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CLOSURE COMES AT A PRICE 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. More...
COMFORT TO FRIENDS OF MEIGS "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. More...
"TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE" 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. More...
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"MOST WANTED" LIST MAY GET BOOST 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."
AIRCRAFT NPRM OPPOSED 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. More...
TAKES A LOOK AT AVIATION SAFETY 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.
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Vendors will be on site demonstrating their products. Raffle prizes will
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ACCIDENT RATE UP SLIGHTLY IN 2005 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."
AIRCRAFT GETS A500 PRODUCTION CERTIFICATE 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." More...
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JET FUEL TEST A SUCCESS 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.
AIR RACES WRAP The 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. More...
The 2006 New Piper Mirage Offers Serious
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AIRPORT LANDINGS, NO (HUGE) PROBLEM 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. More...
FIGHTER CATCH-22 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.
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THE FLY... Senate yesterday considered nomination of Mary
Peters as DOT head... A Nigerian Air Force Dornier 228 crashed
Sunday, killing 13... Space tourist Anousheh Ansari has arrived at
the ISS... Boeing will build towers and deploy UAVs along U.S.
borders... The first launch from New Mexico spaceport is set for
Monday... The Embraer 175 regional jet is now certified by the
FAA... E-mails reveal FAA sniping about LEX tower management after
crash... If you fly a Continental engine, TCM invites you to a
Find exclusive interviews featuring Cessna's Jack Pelton on his
company's LSA, TCM president Bryan Lewis, NATCA president John Carr, New
Piper CEO Jim Bass, Hal Shevers for Sporty's Pilot Shop, Light Sport
guru Dan Johnson, Excel Jet's Bob Bornhofen, Adam Aircraft's Joe Walker,
FAA administrator Marion Blakey, Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier and
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OF THE WEEK If all aircraft are products of compromise and
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OF THE WEEK Welcome to another installment of AVweb's
aviation photography showcase, "Picture of the Week." Time's at a
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ado but first, a big "thank you" to everyone who submitted this
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