AVflashVol. 9, Issue 15aApril 6, 2003
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire. Look for our Sun 'n Fun final wrap-up in Thursday's AVflash. And in case you missed it, our weekend Sun 'n Fun report and image galleries can be found on our special Sun 'n Fun page.
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MEIGS BATTLE RAGES ON...
A poll done by Chicago media (detailed in AVweb's NewsWire) shows locals believe the destruction of Meigs will hurt the area economy, and some pilot groups intend to make sure of it. Since Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley doesn't seem to play by the same book as everyone else, rushing (de)construction vehicles to Meigs in the middle of an otherwise serene Sunday night to rip up the runway, AOPA is responding via some guerilla tactics of its own. The group has thrown its muscle behind a boycott of Chicago by pilots, business and anyone else who cares about the unprecedented situation. "AOPA will bring all possible pressure to bear on Mayor Daley," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Pilots are letting Daley know that his destruction of this valuable airport has consequences." More...
...CONTROLLERS WORRY ABOUT O'HARE CONGESTION...
While some pilots go after the economic jugular, there's another potential impact that could play out sooner rather than later thanks to a precipitously timed FAA decision this week. A few days after the runway destruction, the FAA ruled that GA aircraft and dozens of airlines will no longer be able to participate in the Land and Hold Short (LAHSO) program at O'Hare. With the closure of Meigs, more GA traffic will inevitably be looking for slots at O'Hare and that could further complicate matters. "This will certainly result in an increase in delays ..." said National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) spokesman Ray Gibbons. NATCA claims the new rule will reduce the number of arrivals and departures at the world's busiest airport by 10 percent. More...
...COURT ORDER PREVENTS FURTHER DAMAGE
Well, at least Richard Daley can't do any more damage at Meigs Field ... for now. A Cook County, Ill., judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking any further destruction of airport facilities until a May 16 hearing on a permanent injunction. The order, by Judge William Maki, specifically orders the city of Chicago to preserve the taxiway and terminal building, as well as other components of the lakefront facility. The Friends of Meigs has launched a suit against the city claiming the runway destruction violated state law by altering a runway without Illinois Department of Transportation approval. AOPA is demanding that federal funds be cut off to Chicago's major airports, O'Hare and Midway, until Meigs is reopened. More...
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NEW YORK NO-FLY ZONE PROPOSED...
If Washington has one, New York should also have a GA no-fly zone, according to a New Jersey congressman. This proposal would have a much bigger impact on GA. Steven Rothman (D-N.J.) is proposing that GA be banned within 15 nm of New York City. "It is unacceptable that New York City, the site of the greatest terrorist attack in American history, still has not been given the same protection from general aviation aircraft ..." Rothman said. Within 15 nm of the center of New York are at least 12 GA airports, including some of the busiest in the country. More...
...ALPHABETS BLAST THE IDEA
Of course, the alphabets are fit to be tied over Rothman's suggestion. "Enough is enough," raged AOPA President Phil Boyer. "What further burden must general aviation bear when it has never been used as a weapon of terror?" Boyer also accused Rothman of using security to camouflage his real agenda of reducing traffic to airports, like Teterboro (in his district). EAA's Earl Lawrence pressed that "Rep. Rothman's request would not make any of the citizens in his district, nor in the surrounding New York metro area, any safer, but it would effectively destroy hundreds of jobs and dozens of businesses ..." More...
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WHAT NEXT? RESIDENTS WANT PORTLAND AIRPORT MOVED
Activists in Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., want Portland International Airport moved. Members of the Airport Issues Roundtable (AIR) say they're literally losing sleep (from 24-hour operations) and being showered with carcinogens from passing aircraft, and they'd like residents elsewhere to absorb the punishment. The AIR is suggesting that the presumably more resilient folks of Centralia, Wash., or maybe thousands of acres of the verdant Willamette Valley, play host to a joint Seattle-Portland airport. The group hasn't yet offered to pay the $3 billion move cost or solve jurisdictional issues. Meanwhile, Oceanside, Calif., politicians voted to expand their airport, despite opposition. More...
BOMBARDIER KEEPS AIRPLANES, DROPS SNOWMOBILES
Bombardier Inc., the Canadian company that makes Challenger and Lear business jets as well as commuter aircraft and railway products, will sell its Ski-Doo snowmobile business (which founded the company in 1942) and other recreational products lines to help raise $1.5 billion in capital to prop up the other divisions. The drastic action came three months after corporate fixer Paul Tellier took over as CEO. Tellier previously turned the tattered Canadian National Railway into North America's most profitable. "We felt it was the right thing to do, to take a more conservative view of our assets, to change the accounting methods in aerospace," Tellier told reporters. More...
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AIR CANADA FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
Air Canada, which ended 2002 with a $295 million loss and some $8.8 billion in debt, filed for bankruptcy last Tuesday as it threw in the towel on a losing battle against a generally poor economy, the war in Iraq and a mysterious illness called severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The airline, Canada's only major national and international carrier, will be asking the Canadian government and its unions for help in climbing out of its financial morass. The government is considering loan guarantees, and unions accepted 3,600 layoffs and deferred pay increases. The Canadian government has rejected a cash bailout similar to one offered to U.S. airlines. More...
FAA CLOSING CERTIFICATION LOOPHOLE
The FAA is closing a loophole that could affect some would-be airplane manufacturers who thought they'd found a cheap way to certificate their creations. The agency has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will eliminate a portion of Sec. 21.183(d), an obscure clause that allows companies to apply for an airworthiness certificate without first having a type certificate or production certificate, two enormously expensive undertakings. The clause is a relic of a 1959 reg intended to allow retired military aircraft and aircraft that had not had their airworthiness status maintained to be certified on a case-by-case basis. But some enterprising companies have now won the agency's attention by trying to use the clause to get new airplanes on the market. More...
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Air Tractor: This AD requires owners of the ag planes to repetitively inspect the vertical fin front spar fitting for cracks and to install a doubler. The AD was issued because one of these fittings has failed.
Stemme S10 and S10-V sailplanes: Owners must modify the engine compartment fuel and oil system and firewall to prevent the spread of an engine fire.
Twin Commander: Owners must look for fatigue damage in the wings and fuselage after tests showed the service life of some parts might be optimistic.
Sky Arrow 650TC and 650TCN: NPRMs have been issued recommending that aircraft owners be ordered to modify nose gear support bulkheads and inspect for engine mount cracks.
ON THE FLY...
Rosenker named vice chair of NTSB...
Navy approved $192 million for more Osprey testing...
Phillips to continue Young Eagles fuel rebates...
ADIZ pattern work experiment concluded...
XCOR tested kerosene rocket engine.
More from our "It's all about priorities" file ...
Saturday a.m. -- during Round 2 March Madness in Illinois. After too much coffee and two hours of touch & goes I was on base after an extended downwind. Two regional jets were waiting for IFR clearance and for me to get out of their way.
Cessna 12345: Tower, Cessna 345 on two-mile final for Runway 29.
Tower: Will that be touch and go?
Cessna: No, the Illinois game is about to start soon. This will be full stop.
Regional Jet: Nice Priorities. Go Illini!
Cessna: Well, that and I really have to pee.
Tower: Roger 345. Clear to land on 29. Best of luck with both.
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