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|Some Pilots Minding the Gap Between Age-60 and
ARE DEVILS FOR SOME 60-PLUS PILOTS
When Congress last year
hurriedly passed the Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act, which
raised the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots to 65, nobody
read the small print, say some age-60-plus pilots who have lost their
jobs. About 3,000 pilots who were required to retire between Nov. 23,
2006, and Dec. 13, 2007, were specifically barred from being rehired at
their same seniority levels, the Kansas City Star reported on Monday. The law also
bars pilots from challenging the law in court. "I just dont see
how Congress can do that," said Lew Tetlow, president of the Senior
Pilots Coalition. He plans to challenge the law in federal court
nonetheless. "The new law is poorly written and expressly denies
carriers the right to treat older pilots fairly," says the group's
lawyer, Jonathan Turley. "Congress clearly enacted this law with little
understanding of its implications," he said. He added that a legislative
remedy would be preferable to a court fight. More...
Zulu Time ... From
The new Zulu
headset looks different because it is
different. Made with magnesium, stainless steel, and four types of
composite plastics, it's extremely durable and yet weighs just over 13
ounces. Rather than concentrating purely on cutting decibels,
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SPORT AIRCRAFT SALES CONTINUE TO GROW
Almost twice as many
light sport aircraft were sold in 2007 as in 2006, according to numbers
compiled by Dan Johnson at bydanjohnson.com. By year's end, 565 new fixed-wing
LSAs had been registered, bringing the total fleet to 1,118 airplanes.
Johnson said he expects the numbers to continue to grow. "I've forecast
1,000 units in 2008 and doubling that again in another year or two,"
said Johnson. "If I'm right, LSA may someday meet or exceed all other
single engine pistons in the USA." More...
GRANTS EXTENSION FOR ULTRALIGHT CONVERSIONS
When the FAA
issued its complex Light Sport Aircraft rule about three years ago,
owners of two-seat ultralights were issued a deadline of Jan. 31, 2008,
to convert their aircraft to the experimental-LSA category. More than
6,000 owners requested transition kits from EAA. With the deadline
looming, applications have backlogged, as owners await required
inspections by designated airworthiness representatives, who are in
short supply. EAA asked the FAA for more time, and last week, FAA
granted an exemption. Owners still must get their registration
application to the FAA on or before Jan. 31. Then they can apply for an
exemption to be allowed to complete the process. More...
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ADOPTS MU-2B STANDARDS
The FAA has adopted a final rule that
imposes standardized training requirements and operational procedures
aimed at curbing an increase in the number of accidents by Mitsubishi
MU-2B aircraft. The aircraft, which use spoilers for roll control rather
than ailerons, were involved in a spate of accidents in 2004 and 2005,
prompting calls by some to ground the fleet. Defenders of the ubiquitous
freight hauler argued there was nothing inherently wrong with the
airplane, but agreed pilots needed to understand its quirks.
REPLACEMENT? MAGNETIC FIELDS TRACK AIRCRAFT
now being studied in Europe can track aircraft by detecting tiny changes
in the Earth's magnetic field, according to a recent report in ICTWeb. Structures that cause "shadows" for today's
radar systems -- a problem for ground surveillance at large, sprawling
airports -- do not impair the magnetic field detectors. Recent tests of
in Greece and Germany showed that it could detect 100 percent of the
passing aircraft, and pinpointed their location to within 7.5 meters [25
feet], a level of accuracy comparable to most existing air traffic
management systems, says researcher Haibin Gao. The system uses an array
of small, cheap sensor units, which could be as small as a coin in the
future. They can be installed at the entry and exit points of each
runway, and would be affordable even for small airports.
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EXPLORES NEW AVIATION TRAINING CENTER
Aviation is a growing
industry, and that means manufacturers, flight schools, airlines and
maintenance shops all need trained workers. To fill that need, a
coalition of business and education leaders in central Florida is
working on a plan to build a new aviation-themed campus at Orlando
International Airport, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Tuesday.
ON RUNWAYS UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED
Just a day after five
teenagers were killed while speeding down a runway in a BMW at a private
Florida airport, a woman was arrested for allegedly driving drunk on a
runway at Grand Junction Regional Airport, in Colorado. The 36-year-old
woman was found by police just after 3 a.m., when her car got stuck.
"The vehicle was high-centered on electrical conduits and the wheels
spun as she applied the accelerator," the officer wrote in an arrest
affidavit, according to the Vail Daily. Police at the scene contacted air
traffic controllers, who said there were no inbound aircraft. The woman
reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving
under the influence, driving with a suspended license, second-degree
trespassing and careless driving, according to the Vail Daily.
Meanwhile, investigators in Florida said the 18-year-old driver of the
BMW had gone online hours before the crash, seeking advice
about how to handle the car at high speeds. More...
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767, THE 'GIMLI GLIDER' FINALLY RETIRED
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Air Canada has retired one of the
most famous Boeing 767s in pilot lore. Fleet no. 604 was flown to a
storage area in the Mojave Desert, Thursday, 25 years after surviving,
along with its crew of eight and 61 passengers, one of the most amazing
dead-stick landings ever attempted. After the computerized fuel gauges
on the then state-of-the-art aircraft failed because of a faulty solder
joint, the ground crew decided to dip the tanks to ensure there was
enough fuel for the 2,000-mile trip from Montreal to Edmonton. What they
didn't know is that the dip gauges were calibrated in centimeters rather
than inches and since a centimeter is less than half an inch, nowhere
enough fuel was put on board. Sure enough, about half way through the
trip, near the border of Ontario and Manitoba, both engines quit.
Fortunately, Capt. Robert Pearson was a trained glider pilot and what
happened next earned a footnote in airline history. More...
OFFICER REMOVED FROM AIR CANADA FLIGHT
An Air Canada 767 en
route to London diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland on Monday morning
and the first officer was taken off the aircraft by medical personnel.
Local news reports said the pilot was taken to a psychiatric hospital
for evaluation and may have suffered a nervous breakdown, but officials
would not confirm those reports. "This is an issue around one of our
employee's health," airline spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told reporters. "We're quite limited in what we can
say. There are privacy concerns." The 146 passengers on board were never
in danger, he said. "We have standard operating procedures in place to
deal with these situations and at no time was the safety of anybody
compromised." The passengers were transferred to another airplane with a
fresh crew and arrived in London eight hours late. More...
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READY TO TRY FLYING NUDE
A German travel agency says it will
offer the country's first-ever nude tourist flight in July, flying up to
55 passengers to a Baltic beach resort in a chartered aircraft. "It's an
unusual gap in the market," travel director Enrico Hess told Reuters. Passengers cannot undress until they are on
board, he said. "But then they will be able to enjoy the hour-long
flight in the way God intended." Commenters at the Web site for
Britain's Telegraph were uncomfortable with the concept.
"Rubbing more than shoulders unclothed [in narrow airline seating] is
statistically unlikely to be an agreeable experience," says one.
"Wouldn't any exit down escape-chutes guarantee friction burns? These
questions demand not so much answers as a cover-up." The world's first
nudist flight was offered by a U.S. company in 2003. More...
THE FLY ...
Pilot Robert Maxson is new director of NOAA's
Aviation Weather Center ...
"Space weather" scientists in the
U.K. devastated by budget cuts ...
VirginGalactic will have a
"significant exhibit" at Oskhosh, says EAA. More...
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OF THE WEEK: NEXTGEN AVIONICS SUBSIDIES TO PREPARE FOR
The Governor of Alaska is proposing that aircraft
owners be offered low-interest
loans to equip their aircraft with avionics that will be required
under the FAA's NextGen airspace management system. Should similar
subsidies be offered to owners in Hawaii and the Lower 48, or should the
government be even more involved?
Plus: When are AVweb
readers planning to buy their first LSA? Or do they already own one?
US ABOUT YOUR INTERIOR SHOP
Our sister publication,
Aviation Consumer, is preparing a report on interior shops. If
you recently had an interior redone, the editors would like to hear from
you, whether the experience was good or bad. To take part in the online
survey, click here.
The results will appear in a
future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information,
click here. More...
Make Plans Now to Attend a 2008 Savvy Aviator
Mike Busch will be conducting three of his Savvy Aviator Seminars
in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Norfolk. Sign up for one of these classes and
learn how to save thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after
year. Do it before your next annual inspection!
For complete details and to reserve your
space, click here
Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals: Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation,
European-American Aviation, Galvin Flying Services, Middle Tennessee
State University, Sabena Airline Training Academy, Utah Valley State
College, Utah State University, and many more have all selected the
G1000-equipped Diamond DA40
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the Diamond Aircraft DA40
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OF THE WEEK: EPIC AVIATION (KEVB, NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL)
In a week filled
with stellar FBO recommendations, our "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Aviation at KEVB in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
to AVweb reader Robert Edelson, Epic really stepped up to
the plate on a recent visit, despite having their hands full with other
The self-service pump was inop, but they
refueled me by truck at the same price. Furthermore, they changed by CHT
probe and cleaned a partially-blocked injector plus moved and returned
our plane to its tie-down by tug, all for a time charge of one and half
hours. They operate a busy flight-training operation, maintaining 20
aircraft, yet they graciously took the time to help me ... all for a
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
A slight dip in the number submissions
this week has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. For one thing, we
can run a few more of last week's incredible photos in our home page slideshow.
(Seriously, we almost had enough from last week to have run a second
"POTW" column!) While the quantity may be lower this week, the quality
certainly isn't! We can't recall when we've had a tougher time deciding
which of our finalists should receive heaping accolades (and a free
AVweb baseball cap) but somehow we managed to agree on
this incredible shot from J.T. Vink
of Terre Haute, Indiana. More...
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