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Volume 10, Number 35a -- August 23, 2004

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POWER 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...

...FORMER 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. More...

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THE 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...

...CONTROLLERS 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. More...

...TECHNOLOGY 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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CHENEY'S 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...

SAVING 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. More...

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OSHKOSH 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...

CALIFORNIA 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...

DON'T LISTEN TO US! HERE'S WHAT A CPA MEMBER HAD TO SAY:
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KENNEDY 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...

TWINSTAR 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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ON THE FLY...
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...
Thirty-three were injured when a TAP Air Portugal airliner dived to avoid traffic...
The U.S. Post Office has found about half the missing mail from an August 17 plane crash...
A Hollywood stunt pilot is making final preparations to grab some stardust for NASA. More...

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As the Beacon Turns #80: I've Seen the Light
Nowadays, AVweb's Michael Maya Charles flies with a glass cockpit. At least that's what he does when he flies for the airline. Now he's had a chance to try out glass cockpits in the small, single-engine planes that are his off-duty passion, and he's hooked.

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SHORT FINAL...
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?

ARTCC: Yep.

Me: Okay ... but it's gonna take me ten minutes or better.

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 direct, turn right 250-degrees, and stop the descent at 0ne-two thousand ... More...

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