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FAA SAYS ATC TALKS STALLED...
On Monday, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said contract talks have stalled with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and called for federal mediation to help the two sides reach an agreement. NATCA's current proposal "does not recognize the hard realities of an industry that is in financial trouble, real taxpayer concerns, and the fiscal challenges confronting this agency," Blakey said at a press conference. "After months of negotiation and extensive review of key issues, they just aren't moving on the issues at the heart of the negotiations," she said. Those issues include pay, scheduling, and work rules. More...

...NATCA DISAGREES...
NATCA spokesman Doug Church told AVweb on Tuesday that the FAA action amounts to "a grandiose publicity stunt." Four and a half months is not much time to spend on a such a big, complex contract, he said – the last contract took over a year to negotiate -- and NATCA had already scheduled talks with the FAA well into February. "The administrator had an idea that we should be done by Christmas, but that was never part of this deal," he said. Blakey's action "exposes the true agenda of the FAA," Church said – to derail the negotiations and send the contract to Congress. Once the talks are in mediation, either side can declare an impasse if progress stalls. "Then Congress has to act within 60 days on the proposals from each side – which they won't – and then, FAA can impose their 'last best offer,'" Church said. More...

...AND GOOD LUCK TO THAT MEDIATOR
FAA spokesman Greg Martin told AVweb yesterday that while "progress is a subjective term," there has been virtually no movement on the substantive issues of the contract, in particular salaries and work rules. He said it is the FAA's goal to reach a voluntary agreement, which would be in everyone's best interest. But by calling for a mediator, the hope is to catalyze some forward motion. Ultimately, both sides need to agree to mediation, he said, and so far NATCA does not want to take that step. "We hoped that a mediator would get the two sides more fully engaged," Martin said. "The heart of it is, can we sustain the current contract, plus increases, plus improve the system and hire 12,500 new controllers?" More...

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BANKRUPTCY, PAY AND PENSIONS: DELTA'S DAY IN COURT...
Delta Air Lines is in deep financial trouble, everyone agrees – the company has already lost over $2.6 billion this year -- but whether that trouble is due to market forces beyond the airline's control or bad decisions by management is now being worked out in federal bankruptcy court in New York. Delta is trying to convince the court that it needs to cut labor costs in order to survive – a position opposed by its pilots, who say that if the court lets Delta void their contract, they'll strike. The pilots have offered $90.7 million in concessions, but the airline wants to impose $325 million in wage cuts. This week, Judge Prudence Carter Beatty asked Delta to defend its decision to spend $2.4 billion to buy back its own shares before it filed for bankruptcy in September, The Associated Press reported. More...

...AS JUDGE KEEPS IT LIVELY
Judge Beatty has made a few remarks that raised eyebrows, even before the trial started, and the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents Delta's pilots, tried to get her to recuse herself from the case. She reportedly said it was "really weird" that anyone had agreed to pay such "hideously high" pilot salaries in the first place. She also said the only "good thing" about pilots is they must retire at age 60. But in response to ALPA, she said the remarks were just jokes, and declined to step down. Sources familiar with Beatty told USA Today that despite her eccentricity, she's a "brilliant" judge. More...

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YET MORE RESTRICTED AIRSPACE OVER D.C. AREA
A brand-new restricted area, with a radius of one nautical mile, has been established above Vice President Dick Cheney's new home on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, about 30 miles east of Washington. The airspace, designated as of Nov. 22, is in force at all times, whether or not the vice president is in residence. AOPA has complained that the airspace is already congested and the restrictions shouldn't be imposed any more often than necessary. Cheney's official residence is on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington, which is under permanently restricted airspace. More...

DEADLINE NEARS FOR WOLF AVIATION FUND GRANTS
Have an idea to promote aviation safety, education, or GA airports? The Wolf Aviation Fund wants to hear about it, and they have small-scale grants available to help support your endeavor. The process is fairly informal, and the deadline is Dec. 15. Proposals are welcome from individuals and nonprofit groups. More than 100 projects have received funding in the last few years. Last year, the fund supported about 40 projects, including organization of the first-ever national Leadership Conference for Aviation and Space Education; production of a video that promotes Idaho's wilderness airstrips; two safety projects for volunteer pilot organizations; and a new Girl Scouts program that works with Women in Aviation International to encourage young women to get involved in aviation. More...

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THE UPSIDE OF THE DOWNSIDE -- REGIONALS FLOURISH
"They're cash-flow machines," analyst Ray Neidl, of Calyon Securities, told The Associated Press about regional airlines, in a Tuesday story. Although not all regionals are doing well, Mesa doubled its profit over the last fiscal year, Skywest profits are up 41 percent and Republic is up by 63 percent. Many of the regional carriers operate under contracts with major airlines, which guarantee minimum revenues and pay some costs, and the regionals don't have the expensive union contracts and pension obligations of the majors. "We have a good business model ... we're cost effective," Mesa CEO Jonathan Ornstein told the AP. More...

PIPER TWIN LOSES INSTRUMENTS, BUT A-10 PILOT HELPS OUT
The pilot of an Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt helped guide a pair of pilots in a Piper light twin to a safe landing after their radios and instruments failed in the clouds over Germany, Stars & Stripes reported on Tuesday. Twenty minutes after taking off from The Netherlands on Nov. 15, an electrical wire in the Piper Chieftain broke. Pilot Naim Fazlija and co-pilot Artan Berisha, who had five passengers on board heading for Switzerland, used a handheld radio to send a Mayday to German air traffic controllers. Minutes later, controllers sent help: a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt piloted by Maj. Peter Olson. "It just pops out of the clouds and I was like, 'Wow, incredible,'" Berisha told Stars & Stripes. More...

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PILOTS CAN LEARN G1000 ON A LAPTOP
If a new Garmin G1000 cockpit is on your holiday shopping list –- or even if you just wish it were –- now you can start learning all the details about how to use it before you get into the air, using a CD-ROM course on your home computer. King Schools this week released a new interactive four-hour program, "Cleared for Flying the Garmin G1000." After finishing the course, pilots will not only understand and be able to use the enormous capabilities of the glass cockpit G1000, but they'll also know the quickest and most efficient way to do things and how to avoid the "gotchas" that can lie in wait for the unprepared, said Martha King. More...

THIELERT ENTERS STOCK MARKET
Thielert, the German company that has attracted a lot of attention with its diesel engines for small aircraft, now is offering shares in the stock market. The company made its initial public offering on Nov. 17, with a share price of 13.50 Euros, and rose 2.2 percent on the first day of trading. Interest in diesel power has been growing, since the engines are efficient and economical, and sales rose 55 percent in the first nine months of this year. The U.S. military has ordered engines from Thielert for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Diamond uses them in its DA40 and DA42 TwinStar. The IPO was expected to raise as much as $173 million, which the company plans to invest in expanding in the U.S. More...

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ON THE FLY...
The DoD will continue to produce its FLIP charts...
SpaceX may launch its rocket in mid-December...
The Douglas DC-3 will be celebrated at San Carlos, Calif....
A Detroit-area home was hit by falling aircraft debris...
A White House staff jet Saturday made an emergency landing...
Aviation institutions are seeking holiday donations. More...

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AVEMCO IS COMMITTED TO SAFETY — AND SAVINGS
Avemco's Safety Rewards Program allows pilots to improve their flying skills and reduce their insurance premiums at the same time. By completing a course in King Schools' CD-ROM Practical Risk Management series, and by completing Avemco-approved recurrent training, pilots can receive up to 10% off their annual insurance premiums. For details about Avemco's Safety Rewards Program — and to discover how you can take to the sky with increased confidence — call (888) 241-7891, or visit AvemcoDIRECT insurer of general aviation aircraft and pilots since 1961 — at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avemco/avflash.

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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.

MIKE BUSCH — THE SAVVY AVIATOR — IS THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB...
BRAINTEASERS
Quiz #101: Risk Analysis
Flight involves risk. ATC and AFSS supply information, but only the pilot-in-command can analyze potential threats and make the go/no-go call. Winter offers lots of decision-making material, some of which might stick to your pitot. More...

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
What's the longest distance you've flown in your aircraft, from departure to final destination? For the purpose of this exercise, stops for fuel, the restroom, or sleep do not count. All answers in nautical miles, please! PLUS: How many of you fly VFR, and how many prefer IFR? Results of last week's poll. More...

DOES SANTA NEED A P2 SKY BUDDY? YOU BET HE DOES!
Sky Buddy makes a great gift for any aviator. With a twist of a knob, Sky Buddy helps pilots remember heading and altitude assignments. It's practical, portable, and helps pilots avoid potential ATC violations. The bright LED display is easy to read and can be dimmed to suit any lighting situation. Order directly from P2, Inc. (1-888-921-8359) by December 31, 2005 and get one for ONLY $285. You'll SAVE $60 off the regular retail price of $345. Learn More at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/p2inc/skybuddy/avflash.

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Submissions to "Picture of the Week" took a slight dip this week — a normal occurrence in the days following Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, we got to enjoy some stunning landscapes (and even a few air show pictures) before awarding this week's top prize — an official AVweb baseball cap — to Todd Wade of Kansas City, Missouri. Don't let those jets blow your new cap out to sea, Todd! More...



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LOW-COST DIGITAL REPLACEMENT TRANSPONDERS!
Narco Avionics proudly announces the availability of their all-new Value Series plug & play line of digital transponders. The Value Series is designed for the cost-conscious owner. Narco's Value Series plug & play transponders include the AT165/VS (a replacement for the AT50 through AT155), the AT165/KA/VS (a replacement for the KT76A/78A), and the AT165/K/VS (a replacement for the KT76/78). Coming Soon: Narco's AT165/C and AT165/C/VS, plug & play replacements for the ARC (Cessna) RT359A/RT459A. For more information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/narco/avflash.
SEE WHAT ATC SEES AND THEN SEE WHAT THEY DO WITH THE INFORMATION
The AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer is the PC-based graphical aircraft situation display that gives you a real-time picture of all IFR aircraft in-flight over the U.S. and Canada. Whether you're tracking a friend or want to learn more about the system in action, Flight Explorer has the information you want for just $9.95 a month. Subscribe at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/flightexplorer/avflash.
IFR MAGAZINE IS FOR THE ACCOMPLISHED PILOT; SUBSCRIBE NOW AND SAVE!
Each issue of IFR magazine is loaded with insightful articles to help you get the most from the system, your aircraft, and your know-how. Order today for guaranteed savings for as long as you subscribe! If you fly the gauges, add IFR magazine to your ground support team. Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ifrmag/avflash.
ARMCHAIR FLYING DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!
Utah's Red Rock Country, Volume 1 — High-adrenaline footage captures the spirit and freedom of backcountry flying, something that few pilots get to experience. Host and pilot Jim Clark, with the guidance of local CFIs, takes you into some of the most beautiful, rugged, and remote airstrips in the U.S. Order in time for the holidays with complimentary U.S. shipping at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/outthere/avflash.
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Comm1's unique, interactive CD-ROM Radio Simulators teach pilots how to communicate safely and professionally with ATC from the safety and privacy of their desktop computers. Available in VFR, IFR, and Clearance on Request versions, Comm1 Radio Simulators let pilots experience real flight situations through high-quality audio and graphics. For this holiday special, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/comm1/avflash.
ARE YOU LISTENING?
The Best of Rod Machado Live on 14 audio CDs just released! Using his trademark "Laugh & Learn" style, Rod entertains his audience as he teaches. These CDs include Rod's popular seminar on handling in-flight emergencies, his latest programs on defensive flying, the art of flying, and the non-pilot's guide to landing an airplane. If you like to laugh, you'll find three CDs containing Rod's funniest stand-up aviation humor. Laugh and learn while driving in your car — or take Rod anywhere. Tell Santa that you gotta have them! Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/machado/avflash.
ATTENTION, MECHANICS! SOFTWARE FOR YOUR HARDWARE!
John Schwaner's The Mechanic's Toolbox + Engineering Manual Companion has been a mainstay of mechanics for years. John has revised and updated this publication and put it on CD. The Mechanic's Toolbox Program contains everything from: Ohm's Law for Mechanics, Torque Wrench Extension Calculator, Pressure Conversions, Velocity Computing, and more; to a Palm operating system including: Alternator Charging System Checker, Hose Shop, Starter Analyzer, Metals ID using Field Methods, and more. This is immense! For complete details and to order (U.S. only), go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/skyranch/avflash.
FLY OFF TO GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR
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