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SOON: "LINE UP AND WAIT"
Pilots authorized by air traffic
controllers to taxi onto runways and await takeoff clearance will be
instructed to "line up and wait" rather than "position and hold"
beginning on Sept. 30, the FAA reminded pilots this week. The new terminology,
which was recommended by the NTSB, conforms to the terminology
established in guidelines of the International Civil Aviation
Organization. Also, an FAA safety analysis found that the new
phraseology will eliminate confusion, particularly among pilots who also
fly overseas, and will further reduce the risk of runway incursions.
Starting Sept. 30, controllers will state the aircraft's call sign,
state the departure runway and then instruct pilots to "line up and
wait," as in, "Cessna N2090W, Runway 33L, line up and wait." The phrase
"traffic holding in position" will continue to be used to advise other
aircraft that traffic has been authorized to line up and wait on an
active runway. More...
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IFR, AND IMC: AN UPDATE
For a while now, an ASTM committee
that develops the standards for light sport aircraft to operate under
instrument flight rules has struggled to reach consensus on a key point
-- whether Special-LSAs should be allowed to fly in actual instrument
meteorological conditions -- and although the committee members still
disagree, they have decided to move forward and change the standards to
prohibit the use of S-LSAs in IMC. That proposed change now must go
through some further approvals and then be submitted to the FAA for an
OK before it takes effect. That process could take until the end of this
year or perhaps longer, Dan Johnson, chairman of the Light Aircraft
Manufacturing Association, told AVweb on Wednesday. The change
will not be retroactive, Johnson said. Any S-LSA that is flying today,
or that is built before the new standard takes effect, is not prohibited
from IMC flight if the aircraft is properly equipped and flown by a
qualified pilot (although manufacturers may choose to prohibit IMC
flight in their aircraft even when the ASTM standard allows it).
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COMPLETES CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT
Nate Foster, a 17-year-old
from Maryland who took
off in August to fly across the U.S. in a Piper Cub, has made it
safely to Monterey, Calif., according to the Baltimore Sun. Foster received his private pilot
certificate just a few days before launch, but he had logged about 150
hours at the controls since the age of 14. He completed the trip in just
six days, staying mostly on schedule except for one day waiting out
thunderstorms in a small Nevada town. He flew across the Rockies via a
12,000-foot pass, and told the Sun the scariest part of the trip was
flying across the wide, empty spaces along the border of Wyoming and
Nebraska. "It was like flying over the moon," he said. "I felt this
horrible loneliness. I just had to get out of there." More...
TO "PILOT" AZ-NY FLIGHT
Chandler Negrete, an 8-year-old boy,
is preparing to fly from Arizona to New York in a Cessna 172 with an
instructor to raise money for children with parents serving overseas in
the military. The instructor will wield pilot-in-command responsibility
for the flight, but clearly the intent is to get Negrete some stick
time. The third-grader is currently preparing for the flight and has
accumulated all of 12 hours in a simulator and 12 hours in an actual
airplane. His instructor, Matt Forsey, works for Sawyer Aviation in
Arizona. The team is seeking donations and hopes to raise between
$80,000 and $100,000 for their charity's cause. But, according to
a local news report, Negrete "needs to collect $15,000
in donations to cover the cost of the flight," and no date has yet been
set for the trip. Of course, for some pilots, simply the proposition of
the flight itself may conjure memories of another one altogether.
OFFERS AERONAUTICS SCHOLARSHIPS
NASA is often perceived as
being all about space, but this week the agency said it will offer
scholarships to encourage students to pursue careers in aeronautics
research to develop vehicles that fly in the atmosphere as well as in
space. Twenty grants of up to $15,000 per year for two years will be
awarded to undergraduates, and graduate students can receive up to
$35,000 per year for up to three years. All the students can also apply
for summer research internships at NASA, which pay a $10,000 stipend.
"We want more students to pursue careers in aeronautics," said Jaiwon
Shin, associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission
Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "By offering these
scholarships, we are extending to students not just an opportunity to
become familiar with NASA's research, but also an extra dose of
inspiration. Scholarships are an excellent way for us to attract
talented young innovators to our work force." More...
BIOMASS FUEL SPEED RECORD ATTEMPT
Air Force veteran Richard
Young will attempt, this Sept. 11, to establish a closed-course speed
record using unleaded fuel developed by Swift Enterprises. Young will be
flying his one-of-a-kind Western Air Racing Special, which is a "purpose
built closed course pylon racer" that he flew at Reno in 2007, 2008, and
2009, according to his website. The current and applicable
closed-course speed record for a piston-engine aircraft weighing between
300 and 500 kilograms was set in 2004 at 238 mph, according to Young.
That aircraft burned conventional leaded avgas. Young hopes to run the
course at 260 mph in his aircraft burning Swift's product and "verify
the performance characteristics of clean burning bio fuel" at the same
time. That could be difficult to do in one 62.1 mile stint flown at 260
mph (or about 15 minutes), but we'll be watching for whatever
information the attempt produces. More...
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CLAIMS "FASTEST CIVIL AIRCRAFT" TITLE FOR G650
new G650 recently reached Mach 0.995 on a test flight, which the company
says establishes the business jet as the world's fastest civil aircraft.
That title that has long been held by Cessna's Citation X, which flies
at Mach 0.92. Gulfstream said the G650 achieved the maximum speed during
flutter testing, when the test crew took Serial Number 6001 into a dive,
pitching the nose 16 to 18 degrees below the horizon. During the dive,
flutter exciters introduced a range of vibration frequencies to the
wing, tail and flight control surfaces to ensure the aircraft naturally
dampened out the oscillations without input from the pilots. "The
airplane is very predictable," said test pilot Tom Horne. "It's very
easy to control and to get precise control at those speeds."
BOY TOYS" SHOWCASES BIZAV
Although business aviation in much
of the world has been downplaying the luxury aspect and emphasizing
efficiency and productivity, a major exhibition in Abu Dhabi next
February embraces the undeniable comforts that come with private air
travel. Most of the major business aviation companies are expected to
take part in Big Boy Toys, which runs from Feb. 2-5, 2011, at the
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. Although an exhibitors' list isn't
available on the website, Al Bawaba, a Middle Eastern news agency, says the
show is "expected to attract top aviation customers across the globe."
In addition to kicking the tires on the latest that aviation has to
offer, attendees can shop for high-end marine, automotive and
electronics products and maybe even book their favorite superstar for a
private concert. Meanwhile, the publication says the market for business
aircraft looks rosy in the region and that bodes well for the show.
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OF THE WEEK: IS IT SAFE TO PANIC YET
By now you've likely
heard about John and Martha King being
held at gunpoint by police in Santa Barbara last weekend. We've
already heard from more than 100 readers about how they feel about the
whole thing. Now, we want to know how you feel not about what
happened to the Kings, but where GA fits in the whole scheme of security
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb
readers about a mid-air collision between a radio-controlled model
airplane and a biplane and whether than indicated a need for new
regulations. Click through to see the breakdown of answers.
INSIDER BLOG: UP AGAINST THE FENCE, MARTHA
The Santa Barbara
police chief had the decency and class to apologize to John and Martha
King after holding them at gunpoint over the weekend following an
erroneous stolen aircraft report. Unfortunately, as Paul Bertorelli
reports on the AVweb Insider blog, pilots are uniquely vulnerable
to this sort of thing and we wonder how many agencies would
bother with the apology, much less the extra mile to avoid these things
in the first place. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: HOW THE FAA ACTS COUNTER TO SAFETY
LEDs are a
terrific technology to replace old, failure-prone landing light bulbs.
And the fact that you can leave them on constantly means the aircraft is
more conspicuous, thus reducing the collision risk. Yet the FAA has so
complicated the unnecessary approval process for these products that the
market has been nearly strangled. In the latest installment of our
AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli explains the details. Click
here to read more. More...
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BALLOONIST JONATHAN TRAPPE
Jonathan Trappe is a sort of super-hero to some
children and a crazy man to some adults. We found him inspirational.
Trappe is licensed to fly beneath a group of homemade helium-filled
balloons. That means his aircraft is one of the most structurally
redundant vehicles in the sky. But it's also challenging to fly. Trappe
controls his direction by varying his altitude. He can drop water
ballast or stab balloons with a knife to alter his buoyancy as he flies.
Wind direction can vary with altitude, and Trappe uses that to his
advantage, adjusting his present reality to the forecast conditions. To
stay visible to controllers and aircraft, Trappe carries a radio and
transponder, making him visible on radar. For visual avoidance, Trappe
relies mainly on the 50-foot brightly colored canopy of balloons above
his head. At night, he uses lights. More...
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OF THE WEEK: MONTGOMERY AVIATION (INDIANAPOLIS EXECUTIVE AIRPORT, KTYQ,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Montgomery
Aviation at Indianapolis Executive Airport (KTYQ) in Zionsville,
AVweb reader Brian Johnson tells us
Montgomery is the cream of the crop in his region:
... [B]y far the best experience I have had
with an FBO in my 18 years of flying. They are very courteous, helpful
and responsive. I have been part of Eagle Flyers, their local flying
club, for the past two years, and it has been a wonderful experience.
Very well-maintained aircraft, reasonable prices, good availability and
excellent service this is the type of FBO that inspires current
and future general aviation pilots.
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