The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded,
Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's
A long-simmering feud over aerobatic flying near busy Hanscom Field,
just outside Boston, Mass., has reached a new level, as a group of local
residents is pressing a million-dollar lawsuit against several pilots
based at the airport, alleging that they are creating a noise nuisance.
One of the pilots named in the suit, Steve Pennypacker, told AVweb
yesterday that he and his partners are planning to sell their airplane,
as a direct result of the pressure. "Flying is just a hobby for me," he
said, "but my concern is that this can be used against other pilots.
It's a sign that intimidation has won out over rational discussion."
SET NATIONAL PRECEDENT...
Mike Goulian, a national aerobatic champion and president of Executive Flyers Aviation, is
also named in the suit, and faces tough choices. "It's going to cost us
at least $20,000 to $50,000 to fight this," he told AVweb yesterday.
"That's a big expense. The worrisome part -- besides the money, and my
future and my living -- is the precedent this can set for others
nationwide." Goulian said that pilots had been to meetings with
neighbors to try to find equitable solutions to their concerns. "We
thought we had some good ideas, and had been making progress," he said.
The lawsuit came as a surprise. He has no choice, he said, other than
"to just keep fighting it." More...
PILOTS SEARCH FOR LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS
This latest conflict at Hanscom, pilot Peter Schmidt told AVweb
yesterday, "has been a real wake-up call that it's time for the aviation
community to do something proactive." Schmidt, who flies a Pitts, has
formed the American Free Skies
Association to seek long-term solutions to such conflicts by
building bridges between pilots and the people affected by the airport.
Education can make a difference, he says. "Some of the people who are
bothered find the noise irritating because it scares them," he said.
"They hear changes in the engine noise and think the plane is going to
crash. Once they learn that what they are hearing is normal flight
training procedures, some of that can be allayed." Pilots need to be
educated as well, he said. More...
HEADSETS ARE FIRST TO: Give you over 30 hours of battery life on
just two AA batteries; Give you intelligent auto shut-off; Integrate a
music/cell phone jack conveniently located on the control box; and Offer
customers a trade-UP program so they can always keep current with the
best LightSPEED products and accessories. Thousands already know what
headsets are first...LightSPEED. Go online to select the LightSPEED
model that best suits your flying needs and to order the PERFECT Holiday
On Tuesday, the FAA announced a major overhaul of its organizational
structure, with the aim of making the agency leaner and more efficient.
The new Air Traffic Organization (ATO) business structure will
consolidate the FAA's air traffic services, research and acquisitions,
and Free Flight Program activities, and focus on providing the best
service for the best value to the aviation industry and the traveling
public. "Today is the first phase of creating a true, performance-based
air traffic organization," said Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.
The ATO was developed under the guidance of Russell Chew, a former
American Airlines captain and executive who now serves as the FAA's
first chief operating officer. More...
WHAT EFFECT ON GA SERVICES?...
It's too early to say what the ultimate impact of these changes will be
on the GA pilot, FAA spokesman William Shumann told AVweb yesterday. But
initially, "pilots won't see any difference," he said. "They will still
be talking to the same people at air traffic control and at the Flight
Service Stations." Any changes that occur would be gradual, he said, and
won't begin until the initial in-depth analyses of the organization have
been completed. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said in Tuesday's news
release, "The ATO will bring about lasting change in how we manage our
air traffic services, systems and resources." But those changes "will be
invisible to the flying public," said Shumann. More...
MEETS MIXED REACTION FROM ALPHABETS
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association applauded the new
structure and staffing. "The FAA has put together an outstanding
leadership team and we look forward to working with them as they move
towards achieving their goals," said GAMA President
Ed Bolen. National
Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr was even
more enthused, calling the initiative "bold and smart" and COO Chew
"innovative and thoughtful." AOPA
President Phil Boyer was a bit more circumspect. "AOPA will be paying
close attention to the ATO," said Boyer. "We want to make sure GA
continues to have access to the system, that the FAA continues its
long-range work to develop new approaches where none currently exist,
and that funding for the new organization does not become
DON'T HAVE A
LOW-LEVEL CARBON MONOXIDE MONITOR YET? GET ONE BEFORE WINTER!
Low levels of carbon monoxide can be extremely hazardous in
aircraft because the effects of CO and hypoxia are cumulative. A small
CO leak may be an early warning sign of an impending life-threatening
problem, such as cracks or holes in the exhaust system. Don't take
chances with yourself and your passengers! With its digital readout that
displays CO concentrations as low as 5 parts per million, the CO Experts
Model 2002 from Aeromedix.com is by far the most sensitive under-$100
carbon monoxide detector you can buy. Don't procrastinate ... call
1-888-362-7123 or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/aeromedi
BLAMES CREW IN WELLSTONE CRASH, SEEKS STRICTER CHARTER
The flight crew was to blame in the crash last year of a Raytheon
(Beechcraft) King Air 100 carrying Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone and
seven others, the NTSB said Tuesday. Neither icing nor crew fatigue were
factors, according to the board's findings. The flight crew failed to
maintain adequate airspeed on approach, stalled, and did not recover.
"This tragic accident ... points out the need for more aggressive action
to improve safety in the on-demand charter industry," said NTSB Chairman
Ellen Engleman. The crew members, according to the report, both had
shown below-average flight proficiency, and the charter operator had not
trained them properly. The King Air, operated by Aviation Charter Inc.,
was on a flight from St. Paul to Eveleth, Minn., when it crashed on
approach to the Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport on Oct. 25, 2002.
BILL, THE MONEY, THE PROGRAMS, THE JOBS...
In the Senate on Monday, Republican leaders tried to force a vote on the
stalled FAA reauthorization bill, but failed to garner enough support,
as their motion failed 45-43. Democrats, much to the satisfaction of the
Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), are standing fast for
guarantees that would restrict privatization of more control towers.
NATCA President John Carr called upon President Bush to work with
Congress to break the deadlock. "The administration ... has undermined
the will of the Congress and held up the FAA Reauthorization bill --
jeopardizing tens of thousands of jobs and critical air safety
functions," Carr said in a statement Monday night. More...
MEASURES FOR GA AIRPORTS
On Monday, the General Aviation Airport Security Working Group released
report on GA security to the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA). The goal of the Working Group, made up of representatives from GA
alphabet groups such as GAMA, AOPA,
EAA, NATA, NBAA, and more, was to develop guidelines for security at the
nation's GA airports. The group recommended that pilot certificates
should include photos, specific threats should be better disseminated,
the TSA should reward airports for terrorism-related convictions, and
federal funds should be allotted to build more hangars. Overall, the
report concluded that GA airports are so diverse, the best approach is
to proceed case by case, but outlined general practices that can be
WELL BEYOND THE COCKPIT
Crew resource management may be old news to pilots, but the concept is
now making waves in other industries where communication among workers
can mean the difference between safety and disaster, The (U.K.) Herald
reported Monday. Techniques that pilots use to help avoid accidents are
being adapted to reduce the risk of mistakes in hospital operating
theaters, nuclear plants, fire departments, and prisons, where teamwork
is critical. A CRM research center in Scotland has been working to adapt
aviators' methods to the medical professions. "The skills are about
recognizing the potential for human error, knowing your own limitations,
and the effects of fatigue and stress on your performance," Dr. Nikki
Maran told The Herald. More...
MEETS COMMUNIST CHINA
In Shanghai this week, businessman Li Linhai expects to take delivery of
his brand-new Robinson R-44 helicopter, the first light aircraft bought
for private use on the Chinese mainland. Li will fly his helicopter for
business trips and family visits, he told the China
Daily. Despite the high cost of flight training, about $241 per
hour, demand is growing, and another businessman has already placed an
order for the first private light airplane. China aviation authorities
are mapping out regulations on the application for the purchase of
planes and for takeoff procedures, according to China Daily, and the market for
light planes in China is projected at 10,000 in the next 10 years.
LOCATOR BEACON CREDITED WITH FIRST LOWER-48 RESCUE
A Cleveland man who got snowed in while camping in the Adirondack
Mountains in New York last week was rescued by a UH-1 Huey helicopter
thanks to the help of his personal locator beacon (PLB). The rescue
marks the first such use of a PLB in the contiguous United States. About
10 a.m. on Nov. 14, Carl Skalak, 55, was faced with frigid weather,
four-foot snow drifts and a frozen river that he had paddled in on. He
activated his beacon, and after being routed through various agencies,
the helicopter was dispatched to his coordinates with a medical team. "I
am profoundly thankful for all those who were willing to put themselves
in harm's way on my behalf," said Skalak. "Many terrific people worked
together to make this mission a success." The system worked just as it
was supposed to, said NOAA
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, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/diamond
The Thunderbirds celebrated their golden anniversary in style...
pilots died in midair of C-180 and PA 28-181 in R.I. on
Fifth runway at Boston's Logan Airport got the go-ahead
The TSA this week issued security directives for air
An Osprey V-22 is in Nova Scotia to test de-ice and anti-ice
Congress members protested beer logos on NASM airplane
ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
To Fly Again For The First Time
Building a painstakingly accurate
reproduction of a 100-year-old airplane is one thing -- figuring out how
to fly it, and not get killed in the process, is quite another. That's
the challenge faced by The Wright Experience team as they prepare for
the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of flight on December 17 at Kill
Devil Hills. More...
YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVwebs NO-COST twice monthly Business
AVflash? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash also focuses
on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make
headlines in the Business of Aviation. Business AVflash is a must read!
Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/
THE BUZZARD HAS
LANDED Original Lazy Buzzard T-Shirts are now available. Join in
his ongoing adventures in future designs as he dedicates himself to
finding life, liberty, and definitely, the pursuit of happiness. Share
the journey and live the life he inspires. Order for yourself and those
on your holiday gift list at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/lazy
PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, Vess Velikov, of San Jose, Calif. His photo captures the unique
beauty a shiny the Pacific Coast Air Museums P-51D displays. This
picture was taken at Wings Over Wine Country Airshow. Great picture,
Vess! 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 flying
personal jet aircraft. About 14 percent of those responding felt those
pilots transitioning to these aircraft should have previous turbine
experience, at least 1,000 hours flight time and a Commercial
certificate. About 31 percent felt some of these skills sets were
necessary, while 27 percent felt none were applicable.
To check out
the complete results or respond to this week's question, go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw
week, we would like to know your thoughts on joining aviation
Sponsor News and Special Offers
Access to AVweb and AVflash is provided by the
support of our fine sponsors. We appreciate your patronage.
FAA APPROVES AVEMCO-KING
PRACTICAL RISK MANAGEMENT COURSE FOR WINGS PROGRAM Plus, most
pilots will be eligible to receive the full 10% Avemco Safety Rewards
premium credit through participation in the Wings program. Since the
start of the Avemco Safety Rewards Program there has been an increasing
awareness of the importance of risk management training for all pilots.
Avemco is the leading pleasure and business general aviation insurer in
the U.S. For more information on this program and the advantages of
buying direct by call 888-241-7891, or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avemco
CESSNA EXPERTS ARE
INCLUDED WITH A CESSNA PILOTS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP Along with
terrific hands-on seminars, an online e-newsletter and a print
publication directed exclusively to Cessna pilots and owners. Any Cessna
pilot and/or owner would appreciate a CPA membership at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/cpa
ATTENTION PILOTS! THE
BEST VALUE IN FULL-MOTION SIMULATOR TRAINING IS HERE! Flight
Level Aviation has a 10-day IFR rating program, MULTI-engine recurrent
training, SINGLE-engine recurrent training, AIRLINE simulator prep
instruction, and PINCH HITTER training. Flight Level Aviation's
instruction is customized in one-or two-person classes. There are no
pre-set syllabus or audiotapes. Your individual needs are met with
training in the FULL-MOTION simulator, ground school and in flight.
SPECIAL AVWEB OFFER: Mention this AVflash to save $25 when two pilots
sign up for simulator training as a pair. Complete details at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/flav
HARD FOR THAT IFR TICKET. NOW PROTECT IT! Subscribe to IFR
Refresher, the monthly magazine dedicated to keeping IFR-rated pilots
ready for anything! IFR Refresher polishes your proficiency, challenges
your knowledge, briefs you on changing regs, and keeps your
decision-making skills sharp. Order for guaranteed savings for as long
as you subscribe at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/belvoir/ifrref
COMPUTERIZED AVIATION REFERENCE LIBRARY KEEPS TRACK FARs can
change on any government working day. Many handbooks and advisory
circulars are updated at predetermined intervals, others are updated
irregularly; and others are rarely changed. Summit Aviation keeps track
of all of this for you with the Computerized Aviation Reference Library.
The Library is a collection of hundreds of FAA publications and other
vital information on a single CD-ROM that organizes, formats and makes
information accessible! Updates are available from twice a year to every
two weeks. YEAR-END SPECIAL: Save 25% off any subscription through
December 31, 2003 at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/summit
TAKE ANY VEHICLE
FOR A SPIN WITH THE CARPROP! The Carprop is a free spinning
propeller mounted on the front of a vehicle indicating the driver's
enthusiasm for flying. As the vehicle moves the propeller spins. The
Carprop's design feature allows the propeller to park in a horizontal
position when the vehicle stops and doesn't interfere with the license
plate numbers. For the pilot who has everything this is the perfect
gift! Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/carprop
100% GUARANTEED AT SKYGUY Skyguy brings you exceptional value on
Feather Lite stereo headsets and genuine leather flight bags with the
best in customer service. With Skyguy's incredible prices you can order
as gifts AND for yourself! Go online and order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/skyguy
AVIATION JEWELRY -
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH A 10% DISCOUNT On all
Port-to-Port Aviation Jewelry. Plus, a flat $6.00 shipping charge for
any order amount Costume, sterling silver and 14k gold aviation jewelry
from Port-to-Port will add sparkle and shine to your gift giving. Order
and save at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/port
PROPHESY", THE FUTURE BASED ON MIND-CONTROL TECHNOLOGY This
suspense novel will keep you on the edge of your comfortable recliner!
Oil reserves dwindle, world politics unbalance, the earth is in a state
of astronomically-based changes and war is waged. Get lots of Hawker 800
right seat "time" with corporate pilot Kate as she becomes intertwined
in a global takeover plot...with a few romantic moments along the way.
YOUR ONE STOP SHOPPING FOR
ALL THINGS AVIATION IS AVWEB'S SHOPPING PAGE Our sponsors offer
great products and services at fantastic prices. Shop here, or print out
a copy and leave in a conspicuous place with those things marked you
want! From airplanes to Zulu time watches, find it all on AVweb at http://www.avweb.com/shopping
SAFETY'S DECEMBER ISSUE FEATURES: "When Training FITS"; "Square
Patterns"; "Blow Through Snow"; "Primed for Start"; "V is for Variable";
plus accident reports, maintenance issues and real-life learning
experiences, all in the November issue of Aviation Safety. Order your
subscription at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/belvoir/avsafe
BRINGS YOU THE FACTS! Why would a pilot who had lost an engine
and was about to be going down tell ATC that everything was fine and
dandy? Could he have been worried about possible paperwork and an FAA
investigation which might follow? While we'll never know what was going
through his mind, you'll be fascinated to see the transcript of
communications between the pilot and Air Traffic Control. It's in the
November issue of NTSB Reporter. Order a subscription for yourself or as
that perfect Holiday gift at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ntsbrepo
We Welcome Your Feedback!
AVflash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest aviation news,
articles, products, features and events featured on AVweb, the
Internet's Aviation Magazine and News Service.
Letters to the editor intended for publication in AVmail should be
sent to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a comment or question? Send
it to mailto:email@example.com.
Today's issue written by News Writer Mary Grady:
AVweb's editorial team: http://avweb.com/contact/authors.html.
Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on
marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's all be careful out there, okay?
AVflash is now available in optional easier-to-read graphic format,
which includes some photos and illustrations. If you prefer, you can
continue to receive AVflash in text-only format. Simply follow these instructions
and AVflash will continue to arrive as it always has, in text format.
Want to subscribe or unsubscribe? Review/update your AVweb Account?
Forgot your password? No problem! Simply go to our friendly Member