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65 RULE AND THE DEMAND FOR PILOTS
The FAA raised the
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meet worldwide demand between now and 2031. The Asia-Pacific region is
expected to absorb roughly 40 percent of that demand, but Boeing
predicts that almost 70,000 new pilots will be needed in North America.
And the confluence of an erosion of the active pilot population, the
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General's office. The defense was mounted after CEH filed its own suit
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FAA'S TURN BACK TO BASICS
The FAA's acting administrator,
Michael Huerta, Thursday promoted the agency's pursuit of more
regulation regarding how pilots are trained. Huerta spoke at a meeting
of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and his comments follow the
July 5 release of the BEA's final report on the crash of Air France
Flight 447. Huerta told ALPA members that the forthcoming rules will be
designed "to give pilots more training on how to recognize and recover
from stalls and aircraft upsets" and to better deal with the
complications added when automation fails. The crash of Flight 447
killed 228 people after the pilots stalled their A330 and rode it from
38,000 feet to impact with the Atlantic -- apparently without ever
recognizing the stall. That crash took place in June of 2009 and came
just months after another widely publicized fatal stall and crash that
took place in February. More...
BRINGS FLIGHT SIM OFF-AIRPORT
Zulu Flight Training, a new
flight school with a unique concept, is opening this week in an urban
shopping center in Spanish Fort, Ala., equipped with Redbird flight
simulators. The flight school is owned by Continental Motors, which is
headquartered in nearby Mobile. "Our training model is an adaptation of
the Redbird Skyport, but rather than the customer going to the training,
we bring the training to the customer," General Manager Gloria Liu told
AVweb. "The storefront is located right off a major highway and
is very convenient to the population center." Liu said the company has
tried out its system in an in-house program for Continental employees
with great success, and is now offering it to the general public at the
new site. More...
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DUSTER FACING FAA SANCTIONS
The FAA is proposing
to levy an $11,000 fine against a Colorado crop dusting company after
residents of a new housing development complained one of their aircraft
was flying too low over their houses. The agency is also pondering a
120-day certificate suspension for the unidentified pilot of the Grumman
Ag Cat that was captured on cellphone video flying directly at the
Fossil Creek Ranch development on the outskirts of Fort Collins while
spraying a sugar beet field across the street. It's hard to tell from
the video how much clearance there was between the big biplane and the
nearest houses but it was too close for comfort for those who saw it
coming from their second-floor windows. "Had he not been able to pull
that plane up
he'd have flown straight through my house,"
resident Stephanie Feller told The Coloradoan just after the incident last August.
"He had no exit if anything happened. He flew down the street with his
wings literally below rooftop level." More...
POSTS SELF-INDUCED OFF-AIRPORT LANDING VIDEO
"Complacency has no
place in soaring" are the words Larry Hockensmith uses to open a brief
description of a video that ends with him crashing a Schweizer 1-26 into
a row of mailboxes and a few trash cans ... and they're also the point.
Hockensmith, a student glider pilot and 40-year licensed power pilot,
posted the video to YouTube with a simple message. "I was trained better
than to have lingered on the lee-side of a ridge over rough terrain," he
writes. "The dramatic outlanding was due to my actions exclusively." He
says he has shared the video with his instructor, the FAA and the NTSB
and those interactions have helped grow his skills. He also says there's
more to come and issues a challenge. More...
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FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT
Flight restrictions for the
London Olympics went into effect Sunday and while the Bobbies on the
street still don't carry guns, those enforcing the no-fly zone will be
packing plenty of heat. Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, the Olympics air
security commander, showed reporters some of the equipment that will at
first dissuade and then, if necessary, prevent aircraft from violating
the closed airspace. It includes fully armed Typhoon fighters and Puma
helicopters carrying snipers. "As a last resort, we will have lethal
force as an option," said the Air Vice-Marshal. Intercepted aircraft
will first get a wing wag and an invitation to turn away from the
restricted zone. If that doesn't work, flares and lasers will be fired
and if the aircraft keeps going the fighters and helicopters, with help
from ground-based missile batteries, will do their thing.
CLUB AT AIRVENTURE
The IMC Club will continue its program of
outreach to instrument-rated pilots at AirVenture Oshkosh this year. The
club, which promotes the creation of local chapters of IFR pilots who
meet to discuss topics and share information relative to instrument
flying, will be discussing its aims and goals at forums July 23, 25 and
27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the AirVenture Welcome Center.
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HIGH-END AKOYA LSA HOPEFUL FLIES
The LISA Airplanes team
announced Friday that its "multi-access" AKOYA amphibious (and
snow-capable) aircraft, an LSA hopeful, has flown its first passenger
and will be coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year. The AKOYA is a
carbon composite airframe powered by a tail-mounted Rotax 912 engine and
boasts a glass cockpit "with EFIS, EMS, GPS," according to LISA. Its
fuselage buoys the aircraft during water operations and, unlike many
amphibious planes, AKOYA incorporates two sets of small hydrofoils on an
otherwise clean, step-less fuselage design. The aircraft also has
"assisted folding wings," adjustable ruder pedals, backrests and
headrests and a whole-plane parachute. LISA, a French manufacturer, is
listing the aircraft for more than $350,000. That buys more than the
aircraft itself. More...
BALLOON ATTEMPT ABANDONED
Landing in a
thunderstorm is no fun for any pilot but when the aircraft is a couple
of lawn chairs suspended under 300 party balloons, the term hard landing
takes on a slightly different context. Cluster balloon pilot Kent Couch
and his copilot Fareed Lafta, self-described Iraqi adventurer, aborted
their bid to fly from Bend, Ore., to Montana just 30 miles from their
starting point Saturday after a thunderstorm at 10,000 feet pelted them
with hail, snow and turbulence. "They came down hard," said flight
organizer Mark Knowles. The duo was unhurt and jumped clear of the
contraption, which promptly took off without them. It's not clear where
the contrivance ended up. More...
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MARC ARNOLD OF ASCENSION SCATTERING
If you've ever been asked
to and have tried to scatter cremated remains from an airplane, you
probably realize it's not as easy as it sounds. Marc Arnold's
Ascension Scattering, done from a glider, adds respectful method to the
INSIDER BLOG: JORDAN GETS HIS WINGS
On the AVweb
Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli talks with his student, Jordan
Nations, whose Private Pilot Certificate is less than 24 hours old.
Jordan had the rare opportunity to learn flying in both a vintage Piper
J-3 Cub and a Cessna 150. Paul and Jordan took a victory lap around the
Florida beaches savoring the unique satisfaction that only students and
instructors share -- and we share it with readers in this special vlog.
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JULY 16, 2012
Letter of the Week: Pants on
When non-disqualifying conditions requiring additional
documentation reached the point that I found myself making six medical
clinic visits to get all the reports that I needed, I decided not to
play this game anymore. I looked at the stack of paperwork I had
accumulated and knew two things: If I submitted it, I would get a
medical certificate after referral to the FAA, and I am not willing to
face this hassle and invasion of privacy every two years to get my
government's permission to pursue a hobby.
So I canceled the
physical and, when LSA aircraft are available to rent in my area, will
take up flying again. The path of lying to my doctors would eventually
lead to poor medical care. Now I don't have to worry about admitting
that I snore or whatever and am perfectly free to accept or reject
proposed work-ups based on my personal judgment after discussions with
my doctor rather than the doctors in Oklahoma City.
here to read the rest of this week's letters. More...
Airline Pilot Perceptions of
In collaboration with IATA and IFALPA, Boeing surveyed the professional
pilot community for their perspectives on pilot training and the
application of those knowledge and skills presented in training to
operational contexts. The results indicate that improvements are needed
in the areas of instruction, content, and delivery methods. Read the
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Airline Pilot Perceptions of Training
OF THE WEEK: FLIGHTLEVEL NORWOOD (KOWD, NORWOOD,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Flightlevel at Norwood Memorial Airport
(KOWD) in Norwood, Massachusetts.
AVweb reader Edwin L.
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The gentleman on duty was extremely helpful and efficient in
getting us parked and checked in. It was apparent that he appreciated
our business and was there to do a great job. We give him an A+ in
customer service. Upon arriving for departure, everything was ready to
go. This is a great place for Boston-bound travelers who do not want to
land at Logan. (AVIS is right there as well.)
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This didn't happen on the radio but was a texting
classic. The weather was tough, and we needed just a bit of Jet A. And
we always take prist. Apparently, autocorrect saw the gravity of the
situation. As I texted the other pilot, it came out as:
need 200 gals. Jet A with priest."
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