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FINALIZES FATIGUE RULES AMID CRITICISM
Pilots will have a
10-hour minimum rest period prior to flight duty with enough time during
that period for eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, according to new
rules (PDF) finalized Wednesday by the FAA -- there are
other details and exceptions. Cargo operators will not be subject to the
new rules unless they elect to opt in. Echoing the concerns of his
cargo-carrying brethren, Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association
President Capt. Steve Chase said, "It is our hope that lawmakers will
reconsider the cargo carrier exemption and ensure that legislation meets
the original intent of 'One Level of Safety.'" The NTSB Wednesday voiced
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With Randy Babbitt's recent departure
from the FAA's top job after a drunk-driving arrest, the job is being
filled by his former deputy, Michael Huerta, but speculation has already
begun about who will be the next administrator. In an analysis by Politico on Tuesday, five names are floated,
including several who are well-known in aviation circles -- NTSB
Chairman Deborah Hersman, former ALPA leader Duane Woerth, and former
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PLANS VOR REDUCTIONS
As part of its strategy to upgrade the
National Airspace System, the FAA last week proposed to reduce the number of VOR facilities to a
"minimal operational network" by 2020. The agency said the minimum
network would enable aircraft anywhere in the continental U.S. to
proceed safely to a destination with a GPS-independent approach within
100 nm. The FAA will convene a working group to consider which VORs will
be shut down. "Each facility will be evaluated on its own merits," the
FAA said. The group will use "relevant operational, safety, cost, and
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SENTENCE FOR REPEAT AIRPLANE THIEF
Colton Harris-Moore, the
teenager whose two-year crime spree included the theft of several
airplanes -- which he taught himself to fly from manuals and videos --
was sentenced on Friday to serve seven years and three months in jail
after pleading guilty to 33 counts of burglary and theft. Harris-Moore,
now 20, was "pleased" with the sentence, according to his lawyer, John
Henry Browne. "He was expecting the worst," Browne told The Associated Press. In a letter (PDF) to the judge, Harris-Moore apologized for his
crimes and described the "euphoria" of his first flight, even though the
weather was horrible. "My first thought after takeoff was 'Oh my God,
I'm flying,'" he wrote. "I had waited my entire life for that moment."
Harris-Moore flew the Cessna 182 stole from Orcas Island Airport in the
dark into the teeth of a Northwest wind and rainstorm that grounded a
lot of other aircraft and admitted he was lucky to survive. He
eventually landed it hard near Yakima. He stole at least two more
planes, a Cirrus SR22 and finally a Cessna Corvalis that he ditched in
the Caribbean, where he was captured after police shot out the engine of
a boat he'd stolen. He said he planned to use his prison time to study
and he hopes to eventually go to college for aeronautical engineering.
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FILES FCC PETITION
LightSquared has thrown down a potentially
tricky legal gauntlet and challenged the Federal Communications
Commission to clarify its right to use the sliver of radio spectrum it
owns for a ground-based broadband network. In a petition for declaratory
ruling (PDF) filed Tuesday, the upstart broadband service
wholesaler repeats its claim that the manufacturers of GPS devices that
are affected by the broadband signals are to blame for the interference.
"It recently has become apparent that the commercial GPS industry has
manufactured, and sold to unsuspecting consumers, unlicensed and poorly
designed GPS receivers that 'listen' for radio signals both in the
'RNSS' frequency band in which the U.S. GPS system is intended to
operate, as well as across the adjacent 'MSS' frequency band that is not
intended for GPS use, and in which LightSquared is licensed," the
petition says. "The commercial GPS industry claims, without
justification, that these GPS receivers somehow are entitled to
'protection' from the LightSquared authorized operations ...."
LightSquared is also asking that the manufacturers of GPS equipment be
kept out of any deliberations on the future of LightSquared's
applications because, according to LightSquared, the GPS makers lack the
legal standing to have their comments heard. The GPS industry says the
filing is a rerun of previous LightSquared rhetoric that selectively
cites previous FCC rulings and ignores its own positions on the
interference issues. More...
CONSUMER: CIRRUS SAFETY RECORD JUST AVERAGE
When the Cirrus
SR20 and 22 first appeared a dozen years ago, the models' full airframe
parachute system and stall/spin resistant wing were expected to set new
standards for light aircraft safety. But according to Aviation
Consumer's January edition, the Cirrus line has achieved, at best, a
middle of the road safety and accident record that makes its fatal
accident rate a bit better than Mooney and Piper high-performance
models, but a bit worse than the Columbia/Corvalis series and Cessna's
venerable 172 and 182. The magazine studied accident records dating back
as far as 30 years on 11 popular GA light aircraft. Among its findings
are that the Cirrus overall accident rate is 3.25/100,000, placing it
closer to the top of the list of airplanes Aviation Consumer
considered and about half of the GA average overall accident rate of
6.3/100,000. Only Diamond's DA40 and DA42 had better overall accident
rates -- dramatically so in the case of the DA40, whose overall rate is
1.19, a little more than a sixth of the GA average. More...
CITED IN TBM-700 FREEWAY CRASH
All five people on board a
Socata TBM-700 were killed Tuesday morning after the single-engine
turboprop apparently lost a wing in flight, then spiraled to a crash in
the median of busy Interstate 287 in New Jersey and burned. Nobody on
the ground was hurt. The airplane had taken off from Teterboro just 14
minutes earlier, about 9:50 a.m., headed for Atlanta, the NTSB said on
Tuesday afternoon. The pilot and ATC discussed reports of icing in the
area. A chunk of the missing wing was found about a quarter-mile from
the wreckage, lodged in a tree. The airplane belonged to Jeffrey
Buckalew, 45, a New York investment banker, who was the pilot. Also on
board were Buckalew's wife and two children, a co-worker, and a dog.
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GOT AN OILY HANGAR FLOOR? THIS STUFF CAN SPRUCE IT UP
us dream of a gleaming gray expoxy-coated hangar floor illuminated by
the glare of bright lights. But most of us actually have oil-stained
concrete, dingy from years of abuse. If your floor is stained badly, a
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F-106 CORN FIELD BOMBER, CONVAIR DELTA DART
an unusual story. The jet you're looking at is an F-106 Delta Dart. A
storied interceptor in its day, it was built to exceed an Air Force
requirement for 1.9 mach and continuous flight at 57,000 feet. It did
both. And in December 1959, it set a speed record, of 1,525 mph, or
about 2.3 mach, while flying at 40,000 feet. Its pilot at the time,
Major Joseph Rogers, claimed the record might not be accurate. He was
still accelerating, he said, at the time. But this particular jet is
famous for a different reason. More...
OF THE WEEK: CARDINAL AIR (KHBI, ASHEBORO, NORTH
AVweb reader Mac Forbes gives us the
low-down on a top-notch FBO at North Carolina's Asheboro Regional
Airport (KHBI) Cardinal Air, recipient of our latest blue
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Their service starts with a friendly "welcome" on the CTAF and,
unless they're very busy, a personal greeting on the ramp with an offer
to pump 100LL for you at the self-service price! Karen's team
(Bobbi, Ben, etc.) make you feel as if you're the most important
customer of the day! Right there on the field, also, Mr. Jeffers
operates an excellent full-service avionics shop where convenience and
cordial, competent service are clearly priorities, with everything from
VFR TXP checks to full glass cockpit upgrades. And the North Carolina
Aviation Museum is adjacent, convenient, and loaded with interesting
aircraft and artifacts well worth a few hours for touring! HBI is a
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