|Volume 9, Number 24b||June 12,
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb.com.
SECURITY IMAGE -- NATA MEETS WITH TSA...
National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne
told Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials last week
that the federal governments continuing efforts to reassure the
American public of their security is doing irreparable harm to the
nations general aviation industry. Coynes comments to TSA
officials came during a regularly scheduled meeting June 4 involving
NATA and other organizations representing different segments of the
general aviation industry. More...
ANOTHER PRESIDENTIAL TFR POPS UP...
The FAA will establish a 30-nm-radius
temporary flight restriction (TFR) when President Bush travels to
the family's seaside retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine, this week. The TFR
is an expansion of the normal P-67 restricted area that is always in
place over the vacation home. The TFR will be in effect from 2:25 p.m.
local on Thursday, June 12, until 12 p.m. local on Monday, June 16.
THE L.A. ACCIDENT DOESN'T HELP
While the discussions of what potential terrorism threat GA may pose to
the public continue, the news of last Friday's aircraft crash into an
apartment building certainly didn't do anything to calm those fears. A
Beech Bonanza crashed into an apartment building near Hollywood on
Friday afternoon, killing the pilot and four others and causing the
three-story structure to catch fire. FAA officials say the aircraft,
which was flying VFR, departed the Santa Monica Airport, about 10 miles
away, minutes before impact. More...
COMMISSIONS STARS IN PHILLY...
On Monday, air traffic controllers in Philadelphia officially began
"STARS gazing." That's when the FAA commissioned the Raytheon-built
Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) servicing the
Philadelphia International Airport. Philadelphia is the first major
airport to fully deploy STARS.
Raytheon claims STARS is a highly reliable air traffic automation system
that provides new high-resolution color displays, new computer
processing and communication equipment, six-level display of weather,
multi-radar tracking and easy and rapid incorporation of new hardware
and software features. More...
NATCA QUESTIONS FAA'S COMMITMENT
Now that it is fully operational, the FAA claims STARS replaces the
older-generation technology with "an advanced air traffic system with
greater capability to meet capacity needs for years to come." However,
the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) doesn't
completely see it that way. The organization claims the controllers, not
the FAA, are the reason this system is now operational. "Controllers
have always been at the forefront of the drive for new technology," said
NATCA President John Carr. "In Philadelphia, they pushed very hard to be
the first to receive STARS and worked hard to make it a success," he
SEE IMPROVEMENT IN SALES OF PRE-OWNED AIRCRAFT
Have you been thinking of selling your airplane lately? Now might be a
good time. The National Aircraft
Resale Association (NARA) says it is seeing the ingredients for a
recovery in pre-owned aircraft sales. This assumption is based on
factors ranging from the stabilization of aircraft values to
opportunities created by the expiration of fractional contracts. The
group claims pressures being placed on older aircraft are adding to the
potential activity increase. In addition, NARA says some financiers and
insurers are becoming reluctant to support older aircraft.
ISSUES STC FOR WSI'S INFLIGHT COCKPIT WEATHER SYSTEM
On June 9, the FAA issued an STC for the installation of a WSI InFlight
AV200 cockpit weather system into a Piper Saratoga (PA-32R-301). The
company says this is a major milestone in the certification process for
their WSI InFlight (TM) system. The WSI InFlight AV200 system is
designed to integrate with many popular multifunctional displays, most
Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) as well as other display devices.
OFFICIALS WELCOME SAFIRE AIRCRAFT
While Cessna and Eclipse seem to command most of the spotlight in the
personal jet market, there seems to be a determined effort in Florida to
provide some competition. Safire Aircraft recently
announced plans for a massive new production facility at Opa-Locka
Airport, in Dade County. The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's
official economic development partnership, held a press conference on
June 4 to officially welcome the company to its new Opa-Locka
headquarters and unveil plans for the $40 million project.
WINS LAWSUIT DISMISSAL
An Arizona judge has upheld liability limitations for aircraft
manufacturers on older aircraft. Last month, Cessna successfully
defended itself against litigation resulting from the crash of a 1980
Cessna 210 in 2000. To back his ruling, the Maricopa County judge cited
the General Aviation Revitalization Act, signed into law 1994. This
legislation gives aircraft manufacturers an 18-year liability limit on
the manufacture of general aviation aircraft. Since the 210 involved in
this case was 20 years old, Cessna was protected from liability.
MAINTAINS STRONG HOLD IN WEAK MARKET
While the aerospace market seems bleak at times, Garmin keeps coming up with new
products and upgrades. The company -- known for its line of GPS products
-- unveiled plans to upgrade its 400- and 500- series units over the
next few months. The June 5 announcement said upgrades to certain units
would include terrain advisories, certified Terrain Avoidance and
Warning System (TAWS) and precision landings via the Wide Area
Augmentation System (WAAS). More...
TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
Add mischievous politicians to the list of airborne threats that can put
the nation's defenses on alert. According to The Washington Post,
anti-terrorism and anti-drug forces were diverted from their normal
duties to try and find a Texas politician mounting an airborne
filibuster of their legislature. You may remember last month when 51
Democratic Texas state legislators went en masse to Oklahoma to prevent
a quorum in the Texas house. This disrupted plans by the GOP to enact a
congressional redistricting plan certain to send Republicans to
Congress. One of the hooky-playing legislators was Rep. James E. "Pete"
Laney, who flew to Oklahoma in a light plane. It's now apparent
government forces were called in to hunt for the aircraft.
An Aussie baggage handler reportedly had links to al-Qaeda...
Embraer announced it will build a plant in Florida...
The Flying Texas 200 Air Race ended at the Bombardier 500 Indy Car
A five-year-old girl was killed after being swept away by a helium
Foam fired at shuttle wing panel caused crack in test...
The oldest Air France Concorde will be donated to the Smithsonian.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, Mark Hoyne, of Grand Rapids, MN. This winning photo was taken by
Willow Sedore, a reporter for the local newspaper this past Memorial
Day. It shows pilot Amy Eichorn flying with a passenger located in a
rather unusual location. Folks, please do not try this at home! Great
picture Mark! Your AVweb hat is on the way.
To check out the winning picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to
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readers who submit photos.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 500 responses to our question last week on ATC facility
tours. The majority (65 percent) of those responding felt these visits
are very important, as they gained valuable insight into the operation
of these facilities. About 34 percent felt pilots should try to visit
these facilities at least once in their lifetime. Only two people
indicated didn't see the usefulness of these visits.
To check out the complete results, including comments, go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
This week, we would like to know your thoughts on factory built versus
kit aircraft. Thanks to Robert McCoy for suggesting this week's topic.
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AVweb's AVscoop Award...
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to John O'Neil, this
week's AVscoop winner. Submit news tips via email to
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BIZAV: June 13, 2003
AVweb's expanded coverage of business/corporate aviation continues with
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