Sunday, April 29, 2012

Oklahoma: Emergency management handles mock plane crash at Northwest Technology Center

Firefighters approach a plane crashed into the side of the Northwest Technology Center in Alva as part of the Woods County emergency disaster exercise. 
Photo by Julie Whiteman 

All hands were on deck Friday morning as Woods County emergency crews worked through a mock emergency at the Northwest Technology Center in Alva. The Emergency Disaster exercise included a wrecked plane and plenty of casualties.

Parents of the students at the tech center added to the mix as they frantically went looking for their children.

The purpose of the drill was to test not only the abilities of emergency crews, but also their ability to work together.

Fire departments, EMS, Air Evac, sheriff's office, police departments and ER staff at Share Medical Center all took part in the exercise.

Johnny Vaughn, regional response System Coordinator with the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, observed the emergency teams for evaluation.

“The purpose of a drill like this is to test the ability of all agencies and to determine the strength of their ability to work together. A multi-jurisdiction exercise can be instrumental in preparing them to work as one team. All those entities have to work together and make their communications with each other to plan for the day that they may actually need to manage a disaster,” Vaughn said.

“They all did very well. I was very impressed as was everyone who was there for the evaluation process. The scenario they chose was extreme and certainly tested the abilities of all departments.”

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New Jersey: Terrorist attack is scenario for drill involving emergency responders in three counties

A prop plane was ground zero for a drill on response to a terrorist attack just outside Atco Raceway in Waterford Township Sunday, April 29, 2012. Emergency responders from three counties participated in the drill.
Photo by Joe Green/Gloucester County Times

WATERFORD TWP. — Spectators spring from their seats and cheer as the engines roar, side-by-side toward the finish line.

It’s another sun-drenched weekend at Atco Raceway, and the race comes down to a bumper’s edge. But suddenly, a deafening roar overwhelms all other noise.

A passenger plane snaps trees then slams to the turf, seeming to shake the earth.

Soon, police, firefighters, EMS and later federal agents will descend on this edge of Wharton State Forest, picking through the rubble and the pines for battered survivors, and for clues.

Such was the scenario for a practice drill held here Sunday, involving 24 emergency agencies from Camden, Burlington and Atlantic counties.

The drill - funded by at least part of a $102,000 Homeland Security grant - was a run-through for the emergency workers who would respond to a terrorist attack on a plane whose carnage ends up here. 

Organizers stressed the importance of a well-coordinated effort crossing jurisdictions and including agencies from the local to the federal level.

“With a large plan crash, you could have miles and miles of debris,” Camden County Emergency Management Coordinator Samuel Spino said.

“That’s why you need a coordinated effort.”

That would include teams securing the plane’s main body, searching it for survivors, removing the dead. It would mean sending teams out to nearby fields and into the forest to look for others, and for pieces of debris to be combed over by investigators.

Members of community emergency response teams (CERTs) - volunteer groups that provide certain services generally when professional responders are not yet available or to help them - took part in the drill along with police, firefighters, EMS and others.

Spino said the drill was a long time coming. It took about two years of planning, he said. 

Part of the difficulty lay in getting 24 groups - with schedules and commitments of their own - together for a large-scale training drill, Spino said.

“But in a real-life situation like this, they’re all coming,” he added.

A prop passenger plane placed near the Raceway gates served as ground zero. The craft lay, snapped open just behind the cockpit.

The tail was missing, and an engine lay to the side, along with a wheel and landing gear nearby.

The drill’s scene altogether was bound by the Mullica River and Jackson Road, Spino said, and was broken into three general divisions. 

Practice like Sunday’s is especially important in an area surrounded by airports, including Philadelphia and Atlantic City International, as well as Cross Keys Airport, said Camden County Director of Communications and Community Affairs Dan Keashen.

“This area sits between several large airports,” Keashen said. “God forbid one of those planes is highjacked by terrorists.”

But in such an event, he and Spino say, responders from throughout the area will be ready.


Government yet to suspend Civil Aviation Authority chief despite court orders

Akhtar Amin
Monday, April 30, 2012

PESHAWAR: Even after five days the federal government has not implemented the Peshawar High Court (PHC) order to suspend the Civil Aviation Authority director general.

Taking serious notice of the Bhoja Air crash and non-implementation of the high court orders passed two months ago, a division bench headed by PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan on April 25 ordered immediate suspension of CAA head Nadeem Yousafzai till the completion of reinvestigation of the Airblue and Bhoja airplanes’ crash through an independent inquiry by international experts.

The sources told The News that suspension of the CAA chief would take time as the competent authority for his suspension was the prime minister and he was under immense pressure after his conviction by the Supreme Court in the contempt of court case.

Sources in the Civil Aviation Headquarters told The News that the CAA director general was going to challenge the verdict next week in the Supreme Court. During course of hearing, the CAA’s senior legal advisor Obaidur Rehman Abbasi had informed the bench that the new director general had taken over about 20 days ago and he was fully implementing the court order.

The bench stated in the order that the Ministry of Defence and CAA had ignored the court’s order issued on February 21 in which the ministry was directed to form a separate board of inquiry, including foreign experts, to inspect all aircraft of the PIA and private airlines, examine the CAA performance and check the capability of flying pilots and other crewmembers within 90 days.

The chief justice had observed that had the court’s order been implemented the Bhoja Air crash could have been averted and precious lives saved.

Umar Farooq Adam, counsel for former MNA Marvi Memon and legal heirs of Airblue crash victims, said on Sunday the federal government was bound to implement the high court decision without any delay if the Supreme Court did not suspend it. He said five days had passed and the federal government had yet to implement the decision.

Human Rights Commission, South Asia representative for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata, Abdul Samad Khan Marwat also said the federal government should immediately suspend the CAA chief.

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Russian airline to create 100 jobs at Shannon airport facility


Alex Krinichanskiy, managing director, Transaero Airlines, Joseph Millar, executive chairman Transaero Engineering Ireland, and William McGonagle, chief executive Transaero Engineering Ireland at their Shannon airport facility yesterday.
Photograph: Kieran Clancy

RUSSIA’S SECOND biggest airline Transaero expects to create about 100 new jobs at its newly acquired aircraft maintenance business in Shannon in the next 12 months.

It has also held talks with Shannon airport about possibly routing flights from Russia to the US through the Co Clare facility, where its passengers could clear customs and border protection.

Commenting on the potential for additional jobs in an interview with The Irish Times on Friday in Shannon, Alex Krinichanskiy, Transaero’s chief executive said: “I would think about another 100 over the next year. That’s the close horizon and then who knows how many more.”

The Shannon business, now called Transaero Engineering, has already hired 16 apprentices, almost double the level of 2011.

Transaero recently acquired Air Atlanta Aero Engineering, which has 241 staff and was set up in 1962.

Mr Krinichanskiy said the potential existed for a “multi-million-dollar” investment in the facility, which is located beside the airport in the Shannon free zone. He said it has held preliminary talks with state agencies Shannon Development and the IDA about investing in its facility here.

“We are spending close to $70 million a year globally on heavy maintenance,” he explained. “We are going to be spending a big chunk of that here [now]. The question is do you want the rest?

“If you want us to spend that money here, let’s figure out how to do it together.”

Mr Krinichanskiy said Transaero’s first priority was to return the Irish business to the black. It made a loss of about €700,000 last year while its turnover fell by 14 per cent to €19 million.

“For the first year we will return them to profitability . . . and integrate into the Transaero structure.”

He said he expected the Irish business to achieve turnover of “in excess of €22 million” this year.

Transaero plans to use the Shannon business to conduct a lot of the heavy maintenance work on its 82 aircraft.

The Irish company recently began the process of certification for Boeing 747s and 777s. It currently works on 737s and 767s.

“We don’t have a heavy maintenance facility in Moscow and don’t have plans to develop that. We always wanted to control more of our own destiny on the maintenance side and were on the look out for a good facility to partner with.”

Transaero is due to take delivery of four 787 Dreamliner from Boeing in 2014 and Mr Krinichanskiy indicated that the Shannon plant might be upgraded to handle maintenance work on this new aircraft model.

“That’s what we are looking at. Probably 787 makes much more sense because in this part of the world, there is just one company that is getting there to service 787s. That is one of the plans we have in mind when talking to Boeing. It would open up endless opportunities for our affiliate here.”

Mr Krinichanskiy said there was “no business case” currently to operate direct flights to Ireland from Russia but indicated that it might use Shannon as a stopover on services to the US.

“Shannon is unique in terms of offering a full pre-clearance for the United Sates,” he said. “Transaero operates to New York,Miami and Los Angeles. We are looking for secondary destinations in Boston and Chicago and other areas. There may be an economic and commercial case behind that.”

The airline held talks with Shannon airport in December.

Transaero recorded profits of $150 million on turnover of $3 billion last year.

Mr Krinichanskiy said he expected revenues to rise to $3.6 billion this year. The airline employs 9,500, primarily at bases in Moscow and St Petersburg.

Civil Aviation Authority report confirms suspicions

Last updated 10:35 30/04/2012 

A Civil Aviation Authority investigation into the death of glider pilot Mike Dekker has confirmed many pilots' suspicions in relation to the accident, says Marlborough Gliding Club president Carl Jackson.

Many pilots thought that turbulence was a likely cause of the accident, and their suspicions had been supported by the findings of the CAA report released on Thursday, Mr Jackson said.

Mr Dekker, 55, died after his Mini-Nimbus HS7 glider crashed on Orchard Spur near the Taylor Pass while he was attempting a 1000-kilometre non-stop flight in 2009.

The CAA investigation could not reach a conclusive reason for the crash, but said significant turbulence and down draughts were most probably responsible.

Mr Jackson said that despite the findings of the investigation, there was still an element of mystery surrounding the crash. The weather on the day had appeared to be favourable for gliding but proved to be unpredictable.

"Gliding is essentially understanding weather, of which Mike had nearly 2000 hours of practice and many more planning and observing," said Mr Jackson. "Nature always has the potential to be unpredictable, which seems to be true in this case."

As a result of Mr Dekker's accident, most of Marlborough Gliding Club's cross-country pilots now carry GPS trackers on board their aircraft, said Mr Jackson.

The GPS trackers provide position reports on a website which allows a pilot's progress to be tracked. 


Cape May County (KWWD), Wildwood, New Jersey: Airport Management Contract Proposed

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 6:26 pm
By Al Campbell

ERMA -- One thing Freeholder Will Morey vowed to do when seeking the seat he had held since January was to boost the local economy.

On Tue., April 24, Morey offered a resolution to grant an open-end consultant agreement with Steven Baldwin Associates of Albany, NY to aid the county with "airport management consultant services" that are not to exceed $15,000 for six months.

Long a sore point because of its potential, yet with a history of many failed business ventures, the airport seems to offer economic promise. Just how to bring that promise to fruition has been elusive. Large firms, such as Timme Fabrics and Everlon held hope that manufacturing there could be revived. Both failed after brief lives.

Some firms had a decent record there, but went out of business for other reasons.

At the present, there is no fixed base operator to fuel general aviation planes that land at the former US Naval air station. Proposals for that service were to be received by Delaware River and Bay Authority, which operates the airport, on March 7. No decision has been made regarding that important facet of airport operation, especially with the summer increase in flights to the county in private planes.

The freeholders' resolution admits the airport is "an integral part of the county's economy."

Baldwin Associates "specializes in assisting clients in the areas of airport management, organizational, and governance review, performance benchmarking, strategic planning, economic development, tenant lease negotiation, owner's representative services and other services and programs unique to developing airports in an efficient and effective manner."

Baldwin's six-month contract began April 25.

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Lauderdale Air Show canceled today because of rain

By Mike Clary Sun Sentinel

 12:26 p.m. EDT, April 29, 2012


The second day of the Lauderdale Air Show was canceled Sunday morning, falling victim to a steady, relentless rain, gusty winds and a forecast that offered nary a ray of sunshine or hope.

“With an event this size, public safety is the No. 1 priority,” said Chuck Malkus, a spokesman for show organizer B. Lilly Productions.  “But we were looking at not only a rain event, but a severe storm.”

According to the National Weather Service, deep tropical moisture was expected to continue to march off the ocean and over the peninsula through Sunday and Monday. Rainfall totals of from 3 to 5 inches were expected, with up to 8 inches possible in some areas.

The hardest-hit areas are expected to be the eastern portions of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. A flood watch for those areas was also in effect.

The cancellation marks a disappointing end to the spectacular air show that had returned to Fort Lauderdale beach this year after a hiatus of five years when sponsorships were lost.

Tickets to Sunday's show will be honored at the 2013 event, show organizer Dev Motwani.

Malkus said the biggest loser due to the cancellation may be street vendors.

Road closures previously announced in connection with the Air Show remain in effect Sunday, according to Fort Lauderdale police Det. DeAnna Garcia, so that vendors can remove their equipment.

That means sections of A1A are closed from Vista Mar north, and Sunrise Boulevard will be closed west of the Intracoastal Waterway to general traffic.  For those heading to the beach even though there is no Air Show, the best approach is via Oakland Park Boulevard, Las Olas Boulevard and the Southeast 17thStreet Causeway.

On Saturday, despite intermittent showers and a 60 percent chance of rain, an estimated 450,000 spectators gathered on Broward beach to watch theU.S. Air ForceThunderbirds, vintage fighter planes and acrobatics.

The show was paused several times because of passing showers, but the program was completed, said Malkus.

Sunday’s fare was to be more of the same. “You never like to have a disappointing day in the Sunshine State,” said Malkus.  “The kids, the smiles, the wow factor of the event were all in evidence.”

Over 13 years of the Air & Sea Show through 2007, Malkus said organizers previously had lost only a half day due to weather.  “We’re looking forward to sunshine for the next 12 years,” he said.

B. Lilly Productions has a three-year contract with the city of Fort Lauderdale and will produce shows in 2013 and 2014, said Malkus. Dates are not set.

Van's RV-8: The airplane is naked no more!


 Douglas TBD Devastator paint scheme 

by Glen

For the past *almost* four weeks, the RV-8 has been at Chorman Airport (Greenwood Delaware) with Russell Aircraft Refinishing with Jim Russell. Yesterday, the finished airplane was rolled out into the sunlight *and the sun blushed*. OK, that’s a bit too dramatic but the paint scheme definitely held its own against the backdrop of puffy clouds and the on-field monster Ag planes. To say I am pleased, is conservative use of the English language.

So, the question I got most – from the first day I brought the airplane home – what color will you paint it? The answer is now silver, bright yellow, pale yellow, black, blue, white, and red. Seven colors in all!

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Aviation show to draw investors

Published: Apr 30, 2012

Jeddah: The first specialized conference and exhibition on aviation services and logistic support at airports will be held at the Jeddah Conferences and Events Center on May 1.

The two-day event is organized under the aegis of President of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) Prince Fahd bin Abdullah.

The exhibition, titled “Airports, aviation and logistic services,” will provide a strategic platform and new horizons for anyone who intends to invest in aviation, airports, and logistic services at airports. The specialized conference is being organized in the Kingdom for the first time.

Decision makers in the government and private sectors and prominent officials of the sector including official spokesmen will participate in the event.

Detailed analyses on the air transport industry and the technical aspects of projects and products and smart solutions, partnership options will be discussed in the conference. Foreign delegations will also participate in the event.

The exhibition is receiving considerable attention from businessmen and experts in the sector, as 95 percent of the exhibition ground has already been reserved by interested exhibitors.

About 100 local and international companies will display their products and services in the aviation field. The expo is organized at a time when the Kingdom has adopted an ambitious plan to develop infrastructure projects for communications.

Huge investments are expected to be made in this vital sector in the country, especially in airports, seaports and railways, roads and logistic projects over the coming 10 years.

British pilot imprisoned after discovering suspected Lord's Resistance Army massacre

David Simpson poses with his light aircraft and a colleague. Mr Simpson has been held without charge for more than a month on suspicion of murder

By Mike Pflanz, and Zoe Flood in Nairobi 

8:00PM BST 29 Apr 2012
Investigators in the capital, Bangui, arrested David Simpson, 24, after six hours of interrogation during which they said they held him responsible for the deaths of 18 villagers in the remote south-east of the country.

"It's absolutely ridiculous, there is not a shred of evidence beyond hearsay, but still they've held me illegally, without charge, for more than a month," Mr Simpson told The Daily Telegraph on a mobile phone smuggled into his prison cell.

Mr Simpson, from Pickering, North Yorks, whose company offers wealthy clients the opportunity to shoot lion, Lord Derby's Eland and buffalo, among other species, was helping to clear a road through dense bush in the south of his firm's vast hunting concession on March 23 when his colleagues reported dead bodies found near a local gold mine.

He went to investigate, and says he found the bodies, all male, arranged as if they had been systematically killed. All of the dead men worked at the hand-panning mine, locals said.

"Six of them were all face down in a circle, their heads in the middle, four others were nearby and in total there were 18 dead guys there," he said.

"Some had been beaten to death with sticks, others had had boiling water poured on them first, then killed. It looked exactly like reports I've seen of other Lord's Resistance Army attacks. It was pretty awful."

The rebel army, headed by Joseph Kony, continues to terrorise civilian populations in the remote jungles of southern CAR, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Kony was the subject of an internet video that went viral last month, viewed more than 90 million times.

"We called the military, they came the next day and basically freaked out," Mr Simpson said.

"They took a few photographs on their mobile phones and that was the sum total of their investigation. They left immediately."

Days later, Mr Simpson's aircraft was fired at as he took off from the nearest town, Bakouma. He says locals angered that they were not given jobs at his company, owned by a CAR-born Swedish hunter, were to blame.

"It's pretty clear that the killings had nothing to do with us, but it helped some of the guys in town follow their own agendas to blame us," he said.

Both Mr Simpson and his boss, Erik Mararv, went voluntarily to the capital to answer questions, and both were immediately arrested. Neither has been charged but both are still imprisoned, more than a month later.

Emelie Mararv, Mr Mararv's wife, confirmed that there had been no information about why the two men had been jailed, and no sense of when they would be released.

Firmin Findiro, the CAR Justic Minister, told The Daily Telegraph: “The government is not accusing the men of anything - the case will be brought before a magistrate next week who will see whether they actually had any role in the incident.”

“The men have legal representation and I have received both the British and Swedish consuls regarding the matter.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said they were providing consular assistance.

Celebrating in the sky: Birthday Flight

By Paula Stuart 
News Chief Correspondent
Published: Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 7:43 a.m.

WINTER HAVEN -- There are probably no more than 10 people in the United States who still fly an airplane at the age of 90, according to Jon Brown, owner of Brown's Seaplane Base in Winter Haven. One of those rare individuals was recently spotted in the air on his 90th birthday. Jim Torphy flew his 1946 Piper Cub airplane solo on April 17, and called it his "birthday flight."

"My son, who is a corporate pilot for 34 years, encouraged me to do it. It didn't feel any different, though. I didn't feel any sense of gratification or accomplishment. It's just like tying your shoes; just routine," he said.

Brown said, although Torphy is still active and flies regularly, this was still a surprise to him.

"It was 7 a.m. I was getting planes ready. This plane flew over me and I said, 'I bet that's Jim,' so I turned my lights on and honked the horn and he followed me back to the hangar," Brown said.

Torphy retired at age 62 from Bloomington, Ind., where he was the airport operator for many years. A friend took him to Brown's Seaplane Base, and Torphy started working there as a flight instructor. Later, he and his wife, Gabby, of 63 years relocated to Winter Haven.

"Jim came down here in 1973, when my father owned the base. He got his seaplane rating. He was a land plane pilot first," Brown said.

Torphy got the "flying bug" at an early age.

"I can remember when I was 12 years old some barnstormers came through our town and took me for a ride. I got the bug. I really wanted to fly. I am real fortunate. Anybody who had a plane back then made their money hauling booze in the prohibition days," Torphy said.

As a young man, Torphy worked on B17s and was also a flight engineer. He attended both B29 gunnery school and B29 electrical school in the 1940s. He then trained ROTC classes at the Torp Aero Service Flight School in Bloomington for Indiana University, beginning in 1963.

"We were training them for private pilot course. After college graduation, they were going to active duty military. I was contracted by Indiana University until the end of the Vietnam War," Torphy said. "Flight training was not offered at all the colleges. We trained mostly Army and Air Force, and had one Marine."

Brown said hundreds of Torphy's students became pilots for the Army, Air Force and Marines, including United States astronaut Kenneth Bowersox.

More than 130 people celebrated Torphy's 90th birthday party, recently held at Brown's Seaplan Base. Torphy even got a letter from coach Bobby Knight of Indiana University. Torphy flew him Knight across the country when he was in Bloomington.

"The party was a big surprise to me. A lot of people came. The furthest one was from Dallas," he said. "They put a plaque on the back porch (of Brown's Seaplane Base.) It is officially the 'Jim Torphy Room.'"

Brian Meadley attended the birthday bash. He flew in England in the Royal Air Force for 20 years. Meadley, 81, is a part-time flight instructor at Brown's Seaplane Base.

"We have a holiday home in Winter Haven. When I'm here, I'm practically full-time," Meadley said. "I think he's a terrific chap. I've known him for 25 years, and flown with him several times. He doesn't miss a thing in the air. He is still a very accomplished pilot and also a very nice man. It was a jolly-good party in the hangar at the seaplane base."

Brown said Torphy is rare, as many pilots eventually lose their certification due to medical or physical circumstances.

Torphy said, "I'm just going to keep flying."

Piper Comanche PA-24 Stabilator Bearings


April 29, 2012 by bhugel  

Demonstration of the corrosion found on the horizontal stabilator bearings. I would suspect that if you have the original stabilator bearings in your plane they probably look like this. Would you want to be flying in a plane with bearings that are unlubricated for 50 years. If your A&P is not correctly inspecting the stabilator horn by removing it, then what's the chances that he'll come across bearings in this condition? I'm glad my A&P is doing his job and hope he doesn't retire soon! Is yours?   I can't express enough that there was no experience of resistance when moving the control surfaces with these bearings installed so please do not think that your bearings are good because you can't feel it.

EAA 822 Fly-In sparks imagination for tomorrow's pilots

Dave Ramsey, wearing cap, helps children into his 1952 Cessna 195 while at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual Young Eagle Day at the Wetumpka Airport in Elmore on Saturday. 
Photo by Lloyd Gallman/Advertiser 

Written by
Mike Tankersley

ELMORE — Five years ago, 14-year-old Savannah Weaver of Millbrook was sitting in the back seat of a little Cessna on the runway at Wetumpka Municipal Airport, nervous but eager to take her inaugural air flight.

Saturday at that same spot, Weaver was sitting in the front seat of a similar Cessna, no longer nervous but still just as eager to take off and go flying. And this time, Weaver was the pilot.

Five years ago, she was the dreamer. Now, as she’s in the process of making her own dream come true, she’s trying to spur the imagination of some wide-eyed youngster who perhaps will become the next Savannah Weaver.

Weaver, who now lives in Coosada, joined other pilots at Saturday’s EAA 822 Fly-In, which is designed to “interest new people in general aviation,” said Stan Tew, vice president of Chapter 822, the 75-member Experimental Aircraft Association group that is based at the Wetumpka airport.

Last year, EAA 82 sent 165 kids ages 8 to 17 into the air, the vast majority for the first time. Saturday’s sunny weather had youngsters rolling in from all over the tri-county area, and Tew thought the final tally would come close to matching that total, if not surpass it.

“We’re putting a lot of kids into the air today,” he said.

One was 9-year-old J.P. Baughman of Wetumpka.

Baughman, standing in line with parents Rhonda and Joe, admitted to being a little nervous as he waited for his first-ever air ride. But he also was excited.

“I just want to know what it feels like,” he said.

Apparently, that feeling is “awesome,” which was the most common expression from those departing the planes after a 15- to 20-minute flight that reached altitudes of 1,500 to 2,000 feet.

Cade Taylor of Wetumpka, Case Edwards of Titus and Kaleb Labier of Deatsville all flew together in a Piper Cherokee. It was the first flight for all three.

“I wasn’t nervous,” Taylor said, “but I told the pilot if there was a turn or flip, I’m going to throw up.”

Taylor said his most vivid memory was looking down on a flock of hawks.

“I’ve never even seen a hawk before, so that was the best part for me,” he said.

Edwards said he saw two dams and a prison.

“After we passed the second dam, there was this island with nothing on it except for a billboard,” he said. “That was kinda weird, I thought.”

Taylor and Edwards went as part of an activity for Cub Scout Pack 50 out of Wetumpka. They received an activity pin; Boy Scout troop members got a merit badge.

In a nice twist, Chapter 822 member and longtime pilot Dave Ramsey had the honor of taking two special “Young Eagles” on their flight Saturday — grandkids Cole, 11, and Hope. They flew in Ramsey’s Cessna 195, a 1952 Business Liner.

Saturday’s event, Tew said, helps connect young people to the passion of flying. Some will stick with it. Most won’t.

“When you get on a big plane in Atlanta and fly to the West Coast, the pilot of that plane made his first flight in something just like that,” Tew said, pointing to a Cessna two-seater. “You have to start at the bottom.”

That’s exactly what Weaver has done. She has an instrument rating and is now embarking on getting her commercial rating.

Few around the Wetumpka airport have doubts about Weaver doing that, or anything else she sets her mind to.

“She’s one who’s caught the bug,” said Chapter 822 member John Castor.

“It’s absolutely addictive,” Weaver said before taking three more kids into the air.

Private Jet Central’s Latest Fleet Addition Takes to the Air

Private Jet Central has added to its ever growing fleet of aircraft. The new Citation Mustang is expected to enter service in early June 2012. 
London, UK (PRWEB) April 29, 2012 

As part of their moves to modernise and expand their fleet of aircraft Private Jet Central are pleased to announce their latest addition a Citation Mustang light jet. The Mustang is expected to enter service in late May or early June 2012. It will be used for domestic flights in the UK and short haul flights to a number of destinations around Europe.

The Citation Mustang has a maximum range of 1,150 nm and can carry four passengers and a crew of two at speeds of up to 340 knots and a cruising altitude of 41,000ft. The interior is configured in a club seating arrangement to maximise the space available. All of the amenities one would expect from a jet manufactured by Cessna are there including fully reclinable leather seating, multi-media functionality and ample storage facilities in the cabin and also in the nose and tail cone baggage compartments.

Andrew Hudson at Private Jet Central has said “The Citation is a fantastic plane and we are looking forward to its introduction”.

Pleasure and business users who want to fly private jet from London to Nice can book flights quickly and easily on the Private Jet Central website. Frequent flyers can now benefit from the I-Jet Card which offers significant time and financial savings to Private Jet Central clients.

About Private Jet Central

Private Jet Central is a global jet charter company with offices in the United Kingdom, United States and the Middle East. Established in 2001 they offer a range of jet charter services to business and pleasure users in the UK and Europe. As well as jet charters Private Jet Central offer a range of aircraft management services. More information on the full range of services offered by Private Jet Central is available from their website at and also by contacting any of their offices by phone or via e-mail.

Citation CJ2 Take off and landing Glasgow

April 28, 2012

Flying the Dassault 2000S

Apr 5, 2012 by looptelevision

We get to grips with the very latest aircraft from French producers, Dassault, the 2000S.

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Shoals eyes Silver Airways

By Russ Corey

Four Mississippi communities, the Shoals and an airport in West Virginia agree that Silver Airways is the airline they want to provide commuter air service under the Essential Air Service program.

The next step will be to convince the U.S. Department of Transportation that Silver Airways should be awarded the contract, even though its bid is significantly higher than the other airline seeking the contract.

Silver Airways, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is proposing non-stop flights from the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on a 34-seat Saab 340B-plus aircraft, an upgraded version of a twin-turboprop plane that flew out of the Shoals for years under the colors of Northwest Airlink and Delta Connection.

The proposal is an "all or nothing" deal that includes airports in Greenville, Tupelo, Hattiesburg/Laurel, all in Mississippi, and Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

The proposal has to be recommended by all five communities and be approved by the transportation department for all five communities.

The only other airline to submit a bid for Shoals air service was Air Choice One, of St. Louis, Mo., which is offering six proposals, including two all-inclusive proposals for the Shoals and three Mississippi communities.

Air Choice One proposals involve 24 weekly nonstop flights to the Memphis International Airport. The airline would utilize either an eight-seat, twin-engine Piper Navaho or a single-engine Cessna Caravan.

Three of the remaining four options involve the Shoals and Tupelo, Miss., including one that would provide service from the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport to Atlanta on an eight-seat Jetstream aircraft and an option for flights to Memphis on an 18-seat Jetstream.

The five communities appear to be solidly behind the Silver Airways bid despite it's costly price tag, which is more than double the price associated with Air Choice One even though several factors in each company's proposals are different. One of Silver's proposals involves a federal subsidy of more than $16 million.

Delta Airlines is currently providing air service at the airport in Muscle Shoals, but company officials are seeking to withdraw with the Essential Air Service program that subsidizes airlines that agree to provide service to mostly rural communities that are more than 50 miles from a larger airport.

Delta is receiving a subsidy of just under $1.8 million this year.

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport Director Barry Griffith said he does not expect any opposition to the bid from the local Air Services Committee.

Griffith said a local committee that reviews the EAS proposals and the airport's board of directors support the Silver Airways proposal.

In fact, there has been a coordinated effort among the Shoals, the Mississippi communities and the West Virginia community to support Silver Airways' bid.

"We're in the process of putting together our response as a coordinated response from all the airports in support of the Silver Airways bid as the best option and the one that has the best chance of being successful," Griffith said.

He said the Shoals and the other communities will send letters of recommendation to the U.S. Department of Transportation at the same time.

"It's safe to say that all three entities, as well as the mayor of Muscle Shoals, support it," he said.

A member of the local EAS committee, Shoals Chamber of Commerce President Steve Holt, said he prefers the Silver Airways proposal because of the Atlanta connection and the type of aircraft.

"Personally, that would be my first choice," Holt said.

Tupelo Regional Airport Director Joshua Abramson said the airport's website received numerous comments from community members who support the Silver Airways proposal.

"We definitely want Silver," Abramson said. "It's really the only option for us."

He said Tupelo travelers prefer to fly to the Atlanta airport because of the number of flights and available destinations.

"Memphis is not the airport it used to be," he said.

Delta Air Lines has cut 25 percent of its service to Memphis, which resulted in about 800,000 fewer passengers, Abramson said.

Abramson said he is concerned about the amount of the Silver Airways bid.

"That's what we're working on," he said.

Airport boardings were about 12,000 in Tupelo in 2011, Abramson said. Just more than 8,000 passengers used the Muscle Shoals airport in 2011.

He said the price may be more of a concern to the West Virginia community that's included in Silver Airways' bid.

Jerry O'Sullivan, manager of the Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg, W.Va., said Silver Airways was the only airline to submit a proposal to provide air service in his community.

"I'm all in on this bid," O'Sullivan said. "This is just what we want."

O'Sullivan said his community, like the others, needs the Atlanta route.

"I hope this bid goes through," O'Sullivan said. "We're going to try to work politically from our end. It would be the best thing for us, but there are some questions about the high price."

The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation about the proposals is May 10.

Griffith said he expects transportation officials to act quickly to select a carrier to replace Delta.

Proposals for providing commercial air service to and from Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals:

Silver Airways

(Both proposals for five communities)

    Option 1 (all inclusive):

34-seat Saab Turboprop

36 weekly flights to Atlanta

Subsidy: $16,757,974

    Option 2 (all inclusive):

34-seat Saab Turboprop

24 weekly flights to Atlanta

Subsidy: $14,773,473

Air Choice One

    Option 1 (all inclusive):

8-seat Piper Navajo

24 weekly flights to Memphis

Subsidy: $5,915,007

    Option 2 (all inclusive):

8-seat Cessna Caravan

24 weekly flights to Memphis

Subsidy: $6,567,977

    Option 3 (Greenville, Laurel/Hattiesburg, Miss.):

8-seat Jetstream

24 weekly flights to Memphis

Subsidy: $4,914,736 (24 weekly flights)

Subsidy: $4,251,210 (18 weekly flights)

    Option 4 (Muscle Shoals/Tupelo, Miss.):

8-seat Jetstream

24 weekly flights to Memphis

18 weekly flights to Memphis

Subsidy: $4,895,466 (24 weekly flights)

Subsidy: $4,204,285 (18 weekly flights)

    Option 5 (Muscle Shoals/Tupelo, Miss.):

8-seat Jetstream

24 weekly flights to Atlanta/Memphis:


18 weekly flights to Atlanta/Memphis:


Subsidy: $5,020,753 (24 weekly flights)

Subsidy: $4,227,729 (18 weekly flights)

    Option 6 (Muscle Shoals/Tupelo, Miss.):

8-seat Piper Navajo

24 weekly flights to Memphis

Subsidy: $3,480,367

18-seat Jetstream

18 weekly flights to Memphis

Subsidy: $4,102,115