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|AVflash! TSA Sorts Pax, Pilots, and
ATTENDANTS EXEMPTED FROM SCANNERS
Flight attendants have also
been exempted from random full-body scanner checks, the TSA announced
Tuesday. Last week, the TSA said pilots didn't need to pass through the
scanners unless they set off the metal detector. Exemption from the
routine scanner examinations also means flight attendants and pilots
will not undergo the controversial pat-down procedures introduced
earlier this month. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has asked the
TSA if it can modify its security procedures to dampen passenger
backlash to the new rules and TSA Administrator John Pistole says
they'll look at it, but not in time for the busy Thanksgiving rush.
Pistole has released a video offering tips to passengers to get through
security expeditiously. And while there are fears that so-called
"opt-out" protests by passengers refusing to use the scanners might
disrupt travel on Wednesday, it's more likely the weather will cause
more problems. More...
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TOOL CAUSED 787 FIRE: REPORT
Boeing and its relevant
subcontractors are not commenting on a report from France that a tool
left in an electrical cabinet led to a fire onboard a 787 test aircraft
two weeks ago. The fire, which forced an emergency landing and halted
the test program, occurred on a test flight in Texas. On Monday, La
Tribune reported that an unspecified tool had been left in the cabinet
by mistake and caused a short circuit, which sparked the fire. If
confirmed, the scenario is potentially less damaging to the program than
if the fire was the result of a design fault, but La Tribune said the
incident still raises issues about the aircraft. More...
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LEGACY 650 DELIVERED
Embraer has delivered the first Legacy
650 to a British entrepreneur and member of the House of Lords. Lord
Sugar, who says he travels about 300 hours a year on business, said the
long-range capability of the new aircraft was a major attraction. He
owned a Legacy 600 before buying the 650. The 650 was certified in
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A&P CHANGES CAUSE CONCERN
The FAA says it wants to change the
way it evaluates applications for inspector authorizations, imposing
what the NBAA called "a significant change" to the
long-established practices for IA qualifications. In a "notice of proposed policy" published earlier this
month, the FAA said it wants to clarify the term "actively engaged" for
the purpose of reviewing applications and renewals for inspector
authorization. The current rules require that an applicant must have
been "actively engaged" for at least two years in maintaining aircraft
in accordance with FAA regulations. The proposed policy would establish
that "actively engaged" means "employed full-time in inspecting,
overhauling, repairing, preserving, or replacing parts on aircraft."
Anyone who does that kind of work only part-time or occasionally would
be evaluated on an individual basis.
The NBAA said that in the
past, FAA officials allowed IAs who don't work directly with aircraft to
renew their authorization after complying with an annual eight-hour
training requirement, which does not seem to be allowed in the new
proposal. The Aircraft Electronics Association also expressed concern
about the proposed change, saying it is a "flawed policy." The proposal
would affect those who are in senior management positions with corporate
flight departments, repair stations and air carriers who are not
exercising their A&P privileges on a regular basis, the AEA said. The AEA also noted that the proposal
would exempt FAA employees. If the proposal becomes policy, it will take
effect in March 2011. More...
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|Georgia Dem Joins Graves as GA Caucus Chairs||back to
LEADERSHIP FOR GA CAUCUS
U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., will
serve as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus when Congress
reconvenes in January, it was announced this week. He will share the
chairmanship with Sam Graves, R-Mo., who was named earlier
this month. The two will replace Vern Ehlers, R-Mich., who is
retiring, and Allen Boyd, D-Fla., who failed to win re-election. The new
choices have won support from GA advocacy groups. "Congressman Barrow is
very familiar with the essential role business aviation has in promoting
job creation," said Ed Bolen, president of the National Business
Aviation Association. "His congressional district includes Savannah,
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AOPA REVIEW: IN THE WINGS
As promised, AVweb's
comprehensive review of AOPA's finances, operations and mission is in
progress, with a planned publication date as soon as we complete our
research. Readers may recall that AOPA challenged our story earlier this
month when we reported AOPA compensation figures filed with the IRS,
citing our misinterpretation of recently changed IRS rules. AVweb
questioned some AOPA salaries and payouts, even as most companies in the
industry are laying off workers and rolling back wages. To prove its
point, AOPA agreed to give AVweb additional information and to
answer detailed questions about expenditures, its business development
strategy and how it uses its considerable assets. We have provided the
association with an exhaustive list of questions. AOPA has provided us
with equally exhaustive responses, and our dialog is continuing. We
received an overwhelming volume of e-mail on the subject and if you have
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