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Two pilots have filed a patent for a device that they say could help to prevent mid-air collisions like the one that killed two helicopter pilots and two videographers in Phoenix, Ariz., in July. The crews were covering a police pursuit for television news. Inventors Chris Morrison
and Ralph Gannarelli knew two of the men who died and said the crash convinced them to move forward with their efforts. We both were deeply affected by the crash, and thought there could be a
better way for news pilots to see where each helicopter is located in relation to one another while so many are in the air at one time, Morrison told the East Valley Tribune. The two have developed a wireless GPS device that could issue voice announcements to keep pilots apprised
of the location of other aircraft within a one-mile radius. The system would also sound a warning if another helicopter comes within 300 feet.
Patent paperwork was filed last week, but it could be up to two years before the device can be marketed.
Aircraft Spruce West Holds Their Annual Super Sale on October 13th Aircraft Spruce will be holding their Annual Super Sale in Corona, CA on Saturday, October 13th from 7:00am-3:00pm. Raffle prizes will be given away hourly. Seminars will include Light
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The House Ways and Means Committee passed an FAA reauthorization bill on Tuesday that has no user fees for general aviation. The legislation still must pass through the Rules Committee before heading
to the House floor, but that could happen within a week. If the bill passes as is, fuel taxes would increase -- from 19.3 cents per gallon for avgas to 24.1 cents, and from 21.8 cents per gallon to
35.9 cents for Jet-A -- but all of that increase would go to pay for airspace modernization. AOPA and NBAA both were pleased with Tuesday's vote, and hopeful that it's the beginning of the end for
user fees. But the end is still some distance away, since the Senate version of the FAA bill remains in play. The Senate bill contains a $25 per flight fee that GA groups say would open a Pandora's
box of future user fees. Once passed, the two bills must be reconciled before a final version is sent to the White House for approval. AOPA President Phil Boyer said he was pleased with the House
committee's vote. "This bill ensures that there will be more than enough money to pay for air traffic control modernization," he said. "General aviation is willing to pay more to improve the air
traffic control system, unlike the airlines who wanted to change the entire FAA funding system to obtain a huge tax cut for themselves." NBAA President Ed Bolen also was congratulatory. "We applaud
the Committee for rejecting user fees and instead building upon a proven, stable, reliable and ultra-efficient system of fuel taxes that clearly reflect aviation system use," he said.
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After two weeks of searching and no sign of Steve Fossett or his airplane, the rescue effort will be scaled back, officials said on Monday. Fossett took off on Sept. 3 from a private airfield in
Nevada for what was supposed to be a three-hour flight, but he never returned. The Civil Air Patrol has searched 98 percent of the 20,000 square mile region where Fossett was last seen, according to
spokeswoman Maj. Cynthia Ryan. She said two CAP aircraft will remain on standby at Minden-Tahoe Airport in support of ground searchers. Any new tips that are received will be followed up with ground
and aerial searches, officials said. The Nevada National Guard will continue to deploy helicopters as needed, and a fleet of privately funded aircraft based at the Flying M Ranch will continue to methodically cover a search grid, flying as low as possible. Eight helicopters and five fixed-wing aircraft are flying
24 hours a day, some of them equipped with infrared and other spectrum-analysis assets. Tips based on Google Earth searches have been checked and continue to arrive, but many are repeats of earlier
sightings, according to the Nevada Appeal.
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Henry (Hank) Krakowski, vice president of flight operations for United Air Lines, has been named chief operating officer (COO) of
the FAA's Air Traffic Organization. He will lead the 35,000 controllers, technicians, engineers and support personnel who run the National Airspace System. As COO, he will oversee operations and
finances as well as research and acquisition programs. Hank is the right person to help implement the next generation of aviation technology, said Department of Transportation Secretary
Mary Peters. His commitment to safety, outstanding operational experience, and leadership abilities will advance our efforts to modernize our nations air transportation system.
Krakowski worked at UAL for almost 30 years, and his background includes all aspects of aviation, including flying, labor relations, air traffic and scheduling. He's a Boeing 737 captain and has flown
the Boeing 747, 737 and 727 as well as the Douglas DC-10 and DC-8. Krakowski starts his new job Oct. 1. He replaces Russell Chew, who left in February.
As the first air-charter companies flying very light jets line up along the starting gate, Pogo, led by former American Airlines CEO Robert Crandall,
has been closely watched. At first the company said it would fly Adam 700 jets, then revised that, saying none of the new VLJs nearing certification quite fit its needs. Back in May, Pogo President
Cameron Burr confirmed to AVweb that Eclipse 500 jets would make up its fleet. Recently, the company filed papers for an Initial
Public Offering that said operations will begin in early 2009 with a fleet of 25 Eclipse jets, which will grow to 100 by 2011. The company Web site says it will offer charter services at about $2,000
per hour block time, along with jet-card and lease-back options. All trips will be flown with a two-pilot crew. The jets initially will be based in Western Massachusetts and offer service within a
600-mile radius of New York City, a region that includes over 700 GA airports. Linear Air, based at Bedford Field just outside of Boston, has
already taken delivery of its first Eclipse jet, though service hasn't yet started. Linear Air says a 300-mile day trip for four passengers in the jet, flying 345 mph, will cost $3,590. DayJet, in Florida, also has taken delivery of three Eclipse jets, and has said operations should start soon.
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Two years of painstaking work was not enough to get a replica of a 1914 Glenn Curtiss Rodman Wannamaker America flying boat airborne in time for the annual Seaplane Homecoming in upstate New York last
weekend -- a result that shows how amazing it was that the original aircraft was successful. The flight crew was able to start both of the vintage 90-hp OX-5 engines and taxied the replica across
Keuka Lake, to the cheers of hundreds of spectators on shore. But the trick seems to be to get both engines to run at top RPM at the same time. The volunteers working on the project have changed the
elevator dihedral and added weight in the front of the hull, and plan to continue testing and achieve first flight soon. A video of the America taxiing at the Homecoming is posted online.
The replica is being built at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, N.Y. The team will continue to work on the airplane and attempt to fly it again at next year's seaplane event.
Think you have the right stuff? Here's your chance to give it a try. NASA is recruiting its next class of astronauts, for
2009. The agency says it is looking for "a few men and women who want to fulfill their dreams and be a part of the next generation of explorers." Candidates must be willing to travel extensively on
Earth and in space, NASA says: "Possible destinations may include, but are not limited to, Texas, Florida, California, Russia, Kazakhstan, the International Space Station and the moon." But it's not
all fun and adventure. When not exploring the final frontier, astronauts are assigned duties such as scientific research, mission control communication with on-orbit crews, robotic training, spacewalk
training, aircraft operations, technical design and engineering, and wilderness training. If you want to give it a go, NASA says you must meet physical standards and educational requirements, which
include a bachelors degree in engineering, math or science and at least three years of experience in one of these fields. Teaching experience, including experience at the K-12 level, is also
considered to be qualifying experience; therefore, educators are encouraged to apply. Candidates will undergo two years of training and evaluation at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, before
NASA decides if they make the cut as astronauts.
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With the U.S. pilot population aging, and new starts in decline over the last 30 years, EAA has launched a new effort to recruit more students. The "Reach For The Sky" monthly e-newsletter, available
free to all who sign up via EAA's Web site, aims to inspire people to learn to fly and answer their questions about how to do it. "The newsletter
focuses on giving those interested in learning to fly the confidence to take that first step," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. The idea for the newsletter evolved from EAA's interaction with
potential pilots at the Learn-to-Fly pavilion at this summer's EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh. The event gave EAA insight into the questions and doubts people have about aviation, which will guide
the newsletter content. The 5,000 members of EAA's affiliate, the National Association of Flight Instructors, will also contribute to the newsletter. You don't have to be an EAA member to sign up.
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The chairman of One-Two-Go Airline, Kajit Hapananont, told reporters on Monday the pilot of the MD-82 that crashed at Phuket on Sunday was one of his airlines best. Wind shear has been
speculated as the cause of the accident, which killed 89 people, including the captain, 56-year-old Arief Mulyadi. Forty-one people survived. The aircraft went off a runway and caught fire. The
pilot who flew the doomed aircraft was one of our best. He was very experienced, patient and very decisive, Hapananont said. He was apparently countering media reports that referred to a pilot
shortage in Asia in the midst of rapid expansion of air travel. Hapanonont said suggestions of pilot error are premature since the flight data and cockpit voice recorders have not been examined. Other
reports said Mulyadi was warned about wind shear by the crews of two previous aircraft, as he set up to land in the middle of a monsoon storm.
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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Lancaster Aviation at McWhirter Field (KLKR) in Lancaster, South Carolina.
AVweb reader Alex McDowell recommended Lancaster for the usual reasons "down-home hospitality, excellent service, and very reasonable rates" but like many pilots, Alex
discovered the true value of good service during an unscheduled stop for emergency maintenance. Alex writes:
Suffering complete electrical failure upon takeoff from a military base, I diverted 95 miles out of my way because I knew I could count on them really taking care of me. I wasn't disappointed.
Gary's team jumped right in, troubleshooting my problem while I enjoyed reading all the heartfelt notes to parts manager Carrie from deployed service men and women in appreciation for the many care
packages she has sent to these overseas troops. Sandy loaned me the crew car overnight, and the gang had a fix in the works by the time I arrived back at the airport. Fred the pooch was even keeping
my parking spot on the ramp warm! Neil, Mark and Justin had me repaired, refueled, and ready to go before lunch, but I couldn't pass up the invitation to stay for the barbecue chicken and fixin's
Mike had been grilling up all morning. I had been anxious to get back home for meetings the next day, and the gang made sure I made it on time, but I sure hated to leave the wonderful family
Alex will definitely return to Lancaster Aviation and recommends any other pilots in the area check them out.
AVweb is actively seeking
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Two weeks into the search for Steve Fossett,
the aviation community is still doing all it can to find the missing
adventurer, despite increasing difficulties in navigating the terrain
and gathering new leads.
Last week, we asked what AVweb readers thought of the massive
search that's been conducted on Fossett's behalf. We received
quite a bit of
on the subject, and 38% of those who responded to our poll thought
that Fossett shouldn't have gotten any more attention than any other
pilot who was lost or missing.
For a complete breakdown of the responses,
click here. (You may be asked to register and answer, if you haven't already
participated in this poll.)
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
aggressively recruiting astronauts for their 2009 graduating class,
we thought it might be a good time to ask AVweb readers what
constitutes "the right stuff" these days and whether it should always
include a pilot's license.
Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes
hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share
with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on
AVweb's home page, and one photo
that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our
"Picture of the Week." Want to see your photo on AVweb.com?
Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
Things have quieted down on the "Picture of the Week"
front over the last couple of weeks, but the competition heats up this
week, with nearly 100 top-notch submissions vying for the coveted title
and the nifty baseball cap that goes along with it!
This week's top spot could've gone to any one of the five photos we'll
be featuring today, but when all was said and done, this incredible
aerial view of NYC from Suyapa Villalobos
of Teaneck, New Jersey barely edged out the competition. "Flying
south over the Hudson River in New York City at 2,000 feet, we spotted
EAA's Aluminum Overcast flying northbound 500 feet below us,"
Update: Eagle-eyed AVweb reader Kevin Kearney points
out that the "Aluminum Overcast" Suyapa photographed was actually
the Yankee Air Museum's B-17 Yankee Lady "participating in an
event at TEB on 9/15 and 9/16"!
Harry Leicher of Whittier,
California had his camera on hand at Oshkosh's Sea Plane Base this
summer which is good for us, because we never get to spend as much
time there as we'd like during AirVenture.
Ryan Johannes of Hillsboro, Oregon
uses a tried-and-true technique to get his photo noticed including
some amazing scenery! Thankfully, Hillsboro Aviation pilot
Morgan Kozloski was available to make the trek and pose (with his
Got one of those nifty widescreen monitors? Tired of complaining
that you don't get as many cool wallpapers as the squares with their
standard-size monitors? Here's one just for you guys, courtesy of
Vahid Jahed from Minden, Nevada.
(With a little tweaking, it looks sharp on a dual monitor setup,
O'Connor of Batavia, Ohio flies us out with the
obligatory (but nonetheless stunning) sunset pic of the week.
(That's Popular Rotorcraft Association President Rusty Nance in
the pilot's seat, lending his name to the pun.)
Thanks to everyone who submitted this week. Remember:
We'll be at NBAA next week, along with lots of you. Look for
us roaming the show in Atlanta, and if you're staying home, please
feel free to pick up the slack and
photo or two, as our submission numbers are liable to dip
during the show. (P.S. That means a little better shot
at picking up an AVweb hat, folks!)
A quick note for submitters: If you've got several
photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit
them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing
print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on
us, too. ;)
A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the
source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest.
If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed
authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain,
send us an e-mail.
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