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VOLCANO'S ASH CLOUD IMPACT, BY THE NUMBERS
Air Transport Association estimates that aircraft grounded due to
volcanic ash affected 1.2 million passengers per day for six days and
resulted in total lost revenue of more than $1.7 billion. For the
three-day period that covers April 17-19, when the disruptions were most
widespread, losses totaled roughly $400 million per day for airlines. On
April 18, the number of flights fell by as much as 79 percent from the
same day the previous week (from 24,965 to 5,204), according to
EUROCONTROL. A commercial aviation consulting analyst for Frost & Sullivan said the event "has affected up to
8 percent of global trade." He added that "it may take up to three years
for the industry to recover fully" (a sentiment echoed by
the IATA) and weaker carriers "may not make it without government
help." In the shadow of that financial possibility, the safety actions
have stirred controversy. More...
Keeping Our Airspace
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and read about our annual Archie League Medal of Safety award winners,
many of whom assisted general aviation pilots who needed help to land
INSPECTOR GENERAL WARNS OF NEXTGEN DELAYS
April 21, the
Transportation Department Inspector General, Calvin Scovel, spoke before
a House panel regarding the cost and progress of key NextGen
technologies and what he had to say wasn't all good. According to
Scovel, the En Route Automation Modernization system (ERAM), set to be a
major part of the FAA's NextGen system, is experiencing trouble at its
Salt Lake City launch site. ERAM is costing the FAA $14 million per
month in bug fixes and other deployments, and is likely to be deployed
behind schedule. Also, according to Scovel, the FAA's telecommunications
infrastructure program may not work well with NextGen programs. That
system suffered a failure last November that delayed more than 800
flights. The two projects together account for a $4.6 billion stake in
NextGen's estimated $40 billion cost. The failings, according to Scovel,
can in part be blamed on failure of the FAA to effectively oversee
contractors and may result in significant cascading delays.
737 AND 172 MISSED BY 200 FEET
The NTSB is investigating the
"near collision" of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 and a Cessna 172
near the intersection of Runways 8 and 15 at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport
in Southern California. The April 23, 2010, incident involved
Southwest's Flight 649, which was inbound from Oakland with 119 aboard
and landing on Runway 8. At the same time, the Cessna was in the
departure phase of a touch and go on the intersecting Runway 15. The
Cessna overflew the landing 737, passing "within 200 feet vertically and
10 feet laterally" of the airliner as each crossed the runway
intersection. The NTSB reported weather at the time of the incident was
clear with visibility of 10 miles. There were no injuries associated
with the incident. More...
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X-37B "SPACE PLANE" GOES PUBLIC FOR LAUNCH
The United States
Air Force's X-37B unmanned space plane has been billed as being a
generation beyond the Space Shuttle and, though it was set for launch
Thursday, details of its purpose remain sparse. Intended to be a
reusable unmanned payload-capable spacecraft, the Cape Canaveral launch,
from atop an Atlas V rocket stack, will help determine the vehicle's
real-world economics when it comes to turnaround time and cost. The rest
of the vehicle's mission -- what it will be doing while it's in low
orbit -- remains less clear. The military's Rapid Capabilities Office
says the first mission will consist of checkout and performance
characteristics of the spacecraft's systems. The vehicle measures about
29 feet long with a wingspan of more than 14 feet and a weight of almost
11,000 pounds. It has the capacity to hold one or two small satellites
and is equipped to fly itself back to earth and land on a runway,
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CUB THIEF GETS NINE MONTHS
The homeless man who
tried to steal a Super Cub from the Frederick, Md., airport in
December will have a roof over his head for nine months, courtesy of the
penal system. Calvin Cox, 51, who told authorities he'd lived in the
woods by the airport for seven years, was handed the nine-month sentence
Thursday in a deal that resulted in his pleading guilty to a single
count of second-degree burglary. Cox got the Cub started and taxied to
the runway but ran it off into the grass where it upended. As part of
the plea deal, Cox will have to pay some restitution to the Mid-Atlantic
Soaring Association, which used the aircraft as a tow plane. The cost of
the engine teardown and new prop was about $12,000. More...
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As details firm up for the huge gathering of
DC-3 and C-47 aircraft just before AirVenture, those with a personal
attachment to the venerable aircraft are telling their stories.
Organizers of the Last Time, a celebration of the 75th anniversary of
the first flight of the aircraft, have opened a diary
section on their Web site that encourages the swapping of yarns about
the iconic aircraft. From stories about JATO-assisted takeoffs (800
feet) to bush flying to super secret electronic surveillance missions in
Vietnam, the site covers the history of the aircraft through the eyes of
those who flew it. Although more than 130 such stories have been added
to the site, organizers say that's the tip of the iceberg and they're
hoping for thousands of entries. Meanwhile preparations continue for the
mass formation flight of 40 aircraft from Rock Falls, ILL to Oshkosh for
the opening day of AirVenture on July 26 which will include one of the
last flying DC-2s in existence. More...
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APRIL 26, 2010
Letter of the Week: The Question of
of the Week" missed the point. What is needed for a GPS backup
is E-LORAN (which uses the LORAN-C infrastructure). The upgrade
and implementation of E-LORAN (Enhanced LORAN) was almost complete
before the current government reversed several past Congressional
decisions. E-LORAN is almost as accurate as GPS (within feet).
A complete E-LORAN system in the U.S. costs less than one GPS
satellite. E-LORAN has been able to be fully intergrated into a
GPS receiver to give it complete navigation redundancy. That is
why 13 other countries in the world will not shut down their E-LORAN
The correct answer to your question is Don't shut down
LORAN, but finish upgrading it to E-LORAN so inexpensive GPS/LORAN combo
receivers can be used for position, navigation, and
through to read the rest of Mr. Muller's letter and messages from
our readers. More...
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OF THE WEEK: FIRST FLIGHT CORPORATION (BROWN FIELD/KSDM, SAN DIEGO,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to First Flight
Corporation at Brown Field Municipal Airport (KSDM) in San
AVweb reader Thomas Perkowski has
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First Flight's first-rate facilities:
I have been renting a Grumman Lynx from First Flight for six
months now. I am very happy with the service and the support offered by
owner Tom Sarvis and his team. Occasionally, when issues with the plane
pop up, Tom comes right out and gets it fixed so I can get my flying
done for the day. They have great prices for avgas and fantastic quality
for the price for repair services. If you are flying to San Diego, give
SDM and First Flight consideration for handling things for
Duly noted, Thomas!
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Approaching my home airport with easterly winds,
runway 7 is usually available:
504PG, 10 miles west. Request 7."
report midfield, downwind, 7."
504PG is 10 miles west, inbound for 7."
(realizing the mistake) :
"Let me turn my monitor
around. O.K., Cirrus 504PG, report three-mile final for 7."
Brian Litch More...
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