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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. More...

...AND HOT AREAS MAPPED ONLINE IN REAL TIME
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. More...

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TSA RELEASES DETAILS FOR DCA ACCESS...
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. More...

...AS VOLUNTARY SECURITY SELF-ASSESSMENT OFFERED ONLINE
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. More...

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MEGAFLYOVER REVEALS LOW-LEVEL VIEW OF AFRICA...
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. More...

...AS ALASKANS FLY TO RUSSIA, VFR
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. More...

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AS GREEK CRASH REPORT RELEASED, A 737 DOWN IN PERU
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. More...

RARE DORNIER AMPHIBIAN GREETS HUDSON RIVER SATURDAY
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. More...

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.

UAVS AVOID OBSTACLES, MAP WILDFIRES
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. More...

SKYTAXI EXPANDS INTO NORTHEAST
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. More...

PILOT GETAWAYS TRAVELS FROM COAST TO COAST AND TO NEW ZEALAND
In the July/August issue, Pilot Getaways takes you to: Harbor Springs, Michigan for some Victorian elegance by the bay; Beaumont, Kansas, where you can taxi down a country road to find hospitality in the heartland and 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 country is heaven too; and New Zealand's Flyinn Tours, where the beauty of the land is as wonderful as its people. Don't miss an issue; order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/getaways/avflash.

TRACKING GRAND CANYON OVERFLIGHT RULES
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. More...

JAPANESE SPACE AGENCY TO TEST SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT
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. More...

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ON THE FLY...
NASA awarded civilian astronaut wings Tuesday to X-15 pilots...
ATG will build its Javelin jets in Front Range, Colo...
The FAA is investigating a 747's nosegear collapse...
Two Santa Monica, Calif., pilots are planning a month-long flight along Route 66...
Russian test pilots last week broke two world speed records...
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KITPLANES SHOWS "FAMILY VIRTUES" AND LOTS MORE IN THE OCTOBER ISSUE
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