AVflash Vol. 9, Issue 12b Thursday, March 20, 2003
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WAR PLANS PROMPT MORE RESTRICTIONS...
Well, we knew something was coming and compared to some of the scenarios speculated in the days before President Bush made his Monday-night speech, the flight restrictions imposed on GA are relatively mild. "There were reports that we were going to impose ADIZs on any airport with Class B airspace," said the FAA's William Shumann. As it turns out, with NOTAMs posted Tuesday, New York gets an ADIZ, Washington ADIZ regulations go back to "orange" alert levels, TFRs have been imposed on Disney theme parks in California and Florida, and there will be nothing in the air (barring medevac and law enforcement aircraft) over major sporting events and festivals. More...
...FAMILIAR DRILL FOR D.C.-AREA PILOTS...
After a brief respite of "orange light" security precautions, Washington-area pilots are back to the regime of a couple of weeks ago. Whereas the New York ADIZ is defined on any sectional showing the Mode C veil, the Washington ADIZ has some irregularities and anyone unfamiliar with the boundaries should make sure they're clear before making a flight to that area. The flight-plan requirements were relaxed in Washington for a couple of weeks, but they're back. Also back is the requirement for pilots using the DC-3 (College Park, Hyde Field and Potomac Airfield) to stop at security gateway airport. The designated gateway airport is Tipton Airport in Ft. Meade, Md. Vacationers and sports fans may notice it's a little quieter in the skies. More...
...FAA INFORMATION NETWORK GEARED UP...
So, that's what it looks like today. What about tomorrow or next week? The FAA's Greg Martin assured AVweb that as soon as any changes are made or new restrictions applied, the agency will do its best to get the word out to pilots and the media. "There are systems in place," Martin said. He said the communications staff it ready to spread the word about airspace issues "anywhere, anytime, at a moment's notice." He also added that he's heard of no additions to the current list being contemplated. Best place for up-to-the-date information is the agency Web site's special NOTAM section, and pilots should check with flight service for any additions before departure. News media will be informed of any changes by e-mail and telephone conference calls. More...
...AND CONGRESS MAY AID INDUSTRY DURING WAR
As AVweb reported last week, the airline industry claims it will be devastated by a war with Iraq. Now, it seems that some in Congress are listening to these pleas for help. Once the bombs start dropping over Iraq, Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), head of the House Aviation Subcommittee, promises to help out as much as possible. "We want to try to get as many things in place as we can to help the industry as soon as possible," Mica said. "These issues aren't partisan," he added. Accompanied by Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), Mica also wants to aid the military and GA segments of the industry. More...
THE "WRIGHT" STUFF...
The EAA unveiled its 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction in a ceremony at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on Tuesday. EAA's Flyer reproduction will re-enact the Wright brothers' first flight 100 years later to the minute on Dec. 17, 2003, in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. With Amanda Wright Lane and her brother Stephen Wright, both descendents of Wilbur and Orville Wright, looking on, EAA and its sponsors for Countdown to Kitty Hawk rolled out the 605-pound aircraft, handmade primarily of wood, steel and muslin. More...
...WHILE OTHERS JOIN THE HOOPLA...
As the Centennial Of Flight celebration continues, we hear more about some other Wright Flyer replicas surrounding this series of events. For example, the FAA presented the Wright Redux Association with an Airworthiness Certificate for their replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer. The certification -- issued on March 15 -- permits the plane, called the "Spirit of Glen Ellyn," to attempt powered flight. According to its builders, the "Spirit of Glen Ellyn" appears to be the first Wright Flyer replica that is being certificated in accordance with a new FAA policy, designed specifically for 1903 Wright Flyer replica aircraft. More...
...AND A KIWI'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE STILL REMEMBERED
While the Wright Brother's accomplishments continue to be celebrated, some in New Zealand are making it a point to remember their own aviation pioneer. Many Kiwis claim that fellow countryman Richard Pearse developed and tested his first machine about the time the Wrights were experimenting near Kitty Hawk. Pearse designed a two-cylinder, horizontally opposed, two-stroke engine with the prop mounted directly to the engine. The tricycle gear had inflated tires, and the nose wheel was steerable. More...
LANCAIR SWINGS INTO ACTION
Lancair announced that it's back in full production, as it delivered the first Columbia 300 since the company restarted production just over a month ago. With over 200 employees back at work, the company is also working on the development of its newest models. The company claims the Columbia 350 program is moving along at a fast pace. More...
SOCATA'S TBM 700C2 RECEIVES CERTIFICATION
On Monday, EADS Socata announced its TBM 700C2 had received FAA certification. Socata spent 10 years refining the original TBM -- produced in 1990 -- resulting in this new variant. The C2 follows on the successes of the TBM 700B with a large door and optional pilot door in 1999, and the Freighter version developed in 2001. More...
O'HARE'S EXPANSION PLAN SHELVED
After months of debate on the proposed expansion of Chicago's O'Hare International airport, reports hint that the entire program is now shelved for the foreseeable future. The Chicago Tribune reported earlier this week that the $6 billion project has been quietly put on the back burner. While the increased size of the airport was always a hot issue, the recent financial pounding on the airline industry -- particularly United Air Lines - helped shelve it. More...
SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES ARMING CARGO PILOTS
On March 13, the Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation to arm cargo pilots. Part of S. 165, the Air Cargo Security Act, this provision was offered as an amendment by lead Democratic co-sponsors Senators Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Specifically, The Bunning-Boxer Arming Cargo Pilots Against Terrorism Act closes a loophole within last year's Federal Flight Deck Officer program included in the final Homeland Security Act. More...
AUSSIE GROUPS TO STUDY FATIGUE
Qantas, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) and the Center for Sleep Research at the University of South Australia have joined forces to conduct a major study on pilot fatigue. The Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) study will be conducted in three phases, with the aim of discovering the patterns and factors that contribute to drowsiness in the cockpit. More...
ON THE FLY...
Diamond Owners and Pilots Organization recently debuted online...
Glacier Girl -- a restored P-38 -- to fly again on March 19-20...
Bombardier's union voted on a new three-year pact, which includes layoffs...
Raytheon is considering moving some production to Mexico.
AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, George Mock, of Windsor, ON, Canada. His photo, titled "Yellow Peril", gives us a double taste of yellow aircraft. Pictured are a 1941 Boeing Stearman and a Chipmunk operated by the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association here in Windsor, Ontario. Great picture George! Your AVweb hat is on the way.
To check out the winning picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to http://www.avweb.com/potw/.
AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 700 responses to our question last week on War's Effects On General Aviation. Almost half (42 percent) of those responding felt a war with Iraq would definitely be a negative event, however, GA will fare better than the airlines. A smaller group (27 percent) indicated the GA industry will experience another large economic hit with this kind of armed conflict. Only 2 percent of those responding felt a war would actually boost GA sales.
To check out the complete results, please go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw/.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
This week, we would like to know your thoughts on the new Airport Watch program. Thanks to Dave McClurkin for suggesting this week's topic. Please go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw/ to respond.
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AVweb's AVscoop Award...
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New Articles and Features on AVweb
Life Inside the Washington TFR -- A Year (Or Two) Of Living Dangerously
AVweb has reported extensively on the challenges of flying in the
Washington, D.C., area, what with the new ADIZ and all the rest, and
especially the plight of the three GA airports located within the area. The
owner of one of those airports describes the ingenious solution they use to
fly and even train new pilots.
BizAv: March 20, 2003
AVweb's expanded coverage of business/corporate aviation continues with the
launch of a new European business charter service, struggles at Bombardier
and the TSA, growing pains in the tiltrotor program, the BizAv AD watch and
Col. Joe Kittinger
AVweb had decided to Profile Col. Joe Kittinger long before current
headlines had developed. But his trailblazing research on emergency escape
and survival procedures for astronauts gives him a unique perspective on
the Columbia disaster, and his 11 months in the Hanoi Hilton remind us what
American pilots might face in the skies over Iraq. In this month's Profile,
AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Col. Kittinger -- the first man in space.
Reader feedback on AVweb's news coverage and feature articles:
Reader mail this week about Honda's aircraft engine plans, life in the D.C.
ADIZ and more.
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