|Volume 9, Number 30a||July 21,
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At
COSTS, MORE RED TAPE, WORLDWIDE...
European GA is facing massive cost increases, more red tape and what
some say is an unnecessarily daunting training regimen for many
technicians as the European Community's new umbrella safety organization
newborn muscles. But their airplanes will be clean. The European Aviation
Safety Agency (EASA), which is taking over from the
Joint Aviation Authority, is bent on removing the 12,500-pound
barrier when it comes to certain maintenance standards and
record-keeping and we bet you can guess which side of the line they're
favoring. And tucked in the myriad of regs is a provision requiring
maintenance and repair shops to return customers' planes "clean." The
new agency, which takes over in September, plans to implement the
changes over the next couple of years and the Aircraft Electronics Association is
crying foul. Here in the U.S., repair stations may in September face new
"burdensome" regulations that some fear will lead to higher user
costs and lower efficiency. More...
MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS CHANGE...
Of greatest concern to private aircraft owners overseas is EASA's
retooling of the JAA Part M. Essentially, the new rule will require
light aircraft (below 12,500 pounds) to have individual maintenance
management programs in place, similar to those used on airliners and
other commercially used aircraft. GA aircraft are currently maintained
according to manufacturers' maintenance programs, and a Cessna 172 is a
Cessna 172 regardless of who is fixing it. The AEA claims the new rule
will not only drop a huge financial burden on GA owners, it could
actually make the GA fleet less safe. "The requirement to individually
approve each and every aircraft's maintenance program is
administratively burdensome to individual national aviation authorities,
extremely costly to individual owners/operators and will introduce a
lack of standardization essential to the improving safety of general
aviation maintenance and operations," Peri wrote. More...
So far, the proposed rules would only affect European Union states and
neighboring countries that want to do business with them. But aviation,
perhaps more than many others, is a global industry and it was only a
few months ago that FAA Administrator Marion Blakey told a
conference in Geneva, Switzerland, that Europe should be talking to
other jurisdictions to ensure there are no conflicts down the road.
"Aerospace trade between the United States and the European Community
exceeds $40 billion," she said. "There is a lot at stake."
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SECURITY AND ANGST, MEIGS' FATE SEALED...
As many suspected all along, there was nothing that could be done to
save Meigs Field, once it had been rendered unusable by heavy equipment
sent in by Mayor
Richard Daley last March. That didn't stop Friends of Meigs (FOM), the
alphabet groups, Harrison
Ford and even a few politicians from trying, but the last chapter of
the long and bitter story would appear to have been written at a meeting
of the Chicago Park Board last Wednesday. "The decision to close the
airport has already been made," said Park Board President Maria Saldana
as she presided over a unanimous vote to award a $1.5 million contract
to remove what's left of the runway and replace it with topsoil. The FOM
had asked that the contract decision be deferred while it worked on a
combined airport/park plan it hoped would satisfy everyone.
THE PRESIDENT WILL LISTEN...
Public opinion might not have been a factor in Chicago but AOPA is
hoping an election-focused George W. Bush will listen to his flying
constituents about all the trouble he causes them when he drops in for a
visit. And there's no place like home for that message to hit. Over the
past weekend, Bush used his Crawford, Texas, ranch as his base for some
visits to his old stomping grounds in Dallas and Houston. The result was
a series of overlapping TFRs that closed a total of 70 airports and
inconvenienced hundreds of pilots. AOPA is hoping all Texas pilots
affected will write a letter directly to Bush informing him of the
trouble he caused them. More...
Now, the Secret Service might not be swayed much by public opinion, but
the FAA has shown that it can accept a common-sense suggestion. The
weekend restrictions were going to particularly affect Crawford-area
pilots. Generally, the 30-nm TFR around the ranch is only in effect when
Bush is actually there. But for some reason the TFR was set to remain in
place even when Bush was safely under the no-fly zones around Houston
and Dallas. That was until AOPA got in touch with the FAA.
MAY BE OVER FOR WICHITA
With a furlough here, some shuffling there and a lot of crossed fingers,
the GA capital of the U.S. may have weathered the worst of the worst
economic downturn in aviation's brief history. Cessna and Raytheon
officials can't and won't say that happy days are here again but they
are at least giving qualified comments to The Wichita Eagle that
suggests they expect that brighter future we've all been waiting for to
start soon ... maybe. "We knew that we were in a tough delivery year for
'03 and '04, " said Doug Wilburne, VP of investor relations for Textron,
Cessna's parent company. "We are anticipating a much more robust '05."
Cessna's recent furlough of 6,000 workers to align production with
demand is now over and company officials hope no further layoffs are
required. Raytheon isn't so much cutting jobs as transferring them to
other companies. More...
AIRLINES GOES VIDEO
Smile, you're on Southeast
Airlines. The tiny Florida-based carrier will be among the first in
the U.S. to use video cameras to monitor cabin activity. In fact, the
Largo company is bragging that it will never forget the face of anyone
who flies with them because the digital images of each flight will be
kept for up to 10 years. It may also put names to faces with
face-recognition software. There are also plans to beam the live images
to the corporate head office. "One of the strong capabilities of the
system is for the corporate office to be able to monitor what is going
on at all times," Southeast VP Scott Bacon told Wired News. Bacon says
it's just a matter of time before the FAA mandates video monitoring so
Southeast decided to be one step ahead. More...
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Flight-control operating levers in GROB Model G120A airplanes must
be modified to prevent a ball bearing failure.
McCauley props installed on BAE Jetstream Model 4101 airplanes must
be checked for cracks.
The nose landing gear drag link right-hand part on all Pilatus PC-12 and
PC-12/45 airplanes must
be replaced every 4,000 landings until an improved design part is
SHOWCASED AT PAX RIVER DEMO
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry's answer to AirVenture was
held last week at Patuxent River Naval Air Station's Webster Field Annex
and indications are this semi-annual event will grow along with the
popularity of UAVs. According to the American Forces Press Service,
about 10 UAVs, including a pilotless helicopter, were there to show the
expanding capabilities of the remote control devices. They were Northrop
Grumman with the Fire
Scout and the Hunter,
HP, Scheibel's Camcopter,
Yamaha's RMAX, Aurora
Flight Sciences' GolenEye-50,
Innocon's Mini Falcon and MMIST's
SnowGoose. In fact, about the only one not there was the well-known
Predator because the military couldn't spare any from its operations.
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WELCOMED THE AVIATION WORLD
With all three North American military performance teams flying each day
(and perfect 79-degree pure blue skies Saturday) it was a celebration
befitting the occasion it marked. This weekend, people jammed the Vectren Dayton Air Show in the
official (Kitty Hawk will always argue this) Birthplace of Aviation, to
mark 100 years of powered, sustained flight. The event is the keystone
gala to a long list of
centennial events across the country. The Canadian Forces
Snowbirds, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds each
brought their own version of precision flight to hundreds of thousands.
Rich's Incredible Pyro assaulted the record books with a 3,000-foot-long
wall of fire and air-to-ground attack simulations, while aerial
demonstrations included everything from the 1910 Bleriot
XI" to the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Announcers at the show Saturday
proclaimed by noon that the record crowd had gobbled up all the programs
for the week and officials were scrambling to open new parking areas as
visitors spent three hours inching in gridlock the last three miles to
reach the show site. More...
AVAILABLE FOR EAGLES BASH
Want to rub shoulders with the likes of Chuck Yeager and Sean D. Tucker or take home Patti Wagstaff's flight suit?
There are still a few tickets available for the Gathering of
Eagles, the gala benefit that kicks off EAA AirVenture a week from
tomorrow. Dozens of the most famous and influential people in the
aviation world will attend the event at the AirVenture Museum. It's a
fundraiser for Young Eagles and other educational programs aimed at
inspiring young people to pursue aviation as a hobby or career.
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Three men that crashed a 172 were possibly saved by a flashbulb...
Stratoliner will fly back to Oshkosh after second restoration...
Two pilots died in British Columbia crash of Electra air tanker...
Heckler and Koch got armed pilots' gun contract...
Northwest Airlines suffered worst quarter in history...
Eye-dentification will make Customs clearing easy in Vancouver...
Atlantic City will host major air show Aug. 27. More...
I fly skydivers and am talking to controllers at the best ATC facility
around quite often. One day traffic on the frequency was a little light
so one of the controllers had a little fun...
Cessna123: Jumpers away!
Approach (in his best kid-on-a-ride voice): WEEEEEEE!
AVweb's AVscoop Award...
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to Jeff Abraham, this
week's AVscoop winner. Submit news tips via email to
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AVweb's AirVenture 2003 Survival Guide -- Part Two
AVweb presents an insider's guide to the hows, whys and wheres of EAA's
AirVenture 2003 at Oshkosh. AVweb columnist Rick Durden provides you the
benefit of his years of OSH experience with tips you won't find anywhere
else. The first part of this series covered how to prepare for your
pilgrimage to Aviation Mecca -- this second part focuses on what you
need to know once you've arrived.
Pelican's Perch #71: The Legendary Zero (Part 1)
The Japanese Zero of World War II was so light it could out-turn just
about any American fighter, but that meant it had very little armor, so
one good shot would take it down. Nowadays, there are maybe two flying
examples in the entire world -- and AVweb's John Deakin is now a
qualified pilot in one of them.
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