Chicago had no choice but to use funds from O’Hare International and Midway International airports to clean up the “abandoned” Meigs Field. So say city attorneys in a 40-page response to an FAA investigation that Chicago improperly used $1.5 million in airport development funds earmarked for O’Hare and Midway to destroy Meigs Field. If the […]
The first Eclipse 500 intended as a certification flight test aircraft rolled out of the factory Dec. 11. Its engines are the Pratt & Whitney Canada 610F turbofans that will power the Albuquerque, N.M.-based company’s production airplanes. As this issue was going to press, Eclipse employees would say only that the plane’s first flight would […]
A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report notes that “the small size, lack of fuel capacity, and minimal destructive power of most general aviation aircraft make them unattractive to terrorists.” Called “General Aviation Security: Increased Federal Oversight is Needed but Continued Partnership with the Private Sector is Critical to Long-Term Success,” the report concludes that […]
Another actor, John Travolta, is also making headlines after buying a $10 million Zeppelin from the Neiman Marcus catalog. Travolta, who owns a Boeing 707 and a Gulfstream bizjet, was quoted as saying he “had to have one” of the Zeppelins.
Actor Bruce Willis is offering to donate a part of some property he owns in Camas County, Idaho, for construction of a new airport. Willis made the offer at a meeting of the Friedman Airport Authority last week, saying he’s concerned about safety at the current airport. It’s estimated a new airport will take about […]
Popular Science magazine has named Diamond Aircraft’s new DA42 Twin Star one of the top 100 tech innovations for 2004. Other selections include the 2005 Lotus Elise, the twin Mars Exploration rovers and the AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missile.
Ballistic Recovery Systems has named Larry E. Williams president and CEO. For the past four years, Williams was vice president of business development for AmSafe Aviation, which manufactures restraints, including air bags for airplanes.
Worried about winter flying? NASA now offers “A Pilot’s Guide to In-Flight Icing,” a free, on-line course intended for the GA pilot. The course provides tools pilots can use to deal with in-flight icing. Emphasis is on avoidance, detection and exit, as well as the effects of ice accretion on performance and handling and the […]
Want to build your own aircraft, but don’t want to wait years to fly? New Builder Assist Centers are popping up for all manufacturers, including Glasair Aviation. The Arlington, Wash.-based company’s Customer Assembly Center makes it possible for a pilot to build an aircraft in less than three months. The program is “intense,” according to […]