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DAY, ANOTHER FALSE ALARM FOR FOSSETT SEARCHERS
rushed to the scene of another promising lead in the hunt for Steve
Fossett today only to find the latest in a series of previous wrecks.
Over the past week, at least six old wrecks have been spotted by
searchers, proof that the crews are doing a thorough job of combing the
area, according search coordinator, Civil Air Patrol Maj. Cynthia Ryan.
She told reporters Sunday that the search is now being redirected to the
immediate area surrounding the Hilton Ranch where Fossett took off a
week ago in a Super Decathlon belonging to the ranch. Reports today said
he carried only one canteen of water. Meanwhile, thousands of people all
over the world have joined the satellite search for Fossett, many
of them AVweb readers. More...
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CLARIFIES CESSNA'S LIFE LIMIT FOR THE 441 CONQUEST II
has received a response through FAA spokesman Les Dorr regarding
Cessna's announcement last month that recommended operators of Cessna
441 Conquest II twin tuboprops comply with a life limit of 22,500 hours
flown. Cessna based its action on "data from test articles and from
field reports," according to Cessna spokeswoman Pia Bergqvist. The FAA's
Dorr said that the FAA does not usually review or approve Supplemental
Inspection Documents (SID), like the one Cessna used to recommend the
life limit. He added that the FAA is currently evaluating the 441 and
unless the FAA issues an Airworthiness Directive that mandates
compliance, operators can do as they wish with regard to a life limit on
the Conquest II. More...
AIRSPACE REDESIGN FACES OPPOSITION
The FAA decided to go with
a controversial redesign of the airspace serving New York, Newark and
Philadelphia airports on Wednesday but it has a fight on its hands to
implement the changes. At least one town, Elizabeth, N.J., has filed a
court challenge and several well-organized and well-heeled groups are
opposing the so-called Integrated Airspace Alternative. In a nutshell,
the plan provides for more direct inbound routing and more and steeper
takeoff trajectories. The agency says the redesign will save fuel and
result in 20 percent fewer delays by 2011 than if no changes were made.
This new concept in airspace design will help us handle the
rapidly growing number of flights in the Northeast in a much more
efficient way, said FAA Administrator Marion Blakey in
a news release. This airspace was first designed in the 1960s
and has become much more complex. We now need to look at creative new
ways to avoid delays. But the changes will also put air traffic
over areas that have so far been spared the noise. More...
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ISSUES FIVE-YEAR 'FLIGHT PLAN'
The FAA's quintennial
navel-gazing document, its "2008-2012 Flight Plan" was released Thursday and,
while a first glance it doesn't reveal anything we haven't reported
before, it does flesh out some initiatives that have been in the trial
stage for years. The 60-page document concentrates on safety,
modernization and management and sets goals to increase both safety and
capacity in coming years. Among the initiatives we haven't heard much
about before, however, is a new plan to make more use of so-called
reliever airports. The agency intends to direct more Airport Improvement
Fund resources to secondary commercial and general aviation airports in
congested areas. Those airports can expect more concrete, more lighting
and more navaids to handle increased traffic as metro airport traffic
counts continue to grow. More...
AVIATION DELIVERS "LUXURY" LSA
Gobosh Aviation, which
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past July, Thursday announced deliveries of its first two G700S light
sport aircraft in North America. The low-wing all metal aircraft is
promoted as a "luxury" aircraft for the light sport market and, of
course, falls within the 1320 pound gross weight limit with a maximum
speed of not more than 120 knots. Gobosh offers three trims that range
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REMINDS US 121.5 ELTS WILL FADE FROM SATELLITES
The day after
the NTSB issued a recommendation that the FAA require that all aircraft
be equipped with 406 Mhz ELTs, the FAA issued a safety bulletin
reminding pilots that as of Feb. 1, 2009, search and rescue satellites
will no longer scan 121.5. However, the agency doesn't seem to be in a
hurry to require that the much more accurate and less nuisance-prone 406
models be made mandatory. While this debate has been going on for some
time, the pending loss of satellite detection has raised some
interesting questions among those who use the signals to find people.
The Civil Air Patrol's public forum has no shortage of opinions, including
the fear that search and rescue officials will grow complacent about
121.5 signals because so many are false. More...
ORDERED TO LAND AT APEC SUMMIT
Anyone who thought airspace
security for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Sydney,
Australia this week was a lot of hot air found out differently if they
breached it. And that included a couple of hot air balloon pilots who
were ordered to make emergency landings as they approached the 45 nm
exclusion zone. "We were waiting for them to send in the F/A-18s," John
Allen, one of the balloonists, told the Sydney Morning Herald. However,
the pilot of a Cessna 337 didn't have to wait long for some
turbine-powered company as he was intercepted by a couple of Royal
Australian Air Force F/A-18s when he busted the zone. More...
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INJURES NINE WESTJET PASSENGERS
Nine passengers were injured
and three of them were hospitalized when a WestJet Boeing 737 hit severe
turbulence over Northern Ontario late Thursday. The flight was on its
way from Calgary to Halifax when passengers said it suddenly dropped.
Some reports have said the plane may have plunged as much as 1,000 feet
but there's been no confirmation. Passengers told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald that the flight crew had
announced the possibility of turbulence and turned on the seatbelt sign
just seconds before the plane dropped. Most of those injured were on
their way back to their seats and were thrown into the ceiling and
overhead luggage compartments. A WestJet spokesman said the airline is
looking into the incident. More...
PLANS 'LONG TALK' WITH PILOT AFTER THREE EMERGENCY
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the agency will have a
"long talk" with pilot William Supan after the 52-year-old Pleasanton,
Calif. resident made three emergency landings in the same aircraft on
the same day last Saturday. On the third landing his passenger Jinhua
Lin had apparently had enough and jumped from the aircraft, breaking a
leg and suffering abrasions. The plane was destroyed by fire on that
landing and Supan suffered smoke inhalation, according to the Modesto Bee. Gregor said there are some questions
about the pilot's judgment that will top the agenda when investigators
sit down with him. More...
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FLYING BOAT REPRODUCTION SET TO FLY
After two years of
painstaking work, the reproduction shop of the Glenn Curtis Museum is
ready to let another of its creations take flight. On Sept. 14, during
the annual Seaplane Homecoming at the museum, retired American Airlines
pilot Jim Pohl will fly a recreation of the 1914 Rodman Wannamaker
America, a twin-engine flying boat that Wannamaker envisioned as
transatlantic aircraft. The aircraft will launch off Keuka Lake, at
Hammondsport, N.Y., which was where Curtis developed his early aircraft.
OF THE WEEK: RECREATING THE GLENN CURTISS AMERICA
folks at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum are hard at work putting the
finishing touches on a replica of the America, a Glenn Curtiss
twin-engine OX-6 "flying boat" that was originally conceived (in 1914,
mind you) as a trans-Atlantic transport. 30,000-hour retired American
Airlines Captain Jim Poel is scheduled to fly America at the Lake
Keuka (NY) Seaplane Fly-In this weekend, which means the project staff
and volunteers will be pretty busy as you read this. YouTube user angelica4709 has posted several
videos about the project (which we're still working our way
through), but here's a quick look at the fuselage and a preview of the
weekend fun with pilots Poel and Lee Sackett and head builder Art
Wilder. (Click through to watch.) More...
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THE FLY ...
89-year-old pilot, who'd been flying 12 years,
walked away from crash ...
Hot air balloon was blown into power
lines, no one injured ...
Heart problem ruled out in Skytyper
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The Columbias Are Coming
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OF THE WEEK: ATLANTIC AVIATION (PWA, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK)
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Atlantic Aviation at Wiley Post (PWA) in
Oklahoma City, Ok.
AVweb reader Bill Johnson gives
the FBO a stellar recommendation:
If your travels take you
to Oklahoma City, the best airport is Wiley Post and Atlantic Aviation.
Their facities are excellent, open 24/7 -- and more friendly,
considerate people you will not find. On a recent trip to visit my
ailing mother, Allison and her team not only got me where I needed to
go, they made arrangements to pick me up and even checked to make
certain everything was O.K. If Im in Oak City, Im at Atlantic Aviation
Keep those nominations
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actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
Mike Busch Is Coming to a Town Near
If you live near or in one of these states California, Georgia,
New Mexico, and Oklahoma Mike Busch will be offering his
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