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Volume 12, Number 36a
September 4, 2006
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Happy Labor Dayback to top 

If your clearances are a little clipped, your handoffs a little brisk, it could be the controller working your flight is a little hot under the collar -- the collar he or she likely now has to wear while at work. Now, it's hard to tell if the agency was sending a message to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) or whether senior brass were oblivious to organized labor's affinity for this particular statutory holiday but the FAA's choice to impose hated new work rules on the Labor Day weekend was not lost on the union. "It's like getting fired on Christmas. It's the worst, punch-in-the-gut blow to the morale of this workforce imaginable," said NATCA President Pat Forrey. "But our position is very simple: We do not consider the imposed work rules [which include a dress code] to be valid because they were not negotiated and have not been ratified by the NATCA membership." More...

The contract clamps down on areas of alleged abuse by the union, including the entitlement to sick pay. Whereas controllers have, in the past, self-certified their medical fitness on a day-to-day basis, in addition to the mandatory medical checkups, the new rules appear to require supervisors to judge whether a controller can get through a shift. The union says safety will be compromised by forcing controllers to work when they say they don't feel well or are too tired to. Another change apparently does away with the usual break after two hours on position. But perhaps what rankles controllers most, on a personal level, at least, is the formal dress code being introduced. More...

While the battle inside the towers and centers may (to outsiders) have its whimsical side, the practical impact of the new regime could be significant. NATCA appears determined to fight each and every violation of the new rules cited by management. In a memo to controllers at a major center (we do know which one), union leaders are urging members to exercise their rights to the letter. "If a supervisor tries to talk with you regarding the way your are dressed, it constitutes a formal meeting," the memo reads. "Stop the conversation immediately and ask for a union representative. The same approach should be used on any other changes in your working conditions, ask for a rep immediately. The Agency has a legal obligation to comply." More...

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Controller Staffing Takes Center Stageback to top 

The unidentified manager of the Lexington tower was apparently trying to solve a staffing shortage by shifting responsibility for radar control of aircraft when Flight 5191 crashed off the end of the airport's GA runway. According to The New York Times, the FAA issued a memo to managers nine months ago specifying that towers with operative radar consoles be staffed by a minimum of two controllers, one to monitor the radar and one to look out the windows. A single controller was on duty the morning of the crash, in seeming defiance of that rule, but it apparently wasn't for lack of trying. More...

The Lexington tragedy had reporters all over the country phoning their local airports trying to determine if such a catastrophe could happen in their town. In Akron, Ohio, the local paper discovered that Akron-Canton Regional Airport had only one set of eyes looking out for air traffic in the wee hours, but was assured by the FAA that it was OK. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said that at midnight, radar responsibility shifts to Cleveland Center. "If the radar isn't up, there's no reason for someone to be standing there," he said. "It's a waste of taxpayers' money." Interestingly, Akron-Canton has about 12 flights during the early morning hours compared to Lexington's six or so. More...

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The Push For ADS-Bback to top 

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said the crash of Comair Flight 5191 might have been avoided if the CRJ-100 had been equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). Blakey told reporters at a news conference at UPS's headquarters in Louisville that ADS-B's LCD screen (not unlike a host of vastly more affordable products currently available to the private pilot) tells pilots which runway they're on and that might have alerted the crew in time to avert the disaster. Blakey was in Louisville to tout ADS-B as the next-generation air navigation system, something UPS has already committed to. More...

AOPA is a big supporter of ADS-B as long as it includes free weather and traffic information and the cost of the electronics is reasonable, AOPA's government affairs expert Andy Cebula told an "Industry Day" on ADS-B hosted by the FAA last week. "AOPA has worked on ADS-B for more than a decade, and we're convinced it will improve safety and utility for GA pilots and reduce costs for the FAA, if it is developed and implemented correctly," said Cebula. He said it's understood that ADS-B will eventually become the minimum equipment standard for flying in controlled airspace but, before that happens, AOPA wants a nationwide system to have been in place for 10 years before it becomes mandatory. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

A Cincinnati pilot hopes to become the first to touch down in a Light Sport aircraft in all 48 contiguous states later this month but it's the worried parents of sick children who will benefit. Preston Bentley, 26, who works at Blue Ash Aviation and Charter, will fly a T-II Sky Skooter on the epic 8,000-nm flight, which he hopes to finish in 30 days. Along the way he'll be trying to raise $500,000 for Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House, one of 259 comfortable places for families of sick children to stay while the kids are in the hospital away from home. "I want to do something good for this world, and I want to see and experience as much of it as possible in the process," Bentley said. More...

The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) on Friday ordering operators of all Beech 1900s to inspect wings for cracks. The AD came after reports of cracks in two 1900s. No accident have been reported. Beech spokesman Mike Turner told The Associated Press that the company had already notified owners and most of the 350 aircraft, generally used for short-haul commuter flights, had already been inspected. It's not known if any more cracked wings were found. According to the AD, the cracks found in the two 1900s were significant and, in one of the aircraft, may have occurred after the detailed inspection that is required after 17,500 hours. More...

Don't Worry, It's on Cessna 
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News Briefsback to top 

What seems to enthusiastic onlookers like one of the longest aircraft development programs, Seawind, hit a major milestone last week with the first certification test flight of a Seawind amphib built at the factory in St. Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec. Details of the flight weren't released. But until this flight, all other Seawinds, including the well-worn demo plane flown from air show to air show, were built from kits. The company now says it hopes to have Transport Canada certification for VFR within four months. IFR and other certifications will follow, including full authority digital engine control (FADEC) on the big Continental 550 that rests on a pylon protruding from the tail. More...

Avemco Insurance is offering new pilots up to 10 percent off premiums (including non-owner coverage) if they learn to fly in a Cessna Pilot Center training program. Avemco says the Cessna program goes beyond the FAA minimums for flight training and that's a cornerstone of its incentive program. Students get a 5-percent discount just for enrolling. Completing the course extends the discount another year and if the student also takes a Practical Risk Management Course from King Schools, the discount is 10 percent. The incentive is part of Avemco's Safety Rewards Program started in 2002 and Jim Lauerman, Avemco's VP of Insurance Operations, said the results are encouraging. "With three years of solid claims data there is no question this program has helped to reduce accidents and stabilize insurance premiums," Lauerman said. "Our underwriting results are better for customers who have participated in one or both aspects of the program." More...

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News Briefsback to top 

A bizarre incident aboard an Air Canada Jazz flight last week has raised questions about just how terror-proof those new bullet-proof (and apparently pilot-proof) cockpit doors are. With 30 minutes left in the flight from Ottawa to Winnipeg, the captain left the cockpit to use the washroom in the rear of the CRJ-100. When he got back, the door lock had apparently malfunctioned and he was unable to get back to his post. Now, the first officer was up front and fully capable of landing the plane but the captain apparently insisted on being in his seat. In front of 50 passengers, he and the cabin crew popped the hinges on the door. More...

Astronauts who make the next foray to the moon will go and return in much the same way as their predecessors did but they might be more comfortable. Last week NASA awarded a $3.9 billion contract to Lockheed Martin to build next-generation spacecraft to replace the space shuttle that look -- and function -- a lot like the Apollo capsules of 30 years ago. Gone are wings and other aerodynamic surfaces in favor of heat shields and parachutes in a reusable craft, called Orion, that will go to the International Space Station and the moon after the space shuttle is retired. More...

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News in Briefback to top 

Take a Labor Day flight over Dallas in a DC-3 (aka R4D)...
FAA will go rulemaking route with landing margin rules...
Two MU-2s crashed in a week in Florida...
Iranian airliner crash killed 28...
Cellphone detector marketed to airlines. More...

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If you missed Friday's audio news, you missed an interview with a former member of the NTSB regarding the Comair crash. AVweb posts fresh audio news issues each Monday, plus interviews, Friday. We call them podcasts, but no iPod is required. Check our audio news index and hear what you've been missing.

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Featuresback to top 



Motor Head #15: Great Shakes -- On The Inside Of Prop Vibration Testing
This month's Motor Head column needs this disclaimer: Don't try this at home! AVweb's Marc Cook got to see what happens when manufacturers and designers have to test new propeller/engine combinations.

Probable Cause #14: The "Dirty Harry" Vector
Add a late descent clearance to a request to expedite and the result is something Harry Callahan warned us about.




AVmail: Sep. 4, 2006
Reader mail this week about the Comair RJ crash in Lexington and ATC pay. More...

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Your Favorite FBO'sback to top 

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Aitkin Aviation at KAIT, Aitkin, MN.

Offering up Aitkin, Helen Woods told us, " My boyfriend and I stopped in for fuel during a long cross country trip to find a beautiful little country airport -- the type with a cub in every hanger and folding chairs in the hanger doorways gazing out onto the runway. The FBO manager came out and topped us off with reasonably priced fuel. They offered three grades including MoGas, which saved us a good deal of money. We then discovered that they had a beautiful grassy and tree lined campsite, complete with fire ring, grill, picnic table, and a huge mountain of firewood. They also had a 24hr pilot lounge complete with a shower, clean restroom, and weather computer, which they offered to us for indoor camping if we preferred. As the weather had deteriorated, we took them up on their hospitality decided to camp in their beautiful campsite. No sooner had we unrolled our tents than the FBO manager drove a car over to us and handed us the keys, maps of town, and directions to good food and enjoyable places to visit. We spent two nights at this airport and left on a Saturday morning when we found the FBO manager making huge pots of chilli for a vibrant volunteer airport community that had come out to repaint the runway markings. We said our good-byes and were handed two bags of locally grown wild rice as parting gifts from the FBO manager as we left. All of this, except the fuel and charts we purchased, was free of charge. If this FBO isn't worthy of an AVweb award, I don't know what is!"

Keep those nominations coming.

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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!


Attention, Cessna Owners and Pilots!
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AVwebBizback to top 

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The Lighter Side Of Flightback to top 


Proper radio technique -- think, click, speak...

Flying in the practice area northwest of Daytona Beach an aircraft was giving an advisory call that went like this:

Lake Disston traffic, Cessna 12345 is northeast ... uh, west. No, east. [pause] Where the hell are we?




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Flying Flies Cessna's Mustang, the Newest Light Jet
Plus, Flying tells readers how to stay safe and legal in "The New VFR" complicated airspace; offers a review of the Bartlesville biplane fly-in celebration; serves up the EAA's Q&A regarding the new Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft Rule; discusses unrecoverable spins; and much more. Order your money-saving subscription online.

IFR's October Issue Deals Up Some Interesting Technical Cards
"The Cloud Eraser" — the technology to see through clouds is filtering down to GA; "ATC Carping 101" — don't fight, make a difference while protecting your backside; "Cool-Earth Fog" — good clues when area forecasts fail; "A May Day GPS Approach" — that button is only as useful as the skill with which you use it; "The Four Horsemen" — it's the little things that kill you. Plus: A killer quiz with Mexican food and Jet A on the menu; and more. Don't miss an issue of IFR; order online.

Names Behind the Newsback to top 

AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

Today's issue was written by news writer Russ Niles (bio).

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