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|Exclusive: Inside California's Leaded Avgas
The aviation industry reacted swiftly to
the threat of a lawsuit by the Center for Environmental Health over the
continued availability of leaded avgas. Turns out CEH is something of an
expert on lead, and it's not really worried about the jurisdictional
issues that the Avgas Coalition is offering as its primary defense.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with CEH Research Director Caroline
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AVGAS LAWSUIT INDUSTRY VIEW
When the Center for
Environmental Health notified California aviation businesses and avgas
refiners of its intent to sue them over lead contamination issues, the
entire industry was caught off guard. In this podcast, the General
Aviation Manufacturers Association's Walter Derosier tells
AVweb that it's too soon to sort out whether the FAA can preempt
CEH's challenge because of its sole jurisdiction on everything related
to aviation safety. Further, he explains that some of the smaller
businesses who potentially could be named in the suit will likely get
help from industry associations.
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|Audio Coverage of the SAFE Symposium in Atlanta||back to
447 FINDING THE "BLACK BOX"
The Airbus A330 that was
Air France Flight 447 was lost with all 228 aboard on June 1, 2009 in
14,000 feet of ocean hundreds of miles off the coast of Brazil. In the
end, searchers went looking in a 5,000 nautical mile mountainous area
14,000 feet below the surface of the ocean and found an object that's
about one square foot big. AVweb's Glenn Pew talks with Mike
Purcell of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Purcell was
chief of sea search operations for the mission that this May found and
led to the retrieval of the aircraft's critical voice and flight data
Click here to listen. (12.9 MB,