An unknown municipium in the Roman days, the city of Bergamo, Italy, was sacked and set on fire in the early Middle Ages. In the 12th century the town became a free city and blossomed to a network of umber stone buildings, alleys and tidy squares of the Upper Bergamo.
Aviation International News » August 2001
The pilot leadership of United Express affiliate Air Wisconsin last month rejected a proffer of arbitration by the National Mediation Board, triggering the mandatory 30-day countdown to a potential strike at 12:01 a.m. on August 12. In June 96.6 percent of Air Wisconsin’s pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, authorized union leadership to call a strike if necessary.
Despite United Airlines’ apparent decision to abandon its attempt to buy US Airways for $4.3 billion, the airlines agreed to submit to the Justice Department a merger proposal for full review in compliance with a 21-day review period requirement, prompting applause from DC Air CEO Robert Johnson, who pledged to locate his airline’s headquarters in Washington if the merger survives Justice Department scrutiny.
Mesa Air Group last month reversed its decision to establish a new Cincinnati base and canceled all the flights scheduled to six cities from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport for July 8. Mesa contacted all affected passengers and reaccommodated them on Delta Air Lines or Comair flights.
Bombardier won a long-anticipated and hard-fought operational lease deal from Northwest Airlines for 75 CRJ-440 regional jets, the newly designated 44-passenger version of the 50-seat CRJ-200. The airline has also taken options on an additional 175 CRJ-440s.
The FAA has denied a request by the Regional Airline Association and Air Transport Association to defer enforcement of its November interpretation of a long-standing flight-duty-time rule, setting the stage for a new legal battle to start with petitions from both organizations for a court-ordered stay. Earlier this year both ATA and RAA filed motions with the U.S.
Problems with the design of the engine nacelle inlets have caused at least a three-month delay in the development of the Williams FJ44-2C-powered Spirit Wing Learjet 25D. “The difficulty is that the inlets must act as radiators, too,” explained Calvin Burgess, president and owner of Guthrie, Okla.-based Spirit Wing.
While the first Ibis Aerospace Ae270 has logged about 75 flight hours, the second flying prototype (aircraft number three) is now not expected to make its first flight for another few weeks, according to Jeff Conrad, Ibis marketing director.
Explorer Aircraft, developer of the single-engine piston and turboprop Explorer airplanes, has moved from its temporary offices in Denver to Jasper County Bell Field in southeast Texas, just west of the Louisiana border.
Reports of the demise of the Loadmaster program are unfounded, according to Russ Heil, CEO of Ayres Corp., the Albany, Ga.-based agplane OEM and developer of the Loadmaster. It’s true that in its second quarter 2001 financial statement FedEx stated it had taken a write-off on the Loadmaster and that one FedEx official said the airplane wouldn’t be built.