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THE SCENE IN MOJAVE
As you read this, history is, hopefully, being made in the high desert
north of Los Angeles. The Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team is trying to
become the first privately funded group to make successive suborbital
space flights within a two-week period to demonstrate the technical
viability of space tourism. Assuming SpaceShipOne climbs again past
62.5 miles in altitude, the team, spearheaded by Burt Rutan and funded
by Paul Allen, will win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. The event can
be seen live, online. Check that same link later today for
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TAXPAYERS HIT FOR MEIGS CLOSURE
The city of Chicago (in particular, its taxpayers) could face fines
approaching $5 million for its midnight assault on Meigs Field 18
months ago. The FAA announced Friday it's proposing the city be fined
$33,000 (the maximum) for failing to provide 30 days notice of the
closure. The agency also said it was launching an investigation into
whether $1.5 million in federal funds that were supposed to be spent
on development of O'Hare International were diverted to pay the
contractor hired to tear up Meigs. If it's true, the penalty could
reach as high as $4.5 million. City spokeswoman Annette Martinez
seemed to defend the expenditure to the Chicago Tribune. "Some funds
were used to build the airport and it was appropriate to use the
airport funds to remove the airport," she said. More...
SAYS RULES DON'T APPLY IN THIS CASE...
Although it's long been speculated that Mayor Richard Daley ordered
Meigs closed to make way for a park, his original justification was
that he feared terrorists would use the airport to launch an attack on
the city's downtown. Now, the city is using the same line to try and
defend itself against the FAA charges. Martinez told the Tribune the
city doesn't think the 30-day notice requirement applies in this case
because of the perceived terrorism threat. Meanwhile, the city didn't
waste any time getting the park started. More...
SANCTIONS VINDICATION FOR FRIENDS OF MEIGS
Friends of Meigs spokesman Steve Whitney said the
proposed FAA sanctions support the notion that the terrorism excuse
was a sham. "This proves we've been correct from the start," said
Whitney. "The city closed Meigs illegally and under false pretenses.
They should apologize and make amends." Whitney gave credit to AOPA
for bringing about the FAA's action. AOPA laid the formal complaint
that led to the investigation and President Phil Boyer wasn't shy
about his personal animosity toward Chicago's mayor. "As much as we
relish sticking it to Mayor Daley, we still would rather have the
airport," he said. More...
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TESTS SYNTHETIC VISION
NASA has announced it has run some tests on a synthetic vision system
that appears to add a few wrinkles to the certified system already
available from Chelton and the numerous experimental systems on
the market. Using a Gulfstream GV as a test platform (a rigorous test
environment if ever there was one) NASA and a bevy of private-sector
and government partners put the system through its paces. Like
existing systems, the NASA gear gives the pilot a computer-generated
portrayal of the world outside based on GPS mated to a topographical
database, but it goes a few steps beyond. More...
FAA LOOKS AT BIRD-STRIKE PREVENTION
While all that gear should theoretically be able to keep most pilots
out of the weeds, terrain isn't the only thing that can ruin your day.
The FAA has just wrapped up tests on a portable radar unit that can
track flocks of birds around airports. The radar has a three-mile
range and is designed to give fair warning of potential strikes on
aircraft departing and arriving at airports. The tests were done at
Dallas/Fort Worth International and are now being reviewed. The
portable system would be part of the National Bird Strike Advisory
NEAR FOR ADAM A500
Adam Aircraft is expecting the first customer deliveries of its A500
push/pull twin before the end of the year. The FAA granted Type
Inspection Authorization for the speedy piston twin on Sept. 30. Type
Inspection Authorization is considered the most important step in the
certification process because it means the plane theoretically meets
all standards. All that's left is for FAA pilots to confirm the plane
actually flies like the technical data says it will and Adam can start
selling airplanes. "This is a major achievement in our company
history," said CEO Rick Adam. "We expect type certification this fall
and will look forward to delivering aircraft to customers this year."
TRANSPORTATION CHAIR CAUGHT BY HOMELAND SECURITY
There's nothing like experiencing things firsthand and the chairman of
the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee now knows what
it's like to be wrongly suspected of being a terrorist. Rep. Don Young
(R-Alaska) was detained and questioned at Anchorage Airport earlier
this month because the name he booked his ticket under (Donald E.
Young) is close to that of a Donald Lee Young who is on the federal
government's "watch list." Despite the extra scrutiny, Young still
made his flight and will try using his full name (E. is for Edwin) on
tickets in the future to avoid the unwelcome attention. But while the
Don Youngs of the country get interviewed (not to mention Edward
Kennedies and John Lewises) a government report says there are plenty
of actual terrorists who don't appear on the lists. More...
GROUP PRESSES ON
By now, maintenance on Concorde involves a thorough dusting, but a
dogged group of British aviation buffs is hoping to hear the roar of
those big engines again. Fueled by a 20,000-name petition, Save
Concorde Group (SCG) is hoping to convince the British government
to join the campaign. The petition will be presented at Prime Minister
Tony Blair's official residence at 10 Downing Street on Oct. 22. "The
public's fascination with Concorde is as strong as ever," said an SCG
news release. More...
DOWNPLAYS SPORT PILOT DELAY
The FAA has delayed implementation of a key element of the Sport Pilot
program but EAA says we shouldn't worry. Last week the agency said it
won't be able to start processing Sport Pilot student applications
until at least Jan. 15, 2005, two months later than originally
planned. That's the same day that the first Sport Pilot flight tests
are scheduled to take place. EAA spokesman Earl Lawrence said the FAA
is doing its best to get Sport Pilot in gear as soon as possible.
"Considering the massive infrastructure required ... we knew the
schedule was ambitious and we expected a few hiccups along the way,"
said Lawrence. More...
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EMERGENCY STRIPS IN PERIL
The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) is
calling on pilots to help prevent the Canadian government from plowing
up a couple of mountain airstrips that provide critical emergency
diversion points for aircraft crossing the Rockies. A 60-day public
comment period on a Comprehensive Environmental Assessment of the
grass strips at Banff and Jasper, Alberta, began on Sept. 27. COPA
President Kevin Psutka is urging pilots (not just Canadians, anyone
can write in) to e-mail their support
(email@example.com) to retain the strips, which are on
two of the three major mountain-pass routes commonly used by light
ERROR" IN UAV CRASH
Well, this was bound to happen sooner or later. Pilot error has been
blamed in the crash of an Air Force Predator unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAV) in Nevada last June 14. An Air Force investigation concluded
that an instructor pilot allowed a student pilot to continue a badly
botched approach past the point of no return; the Predator was damaged
to the tune of $4.2 million. More...
AOPA'S STEVE ELLS RATES MIKE BUSCH'S OWNER SEMINAR
Steve Ells, AOPA Pilot's West Coast
Editor and a career A&P/IA, recently attended Mike Busch's "Savvy
Owner Seminar" in Seattle. Steve said: "Mike Busch has
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while keeping your airplane safe and ready for stress-free
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AVweb's Rick Durden and his mates left the confines of The
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