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PRESIDENT'S BUDGET PROPOSES
MAJOR CUTS TO GA AIRPORTS
General aviation airports are in for a rough time next year if the administration gets its way. "The White House is proposing to cut nearly $1 billion from the Airport Improvement Program in 2007 compared to the amount established by Congress, and almost all of that would come from monies earmarked for GA airports," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.
"Congress must not allow this to happen." Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta released the Department of Transportation's budget earlier this week, which includes $13.7 billion for the FAA. DOT claims that the reduced amount for airports is "still robust by historical standards" and that all major runway projects would be completed.
"There's so much more to the system than runways at air carrier airports," said Boyer. The money the administration proposes to "save" by cutting GA airport funding would be used to help pay for air traffic control operations. But the typical GA pilot is only a marginal consumer of ATC services; some 90 percent of GA flights are flown in VFR conditions. Once again, the administration is claiming poverty when it comes to the FAA because the funding system is allegedly broken.
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Pueblo ATC controller saves Pilot and Family in 0 visibility emergency.
Pueblo Colorado to be new home of USAF Flight Program
The path for young pilots seeking an Air Force career is through the cockpit of a Diamond Aircraft trainer. After years of looking at alternatives, the U.S. Air Force Initial Flight Screening program is to be conducted at Pueblo, Colorado, by Doss Aviation under a new $178.2 million contract as soon as October 1 using 45 specially designed new Diamond DA-20 training aircraft. Doss Aviation is the same civilian company that performed the training under the old program.
Since the mid-1990s hundreds of flight schools or individual qualified flight instructors have given Air Force candidates 50 hours of training leading to a private pilot certificate. Today a spin-off of that program is still in progress, but it has been converted to the new 25-hour, 19-flight program Doss Aviation will use that requires students to solo twice in that time period. Those schools and individuals will no longer be used once the Pueblo program is in full swing, and that means a devastating loss of income for some of the schools. Air Force officials said that for a while, pilot candidates who have their private certificate will not undergo screening, but eventually screening will be required for all candidates. The $178.2 million will be used to purchase the airplanes, hire the instructors, provide housing, transportation, and security. A mini-Air Force base will spring up at Pueblo, Doss officials said. The old screening program was halted when three Slingsby aircraft from England were involved in fatal accidents at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which had a program identical to the screening program at Hondo in 1995. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University now conducts the screening at the Air Force Academy using Diamond DA-20 aircraft, while Doss now operates glider towing and parachute jumping aircraft there.
STATE SENATOR PROTECTS AUTOFUEL STC HOLDERS IN COLORADO
Joining other states across the nation, Colorado is in the midst of adopting legislation that would require automotive gasoline to contain ethanol. From November through April of each year, 75 percent of all gasoline sold in Colorado would be required to contain at least 10 percent ethanol by volume. In order to ensure the availability of unblended gasoline for pilots who use auto gas supplemental type certificates, AOPA approached Sen. Lew Entz to amend the bill. Entz came through, successfully amending the bill to require the availability of non-blended premium grade gasoline for dispensing at airports. The bill also would require gasoline retailers to label pumps that dispense ethanol-blended gasoline. If enacted by Gov. Bill Owens, the new law would take effect January 1, 2007.
DON'T APPLY COMMERCIAL STANDARDS TO GA AIRPORTS, AOPA SAYS
What do a Cessna 172 and a Boeing 747 have in common? Not much other than they both have wings and fly. And that's why AOPA is urging the FAA not to apply commercial airport standards to small general aviation airports that want to offer WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) instrument approaches. "While the FAA is updating its Airport Design Handbook, the agency needs to find a way to tailor its design criteria for GA airports to the type of aircraft that operate there," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "Right now, a 2,900-foot runway would have to meet some of the same criteria as a commercial runway to offer a precision approach like WAAS, and that's just not feasible." GPS-based WAAS has the ability to offer virtually the same approach minima as an ILS—200 feet and one-half-mile visibility—without all of the ground-based navigation equipment. See AOPA Online.
AIR FORCE TRAINING A WINDFALL FOR THREE COLORADO AIRPORTS
Flight screening operations conducted by a U.S. Air Force contractor commence in October at three Colorado airports, bringing benefits to all of them. For Pueblo, the total impact on the local economy is expected to be a quarter-billion dollars, said Jim Spaccamonti, president of the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation. A 190,000-square-foot building once used by Sperry and Unisys, and later sold to Lockheed Martin to build computers, will be renovated to serve as an academic facility and a dormitory. In addition to remodeling the building, hangars and taxiways will be constructed at Pueblo Memorial Airport. Pueblo will also get a fuel flowage fee for all fuel delivered to the airport for use by the program, and of course, the increased operations will better position Pueblo Memorial to receive increased federal and state funding. The nearby airports of Fremont County and Fowler Airport will also benefit. Fowler will get a runway overlay and fire equipment, while Fremont will see increased traffic—10 flights a day five days a week. That could also improve federal and state funding for Fowler and Fremont.
Operation will be separate from one in Colorado Springs.
DOSS Aviation is gearing up for the opening of its new US Air Force pilot school in Pueblo.
The CEO of DOSS, Frank Hunter, told a meeting of Pueblo business leaders that most of the 180 employees will live in their city. He said they would most likely prefer to live nearby instead of commuting from Colorado Springs, and the operation will be separate from the DOSS operation at the Air Force Academy.
The question of how much economic impact the flight school would have has come up because it's being funded by tax dollars.
But although the city of Pueblo is spending over $11.15 million to renovate the former Boeing building for the school, DOSS will have to pay back nearly $8 million of it. The city is also covering the $2 million cost to help fund the airport's fire station for the next ten years.
Hunter says they've already hired 20 people at an average salary of $44,000 dollars a year. Those employees are instructor pilots, maintenance crews and a manager for the dormitory. Food service will be outsourced to Logistics & Environmental Support Services Corporation, which operates military support services at bases around the world.
The first students arrive in October, and Hunter expects 1,300 to go through the program next year.
First Airplane Arrives at New Pueblo Flight School
And 43 more are on the way
July 14th, 2006
The first airplane has been delivered to Pueblo's new US Air Force pilot school. The Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse arrived at Doss Aviation's Pueblo Municipal Airport facility Monday. It's a high-performance piston single, and the first one will be used to work out traffic patterns planned for the operation.
The flight school will take USAF 2nd Lieutenants and train them to fly. After they graduate, they will go on to jet aircraft. That's the same regimen used at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Doss expects to have 44 Eclipses at the school by 2008. The first 15 students will arrive on October 13. At peak operation, the school will turn out about 1,300 pilots a year.
Judge Rules in Favor of Dhooghe, Elliott, French, Martin, Shook, Schauer, and Wolford
In a lengthy hearing lasting over 3 1/2 hours, Judge David Gilbert denied the temporary restraining order requested by Aero Properties (et Al) to name an executive management committee to run the airport until the full hearing date in 6 weeks.
Judge Gilbert noted that all directors had " acted in good faith" and with agreement from all parties ruled to move forward and answer the main issue now. The Judge ruled that since "Regular Members" includes corporations and other entities, therefore those entities have a right to have a designated representative run for election and hold the office of director.
With the authorized board resolved, will peace and harmony now rein?? Lets Hope !
in the Gazette.
A good sign for future Board co operation?
Meadow Lake Airport
On major Taxiway
near Main Runway.
Build your Hangar up to 65' wide and 80' deep. 5200 sq. ft.
building holds 2 King Air 200's or ?
Remember the Flying Car You Were Supposed to Have by Now
Well, there are five in existence, two here in Colorado, and one is for sale right now. They're not new. Only the original five were ever built. Marilyn Felling wants $3.5 million for hers.
Gunnison - Tourists come here in summer to hit the trails and fishing holes and soak in the mountain scenery. But for the past month, they have gotten a gee-whiz bonus in the skies over Gunnison. The military has been testing a new type of aircraft that is part helicopter and part airplane. It looks and acts like nothing else that flies in and out of the tiny Gunnison County Airport.
The Osprey is an aircraft with rotors that point up to make the gun-metal gray, whalelike craft hover like a helicopter or tilt forward to let it fly like a plane.
We see things from the PILOTS point of view !
T-3 fleet will be destroyed
The Air Force’s fleet of 110 T-3A Firefly aircraft will be destroyed after the airplane’s short but deadly run in the service’s pilot training program during the 1990s, the Air Force said .
Meadow Lake Airport's
aid to Gulfport Mississippi
Thanks to the many volunteers, local pilots, local churches, and local businesses that helped make our l Mercy Flight's possible.
....."My best guess is that we'll close on the 31st of December and begin tearing out the runway sometime next year, possibly summer 2007." .........
FORT COLLINS DOWNTOWN AIRPORT CLOSED BY DEVELOPMENT !
USAF-IFS Diamonds Arrive In Pueblo
Fri, 06 Oct '06
Classes Kick Off This Month
The first 11 of 44 Diamond DA20-C1 and one DA40 aircraft have arrived at Doss Aviation, at the Pueblo, CO airport for the USAF Initial Flight Screening (IFS) Program. The program is a 40-day, 25-hour flight screening course for up to 1,700 United States Air Force cadets annually.
Senator Uninjured in Crash of RV8
Fri, 06 Oct '06
RV-8 Ground-Looped Runway
It was a close call for Oklahoma senator James Inhofe Thursday, when his RV-8 ground-looped at Tulsa's Jones Riverside Airport (RVS). Fortunately, Inhofe and his passenger, an aide to the Senator, were unhurt in the mishap.
"No scrapes or bruises. No nicks or cuts. No injuries at all," said Danny Finnerty, who was sitting behind the senator in the tandem aircraft, to the Tulsa World. "We walked away from the plane."
"Everything was fine until the tail wheel hit the runway," Finnerty said.
"The Tax Man Cometh"
Did you buy an airplane from another state and list an address in Colorado as the registered address? Think you don't owe sales or use Tax in Colorado? Think Again!
AOPA President answers Mayors "RANT"
OK, for all of those ranting about "threats" from GA aircraft, we'll believe
that you're really serious about controlling "threats" when you call for:
Banning all vans within cities. A small panel van was used in the first
World Trade Center attack. The bomb, which weighed 1,500 pounds,
Banning all semi-trailer trucks. They can carry bombs weighing 50,000 pounds.
Banning newspapers on subways. That's how the terrorists hid packages of sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subway system. They killed 12.
Banning backpacks on all buses and subways. That's how the terrorists got the bombs into the London subway system. They killed 52.
Banning all cell phones on trains. That's how they detonated the bombs in backpacks placed on commuter trains in Madrid. They killed 191.
Banning all small pleasure boats on public waterways.
That's how terrorists attacked the USS Cole, killing 17.
Banning all heavy or bulky clothing in all public places. That's how suicide bombers hide their murderous charges. Thousands killed.
Number of people killed by a terrorist attack using a GA aircraft? Zero.
Number of people injured by a terrorist attack using a GA aircraft? Zero.
Property damage from a terrorist attack using a GA aircraft? None.
Pilot OK Following Emergency Landing In Denver Parking Lot
Bonanza Impacts with Three Cars !
No one was injured Tuesday night when a Beech Bonanza clipped a light pole, and impacted parked vehicles in an office building parking lot near Denver's Centennial Airport.
Nexaer Flight Tests Begin
The first flight of Nexaer's LS1 originally scheduled for October of 05, took place Oct '06, flying a few feet above MLA Rwy 33. AOPA reports, "the company plans to conduct a series of over-the-runway flights before subjecting it to an extensive flight testing program.".."
AOPA WON'T TAKE 'NO' FOR AN ANSWER ON PILOT MEDICALS
The FAA slammed the door on any further consideration, saying it won't budge on the sport pilot "Catch-22" issue or extending the driver's license medical to pilots exercising recreational pilot privileges.
"But we won't give up, particularly because we think the FAA's position is logically inconsistent," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive V.P.
"Too many pilots have lost their medicals, yet they are still fit to fly light sport aircraft and simple aircraft like Cessna 172s safely. We're going to find a way to make that happen."
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"Colorado's Largest Pilot Owned Airport"
Truth is stranger than fiction
Plane Loses 2 Floats and 2 Passengers in Hard Water Landing
Pilot Recovers..Lands Safely on grass strip
The Minneapolis St. Paul Star Tribune reports the aircraft (similar to type shown above) lost altitude over Forest Lake Saturday... and landed hard. So hard, in fact, that two passengers onboard the plane were thrown into the water. The two women -- one 35 years old, the other, 47 -- were rescued, and taken to an area hospital. As for the Skywagon... the harsh landing caused the plane to lose its floats, but the pilot was able to recover. The 44-year-old pilot was later able to land the stricken plane safely on a nearby grass landing strip. Neither the pilot nor the third passenger were injured.The FAA is investigating.
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FAA WARNS STC HOLDERS AGAINST ETHANOL IN AUTO FUEL
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB), warning aircraft owners and operators with auto fuel supplemental type certificates to ensure the fuel they use does not contain alcohol (ethanol or methanol). The SAIB reinforces EAA's ongoing efforts to ensure availability of compliant autogas by heading off or modifying legislative attempts in several states to require ethanol in all gasolines sold.
YANKEE PITCHER CORY LIDLE - A VICTIM OF THE BOX CANYON TURN ?
..."Radar data indicate that the airplane was flying over the east side of Roosevelt Island prior to initiating a 180 degree turn.
At this location, there would have been a maximum of 2100 feet clearance from buildings, if the full width of the river had been used. However, from the airplane's mid-river position over Roosevelt Island, the available turning width was only 1700 feet. The prevailing wind from the east would have caused the airplane to drift 400 feet toward the building during the turn, reducing the available turning width to about 1300 feet. At an airspeed of 97 knots, this turn would have required a constant bank angle of 53 degrees and a loading of 1.7 Gs on the airplane.
If the initial portion of the turn was not this aggressive, a sufficiently greater bank angle would have been needed as the turn progressed, which would have placed the airplane dangerously close to an aerodynamic stall..."
Wind Named as cause in
Manhattan Crash !
The flight test program for Cessna's light-sport aircraft (LSA) concept is on track and its LSA team is on schedule to make a decision about going forward with the program in the first quarter of 2007. "The more we evaluate our light-sport aircraft proof-of-concept airplane and the market potential for such an aircraft, the stronger our conviction is that this could be a favorable step for our company's product line," said Jack Pelton, president and CEO, while the proof-of-concept aircraft was displayed at the AOPA Expo this week. That plane, dubbed the Cessna Sport, has made more than 11 flights now, accumulating more than 20 flight hours. "We've explored the flight envelope and basic handling characteristics," Pelton said. "The fundamental airplane design is looking good."
CESSNA SPORT OVERWHELMINGLYFAVORABLE
Cessna Sport, has made more than 11 flights .
Meadow Lake Airport
EAA Chapter 72
Known icing conditions: FAA's slippery slope?
A new interpretation of what "known icing conditions" really means could ground general aviation aircraft for the winter. But AOPA is not going to let that happen.
The new interpretation, handed down from the FAA's Eastern Region counsel, says that "high relative humidity" constitutes known icing conditions. This means that in high relative humidity conditions when the temperature is near or below freezing, pilots must fly an aircraft with deicing equipment. Many light GA aircraft aren't equipped for flight into known icing conditions.
"This overly restrictive interpretation of 'known icing conditions,' if literally applied, would unnecessarily ground many safe general aviation flights and may negatively affect safety because many pilots would not be able to train nor maintain flying proficiency during the winter season," wrote Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of regulatory and certification policy, in a letter to the FAA. He requested that the FAA Eastern Region's letter of interpretation be rescinded.
AOPA pointed out that this restrictive interpretation is not consistent with other FAA publications, including the Aeronautical Information Manual, which state that visible moisture, along with freezing temperatures, is necessary for structural icing in flight. High relative humidity is not visible.
The association further explained that relative humidity is not included in FAA or National Weather Service aviation weather reports or forecasts. "So how are pilots to know when high relative humidity would be a factor to their flight,................
Flatulence, not turbulence forces plane to Nashville
Flatulence brought 99 passengers on an American Airlines flight to an unscheduled visit to Nashville early Monday morning. American Flight 1053, from Washington Reagan National Airport and bound for Dallas/Fort Worth, made an emergency landing here after passengers reported smelling struck matches. Bomb-sniffing dogs found spent matches.The FBI questioned a passenger who admitted she struck the matches in an attempt to conceal bathroom odor, Lowrance said. The flight took off again, but the woman was not allowed back on the plane.
"American has banned her for a long time,"
Beware of international registry solicitations
Some pilots have recently received e-mails or postcards telling them that they have not registered their aircraft "in compliance with The Cape Town Convention...." Read this carefully before you act.
AIRPLANE ATTEMPTING EMERGENCY LANDING CRASHES INTO TREES AT AMERICAN AVIATION !
Pilot WALKS AWAY !
A Piper Cherokee 180, a rental from CLASSIC AIR, registered to Vision Real Estate Mgt. of Colorado Springs crashed into Trees and power lines on Judge Orr Rd at the entrance to American Aviation at aprox. 5:30 pm Thursday. The pilot (Meadow Lake Estates resident, Terry Brookham ) suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The Injuries occured AFTER the accident while climbing down from the tree.
According to Falcon Fire Lt. Nathan Snyder, the pilot was doing night touch-and-go landings when the plane lost power. The pilot tried to glide back to the airport but crashed into power lines. Eyewitness Lynn French said the propeller was not turning and the airplane appeared to be attempting to glide to the runway when it contacted the power lines, and came to rest in a large Cottonwood tree. Power was off for 2 hours in the Meadow Lake Airport Hangars, and east side residential area. Power was restored to the Airport and surrounding residences at apox. 7: 35 PM.
Flying like a bird
at 5,000 ft , the
By MICHAEL HANLON
29th December 2006
Man has dreamt of flight ever since our ancestors first saw birds soaring into the sky.
And even after the dream was realised, first with hot-air balloons and later with heavier-than-air aeroplanes, the dream remained unfulfilled.
Because being truly at one with the air, able to swoop and soar like a falcon or an albatross, remained an impossibility.
And in legends where the dream became real, as in the myth of the Ancient Greek birdman Icarus, the price was a heavy one; an ignominious crashing to Earth.
But for one brave Swiss pioneer, a former military pilot called Yves Rossy, the dream has become reality. For as these amazing pictures show, Rossy, 45, has managed to come as close as it is possible to get to the feeling of being truly like a bird. Rossy strapped a pair of stubby wings to his back and leapt out of a plane, swooping eight miles in freefall for the loss of just 1000ft in altitude.
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Airport work delayed by nesting eagles
DURANGO - This traffic won’t pay any attention to the control tower. Two golden eagles, with wingspans that can exceed 6 feet, have decided to nest in a pine tree near a runway of the Durango-La Plata County Airport. That has brought a twoyear $18.6 million runway expansion plan to a halt, at least temporarily. The eagles are expected to move on around June 1. Meanwhile, the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940 protects the birds. “We can’t do anything until that eagle decides to up and move,” said Ron Dent, airport director of aviation. The birds are holding up an extension of a taxiway, which now ends about 1,200 feet from a runway. It is needed for safety and to improve airport efficiency. The lack of a full taxiway means airplanes must taxi as far as a third of a mile on the runway, interrupting takeoffs and landings.
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Airport work delayed by nesting eagles
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DURANGO - This traffic won’t pay any attention to the control tower. Two golden eagles, with wingspans that can exceed 6 feet, have decided to nest in a pine tree near a runway of the Durango-La Plata County Airport. That has brought a twoyear $18.6 million runway expansion plan to a halt, at least temporarily. The eagles are expected to move on around June 1. Meanwhile, the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940 protects the birds.
“We can’t do anything until that eagle decides to up and move,” said Ron Dent, airport director of aviation. The birds are holding up an extension of a taxiway, which now ends about 1,200 feet from a runway. It is needed for safety and to improve airport efficiency. The lack of a full taxiway means airplanes must taxi as far as a third of a mile on the runway, interrupting takeoffs and landings. “We don’t like aircraft backtaxiing down the runway,” Dent said. “It’s a pretty safe procedure, but there’s always that potential.” The airport has agreed to delay construction within a quarter-mile of the nest until the winged couple’s nesting period ends.
At the moment, the eagles are out of town. But they are expected to return in early spring. Their nest was found in May of last year.
“If they feel secure, if they feel safe from predators, if they feel like they can raise their young, they’ll choose to make a nest in that location,” said Tony Gurzick, assistant regional manager of the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Durango.
The Piper Cherokee is leased by Classic Air, and used for flight training.
It ironically hit the Cottonwood tree in front of competitor American Aviation, the Cessna Pilot Center.
Since the December 7th accident, American has received worldwide publicity, as the photo has circulated by e-mail and aviation blogs.
The top photo was "photo shopped", as the bottom photo shows, the sign actually faces the opposite direction.
The engine was not running when the aircraft hit the tree.
During a TV interview with CBS affiliate KKTV, the pilot , Terry Brookham, was observed to say ..." I really don't think there was anything wrong with the airplane, maybe there is something wrong with me"...
Official Cause of the accident has not been established.
Any Landing you can walk away from is a GOOD landing. Any Landing you can walk away from AND Immediately use the Airplane again is a GREAT Landing !
This was NOT a GREAT landing, but it was pretty good considering what could have happened !
Pilot Walks Away !!
Only injury occured after the crash while climbing down from the tree.
Scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on the December 7th 2006 Crash of Classic Air's training Cherokee into the Cottonwood tree in front of competitor, American Aviation.
PHOTO SPREADS AROUND THE WORLD BY E-MAIL and INTERNET MESSAGE BOARDS -
Traffic to this website increased 300 percent after message boards started posting the photo. Many ask questions and get it very wrong. Here are the answers to some common Internet questions and misconceptions.
YES. The famous photo has been altered . The top photo was "photo shopped", as the bottom photo shows, the sign actually faces the opposite direction. All other details are accurate.
American Aviation had NOTHING to do with the ill fated flight. The Aircraft was rented by their competitor Classic Air. The pilot was not a student, but a local private pilot who lives in the area.
The accident happened after dark on a humid cold night. According to eyewitnesses, and published news reports, the Cherokee was doing night touch and go landings on MLA runway 15, when it experienced a total engine failure about 1 mile out on (left) base leg, and turned toward the runway.
While in a no power gliding decent, about 1500 feet short and 1000 feet east of the approach end of rwy 15, the aircraft contacted the power line on the north side of the rd. (snapping it and slowing the airplane), which then crashed into a tall cottonwood tree on the south side of Judge Orr rd, at the entrance to American Aviation.
The NTSB report states: " The pilot was established on a base leg for runway 15 (6,000 feet by 60 feet, asphalt) when the engine lost power. The pilot lined up with an adjacent road and continued for a forced landing. Prior to the landing he checked his carburetor heat, mixture, throttle, and magnetos in an attempt to troubleshoot the power loss. He stated that he observed car lights and "swerved into [the] tree." The airplane became lodged in the tree, crushing both wings aft and wrinkling the vertical stabilizer. The airplane was removed from the tree and relocated to a hangar in Greeley, Colorado, for further examination. An examination of the engine and related systems revealed no anomalies. "
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FAA Yanks Weather Radios In Towers -- Again
Mon, 22 Jan '07
NATCA Calls Policy "Absurd"
Weather radios brought in to the control tower at Daytona Beach (FL) International Airport by local FAA managers, two days after a Christmas Day tornado came dangerously close to the airport, have since been banned by the agency. Again.
The Orlando Sentinel reports the agency yanked the radios Friday... leaving controllers wondering just what, exactly, the agency thinks about their safety.
"So they don't want controllers to know there's a tornado outside the window?" asked Doug Church, national spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. "That's absurd."
When the airline flight deck calls for help, private pilot answers
It's a safe bet that most private pilots will never be asked to help out on the flight deck of a Boeing 757 airliner during an actual in-flight emergency. But that's exactly what happened to pilot Stephen W. Brown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was traveling on a commercial flight from Houston to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on January 24 when the captain became incapacitated and later died.
Brown, who earned his private pilot certificate in August 2006 and has logged slightly more than 150 hours, was asked to assist the now captain in the cockpit during the flight's successful diversion to McAllen Miller International Airport in McAllen, Texas.
He described being thrust into the situation as "unbelievably humbling." His first thought upon entering the cockpit was "clearly I can't do much to help." Yet despite his unfamiliarity with the complexities of the B-757-300 cockpit, his own crew resource management (CRM) training kicked in and he realized that he had something to offer.
For starters, Brown recognized that while he didn't know the airplane at all, at least he knew something about airplanes — far more than the average Joe. A strong believer in the value of CRM and making best use of all available assets (he asks his daughter to read checklists and scan for traffic when they fly together), he also realized that "any help was good help" in this situation.
He assisted by working the radios during the remainder of the flight. He also adjusted the altimeter setting on the first officer's side as the flight descended through Flight Level 180 (the B-757 has three altimeters) and read checklists to the captain. Brown also located the appropriate ILS chart for the captain's instrument approach into McAllen and extended flaps and landing gear on cue.
Brown, who just the month before began working on his instrument rating, was thrilled to see the aircraft aligned exactly on centerline as the flight broke through an 800-foot cloud deck. "That's cool, that's perfect," he thought.
He said the view looked similar to that of a Cessna 182 he usually flies. But then he looked at the airspeed indicator. Big difference.
A partner in a successful heating and refrigeration business in Albuquerque, Brown has no plans for a career change. However he admits to being "obsessed" with flying and intends to move up soon to a faster airplane, one better suited to the kinds of business and pleasure flying he typically does.
PUB Tower will transition to a new digital ASR-11 radar
on Saturday night 2/24/07. The new radar system will be operational when the tower opens on Sunday morning, February 25,2007. This is the same model that Colorado Springs recently transitioned to. The radar will provide controllers with detailed weather information that is not presently available. Additionally, initial testing indicates the radar provides improved coverage. The ASR-11 system has been deployed nationwide so we do not expect any significant problems during the transition.
GOOD NEWS FROM WASHINGTON ON YOUNG EAGLES
FAA reaffirms Young Eagles flights not subject to new Air Tour Rule
February 22, 2007 - A week of work by EAA and FAA have ensured the future vitality and success of the Young Eagles program, by removing possible barriers that were part of the new Air Tour Rule announced earlier this month.
EAA President Tom Poberezny, along with EAA’s Earl Lawrence and Doug Macnair, met Thursday with FAA’s senior leadership, including Administrator Marion Blakey. They discussed the Air Tour Rule’s possible effect on Young Eagles, especially limits on what aircraft could be used for Young Eagles flights, plus additional restrictions on pilot qualifications and frequency of Young Eagles activities.
“Everyone we met with at FAA assured us that there was no intent to harm the Young Eagles program in any manner through the air tour rule,” Poberezny said. “FAA’s staff showed true concern for the program and immediately moved toward a positive solution.”
When Poberezny arrived at FAA headquarters the agency had, in anticipation of the meeting, drafted a letter clarifying Young Eagles flights as non-compensation flights. The letter emphasized that the Air Tour Rule does not apply to Young Eagles flights where the pilot does not receive compensation.
The final version of that letter will arrive at EAA within the next few business days. In addition, Administrator Blakey and FAA senior officials pledged that technical corrections would be made to the air tour rule’s preamble before the rule takes effect on March 15, 2007.
tention to this issue.”
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GA airports would take a hit under FAA plan
The Bush administration's proposed FAA funding bill would be a step backward for smaller general aviation airports, AOPA President Phil Boyer told the Iowa Aviation Conference in Des Moines on April 4. "The FAA's bill would cut the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) by almost one-third, gutting $1 billion from the program," Boyer said. "It would remove the funding entitlement for the smallest GA airports, and it would reduce the federal matching amount, making it even harder for cash-strapped municipalities to come up with their share of the money for airport improvements."
Boyer also explained to the conference, which included airport managers and government officials, the impact of the proposal on GA pilots. "Contrary to FAA Administrator Blakey's assertions that a fifty-cent a gallon gas tax increase is 'not a major burden on pilots,' nine out ten AOPA members say that kind of dramatic increase would force them to cut back their flying significantly," said Boyer.
House aviation subcommittee member Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), a pilot and AOPA member, also spoke at both the conference and at an AOPA Pilot Town Meeting that evening."The FAA funding bill as it currently exists will not go forward if I have anything to say about," said Boswell. He also announced that he and Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), chairman of the aviation subcommittee, will conduct an open hangar session in early June for all pilots to voice their opinions on tax increases and user fees.
April 5, 2007
Fatal Crash of 2 P-51 Warbirds at OSHKOSH Airshow !
By Bethany K. Warner of The Northwestern
The pilot of a P-51 Mustang plane is dead after a collision with another P-51 Mustang on the north-south runway of the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Friday.
The two planes were flying in the Showcase flights, which is generally about an hour-long performance before the air show starts. The P-51s were likely in the last group of showcase performers before the air show was to begin.
One of the planes came to rest on its nose on the side of the runway. The second plane ended upside about 100 feet behind the first plane. After flipping upside down, witnesses said that plane burst into flames. One pilot has been confirmed dead, according to a statement released by AirVenture spokesman Dick Knapinski. The second pilot had unspecified injuries, according to the release. Witnesses said the pilot of the plane that ended up on its nose was able to walk away from that plane and first ran toward the burning plane before turning back and then falling to his knees.
Chuck Chall, of Brighton, Mich., saw the crash. "I could see it developing," Chall said. "I could see it happening before it started."
According to Howell Herman, of Mt. Morris, Ill., who also witnessed the crash, the second P-51 was coming in faster than the P-51 in front. He said at first, it looked like the second plane would overshoot the first. Other witnesses said the second plane landed, but its propeller clipped the tail of the first plane, pushing it on to its nose. Witnesses said the second plane may have tried to swerve, but ended up flipping over the first plane, to finally land upside in the grass to the east of the runway. "I was shocked," Herman said. "It's a tragedy. No one expects an accident. These guys are pros." Onlookers said they realized that they had likely witnessed a fatal accident when they saw emergency responders begin to cover the airplane with a tarp.
“That’s what upset us most. You can replace the metal you can’t replace the man,” said Barry Morris from Georgia.
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A P-51 airplane participating in a showcase flyby crashed into the tail of his teamate and burst ito flames.
MEADOW LAKE's Famous "Schoenfeldt Firecracker"
Replica Arrives in Oshkosh
Noted race pilot Skip Holm landed at Oshkosh's Wittman Field this morning in the Keith Rider R-4 "Schoenfeldt Firecracker," a replica racer from the Golden Age of Air Racing. The original 1936 aircraft was flown to many top-three finishes in the years just prior to World War II. It was first flown by accomplished race pilot Roger Don Rae, then Tony LeVier placed first in the 1938 Greve Trophy race and second in the 1939 National Air Races behind Roscoe Turner in the Turner-Laird Special.
Retired Air Force Maj. General Pat Halloran, who has flown the Firecracker nearly 60 hours since it's completion last year, spearheaded this replica project, which is owned by the Thomas Wathen Foundation. Bruce and Evan McCombs, as well as Stan Rackleff, also worked on the project in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The airplane will be on display in the Vintage Aircraft area, just south of AeroShell Square.
Cessna finally released the name and look for their newest addition to the Cessna family, The Cessna 162 Skycatcher. It was immediately nicknamed the "flycatcher" by Oshkosh pilots.
Termination of 121.5 MHz Beacons for Satellite Alerting is Coming Soon
Notice Number: NOTC0981
On 1 February 2009 , the International Cospas-Sarsat  Organization ( U.S. included) will terminate processing of distress signals emitted by 121.5 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs). This means that pilots flying aircraft equipped with 121.5 MHz ELTs after that date will have to depend on pilots of over flying aircraft and or ground stations monitoring 121.5 to hear and report distress alert signals, transmitted from a possible crash site.
Why is this happening?
Although lives have been saved by 121.5 MHz ELTs, the downside has been their propensity to generate false alerts (approximately 98 percent of all 121.5 MHz alerts are false), and their failure to provide rescue forces with timely and accurate crash location data. Both of which actually delay rescue efforts and have a direct effect on an individual's chance for survival. Rescue forces have to respond to all 121.5 MHz alerts to determine if they are real distress alerts or if they are being generated by an interferer, an inadvertent activation (by the owner) or equipment failure.
Is there an alternative?
Yes, the Cospas-Sarsat System ( U.S. included) has been and will continue processing emergency signals transmitted by 406 MHz ELTs. These 5 Watt digital beacons transmit a much stronger signal, are more accurate, verifiable and traceable to the registered beacon owner (406 MHz ELTs must be registered by the owner in accordance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation). Registration allows the search and rescue authorities to contact the beacon owner, or his or her designated alternate by telephone to determine if a real emergency exists. Therefore, a simple telephone call often solves a 406 MHz alerts without launching costly and limited search and rescue resources, which would have to be done for a 121.5 MHz alert. For these reasons, the search and rescue community is encouraging aircraft owners to consider retrofit of 406 MHz ELTs or at a minimum, consider the purchase of a handheld 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) which can be carried in the cockpit while continuing to maintain a fixed 121.5 MHz ELT mounted in the aircraft's tail.
Remember, after February 1, 2009 , the world-wide Cospas-Sarsat satellite system will no longer process 121.5 MHz alert signals. Pilots involved in aircraft accidents in remote areas will have to depend on pilots of over flying aircraft and or ground stations to hear emergency ELT distress signals. For further information concerning the termination of 121.5 MHz data processing visit www.sarsat.noaa.gov
Posted on Sun, Nov. 04, 2007
FAA reviewing football fly-over
A 17-year-old Hopewell High student was apparently acting on a dare when he did a fly-over prank at a Hopewell High football game Friday, at one point dipping below the stadium lights.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said Sunday that the teen pilot and two teen passengers flew the length of the field three times around 8 p.m. The plane reportedly came within feet of a flag pole.
On the final pass, a pair of tennis shoes and a football dropped from the single-engine Cessna 172 into the end zone, officials said.
The pilot, who apparently broke multiple federal aviation laws, is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, Huntersville police and CMS.
“My immediate reaction was that we were going to have a terrorist act of some sort,” said Vincent “Bud” Cesena, head of CMS law enforcement, who was among the 4,000 people in the stands.
“Then, as he circled, you saw that it was kids in the plane, and I was hoping it that it was just some kind of prank. I was thinking to myself: ‘Should I empty the stands and risk someone being trampled or see what happens?’ I knew for sure someone would get hurt if I emptied the stands.”
Witnesses say the plane came within 75 feet of an embankment at the field at the school on Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville.
The plane flew low enough that Cesena and several Huntersville police officers were able to take down the tail numbers and call them into Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
It was quickly identified as being rented from Lincoln County Regional Airport. That’s where Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies were waiting when it landed.
Detained at the airport for questioning were the 17-year-old pilot who had rented the plane and his passengers, another 17-year-old Hopewell student and an 18-year-old Hopewell graduate.
No charges had been filed as of late Sunday, officials said.
“It was a dare,” Cesena said. “They knew they were very much breaking the law. He’s a registered pilot and knows the consequences of this.” FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said that if it is proved that the pilot broke rules, his pilot’s license could be suspended or revoked.
The FAA requires an altitude of at least 1,000 feet when flying over a large group of people. Dropping the shoes and the football from the plane also may have been against FAA rules, Bergen said.
In addition, CMS officials are considering disciplinary action, said CMS spokeswoman Nora Carr.
If it can be proven that lives were endangered, those involved could face a minimum of a 10-day suspension and possible expulsion. “It’s a very serious thing, so I know a lot of folks are very, very concerned and are taking it seriously,” said Carr.
CESSNA 350 and CESSNA 400 Debut December 4th 2007
Cessna Sets Up Shop At Former Columbia Plant. Cessna moved quickly this week to establish a company presence in Bend, OR. One day after successfully bidding for the assets of the former Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company, officials with the Kansas-based planemaker arrived at the aircraft plant to cheers from workers.
"We intend to grow this and intend to make the necessary investments so it can continue to be not only the world-class product that it is today, but so that it has a future fitting into the Cessna family," Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said Wednesday, fresh from a trip to China.
Cessna's buyout of Columbia means workers in Bend will continue building the same aircraft, albeit under a different name. Cessna will ditch the Columbia moniker, in favor of the Cessna 350 and 400.
"I think it's wonderful," Columbia worker Chad Sparks told KTVZ-21. "We finally get the support we need to make sure we have a long-term job, instead of wondering constantly if we're going to be here next month."
Others aren't so happy, however. The low $26.4 million pricetag Cessna will pay for Columbia means many creditors won't be paid... among them Columbia dealers, who will no longer have a plane to sell unless they're also a Cessna dealer.
"We are not a Cessna dealer, of course, so on that side of the coin, we are disappointed and are looking at the possibility we will not be representing Columbia on the sales side going forward very much longer," Seattle-based Galvin Flight Services president Peter Anderson said. "It creates a hole for us for a year and a half or so, but it certainly is something that is not going to be catastrophic."
In better news, warranties for existing Columbia owners will be honored by Cessna... and the planemaker plans to increase production.
"On a very paced effort, we will ramp up production to meet what those new order back-ups will be," said Pelton. "I'm not going to commit to what that means for employment, because I'm not close enough to know what that will take and what the timing of the ramp-up will be."
If you still want to own a plane with a "Columbia" logo on it, you'd best lay your claim to a model built before December 4. That's the day Cessna will begin putting its name on planes made in Bend.
State Patrol Plane Busts Driver, Sneaky Ferrari Owner
Wed, 31 Oct '07 I Didn't Expect Plane To Still Be Overhead
Here's a friendly tip for those hoping to evade police... be sure to look up first. Seattle's KIRO-7 reports the owner of a Ferrari F430 failed to consider the Washington State Patrol airplane overhead, when he attempted to pull a fast one.
Here's what happened: while on a routine patrol Friday night near state Route 520 and Interstate 405, the plane's pilot spotted the speedy car weaving in-and-out of traffic lanes at a fast clip. The pilot alerted troopers, who intercepted the Ferrari near Mercer Street.
Police arrested the car's driver, identified as a 35-year-old man from Monroe, on charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence. He later refused a breathalyzer test, and was released, according to the station.The passenger in the two-seat high performance car, Kenneth Rhule, told police he was the car's owner... and begged officers not to impound his beloved car with the usual rabble of confiscated Camrys and Malibus (the Chevys, not the Pipers -- Ed.) As the car was parked on private property, officers agreed... providing Rhule arranged the towing of his car on his own. Rhule readily agreed.
The tow truck arrived on scene a short time later... but Rhule sent the driver on his way when he didn't see any officers around. He then got in his car, and took off. ...And was stopped a few blocks away by troopers, who were once again tipped off by the WSP plane, that continued orbiting the scene while events played out.
Rhule was arrested on suspicion of DUI, and obstructing a police officer. He blew a .12 on a breath test, and was booked into the King County Jail.
A common tow truck took his Ferrari to an impound yard.