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ZONE TO BE PERMANENT...
The FAA is proposing to fold all the various types of temporarily
restricted airspace around Washington, D.C. under a permanent
designation called National Defense Airspace. According to AOPA, the
zone will cover 2,000 square miles up to 18,000 feet and will be
announced today. It had not been posted on the FAA Web site by 2 a.m.
EDT. AOPA President Phil Boyer said the 15-mile no-fly zone centered
on the Washington Monument, with laser warning lights and
anti-aircraft missile batteries is adequate to protect the city. "But
we take strong exception with the FAA's proposal to make the temporary
outer ring of Washington's defensive airspace -- the Air Defense
Identification Zone -- permanent. More...
Boyer says the government hasn't even made the case for the temporary
restrictions, let alone creating permanent ones. "No general aviation
aircraft has ever been used in a terrorist attack," Boyer said. "And
the government has determined that not a single ADIZ violation was
terrorist-related." He said the ADIZ is "operationally unworkable" and
the FAA has neither justified the permanent zone, nor addressed the
operational problems. He said GA-friendly alternatives have been
presented, but those have apparently been ignored with this proposal.
WANTS CHANGES TO FUNDING STRUCTURE...
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey is continuing to call for
restructuring of the agency's funding base, a call that sent a chill
through many of those attending her Meet the Administrator session at
EAA AirVenture last week. In Oshkosh, she used the phrase "User pays
also means user says." In a discussion with reporters in Washington,
she again raised the specter of user fees. "I think it is very
realistic and very important to look at a different set of structures
of taxes and fees that ties the cost of the system more closely to the
revenue that is coming in," she said, according to The Dallas Morning
News. It will be up to Congress to decide what, if any, changes are
made but the FAA is acting to help members in their deliberations.
SAYS AGENCY FACING $4 BILLION DEFICIT...
As if on cue, the Government Accountability Office released its own study of FAA finances and it's
predicting a train wreck. According to the GAO, the agency will have a
$4 billion deficit by 2010 if something isn't done. The GAO does not
look at changing the revenue structure, as Blakey has been doing, and
simply warns the FAA to cut costs, particularly in its Air Traffic
Organization, which sucks up 80 percent of the budget. The paradox
presented, however, is that somehow the FAA must find the money to
invest billions in more efficient equipment while keeping the existing
antiquated (and increasingly expensive) infrastructure operating as
traffic volumes grow. More...
CONTROLLERS AND BLAKEY KEEP SPARRING
By far the most costly item in the FAA budget is wages, and the
determination to bring labor costs down is the FAA's clear stance as
contract negotiations continue with controllers. Last week, Blakey revealed details of those negotiations,
including controller demands for 5.6-percent wage increases and
seven-hour work days. She added the agency's proposal for a two-tiered
wage system, in which existing workers would not see any cuts but new
controllers would be paid less. National Air Traffic Controllers
Association President John Carr said, "We're not interested in
discussing the specifics of negotiations in the press ... We're
engaged in good faith negotiations and we're disappointed the FAA
doesn't share that sentiment." More...
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OSH AIRVENTURE -- WHO FLIES THOSE WARBIRDS?
Doug Rozendaal arrived at Oshkosh flying a DC-3 and left in an F6F
Hellcat. He doesn't own either of them, nor does he own any of the
Corsairs, B-25s or Mustangs he transports to air shows for owners.
With a small nod and smile he offered, "I've been very lucky in my
flying career." Rozendaal's education with warbirds began with flying
freight in DC-3s and Beech 18s. These airplanes were not the well-kept
examples seen around Oshkosh. But they provided a good, if hazardous,
classroom. One Beech 18 had Rozendaal in IMC handling an emergency
with his right hand and holding a cup of urine in his left.
Even normal operations in a warbird require procedures and systems
knowledge you don't see on a Cessna or Columbia. "Every power change
in a fighter requires rudder trim. You use rudder trim more than
elevator trim on these airplanes," Rozendaal advises. We learned that
climbing into the Corsair is complex enough; put your left foot on a
slot in the flap, left hand to a slot in the fuselage, right foot to a
hidden step in the wing, left foot up to that same step, and then
swing your legs over and into the cockpit. For everyone's sake, don't
slip while you do this. (The cockpit is ten feet off the ground.)
Otherwise, Rozendaal says of the Corsair: "It's a straightforward
airplane to fly." More...
IT'S THE STORIES THAT KEEP YOU FLYING
Flying the airplanes isn't what keeps people like Rozendaal in them.
They are messy, expensive, cantankerous machines. "If you're flying
these airplanes because flying them gets your rocks off, then you
won't be in this business for long." It sounds cliché, but
dedicated warbird pilots say the motivation burns from another source.
It's the kid that come up and says he wants to be a warbird pilot, or
the older gentleman with a misty look in his eyes. That's what
matters. "You get these guys in the cockpit and all these stories come
out. I ask them 'Have you told these stories to your family?' ... more
often than not they haven't," says Rozendaal. "These stories need to
be told -- and remembered." See you next year at the show.
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YORK CONTROLLERS FIRED
The FAA has fired nine air traffic controllers at the volatile New
York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) for allegedly failing to
admit that they'd sought treatment for stress. It's the latest chapter
in a simmering (sometimes boiling) dispute over the function of the
facility, which the FAA claims was effectively taken over by the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association membership in recent
years. The nine controllers were accused of falsifying government
documents by failing to acknowledge their stress treatment on a form
that is part of their routine physical examination. The union claims
the allegations are bogus because the FAA already knows who's taken
time off for stress or any other reason. More...
FIRST WITH WING PYLON ENGINES
Although it's not a common arrangement, Honda was apparently a little
hasty in suggesting its wing-pylon-mounted engines are groundbreaking.
Michimasa Fujino, the chief engineer on the project, told the crowd at the aircraft's first public
appearance at EAA AirVenture that conventional aerodynamic wisdom
dictates engines should be mounted under the wings or on the fuselage.
"It was believed you never put anything above the wing, but I was
skeptical of that," he said. As always, when a tidbit of aviation lore
goes astray, AVweb readers are quick to point it out, and we
received several e-mails noting that pylon-mounted jets actually made
it into production on a German design called the VFW614. More...
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ENDORSES O'HARE PLAN
It looks like the FAA is going to approve Chicago Mayor Richard
Daley's controversial plan to expand O'Hare International Airport (and
pave over a couple of small towns and a pioneer cemetery). The FAA
formally endorsed the $15 billion to $20 billion project as the most
viable way to relieve the chokepoint in Chicago, which often wreaks
havoc on airline schedules throughout the country. Final approval is
expected in September and Daley says work will begin immediately after
that. When complete, in 2013, O'Hare will have six parallel and two
intersecting runways, a new terminal, parking for "oversize" aircraft
(like the A380?) and more jet bridges. Most important, however, is the
expected impact on O'Hare's terrible on-time record, the worst in the
It will come as no surprise to anyone who was there that EAA
AirVenture was bigger and busier this year than it has been in recent
years. After a few years of modest (but nonetheless unsettling)
declines, this year's big show boasted a 7-percent increase in
attendance to about 700,000, according to figures supplied by EAA
media boss Dick Knapinski. A healthy portion of those folks arrived by
air, as evidenced by the jammed aircraft parking and camping areas.
(Possibly an indication of pilots' attraction to this year's
particularly historic collection of aircraft.) More than 10,000 planes
arrived over the seven days. There were almost 3,000 show planes,
including a record number of homebuilts (1,267), 924 vintage planes,
386 warbirds, 196 ultralights, 130 seaplanes and 24 rotorcraft.
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LIKELY MAIN FACTOR IN RUNWAY OVERRUN
Weather may be the single biggest factor in the runway overrun of an
Air France A340 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Tuesday.
"It was definitely an extreme storm, something we haven't seen in a
long time," Brian Lackey, vice president of operations for the Greater
Toronto Airport Authority, told reporters Wednesday. "As we were
looking out the window, we were commenting that storm was extremely
severe and we hadn't seen one like that." The plane skidded 200 yards
off the end of the runway into a ravine and caught fire but none of
the 309 people aboard was seriously hurt. More...
MACHADO, BOB CHAMBERS AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS
You probably don't know who Bob Chambers is, but if you're one of the
thousands of pilots who have watched Rod Machado's Defensive Flying
video then you've heard Chamber's voice. Defensive Flying includes a
recording of two MU-2 pilots and ATC as they suffer a double engine
failure in IMC over the mountains of British Columbia. Bob Chambers
was the copilot on that flight. He had no idea Machado had made his
story famous. He met an AVweb reporter at this year's
AirVenture, got to talking about MU-2s and found out he was a
celebrity of sorts. Chambers began to retell the events of 20 years
ago and had to sit down as the memories came back. More...
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, AVweb wants to know what you think about the changes to the
Washington, DC ADIZ. Unfortunately, we can't offer a wide range of
analysis in our answers we'll have to rely on your letters and
commentary to fill in the gaps but, for the purposes of "QOTW,"
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
"Picture of the Week" returns today, marking the end of our annual
AirVenture hiatus and boy, did we get some great photos while
we were away at the show this year! Rather than combine the past
few weeks' entries into one contest, as we have in previous years,
we're going to break it up by week this time and award three
hats for the three weeks that have passed since our last original
"POTW" contest! Our first hat goes to Shawn Van Horn of
Washington, Indiana, whose eye-popping sunset photo is this week's top
winner. Hats also go to Tom McLaughlin of Battle Creek, Michigan
(our July 21 winner) and Pete Thielen of Green Bay, Wisconsin (our
July 28 winner). Look for their photos and lots of bonus
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