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Volume 10, Number 24b -- June 10, 2004

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AT DC, "INCOMING PLANE!" ... "YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE TO IMPACT."
Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher's King Air 200 yesterday caused panic in Washington D.C. just hours before the expected arrival of the casket bearing former president Ronald Reagan. The aircraft was cleared to land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) inside the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) but while radio communications were never lost, something about the plane's transponder signal was -- 13 miles southwest of DCA, Greg Martin, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told reporters. The "equipment problem," as Fletcher's chief of staff Daniel Groves called it, somehow sparked officers in the government's most prominent buildings to shout memorable phrases like, "To the basement, to the basement." Women were told to immediately remove heeled shoes to better enable them to run. Before the all-clear was given, F-15s were summoned, several Supreme Court justices were evacuated and a motorcade had absconded with the second in line for the presidency (aka House Speaker Dennis Hastert). Again, sources yesterday indicated the aircraft never lost radio contact with controllers. More...

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AIR TOUR NPRM TAKES ANOTHER TWIST...
Some say it's just incompetence but others are suggesting bad karma is to blame as the much-despised National Air Tour Safety Standards process hit another bump. It seems some of the meatiest of the one-on-one dialogue between opponents and the FAA will go unrecorded because the transcripts from part of a public meeting held in Las Vegas have been lost. FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto told AVweb a steno machine used in the afternoon session of the meeting failed and the verbal submissions were lost. He said all 11 presenters have been contacted and submitted copies of their notes, and the question-and-answer session has been reconstructed as well as possible. "It's not as dire as some people are trying to make it out to be," he said. More...

...DIALOGUE GOES UNRECORDED
AOPA was among the first to rally against the NPRM and demand public meetings. Spokesman Jeff Myers said the lost transcripts just seem like another example of the "folly" that surrounds the rule and the FAA's seemingly dogged determination to implement it. "It's sad and embarrassing and disappointing," said Myers. He said that while all the written submissions survived, what's missing is the give and take, ad-libs and poignant diversions that are the hallmarks of a spirited public dialogue. Myers said the rule does nothing beneficial and the FAA and industry's energy shouldn't be consumed by debating it. "This should be shut down," he said. (And he didn't mean the charity flights.) More...

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WHAT'S A PILOT WORTH?...
Given the climate of ensuing and/or continuing Chapter 11 filings among major carriers, a list of who pays what to fly which airplane becomes interesting and potentially volatile reading. Safely and routinely transporting many hundreds of passengers over many many hundreds of not always hospitable miles, ultimately translates to some monetary value and Airline Pilot Pay claims to track that value. According to the Web site www.airlinepilotpay.com (and with numbers "updated for 2004"), Delta pilots lead the pay-scale pack receiving $320 for every one of the 65 hours its most senior captains (12 years or more) watch the screens and otherwise command Boeing 777s. The lowliest of four-stripers make $212 per flight hour. According to the pay-scale numbers listed by Airline Pilot Pay (currently) successful airlines like JetBlue and Southwest don't go up quite as high, the pilots fly more hours and the two airlines fly one type each. More...

...WAGES GOING DOWN IN SOME CASES...
Prior to September 2001 it offered record high salaries, but now Delta, which is publicly involved in very trying financial times, is eyeing up the pay packets of its pilots to help cut expenses. It wants its 7,200 pilots to cough up $800 million a year in concessions (an average pay cut of about $11,000 each) and analysts say that might not be enough. Meanwhile Air Canada pilots have already swallowed $300 million in pay cuts (an average of $10,000) but they still have some esprit de corps left for the cause, as evidenced by a very public gesture of support for the airline -- a $200,000 ad campaign. AVweb is aware of some pilots willing to fly for (and some airlines willing to pay) substantially less. More...

...AS PILOTS HONORED FOR SAVING FLIGHT
If you ever wonder why the folks up front get the big bucks, consider the day at work American Airlines Capt. Catherine Mertz and First Officer Scott Palmer had when they tried to get their Fokker 100 full of passengers from La Guardia to Chicago last Sept. 4. The plane hit a flock of "large birds" on takeoff, destroying an engine and putting numerous dings on the radome, fuselage and right wing. With the jet vibrating and with unknown damage in parts of the plane they couldn't see, the cockpit crew coaxed a safe emergency landing out of the stricken aircraft at Kennedy International about 13 minutes later. Last Friday their exploits earned them high praise, indeed, from fellow pilots in the Order of Daedalians. More...

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FAMILY SUES "HORSEPLAYING" PILOT'S ESTATE
A lawsuit appears to have spawned from the crash of a Bell 47 helicopter in Florida last Oct. 21. William Harter, an alligator hunter nicknamed "Billy The Gator Man" videotaped his own demise as the 40-year-old chopper, flown by his (unlicensed) buddy Donn Goodson, crashed into him before running into Goodson's hangar, killing the pilot and hurting his unidentified passenger, according to the Tampa Tribune. For whatever reason, Harter was videotaping Goodson's helicopter as it made at least four passes a few feet overhead on Goodson's strawberry farm. On the fifth pass, says the Tribune, which got a copy of the tape, "Harter didn't flinch until the two-seat helicopter crashed into him." At the time of the crash, the sheriff's office said Goodson was "sightseeing," according to the Tribune. More...

WHAT'S THIS BUTTON FOR?
There was a red-faced pilot but no real harm done last Thursday when a Continental Airlines pilot enabled the transponder on the Boeing 737 he was flying from Cleveland to Boston to transmit a hijack code. The accidental distress call came about 100 miles into the flight and the pilot tried to assure authorities on the ground that it was, indeed, a simple mistake. But the authorities were having none of that. "...We're going to take every precaution and treat situations as if it was (sic) an emergency until we're satisfied the passengers were (sic) safe," Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Ann Davis told the Boston Herald. More...

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OKLAHOMA LOOKS TO SPACE
Move over Mojave, there's competition for the spaceport business. As AVweb told you a couple of weeks ago, Mojave Airport in California is the odds-on favorite to become the country's first certified private spaceport. But the folks around Burns Flat, Okla., are hoping investors will see the wisdom of turning an abandoned Air Force base near there into a launch facility. According to The Space Review, the state is also hyping the idea of converting the former Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base and has even created a new office, the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority, to give it that smack of credibility. The big (really big) factor in favor of the Burns Flat bid is the 13,000-foot runway, one of the longest stretches of concrete in the U.S. More...

POPULAR MECHANICS POPULARIZES WING SUITS
These guys prove you don't need a license to fly ... but maybe it helps if you're certifiable (kidding, please don't write). "Wing suiters" are taking the latest thrill ride to extremes, jumping miles from the normal parachute drop zone and swooping cross-country to the target at about 90 mph laterally and just 40 mph vertically. The special suits also extend the "freefall" to more than two minutes from 13,000 feet, at least twice the duration of a normal drop. "It's really spooky …," Tim Mace told Popular Mechanics after a demonstration in South Africa. "You get to the point where you think you're going to be there forever." And then, there's aerobatics. More...

OREGON AERO PRODUCTS — PERFECT FOR FATHER'S DAY
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PAINTING SCRATCHES LED TO CRACKED BOEINGS
A new paint job might seem like the least likely of suspects to cause structural problems in aircraft but at least 32 Boeing 737s, four 747s and seven 757s are being examined for fatigue cracks that might result from procedures specific to the painting process. The Townsville (Australia) Bulletin reported this week that "scribe lines" from metal tools used in the painting process led to a two-foot crack in a fuselage strap on a Qantas 747. The crack was discovered by engineers working on the plane. The other 41 aircraft have the scribe lines but there's no mention of cracks. Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) told the FAA about the potential problem and a worldwide alert was issued. More...

SEEKING RECOGNITION FOR THOSE MOST DESERVING
Some fly for fun, some for money and some to serve. If you know anyone in that last category (or any combination, for that matter) you can nominate them for one of five categories in the National Public Benefit Flying Awards Program, which was launched by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) in cooperation with the Air Care Alliance last year. The awards honor those who have made significant contributions in public-benefit flying or performed an exceptional action in the cause. Deadline for nominations is June 30 and they can be made online or by mail to NAA, 1815 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22209. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Color blindness of pilot contributed to crash of FedEx 727...
Navy was to award maritime surveillance aircraft contract...
NASA and Delta will test turbulence detection system...
Alex Sloan the next Tony Bingelis Award winner. More...

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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The Savvy Aviator #6: Trusting Saboteurs
An alarming number of today's piston GA aircraft are in poor mechanical shape, and their owners are partly to blame. AVweb's Mike Busch describes how owners encourage poor maintenance -- sometimes through misplaced trust and sometimes through inadvertent sabotage -- and explains how you can avoid doing so.

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DIAMOND AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCES DIAMONDFEST 2004
In conjunction with the London (Ontario, Canada) AirFest International Airshow (June 24-26), Diamond Aircraft is inviting all Diamond owners to the factory for seminars, training, updates and tours. For more information (and to reserve your VIP privileges), call (888) 359-3220 and mention this AVflash, or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/diamond/avflash.

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, in response to the June 9 TFR violations in Washington, D.C., we'd like to know what you think of Temporary Flying Restrictions (TFRs). Love 'em or hate 'em, tell us how you feel. PLUS: Results of last week's "QOTW" about lost flying comrades. More...

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Forget lions, tigers, and bears — this week's "Picture of the Week" contest has helicopters, amphibians, and Cessnas! (Oh, my!) And they're all set against spectacular natural backdrop of the setting sun. Despite the common setting, each of this week's "POTW" entries is from a different region of North America and features a different flying machine. Congratulations to Gary Watson, who walks away with first prize this week. Gary, your Officially Licensed AVweb Collectible Hat is in the mail! More...

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