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PUBLIC MEETINGS SET
The FAA has set public hearings on its proposal to make the
Washington Air Defense Identification Zone permanent. The meetings
will be held Jan. 12 at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia, Md., and Jan.
18 at the Airport Marriott in Dulles, Va. The meetings will run from 1
p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is expected to be a long
list of speakers so its probably a good idea to reserve your
spot now if you have something to say. Unfortunately, the only way to
get your name on the list is the old-fashioned way, with a letter to
Noreen Hannigan, Office of Rulemaking, FAA, 800 Independence Ave. SW,
Washington, D.C., 20591 or by fax to 202-267-5075. The requests must
be in by Jan. 5 for the Jan. 12 meeting and Jan. 11 for the Jan. 18
Its pretty hard to find anyone in aviation who actually supports
the ADIZ becoming permanent but the FAA isnt interested in
whether we like it. The agency is looking for insight into what pilots
think will be the actual impact of making the ADIZ permanent by
assessing the effects of the temporary zone. Specifically,
the FAA wants to know if people are flying less because of the ADIZ
and how much its cost them. Panelists will be looking for
documentary evidence to back up the claims. More...
The FAA announced the meetings just days after the 9/11 Commission
gave the government a B- for aerospace security measures and noted
that it really only exists over Washington. What would it take to get
an A? AOPAs government expert Andy Cebula fears it could be a
patchwork of ADIZs all over the U.S. "I'm not sure which is more
distressing -- that the commission thinks the Washington, D.C., ADIZ
works, or that they think the model should be applied elsewhere,"
Cebula said in a report on AOPAs Web site. He said the
commissions comments are just the sort of thing to prompt
politicians and bureaucrats to do something -- anything -- to appear
to be responding to security concerns. "And the easiest thing for them
to do would be to create more ADIZs, he said. If a Kentucky
senator has his way, a town as small as 30,000 in population with a
relatively small, mainly GA airport would qualify for an ADIZ.
GETS $54 MILLION IN SUIT
A 64-year-old California pilot, who made his living for nine years
flying the Gulfstream II owned by actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore,
has received a star-quality award by a Los Angeles jury. The jury
found that Doyle Bakers age (63 at the time) was the sole
motivation for his termination by Connecticut-based PrivatAir Inc.
The jury also found that the company and three of its employees had
defamed Baker prior to firing him in July of 2004. The jury awarded
Baker $53.8 million. Willis and Moore owned the plane but used various
management companies to run it. Baker became an employee of those
PROBE SIDES WITH PILOT
In Bangor, Maine, a Human Rights Commission investigator has
determined that a cargo pilot who refused to fly a plane with one
inoperative attitude indicator and one suspect AI into night IMC was
illegally fired. According to the Bangor Daily News, Aric Merrow was
getting ready to fly a route for Air Now (it operates both Caravans
and Bandierantes but the Daily News didnt identify the aircraft
type) when he noticed the pilot-side AI didnt work. Working by
flashlight, he and a mechanic tried to switch the right-side AI to the
left side but the result didnt satisfy either of them. Merrow
refused the flight and the mechanic later told the human-rights
investigator, Barbara Lelli, that he agreed with the decision.
"Tonight didn't look like the night to go darting into the clouds with
only one attitude indicator ... which you are not sure works or
not, the mechanic is quoted by Lellis report as saying,
according to the Daily News. However, Merrows supervisor claimed
the pilot just wanted the night off and had other
PILOT BACK AT WORK, SORT OF
And in the central Indian state of Maharashtra, pilots are apparently
so scarce that the departure of the two pilots qualified to fly the
states King Airs caused the whole flight department to shut down
six months ago. The department has managed to lure one of the pilots,
Capt. Neetu Gupta, back, but it still needs one more before the Chief
Minister can use the planes again (hes been getting around in
helicopters since July). According to Mid-day, a Mumbai newspaper,
Gupta left her government job for a shot at the right seat in an A320
operated by Kingfisher, a new Indian airline, but it didnt work
out so well. More...
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ICING SUITS CONSOLIDATED
Lawsuits are mounting against Cessna over the performance of its
Caravan turboprop singles in icing conditions. As AVweb told you earlier this month, an
Alaska jury recently exonerated Cessna and the aircrafts design
in a case involving the deaths of 10 people in a Caravan crash in
Dillingham, Alaska, in 2001. Last week, the Nolan Law Group, which is
representing plaintiffs in four Caravan icing-related suits in the
U.S. and one in Canada, has won the right to consolidate the U.S.
cases into a single action to be heard in Kansas. The cases focus on
the planes deicing system and the law firm is asking the FAA not
to wait for the courts in taking action on the alleged problems.
VIETNAMESE-MANUFACTURED ULTRALIGHT FLIES
Now, it may be something thousands of people in North America have
done in their shops and hangars, but you have to start somewhere,
right? The Vietnamese ultralight industry was launched on Dec. 8 with
a plane based on a kit design called the Beaver, made by Aircraft Sales and Parts, of
Vernon, B.C., Canada. The completion of the snappy-looking pusher
manufactured by the Vietnam Mechanics Association made all the papers there. The association says
about 20 percent of the parts for the first airplane were made in
Vietnam. The State Council for Science and Technology, the Ministry of
National Defense and the Air Defense Force were in on the testing of
the VAM-1, which took three test hops from Nuoc Trong airport in Long
Thanh district of southern Dong Nai province. More...
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FOCUS NOW ON THRUST REVERSERS
Pilots of an almost-new Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 that slid
off a 6,500-foot runway at Midway Airport in heavy snow last Thursday
have told investigators the flying pilot couldnt push up the
thrust-reverser lever on landing and needed the help of the first
officer to move it. The struggle lasted a few seconds as the plane
landed in a snowstorm. "For some reason we haven't pinned down yet, he
couldn't get them to go up so he could push them forward," NTSB
Investigator Robert Benzon told reporters. "There were seconds of
delay." The impact of the alleged malfunction on the braking ability
of the plane wont be known for a long time, Benzon
said. The accident killed six-year-old Joshua Woods. The boy was
riding in a car on a road where the plane came to rest after going
through two fences. No one on the plane was seriously hurt. The
accident has also renewed focus on the provision of arresting systems
for airports that dont have the 1,000-foot runway overruns
sought by the FAA. More...
YEARS WITH THE FAA
As part of the ongoing feud between the FAA and the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association, the union recently made hay out of a
government employee survey that rated the agency as the worst
government department to work for. Kim Yee would beg to differ. While
a lot of FAA employees might be ticking off the days until their 25
years are up (and they qualify for a healthy pension), Yee, after 60
years with the agency, as a technician on Guam, is hoping for another
23. Hes now 77 and says he figures 100 is a good age to retire,
according to the Pacific Daily News. "I'm one of the luckiest people
to be employed 60 years -- with good pay," he said. More...
ZULUWORKS IS NEW AND
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URGES CANCELLATION OF ROD AD
AOPA says the FAA has blindsided AOPA, ECi, and the general
aviation community with a proposed Airworthiness Directive on a certain type
of aftermarket connecting rod used in Lycoming engines. AOPAs
regulatory and certification expert, Luis Gutierrez, said the FAA had
promised full consultation with AOPA and other industry stakeholders
before proposing ADs but forged ahead on this one despite contrary
evidence. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, issued in October, could
affect up to 2,800 engines overhauled and repaired using ECi
connecting rods. The NPRM was issued in response to a single engine
failure that both AOPA and the manufacturer claim may have been caused
or contributed to by an oil-system blockage. "AOPA has found no
evidence that shows the engine connecting rods fail to meet safe,
FAA-approved limits." More...
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An item in the Dec. 5 edition of AVweb
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FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES
AVmail: December 12, 2005
Reader mail this
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