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By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Lights-Out NOTAMs At FSS
The Department of Defense has revised its system of issuing Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) about "lights-out" night training in Military Operations Areas to be sure that the information is available to
private pilots when they are briefed by Flight Service Stations, AOPA said on Tuesday. Since the approval
of lights-out operations in 2003, there has been a problem because the DOD NOTAM system didn't interface well with the FAA system, AOPA says, so the FSS briefers didn't always have the latest
information. Now the NOTAM system has been modified to ensure the FSS is informed, so whenever you get a preflight briefing, you'll get current NOTAMs alerting you to lights-out training near your
proposed flight path, AOPA said.
An FAA database called the special-use airspace management system (SAMS) now will tell anyone with Internet access whether any
restricted area, military operations area, military route, or warning area anywhere in the country is going to be "hot," AOPA said on Monday. It updates every six minutes, and the schedule is accurate 24 hours in advance. AOPA said it has been lobbying for access to this information since 2001. SAMS
has been in the works for a while, AOPA said, but it took time for the FAA to coordinate with all the Air Traffic Control centers to ensure that the data is kept updated. Now everyone has access to it
-- everyone, that is, except your Flight Service Station briefer, because most of them don't have Internet access available. "But that should change when Lockheed-Martin takes over in October and
installs new equipment," AOPA said.
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It's Complex And Pricey
Oct. 18 is the first day that corporate operators will be allowed back into Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), but if you are thinking that your corporate-owned aircraft can get in there, you
might want to think again. Complying with the procedures established by the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) would require you to hire, at your own expense, an on-board security officer; stop for security screening at one of 12 gateway airports; and obtain TSA approval for every
flight, crew member and passenger. "By TSA's definition, 'corporate operator' means paid flight crew, operations manual, and recurrent flight-crew training," Rob Hackman, AOPA manager of regulatory
and certification policy, said on Monday. "TSA has indicated that it will consider allowing other GA aircraft
such as owner-flown and non-corporate aircraft into DCA, but only after this program has been in place for one year."
The TSA is also working to develop a free Web site that would allow aircraft owners and operators to voluntarily assess their security protections against terrorist attacks and receive recommendations
on how to make improvements. The self-assessment tool would ask a series of questions to develop a comprehensive picture of your security system, and a second series of questions would assess the
threats and possible consequences. The results are then used to evaluate the effectiveness of various countermeasures and help in designing a security plan. The TSA says it would use the data it
collects from the Web site to help prioritize resources. Comments on the proposal are accepted through Sept. 9.
Small Airplanes In Big Places
Biologist Mike Fay wrapped up eight months of flying at low altitudes above Africa in a 40-year-old single-engine Cessna in January, but he collected so much data and so many pictures that the results are only now starting to be revealed. Last week, an exhibit opened at the National Geographic Society
headquarters in Washington, D.C., and a documentary film about the expedition debuts on Sept. 22 on the National Geographic Channel. Fay and pilot Peter Ragg created a unique photographic record of
the region's ecosystems and the human imprint on the land, using a fuselage-mounted camera that snapped a digital image of the terrain every 20 seconds during their 60,000-mile flight. The two men had
some harrowing moments, including loss of oil pressure, engine failure, and encounters with power lines and sandstorms. At night they often slept on the ground next to the airplane. The flyover
traveled from Capetown at Africa's southern tip and zigzagged across the continent and Madagascar to the northern coast at Morocco. Fay hopes to use the images and the new map he will make to help
persuade the U.S. Congress, United Nations, European Union and the World Bank to change their thinking about funding support for Africa. The trip is also featured in the September issue of National
A group of four airplanes -- a Cessna 210, two 185s, and a Piper Twin Comanche -- flew from Nome, Alaska, to the Russian Far East's Provideniya Bay Airport on July 24, in the annual flight organized
by the Alaska Airmen's Association. The airmen have been working with Russian officials for over 10 years to establish
VFR Route B-369. Each flight requires months of preparation, though the route itself is only about 100 nm long. The
airmen have made arrangements for places for pilots to stay overnight and for 100LL avgas to be available. They hope to eventually enable GA pilots to fly from Anchorage to Tokyo. This year, the group
had planned to extend the route to the town of Anadyr, but weather and beauracratic obstacles prevailed against them. They hope to re-strategize and try again. "Numerous Russian regulations and modes
of thinking had to be changed and overcome to allow general aviation aircraft into Russia," Felix Maguire, one of the trip organizers, told AVweb. "Our original goal was to melt the ice curtain
and reunite families in Alaska and Russia who had been separated by the political lines. We have done that. It is now possible for [residents of] King Salmon to visit the aunts and uncles that they
had never met in the village of New Chapalino, and they can get there in a private aircraft flown low-level along a safe route." The Alaska Airmen met with Russian aviation authorities in Anchorage
last April to discuss the route extension, and the officials are supportive of the concept, Maguire said.
A Boeing 737-200 operated by TANS, a Peruvian airline, made an emergency landing -- in a marsh -- on Tuesday night, during a fierce storm with strong winds, torrential rain and hail. The flight was
only about a mile from its destination airport, in a remote jungle area 500 miles northeast of Lima. The aircraft, with 92 passengers and 8 crew on board, split in two on impact and burned. At least
41 died. Meanwhile, a preliminary report released Monday about the Helios Airways 737-300 that crashed in
Greece Aug. 14 shows that authorities have retrieved data from the damaged cockpit voice recorder. A man believed to be 25-year-old flight attendant and student pilot Andreas Prodromou sat in the
captain's seat for the last 10 minutes of the flight and twice tried to issue a mayday, but the radios apparently were not on the right frequency and nobody heard him. "The tone of his voice suggested
the person was a man who was suffering or was exhausted," the report said. The second mayday call came just two seconds before the crash. "Indications of technical problems in the pressurization
system" were found, according to the report, which blamed a sudden loss of cabin pressure and oxygen starvation for disabling the crew. The final cause of the crash was fuel exhaustion and engine
failure. A former chief mechanic at Helios has said that the same aircraft lost cabin pressure during a December flight when a door apparently was not sealed properly.
The Peru crash was the fifth major airline incident this month. Besides the Greek crash, 152 people died when a chartered MD-82 went down in Venezuela, 16 were killed when an ATR-72 ditched off Sicily, and in Toronto,
an Air France Airbus A340 overshot the runway, with no fatalities.
One of the stranger-looking aircraft we saw at Oshkosh last month, the one-of-a-kind Dornier Do-24ATT three-engine amphibian, will be landing on the Hudson River in downtown New York City on Saturday.
The visit is part of a yearlong round-the-world journey for the airplane, which is owned by Seair, a Philippines airline. The aircraft will touch down off Battery Park at 10:30 a.m. The arrival aims
to commemorate a 1931 visit on the same date by a similar Dornier seaplane during a world tour. On that visit, the airplane was flown by Claude Dornier, founder of the company, and greeted by
President Herbert Hoover. On this tour, Dornier's grandson Iren, chairman of Seair, is at the controls. Iren Dornier acquired the seaplane in 2003 from a Munich museum, and spent nearly two years
restoring it. The Do-24 measures 100 feet from wingtip to wingtip. Power comes from three Pratt & Whitney PTA-45B engines, which replaced the older BMW radials. The tour is promoting the Philippines
as a site for business and investment, and also raising funds for educational programs of UNICEF. Upon its return home, the vintage seaplane will be used by Seair as a luxury charter to serve
five-star resorts in the Philippines. For more info, visit the official Do-24 site, but be forewarned, it is very slow to load.
|BIG NEWS FROM AIRVENTURE 2005|
Appearances of SpaceShipOne and Global Flyer
captured all of our attention at AirVenture this year, but just as significant to aviators was the announcement that the Lancair Company has re-branded itself as Columbia Aircraft
Manufacturing Corporation. The manufacturers of the Columbia 350 and Columbia 400 the world's fastest certified piston aircraft made the change as part of an ongoing campaign to
develop a unique identity for the premium aircraft. If you missed them at AirVenture, look them up at the Reno Air Races (where all the world's fastest planes gather) or one of the other stops on
their interactive Fly Columbia Tour being held at airports countrywide. For a complete schedule, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/columbia/avflash.
NASA tested several small robotic aircraft called APV-3s, propeller-driven planes with 12-foot wingspans, at Moffett Field in California last month to demonstrate their ability to avoid other aircraft
in a "flock" and to also swerve past obstacles in flight even without guidance from the ground. The UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are equipped with thermal sensors and are being studied for their
potential to help monitor wildfires. "There is potentially a nice fit here, where you could do your water attacks and use your manned aircraft during the day, and fly the UAVs at night," said NASA
scientist John Melton. The aircraft cost about $50,000 each and are easy to launch and operate. The U.S. Forest Service plans to use the UAVs starting next year to patrol a dozen Western states,
searching out and mapping forest fires 24 hours a day. NASA is also working on a system that would use ground-based radar stations to ensure that UAVs sharing airspace with other aircraft can see and
SkyTaxi, a company aiming to implement NASA's "Small Aircraft Transportation
System" concept flying six-seat twin-engine Cessna 414s on-demand from small local airports, is expanding to serve 560 airports in the Northeast. Initial service areas are Ohio, Michigan and the
high-traffic corridors through Pennsylvania linking New York and Washington, the company said last week. The Cessnas are flown by two-pilot crews from airports with at least a 3,000-foot runway, and
are upgraded to feature the latest safety and navigation equipment, the company says. Passengers can sign up for a seat, arrive at the airport 20 minutes before departure time, and fly direct to rural
towns and small cities without all the hassles of airline flying, according to the company's Web site. SkyTaxi is a non-scheduled, on-demand service. Flights are initiated by the first traveler to
book. Other travelers can then buy a seat on the flight if it fits their schedule. The company aims to offer fares competitive with regional airlines, and focuses on service to and from communities
underserved by commercial airliners. SkyTaxi began operations in 2002 in the Northwest.
PILOT GETAWAYS TRAVELS FROM COAST TO COAST AND TO NEW ZEALAND
In the July/August issue, Pilot
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zonkies; Napa, California for fly-in dining; Greybull, Wyoming, where guests are in cowboy heaven; Northampton, Massachusetts, the home of friendly flying; Upper Loon, Idaho where solitude in the back
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Four microphones attached to tripods in remote areas of the Grand Canyon National Park are working for 50 days this summer to record the natural sounds of the park, in an effort to establish a
baseline for "natural quiet." The microphones record 10 seconds of sound every two minutes. That database, combined with another 50 days to be recorded this winter, will be analyzed by a computer to
determine a "natural" decibel level, which can then be used to decide whether the current noise regulations that restrict overflights of the park are adequate. The goal is to have natural quiet in 50
percent of the park at least 75 percent of the time. Aircraft noise standards for the Grand Canyon have been under discussion for almost 20 years ... and this summer's data will no doubt add another
layer to that discourse.
Concorde's demise left the world bereft of supersonic passenger travel, but Japan's space agency is working on a design that could fill that void. It was reported this week that the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA) will test a model of a supersonic airplane next month over the Australian
desert. JAXA is working under a joint agreement with France that was announced at the Paris Air Show in June. The uncrewed mock-up will be launched from a booster rocket, accelerate to Mach 2, and
return to the ground under a parachute. The plan aims to build a jet that could carry 300 passengers from New York to Tokyo in under six hours, as soon as 2015. Japan conducted a similar test in 2002
that failed when the test aircraft separated from the rocket prematurely and crashed.
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NASA awarded civilian astronaut wings Tuesday to three 1960s-era test pilots who flew the X-15
to altitudes of 50 miles or higher. Retired NASA pilot Bill Dana and family members representing deceased pilots John McKay and Joseph Walker received the wings in a ceremony at NASA's Dryden Flight
Research Center in California...
Aviation Technology Group will build its Javelin jets in Front Range, Colo. , the company announced Tuesday...
The FAA is investigating the collapse of a 747's nosegear during a landing in Guam
last Friday. Three minor injuries were reported. The airport was closed for six hours...
Two "barnstormers" from Santa Monica, Calif., are planning a month-long flight along Route 66 to Chicago, to promote GA
and raise funds for the Kentarooney foundation to help victims of autism. They plan to land at 100 airports and write a book about the trip. They're seeking volunteers and sponsors...
Russian test pilots broke two world speed records last week --
both were flying Sukhoi Su-27P fighter jets over long routes, and reached speeds of 938 and 1,022 mph...
Free admission for flight crews who wear uniforms or wings to musical "Plane
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The Right to Flight
More and more security restrictions have reduced the accessibility and
viability of general aviation, and the proposed, permanent, D.C.-area
restriction takes the cake. AVweb wants everyone to realize that this can
be stopped with the right actions right now.
As the Beacon Turns #92: Phoenix Risin
A quiet morning on a sleepy ramp somewhere out west -- the perfect way to start a trip across a beautiful country. AVweb's Michael Maya Charles tells about a great day to be alive and to fly.
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
Last week, AVweb asked readers to rate their level of
concern about hypoxia in the cockpit.
20% of you told us hypoxia isn't much of a concern,
because you do the bulk of your flying under 5,000 feet
but the largest portion of respondents (a full 40%)
acknowledged that you begin to pay attention (and
perhaps even worry?) when you cross the 10,000-foot
Another 20% of you maintain your vigilance at all
times, exercising valuable cockpit caution. And
another 8% credit your training with keeping you ready
for any potential problems.
Only 9% of our respondents insisted that they were
"always prepared" for depressurization and potential
hypoxia, and a tiny 3% of those surveyed told us they
pay attention (even at low altitudes) when the heat and
humidity are high.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
There's been a lot of discussion about the ADIZ in
Washington becoming permanent (including
this editorial, appearing today in our "ATIS"
opinion section). We've already asked
how you feel about the possibility; this week, we'd
like to know if any of you are planning to fight the
plans to make the ADIZ permanent.
What actions (if any) will you take because of all
this talk of a permanent ADIZ?
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Current POTW Winner |
Past POTW Winners
Submissions were down a bit this week barely 50 fresh
photos to choose from! Luckily for us, every single
photo we received this week was a "Top 10" contender.
It made picking a winner tough, but the process was a lot of
When the dust settled, Steve Bailey of Illinois took home
this week's top prize an officially licensed AVweb logo
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your admirers that they, too, can win an AVweb hat if we
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*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
copyright © Steve Bailey
Used with permission
"Blue on Blue"
Steve Bailey of Hoffman
Estates, Illinois wins a tight
round of "POTW" competition this week with his photo
of a P-51 coming in for a landing after a flying
at Oshkosh this year. Steve snapped the winning
photo with a Nikon D70 using 70-300mm zoom.
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AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our
POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up. Click on the links below to view
copyright © Embry-Riddle
Sport Aviation Club
Used with permission of Andrea Luethi
"ERAU Sport Aviation Club"
Andrea Luethi of Daytona
send us this image of the
Aviation Club taking a Special Pitts S2B
out for a little formation flying practice.
Used with permission
of George Hedinger
George Hedinger of Wharton,
caught this last-minute of his friend Mike
departing Andover-Aeroflex Airport in Jersey.
Mike had just dropped him off, "capping off
a great day of flying," writes George.
A tiny sampling of the photos we
had to leaving behind on the virtual
"cutting room floor" this week:
with permission of Jamie M. Foy
"Rainbow over Cody"
Jamie Foy of Ranchester,
kicks off this week's bonus pictures with a photo
he took in Cody, Wyoming "while waiting for the weather
to clear so I could resume mountain-flying training."
Judging by the photo, it was a good wait ... .
with permission of Darrell Couts
Perhaps in response to Bill Whitney's chopper pic
Sunrise" a few weeks back,
of Redmond, Washington
sends us "Arctic Sunset," along with this note:
"As the sun set for the first time in months,
we were all watching the show. C-206 on
floats on Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada,
300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Aug 2005."
copyright © Robert A. Hanson
"Mosquitoes at Kimpo, Korea 1956"
Finally, Robert Hanson
of Olathe, Kansas
takes us on a journey back through time with a photo
from his personal collection. "I was sorting photos
my first assignment as a pilot: A Forward Air
flying LT-6-Gs, known as the Mosquitoes. Gritty
writes Robert. (That's him in the cockpit of LTA-582.)
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|KITPLANES SHOWS "FAMILY VIRTUES" AND LOTS MORE IN THE OCTOBER
Kitplanes compares two aircraft: One you can buy with a big wad of cash and one you'll have to put together yourself. Lancair "twins" Columbia 300/350 and ES may have a lot of
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