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AVAILABLE FOR QUALIFIED LIGHT AIRCRAFT BUYERS
In contrast to
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he's having no trouble finding money for those who want to buy airplanes
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TO DITCH FAA MEDICALS?
Does it make sense that pilots need a
third-class medical to fly even the smallest GA aircraft, while drivers
can get a license to drive vehicles that weigh much more without a
checkup? David Wartofsky doesn't think it makes sense at all, and he has
petitioned the FAA to reconsider its rule. Wartofsky, the owner of
Potomac Airfield, near Washington, D.C., is used to taking on the
government bureaucracy and seems ready for a new challenge. He suggests
the FARs should be changed to require all pilots to have a valid
driver's license, but no medical requirement for piloting an aircraft
less than 6,000 pounds max gross weight. "People are in more danger from
passing vehicles on the road, than small aircraft passing overhead,"
says Wartofsky. He has posted his petition to the FAA online, and
encourages supporters to submit comments to the FAA docket.
EXAMINES REGIONAL AIRLINE SAFETY
The NTSB this week held a
two-day forum to examine safety issues related to code-sharing
agreements between major airlines and regional carriers. "We have
investigated many accidents in which passengers bought tickets on a
major carrier and flew all or part of their trip on a different carrier
-- one that may have been operating to different safety standards than
the carrier that issued the ticket," said NTSB Chairman Deborah
Hersman. John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association,
said that crews on regional routes tend to fly "potentially the most
fatiguing schedules" and added that "current regulations never
envisioned this model." Besides representatives of the NTSB, FAA and the
airline industry, presenters at the forum included relatives of crash
victims, who provided some of the most dramatic testimony.
The Countdown Is
Don't miss your last chance to vote for your choice as to which aviation
charities will receive the $10,000 grants from the Lightspeed
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Voting closes October 31, 2010.
LAUDS FAA COLLABORATION
The president of the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association says the union is collaborating with the
FAA on the implementation of new technology and the entire industry will
benefit. In a speech to the Air Traffic Control Association meeting in
Washington, D.C., earlier this week, Paul Rinaldi said FAA Administrator
Randy Babbitt has involved controllers in the planning process for
NextGen and it will result in a better system. "We want to be part of
something we can be proud of and serve our country in a critical safety
function that is so inherently governmental," Rinaldi told the
conference. He said the process began with agreement on a new contract
for controllers a year ago that all but eliminated the adversarial
atmosphere that dominated the recent history of relations between the
agency and the controllers. The progress made between the agency and the
union was highlighted by the choice for Air Traffic Control Specialist
of the Year, Steve Hansen. More...
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RUNWAY OPENS WITH WK2 LANDING
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo,
carried beneath the WhiteKnightTwo mothership, landed at the New Mexico
last week to christen the new runway. "We are celebrating the world's
first spaceway at the world's first purpose-built, commercial
spaceport," said Governor Bill Richardson, who was joined for the event
by Virgin CEO Richard Branson. The spaceship flew over the spaceport,
where a crowd of media and future space travelers was gathered, then
landed on the new runway, which is over 10,000 feet long. The runway is
constructed from four inches of asphalt and 14 inches of concrete, laid
on top of a two-foot-deep bedding surface, which is strong enough to
support just about any aircraft flying today, according to the
spaceport's news release. Branson said the event was "truly inspiring,"
and added, "I for one can't wait for the grand opening."
Researchers at Purdue University in Indiana
have agreed to work with Swift Enterprises to test the company's
unleaded aviation fuel, the university said this week. Recent tests at Purdue
used six aviation piston engines including a Lycoming TIO-540-J2BD, the
highest-octane-demand engine currently manufactured, and a 65-octane
Ranger L-440 built in 1933, which is one of the lowest-octane-demand
engines in use. "SwiftFuel appears promising as a replacement for 100LL
general aviation fuel," said David Stanley, principal investigator for
the research project. The fuel is also being tested in a Beechcraft
Duchess light twin aircraft used as an airborne laboratory by the Purdue
Climate Change Research Center. More...
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POWERS CESSNA TEST TURBOPROP
A few more details have emerged
about Cessna's experimental single-engine turboprop. According to
airworthiness (PDF) and registration (PDF) records provided by Plane Fax, the
presumed N-number of the aircraft, N350CE, is indeed an experimental
aircraft intended for research and development and banned from flying
over developed areas except for during takeoff and landing. The R&D
plane has only two seats and, as is customary with test planes, only
those who have business being there are allowed on board. The documents
also put to rest speculation on the engine choice for the test article.
It's a PT6. More...
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Do You Have What It Takes to
Be a Safe Pilot?
Challenge yourself with the Air Safety Institute Safety Quiz,
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Quiz Topic: VFR Cross-Country Planning
If your last glance at FAR Part 91 was two years ago during a cram
session for a flight review, odds are you're a little fuzzy on some of
the details. The rules on supplemental oxygen use, for instance. Or the
speed limit in Class C airspace. Or those pesky ELT battery replacement
intervals. Or ... heck,
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OF THE WEEK: IS THE THIRD CLASS MEDICAL NECESSARY?
Sport Pilot certificate holders have been flying around for five years
without a noticeable rate of medically-related accidents, is it time
to reconsider the medical requirements for all private
Plus: Back before NBAA, we asked whether the
United States is (or should be) the dominant force in setting pilot and
aircraft certification standards; click through to see how AVweb
readers answered. More...
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OF THE WEEK: SHORELINE AVIATION (MARSHFIELD MUNICIPAL/GEORGE HARLOW
FIELD AIRPORT, MARSHFIELD, MA)
AVweb reader Charley Valera discovered
our latest "FBO of the Week" on a chow flight to the Massachusetts
coast, where he and his traveling companions visited Marshfield
Municipal/George Harlow Field Airport (KGHG) and got the royal treatment
from Ann Pollard and the staff at Shoreline
Aviation. Charley paints a vivid picture of the good time had by
Each of us [there were
four airplanes on this trip] has to do a go-around as the winds are
shifting. [Ann Pollard's voice] comes over the unicom recommending
runway 24 instead of 6. Once down, she's there with an Aviationists
Greeting. Happy to have us and accommodating, even at 6:00 PM. She has a
van waiting for us with the doors open and ready. Ann takes a few group
photos in their new beautiful FBO. ... She tells us to enjoy ourselves
and to clear the runway of any deer or coyotes when we return prior to
departing. When we get to the restaurant, they are expecting us. Ann
made reservations for us with a view! Arriving back to GHG probably over
gross from the wonderful fresh seafood, we drive around the airportt,
only to scare away a herd of coyotes. The entire experience makes you
feel like good family or old friends. A beautiful New England airport
with top notch service ... truly an example of how to run an
Keep those nominations
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
paradise is the "Main Salmon River in Idaho, Wilson Bar USFS air strip."
Tim Riley of Los Gatos, California
captures the moment perfectly and beats out a slew of other reader
photos to be named our "Picture of the Week."
We had hoped to
get in a regular installment of "POTW" last week, but NBAA kept us a
little too busy to serve up our usual gallery of reader-submitted eye
candy. And man, do we ever regret it! Last week's photos were a stunning
bunch, and even with a few extra days to pick a winner, we have to tell
you 'tweren't easy. Not only did the submissions from our missed
week raise the bar in terms of quality; they topped our expectations in
quantity, too. With that in mind, we're not combining entries
from the last couple of weeks to catch up. If next week's entries are
unusually thin, we may roll them over but, more likely, we'll
work on sneaking in an extra edition of "POTW" sometime over the next
couple of weeks. (Now that's what we'd call a win-win scenario.)
THE AVWEBFLASH TEAM
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