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AIRCRAFT ATTRACT SCRUTINY 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.
KING LOOKS AT GA SECURITY; NBAA OBJECTS 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
PILOTS LOSE PATIENCE 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. More...
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THE SCENES: MAKING THE LOPRESTI FURY 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 Manitowac, 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. More...
AND POLITICS In a story in the Manitowac 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
INTO AN IDEA R.J. Siegel, LoPresti's vice president of
operations, told AVweb on Tuesday that officials in Manitowac
"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." More...
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A700 CERTIFICATION -- $93 MILLION CLOSER 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.
AIRLINER CRASH KILLS 169 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. More...
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ARRESTED FOR INTERFERING WITH SEAPLANE 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. More...
SPRINGS TOWER AS AN ECONOMIC ISSUE 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." More...
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MUCH IS A LIVE WEATHER BRIEFER WORTH? 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." More...
CLARK'S LATEST David Clark Co.'s new X11 Electronic
Noise-Canceling aviation headset has hit the market, with
"dramatically enhanced" comfort and new user-friendly features. The X11
represents the culmination of years of research and development, the
company says, based on the input of dozens of commercial and GA pilots.
The sleek, lightweight headset uses a low-force carbon-fiber suspension
assembly and fabric-faced, contoured gel ear seals for comfort. The
entire headset weights just 12 ounces and folds compactly into its own
carrying case. A small control unit, powered by two AA batteries (good
for about 30 hours), features inputs for your cellphone and music
Do You Know Who Aviation Insurance Brokers
The fact is that many private pilots don't understand that brokers do
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THE FLY... AOPA gives Lockheed-Martin a B+ for its operation
of FSSs... The FAA okayed a new airport site for St. George,
Utah... Kaiser Aluminum will provide aluminum for Eclipse
jets... FAA AD aims to correct heading errors in Sandel TAWS/RMI
units... Microlon aviation-engine treatment pushing into auto
market... Synergy Air offers kitbuilders a course in fiberglass
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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 As The Beacon
Tale of Whoa With the right tools and the right techniques, you
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NEWS For AVweb subscribers who prefer their news
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Find exclusive interviews featuring Cessna's Jack Pelton on
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The 2006 New Piper Mirage Offers Serious
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OF THE WEEK: YOUR AVIATION LINEAGE This week, AVweb wants to
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OF THE WEEK "Picture of the Week"
submissions inch back up to normal levels thisweek, with just under 100
photos in our contest. As usual, ourphotos come from all around the
globe although this week, there seemedto be a curiously high
number of submissions from Illinois, at leastamong our top ten or
fifteen contenders. (What, did you guys allget the week off work?) Two
of them even made it into this week'sfeature, although if you're looking
for our winning photo, you'll wantto shift your gaze a bit to the
southwest to Lawrence, Kansas, home ofDoug DuBois. Congratulations, Doug! Keep
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