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schedule in part because it doesn't have enough pilots. "It's one of
several reasons, but that does play into it," Eagle spokeswoman Andrea
Huguely told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "The pilots are crucial,
and without them, the planes don't fly." Eagle is one of several
airlines that has cut minimum experience requirements by two-thirds to
500 hours to attract more recruits. According to the newspaper, Trans
States Airlines, which operates a regional service for American under
the name American Connection, briefly lowered its experience requirement
to 250 hours during the summer. Although no one seems to deny the value
of experience, industry spokesmen contacted by the newspaper seemed to
agree that safety is not being seriously compromised. More...
New Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) training
standards recently adopted by the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) are causing an explosion in flight simulator sales
as training organizations and airlines rush to implement the
simulator-heavy training regimen. Under the new standards, a student can
become a fully qualified first officer with as little as 40 hours of
actual stick time and 200 hours in the sim (although real-world beta
testing suggests 70 to 100 hours flight time and 330 in front of the
screen is more realistic). The new standards cut training costs by as
much as half and speed up the process but it won't sacrifice training
standards, according to Jeff Roberts, of CAE Inc., one of the world's
largest simulator makers. "With the capability and fidelity that exists
in simulation today, it's pretty hard to argue that we cannot create a
synthetic environment that is as realistic as any physical environment
that you can encounter," Roberts told The Canadian Press. More...
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|Are Machines Picking Up the Slack for Fewer
MIAMI POLICE TEST UAVS
Will news helicopters and traffic
spotters soon be mixing it up with police drones? Thats one of
many questions that will have to be answered as the FAA asks the Miami
and Houston police forces to try out unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) "in
urban environments" for tasks like search and rescue and spotting
traffic hazards. And since the policy has been to close large tracts of
airspace to normal traffic when UAVs are in the air, another question on
the minds of pilots in both cities might be how these tests will affect
their activities. Whatever the ramifications, the tests are scheduled to
last until June and Houstons assistant police chief Martha
Montalvo told the Houston Chronicle they are preliminary. "At this
point, the project is strictly on a research level," she said.
DETECTION SYSTEM WORKS
A system that gives cockpit warnings
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airliners flying east of the Rocky Mountains, and feedback from pilots
has been favorable. "The messages I've received in the cockpit gave a
very accurate picture of turbulence location and intensity," Captain
Rocky Stone, chief technical pilot for United Air Lines, told editors at
Magazine. "The detection of turbulence intensity provides an
unprecedented and extremely valuable new tool for pilot situational
awareness." The system uses a formula developed by the National Center
for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and is called Nexrad Turbulence
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A well-known swashbuckling British
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a passenger into the cockpit on a flight last month. As we reported
in October, Pablo Mason, a retired RAF Gulf War veteran, whose handlebar
moustache and irreverent demeanor have endeared him to many British
citizens, also runs a business that tries to cure people of their fear
of flying. He claims that's what he was doing when he invited even more
famous soccer player Robbie Savage, who's terrified of flying, for a
cockpit tour. He admitted to "bending" regulations that ban anyone but
the flight crew from the cockpit during flight but said he never put the
flight in jeopardy. More...
PILOT CLEARED OF ALCOHOL CHARGES
A Virgin Atlantic relief
pilot, who was hauled off an aircraft and arrested on suspicion of being
drunk, has been cleared of the charges and is expected to return to
work. The unidentified 42-year-old pilot, who was to fly as the third
crew member on the Virgin A340 from Heathrow to Miami, was arrested Oct.
28 a few minutes before the flight was to leave. Airline policy is to
replace the whole crew when that happens and the 266 passengers were
delayed almost four hours while three pilots were rounded up.
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|More Trouble ... And a Happy Ending for One
FACES CHARGES IN ROADWAY TAKEOFF CRASH
Sometimes things just
go from bad to worse. According to the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, a 25-year-old
Timmins, Ont., pilot faces a fine of up to $10,000 in a chain of events
that began with a successful emergency road landing and ended with his
badly damaged Grumman American in a ditch after an aborted takeoff. The
aircraft apparently had engine problems while on a flight to Thunder Bay
and the pilot set it down on a gravel road near the hamlet of Hurkett,
Ont., about 80 kilometers east of Thunder Bay. The pilot apparently
fixed the problem to his satisfaction and thats when the real
trouble started. More...
RESCUED FROM KENYAN WILDERNESS
A Kenya Wildlife Service pilot
who survived on his own urine and leaves for eight days in the Kenyan
forest told reporters hell be back in the cockpit as soon as
hes recovered. Capt. Solomon Nyanjui was flying a Kenya Power and
Lighting helicopter when it went down 10 kilometers from Chuka Town, in
the Mt. Kenya forest. He broke some ribs and hurt one of his hands in
the crash but other than being dehydrated and hungry he was none the
worse for wear from his ordeal when he was found on Friday. The previous
Monday, Nyanjui sent a mobile phone message to a colleague and searchers
used the signal to trace his general whereabouts but bad weather
hampered the search. More...
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MONDAY PODCAST: RICHARD ABOULAFIA ON THE VLJ 'EXPLOSION'
Eclipse Aviation continues to struggle to make its production targets
and other players in the very light jet market ramp up production to
achieve their modest sales goals, aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia
says the impact of the little jets on the overall industry is about what
it can and should be. He told AVweb's Russ Niles the VLJ sector
is and will continue to be a nice addition to the regular business jet
market and that the bold predictions that VLJs would fill the airways
will be looked back upon with embarassed nostalgia. More...
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Piece fell off wing of Indonesian airliner
FAA denies more New York airspace hearings ...
inspections of A310 rudders recommended. More...
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aircraft batteries. As part of that report, the magazine would like to
hear about your experiences with aircraft batteries -- good, bad or
otherwise. To take part in our online survey, click here. More...
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OF THE WEEK: MONACO AIR (DKLH, DULUTH, MN)
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Monaco
Air at Duluth International Airport (KDLH) in Duluth,
AVweb reader Armand Bendersky recommended
the FBO for its friendliness and careful preparations, calling Monaco "a
first-class operation with first-class folks":
I told Holly were we were staying, she gently suggested that we could do
better and proceeded to name about four hotels that were much better.
Also, she said that Monaco had checked them out and arranged special
rates for transient pilots. We got a great rate at her first choice. ...
Also, she and the line manager were so helpful on our arrival. Our
rental car had been pulled up and was running, as temps were in the
Keep those nominations
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actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
Wishes Do Come True!
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OF THE WEEK: AIRBUS A380 LOW PASS
We've all seen some
impressive aerobatics at air shows. Usually, there's an F-15 doing rolls
and making low passes to give the crowds a thrill, but how often have
you seen those same tricks performed in the big iron like, say
for instance, an Airbus A310? Thanks to the internet, you (and we) have
a front-row seat waiting for us at the Portugal Air Show '07, where we
can see just such a thing. (Click through to watch and hang on to
your hat.) More...
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
With my CFII Jim in the right seat,
we were on vectors to Allentown Airport for practice instrument
approaches. En route, we heard the approach controller making the
following call to another pilot in the
Cessna One Three Four, two o'clock,
same altitude, have you spotted it?
under the hood.
Ed Dolezal More...
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