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FULL-BODY SCAN LEGAL CHALLENGES
The widespread deployment and
use of X-ray based full-body scanners at airports is the new norm, but
critics say the machines are ineffective, can cause cancer, and overstep
civil rights -- because of that, legal battles continue. In late
November, the European Commission linked X-ray "backscatter" machines to
a number of cancer cases and moved to ban the machines from European
airports. In the U.S., one security study found that subjects could fool
the machines with relative ease. Meanwhile, the TSA has taken the
position that individuals randomly selected for scans must comply with
exposure to the backscatter machine, or a full-body pat down. Failure to
submit to either could lead to detention or a fine. While most Americans
seem content to comply, one organization taking issue with the agency's
claims has presented legal challenges to the manner in which the
machines were put online. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with Ginger
McCall, counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, to learn
what those challenges are and what they might accomplish.
CHALLENGING THE GOVERNMENT ON FULL-BODY SCANS
full-body-scanning x-ray Backscatter machines have been found
ineffective and potentially cancer-causing, and the European Commission
has banned the. Here, AVweb's Glenn Pew speaks with Ginger
McCall, who works with EPIC.org, an organization that has mounted
legal challenges to the implementation and use of the
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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
similar concerns. The fact that the final rule will not take effect
immediately has earned it criticism from safety advocates, and there are
other concerns about the rule's details. More...
PILOTS TAKE FAA TO COURT OVER FATIGUE RULES
Pilots Association (IPA) filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of UPS
pilots in an effort to force the FAA to include cargo carriers in new
pilot rest rules finalized, Wednesday. The FAA saw fit to apply the new
rules to passenger flights only. It found that forcing cargo carriers to
adhere to the new rest rules would cost that branch of the industry $214
million. An attorney for the pilots' union cited some of the FAA's other
findings -- specifically that night operations and flying through
multiple time zones increase the risk of pilot fatigue. Those conditions
may confront cargo pilots as often, or more often, than their
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FOR FAA FUNDING EXTENSION?
Congress' inability to agree on a
long-term reauthorization plan for the FAA, has led to 22 temporary
funding measures and the latest one is set to expire, January 31. House
and Senate leaders still disagree about labor provisions in a stalled
long-term extension bill. When Congress last visited this issue in late
July, a stalemate led to government inaction that resulted in a partial
shutdown of the FAA. More than 4,000 FAA workers and possibly as many as
75,000 contract workers were sent on temporary furlough until Congress
resolved to produce the most recent funding extension without addressing
fundamental areas of disagreement. There are reports, however, that,
this time, there may be cause for optimism. More...
FORCE: PILOT'S FAILURE WAS FATAL
The Air Force is blaming a
veteran pilot for the crash of his F-22 fighter, saying he lost control
of the airplane while preoccupied with fixing the oxygen system . Capt.
Jeffey Haney had his mobility and vision restricted while flying an F-22
at 38,000 feet and 1,039 KTAS, at night, and then the jet cut off his
oxygen supply. According to the accident report released last week,
Captain Jeffrey Haney became distracted when his oxygen system stopped
delivering oxygen. After initiating a descent, he allowed his F-22 to
roll past inverted, unchecked. The fighter's attitude resulted in a
vertical speed of -57,800 feet per minute. Haney failed to recognize
that, according to the report, and also did not activate the emergency
oxygen system. Haney attempted recovery from the resultant supersonic
dive with a 7.4-G pull, three seconds before impact. Conditions in the
cockpit revealed by the report may contribute some telling details.
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RELEASES TRAINER APP FOR GTN 750
Garmin announced on Tuesday
it has released a new iPad 2 trainer app for its GTN 750 hybrid
navigator, downloadable from the iTunes app store for $24.99. The iPad
is an especially good training device, according to Garmin spokesman
Carl Wolf, because of the touchscreen, which simulates the actual GTN
750 operation. "By using this tool, pilots can interact with the trainer
like they would with the device in the cockpit," Wolf said. The GTN 750
was introduced in March. More...
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SPORT PILOT EXAMINERS DON'T NEED A MEDICAL
The FAA has issued
an amendment to its 2009 rule on Part 61 flight
training to make several corrections and clarifications. To conduct
flight tests for the sport-pilot certificate, examiners aren't required
to have a medical certificate as long as they have a U.S. driver's
license, the FAA now says. EAA welcomed the change. "While this correction is
important to all sport pilot examiners, it was critical to the few
examiners conducting practical examinations in weight-shift control,
powered parachutes, and gyroplanes," said David Oord, EAA government and
advocacy specialist. The change doesn't apply to sport-pilot flight
tests in gliders or balloons. The FAA's amendment also clarified two
other points. More...
SPRUCED UP FOR EXPO
Those flying into the 2012 Sport Aviation
Expo in Sebring, Florida in January are in for a smooth surprise. Runway
18-36 is being rebuilt and will be a lot easier on the equipment and
personnel. "The existing pavement section has exceeded its design life
and is severely cracking," said Sebring spokeswoman Erin Ries. The
airport is closed from 2300Z to 1200Z daily for the work until Jan. 17,
just before Expo opens on Jan. 19. If you're planning to fly to Sebring
in the meantime, don't forget to check the NOTAMs. The just-in-time work
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CELEBRATES 25 YEARS, PIPISTREL PILOT LOOKS AHEAD
Voyager flew around the world unrefueled and touched down at Edwards Air
Force Base at 8:06 a.m. on December 23, 1986, 25 years ago, and in a few
days, a project from Pipistrel aims to achieve new world-rounding goal.
Rutan's aircraft was piloted by his brother Dick and pilot Jeanna Yeager
and made its 24,986-mile trip in just over nine days. It averaged 116
miles per hour while burning through nearly 7,000 pounds of fuel. The
achievement earned the team multiple accolades, and was recognized with
a Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association, for the
greatest flying achievement in the United States, that year. One pilot
will set off early in 2012 in a Pipistrel aircraft with the intent to
round the world in a fixed wing aircraft, burning the least amount of
fuel per distance flown. He will not be taking the shortest route
EARHART FLIES A CIRRUS
Denver traffic reporter Amelia Rose
Earhart is distantly related to the famous aviator, and says her parents
gave her that name to inspire her -- and it worked. Earhart already has
earned her private pilot certificate, and this week she's flying from
Oakland, Calif., to Miami in a Cirrus SR-22 to re-trace one of her
namesake's famous flights (and blogging about it, here).
She's working on her instrument rating, and hopes to eventually follow
Earhart's route around the world -- skipping the part about going
missing over the ocean, of course.
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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
product called ReKrete can help improve it. Aviation Consumer's
Paul Bertorelli demonstrates the product in this brief video.
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...
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One day, while flying over the Rockies with a
strong jet stream and many turbulence reports in the Denver airspace, I
heard Denver Center ask for ride reports.
"Good day, Denver. United 123 with you at FL
"Roger, United 123. How's your
"Well, the captain is having his
lunch, and he just jabbed himself with his fork; so we could call it as
123. Break, break. Air Canada 456, how's your ride at
Air Canada 456:
"Sorry, Denver, we can't tell.
We haven't eaten yet."
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