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DEFENDS ITSELF, AGENCY OFFICIALS FAULTED
If you have a beef with the way the FAA has treated you during an
investigation, you may soon be able to have all the facts reviewed by a
third party. That's part of the fallout resulting from the crash
of a Cessna Citation near Branson, Mo., on Dec. 9, 1999, which killed
all six on board. While the NTSB ruled pilot stress, fatigue, rainy
weather and poor visibility contributed to the crash, particular focus
has been placed on the two Kansas City FAA officials who were accused of
harassing pilot Joe Brinell. More...
CHANGES ARE MADE
While FAA investigations into pilot records are not uncommon, the
methods and tactics used by the Kansas City officials have been called
into question. U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) helped launch the
investigation into the FAAs actions over Brinell. As a result,
Department of Transportation Inspector General Kenneth Mead determined
in a January report that the FAA abused its regulatory power and
"induced stress" on Brinell. Acting on the report, the FAA changed the
job titles of the two men but has not publicly released their names.
Last week Blunt announced the agency had put new policies in place in
response to his pressure and the inspector general's report, and chief
among them is the right to third-party review for complaints about FAA
BATTLES OVER 9/11 ALLEGATIONS
An Algerian-born pilot has successfully sued one of Britain's largest
newspapers for libel after he was arrested there, at the request of the
FBI, just after 9/11. Now Lotfi Raissi is going after the U.S.
government. Raissi spent five months in London's Belmarsh and was freed
in February 2002. Raissi now claims to have been defamed by U.S.
government agencies and has won his case against the Daily Mail, of
London. In one of its articles headlined "Flight Terror Suspect Stole
Identity of 74-year-old Grandmother," the paper claimed Mr. Raissi had
dishonestly used the social security number of a dead grandmother,
Dorothy Hansen, to create a fake U.S. identity. More...
With the libel suit behind him, Raissi promises to go after the U.S.
government in another legal battle. This one may prove a bit more
difficult, as he claims several government agencies and President George
W. Bush himself are at fault. On Raissis behalf, attorney Paul
Hoffman submitted administrative claims to the FBI and Justice
Department last month. This opens the doors for a suit to be filed
against the federal agencies in U.S. District Court. But since Raissi is
facing criminal charges in Phoenix, of making false statements on behalf
of a friend seeking political asylum, it's unlikely he'll risk arrest to
pursue the suit. "Of course, I would be arrested," he admitted to The
Arizona Republic. "But there is justice. I believe that President Bush
said this is a fight against terrorism, not against innocent people ..."
he added. More...
Raissi is not the only pilot to be affected by post-9/11 security
concerns and he may not be the last. As AVweb previously
reported, the TSA remains the sole arbiter of who is (or isn't) a
security risk worthy of having his or her airman certificate pulled. An
amendment requiring a third party to review such suspensions is
contained in the FAA Reauthorization Bill that is currently stalled in
Congress over air traffic control privatization. More...
PowerLink FADEC APPLICATIONS GROW With STCs for a number
of Beech Bonanza and Baron models now in hand, Aerosance, another
Teledyne Technologies company, is highlighting the latest developments
with their revolutionary PowerLink FADEC digital engine control
system. For more information on how to bring your aircraft into the
FADEC generation visit the experts at TCM's AOPA Expo Booth #812, or go
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JET SEES NEW LIFE
The Vantage jet may fly after all. Two men have purchased the assets of
the bankrupt VisionAire
Corp. with the hope of bringing the defunct jet program back into
full swing. Matt Eller and Joel Goodman paid $441,000 to a St. Louis
bankruptcy court for the estimated $110 million worth of technology,
engineering equipment, parts and avionics systems. The plane's mock-up,
trailer and other computer equipment have already been moved to an
office building in Ames, Iowa, where the partners hope to resume
production. Ames was home for VisionAires original headquarters
and factory. More...
ON THE RISE
On Tuesday, EAA released some new data
that shows the number of homebuilt aircraft is on the rise. The
Oshkosh-based organization claims the homebuilt-aircraft segment has
shown steady growth and there are now more than 25,000 U.S.-registered
homebuilt aircraft. They account for more than 15 percent of the
single-engine piston-powered general aviation fleet. EAA says about
1,000 additional homebuilt aircraft have received their airworthiness
certificates and been added to the FAA register each year since the late
PREPARE FOR CONCORDES FAREWELL
The last flight of the famed Concorde is
nearly upon us, and many aviation enthusiasts, historians and those who
want a last peek at the aircraft are planning to bid it farewell in
style. Thousands of people are expected to pack Londons Heathrow
airport to watch the final flight of Concorde on Oct. 24. Special
grandstands will be built at the airport where onlookers will watch
Captain Mike Bannister land the aircraft for the last time on a
commercial flight. While the event will be broadcast on UK television,
American audiences will see the aircrafts departure courtesy of
REDESIGN DA40 PANEL TO OPTIMIZE FORM AND FUNCTION Diamond's DA40
is the platform for the first certified installation of Garmin's new
integrated glass panel. The G1000 offers better situational awareness by
rolling the functions of conventional panel-mounted instruments into two
10-inch sunlight-readable displays, including digital audio, a
WAAS-capable IFR GPS, VHF navigation with ILS and VHF communication,
8.33-kHz-channel spacing, Mode S, solid-state attitude and heading, a
digital air data computer and optional weather and terrain data all
hooked up to a Bendix/King KAP two-axis autopilot. The jet-style,
laser-etched polycarbonate overlay adds the final high-tech touch. For
more information on the DA40, and Diamond Aircraft's other innovative
aircraft designs, stop by AOPA Expo Booth #156 and the static display,
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INCLUDED IN "MOST DANGEROUS JOBS" LIST
Sure, flying has always been associated with some element of risk, but a
recent government study says it's downright dangerous as jobs go. The
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a list of the top 10
most dangerous jobs in America for 2002. In the report, examined by CNN
and Money Magazine, pilots and navigators collectively were listed as
having the third most dangerous jobs, following timber cutters and
fishers. The CNN/Money
article, cites the survey as claiming that commercial pilots died on
the job at the rate of 70 per 100,000 workers. More...
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) , the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air
Force, has selected two contractors to provide new eyes in the sky for
its aircraft. The hyper-spectral imaging sensors and a visual computing
network allows a sensor on a moving aircraft to detect objects on the
ground by picking up light reflected from those objects. The imaging
equipment can detect both man-made and natural objects that have a known
spectral "signature," or can be used to survey a scene to determine what
is out of place. More...
INCIDENT PROMPTS INQUIRY
You may surprised to hear that one of the U.S. Air Forces prized
F-22s nearly crashed on
Sept. 19. Thats because the government had kept the incident under
wraps until a Texas newspaper broke the story. The Dallas Morning News
reports an anonymous senior Air Force official confirmed the accident,
which nearly cost the life of the pilot and the $161 million jet. The
article claims an experienced F-15 pilot with less than 20 hours in the
new Raptor attempted a dogfight maneuver that "sent the aircraft
plummeting in an upside-down spiral." More...
FLY INTO THE FUTURE
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Stall and spin flight-testing has wrapped up on the Liberty XL2...
JetBlue is proposing a new in-flight child-restraint seat system...
The federal government has identified a new security threat via
Sydney, Australias jet fuel supply is about 90 percent back to
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to Jeff Hartner, this week's
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
Say Again? #29:
Leaf Peepers (And Other Strange Critters)
It's October, and the
Leaf Peepers are out. Not some kind of birds -- they're folks flying
around looking for fall colors. Wonderful way to spend the day -- and
AVweb's Don Brown has a few suggestions when you want VFR traffic
advisories for something other than a trip from Point A to Point B.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, John M. Hermann, of Sheboygan, Wisc. His picture titled "On
Target" captures the exact moment a pilot tries to land his Cessna
Skyhawk as close as possible to the chalk line in a precision landing
contest. Not only are these events fun but they also helped hone our
flying skills. Great picture, John! Your AVweb hat is on the way.
check out the winning picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to http://www.avweb.com/potw
QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
We received over 200 responses to our question last week on business
aviations recovery. Over half (56 percent) of those responding
felt business aviation, lime all segments of the aviation industry, have
greatly suffered since 9/11 from an economical standpoint and with the
numerous flight restrictions sill in place.
To check out the complete
results go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw
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LET FALL DAYS
SLIP BY IN TOTAL RELAXATION The autumn issue of Pilot Getaways
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