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Watch your inbox and keep AVweb.com high on your favorites list this week as our experienced team of award-winning aviation journalists delivers all the news from
AOPA Expo in Hartford. It starts out with a rash of product announcements today (Thursday) and continues through three days of seminars, politically oriented discussions and general discussion about
our favorite topic -- general aviation. Piper, Diamond, Cessna and Mooney all have big news to announce. Our audio and video casts will expand on the themes we present in AVwebFlash and on our
web site, so be sure to check them out.
The Baja Bush Pilots, a group of about 4,000 pilots who promote flying to Mexico and Central America, say the proposal by U.S. Customs and
Border Protection to require detailed manifests and itineraries from general aviation pilots crossing the U.S. border is unworkable in its present form. In an interview at AOPA Expo in Hartford, Baja
Bush Pilots President Jack McCormick told AVweb the most pressing concern is the requirement that the information be filed electronically. "Sometimes in Mexico you're lucky to find a phone that
works. How are you supposed to find an Internet connection?" As AVweb reported last month, Customs says the goal of the program is
to improve security of trans-border small aircraft operations.
McCormick said he believes the current system, in which pilots land at airports with Customs services and remain in the aircraft until interviewed by agents works well for the minimal risk that GA
poses as a terrorism or national security risk. The organization is using AOPA to gather support in its fight against the proposed rule and it's also mounting a media and Internet campaign.
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It's well known that the general aviation fleet is aging, and while older aircraft can be safe to fly, they do demand a certain amount of care. AOPA's Air Safety Foundation addresses all of the issues
that pilots should know about in a new course, Aging Aircraft, offered free online. This interactive course discusses factors that affect
the rate of aging, such as storage, use, abuse, and maintenance; offers suggestions for proactive inspection and maintenance practices, and explains the difference between chronological and true age.
Specific tracks can be chosen that focus on Beechcraft, Cessna, Mooney, or Piper models. Advice is offered for those thinking about buying or renting an older aircraft. The course takes about an hour
"The average general aviation aircraft is more than 30 years old," says Bruce Landsberg, executive director of ASF. "Our online program contains valuable, potentially life-saving information for
anyone who owns or flies a GA airplane."
When pilots run into trouble with threats to their airport, AOPA's Airport Support Network is there, and this year the organization is celebrating
10 years of helping to keep airports open and thriving. The program has nearly 2,000 volunteers across the country who work to support the program's mission to promote, protect, and defend America's
community airports. "Saving airports is consistently at the top of members' priority lists," said Andy Cebula, executive vice president of government affairs at AOPA. "We see their passion in the
numbers who volunteer their time and energy to protect their local airports, and we encourage all members to get involved." The program was formed in response to feedback from AOPA members who
recognized that protecting community airports is a key step in securing general aviation's future and wanted to help. The ASN volunteers are the first reporters and first responders to potential
threats against their airports. They communicate regularly with AOPA headquarters staff, who work with them to eliminate or mitigate threats to local airports.
In honor of the anniversary, the Friday morning general session at AOPA Expo will be devoted to celebrating America's general aviation airports. At the session, attendees will hear from AOPA
President Phil Boyer, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Cebula, Airport Support Network and Airports staff, and Airport Support Network volunteers. Challenges and common problems of
general aviation airports will be discussed, as well as how local pilots can work with AOPA to secure the future of their airports.
Aircraft Spruce West Holds Their Annual Super Sale on October 13th Aircraft Spruce will hold 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 Sport
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The Board of Governors of the Civil Air Patrol has stripped the organization's suspended commander, Maj. Gen. Tony Pineda, of his rank, position and membership after investigating allegations that a
member of CAP's Florida unit took U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College tests on Pineda's behalf in 2002 and 2003. Pineda was suspended in early August after the allegations came to light and the
board of governors decided to formally investigate them. "This action was taken after careful review of the facts and circumstances and after numerous discussions of the report of the investigation
against Gen. Pineda," Maj. Gen. Richard Bowling, chairman of the board of governors, said in a news release. Brig. Gen. Amy Courter, CAP's deputy commander, assumed command during Pineda's suspension
and will continue in that role until August of 2008 when the board of governors will convene to elect a new commander. Courter can run.
The Pineda controversy sparked plenty of chatter on CAP forums but the organization continued to fulfill its search and rescue and other roles effectively, Courter said. "The members of the Civil
Air Patrol are patriotic and highly dedicated volunteers of this great nation who routinely place duty before self to serve their communities," Courter said. "Their contributions during the search for
aviation legend Steve Fossett, during Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and thousands of other noteworthy missions throughout our 66 years of service have made a profound difference in the lives of thousands of
Americans of all ages. I am honored to serve as interim national commander of Civil Air Patrol."
The FAA said on Tuesday it wants all aircraft flying in controlled airspace to have satellite-based
avionics by 2020, so air traffic controllers can track them using Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B). The agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) that says the equipment will allow controllers to handle more traffic more safely
with less separation. "Aviation must take the big step into the next generation of technology," said Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell. "It's safer and more accurate. Satellite technology is
here to stay." Pilots with ADS-B cockpit displays can see, in real time, their location in relation to other aircraft, bad weather and terrain. In Southwest Alaska, the fatal accident rate for
ADS-B-equipped aircraft has dropped by 47 percent, the FAA said. Aircraft that don't fly in controlled airspace will not be required to have ADS-B avionics, the FAA said.
Under a contract awarded to ITT Corp. last month, ground stations for the new system will be brought on line across the country, starting in the East Coast, portions of the Midwest, Alaska and the
Gulf of Mexico. Nationwide coverage is expected by 2013. The proposed rule is open to public comment for 90 days, and is scheduled to become final by late 2009. The FAA demonstrated the ADS-B system
at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this summer, click here for the AVweb report and exclusive AVweb video.
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With a unanimous vote, the city council of Jacksonville, Fla., last week overturned its ban on working
on airplanes in residential areas. Milford Shirley, president of the local EAA chapter, said he was "absolutely happy" with the decision. The EAA chapter had been fighting the ban since it was imposed
over a year ago, after some neighbors complained that a homebuilder was keeping an airplane in his driveway. "We can imagine the outcry from the public if Jacksonville passed a rule saying residents
could not work on automobiles, boats or motorcycles at the their own homes," Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, said at the time. It took some patience and a lobbying effort, but the city apparently came to see things
EAA's way. The council voted 15 to 0 to overturn the ordinance.
Shirley said he will work with the council to rewrite the local zoning laws to specifically protect aviation as well as other recreation and hobbies, he said. "We will do our best to stay vigilant
to participate in the discussion," he said.
In the promotional poker game of which is faster, the Columbia 400 or the Mooney Acclaim, Mooney says it has just upped the ante. It announced this week that it has done some aerodynamic tweaks on the
Acclaim which will give it a top speed of a blistering 242 knots, 5 knots faster than its previously claimed 237-knot top speed. What tweaks? Mooney says a series of refinements trimmed drag from the
airframe, but we wont be surprised to see substantially smaller cooling inlets on the cowling, to start. The gussied up version is called the Acclaim Type-S. Although we havent seen the
new model, our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, conducted a flyoff between the Acclaim and Columbia and found that even the sluggardly version of the Acclaim was faster. See the full
report in the magazines October issue at AviationConsumer.com.
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The crew of a Southwest Airlines 737 that overran a runway during a Chicago snowstorm in December 2005 had reverse thrust available, and should have used it, the NTSB said in its final report, released on Tuesday. If they had done so, they could have prevented the accident. The jet ran into a
car on a nearby road, and a boy in the car was killed. However, the crew had inadequate information about the landing-distance analysis they used, and if they had been better informed, they might have
decided to divert to another airport, the board said. The safety board's report calls on the FAA to immediately require operators to refine their procedures for conducting arrival landing-distance
assessments and add a safety margin of at least 15 percent. "The urgent recommendation we issued today addressing landing performance is extremely pertinent to the safe operation of our aviation
system," said NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker.
"As we approach the winter months we continue to push for acceptance of a minimum safety margin so that this type of accident does not occur again." The airplane rolled through a blast fence, an
airport perimeter fence, and onto an adjacent roadway, where it struck an automobile before coming to a stop. One occupant in the automobile was killed, one received serious injuries, and three
others received minor injuries. Eighteen of the 103 persons on board the airplane received minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. A synopsis of the NTSB final report is available online; the full report will be posted at ntsb.gov in several weeks.
Commercial airports should have runway overrun areas 500 feet wide that extend 1,000 feet off the runway
end, but in cases where that isn't practical, the agency is now promoting the use of a new technology called EMAS. An Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) uses materials placed at the end of a
runway to stop or greatly slow an aircraft that overruns the runway. The best material found to date is a lightweight, crushable concrete, the FAA says. When an aircraft rolls into an EMAS arrestor bed, the tires of the aircraft sink into the
material and the aircraft is decelerated by having to roll through it. This technology is now in place at 18 airports with installation under contract at six additional airports. A standard EMAS
installation extends 600 feet from the end of the runway.
To date, there have been four incidents where EMAS has kept aircraft from overrunning the runway and in several cases the technology has prevented injury to passengers and damage to the aircraft,
the FAA said.
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The accident rate for U.S. airlines has dropped by 65 percent in the last 10 years, according to a Sunday New York
Times story by aviation reporter Matthew Wald. The White House set a goal in 1997 to reduce the rate by 80 percent over 10 years, Wald wrote. Although the decline has fallen short of that mark, it
is still an impressive improvement. The data, which excludes the terrorist-caused
crashes of 2001, shows a steady decline in fatalities, bearing out recent remarks by outgoing FAA Administrator Marion Blakey that this is "the golden age of safety." Blakey said this is the safest
period, in the safest mode of transportation, in the history of the world. The improvements of the last decade reflect the sum of many small changes, Wald said, including better technology, enhanced
ground-proximity warning systems, and safer cockpit procedures.
The original goal was set after two crashes in 1996 killed 375 people.
Why not record the sounds of an early morning landing at Heathrow, or Airbus A380 deep-freeze testing, or aerobatic airplanes spinning and looping, and integrate those sounds into electronic music
compositions? That idea inspired Bruno Misonne, of Belgium, who lives close to a major airport, and he ended up with a compilation of "aviation music." He aims to "take the listener on a journey" with
his work. "Bruno has chosen the perfect instrument for his new genre because the airplane is the best way to go global after all," says his press release. You can judge for yourself -- sample the
tunes online, or buy the CD, at his web site.
The music is also available for download via iTunes. (ITunes users can click here.)
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The sky's the limit of infinite possibilities when you don't let terminology and regulations hold you down. Let's dissect a few loftier ones to answer questions that have teased aeronautical brains
since before Pratt met Whitney.
Last week, we asked whether it was inevitable that big-jet makers
like Airbus and Boeing would enter the growing market for small- and
Despite strong rumors that it's only a matter of time, AVweb
readers thought the big boys' entry into these markets may not be a
foregone conclusion: A full 50% of you said players like Boeing
are far too busy building airliners to worry about little jets.
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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
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As we dive head first into the AOPA Expo in Hartford,
Connecticut, we find ourselves staring down the barrel of 130 top-drawer
reader-submitted photos. With the show hanging over our heads and
so many great photos to sort (and somehow choose between) we'll waste no
time cutting to the chase. As soon as things slow down, we'll load
up our home page slideshow with the best photos from the last two weeks
that we couldn't share here in "POTW" proper.
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
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