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Volume 10, Number 47b -- November 18, 2004

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NASA'S X-43A SUPERSONIC SCRAMJET BREAKS ALL-TIME SPEED RECORD...
At 110,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday afternoon, NASA's scramjet-powered X-43A unmanned research vehicle flew at close to Mach 9.8, nearly 7,000 miles per hour, breaking its own previous record of Mach 7, set in March, for air-breathing engines. The flight is a "key milestone," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, that will help to advance commercial aviation technology. Supersonic combustion ramjets (scramjets) promise to make ultra-high-speed flights within the atmosphere cheaper and safer, NASA said Tuesday in a news release, and provide an alternative to rockets. More...

...IN A FLAWLESS TEST...
The 12-foot long, 5-foot-wide lifting-body scramjet vehicle, mated to a modified Pegasus booster rocket, was launched from NASA's B-52B at about 47,000 feet, in restricted airspace northwest of Los Angeles. The booster carried it up to 110,000 feet, where the X-43A separated and ignited its scramjet engine for about 10 seconds. After burnout, the vehicle descended and splashed into the ocean, as planned, and will not be recovered (fishing trip, anyone?). The flight is the third and last of three unpiloted tests in NASA's Hyper-X Program. The eight-year, $230-million program got off to a rough start in June 2001 when the first X-43A and its booster rocket had to be destroyed in mid-air. The second attempt, in March of this year, successfully reached a speed of Mach 7. More...

...USING A SIMPLE, SOPHISTICATED SYSTEM
The scramjet engine design has no moving parts. The forward speed of the aircraft itself, enhanced by the shape of the nose, compresses a stream of air that is channeled into the engine, where it mixes with gaseous hydrogen fuel -- there are no fan blades that compress the air, as in a normal jet engine. In a scramjet engine, the airflow through the whole engine remains supersonic. NASA says such a design may be capable of flying at Mach 15 or more. Scramjets have an advantage over rockets in that they use oxygen from the atmosphere, so no heavy liquid-oxygen tanks are required. Also, scramjets can be throttled back and flown more like an airplane, unlike rockets, which tend to produce nearly or full thrust all the time. More...

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SOMETIMES THERE'S GOOD NEWS FOR GA...
When pilots worry about losing access to airspace, too often they worry alone. But in southern Indiana, where the Air Force is proposing to create two large Military Operations Areas that would impact traffic between Louisville, Ky., and Indianapolis, some city officials are concerned about the economic impact. Mayor Jim Bullard, of Seymour, said his city has invested millions of dollars into navigational equipment to update Freeman Municipal Airport, and is concerned about anything that might impact its use, the Associated Press reported on Monday. Columbus Municipal Airport Director Rod Blasdell also raised concerns, saying that commercial tenants that wanted to locate at his airport might take into consideration the restricted access caused by the new MOAs, and go someplace else. AOPA is, of course, also engaged in the fight. More...

...AS "LIFESTYLE AIRPORT" THRIVES, REGIONAL AIRPORT SEEKS GA FLYERS...
Meanwhile, in Poplar Grove, Ill., a small privately-owned airport is growing steadily, by working to create a neighborhood of people who love airplanes. Since 1996, more than 100 homes have been built and 400 residents, many of them pilots or airline workers, have moved to the airpark community, the Rockford Register Star reported on Sunday. Hangar space has quadrupled from 10 years ago, and the airport is home to 366 airplanes. "We made a conscious decision to develop a lifestyle airport, rather than a commercially intensive airport," owner Steve Thomas told the Register Star. It's also open for public use. And in New York, Albany International Airport is working (as its "mission") to become more user-friendly to small airplanes. More...

...AND TORRANCE NEIGHBORS UNFAZED BY ACCIDENTS
Maybe it's a unique Southern California perspective, born of living in an area prone to earthquakes, wildfires, and mudslides, but neighbors near Torrance Airport -- who are not otherwise affiliated with aviation -- nonetheless seem unfazed by two recent airplane crashes that hit homes and yards. "Even the 89-year-old woman, [Margie Somers], whose house was torn in half by a crashing plane this month says she doesn't give much thought to living in the flight path," the local Daily Breeze reported on Tuesday. "It's safer living under this landing pattern than on Pacific Coast Highway," said Somers' son Mark. "It's more likely that you're going to get hit by a car than by an airplane." Others interviewed by the newspaper reported similarly lofty views. More...

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GAO CRITICIZES FAA DESIGNEE PROGRAM
The FAA should do a better job monitoring designated flight-test examiners, inspectors, and doctors who give FAA medical exams to pilots, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released Tuesday. The GAO, displaying a remarkable grasp of the obvious, said the FAA is inconsistent in the way it oversees the 13,400 individuals and 180 organizations who perform crucial safety functions, but found no systematic safety problems. Incomplete databases, heavy workloads and inadequate training for FAA staff who monitor the designees were blamed for the inadequacies. One way for the FAA to improve would be for the agency to charge application and renewal fees to designees to help offset the cost of administering these programs, the GAO said, however, FAA is prohibited from imposing new user fees unless they are specifically authorized by law. More...

GA COALITION MEETS WITH SECURITY CZARS
Representatives from GA's alphabet groups met with Department of Homeland Security honchos this week to discuss various security regulations and their impact on GA flyers. Adm. James Loy, deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Rear Adm. David Stone, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), attended the meeting. AOPA sent President Phil Boyer, who told the security team, "We need to work together to be sure that regulations make sense. It's pointless to have regulators making rules that can't reasonably be implemented in the real world." Loy pledged to create "engagement opportunities" for GA and DHS to work in concert, AOPA said. More...

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FAA POSTS SPORT PILOT TEST QUESTIONS, EXAMINER GUIDE
You have to wait until Dec. 1 to take an actual FAA Sport Pilot "knowledge test" (what used to be known as the "written" in the pre-computer age), but you can start studying now, because the FAA has posted its test-question bank online. Questions are posted for sport pilots and for sport-pilot flight instructors/examiners. The FAA has also added questions to the private-pilot test for weight-shift-control aircraft and powered parachutes. On Tuesday, the FAA also released its Sport Pilot Examiner's Handbook, a 78-page PDF document. It delineates privileges and procedures, responsibilities, and limitations of examiner designations and authorizations. More...

BOHANNON'S FLYIN' TIGER REACHES HIGHER
Bruce Bohannon broke two of his own world records on the way up -- he hit 12,000 meters in 20 minutes, 36 seconds, to establish new time-to-climb standards in the Unlimited and C-1.b classes (the old record was 22:29), but the one he really wanted Saturday proved elusive once again, EAA reported on Monday. Bohannon has made several attempts to reach 50,000 feet in his modified RV-4, Exxon Flyin' Tiger. On Saturday, flying out of his home airport in Angleton, Texas, he flew the Tiger to its highest altitude yet -- 47,530 feet, about 1,800 feet shy of what's required to gain the all-time piston altitude record. More...

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SKYDIVER SURVIVES 3,500-FOOT FALL
A corrugated iron roof hardly seems like a soft place to fall, but it helped slow down Lt. Charlie Williams enough that he survived with minor injuries after his parachute failed to open during a training exercise in Kenya. Williams, 25, of the British Army, was on his third jump two weeks ago when he clipped the side of the door while exiting the aircraft and began to spin as he fell and became entangled in the parachute rigging. "I was completely helpless," he told reporters as he recovered at his parents' home. "There was nothing I could do. I said to myself 'this is it' and I prepared to die." He crashed through the roof and was surprised to find himself alive on the floor of someone's home with "a crowd of puzzled Kenyans" looking at him. More...

BILL BENNETT, HANG-GLIDING PIONEER, DIED IN CRASH
Bill Bennett, an Australian hang-gliding pioneer who helped popularize the sport in the U.S., died on Oct. 7 in Arizona at age 73, it was reported this week. Bennett was taking off with an instructor in a trike -- a powered ultralight with a hang-glider-like wing and weight-shift control -- at Lake Havasu Airport when the power failed and the aircraft crashed. The instructor, Drew Reeves, was also hurt. Bennet's company, Delta Wing Kites and Gliders, was among the first hang glider manufacturers in the U.S. The company helped develop the basic design of modern hang-gliders, added features such as emergency chutes and Mylar-coated sail cloth, and improved handling and performance. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Five died Sunday in Piper Navajo crash in Texas...
Cessna to open giant new Wichita Service Center soon...
Gliders in U.K. in 10 near-midairs in the second half of last year... More...

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Stalls -- a word (and sound) that strikes fear in the hearts of student pilots. And professionals, for that matter. But our bold aviator and cartoonist knows it is a required part of pilot training, and he's ready to take his partner, C152 Charlie, into the air again.

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, we want to know if you (or anyone you know) will be taking advantage of the new Sport Pilot rules. PLUS: Results of last week's poll on how much trust our readers put in the FAA. More...

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AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Truly, the golden age of "Picture of the Week" has returned! Of almost five dozen submissions, nearly a third made it into our "personal desktop wallpaper" file. But one photo called out to us to be proclaimed the undisputed "Picture of the Week" — Bud Granley's. We think you'll agree when you see it. (Interesting note: This week's top three photos were all taken in Canada!) More...

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