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MUTTERINGS TO FREE DC...
Legislation that would re-open Ronald Reagan Washington National
Airport (DCA) to GA aircraft was introduced yesterday in the U.S.
House, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) told
AVweb last night. It's not the first bill to make that attempt.
But this bill was introduced by the leaders of the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and "That's key,"
according to NBAA spokesman Dan Hubbard. Congressmen Don Young
(R-Alaska), Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman
John Mica (R-Fla.) all signed on to the bill. These sponsors add
considerable clout to "a growing chorus of support" for re-opening
DCA, NBAA said. More...
DISPLACING PISTONS? GA TURF WARS...
A new threat to GA airports is appearing more and more frequently, and
it's a twist on the old familiar story of residents moving in,
deciding they don't like the airport noise and turning the field into
a subdivision. Instead, those same residents seem to be realizing that
a GA airport can be a cash cow for their communities -- but not if
it's infested with little personal aircraft and weekend flyers. The
big bucks come with fuel-guzzling jets and corporate expense accounts.
For flight schools, small FBOs and private pilots trying to find
hangar space, the result is the same. They're being pushed out.
FIELD OUSTS FBO...
Among the latest to feel the squeeze is Gibbs Air Service, a venerable
FBO at Montgomery Field, a municipal airport in San
Diego. The FBO is operated by Buzz Gibbs, whose father started the
airfield back in 1937 (the field was later acquired by the city); it
provides hangar space, a flight school, fuel and other services to
hundreds of small-aircraft owners. Gibbs's lease expires on May 31 and
the city says it won't be renewed. Officials so far haven't revealed
their plans for the FBO's 24-acre parcel, other than to say they want
to explore the options to maximize its income potential for the city
(currently suffering a budget deficit), The Union-Tribune reported last week. Local pilots
fear the city wants to drive them out with high prices, so they can
cater to business jets instead. Over 500 small airplanes now live at
the field. More...
RIALTO GOES HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH FAA
That's not to say that cities aren't still threatening to shut down
airports, if they think there's profit in it. In Rialto, Calif., on
the far western edge of the Los Angeles metro region, a new highway
bypass is spiking property values, and the city is looking for ways
for close its GA airport and redevelop the land. The FAA is crying
foul, saying it has given the city almost $15 million to develop the
airport and Rialto has no right to close it. The city says that the
airport is no longer needed and the operations there can be moved to
an airport in nearby San Bernardino, so they are not really closing
the airport, just moving it (fun with semantics, 101). The FAA's not
buying that argument. More...
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PILOT REVS UP...
When the new Sport Pilot rules were announced last summer at Oshkosh,
many saw Sun 'n Fun as the next crucial waypoint in the implementation
of the rule. With that annual Florida event less than a week away
(April 12-18), the sport aviation world is gearing up to make it
count. The FAA-industry consortium that is developing consensus
standards for light sport aircraft (LSA) is close to being ready to
give the green light to manufacturers, AOPA said Monday -- but AOPA warns that LSA
timelines have been painfully slow in the past, so "keep your fingers
While the technical committees work on getting the aircraft OK'd to
fly, gaggles of marketing types are working equally hard to make sure
the public is ready to buy them when they do. EAA has announced a partnership with Sportsplanes.com to promote sport flying. Josh
Foss, president of Sportsplanes.com, is working to establish a
nationwide network of Sport Aircraft Regional Centers where flight
training and aircraft sales will be available. EAA also is supporting
the Sport Pilot Tour to bring sport aircraft to local
airports where the curious can get an intro flight. More...
ULTRALIGHT COMMUNITY PREPARES FOR CHANGE
One route to building the Sport Pilot numbers is to convert pilots who
now fly ultralights. EAA said Tuesday it has developed an inexpensive
new kit to help with that transition. The all-inclusive kit sells for
under $20 and helps guide an owner through converting an ultralight
aircraft to the experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) category.
The kit includes a 15-page guidebook, all the FAA forms, required
standard instrument/control labels and placards, a fireproof dataplate
and an "experimental" category sticker. "EAA makes the transition
process from ultralight to experimental light-sport aircraft simple
with this kit," said Charlie Becker, EAA aviation services director.
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OFFICIAL, FLIGHT ATTENDANT IN ALTERCATION ALOFT
An FAA official was handcuffed and detained when she disembarked in
Kansas City after an altercation during a Southwest Airlines flight on
March 26, The Kansas City Star reported on Saturday. A
flight standards manager for the Central Region, she had argued with a
flight attendant, according to the Star. The flight attendant told
police that the official had confronted him about how he was handling
a disturbance in the back of the airplane. He told the official to sit
down and let him handle it, and the official allegedly became verbally
combative and shoved him. Police and investigators from the
Transportation Security Administration met the airplane when it
landed, and the official was handcuffed after she objected to being
FLYING BORDER PATROLS
The skies above the U.S.-Mexican border near Tucson have been busier
than usual this week. Thirty pilots and their aircraft have joined a
band of about 1,000 volunteers -- some, including President Bush, call
them vigilantes -- who will spend the month of April working to deter
illegal immigrants from Mexico. Leaders of the group, which calls
itself The Minuteman Project, say they will not confront
the migrants and/or smugglers, but will track them and report their
activities to the U.S. Border Patrol. Leaders of the project have said
they are worried about terrorists arriving through the leaky border,
but Mexican President Vincente Fox said there is no evidence to
support that fear. More...
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SITES NOW OPEN FOR FLYING (SORT OF...)
Plenty of pilots got their first introduction to controlling an
airplane via remote-control models, and it seems that despite the
advent of desktop flight simulators, the sport is still thriving. Now,
under a new federal agreement between the Academy of Model
Aeronautics and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, RC
pilots will have more places to fly from. The group has been granted
free access to EPA Superfund sites around the country for use as model
airfields. The first site likely to open under the program is in
Altoona, Pa., a 57-acre former landfill, flat and open and covered in
grass. "It's a perfect place to fly airplanes," EPA official Romuald
A. Roman told The Washington Post. More...
AFTER TREES CITED IN FATAL CRASH
The Westerly (R.I.) State Airport recently got a federal grant that
will rebuild a runway and remove trees that obscure pilots' visibility
-- but it's too late for two pilots who died in a midair on that
runway in November 2003. The NTSB last week released its final report on that crash, in which a Piper
Archer landed on the runway as a Cessna 180 was taking off. Both
pilots in the Cessna died, but the pilot of the Piper and his two
passengers were OK. The safety board found that the probable cause for
the crash was the Piper pilot's decision to land even though he saw
the Cessna on the runway. Other factors were the departing Cessna
pilot's inattentive radio communications, and the obscured visibility
of the traffic pattern from the air and ground by trees located at the
departure end of the runway. More...
FORCE PILOTS HELP CIVILIAN FLYER IN TROUBLE
When the pilot of a small twin lost an engine over Idaho while far
from an airfield in bad weather late last month, he was lucky that two
Air Force pilots were nearby on a training mission. Lt. Col. Evan
Roelofs, in an F-15C, and Capt. Marco Parzych, in an F-16, from
Mountain Home Air Force Base, got a call from Salt Lake Center asking
them to help the civilian pilot find a hole in the clouds to descend
through. Roelofs found the twin and circled nearby, until he found a
opening for descent. Parzych then flew alongside in his F-16 until the
twin landed safely at Boise International Airport. More...
SPECIAL SUN 'N FUN COVERAGE STARTS MONDAY
AVweb will be on the field in Lakeland all next week to bring
you all the latest on new technology, new airplanes, and all the
excitement from Sun 'n Fun, the first big show of the season. Monday's
edition will feature a show preview, then watch for special editions
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straight from the site. The next Monday we'll wrap it all up for you,
then return to our regular schedule. More...
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BRS to acquire Free Flight Enterprises...
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Tall airline pax could be at worse DVT
CJ2+ took its first flight on Saturday...
Airbus 380 missed target for first flight...
EAA unveiled a new
Young Eagles Web site...
Hearing tomorrow in Congress on GA access
to DCA. More...
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