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|Top News: Volcanic Ash Blankets European Skies||back to
ACTIVE UNDER ASH PLUME
It appears to have been a surreal
weekend for recreational pilots across Europe as those who resisted the
stern warnings from their aviation authorities relished skies clear of
weather and working aircraft. There are no restrictions on VFR flight in
most European countries although the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
issued a Notam on Saturday saying, in part: "VFR operators should
operate [with] extreme caution and must assure themselves that their
flight can be conducted in a safe manner before flying. Note that
ATSOCAS (Air Traffic Services Outside Controlled Airspace) capacity may
be severely limited during the period." A light plane crashed
in England on Saturday, but any connection to ash has since been pretty
much discounted. Plenty of European pilots took advantage of ideal
flying weather (if you don't count the ash). "Light aeroplanes were free
to come and go in the fine spring weather, with controllers undistracted
by the commercial traffic that usually takes priority," wrote Charles
Bremner in his blog on the Times Online. Bremner, the Times' Paris
correspondent, flew to Le Touquet and seemed to have had a lovely day
without damaging his airplane's engine. Of course, the airlines are
losing tons of money over this and they're getting tired of a flight ban
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|Light Sport Sector Enjoys a Bit of Economic
SECTOR REPORTS SALES
"I think by the end of this show we're
going to have 20 to 30 LSA sales," Dan Johnson, chairman of the Light
Aircraft Manufacturers Association, told AVweb at Sun 'n Fun on
Saturday. "That's huge." At the Sebring Light Sport Expo earlier
this year, which usually attracts a lot of serious buyers, most sales
failed to materialize, Johnson said. "There was a lot of interest, but
not a lot of buying. It's been tough out there. But at this show, it
seems those fears about the economy have given way to some level of
confidence." Nick Otterback, of Lightning Aircraft, said he had just sold another
airplane, when AVweb caught up with him on the field Saturday
afternoon. "That's three kits and one S-LSA so far." More...
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NEW ONLINE RESOURCE FOR AIR CAMPERS
If exploring the U.S. in
your airplane and camping out under the wing is your idea of a grand
adventure, then a new group called the American Air
Campers Association is eager to provide you with all the resources
you need. They are building a website with a directory of
aviation-accessible campsites, along with an online gear store where you
can rent or buy equipment for your trek. The group also plans to lobby
for continuing access to airports and improved facilities, Don Abbott,
founder of the for-profit group, said at Sun 'n Fun this week. "We think
adding camping facilities is a great way for airports to attract more
traffic," Abbott said. "We want to promote, preserve and protect the
combined freedoms of camping and flying in America. And we want to get
young people out to fly with us, to hike and laugh and tell stories by
the campfire with us, and get away from their video screens."
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"LEARN TO FLY DAY" COMING SOON
"We're asking every pilot and
aviation enthusiast to introduce someone new to aviation on Learn To Fly Day,"
EAA's Ron Wagner told AVweb at Sun 'n Fun this week. "It's coming
up soon ... May 15 ... and pilots around the country are making plans to
participate." Participation can be as simple as inviting a friend or
neighbor to visit the airport or go for a flight, or as robust as
planning a weekend-long community festival, as one group in Louisiana is
doing, Wagner said. "This is not just an EAA initiative," he added.
"It's aviation-wide." There are so many barriers to discovering the
world of flight today, from fences to finances to fear of the unknown,
Wagner said. "If each of us just got one person interested, the aviation
community would double." More...
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|Watch Your Inbox for Our Sun 'n Fun Round-Up||back to
'N FUN 2010 COVERAGE ROUND-UP
Time for a quick round-up of coverage from this year's Sun
'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. Look for a full run-down of this
year's videos, podcasts, and news in a special edition of
AVwebAudio that will hit your inbox Tuesday morning. In the
meantime, click the links here to catch up on anything you may have
missed during the show. More...
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APRIL 19, 2010
Letter of the Week: Human
that the Polish crew did not come under any pressure to land in poor
weather is premature. While they may not have had any direct pressure in
the cockpit, as may be indicated by the comments about the CVR, I wonder
what happened after that other pilot defied the President and diverted
from Tbilisi in 2008. If there were negative consequences, that may well
have weighed on the mind of the accident crew. In addition, the
importance of [the] Katyn Massacre to Poles may be a factor as
And, of course, all of what I have just said is speculation
as well. Like any accident, we'd best wait for the investigation to be
complete. I just hope the investigators dig a little deeper than pilot
error. No one (or very few anyway) sets out to kill himself in an
airplane. Whatever the pilots were doing, it probably made sense to them
at the time. The question is, "Why?" As Sydney Dekker has said, "Human
error is not an explanation. Human error demands
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OF THE WEEK: RABBIT AVIATION (KSQL, SAN CARLOS, CA)
AVweb reader Alejandro Galioto recommended
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in San Carlos, California. He writes:
This FBO is likely smaller than most due to the fact that it's
a physically small airport with a 2,600-foot runway, but I bet it is
busier than a lot of bigger FBOs, and with excellent efficiency and
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
The recent story about
the squawk code that included an "8" reminded me of a recent VFR
clearance I got from my home base ground controller. I called for flight
following with SoCal while on Ground, and the following conversation
"Cessna 1234: After takeoff, turn
right to 120; climb and maintain 3,000; squawk 4259; contact departure
"Right to 120; climb and maintain
3,000; squawk 4259 but my digits only go to
"Ah, squawk 4257. Can't read my own
"O.K., 4257 and 124.65. But my radio
volume control goes to 11!"
Ray Stratton More...
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