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SAYS GPS INTERFERENCE WILL BE ADDRESSED
The chairman of the
Federal Communications Commission says LightSquared will not be allowed
to build a broadband Internet system that interferes with GPS. In a
to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, Julius Genachowski says the FCC "will not
permit LightSquared to provide commercial service until it is clear
potential GPS interference concerns have been resolved" and that "under
no circumstances would I put at risk our nation's national defense or
public safety." However, Genachowski also chafes at suggestions by
Grassley that the tentative decision to allow LightSquared access to the
L-band of radio frequencies next to those used by GPS system was done
quickly and without due diligence. He said LightSquared's predecessors
have had access to the L-band since 1995 and the conditional acceptance
of LightSquared's plan to build 40,000 transmitters came at the end of a
yearlong process to transfer the license for that slice of radio
frequency spectrum from Skyterra to Harbinger, which became
LightSquared. He says the GPS industry has been aware of the fine
details of the application every step of the way and, at one point, the
GPS Industry Council wrote a letter saying that interference problems
had been resolved. Now that it's apparent they haven't been resolved,
Genachowski says the Commission will "work thoughtfully and carefully
through the various interference issues that have arisen."
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OF WIND TURBINES AT 2,000 FEET
Regulations and technological
restrictions suggest it may not happen very soon, or at all, but some
researchers believe aerial turbines will be tapping high-altitude winds
for power generation sometime in our future and perhaps within the
decade. For researchers, the mother lode would be to maintain flying
electric generators in the jet stream. Scientists estimate the energy
there could provide for current worldwide power needs 100 times over,
annually. That doesn't mean it could happen and, for now, developers are
focusing on developing tethered products for deployment at altitudes
below 2,000 feet. According to some, the question isn't "if" these
products will start popping up, it's "when." And, for proponents of the
technology, the answer to that is sometime within the next five or six
FLIES 1,400 MILES WITHOUT ENGINE
FedEx pilot Gordon Boettger
on Tuesday set the new high mark for glider flight in the northern
hemisphere when he covered more than 1,400 miles surfing a mountain wave
downwind of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in his 1972 Kestrel 17. The
trip was a 13-hour "yo-yo" flight from Minden, Nev., to Minden, Nev. --
meaning it flew back and forth along the primary wave. But Boettger did
have one section of 854 miles without a turn. He ran at ground speeds up
to 231 mph, flew as high as 28,000 feet and spent most of his time near
the glider's 135-knot Vne. At one point, he was at 27,000 feet at Vne
and climbing at 1,000 feet/min. "I could have gone to 40,000 feet. It
was that kind of day," Boettger told AVweb. "But ATC had me
capped at 28." Boettger said the cap probably kept him below most of the
airline traffic as it crossed the California/Nevada border for San
Francisco International. Records aside, the flight offers some practical
advice for pilots of powered aircraft. More...
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FAILURE AND COCKPIT CRISIS
The loss of Air
France Flight 447 has stirred comments on training and automation,
but if you'd like to better understand the in-cockpit dynamics of a
commercial airliner flying overseas through storms at night ... here's a
closer look. AVweb's Glenn Pew asked Jason Goldberg, a
15,000-hour professional airline pilot who flies long-haul overseas
routes, about those flights and what it's like to be there. The
conversation isn't meant to explain what happened to Air France Flight
447, or to suggest, or second guess whatever actions were taken by its
crew. It's meant to give private pilots and non-pilots an idea of
cockpit culture and the flight environment -- and what happens when
things go wrong. Click through to listen. More...
1549 FINISHING TRIP
US Airways Flight 1549, which started out
for Charlotte, N.C., on the afternoon of Jan. 15, 2009, should reach its
destination in about a week. The fuselage of the Airbus A320-214 that
was operated as Flight 1549 that day started the road journey on the
back of a flatbed truck to the Carolinas Aviation Museum on Saturday.
The aircraft, which was successfully ditched in the Hudson River after
multiple bird strikes by pilots Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and FO Jeff
Skiles, has been in a New Jersey warehouse since then and was almost
auctioned for scrap before the museum launched a campaign to preserve
the hull. Sullenberger, who has since retired from the airline and is
rumored to be working on a movie about the ditching, will speak at a
dedication ceremony for the wreck, which will continue to be a wreck.
|Politics for Pilots From Sea to Shining
GOVERNOR PAYS FOR CHOPPER FLIGHTS
New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie has paid the state $2,100 as reimbursement for using a state
police helicopter to fly to his son's baseball games. The flights
occurred early last week and at first Christie said he considered
dropping in on the games an appropriate use of the helicopter in his
quest to "balance his role as governor and as a father," according to an
Associated Press report. He's also going to ask the
Republican Party to pay $1,200 for a hop from one of the games to a
meeting with fundraisers from Iowa who tried unsuccessfully to get him
to run for president. More...
MONICA SUSPENDS FAST JET FIGHT
The city council and Mayor
Richard Bloom have announced they will not appeal a January ruling that
prevents them from banning Category C and D jets at Santa Monica
Municipal Airport, but 2015 may still bring a showdown. The city has
argued that those larger, faster business jets at the airport present a
safety hazard to nearby houses, some of which sit within 300 feet of the
airport's one runway. But the airport had agreed when it previously
accepted federal funds that it would operate without discrimination.
That agreement expires in a few years, and there may be bigger battles
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
JUNE 6, 2011
Letter of the Week: Airbuses Fly
"Like a Video Game"
I would like to offer my comments
and perspective with regard to the Air
France Flight 447 accident. I have been a A-330 captain since 2003
and have over 4500 hours in the aircraft. While many A-320 pilots
undoubtedly have more series time, I believe this probably makes me one
of the most experienced A330 pilots in the
We have spoken with
the writer of this letter to confirm his identity and honored his
request for anonymity.
Click through to read the rest of this
week's letters. More...
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Can't agree with your spouse on the
quickest way to the supermarket? Lil and Roger LeBlanc flew as a
crew of two in the King Air 100 doing charters around New England.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Lil about what it was like to live
the dream of operating a mom-and-pop aviation enterprise and on the
release of her new book The Flight Level Chronicles.
QUIZ #160: FAR REVIEW
The FAA was shocked
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controllers shan't snooze on the job, some sleep-starved staff have
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OF THE WEEK: FLIGHTLINE OF DOTHAN (KDHN, DOTHAN,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Flightline
of Dothan at KDHN in Dothan, Alabama.
Bill Johnson testified to the FBO's stellar service, from big
things all the way down to the small:
On a recent business trip to Dothan, I had need of some ramp
maintenance for my C310D. Thank goodness I had chosen Flightline of
Dothan as my arrival point. Don Smith and his staff were friendly, very
helpful and went way out of their way to take care of my immediate
needs. When it became apparent that my requirement was beyond his local
resources, rather than direct me to his other maintenance facility, Don
contacted another facility on the field and made arrangments for them to
help me. In today's cut-throat world, it is a rare pleasure to see
cooperation and collaboration at this level with the customer's need
always put first. If your travels ever take you to Dothan, please make
certain to stop in at Flightline of Dothan. You will be glad you did.
The people are the best, service is excellent, facilities are great, and
the popcorn is perfect.
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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We were approaching ORD from the east years ago in a
B-727, which was famous for being able to descend very steeply, as long
as it was not speed-restricted. ORD approach was changing from an east
landing configuration to west, meaning that the airplanes over Lake
Michigan were all going to end up high because of the change in
ORD Controller (to a 727 ahead of us)
"If I give you STORY intersection at 11,000 feet, can you
make it down from there?"
"Yes, but we'll
have to start down right now."
down now; cross STORY at 11,000. Oh, and I need you to do that at 250
"Hey, we can't come down and slow
down at the same time."
Controller (unsure who was
giving him a hard time, since the 727 pilot hadn't used his
"Who said that?"
I think it was Newton."
"I guess I deserved that. O.K., which aircraft is
anticipating an energy management problem?"
Several of us
jumped in and said, "We are!" all at the same time. As a former physics
major, this one really cracked me up. One usually thinks of a comeback
line like that on the drive home, instead of instantly as this fellow
Ron Cox More...
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