Don't Forget the King Air

With all the talk about selling airliners and even a flying palace at the Dubai airshow this year, an announcement from Hawker Beechcraft nearly slipped through the cracks. This company announced a new extended range model of the King Air 350. It sports a lot of extra fuel and a 1500 pound gross weight increase.

The "Candy Bomber" is Still Flying

Col. Retired Gail Halverson has taken delivery of his REMOS G-3 this month from Orion Sport Aircraft in Oshkosh, WI. Col. Halverson rose to fame for his efforts during the Berlin Airlift, where he dropped candy tied to parachutes to the children of East Berlin. Through his efforts he provided inspiration to a great many children, and became a true ambassador for aviation. I suppose it's fitting that he has chosen a German LSA to continue his love for aviation. Halverson and his son Bob flew the G-3 15.5 hours back to their home in Spanish Fork, UT.

Airspace Gets Some Attention

Eric Carvin from the AP has an interesting article answering some of the questions surrounding President Bush's opening of the military airspace along the eastern seaboard. Basically what he discovered, most of the aviation community already knew. It's not the airspace causing the problems, it's the choke points created by the hub and spoke system. While I think we can applaud the fact that action is being taken by opening up those corridors, what the airlines really need to address is the ripple effects caused by the overloaded hubs.

Bush Takes Lead in Helping Holiday Passengers

During lunchtime yesterday, President Bush gave a speech about measures to help air travel this holliday season. Although some are leery about what will happen if the government tries too hard to drive the airline business, he had some good ideas.

Airplanes as Burried Treasure? You Bet!

I've always been of the opinion that the P-38 Lightning is an aviation treasure, but I never would have thought to start digging to find one. A beach in Wales recently became the second place where I could have done exactly that. AOL reports that a P-38 with a WWII service history just washed up on a Welsh beach some 65 years after it had been crash landed there.

Strike Eagles Go Back to Work

We recently mentioned that the USAF's entire F-15 fleet had been grounded. reported that after nearly two weeks, the F-15E Strike Eagles at nearby Seymour Johnson AFB are being cleared to fly. The Houston Peach has an article from Robbins AFB where a lot of F-15 repairs are done that details the process all these jets must undergo to retrun to flying status.

Second Quest Takes Flight

Quest Aircraft, the proud parents of the newly type certified Kodiak, announced the flight of their second serial numbered aircraft this week. S/N002 took off at 1400 hours on 6 November from the Sandpoint Idaho factory and flew to altitude, where it completed a test flight with "no surprises". The Kodiak is a back country machine, pairing a Pratt and Whitney PT-6 turboprop out front with the Garmin G1000 setup on the inside. Quest, reports about a three year backlog for orders so don't plan on running down to the factory just yet.

UFO Debate Re-Opened

Democratic Presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich appears to have instigated the push to re-open investigation into UFO sitings in the United States. A panel consisting of former pilot's and government officials is petitioning in the hopes of having investigations re-opened. These panelists are citing security concerns along with multiple first hand accounts in the hopes of gaining some credibility for the study of Unidentified Flying Object's.

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