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PULLS ADIZ MEETING TRANSCRIPT "FOR REVIEW"
Well, if NORAD had
hoped to keep what it regarded as potentially "security sensitive
information" (SSI) out of the public eye by this maneuver, we'd have to
call the mission an abject failure. Chat rooms, news services and
aviation groups are frothing over the agency's order (no, it was not a
request) that the FAA remove from its Web site the transcript of a
copiously recorded, televised and reported-upon public meeting
concerning the government's proposal to make the Air Defense
Identification Zone around Washington permanent. As is normal with
meetings such as this, held in a hotel conference center with speakers
invited (in fact, actively encouraged) to speak their minds so that
government leaders can weigh their proposed actions against the sense of
the public, a transcript of the proceedings was prepared and posted for
use by those who couldn't make it to Washington that day. Now, in the
interest of national security, it's gone. More...
WE'RE (NOT) ALLOWED TO SAY IN PUBLIC
If there was one speaker
at the meeting who stood out in the minds of those attending, it was Lt.
Cmdr. Tom Bush, a Navy F/A-18 pilot from Oceana Naval Air Station who
regularly flies his Mooney to Washington on Navy business. It's possible
that Lt. Cmdr. Bush (no relation) has some insights or operational
experience that give him a more holistic view of the ADIZ, but, speaking
as a private citizen at the hearing, even he didn't appear to give away
any state secrets. He did offer some quotable comments ("Freedom and
security are polar opposites, and I am not willing to give up my freedom
for the sake of terrorists") but NORAD seems to have focused its
attention on his more tangible calculation, as presented to the meeting,
that while on an approved approach to Dulles, he could make a turn and
have his Mooney over the White House in four minutes. More...
DAMAGE AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
DC Pilots, a
well-connected and media-savvy online association of those most directly
affected by the ADIZ and other Washington-area flying challenges, was
the first to notice the transcript's absence. From there, word spread
quickly until AOPA was motivated by the event to file a Freedom of Information request to have the
transcript (the whole thing) put "back in public view." AOPA President
Phil Boyer is shouting his disdain from the rooftops. "How ridiculous
can you get?" Boyer said. "These were public meetings covered by the
news media. Nothing was said that wasn't already in the more than 21,000
written comments. Do they honestly think security information was
disclosed during the public meetings?" As of Friday, it seems the TSA
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FUEL TYPE DETERMINE WHO PAYS USER FEES?
Before entering a
debate it's always helpful to get the terminology straight. When it
comes to the possibility of metered user fees for non-commercial
aircraft, the Department of Transportation, the airlines, business
aviation and the piston crowd seem to have different views on just who
should be included in the fee-paying group. Are business aircraft also
general aviation aircraft that should be excluded from fees? Should
single-engine air taxis be considered fee-paying commercial aircraft?
"If they're talking about user fees on general aviation, they don't know
what they're talking about," Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta
told a House Appropriations Committee hearing last Tuesday morning.
"I've seen the press stories, as has everybody else. But what is before
[Office of Management and Budget] has no user fees imposed on general
aviation." But what exactly is general aviation? More...
TURBINE OPERATORS PRESENT UNITED FRONT
Just how Mineta and
his department define GA will shape the debate from here on. If GA means
piston-powered, the DOT has cleared a huge political hurdle by ensuring
the support of more than 400,000 pilots who rarely, if ever, see five
digits on their altimeters. But if the definition of GA excludes
business aviation then the much smaller but financially fortified voice
of the turbine set may be ready to offer sound opposition. As
AVweb reported on Thursday, the National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
and National Air Transportation Association (NATA), which are
predominantly fueled by Jet A, held a teleconference last week to
express concern over the Air Transportation Association's push toward
user fees. AOPA and EAA seem to feel a little more secure.
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REVEALS AIRLINER FIRE DANGER
airliners are at greater risk of in-flight fires and crews often do
exactly the wrong thing when smoke enters the cabin, according to a
report to be released in Athens this week. The report, written by U.S. consultant John
Cox, to be presented at the Flight Safety Foundation conference,
says that three flights a day, worldwide, are interrupted by in-flight
fires and that electrical problems are the biggest cause. A modern
aircraft can have 100 miles of wire in it and much of it is inaccessible
for normal inspection and maintenance. Over time, wires can become
exposed, causing arcing or overheating. And when fires start, some
time-honored strategies to deal with them can magnify the danger.
COCKPITS GO A STEP FARTHER
UPS has announce that it will
retrofit more than 100 of its Boeing 757 and 767 freighters with Class
III electronic flight bags (EFB) that will eliminate (we've heard this
before) much of the paper in the cockpit. The Boeing-developed EFBs will give pilots instant
electronic access to weather and charts and enable data transfer with
the ground or with other aircraft. And with 80 gigs on the hard drive,
there's plenty of room for new software applications. "Ultimately, it
will help pilots with navigation and allow them to space their aircraft
on their own; call up the most complete and accurate long-range weather
maps; warn of potential collisions on the ground; push the maintenance
logbook into the digital age, and place the entire flight manual within
easy electronic recall," UPS spokesman Bob Lekites said in a news
Zuluworks Is New and Improved!
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ultimate flight bag with 3,200 cubic inches of versatility and style.
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UNVEILS NEW MFD
Garmin has introduced the GMX 200, a new multi-function-display it says
improves upon its popular MX20 with a bigger, easier-to-read display and
better control and function features. The MFD will show every
conceivable physical feature and navaid on a high resolution backlit
screen that displays vivid colors and contrast in all lighting
conditions in views from a quarter of a mile to 2,500 miles, says the
company. "The GMX 200 concentrates information from different sources on
one remarkable display" said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of
marketing. "The unit is easy-to-use and provides operators with an extra
margin of safety in the cockpit." Too much information? Just dial it
LOOKS AT ADS-B
After spending millions of dollars in the Alaska Capstone project proving that Automatic
Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast systems keep order in the air in the
absence of radar, the U.S.-taxpayer-driven project is about to pay
dividends -- in China. It appears the world's biggest emerging economic
powerhouse is prepared to take a giant technological leap over complex
maintenance and labor-intensive ground-based navigation systems and go
straight to ADS-B for managing its burgeoning GA numbers. And it will be
an American company showing them how, at least in the early stages.
Higher, Faster, Farther, and (Frankly) Just
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QUALITY CONTRIBUTES TO DVT
Long thought to be caused by the
economically successful but ergonomically disastrous economy-class
seating in many airliners, deep vein thrombosis is also brought on by
the thin air provided passengers, scientists have discovered. The leaner
oxygen content in the 8,000-foot cabin pressure maintained in most
airliners caused an increase in the level of thrombin, the marker that
signifies clotting activity. Clotting, particularly in the large veins
in passengers legs', can lead to tissue damage and even death if the
clots break free and enter the lungs. The study, published in the
British medical journal The
Lancet, was commissioned by the World Health Organization and done
by Dutch scientists from two medical centers. More...
STORM COMING ... IN FIVE YEARS
The future of satellite-based
navigation may face its first big test just as we're getting used to
using it. NASA scientists predict a major burst of solar activity in 2010 or
2011, enough to disrupt GPS and wireless data and communications. "The
next sunspot cycle will be 30% to 50% stronger than the previous one,"
said Mausumi Dikpati, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Dikpati said conditions are ripe for a solar storm second only to one
experienced in 1958 when Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights),
which is caused by sun spots, was visible in Mexico. The bands of energy
also disrupt radio waves, something that could have a profound effect on
the way we do business in five years. More...
Aeromedix Introduces Safe Escape Smoke Hoods
That Can Save Your Life
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MAKE BETTER FIGHTER PILOTS
Indian air force commanders say a
woman's place is in the cockpit of a fighter jet but the delicate nature
of cultural and social traditions in the country is keeping them from
yankin' and bankin' with the men. "We have not been asked and the
government's policy is that only men can qualify to fly fighter
aircraft. But if you are asking if the women are capable, the answer is
yes," Air Marshal B.N. Gokhale told the Calcutta Telegraph. More than
capable, women consistently test better than men in training exercises.
"I would recommend that women are put into fighter cockpits on the basis
of performance," said Group Captain Chetan Bali, who heads up the
faculty of flying at India's Air Force Academy. More...
AD proposed to fix bearing glitch on Sandel ST3400
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Thanks to all the pilots and AVweb readers
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Sometimes you just gotta tell it like it
While on short final for the center runway of KIWA during a busy
time of day we overheard tower give instructions to the aircraft
following behind us:
N1234: Gateway tower, N1234, with
you ILS three-zero-charlie.
Tower: N1234, roger, number
two cleared to land, there will be...
Well... there will be
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