Laying Odds, the Columbia Saga Continues

ANN is reporting that there may in fact be a horse race for purchasing of the Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corp., implying that Cessna doesn't have the lock on the bidding as was previously thought. We've pointed out the progress in this increasingly turbulent bidding process with great interest. Cessna has already signed a purchase and sale agreement, however, this doesn't give them the lock opening the door for late comer Cirrus.

An Australian Regional Wants You!

When is the last time you heard of an airline canceling flights because it couldn't find enough pilots? That's exactly what Rex, Australia's largest independent regional has had to do. The route between Brisbane and Maryborough will not be flown again until March 08.

Now this is a Prank

Brian Morris a high-school student in North Carolina may have very well lost his certificate after "buzzing" a football game with a rival school over the weekend. The Charlotte Observer reports that he was flying below stadium lights, well below the FAA minimums for a crowded area. While not the first buzz job in aviation, this one definitely raises some issues we're bound to see again. The first is the association with terrorism, the newspaper article was quick to invoke the "t-word" after the flyover, and to me this represents a troubling trend in the news.

F-15 Fleet Grounded

The big breaking news in the USAF today was the grounding of F-15 Eagle aircraft after an Missouri ANG F-15C crashed on November 2nd. The 131st Fighter Wing has a few very generic press releases about the incident. Thankfully, the pilot ejected without major injury.

No Wingtip... No Worries...

Well, maybe not exactly. When a SriLankan Airlines Airbus A340 collided with a British Airways 747 two weeks ago it lost part of its right wingtip. The passengers from the flight were taken off the plane, and put up in hotels for the evening, only to return to the airport the next day to find themselves scheduled to fly on the same aircraft. Needless to say a few of the passengers had a problem with this and asked to be rescheduled.

Take Care of Your Carb

Cause you may have trouble finding a new one... AeroNews and AVweb are reporting that Precision Airmotive LLC has announced that they have discontinued sales of their float carburetors and their component parts, beginning November 1, 2007. This may seem like an oddly un-newsworthy tidbit, however, when you learn that Precision is one of the few after market component manufacturers for these types of parts you start to wonder why they decided to stop?

NASA to Release Safety Report

NASA announced Thursday (1 Nov 2007), that they would release the results of their aviation survey that has been getting so much coverage lately. Most of the speculation surrounding the report itself stems from the assertion that the reported numbers were much higher than those given by other government agencies. While this may be the case there seems to be a prevailing misunderstanding about how the report is conducted and why the results might be skewed.

Canadian Seneca Crash Raises Old, but Important Questions

Last Tuesday, an 82 year-old pilot crashed a Piper Seneca into an apartment building in Richmond, B.C. Sadly he was killed, but he was the only fatality. The aircraft did not catch on fire or start a fire in the building, but the fire department put so much water on the wreck that the apartments on the 9 floors beneath the crash were ruined. Avweb reported that the residents of the apartment building are filing a lawsuit naming the pilot, his estate and Piper Aircraft as defendants.

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