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Volume 10, Number 27a -- June 28, 2004

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AIRPORTS JAMMED, GETTING WORSE
An FAA study has confirmed what most of us had likely already guessed. We're running out of room for airplanes and we need to build new airports as well as expand existing ones. But the FAA admits there are some areas of the country that simply won't be able to build new capacity fast enough. "Unfortunately, we have metropolitan areas on both coasts where demand will outstrip capacity without adequate solutions in sight," FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said in a news conference last Thursday. More...

...BUT AIRPORT EXPANSION ISN'T EASY...
Of course, airport expansion is usually a ticklish subject between airports, local governments and the neighbors. At Bob Hope Airport, in Burbank, Calif., the airport authority and the city are so tired of spending money on lawyers ($25 million in total) over expansion issues, they've called a truce of sorts. The airport has agreed to halt any expansion plans for seven years (even though more gates are badly needed to meet demand) and the city will allow it to hang on to land the airport hopes will be the site of a new terminal in 10 years. These types of fights aren't unique to the U.S. In southern England, well-known cleric Terry Waite is doing his best to stand in the way of expansion of Stansted Airport. More...

...UNLESS YOU'RE IN HULETT, WYOMING
But there are still those who think airports are a good thing, even if they don't have a lot of airplanes to use them. Take, for example, the folks in Hulett, Wyo., population 427. They figured they weren't getting their share of the more than half a million tourists heading to Devils Tower National Monument or appreciating the other amenities of their area, so they convinced the FAA to fund an impressive new airport. Built on donated land, with about $6.1 million in federal grants, the airport sports a 75-foot by 5,500-foot paved runway, radio-activated runway lights, a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) system and is certified for use by business jets. And although only a handful of airplanes of any type have landed there since it opened last September (three to four operations a week), there are already some expansion plans. More...

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HUMAN ERROR LED TO D.C. CHAOS
A moment's inattention by a civilian contractor to the FAA was largely to blame for the false alarm that caused an evacuation of the Capitol buildingJune 9. FAA chief spokesman Greg Martin told AVweb this week that the contractor, whose job is to act as a liaison between air traffic control and the National Capital Region Coordination Center, overlooked vital information on the screen when NCRCC staff inquired about an aircraft that was portrayed as "unidentified" on security command post's radar feed. The subject aircraft, which was carrying Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher toWashington for late-President Ronald Reagan's funeral, had been manuallyidentified on ATC monitors by FAA controllers because of a faultytransponder on the plane. "The specialist missed the tag, simply missed it," said Martin. More...

...COMMAND POST TO GET ATC MONITOR...
Meanwhile, Martin said the FAA plans to install a direct feed from the ATC system to the NCRCC to try and avoid this kind of confusion. He said the "raw radar" feed now received by NCRCC via the Internet isn't able to show all the information portrayed on the core system. While that might solve some problems around Washington, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that serious security breaches and lapses plague the system and that ongoing communications problems between the FAA, other agencies and the military are to blame. "All of these communications involve humans and everyone wants the system to operate perfectly," FAA spokesman Laura Brown told the Times. "Most of the time it operates extremely well ... What gets the attention is the one error." More...

...ADIZ AIRPORTS ADJUST TO NEW NOTAM
To prevent a duplication of the Washington incident, the FAA has now banned aircraft with non-functioning transponders from the ADIZ. If the transponder goes on the fritz while in the ADIZ, the aircraft is supposed to depart via the most direct route. As AVweb has previously reported, the new rule raised the hackles of AOPA, which accused the FAA of scapegoating GA instead of addressing its own problems. Rhetoric aside, the new NOTAM unintentionally caused some major headaches for flying schools within the ADIZ. More...

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A GLASS ACT FOR DIAMOND
Diamond Aircraft's Garmin G1000-equipped DA40 has been certified by the FAA. The announcement was made at DiamondFest 2004, the annual gathering of Diamond owners and pilots at the company's North American headquarters in London, Ontario. CEO Peter Maurer said the G1000 "is a natural for this aircraft" and claims the $229,500 price of the aircraft makes it "the best value all-glass IFR aircraft on the market today." Maurer said the company plans to deliver G1000-equipped DA40s "at a very accelerated rate" to fill the orders already taken for the planes. Likewise, the runway at Independence, Kan., will be busy with new G1000-equipped Cessna 182s and 206s heading for their new homes in the next few weeks. More...

DA42 TWIN STAR CERTIFICATION: LOTS OF FIRSTS
Diamond's DA42 Twin Star marks some significant milestones: First Aircraft Type Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); first piston aircraft to incorporate new propulsion, avionics, and airframe technology; first modern jet-fuel/diesel-powered twin-engine aircraft; and first certified application of the fully integrated Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.  See for yourself — visit Diamond during AirVenture at Combo L or online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/diamond/avflash.

U.S., EUROPE COOPERATE ON SATELLITE NAVIGATION
The battle over satellite-based navigation signals was settled at a medieval castle in Ireland this week. The European Union agreed to make its proposed Galileo system compatible with the U.S. GPS system. The U.S. objected to the Europeans' proposal to put the Galileo signals on a different frequency band, making it tough to jam them in war zones. But the Europeans finally agreed to make their system work alongside GPS and the deal was signed at the EU-U.S. Summit at Dromoland Castle, Ireland, Friday. Although pilots will undoubtedly benefit from Galileo, there are much broader plans for the system. More...

KIWI COMPANY BUYS RIGHTS TO TRAINER
Will your local flying school's next trainer come from New Zealand? Hamilton, N.Z.-based Alpha Aviation Ltd. hopes so. The Kiwi company recently bought the rights to the Alpha trainer developed by a French company, Societe Apex Industries. The New Zealand firm gets all the rights, tools, designs and intellectual property related to the aircraft. Alpha CEO Murray Dreyer wouldn't say what his company paid for all that but he did predict sales of about 100 aircraft a year, 90 for export. More...

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NTSB WANTS CO DETECTORS
Although the text of the recommendation seems vague to us, it appears the NTSB is asking the FAA to require carbon monoxide detectors on most single-engine aircraft. In a safety recommendation issued Wednesday, the NTSB asks the FAA to "require the installation of CO detectors ... in all single-engine reciprocating-powered airplanes with forward-mounted engines and enclosed cockpits that are already equipped with any airplane system needed for the operation of such a CO detector." That would appear to mean that if the detector needs electricity and your airplane has an electrical system, then the detector would be mandatory. More...

UAV STARTS BORDER PATROLS
The U.S. Border Patrol officially launched its electronic eyes in the sky on Friday. After several weeks of testing, two Israeli-built Hermes 450 drones started patrolling 300 miles of border between the U.S. and Mexico controlled by the border patrol's Tuscon sector. The plane's array of day- and night-vision cameras will be used to spot people trying to illegally cross the border. More...

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DEMOCRATS CLEAR SKIES AROUND BOSTON
If you're planning a trip to the Boston area at the end of next month, be aware that a big chunk of airspace will be under temporary flight restrictions for four days. The FAA released details of the TFR around the Democratic National Convention being held July 26 to July 29. The TFR will close Logan International to GA and put restrictions on dozens of airports within the 30-nm security zone. More...

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PILOT KICKS TRUSTEE OFF PLANE
A Hawaiian Airlines pilot declared his boss a safety hazard on Thursday and asked him to leave his airplane. Capt. Craig Kobayashi told Josh Gotbaum, the bankruptcy trustee now at the helm of the airline, that he was so angry with Gotbaum that he didn't think he could safely fly the Boeing 767-300 with the trustee aboard from Honolulu to San Francisco. Gotbaum apparently tried to mention some of the positive things he's done for the airline, which has been bankrupt since March, but Kobayashi wasn't swayed and asked Gotbaum to leave, which he did. More...

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TAXIWAY LANDINGS TARGETED
When in doubt, spell it out. The NTSB hopes to make it easier for pilots flying into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to land in the right spot by urging the FAA to clearly mark a taxiway that has been accidentally used as a runway several times in the last few years. In the most recent incident on Jan. 19 an Air Canada Jazz Dash-8 landed on Taxiway Tango at Sea-Tac on a VFR approach to Runway 16R. It was about the fifth such incident in recent years. The NTSB hopes to put an end to it with some old-fashioned signage. More...

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
COLUMNS: If you maintain the same airplane that you fly, you will gain a lot of useful knowledge. But briefly looking over the plane every time you do a preflight increases the risk of not noticing when something starts subtly changing. AVweb's Michael Maya Charles brings in another set of open eyes to help him inspect his plane. More...

READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES ...
Reader mail this week about ATC retirements, pilots on Prozac, TFRs for presidential candidates, and much more. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Fargo TV reporter was arrested after allegedly scaling airport fence...
Flight attendant admitted to leaving bomb threat note on plane, FBI agent testified...
Old Rhinebeck volunteer Christopher Rogine was cleared of theft charges...
Wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon at Eyes To The Skies festival. More...

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