AVflash Vol. 9, Issue 07b Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003
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FAA DEFENDS PILOTS, STINGERS TARGET THEM?...
The agency we occasionally love to hate told AVweb it's looking out for GA interests as various security-inspired measures -- including jeep-mounted anti-aircraft stinger missiles freshly redeployed this week around the capital -- seemingly put the crosshairs on an already-targeted GA sector. FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the agency went to bat for GA in the implementation of the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) around Washington, D.C., and it's working on becoming involved in the appeal process for airmen's certificates suspended on orders from the Transportation Security Administration. Martin said there were (and presumably still are) other federal officials who would rather shut down GA in the Washington, D.C., area. More...
...AS SAFETY SACRIFICED FOR SECURITY...
And while most us would stipulate that complicated flying is better than no flying at all, various alphabet groups are pointing out some rather glaring safety consequences of the ADIZ rules that require all aircraft be in constant contact with the Potomac TRACON while in the zone. Translation: Those operating out of non-towered airports can't very well use the normal UNICOM or common traffic advisory frequencies to exchange position reports. "That increases the risk of a midair collision at the non-towered airports within the ADIZ," said an observant AOPA news release. More...
...DC-3 HARDEST HIT
Of course, as has been the case since 9/11, pilots based at College Park Airport, Hyde Field and Potomac Airfield -- the so-called DC-3 -- continue to take a beating. They've already undergone rigorous security checks just to be able to use their home fields and now, once airborne inside the ADIZ, will have to stop at Lee Airport in Annapolis for further security checks. The rule applies even if the pilots have stayed aloft the entire flight. "Well-intentioned people at various headquarters have issued policy that is operationally dysfunctional," David Wartofsky, owner of Potomac Airfield, told The Washington Post. More...
CESSNA, ECLIPSE SUPPLIER IN CASH CRUNCH?...
The financial difficulties of an obscure Canadian aerospace company could have far-reaching effects in the business and commercial jet sector. Avcorp, of Vancouver, B.C., makes airframe components for the new Cessna Sovereign and CJ3 jets, the Eclipse 500, Bombardier regional jets and Boeing airliners and has been ordered to repay the full amount of a $12.5 million loan owed to an unnamed bank -- the deadline for that repayment passed Tuesday. Avcorp officials refused to discuss the situation with AVweb in two phone conversations and an e-mail request, but said a press release would soon be issued. More...
...COMPANY OFFICIALS KEEPING QUIET
The effects of Avcorp's troubles are hard to gauge because two of the companies most prominently associated with the firm are also offering no comment. Avcorp is building the wing spar for Cessna's new Sovereign (currently in flight tests) and the wing box and tail assembly for the CJ3. Cessna spokeswoman Jessica Myers offered this insight, "It's inappropriate to comment at this time." Avcorp is building the ailerons, elevators, rudder, nose assembly and speed brake on the Eclipse. Spokeswoman Dottie Hall said parts have been supplied for the second airframe currently under construction but beyond that she declined detailed comment. More...
MISSILE "JAMMER" BILL INTRODUCED
U.S. airliners would be equipped with missile-jamming gear -- at a cost of up to $10 billion -- under a bill introduced in Congress last Wednesday. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) sponsored the bill, which would pay between $1 million and $1.5 million to add the electronic gear to each and every airliner in the country. "This is a very, very serious danger," Schumer told a news conference held Sunday in Manhattan. ...We'll just hope the terrorists don't use heat-seekers. More...
PAPER AIRPLANES TAKE FLIGHT (WE HOPE)
Airline stock may not be worth the paper it's printed on but there'll be a lot riding on some cardboard, paperboard and linerboard creations April 5. Ten college engineering teams will try to fly hang-glider frames with flying surfaces made of paper from an 80-foot dune near Kitty Hawk. It will be the final phase of Energy Challenge 2003, a national competition held to test the imagination and engineering prowess of students in building full-scale projects out of paper products. More...
LASER PLANE MISSES IRAQ WAR
Don't look for an airborne laser light show over Iraq if and when the war begins. U.S. forces will have to rely on plain old high-tech missiles to shoot down any missiles the enemy lofts their way, because the laser-packing Boeing 747 now under development won't be ready in time. Mark Danner, program manager of the Boeing Missile Defense Systems/Airborne Laser system, told Wichita Rotarians last week the only completed (of a possible 11 to follow) laser-equipped 747 is still being worked on at Edwards Air Force Base. More...
BELL FUTURE HANGS ON OSPREY
After hovering below the profit line in 2001, Bell Helicopter Textron has recovered to a small profit and is looking for big things from its biggest gamble ever -- the V-22 Osprey. After some deadly failures earlier in the program, Bell CEO Peter Murphey is upbeat about the Osprey and other military programs. "I feel really good about where we are and what we accomplished last year," Murphey told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. But industry analyst Peter Arment, of JSA Research, thinks "The V-22 is a company maker or breaker." More...
HYPERSONIC ENGINE PASSES GROUND TESTS
They've made it work on the ground and now Aerojet is working toward a flying version of its HyFly hypersonic ramjet missile engine. The company recently completed tests of a beefed up "heavy-weight" variant of the engine at Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee. The engine was tested in simulated conditions at various altitudes and speeds as high as Mach 6.5. "The success of the tests ... demonstrates our ability to design, build and manage testing of a hypersonic engine," Program Manager Chuck Beaudry said in a news release. More...
ENHANCED VISION RECOGNIZED IN REGS
The FAA is writing new regulations to accommodate the development of enhanced vision systems and to distinguish them from synthetic vision systems that will not be permitted. Both systems help pilots land in weather that is below current minimums, by allowing them to see the airport as if it were above minimums. Enhanced vision uses sensors that can display a real-time image of such handy sights as approach and runway lights and the tarmac itself. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking appeared in the Federal Register earlier this week and comments will be accepted until March 27. More...
MAN-POWERED PLANE DESIGNER HONORED
Well, he may not have come up with green ketchup, but Paul B. MacCready's accomplishments flavoring aviation with energy conservation have earned him the $250,000 Heinz Award. MacCready designed the Gossamer Albatross, the first human-powered aircraft to cross the English Channel. The award honors the memory of Sen. John Heinz, heir to the food company fortune. In addition to the Albatross, MacCready's company, AeroVironment Inc., has developed various alternative-energy aircraft and vehicles including Pathfinder and Helios. More...
ON THE FLY...
See GAMA's year-end report: shipments for singles down 13.6 percent...
DoD conscripted 47 airliners to fly troops to the Persian Gulf...
Delta Boeing 767 gear door landed in San Juan yard...
French police put down airline workers' riot at Orly with smoke bombs...
UPS trying to temporarily shed 100 of its 2,515 pilots.
AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK...*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 80 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, Adam Cowburn, of Westfield, NJ, whose picture helped set a theme of winter landings for this week's contest. His photo, titled "Dropping in on LaGuardia", gives us a beautiful, yet rare bird's eye view of one of New York's major air carrier airports. Unfortunately, this vantage point is becoming more of a rarity, thanks to the numerous airspace restrictions in place. Great picture Adam! Your AVweb hat is on the way. To check out the winning picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to http://www.avweb.com/potw.
AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK...*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 600 responses to our question last week on CFI certificate applicants. Nearly half (41 percent) of our respondents felt that no amendment was needed to the current set of CFI requirements, as the CFI is a demanding certificate with a high level of training already in place. Only 22 percent of those responding felt that some changes may be necessary, but emphasized that careful thought should be placed on what areas need to be redone. To check out the complete results go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
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AVweb's AVscoop Award...
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New Articles and Features on AVweb
You think the only time you have to worry about getting your GPS jammed is during wartime? Think again -- these devices are so sensitive that many things could jam them. And a VFR GPS won't necessarily even warn you it is jammed.
Eye of Experience #63: Confession Time
Admit it: You've done some stupid things while flying, haven't you? We all have, and it is always better to learn from someone else's stupid mistakes than to make even more of our own. AVweb's Howard Fried has told us about a lot of things others have done wrong -- now it's time for him to confess his own..
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