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Volume 10, Number 38b -- September 16, 2004

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GA SECURITY BILL GETS A GOING-OVER...
A New York congressman has pledged to work with general aviation groups and other members of Congress to address GA security concerns without unduly disrupting the industry. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) caused a big flap in Washington last week when he proposed a bill that would require airline-type security measures for all non-air-carrier aircraft. Weiner spokesman Anson Kaye told AVweb that on Wednesday, Weiner told the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure he would not introduce the bill as written and would consult with GA groups and other members of Congress on ways to achieve the bill's goals without crushing the industry. (Just maiming it.) More...

...WHAT HE MEANT, NOT WHAT HE SAID...
While the effect of the proposed bill would be enormous, it had its start with a very narrow focus. Weiner told the House Committee on Wednesday that his primary focus was on helicopters but that he'd try to fashion a bill that accommodated the full range of GA security concerns. Weiner spokesman Kaye said, "There are a lot of people who are worried about how close those helicopters fly to their residences" in the city's taller buildings and that those concerns prompted the bill. Washington insiders told AVweb that Weiner's bill was a political long shot at best, and was unlikely to make it into the current legislative session, which ends in a few days. Weiner's comments on Wednesday virtually assure it won't see light of day in the current session. More...

...AOPA PLEDGES TO HELP
Kaye said the congressman is not particularly worried about the practical implications of such a bill. He said it would be easy for the Transportation Security Administration to distribute their watch list to small aircraft operators. As for the physical screening of passengers and baggage, he said such measures are accepted as necessary. "For better or for worse, people are getting used to it," he said. AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy said his organization is willing to help Weiner modify his bill. "We'd like to work with Congressman Weiner to develop legislation that addresses his concerns but isn't a detriment to general aviation." More...

LIGHTSPEED QFR SELECTED AS "GEAR OF THE YEAR 2004" BY AVIATION CONSUMER
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DISAPPOINTMENT AT RENO
Instead of getting ready for the most anticipated race at the National Championship Air Races, Jon Sharp's Nemesis NXT team is trying to figure out what went wrong as the 400-plus-mph hopeful two-seat kitplane landed at Reno Stead Airport on Tuesday. Race spokeswoman Sue Putnam told AVweb the aircraft made what looked like a routine landing but the pilot "heard a bang" on the left side. "He tried to keep it on its right side as long as he could but of course it eventually came down and the landing gear collapsed and it slid along the runway," Putnam said. More...

...AS DESERT WARMS UP TO THROATY GROWLS
Although the cutting-edge Sport Class has been gaining a lot of attention in recent years, many who attend Reno go to see 60-year-old technology that can't be matched in terms of sheer gas-guzzling glory. Last year, Skip Holm, piloting Dago Red, a fully tricked-out P-51, broke the 500-mph barrier with a best time of 507 mph. John Penney, in the famous Rare Bear, a massive Grumman F8F Bearcat (maybe with a huge four-bladed prop this year) was always a close second and both planes are back this year. In fact, they're among 27 Unlimiteds signed up to race.

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NATCA OPPOSES LIFTING CONTROLLER AGE-56 LIMIT
While various groups continue to press the government to allow airline pilots to fly beyond the age of 60, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says allowing controllers to work beyond the age of 56 "is fraught with considerable problems of controller health, manpower distribution, and the general safety of America's flying public." Eugene R. Freedman, NATCA's policy counsel, was slated to speak before the Senate Special Committee on Aging on Tuesday. Congress recently directed the FAA to adopt rules to issue waivers to the age limit as a way of combating a retirement-induced exodus of controllers over the next decade, something Freedman describes as "a dangerous shortcut." Whether or not a staffing crisis is imminent still appears to be a point of some contention. More...

CHINA WELCOMES GA
If your GA business is still in the 9/11 doldrums, maybe it needs a change of scenery. Uniworld LLC is urging you to pack a set of chopsticks (wooden ones ... metal ones may be confiscated at security checkpoints) and head to China for a couple of GA forums (which it is sponsoring) next year. Uniworld promises to put the movers and shakers of China's GA industry in the same room with those who know how to meet its allegedly burgeoning commercial GA needs, at the China GA Forum 2005 in X'ian March 16-18. Then, May 18-20 in Beijing, the recreational market will be examined in the China Ultralight Expo 2005. More...

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HOUSE APPROVES VOLUNTEER PILOTS' BILL
If you fly to help others (or even if you think it's a good idea that some people do) the Air Care Alliance is looking for a final political push to get some truly helpful legislation passed. The Volunteer Pilot Organization Act received a resounding 385-12 endorsement in the House on Tuesday. The bill expands and extends liability relief, similar to the Good Samaritan Act, to public-benefit flying, thus easing insurance burdens, or in some cases, making insurance available again. The trick is making sure it gets on the agenda of the rapidly dwindling legislative session. The Air Care Alliance is urging all volunteer pilots and organizations to phone, fax and e-mail their senators to ensure the bill is passed in the next few days. More...

U.S., EU TALK AIRCRAFT SUBSIDIES
Two of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick's top aides are in Brussels today meeting with their European Union counterparts trying to put an end to what the U.S. claims are unfair subsidies to Airbus Industries. At issue is a section of an agreement between the U.S. and Europe that nails down how (and how much) governments can help aircraft manufacturers develop new planes. That section allows governments to lend companies money at below-market rates to fund up to a third of development costs. Europe has supplied such loans to Airbus; the U.S. has not done the same for Boeing and wants the provision scrapped. More...

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LOSE WEIGHT ... AND MAYBE LUNCH
The man best known for organizing the private space race is making weightlessness available to anyone with $3,000 and, we hope (as will their fellow passengers) a strong stomach. Peter Diamandis, the founder of the X Prize competition, is behind the Zero Gravity Corporation, which just got FAA approval to sell tickets on NASA-style parabolic flight profiles (aboard a 727-200) that give customers a brief period of weightlessness and a rather unique view. The FAA signed off on the flights on Tuesday and tickets are on sale for flights that will be conducted on a two-week tour that will visit New York, Los Angeles, Reno, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Florida. More...

INSURANCE CLAIM, A BUNCH OF BULL
A couple of British pilots have a load of bull to give their insurance carrier and they're not fooling around. Tony Cooper and Lisa Kingscott's vintage Auster J1N airplane suffered about $18,000 in damage earlier this month when some young bulls developed a taste for the fabric covering. The bullocks ate a large section of the 1946 aircraft's fuselage. "I was speechless. I've never seen anything like it," Kingscott told the Daily Mail. Kingscott and Cooper, who own the plane with three others, have always landed in the same field on their frequent visits to Herfordshire (where else?) to see friends. Maybe not anymore. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Up to 800 flights affected due to system failure at California enroute center, Tuesday...
NTSB is looking at whether a burned-out television tower light bulb contributed to crash...
Pilot accused of drunken flight appeared in court...
NTSB law judge overturned the revocation of a charter company owner's pilot, mechanic certificates...
Delta pilots consider retiring rather than going down with the ship. More...

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Say Again? #40: ATC 105 -- Phraseology
You've got plenty to learn when becoming a pilot -- and one of the more intimidating things is talking on the microphone. But proper phraseology can save your life, and it's easier to learn when you're new. AVweb's Don Brown has another in his basic communication courses in this month's column.

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
The latest Weiner bill, proposed legislation introduced by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) (see AVweb's AVflash, above) would have prevented small aircraft from flying over any city with a population of one million — among other things. It has caused quite the stir among aviation advocates. But while the alphabets jump to our defense, word from the DC faithful is more mundane: 90 percent of bills introduced go nowhere; it's at the end of the session, so there's no time to deal with it; and John Mica (R-FL), the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, isn't going to do anything with a bill introduced by a lowly Democrat, anyway. Is this latest bill a real threat to GA, or just an opportunity for the alphabets to convince you they're working for your money? AVweb wants to hear your opinion. PLUS: Results of last week's question, "Why do you fly?" More...

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AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
No lightning photos this week, we promise! Like most everyone, we've seen enough storms for a while — so it's blue skies and easy flying in this installment of "Picture of the Week." Navah Samra takes home top honors for a photo celebrating 80 years of the RCAF. Your official AVweb baseball cap is already winging its way to the Great North, Navra! More...

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