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MILLION DEBT TOO MUCH FOR AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER?
Aircraft LLC ended a long and tortured journey to bankruptcy on Tuesday
with a formal filing in West Virginia court. And, based on the company's
filing, almost everything (including a valid type certificate) needed to
build a sporty airplane based on a proven design could be obtained for
what amounts to chump change in most aerospace endeavors. Tiger's filing
says it owes its various creditors about $930,000 while its assets,
including parts and tooling, total more than $3.26 million.
INVESTORS HOLD MAJORITY IN TIGER AIRCRAFT
The Tiger Aircraft
bankruptcy filing shows that 70 percent of Tiger is owned by three
Taiwanese investors. However, the lone American investor, Teleflex Inc.
of Limerick, Pa., also shows up as the company's biggest creditor.
According to the filing, Tiger owes Teleflex, which makes parts for the
aerospace, marine and automotive industries, $356,000. Other major
creditors include former CEO Gene Criss, who's owed about $150,000 in
back wages and benefits, and there's a tax bill of about $115,000.
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STAFFING: HIRES, FIRES AND RETIRES
On Thursday, the National
Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) said statistics published in
the FAA's Administrators Fact Book shows that ATC
staffing levels have dropped "to a new low" after a third straight year
of decline. This year's decline is defined by the loss of 21 people and
represents a slight negative shift in staffing levels, or a change from
14,227 controllers in 2005 to 14,206 in 2006. That said, in 2003 (the
high water mark for staffing) the controller population reached 15,386
-- a full 7.7% more controllers than we have today. [more] Last year,
734 controllers retired, eclipsing the FAAs projection to Congress
by 57 percent, according to NATCA. Rather than staffing to
traffic as the FAA states publicly is its new mission, the agency
appears to be following a new policy: staffing to
budget, NATCA president Patrick Forrey stated.
SAYS CONTRACT TOWERS UNDERSTAFFED, TOO
Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) President Ron Taylor says the
controversy over staffing levels at FAA towers is overshadowing an even
bigger problem at the 233 contract towers the agency oversees. Taylor
has asked Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fla., to call for a congressional
investigation of what he says is chronic understaffing at the contract
towers, which typically serve small-to-medium non-hub airports. "In many
cases, and at different times, these towers are staffed by only one
controller, with no back up within the facility for any type of
emergency, Taylor claimed in a letter to Mahoney. "Staffing at
these contract towers needs to be increased to ensure that the margin of
safety is not compromised. More...
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STARTS RANDOM RAMP CHECKS OF GA AIRCRAFT
If you thought
flying your own aircraft was a way to avoid the scrutiny of the
Transportation Safety Administration, think again. While youll
likely be able to keep your shoes on, dont be surprised if a TSA
official checks out you and your plane at any of the hundreds of U.S.
airports with scheduled airline service. According to AOPA, the TSA
isnt concerned about the toothpaste you carry on your own plane,
but it does want to make sure banned items dont get smuggled
aboard an airliner. AOPAs Rob Hackman said its part of a
larger effort to ensure contraband is kept off airliners. "While GA
access points will be randomly checked with all other points of entry,
GA is not being targeted," he said. Pilots in Melbourne, Fla., were
briefed by a TSA official on the program at a meeting last Thursday.
Meanwhile, some lawmakers are
saying GA is getting a free ride in the security department, and
they want the TSA to give private aircraft more attention.
BREACHES AIRPORT SECURITY
OK, so hes more capable and
perhaps a little more driven than your average nine-year-old (or
39-year-old for that matter), but the fact remains that Samaj Booker got
through several layers of security and came within one flight of
reaching his destination of Dallas from his starting point at
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last week. According to an AFP report, Lieutenant David Guttu
of the police department in Bookers new hometown of Lakewood,
Wash., described the four-foot-nine, 90-pound Booker as "pretty
dedicated, highly motivated and focused" to make it back to Dallas,
where his family had moved from a few months before. The boy managed to
convince Southwest Airlines agents that he belonged on a plane to
Phoenix, and was allowed to change planes for a flight to San Antonio,
where suspicious agents finally put a stop to his trip.
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RUNWAY "WEIRD" TO COMAIR PILOT
The flying pilot in the crash
of Comair Flight 5191 noted the runway was "weird with no lights" as he
rolled the aircraft down the wrong runway. The cockpit voice recorder transcripts released by the
NTSB also show co-pilot James Polehinke and captain Jefferey Clay talked
about their kids and their dogs as they taxied to line up on that runway
at the Lexington, Ky., airport (LEX) on the morning of Aug. 27. The
chatter was in violation of an FAA regulation that bans "nonessential
cockpit conversation" during taxi, takeoff and landing. The last word
recorded was Clay saying "Whoa" just before the Bombardier regional jet
smashed through a fence at the end of 3,500-foot Runway 26, became
briefly airborne and crashed in a field, killing 49 people -- everyone
on board except Polehinke, who lost a leg and suffered brain damage. The
NTSB documents also identify Christopher Damron as the lone air traffic
controller on duty at the time. More...
PILOT NUMBERS DIP BELOW 600,000
Despite aggressive action --
including a whole new certificate classification -- to attract more
people to flying, the number of certificated pilots in the U.S. dropped
to 597,109, according to year-end preliminary stats released by the FAA.
Rather than attract new pilots, the new Sport Pilot certificate appears
to be extending the flying activity of older pilots. The average age of
pilots as a whole was 45.6 years while the average of the 939 sport
pilot holders was 52.9 years. AOPAs mentorship program, Project
Pilot, is reporting some success in encouraging people to learn to fly
and there are plenty of instructors waiting. More than 90,000 pilots,
almost one in six, are instructors. More...
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APPROVES NEW ZEALAND TRAINING AIRCRAFT
The Alpha 160A,
an adaptation of the French-designed Robin R2160, has been granted FAA
certification, and New Zealand-based Alpha Aviation says theres
strong interest in the aerobatic two-seater among flight schools in the
U.S. "Our aircraft have already proven to be of considerable interest to
United States aero clubs and flying schools, said Alphas
managing director, Richard Sealy. FAA certification will now
enable us to actively market and sell our aircraft in this hugely
significant market," he said. More...
FocusFAA, the FAAs internal newsletter, says
the online publication of the report of a committee
looking at the contentious mandatory retirement of airline pilots at age
60 means FAA Administrator Marion Blakey is close to making a decision.
And if we're reading between the lines correctly, it would appear Blakey
is prepared to fall in line with other members of the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and allow pilots to keep flying until
age 65 as long as there's another pilot younger than 60 in the cockpit
with them. However, the newsletter says Blakey might need some
legislative help to shield the government from a rash of lawsuits that
could result from the move. More...
BATTY FOR FUTURE MINI-UAV DESIGN
Birds may be prettier, but
bats have all the moves when it comes to maneuverability and aerodynamic
efficiency, according to a study by Brown University researchers. Using
sophisticated video gear, the study team found that while birds can
rotate and retract their wings in flight, bats have much more
flexibility in the articulating membrane they use for flight and this
makes them much more agile. And since agility, flexibility and
efficiency are also great qualities in micro-sized UAVs that are
proliferating, the Brown team says there are lessons to be learned from
bats. "Bats have unique capabilities," said Kenneth Breuer, an
engineering professor at Brown who did the study with Sharon Swartz, an
associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. "But the goal
is not to build something that looks like a bat. We want to understand
bat flight and be able to incorporate some of the features of bat flight
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OF THE WEEK: LASILL AVIATION
AVweb's "FBO of the Week"
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AVweb reader Gerrit Paulsen said the facility
consistently provides great service.
"I fly in to KLAW several
times a month on business and have received top-notch service from the
great folks at LaSill Aviation every time. My first experience with
LaSill was early last year, shortly after they opened. I arrived
after-hours on a Sunday evening, just as Bill Tipton was climbing into
his truck to go home. He cheerfully reopened the FBO, fueled and
hangared my Cirrus, and then insisted on giving me a ride to the hotel
rather than calling a taxi and then refused the 'gas money' I
offered as thanks. Since then I have come to expect that Bill, Chris
Pittman and the rest of the team at LaSill will anticipate my needs and
then make it happen with a smile. On a recent visit when I arrived with
the finish on my airplane looking a bit dull, Chris and Bill offered to
wax the plane while I was in town and did a terrific job at a reasonable
price. On my visit there last week my Hertz rental car magically
appeared planeside, even though I had not made any prior arrangements to
have it delivered from the airline terminal. Fuel is competitively
priced as is overnight hangar space."
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OF THE WEEK: WHIDBEY ISLAND MOONEY APPROACH
Don't try this
one at home kids midfield landing on a short strip in a Mooney,
with no "out" due to the pilot's long landing and tall trees all around
the airport. It's too bad we don't have Smell-O-Vision yet, because
you'd actually be able to smell the rubber burn when he locks the brakes
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Heard on Denver approach
Approach: Great Lakes One Twenty Three, traffic
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Lakes: Approach, Great Lakes One Twentv-Three, if I told you I could
see him, I'd be lyin'.
Approach: If you told me you could see
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