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Volume 12, Number 24a
June 12, 2006
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AOPA Targets Medical Issues back to top 
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One way to keep the number of active pilots from slipping is to ensure those who already have certificates keep flying as long as possible. As part of its campaign to battle the shrinkage of pilot ranks, AOPA is petitioning the FAA to relax medical standards for the recreational certificate by allowing pilots medical certification by way of a "health statement" from a family doctor instead of the third-class medical now required. AOPA says the medical requirement is the reason the recreational certificate has never been popular and the petition is its idea to fix that. More...

Under the new Sport Pilot classification, the concept of self-certification is really put to the test -- except for those who have already flunked an airman's medical. While new pilots can simply show a driver's license as proof of medical fitness, those who may have had a recreational or higher certificate but lost it for medical reasons have to get their medical back -- before applying for a certificate that doesn't require a medical. What's more, pilots who may have suffered a disqualifying medical condition but have simply let their medicals lapse can also self-certify with a driver's license. Make sense? AOPA doesn't think so either and is asking the FAA to eliminate this "Catch-22." More...

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What Next For NATCA? back to top 

Well, John Carr, the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, has never been lost for words but he was in rare form last Thursday when we caught him, on his cellphone, on a Washington, D.C., freeway, for our Friday podcast. It was about 12 hours after a vote on a bill in the House of Representatives to send NATCA and the FAA back to the bargaining table missed the necessary two-thirds majority by eight votes and Carr told AVweb that the defeat was a setback in a battle that will continue indefinitely as far as he's concerned. "We will fight it every day, every week and every month until we overturn it," he said. More...

One of NATCA's bargaining chips through negotiations and the 60-day period of congressional consideration was that the last best offer by the FAA, which theoretically is in the process of being imposed on the union, will actually cost the top echelon of controllers money. If those most experienced controllers continue working, changes to location pay and other bonuses would ultimately have a negative effect on their pensions. Carr claims that 25 percent of the workforce, 4,000 controllers, virtually all of them the most experienced and knowledgeable members, will opt for retirement rather than stay on. He told us he'd already heard from some who were doing just that. "Air traffic controllers are heading for the exits," he said. The result, he said, will be traffic delays and, inevitably, safety concerns. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

Two Australians are relaxing in Hawaii after they were rescued uninjured from a Piper Seminole they ditched in the Pacific last Thursday, 535 miles northeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Pilot Lyn Gray told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin they were about 1,000 miles from Santa Barbara, Calif., when she noticed one engine "was using far more fuel than it should." (An airline pilot who says he monitored the radio exchanges while on his way from LAX to Honolulu suggested in an e-mail to AVweb what he heard implied to him there was a problem with the ferry fuel system and one engine was shut down to conserve fuel.) Gray told the newspaper she and co-pilot Kristian Kauter shut the offending engine down but there wasn't enough fuel remaining to get to Hilo, their first fuel stop on the ferry flight to Sydney. Gray's aircraft was accompanied by another Seminole flown by her boss, Ray Clamback. Clamback, who's survived two ocean ditchings in the same area in the last seven years, radioed advice to Gray as he circled over the ditching site, before he continued to a safe landing in Hilo. More...

The FAA has committed to installing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast equipment to cover the Gulf of Mexico, thanks in part, no doubt, to a $100 million carrot dangled by the gulf-oil-fed helicopter industry. According to a news release issued by the Helicopter Association International, chopper operators will supply manpower, facilities and free flights totaling a value of $100 million to get the system up and running. HAI President Rick Zuccaro hailed the cooperative arrangement. "The need for accurate weather, direct communications, and surveillance capabilities has never been greater to support the 650-plus helicopters flying offshore," President Zuccaro said in a news release. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

Healthy airline and cargo pilots who hit the magic (or tragic) number can potentially add five years to their flying lives as of Nov. 23. That's when the International Civil Aviation Organization will formally adopt 65 as the mandatory retirement age for professional big-iron pilots. The FAA isn't going along with the new standard and is maintaining its Age-60 retirement rule. But that doesn't mean there won't be American pilots in their 60s flying airliners and cargo planes over the U.S. All they have to do is get a job with any of a myriad of carriers from dozens of countries that will follow ICAO's standard. "A seeming irony to this is that American pilots who work for a foreign company will remain citizens of the U.S. and, frequently, continue to reside here," says a news release from Airline Pilots Against Age Discrimination (APAAD). "They will fly the same types of airplanes loaded with passengers and freight over the same exact routes as their counterparts who work for American companies." More...

Chris Pugliese said his training kicked in when he quickly put out a fire in the engine compartment of the tanker truck he had just parked under the fuel-laden wing of a Boeing 767. Now officials at Orlando Sanford International Airport are saying he may have saved hundreds of lives. "He averted a horrible catastrophe," Diane Crews, vice president of airport operations, told the Orlando Sentinel. "Christopher is absolutely a hero to the airport and to all those passengers adjacent to the area." Pugliese, 26, who's only worked as a fuel-truck driver for four months, said it didn't occur to him to run when he saw flames coming out of the truck, which held 10,000 gallons of Jet-A. "They train us how to put out fires," he said. "If I started running it would have been a mess." More...

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News Briefs back to top 

A student at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., got an education in what happens if you run afoul of FAA regs. The unidentified student is alleged to have buzzed the school in a Piper Cherokee at about 250 to 300 feet several times over a 30- to 45-minute period last Tuesday, wagging his wings as he did so. "It was waving to the kids, as planes do," Mary Anderson, headmaster of the school told the Union Leader. Anderson says she considers the incident a "senior prank" and her punishment will fit the crime. However, she didn't get a crack at the student until after the FAA had a chat with him. More...

Boeing has confirmed published reports that it called off an FAA certification inspection of a 35-foot section of fuselage for the 787 after bubbles were discovered in the composite material. However, Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach told The Associated Press the cancellation of the pivotal inspection will not delay deliveries of the mostly plastic airliner because it will build two fuselages at once to replace the bubbly one and then test them concurrently. The company has promised All Nippon Airlines its first 787 in mid-2008. Leach said the bubbles likely got in the resin via a faulty tool used in making up the piece. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

The son of a pilot killed when his 1957 Bonanza crashed into a house in Reno last week says his father died doing something he loved. "No matter how tragic the result, I am glad he passed doing something he loved," John Monday's son, Ryan Monday, of Corinth, Texas, said in an e-mail to the Reno Gazette-Journal. "I am blessed to be given the time I had with him, so someday I can show the same (drive) for perfection." John Monday, 49, and a passenger, who may have been his flight instructor, took off from Reno-Tahoe International Airport about 3 p.m. last Wednesday and almost immediately reported engine trouble. More...

An engine that came apart during a maintenance run-up on an American Airlines Boeing 767 caused extensive damage (maybe even wrote off) a Boeing 767-200 at Los Angeles International Airport June 2. No one was injured when parts from the disintegrating engine sliced through the aircraft and scattered debris over a wide area. More than 10,000 gallons of fuel leaked as a result of the damage but firefighters sealed it in foam and prevented a secondary fire. Click through for images and detail provided by the Los Angeles Fire Department. More...

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News in Brief back to top 

Brits said pilots were right to fly 747 on three engines...
Synthetic vision system integrates real-time and database information...
Final rule issued on ECi cylinders...
Continental passenger saw both Manchesters...
Oceanside city council backed off on rent increases...
Broken connecting rod likely cause of engine failure...
Feds mandate landing distance calculations. More...

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 


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Features back to top 

Probable Cause #8: Night Over Water
On a clear night with a full moon, a visual descent to the airport turned into a splashdown on a poorly flown instrument approach. This report first appeared in AVweb's sister publication Aviation Safety.


Online Now: Listent to, or take today's news with you. Find exclusive interviews featuring NATCA president John Carr, New Piper CEO Jim Bass, Light Sport guru Dan Johnson, Excel Jet's Bob Bornhofen, Adam Aircraft's Joe Walker, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier and more. AVweb's Podcast index, is available online -- pick and choose your pleasure, or subscribe free and receive AVweb's podcasts automatically for listening on your computer, iPod, or while traveling with any MP3 player. More...


Reader mail this week about the Dakota breakup, SBs and ADs, fewer new pilots more.


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AVwebBiz back to top 

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The Lighter Side Of Flight back to top 

Another day at customs...

I was returning to the US with my neice. The week before, a friend had flown the plane into a local grass strip and there was still mud and residue on the fuselage. As customs agents inspected the plane, one officer asked about the dirt and commented, "I gotta say, that's the first time I've seen grass on the outside of the airplane." Naturally dense (and focused on the inspection) I puzzled as my teenage neice began to choke down laughter.

...She had to explain it to me as we taxied away. More...

Names Behind The News back to top 

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