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RUNWAY LIGHTS SHOULD BE DEPLOYED
The FAA should move from the
testing phase and start to deploy Runway Status Light systems at
airports across the country, according to a new report (PDF) from the Transportation Department's Office of
Inspector General. The report concludes that the lighting systems --
which provide red and green lights at runway intersections to guide
pilots -- have been tested and proved useful for reducing runway
incursions. The test systems gained widespread support from user groups,
including pilots, pilot union officials, and managers and staff at Air
Traffic Control. "All agreed that the Runway Status Light system works
as intended and has no known negative impact on capacity, communication,
or safety," according to the report. NTSB officials said the system is a
promising technology for addressing its longstanding recommendation to
provide direct warnings to pilots of potential runway conflicts. So
what's the hold-up? Several challenges need to be addressed, the OIG
says, before the system can be effectively deployed. More...
IMPROVE TURBULENCE FORECASTS
Everyone who flies depends on
weather reports and forecasts every day, but we seldom think about the
raw science that goes into making and refining such predictions. This
week, a team of weather researchers from the U.S. and U.K. say they have
come up with a better way to forecast clear-air turbulence, based on
"spontaneous imbalance theory." John Knox, Donald McCann, and Paul
Williams said their new technique is more consistently successful than
current methods, and improves on an earlier method developed by McCann.
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WANTS HIGHER LANDING FEES AT BUSY AIRPORTS
Secretary Mary Peters said on Monday that airports should be allowed to
charge landing fees based on congestion, instead of weight, to encourage
airlines to shift schedules to less-busy times or to less-busy airports.
The proposal brought immediate reaction, most of it
negative. The agency that operates New York's main airports said Peters'
plan is too conservative: "These small steps don't address the
fundamental problem when dramatic action is needed," the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey told The New York Times. The airlines don't like it. The
DOT proposal "is nothing more than congestion pricing disguised as an
airport fee," said Air Transport Association President James May. He
added that the proposal "does nothing to fix the primary cause of delays
-- our nation's increasingly antiquated air traffic control system." One
go-team response came from Airports Council International - North America.
"We're pleased that Secretary Peters has recognized that airport
proprietors are in the best position to manage the use of the facilities
they planned, financed, built and currently operate," said ACI-NA
President Greg Principato. More...
EXPO STARTS TODAY
The fourth annual U.S. Sport
Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., starts today and runs through the
weekend. The event showcases the light sport aircraft industry, with
about 140 exhibitors expected to attend. Visitors are encouraged to
comparison shop and try out the aircraft, which include weight-shift
trikes, powered parachutes, motor-gliders, and gyroplanes as well as
fixed-wing. Cessna and Cirrus will be there with their LSA designs. "The
exclusive focus on sport pilot and LSA gives manufacturers and
enthusiasts a chance to interact on a more intimate level," said EAA's
Ron Wagner, who is coordinating the forums and workshop schedule.
AVweb's Editor-in-Chief Russ Niles will be on the scene, so stay
tuned to ,i>AVweb for coverage of all the show events.
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PRELIMINARY REPORT OUT ON CIRRUS REP CRASH
The NTSB this week
issued a preliminary report on the Dec. 30 crash of a Cirrus
SR22 in Paso Robles, Calif., that killed Cirrus sales representative
Thomas Leveque. The report echoes information
that AVweb learned from an earlier interview with the NTSB
investigator in charge of the accident, in that it does not provide any
indication of a mechanical failure. It will be several months before the
NTSB issues its final report and probable cause. According to the
preliminary report, N254SR departed San Carlos Airport that morning
bound for Paso Robles Municipal Airport in visual meteorological
conditions. A close friend of the pilot said that Leveque called him
from a cellphone while in flight approaching his house. Leveque had made
low passes over the friend's house "on many occasions" to signal the
friend to pick him up from the airport, which is about a 15-minute drive
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TO BE BUILT IN RUSSIA?
Eclipse Aviation announced on Monday
that Luxembourg-based European Technology and Investment Research
Center, headed by former computer magnate Roel Pieper, is looking at
building its very light jets in Ulyanovsk, Russia after buying a stake
in Eclipse worth "substantially in excess of $100 million." The cash
injection buys Pieper the title of non-executive chairman of Eclipse and
gives his company rights to sell the mini-jet in 60 countries, including
Western Europe and Britain. Vern Raburn, who remains president and CEO,
said the deal expands Eclipse's horizons more quickly. "Entrusting the
expanded region of Europe to ETIRC in this manner represents a
significant acceleration of our business plan," said Raburn. "Expanding
our relationship with ETIRC will rapidly increase the impact of the
Eclipse 500 in this region and position us to meet the needs of our
growing number of customers outside of North America."
REVIVES THE GOOSE
One of the most iconic amphibs ever
produced may be back in production by the end of the year. According to
The Greensboro/Winston-Salem Business Journal, a
Gibsonville, N.C., company, Antilles Seaplanes, is hoping to have FAA approval
to begin production of the twin-engine flying boat by the end of June.
Company co-founder V.I. Manuel told the Business Journal there's major
interest in the revival of the Goose, with inquiries (but no firm
orders) coming from Malaysia to Alaska. Manuel said vintage Gooses are
much sought after and in short supply. The new Goose will look like the
old one but will benefit from 60 years of technological advancement.
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REPORT GROWTH, SAFETY IMPROVEMENT FOR SPORT
Last year was one
of the safest -- and busiest -- ever for skydivers, the U.S. Parachute
Association said on Monday. Eighteen skydivers were killed, the
fewest since 1962, and about 2.5 million jumps were completed around the
country. "We should all take pride in the strides we have made in
skydiving safety in the past half a century," said Ed Scott, executive
director of the USPA. The group added that nearly 5,000 new members
joined in 2007, for a total of 31,264. The industry also saw "an
unprecedented upturn" in the number of skydiving licenses issued last
year, the USPA said. However, safety is a relative term. "Nobody would
argue that skydiving is a safe thing to do," the USPA says at its Web
INCREASES SUPPORT OF ABLE FLIGHT
Able Flight, a
nonprofit group that provides flight-training scholarships to people
with disabilities, announced on Monday that Cessna Aircraft Company
has signed on for its second year and increased its support to the level
of major sponsor. "Cessna has made a powerful commitment to our mission
of using aviation to transform the lives of people with disabilities,"
said Able Flight's Executive Director Charles Stites. "They have
recognized the positive impact that flight training can have ...
inspiring people who meet the challenge of learning to fly." Able Flight
plans to award up to 15 scholarships this year. By this summer, Able
Flight expects that as many as 10 scholarship winners will have
completed their training. Able Flight's mission is to offer people with
disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight
training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and
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THE FLY ...
A Virgin Atlantic 747 will burn biofuel during a
demo flight next month ...
Deliveries of Boeing's 787
Dreamliner are now delayed until 2009 ...
A Citation jet and a
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VIDEO: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THAT AMAZING THUNDERBIRD EJECTION/CRASH
Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb |Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos
When we first
saw the photo of Capt. Chris Stricklin's ejection from a doomed U.S. Air
Force Thunderbirds F-16 a few years ago, most of us here at AVweb
thought it was a fake. But the more we looked at it, the more it seemed
possible that someone had actually snapped Stricklin's moment of truth
in what must be one of the greatest aviation photos ever shot. Well, it
wasn't long before we learned that Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III
had actually captured the drama at an air show at Mountain Home Air
Force Base in Idaho.
In this AVweb original video, Video
Editor Glenn Pew looks at the circumstances surrounding the dramatic
accident combining still photos, in-cockpit and
outside-of-cockpit video, and narration including the investigation's
findings and changes in procedure for the T-birds.
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OF THE WEEK: AVIATION TECHNOLOGY (KSDF, LOUISVILLE, KY)
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Aviation Technology at KSDF in Louisville,
AVweb reader Don Gay tells us how the Tec
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January 4 at 4pm. Paul Atwell and his tech stayed overtime for two hours
to clean and gap the plugs and clean fuel injectors to get me on my way
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Last week, we "POTW" headquarters were
feeling a bit neglected, and we asked some might even say
begged our readership to flood us with photo submissions
and boost our spirits. Boy, did you guys ever come through! (If only
everyone were as dependable as AVweb readers.) Bengt Olson of Hindås, Sweden really
stepped up to the challenge. His colorful photo of "a Finnair A321
parked at Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport under the winter sky" took our
breath away and even managed capture an AVweb baseball cap
in between breaths. More...
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