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Volume 10, Number 29a -- July 12, 2004

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ADIZ NPRM A GOOD THING?...
You might think it hard to find a silver lining in the FAA's apparent intention to make "permanent" the Air Defense Identification Zone around Washington, D.C., but the agency's chief spokesman says there is one, and we may (but don't count on it) see it in writing as early as late July. FAA spokesman Greg Martin told AVweb he recognizes that hundreds, maybe even thousands, of individuals, companies, groups and associations will have some fairly colorful (perhaps anatomically impossible) suggestions on what the FAA should do with the idea. But he's particularly interested in the handful of government submissions that will endorse, and, perhaps, attempt to justify the ADIZ. "All these agencies will have to carefully review and respond to this rulemaking process," Martin said in a weekend interview. More...

...NOT ACCORDING TO THE ALPHABETS...
Of course, the alphabet groups wasted no time in denouncing the FAA's plan to introduce the ADIZ NPRM. The beans were spilled by vice president for system operations at the FAA, Linda Schuessler, during a grilling at a congressional hearing into the communications mix-up that created panic in Washington on June 9 and very nearly cost Kentucky its governor. In a release, EAA said the existing ADIZ arrangement offers flexibility and can be changed with relative ease. Once it's etched in legislative stone, any changes will have to go through a lengthy rulemaking process. Also, once the ADIZ rule is adopted, getting rid of it in the future will be much more difficult. "There is absolutely no need to make this ADIZ permanent," said EAA's government rep Earl Lawrence. "It would not add a shred of extra security for the country and would further discriminate against general aviation." More...

...DCA FOR GA DEBATE REOPENS
Against the backdrop of all this discussion about security, the FAA hinted that Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) might be reopened to GA flights. According to the Associated Press, an unnamed FAA official told the hearings that the agency and the TSA are working on a general aviation plan for DCA but the plans are being kept confidential. D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said Congress should be in the loop on those discussions and suggested the plan be shared with the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, told the hearing that he was "seeking, once again, a sound security explanation for the closure of DCA to most general aviation flights." More...

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FINGER ON THE TRIGGER...
Of course, the hubbub in Washington centered around Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher's near-fatal trip to Ronald Reagan's funeral on June 9. According to The Washington Post, unnamed sources reported that the military was on the verge of blasting Fletcher's King Air out of the Washington sky after it showed up as an unidentified aircraft on the monitors in the National Capital Region Control Center (NCRCC). But perhaps they were a bit shy of acquiring a lock on the target. As AVweb told you two weeks ago, a civilian contractor failed to notice the manual tracking tags attached to the radar image of Fletcher's transponder-less airplane and that triggered the evacuation of the Capitol building and the scrambling of F-16s. More...

..."CAN'T HAPPEN AGAIN" SAYS FAA
The FAA claims it's learned from the incident. "We don't believe it can happen again," Linda Schuessler, vice president for system operations at the FAA, told the hearing. A direct feed from Washington-area air traffic control was to have been installed in the NCRCC. On June 9, the command post was getting a raw feed of radar images over the Internet and none of the manually added tags, like the one clearing the way for Fletcher's flight, were displayed. With the installation of the direct feed, the NCRCC staff will see exactly what controllers see. Aviation subcommittee chair Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said he couldn't believe that kind of miscommunication could have occurred. More...

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RUTAN HAS COMPETITION IN SPACE RACE
SpaceShipOne will be going for the gold on its next forays to the edge of space. Scaled Composites President Burt Rutan told Wired News last week the history-making private spacecraft, whose somewhat troubled first flight on June 21 was the first privately funded, civilian-crewed space flight, will attempt three flights within a two-week span to try to claim the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. He said they've fixed the actuator problem that caused an uncommanded 90-degree roll and sent the space plane 20 miles off course on its maiden flight. The X PRIZE requires only two flights, with a payload equal to that of two large adults and the pilot, within two weeks, but Rutan said the third flight is scheduled in case one of the others has to be scrubbed. Rutan didn't tell Wired when the attempt would be made but pilot Mike Melvill told MSNBC it would likely be near the end of September. And that tightens the time frame for an upstart Canadian effort that's trying to beat Rutan to the $10 million. More...

"AFFORDABLE" HELICOPTER SIMULATOR MAKES DEBUT
An Australian company has developed what it claims is the first affordable helicopter flight simulator. Geosim Technologies unveiled its AUD$70,000 sim in Brisbane on Friday after it received certification from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The company says it's one of only three helicopter simulators available and is half the price of the others. That, said Paul Brederick, the managing director of Aviation Australia, will make the Aussie device accessible to cash-strapped GA operators where helicopters are most often found. By enhancing training at the grassroots level, Brederick said it's hoped that the accident rate for helicopters can be reduced. More...

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AVIONICS GUIDE HELPS AIRVENTURE SHOPPERS
If one of the reasons you're going to EAA AirVenture later this month is to shop for (or leave drool on) avionics, be prepared to be amazed at the length and breadth of the selection. The electronics sector has exploded in recent years with everything from synthetic vision and weather products to angle-of-attack indicators, and, unless you've made up your mind exactly what you're looking for, you could end up overwhelmed by the choices. Now, the Aircraft Electronics Association doesn't want you to be driven back to steam gauges out of sheer frustration so it's prepared a handbook, The Pilot's Guide to Avionics, to help you sort through the selection and, we hope, the hype. More...

WAKE TURBULENCE DETECTOR UNDER DEVELOPMENT
A "relatively simple" onboard wake-turbulence detector is being developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Germany. The device, which uses mirrors and laser pulses to detect turbulence in front of an airplane, could help reduce congestion and the hazard created by vortex drag. "We are cooperating with eight teams from four different countries to develop a sensor which can determine whether the air is calm enough for a safe takeoff," said spokesman Thomas Peschel. More...

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"CANADA'S MEIGS" UNDER SIEGE
Canadian pilots are being rallied to help save what has often been referred to as Canada's Meigs Field. Indeed, the physical and political similarities between Toronto City Centre Airport and the gone but not forgotten Chicago waterfront airport are striking. Although Toronto's island airport has been under siege for several years, a new federal proposal to outlaw a bridge from the mainland to the island will seal its fate, according to the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). The island airport is currently served by a very short ferry ride and work had actually begun on a bridge before it was cancelled in a political fight over the airport's future. During the recent federal election, COPA claims Prime Minister Paul Martin promised to outlaw the proposed bridge forever and legislation has actually been drafted to that effect. COPA is organizing a letter-writing campaign to stop the law. More...

AN ITALIAN RIDE FOR THE PRESIDENT?
He drives a Chevy, is a baseball fanatic, loves his mom and we'll go out on a limb and guess he likes apple pie, too. So, could George W. Bush accept an Italian helicopter as his official ride? Well, the Italians, with some help from the British, are hoping so. Agusta Westland (in a bid led by Lockheed Martin) is U.S.-based Sikorski's main competition to replace the presidential fleet of heli's, which now counts 11 Sea Kings and eight Sea Hawks ... all about 30 years old. In fact, the lobbying has become so intense and so obviously parochial that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has put off a decision between the European US101 and the American S-92 until after the November election. 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.

ON THE FLY...
Oceanside Airport will have new hangars…
$100 hamburger kicked up a notch in Texas...
Students win flying scholarships from Nevada aviation group...
America West pilots released after facing drinking and flying charges...
Turbine Lancair turning heads in Fairbanks...
Adam Aircraft named advisory council for A700 AdamJet...
Racine, Minn., Mayor Gary Landgrebe died in helicopter accident. More...

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Katana ###F (a student ... me): Number two following a Warrior that I am looking for.

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