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Volume 10, Number 37a -- September 6, 2004

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GIANT STORMS IN FLORIDA, TAKE TWO...
It looks like airplanes and airports will weather Hurricane Frances a lot better than they did Hurricane Charley but that doesn't mean things are terribly pleasant in Florida at the moment. If Charley hit like a set of brass knuckles, Frances is more like a big wet sponge, dropping up to 11 inches of rain in some areas and packing winds of up to 100 mph. AVweb contributor Tim Kern said many Florida pilots learned a grim lesson from Charley and got their planes well away from Frances. "All week, the airways heading north were as crowded as the highways," he told AVweb on Sunday. More...

...COMPANIES MAKE PLANS
Liberty Aircraft's headquarters and assembly plant is in Melbourne and a contingency plan went into effect there on Wednesday. President Tony Tiarks told Kern, from a hotel in Orlando on Sunday, that they protected the business as well as possible. "We've made three copies of our software and they are in safe places, even out of state. We offered all the employees hotels in Orlando," he said. Four finished aircraft were moved out of state and the company doesn't have to worry about production tooling because that's all done elsewhere. Only final assembly is done in Melbourne. In nearby Vero Beach, New Piper's headquarters took a daylong pounding from Frances as the storm stalled off the coast. More...

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PILOT ATTITUDES AND SAFETY...
Alaska has always led the nation in per capita aviation crashes and fatalities and, for the most part, with good reasons like awful weather, poor nav aids and primitive airports. Some technical advances (and some pretty expensive ones at that) like the Capstone project and the installation of lighting and weather sensing equipment at its many far-flung airports have done their share to make Alaska, technically speaking, at least, a safer place to fly. But those working on reducing the state's still-obnoxious GA accident rate say there's a problem that the best GPS or brightest runway light can't overcome. They call it Bush Pilot Syndrome. More...

...OTHER ABERRATIONS...
Now, Alaska doesn't have a monopoly on questionable pilot decision making. As AVweb reported in 2003, the NTSB found that pilot Robert A. Monaco, of Lexington, Mass., had a cocktail of very potent drugs in his system when the Beech B200 he was flying hit a building a mile short of the Fitchburg (Mass.) Municipal Airport on April 4, 2003. He died in the crash along with five of the other six people on board. But the final report also sheds light on some disturbing details about the pilot's medical history. More...

...AND GOOD INTENTIONS FROM THE FAA
Although the NTSB has issued only preliminary findings on an Aug. 3, 2004, crash that killed six people near Austin, Texas, The Oklahoman has revealed that the pilot was appealing an FAA suspension at the time of the crash. According to the paper, Richard Allen Fisher's ticket was pulled for 240 days by the FAA but he was allowed to continue flying until a hearing could be set for his appeal on the suspension to the NTSB. Fisher, along with three other adults and two young children, died when the Piper Aerostar hit a house near Lakeway Airpark. The NTSB's preliminary report says the plane was slightly overweight and may have had trouble gaining altitude. Fisher had come to the attention of the FAA at least three times in the previous two years, according to The Oklahoman. More...

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CLEVELAND AIR SHOW WANTS COURT RULING
A last-minute compromise allowed the Cleveland National Air Show to go ahead with a slightly amended evening air show last Friday despite a stadium TFR that was in place for a Cleveland Indians game being held next door. Organizers started the show at 5 p.m. and put all the civilian performers in the first half so that only military acts would be in the air when the TFR went into effect an hour before game time. Although it worked this time logistically, if not economically (those with tickets to weekend daytime performances got in free, those who bought tickets for Friday got passes to one weekend show), air show officials want the courts to rule (again) on the interpretation of the law in question. On Friday, a federal court refused to hear the air show's arguments. More...

MEIGS REOPENS AS PARK
They've opened a "run way" at Meigs Field -- but not for airplanes. An asphalt running path has been installed around a 90-acre artificial meadow that, until about 16 months ago, was a bustling GA airport on Chicago's waterfront. Now called Northerly Island park, the green space opened to the public without fanfare last week and got high marks from the handful of people who stumbled across the suddenly open gate. "I'd take this over an airport, anytime," Nick Straub, a university manager, told the Chicago Sun-Times. For now, the airport site is a bare-bones layout of prairie grasses, wildflowers and the running track. More...

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CELLPHONES ALLOWED ON AIRLINERS IN TWO YEARS?
In a couple of years, you could be happily chatting on your cell phone at 30,000 feet -- or ready to throttle the guy in the next seat who natters away on the thing for the whole flight. Technology is coming to the rescue of one of the great telecommunications conundrums of the wireless age but airlines are wondering if the additional blood-pressure factor in the already tension-prone confines of the aluminum tube is worth the trouble. And it looks like American Airlines, which conducted a live test of the system with passengers in July, is ready to lead the charge. "A circle of mobility defines how people want to work and live today," Monte Ford, a senior VP with the airline, told The New York Times. "But it's critically important that this technology be utilized in the proper way." More...

COURT TAKES AIRPLANE IN PLEA BARGAIN
For Alaska pilot Bob Logan, his Super Cub is quite literally his ticket to freedom, according to the Anchorage Daily News. In what can only be described as an unusual plea arrangement, Logan, a former Fairbanks assemblyman, college professor as well as bootlegger and drug runner has turned the plane over to the State in exchange for a lighter sentence. In exchange for the plane, Logan has been guaranteed he'll spend a maximum of nine months in jail for using the plane to take booze and , allegedly, drugs to Barrow, a community (known as a damp village) that heavily restricts the sale of alcohol. More...

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AOPA REFUTES "ANTI-AIRPORT" LABEL
AOPA found itself cast in the unlikely role of airport opponent last week but quickly moved to change the script. It seems opponents of a proposal by the city of Burlington, Conn., to revive the former Johnnycake Airport as a municipal facility were able to mold a July 7 article on the AOPA Web site to fit their particular agenda. In that article, AOPA opposes the construction of an elementary school within 1,300 feet of the airport in Oxnard, Calif. And since there are schools within a mile of Johnnycake Airport, Burlington Impact, the group formed to oppose the Sept. 13 referendum, reasoned that AOPA would have a similar stand in Connecticut. Not so, said AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy, in an interview with the Register Citizen. "We would never take an anti-airport stance," he told the newspaper. More...

ONE MAN, TWO JET ENGINES, ONE NINE-FOOT WING
...Three months ago. A Swissair Airbus pilot has added a whole new meaning to the phrase "Gotta jet." Yves Rossy says he spent four minutes swooping over the Bex in western Switzerland (in horizontal flight) attached to a three-meter carbon wing with two miniature jet engines attached. Controls include ailerons, plus a mechanism to move the entire wing fore and aft on his back. According to his Web site, the flight(s) (three that day) occurred June 24 and began at more than 12,000 feet with a jump and a horizontal cruise portion at roughly 5,000 feet (OK, we're still working on the translation). But for some reason he waited until last week to tell the media. Maybe he was still shaking too much. (Maybe he was waiting on paperwork from the patent office.) More...

INNOVATION — IT'S THE KEY BEHIND NARCO'S NEW DIGITAL TRANSPONDER AT165
Narco Avionics, building on the tradition of the AT150 — the industry's workhorse ATC transponder — has introduced the all-new AT165, with some very exciting and innovative features. Narco's AT165 is competitively priced with some of the current popular manual transponders. Seeing is believing at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/narco/avflash.

ON THE FLY...
More than 62 years after it crashed in a swamp, a Spitfire is back on display...
The NTSB says a Piper Cherokee climbed into a Cessna 150 in an Aug. 9 midair collision...
The Ninety-Nines will be flying for charity over the next couple of months...
Airline Pilots Against Age Discrimination (APAAD) has launched a new Web site...
Jeff Evans has been named the assistant manager of the National Business Aviation Association's GA Desk. More...

EDITOR WANTED
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SHORT FINAL...
Shortly after takeoff on a warm, pre-dawn departure from La Cross, WI we contacted MSP center. Twenty seconds after the usual, "radar contact," we heard, "Attention all aircraft, this controller position will no longer be manned." In our cockpit there was a sudden sober silence. Still stunned, it was several seconds later when a woman's voice announced, "That was not funny." More...

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