AVflash Vol. 9, Issue 12a Monday, March 17, 2003
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LIFE IN THE ADIZ...
Nancy Lynn, an aerobatic instructor out of Bay Bridge Airport in Maryland -- and inside the D.C. ADIZ -- told AVweb that on March 8 she waited 90 minutes for an open phone line to the Potomac TRACON to obtain the clearance and code required to fly from her non-towered home field. Others suffered a similar fate as the first decent VFR weekend flying day since imposition of the ADIZ brought out hundreds of sky-starved pilots. One week later, it seems the FAA and perhaps the military are getting used to the capital's restrictions, which is good -- officials in at least one other U.S. city have announced intent to restrict airspace if the country goes to war. More...
...FAA ADDS MORE STAFF...
The FAA is taking some of the credit for the improvement. Spokesman William Shumann told AVweb that staff have been added at the Potomac TRACON to handle the extra VFR clearances and transponder codes and he's as anxious as any other pilot to see the system functioning as well as it can. Shumann, who recently earned his private certificate, was also flying March 8. He waited about five minutes for his departure clearances from Leesburg and also had to do a 360 while waiting for permission to re-enter the ADIZ. "Is it frustrating? Yes. Is it gridlock? No," he said. Not all pilots were inconvenienced by the rules, however; some ignored them ... and some apparently met "Huntress." More...
...LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS SOUGHT
With a war still brewing and the terrorism threat almost certain to rise again, flight restrictions in the D.C. area (and very likely other places) are a fact of life and that's got the FAA, alphabet groups, pilots and industry all pitching in their two cents worth on how GA can survive, or even thrive, in the new world of TFRs, ADIZs and FRZs (Flight Restricted Zones). "It's a challenge, but we believe we'll be able to handle it," said the FAA's Shumann. More...
MANUFACTURERS CONTINUE HUNKERING DOWN...
A crucial contract ratification vote on the weekend could determine the fate of one of Bombardier's most historic manufacturing plants. Members of the Canadian Autoworkers Union (yes, the autoworkers union) were voting on a package that included layoffs and restructuring at the former de Havilland plant in Downsview, just north of Toronto. In exchange for concessions, the company is offering to keep the plant, the birthplace of such aviation icons as the Beaver and Otter bush planes and the DASH series of commuter airliners, open and operating. More...
...RAYTHEON CONSIDERS CONTRACTING OUT
Bombardier isn't the only company looking at major shifts in its production. Raytheon has laid out a realignment of its operation that the Machinists Union claims could cost 3,400 jobs at the Wichita plant. Raytheon is contemplating a plan to contract out construction of all the major assemblies and parts on its aircraft and do only final assembly in Wichita. Company officials told The Wichita Eagle that the plan calls for the firm to concentrate on "core competencies" of customer support, design, development, testing, marketing and assembly. More...
BLAKEY DOLES OUT GA AWARDS
It's not often you get a pat on the back from The Boss but four outstanding aviation workers will get that chance at AirVenture 2003. For the first time, the General Aviation Awards Program will gather its four major award recipients together. This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and numerous industry sponsors, including EAA, AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Air Transportation Association, the National Business Aviation Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, and more. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will present them. And the winners are ... More...
EAA FIGHTING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
EAA is broadcasting an alert to members to help stop a massive radio tower project in Florida and is hoping to ground out an electrical line project that threatens a runway project in Alabama. A 1,554-foot (AGL) radio tower is planned for central Florida on a heavily used VFR flight corridor and the power lines would be built right at the end of a proposed runway at Wetumpka Municipal Airport. More...
NAPLES TOLD TO LIFT NOISY JET BAN
Where there's smoke (and noise) there's ire and there could be plenty of all rising from the FAA's recent ruling on Naples (Florida) Airport's Stage Two jet ban. The agency has ordered the airport authority to allow smoky, noisy, relatively inefficient business and commuter jets built before 1983 into its facility or risk losing future improvement grants. The FAA says Naples' ban on older small jets is discriminatory and violates federal law. More...
PILOT STALLED DOOMED PHANTOM
A Navy investigation found that Cmdr. Michael Norman accidentally stalled the QF-4 Phantom he was flying during a steep turn, causing the accident that killed him and his navigator at Point Mugu Air Show in California last April. The findings vindicated the Navy's jet fighter maintenance program. Shortly after the crash, two former Navy mechanics came forward saying they quit the service because of problems with maintenance. "No evidence of any kind could be found which showed any maintenance-related actions contributed to this mishap," the report said. More...
TURBULENCE HURTS 10
Ten people, including five flight attendants, were hurt after turbulence rattled a United Air Lines flight headed to San Francisco from Hawaii Friday. Seven of the injured were sent to the hospital after the mishap, which occurred when the flight was about an hour from SFO. But if any of them have thoughts of suing the airline, they might consider the case of three Spirit Airlines passengers to whom a jury in Detroit awarded $5,000 for the "anguish" they suffered when the flight from Ft. Myers, Fla., to Detroit dropped 4,000 feet. More...
WINDSTORM WRECKS PLANES, CLOSES ANCHORAGE AIRPORT
Dozens of light planes were damaged or wrecked and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) was closed for the first time in 10 years (barring 9/11) after hurricane-force winds blasted the area last Wednesday. Sustained winds as high as 95 knots forced evacuation of the airport tower and flipped over light aircraft, ski-equipped planes and floatplanes. "At the peak it was a safety hazard to even drive down the runway, much less fly," ANC spokesman Rich Wilson told Aviation News Alaska. More...
ON THE FLY...
Illinois representative held back on pilot security bill...
Cessna Silverwing replica on display in Wichita...
California ponders closing sales-tax loophole...
More than 500 FBOs passed NATA safety standards...
Airborne metal almost hit mother and baby...
Flaming paper airplane took out pool house.
Early in my tailwheel instruction, my instructor was trying to teach me wheel landings in a Citabria during a Southern California full-blown Santa Ana. Winds were approximately 45 degrees to the runway, blowing 20 knots, gusting to 35+ knots. After about 20 attempts, with about 20 saves from my instructor (lots of crow-hopping, bounces, you name it, using all of a 150-foot-wide runway), I decided I was done:
Citabria 123: Tower, we've had enough. Citabria 123 requests northbound departure.
Tower: Citabria 123, northbound departure approved. Sorry to see you boys leave -- sure has been entertaining!
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A Day In The Life
Most people, or perhaps more accurately, most non-pilots, still think flight crews lead the glamorous life. We know better. And just to remind us, AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit will take us through a most ordinary day in the ordinary life of an airline pilot.
PLACES TO FLY
The beer is stronger, the people are friendly to the point of being solicitous, they speak with a funny accent and the flying experiences are as varied as they are spectacular. AVweb's Russ Niles takes us through pre-flight planning for a flight into Canada.
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