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THE CANDIDATES STAND ON GA
With the U.S. presidential
election less than two weeks away, AOPA has released the answers it
received from candidates John McCain and Barack Obama on topics of
interest to general aviation pilots and aircraft owners. AOPA has not
endorsed either candidate, but asked about a range of issues including
user fees, the next FAA administrator, airports, ATC privatization, and
more. Senator McCain, a former naval aviator and former chair of the
Senate's aviation subcommittee, can cite more experience with aviation
issues. Senator Obama notes that GA accounts for over a million jobs in
the U.S. and says he would "engage the general aviation community in the
FAA decision-making process." As for user fees, Senator McCain doesn't
express any vested interest in any particular funding system, but says
it is critical for some kind of system to be put in place as soon as
possible. "I fear that it will be very difficult to adequately fund the
FAA while the aviation community is in a civil war over funding," he
told AOPA. Senator Obama said simply, "I believe we must continue to use
an appropriate mixture of reasonable taxes and fees to fund the FAA." To
read the full text of the candidates' response to AOPA, click
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DECRIES FAA CHANGE IN CONTROLLER TRAINING
The FAA wants to
change the way air traffic controllers are trained, dividing the job
into two specialties for working in either a tower or a radar center.
Most controllers currently are trained in both functions. John Wallin,
president of the controllers' union local in Memphis, told The Associated Press that cross-training is
important for effective coordination when both facilities work together.
"Controllers who work in the tower will no longer have the experience
that radar controllers have and that could lead to a disaster because
they're not going to know what each other is doing," Wallin said. But
the FAA says it is simply more efficient to train workers for just one
job. "It's simply focusing their training to do precisely what they're
going to be doing," FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto told the AP. The union
also said the changes would mean a cut in controller salaries and would
limit staffing flexibility, especially in emergencies. At the nation's
largest airports, the two controller functions already are separate, but
Wallin said most of those controllers have already worked at smaller
facilities where they got experience in both the tower and the radar
UAV PILOTS MAY SKIP REAL FLYING
Unmanned aerial vehicles are
becoming more vital all the time to military operations, and as their
capabilities develop, demand for trained pilots is expanding. "[UAV]
missions are no longer support operations, they are the operations,"
USAF Col. Scott Murray told Defense News recently. The Air Force is
working on a report, to be released in December, that will lay out plans
for UAV development through 2047, according to Defense News. Meanwhile, the Air Force will start
next year for the first time to train UAV pilots who will not have any
actual flight experience. The training will be a "beta test," according
to Aviation.com, but if it is successful, the Air Force hopes to create
a separate training track specifically for UAV operators, rather than
choosing trainees from the pilot pool. "Fully half of the aircraft that
the Air Force will be buying in the future are going be unmanned," Col.
Curt Sheldon told Aviation.com. "Getting in early is not a bad thing."
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Owners of Thielert aircraft
engines who have been impacted by the company's bankruptcy proceedings
now can expect some relief, the company said on Monday. Bruno Kubler,
insolvency administrator for Thielert Aircraft Engines, said owners of the
Centurion 1.7 and Centurion 2.0 engines can expect lower costs thanks to
the development of a new fuel feed pump, which will extend the
maintenance intervals from 300 to 600 flying hours, and the lowering of
costs for transmission inspections by about half. Inspection costs for
the clutch of the Centurion 1.7 also have been lowered, Kubler said.
However, clutches and transmissions still will have to be replaced after
300 flying hours, the company said, adding that "an increase up to 600
flying hours is not yet possible for safety reasons." The statement adds
that "concerted efforts to extend the life span of these components
continue to be carried out with absolute priority." More...
4000 SEIZED IN CIGARETTE-TAX CASE
The first Hawker 4000 corporate jet that was delivered to a
customer has been seized by federal investigators in connection with an
alleged tax-evasion scheme, according to reports this week in the Associated Press and the Wichita Eagle. Gary Hall, a Kansas businessman, took
delivery of the $21-million Hawker bizjet in a ceremony at the
Beechcraft company in Wichita in June. He and seven others have been
charged with scheming to avoid paying $25 million in taxes on
cigarettes. Hall's lawyer Dan Monnat said the federal charges involve
the complex structure of cigarette taxes in the state of Oklahoma. "Gary
Hall is a well-respected businessman and philanthropist," Monnat said.
"He vigorously asserts his innocence of these accusations and welcomes a
jury trial that will make that clear." As for the fate of the Hawker:
"If he's acquitted, he'll get his plane back," Jim Cross, a spokesman
for the Kansas U.S. Attorney's office, told the Eagle.
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PILOT FIRED ON UFO DURING COLD WAR
Classified British documents from 1957 that were released this week
reveal that a U.S. fighter pilot flying from an English air base was
ordered to open fire on a massive unidentified object that had lit up
his radar screen. Retired pilot Milton Torres, of Miami, is not named in
the documents but has long maintained that the incident took place.
Torres was flying an F-86D Sabre and was told to fire all 24 of his
rockets at a mysterious object visible on radar above the North Sea. It
was moving erratically and was almost the size of an aircraft carrier,
according to the documents. It appears to be the only time that a
military aircraft has been ordered to fire on a UFO. "It was an amazing
night, and I never thought the truth would be told," Torres said. "But I
still don't know what it was." He told Sun Media that he believes the unknown aircraft --
which he saw only as a radar blip -- was a spaceship. "I don't believe
it was of this Earth," he said. "It moved faster than anything we were
capable of." As he closed in on the blip's location, it vanished from
his instruments, he said. More...
THE FLY ...
Two single-engine Cessnas collided in midair
above Colorado on Wednesday, nobody was hurt...
The NTSB has
published an update on last month's South Carolina Lear jet
Charley Fox, a legendary WWII fighter pilot from Canada,
died last week at age 88...
The Copperstate fly-in runs Thursday
through Sunday this week in Casa Grande, Arizona...
largest airship is now flying from Texas to San Francisco...
Atlantic Monthly reporter Jeffrey Goldberg tried, without success,
to arouse the suspicion of the TSA. More...
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SELLING OFF DAYJET FLEET
It wasn't that long ago that the
waiting time for an Eclipse 500 was measured in years, but chances are
you could have one in a few days if you don't mind a blue stripe down
the side. Eclipse Aviation is holding a dispersal sale of the 28 aircraft returned by DayJet
when the incipient air taxi operator ceased operations in September.
Eclipse spokeswoman Alana McCarraher told AVweb the aircraft,
which have between 150 and 450 cycles on them, are being sold "as is,"
which, as it turns out, is quite variable. The aircraft come in a
variety of configurations, but none of them has flight into known icing
or the latest Avio NG 1.5 avionics package. More...
Precise Flight: Hidden in
With design capabilities as varied as the number of aircraft models
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OF THE WEEK: HOMESTEAD EXECUTIVE JET CENTER (X51, HOMESTEAD,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Homestead Executive Jet Center at X51 in
AVweb reader Skip Weld has been
there twice and found them to be an outstanding FBO on both visits,
going "far beyond what a normal good staff would
They have offered to stay late or open after
hours ... [even] offering me the code for the pilots room so I could
wait out bad weather in comfort. When I was too tired to fight bad
weather, they made sure I got into a reasonably priced hotel at a good
price, made sure I knew where to eat, and picked me up the next morning
and brought me to the airport. All because I filled up with
fairly-priced self-serve gas. (They also have full serve.) It is clean
and neat [and] doesn't have gold-colored fixtures in the bathroom! ... I
will be back every time I am going to the Homestead race
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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NBAA CONVENTION 2008 VIDEO ROUND-UP
In case you missed any of our videos
from the 2008 NBAA Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, you can
watch all eight of them (plus two shorts you may find interesting) right
here. (Click through to watch.) More...
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
We love a photo that can stir up
multiple reactions, and this week's top shot, from Kasi Reames of Aurora, Illinois, does just
that. By turns warm, isolated, eerie, and
radiant, we're settling on the singular adjective
evocative to label Kasi's photo taken at a Southwest
Airlines waiting room at Kansas City International Airport.
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