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OF AOPA NEWS THIS WEEK 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. More...
BUSH PILOTS FIGHT BORDER PROPOSAL 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
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AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION OFFERS NEW COURSE IN AGING
AIRCRAFT 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 to
AIRPORT SUPPORT NETWORK CELEBRATES 10TH YEAR 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. More...
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 Airplanes
West, Garmin, and the FAA. Numerous discounts, hot dogs, and lots of
fun! Complimentary shuttle service available throughout the day from the
Corona Airport (AJO). For more information, please call
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COMMANDER SACKED 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. More...
TO PILOTS: BE READY FOR ADS-B BY 2020 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. More...
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TOWN REPEALS ANTI-HOMEBUILDING LAW 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. More...
EXPANDS THE ACCLAIM'S SPEED ENVELOPE 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. More...
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BLAMES 737 CREW IN CHICAGO OVERRUN 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
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.
PROMOTES "ARRESTOR BEDS" TO STOP RUNWAY OVERRUNS 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. More...
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SHOW DRAMATIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENT 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. More...
TO FLY BY: ATC PARTY MIX, PROP SYMPHONY, AND MORE 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.
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1151 at the AOPA Expo
To kick off our exclusive video coverage of AOPA
Expo 2007, we thought we'd share a glimpse of what you see when a press
pass gets you into the Hartford, Connecticut show a day early. (Click
through to watch.) More...
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QUIZ #125: WHAT'S UP? The sky's the limit of
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hold you down. Let's dissect a few loftier ones to answer questions that
have teased aeronautical brains since before Pratt met
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE 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." 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. (Wanda Zuege of
Custer, Wisconsin is currently using this photo to remind pilots at
Stevens Point Airport of the October festivities planned for them.)
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