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HOPES INSURANCE COVERS TORNADO-RELATED COSTS
A total of 25
exhibitors and attendees whose airplanes were damaged or destroyed in
the March 31 tornado
at Sun 'n Fun have by now received an invoice from the show for the
towing and environmental cleanup costs associated with their aircraft.
podcast interview, SNF spokesman Jim Bernegger said the show's
insurers did not cover those expenses because they consider them the
responsibility of the individual owners and their insurance carriers. He
said a letter accompanying the invoice recommends owners submit the
invoice to their insurance companies as part of their overall claim. The
total cost is about $90,000. Individual bills vary with the
circumstances of the wreckage removal and the amount of oil, fuel and
other pollutants spilled as a result, but all the bills are in the
thousands of dollars. He noted SNF has paid hundreds of thousands of
dollars in tornado-related costs not covered by its insurance.
INSURANCE FALLOUT AT SUN 'N FUN
Not all the costs associated
with cleaning up after last year's tornado are being covered by Sun 'n
Fun's insurance carriers, and individual aircraft owners are being asked
to submit claims to their carriers. SNF's Jim Bernegger spoke
with AVweb's Russ Niles.
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COALITION FORMS TO FIGHT TAXES
A coalition of nearly 30
industry groups (including AEA, ALPA, AOPA and NATCA) has organized to
fight aviation tax increases while supporting aviation spending
programs. The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) issued a statement
Friday that urged Congress to "reject the proposed taxes" it says are
part of a White House and Congressional Super Committee proposed
debt-reduction plan. The same statement also said AEA "applauds the
administration" for funding NextGen modernization efforts to the tune of
$1 billion. According to AEA, the plan would impose two new taxes that
would pay for general deficit reduction (unrelated to aviation). One
described by AEA as a "user fee scheme" would apply a $100 per flight
fee for "all flights" (excluding piston aircraft and other specific
operations, according to AEA). A second fee would be collected in the
form of a $5-per-trip passenger security tax. AVweb contacted AEA
president Paula Derks and played devil's advocate to learn more about
the proposal and the coalition's position. More...
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ORDERED BACK IN THE AIR
Australia's labor tribunal Sunday
ordered Qantas to resume operations a day after the airline locked out
its employees and ceased operations. The tribunal Fair Work Australia
also put an end to rolling walkouts by three of the airline's unions,
which Qantas officials say led to the unprecedented action. In a
showdown with pilots, baggage handlers and maintenance workers, Qantas
grounded its aircraft Saturday and threatened to start shutting the
airline down unless the unions stopped the sporadic strikes that have
disrupted operations. "If this action continues as the unions have
promised, we will have no choice but to close down Qantas part by part,"
CEO Alan Joyce said Saturday. "The airline will be grounded as long as
it takes to reach a conclusion." He called the work stoppages a
"high-handed ambush." Meanwhile, the unions say they were similarly
shocked at the airline's dramatic action. The Australian & International
Pilots Association claimed the shutdown was "pre-meditated, unnecessary
and grossly irresponsible." Qantas normally flies more than 60,000 pax a
day on 108 aircraft from 22 destinations, including, of course, the
major city of Perth, where some folks not likely used to having their
travel plans disrupted were briefly stranded. More...
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SPLITS BONANZA IN TWO
A twin-engine 1978 Piper PA-44-180
Seminole being flown Tuesday through maneuvers near Aurora State
Airport, Oregon, collided with a flying Beech Bonanza V35, essentially
cutting the single in half, sending its pieces to the ground and killing
its pilot. The midair took place at about 4 p.m., in clear weather. The
twin lost a section of its nose and was put down, safely, in a field.
Its occupants, an instructor and student, walked away uninjured. The
Beechcraft was piloted by retired Oregon State Police sergeant Stephen
L. Watson. Debris from his aircraft came down over a one and one-half
square-mile area, with the tail landing in a tree about a mile from the
rest of the aircraft. Early reports appear to differ in their
description of the initial collision. More...
LIGHT STARTED VANCOUVER CRASH SEQUENCE
The pilot of a
Northern Thunderbird Air King Air 100 that crashed in Vancouver last
week told passengers they were turning back to the airport because of a
minor oil leak in one engine. He notified the tower and said an
emergency stand-by from the airport fire department wasn't necessary.
Ten minutes later, while the aircraft was on a stable approach, it
suddenly veered left and crashed on a perimeter road just outside the
fence, injuring all seven passengers and two crew as well as two
occupants of a car that was hit by wreckage. Pilot Luc Fortin, 44, later
died from burns. "That's our challenge: to determine why what appeared
to be a benign indicator problem turned into such a tragic event,"
Transportation Safety Board investigator Bill Yearwood told reporters. A
passenger onboard said the pilots' body language belied their otherwise
calm demeanor. More...
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GAVE UNAUTHORIZED CHECK RIDES
Teterboro-based aviation safety
inspector Harrington Bishop, 63, entered a guilty plea in a federal
court Thursday on charges of receiving illegal gratuities in exchange
for what court documents allege were hundreds of unauthorized pilot
check rides. Bishop had been assigned to the Teterboro FSDO. On
available days off, weekends, and holidays, from May 2004 to February
2011, he allegedly took pilots on check rides at Cave Flight School at
Flying W Airport in Medford, N.J. Pilots who flew with him on those
occasions ultimately numbered in the hundreds. None of the flights were
authorized, each one illegally paid Bishop, and in almost every case a
certificate was granted to the tested pilot. More...
POINTING WEB PAGE LAUNCHED
The FAA has launched a page on its website to allow laser-pointing
incidents to be reported online. Although penalties for shining a
handheld laser at an aircraft have been beefed up (fines can be as high
as $11,000) the number of reported incidents continues to climb. As of
this month, there were about 2,800 reported incidents. Although there
have been no reported crashes directly attributable to laser pointing,
the FAA says it's serious business that warrants a serious response.
"Lasers can distract or temporarily blind pilots who are trying to fly
safely to their destinations and could compromise the safety of hundreds
of passengers," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told delegates to an
Airline Pilots Association-sponsored conference on the topic last week.
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HOMES IN ON RESCUERS
It's not often an ELT homes in on its
would-be rescuers but that's the position Canadian search-and-rescue
volunteers found themselves in last week. Members of the Regina,
Saskatchewan chapter of the Civilian Air Search and Rescue Association
(CASARA) hopped in a Cessna 172 to help a Canadian Forces
search-and-rescue C-130 pinpoint the location of an ELT signal being
broadcast from somewhere nearby. They quickly determined the signal was
coming from a malfunctioning or accidentally activated ELT in the
northern part of the city and returned to the airport to start a ground
search. The Hercules went back to base. It was when the CASARA members
were setting up their ground-based homing equipment that the story got
more interesting. More...
FLEET BOUNCES BACK AFTER HAIL EVENT
Diamond aircraft is using
the outcome of an Oct. 17 hailstorm that ravaged Middle Tennessee State
University's (MTSU's) 20 Diamond aircraft and 5 Pipers to tout the
repairability of its composite airframes. Hail cracked one canopy during
the storm and put two holes in composite wing skins while also pelting
other airframes, including some metal ones, collected on the ramp at
Murfreesboro Airport, Tenn. MTSU called in Diamond representatives to
assess the damage and, according to MTSU's Dr. Wayne Dornan, "the metal
aircraft are going to be AOG (aircraft on ground) for an extended period
pending repairs, while the Diamond fleet is again fully operational."
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OCTOBER 31, 2011
Letter of the Week: Experience Makes a
At some point (my guess is around 3,000 hours)
additional flight time matters little. Until then, the learning curve is
pretty steep. Even highly and expensively trained military pilots
struggle in high-density airports at peak hours while many low-time
pilots are struggling with both the high-performance airplane and radio
traffic even in relatively low-traffic situations.
As is true with
flying at many different levels, the individual tasks are often not
particularly difficult, but the multitude of tasks across a wide range
of disciplines is much more difficult to accomplish, especially while
maintaining good overall situational awareness. Ask any training or
check pilot in the commuter industry what they face with low-time pilots
(even from good college programs), and they will tell you a few
individuals make the transition with relative ease but most are behind
the power curve. Only experience with hard work will eventually overcome
Ask the captain of an airliner what pressures fall on him or
her with a 300- or 500-hour pilot in the right seat in and out of
airports like JFK, ORD, or LAX with less fuel than comfort would require
during rush-hour operations, especially with low visibility and
ceilings, and I expect you'll appreciate the difficulty of their job and
the potential dangers involved.
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OF THE WEEK: PASCAN AVIATION (CYHU, MONTREAL, QUEBEC,
AVweb readers don't always pick the best time to
try a new FBO, and that was certainly the case when Ray C.
arrived at St. Hubert General Airport (CYHU) in Montreal, Quebec.
Despite a flurry of construction activity and business demanding
attention, the team Pascan Aviation impressed Ray by making time
to get him in and out of the FBO in style and that's why they're
our latest "FBO of the Week"!
Here's what Ray had to say about
When I arrived at
Pascan aviation they were enlarging their ramp, and there was lots of
activity with the construction. I flew in with a C-150, and immediately
I was greeted by two rampies who were helpful. One got my rental car,
and the other fueled my plane. Julie the receptionist was so helpful;
she got me a great room in a hotel downtown. Overall, [despite] the
activity going on that day there was also a Challenger on the
ramp I feel like I got the best service possible. The fuel price
was great, and the ramp fee was waived with the fuel purchase. I will be
going back there one day soon, that's for sure.
friendly words that are great to a pilot.
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While ferrying an airplane from Michigan to
Florida, we heard a friendly exchange between a male controller and a
female pilot. The pilot was not having a great day and was not too happy
"At least you have a nice
view. I'm stuck in a dark room just looking at
Pilot:"It's not much better up here,
My female pilot and I both burst out laughing.
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