drafting 'Vision
100,' the FAA reauthorization act, to make sure TSA focused on the
problem — foreign terrorists attempting to get flight training in
the United States."
But after a careful parsing of the rule's language by AOPA's legal
and regulatory staff, the association has determined the potential
impact is significant.
AOPA expressed its concerns over the new rule during a weekly
transportation security teleconference with TSA officials on
Thursday and in numerous discussions with TSA policy staff.
TSA Administrator Adm. David Stone assured AOPA that the agency's
intent was to vet foreign nationals, not U.S. citizens, applying for
flight training. He said the agency does not want to harm the
industry, and he has directed his staff to work with AOPA.
"We accept in good faith Adm. Stone's representation of the intent
of the rule," said Boyer. "But we also have long experience in
dealing with federal regulations. We know that at some point, the
most restrictive interpretation permitted by the letter of the rule
will likely be applied.
"It is absolutely essential that TSA clarify, in writing, that this
rule does not apply to U.S. citizens," said Boyer. More on
the alien flight training rule
New York congressman agrees not to target GA after meeting with
New York Congressman Anthony Weiner won't be targeting fixed-wing
general aviation with security legislation. AOPA President Phil
Boyer and Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jon Hixson had a
substantive discussion with Weiner Wednesday afternoon to explain GA
security and reiterate AOPA members' opposition to his current
Air Force Link
|Air Force issues ‘stop movement’ for
Patrick, Cape Canaveral
Air Force officials have issued a “stop-movement’ order for people
permanently moving to or transiting Patrick Air Force Base or Cape
Canaveral Air Station, Fla., based on the probability that Hurricane
Jeanne will affect the area.
Political activity rules basically same for active-duty,
Citizen Airmen serving in the Air National Guard or Air Force
Reserve follow the same rules governing political activity as their
Pax terminal gets Airmen where they need to be
SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) Long hours spent working in temperatures
hovering around 100 degrees has made a trip home one of the sweetest
ideas for Airmen in Southwest Asia. However, many troops face delays
and hang-ups that would frustrate the most patient traveler.
Fortunately, the “Mighty 8th” is ready to help.
Number of officers receiving command pay reduced
Command Responsibility Pay now received by some field-grade officers
in command positions will end in October.
Rimes with Ramstein
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFPN) LeAnn Rimes signs autographs for
86th Maintenance Squadron Airmen.
U.S. military supports South African trade show
WATERKLOOF AIR FORCE BASE, South Africa (AFPN) U.S. military
equipment and Airmen from the New York Air National Guard are here
for the Aerospace Exhibition.
Gotta fix ‘em before you fly ‘em
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFPN) Nestled in a small, nondescript
building among a dozen aircraft revetments here, the 353rd
Maintenance Squadron’s consolidated tool kit section hums with
activity around the clock....
WSDOT Aviation Home Page
for the January 2004 CFI Renewal Course
Table of Contents
|Aluminum Overcast Back in Oshkosh
September 24, 2004 - After spending nearly five months in California
following its landing-gear incident, EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast
returned home late Friday afternoon, where it will undergo further
restoration. The vintage WWII bomber departed Van Nuys, California,
on September 23, and flew to El Paso, Texas, for an overnight stay.
Friday morning’s six-hour ferry flight time included a fuel stop at
Wichita, Kansas. Pilots Sam Bass and Bob Davis are in the cockpit,
with Gerard Putzer and Ted Mosman of the EAA aircraft maintenance
staff also on board ... ...
EAA Reviewing New TSA Flight Training Security Document...
September 24, 2004 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
released its new pilot candidate security background check
requirements on Monday, September 20, 2004. The new requirements are
in response to the mandates of Public Law 108-176, called "Vision
100 - Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act." In Vision 100, the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) takes over
responsibility for managing this aviation security background check
from the Department of Justice. EAA is reviewing the new rule (49
CFR Part 1552) to determine how all the new training categories will
affect all of our members. While conducting this review, EAA felt it
critical to provide our members with a outline on the new rule and
it's effect on all pilots ... ...
32nd Annual Copperstate EAA Regional Fly-In is October 7-10...
September 23, 2004 - The last regional fly-in of the 2004 flying
season, the Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In, is getting ready for
its 32nd annual event, to be held October 7-10, at the at the
Phoenix Regional Airport between Maricopa and Casa Grande. The
Arizona Council of EAA Chapters have prepared a full slate of
activities, including air shows at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday and
noon Sunday; forums and workshops scheduled all three days; a
special Family Day on Sunday; more than 500 aircraft on display
including homebuilts, vintage, military, ultralights and light-sport
aircraft; and more ... ...
EAA Director Scores Win at Reno...
September 23, 2004 - EAA Director Fred Telling took first place in
the T-6 Silver Class at last weekend's Reno National Championship
Air Races held at Stead Field.
Telling flew Baby Boomer an average speed of 217.320 mph to finish
ahead of Bud Granley in "Lickety Split," 212.925 mph. Read
more for the other class winners....
Sport Pilot is Extravaganza's Primary Topic...
September 23, 2004 - Hundreds of powered parachute enthusiasts from
across the nation descended on Columbus, Kansas, for the annual
Powrachute Extravaganza, September 16-19, and sport pilot and light
sport-aircraft was the most common discussion subject. At its tent
EAA answered questions nonstop over the event, and in the "big top"
EAA's Scott Spangler, Katrina Bradshaw, Bob Warner, and Earl Downs
led forums, as did many others, including the FAA's Larry Clymer and
John and Martha King, who became powered parachute instructors
earlier this year ... ...
Lucky EAAers Anticipate Being a Part of Historic
September 22, 2004 - Attending EAA AirVenture 2004 was an especially
smart move for seven EAA members, who next week will watch their EAA
membership cards be part of the historic flight of SpaceShipOne, as
the homebuilt spacecraft makes its attempt to capture the $10
million Ansari X Prize. The seven people were chosen from among the
thousands of EAA members who entered the drawing at EAA Member
Village during AirVenture 2004. On Sept. 29, the seven membership
cards will be aboard the first scheduled Ansari X Prize flight into
to suborbital space that launches from Mojave Airport in Southern
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Conference Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull, nr Birmingham. The place to
go to see the latest and greatest of this fascinating technology,
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|Security checks for US bound pilots
Pilots travelling to the US to
fly aircraft will have to undergo security checks imposed by the US
Transport Security Administration. The new rule comes into effect
28/9... RAeS Yeovilton Branch Lecture: The
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2/10... Microlight Fly-in...
Fsimzone - FS2004 & FS2002 Downloads, Aircraft Panels etc.
|VATSIM Announces New Software...
Richard Jenkins of VATSIM reports: "....VATSIM is proud to announce
that it has come to an agreement with Flight Sim French Development
Team (FSFDT) to provide the pilot client FSInn for the VATSIM
network. Currently, the client has completed alpha testing and is in
code review, afterwards it will begin a closed beta test on the
network. For all the details about FSInn and other software such as
FSCopilot, please visit http://www.mcdu.com ...
Visit Paris In FS2004...
Jacques Sylvain of Airsim has targeted the wonderful city of Paris,
France, to make it more of a tourist place for you to vist. He has
meticulously reproduced many of the famous landmarks of the city
such as the bridges over the river Seine, the many historic
buildings, the island in the river, the large avenues, and more. You
will now even see barges float up and down the river and find the
TGV (the high speed trains) in the stations! There are many
screenshots available for you to study, prior to puchasing this
title from simMarket here ! http://secure.simmarket.com/product_info.php?products_id=943...
Singapore Airlines Cuts Jobs At Info-Tech Unit...
Singapore Airlines said on Friday it would cut 130 staff at its
information technology operations, capping a week of lay-offs at the
world's second most valuable airline. The 130 staff can either join
an independent company which will take over the IT operation or
leave state-controlled Singapore Airlines, an airline official said.
Earlier this week, the airlines said it will lay off about 70 people
at its finance division. A total of 108 staff were cut and another
1,064 jobs were to be outsourced at its 85 percent owned baggage
handling and catering arm, Singapore Airport Terminal Services.
Singapore Airlines, which posted a better-than-expected profit of
SGD$259 million (USD$153.3 million) for the first quarter, expects
about SGD$10 million (USD$5.9 million) in one-off costs arising from
the job cuts at its information technology arm but said the yearly
cost savings would amount to SGD$15 million (USD$8.9 million)
starting next year. Earlier this year, chief executive officer Chew
Choon Seng said the company would have to cut costs by up to 20
percent or up to about SGD$1.6 billion to achieve a target of 8
percent return on capital employed....
Lufthansa Cancels Flights After Computer Fault...
Lufthansa had to cancel 33 European flights, and services across its
global network were delayed, following a computer fault in its
check-in system on Thursday, the airline said. The company's Star
Alliance partners, Britain's bmi, Poland's LOT and Austrian Airlines
were also affected by the problem with the Unisys computer system,
Star said. The flight cancellations affected about 3,000 passengers,
while short-haul and long-haul departures were delayed by up to two
hours, Lufthansa said. Some freight normally carried by plane had to
be transported by truck. Lufthansa said the check-in system was up
and running again by 1030 GMT, but added that delays were
continuing. The airline said it hoped services would return to
normal on Thursday. "Lufthansa regrets the inconvenience caused to
passengers," the airline said. "The (services) should go back to
normal again during the course of the day." At Berlin's Tegel
Airport there were delays as check-in staff had to hand-write
tickets and tell passengers there was no assigned seating. At Munich
Airport people were scrambling for seats, with elderly people being
pushed aside as they tried to get to the front of the queue. A
Lufthansa check-in agent said the problem was not caused by a virus
but by the launch of a new computer program overnight which brought
the system down.
Imperial War Museum - Home
rained down on London in 1940, Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet
met in The Cabinet War Rooms. Today visitors can see it just as it
looked during the war years. The Churchill Museum, an exciting new
project, will be the first national museum dedicated to Sir Winston
HMS Belfast... HMS ...
Come and see what it was like to
be a Battle of Britain Pilot...
at Gates open: 8.00am; Flying
Display: 1.30pm - 4.30pm approx.
Location: IWM Duxford
Fsfreeware - Flight Simulation Files - Distribution System
|FSfreeware Releases North Americans Terrains
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Aviation Safety the monthly journal of risk management and accident
Running your tanks bone dry and
topping them off is the only way to know how much gas is really
aboard. The results may surprise you.
Circle To IPC
The FAA’s new Practical Test
Standards will require a circling approach during an Instrument
Proficiency Check. Here’s what you need to know.
Surviving An Interception
With temporary flight
restrictions popping up like summer thunderstorms, the chances of
inadvertently straying into one and being intercepted are greater
than ever. Here’s what you need to know, just in case.
TFRs are not part of your Garmin
430/530 data base. But they can be. Here’s how to enter them.
Touch And Goes?
Most of us do them to sharpen
our landings. But are they worth the risk? Here’s what you need to
know about touch-and-go landings.
It’s tough enough to shoot an IFR approach without the
proper equipment aboard.
|Ever wonder what happens when a big
plane flies into a THICK concrete wall?
Click here and see: F4 vs Nuclear Wall
US Airways Threatens 23% Pay
Cuts while under
Boeing Believes Airline Recovery is a Bit Slow -
Airbus seems to think it's happening faster
United Considers Ending Pension Plans "best
option". Unions don't quite agree
Boeing Can't Ignore Large Airplane Market - Says
Airbus. They say it's here, must be addressed
Airlines Still in Trouble - Well, it's a sign of
US Security Screeners Miss Weapons & Explosives
according to report
TSA to Demand Passenger Name Records (PNR) in 40 Days
but they're learning to ask nicely...
If the PNR has an acronym, it's become part of our reality....
Heathrow Strike May Hit Weekend Operations as
refueling crews prepare to walk
Two Survive Small Plane Crash in Montana. They
were initially reported among 5 dead
US Airways Seeks Deeper Cuts $1.9B rather than the
original $1.5B proposed
US Airways Asks Pilots for More Concessions Less
pay, more flight hours
And Delta Seeks $1B in Pilot Concessions - Hey
kids, still want to be a pilot?
Coat Removal May be Required at Security Feds won't
say why, just may have to do it
Careful of Water on Airplanes "We take fecal
contamination seriously" EPA says
US Government to Demand June Passenger Lists to
test new terrorist identification system
Cat Stevens on Watch List - Flight Diverted Former
pop singer has said a few things . . .
13% of Airliner Water Unsafe, Says EPA - Simple
lesson: CARRY YOUR OWN WATER!
Are You an Airline Investor? Some folks call you
stupid. (Wash Post article, FREE registration required)...
Well, we believe there IS a future in air transportation. You just
have to be good/lucky enough to pick the right airline(s)
Delta Likely to Lose DFW Gates - Which is no small
problem. May be the beginning of the end
Lan Airlines (aka Lan Chile) Doing Well - Looks
like some markets are expanding. Good for us all
EU Backs Away From Manufacturer Subsidy Talks - EU
sees "considerable shortcomings" in US position
Are Airline Pension Funds Always 100% for Employees?
- Maybe not, according to this article
US Airways Loses Financing on Regional Jets - This
is serious, a blow to restructuring plans
Sky Marshals Will Start in Japan Police give no
date for start
While US Sky Marshal Program Has It's Problems -
Employee complaints & a few questionable employees
Iraqi Airways Begins International Flights after 14
years. Welcome back!
White House May Cut FAA Funding by 12.6% and
controllers say there is a safety issue
Alitalia & Flight Attendants Agree on Cuts - 900
less cabin crew may help 2005 airline privatization
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|AIAA Honors Eclipse Aviation's Vern
South Bend Tribune
Flight of Fancy
Is the State's Tech Boom a Bust?...
Vern Raburn to speak at annual Forbes CEO Forum
AIAA Honors Eclipse Aviation President and CEO
Eclipse hires Vice President of Supply Chain Management...
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|Here's an interesting video. This was sent to
us by a friend
and patriot who has been involved in the intelligence business.
I'm positive he knows exactly what he's seeing.
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|TAWS Available for Legacy Citations
Statement on Unitedâ€™s â€śInformational Briefâ€ť Regarding Its
September 23 -- "Today, United
filed in bankruptcy court a 107-page so-called â€śInformational
Briefâ€ť regarding its pension plans. But no amount of self-serving
sugar-coating by the Companyâ€™s lawyers can mask the plain fact
that if United follows through on its repeated threat to terminate
the pilotsâ€™ pension plan, the immediate impact on thousands of
individual retired and active pilots will be devastating."
ALPA Fights Guilford
Transportationâ€™s Union-Busting Actions at Pan Am
September 23 -- The Air Line
Pilots Association, Intâ€™l (ALPA) on Sept. 20 obtained a temporary
restraining order in U.S. District Court, requiring Pan American
Airways (Pan Am) and its controlling affiliate Guilford
Transportation Industries (Guilford) to maintain the operations of
Pan Am and its relationship with ALPA, in the face of managementâ€™s
efforts to transfer both flying and aircraft from unionized Pan Am
to its non-union subsidiary, Boston-Maine Airways (Boston-Maine).
Industry-Wide Coordination Could
Reveal Key Airline Safety Issues
September 23 -- Capt. Duane E.
Woerth, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Intâ€™l (ALPA),
issued a statement upon speaking at the Federal Aviation
Administrationâ€™s (FAA) First Annual International Aviation Safety
Forum in Chantilly, Va. ...
Negotiations Resume between US
Airways Pilots and Management
September 22 -- The US Airways
pilotsâ€™ governing body, the Master Executive Council (MEC), a unit
of the Air Line Pilots Association, has authorized its Negotiating
Committee to continue talks on Transformation Plan Negotiations with
US Airways management. ...
American Eagle MEC Announces
Tentative Agreement in Negotiations
September 22 -- The elected union leaders of the American
Eagle pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association,
International (ALPA), met on Sept. 21-22 to discuss a comprehensive
management proposal to modify their current labor agreement.
|These are revolutionary times for the sea
services and the Maritime Administration. They are changing their
goals, structures and processes to deal with new challenges of the
21st century. And the Navy League this month will make some
revolutionary changes of its own to provide them with the strongest
In concert with senior officers and staff of your organization, I am
pleased to announce the creation of the Navy League’s “Grass Roots”
Legislative Transformation Initiative.
A central tenet of this initiative is to increase the involvement of
our regions, areas and councils in our legislative affairs
activities. Navy League members around the world are the bedrock or
our organization. They are skilled, selfless and committed. The
essence of our “Grass Roots” project is to focus their ideas and
energy on our legislative priorities.
Working together, we will increase exponentially the clout of the
Navy League and the impact of our legislative affairs activities.
|11 Sept ... BAE
SYSTEMS Agrees to Acquire DigitalNet
Judy Leden’s flying career began while she was at university in
Cardiff in 1979. She started competing in 1982 and broke many
records in 1983. She currently holds world records for both hang
gliding and paragliding. Judy turned professional in 1988, becoming
the only woman to earn a living as a
hang glider and paraglider pilot. Her work includes films,
stunts, flying displays, lecturing, teaching and writing.
1989 Judy crossed the English Channel when her hang glider was
released from a hot air balloon 12,000 feet above the white cliffs
of Dover, landing on the beach at Calais. In 1991 she made the first
ever hang glider flight from one of the world’s highest active
volcanoes – Cotopaxi in Ecuador which rises 19,600 feet. Competitive
success has been a constant feature of Judy’s career. She won the
Women’s World Hang Gliding Championships in 1987 and again in 1991.
She has been British Women’s Champion six times and won the Women’s
World Paragliding Championship in 1995. Judy has been part of the
British Hang Gliding Team since 1984 and latterly in Paragliding.
She has captained the team on several occasions. In May 1994 Judy
flew a microlight from England to Jordan, an expedition of some
2,250 miles and six months later broke the world hang gliding
altitude record, being released from a balloon at 41,307 feet and
experiencing a wind chill factor of -87°C in the process.
Judy was awarded an MBE in 1989 for her services to hang gliding and
has received many other awards, including the Royal Aeroclub Gold
Medal, Sportswoman of the year from Cosmopolitan magazine and
Middlesex County. She also received the Hussein Medal for Excellence
in recognition of her flight to Jordan by microlight and the
Star of the First Order, by King Hussein, after her world
record balloon drop. Judy lives in Derbyshire with her husband,
Chris Dawes, three year old daughter Yasmin and one year old son,
September 21 -- The first of three pages of digital images from
Rendezvous, Sunday, Sep 12
September 21 -- The first of
three pages of pictures from September 11 at
Springfield Air Rendezvous 2004,
September 26 - 1945 -- The Ryan
FR-1 was demonstrated to the public for the first time.
September 27 - 1912 --The US
Army accepted its first flying boat, a Curtiss F. It was
the first of three to be
flown by that service
September 28 - 1958 -- The
Fairchild-built Fokker (designed) F-27 made its service debut:
with West Coast
September 29 - 1949 -- The
prototype Fairey Gannet flew for the first time.
September 30 - 1940 -- The last
Grumman F2Fs in the USN, with VF-2B, are retired
service.day. "So what?" you may
October 1 - 1881 -- William
Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
October 2 - 1981 -- The Reagan
administration reinstated development of the Rockwell B-1. The
was cancelled during the
Carter administration. The program which rose like a Phoenix
(or perhaps a Tuscon)
developed a slower B-1, simpler technologically and less expensive
Boeing 737 News Reports
|22 Sep 2004 - Shanghai delivers its
500th 737 horizontal stabilizer
Beijing, Sept. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Shanghai Aircraft Manufacture
Factory yesterday delivered the 500th next-generation 737 horizontal
stabilizer to the Boeing Company, marking another significant
milestone in the Boeing-China aviation partnership.
"The delivery underscores the key role China's aviation
manufacturing companies have in Boeing's global supplier network,"
said David Wang, president of Boeing China, China Daily reported
The next-generation 737, the newest member of the Boeing 737 family,
continues the 737's pre-eminence as one of the world's best-selling
and most reliable commercial jet planes.
The factory has had a mutually beneficial relationship with Boeing
since 1995 when the project was launched and it delivered the first
set of 737 horizontal stabilizers to Boeing in 1999.
"Everything is going on smoothly and now the factory produces 14
sets a month," Wang said.
Boeing's 737 family has won orders for more than 5,300 airplanes.
China operates 296 Boeing 737s, accounting for nearly 40 per cent of
the commercial jets flying in China.
The next-generation 737 planes will be delivered to clients in 2008
after one year's trial flying, said Wang.
"We remain excited about the 737 and we will continue to invest in
and improve the next-generation 737 family," said Larry Loftis,
director of 737/757 Operations, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
China Aviation Supplies Import & Export Corp signed an agreement
with the Boeing Company in October 2001 for 30 Boeing 737 jetliners,
valued at approximately US$1.6 billion.
In September 2004, Boeing finalized an order agreement with Air
China for seven new next-generation 737-700 jetliners, Loftis said.
"Talks with other Chinese airlines about new orders are under way,"
At present, Boeing is co-operating with factories in Xi'an, Chengdu,
Shenyang, Chongqing and Harbin to manufacture 737 vertical fins, 747
trailing edge ribs, 757 horizontal stabilizers, 757 cargo doors and
737 tail section module.
"We will further help those factories to enlarge their capability of
manufacturing parts and components for 737 planes," Wang said.
Boeing's investments are growing and its procurements of aviation
hardware from China total about US$500 million to date and are
expected to reach US$1.3 billion by 2010, he said.
Boeing is continuously expanding its partnerships in China, as
evidenced by current efforts to create a Boeing Shanghai Aviation
Services joint venture to be based at Shanghai Pudong Airport.
The venture is being set up to modify, maintain and repair Boeing
airplanes, he said.
Royal Institute of Navigation : HOME
|1715 Airborne Forces Experimental
Lecture Hall, Bldg 452, Boscombe
Alan Brown will take a
historical look at how airborne forces delivery problems were
examined, solved and tested.
Press Releases by ARINC
|ARINC Takes Surveillance to a Higher
Opti-Fi Networks Adds South Bend
Airport to Growing List of Public Wireless Terminals —September 21,
Thunder Bay International
Airport Selects Opti-Fi to Provide Wireless Internet, Communication
ARINC’s Portable Airline Check-In Goes Anywhere There’s an
Internet Connection —September 20, 2004
New Thunderstorm Warning System Offers Enhanced User
Features —September 20, 2004
World’s Largest Transports to Use ARINC GLOBALink
Communications Services —September 20, 2004
ARINC Breaks Price Barrier with Common-Use Check-In for
Mid-Size Airports —September 20, 2004
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assistance around the world.
|Recently MedAire was able to assist a
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This week, two divers benefited
from the MedAire’s evacuation expertise and its continually
expanding network of evacuation service providers. One diver, diving
off the Galapagos Islands, required an evacuation to Ecuador
Collins to integrate and market new 3-D maps and satellite TV system
with General Dynamics YES! system
Rockwell Collins multi-region
satellite TV system and new moving maps to be available on the
Thales in-flight entertainment system
Rockwell Collins introduces the
next generation moving map products: Airshow 4200 and Airshow 4200i
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operated 3 versions of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter: the F-104G;
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U.S. Department of Defense Official Website
|FIREFIGHTER TRAINING – A
firefighter with the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia
Air National Guard, dons his protective gear in preparation to fight
a fire as part of a simulated aircraft accident during Readiness
Safeguard Ability to Survive and Operate training at the Combat
Readiness Training Center at Volk Field, Wis., Sept. 21, 2004. U.S.
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President Praises Iraqi Accomplishments...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2004 – President Bush today promised continued
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troops can come home with the honor they have earned.” ...
Changes to U.S. Posture Will Strengthen Europe...
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Connecticut two years ago to support troops fighting the war on
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volunteers in several states. ...
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Troops Get Modular Barracks...
FORT STEWART, Ga., Sept. 23, 2004 – Soldiers of 4th Brigade, 3rd
Infantry Division began moving into newly constructed barracks
during the past month. ...
Medic Responds to Emergencies...
FORWARD OPERATING BASE OUTLAW, Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 24, 2004 — When
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shudders around Baghdad's International Zone, Spc. Matthew Byars,
knows all too well that he will soon be stepping into a scene of
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Cockpit Concepts: September 25, 2004
Another Facet of CFIT: "On Course."
Boeing CFIT Avoidance Training Aid specifies two parameters that
repeatedly show up in CFIT accidents: one is nighttime or weather;
the other is the Non-Precision Instrument Approach. The industry is
doing away with the latter but, until there are all precision ILS
and GPS approaches, the non-precision approach remains a threat to
The descent profile for approaches with no vertical guidance
typically requires the pilot to be "On Course" before a step-down
descent can be initiated, either on procedure turn or during the
straight-in phase. We know when the CDI is centered on a VOR or LOC
approach, or the bearing pointer is touching the desired radial on
the compass card, that we are "On Course." But what if a crosswind,
a lousy intercept by ATC, or whatever moves us from that "right on"
position? How far can we deviate from "right on" and still consider
ourselves "On Course"? One degree, five degrees, full case
The AIM is vague on providing guidance to answer this question. The
FAA Inspectors I have asked are equally imprecise, and their
interpretations tend to diverge. The Air Force once ran a two day
seminar with all its top instructors to determine, "What Constitutes
On Course?". The only "book answer" that these sources have provided
is: "CDI centered," and that answer isn't much help in the real
world. A pilot needs to establish his or her own displacement
boundaries that can be tolerated before initiating a missed
approach--a thorough analysis of terrain and obstacles on the
approach is crucial.
As always, comments or critiques are actively solicited (through the
CFIT thread in the Pilot Lounge or by direct e-mail).
--Norm Komich (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Lost Squadron Museum - Official site of Glacier Girl, the World
War II P-38 rescued from the Greenland Ice Cap
Some last minute plans have been made for Glacier Girl. She will not
be in the museum for part of October and most of November. For more
information see this article in the Glacier Girl Gazette....
TWO new raffles have begun.
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Albuquerque Soaring Club Webpage
|Our next meeting is at 7 PM on
Wednesday, September 29 at the Taj Mahal Restaurant. The Taj Mahal
is at 1430 Carlisle, NE. It is on the east side of Carlisle between
Indian School and Constitution.
David Pauly will talk about New
Mexico meteorology and Billy Hill will review the wave window
agreement . 9/19/04
|AirBorne 2004 Stadtlohn this weekend!...
Visit our stand at the aviation fair 'TakeOff' now called 'AirBorne
2004' in Stadtlohn near the Dutch border.
This year we will also present new products for special prices such
as 'Austria Pro 2004', 'New Spanish Airports' and many more.
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National Business Aviation Association, Inc.
|NBAA2004 Las Vegas Special Traffic
Management Program (STMP)
The FAA has published the Special Traffic Management Program (STMP)
for the NBAA 57th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October
11-13 in Las Vegas. The STMP will require all IFR flights to or from
the Vegas area to obtain a slot reservation prior to filing a flight
plan. The STMP program will be in effect from October 8 to 18. Slot
reservations will be required for Las Vegas McCarran (LAS),
Henderson Executive (HND), North Las Vegas (VGT), Boulder City
Airport (61B), and Jean Airport (0L7). Additionally, most FBOs in
the Las Vegas area will be requiring ramp reservations.
Review the NBAA2004 STMP NOTAM.
TSA Interim Final Rule for Additional Flight Training
On September 20, the TSA published expanded requirements for aliens
seeking flight training in the United States. The new requirements,
resulting from legislation passed last year, expand background check
requirements for candidates seeking flight training in aircraft
weighing 12,500 pounds or less. Flight schools must be in compliance
with the new rules by October 5, 2004, for training in aircraft
weighing greater than 12,500 pounds and by October 20, 2004, for
training in aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less.
White Plains REACHBAC Luncheon Draws Record Crowd
NBAA's Operation REACHBAC luncheon, held last Friday, September 17
at Westchester County Airport (HPN), drew more than 500 attendees –
nearly 200 more than last year's record. New NBAA President and CEO
Ed Bolen, who visited several flight departments the prior day,
spoke of an increased role for government affairs for NBAA and a
continued focus on airport and airspace access. Special guest James
Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, described his heroic journey for
attendees, and NBAA Board Member Jeffrey W. Lee, Westchester
Aviation Association (WAA) president, emphasized the important work
of WAA on significant aviation issues with state, county and local
officials. Other speakers included Westchester County Association
President Bill Mooney, Congresswoman Sue Kelly and Westchester
County Executive Andrew Spano. For more information, contact NBAA's
Joe Ponte at
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1/72 scale Mil Mi-3 helicopter from MPM...
1/72 scale Heller/Airfix De Havilland Vampire FB.5...
Hasegawa 1/72 scale DAP Beaufighter Mk.21
Italeri 1/72 scale B-25J Mitchell
Airfix 1/72 scale Meteor Mk.3...
Special Hobby 1/72 scale Fairey Firefly TT Mk.4...
1/48 scale F-16 decals from TwoBobs...
"The loss of HMAS Sydney - is this how it happened?". ...
Heller's 1/72 scale Potez 540...
profile of an Antonov An-26 airliner...
1/48 scale Dragon Junkers Ju 88G-1 night fighter....
1/35 scale Australian Digger from Firestorm....
1/48 scale Post-Kahu A-4K Skyhawk conversion from Hobbycraft's
1/35 scale Dragon T-34/85 Model 1945...
1/72 scale Hasegawa Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5...
Huma's 1/72 scale Lippisch DM-1 glider...
Revell's 1/32 scale Heinkel He 162A Volksjager test
Obscureco's 1/32 scale F2G Super Corsair conversion,...
MDC's 1/32 scale British 3" high explosive underwing rockets...
1/35 scale vignette, "US Special Forces - Middle East 1991"....
1/32 scale Hasegawa Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9...
1/48 scale Hasegawa Spitfire HF Mk.VII...
1/48 scale Meteor F.1 doing battle with a V-1...
MDC's 1/32 scale individual exhaust stacks for Hasegawa's Fw
DML/Dragon's new 1/35 scale M4A2(76) Red Army Sherman...
Hecker and Goros Flower Class Gun Crew and S-100 Crew Set No.1...
Roden's recent 1/48 scale Grumman OV-1A Mohawk...
Fonderie Miniature's 1/48 scale H.21 Shawnee "Flying Banana"...
"Tales from the Crypt"... Hasegawa's ancient 1/32 scale Focke-Wulf
MDC's 1/32 scale Daimler Benz DB605A/B/AM engine, ...
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE MUSEUM
|Museum Home Aircraft of the Week P-51D
The P-51 was designed as the NA-73 in 1940 at Britain's request. The
design showed promise and AAF purchases of Allison-powered Mustangs
began in 1941 primarily for photo recon and ground support use due
to its limited high-altitude performance. But in 1942, tests of
P-51s using the British Rolls-Royce "Merlin" engine revealed much
improved speed and service ceiling, and in Dec. 1943, Merlin-powered
P-51Bs first entered combat over Europe. Providing high-altitude
escort to B-17s and B-24s , they
scored heavily over German interceptors and by war's end, P-51s had
destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft in the air, more than any other
fighter in Europe. (more...) Japanese World War II fighter
joins museum collection
The embodiment of Japanese air power and kamikaze suicide attacks
during World War II, a restored Japanese Zero returned to the U.S.
Air Force Museum here.
Commercial workers recently completed a one-year restoration of the
aircraft for the museum. They disassembled the aircraft to move it
to the museum and reassembled the plane for permanent display after
its arrival. (more...)...
|This Program has been postponed until
August 31st. Stay Tuned!!! On Tuesday, August 10, 2004,
at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, the television show, " Tactical
to Practical " will air on the History Channel and will
feature an interview of Alan Armstrong in relation to the evolution
of pilots of the American Volunteer Group [more commonly known as
the "Flying Tigers"] from operating fighter planes to flying
transport planes for, among others, the Flying Tiger Line and Civil
Air Transport (CAT). The Flying Tiger Line became the largest air
freight operator in the world prior to its merger with Federal
Express. CAT flew humanitarian missions in China and evolved into a
para-military operator supplying Nationalist Chinese forces during
the Communist Revolution. CAT had been formed by General Claire
Chennault after the end of World War Two. In time, CAT was sold to
the CIA and renamed "Air America." Air America engaged in
clandestine operations during wars in Southeast Asia including the
Dixie Wing, Commemorative Air Force
|2004 Dixie Wing Raffle: Our
raffle is back and it is in full swing!
Bledsoe's Aviation Art
|Last year was the hundredth anniversary of the
Wright brothers’ first flight, so it should not come as a surprise
that new images depicting that historic event start appearing on the
market. However, Gil Cohen has taken a uniquely different approach
to honoring the Wright brothers. His latest painting “The Wrights At
Huffman Prairie – 1905” shows the Wright Flyer III.
You may be asking what’s so special about that model and the scene
being depicted. Well, in the artist’s own words, “It was in the late
summer and early fall of 1905 that Orville and Wilbur Wright
conducted some of their most significant flight experiments. They
took place at Huffman Prairie, farmland on the outskirts of Dayton.
It was there that the Wrights were able to separate their joint
control system – pitch, roll, and yaw. This was the first fully
controllable airplane in existence. In addition, they were able to
stay aloft up to nearly 40 minutes, circling the field many times
for an accumulated distance of over 24 miles.”
Cohen is known for his dynamic images depicting the interaction of
people, planes, and historic events. His images put the viewer in
the scene seeing the event as if he or she were actually part of it.
This painting further demonstrates Cohen’s already recognized
Listen as the artist tells the story, “The Wright brother’s sister,
Katharine, was with them at Huffman Prairie providing encouragement
and moral support. She later accompanied her brothers on their
demonstration flights in America and Europe.
“In this scene, Katharine has taken the interurban trolley from
Dayton to the Simms Station and then proceeded to hike across the
farmland, carrying a picnic basket with lunch for her brothers and
Charlie Taylor, the machinist who designed and built their engine.
Orville has just finished some last minute stitching on the lower
wing of the 1905 Wright Flyer III. He and Wilbur are greeting
Katharine. This painting draws the viewer into a moment in history
and shares the emotions and exchanges between the Wright brothers,
their sister, Katharine, and Charlie Taylor.”
In talking with the artist it seems that other things could have
been included in the scene, such as the barn where they kept the
plane. But as he pointed out including everything takes away from
the story being told. This is an important point that some artists
overlook. They often clutter up the image by including everything,
every detail, even the outhouse, and that detracts from the story
Or, they have just an image of a plane, leaving the viewer wanting
for a story. Successful artists are often those who have found the
right balance of detail that tells the full story but doesn’t
detract from the subject that is the focus of the painting.
Another appealing aspect of Cohen’s images is his realism, for lack
of a better word. Over the years I have come up with a set of
criteria for evaluating a painting: lighting, depth perception,
color, story, authenticity, perspective, composition, and artist’s
style. But there is one aspect of a painting that I have had trouble
putting into words, and I suppose realism is as good a description
It should be noted that there is no right or wrong way of depicting
reality because what appeals to one person is not what appeals to
another. It’s all a matter of an individual’s personal preferences.
Probably the best way to describe realism is that it is a
combination of depth perception and color intensity that is
consistent with what your eyes would normally see if you were
actually in the scene being depicted. Some artists use the same
color intensity for everything in the image, which makes the scene
vivid and it seems to pop out at you. You see every rivet, every
word in a label in crystal clarity. It shouldn’t be a surprise to
anyone that many like that style.
thing to flying without leaving the ground
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