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Volume 11, Number 19b May 12, 2005

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C-150 PUTS DC AT TERROR LEVEL RED
Capitol Hill Police Chief Terrance Gainer said the plane was on a "straight-in shot" toward the center of Washington. FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the 150's initial flight path made it look like the pilot (certificated more than 35 years ago) "drew a straight line" on a map between his departure point and destination. And so it was Wednesday (yesterday) near noon that the White House, Capitol and Supreme Court were evacuated (the president was out taking a bike ride.) while a couple of aviators out of Smoketown airport (S37) in Pennsylvania, apparently on their way to the Mid-Atlantic Fly-In and Sport Aviation Convention in Lumberton, N.C., flew a Cessna 150 deep into the Washington D.C. ADIZ and to within three miles of the White House. F-16s dropped flares to get the attention of the wayward pilots (the capital's "good" laser warning system goes live May 21) but it was a Blackhawk helicopter that escorted the aircraft to a landing at nearby Frederick Airport, after the Cessna had spent some 54 minutes inside restricted airspace. At Frederick, the airplane's occupants were taken into custody. The individual thus far identified as pilot in command has been a certificated private pilot since 1969 and was Pennsylvania Flying Farmers' man of the year in 2004. More...

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AMID PRESSURE TO REOPEN DCA TO GA...
The political impetus to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation gained some ground earlier this week with the approval of a bill by the House Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which calls for restoration of GA access within 90 days of the bill's passage. The subcommittee's bill becomes the third such bill to be approved for House consideration, following similar efforts from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Homeland Security. And while the previous bills were lauded by the aviation community, the latest may carry more weight because it's attached to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) financial lifeline. More...

...ADIZ UNDER MICROSCOPE...
When the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure tabled its legislation, it attached a report that reminded the government how we reached this seemingly permanent solution to what was initially regarded as a temporary problem. In the report, the committee pointed out that the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Washington, D.C., was established in 2003 when the perceived security threat was at its highest level since 9/11 and was supposed to be eliminated when the threat level subsided, as it now has. AOPA President Phil Boyer said that not only has the threat subsided, GA organizations have introduced workable programs that provide tangible security benefits -- but continue to bear the brunt of government security measures. "The ADIZ is not the solution," he said. "It smothers general aviation without providing real security benefits." More...

...WHILE INDUSTRY DOES ITS PART FOR SECURITY
Industry-driven initiatives continue to bolster GA security efforts and a voluntary registry of business aircraft and personnel won some endorsement from the Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee. In a release, the National Business Aviation Association said the committee encouraged the Transportation Security Administration to "continue moving forward on development of the Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC)." Under the program, business aircraft operators voluntarily submit to background checks of flight and ground staff, inspect baggage and screen passengers. More...

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TSA DIRECTOR NOMINATED...
President Bush appears to have picked a winner in his selection of Edmund "Kip" Hawley as the next leader of the Transportation Security Administration. Mind you, that's what people were saying about the previous three, all of whom left the post within the previous three years. Nevertheless, Bush's timely appointment of Hawley ensures there will be no leadership vacuum when the current boss, David Stone, vacates the office in June. There are some high hopes and a healthy dose of skepticism greeting the announcement. AOPA President Phil Boyer is planning for his next trip through what AOPA calls "the TSA revolving door." More...

...INDUSTRY HOPES HE STICKS
"One reason this gentleman was picked is he has a technical background, a private sector background," John Mica, chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, told The Washington Post. "We're going to do a high-tech makeover, which will rely less on personnel and more on technology." Mica said he expects Hawley to roll up his sleeves and start fixing the TSA. Hawley was one of the architects of the "hurry-up-and-get-it-done" creation of the TSA in the tense aftermath of 9/11. He's a member of the FAA's Air Traffic Services Committee and, according to the Post, was hand-picked by Michael P. Jackson, the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He most recently ran an international software company. More...

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UNITED CHANGING THE WORLD (FOR EMPLOYEES)
Retired United Airlines employees can expect their benefits to be cut by at least a third after the airline won the right to dump its underfunded plans on a government guarantor on Tuesday. In an historic decision, Judge Eugene Wedoff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court agreed with United that it had no hope of emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the crushing expense of the four pension plans. The also-stressed Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation, a federal agency, will take over the plans said it could only cover $6.6 billion of United's $9.8 billion pension fund shortfall. The other $3.2 billion will come directly off the checks of retirees. More...

ADAM A500 CERTIFIED
On Wednesday Adam Aircraft received FAA type certification on its A500 push/pull piston twin. The certification was the culmination of about seven years and 1.5 million man-hours, said CEO Rick Adam. The company rolled out its first production model in October and five more are under construction. There are a total of 65 orders for the big twin, which is all-composite and powered by Continental TSIO-550 engines. The company hopes to increase production to six planes a month at facilities in Englewood, Colo., Pueblo, Colo., and Ogden, Utah, and get production certification for the aircraft it once hoped to deliver at the start of this year. Now, about that jet. More...

ONLY AT AUCTION! LAKE AIRCRAFT WILL BE SOLD AT AIRVENTURE!
The owners of the Lake Aircraft line of amphibious airplanes have chosen the auction method of marketing to select a new owner for their Lake Amphibian production line. This comprehensive sale will include the FAA Type Certificate and associated STCs, engineering data, all documentation, historical information, fleet support inventory, and manufacturing capacity. The inventory (in its entirety) will be sold as a comprehensive package to one able buyer for the purpose of resuming full production capacity. The auction will be held at 4:30pm July 27 at the EAA Aviation Center's Vette Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For additional information and a complete list of assets to be conveyed, call Higgenbotham Auctioneers at (800) 257-4161, or visit their web site (Higgenbotham.com) at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/hig/avflash.

HOMEBUILT PILOTS FACE CURRENCY REVIEW
The FAA is underscoring regulatory requirements for pilots who fly passengers in homebuilt aircraft. A new notice would restrict them to flying passengers only in planes in which they are qualified and experienced. Currency and proficiency rules apply to those who take people for rides in their experimental aircraft and EAA says current pilots have until Aug. 31, 2005, to prove they have the necessary category and class ratings for the aircraft they fly. Those who always fly solo will not need to fly through the bureaucratic hoops. Under the new notice, which was issued April 21, affected pilots will have fill out a form and make sure their recreational or higher certificate is in order. More...

TOUGH ELECTRONICS COULD BENEFIT AIRCRAFT
An experiment that began 25,000 feet underground could help aircraft fly higher, farther and more safely. Sandia National Laboratories is developing ultra-durable electronic components, like computer chips, that can withstand the extreme temperatures and pressures of deep-well oil and gas exploration. Well, it turns out the abuse these gadgets take on a drilling rig is comparable to what might happen to them next to an aircraft engine or inside the braking system. That got researchers thinking about the potential benefits of such on-site controls and monitors and they estimate that weight reductions alone could translate into $30 million in fuel savings over the life of an airliner. More...

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TURN YOUR FIXED-WING INTO A HELICOPTER?
Australian researchers are working on an idea that could eventually lead to conventional aircraft being able to gently lower and pick up cargo, including people, in places where even helicopters can't make the delivery. And the technology involved requires little more than a sturdy length of cable and a winch. The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology is patterning its work after the exploits of a little-known American missionary named Nate Saint who used the innovative (and almost impossibly simple) system 50 years ago to exchange (yes, it was a two-way effort) gifts with indigenous people in the jungles of South America. More...

NEW AIRCRAFT WITH A SPECIAL MISSION
Aircraft play a vital role in humanitarian efforts all over the world and now a Sandpoint, Idaho, company has not only come up with what it claims is the ideal aircraft for the purpose, it's going to be able to cover the cost of 10 percent of the planes it produces for use in aid projects. Quest Aircraft Company developed the Caravan-like Kodiak entirely on donations funneled through the various causes it will ultimately benefit. The result of the effort will something other plane-makers can dream about: a fully funded certification with no debt, no investors to satisfy and what appears to be pretty credible competition to existing bush planes. More...

SEE CLEARLY METHOD IMPROVES & STRENGTHENS VISION NATURALLY
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NATCA STAGES ANNUAL HILL DAY
The various issues surrounding FAA funding and the future of air traffic control services will again take center stage in Washington on Monday and Tuesday as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association holds its annual legislative conference. The agenda of speeches and face-to-face lobbying comes a couple of weeks after the FAA let it be known, both in a session it hosted and in House committee hearings, that it believes the system is financially unsustainable. And while assessing user fees for ATC services doesn't seem to have gathered much political support, there is still plenty of buzz surrounding the issues to ensure an entertaining exchange next week. More...

ON THE FLY...
The Eclipse 500 is getting more expensive, both in year 2000 and 2005 dollars...
Embry Riddle students take honors at Salina competition...
Northwest brake failure leads to terrestrial collision...
Bizjet sales, NetJets booming in spite of fuel cost, according to NYT. More...

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The Pilot's Lounge #87: Etiquette Isn't Just Raising Our Pinkies
Just because you can take a 3g turn and handle turbulence with hardly a butterfly doesn't mean you should make your passengers deal with all that. And we all know not to fly low over noise-sensitive areas. AVweb's Rick Durden points out a few more items to make flying more enjoyable for you, your passengers, and those anti-airport folks on the ground. More...

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, AVweb wants to know if the DC ADIZ is doing their job — or are we just overreacting to their overreactions? PLUS: Results of last week's question on looming user fees. More...

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Busy day so far? Sneak a few moments for yourself and peek at this week's batch of amateur aviation photos. No skydivers, aerobatics, or wrecked planes this week — just a handful of gorgeous aircraft photographed against idyllic landscapes. This week's top winner comes all the way from Afghanistan, and photographer Byron Miranda will soon be sporting a brand-new AVweb cap for his efforts. If you'd like one of these spiffy caps to keep the sun out of your eyes this summer, just send us your amateur aviation photos. If your pic makes into the final round, we'll spotlight your photographic genius right here on AVweb — and if you're lucky enough to win the top spot, we'll send you one of those prestigious caps! More...

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