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PANEL TO REVIEW HUDSON OPERATIONS The FAA has convened a New York Airspace Working Group that will
review current operating procedures in the VFR corridor over the Hudson
and East Rivers and recommend safety improvements to FAA Administrator
Randy Babbitt by the end of next week. FAA air traffic and safety
experts will make up the panel. They will solicit comments from
helicopter and aircraft operators and review air traffic and pilot
procedures. They will also review and analyze a variety of proposals to
change the operating procedures in the VFR corridors. "We strongly
encourage pilots to use standard practices in that area now, but it may
make sense to require them," Babbitt said. "We've heard a lot of other
good ideas about improving safety there and I'm looking for a quick, but
thorough review by the safety experts." AOPA and EAA have sent a joint letter to Babbitt urging a restrained response
to the Aug. 8 midair collision that prompted the review.
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CLARIFIES ROLE OF TETERBORO CONTROLLER The NTSB has clarified
a section of a press release issued last Friday in which it said the
Teterboro controller working a Piper PA32 had a radar contact on the
sightseeing helicopter with which it would collide in time to warn the
Piper pilot of the possible conflict. The board has issued a statement agreeing with the position put forth by
National Air Traffic Controllers Association spokesman Ray Adams in a podcast
with AVweb on Monday. But the board has also removed NATCA as an
official party to the investigation, saying that by publicly raising the
issue of the apparent misstatement, the union violated an agreement
signed by all participants in NTSB investigations to let the board
handle the press. "Among the rules parties agree to is that they will
not reveal investigative information being learned through that process,
nor publicly comment on it," the board said. "Parties agree that only
the NTSB will release factual information on the progress of the
investigation and discuss the progress of the investigation with the
public, including the news media." More...
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PROPOSES SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS The FAA has issued a
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) that would require a broad spectrum of aviation
businesses, from repair stations to airlines, to implement formal
"safety management systems" that document the safety procedures
throughout the operation. The International Civil Aviation Organization
defines an SMS as "systematic approach to managing safety, including the
necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and
procedures." However, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) calls
it an "overarching, regulatory 'blanket' to your business" that it says
even the FAA admits is a major administrative and operational burden.
The AEA is urging members to comment on the NPRM but not before they
attend a seminar on its potential impact. The AEA is afraid
members will inadvertently signal support for the proposal if they don't
get the straight goods from the meetings. More...
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300 PROGRAM ON TRACK Embraer says it's on track to certify
its Phenom 300 light jet by the end of the year. The fifth prototype
flew for the first time on Aug. 8 and it's likely to become a familiar
sight on the airshow and trade show circuit since it has the fully
developed BMW-designed interior. Its predecessors are going through the
usual indignities of the certification program, being subjected to cold,
heat, electromagnetic radiation and generally being wrung out. No. 5
gets a more genteel assignment. "With this fifth aircraft, we will
validate the robustness of the Phenom 300 under normal operating
conditions and the superior comfort of its interior, which was designed
in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA," said Mauricio Almieda,
Embraer's VP of executive jet programs. More...
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ENTREPRENEUR KILLED IN TEST FLIGHT Michael Dacre, 53, was
killed on Sunday in Malaysia as he was attempting to fly the prototype
of the Jetpod, a jet-powered STOL aircraft. Dacre, who had designed the
airplane, was the managing director of Avcen, the London-based company
that was developing it. The Star, of Malaysia, reported that Dacre taxied
down the runway three times before taking off, but then at about 600
feet the aircraft suddenly shot vertically into the sky, veered left,
crashed to the ground and exploded. The company's promotional materials
describe the Jetpod as an eight-place, very quiet twin-engine jet that
would be capable of speeds up to 350 mph and could land or take off in
about 400 feet. Dacre envisioned several possible roles for the
airplane, including medevac, personal transport, and air taxi. The jet
could also be used by the military for reconnaissance and would be able
to operate from aircraft carriers without the need for a catapult or
arrestor gear, according to a company video posted online. The company planned to start
production by 2011. More...
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THE WINNERS OF OUR EAA AIRVENTURE AV8OR HANDHELD GPS
DRAWING The results are in. From the thousands of
AVweb readers (new and old) who entered our drawing during the
lead-up to EAA AirVenture, we've picked three at random to receive
brand-new AV8OR handheld GPS units from Bendix/King by Honeywell. The
winners are: Brian Mitchell of Pittsfield, ME; Ted Lebens of Eagen, MN;
and Warren Jagodnik of Burke, VA. Many thanks to everyone who took a
moment to enter the drawing, and a warm welcome to anyone who registered
with AVweb for the first time to participate. If you'd like one
of these handy devices for yourself, you'll have one more chance to take
one home during our AOPA Expo drawing later in the fall or you
read more about it at the Bendix/King
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VIDEO: LOSS OF CONTROL IN AN F-16 FIGHTER, TEST PILOT ON YAW
DEPARTURE At Edwards Air Force Base, they
still test F-16 fighters, because each software upgrade and each new
weapons package introduces new parameters. Experimental test pilots need
to identify the aircraft's performance limits, and they need to know how
it will perform before their brothers- and sisters-in-arms take upgraded
Vipers into combat. This is one of those tests, and Air Force pilot
Desmond Brophy walks us through it step-by-step.
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Brett Gardner has
joined Becker Avionics as its new Director of Sales and Marketing.
Gardner has extensive experience in the helicopter sector and was most
recently a Major on voluntary assignment as an Army Reserve Company
Commander with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. More...
Brad Thress has been named Vice President
of Customer Service at Cessna. He joined Cessna in 1992 and was most
recently VP of Component Operations. More...
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