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FAA DISAGREE ON AIRSPACE FOR UAVS
The U.S. Air Force said
this week it has unmanned aerial vehicles ready to deploy in North
Dakota, but is being held back by the FAA's reluctance to open airspace
access for the aircraft. The military has asked for an area 35 miles
wide by 45 miles long to be designated for UAV training. "We have six
... Predators in the state right now in boxes, waiting to be opened up
and put into the sky," Brigadier General Leon Rice said at a hearing on
Monday, according to Minnesota Public Radio. "Our limiting factor now is
the training airspace for the crews." Hank Krakowski, chief operating
officer for the FAA's Air Traffic Organization, said the airspace
accommodation must be done "deliberatively." The agency is concerned
about allowing the unmanned aircraft to use the same airspace as
civilian aircraft, he said. "These are unusual vehicles to enter in to
the national airspace system; they were designed for typically the war
theater," Krakowski said. More...
SEE-AND-AVOID CONCEPT AT FAULT IN FATAL MIDAIR
The "see-and-avoid" technique
in force for pilots above the Hudson River revealed its "inherent
limitations" in the August 2009 midair crash that killed nine people,
the NTSB said on Tuesday. "This collision could have been prevented,"
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said. "While traffic alerts go a
long way in helping pilots 'see and avoid' other aircraft, these
technologies are not, in and of themselves, enough to keep us
safe. Strong operating procedures, professionalism, and commitment
to the task at hand -- these are all essential to safety." The safety
board cited both the "see-and-avoid" concept and a Teterboro Airport air
traffic controller's "nonpertinent telephone conversation" at the time
of the collision as the probable cause of the accident. A synopsis of
the board's report, including recommendations to the FAA, is now
available online; a full report will be posted at the NTSB
website in a few weeks. More...
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BOEING RECEIVED UNFAIR GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
The World Trade
Organization (WTO) has already set judgement on Airbus and Wednesday
offered Boeing similar condemnations. Confidential sources told the Wall
Street Journal that the confidentially released report says Boeing
received billions in funding from various state and federal agencies. In
June, the WTO found that Airbus had received billions in illegal aid.
Prior to seeing the WTO's conclusion Boeing issued a statement that said its activities didn't "even
approach the sheer scale of European subsidy practices." Some numbers
we've seen suggest otherwise, but the parsing the numbers (some funding
is legal while other funding is not) is another matter. After the
ruling's release, Boeing held the line that it clearly partook in less
wrongdoing. Meanwhile, European officials said the WTO's findings could
force Boeing to forgo or repay billions in subsidies. (That may also be
true for Airbus.) How the ruling is ultimately enforced will effect how
new planes are funded through development in coming years.
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HELICOPTER'S SYSTEM ENHANCES ENGINE MONITORING
pilots can invest in engine monitors for careful observation of critical
engine parameters, but another Bell Helicopter model now has a certified
system that goes one step further and also monitors vibration.
Aeronautical Accessories, Inc., (AAI) a Bell affiliate announced
Wednesday STC certification of its Bell Helicopter Vibration Monitoring
System (BHVM) for the 212 (Twin Huey) Bell Helicopter. The system
"provides drive train health and engine monitoring" to detect defects
early. It helps diagnose faults in the main rotor, tail rotor drive
system, engine accessory gearbox and combining gearbox, according to
AAI. The company says it will help 212 operators avoid larger problems
and reduce costs associated with operational interruptions as it has
already for Bell's "most rugged and reliable" medium twin helicopter,
the 412. More...
"SHOCKED" AT FAA'S HINT OF NEW PART 135 FATIGUE RULES
National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is "deeply concerned"
about language in the FAA's proposed
rules addressing pilot hours-of-service that suggest changes could
be pending for Part 135 operations, the group said on Wednesday. The FAA's proposal is
aimed at fighting crew fatigue in Part 121 airline operations, but in
its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FAA states that "part 135
operations are very similar to those conducted under part 121..." and
that the Part 135 operator should "expect to see an NPRM addressing its
operations that looks very similar to, if not exactly like, the final
rule the agency anticipates issuing as part of this rulemaking
initiative." For the FAA to compare operations under Part 121 and 135 as
"similar" is "ridiculous," according to NATA President James Coyne.
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WWII BOMBER TO BE RECOVERED
A twin-engine Dornier 17 that was
shot down and crashed in the English Channel 70 years ago will be
recovered, the Royal Air Force Museum said recently. The bomber was
part of a large formation that was intercepted by RAF aircraft in August
1940. The Dornier pilot successfully landed wheels-up on the sandbank,
but the airplane sank. It began to emerge from the sand about two years
ago, and appears to be largely intact. "The discovery of the Dornier is
of national and international importance," said Air Vice-Marshal Peter
Dye, director general of the RAF Museum. "The aircraft is a unique and
unprecedented survivor from the Battle of Britain. It is particularly
significant because, as a bomber, it formed the heart of the Luftwaffe
assault and the subsequent Blitz." More...
RECORD FALLS AT RENO
The National Championship Air Races are under way this
week in Reno, Nev., and before the official races even started on
Wednesday, a major speed record was broken. Curt Brown flew his L-29 jet
around the pylons on Tuesday at a rate of 543.568 mph, the fastest speed
ever recorded at the races since they started, 47 years ago. Brown broke
his own record from last year by more than 5 mph. "I don't think I can
ever go any faster than that, not in that airplane," Brown, a former
space-shuttle pilot, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "It was a heck of a ride. That
was a bucking bronco." The races officially begin on Thursday and
continue through the weekend, with six classes of competition from
biplanes to jets, plus airshow performances by Michael Goulian, Greg
Poe, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and more. More...
LAUNCHES ITS OWN EAA FLY-IN
The first annual convention and
fly-in for EAA members in Canada launches this weekend, Friday through
Sunday, at the Ottawa/Gatineau Airport. The event has generated high
anticipation, according to EAA, and offers a wide range of activities,
including food and social events, and a visit to Canada's National
Museum of Air & Space, with a Battle of Britain fly-by featuring a
Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, and more. On Saturday, the Vintage
Wings of Canada will present their popular annual airshow at the field.
Admission, parking and camping is free to all EAA members. The event website offers
a detailed schedule as well as information for those planning to fly in
and those looking for campsites or hotels. More...
HUSICK, BELVOIR MEDIA CONTRIBUTOR, DIES AT 77
Husick, a contributor to the aviation and marine publications at
AVweb's parent, Belvoir Media Group, and a former executive vice
president at Cessna Aircraft, died Sept. 13 at his home in St.
Petersburg, Fla. An electrical engineer, pilot, and flight instructor,
Husick had logged more than 6,000 hours in a wide variety of aircraft.
"In his retirement, Chuck wrote voluminously, and well, on a variety of
aviation and nautical subjects, illuminating tough technical subjects
for end users," said Tim Cole, executive vice president of Belvoir Media
Group. "He was tough and smart (and funny) and he was one industry titan
who clearly appreciated the hard work of ferreting out the truth. His
mentoring meant a lot to us." More...
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OF THE WEEK: CAN MILITARY UAVS MIX WITH OTHER TRAFFIC?
asked questions about military UAVs and the rest of us before, but now
the Air Force has specific ideas on how that airspace should be shared.
In its proposal
for a 1,200-square mile training box in North Dakota. Do you think
military UAVs should be sharing the air with civilian
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers
whether satellite tracking could or should replace emergency locator
beacons; click through to see how everyone answered. More...
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NO, THE LITTLE ONE PULLS THE BIG ONE
video comes from an airport security camera, believed to be at New
York's JFK, where a 747 got momentarily loose from the crew and pushed a
tug across the ramp. Yeah, we know it's supposed to work the
other way around. More...
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OF THE WEEK: PORT MEADVILLE AIRPORT (KGKJ, MEADVILLE,
AVweb reader Roger Vaughn discovered our
latest "FBO of the Week" at Port
Meadville Airport (KGKJ) in Pennsylvania:
Two weeks prior to Labor Day, I called
Pennsylvania airports looking for parking and a rental car. No
guarantees were made ... [until] I spoke to Mark at Port Meadville. He
took my name and N-number and said, "I'll take care of everything; have
a safe flight." [On arrival at KGKJ] a voice came over the radio saying,
"Follow me; I'm in a blue Blazer by the taxiway. ... When I got out of
my plane and met the voice on the radio, it was Mark, [who helped push
our Cessna into] a brand-new hangar. He then gave us a ride to the FBO
where he handed me the keys to a rental car ... [and let us drive] right
up to the hangar to unload and depart for a relaxing vacation in a cabin
by the lake.
I can't say enough about how attentive Mark was to
our needs and the extra steps he took to make our visit an extremely
pleasant one. Foul weather was looming for the first two days and then
some strong winds blew through prior to our day of departure. We never
had to give our plane a second thought, knowing it was safe from the
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Picking a top photo
was especially tough this week (as you'll appreciate when you click
through and see the competition), but how could we resist this quiet
moment from Anthony Nasr of Chico,
California? The Watsonville (CA) Fly-In and Air Show was "the first
fly-in-and-camp-out experience for us," writes Anthony and if
Anthony will forgive the pun, it looks as if at least one evening was
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