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MATTITUCK SERVICES TO CLOSE
Troubled by decreasing volume in
a flat aviation economy, Mattituck Services, one of the northeast's
longest-established engine shops, will close at the end of May,
according to Continental Motors. Some of the 23 affected employees will
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Concerns over the system that delivers
oxygen to pilots of the F-22 Tuesday led Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
to set flight limits for the fighter jet and add safety measures. The
jets must now be flown "within proximity of potential landing
locations." The specific restrictions will be drawn by individual pilots
and commanders, Pentagon spokesman and Navy Captain John Kirby told the
Washington Post. Panetta added other specific instructions in a letter
to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. Meanwhile, two pilots who
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RELENTS, OK'S SYNERGY PROJECT
Kickstarter, a crowd-funding
site, has reconsidered its rejection
of a proposal from Synergy Aircraft, and this week said it would allow
the project to go forward. John McGinnis, the aircraft designer, said on
Sunday that he had "received an email from a human being" saying that
Kickstarter had reconsidered his "incredibly ambitious and creative
project" and would be excited to host it. "It's quite the ride out here
at the end of the whip," McGinnis said. As of Wednesday, Synergy's project had attracted 51 backers and $13,924. At
least $65,000 must be pledged by June 4; otherwise, the donors will get
their money back. More...
ALPHA LSA TRAINER READY TO FLY FOR $85K
Pipistrel on Monday
announced that its Alpha LSA, which the company calls "the perfect
training aircraft," is ready to go, at a price of $85,000. The Alpha
trainer is equipped with a Rotax 912 80-hp engine and a ballistic chute.
The panel features conventional instruments, complemented by a GPS
Garmin Aera 500. The Alpha has a "beefed-up" undercarriage to handle
rough student landings, and a full-fuel payload of about 500 pounds.
Cruise speed is 108 knots and range is 400 miles. In the training role
doing touch-and-goes, the aircraft will burn less than 2.5 gallons per
hour, according to Pipistrel. The all-new airplane represents "a
completely new approach to flight training," Pipistrel said, "at a cost
nearly half that of our competitors." More...
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PHONE CALLS OK'D BY AIRLINE
There are a number of "catches,"
but Virgin Atlantic passengers will soon be able to make cell phone
calls on the airline's flights from London to New York, the airline
announced this week. No passengers will be allowed to have their phones
powered up for takeoff or landing, and only six people will be allowed
to talk at once. Each one will pay international roaming rates for the
call and must have access to either Europe's Vodafone or O2 carriers, or
the U.S.'s T-Mobile. By year-end, the service should be available on as
many as 20 of the carrier's aircraft flying 10 routes. Virgin Atlantic
isn't the first to offer the service, but don't expect U.S. carriers to
follow suit soon. More...
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IS LEARN TO FLY DAY
If you or somebody you know would like to
give flying a try, this Saturday might be a good time. During the third
annual International Learn To Fly Day, airports around the world are
hosting events and pilots are offering to take neighbors and friends up
for a free introductory flight. EAA spearheads the community-wide
effort, and provides information and a list of events online. Informal
efforts to just take a friend or neighbor for an introductory flight or
even for a visit to the airport also are encouraged. "As we inspire the
next generation of aviators, International Learn to Fly Day is one day
where we can make a special effort to invite and welcome those who have
always dreamed of flying," said Rod Hightower, EAA president.
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CFI EVELYN BRYAN JOHNSON DIES AT 102
Evelyn Bryan Johnson,
who logged 57,635.4 hours in the air -- more than six years -- during
her long flying career, died last week at age 102. Johnson, known as
"Mama Bird," taught more than 5,000 students and gave more than 9,000
check rides for the FAA. She ran a small airport in Morristown, Tenn.,
until she was past 100. "Mrs. Johnson said she would retire when she was
old enough, which she never was," reads her New York Times obituary. "Each time she went up in a plane -- her
last flight was as a passenger in 2009 -- she said she saw something new
and beautiful." More...
The Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine
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'BARR' RULES OPEN FOR COMMENT
The FAA will accept comments
until June 8, 2012, on revised rules (PDF) for what used to be called the Block Aircraft
Registration Request program, which allows aircraft owners to prevent
public access to information tied to their aircraft N-number. The FAA
wanted to all but scrap that ability last year but was blocked by
Congress by an amendment in an appropriations bill. At the time, the FAA
said it would present new rules for participation in the program; the
Notice of Proposed Process appeared in the Federal Register May 9.
Aircraft already on the list will be automatically included under the
new rules but the rulemaking sets out some specific criteria for new
SIKORSKY SIGN AIRFRAME DEAL
Eclipse Aerospace and Sikorsky
subsidiary PZL Mielec have signed a deal that will see the major
airframe components of the new Eclipse 550 built at the PZL plant in
Poland. PZL, which now builds the international version of the Blackhawk
helicopter and the M-28 fixed-wing aircraft, will build the fuselage,
empennage and wings for the 550, which is the same airframe as the
original Eclipse 500 with updated and enhanced electronics. The parts
will be shipped from Poland to Eclipse's plant in Albuquerque for final
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minutes worth of production to its factory in Wiener Neustadt, Austria,
where it forms the core of the AE300 aerodiesel. In this video, Austro's
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of the rental car avialablility. The weather was a challenge, and after
dodging around a line of storms and landing ahead of another, we were
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