AVwebFlash - Volume 12, Number 36b

September 7, 2006

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Battle Over ATC Staffing back to top 
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Towers, Money, And Controllers

Although conflict over staffing levels for air traffic control has been simmering for years between the FAA and the controllers union, last week's fatal crash in Lexington, Ky., has upped the rhetoric. The FAA said this week that towers at Duluth, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., were the only towers besides Lexington that have both ground and radar functions that didn't have two controllers on duty Sunday night. In New York, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is demanding that all towers in the state must be fully staffed around the clock. He also wants Congress to allocate $60 million to replace the 42-year-old tower at LaGuardia Airport, which has been plagued by leaks and power problems. "The FAA says we don't need as many controllers because we have updated our equipment, but they haven't updated the equipment, at LaGuardia and at too many other towers," Schumer said. "So the new tower is essential to reducing delays and improving safety on the ground and in the skies." Schumer said only two of 12 towers in New York are fully staffed.

NATCA: Understaffing Is Widespread

"It isn't just about one-person midnight shifts and airports like LEX," Ruth Marlin, executive vice president for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), told The Eagle Tribune. "The FAA is short-staffed at O'Hare, Atlanta and Dallas towers. If you don't have enough people, you either can't provide the service or can't maintain the safety margin." FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said last week at a news conference in Louisville, Ky., that staffing is not a problem. "Overall, across the country, we do not have a shortage of air-traffic controllers," Blakey said. Dr. Charles Czeisler, professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, told The Eagle Tribune that the sleep-deprived schedule kept by the lone Lexington controller could cause attention lapses and cut reaction time. Czeisler added that sleep deprivation can cause impairment comparable to being legally drunk. The controller at Lexington had worked 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, taken a nine-hour break and then returned to work at 11:30 p.m. after two hours of sleep, according to the NTSB. "That is a bad schedule from a human-performance point of view," Gregory Belenky, director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University, told USA Today. The FAA has said the lone controller didn't fail to do anything he should have done, and having a second controller on duty might not have made any difference.

Will Congress Take Action?

The senator from New York is not the only voice in Washington calling for change. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., and Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., who are both on the House transportation committee, have demanded an investigation by the Transportation Department's inspector general, USA Today reports. "In aviation, there's no curb to pull over and look under the hood," Oberstar said. "What you're always looking for is widening the margin of safety." On Tuesday, The Associated Press reported that a control tower supervisor at Lexington had filed an anonymous safety report with NASA in 2004. The supervisor reported the airport's radar system wasn't working properly but managers refused to call in a mechanical specialist because it would mean paying two hours of overtime. The supervisor said staffing in Lexington was a "low priority to the powers above us," and added, "Those types of poorly thought out decisions can cost lives." FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown responded to the AP regarding the NASA memo. "The anonymous report from 2004 appears to express concern about maintenance technicians, not air traffic controllers. We don't have a staff problem in general at control towers," she said.

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White House Names New DOT Chief back to top 

Mary Peters Chosen To Succeed Mineta

Mary Peters has been nominated by President Bush to take over Norman Mineta's cabinet seat as Secretary of Transportation, the White House announced on Tuesday. Peters was formerly the head of the Federal Highway Administration and director of the Arizona Department of Transportation. She is currently working in the private sector as a transportation policy analyst. "Mary has a reputation for character and common sense," the president said. "She's an innovative thinker. She knows how to set priorities and to solve problems." In accepting the nomination, Peters noted that the nation's transportation infrastructure is "showing signs of aging." Increasing congestion on highways, railways, airports and seaports is "robbing our nation of productivity and our citizens of quality time with their families," she said. Peters' nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Mineta resigned from the job in June.

Alphabets On DOT Nominee

Within hours, AOPA, NBAA, EAA, and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) had issued statements reacting to the announcement. Their main concern -- what will be Peters' position on user fees for GA? AOPA said the nominee would pose both an "opportunity and [a] challenge." Her position on user fees is far from clear. In the past, she has advocated for collecting highway tolls to upgrade the road system. "That's because the highway trust fund is going to go broke. The aviation trust fund isn't," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. He added that, "While I don't yet know her personally, Mary Peters has a reputation for honesty, integrity, and a willingness to listen and understand all sides of an issue ... AOPA fully intends to take every opportunity to take advantage of her good listening skills to explain why user fees would be harmful to the world's best aviation system." Peters understands that different transportation modes need to be treated differently, and some users taxed at a different rate than others, an unnamed Washington insider told AOPA. She is also credited with being careful with spending the public's money. The new Secretary of Transportation will be the president's point person in the FAA funding debate, and the critical "go-between" for Congress, the White House, and the general public on the user-fee issue.

GA Groups Dig In For Influence

Boyer is not the only GA leader ready to give Peters an earful about the needs of GA pilots. NBAA President Ed Bolen said, "I look forward to working with Mary and ensuring that she is fully aware of the concerns of business aviation." GAMA President Pete Bunce said, "We congratulate Ms. Peters and look forward to continuing the same great working relationship on aviation issues that we had with Mr. Mineta." EAA President Tom Poberezny noted that Mineta leaves big shoes to fill. "Secretary Mineta was a friend to EAA and to sport and recreational aviation," he said. "Under his watch, the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rules became a reality. He's been to Oshkosh on a number of occasions and we truly enjoyed working with him." Poberezny added that he looks forward to working with Peters "on important issues that will affect not only EAA members but all of aviation."

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News Briefs back to top 

TSA Asks Flight Schools For Extra Vigilance

Transportation Security Administration officials have asked airport managers, flight schools, flight-training providers, and aircraft operators to remain vigilant for suspicious behavior and activities. The notice was prompted by a recent undisclosed incident involving suspicious activities at flight schools, the TSA said. The TSA advisory, issued on Friday, warns of continuing Al-Qaeda efforts to conduct multiple attacks against the U.S., and says those attacks may involve aviation. Owners of GA aircraft and airport owners and operators are urged to review the security measures contained in the TSA publication, "Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports," as well as AOPA's Airport Watch Program materials. The theft of any GA aircraft and any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the appropriate authorities and the TSA General Aviation Hotline at 866-GASECUR (866-427-3287).

A Rental Car/FBO Connection

A source of complication for many GA pilots has always been that once you land, you still have to get to your destination, and it's not always easy. One car-rental company is trying to solve that problem, with a program aimed directly at GA pilots. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the biggest car-rental company in North America, has an easy-to-use Web portal, where pilots can plug in any airport identifier and get immediate detailed information about rental-car availability. In some cases, there is a branch on the airport, but if not, Enterprise will deliver the car to your FBO or pick you up there and shuttle you to their facility. The site lists what service is available, as well as car models and prices. Response to the project has been "tremendous," Enterprise spokesman Brad Carr told AVweb on Tuesday. "The [online] information is updated frequently as our status at airports change and we are on site at more and more locations every day. It has been available for more than a year now. Pilots like the fact that it is essentially one-stop shopping." Enterprise has more than 6,900 offices in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany and Ireland. The company operates more than 850,000 vehicles and has about 220 on-site airport locations.

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Riding The Mountain Wave

When pilots Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson reached 50,699 feet in a glider over the Andes last week, there was more to it than just catching another world record. The pair was conducting scientific research on atmospheric phenomena, trying to learn more about the structure of mountain waves and how they interact with polar winds. Because the stratosphere is generally stable, with no thermal lifting, the only way for a glider to get up there is to hitch a ride on mountain waves. The objective of Fossett and his team was to "surf" from one wave to another, to climb as high as possible. They tried for five seasons on three continents before reaching their target height, surpassing the 1986 record by 1,662 feet. The glider was released from a tow plane at 13,000 feet, and took four hours to reach its highest altitude. The crew wore spacesuits on loan from NASA to survive in the unpressurized aircraft. The record will be certified by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

RC Airplane Collides With Paraglider

A paraglider was flying along above Utah last Friday, about 75 feet high, when he encountered an airplane at his altitude ... which quickly became an unpleasant surprise. The remote-controlled airplane, with a 21-inch wingspan, dispensed enough force to disrupt the parafoil. The paraglider pilot, Wade Hutchinson, 31, of Wyoming, crashed on the side of a slope, but was spared serious injury. "That mountain helped break his fall," local police officer Clint Fackrell told the Salt Lake Tribune, referring to the angle of the terrain. The glider "folded up" on impact, according to the Tribune (not much of a surprise considering paraglider wings have no solid structural members). Hutchinson was flown to a hospital by helicopter, but his injuries were reported to be not life-threatening. Police said they don't plan to file any charges against the pilot of the radio-controlled airplane.

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News Briefs back to top 

Mu-2 Crashes Prompt More Safety Questions

Two Mitsubishi MU-2 aircraft that crashed in the last two weeks in Florida have successfully raised additional concern over the safety of the twin turboprop. The MU-2 accident record prompted the FAA to undertake a safety review of the aircraft in December 2005. The review found that although the airplane's fatal accident rate is about 2.5 times that of similar twin turboprops, the airplane is not inherently unsafe. The FAA mandated extra training for MU-2 pilots. Last Friday, Hardy Head, 64, was killed when the MU-2 he was flying crashed in rural Walton County, Fla. On Aug. 26, Ward and Barb Walter, a Michigan couple in their 60s, died when their MU-2 crashed near Ormond Beach, Fla. The aircraft "operate more like a business jet than they do a turboprop," FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. "The flight characteristics are more like a jet and the handling characteristics are more like a jet." Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan has raised about $1 billion to develop a regional jet, to start deliveries in 2012. The project would be the first passenger jet built in Japan.

Flying For Adventure

Jim Carlaccini and John Long plan to fly from Florida to California next month to raise money for children's charities. They'll fly an FPNA A-22 Valor LSA and an Airborne XT-912 trike. The trike has been adapted with hand controls for Carlaccini, who uses a wheelchair since a skydiving accident several years ago. Their trip will take about two months. In South Africa, two rotary pilots plan to crisscross their country, one flying an R22 Robinson helicopter and the other an ELA gyrocopter. They'll also be earning their commercial flight ratings and being the stars of a National Geographic documentary along the way. Danie Koen, 53, and Werner Alberts, 39, are spending just two weeks on the flight. Click on our links for more info, and maybe get inspired to start on a plan of your own.

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News in Brief back to top 

On The Fly...

The sole survivor of Comair Flight 5191, first officer James Polehinke, 44, remains in serious condition but has improved. Polehinke suffered "facial fractures, a complex fracture of the pelvis, two fractures of the spine, and broken bones in his left leg, right foot and right hand," according to The Courier-Journal. He no longer requires life support, and continues to make progress...

Delta Air Lines can terminate its pilots' pension plan, a bankruptcy-court judge said on Tuesday...

Aviation Technology Group (ATG) will install integrated avionics by Op Technologies in its Javelin Jet, ATG announced this week. The avionics system comprises three 5" x 7" display units in both the forward and aft cockpits...

Boeing named Scott Carson as CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes on Tuesday, replacing Alan Mulally, who this week was named CEO of Ford Motor Co....

The Airbus A380 prototype flew with 474 company employees on board Monday, the first full load of passengers for the super-jumbo jet. The company also announced management changes to head the troubled program...

A German entrepreneur plans to launch an all-smokers' airline with service to Japan. But will security allow matches and lighters on board?...

The NTSB's final report on the fatal crash of a P-3 firefighting aircraft found that it didn't break up in flight as was thought at first, but caught a wingtip on the ground and crashed. The reason for the collision with terrain couldn't be determined, according to the report...

Pressure to change the age-60 rule is intensifying as the deadline approaches for a change in ICAO rules that will allow foreign pilots older than 60 to fly in U.S. airspace. That rule takes effect in November...

A new type of diode laser called the quantum cascade laser could be used to develop inexpensive missile-defense systems for aircraft, according to researchers at Northwestern University...

Qantas will offer in-flight wireless access and cellphone service starting next year. The system depends on new technology that is currently being reviewed to ensure it meets all regulations.

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Your Favorite FBO's back to top 

FBO of the Week: Aitkin Aviation, Aitkin, MN.

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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!"

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Question of the Week: Safety, Jobs, Money, Power — What's at the Root of the Current Crisis in ATC?

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"Runway responsibility" has been a common phrase in the wake of the recent Comair crash.  Last week, AVweb asked who ultimately shoulders the burden of responsibility for such mistakes.

Not surprisingly, a whopping 69% of AVweb readers who answered our poll said the burden rests squarely on the shoulders of the pilot in command.

Other respondents chose to take a different view of the situation.
Click here for real-time results of last week's question.


"Runway responsibility" has been a common phrase in the wake of the recent Comair crash.  Last week, AVweb asked who (ultimat

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POTW back to top 

Picture of the Week

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This year's Labor Day holiday may have been more eventful than usual, but it still signals the end of summer for many.  (Say it ain't so!)  But don't let that discourage you — with extended Daylight Saving Time this year and just a little bit of luck with regard to the weather, we may still have a few good weeks of short-sleeve shirts and airport afternoons in store.  While you're enjoying the last rays of summer, remember to keep a roll of film (or an extra memory card) handy.  Make AVweb a part of your end-of-summer adventures by submitting your aviation photos to our "POTW" contest every week.

Thomas Clough of Wauconda, Illinois did — and his bush flying photos climbed all the way up the ranks to take the top spot in this week's contest.  As our "POTW" winner, Thomas will receive an official AVweb hat in the mail, along with a few thousand oohs and ahhs from fellow AVweb readers.  Thanks for taking time to submit, Thomas!


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Super Cub Away!

Thomas L. Clough of Wauconda, Illinois kicks off the festivities this week.  In his shot, two Super Cub pilots strut their stuff at a bush flying demonstration on the Chena River near Fairbanks, Alaska.

"This photo was taken through the window of the stern wheeler Discovery II," writes Thomas.  (And we were grateful for the explanation, after 20 minutes of trying to figure out if that was a watermark or a window reflection seen beneath the Cub's right wing.)

(Don't think we didn't notice that Thomas is yet another Illinois native staking his claim on "POTW" territory.  We swear we're not playing favorites — but Illinois is stuffing the submission box full of great pictures lately.)

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.

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Inside the Goose

We've seen some terrific pics of the Spruce Goose — perhaps more than usual this summer, since a couple of AVwebbers have trekked out to see her — but this one from Kelly Andersson of Missoula, Montana takes the cake.  Kelly was kind enough to submit several photos from the trip, allowing us to pick this as our favorite.

Sorry to say, the thumbnail doesn't do it justice, so be sure to click through to the full-size version.


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Used with permission of Robert Rhoades

Sky Diver at Franklin, VA

Lots of skydiving pics this week, but we gritted our teeth and chose only one to share with you.  Luckily for you, it's this one from Robert Rhoades of Powhatan, Virginia.

To everyone else who sent sky-diving photos:  Hang on to them for a few weeks and try re-submitting.


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Trucking Float Planes

Remember Dale Gardner's float plane tow from last week?  Ray Montagne of Cupertino, California shows us one in action this week — towing a plane in Anchorage, Alaska.



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Surfing in the U.S.A.

Michel Charette of Bois-de-Filion, Québec (Canada) writes, "We took cover under this beautifully restored DC-3 in Oshkosh this year during one of the traditional afternoon thunderstorms, while listening to the Beach Boys playing their famous hit song on stage, right next to us."

We have to admit, it looks slightly more cozy than milling around in AVweb-issue plastic ponchos ... .


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Lookin' for Trouble

John Olson of San Jose, California serves up this intimidating-looking bird of prey in a photo taken at the Lake Tahoe Air Fest Saturday.

Yeesh.  Even on the ground, this beauty demands to be called "sir."


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Used with permission of Zack Dillion

Delta IV Trail

Zack Dillion of Indianapolis, Indiana writes:

This pic is from my buddy, who was on vacation in San Diego.  [H]e and his wife were out for a nice sunset evening and caught the launch of the Delta IV rocket. When he e-mailed me the pic the next day, "you will be so jealous" was the subject line.

To enter next week's contest, click here.

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, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.



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