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VOTE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY ON TODAY'S DEADLINE
The House of
Representatives is expected to vote on a bill on Wednesday that would
order resumption of contract negotiations between the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association and the FAA. The bill, proposed last
week by Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)
would stop the FAA from imposing a contract on NATCA and require the two
sides to sit down again. The vote will come two days after the deadline
for congressional action on the dispute (we don't know how that works,
either). It seems clear that Congress really doesn't want to get
involved in the issues. "We take the clock off it," LaTourette told
Congress Daily. "It just leaves them where we found them."
Because the LaTourette-LoBiondo bill is
jumping the line by not going through the usual vetting process in
committee, it has to be introduced under a "suspension of the rules"
with the blessing of House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader
John Boehner. After that, it must pass with a two-thirds majority, the
same level of support President Bush would need if he vetoed it. "We
might as well get it now," LaTourette noted. Observers say the bill has
a good chance to pass. The new bill is the much-softened culmination of
a legislative path that began with a bid to strip the FAA of the power
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LAUNCHES PROJECT PILOT
"Since 1980, while the total U.S.
population has grown by 25 percent, the pilot population has declined by
the same percentage. And, worse, student starts are down by more than
twice that rate," AOPA President Phil Boyer said in a news release. To
counter the trend, AOPA is urging its members to help their friends
become pilots. An expanded Project Pilot, formally announced at the AOPA Fly-In
in Frederick, Md., over the weekend, will help pilots take an active
role in helping their aviation-oriented friends and family members not
only take that important first lesson but to stick with the challenging
(but ultimately richly rewarding) learning and training regimen. "AOPA
Project Pilot will help America's pilot population grow by giving
student pilots the support they need to complete their training," the
release said. More...
SYSTEM, LINDBERGH TAPPED
Central to Project Pilot is a Web
site designed for students and mentors to keep in contact. Students
can use the site to track their progress and celebrate training
milestones and also as a resource for the innumerable questions that
always arise during training. Mentors nominate prospective students and,
in turn, AOPA contacts them via e-mail and invites them to join the
program. Various incentives, including sweepstakes entries, a newly
developed magazine for student pilots and training aids, are designed to
attract and hold on to the students. Honorary chairman is Erik
Lindbergh, whom you might think was born to be a pilot. In fact, it took
a spontaneous form of the Project Pilot ethos to get him in the air.
FLY-IN A BIG SUCCESS
A total of 44 aircraft on display and
more than 3,000 people attended AOPA's annual open house and fly-in. The
event has been dogged by bad weather in recent years but this year the
organizers' luck changed. Saturday morning started out with low ceilings
but skies cleared by the afternoon and events went ahead as scheduled.
According to AOPA, the various educational forums were full and there
was plenty for attendees to see and do. More...
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HIKES ANGER CALIFORNIA PILOTS
Pilots flying out of Oceanside
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will result in rent increases of as much as 50 percent this year.
According to the North County Times, the city council meets Wednesday to
consider raising rents on some old hangars from $400 to as much as $600
a month and to boost the monthly rate on recently built hangars 34
percent, from a range of $510-$740 to $685-$990. The airport offers a
single 2,712-by-75-foot runway and single FBO. Tie-downs would go up a
whopping 78 percent from $75 to $125 a month. Oceanside's director of
public works, Peter Weiss, who termed the increases "pretty hefty,"
recently told the council that's the only way he can think of to cover a
looming $80,000 budget deficit at the airport. The local pilots
association is complaining that pilots are being expected to pick up the
tab for a lack of foresight on the part of the council.
ENERGY PROGRESS HAMPERED BY DOD, DHS AND FAA
energy movement, says the FAA, at the behest of the Department of
Defense and Department of Homeland Security, is threatening development
of wind turbine projects, tagged by President Bush to become a
power-producing mainstay in the U.S. The DOD is currently studying
whether wind turbines interfere with defense and homeland security radar
systems and that means the FAA is no longer routinely signing off on
windmill farm applications as posing no threat to air navigation. The
study was to have been finished by the end of April but wind-power
proponents fear it could drag on for months, effectively stalling
windmill farms that have already been approved by every other agency.
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LEFT TRAIL OF DEBRIS
Authorities are puzzling over what may
have been the in-flight break-up of a PA-28 that killed four in Stafford
County, N.J., just north of Atlantic City last Wednesday. NTSB
Investigator David Muzio told the Press of Atlantic City that the
airplane left a trail of debris about 2,000 feet long before the main
wreckage came down in a wooded area near a highway. The pilot and three
passengers died. "Initial information suggests that the aircraft was at
(3,600 to) 3,700 feet, and the plane entered a rapid descent after
that," Muzio said. According to the newspaper, witnesses said they heard
an explosion just before the crash. Investigators found no evidence of
fire or explosion. More...
REGISTRATION RULES CREATE CONCERNS
Owners of most bizjets and
larger twins have been swept up in a complex registration system that
has changed the rules for buying, selling and financing aircraft. The
Aircraft Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests
in Mobile Equipment came into effect on March 1 and was largely
unnoticed in GA because its intention is to establish a uniform set of
rules and standards to sell airliners and freighters to countries in the
developing world. But limits on the weight and horsepower of aircraft
that must be sold via this new registry also covers aircraft with as few
as eight seats and powered by engines of 550 hp or greater -- a Cessna
421 fits the category. Writing on the business law Web site Mondaq, Thomas Gillespie and Robert Hill say it's a
much different system than aircraft sellers are used to.
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ON A PLANE (NOT THE MOVIE)
We all know the in-flight
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flight from West Virginia to southern Ohio last week was of a different
nature. Coles was just setting up to land his Piper Cherokee at
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reptile landed under the rudder pedals) Coles finally grabbed the snake
behind the head and held on while he called the tower -- as the snake
wrapped itself around his arm and began reaching for anything else it
could grab. "I told them I had one hand full of snake and the other hand
full of plane. They cleared me in," he told The Associated Press.
An outspoken Utah businessman is facing
charges after allegedly flying his powered paraglider beside and over a
busy interstate. And the FAA is also considering action against "Super"
Dell Schanze for the incident about 10 days ago. As AVweb told you last week, motorists doing
the morning commute on I-15 on May 24 complained of a low-flying
paraglider and police responded. He's charged with creating a public
nuisance, a class B misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, an infraction,
according to the Deseret News. The FAA charges will likely hang on
the definition of a "congested area." More...
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DIE, PASSENGERS SURVIVE LEAR CRASH
Both pilots died but their
three passengers swam away with only minor injuries after the Learjet
35A they were on crashed in Long Island Sound just short of the
Groton-New London Airport runway on Friday. According to the Hartford
Courant, the plane went down just 100 yards short of the runway in
shallow water. The passengers, three men in their 50's from Virginia on
their way to play in a charity golf tournament, were covered in jet fuel
but were able to walk away from the crash. The pilots were pronounced
dead at the scene. More...
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