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INVESTIGATING SENATOR INHOFE'S CLOSED RUNWAY LANDING
James Inhofe (R-Okla.) says he won't guarantee he'll be more vigilant
about checking NOTAMs after he landed on a closed runway occupied by
maintenance workers ten days ago in Texas. "People who fly a lot just
don't do it," Inhofe told the Tulsa World. "I won't make any commitments." Inhofe
added that while "technically" pilots should "probably" check NOTAMs, it
would be impractical for him to do so on the many flights he makes to
small airports in Oklahoma each year. The FAA has confirmed it is
investigating the Oct 21 incident in which Inhofe landed a Cessna 340 on
an occupied closed runway at Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport, Texas,
He was reportedly carrying three others in the light twin when he made
the landing on a runway bearing oversized painted Xs, a large red truck,
other vehicles, and construction workers. The workers were using loud
equipment at the time and didn't hear the plane's approach, so one
person ran to warn them. A supervisor immediately reported the incident
to the FAA and told TulsaWorld.com he was "still shaking" when he
reached the hangar to confront the pilot. For his part, Inhofe said he
didn't see the Xs until late on final and was concerned he might not be
able to abort safely. He said he landed "well off to the side" of the
workers. There were no injuries. A few days after his unorthodox
arrival, Inhofe Saturday notified "an airport official" of his intent
and used a taxiway for departure, according to The Washington Post. The senator has since spoken
with the FAA and will "just wait and see what happens." That hasn't
stopped him from offering reporters some form of explanation.
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BUSIEST GA AIRPORT CLOSING
One of Canada's busiest GA
airports will be closed within five years to make way for a massive
housing development. And while the Sifton family, which owns the
160-acre Buttonville Airport, near downtown Toronto, will make hundreds
of millions of dollars on the deal, they've fought for years to maintain
the money-losing operation that serves as an important reliever to
Pearson International Airport. "We definitely do have mixed emotions on
this," owner Derek Sifton told the National Post. The airport has been in the Sifton
family for 40 years and, while the family has other interests to keep
food on the table, the airport has been their passion. It was not, they
claim, their idea to close it. The Greater Toronto Airport Authority
cancelled $1.5 million in annual funding for the facility last year and
Sifton said that without the grant, the airport can't go on. The closure
has prompted a lot of discussion in Canadian aviation circles,
particularly about where the various aviation companies, a community
college and hundreds of based aircraft will go. More...
POST BIG EARNINGS, WORKERS SEEK THEIR SHARE
mid-2000s airline workers have given up more than $12 billion in
contract concessions, according to The New York Times, and now, as a reaction to very
strong third-quarter earnings reports, those workers are looking for
payback. Sara Nelson, a spokeswoman for the Association of Flight
Attendants, told the Times, "Executives reaped millions in bonuses paid
for with the sacrifices of frontline workers." Now, says Nelson, the
"excuses are all dried up" and "payment to workers is long overdue."
Speaking for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers, Robert Roach Jr. said, "It is time carriers recognize it was
the employees who saved many airlines" and that management "must
recognize that contribution -- not by words, but by deeds." With
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ON "SIGNIFICANT RISKS" IMPLEMENTING ADS-B
by a DOT's Office of Inspector General (IG) report earlier this month
"will impact the cost, schedule, and expected benefits of ADS-B" and may
feed off of each other until addressed by the FAA. The Inspector General
said the greatest risks to successful implementation "are airspace
users' reluctance to purchase and install new avionics" and "FAA's
ability to define requirements" for the advanced capabilities of that
equipment. The FAA has estimated overall costs on the user end could
range from $2.5 billion to $6.2 billion overall. And the FAA currently
plans to mandate only ADS-B Out by 2020. However, ADS-B Out "essentially
replicates existing domestic radar coverage," meaning adopters would
bear a cost but see few new benefits. The main benefits of ADS-B rely on
in-cockpit ADS-B In. But the IG estimates FAA requirements and equipment
costs for that feature "may not be mature for at least two years."
According to the IG, so long as that mix of uncertainties remain,
"progress with ADS-B will be limited" and delays, cost increases and
performance shortfalls "will continue." There are other complications
and the FAA has responded. More...
BOMB SUSPECT ARRESTED
Authorities in Yemen have arrested a
woman alleged to have mailed the computer printers containing explosives
that put security forces on high alert around the world for the last 36
hours. Yemeni security forces surrounded a house early Saturday after
running down the phone number left with the cargo shipping company that
handled the parcels. They're now looking for accomplices, who are
believed to have Al Qaeda ties. While the alleged bombers might not have
employed the best in tradecraft, the bombs they popped in the post were
"extremely professional' and capable of bringing down an airplane, say
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CONSIDERS 737 SUCCESSOR
It could be an engine upgrade, a
design overhaul or a completely new aircraft, but Boeing CEO Jim Albaugh
has publicly stated his company will decide the future of its most
popular airliner, the 737, "within the next several months." Refitting
the jet with more efficient engines may be a front-running idea for
airlines interested in an upgrade with a more predictable timetable.
Buyers' initial response was cool to potential alternatives like
Bombardier's 145-passenger CSeries jet earlier this year, but
competition may heat up with demand. "We need a more fuel-efficient,
cost-effective airplane," Gary Kelly, Chief Executive of Southwest
Airlines, told Dow Jones Newswires. "If Boeing doesn't have a solution,
we will have to think about that." Boeing has told Kelly it will deliver
a decision on the 737 by year-end. It also may have tipped its hand when
it comes to the likelihood of some theoretical upgrades like fly-by-wire
PELTON SOLOS SKYCATCHER
The owner of the first
production Cessna Skycatcher has soloed for the first time and is
looking forward to completing her training. Rose Pelton, wife of Cessna
CEO Jack Pelton, announced her accomplishment on her Facebook page
Friday. "Rose Pelton accomplished my first SOLO this morning! It was
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her Facebook friends, including a post from Julie Filucci, who runs
Cessna's Pilot Centers. "You've joined the special sisterhood!
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OF THE WEEK: HANGAR 10 (MKC, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI)
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I was climbing out of Salt Lake in the King Air, and
Salt Lake Center gave me a number of heading
"King Air 114CW, turn left to heading
"King Air 114CW,
turn right, heading 125."
"Center, 4CW. What is the
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