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RELEASES GA SECURITY GUIDE
After many months of meetings, the Transportation Security
Administration has released a set of general aviation airport "security enhancements." This document had the
potential of being extremely onerous for GA and all who dwell therein
... but almost surprisingly, it isnt. "This is not
one-size-fits-all," General Aviation Manufacturers Association VP of
Government Affairs Brian Riley tells AVweb. "No one set of rules
would fit all 5,000 public-use airports, nothing would be broad enough.
[The] TSA is allowing airport operators to determine what would be best
at their particular facility." What the "Security Guidelines for General
Aviation Airports" does is give airport managers information about what
other airports similar in size and proximity to population centers are
doing, and how they can do it, too. More...
WE THERE YET?...
How exactly do you know what your local GA airport should be doing?
Obviously, those busy paved aerodromes near larger cities and potential
targets are expected to do more than grass strips surrounded by pastures
and farmland. The 48-page document includes a type of scoring system to
determine what sort of security your facility should have and offers a
number of suggestions. The suggestions range from keeping an eye on
aircraft renters to establishing an on-airport "community watch"
program. An amazingly reasonable sentence warns airports that "Expending
resources on an unnecessary security enhancement (e.g. complete
perimeter fencing, and access controls) instead of a more facility
specific, reasonable, and more effective method (e.g. tiedown chains
with locks) may actually be detrimental to an airports overall
security posture." More...
GA'S THREAT LEVEL DIMINISHES
Based on what we're seeing on the local evening news during this May
ratings sweep, general aviation aircraft and airports are an increasing
danger to life, liberty and the pursuit of terrorists. Thankfully,
compelling promos and artfully edited sound bites haven't convinced the
TSA that a total GA lockdown is needed. Look at page 10 in the
just-released TSA security guidelines and you will see this:
"[The] TSA has not taken a position that GA airports and aircraft are a
threat, in and of themselves." More...
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AVIATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND FIGHTS BACK
GA pilots and airplane owners may have gotten a break from the TSA, but
there is still danger afoot, warns Steve Cunningham of the General
Aviation Legal Defense Fund (GALDF). The GALDF was formed in response to
the Massachusetts group Stop the Noise, which has been busy suing pilots who have the audacity to fly over their
homes. "I have never seen this in America, never," Cunningham tells
AVweb. "We [the GALDF] want to go on the offensive ... we intend
to try these people [Stop the Noise] in the court of public opinion."
The fund hopes to raise $100,000 to help pay legal expenses for those
pilots entangled in the Stop the Noise lawsuit, and spread the word that
airplane liberties are just the first rights that may be lost if the
lawsuit succeeds. The landowner-filed court action claims that legal GA
flights over homes, towns and property are a "nuisance." Landowners are
also demanding to be compensated for their alleged inability to use
their property. More...
HELP IS NEEDED, TOO
Cunningham and crew have set up a Web site and are encouraging that donations be made,
because any pilot could be targeted next, and he or she will need your
help. Though the case could be tossed out of the courtroom in
Massachusetts, this type of thing will probably not end there.
Cunningham tells AVweb that people from Wisconsin, California and
other states have come to meet with the Stop the Noise group. He is
urging even those who have never flown in a small airplane or considered
flying lessons to take notice. "ATVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, they're
all at risk if this lawsuit sets a precedent," he says.
AIRCRAFT TALKS TEXAS
currently based in Pueblo and Centennial, Colo, is looking to head south with its
A700 Adam Jet, according to the Dallas (Texas) Business Journal.
Centennial Airport manager Robert Olislagers confirms to AVweb
that Adam is looking, and has been for some number of months. Olislagers
says Colorado has precious few economic development dollars to dole out
and that has hamstrung his efforts to secure the A700 final assembly
facility at Centennial Airport. Olislagers is high on the company and
the A700 personal jet. "I think whoever comes out of the gate first with
a microjet will make a significant impact. It is something we
desperately wanted to keep here, but we had nothing to offer."
CONCERNED WITH DEN GROWTH
As Olislagers bemoans his lack of economic incentives in Arapaho County,
there is debate in Denver as to whether the state is competitive in
developing an aviation industry. However, the concern seems centered on
Denver International Airport (DEN) and airline expansion. The study
finds that new commercial aircraft and airplane parts that go on
commercial aircraft should be exempt from Denver's 3.5% sales and use
tax. The study also finds that more study is needed. Airlines that
purchase planes for delivery to Denver regularly get socked, as do those
paying for maintenance and repairs. More...
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AGREES TO HELP WITH TANKERS
It took no less than the U.S. Congress to get the FAA, NTSB and Forest
Service in a room together to come up with a plan that might get at
least a portion of the country's grounded fire-tanker fleet back in the
air. Last week, the Forest Service grounded 33 tankers after the NTSB
raised serious concerns about their airworthiness. But once they were
grounded, there they sat. The NTSB can't inspect and certify planes, and
the FAA doesn't have jurisdiction over the firefighting birds. A request
from concerned congresspersons compelled the FAA this week to agree to
help the Forest Service come up with an inspection system of its own.
FAA spokesman Les Dorr wouldn't speculate on whether the effort would
put any airplanes back in the air in time for the wildfire season.
STATUS DELIVERED TO YOUR BLACKBERRY
In the race to make all things technology-accessible, your Friendly
Aviation Administration has launched a program called Fly FAA Wireless.
All you need to have the information at your fingertip is a personal
digital assistant (PDA) and a, well, fingertip. FAA Fly Wireless
contains all the downloadable latest on weather at the nation's largest
airports, plus information on flight arrivals and delays. This version
is mainly for the flying public, not pilots, but will tell anyone who
queries whether they are going to miss their next connection.
AGAIN: YOUR GUIDE TO KICKING TERRORIST BACKSIDE
One big thing has changed in the wake of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Terrorists intent on taking over commercial airliners had better be
prepared for a hair-pulling, screaming, kicking, multi-passenger set-to.
We've all reassured ourselves that we would fight in that type of
situation, but exactly what should we do if we're sitting wedged between
two other pax and someone pulls out a weapon? Authors Mark H. Bogosian,
Michael K. Regan and Tommy L. Hamilton tell you in a new book entitled,
"Never Again: A Self-Defense Guide for the Flying
Public." The book was assembled in 2002 for consideration as a
federal cockpit- and cabin-defense manual, and goes through a number of
easy-to-follow self-defense tactics and techniques. More...
'N FUN CLAIMS RECORD EXHIBITORS
Despite a week that began cool, wet and windy, Sun 'n Fun officials
in Lakeland, Fla., confirm things ended well. By the last of the
seven-day run at Lakeland's Linder Regional Airport, some 160,000
visitors had walked through the gates, 5,000 airplanes had come to
visit, and 501 commercial exhibitors -- a record number -- had set up
NATA launches ground-safety initiative...
Two F-16s collided over the border of Illinois and Indiana, killing one
Boeing Co. has made its final offer to machinists in St. Louis...
A snockered stripper got past security in Scotland and climbed aboard a
private jet to doze...
A bus and a plane collided at Russia's Sheremetyevo-1 airport, injuring
Women in Aviation choose March 10-12 in Dallas for 2005 convention.
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Quiz #81: Know Your Limits
The freedom of flight is only limited by your imagination and a few
thousand federal regulations. Let's navigate down to the regulatory
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
It's been over a month since Sun 'n Fun, but photos from the Florida
fly-in continue to dominate our "Picture of the Week" feature. This
week's winning photo was taken at the show by Robert Blais of Granby,
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FLYING MAGAZINE'S JUNE ISSUE IS TYPICAL
Starting with the new Cessna Citation XLS on the
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