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AIRCRAFT SEARCHES: YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
offered guidance to GA pilots if they are met with an intimidating show
of force as they're going about their business. In the last few weeks
there have been widely circulated reports about law-abiding pilots being
confronted by heavily armed local cops and federal Customs and Border
Protection agents who appear to act as if they have absolute authority
to search and interrogate pilots and passengers. "At least 12 of our
members have been stopped and had their plane searched by CBP for
absolutely no reason at all," said AOPA spokesman Steve Hedges. "We've
asked CBP for documents related to the searches, filing a Freedom of
Information Act to get it, but so far they have been unresponsive." As
always, it's best to be polite with folks carrying semi-automatic
weapons but that doesn't mean anyone has to be a pushover.
TAKES A STAND ON CUSTOMS SEARCHES
They're aware that about 12
of their 400,000 members have been stopped and searched by Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) and AOPA Wednesday sent a letter to CBP seeking
clarification regarding the authority for, and legal limits of, such
searches. According to AOPA, none of its pilot members who have been
stopped knew of any reason for the searches. The pilot group has filed a
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents related to those
events, "but so far they have been unresponsive," Steve Hodges, AOPA
director of media relations, told AVweb Thursday. Meanwhile, AOPA
has crafted a kneeboard-sized advisory checklist for pilots, titled
"What to do if stopped by law enforcement." CBP has already given AOPA a
timeframe within which it can expect a response to its concerns. And
through its letter, AOPA has offered a litigious reply.
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PILOT KILLED AT AIRSHOW
Pilot Charlie Schwenker and
wingwalker Jane Wicker were killed when they crashed while performing on
Saturday. The duo was performing at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton.
The rest of the show was cancelled but resumed on Sunday. Spectator videos (graphic and disturbing images)
show Wicker hanging upside down from the lower wing of the Stearman at
low altitude. As Schwenker attempts to roll inverted the aircraft banks
sharply and cartwheels before exploding. More...
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RULES FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE DELAYED
The FAA said Friday
that recommendations from an advisory panel that could lead to broader
approved use of personal electronic devices aboard airliners have been
delayed. Originally expected this summer, the FAA is now says it expects
to receive the recommendations this September. Cellphone use is
reportedly not within the scope of the panel's focus. But the rule
change could set the stage for worldwide standards regarding use of
other electronic devices on aircraft during operations below 10,000
feet. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday its sources said that
would likely happen. However, changes can still be made while a vast
potential in-flight entertainment market waits on the sidelines.
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A Belgian company called Sagita earned
attention at this year's Paris Air Show with its Sherpa mockup, a
two-seat, 575-pound helicopter turning counter-rotating blades driven by
a compressor system. The compressor is driven by a 130-hp powerplant. It
takes air in at the rear of the fuselage and then splits its output,
sending some air back to the engine and the rest through the
powerplant's cooling system. After leaving the cooling system, that
warmed air is then mixed with the engine's exhaust and sent to two
turbines that directly drive each rotor. According to the company, the
system is 85 percent efficient. And they've already set targets for
production and price. More...
The Biggest Aviation
Show on the Planet ... Is Back!
The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators
is back for
an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to
LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying
with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman
Vince Neil learns to fly. Join our 10 million weekly US viewers and
countless more worldwide.
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ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION FUNDING
ICON Aircraft announced Thursday
that it has completed a final round of equity funding that will bring
its amphibious A5 aircraft through demonstrated regulatory compliance
and into full-scale production, but questions remain. The company did
not make an announcement regarding its effort to seek an exemption from
the FAA that would allow the A5 to operate at 250 pounds over the
1430-pound limit for amphibious LSA aircraft. ICON sent the request for
exemption in mid-2012 and this year asked the FAA to deliver a response
by May 31. As of Thursday, the FAA had not offered a reply and ICON
lists the A5's maximum takeoff weight at 1430 pounds. ICON says the
final round of investing, completed in May has secured "over $60
million" and "the company's order list has continued to grow."
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MORTON, DAYJET'S IACOBUCCI DIE
Roscoe Morton, "The Voice" of
EAA fly-ins for 50 years, died June 15 in Frostproof, Fla., at the age
of 81. EAA reported that Morton started calling the airshow
portion of what became AirVenture when it was being held in Rockford,
Ill. Over the years he took over as the announcers' manager and retired
in that position after AirVenture 2011. He was also the announcers'
chairman for Sun 'n Fun and sat on the board. Morton was a life-long
career pilot whose experience in a wide variety of aircraft and jobs
gave him insight to the aircraft he was calling. He retired as a Delta
747 captain. Meanwhile the founder of DayJet, Ed Iaccobucci, also died
last week. More...
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NASA'S FLYING 747 OBSERVATORY
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with it at 0.8 Mach without turning the thing into a 300-ton organ pipe?
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for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (or SOFIA).
AVweb recently visited the program at its Palmdale, California
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JUNE 24, 2013
Letter of the Week: Training for the
article on flight safety: There is another review of all the
possible things that can go wrong. This is very similar to the FAA and
NTSB views that have been presented for several years now.
date, the agencies admit there has been little change in fatality rates
the past ten years.
There will always be risk, and there will
always be those incidents that happen in spite of all the good planning
The accident fatality rate they hope to reduce
is not going to be accomplished in this manner.
occurring in flight that requires an emergency landing requires a pilot
to be proficient in emergency landing techniques. No matter the cause of
an incident, the accident doesn't occur until landing. Historically,
more than 75 percent of emergency off-field landings touch down
mid-field or beyond in the chosen landing area. Half the fatalities
occur from overrunning the field. There is no requirement of proficiency
in actual spot-landing touchdown.
Survival technique during an
emergency touchdown roll-out is not presented.
Technique for an
emergency 180-degree turn when inadvertently entering IMC is not taught
well. Few pilots are trained to proficiency in this simple
The point being, no matter the risk contemplation and
consideration, if something occurs, survival depends on the ability to
handle the situation. Until pilots can do this, there will be no
reduction of fatalities. Possibly fewer accidents may occur if pilots
are frightened enough to not fly at all, but those who do fly will still
be subject to the occasional incident that requires proficiency to
here to read the rest of this week's letters. More...
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OF THE WEEK: ADVANCED AVIATION JET CENTER (NEW CENTURY AIRCENTER,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Advanced
Aviation Jet Center at New Century AirCenter Airport (KIXD) in
Johnson, Kansas (near Olathe/New Century).
John Keller called Advanced Aviation "a great stop south of the
Kansas City area that is worth a visit":
A planned flight into Olathe was delayed 12
hours due to severe weather en route. Jonathon had previously made hotel
and rental auto reservations for our arrival but was able to cancel the
hotel without a charge. The rental auto was a 24-hour rental so
it was planeside when we arrived. Fuel pricing was due to the CAA
Program, but their regular prices are very reasonable, also. Anything we
needed at the time they were able to answer or provide in a competent
and friendly manner. Excellent customer service all
Keep those nominations
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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MUSIC OF THE MERLINS
assembly of Merlin-powered warbirds took to the skies over Hamilton,
Ontario on Father's Day weekend, providing sights and sounds not
experienced in decades. The star of the show was Jerry Yagen's recently
rebuilt de Havilland Mosquito (the only one of its type flying), and it
flew in formation with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's
Lancaster, alongside two Spitfires and two Hurricanes. AVweb's
Russ Niles spoke with Mosquito pilot Mike Spalding of the Military
Aviation Museum. More...
DIAMOND DA40 TUNDRA EDITION
It turns out there's
money in Russia, and people want to fly sophisticated airplanes into
places where the runways suck or don't exist. Diamond has risen to the
challenge with its DA40 Tundra edition. Paul Bertorelli recently had a
flight demo in the airplane and prepared this video report.
Effective Briefing and
The importance of instructor briefings cannot be over-emphasized. This
is one of the most frequently read discussions posted on the
web site. What guidance for conducting
briefings/debriefings do you use? What are some negative examples of
briefing techniques you've seen?
Add your comments here.
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