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AS AIRSPACE POLICE?
If you've ever missed a turn, set the
altitude bug incorrectly or committed any of thousands of sins that air
traffic controllers routinely catch and help correct every day without
much fuss, those days are apparently over. The FAA has apparently
ordered controllers to violate pilots for any and all errors and has
threatened to discipline them if they don't file the reports. While the
FAA says it's just enforcing rules already in place, the head of the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association say it's yet another burden
on an already-overworked workforce that will pit controllers against
pilots. "We are not the FAA police! The FAA's and controller's mission
is to provide the safe and efficient movement of live air traffic," said
NATCA President Patrick Forrey. "The fact that the FAA is now
disciplining controllers for not 'policing' pilot actions as they relate
to flight regulations is indicative of the tyrannical and oppressive
culture the FAA has created." The FAA, as might be suspected, has a
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views on the FAA's recent decision to step up enforcement of minor pilot
errors through the controller reporting method now in place. (Hint: He
doesn't think much of it.)
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TO ASSESS ASTM PROCESS USED BY LSA MANUFACTURERS
will check a random sample of 29 light sport aircraft manufacturers over
the next 10 months to assess how well they are applying the industry's
consensus-based ASTM standards, EAA said last week. A meeting between
FAA officials, EAA staff and LSA manufacturers at EAA AirVenture laid out the details of the FAA plan.
The agency is trying to "get a picture of the health of the industry
overall," one FAA staffer said at the meeting, and is not aiming to
conduct a compliance audit of any particular manufacturer. Two teams of
two FAA inspectors will assess each company, spending an average of
eight hours to gather information and data for analysis. "By comparison,
a compliance audit conducted by LAMA (Light Aircraft Manufacturers
Association) takes 30 to 40 hours or more," LAMA chairman Dan Johnson
told AVweb on Wednesday. The FAA will report the results of its
research in September 2009, Johnson said. More...
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SJ50 VISION JET CHOSEN FOR SATSAIR AIR-TAXI OPERATIONS
SATSair, an air-taxi
operator based in Greenville, S.C., has announced it will add Cirrus Design's new
SJ50 single-engine jet to its fleet of 26 Cirrus SR22s. The jets will
expand the range of the company's present air-taxi services, SATSair CEO
Steve Hanvey said on Tuesday. "Our business model is based on operating
single-pilot and single-engine planes at the lowest cost of operation,
when utilized in a network across a given geographical area," he said.
"The Vision is an excellent next step to a mixed fleet that will
continue to provide personal service to our current customer for legs
longer than our traditional 200 to 250 mile trips." He added that the
Vision parachute is an important consideration for single-pilot
operations. The company has placed an initial order for five jets,
Hanvey told AVweb on Wednesday, but expects to expand the fleet in the
ONLINE AVIATION COURSES OPEN TO ALL
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Atlantic procedures, and many more operational and performance-related
topics. "The technology of aircraft navigation, cockpit automation, and
aircraft systems requires continued training," said Thorsten Hisam,
director of the Office of Professional Education at ERAU.
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DEAD IN HELICOPTER CRASH; SKYHAWK HITS HOUSE IN OREGON
Sikorsky S-61N helicopter used by the U.S. Department of Forestry to
fight fires crashed at about 7:30 p.m. local time Tuesday in a remote
wooded area about 35 miles northwest of Redding, Calif. Of the 11
firefighters and two pilots reported to be on board, nine were
unaccounted for and presumed dead and four with serious injuries were
taken to hospitals, the NTSB and news reports said on Wednesday. The
helicopter was destroyed in a post-crash fire. It was owned and operated
by Carson Helicopters, based in Grants Pass, Ore. Bob Madden, a
spokesman for the company, said preliminary indications suggested that
neither weather nor visibility should have played a role in the crash.
The S61 can be outfitted to carry water or fire-retardant chemicals to
drop on a fire, he said, or to transport up to 15 passengers. On Monday
morning, a Cessna 172 crashed into a vacation home on the Oregon coast
near Portland, killing three children in the house and two adults in the
airplane. Three other people in the house were seriously hurt.
MINNESOTA JET HIT ILS STRUCTURE ON GO-AROUND ATTEMPT
800 jet that crashed in Minnesota last
Thursday, killing all eight on board, had already touched down but
then ran about 1,000 feet beyond the end of the runway into a grass
field where a wing hit an ILS antenna, the NTSB said late last week.
"The antenna stands about 8 feet high and straddles the width of the
runway," said Steven Chealander, of the NTSB. He added that according to
witnesses at the scene, after touching down, the engines powered up and
it appeared that the crew was trying to take off again, but the jet
never became airborne. When the wing hit, the airplane rolled over and
broke apart, coming to rest in a cornfield. The airplane, operated by
East Coast Jets, crashed about 10 a.m. last Thursday at Owatonna Degneer
Regional Airport in Minnesota during a light rain. "We are looking at
everything," Chealander said. "There is no single focus at this point.
It is a multiple-focus accident investigation." Former NTSB chairman Jim Hall said the FAA should require flight data
recorders or cockpit video recorders in corporate and charter aircraft
to aid in accident investigations. More...
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AERIAL "GET WELL" FOR AILING AVIATOR
When the Oregon Aero
SkyDancer wrote "Get Well Alan" in white smoke across the blue sky above
Oshkosh last week, it wasn't only to express the company's wishes to the
crowds at EAA AirVenture. Alan Henley, the lead pilot for the Aeroshell
Aerobatic Team, who was spending the show in a hospital bed instead of
performing in the airshow as planned, was able to share in the moment.
"Our original intent was to capture it in photos and video to send to
[Alan and his family] to cheer them up. But the way everything came
together was incredible!" said Steve Oliver, of the skywriting team. At
the time of the skywriting, Henley's wife, Jennifer, was with him in his
hospital room, and they were able to watch the skywriting in real time
from a computer that had arrived just an hour earlier. "At that moment,
everyone on the grounds, in addition to the aerobatic community, was
thinking of Alan and wishing him well," Oliver said. Henley is
recuperating from an accidental
fall at his home that left him paralyzed, and he will require
extensive rehabilitation. More...
MEET GA; GA, MEET CHINA
Corporate aircraft have been flying
into China for years, of course, but the launch of the Olympics in
Beijing this week will bring general-aviation aircraft into the country
in unprecedented numbers, and the country's aviation infrastructure will
never be the same. U.S. officials are pressuring China to open up its
skies, which are 80 percent under military control. "We certainly remain
hopeful that ... there will be shifts to accommodate the civil aviation
growth that has been forecast," Dorothy Reimold, the FAA's acting
assistant administrator for international aviation, said on Monday. The GA fleet in China could expand
from just over 700 aircraft today to as many as 10,000 by the year 2020,
she said. FBO operator Jet Aviation is readying to serve that market,
with a brand-new facility opening at Beijing's Capital
International Airport (PEK) this week just in time to help handle the
Olympics influx. The FBO will provide "around the clock in-house border
police and customs clearance, security checks, baggage screening and
metal detection capabilities ... for fast, secure passenger and baggage
handling," the company said in news release. Also, earlier this month,
aviation regulators in China sought to "rein in" pilots and restrict
them from shopping around for jobs during the rise in traffic, Reuters reported. Such job-hopping was characterized
as a threat to air safety. More...
THE FLY ...
AOPA will hold its annual expo November 6-8 in
San Jose, Calif....
U.S. pilot Kirby Chambliss won last week's Red
Bull Air Race...
The approval process for a spaceport in Alamagordo,
N.M., is moving forward...
Reaction and commentary contine on
Eclipse Aviation shake-up...
Delta Air Lines to roll out in-flight
wireless by this fall. More...
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AIRVENTURE 2008 VIDEO ROUND-UP
This year at EAA AirVenture we
brought you fourteen video reports over the course of seven days. We
realize the news was flying fast and furious during the show, so just in
case you missed any of our reports, you can catch them all here. (Click
through to watch.) More...
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OF THE WEEK: THREE WING FLYING SERVICES (KBDR, STRATFORD,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Three Wing Flying Services at Igor Sikorsky
Memorial Airport (KBDR) in Stratford, Connecticut.
reader Paul McGhee tells us why Three Wing is an outstanding
I was stuck at BDR as thunderstorms popped all
around the area. Even though I hadn't purchased a thing, the manager
offered me the crew car so I could get breakfast. When I finally gave
up, the line guys helped me get a car rental and tied me down. All this
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submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
We're not sure how Raymond Thabet of Québec City,
Québec (Canada) found himself in the position to take this shot of
the RAF's Red Arrow Aerobatic Team commemorating the city's 400th
anniversary but we're glad he did! While we were gallivanting
around the show grounds in Oshkosh, AVweb readers have kept busy,
stuffing our submission box with dozens of the coolest airplane photos
we've seen all year. So great was our embarrassment of riches this week
that we stripped out the most recent photos and rolled them over (sights
unseen) to next week. (That means anyone who submitted after Sunday of
this week will be considered alongside the coming week's
entrants.) Now, without further ado, let's delve into the photos you
sent in while we were away! More...
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