Number 41a — October 10, 2005|
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ISSUES ADIZ ALERT...
It appears pilots are responding to AOPA's national alert to protest
permanent implementation of the Washington Air Defense Identification
Zone. The alert went out to all 406,000 AOPA members on Oct. 5 and by
Saturday afternoon more than 1,200 fresh protests had been registered
(although there's no way of knowing how many were inspired by AOPA's
alert). The flurry pushed the total number of comments registered on
the controversial Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to a little
more than 2,000. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 2. AOPA says it's
only the third time in the last 10 years it has felt the need to
mobilize the membership, but the precedent-setting nature of the NPRM
made it necessary. More...
For those who have never commented on a proposed rule, the process is
fairly straightforward and open to anyone. But AOPA is making it even
easier with a step-by-step guide to ensuring your voice is
heard in Washington. The guide contains all the links and helpful
hints necessary to post comments via the Internet, which is the
preferred way. Not sure what to say? AOPA can help out there, too,
with a list of discussion points that you can
personalize. (Hint: original comments tend to carry more weight than
simply copying the AOPA-supplied notes.) More...
OTHERS HAVE SAID
If you're still stumped on what to say in your comment to the FAA,
take a few minutes to read what others have had to say. (Click on the
TXT file. It loads faster than the PDF.) You'll note that most of the
comments are short and to the point. "The Washington DC ADIZ is
destroying general aviation in the area," writes one pilot. "I
operated my airplane out of Potomac, Md. (under the FRZ) and I
eventually sold it because it just wasn't fun anymore." However, if
you feel the need to wax eloquently, there is no limit on the amount
you can say and the FAA assures us that every word will be read and
duly considered. More...
FURY FACTORY IN WORKS...
There could be a new high-performance airplane on the market in 2008
but the name will be a familiar one to those who care about going
faster. According to the Sebastian, Fla., Sun, LoPresti Speed
Merchants is shopping for a location to build its long-awaited Fury, a
two-place firecracker that was designed (some may say adapted) by Roy
LoPresti in the late 1980s. LoPresti died in 2002 but the company he
left behind seems to be getting serious about building the aircraft.
Arjay Siegel, the company's VP of operations, said the company has
scouted five potential locations for the aircraft plant, which would
employ about 300 people. "We'll not only have the decision made, but
we'll break ground [within 90 days]," he told the Sun.
The Fury (aesthetically similar to the Globe Swift) is a two-place
side-by-side taildragger with a 200-hp Lycoming up front and all those
smooth slippery lines that made Lopresti famous to put every pony to
use. It has a maximum speed of 222 mph but stalls at 54 mph with
flaps. It's fully aerobatic with an ultimate load of 7-plus Gs, but
there's also room for up to 200 pounds of luggage. Range is about
1,000 miles and useful load is 850 pounds. LoPresti describes the
aircraft as having "the lines of a fighter, the performance of a
Ferrari and the comfort of a fine touring sedan." More...
IN THE REAL WORLD ... IN OZ...
Is Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) destined to
become the modern equivalent of Mode C? Australia seems to be moving
in that direction with implementation of a large-scale test of the
technology in GA aircraft. Airservices Australia has called for
proposals for a project that would equip 1,500 GA aircraft with the
electronic tattletales, which automatically broadcast the precise
position and identification of the aircraft once a second. Ground
stations and similarly equipped aircraft can receive the signals,
telling them exactly where ADS-B-equipped aircraft are flying. And
there's the rub. More...
MOVING CAPSTONE TO THE LOWER 48
The Australian program sounds a lot like one that's been running in
the U.S. for almost a decade. "ADS-B is the backbone of the Alaska
Capstone project," FAA spokesman Greg Martin told AVweb.
Capstone is aimed at reducing Alaska's hugely disproportionate
accident rate with the use of new, chiefly satellite-based navigation
and weather technology. As in the Australian project, Alaska-based
aircraft were outfitted with the gear and became flying test beds for
application of the technology. The accident rate has fallen noticeably
(other programs, including enhanced training for pilots, also share
the credit) and Martin said it's time to spread those benefits around.
"We now have to seriously look at applying that technology in the
Lower 48 states," he said. John Carr, the head of the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), agrees there are benefits to
ADS-B but only if all aircraft are equipped. More...
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SAYS AFSS TRANSITION WENT SMOOTHLY
A couple of last-ditch efforts by legislators and the union
representing flight service specialists failed to stop the takeover of
the FSS system by Lockheed Martin last week and the company says
things went smoothly. But, then, all that changed was the nameplate on
the door. Dire predictions on the fate of the system, after Lockheed
Martin closes two-thirds of the automated flight service stations,
continue to be voiced by critics who say there won't be enough people
to handle the workload. "I've got a pit in my stomach the size of
Texas that this is going to be the largest fiasco any federal agency
has ever seen," said Kate Breen, president of the National Association
of Air Traffic Specialists (NAATS). More...
135 MODE S EXEMPTIONS EXPIRE MARCH 1, 2007
The FAA is proposing that there be no more installations of Mode C
transponders in Part 135 aircraft after March 1, 2007, and that all
transponder replacements after that date be with Mode S devices. The
agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Oct. 7
saying that exemptions to the rules requiring all new transponder
installations be Mode S will terminate on March 1, 2007, and it will
not grant any exemptions after that date. However, if, under an
exemption, the Mode C is installed before March 1, 2007, the equipment
can continue to be repaired to keep it in service after that date.
When it's finally irreparable, it must be replaced with Mode S.
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AFFECTS AFTERMARKET RODS IN 2,800 LYCOMING ENGINES
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive AD on a certain
make of connecting rod found in about 2,800 Lycoming 360- and
540-series engines in service in the U.S. The AD covers engines that
have had certain ECi connecting rods installed as part of a repair or
overhaul. The FAA determined that the connecting rods covered by the
AD have deficiencies in the journal bores that can cause fatigue
and/or bearing failure, which can result in "uncommanded shutdown" of
the engine. Offending rods that have seen more than 1,500 hours of
service have to be replaced within 50 hours and the others must be
replaced before reaching 1,500 hours. More...
LOOKING FOR RELIEF
Well, you know the airspace is getting crowded when the reliever
airport needs a reliever airport. The New York Port Authority is
trying to figure out how to get some of the 550 mostly corporate
flights per day that operate from Teterboro Airport (TEB) to use
Stewart International, a quieter but fully equipped former Air Force
base about 60 miles away. An therein lies the problem. Execs going to
the Big Apple via TEB endure about 20 minutes in a limo compared to
the hour it would take to get them from Stewart. "Corporate aircraft
are in demand because time is probably one of the most important
aspects a company can have," Jack Olcott, president of the New Jersey
Aviation Association, told the North Jersey media group.
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RULE TARGETS EXPLOSIVE WIRING ISSUES
Almost ten years after an electrical fault is suspected to have caused
the center tank of a TWA Boeing 747 to explode off New York (killing
230 people), the FAA has come up with a new set of proposed
regulations aimed at ensuring (encouraging) airlines and manufacturers
to better look after the lifeblood of their airplanes. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would essentially
treat wiring as a separate system, rather than as part of the other
systems, thus boosting inspection, maintenance and design requirements
that the FAA claims will actually save the airlines money. "There will
be more efficient planning of maintenance programs and less down time
for aircraft," FAA spokesman Hank Price told reporters.
CITED IN CARAVAN CRASH
Airframe ice may have caused the crash of a Cessna Caravan in the
Canadian province of Manitoba last week, possibly the first such
accident since the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) last March
requiring a "tactile inspection" of Caravan flight surfaces in
potential icing conditions before takeoff. It's speculated that pilot
Nancy Chase-Allan, 49, didn't run her hands over those surfaces before
taking off from Winnipeg even though icing conditions were present.
Peter Hildebrand, of the Canadian Transportation Safety Board, told
the Canadian Press that the icing hazard was high before Chase-Allan
took off. "The conditions that existed yesterday are getting to the
upper end," he said. More...
VERY FREQUENT FLYER
The 15-minute flight between Vancouver, B.C., and Nanaimo (yes, it's
where the dessert bar was invented) is one of the most beautiful
anywhere but Marc Tacchi may have had enough of it by now. The cargo
pilot has made the trip over the islands and bays of Georgia Strait
more than 100 times in the last couple of weeks, but not in the left
seat. He's been sitting in the back of the Dash 8 in his quest to
accumulate a million frequent flyer points on Air Canada's Aeroplan.
And he's exploiting a special deal offered by the airline and an
anomaly in the points plan to accomplish his goal in less than two
months. "I guarantee I'll do it. I can do it easily," he told the
Canadian Press. More...
Australian Wright Flyer replica (pix in AVweb's NewsWire)
Adam still intends to produce and deliver the A500, this
Airbus goes ahead with A350...
Airport Watch gets DHS
Blue Angels' founder honored...
Travolta looking for
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Say Again? #55: What I Want for Christmas
AVweb's Don Brown would like a few things to make his job better. Many
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The Unappreciated & Ill-Defined Aircraft Maintenance
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Overheard during fleet week practice over the San Francisco Bay;
Nor Cal Approach: Bonanza 1-2-3-4, opposite direction
traffic at your 1 o'clock, five miles, five hundred feet above you,
Blue Angels flight of two.
Bonanza 1-2-3-4: Negative contact, say again type
Nor Cal: Two F-18s, blue and yellow. Currently at your
one moving to two o'clock ... make that three o'clock ... um ...
traffic no longer a factor. Caution, wake turbulence.
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