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FACES THE BLUE TIDE
Congress may already have started its
holiday recess, but with a major changeover due to take place in January
you can bet they're not idle in Washington, D.C. The Democrats are
itching to take charge, and they plan to take a more active role in
overseeing aviation safety and the FAA, according to James Carroll, a
Washington reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal. U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler,
D-Ky., who has just been appointed to the House Appropriations
Committee, told Carroll, "If [the FAA is] not going to do what needs to
be done through the regulatory process, we're going to have to pass some
legislation to force them to do it." Chandler, whose district includes
the Lexington (Ky.) Airport where a Comair CRJ-100 crashed in August, says the air
traffic control system is woefully understaffed. He claims the agency
has been "utterly not forthcoming" about its handling of staffing at
Blue Grass Airport and at other facilities nationwide.
CRUNCH THREATENS ATC HIRING PLAN
Meanwhile, the FAA is not
happy with a proposal from Democratic leaders to extend 2006 spending
levels through 2007. If that happens, an FAA official said in a memo that the agency might have to freeze
all hiring of air traffic controllers and technicians after March 31.
"In anticipation of the impact that could have on our finances, we must
take further steps to reduce spending while still maintaining effective
services to our customers," said Eugene Juba, the FAA Air Traffic
Organization's senior vice president of finance. More...
ACTS TO REDUCE AIRPORT NOISE
Operators of aircraft weighing
more than 75,000 pounds that don't yet meet Stage 3 noise standards
would have just three years to upgrade, if legislation introduced by
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., passes next year. The Aircraft Noise
Reduction Act of 2006, introduced on Dec. 7, sends "an important message
to airports, aircraft owners and airport neighbors that the impacts of
these aircraft can no longer be tolerated," said John Lindemann, an anti-noise advocate. The
legislation will be considered when the new Congress convenes in
January. An estimated 1,000 to 1,300 Stage 2 aircraft are still in
operation, less than 10 percent of the fleet, but they account for an
inordinate percentage of noise complaints, Lindemann said.
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NEW PIPER READY FOR A MOVE?
A story in TCPalm.com on
Wednesday said local officials are concerned that New Piper Aircraft
might be weighing offers to move out of Vero Beach, Fla. "We've all
heard the rumors, and at this point it's time to get a hold of [New
Piper CEO Jim] Bass," County Commission Chairman Gary Wheeler told
TCPalm. New Piper spokesman Mark Miller told AVweb on Wednesday
afternoon that those concerns have been "blown out of proportion."
Officials from other counties in Florida and other states have expressed
an interest in wooing the company's PiperJet production facility, he
said, but the company is not out there looking for offers. "Would I say
we would never leave Florida? No, but we don't have any agenda or
mandate to move." More...
SECONDARY SALES BRISK
Although Eclipse Aviation has yet to
actually deliver an airplane, there are dozens of Eclipse 500s for sale
as the secondary market picks up. And, according to analyst Michael Press, Eclipse itself
is dabbling in the market, selling an unconfirmed number of early
positions for $1.75 million, well above the $995,000 that Eclipse
spokesman Andrew Broom said it would have originally realized on the
sale of a so-called Platinum position. Press suggests the Albuquerque,
N.M.-based start-up manufacturer might have even undervalued those
sales, since the owners of positions No. 3 and 19 are currently asking
$1.85 million and getting interest. There are now 39 Eclipse positions
listed for sale on Controller.com. More...
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DETAILS EMERGE FOR DIAMOND'S SUPER STAR
Austrian unit today announced the DA50 Super Star five-place "up to 350 hp" aircraft,
offering what it says will be "the most spacious in the new generation
of single-engine aircraft in General Aviation." An image of the aircraft
shows a DA40-like planform (fixed-gear, low-wing and T-tail), but the
horizontal stabilizer sports anhedral tips and on the opposite end, the
close-cowled powerplant shows only one front-side opening below the prop
-- a fat four-blade MT. The aircraft was "unofficially presented" to
attendees at a Diamond Christmas party in Austria. Diamond's North
American arm told AVweb they offered no additional comments, but
said more information would be forthcoming from its headquarters in
REPORT SHOWS RISE IN GA ACCIDENTS
AOPA this week released its
annual review of aviation safety, the Nall Report, and this year's
edition shows the overall 2005 accident rate increased to 7.2 accidents
per 100,000 flight hours, compared with 6.5 the year before. The rate of
fatal accidents also increased, from 1.3 to 1.4 per 100,000 flight
hours. "While the sky certainly isn't falling, the record that we
chalked up in 2005 could stand some improvement," said Bruce Landsberg,
executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. The number of
fatal accidents related to weather declined, but the number due to
maneuvering flight rose. In response, the ASF will produce a new online
course to help improve those pilot skills. More...
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OF ANTI-HOMEBUILDING LAW FAILS
When Jacksonville, Fla.,
passed a city ordinance in June banning the home-based construction of
aircraft, it seemed so unfair that it was expected to fail under court scrutiny. But now an
appeal to the courts to reverse the ban has been rejected. "Cities have
the right to zone based on aesthetic (or noise) considerations," Judge
John Moran said in his ruling on the case, according to the Jacksonville Times-Union. While aviation
enthusiasts may disagree with the policy, that doesn't mean the city's
decision was "arbitrary and capricious," he said. Homebuilder Brian
Kraut had challenged the law as unconstitutional. It was imposed after
neighbors complained about his working on a Midget Mustang.
CRASHES INTO SEWAGE POOL
On Tuesday morning, officials in
Gilroy, Calif., drained a sewage tank that held the wreck of a small
airplane. The aircraft was a Beech 95 Travel Air that went missing on
Monday afternoon after taking off from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose
with an instructor and two students on board. All three were Japanese,
and a Japanese passport was found near the site of the wreck, according
to the FAA. The tank is about 20 feet deep and 25 feet in diameter, and
took most of the morning to drain to recover the aircraft.
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CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER AFTER FATAL CRASH
A 30-year-old man
who was flying a 1972 Bellanca Super Viking when it crashed into a pond
in northeastern Oklahoma on Saturday night, killing all three
passengers, has been charged with three counts of manslaughter. Thomas
Brent Caldwell, 30, of Pryor, Okla., apparently never had a pilot
certificate and was drinking at the time of the accident, authorities
said. Killed in the crash were Mariano Carlos, 15, of Pryor; and Eduardo
Robles, 20, and Campos Gonzalez, 33, both from Mexico. Investigators
said it appears the engine was not producing power when the airplane hit
the water, and the passengers appear to have drowned. More...
NEW PILOT: H.A.L.
The European Commission (EC) is funding
development of a 230-seat pilotless airliner, according to a report this
week by Flight International. According to the magazine, the math behind
the program forecasts a jet with 10 more seats than its piloted brethren
plus design and technology improvements that would allow it to burn
1,500 fewer gallons while also requiring less maintenance. The report
does not indicate if those advances would be for some reason unavailable
to pilot-included aircraft. The EC's $691 million project aims to
produce an aircraft "capable of seamless operations in the proposed
Innovative Future Air Traffic System." More...
FAA Enforcement Actions Are on the
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A B-29 renovated at Boeing will go to the Kansas
Aviation Museum next month...
NASA will give 3-D Moon imagery and
other data to Google...
Ultralight flyers must apply by Jan. 31 to
convert to sport pilot certificate...
A new GPS satellite that went
into orbit last month is now fully operational...
International will acquire Aircraft Shopper Online. More...
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AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new
in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's
podcast, you'll find an interview with Bill Lear Jr. on light jet
progress. And AVweb's podcast
index includes interviews with NATA President Jim Coyne; Eclipse
Aviation's Vern Raburn; Honda Aircraft's Jeffrey Smith; Cirrus Design
cofounder and CEO Alan Klapmeier; Cessna chairman, president and CEO
Jack Pelton; and Spectrum Aeronautical chairman Linden Blue. In Monday's news
summary, hear about the DOT Inspector General is starting an audit
to determine who is using U.S. airspace, Diamond Aircraft's possible
foray into a high-performance piston single, the FAA's use of crushable
concrete for runway arresting systems and more. Remember: In AVweb's
podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.
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OF THE WEEK: NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION
AVweb's "FBO of the Week"
ribbon goes to North American Aviation at KRFD in Rockford,
AVweb reader Wayne Phillips said he's treated
like a rock star at this FBO.
"No matter what size airplane you
fly in, they treat you like a rock star. They also keep 100LL prices low
for a big airport ($3.85), have no ramp fees, have put my Skylane in
their hangar when the weather gets bad at no cost, have driven me to my
mom's house 12 miles away to avoid rental car or cab fees and have let
me use their courtesy car overnight. These guys deserve the
those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
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OF THE WEEK
Each week, we go through
dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the
very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are
featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the
others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week."
of Steinbach, Manitoba (Canada)
takes home this week's top honor as our "Picture of the Week." It's a
fitting award, considering the two most prevalent themes in this week's
submissions unbelievably beautiful horizons and Canadian
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Today's issue was written by Contributing Editors Mary Grady (bio),
Russ Niles (bio)
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