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SCARY LITTLE AIRPLANES, OR NOT...
While airspace restrictions over the nation's capital are in the spotlight lately, the showdown over aviation security vs. the right to fly -- and the right to run an on-airport business -- continues to play out at local airfields around the country. Last week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the top prosecutor for Minnesota, U.S. Atty. Thomas B. Heffelfinger, said security at local airfields was too lax and a terrorist with a small airplane could fly it into the Metrodome, killing 3,000 people. Heffelfinger said the gates at Flying Cloud Airport are often open and anyone can enter unchallenged. Tim Anderson, of the state Airport Commission, however, said that security measures are in place. "There is a limit to how much can be done," he told the Star Tribune. "If you locked your gates, you just locked your business out." More...

...AOPA RESPONDS TO CONCERNS...
The Minnesota report caught the ears of the folks at AOPA headquarters in Maryland, and Phil Boyer, AOPA president, promptly sent off a letter to Heffelfinger. "We respectfully believe that your quotes, if reported accurately, reflect significant misunderstanding about aviation security, and, in fact, are not consistent with the views and policies of the U.S. agencies responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the nation's general aviation airports," Boyer said. Boyer noted that a report last year by the federal Government Accountability Office concluded that "the small size, lack of fuel capacity, and minimal destructive power of most general aviation aircraft make them unattractive to terrorists." More...

...AND CONFLICTS CONTINUE
Coastal flying can be fun ... or a misdemeanor. The FAA already has revoked the pilot's certificate, and now the county is charging the pilot of a Cessna 152 who allegedly buzzed a crowded beach in Santa Cruz, Calif., last May with reckless flying. The pilot was observed flying as low as 20 feet off the ground (observations may vary) and sent terrified beachgoers diving to the sand. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in county jail. Arraignment is set for Sept. 23. Meanwhile, last Wednesday night, the pilot of a Piper PA-24 Comanche violated the 30-nm restricted airspace above President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. It appears the Piper's pilot may face lighter sentencing. More...

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EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO BLACKLIST AIRLINES...
Britain has published a "blacklist" of airlines banned from landing at its airports due to safety concerns, and France's Civil Aviation Authority now says it will publish its own list online this week. Concerns over airline safety have intensified after 330 people died in four crashes this month. Under the system now in place in Europe, each country conducts its own aircraft inspections, and other countries may not be informed about safety issues. The European Commission has said it will publish a similar list within the next six months, which will apply to all 25 countries in the European Union. Many authorities agree that a continent-wide list is long overdue. More...

...FAA INSPECTORS STRETCHED THIN...
A shortage of FAA safety inspectors in the U.S. is also raising concerns about airline safety. A recent report by the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General concluded that the FAA needs to strengthen its oversight and monitoring of its inspectors and assess whether it can safely go ahead with the planned cuts of 233 safety inspectors. "We are down to the nub," Linda Goodrich, regional vice president for flight standards with the FAA inspectors union, told the Detroit Free Press last week. "We can't possibly provide the oversight we're required to do." The mechanics strike at Northwest Airlines is also raising questions about whether the FAA has enough staff to oversee the replacement workers. More...

...AND MORE QUESTIONS IN GREEK CRASH INVESTIGATION
The co-pilot's diary has been found in the wreckage of the Helios Boeing 737-300 that crashed in Greece two weeks ago, and it's expected to document problems with the aircraft and the airline. "[My father] once told me that if any of it ever got out the company would close," the co-pilot's son, Yiannis Charalambous, said at his father's funeral last week, when the diary was still missing. The ongoing investigation has also determined that four people were in the cockpit when the airplane crashed, contradicting earlier reports that only the co-pilot and a male flight steward, who was trying to control the aircraft, were found there. Recent reports said the co-pilot and another unidentified male were in the cockpit, along with two female flight attendants. All 121 on board died in the crash, which has been blamed on a loss of pressurization in the cabin. More...

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ECLIPSE FLEET NOW FIVE, AIRBUS ADOPTS FRICTION STIR?
Eclipse Aviation launched its fifth and final conforming flight-test aircraft, N506EA, last Wednesday in Albuquerque. The jet will be used for function and reliability testing under accelerated usage conditions. "We now have all five of our FAA-conforming flight-test aircraft in various stages of flight testing and will be building flight hours at an unprecedented rate over the coming months," said Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn in a news release last week. The flight-test fleet has accumulated nearly 300 flight hours, while demonstrating a maximum speed of 285 knots, stall speed of 67 knots and service ceiling of 41,000 feet, the company said. More...

CANADA'S SNOWBIRDS GROUNDED
A Snowbirds CT-114 Tutor jet crashed in a field in Thunder Bay, Ontario, last Wednesday afternoon, after the pilot ejected. Pilot Andrew MacKay was practicing a routine maneuver prior to an air show when something went wrong. According to early reports, the engine flamed out while the jet was inverted, MacKay ejected, and the jet crashed. MacKay was treated for injuries and has been released from the hospital. The team has been grounded, but may be flying again by this weekend, when it is scheduled to perform at the Canadian International Airshow in Toronto. More...

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PLANS MOVE FORWARD FOR NEW MEXICO SPACEPORT
New Mexico's new Spaceport Authority met for the first time last Wednesday to start making plans for a new commercial spaceport in the state. "Now we move into implementation," Spaceport Authority Chairman Rick Homans told Space.com after the meeting. A site of 27 square miles, about 45 miles north of Las Cruces, has already been designated as the Southwest Regional Spaceport. The Authority will begin work on an environmental impact assessment within the next month, Homans said, and hopes to have an FAA license to operate as a spaceport by the end of next year. More...

PROGRESS REPORTED ON LSA MAINTENANCE ISSUES
FAA officials met with representatives from the sport-pilot industry last week at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wis., to discuss maintenance issues for light sport aircraft (LSA). Progress was made in the ongoing effort to make it easier for schools to train repairmen. "The repairman and maintenance courses are among the final pieces remaining to complete the basic [LSA] infrastructure," said Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. The group agreed to use experts from the ultralight industry as instructors, and the FAA said it will allow class sizes of up to 25 students, which will make the courses more affordable. More...

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BANNER-TOWING AIRCRAFT MEET TROUBLE ON BOTH COASTS
With sunshine and beach traffic, it's high season for banner towing, but pilots have had a run of trouble this summer. Last week, pilot Blake Prosser, 24, lost power in his 1953 Piper Pa-18-105 and ditched into the ocean off Myrtle Beach. He escaped from the airplane and was quickly rescued, and the airplane was towed to shore. Earlier this month, a banner tower in the same region made a precautionary landing on a golf course after an oil light came on, and in May, two pilots died in a crash while practicing banner pick-up maneuvers. At Long Beach Airport, in California, a banner-towing company was banned from operation after two incidents in one weekend. One airplane lost its banner above a residential neighborhood; the banner hit power lines, triggering a power loss. Another airplane ditched off Rancho Palos Verdes. Nobody was hurt in either incident. More...

FLYING RANKS AS MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSION
Only loggers are as likely as pilots to get killed on the job, according to a report released last Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Both professions had a fatality rate of 92.4 per 100,000 workers for 2004, the BLS said, ranking above fisheries workers (86.4 per 100,000), and structural iron and steel workers (47 per 100,000). A total of 109 pilots died on the job. Of those, 22 were flight crew for airlines and 87 were commercial pilots. The numbers were down slightly from the 2003 data, when 114 pilots died on the job. More...

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ON THE FLY...
FAA job fair Wednesday in Albuquerque for air traffic controllers...
Symphony Aircraft announced cash infusion of $3.3 million...
Air Expo '05 is Sept. 3 and 4, at NAS Patuxent River, Md....
New report on Concorde's 2000 crash critiques safety oversight...
A 1968 Cessna 172K, N79008, stolen July 14 from New Braunfels, Texas...
ATC tapes released in near-collision last month on JFK runway...
FAA won't require airline child-safety seats, NTSB dismayed. More...

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Narco Avionics proudly announces the availability of their all-new Value Series plug-and-play line of Digital Transponders. The Value Series is designed for the cost-conscious owner. Narco's Value Series line of plug-and-play transponders includes the AT165/VS (a replacement for the AT50 through AT155), the AT165/KA/VS (a replacement for the KT76A/78A), and the AT165/K/VS (a replacement for the KT76/78). Coming Soon: Narco's AT165/C and AT165/C/VS, plug-and-play replacements for the ARC (Cessna) RT359A/RT459A. SPECIAL: Purchase an AT165 and get an AR850 for $99. For more information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/narco/avflash.

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
COLUMNS
CEO of the Cockpit #48: If This Is Coffee, Bring Me Tea -- If This Is Tea, Bring Me Coffee
GA pilots know what it's like to try and survive on vending-machine food. But when you make it to the majors, you can count on first-class meals in flight and in the hotels. Well, maybe if you were a pilot in the 1960s ...

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READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
AVmail: August 29, 2005
Reader mail this week about flying with a broken wing, better vision with shaded contact lenses and more.

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ATTENTION, CESSNA OWNERS AND PILOTS
The Cessna Flyer Association (CFA) provides parts locating, tech support, a monthly member magazine, online forums, national and regional events, an annual convention, seminars, and more. For less than a tank of fuel ($39 for a one-year membership), you can access the needed information to expand your knowledge and get more enjoyment from owning and flying your Cessna aircraft. Join the Cessna Flyer Association (CFA) today as they build the ultimate Cessna association. The CFA is now located on the Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) in Waupaca, WI — just 35 miles NW of Oshkosh. Join at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/cfa/avflash.

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SHORT FINAL...
Courtesy of our sister print magazine IFR:

Returning home from the West Coast a few years ago, we landed in Flint Mich. The Midwest had weeks of rain and overcast skies that summer and I got this on departure...

"Bonanza Five Four Seven Zero Victor, when vou get on top would you look out to the southeast and tell me if you see a big bright light?"

-- Don Sanderson Bear Creek, Pennsylvania More...

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FLYING MAGAZINE FLYS THE CESSNA 206 AND SHOWS OFF A NEW DE-ICING SYSTEM
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