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THE LATEST CIRRUS CHUTE DEPLOYMENT...
Ilan Reich last Thursday turned a Cirrus SR22 into a powered parachute
and in doing so possibly saved his own life and perhaps those of
people on the ground. He broke his back and found out he'll probably
never fly again, but, given the host of much more serious potential
results, he's not really complaining. In a detailed account of the
short flight that ended with a parachute descent into a creek near
Haverstraw, N.Y., Reich describes using power from the still-running
engine to avoid dropping onto the fuel tanks that supply a
conventional power plant there. "I applied right aileron and rudder,
and rocked the power lever to make sure that the engine still had
power. These actions caused the plane to gently veer away from the
tank farm and over the water," Reich wrote. See AVweb's
NewsWire for the whole story in Reich's own words. More...
"MASSIVE BELLY FLOP"...
Under the parachute, a Cirrus hits the ground as if it had been
dropped from 10 feet so the landing jolt is considerable. That's why
the landing gear is designed to absorb most of that shock. But Reich's
descent ended on the placid waters of Bowline Creek, a tributary of
the Hudson River. "It was like a massive belly flop," he wrote.
"Because I landed in water rather than solid ground, the gear did not
absorb much of the impact. Instead, the wings and seat did all the
work. It was at this point that the fourth lumbar vertebrae in my back
cracked and compressed from the impact of the crash." It was the
culmination of a wild ride that also left him with a bump on his head.
BRACED, TUMOR DISCOVERED
Reich's problems were far from over when he hit the water. As the
plane started to slowly sink, he realized he couldn't open the doors.
Using the emergency hammer supplied for just those circumstances,
Reich was able to bash his way through a window and found time to sit
on the wing (while donning a life jacket that he always kept in the
plane), "survey the situation and collect my thoughts." He swam about
150 feet before a fire department boat picked him up and took him to a
waiting ambulance. After undergoing various tests, X-rays and CT
scans, an emergency-room doctor told him the source of his sore back
was a cracked vertebrae. "He then left the room, but came back a
moment later and casually said: 'By the way, did you know that you
have a brain tumor?'" More...
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SECURITY SPARKS NATIONAL REVIEW...
The theft last month of a Cessna 172 based at Danbury, Conn., that was
taken on a joyride by a non-pilot who landed with a blood alcohol
level of .15 has prompted a call for a nationwide security review of
GA airports. Connecticut politicians have written Homeland Security
Secretary Michael Chertoff asking for a study of security at more than
19,000 GA airports across the country. "My sense is this is an issue
we have at airports all over the country," Rep. Chris Shays told the
Danbury News-Times. "We should get a better handle on general
aviation." However, Andrew Thomas, an Ohio professor who wrote a book
on the topic ("Airport Insecurity") says the government faces a tricky
balancing act on the issue. More...
And while the security debate promises to rage again, authorities in
Harrison, N.Y., have the practical issues of what to do with the young
man in the spotlight at center stage. Philippe Patricio has been held
without bail since he allegedly stole the 172 and flew a couple of
teenaged friends around the area for a couple of hours before landing
on a taxiway at Westchester County Airport about 4 a.m. on June 22.
Security guards at the airport reported that beer cans tumbled out of
the airplane as Patricio and his friends got out of the plane.
Patricio faces felony charges of possession of stolen property,
reckless endangerment and the misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was denied bail in court
last Friday. More...
ANOTHER (YAWN) D.C. INCURSION
And there's a sense of the blasé surrounding the coverage of the
latest incursion into restricted airspace near Washington last week --
even though the aircraft involved has managed two other breeches,
apparently flown by different pilots, according to The Washington
Post. In fact, even the FAA and security authorities seem to be tiring
of explaining just why pilots regularly (almost habitually) bust the
restrictions -- Airworthy Aviation Inc., which the Post says owns the
errant rental aircraft, did not answer the paper's calls. In the
latest case (although several days have passed and there could have
been more) the pilot violated a temporary expansion of a permanent
airspace restriction around Camp David, in Maryland. Most days, the
restriction is 5,000 feet and three miles but, on the request of the
Secret Service, the FAA can expand the zone to 10 miles and 18,000
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Well, we've heard those who fly motorized paragliders called a few
names but "huge and noisy predators" was new to us. Unless, of course,
you're a California least tern intent on ensuring there are future
generations of your species. The airspace over California's Ormond
Beach, near Oxnard, has become a battleground between
environmentalists determined to preserve one of the terns' last
nesting places and paraglider pilots who have recently discovered that
it's a great place to fly. In an Op-Ed piece in the Ventura County
Star, environmentalist Janet Bridgers said that in a single summer,
the paragliders destroyed 16 years of work that had enabled the local
tern population to grow to about 200 nesting pairs. More...
To be fair, Taxiway Tango at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport must
look awfully good to a pilot on final. It's 9,500 feet long, 100 feet
wide and runs parallel with SeaTac's two actual runways. And when the
sun glares off the pavement wet from Seattle's not infrequent showers,
it's tough to see the big yellow Xs that attempt to warn pilots that
it's not really a runway. In fact, eight airline crews have been
fooled in four years and three have actually landed on the taxiway,
including the Air Canada Jazz flight we told you about a year and a half ago. After
that incident, the airport painted the Xs, put daytime flashing lights
at the end of the runways and issued notices to pilots. Then, on Jan.
30 of this year, a Southwest crew lined up for the taxiway and didn't
realize the error until they were a few seconds from landing and had
to go around. Now, various levels of authority are trying to put an
end to the embarrassing and potentially dangerous faux pas.
GA RETURNS TO TV IN HD "WINGS TO ADVENTURE" HITS
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-- CONN. KEEPS GA BREAKS, N.Y. DOESN'T
Connecticut continues to be a tax haven for general aviation and
there's a lobbying effort underway to do the same in New York.
Connecticut legislators were considering repealing its aircraft tax
exemption program but the National Business Aviation Association and
the Connecticut Business Aviation Group convinced the politicians that
the economic value of business aviation was worth preserving. The
legislators abandoned an effort to repeal the exemptions and they
remain in full force. Now, the lobbying effort switches to New York.
The FAA is disputing the spin on a National Air Traffic Controllers
Association (NATCA) press release that claims that the Standard
Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) system at the Syracuse
Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) center was out for 17 hours
due to FAA understaffing. In the news release, headlined "STARS Fails
At Syracuse And Help From FAA Is Nowhere To Be Found," NATCA says
there was a 17-hour shutdown of the STARS system. However, the FAA's
Greg Martin said that's false. "STARS did not fail and the union knows
that STARS did not fail," Martin said. More...
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, AVweb wants to know how you feel about pulling the 'chute
or at least having the option. Given the choice, would you
rather fly an aircraft that has a full-aircraft parachute system?
PLUS: Responses to last week's question on instrument ratings and
PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
This week saw a slight dip in submission numbers to our "Picture of
the Week" contest only forty-odd photos arrived but,
thankfully, there were some real keepers in the mix. Take this week's
winning photo, for example: Jay Weise of Denver, Colorado uses
composition, lighting, editing, and context to masterful effect in his
contribution. The result is a nostalgic and eye-catching image
no small feat when you consider his subject is the EAA's B-17 Fuddy
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