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