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FOR LOCKHEED, THE NATIONAL AIRSPACE SYSTEM?
Martin proves successful with the AFSS transition, will the airspace
system be next? The company recently teamed up with Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University to create the "Airport of the Future," a technology test bed at
Daytona Beach International Airport. This "teaching airport" will
demonstrate how to provide more comprehensive data to air traffic
controllers, airport operators, security officials and airline
dispatchers. "We believe that a strong transportation infrastructure is
critical to our nation's economic well-being and our citizens' way of
life," Judy Marks, president of Lockheed Martin Transportation and
Security Solutions, said last week at a briefing of the National Press
Club in Washington, D.C. More...
WEB SITE LAUNCHED FOR AFSS FEEDBACK
Lockheed Martin, which
last year took over operation of Automated Flight Service Stations
(AFSS), this week launched a new AFSS Pilot Information Web Portal for GA pilots. The
Web site provides a feedback mechanism where pilots who use AFSS
services can register complaints, comments or compliments. The site also
includes contact information for each AFSS, system status reports, and
general information about using the system. The new information portal
will serve on an interim basis until the spring of 2007, when the new
Web-based FS-21 system is expected to be deployed, the company said. The
FS-21 portal will enable pilots to file flight plans online, plus
provide weather, NOTAMs and other services. More...
LISTS PERFORMANCE PARAMETERS
When Lockheed took over the
system, the company set its performance standards high. AOPA this week provided details of what kind of
service you should be getting -- and said if you're not getting it, you
should report that via the feedback form on the new Web portal. (After
all, you paid for it.) According to AOPA, the AFSS should answer your
phone call within 20 seconds and radio calls within 5 seconds. You must
receive service from your radio call within 15 seconds. PIREPs must be
processed within 30 seconds and within 15 seconds if they are urgent.
Briefers must have knowledge of the unique weather conditions in your
area. Briefers must meet those standards whether it is a busy, clear
summer day or a slow, dreary day in winter, AOPA says.
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PREP FOR TREK TO AIRVENTURE
As thousands of pilots polish
their airplanes and study their NOTAMs for the flight to Oshkosh, less than four
weeks away, exhibitors too are busily getting ready to show off the
latest of everything. Diamond's brand-new D-Jet will arrive at AirVenture on
Wednesday morning, July 26, taxi into Aeroshell Square, fly a demo at 2
p.m., then head back to work in Ontario. "We look forward to publicly
showcasing our latest achievement for the first time at AirVenture and
sharing with the industry our excitement and prospects for the D-Jet,"
said CEO Christian Dries. Cessna has promised to unveil its Light Sport
Aircraft concept aircraft on Monday the 24th. The one-of-a-kind
experimental HondaJet, which made a brief visit last year, will
return and stay for the whole week, EAA says. More...
COVERAGE -- TEXT, PICTURES, AND AUDIO
Whether you're at home,
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news staff will bring it all to you. This year's expanded
AVwebFlash schedule will deliver the news to your inbox Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, July 24 to 28. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,
we'll supplement that with special expanded podcasts. Image galleries
will be posted online at avweb.com. Monday, July 31, we'll wrap it all up and
get back to the regular schedule. And you'll get to enjoy it all via our
brand-new redesigned Web site, due to launch soon, with all of our great
content, easier navigation, and a crisp, readable look.
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160: CASH NEEDED, CUSTOMERS WAITING
Aircraft, based in Quebec, has been through many ups and downs
already in its short life, and President Paul Costanzo says the latest
snag is just one more. "This thing's going to survive," Costanzo told
reporters in an upbeat teleconference on Tuesday. But for that to
happen, the company needs to raise at least $5.5 million. "That's about
what we need, to execute our business plan," Costanzo said. "We've
turned over every stone here in Quebec and have not been able to bring
the capital in." Canadian tax rules give a hefty advantage to local
investment, Costanzo said, but he's now issuing "last call" and looking
to U.S. investors instead. Meanwhile, the company has cut its staff from
about 30 down to 15. "We've been trying for months to work our way
through this," Costanzo said. Some suppliers grew impatient with the
cash crunch, forcing the company to go to court and seek protection from
PRODUCT WILL PREVAIL, COMPANY SAYS
"We got calls from three
different U.S. groups just today," Costanzo said. Those investors want
the company to relocate, which would incur significant costs and
downtime, but the company is ready to go if that's what it takes.
Symphony recently announced a deal with Spartan School of Aeronautics to provide a
fleet of about 40 training aircraft. "Spartan understands our situation,
and they are standing by us," Costanzo said. "They'll give us some time
to get it solved, but we know they won't wait forever." Meanwhile, the
company is moving forward with plans to have a strong marketing presence
at AirVenture 2006, coming up in just a few weeks. More...
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AWAY FROM NUCLEAR PLANTS -- UNLESS FAA ROUTES YOU THERE
GA pilots have been warned over and over to stay far away from nuclear plants (lest a Skyhawk
might dive into one and ... bounce off), the FAA's proposed new
departure routes from Westchester County Airport in New York would send
airplanes directly above the Indian Point nuke. The plan is "a
significant security risk that is not acceptable and must be avoided,"
according to Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano. U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel also was
critical. "This decision by the FAA, coupled with the Homeland Security
Department's decision to cut funding for New York City, makes me wonder
what these people are smoking," he told midhudsonnews.com. More...
KILLED BY PROP, AIRPLANE CRASHES SAME DAY
74, had just climbed out of a Cessna 210 at Hayward (Calif.) Executive
Airport on Sunday when he was hit by the propeller and killed.
Herrington had been along on a banner-towing flight with pilot Robert
Franklin, 58. Later that same day, Franklin took off in the 210 and the
engine failed on climbout. Franklin was able to get the airplane down on
a nearby golf course, and was unhurt. "We are all in shock," Brent
Shiner, manager of the city airport, told InsideBayArea.com. "When you get a call about an
incident and it was the same plane that we had just been out for, it was
very disheartening ... We haven't had a fatality in I don't know how
long." The FAA said a propeller should be inspected after a strike, and
it wasn't yet known if this one had been checked before the last
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FACE SHUTDOWN OF LONE RUNWAY
The 1,000 or so residents of
Block Island, 12 miles off the New England coast, are facing six weeks
or more with no aviation access later this year, when the local airport
corporation plans to close their lone 2,500-foot runway for
reconstruction. That will leave islanders dependent on the off-season
ferry schedule, or in an emergency, helicopter service from pricey
private operators or the U.S. Coast Guard. Bill Bendokas, operator of New England
Airlines, has proposed that the grassy area adjacent to the runway
should be made available so he can continue to fly the airlines' six
flights per day. At a recent meeting about the shutdown, concerns were
raised that using the grass would disturb the habitat of the endangered
burying beetle. More...
CHICAGO PAYS $200K TO FIGHT $33K FINE
"It may be time for the
city to re-evaluate this strategy," Laurence Msall, president of the
Civic Federation, a budget watchdog group, told Crain's Business News. The FAA levied the $33,000
fine against the city last October for failing to provide advance notice
of its intent to close (that is, bulldoze) Meigs Field three years ago.
The city has spent even more to fight FAA allegations that it misused
$2.9 million in airport development funds, according to Crain's, and
claims the fight is about more than money. More...
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ORIGIN REVEALS SPACEPORT PLAN
The FAA has released its draft Environmental Assessment for a plan by Blue
Origin to build a spaceport in West Texas. The move was welcomed by
space fans as a move forward in what seems to be an excruciatingly
slow-moving process, and a glimpse into what the secretive company has
in the works. The FAA report says Blue Origin plans to launch reusable
launch vehicles to altitudes above 325,000 feet. The spaceport plans
include a launch complex, a training facility and a landing area. Space
Review gleaned a few more facts from the 229-page document -- the
planned reusable launch vehicle (RLV), dubbed the "New Shepard," will
take off vertically, using hydrogen peroxide and kerosene as
CEO WINS AIR RACE CLASSIC
It's been good times for Mooney
lately, with the introduction of two speedy new models in the past few
months, and fair winds were with the company again last week, when CEO Gretchen Jahn took first place in the Air Race
Classic, recording an average speed near 195 knots. In her 14th year
in the race, Jahn and teammate Carol Foy flew a Mooney M20 R Ovation2 GX
over a 2,400-mile course from Arizona to Michigan. Thirty-seven aircraft
competed in the all-woman race, which traces its origins to the original
Women's Air Derby in 1929. "This event is one of the highlights of my
year every year, but this year will obviously be a memorable one," said
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As the Beacon
Turns #102: The Eyes Have It
Flying is definitely a visual
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Where you look has a big impact (sometimes literally) as Michael Maya
Charles points out in this month's As The Beacon Turns column.
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OF THE WEEK: COOK AVIATION, INC.
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ME AT THE PLANE WITH MY RENTAL CAR." And Savvy Aviator's Mike
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PRICES IN THE REGION ($3.37/GAL FOR 100LL AS THIS IS WRITTEN), BUT ITS
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OF THE WEEK
This week, AVweb looks to the future and asks you
to speculate on some of the possible perks of a privatized ATC system.
Are pilots overlooking the upsides of privatization? Plus:
Results of last week's question on whether LSA is fulfilling its promise
to break down barriers and bring new pilots into aviation.
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OF THE WEEK
Summer rolls on and
photo submissions continue to roll in. This week, we received just under
100 photos from readers all across the globe. After an exhaustive
gawking session (and a few minutes of heated debate), we managed to pick
a handful of photos to share in our weekly "POTW" column. This week's
top photo comes to us courtesy of Eric Van
Glider of Moorpark, California. As a first-place winner, Eric
should start watching his mailbox. He'll receive an official AVweb
baseball cap any day now along with the thanks and well wishes of
everyone here at AVweb. We always enjoy looking at reader photos, so
please send us some more! Even if we don't pick yours as top winner in a
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