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DREAMIN' (OF A SUNNY DAY)...
Rampant (and perhaps record-setting) rains in southern California have
wrecked about one-third of the 2,650-foot runway at Santa Paula
Airport, a busy, privately owned public-use GA field about 20 miles
northwest of Los Angeles. Santa Paula is home to about 300 planes,
many of them vintage. The banks of the Santa Clara River have been
eroding since a five-day storm in January, and the (unusual for
California) persistent periodic downpours have since made it worse.
Last Tuesday, the overflowing river was cutting away at its banks and
threatening hangars as well as the runway, and the airport closed.
"Our effort now is to save what we've got left, with the hopes of
repairing the damage and reopening this airport someday," airport
director Bruce Dickenson, whose grandfather founded the airport in
1930, told The Los Angeles Times. More...
MONEY TRICKLES IN...
On Saturday, officials announced they had secured a $6 million federal
grant to be split between the airport and an erosion-control project.
"This is all very good news," Rowena Mason, president of the Santa
Paula Airport Association, told The Ventura County Star. "Businesses [at the
airport] keep asking us whether they need to move. The flight school
has temporarily left for Oxnard Airport. This has been devastating."
The field is home to an aviation museum, 25 businesses, and about 100
workers. About $250,000 already has been spent on emergency repairs.
AIRPORT RECOVERS -- IN TIME FOR MORE FLOODS
Meanwhile, Corona Municipal Airport, about 20 miles east of
Los Angeles, reopened after a devastating flood last month, but had to
close again as the water keeps coming back. "They just got done
cleaning up the mud, repainting the taxiway and runway markings,
fixing the gates, inspecting the buildings, restoring water and power,
and reopening the airport to traffic," says local CFI Ron Rapp, when the flooding returned. Corona
reopened for limited use over the weekend, but more rain was
expected. "The upside is that if that airport wasn't on a floodplain,
the way property values are, it would have been developed a long time
ago," Rapp told AVweb. This year's trouble could have long-term
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CONSIDER LYING TO THE FAA?
Whatever your reason may be ... A man who lied on his FAA application
for a Student Pilot certificate was sentenced to five months in prison
by a U.S. District Court in Winston Salem, N.C., earlier this month.
Tony Cox, 45, of Burlington, N.C., was sentenced on a felony count of falsifying the application by
failing to disclose a prior drug conviction for possession of cocaine.
The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG)
investigated the case. The FAA assisted and provided key testimony in
the trial and sentencing phase on implications for aviation safety
from the offenses, the OIG said in a news release. More...
While it might be expected that felons can go to prison for
aviation-related crimes such as selling bogus aircraft parts, many
aviators presume that the penalty for lying on an FAA application
would be the revocation of the certificate. However, Harry Hobgood,
assistant U.S. attorney in the North Carolina case, said that pilots
shouldn't be surprised that a lie could result in criminal charges.
"Drug usage is a big deal to the FAA," he told AVweb. He said
that Cox's omission was found in standard cross-checking of the
application. "This was not a minor omission. This was about as
egregious as it gets," he said. He said Cox had been in jail twice
before on drug charges. More...
Since 1998, the OIG has won convictions in more than 150 cases related
to aviation safety, with total fines assessed of more than $27
million. Those investigations generally fall into four categories: the
illegal manufacture or distribution of aircraft parts that do not meet
FAA standards; charges of falsifying airman or mechanic certificates;
false statements regarding the condition of aircraft or filing false
aircraft certifications; and shipping or allowing the shipping of
hazardous materials by air without proper certification. The OIG lists
a digest of its convictions online. Some examples
from that list: A Texas pilot got three months in jail in February
2003 for lying about a past DUI charge on his airman medical
GREEN FOR GLOBAL FLYER
As of our deadline, conditions were looking good for a launch this
afternoon for the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer from Salina, Kan.
Veteran record-setter Steve Fossett aims to fly the long lanky
aircraft solo around the world without stopping, a trip expected to
take about 80 hours. Fossett completed a successful taxi test last
week, described as a "dress rehearsal" for today's takeoff. The route -- subject to change, of course -- leads
from Kansas, past Chicago and Gander, Newfoundland, then across the
Atlantic. The route crosses Europe and heads southeast across the
Persian Gulf, then across India, China, Japan, and the Pacific.
SAFETY RECORD REACHES NEW HIGH, AOPA SAYS
Last year's preliminary GA accident data from the NTSB shows the
fewest GA accidents since record-keeping began in 1938 and the lowest
number of fatal accidents since 1945, AOPA said last week. The number of GA accidents in
2004 dropped 8.4 percent compared to 2003, and the number of fatal
accidents declined 11.4 percent, AOPA said. The numbers also improved
for flying during instruction. There were 17 fatal instructional
accidents in 2004, half the total of 2003. Total instructional
accidents were down almost 12 percent. More...
Apparently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is
operating under a different set of fiscal rules than the FAA. The FAA
objected when the management of Gerald R. Ford International Airport, in Grand
Rapids, Mich., doubled their rent after a 10-year lease expired back
in September 2002. The airport wanted the FAA to pay $50 per square
foot for its 3,000 square feet of prime terminal space, which the
airport said was the going rate. After two years of stalemate, the FAA
has agreed to pay $274,000 in back rent, after the airport threatened
to sue, the Grand Rapids Press reported on Thursday. The FAA
will vacate the premises ... which now will be rented to the TSA,
which had no problem with the rental rate. More...
REVAMPS CVR/FDR RULES
The FAA on Thursday proposed new rules for aircraft that are required to carry a
Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) . New CVRs
will be required to hold two hours of data instead of the current 15
to 30 minutes. Magnetic tape must be replaced with digital data
storage, which is more durable and reliable. The FDR must record data
more frequently and store 25 hours' worth of information. The CVR must
have an independent backup power source good for at least 10 minutes.
"Good data is often the key to deciphering what went wrong in an
aircraft incident or accident," said FAA Administrator Marion Blakey.
"Increasing the likelihood that recorders yield crucial data improves
overall safety by giving us the chance to analyze these events."
Implementation could cost the industry up to $420 million.
FLY-IN AND CIRRUS ROAD SHOW
Not everyone can make it to the big air shows to check out the latest
new airplanes, so Cirrus has packed one of its aircraft (minus the
wings) into the trailer of a giant 18-wheeler and is taking it out to
the nation's blue highways. The Cirrus Road Show launched in January and will
continue through November, with stops in Stockton, Calif.; Knoxville,
Tenn.; New Haven, Conn.; and lots more. Visitors can climb into the
cockpit, check out the avionics and get a feel for the side control
yoke. "If that's not enough, we can set up a demonstration flight for
you at a nearby airport," Cirrus says. For pilots who already own a Lancair, or want to mingle with those who do, they
can fly in to Scottsdale, Ariz., March 31-April 3. Owners will mix
seminars with social events in the desert sun. More...
SHOWS AHEAD ... SUN 'N FUN POSTS ARRIVAL INFO
Like gardeners with their seed catalogs, aviators wile away the gloomy
winter hours dreaming of air shows to come. Sun 'n
Fun is the traditional season opener. This year's event in
Lakeland, Fla., April 12-18, is sure to bring sport planes out to play
and "EAA's Sport Pilot experts will be available to help people fully
explore this exciting new avenue of access to personal flight,"
according to an EAA release. Expect expanded coverage from
AVweb. A full slate of workshops and forums, a night air show,
a balloon launch, and the splash-in at Lake Parker are all set to go.
The arrival procedures are online now, and a share-a-flight page is posted for those with a
spare seat or in need of one. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (July 25-31) also
has a new online rideshare feature, for travelers arriving by air
or land. More...
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NATCA responds to AVweb's story on the NY TRACON, in today's
Metal fatigue blamed for 2002 breakup of China Airlines
Software adds four light aircraft to Microsoft Flight
Airborne salute to Gen. Paul Tibbets on CNN, 10
p.m. (ET) Tuesday...
Space Shuttle to resume flight in late May.
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Motor Head #5: Is Franklin Gone For Good?
It isn't always
true that the "best" products are the ones that succeed. Franklin
engines are still loved by many, but it looks like there won't be any
new ones. AVweb's Motor Head, Marc Cook, looks at what we'll miss with
the loss of Franklin, checks out Japanese manufacturing and brings
news on the rotary front. More...
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Somtimes they're a little busy...
Overheard inbound to EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh, 2003, where only the
controllers on the ground speak and pilots respond by rocking their
Controller: Bell Helicopter, Fisk Approach. If you read,
rock your wings.
Controller: Right... OK, I guess you really don't have
any wings. Bell Helicopter, if you read, transmit.
Helicopter: I read you, Fisk.
Controller: Roger, enter left traffic for runway 36,
welcome to Oshkosh. You've earned your wings today. More...
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