AVflashVol. 9, Issue 13aMarch 24, 2003
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THE WAR AT HOME...
As cities across the country cringe at the thought of Washington- and New York-style security blankets being thrown over them, Chicago continues its campaign to put a lid on aircraft activity. However, the TSA and FAA, which have come under varying forms of criticism for the assortment of TFRs and other security provisions that now dot the map, find themselves in the unusual position of having to justify not imposing restrictions over Chicago. Their reasoning is pretty simple (and perhaps familiar): There's no threat. In New Jersey, James E. McGreevey announced on Friday that any aircraft left for more than 24 hours at any of the state's 486 licensed general aviation facilities must have a "two-lock" system. More...
...HIJACK TRANSPONDER RULE PANNED...
While the FAA gets kudos for the Chicago decision, it's being accused of going overboard in pushing for "hijack" transponders for GA aircraft. The agency has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require the replacement of virtually all existing transponders in GA aircraft with models that have a panic button. Pressing the button automatically sets the transponder to the hijack code and it can't be reset in the air. The FAA introduced the NPRM in February and was going to close comments March 17. It's now extended the comment period to April 18. More...
...PAMA MAINTAINS SECURITY RULE UNFAIR
Meanwhile, comments are due Tuesday on the controversial rule that gives the TSA, via the FAA, the right to suspend and ultimately revoke airmen certificates for perceived security threats. All of the pilot-oriented alphabet groups have taken generous swipes at the rule, which essentially makes the TSA the sole arbiter of who is allowed to hold a certificate. But the rule, which became law Jan. 24 -- without a preceding comment period -- also affects aircraft mechanics. The FAA has been taking comments since the rule was enacted and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has now put in its two cents' worth. More...
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KEEPING SPIRITS UP...
So, who will be dining out with the awards-granting National Aeronautics Association next year? Included among this year's record attempts, Steve Fossett is still seeking more than 49,000 feet in a glider. Gerhard Schauble, of Kelowna, B.C., Canada, will attempt to fly his Glasair 22,858 miles at an average 250 mph. He plans to stop only for fuel. Endurance of a different sort will be needed by the Pakistani military pilot who hopes to set the record for an ultralight flight from Karachi to Peshawar. And -- though it's hard to believe it hasn't already been done -- Lee Owens, a 54-year-old chief pilot and instructor, hopes to become the first black man to fly around the world solo in a single-engine plane, a P-51, in tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. More...
...RUBBER-BAND PLANE HITS NEW HEIGHTS...
In the guts-and-glory world of aviation records, it's nice to see the whimsical getting a little recognition sometimes. This is supposed to be fun, after all, isn't it? So, full marks to the NAA for naming the rubber-band-powered exploits of one James Richmond in its annual declaration of the Most Memorable Aviation Records. Last Aug. 4, the "double strand rubber motor" in Richmond's homebuilt model airplane helped keep the creation aloft for 47 minutes and 19 seconds, not much less than some fighters will last at full burner. More...
...AS NAA AWARDS SIX MOST MEMORABLE OF 2002
The theme of higher, faster and farther dominates the remaining five of the Most Memorable. An astounding 300-person formation parachute jump, Steve Fossett's solo balloon flight around the southern hemisphere, Lee Behel Jr.'s 3-km straight-course speed record of 354 mph in a Lancair Turbine IV-P, Bruce Bohannon's single-engine climb to 41,611 feet, and more, will be honored at a gala ceremony and dinner at College Park Aviation Museum in Maryland next Monday. More...
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FEWER FLIGHTS, HIGHER ACCIDENT RATE
We flew less but we crashed proportionately more in 2002, according to a new report by the NTSB. There were actually 12 fewer GA accidents in 2002 (1,714) compared to 2001 (1,726) but because we spent less time in the air, the accident rate actually jumped from 6.28 per 100,000 hours to 6.56. Despite fewer hours, there were more fatal accidents in 2002 (343) compared to 2001 (325). The trends were opposite in Part 121 and Part 135 operations. More...
ALASKA GETS GPS/WAAS
If it works in Alaska, does it mean that true GPS/WAAS IFR navigation will come to the Lower 48? On March 13, the FAA passed a final rule creating Special Federal Aviation Regulation 97 that allows properly equipped aircraft in parts of Alaska to use satellite-based navigation aids as their sole reference during en route portions of their flights. Current regulations normally require ground based navigation aids be available to IFR flights regardless of the use of GPS equipment. SFAR 97 is an incremental result of the Capstone program, which was begun in 1999 aiming to improve flight safety stats in Alaska. More...
AIRLINES SINK DEEPER
For the record, on March 11, the Air Transport Association predicted "a serious risk of chaotic industry bankruptcies and liquidations" that could result in "forced nationalization of the industry." Within days of the start of hostilities in Iraq, those predictions are already coming true. On Friday, Hawaiian Airlines filed for Chapter 11 protection. The 73-year-old carrier told the bankruptcy court it had $256 million in assets and $399 million in liabilities. Northwest Airlines is laying off 4,900 people, or 11 percent of its workforce, and grounding 20 planes. And that's not all ... actually that's not even close to all. More...
SUITS ALLEGE C-17 MAINTENANCE COVERUP
Lawsuits by two United Air Lines mechanics contend that documents were falsified and corners cut in a maintenance contract for the military's C-17 Globemaster transports. The documents, obtained by The Dallas Morning News, allege that mechanics were told to hide evidence of oil leaks in the engines and to say on documents that they'd improperly torqued bolts when they used ordinary wrenches. The company declined specific comment on the claims and the military says it isn't worried about the safety of the aircraft. More...
CANADA REGULATES PRIVATIZED AIRPORTS
Canada's government is giving its major airports a blueprint on the fees it can charge for aeronautical and passenger services. The government has introduced the Canada Airports Act in Parliament. And since the governing Liberal Party controls Parliament by a hefty majority, the proposed legislation is almost sure to pass. Much of the new act formalizes a blurry relationship between the government, which owns the country's 30 or so major airports, and the local airport authorities that lease them. More...
Owners of GE CT7 turboprop engines must repeatedly inspect propeller gearbox impending bypass buttons for extension and replace other parts as necessary to ensure the props feather properly when the pilot wants them to.
Owners of Air Tractor models AT-300, -301, -302 and -440A must inspect the centerline splice joint for cracks and report those findings to the FAA earlier than mandated by a previous AD.
Learjet Model 45 owners are subject to an emergency AD and must look for a certain part in the jack screw assembly that needs replacing.
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ON THE FLY...
Performer Chris Smisson died after his SP-95 crashed at Gulf Salute 2003 in Florida...
Congress eyes $6.8 billion for airliner missile defenses...
Hammerschmidt retired, Engleman to take over as NTSB chair...
PAMA looking for maintenance Olympians...Ronald Reagan's old jet to become library feature...
Osprey flight testing resumed ahead of schedule...
John and Martha King became AOPA Air Safety Foundation Life Associates.
More from our If Only file...
The comm radio failed again while practicing instrument approaches. After restoring communications...
Cessna 12345: "Approach, Cessna 12345 is going to break of the approach, procede VFR to (uncontrolled home field), and kick this radio down the stairwell."
Controller, "Cessna 12345, approved, squawk VFR. After a short pause, "Will that work with my teenager?"
The Pilot's Lounge #59: "Any Traffic Please Advise" and Other UNICOM Moronisms
Spring is coming, and that means more congestion at small airports and on the Unicom frequencies. Things would be a lot less hectic (and a lot more safe) if pilots would listen and think before transmitting, and AVweb's Rick Durden has some suggestions for both.
Exhaust System Care
In Star Trek movies, warp factor means nothing but speed. In our airplanes it means nothing but trouble, as Mike Berry reported in Light Plane Maintenance.
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Reader mail this week about the Wright stuff, the FAA information network and more.
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