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CONTROLLERS AGREE ON SAFETY PROTOCOL
The FAA and the National
Air Traffic Controllers Association announced on Monday that they will work together to
implement a new safety plan. The Air Traffic Safety Action Program is designed to
"foster a voluntary, cooperative, non-punitive environment for the open
reporting of safety-of-flight concerns by employees of the FAA,"
according to a joint FAA/NATCA news release. "Creating an atmosphere
where controllers and their managers can identify, report and correct
safety issues will go a long way in helping us further improve our
safety record," said acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell. On
Tuesday, the FAA released a new controller-hiring plan, and said its current plan is on track. The agency hired more than 1,800
controllers last year and expects to hire nearly 1,900 in fiscal year
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ACCESS TO WESTERN LAKES RESTORED
The federal Bureau of
Reclamation, which closed off seaplane access to hundreds of lakes in a
2006 rule, has announced it will revise that regulation, the Seaplane Pilots Association said last week. The 2006
rule, which cited security concerns, closed over 400 lakes in 17 Western
states to seaplane operations. Many of those lakes had been used by
seaplane pilots for years. Hendrik Willems, of the Bureau of
Reclamation, said a new rule will be published within the next two
months that will restore access to pre-2006 status. "Todays
announcement is a major step toward a satisfactory long-term solution,"
said James McManus, executive director of the Seaplane Pilots
ARCHIE AWARDS HONOR ATC SAVES
The annual Archie Awards given out by the National Air Traffic
Controllers Association are a stark reminder that every time we launch
into the big sky, we face the unexpected -- and sometimes the voice at
the other end of the radio can be a lifeline. The awards, named after
the first air traffic controller, recognize the efforts of controllers
who respond to potentially dangerous situations. This year's award
winners helped guide an out-of-fuel pilot to a safe off-airport landing
in Alaska, aided a pilot during a two-hour ordeal when his icy airplane
wouldn't get stabilized on approach, and directed a confused pilot at
night who followed a controller's vectors to a safe landing. More...
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PILOT FLIES SUPERSONIC
Hilton-Barber, 59, an Englishman who has been blind for about 20
years, on Sunday flew with a sighted co-pilot at speeds up to 1,100 mph
over Cape Town, South Africa. The English Electric Lightning jet climbed
to 50,000 feet in under two minutes, according to the BBC. The record-setting event raised £50,000
for the charity Seeing is Believing, which helps blind children in
developing countries. "There are 37 million blind people in the world
today, and 28 million could see again tomorrow if the money was
available," Hilton-Barber said. He previously flew an ultralight from
London to Sydney, and has also tried wingwalking and mountain climbing.
CASE FOR AERIAL SEATBELTS
A pilot went for a swim and his
airplane went flying without him after some unfortunate control inputs
during a flight in Florida last September. According to the NTSB's final report, released on Monday, the pilot
flew to Lake Okeechobee to practice touch and goes in his Aventura II, a
light experimental amphibian. When the pilot arrived at the lake, he
turned into the wind and the nose of the airplane rose. He
over-corrected, and the abrupt movement jolted his hand on the throttle,
causing him to inadvertently apply full power and push the flight
controls to the left. The sharp left turn threw him out the right side
of the airplane. Anthony Bencivenga, 67, of Port St. Lucie, told the Palm Beach Post that a pontoon hit the water, and
somehow he accidentally released the buckle of his safety harness. He
found himself in the water with no life jacket and no glasses. "I
couldn't see a thing," he said. "I was just praying to Jesus ... I said,
if I'm going to die please drown me first before the alligators get me."
A friend who was flying nearby spotted him in the water and called for
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PAYS PASSENGERS TO FILL SEATS
Facing a deadline to meet a
target on its route from Norwich, England, to Dublin, local airline Flybe paid 172 temp
workers to fill the seats, Reuters reported on Monday. The airline had to
transport at least 15,000 passengers on the route in the 12 months
ending on Monday, or it would forfeit a 280,000-pound ($550,000) rebate
from the airport. The airline tried to negotiate a partial rebate for
coming close, but the airport said it was all or nothing. Flybe also
offered free flights to all comers via its Web site, but when it still
came up short, the temps were enticed with an open bar. Richard Jenner,
managing director of the airport, called the airline's strategy
"ludicrous" and said the target had to be met by regular fare-paying
passengers, Reuters reported. More...
AIRLINES' FINAL FLIGHT
"This is an incredibly dark day for
Hawaii," said David Banmiller, Aloha Airlines' president and chief executive
officer, as the airline completed its last flight on Monday, after 61
years of operation. "We simply ran out of time to find a qualified buyer
or secure continued financing for our passenger business," he said.
Banmiller blamed "unfair competition" for driving the airline out of
business. Mesa Air Group's go! airline started up operations in Hawaii
two years ago, offering inter-island fares as low as $19 each way. The
Aloha shutdown will affect about 1,900 employees, although many of them
may continue working in Aloha's air cargo unit while the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court seeks bids from potential buyers. The last flight was flown from
Kahului with the company's most senior pilot and most junior pilot in
the cockpit. More...
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'N FUN NEXT WEEK, AVWEB WILL BE THERE
The aviation season
gets off to a running start in Lakeland, Fla., next week with the
opening of the annual Sun 'n Fun fly-in, Tuesday through Sunday.
AVweb will be there with daily news reports, video, and podcasts.
Light sport aircraft will get lots of exposure, with an expanded LSA
Mall located right near the main entrance. The Commemorative Air Force
will fly in about a half dozen antique aircraft. The seaplane splash-in
is moving this year to the lake adjacent to Kermit Weeks' Fantasy of
Flight aviation museum. All the big aircraft manufacturers will be
there, with new products and special deals, and we'll be there to keep
you in the loop every day. More...
THE FLY ...
The GEnx engine, which will power Boeing's 787
Dreamliner, FAA certified...
FAA safety team was dismayed by Alaska
flight instructors' lack of interest...
AOPA gets some murky
clarification from Florida re its use tax for aircraft...
wants glider pilots to use transponders. More...
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CAUSE #55: NOW WHAT?
Before you shoot an approach, know what
you're going to do when you get to the missed-approach point. A Bonanza
pilot apparently didn't and paid for it with his life.
INSIDER BLOG: IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE MIGS, DON'T FLY IN MIG ALLEY (APPLIES
ALSO TO F-16S)
Be sure to visit our new blog, AVweb
Insider, for personal insights and commentary on the aviation
industry from our staff of writers and editors. In his most recent post,
Editorial Director of Aviation Publications Paul Bertorelli shares some
concerns about the recent incursion by a Pilatus and Beech Premier into
a military operations area -- and their subsequent run-in with an
I'm trying to be sympathetic here, but as a former
F-16 and now airline pilot friend of mine says, if you play in the
sandbox, expect to get sand in your shoes. The rules of operating inside
active MOAs are clearly stated in the Aeronautical Information Manual. I
won't quote it chapter and verse here, but the upshot is you're
permitted to use the airspace, but you do so at your own risk, unless
you're under IFR. More...
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supporting aviation organizations as the National Maintenance
Technician of the Year. Busch will be presented his award at a
ceremony during EAA AirVenture.
OF THE WEEK: LANDMARK AVIATION (NORFOLK, VA)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Landmark Aviation at KORF in Norfolk,
Virginia, which was recommended to us by AVweb readers David &
Roberta McKenna, who write:
The line staff and front
counter girls were outstanding, giving [us] a truly excellent
experience. We were given the AOPA 25¢ fuel discount, a reservation
at Windmark Hotel for $68(not a misprint!), their shuttle to and from
the FBO, and a restaurant recommendation. Outstanding
Are you running out of good FBOs to tell us
about? Nominations have dropped off a bit, so we hope you'll keep telling us about great
FBOs around the country.
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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
Benna of Ames, Iowa kicks things off today with a little
stormy weather. "There were about seven lightning strikes around
the Ankeny (Iowa) Airport this night," David writes. "It was a
great night for this type of lightning." (Great for the lightning,
perhaps, but not so great for pilots ... .) As you read this, our crack
team of editors, reporters, gophers, and ne'er-do-wells are packing
their bags, checking their flights, and gearing up for Sun 'n Fun in
Lakeland, Florida. Remember that "POTW" will be on hiatus next
week as we struggle to ogle all the cool planes at the show but
that doesn't mean you're off the hook, dear readers! We hope you'll
continue to submit your
photos so we can have a great batch of "Pictures of the
Week" when we return from the show. More...
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