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A group of committed volunteers who met online while participating in the Amazon/Google search for Steve Fossett has launched a new Web site, InternetSAR.org, to facilitate such searches in the future. "We learned a lot during the three months or so of searching for Steve, and we didn't want that collective wisdom to get
lost," site founder Ken Barbalace told AVweb on Wednesday. About two dozen people have pitched in to help create the site, Barbalace said. "Our backgrounds range from pilots, professional image
analysts, a skydiver, a Web site developer, and a few programmers, to people that just have a good eye for detail and have extra time to devote to the search." Tutorials and protocols are being
developed to provide all searchers with feedback from senior image analysts, Barbalace said, so they can constantly improve their reports. Experienced searchers with proven abilities can weed out
false positives and "white noise" to help make the process more useful to search-and-rescue teams. Currently, the site is helping in the search for pilot Ron Boychuk, who disappeared on October 23
while he was flying alone in a Cessna 172 from Revelstoke, in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, to Vancouver Island. Volunteers, who must have Google Earth loaded on their computer and
a broadband connection, are invited to register at the site and participate in the image analysis. Barbalace said he is working to organize the effort as a non-profit group. "Our goal is to develop an
efficient and cost-effective Internet imagery analysis search process, so that SAR organizations all over the world can take advantage of this innovative way of using technology to assist rescue
workers," the site reads.
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The confirmation of Acting FAA Administrator Robert "Bobby" Sturgell, who seemed like a shoo-in when President Bush nominated him in October to take on the administrator job for the next five years, now is
encountering political turbulence. Powerful members of Congress from the Northeast are saying they will oppose the appointment unless
Sturgell agrees to revisit plans for the ongoing redesign of the region's congested airspace. The nomination was scheduled for review last week but now has been postponed until after the Congressional
recess. Committee spokesmen denied any political motive to the postponement, saying they simply ran
out of time. Former Administrator Marion Blakey, now president of the Aerospace Industries Association, expressed concern over the delay. "It is critical for the continued smooth operation of our
nation's air transportation system to have a person confirmed and appointed for a five-year term as soon as possible," she said in a statement.
The nomination now won't be considered until late January, at the earliest. Sen. Bob Menendez (D - N.J.) said he may hold up the nomination indefinitely,
until he's satisfied with the FAA's repsonse to questions he's raised about the airspace redesign plans.
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Sometimes an airport is more than just an airport, and in Hilton Head, S.C., it has become a symbol of the island town's future -- will
historic buildings and neighborhoods and trees be preserved, or will the needs of business and growth and tourism prevail? The town, aligning itself with longtime residents, has voted to restrict any
expansion of the airport without town approval. But the business community protests that if the runway can't be lengthened,
celebrities, golfers and wealthy homeowners who want to fly bigger airplanes will simply find somewhere else to go and spend their money. Any expansion of the runway would affect a nearby 122-year-old
church that is a popular community gathering place. "I don't think they're thinking of the value people have placed in this church," Charles Young III, president of a local property owners group, told
the Island Packet. "We've got people down there that have (had) property for generations and generations."
Newcomers to the island "just don't seem to care," he said. "They have a lot of money and they can spend it to get what they want." Other citizens have formed a group to support the business
community's push to improve the airport, and they are working for a change of leadership in the town's next election. They will have to be patient, though, since the next vote won't be until
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EAA has asked the FAA to extend its January 31 deadline to allow owners of ultralights more time to convert them to Experimental Light Sport Aircraft status. The FAA has stated repeatedly that the
final deadline would not be elastic, but EAA says that given the backlog of applications awaiting processing, an
extension is necessary and justified. "We were hoping that the backlog would start to shrink as we got into the fall, but that has not been the case," said EAA's Joe Norris. "An exemption would
provide more time for FAA inspectors and Designated Airworthiness Representatives to deal with the volume." The EAA has asked the FAA to allow owners of two-place, or "fat," ultralights who have
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In rural Sarasota County, Florida, police have been on the lookout for "grow houses," secluded properties where barns and even homes are used as factories to grow large amounts of marijuana. This
week, their investigations led to an airplane hangar at an 11-acre property in a neighborhood with a private airstrip. The home and a hangar had been sold to new owners in February. Neighbors reported
"suspicious activity" at the site, and detectives conducted months of surveillence before conducting a raid. They found 80 marijuana plants growing in the hangar beneath heat lamps and arrested two
men, according to the Herald Tribune. Among the clues detectives cited were sophisticated techniques used to
When Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister earlier this month, among the items on his agenda was airport noise. Rudd has worked in the past to oppose expansion of the Brisbane
Airport, and now is looking into imposing a curfew, the Courier-Mail reported this
week. The curfew could ban aircraft operations between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., a move that opponents say would discourage international flights and devestate the tourism industry. During the campaign,
Rudd promised hundreds of suburbanites who live below the flightpaths that he would pursue the curfew. Now his opponents say that he needs to put the national interest above the needs of just a few
supporters. Rudd has said that a similar curfew imposed at Sydney Airport doesn't seem to have affected its commercial viability. "Brisbane offers some of the best approaches and departures from a
noise-mitigation perspective of any airport in the country," transport spokesman Warren Truss told the Courier-Mail. "It is time Kevin Rudd realised he was Prime Minister of Australia and needs to
take the national interest into account rather than just the concerns of one or two of his constituents."
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That first solo flight is special for all pilots, but for a mother and son in Texas, it was even better sharing the experience. AOPA reports that Steve Poteet, 43, watched as his mother Sylvia, 64,
soloed recently at Seymour Municipal Airport in Seymour, Texas. Then we hugged, high-fived, and I got in and did mine, Steve said. Steve had recently partnered with a friend to buy a
Cessna 172 and was surprised when he showed the airplane to his mother that she was so interested in it. Turns out she had wanted to learn to fly since she was 9 years old but had never pursued it.
She is now part owner of the airplane. It was special to see her pursue a lifelong passion, Steve told
AOPA. Taking her first solo flight was a major step toward that goal.
FAA's Commercial Aviation Safety Team launched a new web site, Cast-Safety.org, about efforts to make commercial air travel safer.
Make Plans Now to Attend a 2008 Savvy Aviator Seminar
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Some things old, some things new and a few things out of the blue make up the way we navigate. Answer the following questions correctly, and you're cleared direct-to-anywhere-in-the-world with your
Last week, we asked AVweb readers to peer once again into
their crystal balls and make a guess as to aviation's next great
frontier. Will personal flying devices like the jet pack put air
travel in the hands of everyone or will future aircraft be so
complicated that only the professionals can afford the investment of
time and money to learn to fly?
As it turns out, the readers who took time to respond to our query
didn't foresee much change, predicting the current mix of G.A. and mass
air travel will stay about the same for the immediate future. (We
did, however, get some very thoughtful
letters on the subject.)
For the complete breakdown of answers,
(You may be asked to register and answer, if you haven't already
participated in this poll.)
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Emerald Coast brought a little holiday cheer to AVweb reader Travis Turner, who stopped at the FBO "to pick up my mother for the holidays":
She had not flown in a small plane before, and the owner Johnathan helped to reassure my mom that flying was a safe and fun way to travel. Aside from helping to calm her nerves, Emerald Coast has a
clean facility, good prices and a new surface on their runway. I certainly will visit again!
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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes
hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share
with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on
AVweb's home page, and one photo
that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our
"Picture of the Week." Want to see your photo on AVweb.com?
Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
It's our last installment of "POTW" for 2007, and
AVweb readers didn't let us down this week. It seems some of
you are using the holidays to sort through your airplane photos and
submit a few to good old AVweb. (Talk about holiday cheer!)
Gary L. Jones of Clovis, New Mexico
is a frequent contributor to our weekly contests, but (until now) his
name had never shown up in our top spot. Funny enough, the photo
earning Gary a long-overdue AVweb cap is one he shot over 20
years ago, "during a takeoff from RAF Mildenhall" in the U.K.
Another regular submitter, Michael J. Gallagher
of Peoria, Illinois gave Gary a run for his money this week. This
shot of Steve Jones bursting a pylon at the Red Bull Air Races came in a
very close second but it'll show up as desktop wallpaper on the
computers in our office a little later in the week.
Tom Thomas of Madison (duh!),
Wisconsin snapped this "while being vectored for final approach ... at
the Dane County Regional Airport (MSN). The Capitol building," Tom tells
us, "is about three nautical miles south-southwest of the airport."
Michael Schmidt of Orlando,
Florida tells us "17-month-old Charlie is very comfortable flying,
with required gear Bose headset, flight jacket, [and] Gerber
Binki." (Didn't we read in Aviation Consumer that
those things prevent hypoxia? No? Well, what's a
harmless little pacifier-sales-boosting rumor among friends ... .)
A quick note for submitters: If you've got several
photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit
them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing
print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on
us, too. ;)
A Reminder About Copyrights:s: Please take a moment to consider the
source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest.
If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed
authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain,
send us an e-mail.
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