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YEARS AFTER 9/11, AVIATORS REMEMBER
With the 10-year
anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks coming up this weekend,
aviators around the country are looking back on that day and its
aftermath, which in many ways is still with us. The FAA commemorated the
9/11 events this week with a video featuring interviews with air traffic
controllers who were on duty that day. The pilot of one of the F-15s
that scrambled -- knowing he might be asked to shoot down an airliner
full of passengers -- recalls the events in an interview with Boston's
WGBH radio. GA pilots also were reminded
this week by the TSA to be extra-vigilant as the anniversary date
approaches. (Click here for the full TSA advisory, in PDF
format.) One of the leaders of the general aviation response, Phil
Boyer, who at the time was president of AOPA, recalled those days in a podcast
interview with AVweb's Mary Grady.
PHIL BOYER, FORMER PRESIDENT OF AOPA
Ten years ago
this weekend, general aviation was faced with an unprecedented challenge
-- first, how to get back in the air at all and then, how to cope with
scores of new regulations as the government struggled to minimize the
threat of future attacks. As president of AOPA, Phil Boyer was on
the front lines of holding back the restrictions and preserving our
freedom to fly. He talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about the events
of September 11, 2011 and his assessment of how we're doing 10 years
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UNIONS DEMAND ACTION ON FAA FUNDING
The latest short-term FAA
funding extension runs out on Sept. 16, and on Wednesday, several
aviation union groups held a news conference at Reagan National Airport
in Washington, D.C., to demand a long-term reauthorization bill. "We
cannot continue to function with this band-aid approach to aviation
funding and safety," said Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots
Association. "It is time to get serious and put the safety of aviation
in the United States ahead of partisan politics." Members of the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the Association for Flight
Attendants, and the Allied Pilots Association also attended the event.
Members of Congress are returning to Washington this week after a summer
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SOON: REMOTE CONTROL TOWERS
Two airports in northern Sweden
are set to become the first test sites for remotely operated control
towers. The system, which is being developed by Saab, will consist of an 82-foot-tall structure
topped by a bank of cameras that will beam a 360-degree panoramic
high-definition image to a control center located miles away. The array
also includes microphones that transmit stereo sound from the airfield,
meteorological sensors, and a light-gun signal that can be operated
remotely. Center controllers will sit at the center of a 360-degree
wraparound screen, and will be able to zoom and pan the images. The
system aims to save on costs by consolidating service for smaller
airports. The two towers in Sweden are expected to go online next year.
NEW LASER THREAT?
Wicked Lasers claims
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than the sun, and is the "world's brightest laser you can legally own."
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but is apparently being marketed to the public. The cost of the new
"S3 Krypton Series" laser is $1,000. According to one review, a
previous model was "dangerous" and only useful for "irresponsible,
reckless activities." That new one is 20 times brighter and in the words
of the same reviewer, is "twenty times as awesome." The reviewer adds,
"I'm terrified of it." Video after the jump. More...
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CESSNA SPARKS CALIFORNIA FIRE
Both men inside a Cessna 210
died when it crashed in a southern California canyon on Sunday, starting
a brush fire that burned across almost 15,000 acres by Wednesday
morning. Twelve homes and 18 other buildings were destroyed, hundreds of
homes were evacuated, and more than 2,000 firefighters and other
emergency responders fought the blaze. The Cessna crashed about 11:25
a.m. on Sunday near the Mountain Valley Airport in Tehachapi, about 150
miles north of Los Angeles. The two men on board were Walter Johnson,
72, of Pomona, and John Nuckolls, 55, of Claremont. More...
YAK CRASH DECIMATES HOCKEY TEAM (VIDEO)
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A Yakovlev-42 crashed on takeoff 150
miles northeast of Moscow Wednesday, killing 43 of 45 aboard, including
many members of an international medal-winning Russian Lokomotiv
Yaroslavl hockey team. The airliner was flying out of Yaroslavl's
Tunoshna Airport for Minsk 4 p.m. local time when it crashed on takeoff,
apparently in clear weather. Witnesses report hearing two loud bangs
prior to the aircraft's hitting a riverbank on the Volga River and
bursting into flames. The jet was carrying 37 passengers and eight crew.
Of the two survivors, one was a crew member and the other was ice hockey
player Alexander Galimov, who was reportedly burned over 80 percent of
his body. Both were reported in critical condition after the crash.
Players on the team had connections to ten nations. Video was taken of
the crash site soon after the jet went down. More...
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PILOTS SPINOFF IN PRODUCTION
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Pilots NWT can look forward to a sequel of sorts. A dramatic spinoff
of Ice Pilots, called Arctic Air, is now in production in Vancouver
by OMNI Film and will air on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
starting in January. Ice Pilots NWT, which is airing on the
National Geographic Channel in the U.S. and was shown on the History
Channel in Canada, followed the real-life exploits of Buffalo Joe
MacBryan and his Yellowknife-based Buffalo Airways. The airline operates
the last scheduled passenger service with a DC-3 and also flies C-46
Commandos and DC-4s. Arctic Air will mirror the reality show and the
star of the program is a former Canadian registered DC-3 that flew for
Whitehorse-based Air North before being retired 17 years ago. Getting
the plane ready for prime time was an adventure in itself and DC-3 buff
Dan Gryder played a starring role. More...
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FIRST GA FLY-IN POSTPONED
The first-ever general aviation
fly-in in China, which was set for later this month, has been postponed
indefinitely, according to AOPA. The event was scheduled for Sept. 22 to 24,
with about 20 privately owned helicopters from around the country
expected to gather at an airport outside Beijing. However, a helicopter
operated by the Beijing Police Department crashed last month into a
reservoir near the fly-in site, killing four of the five people on
board. AOPA China said the crash drew "attention and safety concerns
from the public and the authorities," and the ongoing investigation has
raised questions about whether the airspace will continue to be
accessible. The first-ever AOPA Summit in China, which is scheduled to
take place the same weekend in Beijing, will go on as scheduled.
NEWEST FREIGHTER READY TO FLY
Boeing will deliver the first
747-8 Freighter to launch customer Cargolux on Sept. 19, the company
said on Friday. Cargolux will fly the airplane away from Paine Field in
Everett, Wash., that morning and put the airplane into revenue service.
The second freighter out of the hangar also will go to Cargolux, with
delivery set for Sept. 21. The carrier has a total of 13 of the new
airplanes on order. The 747-8 is 250 feet, 2 inches long, which is 18
feet and 4 inches longer than the 747-400 freighter, with the capability
to carry an additional 22 tons and adding more than 4,000 cubic feet of
volume. Cargolux also took delivery of the first 747-400 freighter, in
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INSIDER BLOG: PREZ NIXES EPA ON OZONE; HOW ABOUT
President Obama shocked the environmental community by
telling the EPA to shelve proposed new regulation that would tighten
ozone emissions. The ostensible reason was economics and jobs, but the
underlying motivation was political. So, we have to ask, if he can do
that for ozone, how about lead? A permanent waiver for leaded avgas
could reduce the headwinds GA is currently trying to weather. Yes, it's
a fantasy, admits Paul Bertorelli in his latest post to the AVweb
Insider blog, But we have entertain ourselves somehow. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: 9/11 WEEK -- YES TO COMMEMORATION, NO TO
As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
approaches, it was inevitable that the media would be filled with
retrospectives and reports. We are right to remember the victims who
died in the attacks and the servicemen and women who have died since.
But we owe it to ourselves not to wallow in the past and to put the risk
of terrorism where it belongs -- a worry, yes, but not one that
threatens the Republic and far, far down the list of hazards we all face
every day. It's time to move on, says Paul Bertorelli in his latest post
to the AVweb Insider blog. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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AEROTREK'S BARGAIN LSAS
Rob Rollison figures it, most LSAs are overpriced, which is why he's
marketing his nicely made Aerotrek airplanes at a base price under
$70,000. Although most invoice for more than that, they still sell for
less than $100,000. In this brief video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli
flies the Aerotrek 220 taildragger version and finds that it has great
visibility, excellent climb performance and features you might not
expect to find in a bargain airplane. More...
ELECTROAIR'S ELECTRONIC IGNITION
Electronic ignition for certified airplanes has been
somewhat of a hard sell, primarily because owners don't always see clear
benefits in either fuel economy or reliability. Electroair would like to
change that with its new certified system for four-cylinder Lycomings.
Here's a quick video tour of how the system works. More...
OF THE WEEK: HAMMOND AIR CENTER (KHDC, HAMMOND, LA)
AVweb reader William Lahners recommended
our latest "FBO of the Week": Hammond Air Center at Hammond Northshore
Regional Airport (KHDC) in Hammond, Louisiana. He writes:
We had such a great experience at Hammond
Air, we had to nominate them! Erin Pierce, the owner, is one of the
nicest and most professional people I have met. Erin is always on-site
and truly runs the FBO like a family business. When the rental car
company didn't come through, he loaned us his Escalade to use.
Since they are brand-new (grand opening is in October) signage is not
good yet, but they are on the west side of the field. KHDC, if you are
not familiar, has an ILS and 6,500-foot runways and is
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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