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ADIZ FIGHT -- WHEN IT'S PERSONAL
AOPA President Phil Boyer
spoke before the FAA, TSA, Defense, Secret Service and Customs brass
last week but it was his story about the experience of one pilot perhaps
less accustomed to the spotlight that lent a unique power to the
presentation. At the public meeting on the future of the Washington Air
Defense Identification Zone, Boyer said his wife Lois is among the
pilots falsely accused of busting the ADIZ and it's an experience he
says the couple will never forget ... and never wants to relive. "She
went through hell," Boyer told the panel, in front of 200 others waiting
to relate their experiences. Because Boyer's Cessna 172 has just about
every electronic gizmo available on it, including ADS-B, the Boyers were
ultimately able to prove they were nowhere near the ADIZ when they took
the Sunday afternoon flight in the summer of 2003. But not before Lois,
the pilot in command, was threatened with enforcement action.
DESTROYING AVIATION REVENUE
But even if the pain of the ADIZ
is gut-wrenching to pilots across the nation, it's the economic impact
that carries the clout. The town of Leesburg, Va., northwest of
Washington, sent a representative with facts and figures, plus a
resolution from the town council opposing the permanent ADIZ proposal
and asking for relaxed restrictions. Dennis Boykin, a member of the
Leesburg Airport Commission, told those in attendance that at least 20
airplanes (almost 10 percent) have left the field for more convenient
locations, a flight school has closed and fuel sales are down 30
percent. And while airports in similarly affluent areas elsewhere in the
country are bursting at the seams with a flood of aircraft seeking
space, Leesburg has room for more airplanes. "We have an airport in the
richest county in the U.S. and we have vacant tie downs," he said.
SEEKING REASONING BEHIND THE ADIZ
If the function of the ADIZ
is to ensure the security of the seat of government, some might question
Thursday's TFR that arose around the president when he spoke at
Sterling, Va., a hop, skip and a jump from the White House, and well
within the ADIZ. "If the ADIZ is doing its job, why does the President
need a TFR when he goes inside the ADIZ?" Boykin asked. And while
government officials may believe there exists a threat from GA, "the
federal government has failed to justify the threat to the public," he
said. National Air Transportation Association President Jim Coyne, a
well-connected former senator, added his own voice. Coyne told the panel
he's moved his airplane's base three times in three years, each time
farther from Washington, "to avoid the draconian consequences of an
accidental encroachment on the ADIZ" he said in news release.
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FAA WORRY ABOUT IMPACT OF LITTLE JETS
It's the year of the
very light jet (VLJ) and a new set of naysayers has stepped forth to
offer their (generally negative) views. Having survived skepticism that
verged on outright hostility from within the general aviation industry,
Aviation, Adam Aircraft and (after it looked like there might
be something to the VLJ phenomenon) Cessna are poised to launch their dreams within the
next year or so. Now, those accustomed to having the flight levels
pretty much to themselves are sounding the alarm. According to an
unusually thorough examination of the VLJ phenomenon by The Associated
Press, critics say an already overtaxed air traffic control system
trying to keep order around already congested urban airports will bear
the brunt of a VLJ population explosion. But the architect of the VLJ
movement, Eclipse's Vern Raburn, says the fears are unfounded.
A BENEFIT, NOT A CURSE SAYS RABURN
Raburn, who's used to
defending the VLJ concept, dismisses the concerns as being from
schoolyard bullies who don't want to share the sandbox. The critics, he
said, have the attitude that "if it hasn't been done before, it can't be
done or it won't be done or it shouldn't be done." As we've heard many
times before, Raburn is sure that little jets will open up 5,000
underused regional and municipal airports around the country to
point-to-point air taxi and charter business. "We're going to offer
service where the airlines don't," Raburn said. Just how many of these
"SUVs with wings" as the AP claims to have heard them described will
take to the skies is anyone's guess -- the FAA is estimating 4,500 will
be flying in 10 years. More...
A LITTLE LATE, MUSTANG A LITTLE EARLY, ADAM MOVES FORWARD
AVweb reported in December, Eclipse's certification schedule
slipped to sometime in June after a parts supplier fell behind, but the
company is still hoping to deliver airplanes sometime this summer. A
final assembly building is under construction and there's a total of
more than 1,000 test hours on the fleet of five flight test aircraft.
Eclipse says it can build an airplane in five days, as quoted by The
Associated Press. Cessna's Mustang continues flight tests aiming for
first deliveries in late 2006 and Adam, which upstaged both of its
principal competitors by flying its A700 jet prototype to EAA AirVenture
in 2003, is getting ready for the first flight of its first
type-conforming jet, perhaps by mid-February. More...
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DEVELOPING TWIN, TRAINER, AND CRUISER
It's been awhile since
a 9-to-14-passenger utility twin turboprop was certified and the next
one may come from the Czech Republic. Evektor hopes the PT-6A-21-powered
Outback will fill a vacuum left by 30- to 50-year-old aircraft that
are nearing the end of their service lives. The company, which produced
110 planes in 2005 but may be better known on this side of the Atlantic
for its Light Sport category aircraft, such as the SportStar, describes itself as a major player in
east European aviation and says it's filling an obvious need with a new
twin. First flight is planned for 2007 with Part 23 certification and
first deliveries in 2009. Evektor's year-end newsletter says the E-55
will carry up to 14 passengers or 4021 pounds of cargo with a cruise
speed of 220 knots at 10,000 feet. The company is also taking aim at the
high-performance single market. More...
AIRCRAFT EXECUTE THE HIGHWAY MERGE
The pilot of a Piper
Malibu Mirage says he was "just trying to merge with traffic" when he
belly-landed his plane on a highway in Florida last Friday. And he
almost did. The big single rear-ended a Jeep carrying two adults and
three children, pushing it over a median and into the oncoming lanes.
There were no injuries and only minor damage to the plane and car. Pilot
David Shelby, who was flying from Foley to his home in Birmingham, Ala.,
said the nearest airport was eight miles away when the engine quit on
the Mirage and when it became clear he wasn't going to make it, the
highway was his only option. "I was trying to merge with traffic and
hoping there were no cars below," he told the Pensacola News-Journal.
That's when he met Aaron Ott and his family. More...
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MAY HAVE STALLED AT 33,000 FEET
An MD-82 that crashed in
Venezuela last August, killing 160, may have been behaving just the way
Boeing had warned it might in a 2002 service bulletin. The bulletin
warned that the autopilot might reduce engine power too much after a
rapid climb, allowing airspeed to bleed off to the point of a stall.
Pilots of the West Caribbean Airways flight, out of Panama for
Martinique, may have been unaware, unnamed French investigators
(Martinique is a French island) told the International Herald-Tribune.
An interim report on the crash released by the Venezuelan government
last November said the plane climbed from 31,000 feet to 33,000 feet and
held the altitude for eight minutes before the autopilot turned itself
off. The plane then descended for a minute before the stall horn
sounded. It then fell to the ground at about 10,000 feet per minute,
with the pilots pulling full back on the control yoke.
KITE STALKS SHREVEPORT PILOTS
Nah, not really, but it sort of
seems that way to CFI Kevin Morris. Morris, a Shreveport, La., flight
instructor, got quite a scare last week -- he called it the most intense
few moments in his flying career -- when the Cessna 150 he was in struck
a kite string just after takeoff from Runway 14 at Shreveport's Downtown
(DTN) Airport. This "string," though, was braided nylon rope that
wrapped around the spinner and almost immediately starting chewing away
cowling and melting onto the windshield. As Kevin looked up after a
brief gauges check at about 500 feet MSL he saw the box kite looming.
"No problem," Kevin told AVweb. "A big box kite is easy enough to
evade." If only that was all there was to it. (You'll want to see the
images in NewsWire.) More...
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UNITED HEADED OUT OF BANKRUPTCY
A judge granted United Air
Lines approval to move out of bankruptcy protection on Friday. Although
United is on schedule to make the move Feb. 1, it might take some time
for that relatively good news to translate to smiles on the faces of
rank and file workers. After laying off 25,000 workers, cutting pay and
replacing defined benefit pension plans with 401K plans for its
front-line workers as part of its reorganization, the company rewarded
400 top management personnel by giving them 8 percent of 125 million new
shares to be issued by the company. Still, seated aboard the new share
cushion, company brass said the reorganization was even tougher than
they thought it would be. They also believe the leaner, meaner United
still has its work cut out in regaining profitability.
WANTS MCCAULEY NPRM WITHDRAWN
AOPA says the FAA should either
withdraw a proposed AD setting life and operating limits on a
couple of McCauley propellers or provide justification for imposing the
rules. Last November, the FAA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
that, if adopted, would affect the props on about 1,000 Beech Bonanzas,
T-34s and Navions. The rule would put a 10,000-hour life on C406 and
C409 props and also prevent them from being operated continuously at the
common setting of between 2350 and 2450 RPM with 24 inches or higher of
manifold pressure. The FAA says it issued the proposed AD based on test
data supplied by McCauley and it's intended to prevent hub and blade
failure in the props. But AOPA's Luis Guittierez said there is no
evidence that any of the props have failed. More...
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