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Volume 10, Number 09b -- February 26, 2004

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The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

CONTROLLER LINKED TO CRASH MURDERED...
On Tuesday, an air traffic controller who worked for Skyguide, the Swiss airspace agency, was stabbed to death in his home in Kloten, near Zurich. The victim had been the sole controller on duty in July 2002 when two airplanes collided in Swiss airspace over Lake Constance, killing 71 people, many of them Russian schoolchildren. He was a 36-year-old Danish citizen, a father of three, and was never publicly identified in connection with the crash. Police said a dark-haired man in his 50s rang the doorbell at the controller's home. When the controller answered the door, a fierce and brief argument ensued. The controller was stabbed and the attacker escaped on foot. Yesterday, some news reports said the police think the suspect is the father of one of the schoolchildren who died. More...

...AS MIDAIR INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
Yesterday, Skyguide scaled back flights by 40 percent in Zurich airspace, to help ensure security and out of consideration for its workers. A quarter of Skyguide's Zurich staff did not report for work. Skyguide had been heavily criticized in the wake of the midair collision. Investigators found that only one controller was on duty while his colleague took a break, a collision-alert system was down for maintenance, and a phone warning from German controllers never get through. The Russian pilot of a Bashkirian Airlines Tu-154 was told by the controller to descend, although his onboard anti-collision system was telling him to climb. The pilot obeyed the controller and descended, colliding with the DHL cargo plane, a Boeing 757. More...

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FLYING FOR FREEDOM, OR PERSONAL POLITICS...
It was eight years ago Tuesday that two unarmed civilian Cessna 337 Skymasters were shot down by Cuban MiGs, killing four Miami-based pilots as they searched for rafters fleeing from the island. To commemorate that anniversary, Jose Basulto, founder of Brothers to the Rescue, is planning to fly into international airspace near Havana and drop one million leaflets that he hopes will drift over Cuba. Flying conditions this week have not been favorable, Basulto told AVweb yesterday, but he is ready to go when the winds are right. He doesn't know exactly when that will be, and if he did know, he wouldn't tell in advance of the flight, he said. More...

...AS VIETNAMESE "FREEDOM" PILOT WAITS IN JAIL...
Another pilot who supported the efforts of Cuban exiles is now serving a seven-year sentence in a Thai prison, convicted of hijacking an airplane to drop anti-communist leaflets over Ho Chi Minh City in November 2000. Ly Tong says he didn't use force against the pilot but bribed him with $10,000 to relinquish control. Ly has a long history of anti-communist aerial pamphleteering, and his supporters around the world say he is a freedom fighter and a hero. In January 2000, he rented an airplane in Miami and flew over Havana, scattering leaflets calling for Castro's ouster. In 1992, he took control of a Vietnam Airlines jetliner that launched in Bangkok and scattered 50,000 leaflets over Ho Chi Minh City, which then was known as Saigon. He escaped by jumping from the cockpit with a parachute, but was captured and imprisoned. More...

...AND AFRICANS FLY TO CELEBRATE FREEDOM
A pair of microlight pilots from South Africa have found another way to give wings to their ideas. They launched two trikes from Cape Town on December 17, 2003, to embark on a 50,000-mile flight around the world. "Freedom Flight is a joint celebration of the first decade of a democratic South Africa and South Africa's contribution to the commemoration of the [Centennial]," according to the group's Web site. Ricky de Agrela and Alan Honeyborne plan to circle the world on their own with no ground support, taking 18 months to cross 50 countries and six continents. Monday, the two were in Thailand, and headed north along the coast of China and Russia. More...

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POOR ENGLISH SKILLS DEADLY, ICAO SAYS
Poor proficiency in English, the international language of aviation, contributed to major accidents that cost the lives of over 1,100 passengers and crew between 1976 and 2000, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Misunderstandings are also a factor in many close calls and runway incursions. To address the problem, ICAO has written new requirements for controllers and pilots involved in international operations, mandating for the first time that pilots must pass a test to demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency. The new rules take effect in 2008. Native speakers of English also must try harder to be understood, ICAO says. More...

FIRST FLIGHT OF SPARROWHAWK GYROPLANE
Groen Brothers Aviation (GBA), of Salt Lake City, Utah, announced yesterday that its SparrowHawk Gyroplane has made its first flight. GBA said the enclosed, centerline-thrust, two-place kit-built gyroplane is dynamically and statically stable, making it safe and easy to fly. Jim Mayfield, GBA's chief test pilot and principal designer, said, "During the first flight, basic handling qualities were quantified and found to be within predicted limits. ... The centerline-thrust design, incorporating a generous horizontal stabilizer, ensures stability and increases safety. I believe that most pilots will find the SparrowHawk fun and easy to fly." Depending on the final rule definitions, the FAA's upcoming Light-Sport Aircraft category may allow the SparrowHawk, as a completed aircraft and/or a kit-built with minimum assembly requirements, to qualify as a Light-Sport Aircraft. More...

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CHARLOTTE COMMUTER CRASH UPDATE
Air Midwest will resume doing its own routine maintenance, instead of outsourcing to contractors, it was reported this week. Maintenance has been a major focus of the NTSB investigation into the crash of an Air Midwest Beech 1900 in January 2003 in Charlotte, N.C. The investigation has focused on work that was done to the elevator cables by a contractor shortly before the crash, and on weight and balance. All 21 aboard were killed when the airplane stalled shortly after takeoff. The NTSB's final report on the crash is expected today. More...

CORSAIRS OF AKRON REMEMBERED
More than 4,000 Corsairs were built at the Goodyear plant in Akron, Ohio, during World War II, and the folks at the MAPS Air Museum want to hear from all the people who were there. All former pilots, mechanics, designers and builders are asked to contact the museum, and they will be recognized at a special ceremony at this summer's Aero Expo air show, June 19-20, at Akron Fulton Airport. They will also receive free tickets to the air show. Two Corsairs that were built in Akron will be on display and will fly during the weekend. Other fly-bys will include the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the F-117 Stealth Fighter, a C-130 formation, and a B-52 Stratofortress. More...

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AUSTRALIA TWEAKS ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) announced a new set of procedures last week that it says will improve its rules-enforcement system and enhance safety. The new procedures create a "fairer and more transparent system," CASA said, and will open up enforcement decisions to greater scrutiny by the courts and tribunals. CASA's new chief executive officer, Bruce Byron, says the changes will ensure the punishment fits the crime, and will enable CASA to focus on incidents that have significant safety implications. The reforms also establish a self-reporting scheme that allows pilots to admit mistakes without fear of reprisal. More...

ON THE FLY....
Pilots sued for noise complaints got legal, financial help from AOPA...
FAA online meeting on proposed air-tour rules underway this week...
Asian Aerospace 2004 in Singapore this week, UAVs heavily featured...
The U.S. Army canceled its Comanche helicopter program this week. More...

AEROBATIC CHAMPION KIRBY CHAMBLISS DEPENDS ON OREGON AERO TO ELIMINATE PAIN
U.S. National Champion Kirby Chambliss is one of many aerobatic winners performing at this year's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In who depends on Oregon Aero for comfort in the cockpit. "I use the Oregon Aero™ SoftSeat™ in my Edge 540," says Kirby. "When pulling up to 10Gs, the seat cushion takes on about 2,000 pounds. It helps to make my performance more bearable and also reduces back pain when I'm done performing." Visit Oregon Aero at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In (Building A, 40-42) to see what Kirby means, or check out all of Oregon Aero's products online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/oregon/avflash.

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AVweb's Business AVflash this week sneaks a peek at the draft that may become a formal outline for regulated general aviation security. Some new jets are rolling off the line at Cessna while business aviation celebrates its "safest" year and a close look at GAMA's annual numbers may show reason for economic optimism. Read the latest...

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
Last week, AVweb and TSA polled aircraft owners/operators about the safety of their personal planes. Half of those who responded (220 AVweb readers) were very confident about GA safety, telling us their planes were kept locked in secure hangar when not in use. 34% of respondents had some concerns about the safety of their aircraft, but felt reasonably comfortable with the level of protection in place at their airport. And only 33 AVweb readers told us their airplanes were kept in a low-security environment with no auxiliary locking at all.

This week, we'd like your thoughts on the forever-rising pricing of aging used aircraft. More...

MIKE BUSCH'S SAVVY SEMINAR COMING TO MEMPHIS, VAN NUYS, HARRISBURG, & OSHKOSH!
Ever had "sticker shock" when you got the bill after an annual? Frustrated when problems still aren't fixed after several tries? Flabbergasted by the stratospheric cost of parts? Intimidated by mechanical problems far from home base? Ever felt a shop had you "over a barrel"? Spend an illuminating weekend with Mike Busch — AVweb founder, writer, teacher, pilot, aircraft owner, and A&P mechanic — at one of his Savvy Owner Seminars. He'll share his 40 years of aviation experience, help you become more maintenance-savvy and empowered, and teach you how to get better maintenance while saving thousands of dollars. For complete seminar details plus dozens of Mike's maintenance articles, visit Savvy Aviator Seminars at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/savvy/avflash,

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Raymond J. Hill Jr. of Iowa takes home the coveted AVweb ball cap this week. His homebuilt biplane photo is AVweb's "Picture of the Week." As usual, we had dozens of great aviation photos to choose from — but it's never enough! We really enjoy your photos, so please keep sending them. Your photo may be the next "Picture of the Week"! More...

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