We're sending Friday's AVwebAudio e-mail a little early this
week, just to keep readers up-to-date on the search for adventurer pilot
Steve Fossett. As always, thanks for reading, listening to, and
FOR STEVE FOSSETT CONTINUES ...
It's one of the most rugged
and desolate parts of the world, and it's also one of the least
populated, so the challenges of searching the mountains of western
Nevada for Steve Fossett's tiny blue and white airplane are monumental.
But there is still strong hope that Fossett will be found alive as the
Civil Air Patrol, police, and even the federal government's satellite
surveillance agencies throw everything they have at a search area that
has grown to 10,000 square miles. As the search entered its fourth day,
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Nevada Wing Civil Air Patrol Major
Cynthia Ryan, who's in charge of the search.
Click here to listen. (7.3 MB,
GOODBYE TO BILL PIPER JR.
Aviation lost an icon last week
when Bill Piper Jr. died at the age of 96 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
Piper worked alongside his brothers Tony and Pug, under the guidance of
founder Bill Piper Sr. to create not just a company, but help develop
the entire general aviation industry. His nephew John was close to Bill
Jr. and spoke to AVweb's Russ Niles about his uncle's
accomplishments and on what it was like to grow up in the first family
of general aviation.
Click here to listen. (10.5 MB,
TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY JIM BURNLEY ON THE BENEFITS OF A PRIVATIZED
If you're flying commercially this weekend, you'll likely
have some time to ponder the words of Jim Burnley, the Secretary of
Transportation under President Ronald Reagan. Burnley's a Washington
insider who believes that corporatizing the FAA is the most efficient
and effective way of achieving the technological development the agency
needs to cope with airspace modernization. What he can't understand is
why general aviation pilots aren't on board with that. AVweb's
Russ Niles spoke with Burnley at his Washington office.
Click here to listen. (7.9 MB,