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KILLS "TAXI TO" FOR TAKEOFF
Effective June 30, 2010, the FAA
is deleting the term "taxi to" from taxi and ground movement operations
as it pertains to aircraft cleared to taxi to an assigned takeoff
runway. The change requires controllers to issue explicit runway
crossing clearances "for each runway (active/inactive or closed)
crossing." And aircraft issued clearance to cross a runway must cross
that runway before receiving clearance for a subsequent runway crossing.
There is an exception: "At airports where the taxi route between runway
centerlines is less than 1,000 feet apart, multiple runway crossings may
be issued after receiving approval by the Terminal Services Director of
Operations," according to the FAA. More...
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Air traffic controllers in the
Philadelphia area now have ADS-B services up and running, the FAA said this week. "This new technology is a
tremendous leap forward in transforming the current air traffic control
system," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "The operational benefits
in Philadelphia extend as far as Washington, D.C., and New York, which
has some of the most congested airspace in the world." The
satellite-based NextGen system provides more precise data to
controllers, who can then more safely and efficiently separate traffic.
Using ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) technology,
controllers get one-second update rates on their scopes, compared to
four-and-a-half second update rates with radar. Potentially, they will
be able to reduce separation in the en route environment from the
current five nautical miles to three miles, the FAA said.
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BULL SKYDIVER'S AMAZING STUNT
Paul Steiner, a member of Red
Bull's Skydive Team, climbed out of the cockpit of a
glider, hung from under the wing, and then hitched a ride on the wing of
a second glider passing underneath -- and of course, it's all on video. Steiner then straddles the wing and reaches
up to touch the tail of the first glider, as it flies upside-down
overhead. And finally, he leaps from the glider to sail back to earth
beneath his chute. The stunt took place in Austria earlier this month.
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CLASSIC NEW CUB FROM LEGEND
The Classic J3, a new model from
American Legend, aims to deliver simple, fun flying with a lower price
tag than many S-LSAs, at about $95,000. "The new Classic J3 sprung from
many conversations with current Legend Cub owners," said Darin Hart,
owner of the company. "They convinced us that there are additional
buyers out there who would jump on the opportunity for a slimmed-down,
brand-new Cub." The Classic J3 offers a slightly wider cabin than the
original Piper J3, an aft bench seat, and a large baggage compartment.
It's configured with a single clamshell door/window combination for
right-hand entry and exit, and features a sliding window on the left
NOTAM NOW POSTED
Pilots planning to fly to AirVenture at
Oshkosh this summer now can begin planning in earnest, with the official
FAA Notam (PDF) now available for downloading. "We cannot
overemphasize this point for AirVenture-bound pilots," says EAA about
the Notam: "THIS IS ESSENTIAL READING!" Several important procedures
have changed from last year, so pilots shouldn't rely on past experience
to get them through this year's event. Special air traffic rules will be
in effect in the area from 6 a.m. local time on July 23 to noon on
August 2. In other AirVenture updates, EAA said this week an aircraft auction will be held on the grounds. Also, a night
airshow will be featured on Saturday. More...
CONTRIBUTIONS TO HAITI (AND AT HOME) RECOGNIZED
Begich was joined in his praise for GA by Sen. Mike Johanns in
introducing a resolution (PDF) Tuesday to formally recognize the contributions
of general aviation pilots to relief efforts in Haiti, while actor
Harrison Ford stumped for GA. Through more than 4,500 flights in the 30
days following the Jan. 12 earthquake, general aviation pilots "helped
ship over one million pounds of cargo and supplies to the people of
Haiti," according to a Tuesday release from Sen. Begich. "Their acts of
humanitarianism and goodwill are worthy of our praise and support and I
am pleased to recognize their efforts," Johanns said. The men are part
of the Senate General Aviation Caucus that was founded in September of
2009 "to promote a safe and vibrant environment for general aviation."
The resolution is meant to serve as a tangible recognition of general
aviation pilots' contribution "and encourage their continued
generosity." GA's impact here in the U.S. was also highlighted, Tuesday,
as the Caucus used the star power of Harrison Ford to grab extra
attention in Washington. More...
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HEAD-UP DISPLAYS PREVENT ACCIDENTS?
If pilots had head-up
displays in the cockpit, hundreds of accidents over the last 13 years
could have been prevented or at least mitigated, according to a study
released on Monday. The Flight Safety Foundation analyzed 983 accidents
between 1995 and 2007 involving large multi-engine aircraft (12,500
pounds and up). The study (PDF) found that overall the technology could have
affected the outcome in about one-third of the accidents. About 69
percent of takeoff and landing accidents likely could have been
prevented, the study found. The technology eliminates the need for the
pilot to repeatedly transition between the instruments and the forward
view, enhancing overall situational awareness. "Head-up guidance systems
technology is a great safety tool for the prevention of runway
excursions, loss of control, and approach and landing accidents," said
Bob Vandel, one of the authors of the study. "This technology provides
extremely useful data to the flight deck crew." More...
TO PILOTS: PUT THOSE PHONES AWAY
The FAA on Monday told
airline pilots they should "evaluate their personal practices" regarding
the use of devices such as phones and laptops while on duty. Also, the
FAA said, operators need to create a "safety culture" that reinforces
the importance of controlling cockpit distractions. The FAA released its
guidance in an Information for Operators memo (PDF). The memo cited several recent incidents of
distracted flying -- the crew that flew past their destination while
working on their laptops, a pilot who was texting after pushing back
from the gate, and an FAA inspector's report that a crew member's mobile
phone started to ring during the takeoff roll. The NTSB has asked the
FAA to tackle the distraction problem, and will hold a three-day forum
on professionalism among pilots and air traffic controllers next month.
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along on his Paris Jet afternoon air show at Sun 'n Fun. In this unique
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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
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I have been renting a Grumman Lynx from First Flight for six
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owner Tom Sarvis and his team. Occasionally, when issues with the plane
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
photos from Sun 'n Fun have started to roll in, and they're spectacular!
We had so many photos that came in during show week, we had to roll over
a few submissions (sight unseen) into next week's batch. We'll try hard
not to peek until next week, but in the meantime, we've got a great
line-up for today! Paul T. Gernhardt
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couldn't tear our eyes away from. We may have missed air show sensations
Kyle and Amanda Franklin doing their "Pirated
Skies" routine at Sun 'n Fun, but several AVweb readers sent
us wicked cool photos of the performance. It's the next best thing to
And you don't want to miss this week's slideshow,
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