|Volume 9, Number 18b||May 1, 2003|
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WRIGHT REPLICA FLIES WITHOUT MAJOR GLITCHES...
The Wright Redux Association is first in a year that promises more first flight re-enactments. The Association's 1903 Wright Flyer replica, Spirit of Glen Ellyn, made history of sorts on April 27 when pilot Ken Kirincic flew the aircraft 136 feet, making it the first 1903 Wright Flyer replica to achieve free, powered flight, according to its owners. It was the culmination of a four-year effort to fund, build and fly an exact replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer. More...
...OTHERS PREPARING FOR FLIGHT
We should point out this is not the first Wright Flyer replica to fly, as Ken Kellett (now with Kermit Weeks's Fantasy of Flight) built a replica and flew it quite a few times for the 75th anniversary. It's also far from the last attempt to replicate the Dec. 17, 1903 feat. Ken Hyde and The Wright Experience plan to launch their own Wright Flyer Replica on the exact anniversary of the Wrights' flight and from the same spot. Hyde's project is part of EAA's Countdown To Kitty Hawk, which boasts its own touring pavilion. More...
BOEING BOSS: COMPANY IS ON RIGHT TRACK...
Despite a gloomy order book and a still-gloomy forecast, Boeing CEO Phil Condit recently assured shareholders the company is on the right track. It's no secret that rival Airbus is edging out Boeing in the commercial aircraft manufacturing sector. Many predications call for Airbus to beat our Boeing in sales this year. However, Condit told a shareholders' meeting that Boeing is still strong due to its diversification into the defense and space sectors. Condit said current data still show Boeing is on track to deliver 280 airliners after shipping 71 in the first quarter. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been good for business and no one else seems to match Boeing's posture in the military market. More...
...AS 1Q LOSSES NEARLY LARGEST IN HISTORY
Condit's note of confidence belies the company's financial performance. Boeing last week reported a fourth straight drop in quarterly revenue, and sales in Europe have plunged 35 percent in two years amid a slump in commercial air travel. To cope with the decline in demand from commercial airlines since 9/11, Boeing has eliminated 30,000 jobs and halved jet production. Boeing shares have plunged 37 percent since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that sent the aviation sector into an unprecedented downturn. More...
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CONTROLLERS SAY CHICAGO AIRSPACE SAFETY LEVEL "UNACCEPTABLE"...
Air traffic controllers say they can no longer keep the airspace around Chicago safe and have asked the NTSB to intervene. In a news release Wednesday, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) said chronic understaffing, rule changes and the extra burden of traffic from now-closed Meigs Field have pushed ATC staff and facilities too far. "The level of safety has diminished below an acceptable level," said Ray Gibbons, president of NATCA's Chicago chapter, who cited deteriorating conditions and staff morale for a rash of errors in recent weeks. More...
...FAA DOWNPLAYS FEARS
FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said the agency is "doing the best we can to hire more controllers." She confirmed that 25 percent of the controllers in Chicago are undergoing training but said it's normal to have some controllers on staff that aren't fully capable. But Cory avoided directly commenting on the union's assertion that Chicago airspace is not safe. Instead, she commended controllers for their skills in keeping it so. "I think they're doing an excellent job," she said. More...
DIAMOND GOES WITH GARMIN FOR THE TWIN STAR
This week, Diamond Aircraft announced its selection of the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system for the new DA42 Twin Star. The G1000 system is configured with two 10-inch displays, a primary flight display (PFD) and a multi-function display (MFD), in landscape orientation. The avionics suite boasts a number of features, including: WAAS-capable IFR, oceanic-approved GPS, solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System and a digital air data computer. The Twin Star's fuel consumption is said to be 10 gph at 180 knots using less-expensive Jet A or even diesel fuel. More...
AOPA PREPARES FOR 13TH ANNUAL FLY-IN
AOPA staff is in the final planning stages for its 13th Annual Fly-In and Open House. The Fly-In will offer more than 100 vendors and a host of seminars on safety, legal issues, buying advice and, of course, Rod Machado's humor. If you're going, don't forget that special aircraft arrival procedures are in effect thanks to the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone and the expanded prohibited area (P-40) around Camp David in Maryland. AOPA claims the event transforms Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK), already Maryland's second-busiest airport, into one of the busiest in the nation. More...
NORTHROP GRUMMAN WINS FAA ATC CONTRACT
Northrop Grumman has won a seven-year contract from the FAA for technology upgrades in the National Airspace System (NAS). Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems division will serve as prime contractor for the Technical Assistance Contract supporting the FAA's Office of Air Traffic Systems Development (AUA). Specifically, Northrop Grumman will provide program management and technical assistance to five integrated product teams that include traffic flow management, en route, next-generation communications, Free Flight and weather. More...
NTSB PUBLISHES RECOMMENDATIONS ON HARTZELL PROPS
The NTSB has issued a recommendation letter on certain Hartzell propellers. In its letter, the agency advises the FAA to require the immediate inspection of all propeller parts and propeller assemblies overhauled or inspected by T&W Propellers in Chino, Calif., to determine if they are airworthy. The notice also advises the FAA to require that all Hartzell Z-shank propellers be overhauled every 2,000 hours or five years, whichever comes first, as recommended by the manufacturer. The NTSB's letter stems from an accident investigation, which involved a Beech 95 (Travelair) that crashed shortly after takeoff on Jan. 24, 2003. More...
THE BAMBOO BOMBER FLIES OVER KANSAS
The Jayhawk Chapter of the Commemorative Air Force is no stranger to historic aircraft, but their latest project still catches the volunteers' attention. Most were on hand last Friday to see their restored Cessna UC-78 Bobcat -- affectionately called the "Bamboo Bomber," take off. "It's a very rare aircraft. There are just a handful of Bobcats flying now," John "Hooter" Myers, spokesman for the group, recently told The Wichita Eagle. The aircraft was one of 4,600 advanced trainers built to teach thousands of bomber and cargo plane pilots during World War II. The all- volunteer crew overhauled both engines and installed a new interior and wheels. More...
PLANE SPOTTERS GET REIMBURSED FOR BAIL MONEY
Plane spotters arrested, convicted and finally acquitted of espionage in Greece are now trying to get their bail money back. The plane-spotters, most of them British, were kept in jail for five weeks before being freed on £9,000 bail, which was never returned, even though they showed up for court. They were initially found guilty of the charges in a Greek court, but returned to Greece last April and had their convictions reversed on appeal. After a year of legal battles with lawsuits, the Greek authorities have finally agreed to repay the money to each of the 11 Britons and two Dutchmen. More...
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ON THE FLY...
A Blue Angel jet developed a gear problem during air show....
EAA's Wild Blue Wonders Teams prepare for 2003 regionals...
Delta CEO apologized to employees and shareholders for compensation issues...
The 2003 Wichita Aviation Festival is dealing with less cash, high hopes...
Concorde engineer wants an aircraft for Scotland.
AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
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We received over 90 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, Paul Stratman, of Kansas City, MO. His photo, titled "Cloud Dancers", captures this RV formation after departing Sun & Fun 2003. The guys were on their way to a nice break in Key West, FL, where Paul claims "the wine brings song and dancing all night long." Great picture Paul! Your AVweb hat is on the way.
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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
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We received over 400 responses to our question last week on arming airline pilots. The majority (55 percent) of our respondents felt armed pilots should have been introduced a long time ago. The next largest group of respondents (22 percent) think the arming of airline pilots is a terrible idea. This group feel guns have no place in the airline cockpit. Only 2 percent of those responding hadn't made up their mind on this issue. To check out the complete results, please go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw/.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
This week, we would like to know your thoughts on STOL kits. Many thanks to George McKee for suggesting this week's QOTW topic. Please go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw/ to respond.
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Say Again? #23: May Day
It's the first of May -- spring has sprung, the birds are singing, and more planes are flying. Time to think about the unthinkable -- what to do during an emergency. AVweb's Don Brown reminds us what ATC can do to help.
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