June 24, 2004
AOPA jumped in to keep people flying in the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) this week. There are special procedures (filing a flight plan and obtaining a discrete transponder code) for traffic pattern operations at airports inside the ADIZ. That allows training operations within the ADIZ. But when the FAA issued the ADIZ transponder notam Friday, some in the bureaucracy interpreted it as also banning closed traffic pattern operations and low-level flight in the ADIZ. Pilots and flight instructors calling flight service were told they couldn't do what had previously been allowed. They called AOPA, and AOPA President Phil Boyer went to the top. He called Russ Chew, head of the FAA's new Air Traffic Organization, and got it fixed.
"We continue to work on the larger issue of making the ADIZ more operationally sound for both pilots and controllers," said AOPA President Phil Boyer, "but thanks to our ongoing work with the FAA, we can get these kinds of 'glitches' solved quickly for our members."
June 24, 2004
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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