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ON THE DOLLARS AND SENSE OF BARNSTORMING...
It's becoming the most despised piece of proposed legislation ever to
come from the FAA for some and now it's being blamed for the imminent
demise of barnstorming. In case you didn't know, barnstorming is alive
and threatened by the proposed National Air Tour Safety Standards, according to the
folks who organized last summer's popular National Air
Tour. In an impassioned letter to aviation enthusiasts, Greg
Herrick, president of the Aviation Foundation of America (AFA), said the
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), if adopted, could turn dozens of
flyable vintage aircraft into museum pieces because owners won't be able
to subsidize their upkeep by charging for rides. Herrick said at least
four aircraft on the National Air Tour, which re-created an annual
publicity tour sponsored by Ford in the 1930s, were used to fly paying
customers. "If the FAA adopts this new proposed rule, these types of
rides will become a thing of the past," he wrote. More...
PERIOD CLOSES JAN. 20
"Unfortunately, the FAA is trying to make a 'one-size-fits-all' rule,"
said Herrick. "This will basically eliminate operators offering local
rides in historic aircraft ..." Other than so-called "discovery
flights," which might lead to flight training, the proposed rule would
also prevent people from hiring a local commercial pilot to take them
for a ride. Under the proposed rule, carrying passengers for hire would
require Part 135 certification. Herrick said very few vintage aircraft
owners have money or time to spend on the record-keeping and reporting
requirements of Part 135 operations. By the same token, unless they can
charge for rides, they won't be able to keep the old birds flying. The
comment period for the NPRM closes Jan. 20 and Herrick is urging people
to make their
feelings known. More...
SAFEST EVER FOR AIRLINES WORLDWIDE...
Africa continues to be the front-runner in a race no one wants to win.
Saturday's crash of an Egyptian airliner in the Red Sea punctuated a
report by the Aviation Safety Network calling the continent the
most unsafe place to fly in the world. It accounts for less than 3
percent of airline departures, but Africa claimed 28 percent of fatal
airline crashes in 2003 in what was the safest year ever for the world's
airlines. According to the report, there were just 25 fatal airline
crashes worldwide in 2003, easily eclipsing the previous record of 35
set in 2001. To put that into perspective, Chicago O'Hare (ORD), alone,
saw 911,917 departures and landings in 2001, according to the Airports Council
CRASHED 727 "THE ONE"?
Investigators said an unnamed "technical fault" likely caused the Flash
Airlines Boeing 737 to crash into the Red Sea on Saturday, killing 148
people. All but one of the 135 passengers was French and the 13 crew
members were Egyptian and Moroccan. The plane was carrying tourists from
the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh back to Paris, via Cairo. The
plane crashed in water hundreds of feet deep, hampering the search for
bodies. The crash comes just two weeks after a Union des Transports
Africains (UTA) Boeing 727 crashed off the coast of Benin, killing at
least 130 of the 161 people aboard and reigniting a months-old rumor
about the origin of the airplane involved. More...
HUNTS FOR AL-QAIDA PILOT "MOLE"
A British newspaper says FBI fears that an al-Qaida operative may be
working as a pilot for a British airline are behind flight cancellations
last week. The Daily Mirror says American investigators will screen all
British pilots flying to the U.S. to try and root out the suspected
mole. The paper quotes unnamed sources as saying the infiltrator intends
to crash a planeload of people into the White House, Pentagon or Capitol
building. Brian Doyle, a senior official with the Department of Homeland
Security, confirmed the suspicions. "The intelligence is telling us
there are some forms of infiltration from al-Qaida. We are looking hard
into it." More...
SUE FLIGHT SCHOOL IN STUDENT'S DEATH
Where a flight instructor's responsibility for the safety of a flight
ends and the student's begins appears to be the crux of a lawsuit filed
against a Hawaiian flight school last week. The Honolulu Advertiser says
parents of 17-year-old student Chezray Hayes are claiming that George's
Aviation Services, its owner George Hanzawa and employee Jennifer Oka
encouraged Hayes to go on his solo cross-country flight from Oahu to
Maui despite deteriorating weather. Hayes died Jan. 25, 2003, when the
Cessna 172 he was flying hit a ridge on the island of Molokai.
PROBLEMS FUEL SAFETY FEARS
Australian officials are investigating ten cases of transponder failure
in light aircraft since new airspace regulations went into effect Nov.
27. Transponders are fundamental to maintaining separation under the new
rules, which rely less on controller guidance and more on pilots to see
and avoid each other. Richard Dudley, a spokesman for Airservices
Australia, the government-owned air traffic management company, said
some of the transponders were broken but others were switched off or set
incorrectly. Critics of the new airspace regs were quick with the
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AIRPORT GOES UNDERGROUND
A $4.1 billion underground terminal is the centerpiece of an ambitious
expansion at Dubai International Airport. The new facility is being
burrowed into the desert sand in what workers call the "mother of all
holes." The excavation measures more than 1,000,000 square feet and when
the terminal is finished, passengers will park their cars, check in and
relax in restaurants and lounges 35 feet under the airport apron.
Locally based Emirates Airlines will be the only tenant.
SPIRIT HAS LANDED
NASA's Mars lander Spirit began sending black-and-white
photos of the red planet back to Earth Sunday, just hours after a
textbook landing on what scientists hope is a dry lake bed. The 3-D
photos gave scientists the clearest view yet of the Martian surface and
it's only going to get better. The six-wheeled robot is expected to roam
its new home for 90 days, gathering samples and looking for signs of
past life. It (hopefully) will be joined on the planet by a second rover
later this month. Meanwhile, British scientists will continue trying to
contact their Mars probe Beagle 2, which was to have landed on
Christmas Day. No signals have been received from the British probe.
NASA's Mars success came on the heels of another accomplishment in space
the previous day More...
Stamford, Conn., officials are reviewing the city ordinance that landed
the pilot of a medical helicopter in hot water last week. William Pope,
67, of Andover, N.J., was ticketed by Stamford police after he landed
his chopper in the local hospital's parking lot. Pope was picking up a
sick infant for transport to an intensive care unit in Valhalla, N.Y.
The flight was ordered by a Stamford doctor, who apparently didn't know
about the city's official disdain for helicopters. More...
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Second dead stowaway found at Kennedy Airport...
training exercise turned into real thing...
Bellanca hit two houses
in Dallas, killing both on board...
Indiana flight school expanding
to meet demand. More...
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Electronic Flight Bag -- Update
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Overheard at KLAS, Dec. 19, 2003, 9:30pm...
ATC: NABCD, after
departure turn left heading 175 climb and maintain at or below 4,000,
departure 125.9 and squawk XXXX.
Pilot: Any chance of a higher inital
ATC: We give you 4,000 in case of lost com.
Pilot: I know
thats why I want higher. More...
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