Profile on New Technologies: CTT's Cabin Humidification System David Gelles, Staff Writer
I'm writing this article at an altitude of approximately 30,000 feet, and while my skin is drying up, it's "raining" on the woman in front of me.
These atmospheric nuisances - dry cabin air and excess condensation "raining" on passengers - are commonplace in commercial airliners and large business jets alike, and besides being an unnecessary discomfort, represent a serious safety hazard.
NBAA 2002 Moves on with Business After a Difficult Year David Gelles, Staff Writer
Orlando - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) held its 55th annual convention here in Orlando for the three days surrounding and including September 11.
A record 27,785 attendees packed the Orange County Convention Center to trade ideas, view new products, and secure deals for the coming business year. 1,011 exhibitors, including industry standards like Cessna and Air BP, were spread out over 900,000 square feet of exhibit space. Nearby, at the Orlando Executive Airport, 151 aircraft composed the Static Display, including six models never before seen at an air-show.
NASA's SATS Seeks to Alleviate Congestion, Connect Smaller Communities David Gelles, Staff Writer
NASA is currently engaged in research that it hopes will eventually relieve congestion in major hub-and-spoke airports and allow for speedier, more efficient short-distance travel.
Currently in the third of five years of planned development, the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS), envisions a greater utilization of the nation's 5,400 public-use landings facilities. It also hopes to integrate a larger numbers of small aircraft into the National Airspace System.
National Airlines Denied Loan Paul Reed
"Don't count us out," stated Michael J. Conway, president and CEO of Las Vegas-based National Airlines.
"We are working diligently on an alternative plan and will issue a statement in that regard shortly." Conway's comments followed the denial of the carrier's loan guarantee application by the Air Transportation Stabilization Board (ATSB). The CEO also noted that National would exhaust all viable alternatives and continue to operate its normal flight schedule while doing so.
Oshkosh 2002 David Gelles, Staff Writer
July 30 - America's largest fly-in took over Oshkosh, Wisconsin this week, as nearly 750,000 people descended
upon the Experimental Aircraft Association's headquarters for the 50th anniversary of the seven-day event.
Borrego Valley's Aerobatic Box David R. Aldridge
We preface this article by acknowledging that a certain amount of conjecture
may be begged in some instances. However, we believe the implications of a lone
San Diego County Supervisor's attempts to generally abolish aerobatic activity
at Borrego Valley Airport are suspect enough to attract the attention of even
the most politically jaded pilot.
Curing The $100 Hamburger Syndrome Paul Reed
Here it is, Saturday morning, and you are trying to decide what to do with
yourself and your airplane. You and the plane need the exercise and the
greasy spoon at your airport has lost its appeal. Well, one way to avoid
this problem is to get involved in an organization that is charitable and
allows you to fly.
Light Aircraft and Airliners No Longer Birds of a Feather Jefferson T. Packer
There once was a time when airline flying was simply an extension of light
plane flying. Until the 1960's, the cockpit of an airliner was really just a
larger version of the cockpit of a light plane; despite the intimidating number
of gauges and switches, any IFR pilot in General Aviation could sit down in the
left seat of an older airliner, and in a very short time, be able to recognize
and comprehend almost everything that was in front of her. After all, from a
technology standpoint, early airliners were really just light airplanes, built
bigger, and with the redundancy of several engines and a more complete
Aircraft Ownership for mid-level income pilots Paul B. Bartlett
I would like to present a new concept that could get thousands of
"everyday" pilots into shiny, new aircraft. First of all, let me get past
the discussions about outdated technology, "price per pound", and other
premises on the value/price of a brand-new aircraft. Price and perceived
value can very much be a function of the marketplace, not the physical
"cost" of the item for sale. Does a Rolls-Royce automobile contain TEN
TIMES the content and skilled labor of a Honda? No. Are there people
willing to PAY ten times more for the Rolls? Yes. Therefore the new
aircraft market at present is fixed to a small group of buyers who either
need or desire the functionality of a new product regardless of price.
Fatigue and Go, No-Go Decisions Stephen W. Roberts, MD, AME
... Fatigue, a normal physiological response of the human body to sleep loss
and circadian rhythm disruption, is characterized by decreased physical and
Common signs and symptoms of fatigue include sleeplessness, overall
discomfort, irritability, depression, apathy, physical an emotional isolation
from others, loss of appetite, slurred speech, visual fixation and impaired
visual perception, decreased alertness, difficulty concentrating, slowed reaction
time, need for increased sensory stimulation to react, impaired short-term
memory, poor judgment, loss of accuracy and control smoothness, unawareness of
errors, and responses to become increasingly more dependent on previously
acquired habits (good or bad).
Swissair Flight 111 - The Accident that redefined CRM John Sampson
The media seemed to be initially off on a tangent with the EVAS
(plastic bag) system for maintaining internal pilot vision in the event
of dense smoke in the cockpit. In light of events it may well have been
a factor but only that. It's more likely to be eventually shown that
there was a much greater deficiency at work in the Swissair accident...
Colour Vision Standard in Aviation, is it needed? Dr. Arthur M. Pape
Many thousands of pilots and would-be pilots world wide find their career
aspirations frustrated by the discovery that they have abnormal colour
vision and fail to meet the colour perception standard. The author, Dr.
Arthur M. Pape was one such pilot in the late seventies and set about to
challenge the scientific validity of the colour perception standard...
GA ON THE UP SIDE by Craig Peyton
It's nice to know that parts of GA are booming. The National Business
Aircraft Association just finished celebrating it's 50th year with a
convention in Dallas. Business aviation is in a stage of rapid growth
and clearly leading the future trends in GA. With grassroots aviation
just off the ropes, I hope the business side can start kicking some life
blood further down the aviation chain.
Oshkosh '97: Avbuzz and Engines by Craig Peyton
To achieve the proper level of mind numbing Oshkosh av-buzz it's
important to fly in and camp out. From the Ripon checkpoint, to final,
shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other aircraft, you definitely
know you're not doing touch and goes at your local strip. Your brave
webmaster Yonatan and I thought we were going to be blown back to New
York during Sat. night's thunder storm. Waking up during the 15 min.,
5AM mag check on the plane 10 feet from your head, more sleep is out of
"Fighting Back" by Craig Peyton
Man has been dreaming of controlled flight since the cave days. This
century we achieved this vision. While never getting anywhere near the
popularity of cars or boats, general aviation was growing from a post
war slump until the early 80's. From producing close to 20,000 aircraft per
year in 1979 to less than 2,000 per year by 1992, we have crashed big
Pulling In New Pilots by Craig Peyton
"If we re-build it, they will come"
As the new century is a mere 3 years off, many of us in the pilot
community have been asking ourselves, "what is flying going to be like
in the year 2000"? Without major changes, the quick answer might be;
about the same as now, just more expensive. With the good news of
congress getting the trial lawyers off our backs, we now look forward
to a new generation of flying machines that can ignite some new energy