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The pilot who plodded along in a Mooney M20 above the Potomac River on
Monday morning flew within eight miles of the White House, and managed
to intrude not only into the Air Defense Identification Zone, but also
its inner ring, the Flight Restricted Zone, which extends in a radius of
15 nm from the Washington Monument. In some cases of piloting errors,
filing a reporting
form within the Aviation Safety Reporting
System can sometimes offer some level of "immunity" -- against
sanctions, not against prosecution. FAA, spokesman William Shumann told
AVweb, "In those cases where a penalty was imposed even though an
ASRS report was filed, it might be because the pilot didn't check NOTAMs
or otherwise comply with FAR
91.103, which requires a pilot to 'become familiar with all
available information concerning that flight.'" As for satisfying those
requirements, "If one wants to be legalistic, the Automated Flight
Service Stations are the only 'official' source of information, and DUAT
is the only 'authorized' source outside of AFSS," but Shumann said that
applies only to Part 121 and 135 -- not Part 91 operators.
THE AFTERMATH OF ANOTHER INCURSION
Could Monday's incursion of White House airspace by a Mooney pilot
actually be a blessing in disguise? It may turn out that way if it
highlights what's becoming an increasing frustration for the FAA -- and
GA pilots. Since Feb. 10, when the ADIZ was put in place in Washington,
it has been violated more than 600 times. "Frankly, we're a bit
frustrated that pilots are still violating it, and we don't know why,"
the FAA's William Shumann told AVweb yesterday. "It's on the charts,
it's on our Web site." Pilots who violate the ADIZ (so far none have
been discovered to be full-fledged evil-doers, or even to harbor any
ill-intent) generally get a 30- to 90-day suspension of their
certificate, Shumann said, but each case is handled individually. The
range of possibilities does include revocation. More...
The Concorde's life as an airliner may be over, but its life as a
paperweight is just beginning. At least three separate auctions of
Concorde bits and pieces and memorabilia are coming up in the next few
weeks, so get those checkbooks and mouses greased and ready. Internet
bidders can shop via eBay thanks to a group called Concorde Collectables,
whose auction is already underway online, through Nov. 16. As of
Tuesday, 27 bidders had raised the price on a pair of original
Day-Glo-orange seats up to 530 pounds -- that's about USD $885. Only six
folks, though, had worked up an interest in the much-cheaper Dunlop
wiper head. More...
AIRLINES OFFER CHARITY AUCTIONS...
To buy your leftovers direct from Air France or British Airways, though,
you'll have to hop across the pond. Air France is holding an auction of
218 lots, via Christie's,
in Paris on Nov. 15, and BA will hold its affair in London, with Bonhams
auctioneers, on Dec. 1 -- just in time for holiday shopping. Christie's
sale includes a radome, captains' seats, motors, souvenirs, and
photographs. BA also has a radome on sale, and expects it to attract as
much as 35,000 pounds. Among the 120 lots from BA are a Machmeter, a
12-place Concorde dinner service, a case of wine , and a Wedgewood
YOU CAN FIND THE JETS
BA announced this week that the very last, final, no-more-after-this
Concorde flight ever in history will be from Heathrow, via the Bay of
Biscay, to Filton, Bristol, on Nov. 26, as the last flying Concorde
returns to its birthplace at Airbus UK. Meanwhile, the final homes for
each of the fleet have been announced. One of the Air France airplanes
has been donated to the National
Air & Space Museum, and arrived in Virginia this summer. Two of the
BA birds will also come to the U.S.: one arrived in New York this week
en route to the Intrepid
Sea-Air-Space Museum, and one has already flown in to the Museum of
Flight in Seattle. More...
OKS GUNS FOR CARGO PILOTS
On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to let cargo pilots carry firearms and
stun guns in the cockpit. The measure would amend the law already in
effect that allows pilots of passenger airlines to participate in the
Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program administered by the
Transportation Security Administration. The vote comes on the heels of a
report last Friday that terrorists may be planning to use cargo planes
-- possibly seized overseas -- against American targets, possibly inside
the United States. No specific information about a potential threat was
received, the Homeland Security Department said. The bill now must be
passed by the House and signed by the president before it can take
MILLION FOR GA? SPEAK NOW, OR...
With time running out for this session of the U.S. Senate -- scheduled
to adjourn on Nov. 21 -- pressure is building to get some action on the
FAA reauthorization bill, which has stalled over the last week or so.
NBAA, an advocate for passing the bill, on Tuesday urged its members to contact
their senators and request their support for swift passage of the act.
While some GA lobbyists say they can live with the current version of
the bill -- which includes $100 million in cash relief for small GA
businesses hurt by 9/11 and airspace restrictions -- the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association continues to staunchly oppose it,
holding out for more explicit protection from privatization. Whatever
your take on it, your senators won't know unless you tell
587: MONUMENT PROMISED, FINAL REPORT EXPECTED IN SPRING
Yesterday marked two years since American
Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300-600, crashed in Belle Harbor,
N.Y., killing all 260 people on board and five on the ground. The NTSB
released an update this week on its investigation, saying it has tested
a bolt like those in the A300-600 tail fin, and the bolt did not fail
until it was subjected to a load beyond its design ultimate limit. The
board said its final report will not be completed until sometime in the
spring of next year. Meanwhile, N.Y. Gov. George Pataki pledged on
Sunday to build a "suitable and fitting" memorial to commemorate those
who died. More...
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WARS BREWING DOWN UNDER
With Australia's airspace about to undergo radical change as of Nov. 27,
controversy over the new rules is intensifying. Aviation industry
experts have raised concerns about the change, which will make the
system more like the one in the U.S. Air traffic controllers say the new system will pose
a significant safety risk. Pilots complain they have not yet been
informed of the new procedures they will need to follow. Other critics
add that Australia's radar coverage is inadequate. Transport Minister
John Anderson said this week a comprehensive training and education
package would enable pilots to move safely to the new arrangements.
RESPONDS TO ENOLA GAY PETITION
In a statement issued last Friday, the Smithsonian Institution's
National Air and Space Museum responded
to a recent petition that said
the museum's exhibit of the Enola Gay fails to address the "disturbing
issues" raised by the use of the atomic bomb. The museum's statement
includes the full text of the display label, and notes: "This type of
label is precisely the same kind used for the other airplanes and
spacecraft in the museum. Its intent is to tell visitors what the object
is and the basic facts concerning its history ... allowing visitors to
evaluate what they encounter in the context of their own points of
view." A spokesman for Peace Action said his group would prepare a
response to the NASM statement, but it had not arrived at AVweb by press
DANGEROUS AND MOST OVERPAID?
It seems to be the time of year that folks are in the mood to make
lists, and airline pilots are getting onto some of them. AVweb
told you last month that a federal report found a job as a
commercial pilot to be one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S.
Now a financial writer for CBS, Chris Plummer, has come up with a list
of the top
10 most overpaid workers -- and guess who's on it? Airline pilots
come in at number 9, just above wedding photographers and just below
West Coast longshoremen. Plummer claims no statistical proof for his
ranking, just his opinion, but with "input from compensation experts."
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Skydiver Jay Stokes Tuesday made 534 jumps in 24 hours, a new
EAA will name today its one-millionth Young Eagle...
issued NPRM re extended two-engine aircraft operations...
debuted a documentary about the Wright brothers...
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
Say Again? #30:
The Little Big Flick
When confused about what you should be
doing, it helps to have the big picture. AVweb's Don Brown freely admits
he doesn't always have The Big Flick to help him understand why ATC is
being run the way it is. But he wonders if those running it (or funding
it) have The Big Flick either. More...
PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, Christopher Snow, of Glendale, Ariz. His picture titled
"Starship Graveyard" captures a rather unusual and eerie sight. Raytheon
recently started scrapping the remainder of the Beech Starship fleet and
our winner happen to come by the temporary holding area for the fateful
aircraft. On Nov 11, 03 he flew his Cessna 152 Aerobat from Phoenix
(DVT) down to Pinal Airpark (MZJ) to take some pictures of Starships in
a desert graveyard waiting to be parted out and scraped. Great picture,
Christopher! 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 our
readers preferred aircraft to fly. Over 80 percent of those
responding fly certified fixed-wing general aviation aircraft (Piper,
Mooney, Cessna etc), while only 6 percent said they fly homebuilts
(plans or kits). On a smaller scale, only one percent of the respondents
indicated they flew ultralights with the same result for our rotorcraft
To check out the complete results or respond to this
week's question, go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw
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