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TSA Administrator John Pistole
said Sunday there are no plans to change controversial security
procedures at airports despite a growing backlash against the more
detailed patdowns now being administered to some passengers. Pistole
said he's heard the complaints but about 2 percent of travelers can
expect to be touched where their mom and dad likely told them never to
let strangers touch. "I want to be as sensitive as I can to those folks.
I'm very attuned given all the concerns that have been raised," Pistole
told CNN's State of the Union. "No, we're not changing the
policies." President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton
also said they felt the passengers', uh, pain, but they stopped short of
overruling the TSA. Clinton said she'd avoid getting groped if she
could. Meanwhile the Business Travel Coalition, a group representing the
road warriors who rack up the most miles on airlines, is calling for a
stop to so-called "opt-out" protests loosely planned for the
Thanksgiving travel rush, but that doesn't mean it's giving the TSA a
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TO BE EXEMPTED FROM TSA SCAN, PAT-DOWN
Friday, the TSA
announced that airline pilots will see immediate modifications to their
airport checkpoint screenings, but it appears it will be next year
before they can bypass scanners, or full-body pat-downs. The near-term
changes have not been revealed in detail, but apply to pilots traveling
in uniform or on airline business, according to the Associated Press. In
the new year, pilots will pass through security following a standard
process (yet to be determined) likely to be based on a computer check of
their airline-issued ID cards. "This one seemed to jump out as a
common-sense issue," TSA head John Pistole said. "Why don't we trust
pilots who are literally in charge of the aircraft?" Pilots have been
wondering the same thing. But not everyone is happy. More...
TSA MISLEADS PUBLIC ON SCANNER SAFETY
As the Transportation
Security Administration's deployment of backscatter X-ray machines at
airports draws increasing public resistance, four University of
California researchers say the ionizing radiation used in these devices
pose serious health concerns. In early April of 2010, the
researchersall medical and biology specialists wrote the White House's science and technology
assistant, John Holdren, expressing "urgent" concerns about the
safety of so-called Advanced Imaging Technology. TSA has claimed that
the scanners expose passengers to less than the equivalent of a chest
X-ray, but the researchers say this claim is misleading because of the
way backscatter X-rays work. More...
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PROPOSES PHOTOS FOR YOUR CERTIFICATE AT A COST
proposed a rule Thursday that would put your picture on your pilot
certificate and (for most pilots) will remove the current requirement to
also carry another photo ID; it extends to students and it will cost you
something. The agency has the authority to charge a maximum fee of $22
for renewals and proposes to charge that entire fee to add photos to
existing certificates. The cost of issuing, upgrading or adding ratings
had previously been absorbed by the FAA. The FAA says the new fee will
not cover the cost of adding photos to existing certificates and the
agency proposes to adjust the fee periodically based on the Consumer
Price Index. The FAA also expects designees, used to accepting and
verifying photo-certificate applications, to also charge a separate and
uncapped fee. Pilots would need to renew their photo certificates every
eight years. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) explains that the
proposal is a response to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism
Prevention Act. The proposed timeframe for compliance varies depending
on your ratings and activities as a pilot. More...
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SHRINKS TO SKELETON CREW, SEEKS INVESTOR SUPPORT
Aviation Company began a company-wide "draw down" Friday that will see
its staff cut from 53 positions to "less than 10" by Jan. 1; the company
says it is not shutting down and its aircraft will be supported.
AVweb spoke with Mooney's Susan Harrison Friday, who confirmed
the details. The layoffs will be staggered through December. Beginning
in 2011, Mooney will be staffed by a skeleton crew that will maintain
the company's facilities, its type and production certificates, and
parts inventory, and provide technical support to owners. The bottom
line appears to be this: Come January, the phone at Mooney may sometimes
go unanswered, but, for now, that does not mean the company has closed
shop. Mooney has been involved in negotiations with potential investors
for 18 months and says those efforts will continue. More...
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FATAL INDIA CRASH PILOT HAD "SLEEP INERTIA"
picked up by the cockpit voice recorders of an Air India Express 737-800
not long before it ran off the runway at Mangalore Airport in May,
killing 158 of 164 aboard, according to a Court of Inquiry probe. The
flight's captain had more than 10,200 hours and reportedly slept for
much of the roughly three hour flight out of Dubai. He reportedly awoke
shortly before attempting to land in heavy rain. Investigators found the
captain was likely disoriented due to "sleep inertia" and flew the
approach right through warnings from his 3,600 hour copilot "to abort"
and "go around." The aircraft touched down roughly 1,500 meters down the
2,400-meter table-top runway at Mangalore and the co-pilot said "we
don't have runway left." Investigators believe that had emergency
braking been applied, the crew could have stopped the aircraft on the
wet runway before sliding off the steep terrain at the runway's end, but
concluded the crew attempted to return to the air. The aircraft slid
down a steep embankment and exploded in the jungle below.
TRANSPLANT SUCCEEDS AFTER CRASH
It's not often that one of
the potential victims of a plane crash is already lying in a hospital
bed when the aircraft goes down but there's a relatively happy ending to
this strange story from England. A Cessna Citation carrying the pilot,
one other person and a liver destined for the man in hospital clipped an
airport antenna in dense fog while landing at Birmingham Airport last
Friday afternoon. The plane slid to a stop on the infield and the
occupants were injured, the pilot seriously. The liver, however, was
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LOCKED OUT OF COCKPIT
Cockpit security was especially tight
for a Delta Airlines flight that was supposed to leave LAX Sunday
morning. Not even the pilots could get in. There are conflicting reports
about exactly what happened with Flight 124 to Atlanta, continuing to
Brussels. Early reports based on phone calls from passengers to news
agencies suggested a crew member was locked behind the bulletproof door.
Later reports only mentioned that the crew that was supposed to take the
767-300 to Atlanta was locked out for four hours while mechanics worked
on it. More...
TO THE RESCUE
A prince came to the rescue of a Welsh man last
week but it was all in a day's work for Flt. Lt. Wales. The rookie RAF
helicopter pilot, more popularly known as Prince William, was at the
controls as he and three other crew flew a challenging search and rescue
mission on Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. A hiker
suffered a heart attack and William and his crew scrambled in poor
weather over rough terrain. The hiker, Greg Watkins, was hoisted from
the mountain in a sling while the prince hovered in appalling weather.
"How he managed to get the helicopter so close defies belief," Watkins
said from his hospital bed as he recovered from heart surgery. "The fog
was so thick at times, you couldn't see your hand in front of your face.
The rain was lashing down and it was howling a gale." More...
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IN ALASKA: FAA'S FOLLY?
Capstone's safety success in Alaska
is often touted in discussions of ADS-B, but Alaskan pilot Jim
Gibertoni says this is misleading at best. IFR magazine's
Jeff Van West found out why he thinks the system will be useless for GA
over much of Alaska. More...
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OF THE WEEK: SPACE COAST AVIATION (KCOI, MERRITT ISLAND,
AVweb reader Eve Cascella calls Space Coast
Aviation at Merritt Island Airport (KCOI) in Merritt Island,
Florida "the kind of FBO that I want to return to":
A friend and I recently flew my Cessna 172
to KCOI the day after their air show had ended and two days before the
shuttle Discovery was scheduled to launch, so it was a busy time.
I had an issue with one of my cockpit instruments, and the Space Coast
maintenance department bent over backwards to get my problem fixed in a
day. Ron and Don were friendly, courteous, and professional, and I was
able to relax because I had confidence that they would take care of my
plane. Vashti, who worked the front desk, made us feel welcome, and she
was very helpful with car rentals and restaurant suggestions. Thank you,
Space Coast Aviation!
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next Monday! More...
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