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|Top News: Flight 188 Pilots Respond to FAA
FLIGHT 188 PILOTS BLAME ATC
The Northwest Airlines pilots
whose FAA certificates were revoked after they overflew their intended
destination with a planeload of passengers have appealed to the NTSB for
a review, and both cited failures by air traffic control as a "causal or
contributing cause" in the incident. Capt. Timothy Cheney, 54, of Gig
Harbor, Wash., and First Officer Richard Cole, 54, of Salem, Ore.,
stated in documents filed with the NTSB that controllers didn't follow
rules and practices as described in the FAA's ATC manual and failed to
coordinate effectively with Northwest dispatchers. National Air Traffic
Controllers Association spokesman Doug Church told the Associated Press he couldn't comment on the matter
because NATCA is a party to the ongoing NTSB investigation. Cole also
said he shouldn't take a full share of the blame since he relied on
Cheney to take responsibility for the flight as the flying pilot. Both
pilots said that since they filed reports about the incident with NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System, sanctions should be waived.
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SCREENING MANUAL POSTED ONLINE
The Transportation Security
Administration has confirmed an ineffectively censored copy of its
airport screening procedures manual was posted online. It was taken down
after the mistake was discovered but not before the unsophisticated
redactions of sensitive material were cleaned up and the uncensored
version became widely available on the Internet. AVweb has chosen
not to make it available on our site. The TSA told ABC News the manual was an outdated version (June
2008) "improperly posted by the agency to the Federal Business
Opportunities Web site wherein redacted material was not properly
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CONFIRMS EXISTENCE OF NEW UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE
a mysterious secret drone flown by the U.S. military have been
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that it is flying a new unmanned aerial vehicle called the RQ-170
Sentinel. The online images show what appears to be a squat flying-wing
design. The unarmed UAV is being developed by Lockheed Martin's Skunk
Works and is intended "to provide reconnaissance and surveillance
support" to combat forces, the Air Force said in a brief statement to Aviation Week. The Air Force did not release any
images of the aircraft. The drone is flown by the Air Force from Tonopah
Test Range in Nevada. It has reportedly been spotted in the skies above
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AVIATION GRANT DEADLINE, DECEMBER 15
The Wolf Aviation
Fund grants seeks to improve public perception and technology as it
relates to general aviation and has in past years supported
Build-A-Plane, Fly4Life, a project to help provide wind shear
information at smaller GA airports and more -- this year's deadline for
proposals is Dec. 15. The Fund prides itself on its
simple application process and does not require extensive documentation.
It has issued grants based on simple e-mailed proposals. However, "the
worst mistake anyone can make is to not follow the instructions by a
granting entity." Often times Wolf grants are used by their recipients
as leverage to approach other sponsors to seek additional funding. The
Foundation is also always working to increase its available funds while
also encouraging any interested parties to visit the Wolf Aviation Fund
Web site and make direct contributions to projects the Fund previously
supported. To earn the Fund's attention this year, click through to get
a better idea of what the Fund supports. More...
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RESTRUCTURING MANUFACTURING ARM
Remos Aircraft, which has
been aggressively marketing Light Sport aircraft in the U.S. of late,
will issue a statement later today concerning restructuring of its
German manufacturing business. The company filed a notice of insolvency
(definition - PDF) with German authorities 10 days
ago but that's not as dire as it sounds according to Ken Weaver,
executive vice president of marketing and communications for the three
companies that make up the Remos group. In fact, he said, it's the
foundation for the development for new programs that will be announced
in 2010. "This is not a bankruptcy," he said. "It is a procedural option
that is open to us under German commercial law that will allow us to
launch these programs in 2010." Legal considerations prevented him from
providing more detail in time for AVweb's publishing deadline.
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FLOW'S HOLIDAY TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE
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Foundation to offer both savings on their products and donations to
the charity. Power Flow "will triple the donation amount by way of an
instant rebate." What that means is that buyers who donate $50 to Toys
for Tots will receive $150 off a tuned exhaust system from Power Flow.
The program, promoted as "give a little, save a lot," is in place until
Dec. 24, 2009, and there is a cap. The maximum discount is $600 for a
$200 donation. Power Flow asks that receipts be faxed or e-mailed to the
company or one of its dealers. Purchases under the program are still
covered by a 60-day money-back guarantee. Power Flow now has products
that support Cessna, Beechcraft, Grumman, Mooney and Piper, products
called "one of the best performance mods" for your airplane by
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ANNIVERSARY GATHERING AT OSHKOSH 2010
EAA is hoping that its
celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Douglas DC-3 will gather at
Oshkosh the largest group of gooney birds (possibly more than 25) seen
in more than 60 years. The aircraft will be on display, flying in
formation and the subject of various technical and historical
presentations. The 2010 AirVenture Oshkosh event at Wittman Regional
Airport in Oshkosh will be held July 26 through August 1 and the DC-3
will serve as the event's centerpiece, EAA said Friday. While more than
14,000 examples were built, serving both in war and peace, fewer than
100 of the aircraft are airworthy today, according to EAA. Beyond paying
tribute to the aircraft, EAA says it will also mark this "final major
reunion" by gathering "scores of pilots, flight attendants, mechanics,
crew chiefs and passengers that flew, operated and traveled in these
aircraft." EAA president Tom Poberezny is "looking forward to welcoming
these iconic aviation legends" to America's largest general aviation
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GALACTIC ROLLS OUT SPACESHIPTWO
The public, or at least the
press and politicians and a few aviation luminaries, got a first look at
SpaceShipTwo in Mojave on Monday evening, at a grand rollout event
hosted by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic and designer Burt Rutan. "This is
truly a momentous day," said Branson. "The team has created not only a
world first but also a work of art. The unveil of SS2 takes the Virgin
Galactic vision to the next level and continues to provide tangible
evidence that this ambitious project is not only moving rapidly, but
also making tremendous progress towards our goal of safe commercial
operation." To honor a long line of ships in the U.S. Navy and Britain's
Royal Navy, as well as spaceships flown by NASA and perhaps most
famously in Star Trek,, SS2 was christened Virgin Space Ship
(VSS) Enterprise. The name also "looks to the future of the role of
private enterprise in the development of the exploration,
industrialisation and human habitation of space," according to Virgin
Galactic's news release. The spaceship, which holds six passengers and
two pilots, will start flight tests early next year. SS2 was rolled out
mated to its WhiteKnightTwo carrier vehicle, which has already been
flying for about a year and has mostly finished its flight-test phase.
G650 COMPLETES INITIAL FLIGHT TESTS
A quick first
flight for the G650 the day before Thanksgiving was terminated after
12 minutes to check out a vibrating gear door, but now Gulfstream has
relaunched its biggest ship for a thorough wringing-out by the test
crew. The company said last week the jet now has flown for an hour and
45 minutes, at speeds up to 240 knots and altitudes up to 9,500 feet.
The crew checked handling qualities, pitot-static systems, avionics,
hydraulic systems, electrical power generation and distribution, flight
controls, and cabin environmental and pressurization controls. "The
pilots' reports indicate that the G650's flying qualities were
outstanding," said Pres Henne, senior vice president of programs,
engineering and test at Gulfstream. The jet is on target for
certification in 2011, he said, by both FAA and EASA, with entry into
service in 2012. More...
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OF THE WEEK: JACKSONVILLE JETPORT AT CECIL FIELD (KVQQ) (JACKSONVILLE,
Judging by the
latest batch of reader nominations for "FBO of the Week," Florida is a
hot destination this time of year. It seems migrating snowbirds are
finding the warm smiles and friendly line staff as welcoming in the
state as the pleasant temperatures.
To wit: AVweb reader
Jesse Farr was recently diverted to Jacksonville Jetport at Cecil Field (KVQQ) in
Jacksonville, Florida, and found himself enjoying the change of
Thank you to
Samantha Fowlkes of Jacksonville Jetport. We tried to go into KJAX
and/or KCRG on the 19th, but both were hard IFR with them having some
computer problems finding and/or keeping up with those supposedly
already in the system that day. They sent us over to KVQQ where it was
clear, no traffic, and a very pleasant experience in and
We were handled promptly and properly, with some of the
greatest courtesy I have seen anywhere from approach, tower, and
departure. Samantha outfitted us with a courtesy car and even programmed
in a destination on the loaner GPS that went with it. Upon return, we
were already fueled at competitive rates and were on the way out very
quickly as well.
Facilities were some of the nicest, traffic
was no problem, and everyone was nice, friendly, and pleased to see us.
Needless to say, next trip to Jacksonville, we will probably go to KVQQ,
even if we are going to northeastern Jacksonville.
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...
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
If you're tempted to
describe this photo from Jeff
Randall of Abilene, Texas in sentimental terms, there's a
good reason. According to his comments, Jeff some real quality time with
the setting sun and this Cessna 150, shooting from all different angles
and with different exposures until he managed to get just the right
photo. It paid off, with one or two of Jeff's photos giving us that
warm, fuzzy feeling that normally only comes from a lazy afternoon chat
with a cherished old friend.
You'll have to excuse us if we get
a bit of drool on your monitor today. This week's reader-submitted
photos are nothing short of incredible! Any of our top 15
submissions could easily have been our latest "Picture of the Week,"
which made this week's choices particularly tough. But using a complex
and foolproof methodology derived from years of intense study, we
did finally manage to settle on a top photo and four
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