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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.
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. More...
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. More...
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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." More...
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
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."
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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.
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
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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.
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. More...
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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. More...
EDITOR WANTED Belvoir Media Group (AVweb's parent
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THE FLY... Comair first officer's condition upgraded,
injuries detailed... Delta can terminate its pilots' pension plan, a
judge said... ATG chose Op Technologies avionics for its Javelin
Jet... Scott Carson is new CEO of Boeing Commercial
Airplanes... The A380 flew with 474 company employees on board
Monday... A German entrepreneur plans to launch an all-smokers'
airline... NTSB says firefighter didn't break up in flight, it was
CFIT... A new laser could power cheaper missile-defense systems for
aircraft... Qantas to offer in-flight wireless access and cellphone
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Quiz #111: Flapped, Foiled and Dragged The
Earth's atmosphere is composed of 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent
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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon
goes to Aitkin Aviation at KAIT, Aitkin,
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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OF THE WEEK This year's Labor Day
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