Number 35b — September 1, 2005|
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Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans very early Tuesday
with sustained winds near 150 mph and wind gusts over 180 mph. A storm
surge compounded by runoff, a compromised levy and pump system and
power failure have left the city and much of the region flooded
without potable water, water pressure to fight fires, communication
systems or the ability to store perishable food. It has been three
days since the storm and the situation is not soon expected to vastly
improve. There is now a rescue, refugee and looming health crisis in
the region even as local hospitals struggle -- some without power, at
least one with a flooded heli-pad, and all with vastly over-taxed
human resources. Serving as a humanitarian and relief effort hub, a
portion of New Orleans International Airport also now serves as a
field hospital. CNN reported yesterday that the Mayor of New Orleans
announced the city will be entirely evacuated with a goal of 15,000
people moved per day. For qualified volunteer pilots and concerned
individuals interested in lending aid, organized efforts exist. See
AVweb's NewsWire for opportunities. More...
RESOURCES STRUGGLE TO REGAIN FOOTING...
As aircraft from the military, Civil Air Patrol and Coast Guard
Auxiliary, not to mention dozens of media helicopters, flocked to
disaster scenes in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, the FAA had
some disasters of its own to cope with. Katrina did serious damage to
numerous FAA installations, leaving controllers with little to work
with, and, in some cases, nowhere to work from. "In Gulfport all the
navaids were destroyed and the tower is uninhabitable. There was
damage to other towers, as well," FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown told
AVweb Wednesday. Three major TFRs have been established over New
Orleans, the Mississippi and Alabama coasts and in many areas affected
by the storm, operations are limited to rescue and relief aircraft for
day VFR only. Three major airports were open for public use: Baton
Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles. More...
MOPPING UP IN MOBILE...
Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) is just one of
the thousands of businesses trying to get back in operation after the
storm. Its Mobile, Ala., factory took a direct hit and the roofs of
two buildings were torn off. One production area got a little wet
before tarps were in place but none of the equipment or inventory were
damaged, Jay Wickham, manager of Continental Mattituck told
AVweb. He said no staff members were hurt although some of
their homes were damaged or destroyed. Wickham's shop is helping
coordinate customer service enquiries for the factory in the wake of
the storm. "Right now, the biggest thing is power. Without power they
can't do anything," he said. More...
AVIATORS HELPING OUT
Of course aviation, mostly the rotary kind, is playing a huge role in
the aftermath of Katrina. Commercial aircraft along with military,
Civil Air Patrol and Coast Guard Auxiliary units from all over the
Southeast are being deployed to the storm-hit areas and there's no
shortage of spectacular rescue coverage from the flock of news
choppers also vying for airspace. Although the media flights were
permitted initially, the skies got too crowded over New Orleans on
Tuesday and Brown said they had to be stopped. She said there have
been numerous calls from aviation organizations wondering how they can
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SOME AIRPORTS IN NEED WON'T TAKE $$$...
In almost any other circumstances, a $2.3 million grant from the
federal government would be welcomed with open arms by a civic
government. But the commissioners of Martin County in Florida faced a
room full of protesters sporting yellow ribbons to signify their
opposition to the county accepting the FAA grant to protect the local
airport, Witham Field. In the end, the commissioners, in a 3-2 split,
took the money, which will be used to buy eight to ten homes nearest
to the airport. The protesters wanted the county to close 460 feet of
runway that was built in 1998 and resulted in the residential
encroachment on the runway protection zone. More...
IS REJECTED IN CALIFORNIA
On the other side of the country, a deadlock by Oceanside, Calif. City
Council means the city will lose $150,000 in FAA funding to build a
perimeter fence. "The party's over on that one," Alan Cruise,
president of the Oceanside Airport Association told the North County
Times. Accepting the FAA money would require a renewed commitment to
keep the airport -- which has just erected new hangars -- open for
years to come. The grant was lost because council tied 2-2 in the vote
on whether to accept funds. Mayor Jim Wood, who would have broken the
tie, was unable to attend the Wednesday meeting. Deadline for
acceptance was Sunday and no further meetings were planned.
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POWER-CHUTER SHOT DOWN
The war on drugs hit new heights on the Afghan/Tajikistan border last
month as Tajik officials boasted they'd finally stopped an aerial
smuggler they'd been trying to shoot down for three years. That the
aircraft of choice by the smuggler was a powered parachute apparently
did little to diminish the sense of accomplishment by the
ground-pounding border guards. The guards apparently got lucky
sometime in mid August and brought the chute down but they didn't get
the pilot, who was reportedly injured in the landing.
The majority of production aircraft will never set a record of any
kind but Gulfstream's flagship G550
already has 15 speed records to its credit after only a couple of
years on the market. The ultra-long-range bizjet went from Newark to
Tel Aviv, a distance of 5,031 NM in nine hours and 52 minutes, which
looks like an average speed of 510 knots (or Mach .86, according to
Gulfstream). However, this was no stripped down, race-ready version of
the G. Although the pilots were going for a record, the company said
it was a passenger-carrying flight and the five passengers on board
went about their business as normal. More...
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"CODE WORD" SETS OFF ALERT
Australia's security apparatus went on its highest level of alert for
two hours when the pilot of King Air accidentally used a "secret code
word" indicating he was being hijacked, while talking with air traffic
control. The country's national terrorism emergency plan kicked into
full gear, an emergency command post was set up in a bunker in
Canberra, the nation's capital, and the plane was tracked by radar and
real-time satellite images as it flew from Brisbane to Melbourne. All
the while, controllers were peppering the plane's crew with "standard
coded phrases used to determine if a hijacking was actually taking
place," according to The Australian newspaper. Since the pilot wasn't
speaking the same language, it was deduced that no hijacking was
actually taking place and the alert was lifted. "It was an inadvertent
use of a code word," said an unnamed government spokesman.
AIRMAN HOLD LAST REUNION
They never missed a rendezvous with bombers over war-torn Europe but
the Tuskegee Airmen say they've had their last formal reunion. Members
of the famed Red Tail squadron, unfortunately known as much for their
heritage as their skill in the air, are getting too old to stage the
annual event, which this year drew dozens of the P-51 fighter pilots,
support crew and friends to Orlando. Of the original 992 African
American aviators who made up the 99th, 100th, 301st and 302nd Fighter
Groups, only about 200 are still alive and they're in their 80s. About
50 died in the past year. The remaining members will still get to meet
each year but they'll do so in conjunction with another group of
younger black aviators. More...
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COUSINS COMPLETE FLIGHT
In a year of remarkable aviation achievements (GlobalFlyer,
SpaceShipOne) a solitary Aeronca Champ would easily escape notice as
it putted over the countryside. But for a couple of 17-year-old
cousins from New Jersey, the tiny tandem carried them to no less a
sense of accomplishment than all of the well-funded exploits that
captured the headlines this year. Last Sunday, Ben Dunkerley and Nick
Reed did a flypast before landing at Hampton Air Field after a
6,000-mile round trip to California patterned after Rinker Buck's book
"Flight of Passage" about two teenaged brothers who did a similar
trip. "We read the book and thought to ourselves, 'We could do that,'"
said Reed. More...
CRASH RATE IS AUSTRALIA'S GOAL
The Aviation Safety Foundation of Australia says it hopes to eliminate
aviation accidents through a new education program. "Our aim is to
reduce crash rates to zero," said Mark Riley, of Zauril Aviation, who
developed the program. "This program has the power to change aviation
safety in Australia like nothing else," he told the Border Mail
newspaper. The program takes an airline-like approach to GA pilot
proficiency, through recurrent training, and will be offered
throughout the country starting later this year. More...
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Roof collapsed on Millville, N.J. flight services station...
will speak at AOPA Expo...
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
Hurricane Katrina has devastated large tracts of Louisiana and
Mississippi, prompting the aviation community to ask, "What can we do
to help?" This week, we'd like to know what you'll be doing to help
the relief effort. PLUS: Results of last week's question on the
Washington, D.C. ADIZ. More...
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Alaska makes off with this week's top prize an official AVweb
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