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BANS X-RAY BODY SCANNERS
The European Commission decided in
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studies found a small number of cancer cases linked to use of the
devices. The decision affects all airports in Europe, with an
exception for U.K. airports that will be allowed to test them, but not
deploy them permanently. According to the European Commission, "only
security scanners which do not use X-ray technology are added to the
list of authorized methods for passenger screening at EU airports." The
commission does approve of full non-X-ray body scanners (radio wave
scanners are among those used in the U.S.) when operated under specific
guidelines and restrictions. In the U.S., the TSA uses more than 250
backscatter machines at the nation's 100 busiest airports and is unmoved
by Europe's position. The degree of cancer risk varies somewhat
depending on the source ... as does the degree of usefulness of the
machines themselves. More...
EXAMINES PUBLIC AIRCRAFT SAFETY
More than 2,400 airplanes and
helicopters operated by the federal government, known as "public
aircraft," are not subject to FAA rules, and this week the NTSB is
holding a two-day forum to examine the safety record of these
operations. Public aircraft are used for high-risk endeavors such as
firefighting, law enforcement, and search and rescue. "We have had
accidents in the last few years where we go on scene and we still find
confusion and a lack of clarity over who is responsible for oversight,"
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman told Bloomberg News. "We are holding this
forum to try to create a downward trend when it comes to fatalities and
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introduce a new LSA trainer early next year and sell it for about
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beefed-up tricycle-gear undercarriage to handle student landings, 400 nm
of range, cruise speed of 108 knots, and a fuel burn of 2.5 gallons per
hour, Pipistrel said. The panel features conventional flight gauges
supplemented by a Garmin GPS unit. The company plans to start U.S.
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COURT HEARS PILOT'S MEDICAL CASE
Pilot Stanmore Cooper wants
to sue the government for the emotional distress caused when the FAA
obtained his medical records from the Social Security Administration,
and on Wednesday the case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. A lower
court already has ruled that Cooper's privacy rights were violated, but
the Supreme Court will decide whether compensation must be limited to
financial losses. Cooper, of San Francisco, was a private pilot until
the 1980s, when he was diagnosed with HIV and let his medical lapse. In
1994, he reapplied for a medical certificate, but didn't reveal his
diagnosis for fear he would be denied. The certificate was revoked after
the FAA checked the medical records. Cooper pleaded guilty to a charge
of making a false statement and was fined $1,000. More...
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TECHNOLOGY PROMISES ICING, CORROSION PROTECTION
A new product
scheduled to come on the market early next year promises to provide a
durable coating on metal surfaces that can make them repel water,
providing resistance to icing and corrosion. The coating, called NeverWet, is a
"super-hydrophobic" material that causes water and heavy oils to bead up
and glide away. "Any object coated with our NeverWet coating literally
cannot be touched by liquid," says the Ross Nanotechnology website. "Any
liquid placed on this coating is repelled and simply rolls off without
touching the underlying surface. Not only is this amazing to see, but it
solves a myriad of problems." Although the company hasn't suggested the
product has aviation applications, the GA community has already taken
note -- EAA said the possibilities seem "endless," from keeping
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LAWYER TO CHALLENGE AVIATION AUTHORITY
Following a string of
Russian aviation accidents, a Russian lawyer says he will ask Russia's
Supreme Court to curb the authority of the Interstate Aviation Committee
(IAC), The Associated Press reported Wednesday. Formed in 1992, the IAC
is a post Soviet Union era creation. According to lawyer Igor Trunov, it
embodies a conflict of interest that prevents it from operating
objectively in the interest of safety. Trunov would like to see the
roles of regulatory oversight and investigation currently held by the
IAC separated. He also argues that the IAC failed to determine a true
cause in its investigation of the September crash that killed an entire
Russian ice hockey team. More...
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LOOKING AT PHOENIX AIRSPACE
An NTSB investigator says he's
considering controversial changes to the airspace around Phoenix as a
possible contributing factor in the crash of a Turbo Commander last week
that killed six people, including three children. Mike Huhn told the Arizona Republic that comments he's heard
concerning the role of the airspace design make it a potential
consideration in his investigation. "They are all correct statements.
Therein lies the finger-pointing," Huhn said. He also told newspaper
that the aircraft flew in a straight line at 4,500 feet, 500 feet below
the Class B floor in that area directly into a cliff in the Superstition
Mountains. Local pilots fought changing the floor from 8,000 feet to
5,000 feet when the FAA proposed it in 2006 and their spokesman didn't
mince words on its role in the Thanksgiving Eve crash.
TAX" DELAY RANKLES UK CARRIERS
Airlines in the U.K. are
protesting a government decision to delay application of a passenger tax
to business aircraft flights until 2013. The Air Passenger Duty is now
paid by all airline passengers leaving a U.K. airport and private
aircraft are exempt. It currently adds between $15 and $120 to the cost
of an airline flight depending on its duration. It's scheduled to go up
steadily over the next six years and the government was also planning to
apply a heftier version of it to passengers on private aircraft. It's
been nicknamed the "Learjet tax." According to the Guardian, the airlines have been
lobbying hard to have the tax killed entirely but Tuesday's announcement
that the increases will proceed for them and application of the tax will
be delayed for private aircraft brought cries of discrimination.
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INSIDER BLOG: CESSNA'S SKYCATCHER PRICE HIKE
This one will
cause ripples in the industry because it puts the Skycatcher near the
top of the price tier, which is bound to cause some erosion in the
company's order book. But in his latest post to the AVweb Insider
blog, Paul Bertorelli notes that Cessna's price hike should come as no
surprise. Cessna did essentially the same thing when sales hit the skids
30 years ago, which explains, more than anything else, why Cessna has
remained a profitable aircraft company. Read
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HOW'S THAT GLASS PANEL WORKING OUT?
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model EFIS systems such as the Garmin G1000 and Avidyne Entegra
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OF THE WEEK: LANDMARK AVIATION (KAVL, ASHEVILLE, NORTH
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" is one that
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JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 1)
summer, Jeppesen rolled out its iPad-based Mobile FliteDeck, a complete
chart manager system for owners who already subscribe to Jeppesen's
electronic charting products. In this video, AVweb launches the
first of three Product Minutes to review the new app. More...
JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 2)
Jeppesen's new Mobile FliteDeck is a route-based app
that compiles approach plates and procedures from Jeppesen's charting
materials. In this video, part two of three, Paul Bertorelli takes a
look at how its route functions work. More...
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