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"SILLY" IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK
While the U.S. Senate mulls over how to deal with the contentious FAA
reauthorization bill now in its lap, a House panel is ready to look at a
way to avoid all this brouhaha over privatization in the future: take
Air Traffic Control away from the FAA, and give it to the Department of
Defense. Rep. John Mica
(R-Fla.), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, is hosting a
hearing today to explore the proposal. John Carr, president of the National
Air Traffic Controllers Association, called the whole idea "silly"
and declined to waste his time testifying at Mica's meeting. "We would
rather not meddle with the chairman's misguided military musings," Carr
said in a news release Monday. More...
ON FUNDING BILL EXPECTED ANY DAY...
The FAA reauthorization bill is expected to come up for a vote on the
Senate floor sometime this week. For the most part, Republicans are
supporting the bill, while Democrats oppose it. Republicans outnumber
Democrats in the Senate by three votes. Senators opposed to the bill
have been working to stall the showdown, and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.),
a vocal opponent of ATC privatization, has threatened a filibuster to
delay the vote even further. According to The
Hill, an insider newspaper in Washington, Lautenberg plans to read
aloud from transcripts of air traffic controllers landing planes in the
wake of the terror attacks of 9/11/01, as well as reports of near misses
and crashes in countries where towers are privatized. More...
GAMA, EAA HOPE FOR SWIFT PASSAGE
Not all aviation lobbyists are in alignment with NATCA's staunch
opposition to the FAA bill now in the Senate. NBAA President Shelley
Longmuir praised the House for passing the act, and called on the Senate
to quickly get it approved. "This legislation provides for a strategic
investment in an industry that feeds our national, regional and local
economic engines," Longmuir said in a news
release last Friday. "Passage of this bill will inject nearly $60
billion of critical and timely investment in the nation's aviation
system." The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) also
applauded the House vote. "This is a very important and much needed
bill. We are glad to see it finally moving forward and we hope the
Senate will quickly pass it," said GAMA President Ed Bolen. EAA has also
out in favor of the bill. More...
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PERMANENCE OF TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS
AOPA this week was heartened that two Congressional representatives from
Washington State weighed in on GA's side in the fight to lift
security-related "temporary" flight restrictions (TFRs) that have been
in place for two years. Reps.
Rick Larsen (D) and Jennifer
Dunn (R) wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, urging the
Department of Defense to re-evaluate the need for four TFRs in the Puget
Sound area. "These TFRs cause tremendous operational, access and
efficiency problems for pilots," Dunn and Larsen wrote. "The
restrictions negatively impact the arrivals and departures into four
airports in the region, and have closed a seaplane base. This has also
had an adverse economic impact on aviation businesses."
FAA, AOPA OFFER TFR HELP
AOPA wrapped up its annual Expo over the weekend, reporting that about
9,400 visitors and 1,550 aircraft came to Philadelphia for the event.
One ongoing highlight, AOPA
said, was the unveiling of its new online flight-planning program
with lots of user-friendly features, including access to current TFR and
navaid information. The program, free to AOPA members, allows users to
store a pilot profile, two aircraft profiles, and up to five routes.
Meanwhile, the FAA has upgraded its own TFR site to be more
user-friendly, offering real-time graphical depictions and a choice of
views and formats. The site has a list of TFR locations, and clicking on
each one will provide a map of the TFR drawn on a sectional chart, along
with the text of the Notice to Airmen. As usual, the agency strongly
urges pilots to call FAA Flight Service at 1-800-WX-BRIEF (992-7533) for
a full briefing before taking off. More...
VS. PARKS: FLORIDA WINS, CHICAGO KEEPS TRYING
Voters in St. Petersburg, Fla., made it clear on Tuesday that they like
their little local airport, even preferring it to a proposed waterfront
park. Three-quarters of those casting ballots voted to keep Albert Whitted Airport
open, often citing fondness for the airport and respect for its
historical value as their reasons, according to the St.
Petersburg Times. But the vote also reflected a widespread fear that
turning the airport into parkland was simply an intermediate step to
building yet more condos on the site. Meanwhile, the never-say-die Friends of Meigs are floating
a proposal to include -- guess what? -- an airport in the new park
planned for Meigs Field. More...
GAY EXHIBIT INCITES PROTEST
A coalition of activists is circulating a petition to protest (again) the
exhibit of the Enola Gay bomber, on display at the Smithsonian's new Udvar-Hazy Center,
which will open Dec. 15 at Washington Dulles International Airport. The
petition protests the "celebratory exhibit," saying it "both legitimizes
what happened in 1945 and helps build support for the Bush
administration's dangerous new nuclear policies." Although a New York
Times report widely published in the media this week said the exhibit
text glorifies the airplane "without mentioning that it dropped the bomb
on Hiroshima," the text in fact states: "On August 6, 1945, this
Martin-built B-29-45-MO dropped the first atomic weapon used in combat
on Hiroshima, Japan." More...
FINDS NO PATENTS INFRINGED IN TAWS CASE
A federal court ruled last week that Sandel Avionics does not infringe
on any of Honeywell's Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS)
patents, according to a news release from
Sandel. Honeywell had alleged that Sandel Avionics Inc. and several
other companies infringed Honeywell's patents relating to its Enhanced
Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), Honeywell's version of TAWS.
Honeywell filed the case in May 2002. The FAA had earlier issued a
mandate requiring most turbine aircraft to install an FAA-certified TAWS
by March 29, 2005. More...
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FLIGHT SCHOOL UNDER SCRUTINY
The FAA is conducting a review of the American Flyers flight school
at DuPage Airport, and allegedly has found numerous violations,
according to a story in Sunday's Chicago
Tribune. The Tribune said the FAA has alleged that the school
provided incomplete training to clients, manipulated records and allowed
ill-prepared students to pass flight exams at its sites in Illinois,
Texas, New Jersey, and New York. Don Harrington, owner of the school,
told the Tribune that an "overzealous, rogue FAA inspector" was
responsible for the allegations. A local TV station, NBC5, later
reported that the FAA said it is conducting a review of the school, but
no findings have been reported and no action has been taken.
HAWK GERMAN TEST FLIGHTS SUCCESSFUL
Test flights in Germany of the USAF
Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle
wrapped up successfully last week, Northrop Grumman said in a news
release. The Global Hawk UAV made several flights over the North
Sea, each lasting several hours. Global Hawk was able to detect and
identify electromagnetic signals from a variety of sources, including
air defense radars. The remotely piloted Global Hawk can range 12,000
nautical miles at up to 65,000 feet, flying for as long as 35 hours.
Global Hawk can survey large geographic areas with pinpoint accuracy, to
give military decision-makers the most current information about enemy
location, resources and personnel, according to the USAF.
PAYS FOR FISH MALAISE
No, it's not a fancy new appetizer or sushi selection. Workers at
London's Gatwick Airport recently sudsed down the runways with some
harsh cleaning chemicals, and then rinsed it all off with lots of
running water. Unfortunately, that toxic water drained into a nearby
creek, which flowed into the River Mole, and there set about killing
more than 5,200 innocent fish of 14 different species. Apparently that
was about three-quarters of the entire fish population in the area. The
U.K. Environment Agency brought charges, and then decided that since the
highest fine it can levy -- 20,000 pounds -- would be inadequate, bumped
the matter upstairs for sentencing in a federal court.
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
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A 1953 T-33 Silver Star jet crashed and burned
in Calif. Sunday, killing the pilot...
Carter Aviation Technologies
won DARPA funding for next-generation propeller and rotor...
2004 Asian Aerospace show,
coming up in Singapore in February, expects bigger-than-ever
and Waves air show this week in Daytona Beach, Fla....
jetliner to be 50% composites, and only 15% aluminum. More...
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to Josh Timms, this week's
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GETTING THE MOST
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, Bruce Cooke, of Cambridge, New Zealand. His picture titled
"Recreational RV" captures a RV4 as it prepares to taxi at the Waihi
Beach airstrip in beautiful New Zealand. Bruce tells us this photo was
taken during a NZ Sport Aircraft Association Fly-In. As you can see,
sport aviation is alive and well down under. Great picture, Bruce! Your
AVweb hat is on the way.
To 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 300 responses to our question last week on
panel-mounted GPS units. The vast majority (72 percent) of respondents
welcome a higher level of standardization between brands, especially of
the basic GPS functions needed for VFR and IFR navigation. About 10
percent of those responding normally use only the Direct To mode, while
9 percent felt transitioning from one GPS to another has always been
easy for them, regardless of brand.
To check out the complete results
or respond to this week's question, go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw
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