The 108th Congress opened for business the first week in January with a few changes of note. The racial gaffe committed by Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) during the departure ceremonies for Sen. Strom Thurmond forced him out as the Senate Majority Leader.
A system that robotically inspects the skin and immediate interior structures of an aircraft–which has been likened to an MRI of the human body–is catching the attention of the aviation industry, including the Defense Department, at least one fractional-ownership provider and safety agencies.
The so-called “Hoover Law” continues to be ineffective, according to an article in the Winter 2002-2003 Lawyer Pilots Bar Association Newsletter. Legislation enacted in April 2000 gave pilots and operators the option of requesting a hearing before the NTSB within 48 hours of an emergency revocation of their certificates. Such a review was not permitted previously.
In his State of the Union address, President Bush proposed cutting income tax and ending the double taxation of corporate dividends, both actions that would reduce government income.
On Monday, in what Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne described as a “special and meaningful mission,” a C-17 Globemaster III heavy airlift airplane touched down at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, completing the type’s first transcontinental flight using a synthetic fuel blend.
Air BP Aviation Services has gone on record supporting the mission of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) with financial support for CAP’s cadet and youth-development programs. The Civil Air Patrol provides leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to almost 27,000 young men and women, ages 12 to 21.
After a short but intensive development phase, the IAI-Elta Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) system will go operational with the Israeli Air Force early next year. A program manager told attendees at the recent AEW Conference in London, organized by Defence-IQ, that the dual-band system was meeting all of its performance goals.
Dr. Frederick Tilton has been named the FAA’s new federal air surgeon, replacing Dr. Jon Jordan, who retired last December. Tilton had been the deputy federal air surgeon since 2000 and became acting federal air surgeon when Jordan retired.
Three of the eight U.S. Marine Corps officers charged with wrongdoing in the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor scandal have been found liable to some of the administrative charges. The other five officers and men were cleared of charges that they participated in a scheme to falsify maintenance records. (It should be stressed that being found in violation of a charge is not, under the code of military justice, the equivalent of criminal conviction.)
Having acquired its first aircraft in 2004, the reborn Iraqi air force is now performing routine missions alongside coalition fleets in the country. Further procurement is expanding the air force inventory in key mission areas, and U.S. forces are extremely pleased with the progress that the young air arm has made in a short time.