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READERS RATE AOPA: BOUQUETS (SOME) AND BRICKBATS
President Craig Fuller announces his departure, a survey of AVweb
readers reveals that about half - 53 percent -- think AOPA has
done a good to exceptional job of promoting and protecting general
aviation. But almost one in five -- 17 percent -- say just the opposite;
AOPA has done a poor to mediocre job, in their view. Readers are less
generous in rating Fuller's job performance. Some 32 percent say Fuller
has done a fair to satisfactory job, while
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CONSIDERS GA SAFETY ALERTS
The NTSB Friday announced it will
meet next week to consider issuing Safety Alerts to the general aviation
community as an effort to help curb the number of accidents and
fatalities associated with the segment. Safety Alerts are outlines that
offer practical remedies for specific safety issues. There are five
areas of concern that will be considered at a March 12 meeting. They
include inattention to mechanical problems, risk management, stalls and
controlled flight into terrain. The meeting will be available to pilots
via live webcast. More...
PLANS FORUM, HEARING ON 787 BATTERIES
The NTSB says it still
doesn't have any answers about the root cause of a battery fire aboard a
Japan Airlines Boeing 787 in Boston in January but it's going to great
lengths to get it done. At a news conference in Washington on Thursday,
Board Chairman Debra Hersman said the interim factual report it released
gives all concerned parties an update on the various activities
associated with the battery issue. All 51 Dreamliners have been grounded
since the middle of January after two battery fires occurred within a
week of one another: an APU battery fire aboard an empty JAL aircraft at
Boston and an in-flight fire on an ANA plane over Japan. The two
incidents have resulted in multi-jurisdictional investigations and
prompted the NTSB to open a public docket for all the paper that's being
generated by the various probes. The NTSB will also hold a public forum
on lithium ion batteries and convene a formal hearing on the design and
certification of the batteries in the 787. Both events will be held in
April. Meanwhile, Boeing is hoping the FAA will soon approve interim
measures it has devised to get the aircraft back in the air.
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CERTAIN KNIVES ALLOWED ON AIRLINERS
On Tuesday, September 11,
2001, terrorists stabbed individuals while hijacking a jet that would
later crash into the World Trade Center's North Tower, and on Tuesday,
March 5, 2013, the TSA announced certain knives banned after 2001 would
again be permitted on airliners. TSA Administrator John Pistole said the
new rules would be put in place on U.S. planes beginning April 25.
According to Pistole, permitted items will include foldable non-locking
or fixed blades without a molded grip, provided their blades are no
wider than 1/2 inch and no longer than 2.36 inches. Box cutters and
razor blades will still be prohibited. Representatives of the federal
air marshal and flight attendant communities have voiced objections to
the announced changes. More...
INSIDER BLOG: KNIVES ON A PLANE
In a rare instance of a
return to common sense, the TSA has announced that it will relax
standards for allowing sharpies and pointies on airplanes. Beginning in
April, you can once again carry a small pocketknife -- blade length less
than 2.36 inches -- through security and onto a commercial airline
flight. You'd think this would be universally lauded, but no. There's
actually an anti-knife constituency. On the AVweb Insider blog,
Paul Bertorelli examines the issue. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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'N FUN READY TO HIRE CONTROLLERS
Sun 'n Fun will hire air
traffic controllers on its own if necessary to staff the annual airshow
and fly-in next month. President Lites Leenhouts told the Lakeland Ledger paying controllers would
reduce the amount of money the organization can give to aviation
scholarships but it will do what it must to ensure a safe and orderly
air traffic flow at the show. "The public won't know the difference,"
Leenhouts said. "We're doing everything we can to ensure there are
qualified controllers in the tower during all hours of operation."
Lakeland Linder Airport is among a reported 173 airports across the
country that have been targeted for closure due to budget restrictions
imposed by sequestration and a final decision will be made March 18. The
towers may close as early as April 7. Airport officials have until
Wednesday to appeal the closure notice and Lakeland Linder director Gene
Conrad told the Ledger he will cite Sun 'n Fun as a reason to keep the
tower open. More...
CHARTS STOPS ATLAS PRODUCTION
Popular aviation charts vendor
Air Chart Systems has sent a notice to its subscribers that it's ceasing
publication of the spiral-bound paper atlases that were its signature
product for more than 50 years. In a note attached to the March 7
electronic update of en route charts and approach plates the company
suggests it's out of the paper charts business. "Due to adverse business
conditions and the increasing use of electronic charts, we will not be
publishing our atlases or renewing next cycle," the note reads. The
company says it will no longer mail hard copy updates either. The
company has not responded to our repeated attempts to contact them for
clarification of the note. More...
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F-35 NOT READY FOR TRAINING
A report by the Pentagon's
director of operational test and evaluation highlights numerous
shortcomings with the F-35, combat concerns raised by pilots, and the
jet's general lack of readiness for training exercises. The report was
prepared last month and made public last week. It notes that "due to
design, the pilot-vehicle interface causes increased workload" and
includes quotes from pilots critical of visibility from the cockpit. One
said, "A pilot will find it nearly impossible to check six under G."
There were other issues. More...
A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit
filed by the family of a 16-year-old boy whose body was found in Boston
after it is presumed he fell from the wheel well of a US Airways flight
that was landing there. The mangled body of Delvonte Tisdale, of
Charlotte, was found Nov. 15, 2010, on the approach path to Logan
Airport a day after he was last seen at home in Charlotte. It's
theorized that he got over the airport fence and managed to sneak into
the aircraft wheel well before the A320 took off on its non-stop to
Boston. According to The Associated Press, Tisdale's family sued the City
of Charlotte, the airline and the airport alleging, among other things,
that the defendants didn't do enough to warn Tisdale of the danger of
"boarding a plane as a passenger in the wheel well of an airplane."
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AWARD WINNERS NAMED
Four individuals have been selected for
their contributions to flight instruction, maintenance, avionics and
safety, to be recognized at AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 by FAA Administrator
Michael Huerta as part of the General Aviation Awards Program. The
awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and supporting
organizations. It is designed to "highlight the important role" played
by specific individuals "in promoting aviation education and flight
safety," according to program co-chair JoAnn Hill. This year's winners
are William T. Fifles (AMT of the Year), Bruce Lundquist (Avionics
Technician of the Year), Dean Eichholz (CFI of the Year), and Mark
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TOTAL ECLIPSE FLIGHT DEMO
Eclipse is touring
the country with its Total Eclipse, a factory re-do of the original
EA500. But the airplane is a good stand-in for new production airplanes,
which will be called Eclipse 550s. AVweb recently took a flight
demo in a Total Eclipse and prepared this video report.
OF THE WEEK: ORANGEBURG MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (KOGB, SOUTH
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
the FBO at Orangeburg Municipal Airport (KOGB) in
Orangeburg, South Carolina.
AVweb reader Jeff Grigg
described his recent visit to the airport:
We had an appointment with an examiner at
this airport. While there, we were offered a nice Ford to go get some
lunch. When our appointment was over, the weather had turned real
sloppy, and the ceiling at our home airport was only 600 feet. The folks
at the Orangeburg Airport offered the use of a hangar for a few days
until we could return and pick up our plane. When we returned, she was
nice and dry in the hangar. The manager filled the plane and even gave
me a little discount on fuel and did not charge me any rental for the
hangar due to the weather. With service like this, you bet I'll
recommend this airport and the management to anyone flying through!
Everyone was very friendly, the facilities were everything I could want
in a small town, and these were just plain good folks.
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
Heard on the tower frequency at an airport that
will remain undisclosed to protect the innocent:
"Tower can you have regional jet ABC meet us on Unicom
freqency for a personal message?"
the Cessna we are a professional crew on a schedule and we don't have
time for idle chit chat."
you may want to tell that professional crew they left the landing-gear
lock pin in the nose gear. Have a nice day!"
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