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TO CONGRESS: FSS STILL NEEDS WORK
While pilots across the
country continue to gripe about Lockheed Martin's handling of the
Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) contract, the FAA says it's
taking corrective actions to ensure pilots get the information they
need, according to a report submitted to Congress. More...
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RED LIGHTS -- SOLUTION OR STOPGAP?
It might seem like a
sensible solution, especially at big airports with a complex array of
taxiways and runways -- embed red lights into the runway pavement at the
intersections. It's been tried at Dallas-Fort Worth and in San Diego,
and reports are positive. But the technology is simply a "a stopgap
measure," according to FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell. "Runway
status lights are one way to drive down incursions, but theyre not
the best way," he said this week, while visiting Los Angeles
International Airport to announce that the lights will be installed
there. At LAX, he says, the runways are simply too close together, and
that layout needs to be addressed. A recent report by the Office of Inspector General for
the Transportation Department found that the status-light systems are
effective and should be deployed at airports across the country.
ISLAND AIRPORT RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS APPROVED
County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday night to
approve funding that will literally pave the way for long-awaited runway
and apron improvements at the Tangier Island Airport, located in the
lower Chesapeake Bay. More...
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SAYS ADS-B COMING TO GULF, AOPA NOTES DOWNSIDE
Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) gear will be up and running in
the Gulf of Mexico by the end of next year, Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell told the HAI Heli
Expo crowd in Houston this week. The installation aims to improve safety
for helicopters serving offshore oil platforms. Sturgell said the
system, designed by ITT, will help controllers at Houston Center to
separate traffic in the Gulf, which doesn't have radar coverage. "We're
stretching the airspace," Sturgell said, "extending it to the altitudes
and the areas that you [helicopter pilots] operate in." Sturgell added
that ADS-B services will expand, and will prove useful to other segments
of general aviation, such as air tour and emergency medical services.
AOPA, however, is less enthused about the costs and benefits of the
technology. An FAA proposal would require GA aircraft to equip with
ADS-B equipment by 2020 if they want to fly in Class A, B, or C
airspace, or above 10,000 feet msl. AOPA says it's concerned that the mandated avionics
are too expensive and there appear to be too few benefits for GA.
GETS STC FOR BONANZA ENGINE MONITORS
Xerion Avionix of
Canandaigua, N.Y., on Tuesday received an FAA supplemental type
certificate (STC) to install its AuRACLE line of full-color, digital
engine monitors in virtually every model of Beechcraft Bonanza.
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LIGHTER-THAN-AIR COMPANY EXPANDING
One of the more
interesting landmarks to spot while flying in a small airplane is a
blimp hangar. There aren't that many of them, they are huge and
unmistakable, and they bring to mind the kind of low and slow treetop
flying that many GA pilots find appealing. One of those hangars can be
spotted near Elizabeth City, N.C., where TCOM builds airships and
various kinds of lighter-than-air vehicles. And apparently the market
for lighter-than-air is growing, because last week the company broke
ground for a new 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The space
will be used to build unmanned, tethered balloons, known as aerostats,
as part of an Army contract. TCOM also will develop and test an aerostat
for an emergency communications system for use during natural disasters.
TIE UP ORGAN TRANSPLANT AIRCRAFT, CORPORATE CITATION
As the stars and their entourages headed to Los
Angeles for the Academy Awards a real-life melodrama was playing out in
British Columbia and a corporate jet flew to the rescue. Officials with
the B.C. Transplant Society told the Globe and Mail that last Thursday when they tried to
charter a jet from any of 11 companies that normally provides the
service, they were told none was available. "As a result of the Oscars
going on in California, all of the [charter] jets had been spoken for,"
Bill Barrable, executive director of B.C. Transplant told the newspaper.
"We were in a situation where we could not secure a jet in the tight
time frame that we needed to." At stake were seven organs ready for
harvest from a man who had died in a rural town several hundred miles
from Vancouver, where seven patients were awaiting life-saving or
life-enhancing transplants. So Barrable called his friend and former
college mate Robert McFarlane, the CFO of Telus, a large Canadian
telecommunications company, and the firms Citation was on the way
within an hour. More...
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FOUNDER MIKE BUSCH HONORED BY FAA
AVweb founder and
now our popular "Savvy Aviator" columnist Mike Busch has been
named the FAA's AMT of the Year in the National GA Awards. Other winners
included Timothy Daniel "Tim" Adkison of Benton, Kentucky - Avionics
Technician of the Year; Max Trescott of Mountain View, California -
Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year, and John Anthony
Teipen of University City, Missouri - FAA Safety Team Representative of
the Year. Mike Busch founded AVweb in 1995 after retiring as a
software developer, and at the same time he started getting serious
about learning how to maintain and fix his own airplane.
THE FLY ... More...
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United A320 slid off a runway into the snow at Jackson Hole
An Embraer 170 and a United A319 clipped wings Sunday
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Last week, we mentioned that we get a
lot of approach shots here at "POTW" central but that
very few seem to make it into the top spot. Perhaps taking this as
a challenge, Robert Hurd of Largo,
Florida sent in this gem, taken with his "hand held [at] arm's
length ... from the back seat." Point taken, Robert. Your hat
is on its way, and we're already bracing ourselves for the rush of
approach photos that will surely batter us down in the days to come ...
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