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TO REOPEN (SORT OF) TO GA...
GA will likely return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
(DCA) as early as this coming fall, but most of us won't notice.
According to The Washington Post, those who purport to guard the
capital from airborne threats don't want private aircraft landing
there, and that's reflected by the onerous security provisions that
will be imposed. According to the Post, all private flights will have
to have an "armed law enforcement officer" on board and passengers and
luggage will have to undergo security screening at one of a dozen
designated airports before making the final leg to DCA. Word of the
TSA directive, which was to have come by way of an interim final rule,
according to the Post, came as Congress gets ready to discuss no less
than three committee bills aimed at restoring GA access to DCA.
PILOT LOSES CERTIFICATE...
The TSA rule is coming down two days after the FAA took the rare step
of issuing an emergency revocation of Hayden "Jim" Sheaffer's
certificate -- the pilot in command of the Cessna 150 that breached
the ultra-sensitive airspace around the White House on May 11. It also
came two days after a Canadian-registered Cessna 340 breached the
ADIZ, causing a brief evacuation of the Capitol. It was reportedly
having communications problems after taking a lightning strike. In
announcing the action against Sheaffer, the most severe sanction
against a pilot, the FAA said that allowing him to continue to fly
represented an "unacceptable risk to safety." Among the long list of
sins the FAA says Sheaffer committed, it repeatedly notes that through
much of the crisis, he let his passenger Troy Martin, a student pilot
with 30 hours of training, do the flying. More...
LETHAL RESPONSE EYED
The next step for security officials and legislators may be to make it
quicker and easier to shoot down offending aircraft. Under the current
setup, the Customs Blackhawk helicopter normally dispatched to warn
away errant aircraft doesn't have the authority to shoot at them or
even fire warning shots. The Department of Homeland Security is now
considering whether to deploy Coast Guard aircraft, which do have
firing authority, in the ADIZ intercept role. More...
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There's a never-say-die attitude and then there's New Piper CEO Chuck
Suma. Crushed by the 9/11-spawned recession, staggered by the Lycoming
engine recall and blown away by hurricanes, Suma told the Palm Beach
Post in a recent interview that the company's next step is to join the
increasingly crowded business jet (or would that be very light jet?)
market. The remark was an aside in a detailed examination of New
Piper's troubles of late, but given the numbers being tossed around by
industry analysts, Suma's crystal-balling may seem strangely
ROYCE PREDICTS 8,000 VLJS...
"Aviation, as we have seen it traditionally, is going away," FAA Chief
Spokesman Greg Martin told the Salt Lake City Tribune. Rolls Royce
predicts that more than 8,000 VLJs will be built in the next 20 years.
The FAA, which has a significant interest in the potential of
thousands of little jets mixing it up with airliners on the high-level
airways, may be even more optimistic than Rolls Royce. It's saying
4,500 VLJs will be zipping between smaller regional and municipal
airports by 2016, many of them as part of the much-hyped but still
untested "air taxi" industry. Those are the sort of words that catch
the eyes of manufacturers -- and critics. More...
POISED TO PROFIT
Either way is fine with Adam Aircraft's Rick Adam. Now that the
company's push/pull piston aircraft, the A500, has been certified,
Adam is starting to talk about the future of the A700 jet project and
Adam's place in the VLJ market. "Our plans are quite modest," Adam
told the Tribune. "If we do nothing more than get a modest share of
the existing market, we will be profitable. We are profitable at 60
planes [annually]." Adam's definition of modest could be open to
interpretation. The Eclipse 500 and Cessna Mustang are two major
players that will also be in the mix. More...
HEADS TO BROWNSVILLE
They were cutting-edge in 1935, and now "new" Taylorcrafts
are on the vanguard of the light sport aircraft (LSA) category.
Resumption of production of the venerable taildragger, which were
churned out at the rate of 30 a day (yes, each day of peak production,
according to the company) in 1946, was granted in 2004 and the new
firm is planning a production facility in Brownsville, Texas, at the
site of a former bus factory. Although the company can produce fully
certified aircraft under the original type certificate, most
Taylorcrafts meet the weight and performance standards for LSA so it's
also planning to build S-LSA (factory-finished) aircraft for Sport
Pilot ticket holders and sell them for near $60,000.
WANTS EVEN TIGHTER CORPORATE AIRCRAFT TAX RULES
There will be no free rides for anyone on company aircraft if the
Senate's version of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act is
passed. According to an analysis by the National Business
Aviation Association, the Senate has imposed even tighter limitations
on the write-offs companies can claim when their aircraft are used for
"entertainment" purposes. The Senate bill proposes to amend the
American Jobs Creation Act, passed last fall. Under the Jobs Act,
companies were limited in their ability to deduct aircraft operating
expenses for flights provided to "specified individuals" (e.g.,
executives) to the value imputed into the recipient's income. The
Senate amendment expands the provision to all employees. The Senate
bill also proposes changes to the way taxes are collected on jet fuel.
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OF COMPUTER-CONTROLLED UAVS SEEN
While we periodically fret about the addition of single UAVs to the
airspace, researchers at the University of Essex, in England, are
working on computer modules that will enable the creation of flocks of UAVs that will be able to act as flying
Web servers. Two types of systems are envisioned; one, the outdoor
"Gridswarm," will use model aerobatic trainers that can fly 120 mph in
bird-like formations while "performing parallel, distributed computing
tasks using Bluetooth-connected Linux clustering software," according
to the LinuxDevices.com Web site. There's also an indoor version.
ASKED TO TELL ALL ABOUT SAFETY CONCERNS
Australian officials are asking two former pilots of Trans Air to go
on record about their alleged safety concerns about the airline in the
wake of a crash that killed 15 people on May 7. The Australian
Transport Safety Board says the pilots are only willing to give
off-the-record statements but those are worthless to investigators
probing the crash. All aboard the Metroliner died when it crashed into
a hillside while on approach in bad weather at an airport in Lockhart
River. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is also interested in
talking to the former pilots. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, authorities
there are looking at possible links between a Metroliner crash there
and several Airworthiness Directives issued by its Civil Aviation
OFFERS FUNDS FOR AIRPORT EXPANSION
A part owner of the St. Louis Cardinals believes that if a small
airport in Wyoming builds a longer runway, people will come to his
nearby guest ranch in neighboring Colorado. In fact, David Pratt is
willing to pay $1.11 million for improvements to the Dixon Airport as
long as they include boosting the runway length to 7,000 feet from the
current 5,500. Pratt wants to make it more convenient for guests to
get to the ranch, many of whom face a 75-minute drive from the nearest
large airport in Hayden, Colo. More...
THE COCKPIT, THE VERY HARD WAY
Some people just land on their feet. And for Kyle Martin it was a
potentially devastating fall from a cliff that gave him a shot at
being an Air Force pilot. The well-liked cadet at the Air Force
Academy had everything going for him. He was second in his class, a
potential Rhodes Scholar, and had a lifelong desire to be a pilot.
Trouble was, he was six foot, five inches tall, an inch taller than
the Air Force standard. His only hope at being a pilot was the
granting of a waiver
and then fate stepped in.
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Hearing scheduled in June on Pinnacle Airlines CRJ crash...
James Dean festival to go ahead despite airport concerns...
Boeing tanker prototype faces uncertain future...
Air traffic controller and wife died in plane crash...
Illegal aliens discovered after emergency refueling stop at Air Force
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
As the Beacon Turns #90: The Risk
Risk can't be summed up with simple truisms like, "There
are no old, bold pilots." A surprising number of pilot-induced
accidents are caused by more-experienced aviators who have become
complacent to the risks. AVweb's Michael Maya Charles ponders our
flying risks in this month's As The Beacon Turns. More...
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
Harriers on aircraft carriers. Is it good or bad that the once
prized skills of pilots are being passed over to machines? This week,
AVweb wants to know what you think of push-button flying. PLUS:
Results of last week's question about blame and the May 11 ADIZ
incursion in Washington, DC. More...
PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Uncle! We give up; we're waving the white flag. Please, go easy on us.
Last week, we griped about the recent downturn in "Picture of the
Week" submissions and pleaded shamelessly for our beloved
reader-contributors to pick up the pace. We should have known we'd
live to regret it. This week, submissions soared back up to over 100
photos, and our sad, beleaguered "POTW" staff has been poring over
them in a hidden bunker, debating the relative merits of each one.
(It's a tough and thankless job, but it beats working for a living.)
After hours of deliberation and a few hurt feelings, we're turning
over this week's top-prize AVweb baseball cap to Jakob Adolf of
Madagascar, whose right-of-way dilemma gave us a chuckle. If you like
Jakob's photo, wait until you see the rest of this week's batch
we had twenty contenders for the number-one spot, and even with an
unprecedented nine photos in the full article, we're leaving out some
tremendous photos that we just don't have time to show you. Thanks for
the great turn-out. Keep sending us pictures, and we'll keep sharing
'em with the rest of the aviation world! More...
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