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FATIGUE COMPROMISES REACHED
Mid-shift air traffic
controllers will be allowed to listen to the radio and read "appropriate
printed material" but they won't be allowed to nap under a new deal on fatigue prevention announced Friday.
Controllers who think they're too tired to work can also ask for leave.
The agreement between the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers
Association resulted from a spate of incidents in which controllers were
found sleeping on the job in circumstances varying from having sleeping
arrangements set up to simply nodding off at the console. Some
controllers were fired and others disciplined and the new policies are a
compromise between the FAA's hard line and the union's earlier
suggestions that the occasional cat nap might be a good thing for bored
controllers fighting their circadian rhythms. In the end the agreement
puts the onus on controllers to show up ready for the rigors of the
night shift. "Air traffic controllers have the responsibility to report
rested and ready to work so they can safely perform their operational
duties," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "But we also need to make
sure we have the right policies in place to reduce the possibility of
fatigue in the workplace."
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ISSUE OVER TO FCC
Amid a flurry of dueling press
releases, the stakeholders in the LightSquared/GPS controversy turned
their fortunes over to the Federal Communications Commission in what has
become one of the most controversial applications before the commission
in recent memory. LightSquared wants to build a nationwide network of
40,000 broadband Internet transmitters using radio frequencies in a band
adjacent to that used by an estimated 500 million GPS devices in the
U.S. Tests have shown that the LightSquared signals, which detractors
say are billions of times more powerful than GPS signals, interfere with
GPS and can make devices go dark miles away from the towers.
LightSquared says the interference can be resolved by initially by
moving its signals to the lower end of its frequency band and farther
away from GPS and in the long term by hardening new GPS devices against
its signals. The GPS industry says LightSquared's plans defy the laws of
physics and the only solution is to move the broadband signals far away
from GPS. The stakes are high. LightSquared says its plan will generate
$120 billion in economic benefit. The GPS industry says the interference
will result in a catastrophic collapse of a system that is essential to
the operation of countless devices, systems and programs in the
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CHINA'S "REAL ALTERNATIVE" TO BOEING, AIRBUS?
Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) has signed an agreement with
Ryanair to develop the C919, a new mid-size commercial jet, and,
according to Ryanair, the deal creates real competition for Airbus and
Boeing. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said his company is "seriously
interested in the development of a 200 seat variant of the C919
aircraft." He added, "We are pleased that there is now a real
alternative to Boeing and Airbus." Aside from Ryanair, Comac is expected
to attract serious attention in the Asia-Pacific market over the next
twenty years. And Comac's position in the market has at least one major
company seeking to share resources. More...
FIRST COMMERCIAL BIOFUEL FLIGHT
A Boeing 737-800 carrying 171
passengers out of Amsterdam for Paris Wednesday moved KLM to say it was
"the first airline in the world" to operate a commercial flight on
biokerosene (a used cooking oil, Jet-A mix), with more to come. KLM said
that by September 2011, it will begin 200 more flights, flying the same
route, and using the same 50-50 blend of fuel. Details regarding
regulatory issues are not yet clear. The biofuel portion of the fuel
mixture that KLM used for this latest flight was not derived from the
camonila or jatropha plants. (The plants have earned attention for their
high oil content and low agricultural impact.) KLM used a
cooking-oil-based fuel produced by Dynamic Fuels, a joint venture between Syntroleum
and Tyson Foods. More...
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AVGAS SUIT COULD SHUT DOWN CALI GA
A notice of intended
lawsuit targets California FBOs saying that supplying and using leaded
aviation gasoline violates the California Safe Drinking Water & Toxic
Enforcement Act (Prop 65), and Friday the FBOs fought back. The suit is
being brought by the Center for Environmental Health and the Attorney
General of the State of California. The coalition has won the support of
NATA and Friday filed a response asking a judge to issue an injunction
that would stop the imposition of civil penalties. According to NATA,
elements of the suit "would shut down the entire piston-engine aircraft
fleet in California and end all flight training at the named
airports." There are, of course, potential local and federal
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RECOVERY UNEARTHS UNIQUE STORY
An RAF Spitfire flown by
American pilot Roland "Bud" Wolfe dug itself deep into an Irish hillside
on Nov. 30, 1941, after he bailed out, and now, 70 years later, that
aircraft has been recovered. The recovery effort included an aviation
historian, a team of archaeologists and the BBC, and will serve as the
subject of a documentary. According to the Derry Journal, a newspaper
from the town where the aircraft had been based, Wolfe had joined the
RAF before America's official entry into the war and lost his U.S.
citizenship because of it. He'd been flying on patrol near the north
coast of Ireland when his engine began to rapidly overheat and he bailed
out. Wolfe was detained by members of the Local Defence Force and held
by the Irish Army, but escaped on Dec. 13, leading to what may be an
even more unique story. More...
For the first time, Australian authorities
have grounded a major airline over safety concerns. On Saturday the
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) pulled the operating certificates
for Tiger Airways for a week after Tiger pilots busted low-altitude
limits twice in one month. On June 7, a Tiger A320 was tagged on radar
at 1,500 feet in an area where the minimum altitude is 2,500 feet and
CASA pulled the pin after a Thursday incident when another Tiger A320
aborted a landing at Avalon Airport in Melbourne and was going around
when it also busted the 2,500-foot minimum by about 1,000 feet. "We are
concerned that Tiger does not have the commitment to safety that we
expect from an Australian airline," said CASA spokesman Peter Gibson.
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JULY 4, 2011
Letter of the Week: Questionable
"Question of the Week" and the choices listed reveal a fundamental
misunderstanding about what a depreciation allowance tax benefit is and
what it accomplishes. Rather than serving as a bailout as the editors'
choices imply, depreciation is a win-win for individual companies and
the U.S. economy.
Giving companies tax breaks for capital
investments serves to encourage them to replace older equipment or buy
needed assets for growth, while generating ripple-effect increases in
economic activity. This is why depreciation allowances have received
overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress for many decades and also
why President Obama and Congress enthusiastically supported accelerating
depreciation last year for capital investments, including spending for
Buying a plane for business is no different
than buying a new machine to expand a business. And don't forget that
the vast majority of business aircraft owners and operators are the
small-to-mid-size companies that are vital to our nation's global
economic competitiveness. They even read AVweb . So you can image our
disappointment at seeing such a dependable GA news source buy into
rhetoric designed to secure politically expedient
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INSIDER BLOG: FAA STILL NO SLEEP BREAKS
Last week, the
FAA announced its policy to address controllers dozing off while on
duty. Unfortunately, as is usually the case, politics trumped science.
The agency refuses to recognize that nap breaks are the best, most
enlightened way to restore flagging awareness. Instead, the agency says
mid-shift controllers can listen to the radio and read to stay awake. In
his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli
predicts the inevitable result: The next sleeping controller will be
found with the radio blaring classic rock and a not-that-stimulating
book open to page three. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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OF THE WEEK: WESTERN AIRCRAFT (GOWEN FIELD, KBOI, BOISE,
While many pilots in U.S. and Canada were celebrating
their national birthdays with family trip, AVweb reader Deb
Price discovered the value of a good FBO when she made an
unscheduled stop at Western Aircraft at Gowen Field (KBOI) in
Boise, Idaho our latest "FBO of the Week." Deb
On Saturday of the
July 4 weekend, the Cirrus SR20 we were flying developed a problem with
one of its alternators. Melissa gave us bottles of water while she
called around to find a mechanic even if it was at a competitor!
She lent us the crew car to get lunch while she waited for a response.
There was no one around to look at our problem, so we decided to
continue, since the weather was VFR to our destination. Melissa even
waived fees, since we just stopped for a maintenance issue and didn't
need fuel. She was friendly and professional throughout. What a good
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AVIATION CONSUMER'S TIEDOWN SHOOTOUT
tornado at Sun 'n Fun in April didn't get your attention, it should
have. With EAA AirVenture looming and storms hammering the midwest, it's
time to think about portable tiedown systems for the show. In this brief
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systems, and the walkaway winner is a product you've never heard of.
Overheard on a busy Atlanta approach this
evening. A Cessna was attempting to get VFR flight following and had
been waiting several minutes to get a response from
Grumpy Cessna 12345:
how long do you think it will be until I can get flight following? It's
been over 10 minutes now."
Grumpy Cessna 12345:
"Umm, ah, I am near
an airport 20 miles south of of somewhere.
Oh, hell hang on a second "
quickly moved on to the next aircraft. It was a busy evening; even my
tail number got jumbled at least five times.
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