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|Guest Editorial: Jason Blair on Tower Closings||back to
A METHODICAL MEANS TO CLOSE TOWERS
As the government's budget sequestration
gains steam, the FAA is expected to announce which control tower might
close as a result, perhaps as early as today. Discussion on this topic
has produced plenty of opinions, some valid and some best characterized
as fear mongering, in my view.
Sequestration cuts will likely
result in at least temporary tower closures. This isn't the doing of the
FAA, but that doesn't necessarily mean the FAA is choosing which towers
will close in a manner that best serves long-term aviation interests or
safety. I am hopeful that any permanent closures will be evaluated using
more thorough methodology. There actually is a formal process to do
I can't say that all control towers should stay open. In
fact, I can personally think of a few where the level of enplanements,
traffic volume, or the types of activity that once justified a tower
changed long ago. These towers should probably go. But I also know that
there are places where towers do a great deal to help pilots avoid
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LIFE WITHOUT CONTRACT TOWERS
The budget deadlock in
Washington will affect aviation today, when the FAA is expected to
release its list of contract towers that will be closed. Earlier in the
week, AVweb's Mary Grady talked with NATCA representative John
Bratcher to find out more about how long this might last and how it
could affect GA operations. More...
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CAUSE: STICK TO THE PROCEDURE
On Oct. 7, 2005, the
pilot of an A36 Bonanza deviated significantly from the ILS Runway 27
approach procedure he was flying into the Pike County Airport (PBX) at
Pikeville, Ky. The pilot lost control of the aircraft and crashed just
south of Pikeville, killing all three people on board.
began many hours earlier when the pilot contacted the Louisville, Ky.,
Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) just after noon (EDT),
explaining his intention to fly to Pikeville from Paducah (PAH). Paducah
is located in Western Kentucky along the Illinois River. Pikeville is
286 nautical miles to the east not far from the Virginia and West
Virginia state lines.
The Bonanza pilot asked the AFSS specialist
about "weather echoes" in the eastern portion of Kentucky. The
specialist explained the returns as light rain over the central portion
of the route and at the destination, part of a slow-moving cold front
over Eastern Kentucky. The area forecast called for a broken ceiling at
700 feet, an overcast layer at 1,500 feet, four miles visibility in
light rain and mist and a north wind at five knots.
automated weather reports from Pikeville showed a broken ceiling at 300
feet with three miles visibility and later 300-foot scattered with 10
miles visibility and calm winds.
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OF THE MONTH: KITCHENER AERO'S 208 RE-DO
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every "after" photo of an aircraft refurb, there's a "before" photo to
match, and this time, we're showing just such a pair from Kitchener Aero
Avionics, a well-known shop in Canada.
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panel isn't too shabby. With a Bendix/King HSI and a Garmin GNS530/430
pair in the stack, you could find your way around in the clouds without
too much stress. But for a turboprop working airplane, the panel is
somewhat dated. More...
BAD ELF'S NEW GPS MODULE
like the iPad have decent on-board GPS receivers, they aren't
necessarily the most robust in hanging onto a position fix. As a result,
a number of companies make portable remote GPS units that Bluetooth
position fixes into the tablet. In this AVweb video, Aviation
Consumer's Larry Anglisano reviews a new product from Bad Elf called
the GPS Pro. Besides basic GPS, it also includes datalogging.
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