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BLOCKS CONTRACT SCREENING
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., says he'll
launch an investigation into the TSA's abrupt decision to deny further
applications by airports to replace TSA screeners with those of private
contractors. In a statement issued late Friday, TSA Administrator John
Pistole said he turned down an application by Branson-Springfield
Airport in Missouri to go to private screeners under the Screening
Partnership Program. "I examined the contractor screening program and
decided not to expand the program beyond the current 16 airports as I do
not see any clear or substantial advantage to do so at this time,"
Pistole said. The 16 airports with private screeners will be able to
keep them. There are about 450 airports with passenger security
screening in the U.S. The decision is a reversal of Pistole's earlier
position, in which he said he was "neutral" on whether to allow contract
screeners. Mica is a major proponent of the private option.
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BEGINS TEST OF OPEN AIRSPACE
The Chinese government Friday
officially began the process of loosening its restrictions on private
aircraft by initiating "trial" flights in selected airspace below 1,000
meters. The country chose Haikou, the capital city of China's Hainan
island province, to initiate the flights that will be conducted by four
helicopters flying without the need to seek permission prior to each
flight. The test flights are expected to continue through March. Chinese
airspace is controlled by the military and Civil Aviation Administration
of China and less than 30 percent of it is open to civil aviation.
Currently, pilots of private flights must file ahead of time for
approvals that can take up to a week to arrive. The new rules are
expected to have an effect on that and are detailed after the jump.
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BILL BACK IN PLAY
After three years on the legislative
backburner, it looks like the FAA reauthorization bill is catching fire.
Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., will introduce a new bill next week that
he says is identical to a bill introduced last year (PDF) that was passed 93-0 by the Senate. The House
never did pass it. The proposed bill includes funding for NextGen and
sets an accelerated schedule for its deployment under the auspices of
the newly created senior position in the FAA to keep NextGen on track.
The bill authorizes spending of $34.5 billion over two years and has
general support in the aviation world, but politics is not that cut and
BALKS (SO FAR) OVER SAFETY FEATURE
Santa Monica attempted to
ban certain business jets from its airport in part due to concerns over
safety, but now that a Circuit Court has ruled out the ban, the city's
maneuvering could lead it to turn down a safety measure. Ninety percent
of airport traffic heads west at Santa Monica and homes sit just 300
feet from the runway's west end. Responding to the city's concerns that
those homes might be struck by a larger business jet that overran the
runway, the FAA has offered to install a bed of crushable concrete in
the safety zone there. (It also noted that in 20 years not a single jet
has crashed or run off the runway at SMO.) City officials have not been
quick to accept the FAA's offer, and it may take some mental gymnastics
to understand why. More...
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PATENTS ORGANISM THAT MAKES JET A?
Joule Unlimited, a U.S.
biotech company, has earned a patent for a "proprietary organism" that
it says takes in carbon dioxide, sunshine and (dirty, salt, or clear)
water, and puts out liquid hydrocarbons. The four-year-old
Massachusetts-based company describes its organism as a genetically
engineered cyanobacterium that will deliver "fossil fuels on demand" in
"virtually unlimited quantities." It claims the organism's process
mimics photosynthesis in producing diesel fuel, and is 50 times more
efficient than current biofuel production methods. Claims aside, the
company has attracted former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta to
its board of directors and lists George Church, who helped pioneer the
sequencing of the human genome, on its scientific advisory board. Of
course, that doesn't prove that the process actually works.
FLIES FOLDING WING ONEX
flown the prototype of the Onex, a single-place aerobatic kit LSA
that also has folding wings. Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett, who is also the
aircraft designer, did several laps around Wittman Regional Airport on
Jan. 27 in what he described to onlookers as a "little fighter." The
leisurely test flight, which included a low and over, confirmed the
aircraft's light handling and agreeable flight characteristics. On
landing, Monnett pronounced the aircraft "sweet" and said turns required
no rudder input. He and his colleagues then folded the wings and tucked
the aircraft back in the Sonex hangar. More...
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MAKES UPSET TRAINING MANDATORY
KLM, Holland's flag carrier,
has signed a deal with Arizona-based APS Emergency Maneuver
Trainingto provide upset recovery training to ab initio pilots
training at the airline's flight school in Mesa. KLM has done its pilot
training in sunny Mesa for 65 years at Falcon Field and APS is at
neighboring Phoenix-Mesa Gateway. As technology mitigates many of the
risk factors associated with airline flying, in-flight loss of control
has emerged as the leading cause of airline crashes, according to a
study released by Boeing last year. APS teaches pilots of all experience
levels what to do when their world is turned upside down.
TELLS STORY OF DITCHING
Kelly McHugh, a 1,500-hour commercial
pilot, was flying his Piper Jetprop P46T at 26,000 feet over the Gulf of
Mexico on Dec. 4, 2010, when it became clear that he, his three
companions, and the plane were going into the water. The aircraft
suffered a yet-unexplained engine problem and as it lost power the men
quickly realized they would not impact close to shore. It was up to
McHugh and the three other men (two of whom were experienced pilots) to
save themselves. McHugh estimates that the 90-knot glide lasted at least
30 minutes before the plane hit the water. AVweb's Glenn Pew
spoke to McHugh for the details. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: FAA'S SAIB ON ICING HUH?
probably spent a fair amount of staff research time and money telling us
what we already know: Conventional stall warning systems don't work very
well, if at all, in icing. But having reviewed 25 years worth of data,
they probably missed a boatload of opportunities to tell us things we
really don't know about icing accidents. In the latest installment of
our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli opines that one of these
is tailplane icing. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
JANUARY 31, 2011
Letter of the Week: A Plausible
Do you think that our intelligence community might be a
little behind the curve on the
Chinese J-20? When photos were released of this new aircraft, they
said it was only a mock-up and that China doesn't have the technology to
produce a flyable aircraft of this caliber. When videos were released of
this aircraft in flight, they said, "O.K., it flies, but it's not really
stealthy." When one of these aircraft makes an undetected pass on a U.S.
asset, I guess they'll finally admit that there might be something to
this. After all, much of this information on stealth is available
online, or they can just watch the History Channel or the Military
Channel. Further, there is the admission that portions of an F-117 that
was downed in Serbia were turned over to agents for the Chinese by the
locals, which allowed some degree of reverse engineering to fill in the
gaps. This would make the J-20's capabilities entirely
Michael J. Nutt
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was made possible due to improvements in internet and processor speeds.
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OF THE WEEK: TACAIR (KAMA, AMARILLO, TX)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to TacAir at
Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (KAMA) in Amarillo,
AVweb reader Kenneth Oden tells us what
happened when a short fuel stop turned into a potentially disastrous
Our passengers were
flying back from a Christmas holiday with a new two-month-old baby boy
and didn't want to subject him to an 18-hour drive to Grandma's house.
Our stop turned into an overnight stay when weather at the destination
went far below our jet's minimums. The good folks at TacAir found us a
nice hotel in town and arranged for transportation. The following
morning, our cold, soaked Eclipse would not accept the local GPU and did
not have enough battery power to start on its own. The linemen at TacAir
towed us across the field to another hangar with a different GPU. Long
story short: we would still be stuck if it weren't for Mike Ryan's team.
Our hats are off to this professional team that worked on our problem
for over an hour when there were several other flights leaving at the
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Years ago, I flew out of Santa Monica (SMO). Primary
students quickly learned the controllers were sticklers, especially
regarding radio communication. And that's understandable given the high
volume of traffic. Early on a Saturday morning, I was holding short,
awaiting clearance and monitoring the tower frequency. A student (I
checked later) from an area airport was in the
"Piper One Two Uniform, cleared to
"Cleared to land, One Two
[about a minute
"One Two Uniform, contact Ground on
"Ah okay, 121.9. And, ah,
we're One Two
"That's fine, One
Two UNICORN. You just go ahead now and contact Ground on 121.9 right
[Gales of laughter were heard in the
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