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SHIFTING AT LYCOMING...
The man who stickhandled Lycoming through some of its most difficult
periods is, "taking on an assignment for Textron Systems," company
spokesperson Karla Sexton told AVweb this weekend. Mike Wolf, who as
president of the engine maker took a highly personal role in dealing
with some of the biggest product recalls in GA history, has been moved
to an unspecified position with Lycoming's parent company, Textron
Systems. Lycoming spokeswoman Karla Sexton confirmed Wolf's departure
to AVweb on Friday. A formal announcement is expected this
week. Wolf has been with Lycoming in various capacities since 1983 and
was named president in 2001, just as the company faced arguably its
most serious crisis. More...
CHOPPER PILOT TAKES OVER
Taking over from Wolf (as vice president and general manager) is Ian
Walsh, Textron's former director of pricing strategies. Walsh is a
former Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopter pilot who joined Textron
in the marketing and sales department at Bell Helicopter five years
ago. But Walsh didn't let any grass grow under his feet while he
accumulated 1,500 hours of flight time. Walsh has a BA from Hamilton
College, a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of
Government and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He holds
commercial certificates for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
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TRAFFIC PROBLEM -- NOT JUST AT O'HARE
Last week's "voluntary" move by American and United Air Lines to cut
peak-period flights into O'Hare was the only practical option left to
temporarily solve the scheduling problems there. But it raises
questions of how capacity problems will be addressed in the future and
whether the FAA, and not pilots and operators, will decide who flies
where and when. Although the "agreement" reached on Wednesday was
described as the result of a negotiated process, the FAA left little
doubt in anyone's mind that it would impose flight caps if the
airlines didn't "volunteer." More...
SAY REAL PROBLEM NOT ADDRESSED...
So, aside from avoiding O'Hare in the big aluminum tubes, what does
that mean to you? The National Air Traffic Controllers Association
(NATCA) says O'Hare's problems are the "canary in the coal mine" for
system-wide problems and the controllers are singing a familiar tune.
"The only acceptable and workable solutions to the Chicago O'Hare
capacity crunch are to pour more concrete and hire more controllers,"
said President John Carr. He said it's inevitable that flight caps
will be necessary at other airports if the predicted controller
shortage and ongoing capacity problems aren't addressed.
NOT THE WHOLE ANSWER
The FAA, often with help from NASA, is always at work on new
technology to address congestion. In some cases, that's welcomed by
controllers, when new systems increase their situational awareness.
But some initiatives are practical and theoretical nightmares,
according to Doug Fralick, NATCA's director of safety and technology.
NASA and the FAA are currently working on the Distributed
Air/Ground Traffic Management (DAG-TM) system that puts
collision-avoidance information in the cockpit and lets pilots pick
their own routes to "safely and seamlessly fit into the traffic flow."
Fralick said pilots should stick to flying the airplane. Fralick said
that using computers to "decide" when and where it is safe to fly is
"far, far down the road." More...
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SECURITY DETAIL DISTURBS PARK
It appears not even the security concerns of the vice president can
supplant the sanctity of national parks. Cheney and those who protect
him have apparently heard the complaints of others who enjoy the
relatively unspoiled pleasures of Grand Teton National Park and
reduced the "obnoxious" evidence of their comings and goings at
Cheney's nearby vacation home. Tops among the complaints were the
training exercises conducted by Blackhawk helicopters that have
reportedly "skimmed" the Snake River in full view of rafters, tourists
and residents, according to the Chicago Tribune. From the point of
view of the National Park Service, that puts the Secret Service in
violation of the 2,000-foot minimum altitude rule in place at Grand
Teton and many other national parks. More...
AMERICANS FROM THE GREAT THREAT TO THE NORTH
As the noise level decreases in Wyoming, those along the Canadian
border can expect the volume to increase. The Department of Homeland
Security has decided (three years later) that the world's longest
undefended border bears substantially closer scrutiny in the post-9/11
era. The Bellingham (Washington) Air Marine Branch, the first of five
such facilities, was dedicated last Friday and, by the end of the
year, will have 70 staff, two helicopters (one of them a Blackhawk), a
Pilatus PC-12 and a high-speed boat. Although the new border patrol
will undoubtedly be on the lookout for terrorists, by far the greatest
illegal activity at the boarder is likely drug and human smuggling.
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AIRPORT FIRST WITH LSA STANDARDS
Wittman Regional Airport is writing the rule book when it comes to
accommodating the predicted "influx" of aircraft that will fall under
the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category. Oshkosh's municipal airport,
home to EAA's annual AirVenture, will be the first to formalize
standards and procedures for the aircraft and the businesses that will
service them. "Most of the country's local airports are
underutilized," said Earl Lawrence, EAA's VP of industry and
regulatory affairs, in a statement (that might also explain the
traffic problem at O'Hare). "Sport pilot and light sport aircraft will
offer a chance for these local airports to become more of an economic
force in their communities." More...
PILOTS PROTEST "EVICTION"
Small-aircraft owners and the businesses who service them say they are
being unfairly pushed out of a California airport so more jets can
move in. The fracas has erupted at Carlsbad's McClellan-Palomar Airport over developer Palomar
Airport Center's plan for a $30 million upgrade of part of the
airport. The $30 million may not be the problem -- it's the
development that would replace old hangars housing about 100 small
aircraft, half a dozen businesses and a historic restaurant with 19
new hangars designed ... not for them. The 100 planes have to move by
the end of the month and businesses occupying the space must be out by
the end of September. Go team. More...
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HAS COMPANY ON TSA LIST
It turns out Sen. Edward Kennedy is not alone among congressmen who
get wrung through a security wringer when they fly. Nine-term
congressman and well-known civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis
(D-Ga.) told CNN he's been detained by the Transportation Security
Administration 35 to 40 times in the past year. His and Kennedy's
names are on a TSA watch list of suspected terrorists. The lawmakers
have asked to be taken off the list but the best the TSA will do is
provide them with a letter saying they've passed a security check. It
doesn't always work. More...
CROSSES ATLANTIC AT 26.8 NMPG
Diamond's DA-42 TwinStar continues to turn in remarkable performance
and fuel-consumption numbers, according to Diamond. The company says
the diesel-powered twin (the same plane that was at AirVenture)
averaged a fuel burn of just 5.74 gph (2.87 per side) on a flight from
St. John's, Newfoundland, to Porto, Portugal, on Aug. 16. Despite the
low power setting of 42 percent, Diamond's news release said the
plane's average groundspeed for the trip was 152 knots. (Happy
tailwinds to all.) Total fuel burn was 72 gallons. More...
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A vertical takeoff and landing drone that weighs just 8.6 grams will
be shown off in Tokyo Aug. 27...
Kelleys Island, Ohio, Mayor Robert
Quinn has lost his pilot certificate for 60 days...
were injured when a TAP Air Portugal airliner dived to avoid
The U.S. Post Office has found about half the missing
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A Hollywood stunt pilot is
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A long time ago, bopping along in my 180 Arrow at 10,000 feet, IFR in
VFR conditions, from Boston to Kalamazoo. It had taken me 20 minutes
to get that high -- 10 of that for the last 2,000 feet. Then,
Cleveland Center asked me to climb to 11,000 feet for traffic...
Me: You mean it?
ARTCC: Sure do.
Me: Do I hafta?
Me: Okay ... but it's gonna take me ten minutes or
ARTCC: Okay, then if I ask you to descend to 9,000 for
ten minutes, how long will it take you to get back to 10?
Me: Oh, 'bout the same, 1MV.
ARTCC: Okay, I guess I'll have to go to plan B.... 1MV,
maintain one-zero thousand. United 123, turn right 20-degrees for
traffic; American 456, maintain niner thousand for opposite direction
traffic, 12 o'clock 10 miles at 10 thou; Trans World 789, cancel
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