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CLOSES D.C.-AREA AIRPORT...
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Tuesday informed
Airfield -- one of three small GA airports in the Washington area
that operate under special post-9/11 security regulations -- that its
security program has been suspended, effectively closing down
operations. "The airport was told it is not in compliance with its
approved security plan," TSA spokesman Darrin Kayser told AVweb
yesterday. "We had told them they were not meeting certain criteria,
and then did a spot check over the weekend, and found they are still
not in compliance." Exactly what those measures are that were supposed
to be followed, or what the transgressions were, the TSA will not
David Wartofsky, owner of Potomac Airfield, told AVweb
yesterday that he is working to get the situation rectified. He says
the security procedures he has put into place at Potomac are not
exactly those prescribed by the TSA plan, but in fact are enhanced.
"It's like if they told you to use 25-watt light bulbs and instead I
put in 100 watts," he said. "It's not what is in the plan, but it
meets and exceeds what is in the plan." He also said that he's been
caught in a Catch-22 because the TSA says the only approved procedures
are the ones they sign off on, but then the agency won't sign off on
any of his requests for revisions to enhance the procedures. Wartofsky
added that he is working through the White House and Congress to try
to get clarification of whether the TSA has the authority to dictate
to him what is acceptable for what he says is a "private security
plan" that he has implemented in addition to the plan required by the
90 AIRPLANES GROUNDED
About 90 airplanes are on the ground at the airport and about 400
pilots have passed the necessary security procedures to operate there.
A plan is in place to allow those airplanes to be flown off the field
tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. (Hopefully, nobody had other plans.)
Wartofsky said he is hopeful that a mutually agreeable solution to the
problem can be reached soon and the airport will be back in operation.
"The agency will continue to work with the Potomac Airfield staff on
the issues surrounding the suspension," the TSA said in its news
release. Pilots in need of more information from the TSA regarding
Potomac Airfield, including aircraft relocation plans, should contact
TSA program manager Dirk Ahle at (571) 227-1898. More...
SHOW TIME -- AOPA EXPO STARTS TODAY...
With two GA shows in Florida coming up back-to-back, we can only hope
that the hurricane season is really over. So far, the weather is
looking great for Tampa, where the three-day AOPA Expo
opens today. U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta will open the
show, as guest speaker for this morning's general session. Sixteen
Light Sport Aircraft are on display at Peter O. Knight Airport, with
demo flights available. The show also includes over 500 exhibitors, 75
technology seminars, and lots more airplanes. AVweb's Russ
Niles is there, and will bring you all the news live from Florida in
your next issue of AVflash, on Monday. More...
AND RYAN ANNOUNCE MERGER...
Avidyne and Ryan International will today make a series
of announcements including a merger agreement that translates to
the coming addition of active traffic surveillance to Avidyne's
product lines. The merger will transform Ryan's Ohio headquarters into
Safety Systems Group, to be maintained by Avidyne. Paul Ryan, who
invented the Stormscope weather system and collision avoidance systems
in 1981 founded Ryan International, serving as it's CEO -- he now will
serve the company as a consultant. "Our combined resources will
accelerate the process of bringing innovative and affordable new
products to the market," Ryan said through a press release. New
product releases today include one for a multi-hazard avoidance
BIZJET TO BE REVEALED AT NBAA CONVENTION NEXT WEEK
NBAA's annual convention is coming up in Orlando
next week, and a brand-new company will be there to unveil its plans
for a brand-new bizjet. The Spectrum 33, a 10-seat, all-composite twin
turbofan, is the latest contender to enter the growing small-jet
market. The aircraft, about the size of a Cessna CJ2, will cruise at
415 knots, weigh 7,300 pounds and carry two Williams FJ33-4A engines.
Renderings at the company's Web site show a cockpit with sidestick controls.
The engines are mounted on the aft fuselage. FAA certification is
projected for 2007 or 2008. The jet is under development by Spectrum
Aeronautical, a new company based in Encinitas, Calif., under the
leadership of Linden Blue. Blue is a former CEO of Beechcraft, who
oversaw the Starship project there. More...
REPORT EXONERATES PILOT...
It's unusual for the NTSB to complete its investigation of a GA
accident and find no fault with the pilot. But in its probable-cause report on a September 2002 crash in
New Jersey, issued last week, the safety board found that a bad bolt
caused the engine of a Piper Saratoga PA 32R-301T to stop without
warning, and put none of the blame on the pilot's handling of the
ensuing emergency. Mike Kirkley and his wife, Sandy, of London,
Ontario, died when their airplane crashed and burned in a wooded
residential neighborhood. Their two young sons were rescued by
bystanders and survived. The Kirkleys were well-known in their home
region, where she was a leading orthopedic surgeon and he was a former
football star who had built a successful communications company.
PART, FAA BLAMED
The probable cause, says the NTSB, was improper manufacturing of a
crankshaft bolt that was supplied by Champion Bolt Corp. About two
weeks after the crash, Lycoming issued a Service Bulletin to replace
bolts on certain 540-series engines, and in October 2002, the FAA
issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive to also replace
the bolts. An earlier AD had mandated replacement of the bolts in
helicopters. The NTSB report also cited as a "causal" factor that
Lycoming had failed to remove the bolts from all of its fixed-wing
engines, although four years had passed since the bolts had first been
identified as flawed. The FAA's inaction on the matter also was cited
as a factor in the accident. More...
GETTING LOUD ABOUT BIG CHANGES
Cirrus Design's one airframe may be pressing production and design at
Cessna. As Cirrus practically matches deliveries with Cessna, Cessna
Aircraft CEO Jack Pelton confirmed last week what his company has been
leaking -- Cessna is planning to not only produce a new design, but to
revamp its line of single-engine aircraft, "to be competitive." "We're
working real hard on it," Pelton told The Wichita Eagle. Cessna
spokesman Dick Ziegler told AVweb Tuesday that changes are in
the works but insists no further details are available just yet.
"We're studying designs, materials, and technologies, we're analyzing
available data, and we're getting customer feedback," he said. "We are
committed to retaining our leadership in the single-engine market ..."
and "We'll announce and go forward when the leadership is ready," he
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, LOG IN ON ADIZ
The clock has run out on time allotted for comments regarding the
FAA's proposal to create a permanent flight-restricted area over
Washington, D.C., and in the final pushEAA weighed in with 39 pages of remarks. That was
added to the more than 17,680 comments the site listed as logged. "EAA
... strenuously asserts that converting the current ADIZ into a
permanently restricted area is a very bad idea and an even worse
precedent," said EAA President Tom Poberezny, in a news release on
Tuesday. "This proposal does nothing to enhance security while it
eviscerates the general aviation infrastructure in that area." Also,
the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which
has direct control over the FAA, has requested public meetings with
Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security officials on
the matter, and it has asked for an extended comment period, according to AOPA. More...
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WARNS USER FEES COULD REDUCE OVERSIGHT OF FAA
The way the FAA now is funded, Congress has some control over the
purse strings. But if the agency gets it way and user fees and
privatization prevail, that important oversight function could be
wrested from the hands of elected officials, AOPA warns. AOPA made its comments last week in
response to an FAA document on funding ATC and other critical
components of the nation's aviation system. "Instead of imposing user
fees to fill perceived shortfalls, the FAA should work with the
aviation community to find cost savings by eliminating FAA services
that are no longer needed and to identify creative ways to fund the
capital improvements needed to modernize the air traffic control
system," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. More...
EXPANSION FOR BOMBARDIER
It's a small world, and the aviation industry is globalizing and
outsourcing -- Mexico has attracted Raytheon for wire harness work and
Cessna has announced plans to follow. Last week, Bombardier
Aerospace announced it will open a manufacturing plant in
Queretaro, Mexico, in an effort to cut operating costs and boost
profits. The company will invest about $200 million there over the
next seven years. The new facility will manufacture and assemble wire
harnesses for Bombardier aircraft. Will the change mean jobs lost in
the company's current workforce? Bombardier said it is "in the process
of evaluating the impact of the transfer of these activities."
AIR RALLY DRAWS 38 AIRCRAFT
A diverse group of GA pilots from North America and Europe, flying
Cessna 172s, a turbo Maule on floats, a Piper TriPacer, a Pilatus
PC-12, and more, gathered in Canada in August for a week of
competitive flying. The fliers covered 2,200 nautical miles, visiting
Hudson Bay, Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec. The rally has been held
every summer since 2001. This year's rally was unique,
organizers said, for its North Canadian experience, hospitality from
the Cree Communities, and the successful cross-border experience into
Maine. The 2006 rally, to be held Aug. 3-12, will launch in Minnesota
and will take pilots to remote territories of Ontario, Quebec and
CONSUMER WANTS YOUR INPUT ON VORTEX GENERATORS
Does your airplane have vortex generators? If so, our sister
publication, Aviation Consumer, would like to hear from you for a
report the magazine is doing on these clever little modifications.
Drop us an e-mail and we'll contact you. More...
A P-51 Mustang allegedly buzzed Washington-Grizzly
Luxury hot-air balloon tour of Europe, just
USAF performing icing tests for Airbus A380
NTSB raise questions about crew actions in Teterboro
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, AVweb wants to hear your reactions to the closing of
Potomac Airfield, one of a handful of small GA airports operating in
the vicinity of Washington, D.C. PLUS: Results of last week's question
on falling jet prices and just what constitutes the "magic number" for
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Point, CO for hundred-mile views; and Winter Haven, FL for a tour of
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