|Volume 9, Number 26a||June 23,
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SECURITY, YOUR CONVENIENCE...
With TFRs coming and going all over the landscape -- and presidential
TFRs proliferating as the campaign trail heats up -- it's lucky that the
TFRs are finally starting to come online. A visit to the FAA Web
site over the weekend showed dozens of full-color TFR depictions, from
Arkansas to Alaska, Honolulu to Washington, D.C. Among the biggies: a 30-nm presidential
TFR set for today over
New York City, affecting operations at more than 20 airports,
heliports, and seaplane bases. AOPA said over the weekend that although
it opposes such large TFRs, it was "pleased" to see the zone where
flying is banned outright held to a 7-mile radius. More...
A VERY STERN WARNING
Later today, President Bush will head for Camp David, and the standard
Prohibited Area there will be expanded to a 10-nm
radius for tonight and tomorrow. Don't even think about messing with
one: AOPA says federal security officials told them this is a
"highly sensitive" visit, and enforcement actions will be "severe in the
extreme" -- meaning that military patrol aircraft are authorized to
shoot down violators. Most operations are banned within a 5-nm radius,
with restrictions on flights up to 10nm out. All aircraft departing from
private airports/air fields within that outer ring must be on a heading
away from the center of the prohibited airspace, the NOTAM says.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS GET ATTABOYS...
It's always a treat to have good news to report from the GA
aircraft-manufacturing world, and we found a few such stories to warm
our hearts this week. At the Paris Air Show, Flight International
announced its annual Aerospace Industry Awards,
giving this year's top honors to Diamond Aircraft, for the DA42 Twin
Star. Finalists were Sikorsky
Aircraft for its S-92
helicopter, and Cirrus
Design for the Cirrus Airframe
Parachute System. The awards recognize "a major technological or
operational step forward for this diverse but important sector," the
organizers wrote. This was the first year that the awards included a
category for GA, separate from corporate aviation. More...
CIRRUS, GROEN BROS. REPORT BRISK SALES
And if you can stand it, yet more good news: Cirrus Design, citing the
growing demand for its SR20 and SR22 aircraft, announced last week it
has more than tripled the size of its sales force, from seven to 24.
Cirrus, based in Duluth, Minn., has delivered more than 850 airplanes,
and doubled its output in 2002. Also, Groen Brothers Aviation, of Salt
Lake City, Utah, announced last week that its subsidiary, American
Autogyro Inc. (AAI), is ready to debut the prototype of its new
product line, featuring the Sparrowhawk Gyroplane. The aircraft will
appear next month at both the Popular Rotorcraft Assoc.
convention in Mentone, Ind., and at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wis.
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CELLPHONE STUDY UNDER WAY
Cellphones are seen everywhere now -- restaurants, supermarkets, cars,
sidewalks -- but if you're in an airplane, since the dawn of cellphone
time, talking aloft has been forbidden. The reasons behind the ban have
been unclear, sometimes citing possible interference with avionics,
other times blaming cell-network issues. Now an official panel has been
asked by the FAA to study the ban and see if there is any real problem
with using the phones and other wireless devices, and if there is, how
to fix it. The RTCA, an aviation study group, will investigate the
problem and issue its initial report by November. More...
SCRAMJET ENGINE COMPLETES 4.5 MACH GROUND TEST
The world's first flight-weight, hydrocarbon-fueled scramjet engine has
achieved 4.5 Mach ground testing, Pratt &
Whitney announced last week at the Paris Air Show. Ground testing at
6.5 Mach is expected to be completed later this month. The project is
working with Air Force researchers under the Hypersonic Technology
(HyTech) Program. "We are on track for this program to change the
aerospace industry forever, as this technology will create a paradigm
shift in the way we employ propulsion for access-to-space and
global-reach applications," P&W Space Propulsion President Larry Knauer
said in a news release from Paris. The engine uses standard JP-7 fuel,
while Australia's HyShot scramjet, which began flight-testing in
2001, uses hydrogen fuel. More...
The teenager who flew a stolen Cessna 172 into a Tampa office building
last year sought out detailed information about MacDill Air Force base
shortly before the fatal flight, according to a new FBI report quoted in
the Tampa Tribune last week. A week before he committed suicide, Charles
Bishop, 15, emailed a classmate to ask if he knew the location of
Central Command at MacDill, the Tribune reported, and also searched the
Internet for maps of the base. The NTSB
reported that Bishop's plane buzzed the control tower at MacDill and
flew within 100 feet of two parked KC-135 tanker aircraft loaded with
jet fuel. More...
FACE COURT, LOSS OF CERTIFICATES FOR ALCOHOL
It's a well-worn debate, but it's getting yet another run -- if a pilot
drinks, is that a medical problem to be addressed, or a violation to be
punished? The rules were changed after Newsday reported last year that
22 commercial airline pilots had tested positive for alcohol use, up
from nine the year before. If found guilty in court, it seems pilots
could lose not only their medical certificates, but -- under new FAA
rules in place since January -- they could lose all their flight
certificates as well. About 10,000 pilots of the 75,000 in the U.S. are
tested randomly each year, but pilots can also be tested if an airport
worker or airline official raises a question about their behavior.
Accusations from TSA screeners instigated several of the recent tests.
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PILOTS COMPETE FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The skies above Lakeland, Fla., will be filled with tumbling airplanes
this week, as some of the world's best pilots gather to compete in the
World Aerobatic Championships. The
10-day event, starting Wednesday, is an intense affair. It opens with a
night air show and closes with fireworks, but otherwise the schedule is
focused on tough, competitive flying. Fifty-four pilots from 12
countries will compete, and titles will go to individual men and women
as well as national teams. Pilots are judged on a series of compulsory
and freestyle flights. More...
New whooping crane chicks ready to begin migration training in
Boeing said 777-300ER
set a max takeoff weight record of 774,600 lbs....
Joe Gauthier of Conn. to receive EAA's
2003 Tony Bingelis Award...
A 707 that was Air Force One for 28 years moved to Reagan Library...
Stanford U. needs Bay Area pilots for a study of aging.
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The definition of irony: Naming an airport after a President that fired
all of the Air Traffic Controllers. More...
AVweb's AVscoop Award...
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to Martin Scherr, this
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