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Tuesday, the Bush administration's four-year funding plan for the FAA, known as the Centennial of Flight Aviation Authorization Act (Flight-100), went off to Congress. "Flight-100 will help increase capacity and efficiency throughout our aviation system," DOT Secretary Norman Mineta said in a news release. The proposal would support modernization of the air traffic control system, provide a substantial investment in safety research (perhaps without one major NASA research center) and airport infrastructure improvements, and would restructure the Airport Improvement Plan to spend more at small airports. More...

Following a recent cutback in its expected bizjet orders, Cessna will axe about 1,200 jobs, most of them in Wichita, Kan., and 6,000 workers will be furloughed for seven weeks, The Wichita Eagle reported last week. Cessna's parent company, Textron Inc., based in Providence, R.I., cited global concerns in its decision. "The current economic and geopolitical situation has worsened and is affecting business jet demand much more severely than expected," Textron CEO Lewis Campbell said in a news release. Textron had planned to deliver about 220 jets this year, but now has cut that number to 180-195. Cessna delivered 305 bizjets in 2002. More...

As the war in Iraq continues, it could cost the airlines $10 billion worldwide, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Saturday, about $4 billion of that in the U.S. But when the White House on Monday asked Congress for $75 billion in emergency funding to pay for the war, no airline relief could be found there. International passenger traffic could drop up to 20 percent, the IATA said, and already about 150 flights over Middle Eastern airspace have been suspended or rerouted. Delta said Monday it will cut its schedule by 12 percent, joining the other four top airlines, which cut back from 6 to 12 percent last week. Boeing laid off another 960 workers last Friday, bringing its job-loss total to 5,000 in the last year and a half. More airline bankruptcies loom, as well as tens of thousands of job cuts. More...

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It seems that EAA and NATA were premature in congratulating the FAA late last week for keeping the skies open in Chicago. As AVweb reported Monday, the alphabets were full of praise for the agency's refusal of the city's request for a no-fly zone. The FAA and TSA said there was no credible threat. Apparently something changed over the weekend, and the FAA declared that until further notice, VFR flight is banned below 3,000 feet over a chunk of downtown Chicago. Meigs Field remains open, but some approach and departure routes will be affected. The alphabets were not amused. More...

EAA Executive Vice President Bob Warner said, "Department of Homeland Security [DHS] officials had stated that they would not introduce more widespread restrictions unless intelligence points to a specific target or credible threat. We call on the FAA and DHS to stick to their word; either produce the specific, credible intelligence of a terrorist threat, or cancel this TFR." AOPA says Chicago Mayor Richard Daley apparently went over the head of the FAA, straight to Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge. More...

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A young aviator at Delta State University in Jackson, Miss., started up a conversation with his passenger on a short charter flight -- the conversation changed his life. Lamar Buchanan, a 24-year-old senior, told Nelson Wilson how tough it is to cover the costs of flight training. When student loans fell short, Buchanan took to fundraising, holding spaghetti dinners and fish fries. The effort was delaying his graduation. "That was Monday when I took him flying," Buchanan told the Greenwood Commonwealth. "That next Wednesday, he came up to Delta State and paid $25,000 into my flight account. Paid for it. Not only that, but he offered me a job flying for him. His company is going to buy a plane." More...

Tuesday was the last day to comment on the FAA's recent final rule that allows the TSA to deem any pilot a security threat, making that person ineligible to hold any FAA airman certificate. There is no appeal except to the TSA, which may not reveal its evidence, at its own discretion. About 640 comments were filed, many expressing concern over the lack of due process and the efficacy of the rule. "How many of the 9/11 hijackers had FAA documents?" asks one. "All of my rights as an American [are going] right down the drain," says another. Advocacy groups also had negative reactions. More...

Emma Carter Browning began her flying career in 1929 with a $1 plane ride in Abilene, and last week, at age 92, the Texas Department of Transportation gave her its lifetime achievement award. Browning, a pioneer in Austin aviation, worked with her late husband, barnstormer Robert Browning Jr., to start an FBO at University Airport in 1939, which stayed in business for 48 years. Thousands of pilots learned to fly at Browning Aerial Services, including many World War II fliers. The FBO moved to Austin's Robert Mueller Airport in 1946, and provided service for commercial airliners, sold fuel and aircraft, and ran charter flights. More...

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If you've been waiting and waiting for the chance to fly your very own personal light jet, that day has arrived -- at least, a simulated version of that day has arrived. "The Javelin's performance is awesome. The flying experience is everything we hoped for and more," said George Bye, president of Aviation Technology Group (ATG), based in Englewood, Colo. That is, we remind you, the simulated flying experience. ATG test pilot Robert Fuschino has been flying the simulator and says the handling qualities are good. ATG plans to develop the simulation as a flight training device and a marketing tool. More...

Women In Aviation International wrapped up its conference last weekend with its annual distribution of scholarship awards to dozens of women -- this year's total exceeded $300,000. The awards pay for aviation training and type ratings. About 2,400 people attended the event, held in Cincinnati, Ohio. "Even in these tough times," said WAI President Peggy Chabrian, "there are several companies looking for new employees ... including airlines." Sales of booth space set a record, she said. Meanwhile, events around the country have commemorated women's contributions to aviation as part of Women's History Month. More...

Although everyone in the industry knew it was just a matter of time, UPSAT let the cat out of the bag this week by giving avionics dealers a sneak peek at its new color mapcomm, the CNX80 Integrated Avionics System. The new navigator's color display looks remarkably similar to Garmin's line of color products but its screen size is a bit larger than the Garmin GNS430. The CNX80 has some intriguing interoperability, too. More...

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That time-honored maxim to always read the fine print never found a better journalistic application than Monday's edition of AVweb. We originally carried a story, based on an AOPA news release, that the FAA had issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring "hijack" transponders in all GA aircraft. Turns out the AOPA release was wrong and the NPRM applies only to Part 121 aircraft. Although we routinely verify these types of stories to ensure their accuracy, we didn't check closely enough on this one (and neither did AOPA). Buried near the end of the NPRM is a single sentence that stipulates the NPRM is for the big iron only -- at least for now. It does open the door a crack to spreading the requirement to other classes of airplanes and invites comments to say why that shouldn't be so. Those comments can be made online, referencing docket number FAA-2002-14081.

NOTAMs, wherefore art thou? It's getting easier to find NOTAMs online...
Ellen Engleman was sworn in Monday as chairman of the NTSB...
2,800 attended the 1st Latin American Business Aviation Conference...
Concorde flights cancelled, fueling speculation on the jets' future...
NASM sold 3,000 blueprints for the 1903 Wright Flyer last year.



We received over 70 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, Jim Markle, of Plano, TX. Jim’s picture of this red Extra might get you in the mood to roll, spin or even fly inverted. Great picture, Jim! Your AVweb hat is on the way. To check out the winning picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to

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