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DEALS WITH HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT...
Wichitas aviation community has taken a beating since the economic
downturn crippled the aerospace industry. Not surprisingly, the Kansas
economy has felt the direct effects of this massive slowdown. While
several aircraft manufacturers have laid off thousands of workers in the
Wichita area, The Wichita
Eagle reports Cessnas large-scale cuts are blamed for an
alarming 7.6-percent jobless rate in the region. Coincidental or not,
the states unemployment rate was 5.3 percent just a year ago.
However, state labor officials also claim the summer is a traditional
period for higher unemployment rates, as students and non-teaching staff
from schools and universities hunt for summer jobs. More...
TRAINING PROGRAM OFFERS HELP...
Those aerospace workers who were not fortunate enough to get their jobs
back may benefit from a special program. The Kansas Technical Training
Initiative (KTTI) -- a public-private partnership formed by
Wichitas four aircraft manufacturers and various government
entities -- has designed such a program for displaced workers. Students
with previous aviation experience will be able to complete the
requirements and take the tests for Airframe Certified Aviation
Maintenance Technician faster than those who do not have the industry
FEW CAN AFFORD THE TUITION
While KTTI promises a glimmer of hope for those displaced workers, the
financial terms of the offer may be shutting the door before any light
shines in. The retraining program has been plagued with several problems
and skyrocketing tuition costs have been cited as the main culprit,
according to The Wichita Eagle. Since 2001, the technical college, which
houses the program, has increased tuition for the two-year program by
nearly 300 percent, from $2,387 to $6,836. The newspaper reports college
officials informed students last week the new rate would amount to a
$13,000 cost to be shouldered by students for the complete course.
COST OF PRIVATIZATION...
Canadian pilots will find themselves shelling out a few more bucks every
time they fly, thanks to a hike in air-navigation service charges. On
Monday, NAV CANADA announced the decision to proceed with a planned 6.9-percent increase following a mandatory 60-day consultation
period. The company says the charges will be on average only 4 percent
higher than when they were first introduced in March 1999. Furthermore,
NAV CANADA claims this increase was required to "deal with a revenue
shortfall due to the continuing downturn in air traffic." The new
charges will come into effect August 1, 2003, with annual and quarterly
charges to be implemented on March 1, 2004. More...
U.S. ATC PRIVATIZATION BATTLES LOOMS
While Canadians prepare to dish out extra money for their airborne
needs, those living in the U.S. continue to fight against the
proposition of privatizing ATC. As AVweb
reported last month, the White House and Congress are at odds over
the upcoming FAA
Reauthorization Bill. The administration has threatened to veto the
bill if the final version contains language that would outlaw the
privatization of air traffic controllers and possibly flight services
and technical personnel in the system. In addition, the legislative
process itself is stirring controversy and heating up the debate. Stan
Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, a
trade group in Arlington, Va., told
Washington Technology, "most senators voting for the FAA
authorization amendment thought they were voting to restrict
privatization of air-traffic control, when they were actually voting to
restrict competition for the infrastructure that supports air-traffic
AIRVENTURE FORUMS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR AIRCRAFT INSIDE AND OUT
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aircraft further with this valuable information! See the EAA Forums
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SECURITY AND PERSONAL FREEDOM
Of course, there are isolated incidents that don't help support the
debate for relaxing security rules. A 20-year-old is accused of entering
a 1966 Beechcraft Bonanza at Put-In-Bay Airport in Ohio on Sunday,
starting the engine with keys found inside and taxiing into two parked
cars. Law-enforcement officials told the Port Clinton News Herald the
man was intoxicated at the time of his arrest. Such occurrences make New
Jersey's two-lock rule and possibly other restrictions or laws
appear quite sensible. But the rules will have an impact. "I think that
we are going to lose some [airports]," Bruce Mundie, an inspector with
the Maryland Aviation Administration, told
The Baltimore Sun. More...
AIRCRAFT HAS NEW OWNERS
As AVweb first reported
last week, New Piper officially
has a new majority shareholder ... and announced
new ownership. American
Capital Strategies Ltd. announced on Monday what many had already
expected: It has completed the buyout and recapitalization of the
struggling company. The deal included American Capital's purchase (for
$34 million) of $57 million of Piper's senior debt. The company will now
provide a revolving loan facility for New Piper. In addition, the
investor exchanged $22 million of the purchased senior debt for common
equity in the aircraft manufacturer. American Capital now owns 94
percent of Piper's voting equity. More...
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PILOTS MEET HIGH-TECH SEATS
OK, which is a greater deterrent: armed airline pilots packing firepower
or seats that can detect a nervous or even dangerous passenger? Well,
they both might be coming to an airliner near you. The Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) reported this week that it began training
its first set of airline pilots on the rigors of firearms handling. Air Line Pilots Association spokesman
Captain David Butterfield reminded the media of the benefits of this $25
million project. "We do not want terrorists to take over the airplane
and fly them into buildings as they did on 9/11. In other words, to turn
the airplane into a weapon," he explained. While the TSA prepares to arm
pilots against a possible airborne assault, a company in the UK is
working on a passenger seat designed to help crews spot nervous
terrorists or people at risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
PUSHES 7E7, PONDERS FATE OF 757
An engineer who has worked on most of Boeing's commercial aircraft
programs will now head the new 7E7 Deamliner
team. Boeing announced that Walt Gillette, who has worked at Boeing for
37 years, will spearhead the team to bring the company's 11th
commercial-jet project to life. Boeing's board of directors will decide
whether to go ahead with the program by early 2004, and if so, debut the
aircraft in 2008, when we'll all see if the costs incurred in
development of the jet can be offset by its sales. While the 7E7 enjoys
Boeing's full optimism, the same can't be said for the older 757. The
aerospace giant is debating whether to continue manufacturing the aging
airliner, which was first introduced in 1982. More...
WHAT IS THE WEATHER
LIKE TODAY AT OSHKOSH? WSI, the Trusted Leader in Aviation
Weather, is publishing a free website of WSI aviation weather for the
region surrounding Oshkosh leading up to and during AirVenture 2003. The
site offers surface prognostics, satellite imagery and WSI's industry
leading NOWrad® Radar Summary. The site will be available through
the event and for a short time thereafter. If you're at AirVenture,
visit WSI in Hanger C, Booth 3090-3091, for up to the minute weather
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NEW LIGHT JET'S VERY TURBULENT RIDE
Numerous manufacturers (Cessna, Diamond and Eclipse, to name a few) are
racing to create a jet with performance beyond that of pressurized
turboprops at lower cost than the current crop of light business jets.
But one single-engine jet design that's been flying since 1996 with performance
specifications very similar to that of the
twin-engine Eclipse 500 has very formally hit the skids. The
intellectual property garnered from the six-seat, single-engine, forward
swept-wing, composite, business-class Vantage jet project has been put
on the auction block. Procedures approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for
the Eastern District of Missouri (Case No. 02-47804-293) have set
the bidding deadline for September 18, 2003, at 01:00 p.m. Central
Daylight Time. More...
Hartsfield International Airport may be
renamed if a group has their way...
Airline mogul Sir Richard Branson is setting his eyes on the U.S.
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety
Authority is offering a new 17-minute
video on bush flying. More...
PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, Erin L. Ireland, of Sierra Vista, AZ. This winning photo, called
"Nesting of Eagles" was taken at sunset at Bisbee Municipal (P04) in AZ
on the 26th of June during a Cessna 195 club fly-in. Type clubs offer
great fun and educational resources for flyers of the same aircraft.
Great picture, Erin! Your AVweb hat is on the way.
To check out the winning picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to
**Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos. More...
QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 300 responses to our question last week on the Wide
Area Augmentation System (WAAS). Almost half (46 percent) of those
responding felt WAAS will provide all of the benefits promoted by the
FAA, while 43 percent said they won't fully believe the system works
until actually seeing it operational. Only 5 percent had neither faith
nor trust in the FAA's promises.
To check out the complete results, including comments, go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
This week, we would like to know your thoughts on foreign air carriers.
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New Articles and Features on AVweb
Reviewing NTSB Appeals in 2002
If you screw up and you know it, you'll take your licks and move on. But
what if you're right and the FAA is wrong? If you lose your case in
front of an NTSB Administrative Law Judge, do you have any chance at all
of winning an appeal? AVweb replaces rumor with fact and shows you the
Say Again? #26: It's the Little Things
There are a lot of big things that can kill you in aviation, and we've
heard them all: T-storms, ice, marginal VFR, and runway incursions, to
name a few. Sometimes insidious little things can cause even more
trouble for pilots and controllers, because we haven't heard about them.
AVweb's Don Brown relates a few of those in this month's Say Again
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