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FOR 9/11 REGULATIONS
The owner of Potomac Airfield says he hopes the airport will be
reopened within two weeks after being closed for a month by the
Transportation Security Administration. Owner David Wartofsky said the
closure resulted from allegations that the required ground security
wasn't in place. That prompted a visit from TSA inspectors who decided
Potomac's paperwork wasn't in order and closed the field. Wartofsky
said he's been in discussions with the TSA ever since and he's hopeful
the airport will be reinspected and found in compliance by early
WILL COME OF POTOMAC CLOSURE, SAYS OWNER...
Wartofsky, who has been a vocal and passionate spokesman on the
security measures that have been imposed on his facility and the
Washington area in general, said the closure of his airport cleared
the way for a broader discussion of the security issues in the capital
area. Although he said he couldn't discuss specifics, Wartofsky said
the closure has illuminated some more rational approaches to making
the system work for all interested parties. "Issues have been brought
before a broader spectrum of people who should have known about them
before," he said. He also said it sometimes takes an incident like the
airport closure to get people thinking about alternatives to the
status quo. "These kinds of insights only come from stirring the pot,"
he said. More...
TO (FINALLY) GET CASH
Meanwhile, the president is expected to sign a bill that includes $5
million in compensation for Potomac Airfield, College Park and
Washington Executive-Hyde Field and businesses operating at them to
help cover losses incurred immediately after 9/11. The airports, which
are within the 15-mile Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) around Washington,
were closed for about six months after the attacks and were subject to
tight security requirements after the ban was lifted. Wartofksy called
it a "good-hearted attempt" by the government to help the airports and
businesses out. More...
CAMPAIGN IN WORKS
As if proving that tax money deployed in one sector must be clawed
away from another, provisions of a Senate version of a funding bill
that could soon be passed could have a major impact on business
aviation operations, according to the National Business Aviation
Association. In a "call to action" to its members that includes a
"fill-in-the-blanks" online form letter, NBAA President Ed Bolen says
the bill includes provisions to expand the limitations on
entertainment use of company aircraft to all employees instead of just
senior executives and it also increases taxes on some uses of company
UPS ANTE ON TRANSPORTATION SPENDING...
While the White House was trying to cut FAA spending (perhaps the
source of much of this year's funding angst at the agency), the House
of Representatives is apparently not thinking that way. Last week, the
House approved $14.3 billion for the FAA's 2006 budget, $235 million
more than last year and a full $1 billion more than the administration
has asked for. According to NBAA's assessment of the bill, which will
be considered by the Senate next month, about 30 percent of the $8.19
billion set aside for operations will come from general revenue while
the balance will be generated through taxes collected under the
Airport and Airways Trust Fund. More...
WANTS QUICKER EQUIPMENT UPDATES
As part of an overall funding bill covering Transportation, Treasury,
Housing and Urban Development, the Senate/House conference committee
that put together the final document urged the FAA to get cracking on
replacing outdated air traffic control displays at Chicago, Denver,
St. Louis and Minneapolis. According to Government Computer News, the
bill contains $20 million for the new gear and the FAA had planned to
award the contract in early 2007. The conference committee wants the
money spent sooner rather than later. More...
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CHUTISTS BACK IN THE AIR
Survivors of a couple of high-profile Cirrus parachute deployments
resumed flying shortly after their mishaps and say they'll keep flying
Cirruses. Albert Kolk, the Canadian rancher whose SR20 parachuted to
safety April 8, 2004, in the rugged Monashee Mountains of south
central British Columbia, told AVweb his plane is undergoing
repairs and he hopes to have it back by Christmas. According to the
Canadian Transportation Safety Board report on the incident, the plane
went into a spiral dive while flying on autopilot at about 9,500 feet.
Kolk pulled the chute and he and three other occupants stepped out of
the aircraft on a rockslide near Edgewood, B.C. Ilan Reich, who
blacked out at the controls of his SR22 and decided to pull the chute
over Haverstraw, N.Y., has purchased a fractional share in another
SR22 and is flying regularly with an instructor while he waits to get
his medical back. More...
TAKES DUBAI: BOEING CLAIMS CHINA
The numbers game that seems to take over the big commercial air shows
again dominated Dubai's extravaganza this week. Assuming those numbers
are solid, you couldn't really call anyone a loser as Boeing and
Airbus total up the billions in orders they claim to have sealed at
the show. Airbus says it took 82 orders in Dubai and Boeing is saying
it sold 68, but that's in addition to the 70 orders it took out of
China during the same week. The totals? $17 billion for Boeing and
about $10 billion for Airbus. Not a bad business week. According to a
tally by Bloomberg News, Boeing has taken 659 orders so far this year
and Airbus 494. More...
SIDES WITH CESSNA IN CARAVAN ICING SUIT
An Alaska jury has determined that Cessna Caravans do not have a
design flaw that led to the deaths of 10 people in a crash near
Dillingham, Alaska, in 2001. The verdict came within hours of the
crash of a similar aircraft near Moscow, attributed by Russian media
to icing that killed eight people. In early October, a Caravan went
down in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and ice was also cited as a
possible contributing factor. The pilot of that aircraft was also
killed. In the Alaska case, the crash victims' families tried to
convince the jury that the plane has design flaws that make it more
susceptible to ice accretion. More...
THREE-INCH HAZARD DISPLAY CERTIFIED
Complex things come in small packages these days and Aspen Avionics has earned an FAA Type Standard
Order (TSO) for a moving-map terrain-and-obstacle-awareness display
that fits where your steam-driven vertical speed indicator now resides
in your panel. Oh, the new instrument has an electronic VSI, too. The
AT300 Hazard Awareness Display has many of the features of big
flat-panel Electronic Flight Information Systems (EFIS) and Electronic
Horizontal Situation Indicators (EHSI) but it fits in a three-inch
instrument hole. More...
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RETROSPECTIVE -- AN ERCOUPE LED THE WAY
Our story in Monday's edition of AVweb about the planned
flight of XCOR's rocket-powered Long-EZ reminded one of our readers of
an obscure historical event -- the first American manned flight of an
aircraft propelled by rocket thrust alone -- which was flown in
California on Aug. 23, 1941, in a humble Ercoupe. The propeller of the
Ercoupe was removed and 12 rockets installed. The Ercoupe was pulled
by a truck to a speed of about 25 mph. Capt. Homer Boushey released
the tether, fired the rockets, and climbed to about 10 or 20 feet,
then landed straight ahead on the runway. More...
TO CELEBRATE AVIATION RECORD-MAKERS
The National Aeronautic Association will hold an awards extravaganza,
"A Spectrum of Achievement," on Dec. 5, in Arlington, Va. -- and
you're invited. The NAA promises hundreds of aviation luminaries and
dozens of award-winners and record-setters for this event, the final
celebration of the group's 100th anniversary. Awards recognize
accomplishments such as Steve Fossett's record-breaking flight around
the world and Scaled Composites' achievement of private space flight.
Others to be recognized for their achievements include aerobatic pilot
Patty Wagstaff, flight instructor Martha King, balloonists Carol Rymer
Davis and Richard Abruzzo, and helicopter crews who served in Iraq.
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WANTED TO STEP OUTSIDE FOR A SMOKE
A French tourist has been given a stern warning by an Australian judge
to "behave yourself" on airplanes after she apparently tried to open a
door in flight to have a cigarette. Sadrine Helene Sellies, 34, was
also ordered to post a $1,000 AUD bond that she'll get back as long as
she doesn't try something like that again in the next year. Through an
interpreter, Sellies told the court she's terrified of flying and
consumed alcohol and sleeping pills before walking to the exit,
cigarette in hand, and trying to move the handle. She was spotted by a
flight attendant and put back in her seat. Sellies said she doesn't
remember anything about the flight. More...
NASA looked at noise-reducing wheel pants for
Helicopter pilot killed in speedway
Pilot, passenger couldnt parachute in
Narco turned 60 this month
Travolta offered to
fly Australian soccer team to World Cup. More...
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, AVweb wants to know if you prefer Visual Flight Rules or
Instrument Flight Rules. PLUS: Results of last week's question on your
konwledge of lightgun signals. More...
PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
As most of our readership knows, today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.
a national holiday of appreciation and thankfulness. In that
spirit, we'd like to take a quick moment to say "thank you" to all our
readers for participating in the "Picture of the Week" contest. If we
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took a moment to let us know how much they enjoy it every week. It's a
bit of work at times, but it remains one of our favorite features, due
to the amazing submissions of readers like you. So before we get
started: Thanks for giving us so many cool photos to look at this
year. Now, on to the weekly photo fun! Jay Honeck of Iowa City takes
the top spot this week and will be receiving an official AVweb
baseball cap sometime next week for his efforts. Remember: To qualify
for a shot at the cap (or a feature spot right here on our "POTW"
page), all you have to do is submit your aviation photos.
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