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Volume 13, Number 22a
May 28, 2007
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Top Newsback to top 

The NTSB has written the FAA asking it to permanently close the East River Exclusion Area to uncontrolled, non-amphibious VFR traffic in light of its findings in the Cory Lidle crash. Earlier this month, the NTSB determined that whoever was flying the Cirrus SR20 -- Lidle, a New York Yankees pitcher, or his instructor, Tyler Stanger -- misjudged a 180-degree turn at the north end of the airspace while trying to avoid busting the Class B that borders it. They both died when the plane hit an apartment building, bounced off and caught fire on the street below. A bystander was seriously injured. The FAA imposed a temporary flight restriction (TFR) banning VFR flights by non-amphibious aircraft (there's a seaplane base on the river) unless they're under direct control by ATC. The NTSB says the FAA promised to make the ban permanent but hasn't done so and that means that charts can't be changed. More...

Numerous previously IFR-certified GPS receivers might now be unapproved for flying many instrument procedures due to recent FAA policy changes, according to AOPA. On Thursday, the association said the FAA's Advisory Circular 90-100A, issued in March, indicates that only three GPS models -- the Garmin 400, 500 and G1000 series -- are now legal. Other models made by Garmin, including the new GNS 480 WAAS receiver, as well as receivers manufactured by Chelton, Honeywell, Northstar, and Trimble are listed as "noncompliant," AOPA said. (Click here for a more comprehensive compliance list.) AOPA said the the FAA has committed to work to resolve the pilot group's concerns over these policy changes. The action, as it now stands, means up to 26,000 GPS users no longer comply with a 1996 FAA policy that allows GPS to be used in lieu of ADF or DME. More...

It’s now up to a judge to decide whether American pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino will face criminal charges in the collision of their Embraer Legacy 600 bizjet with a GOL Airlines Boeing 737 last September. The Associated Press says a Brazilian prosecutor has recommended charges of placing a vessel or aircraft in jeopardy against the pair, who were held in Brazil for two months after the crash and released on the promise they would return to face any charges that were laid. The prosecutor’s recommendations will be sent to a judge who will decide if charges are warranted. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

EAA is predicting that the final form of the FAA’s reauthorization bill will be hammered out in contentious conference committee meetings this summer because the House is contemplating a package that differs fundamentally from the direction the Senate appears to be leaning on the user-fee issue. Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee defeated, by a single vote (thanks to tie-breaker Ted Stevens, R-Alaska) an amendment that would have scratched the $25-per-flight “modernization surcharge” that is proposed for turbine-powered aircraft. A floor vote is still pending on the full package. But EAA says the House appears much more sympathetic to anti-user-fee sentiments and now is the time for members to be contacting their elected officials, in both arms of the government, to reinforce that opposition. More...

Three people died Saturday morning when their Columbia 350 (N2537A) crashed while landing at the Mountain Air Country Club, an airport and golfing community in Burnsville, N.C., about 35 miles northeast of Asheville. Killed in the accident was Dr. Freddy Camuzzi and Dr. Charles "Chas" Freeble III and his wife Kathleen. Witnesses said the four-seat airplane bounced hard on landing and subsequently hit six other aircraft. The Columbia and two other airplanes it struck were destroyed in a post-crash fire while two others were damaged by heat and debris, according to reports. Ron Wright, vice president of administration for Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corp, told KTZV.COM, "Witnesses basically said it slammed down really hard, bounced up about 10 feet...[and the pilot] ended up stalling it." More...

ALPA Joins Age-65 DiscussionsThe Air Line Pilots Association, which has consistently supported the current mandatory retirement age of 60, has changed its tune in light of the federal government's clear intention to boost the limit (with some conditions) to age 65. Members voted 80 percent to drop their opposition to the age limit change so they can have a seat at the table when the fine points of implementing it are discussed. "ALPA pilots will be fully engaged in shaping any rule change," ALPA President Capt. John Prater said in a news release. ALPA's position is pretty much in synch with the proposal put forth by the FAA except in one fundamental way. ALPA wants the FAA to reject the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) rule that only one pilot over the age of 60 be allowed on the flight deck until and unless there is evidence to suggest it's not safe to have all that grey hair up front. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

GE Honda Aero, the joint venture created to build and sell the HF120 light jet engine, finished its first core test in late April and the second core test is planned for next month. Assuming all goes according to plan, the first test of the full production model of the engine will happen in July. The company says the production model has various enhancements over the prototype, which is installed in the HondaJet and has been flying for three years. Details of the enhancements were not released. More...

According to The Associated Press, the bidding war for Piper and its future PiperJet factory took an incremental leap on Thursday when the people who hold the purse strings in Tallahassee, Fla., offered about $90 million in incentives to draw the company there. Last week, Vero Beach, Piper's current home, put $50 million on the table. Columbia, S.C., and Albuquerque, N.M., are also in the running but haven't disclosed their offers yet. Tallahassee figures Piper, with its 1,500 employees making an average of $50,000 a year, would be worth about $500 million to the local economy. And at least part of its offer looks more like a loan than a gift. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

A bill tabled by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., would put a moratorium on the consolidation of air traffic control facilities pending a review of the process by which the consolidations are undertaken. The bill comes following a high-profile spat over folding the Palm Springs radar facility into the Southern California terminal radar approach control (TRACON) near San Diego. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) says it’s not opposed to facility consolidations "where they make sense," but the union claims the FAA is consolidating facilities based on economic considerations alone and not consulting with other stakeholders. Meanwhile, the fracas over Palm Springs radar took a slight twist on Friday. More...

The FAA needs to constantly review its programs to prevent runway incursions, rather than react to periodic spikes in their frequency, the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General says in a report. The OIG reviewed the frequency and severity of incursions at major hubs over the last eight years and discovered that when the numbers go up, the FAA takes action. However, in the absence of any upward trend, the agency seems content with the status quo, even though potentially disastrous incursions continue to occur. “Compared to five years ago, FAA has made significant progress in reducing runway incursion incidents,” the report says. “However, the serious risks associated with runway incursions underscore the need for maintaining vigilant oversight and a proactive approach for preventing severe incidents.” More...

The Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS) union says a telephone line glitch that shut down the data link between O’Hare’s radar and the control center on Thursday is a symptom of a flawed contract with a private contractor that isn’t qualified to do the work. In a news release, PASS said the problem was traced to the incorrect configuration of telephone lines by Harris Corp. as part of its contract to install the FAA’s Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) system. "At this point, FAA technicians are the only thing holding the FTI program together. Something needs to be done soon because this issue is not going away and, as we've seen in Chicago, it is only getting worse," PASS spokesman Luke Drake said in the release. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

Authorities in Washington State appear to be at least testing the theory that the disappearance of a Cessna 177B in the mountains of Washington was no accident. Although an aerial and ground search of the area where George Trupp’s plane dropped off radar near Yakima is continuing, the Yakima Herald Republic says the Civil Air Patrol also asked officials at area airports to look for the plane after some details of Trupp’s flight and his past came to light. According to the Yakima Herald Republic, Trupp is a convicted sex offender who’s awaiting trial on a charge of groping a woman and it’s also been reported that he had his dog in the plane—with a two-year supply of dog food. There’s been no ELT signal from the plane, which was rented from a business in Renton. More...

British pilot adventurers Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill completed a 36,000-mile polar circumnavigation flight on Thursday at the Bell Helicopter facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The pair started Polar Firstfrom Fort Worth Dec. 5, heading south to catch Antarctica at its best before heading up the other side of the earth toward the North Pole and a late spring arrival there. They flew a Bell 407 helicopter. It was their second attempt at the record after the first try ended in a crash in whiteout conditions in Antarctica in 2003. More...

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News In Briefback to top 

Pilot dragged by runaway plane…
1,100 lbs. of cocaine found on crashed Cessna…
FAA’s latest edition of Instrument Procedures Handbook now available…
Warbirds in Review expanded at EAA AirVenture…
737 grounded after hitting swarm of bees. More...

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Columbia Introduces 2007 Models
The 2007 Columbias have arrived. Fresh for this year are new, dynamic paint schemes for both the Columbia 350 and 400, as well as a host of thoughtful and unique features for the discerning aircraft owner. See how your new Columbia will look with the interactive online Paint Selector. Just go online and click on the "Paint Your Passion" icon.
New On AVwebback to top 

Columns | Features | What's New | Calendar | Brainteasers

Can proficiency at one maneuver indicate a pilot's skill in avoiding stalls, spins, partial panel, circle-to-land crashes, and engine-failure loss of control? AVweb Thomas Turner knows one, and it may surprise you. More...

AVMAIL: MAY 28, 2007
Reader mail this week about helicopter tree-trimming, AFSS, lasers and more. More...


This month AVweb's survey of the latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you a VFR flight bag, Camloc measuring tool, video downloads and much more.

Dual Antenna Traffic Systems Simply Perform Better
Avidyne's dual-antenna TAS600 Systems detect other aircraft sooner and more accurately, avoiding the shadowing effects inherent with single-antenna systems. TAS600s actively interrogate other aircraft, providing timely alerts and precise locations of conflicting traffic. Starting at just $9,990, the dual-antenna TAS600 provides full-time protection and higher performance. When it comes to safety, you want to see the whole picture. Go online for details.
AVweb-Exclusive Audio And Video Newsback to top 


AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's podcast, you'll hear how pilot Mark Bent is helping to change the world. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with DayJet's Ed Iacobucci; Pogo Jet's Cameron Burr; Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia; Air Journey's Thierry Pouille; Epic Aircraft's Rick Schrameck; Cessna's Jack Pelton; Embraer's Ernest Edwards; LAMA's Dan Johnson; Piper's Jim Bass; DayJet's Ed Iacobucci; AOPA's Andrew Cebula; Hawker Beechcraft's Jim Schuster; and Avfuel's Craig Sincock. In today's podcast, hear about Brad Whitsitt's crosswind training simulator. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.


At the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In a few weeks ago, AVweb's Russ Niles got to left-seat in a DC-3, courtesy of Incredible Adventures. Join us for what some would call the experience of a lifetime, as Dan Greider guides us (carefully) through the flight. More...

Mike Busch Is Coming to a Town Near You!
If you live near or in one of these states — California, Massachusetts, Georgia, New Mexico, and Oklahoma — Mike Busch will be offering his acclaimed Savvy Owner Seminar. In one information-packed weekend, you will learn how to have a safer, more reliable aircraft while saving thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after year. For complete details (and to reserve your space), click here.
FBO Of The Weekback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Rowan County Airport at KRUQ in Salisbury, N.C.

AVweb reader A. Paul Giannobile said the facility always delivers.

"Every time we stop here on or way to Florida, the service is friendly, the free courtesy car is always available and the fuel price is the lowest. Easy in and out -- my favorite."

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


Merge the Real and Virtual Worlds, and Have Fun Learning
Using ASA's Microsoft® Flight Simulator as a Training Aid book, student pilots can enhance book-learning, review concepts and skills, and prepare for lessons. Certificated pilots can use the book to complement real-world flying with hours in virtual skies. Flight Instructors will discover new ways to use Flight Simulator as a ground-teaching tool and in pre- and post-flight briefings. Go online for complete details.
Video Of The Weekback to top 

Move over, Jack Bauer! If you think you accomplish a lot in one day, check out this week's time-lapse map showing all of FedEx's flights inside the continental U.S. over a 25-hour period. Suddenly Memphis is starting to look a lot like the center of the universe ... . More...

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The Lighter Side Of Flightback to top 

Overheard in IFR 
Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

Overheard on Little Rock Airport's (KLIT) clearance delivery frequency.

King Air N1234: Little Rock clearance this is King Air N1234 with a request.

Clearance delivery: Go ahead.

King Air N1234: I have been trying to file a flight plan with Lockheed for more than 30 minutes. Could you take the info and file for me?

Clearance delivery: Sure, give me the info.

King Air N1234: [after the info was given] I never thought I would see the day when I would say the federal government was more efficient than the private sector. Thanks!


Names Behind The Newsback to top 


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