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That price, to be paid by the nearly 3 million citizens of the city of Chicago for the decision made by its mayor, will
be over $1 million. The final decision on what penalty the city will pay for bulldozing Meigs Field in the middle of the night in March 2003 was announced Monday by the FAA. Besides a $33,000 fine,
the city must repay $1 million of airport funds that Mayor Richard M. Daley illegally diverted to pay for the destruction. Together with more than $550,000 spent fighting those penalties, the loss to
the city totals about $1.6 million, according to AOPA. The city admitted no wrongdoing in agreeing to the
settlement. Still, the outcome "sends a clear signal to other cities that the FAA is serious about upholding its regulations," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. AOPA filed the original complaints that
resulted in the fine and fund repayment. "Many of us always thought that the civil penalty of $1,100 per day was 'chump change' to a city with the budget of Chicago," said Boyer. Congress has since
increased the fine to $10,000 per day, and advance notice of any proposed closure is required.
"This is a drop in the bucket, compared to what Chicago has lost," said Steve Whitney, president of the
Friends of Meigs Field. "A downtown business airport like Meigs is worth its weight in gold to the economy." His organization has documented over
$490 million in annual spending by Meigs users prior to its demolition, Whitney said. "The economic losses are staggering. Not only from the loss of business by Meigs users, but also by the additional
delays caused by displaced traffic at O'Hare and Midway." Friends of Meigs will continue to lobby to reopen the airport as a combination park/airport/air museum. "The key is to capitalize on Meigs as
an airport to benefit both aviation and Chicago parks," Whitney said.
EAA president Tom Poberezny found little comfort in the fine. "A settlement has been reached that unfortunately puts
the burden on Chicago taxpayers, but for aviation and Chicago, it's too little, too late," he said. EAA in the past sponsored regular monthly Young Eagles flight rallies with the Tuskegee Airmen at
Meigs. For years, Friends of Meigs was allotted a prominent spot at the annual EAA AirVenture show at Oshkosh to proselytize and collect signatures on petitions. "But it remains a tragic story that
the once ideal landing facility for business travelers and Young Eagles has been reduced to a part-time concert venue and bike/nature trail," said EAA.
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A bill that was introduced into the Senate last week would require the FAA to explain why it has not implemented the
recommendations of the NTSB's "Most Wanted Safety Improvements." The accounting would be due within 90 days after the legislation is enacted. The stipulation is part of the 2006 NTSB Reauthorization
Act. The Most Wanted list asks the FAA to act to reduce the dangers of icing and runway incursions, to require upgrades to in-flight recording systems, and to mandate restraints for children under age
2. Some of the same issues have come up year after year on the NTSB's list, with the FAA's response labeled as "unacceptable."
Meanwhile, the FAA's efforts to mandate safety-related changes for the maintenance of aging transport aircraft are
meeting with stiff resistance from the airlines. The Air Transport Association filed its comments Tuesday on the proposed rule, which was posted in April, calling it premature, incomplete, unjustified and too expensive. The FAA estimated costs at $360 million over 20 years, but the ATA says it projects costs of over
$3 billion. "The NPRM, unfortunately, does not propose reasonable, presently determinable regulatory requirements ... [it] should be withdrawn," the ATA said. The rule is intended to set strict
criteria for determining life limits for commercial aircraft. Many other airlines and trade groups have filed comments. FedEx Corp. said the proposal was overly complex. (To access the complete text
of all comments, go to the DMS Web and type in docket number 24281.) Since 1990, more than 540 airworthiness directives
have been issued for structural aircraft issues, the FAA says. Those rules were prompted by three major factors: Airplanes are being operated beyond original design service goals, original maintenance
plans were not required to address potential age-related issues, and the 1988 Aloha Airlines accident in which part of the fuselage tore away in flight.
All of these issues were on the agenda for a wide-ranging meeting on aviation safety held yesterday afternoon in
Washington by the House Aviation Subcommittee. However, immediate concerns over air traffic control stemming from last month's fatal
Comair crash in Kentucky took precedence. The lawmakers "attacked" the FAA, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. They were concerned that lack of staffing may have been a factor in the Aug. 27 crash, which killed 49 people. "The FAA has yet to address its staffing
problems. That is a safety issue," said Rep. Ben Chandler of Kentucky. The FAA's Nicholas Sabatini said the FAA was tackling its staffing problems. The FAA has said that while a second controller
should have been on duty, that controller's job would have been on the radar scope, not monitoring ground traffic. "My primary message to you today is that despite the tragic accident that took place
in Lexington, Kentucky last month, the safety record of aviation in the United States is extraordinary," Sabatini said. Other issues on the committee's agenda for the hearing were commercial air
carrier and general aviation safety, emergency medical service flights, air tours, runway safety, aging aircraft, fuel-tank safety, foreign repair stations, air traffic controller staffing, FAA
inspection programs, unmanned aerial systems, very light jets, and commercial space tourism. Officials from the FAA, the NTSB and the Office of Inspector General testified.
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Aviation fatalities from all sectors dropped a bit last year, according to preliminary figures released this week
by the NTSB, while GA deaths were up slightly, to 562 from 558 the year before. The number of people killed in all aviation
accidents in 2005 dropped to 616, from 652 in 2004. Airline fatalities increased from 14 to 22, while air-taxi deaths dropped sharply from 64 in 2004 to 18 last year. General aviation fatal accidents
amounted to 1.3 for every 100,000 hours of flying, according to the NTSB's estimate. "It is very disturbing to see transportation fatalities rising," said NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. "We need a
concerted effort by government, industry and the traveling public to establish a strong downward trend in the number of fatal accidents." The full aviation accident statistics are available online.
The FAA on Tuesday issued a Production Certificate to Adam
Aircraft for its A500 twin-engine piston airplane. This allows the company to inspect its own aircraft to verify that they meet FAA requirements and are ready for delivery. With that certificate
in hand, Adam can now boost its production schedule. "An FAA Production Certificate represents a major step toward the Adam Aircraft goal of delivering six A500 aircraft every month," said CEO Rick
Adam. "Issuing a Production Certificate means the FAA accepts the Adam Aircraft Quality System as one that will reliably produce A500 aircraft that conform to the approved type design." Adam Aircraft
headquarters are based at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo., with additional facilities in Pueblo, Colo. The company recently attracted a $93 million boost in funding to help bring the A700 very light jet (VLJ) to the market.
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Tests of a new synthetic aviation fuel in California this week attracted wide attention as airlines -- and other
oil-guzzling industries -- hoped for a break from high oil prices. The U.S. Air Force tested the fuel in a B-52 bomber
Tuesday morning at Edwards Air Force Base. The bomber flew with two of its eight jet engines burning a 50-50 blend of conventional JP-8 and a synthetic fuel produced from natural gas. An Air Force
spokesman said the engines running on the synthetic fuel performed as well as the others, though final test results are pending. The flight was cut short due to a mechanical issue with the B-52's left
wing-tip landing gear, which was unrelated to the fuel test. The aircraft landed safely without incident.
The flight marked the first time a U.S. military aircraft was powered by something other
than regular jet fuel made from oil. The process used to produce the synthetic fuel from natural gas can also be used starting with coal, which is the ultimate goal. The U.S. has a coal reserve of
about 500 billion tons, which is about a 200-year supply. Experts disagree as to whether the synthetic fuel would be any cheaper than oil-based fuel. The main attraction is the domestic supply source.
The coal-based synthetic fuel also burns cleaner, emitting fewer pollutants into the atmosphere.
Reno National Championship Air Races wrapped up a safe week of high-speed flying on Sunday afternoon. Mike Brown and "September Fury" won the Unlimited Class Gold Race with a speed of 481.619 mph.
Matt Jackson flew "Dreadnought" to a second-place finish, roaring around the pylons at 453.559 mph. The winners shared a purse of $1 million. "This is the only place in the world where you can come
and do this [fly low and fast] and not get in trouble," race president Michael Houghton told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "We've got the largest race field we've ever had." The event has grown in the
last few years, now attracting about 200,000 visitors, lots of vendors and displays on the ground, and dozens of airplanes that race in six categories from biplanes to jets. Fastest and most popular
are the "unlimiteds," modified warbirds that fly close to 500 mph. According to Reno's race results page, a Lancair Legacy
qualified for the Sport class at better than 354 mph.
A film crew was on-site shooting the action for "Thunder Over Reno," a flying
romance due at your local theater sometime next year. All of the flying visuals in the film will be real, the filmmakers said, no computer-generated images. One person suffered minor injuries on
Saturday when an oxygen bottle exploded in the rear of a P-51 Mustang. Several aircraft experienced in-air problems from a lost canopy to unspecified "maydays," but nobody was hurt. Check out the Gazette-Journal's online package for slideshows, reports from the scene,
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Usually, an airplane making an off-airport landing is pretty routine -- though it might be a memorable
event to those involved. But last weekend there seemed to be a rash of pilots without runways. On Sunday, Robert Berkoski was flying his Piper Super Cub, towing a banner to New York's Giants Stadium.
He started losing altitude, so he dumped the banner in the water, then headed for a sparsely-populated Staten Island
beach, where he landed safely. On the opposite coast, another banner tower, on his way to Gillespie Field in a Cessna 150, had fuel problems and landed on California Route 125 in El Cajon. Near Chicago, an instructor and student in a Piper
Cherokee 140 took off from Palwaukee at about 10 a.m., but didn't get far. They put it down about two miles to the southwest, in a backyard in a residential area. Some
tree branches were broken, and the airplane and occupants were a bit worse for wear, but nobody was seriously hurt. And just one more, from the far side of the world. A New Zealand pilot in a Mooney
M20 headed for Paraparaumu Beach at dusk on Friday, after his engine started running rough. An airport was nearby, but the pilot chose the beach to avoid plowing into houses if he ran out of altitude on the approach.
Here's the catch (according to the manufacturer and military) -- costs are rising, but if you try to cut back, it's going
to cost even more. Congress is getting edgy about the money sink that is the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and is trying to slow down production. That will only drive the cost per unit higher, say
Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force. The projected price under the current plan would be about $47 million each. If production slows, that could rise as high as $62 million, leading to fewer
purchases and yet higher costs. "We're trying to get out of that spiral," Lockheed exec Tom Burbage told Reuters. The
prototype of the fighter is now in development, and first flight is expected later this year. The F-35, which will have advanced computer controls to ease pilot workload, will replace the Navy/Marine
Corps FA-18 Hornet and the Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Thunderbolt.
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The Senate held a confirmation hearing yesterday to consider Transportation Secretary nominee Mary Peters...
A Nigerian Air Force Dornier 228 crashed on Sunday, killing 13 people, including 10 generals. There
were six survivors...
The first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari, has arrived at the International Space Station...
Boeing has won a contract to protect the U.S. borders with towers and minimal use of
The first launch from New Mexico's spaceport is set for Monday. An 800-lb. SpaceLoft rocket will carry experiments from high school and college students to the edge of space, 62 miles high. The payloads return to Earth via parachute...
The Embraer 175 regional jet is now certified by the FAA, the company said on
E-mails reveal FAA sniping about Lexington tower management after Comair crash...
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Last week, AVweb asked what type of plane (realistically) our readers might
consider buying in the near future.
Your answers ran the entire gamut from LSAs to fractional ownerships, but
clearly the most popular option is purchasing a used, fully-certified aircraft.
That choice accounted for 39% of all readers who took the survey, while the
second largest group of respondents (15%) said they were planning to build their
own experimental aircraft.
How did LSAs, ultralights, and other aircraft types rank?
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Welcome to another installment of AVweb's aviation photography showcase,
"Picture of the Week." Time's at a premium this week, so we'll jump right
into the pictures without much ado ó but first, a big "thank you" to everyone
who submitted this week. Thanks to your efforts, our weekly crop has shot
back up to well over 100 photos. Keep
Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas
shot this week's winning photo from 1,500 feet above a Labor Day fireworks
display on Lake Hamilton. Daniel writes, "We had the best seats for the
show," and it's hard to disagree.
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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.
It's never too soon ó or late ó or warm, or ... anything ó to hear a harrowing
story about icing. Robert Bready of Kennewick, Washington
While flying IFR through benign stratus at 11,000-ft over NE Oregon I stumbled into an embedded area of convective Cumulus. I hadn't seen it coming because I was already IMC. I was hit with
the roar of heavy rain, but it was liquid rain on my windshield. Only after emerging from the clouds did I notice that 'the liquid' had frozen all over my
At the other end of the spectrum, Emmanuel Paraskakis of Athens, Greece
doesn't seem to have much to worry about in the way of icing hazards.
"Docked outside my hotel window in Loch Earn, Scotland," writes Emmanuel.
Michael McKean of Gig Harbor, Washington
reminds us that some folks need ANR more than others. When your ears as as
sensitive as this fella's, the sound of jet engines at the Reno Air Races might
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