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UP: SYSTEM TURNED ON TODAY
A major technological shift in air navigation became a reality today.
The FAA flicked the switch on the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)
signal, a crucial first step on the way to highly accurate
satellite-based navigation in the U.S. "We're just waiting for the
avionics to catch up," said FAA spokesman Greg Martin. WAAS uses a
system of ground stations to analyze GPS signal errors and sends
corrections to geo-stationary satellites. The result is guaranteed
position accuracy to within three meters laterally and vertically, where
standard non-augmented GPS with standard positioning service can be
trusted to within about 100 meters. More...
LOOKS TO THE ATC MARKET...
Boeing says it (with help from some other companies) has what it takes
to make the National Airspace System (NAS) more efficient and safer. The
company hopes to clinch a big deal with the FAA to design, produce and
implement a new, fully integrated air traffic flow system that will
maximize use of the capacity of the National Airspace System. Boeing's
Management business unit has formed a team to tackle this daunting
project. Joining Boeing are Raytheon Inc., Metron Aviation
Inc., KENROB, RLM Software and WSI Corporation. More...
CAN THE NAS BE FIXED?
Has even the mighty Boeing bitten off more than it can chew? Although
most aircraft seem to get from A to B each day, hardly a day goes by
without some criticism of the system that manages all those flights.
After all, the current ATC structure has been criticized for the use of
older, unreliable equipment. Implementation of new technology, like
STARS, is years
behind schedule and often has developmental
problems, although in the STARS deployment in
Philadelphia, the kinks seem to have been worked out, largely due to
of controllers themselves, according to the National Association of
Air Traffic Controllers. More...
PLANE CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER...
This installment of things you definitely should not do with an airplane
comes from the Scottish Highlands. There, two Spanish pilots reportedly
flew their ultralight under a road bridge, scaring the heck out of
residents in the area. Witnesses spotted the light aircraft flying under
Bridge between Fort William and Glencoe. Air safety rules in Britain
prohibit aircraft to pass within 500 feet of any "person, vessel,
vehicle or structure." Needless to say, the 30-year-old cantilever
bridge, which is 60 feet above high water, is off-limits. The
adventurous pilots were traced to a nearby airport, detained and given a
Scottish-style tongue-lashing. We're not sure how the event compared to
the infamous exploits
of Jurgio Kairio. (Do not try this at home ... or anywhere else.)
PLANE HIT BY SHOTGUN PELLETS...
In another bizzare event to taint the wild blue yonder, a skydiving
aircraft was possibly hit by a shotgun blast while taking off from a
Long Island airport. Newsday.com reports the Cessna 182, owned by Long
Island Skydiving Center in East Moriches, was hit by 20 shotgun pellets
on Sunday. Bart Spadaro, owner of Spadaro airport (1N2) in East
Moriches, believes someone on nearby County Road 51 fired at the plane
as it was taking off from the airport with a load full of skydivers.
Local police haven't reached that conclusion and speculate it may have
been shot while parked overnight. More...
ZURICH RESIDENTS COMPLAIN ABOUT AIRPLANE "NOISE"
There's an international twist to the airplane noise complaints of
people in Zurich, Switzerland. Neighboring Germany will ban flights over
the southern part of its country. That will force airlines to use Zurich
airports eastern approach over the densely populated suburbs to
the citys north side. In response, about 10,000 people took to the
streets on Saturday to protest the new German measures, which take
effect in October. As the airport increases its use of its southern
runway, residents fear additional air traffic will build over the city
center and a densely populated northern shore of Lake Zurich. Residents
claim their property values are already suffering. More...
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THE EDGE OF SPACE, FOR $15K
Has flying become mundane? We hope not, but if you want something with
substantially more than your run-of-the mill spam can, you might want to
check out a Russian company providing a true "out-of-this-world"
experience. Moscow-based Kompas Hit Ltd. operates Fly The Legend, a service that
provides adventurous clients the opportunity to fly in aircraft most of
us have only seen in pictures. For example, the group offers rides in
MiG 25s with the promise of an 80,000-foot, high-altitude flight to the
edge of space. About $15,000 will get you in the back seat of this
supersonic fighter. More...
JET FOUND IN NEW COLORS
You may recall AVweb's recent
coverage of a missing African airliner believed to be in the hands
of criminals or terrorists. Well, the Boeing 727 has reportedly been
located -- with a new paint job. The Guardian reports the jet turned up
last week in Guinea after disappearing from Angola's main airport more
than a month ago. The missing plane had been the subject of an
international search since it vanished from Angola on May 25. The last
known flight of the jet was recorded shortly after it had been
repossessed from Angola Air. More...
REVIEWING PERMANENT TFRS
AOPA has made its voice heard and it appears that the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) commander is listening. Admiral James Loy
says his agency and the FAA are reevaluating more than a dozen temporary
flight restrictions (TFRs) set up shortly after the 9/11 terrorist
attacks and out of the dozens
currently listed. "AOPA members are asking, 'Isn't it time for
temporary restrictions to be lifted given the reduced threat level,
ending of hostilities in Iraq, and phase out of Operation Liberty
Shield?'" Boyer said in a June 25 letter to Loy. The next day Low wrote
back saying the two agencies are "conducting a thorough audit" of the 16
TFRs AOPA asked be rescinded "to ensure that they are protecting the
public in an efficient, cost-effective manner." More...
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SUE OR NOT TO SUE
It seems airline passengers can't get a straight answer on the issue of
compensation for the development of blood clots on long-haul airline
flights. Known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), this condition is
characterized by the formation of deadly blood clots after long periods
of immobility. Last week, Britain's Court of Appeal upheld a lower-court
ruling that passengers cannot sue airlines for compensation after
developing DVT. At the same time, a U.S. federal judge says he will
allow two lawsuits filed by two passengers to proceed against
Continental Airlines , Air France and American Airlines.
RELAXES CELLPHONE POLICY
At least one U.S. airline is relaxing its policy on cellphone use by
passengers. Continental Airlines announced it will allow customers to
use their cellphones sooner after an aircraft lands. While departure and
in-flight phone use policies will remain unchanged, the airline says the
devices will be permitted for calls after landing pending approval from
flight attendants. Apparently, the airline didn't need to wait for the
results of an ongoing FAA study
on the subject. More...
SETTLES FOR $11.7 MILLION
Avjet has reached an $11.7 million settlement with the families of three
people killed in the crash of a
Gulfstream III flying into Aspen's Pitkin County Airport on March
29, 2001. All 15 passengers and three crew members were killed when the
jet crashed into sloping terrain about 2400 feet short of Runway 15
during a night instrument approach in snow showers. On Monday, just over
a year after NTSB
recommendations were issued, the families of Marissa Witham and
brothers Joseph and Jose Aguilar agreed to the settlement. The deal was
reached after a Los Angeles jury, on July 2, found Avjet Corporation and
pilot Robert Frisbie negligent and held responsible for the wrongful
deaths of Witham and the Aguilars. More...
FIREFIGHTERS GET CALIFORNIA FIRE UNDER CONTROL
As AVweb recently
reported, general aviation plays an important role during the busy
fire season. Once again, GA aircraft have proven themselves over
stubborn fires located in the Cucamonga Canyon above Rancho Cucamonga,
Calif. Helicopters initially directed ground personnel to hot spots,
which were reachable via foot. Additional air support helped get the
blaze under control by Saturday evening. More...
In last Monday's edition, we incorrectly identified Jim Crook as a
spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Crook is
actually with the Air Traffic Control Association. We apologize for any
confusion caused by this error. More...
A Sudan Airways Boeing 737 crashed, killing 115, sparing one
Raytheon's new Beechcraft line will show at AirVenture...
Recent data indicates military pilots are flocking less to the
The Kansas Aviation Museum asked Raytheon to donate a Starship.
New Articles and Features on AVweb
BIZAV, July 10, 2003
AVweb's expanded coverage of business/corporate aviation continues with
expansion at OurPLANE, Sikorsky's plans for helicopter sector
consolidation, Dassault's deal with Sukhoi, the BizAv AD watch and
Picture Of The Week...
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captures three types of aircraft in one single shot. The plane, glider,
and ultralight were photographed at a barn field in Italy. Nice picture,
Naresh! Your AVweb hat is on the way.
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Question Of The Week...
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We received over 300 responses to our question last week on using
anti-depressant medication. The majority (62 percent) of those
responding never have taken n anti-depressant before flying and think it
is unwise to do so. About 20 percent indicated they don't take this type
of medication, but don't see a problem if someone does. Only 3 percent
of our respondents say they do take anti-depressants quite frequently
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