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COLLISION ENDS HAPPILY
There were no injuries in the midair
collision of a Cessna 152 and a Piper Saratoga five miles out of
Republic Airport on Long Island early Sunday evening. Airport spokesman
Gary Lewi told Newsday that the two aircraft, both based at
Republic, bumped each other about 6:15 p.m. while they were
both heading back to the airport. The Saratoga lost about a foot of
wing, causing a fuel leak, while the Cessna had wing and windshield
damage. Both landed uneventfully (except for all those trucks on the
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DEPARTMENT LOOKS AT DE-ICING FLUID
department is considering regulating the cleanup of spills
of propylene glycol, the most common chemical de-icing fluid used on
aircraft. Aviation groups are monitoring the progress of the proposed
legislation and some individuals are questioning the point of the new
law, which doesnt address the hundreds of thousands of gallons of
the chemical sprayed on aircraft every year that almost immediately
drips on the ground. "What's the difference between spilling and
dripping?" pilot Woody Richardson wondered in a recent interview with
the Anchorage Daily News. More...
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VIRGINIA PONDERS AIRCRAFT TAX EXEMPTION
More than half of the
corporate aircraft that were once based in West Virginia have relocated
since the imposition of a state property tax that includes aircraft.
Thats prompted the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission to push
for legislation that would exempt corporate and other aircraft from the
tax. Before the tax, there were 23 corporate aircraft in the state,
including one that was exempt because it belongs to a college. Now
there are 11 and the one is still exempt, Commission Chairman
Richard Wachtel told the Cumberland Times News. Its obvious we
are losing corporate aircraft to the states surrounding us which have
little or no corporate personal property tax. More...
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REFERENCE IN TFRS RANKLES AOPA
AOPA says it's concerned about
a not-so-subtle change in the wording of the text descriptions of
temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). The FAA is now warning pilots they
could be held criminally responsible for violating TFRs. AOPA says the
agency has always had that ability but seeing it in black and white
raises the specter that those powers will actually be employed. AOPA
President Phil Boyer has written the FAA asking that pilots who
accidentally bust TFRs not face criminal proceedings. More...
LAYS OFF WORKERS
The 100 to 150 employees recently laid off
by Eclipse, almost all serving in positions necessary to begin
production, were mostly temporary employees and only a handful of
"direct" employees were affected, according to Eclipse spokesman Andrew
Broom. The staff reduction amounts to roughly 10 percent of Eclipse's
near-1,500 person workforce that is currently churning out about one
aircraft each day, a local NBC affiliate reported. More...
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OUT -- NOT USUALLY THE BEST PLAN
... But when the airplane
you're flying is loaded with chemicals and fuel and headed at a very low
altitude directly at a hillside, apparently one's brain might concoct
that jumping out is a reasonable option. Reports from South Africa say
that ag-pilot Johan Foley found himself facing that particular set of
circumstances when the crop-dusting aircraft he was flying began having
engine trouble. Foley's mental computations of the situation apparently
led to his decision to depart the aircraft when it was barely above the
ground and just before it crashed. More...
CRASH PILOT WAS WWII VET
A World War II Lancaster bomber
pilot, with more than 60 years of flying experience, has been identified
as the pilot of a Piper Seneca that crashed into the ninth floor of a
Vancouver-area apartment building on Friday. Peter Garrison (no, not the
technical guy from Flying Magazine), 82, of nearby Maple Ridge, B.C.,
was the lone occupant of the aircraft that plowed through the balcony
window of the luxury condo. Two occupants of the home were injured.
Garrison had been involved in another accident last year and the Seneca
had just recently been repaired. More...
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CARRY-ON SPARKS COMPLAINTS
Passenger complaints about airline
food usually fall on deaf ears but when a pilot and flight attendant
joined the chorus about a Columbus familys choice of carry-on
cuisine, it raised a big stink. Robert Blum told The Associated Press
that a pilot and flight attendant threatened to throw him and his family
off the United Air Lines flight from Denver to Columbus if they
didnt get rid of the kosher fish dinner they were enjoying. Other
passengers had apparently complained about the smell (remember, those
vents just recirculate the air) and the crew members sided with them.
THE FLY ...
NATCA to discuss staffing levels at news
DoT wants flights to JFK cut by 20 percent
Sioux City sticks with SUX. More...
Wishes Do Come True!
Ever wish you could fly every approach like it was sunny and VFR?
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OF ANY AVGAS SHORTAGES?
The only thing that moves faster than
the aviation rumor mill, it seems, is the price of avgas. Over the past
few months, AVweb has been getting sporadic reports about shortages of
100 LL. In every case, the issue seemed localized and short-lived but
weve had enough of them to wonder if these are the first signs of
a larger problem. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you (or the
FBO where you get your fuel) have had any supply problems and what, if
any, are the explanations for them. Wed also like to know
whats happening with fuel prices. More...
Mike Busch Is Winding Up the Savvy Aviator
Seminar Schedule for 2007
Mike Busch will be offering his acclaimed Savvy Owner Seminar
California and Oklahoma. In one information-packed weekend, you will
learn how to have a safer, more reliable aircraft while saving
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OF THE WEEK: LOCKHART AVIATION SERVICE (SASKATOON AIRPORT ESSO, CYXE,
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Lockhart Aviation Service's Saskatoon Airport
Esso at CYXE in Saskatoon, Canada.
Jim Hinnen stopped in on a fishing trip and couldn't recommend
Lockhart highly enough:
Owner/manager [Douglas Lockhart]
... directed us to phones, parked and tied us down, helped with baggage,
and even ... suggested hotels where they had a better rate, then called
[the] hotel for rooms and transportation. You could not have any better
(friendly, courteous, helpful) service anywhere. Also, no tie-down
charge! [I] tried to tip them, and they refused, saying our business was
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actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
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