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With traveling on the airlines just getting worse, and ever more security restrictions and delays, some observers
now are fretting that travelers will go looking for charter flights and encounter shady operators. "There's going to be a lot more guys out there calling themselves John Doe's Charter," Miami attorney
Stuart Grossman told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Grossman was involved in litigation after the fatal charter crash that killed R&B singer Aaliyah and eight others in the Bahamas five years ago.
FAA spokesman Les Dorr told the Sun-Sentinel that
inspectors can't oversee every operator, every day. "The sheer number of operators requires the FAA to allocate resources where the greatest benefit can be gained," he said. The FAA offers an online consumer guide for charter users, suggesting that they ask for the number of the company's FAA operating
certificate, and check them out with the local FAA Flight Standards District Office. "If the air taxi operator is unwilling or reluctant to provide the answers to the above questions, or does not want
you to contact the FAA for verification of his or her Air Carrier Operating Certificate, you would be wise to consider another operator to fill your travel requirements," the FAA advises.
Reporter Christiane Amanpour took a look at GA security on CNN's Larry King Live last week, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) says the show was
"irresponsible in its lack of balance." NBAA President Ed Bolen wrote to the network, asking for an
opportunity to present "a full picture of GA security." No organization representing general aviation was included in the report, which looked at the security measures at GA airports. "As a result,
key facts about GA security were ignored in favor of sensationalist comments from only one source, and the industry as a whole was mischaracterized," Bolen said. On the show, reporter Ted Rowlands, at
Van Nuys Airport, said the TSA depends on the GA community to be on the alert. "They say because of those eyes and ears it really isn't that big a threat in their estimation," he said. Amanpour then
interviewed Mary Schiavo, who said, "We desperately need to increase security."
Meanwhile, across the pond, airline officials and pilots are fed up with security measures and delays. RyanAir CEO
Michael O'Leary said last week that measures such as banning shampoo and lipstick in carry-on bags are "farcical, Keystone Cops-like and completely insane and ineffectual.... We are not in danger of
dying at the hands of toiletries." He said he would sue the government if security is not restored to normal levels within a week. His airline lost about £2 million during the latest security
crisis. Pilots also have been banned from taking contact-lens solution into the cockpit, The Mirror reported. "There
is no logic at all in this," said Capt Mervyn Granshaw. Another pilot told the Sunday Herald it was ironic that his glasses were taken
away for security reasons. "While my glasses were deemed potentially deadly dangerous items, I once again took my seat at the controls of 185,000 kilos of aeroplane, people and fuel and managed to
restrain myself from taking the crash axe to all and sundry prior to rolling, inverted and diving, into the Channel," he said. Another pilot said: "It's high time BALPA [the British pilot's union] and our representatives exposed these shameful rules for what they are -- some half-witted mandarins making up petty and useless rules to justify
their existence, with equally inept and stupid people interpreting the rules."
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When LoPresti Aviation announced plans to build its Fury in Belen, N.M., last week, it made a point of saying there were dozens of other communities interested in the business. Belen, along with the
New Mexico government, offered a fat incentive program that included the state's Job Training Incentive Program, the High Wage Job Tax Credit and the Rural Job Tax Credit. The local government is also
kicking in property-tax incentives, according to ExpansionManagement.com. Among the losing bidders for LoPresti was Manitowoc, Wisc. Officials of that town publicly questioned LoPresti's description of the lengths to which other
communities and states were willing to go to lure an airplane company and questioned the manufacturer's business plan.
story in the Manitowoc Herald Times that ran shortly before the New Mexico announcement, Ken Stubbe, head of the town's economic development commission, said "LoPresti didn't seem willing or able
to provide a detailed business plan to us, and that's what we should have before we put together a proposal." The paper characterized LoPresti's claims that other locations were offering millions in
incentives as an attempt to create an artificial bidding war. "The normal entrepreneur is exuberant and tends to exaggerate. That wouldn't surprise me and you kind of ignore it, but when it goes over
the pale, you have to consider that a red flag," Stubbe told the Herald Times. Stubbe said he called five of the communities LoPresti said were in the running and, while they offered inducements, none
admitted to showering the company in the $16 million to $18 million in incentives that Stubbe said LoPresti officials told him were on the table. The story doesn't say if Belen was on Stubbe's call
list and the value of the New Mexico package isn't known.
R.J. Siegel, LoPresti's vice president of operations, told AVweb on Tuesday that officials in Manitowoc "are
really nice guys with good intentions," but it was clear early on that Wisconsin was not a lead contender for the Fury manufacturing plant. He added that he negotiated with about 75 communities across
the U.S. to find the right place to locate his business, and secured non-disclosure agreements with each one, which was breached in only one case. "So unfortunately the process became public and of
course political," he said. "My job was to find the best deal for my company. I can only hope I did just that." He added that New Mexico did not offer the biggest package. "In fact there were two
other finalists with more cash and more resources. Our final decision was based on another factor -- relationship. ... In the case of New Mexico in general and Belen in specific, no one was better.
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Adam Aircraft has attained $93 million in fresh funding, led by new investor DCM, a venture capital firm,
the company said on Tuesday. "This funding round puts Adam Aircraft in a strong position to accelerate our product development and production plans," spokeswoman Shelly Simi told AVweb
yesterday. Deliveries have started on the A500 piston twin, though full FAA certification for night and IFR operations is still pending. That certification is now just "days away," Simi said. The
company now will roll its resources over to the A700 VLJ program and hire additional engineers for its facilities in Colorado and Utah. A700 certification is currently aimed at early 2007, Simi said.
Rob Theis, DCM general partner, said he was impressed with Adam's track record. "The company's A500 aircraft, currently being delivered to customers, was certified with $80 million of investment,
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A700 VLJ certification program, led us to the conclusion that Adam Aircraft will be at the forefront of this emerging market." Besides DCM, other new investors included Mesirow Financial, W Capital
Partners, D.E.Shaw Laminar Portfolios, and Acadia Woods Partners, which joined previous investors Goldman Sachs and Hunt Growth Capital.
A Tupolev 154 operated by Pulkovo Airlines, of Russia, crashed in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, with no survivors.
Reports varied from 169 to 171 killed. The aircraft was flying at about 33,000 feet in stormy weather, with heavy rains and strong winds, and the crew issued several emergency calls. Some reports said
the airplane had caught fire in flight and the crew was trying to make an emergency landing. Others said it didn't start to burn until after it hit the ground. Authorities don't suspect terrorism. The
airplane hit a hillside field and was destroyed. Both data recorders have been recovered by investigators. It was the third major incident involving a Russian airliner in less than four months.
Tuesday, Russian officials said a criminal inquiry will look into a possible violation of safety rules. "The whole thing does not portend well," Stuart Matthews, president of the Flight Safety
Foundation, told The New York Times. "To have three major fatal accidents like this in a short space of time is pretty bad." The jet was on its way from the Russian Black Sea coast city of Anapa to
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A boater repeatedly swerved in front of a floatplane on Bantam Lake, near Hartford, Conn., earlier this month, apparently
trying to prevent it from taking off because he thought the airplane shouldn't be operating on the lake, the Hartford Courant reported this week. The boater was arrested on Sunday.
The floatplane pilot had been donating rides to inner-city campers for many years, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, whose officers made the arrest. On Aug. 4, the pilot
was trying to take off with two girls on board, when the boat pulled in front of the airplane and stopped, forcing the pilot to abort, state officials said. It happened a second time, and the pilot
returned to the dock and dropped off the girls. He then tried to take off a third time, and avoided the boat although it tried again to cut off the departure. Officials said there is no prohibition
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Advocates for a new tower at Palm Springs International Airport in California say it's needed not only for safety,
but also to ensure that business and tourism continue to grow in the area. In an editorial in The Desert Sun on Sunday, the newspaper said airplanes have nearly collided at the airport once every four months during the last year, and one reason is that the
control tower is too short. The tower, built in 1967, sits in a gully, and controllers can't see to the ends of the runway. A new tower and new radar equipment would cost about $20 million. "Our $1
billion tourism industry is heavily dependent upon people flying here," the editorial says. "If our airport gains a bad reputation for safety, that's a mark against our ability to draw tourists and
conventions." Fresh runway paint and improved signage at the airport already have improved safety, the Sun said. But as other airports have improved even more, Palm Springs continues to fall behind in
safety rankings. A Sunday news story in The Sun examined in detail the airport's
safety record, finding that "more than half" of collisions and crashes at the airport involve private pilots ... and also, of the 100,000-plus annual flights at the airport, 62 percent are driven by
private pilots. Hmmm. Between 1983 and 2003, 23 accidents occurred at the airport, the Sun reported.
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The FAA and the National Weather Service are running a test in the Leesburg, Va., Air Route Traffic Control
Center this month to see if it's really necessary to have on-staff meteorologists in the center, or if off-site weather briefers could do the work instead. The FAA says it's trying to determine if it
can save money and at the same time enhance services. "We pay the Weather Service $12 million to do face-to-face briefings for us at our facilities," FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto told The Baltimore Sun. "We could be doing this remotely through
video conferencing. It's a more efficient and cost-effective way of doing things." The FAA says the remote system would make briefings available 24 hours a day, while the current on-site briefing
stations are staffed just 16 hours a day. Weather forecasters have been on-site in radar centers since the 1970s, when a fatal airline crash was blamed on the lack of timely weather reports provided
to the pilots. Both the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the National Weather Service Employees Organization oppose the removal of meteorologists from the centers. Among union members
and on Capitol Hill, there is talk that FAA intends to replace the Weather Service briefers with a private company, according to GovExec.com.
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As the Beacon Turns #104: History Books
A pilot's logbooks can be a simple list of flight times, or they can be a journey into the past as you relive each flight. Or someone else's flights, as Michael Maya Charles discovers in this months
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Last week, we asked how you feel about being stuck with 100LL as your
Most of those who responded weren't very concerned. 100LL
will be around as long as I am, 27% of you said even if I fly
for another 35 years.
At the other end of the spectrum, 21% of respondents were girding
their loins for a rock transition between 100LL and whatever comes next.
At best, these readers feel, we can hope that a fresh start
will begin with superior engines and fuels.
What about the other half of readers who responded to last week's
For real-time results of last week's question,
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
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"Picture of the Week" submissions inch back up to normal levels this
week, with just under 100 photos in our contest. As usual, our
photos come from all around the globe although this week, there seemed
to be a curiously high number of submissions from Illinois, at least
among our top ten or fifteen contenders. (What, did you guys all
get the week off work?) Two of them even made it into this week's
feature, although if you're looking for our winning photo, you'll want
to shift your gaze a bit to the southwest to Lawrence, Kansas, home of
Congratulations, Doug! Keep your eye on the mailbox, 'cause
we'll be sending you one of those sharp-looking AVweb baseball caps to
warm your head in that li'l Dragonfly.
To win one of these hats for yourself, you mustsubmit
your aviation photos! Each week, we'll choose our favorites
and share them right here on AVweb but we can only do that if you keep
sending photos. So get cracking! (Maybe your state or
province can make it a week-long holiday, like they do in Illinois.)
This is a self-portrait of myself, towing a hang glider aloft with a Bailey-Moyes Dragonfly tug. The disorienting, M.C. Escher-like composition is due to the fact that I am
aiming my camera at the tug's large rear-view mirror, capturing myself, the Dragonfly, and the glider on tow, with a straight-ahead view of the Ottawa,
Kansas countryside surrounding the mirror.
LLC owns the tug and uses it to provide hang gliding instruction
and towing in the flat lands of eastern Kansas.
AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for
our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up. Due to privacy issues,
AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos.
There's no end to the comments we could make about this photo from
Michael Kant of Kitimat, British
Columbia (Canada). But we haven't had a picture that speaks so
uh, eloquently for itself in recent memory.
("Taken at Abbottsford Airshow on August 11th,"
according to Michael. Be sure to click through to the
for a better view.)
The B-17 Sentimental Journey sure gets around! What's more,
she always inspires people to break out their cameras we can't tell
you how many times we've seen this girl in "POTW" entries, and she always
seems to make the final round of selections.
Christoper S. White and son
Chris (of Granville, Ohio) saw
Sentimental Journey at the Zanesville Municipal Airport earlier this
To wrap it up this week, we turn to Derich
Hofmann of Antelope, Oregon:
Taken last week up at Young Life's Malibu Club youth camp at the Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia, Canada. While it's a real airplane, for some reason the photo makes it look
like a toy, almost like the old movies that used models for some of the scenes.
Chris [Marshall] is a great friend of mine that took this photo. When I told him there's a lot of folks out there in the
world that would love to see this, he had no problem with
me sending this in to you.
We've certainly go no problem with it, Derich. Send our thanks to
Chris and for everyone who's reading this on AVweb, here's another one
where you'll want to click through for the
(Especially if you have a nice "widescreen" monitor layout.)
A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the
source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest.
If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed
authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain,
send us an e-mail.
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