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Volume 11, Number 9b -- March 3, 2005

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SALINA OR BUST?
While Steve Fossett might be able to stay awake for 80 hours (concerns over a "missing" 2,600 gallons of fuel might help), we at AVweb make no such claim. So we leave you at 1 a.m. EST with the adventurer northeast of Hawaii, consistently running at better than 270 kts at 46,000 feet and determined to land at Salina, Kan. sometime today -- at a more civilized hour. "I hit the jetstream very well, which has put us in a better fuel position. I have every hope of making it to Salina tomorrow," Fossett told his mission control team back in Kansas via satellite phone. This, despite a day-long drama Wednesday over his fuel state and the very real possibility that he might land in Hawaii (who could blame him at this time of year) instead of Salina. More...

...A RECORD NO MATTER WHAT
So, what happened to all that fuel? The concentration seems focussed (sensibly) on making the most of the JP-4 that didn't disappear but there has been some speculation centering around where it all went ... if in fact it went anywhere at all. A venting problem or simply a miscalculation of the initial consumption on climb out are among the theories -- though human or instrument error can't be discounted. Whatever happened, concern of an abnormal burn or leak stopped after about three and one-half hours and Fossett kept flying. Along the way he set at least one new record. More...

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NTSB REDEFINES "ACCIDENT"...
Look for the "accident" rate to increase in coming years -- and you can blame it on the NTSB. The body charged with trying to keep us out of trouble has come up with some new definitions for the term "accident," and it could cause a spike in the stats. Last December, the NTSB issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) designed to ensure the agency was included in any information exchange regarding potentially dangerous circumstances that have safe and happy outcomes. In essence, if the NPRM is adopted as a final rule (the comment period is open until March 11) certain events must now be reported as "accidents" and other events are newly reportable as "incidents." More...

...ROTORHEADS HIT HARDEST...
Possibly the biggest impact will be on helicopter stats. The NPRM removes an exclusion for ground damage to rotors and tail rotors, and now requires that all such incidents be reported as "accidents." Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Roy Resavage is urging members to forward comments to both HAI and the NTSB by March 7. The NTSB apparently doesn't accept comments electronically, so they must be mailed to: Mr. Deepak Joshi, Lead Aerospace Engineer (Structures), National Transportation Safety Board, 490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, D.C., 20594. The NPRM will also affect fixed-wing operators through the inclusion, as reportable "incidents," of in-flight propeller failures, turbine failures that result in debris escaping from anywhere besides the exhaust path, the loss of information from a majority of an aircraft's electronic primary displays, and any airborne-collision-and-avoidance system (ACAS) alarms that occur during IFR operations. More...

...AOPA COMMENTS
AOPA has filed comments on the NPRM, but only on two of the sections. Spokesman Chris Dancy said it's AOPA's view that helicopter rotor and tail-rotor damage must still fit the definition of "substantial damage" before it's reportable as an accident, so it wasn't concerned about that section. AOPA did object to the section on electronic flight displays as being "too vague." AOPA also noted the FAA already collects data on ACAS warnings so it would be redundant for the NTSB to require them. More...

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THE LEGALITY OF ELECTRONIC CHARTS
Will that be paper or glass? The answer is likely both, at least in the near future, when it comes to approach plates. In December, Avidyne certified a software package for the EX 5000C glass panel in Cirrus aircraft that allows the uploading of electronic depictions of Jeppesen approach plates for display in the cockpit. Although the electronic plates, called CMax, are exactly the same as those that can be printed using Jeppview, the company's net-based system, the FAA apparently still doesn't trust this newfangled way of doing things. Both the Cirrus and Avidyne manuals include, at FAA insistence, disclaimers saying the screens aren't to be used as the primary source of approach information. More...

CITY CONSIDERS CIRRUS AIR TAXI
If you've ever wanted to fly to Glendive, Mont., the city of Bismarck, N.D., might have just the ticket. Bismarck, you see, got a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Transportation three years ago to develop a regional air service plan. The result could be the first next-generation air taxi service designed to relieve pressure on the existing hub system and provide air service to communities (like Glendive) that are off the airlines' radar. What's more, according to Bismarck officials, "Point2Point Airways" would make money after a couple of years, something that seems to be a challenge for most airlines. More...

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ADAM QUIET ON CERTIFICATION DELAYS
Two months after it predicted the first delivery of one of its A500 push/pull twins, Adam Aircraft continues to have certification "challenges" on the design, according to the FAA. Agency spokesman Allen Kenitzer also made it clear that bureaucratic foot-dragging is not causing the slipped schedule. "We are responding to the company's schedule," Kenitzer told AVweb. "But it's not uncommon for challenges to evolve during the late phase of any [certification] program." Kenitzer declined to comment on the nature of those challenges for privacy and proprietary reasons and said more details would have to come from Adam. Adam spokesman John Hamilton declined comment. "I really can't comment on the certification process," he said. More...

777, A320 ALMOST MEET (BADLY) ON RUNWAY
So, we have to wonder what the Japan Airlines pilot told his passengers after he slammed on the Boeing 777's thrust reversers and swerved onto a taxiway about 3,000 feet into his takeoff roll at New Chitose Airport on the Japanese island of Hokkaido last Jan. 22. Ten minutes later, the aircraft took off. The Mainichi daily news reported the takeoff was aborted (at the screaming insistence of an air traffic controller) because no clearance was issued and an All Nippon Airways A320 had just landed at the opposite end of the 10,000-foot runway. "I was preoccupied with preparations for takeoff and failed to confirm whether my plane was cleared. I thought no other aircraft was ahead of us," the unidentified captain told Japanese authorities, who only released their report a week ago. More...

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NASA MOVES (FARTHER) FROM AERONAUTICS
When your head is above the clouds, it's hard to remember your roots. The first A in NASA, which stands for Aeronautics, is rapidly becoming archaic as the organization throws more and more resources behind ambitious space projects. And while space stations, a trip to Mars and a replacement for the space shuttle are certainly headline grabbers, the more mundane work of ensuring the vast majority of us atmosphere-bound aviators have a crack at the new technologies borne of those billions of tax dollars is falling by the wayside. According to a story in the Orlando Sentinel, less than 6 percent of NASA's $16.2 billion budget is going to aeronautics in 2005. (Perhaps they're thinking there's always Allen, Fossett, Branson, and Rutan.) More...

RENO PICKS TOWER OVER GOLF COURSE
It's not often that a community is willing to sacrifice a golf course for an airport development but Reno, perhaps better than most cities, appreciates the value of air travel. The airport authority announced last week that the popular Brookside Golf Course will make way for a new $25 million control tower sometime in the next year or so. More than 60,000 people played the city-operated Brookside course last year. It's particularly popular with seniors because of its short length and $55 a month unlimited green fees. Although Reno's current tower is adequate, the airport recorded an 11-percent increase in traffic last year. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Women In Aviation to talk strategic alliances...
Lawsuit launched in Teterboro crash...
Orlando airports got $9 million in funding...
Sport aviation fair well-attended. More...

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Say Again? #47: On Course of Course
When you file direct GPS, when are you on course? Seems an easy question, but not when ATC doesn't know where you're really going. And to make it worse, more and more pilots and controllers aren't using standard phraseology, meaning someone sometime soon is going to get really lost. Air traffic controller Don Brown is trying to help. More...

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, an AVweb reader wants to know what you think about Military Operation Areas (MOAs) an the amount of airspace they're taking away from GA. Our esteemed reader asks, "Should the military be allowed to take over any more airspace without giving up an equivalent amount? I suggest this because today the military has far fewer operation aircraft and flying squadrons than they did during the Cold War. In addition, many of the units are deployed overseas supporting operations in Iraq, Afganistan, etc." PLUS: Results of last week's question on UFO sightings. More...

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AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Another week, another great batch of photos from AVweb readers — man, this is the life! Suzy Kryzanowicz of Michigan takes home top honors this week. (She'll also be taking home an official AVweb baseball cap for her efforts.) Once you've marvelled at Suzy's prize-winning photo, scroll down for thrills! excitement! a Mustang! — and a few chuckles. More...

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