The FAA issued a new Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 13005 to ensure that cargo carriers transporting heavy vehicles review all loading and securing procedures necessary for safe operations. The alert appears to be in response to the Boeing 747 takeoff accident at Bagram air base in Afghanistan on April 29.
Lockheed Martin has chosen Esterline CMC Electronics (Hall 4 C14a) to supply its TacView portable mission display to meet current and future C-130J mobile display system requirements. Compact and weighing less than four pounds, TacView brings paperless cockpit operations to military environments, while increasing crew efficiency by reducing cockpit workload.
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.
Ayres Corp. is no more and the prospects for the Loadmaster LM200 are now bleaker than ever. On August 7, GATX Capital, which had been operating Albany, Ga.-based Ayres Corp. using “debtor in possession” financing since Ayres entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November last year, foreclosed on the debt-ridden company. As legally required under such a transaction, the name of the company was changed; hence, Ayres Corp.