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Volume 12, Number 27a
July 3, 2006
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The FAA's Balancing Act back to top 
ATG - The Way You Used to Fly Is History!
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

Although they probably knock on wood at every opportunity, FAA officials have earned some bragging rights when it comes to the decade-long focus on flight safety. It's now been almost five years since American Airlines Flight 587 went down in New York City, which the FAA sees as the last "major" airliner crash in the U.S. In 1997, not long after TWA Flight 800 exploded off Long Island and ValuJet 592 plowed into the Florida Everglades, Al Gore headed a White House commission that set the goal of reducing accidents by 80 percent over the next decade. According to a USA Today report, we've almost reached that goal. In fact, if you accept USA Today's methodology, your chances of being killed while flying on a domestic airliner within the U.S., Canada, Europe or Japan in the past five years dropped to zero. More...

In fact, the flight portion of an airline trip is no longer considered the dangerous part. FAA officials privately suggest that they consider the greatest risk for the next major accident to be a runway incursion of some sort and there have been some close calls in the last couple of years. (Note: the FAA and the air traffic controllers union have not recently appeared to be the best of friends.) According to the USA Today report, the improved flight safety record resulted from some (seemingly) common-sense measures that made the agency, the airlines and flight crews allies in safety. For instance, regulators simplified approaches and traffic routes around airports, while airlines stepped up monitoring of flight crew performance. Pilots themselves have all but abandoned the patriarchal (and sometimes dangerous) notion that the four-striper in the left seat's judgment and authority is never questioned. More...

The FAA says it's trying to operate the National Airspace System as a "business" and it's therefore looking for efficiencies through consolidation and staff deployment. The New York Times last week reported that the agency intends to virtually freeze staff transfers between facilities, pare down the numbers of air traffic controllers in favor of better technology and consider eliminating the staff meteorologist positions at the 20 en route facilities. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association says the changes will discourage the most experienced controllers from seeking the most challenging jobs and cutting weather jobs may cost lives. "There's no doubt in my mind that people are saved, literally saved, every year by having [meteorologists] in the control room," union spokesman Kevin Bianchi told the Times. More...

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AirVenture Is In The Air back to top 

It begins with an almost imperceptible up-tick in the message count on our in-boxes and builds to a torrent of product announcements and press releases that tickle our server and bury us mere mortals in mounds of aviation information. The trickle has turned to a flow this week as aviation begins preparations in earnest for the annual migration to Wisconsin and EAA AirVenture. We're getting ready, too, with four published reports from the show (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday) and three podcast features (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) fleshing out on our virtual whiteboard. And while it's unlikely we'll see again the magnitude of accomplishment and innovation that was represented at last year's show (SpaceShipOne, Global Flyer, HondaJet, Mustang, etc...) there's plenty of new stuff for patrons to see and do. One center of this year's buzz will be Cessna's light sport aircraft. More...

Of course, every manufacturer wants its latest and greatest at the big show but they're often cagey about making promises they can't keep. However, reading between the lines, there appear to be some new aircraft set for debut. Comp Airannounced introduction of a new pressurized, eight-place turboprop single called the Comp Air 9. CubCrafters' new Sport Cub Light-Sport airplane is expected to get LSA approval in early July so it will likely be there. And, if everything works out for Eclipse, it may celebrate FAA certification of its long-awaited very light jet (VLJ) at this year's Oshkosh, missing only one (range, and not by much) of its many performance guarantees. There are bound to be some surprises, too. Of course, in aviation, the best-laid plans can go awry in the blink of an eye and some new products will miss this year's show. More...

With the way the show has turned into such a commercial extravaganza, the roots and original purpose of the fly-in can be easy to overlook. However, the educational and safety training component of AirVenture is as strong as ever, with hundreds of forums and numerous hands-on training opportunities available just by signing up, or finding a seat. Among the issues that has threatened a significant segment of GA pilots is the addition of ethanol to automotive fuels to stretch them and cut emissions. However, aircraft engines should never touch the stuff and not all states require that gas pumps indicate the presence of ethanol in the fuel. In time for Oshkosh, EAA has introduced a simple and inexpensive kit that will detect ethanol in gasoline. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

AOPA has writtenthe FAA asking that a section of a proposed airworthiness directiveon Lycoming crankshafts be scrapped since it will cost owners thousands of dollars and do nothing to increase safety. As we reported in June, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would require owners of about 3,800 360- and 540-series engines to replace the crankshafts at either the next scheduled overhaul, the next time the case is split, or at 12 years since date of manufacture or overhaul, regardless of the number of hours on the crank. AOPA's Luis Guttierez says in the letter that even the FAA knows the 12-year deadline has no practical value. "The FAA readily admits in the proposed AD [that] the unsafe condition is unrelated to calendar time and that the crank removal at overhaul is sufficient to reduce the risk of failure to an acceptable level," Gutierrez said. More...

As the U.S. eyes Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) as an important tool in the modernization of the National Airspace System, Australia is backing off on its ambitious deployment program. Airservices Australia has cancelled a request for proposals (RPF) to equip 1,500 GA aircraft with the necessary gear to perform a real-life test of the system. The company says the plan was premature. "Airservices' own consultation process has led the organisation to conclude that some elements of the aviation industry and government need more time to consider the costs, timeframe and implementation issues associated with the introduction of ADS-B technology in lieu of en route radars," CEO Greg Russell is quoted by Flight International as saying in a letter to staff. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

The New AVweb — Coming 

Well, you know that annoying high spot in the runway at your home airport? Those based at or visiting Bloomsburg Municipal Airport in Pennsylvania last week were counting their lucky stars that the grading crews weren't as thorough as they might have been as they huddled on the last patch of dry pavement during a week of heavy rain and widespread flooding. A stubborn low dumped a torrent of rain on the Northeast and the nearby Susquehanna River couldn't hold it all. Eight counties were declared a disaster area. There was no answer at the airport and a NOTAM closing the airport was still in effect when we last looked but the floodwaters were receding over the weekend and cleanup has begun. More...

The NTSB said Thursday that "airliner fuel tanks are as flammable today as they were 10 years ago," as the tenth anniversary of the explosion of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island looms on July 17. (The incident was not the first of its kind -- one event happened quite recently.) And while an effective and relatively inexpensive (by airliner standards) system to prevent such catastrophes has been available for a couple of years (and has even spawned an updated design), the FAA has yet to implement regulations (though it has drafted a Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking) requiring that airliners be less explosion-prone. "The longer we wait, the possibility of a catastrophic explosion remains," Mark Rosenker, NTSB Acting Chairman, said in an interview. "The objective is to eliminate these fuel tank explosions as quickly as we can." More...

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News Briefs back to top 

While there's still no word on what will happen to the FAA's (heavily influenced) bid to make the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) a permanent fixture, the sore spot was rubbed a little earlier this month when the NOTAM that enforces the long list of flight restrictions was reissued. A couple of days after the new (old) NOTAM appeared on the FAA Web site, AOPA issued a news releaseclaiming progress in the political battle against the controversial measure. AOPA says a high-ranking Congressman on the Committee on Homeland Security has challenged the Department of Homeland Security to justify the ADIZ. "The Committee on Homeland Security has oversight responsibility over the DHS -- they can't get around this," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs. More...

One of the first commercial helicopter pilots in the U.S. died June 15. Joseph Seward got his commercial helicopter certificate in 1947, while still a carrier-based Navy pilot. His company, Rotor Aids, did everything from crop-dusting to servicing oil platforms. He helped found the California Helicopter Association, which became the Helicopter Association of America (he was founding president) and finally Helicopter Association International. Seward retired from the helicopter business in 1980 and operated a hotel on Bora Bora for nine years, but the bug hit again and in 1991 he built and flew a kit helicopter. His ashes will be spread at sea from a helicopter. More...

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News in Brief back to top 

A 14-year-old Inglewood, Calif., boy is said to be the youngest African-American person to fly an international round trip in a helicopter. Jonathan Strickland landed a Robinson R44 at Compton Airport in California on Saturday after completing a 15-hour return trip from Boundary Bay Airport, in Delta, British Columbia. On his way to B.C., he became the youngest African-American person to fly a helicopter solo and to do so internationally, according to an Associated Press story.While at Boundary Bay, he took a flight in a Cessna 172 and an R22 and, according to AP, became the youngest to solo both a helicopter and airplane on the same day. "It feels good," Strickland told AP. "Anybody can do it. It just takes a lot of hard work." Fourteen is the legal age to fly alone in Canada (aside from age, there are other requirements). While in the U.S., Srickland was accompanied by an instructor. More...

Black airline pilots host summer aviation camps...
UND proposes radar plan to integrate UAVs in airspaces...
Jet jockey chosen for Rocket Racing League team pilot...
Three survived the fiery crash of a Citation in Upland, CA...
Congressman wants no-fly zone over New York nuke plant...
Sierra Club suing DOD over wind farm/radar study delay...
Two emergency landings in same town on same day. More...

What have you heard? There might be something to it. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. Our best stories start with your tips. More...

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 


Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to BOLIVAR AVIATION at M17, Bolivar, MO.


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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBO's in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


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Features back to top 

CEO of the Cockpit #59: Do It for the Love of the Game
Passengers crammed into the back of an airliner may think otherwise, but airline pilots do end up working a lot of hours each month. So why would AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit take on an extra flight filled with steroid-enhanced athletes?


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Find exclusive interviews featuring TCM president Bryan Lewis, NATCA president John Carr, New Piper CEO Jim Bass, Hal Shevers for Sporty's Pilot Shop, 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 online, now. You'll hear things you won't find anywhere else. More...

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AVwebBiz back to top 

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The Lighter Side Of Flight back to top 

Flying high...

Delta: Center, Delta 123 request higher.

Center: Delta 123, climb and maintain Flight Level 500.

(long pause)

Center: Delta 123, how much higher did you want?

Delta: Center, Flight Level 390 would be fine. (pause) Thanks for asking. More...



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AVweb Announces AVweb Flight Explorer Personal Edition 5.0 Coming to Your Computer July 6th!
New features include: FAA airport delays; enhanced terrain/elevation map depictions and updated Airways; NAVAIDs; Fixes; Special Use Airspace; Sector boundaries; Flight Service Stations; and more. Current subscribers will need to download and install the new version of AVweb Flight Explorer. For more information about the AVweb Flight Explorer upgrade, check out the FAQ page.

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Pilots Comment After Reading IFR: A Structured Approach:
"The GPS chapter alone is worth getting the book. It's the best instrument flying book I have ever read," states Fred Scott. "If one book could help you make the leap from a bit player to a skilled conductor of instrument flight, this is probably it," reads a November 2003 AOPA Pilot review. With the help of this book, you will establish your personal standard of IFR operating practices, including incorporation of checklists, flows, callouts, briefings, and the "fly by the numbers" method of aircraft control. Order online.

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Light Plane Maintenance's July Highlights Include:
"Engine Basics" -- first in a series on how your engine really works (this month covers overall design of "flat" engines); "Cylinder Pre-Inspection" -- a set of criteria to make sure cylinders are set up right; "Engine Performance Mods" -- which are worth the expense; "It's All in the Details" -- examples and solutions to avoid having your day spoiled; "Brake Pad Replacement" -- you can do it yourself with a little help from Light Plane Maintenance. If any of these articles appeals to you, you need Light Plane Maintenance every month. Order online.

Names Behind The News back to top 

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