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PILOT MEDICAL RULE UPDATE...
Nothing about the final version of the Sport
Pilot rule has caused more consternation than the
driver's-license-medical provision. What rankled most with the GA
community is that it's possible for two pilots to have identical
medical conditions, only one is brand-new to flying and the other is a
former pilot whose FAA medical has been denied or revoked, and the
novice will be able to fly as a Sport Pilot and the former pilot
won't. EAA has been fervently working with the FAA at the highest
levels to work out this "ambiguity," and on Tuesday they released a
report on their progress so far. More...
GOING TO TAKE TIME...
Despite recent meetings among EAA staff, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and
Federal Air Surgeon Jon Jordan, EAA said on Tuesday "the specific
recourses available to pilots who have FAA medical denials or
revocations on file remain unclear." EAA said the FAA's preamble to
the final rule suggests that, in addition to the traditional
special-issuance process for reinstating medical eligibility, the
agency will develop a modified, or alternative, set of procedures
specifically for those seeking medical reinstatement for sport-pilot
flying only. (Goody, more rules.) At Oshkosh, the general buzz leaned
toward interpreting this to mean that the FAA would essentially hash
out a new set of standards, somewhere below what is required for a
third-class medical, and establish a procedure that would allow denied
or revoked pilots to qualify to regain their wings.
But while FAA officials have showed sympathy to EAA's "sound
philosophical rationale," they have also "raised several thorny,
practical concerns," EAA said. Among these is the question of whether
building a process to earmark requests for sport-pilot medical
credentials and segregate them from requests for third-class-medical
reinstatements would "result in the creation of an unwieldy
bureaucracy." (The FAA and unwieldy bureaucracy ... say it isn't so.)
Furthermore, the development of specific, modified criteria for
evaluating sport-pilot reinstatement requests poses challenges. EAA
said it believes "these obstacles are surmountable." FAA has agreed to
additional discussions. More...
IN THE NEWS -- GOOD, BAD, AND UGLY...
A woman who had taken only a few flying lessons was able to safely
land a Piper Malibu in Laconia, N.H., on Monday after the pilot, her
father, became incapacitated. Jennifer Truman, 30, brought the plane
back safely, talked down over the radio by an air traffic controller.
"It was a fairly decent landing, a little bumpy," Gilford Fire Lt.
Michael Balcom told the Concord Monitor. "She came in and cut the
engine right away. There wasn't any damage to the plane." The pilot's
wife, in the back seat, had also passed out. Early reports said carbon
monoxide in the cabin was suspected. (Just because it's summer, that
doesn't mean you're safe.) The flight had left Laconia only a short
time before More...
CRASHES IMPACT GA...
In Texas last week, a string of aircraft crashes (as AVweb
reported Monday) had less fortunate outcomes. While 20 fatalities in
one week -- even in a state as big as Texas -- is likely to shake up
any local aviation community, the impact is being felt far beyond the
border. Among those who died last week were at least three pilots
whose professional lives were devoted to GA businesses. Richard
Fisher, the owner of Oklahoma City-based Aviation
Flight Specialists, a corporate charter company, was the pilot of
a twin-engine Aerostar that crashed into a house shortly after takeoff near
Austin on Aug. 3. His five passengers also died. On Aug. 4, Don
Brooks, the sales manager for autopilot manufacturer Century Flight
Systems, died in a Piper PA-32 that struck power lines. He was a passenger in the
aircraft, and the pilot also died. Joel A. Smith, 69, one of three men
killed when a single-engine Mooney M-20J crashed while trying to land at the Olney, Texas,
airport, had worked as a test pilot at Mooney Aircraft Co. for more
than 26 years. More...
PUBLIC AND PRESS MEET LSA
When a 66-year-old man was killed Sunday in Lexington, Tenn., while
flying an ultralight aircraft, at least one news report on the
accident noted that new FAA rules are about to take effect that will
attract more pilots to sport flying. "Under the new rules, an
estimated 15,000 people will now earn FAA certificates to operate more
than 15,000 existing ultra-light-like aircraft," said a story in the
Jackson Sun. "Another 12,000 pilots and new
aircraft will be certified over the next 10 years." Some of those may
be past pilots returning to the sport (some sources report this was
the case in Lexington). While the story was not alarmist, the
juxtaposition seems sure to raise questions in the reader's mind about
the safety of all those thousands of new aircraft (and pilots).
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Statistics show the number of pilot-caused runway incursions is slowly
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qualifying for the FAA Wings program. More...
BUSH VISITS ECLIPSE AVIATION
First it was Vice President Dick Cheney at Adam Aircraft in June, and
yesterday, President Bush chose Eclipse Aviation as his rallying point
in Albuquerque, as he and Sen. John McCain blasted through New Mexico.
Is it something about aviation companies that gives panache to the
Republican campaign stomp, or is the industry maybe seen as crucial to
the swing vote? Mr. Bush led an open question-and-answer session
yesterday at Eclipse, and talked with CEO Vern Raburn about
entrepreneurship. He also spoke with two Eclipse employees about their
jobs, and noted that he had stopped at Eclipse in 1990 as a candidate,
when the company had 18 employees, and now it has 330.
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PLODED: A BAD DAY FOR X PRIZE ROCKETEERS
As if to remind us that messing about with rockets is not as easy as
it looks, a thankfully unmanned test flight by Space Transport
Corp. -- an X Prize contender based near Seattle -- took to the
air on Sunday and promptly exploded. A spooky photo in the Seattle
Times shows the decapitated plastic head of a dummy that was the
craft's only unfortunate occupant. The undaunted team said at its Web
site Monday they already know what went wrong and "the problem ... is
easily resolved." One of the solid propellant engines over-pressurized
and severely damaged the remainder of the engine assembly, the team
said, apparently because the propellant was mis-formulated. "This is a
short-term setback that will help us in the long run," the team said.
LATEST FOCUS OF TERRORIST FEARS
This week, helicopters came under scrutiny following an FBI alarm that
they might be used by al Qaeda in terrorist attacks. The FBI and the
Department of Homeland Security sent the alerts last Friday night to
18,000 police and government officials, the Associated Press reported
yesterday. Security was tightened at heliports in New York City and
elsewhere, but reports said that some officials were skeptical of the
substance of the alerts and questioned whether they were based on any
credible or current information (we love an election year). Federal
officials also required heliport operators to turn over details about
employees for background checks. More...
GARMIN UNIT CAN PROVIDE WAAS PRECISION APPROACHES
Garmin says it expects to start deliveries this month of its GNS 480,
which the company says is the first GPS navigator approved for
precision approach operations. The unit will make it possible for
pilots to complete an approach in low instrument conditions at
airports that lack an Instrument Landing System (ILS). Upon FAA
approval, Garmin said, the GNS 480 will utilize satellite-based
navaids for precise lateral and vertical approach guidance -- similar
to ILS operations -- without the need for ground-based navaids of any
kind. "WAAS precision approaches promise to redefine the airspace
system in terms of navigation and capacity, " said Gary Kelley,
Garmin's director of marketing, in a news release. More...
With the fire season under way out West, pressure is intense to get
the fleet of air tankers that was grounded in April back in the air.
But this week, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) is still
struggling to get data needed to specify a "life limit" on some of the
grounded aircraft. Officials at Lockheed Martin said it might take as
long as four months to collect the data required to satisfy the U.S.
Forest Service that the P2 tankers, built in the 1940s, are airworthy.
NIFC spokesperson Rose Davis told AVweb on Tuesday that they
don't have a timeline in place, they are just working through the
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SJ30 jet completed high-speed dive testing to Mach .90...
wants $1 billion from pilots to avoid bankruptcy...
cracked a cockpit window in a JAL 777...
Boeing Wichita yesterday
marked final work on 757 with a ceremony...
Texas man who took a
joy ride in stolen 172 got six years in prison...
Boeing is on a
search to hire thousands of engineers and technicians.
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Seaplanes and air shows and fighters and well, you just
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readers, take note this is the kind of shot that belongs on a
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