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FIRES WITH RETIRED A-10s?
There's nothing like a little adversity to inspire innovation and a
California company says it has part of the solution to the problem of
aging large air tankers. Aero Tech Ltd. has been trying to convince
California authorities and the U.S. Air Force to test A-10 attack
aircraft as medium-sized air tankers. The company's Web site claims
governments are wasting time and money continuing to convert 50- and
60-year-old designs into effective firefighting aircraft when the
FireHog version of the venerable Warthog carrying about 1,550 gallons of
retardant would provide a modern alternative. More...
Aero Tech has been promoting the A-10 tanker concept for almost 10 years
but the recent grounding of 33 large air tankers by the Forest Service
gave new impetus to the proposal and the company prepared a brief for
western governors. One of the biggest stumbling blocks appears to be
freeing up a couple of A-10s for testing. The brief to the governors
notes that dozens of A-10s, in flying condition, have been donated to
museums in recent years and there are about 200 in storage in Arizona.
Aero Tech claims the cost of converting an A-10 to firefighting duty is
about $3 million, which it says is less than the conversion cost of
less-effective S-2T aircraft in California. More...
AIR TANKERS BACK AT WORK
Meanwhile, the Forest Service wasted little time getting the five heavy
tankers it now has back in its arsenal back to work. Within a few days
of the P-3 Orions from Aero Union Corp. being given the go-ahead to fly,
two of them were used to battle a blaze threatening a telescope in
Arizona. The five turboprops will be dispersed throughout the Western
U.S., with one going to Alaska, but they will travel where needed to
fight fires, said Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Jo Simpson.
Other air-tanker contractors are now anxiously awaiting their turns for
airworthiness inspections that could allow them to get back into
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ABOUT GAS PRICES
The one state likely doing the highest percentage of general aviation
flying per resident is also paying the most for general aviation fuel.
"With the gas prices, oh, man, it's a sore subject," Matt Smith, of
Anchorage's Aero Tech Flight Services, told The Anchorage Daily News. As
often seems to be the case, Alaskans have been hit harder by gas-price
increases than just about anyone. Aero Tech is currently charging about
$3 a gallon for 100LL, up from about $2.50 in early May. However, while
FBOs in populated areas of the state can expect the prices to fluctuate
with world oil prices, bush pilots in outlying areas are bracing for a
year of high fuel costs, possibly up to $4 a gallon. More...
LEADS, BUT NOT BY MUCH
Chances are avgas prices have gone up at your local FBO, too, but if you
live in the central part of the U.S. you're probably paying less than
elsewhere in the country. AirNav's
report on fuel prices canvasses 3955 FBOs and the most recent
tabulation reveals that the average price for 100LL in the central area
was $2.70 a gallon. In some places it was as low as $2 while others were
charging $3.75 a gallon. Alaska has the highest prices, ranging from
$2.25 to $5.25 a gallon with an average of $3.18. Outside of Alaska, New
England was listed as the most expensive place to buy avgas, with an
average of $3.01 a gallon between extremes of $2.25 and $5.25.
ISLAND ROLLS BACK AVIATION TAXES
Airplanes and most of what keeps them flying will soon be less costly in
Rhode Island after the state apparently thought better of its sometimes-confusing attempts to make aviation pay.
Gov. Donald L. Carcieri signed legislation on Monday that will repeal
laws that taxed aircraft sales and associated services. Although the
taxes were never popular, they became even more of an issue last year
when the state invoked a "user tax" that slapped seven percent on the
cost of an airplane and associated services even if they were purchased
out of state. It also could be applied to non-resident companies. The
taxes will be repealed effective Jan. 1, 2005. The new law specifically
exempts from tax "the sale, storage, use or other consumption of new or
used aircraft and aircraft parts" according to the National Business
Aviation Association (NBAA). More...
URGED TO ADOPT U.S. REGS
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is urging the
European Union to adopt a uniform set of standards for GA aircraft and
it's recommending they mirror U.S. regs. GAMA Sr. VP of Operations Ron
Swanda told the recent U.S./Europe International Safety Conference that
without common standards for GA aircraft, trade and commerce could be
hindered in Europe. Swanda said the model for such regulations already
exists with the FAA's operating rules. "The U.S. accounts for
approximately 80 percent of the world's GA aircraft and pilots and it
contains geography and operating environments similar to every area of
the world," Swanda told delegates. More...
SAVE YOUR SWEAT FOR YARD WORK, NOT LOOKING FOR PILOT
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SUE EACH OTHER OVER ESPIONAGE
It reads like something out of a cheap spy novel but a bitter lawsuit
between two Canadian airlines may also be a window into the cutthroat
competition that has developed between WestJet and Air Canada. In April,
Air Canada launched a lawsuit accusing WestJet of gleaning confidential
information about passenger loads from its Web site by using an access
code reserved for employees booking themselves onto flights. Late last
month, WestJet countersued, claiming Air Canada had hired private
detectives to go through the recycling bags of a senior WestJet
executive, collecting confidential shredded documents and then paying to
have the paperwork reconstituted. More...
TURN DOWN JET VOLUME
Scientists at Ohio State University are working on a "mute button" for
jet engine exhaust noise. Researchers Mohammad Samimy and Igor Adamovich
have used high-voltage electrical current to change the patterns of
exhaust turbulence, one of the main causes of engine noise. If they can
turn it into a practical system, they'll give pilots the option of
setting the volume on their engines based on where and when they're
flying. Modern jet engines already have a mechanical version of the same
theory. Zigzags cut in the exhaust nozzle direct the gases to control
noise, but they also increase fuel consumption. More...
TRAINING'S FAST TRACK, NOW ONLINE
Imagine dropping off your 16- or 17-year-old at camp and picking up a
licensed pilot six weeks later. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets have been
doing just that for hundreds of teens every summer for the last 50 years
and now parents of a few of them can watch the miracle unfold via the
Internet. Harv's Air Pilot Training School in Steinbach, Manitoba, one
of about 10 contractors that provides the intensive training programs
for the cadets, is plotting the progress of 16 cadet students as they
work their way through the training. More...
LITTLE LUCK GOES A LONG WAY
Luck was in the air for a few GA pilots over the past week as they
walked, swam and were pulled away from some potentially disastrous
circumstances. Probably the most public examples was Ramsay Shockley's
unplanned swim in Jamaica Bay, New York, in front of thousands of
beach-goers. Shockley, 25, was towing a banner with a Cessna when the
plane developed engine trouble and he elected to ditch. He was picked up
from the wing of the submerged plane by a passing jet skier. In Beirut,
a student pilot and instructor put their Cessna 172 down on a crowded
road after the plane had engine problems. More...
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TAKES THE PLUNGE
What George Bush can do, Steven Eastman, of Renton, Wash., did perhaps a
little better. The former U.S. president made headlines around the world
a month ago when he skydived on his 80th birthday. Eastman celebrated
his 94th birthday on July 4 with a tandem leap from 12,000 feet. What's
more, his son Hal and granddaughter Julie Pech joined him (we didn't see
George W. shouting Geronimo with his dad). "I wanna do it again," yelled
the elder Eastman after touching down at Harvey Field, in Snohomish.
FAA, DOT buildings named after the Wright brothers...
A small plane crashed into two houses near Los Angeles on
The first European orders for Boeing's Dreamliner were announced last
Got a spare Cessna 210? Then EAA would like to hear from you...
Australia is issuing forge-proof pilot licenses to all its 30,000
The FAA has tested a new fuel inerting system for airliners.
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