AVflash Vol. 9, Issue 07a Monday, February 10, 2003

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D.C. GOES ADIZ...
With the national terror level ramped up to "Orange," the FAA and TSA on Saturday issued new airspace restrictions over broad swaths of the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas, to take effect at 6 a.m. today. The new airspace control measures create an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the airspace under 18,000 feet in roughly a 30-mile radius around Washington, and enhance security in the 15-mile Flight Restricted Zone around the district. "Terrorists are known to favor targets in the transportation sector and to consider our civil aviation system an arsenal of improvised weapons," DOT Undersecretary James M. Loy, head of the TSA, said in a news release. More...

...AFFECTING GA OPERATIONS AT 23 AIRPORTS...
The restricted airspace affects 23 public-use airports in the region, which are home to more than 2,400 aircraft and are just shy of 2,500 operations per day on average, AOPA said. The new measures will require GA pilots to maintain two-way radio communications, use a discrete transponder code, file IFR/VFR flight plans and follow standard air traffic procedures before entering the ADIZ. All existing waivers in the Flight Restricted Zone have been cancelled, and will be re-evaluated by the TSA. The only exception is for the waiver holders for operations into and out of the Maryland "DC3" airports (College Park, Hyde Field, and Potomac Airpark), according to AOPA. More...

...AS ALPHABETS PLEAD GA CASE
Last week, when these new restrictions were still a gleam in the eye of the TSA, GA alphabet groups were beating the pavement in Washington in an effort to convince the nation's leaders that small airplanes are not a security threat. Ed Bolen, president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), testified at the Senate and AOPA President Phil Boyer called on several key members of Congress. Boyer visited Senate aviation subcommittee chairman Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and others to ask that a new TSA rule be suspended and rewritten. As AVweb reported, the rule allows TSA to yank a pilot's certificate based on secret evidence, with no recourse for appeal other than to the TSA. More...

FREQUENCY CRUNCH GETS HELP...
Last Wednesday, the FAA gave $16 million to ITT Industries of Fort Wayne, Ind., and $21 million to Harris Corp., of Melbourne, Fla., to come up with prototype designs for NEXCOM, the Next Generation Air/Ground Communications System. System. NEXCOM will integrate data link with digital voice, to make more-efficient use of the available frequency spectrum. The new technology is considered crucial to support continued industry growth -- without NEXCOM, today's 50-year-old communications system would reach its saturation point by 2010. More...

...AS TECHNOLOGY EXPANDS CAPABILITIES
Harris and ITT each will produce a package that includes the architecture, equipment specifications, and supporting technical documents for the initial systems. They also will develop engineering design models of NEXCOM ground network systems and use them to demonstrate a specified set of NEXCOM capabilities. NEXCOM uses VHF Digital Link Mode 3 technology to provide four communications channels for each single analog frequency in use today for ATC air-to-ground communications. These four independent channels allow simultaneous voice and data transmission between controllers and pilots. More...

PRESIDENT'S 2004 FAA BUDGET RAISES EYEBROWS, BUT NO ALARMS
President Bush last week released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2004, and so far, GA groups seem to be more-or-less okay with it. The FAA would get about $14 billion, an increase of about 3 percent over the previous year. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) checked over the plan and gave it a passing grade -- with some reservations -- noting that it abides by the funding guarantees established by the Aviation Investment and Reform Act (AIR-21) for airport development and infrastructure. AOPA scrutinized the proposal and found no hidden user fees and no nefarious attempts to privatize air traffic control. More...

WICHITA WORKERS GET SOME HELP
One of the cities hardest hit by the slump in aviation business has been Wichita, Kan., where workers at Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna and Raytheon have suffered a blizzard of pink slips. Last Thursday, Wichita got some good news from the federal government: up to $4 million in grant money for job-training programs. The money is targeted to help laid-off aviation workers, The Wichita Eagle reported, and there are plenty of them -- more than 11,000 have lost their jobs in the last 18 months. More...

SHUTTLE INVESTIGATION GETS HELP, HIGH- AND LOW-TECH
NASA needs to collect all the evidence it can to help in its analysis of what went wrong Feb. 1, and last week the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FAA solicited help from both high- and low-tech sectors of the aviation world to help the Space Shuttle Columbia investigation. Seven powered parachutes have officially joined the search in Texas, the Web site space.com reported on Saturday, and up to 100 volunteer pilots may be called upon to help. Plus, military radar analysis announced this weekend shows something may have departed the shuttle Jan. 17, while it was in orbit. More...

THREE MARYLAND AIRPORTS MAY LOSE FUNDING
Airports, large and small, are always fighting for federal money, and three in Maryland seem to be fighting for their livelihood. Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, Hagerstown and Salisbury/Ocean City will lose up to $100 million in federal grants if the regional air service linking them to Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) ceases to exist. Airport officials claim that losing their airline service, and possibly the federal funding as well, could be disastrous. For this reason, the group of officials is trying to convince state legislators that an extension of their financial commitment to regional air service to BWI will help the airports pay for upgrades and, ultimately, bring millions of dollars to Maryland's economy. More...

AD WATCH
The FAA has made final an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for certain models of Hartzell Propellers installed on Pitts aircraft, stipulating that their certified service life is limited to 2,000 hours, and has extended the comment period. on its final rule regarding Aging Airplane Safety. The rule applies to multiengine aircraft older than 14 years used in Part 121 operations. Comments will be accepted until May 5. More...

103 YEARS -- A LIFETIME AND AN ERA IN FLIGHT
Ralph Charles, one of the country's oldest pilots, died Feb. 2 at age 103, in Somerset, Ohio. In his youth he worked with the Wright brothers as a welder. He later ran his own airport, and in the 1930s he flew Stinsons and Ford Tri-Motors for TWA and other airlines. During World War II, Charles flew as a test pilot for Curtiss-Wright. After the war, he gave up flying for many years, but never lost his passion for it. "Sometimes when I would mow, I would imagine my tractor was a plane and I was rising up into the sky," he told the Associated Press in a 1999 interview. He took up flying again in 1995, and owned an Aeronca Defender. He last flew in the summer of 2001. More...

ON THE FLY...
Helicopter orders expected to increase in next four years...
Stanford U. seeks 100 pilots to help study the effect of aging...
Delta Air Lines execs took pay cuts, hinted pilots may be asked to...
NASA asked anyone with film or debris from Columbia to call or email...
Be A Pilot said upbeat GA stories in general media reached 200 million.

SHORT FINAL...
In the late 80's, I attended Daniel Webster College for my Aviation Management/Flight Operations Degree. At the time there were several AF ROTC candidates on campus and the usual amount of paraphernalia that accompanies their recruitment.

While visiting a friend, an ROTC candidate, in his on-campus townhouse, I had to use his "facilities." To my surprise, I noticed a pencil on top of the commode that inappropriately advertised, "Air Force -- Aim High!"

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AVweb's AVscoop Award...

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COLUMNS
Say Again #20: Communications -- The Top Ten
There are probably a lot more than 10 problems with pilot/controller communication. But as AVweb's Don Brown tells us, if we could solve these 10, the Com frequencies would be a lot less congested, and things would be even safer.

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SKYWRITINGS
Through a Child's Eyes -- A Green Car and a Yellow Airplane
Some of us don't remember when we first got interested in airplanes and flight -- seems like it's been a part of us from day one. Brett Justus, though, remembers very vividly some scenes from early childhood that got him started on the road to pilothood.

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