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Volume 11, Number 38b September 22, 2005

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BUSTING THE DC ADIZ -- IN ARIZONA...
Shortly after Dale Mooneyham put away his G-model Mooney (no, we didn't ask) on the afternoon of Sept. 2 at his home base of Chandler (CHD) in Arizona, an aircraft apparently strayed near Stevensville, Md into Washington D.C.'s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). That aircraft apparently wasn't squawking a discrete transponder code and had not established contact with air traffic control. The trouble (for Mooneyham) is, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) thinks it was Mooneyham's plane that busted the ADIZ. Now, Mooneyham is waiting to see if federal officials will accept the mountain of evidence he's provided to prove that this is a case of mistaken identity. "This isn't just my pilot's certificate at stake, I'm an A&P mechanic for Southwest [Airlines] and it could affect my job," Mooneyham told AVweb. More...

...PLENTY OF EVIDENCE
Mooneyham said he left in the morning from CHD (near Phoenix) for Tucson, where his ailing parents live. He stopped for fuel along the way and, after visiting his mom and dad, flew back to CHD where he says he landed in the mid-afternoon. Fortunately, he kept his time-stamped fuel receipt, which also has his N-number on it, as well as his ATIS scratch sheets. He's also called both towers and confirmed that the tower tapes have been saved. (Standard policy is to keep them for 45 days but Mooneyham has filed a Freedom of Information request to have the tapes taken out of the normal recording rotation so they will be preserved indefinitely -- just in case.) He said he doesn't think he can be too careful in this case and it's imperative that his file be cleaned up. More...

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SPORT PILOT EXPANDS NETWORK...
As the Sport Pilot era enters its second year, the number of certified S-LSAs (Special Light Sport Aircraft) is up to 15, with the FAA's acceptance of the AveoUSA SportRider last week. The Italian design is built in the Czech Republic and sold in the U.S. by Texas-based AveoUSA. The second Sport Aviation Expo is coming up soon, Oct. 27-30 at Sebring Regional Airport, Fla. The first Expo was friendly and well-organized, and this year's version will see an expanded exhibit area, nonstop demo flights and four busy forum tents. There will also be a groundbreaking for the brand-new CubAir Flight Academy, where students can learn to fly tailwheel Sport Cubs built by CubCrafters. More...

...EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR CONTINUES...
The EAA Sport Pilot Tour will be holding events around the country again this winter, bringing new LSAs to airports, where pilots can get to know them. The New Orleans stop scheduled for November has been postponed until next year. The tour has added a stop at McKinney Field in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 12. Next stop after that is Camarillo Airport in Ventura, Calif., on Dec. 3. A January site will be announced soon. This weekend, Sept. 24-25, Calhoun Airport, north of Atlanta, will hold its own sport-aviation fly-in, featuring a dozen or so LSAs. Ultralights and warbirds are expected, along with a couple hundred visiting aircraft. More...

...AS INFRASTRUCTURE AND AIRPLANE FLEET CONTINUE TO GROW
The RANS S-7 Courier is now nearing approval as an S-LSA, Dan Johnson reported last week in his Sport Pilot Blog. For $75,000, RANS will offer a factory-built S-7S with a Garmin GPS/COM and a transponder. Also, more flight schools around the country are offering sport pilot training. St. Charles Flying Service, in St. Louis, Mo., told AVweb last week they have just finished up their first two students. Both came from California and completed the training in less than two weeks, Dennis Bampton said. More students are scheduled and the school has ordered a second Evecktor Sport Star LSA to meet the demand. More...

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BATON ROUGE TRAFFIC STILL DOUBLE THE USUAL...
As tough as things got in the two weeks following Katrina's assault on the Gulf Coast, as hard as the work was, however long the hours and thick the traffic and the stress of constantly revamping procedures trying to make it all work, "It felt good to do it," air traffic controller Nic Bordelon told AVweb yesterday. "It was our contribution to the relief effort," he says, but besides that, it was a "pride thing." For a couple of weeks little podunk Baton Rouge was handling almost as many operations per day as JFK ... up to 1,400 or 1,600 and more, up from the usual 300 or so on a typical day, Bordelon said. "That's a lot of traffic." More...

...AS EMERGENCY WORK CONTINUES
The Baton Rouge tower now is staffed with four positions, up from two, and the radar room has five, up from three. The new staffers came from New Orleans Lakefront Airport, where the ATC facilities remain closed, and two volunteers from Dallas-Fort Worth. Even with the extra staff -- who spent a couple of weeks in RVs parked outside, until hotel rooms could be found for them -- controllers have been working mandatory overtime to keep everything running. Traffic has slowed down, but it's still at least double what it was pre-Katrina, and it may stay elevated for quite a while. Or even forever -- the population of Baton Rouge has just about doubled with evacuees from New Orleans. More...

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NATA, NBAA ASK FOR MERCY FROM IRS ON FUEL TAX
Under changes recently enacted in Congress, the Internal Revenue Service can collect an additional 24.4 cents per gallon in taxes on Jet A aviation fuel, apparently due to concerns that highway operators are avoiding taxes on diesel fuel by buying Jet A to burn in their trucks. Thus, aviation users, unless they are buying the fuel under certain circumstances that are not yet clearly defined, must also pay the extra 24.4 cents and then apply for a refund. If it seems a bit like guilty till proven innocent, well, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) don't like it either. They've asked the IRS to delay implementing the tax changes until the whole process is clearly explained. More...

NASA CHIEF ENGINEER BOHN-MEYER DIES IN CRASH
Marta Bohn-Meyer, 48, chief engineer at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., died Sunday morning when the Giles G-300 she was flying crashed as she was beginning an aerobatic practice routine near the C.E. Page Airport in Oklahoma. Bohn-Meyer was the first female crewmember from NASA or the Air Force -- and the second woman -- to fly in the supersonic SR-71, and was active throughout her career as a mentor to women in aviation. She was married to fellow pilot and aeronautical engineer Bob Meyer, who also works at Dryden. She was practicing for the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship, to be held next week in Texas. An early report said a witness saw something fall from the aircraft shortly after takeoff. More...

THE COLUMBIA 350 & COLUMBIA 400 HAVE A NEW CORPORATE NAME
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 these premium aircraft. The schedule for the Fly Columbia Tour, an interactive Columbia experience, is posted online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/columbia/avflash.

SPEEDING JEEP PROVIDES FIX FOR TRAILING GEAR
Instructor Jason Messenger and his student were landing at New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) Airport last Friday morning, when they ran into a problem -- the gear was down on their Cessna 172RG, but not locked. After an hour or so spent trying various fixes, they made a plan with the help of three airport workers to try hooking the errant gear into place from a speeding Jeep. "I had heard of it being done one time before and it seemed like a logical step to do at the time," said Jeep driver Danny Perna. Perna sped down the runway as the Cessna flew above at about a dozen feet off the ground. On the fourth try, the two men in the back of the Jeep were able to hook the gear with a fireman's pole. More...

GA SAFETY REMINDERS FROM THE FAA
Summer and fall are prime flying time, so the FAA has made available a 12-page safety briefing to remind pilots about the causes of accidents and how to prevent them. "General Aviation Common Safety Challenges 2005" identifies stalls and loss of horizon as key areas of concern and provides some tips for avoiding the most common mistakes. To prevent stalls, the booklet says, know your aircraft's performance and maintain your airspeed when operating close to the ground. "Don't get 'low and slow' during takeoff and landing. Do not exceed 30 degrees of bank in the traffic pattern," the FAA says. (The FAA, there to help.) More...

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AIR TAXI OF THE FUTURE, FLYING TODAY
With fleets of very light jets ready to come on the market in the next few years, many operators are planning to use them in the development of point-to-point air-taxi systems. Aerobatic pilot Mike Goulian and partner Bill Herp have the same idea, but they've decided to jump the gun and start building their business now, using the VLJ-air-taxi model but flying four Cessna Grand Caravan turboprops. And it seems to be working. In their first year of operation, Linear Air has grown from two employees to 25. Based at Hanscom Field, just outside of Boston, Mass., the company flies weekenders to Nantucket in summer and the New Hampshire ski resorts in winter, and zips business commuters to White Plains and Teterboro, near New York City. More...

B-25C BOMBER RECOVERED FROM SOUTH CAROLINA LAKE
It's been known for 15 years exactly where a B-25C bomber rested on the bottom of Lake Murray, 150 feet deep, and finally, about 9 o'clock Monday night, a crane lifted it to the surface, as hundreds watched from shore. The operation had taken 10 years of planning and about a week of work at the South Carolina site by a team of several dozen people. The bomber ditched during a training mission on April 4, 1943, but the crew escaped safely. Monday night, the workers drained water and about 800 gallons of fuel from the wreck and then lowered it into a cradle. Over the rest of this week, the airplane will be taken apart, and then it will be shipped to the Southern Museum of Flight, in Birmingham, Ala., for restoration. More...

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ON THE FLY...
A JetBlue A320 with 139 pax made a much-televised emergency landing...
4,000 pilots took AOPA ASF free online Mountain Flying course...
EAA says FAA won't drastically change 51-percent homebuilders rule...
NASA released plans for new spacecraft to go to the Moon and beyond...
Boeing says China will buy 2,600 airplanes for $213 billion by 2025...
FAA wants airlines to enhance cabin security and crew communication...
The N.H. Aviation Society dedicated a site for its new Museum...
Brad Pitt has reportedly signed up for flying lessons. More...

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As the Beacon Turns #93: A Night With Katrina
A hurricane is never to be trifled with -- on the ground or in the air. But AVweb's Michael Maya Charles traversed the remnants of a hurricane and reports that it can be done. Until he saw lightning ...

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PILOT GETAWAYS' SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER ISSUE TAKES YOU TO:
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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
Last week, AVweb asked what your personal threshold is with regard to user fees. This week, we want to know how high avgas would have to rise before you considered giving up flying. Plus, we give you the results of the user-fees poll. More...

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Hot-cha! In recent weeks, we've moaned and complained about the dropping number of "POTW" submissions — though, oddly, the quality of submissions has been soaring. Well, folks, our complaining is over. This week, we received nearly 100 entries — that's more like it! — and all of them held to the high standard we've come to expect. (Oh, we are spoiled!) So settle in and get ready for some amazing aviation photos, brought to us by talented AVweb readers from across the world. We'll start you out with a rousing (and official AVweb baseball cap-winning) take-off from Bob Tripp of Friday Harbor, Washington. More...

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