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ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR AN AIRPORT?
AOPA appreciates all the
help it can get from members in defending airports but Richard Beach's
dedication to eliminating part of an illegally built high-rise near
Montgomery Field in San Diego was beyond the call of duty. "People told
me my life was in danger," Beach told the packed wind-up dinner at AOPA
Expo Saturday in Hartford. Beach was awarded the Laurence P. Sharples
Perpetual Award given annually to the AOPA member who, as a private
citizen, works on behalf of general aviation. Beach mobilized members in
the San Diego area when, in defiance of city and FAA orders, a developer
continued to build a condo complex that was 20 feet higher than is
allowed in that location. As AVweb reported
earlier, not only are the top two floors of the building coming down, a
number of highly placed heads at city hall have also rolled as a result
of the scandal that Beach and his supporters uncovered.
CONGRESSMAN HONORED AS FRIEND OF GA
In the face of a
determined campaign by well-funded airline lobbyists and an
administration hell-bent on revamping the FAA's funding structure, Rep.
Jerry Costello's resolve has been unshaken and it earned him one of
AOPA's highest honors on Saturday. Costello was named recipient of the
"Doc" (Joseph B. Hartranft) Award as the public servant who's done the
most to advance the interests of general aviation. Costello, as chairman
of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's aviation
subcommittee, drafted the House's FAA reauthorization bill, rejecting
any form of user fee introduction and setting relatively modest fuel tax
increases that will be used exclusively for airspace modernization.
Costello wasn't able to attend Saturday's wind-up gala but in a recorded
acceptance speech he said he views GA as fundamental to the overall
health of the economy and the country. More...
Aviation can be a difficult topic for those
not involved directly to understand, let alone explain, and aviation
groups frequently correct often-understandable errors that appear in the
mainstream media. But there are also plenty of instances where regular
reporters do the research and gain the understanding necessary to
transmit accurate, compelling stories about aviation to the masses. AOPA
annually recognizes those efforts with the Max Karant Awards in honor of
the longtime editor of AOPA Pilot. TV reporter Jennifer Manley,
Dave Hirschman of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal and David Hasemyer of
the San Diego Union-Tribune were this year's winners. More...
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WINS LANGUAGE REPRIEVE
The International Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association has successfully lobbied the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) to delay by three years implementation of
onerous language proficiency rules it says would severely limit VFR
flight in much of Europe. Under the ICAO proposal, all pilots would
require to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in either English or
the language of the country in which they are flying. In an interview
with AVweb at AOPA Expo in Hartford, IAOPA General Secretary John
Sheehan said the rule makes sense for IFR operations but not for
recreational flyers. "For VFR people it doesn't make any sense," Sheehan
said. "I don't think [VFR] requires a high level of [language]
ADAPTS TO U.S. MARKET
While there is burgeoning interest in
the Light Sport Aircraft market, a lot of the most popular designs are
from Europe. There are quirks and design variations in the aircraft that
are different from what most U.S. pilots are used to and probably the
most common complaint is about brakes. Many of the imports have hand
brakes and some don't have differential braking. At least one German
manufacturer has altered its brake design to suit American tastes and
the Breezer II comes with toe brakes. Breezer Aircraft also announced
some other changes to make the aircraft more attractive in the U.S.
market at AOPA Expo in Hartford. More...
FINDS ADS-B PROPOSAL NEEDS WORK
AOPA has taken a first look at the FAA's complex new
ADS-B proposal, and found plenty of technical and cost issues that
will affect general aviation pilots. Randy Kenagy, AOPA senior director
of strategic planning, said an initial review of the 100-page Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking showed that "much more work needs to be done before
the FAA publishes its final rule." The proposal would require all
aircraft operators to install ADS-B equipment by 2020 if they want to
fly in controlled airspace. The new avionics would provide cockpit
weather and traffic information to pilots, replacing services such as
flight following or en route vectoring. AOPA President Phil Boyer tied
the FAA proposal to the current fight over user fees. "If they [the FAA]
want GA pilots to spend thousands of dollars on new avionics, we need to
make sure that the expenditures are considered as we assess what GA
should pay in fuel taxes in the future FAA budget," he said.
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OF 1905 WRIGHT AIRCRAFT DAMAGED IN CRASH
Dusenberry was unhurt but his handbuilt replica of the 1905 Wright Brothers Flyer
III aricraft was damaged in a crash landing during a demonstration
flight at Huffman Prairie, in Ohio, on Friday. The aircraft was airborne
for only about 30 seconds when it started to porpoise, then banked, and
a wingtip hit the ground, the Associated Press reported. Dusenberry spent seven
years building the airplane and said repairs will take about two more
years. Hundreds of spectators were at the field for the demo flight,
which marked the 102nd anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first public
flights of the original airplane at the same site. The 1905 model is
widely regarded as their first practical airplane. Among the spectators
was Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of the Wright brothers, who
told the AP that while the plane came to the ground "very
unceremoniously," the flight itself brought tears of happiness to her
CONCERN CAUSES AIRPORT DELAYS
If you think flying via the
commercial airlines is equivalent to descending through the gates of
hell, one traveler found that even being on the far side of the
afterlife is no protection against airport angst. An urn filled with
cremated remains was improperly screened at an Indianapolis airport
early Friday morning, the Associated Press reported, and when officials were
unable to find the passenger accompanying the urn, all heck broke loose.
Well, in a well-coordinated fashion, of course. Hundreds of prospective
passengers were peacefully evacuated from the airport and then sent back
through security a second time. Eight flights were delayed, but everyone
eventually got to their destinations -- though the ultimate fate of the
contents of the errant urn, was not known. More...
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STRIKE DAMAGE PHOTOS
You may have heard about the Air Tran
Boeing 737 that was forced to return to Philadelphia last week after a
bird strike. Bird strikes are relatively common so not too much notice
was paid, even though the first officer suffered some cuts to his face
from broken glass. However, it's amazing how much damage a 10-lb. bird
can do to a 100,000-lb. airlines as these photos from a reader show.
Despite the damage, the landing was uneventful and most of the 143
passengers were probably unaware of the extent of the damage. (Click
through for photos.) More...
SAYS PILOT'S MASTECTOMY NOT DISABLING
A female helicopter
pilot in South Korea's military who was fired after she had a double
mastectomy due to breast cancer has been ordered reinstated by a Seoul
Administrative Court, Reuters reported on Saturday. Colonel Pi Woo Jin was
told that rules required soldiers who are missing body parts to be
discharged. Colonel Pi, now 51 and retired, had served for three years
after the operation, until she had a physical exam and officials decided
she was disabled. She trekked for 250 miles last year across South Korea
to demonstrate her fitness, and has also written a bout book critical of
the country's male-dominated military culture. The Defence Ministry said
it will appeal the decision. More...
IS DEVELOPING "INVISIBLE" AIRPORT LIGHTING
New portable runway lights developed for military use can shine
in either a standard visible wavelength or quickly switch to a covert
infra-red mode that can be detected only with night-vision gear. During
recent tests of the system in Wisconsin, pilots of a C-130 were able to
detect the infra-red LEDs (light-emitting diodes) from 25 miles away.
The lights are meant to be used in war zones where the military may need
to quickly establish makeshift runways and operate them secretly. The
LEDs are brighter, last longer, and are cheaper to operate and maintain
than standard incandescent lighting. Engineers at the Air Force Research
Laboratory's Human Effectivness Directorate developed the system.
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AND LEGENDS GATHER, WARBIRD FANS MARVEL
There is little doubt
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restored example of the sexy P-51 Mustang is a unique and unmistakable
sound. The only thing that could possibly be more arousing to a warbird
fan than that sound might be the sound of 20 P-51s in a history making
formation flight, spelling out the number "51" as it over flew a huge
crowd at the Gathering
of Mustangs and Legends held September 28-30 at Rickenbacker
International Airport (LCK) in Columbus, OH. (Click through for photos.)
SECOND NEW AIRPORT COMES TO TEXAS
It's been barely a week
reported that Bird's Nest Airport outside of Austin, Texas, would be
upgraded as a public GA airport by a private investor. Now, a second new
airport appears to be in the works for the area. The Texas Aviation
Association is reporting that Villa Muse Studios plans to build a
privately owned, public-use airport just east of Austin-Bergstrom
Wishes Do Come True!
Ever wish you could fly every approach like it was sunny and VFR?
THE FLY ...
Stanley Butchart, a test pilot at Edwards in the
1950s, died Monday ...
Albuquerque's annual International Balloon
Fiesta opened Saturday. More...
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EXPO 2007 GALLERY #1 (OF 2)
Couldn't make it to the Aircraft
Owners & Pilots Expo this year? AVweb editor Mary Grady snapped
plenty of photos at the show, just to give you a flavor of the
EXPO 2007 VIDEO ROUND-UP: COMPLETE VIDEO REPORTING FROM
As we pack up and return home from the Expo, it's
time to round up our original video coverage from the show. We had a
good time (if not a lot of sleep) in Hartford and had the opportunity to
talk with just about every mover and/or shaker in the aviation industry
you can think of. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to record all our
conversations, but we did capture a few on digital video. (Click through
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OF THE WEEK: ZENITH FLIGHT SUPPORT (KRAL, RIVERSIDE, CA)
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Zenith Flight Support at KRAL in Riverside,
AVweb reader Bob Spidell quot;didn't know a
thing about local FBOs ... [and] picked one out of Pilot's
Guide," but he was surprised at how well he'd picked when he
arrived at Riverside:
[T]he young lady who took my
reservation had my rental car parked out front, running, with the air
conditioner on as it was a hot day. ... Friendly staff, efficient and
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
We were just being handed off
after leaving Ft. Lauderdale (FXE) to N. Eleuthra
Miami Center, Chieftan 867CJ
leaving 2,000 for 7,500.
7CJ, you can fly direct if you stop calling me
Roger that ...
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