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SET FOR COMMENTS ON FAA MEDICAL CHANGES
The FAA has set a deadline of July 2 to receive comments on the
exemption to pilot medical requirements proposed by AOPA and EAA in
April. The advocacy groups asked the FAA to allow pilots to fly some GA
aircraft without a third-class medical certificate if they take an
online course and hold a driver's license. "The short comment period
makes it more urgent that people submit their comments now," said Sean
Elliott, EAA's vice president of advocacy and safety. "Make your voice
heard." More than 1,800 comments already have been submitted, and the
groups have set a target to reach 3,000 comments by the deadline.
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OKAYS LSA CERTIFICATION
The European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) has certified light sport aircraft for the first time, in a newly
created certification category. Three airplanes have been certified as
European Light Aircraft (ELA): Czech Sport Aircraft's PS-28 Cruiser, the
Flight Design CTLS-ELA, and the Evektor SportStar RTC, EASA said. The
new category certifies aircraft with no more than two seats and a weight
of less than 600 kg (1,320 pounds). EASA said it has been working to address feedback from
industry and operators that its regulatory framework for recreational
aircraft is too burdensome. Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft
Manufacturing Association, told AVweb this week EASA's procedures
are too expensive for most LSA manufacturers. More...
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UAV CRASHES IN MARYLAND
An unmanned aircraft being tested by
the U.S. Navy crashed Monday about noon on Maryland's eastern shore,
about 22 miles east of the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River. The
Global Hawk, about 44 feet long with a wingspan of 116 feet, was one of
five UAVs being used to test maritime surveillance capabilities. "No one
was injured and no property was damaged at the unpopulated swampy crash
site," Navy officials said. Aerial video from WBOC-TV showed piles of
burnt debris at the crash site, with scattered flames and lots of black
smoke. The site is being cleaned up and Navy officials are investigating
the cause of the crash. More...
PURSUIT OF THE LESS INTELLIGENT DRONE
Researchers at the
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are working on an autonomous
flying vehicle that is not as good at avoiding crashes as it is at
surviving them, for a reason. The idea is simple. An autonomous aircraft
that must carry multiple onboard sensors and computer systems to avoid
accidents will lose payload and endurance to those systems. It will also
be bigger and cost more than a vehicle that doesn't carry those systems.
As an alternate approach, the Swiss researchers are working to create a
simple vehicle that is more efficient and more resilient. The design
they have isn't just designed to survive crashes, it's designed to pick
itself up and set off, again, after the crash. More...
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GOES ELECTRIC, STARTS "AIRBORNE TEST FLIGHTS"
The creators of the
FlyNano sport aircraft launched from a lake in southern Finland, near
Helsinki, on Monday, and posted a video at their website showing several
short hops above the surface. Over the winter, the prototype was
re-fitted with an all-new electric motor, which the company says is
"substantially stronger" than the earlier gasoline powerplant. "Now we
will continue to work on further development," the company posted at its
website. "Many thanks for your support and patience. We'll be back with
more flights as soon as possible." The company said it has already taken
orders for 35 airplanes and hopes to start deliveries by the end of next
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F-22 G-SUIT PROBLEM
As part of its investigation into the
cause of hypoxia-like symptoms affecting a few F-22 Raptor pilots, Air
Combat Command this week released new conditions regarding what pilots
can wear while flying the aircraft. Testing has apparently found
problems with the pressure vests worn by F-22 pilots as the upper
portion of their G-suits. Air Combat Command spokesman Lieutenant
Colonel Edward Sholtis told Bloomberg News that the vest is "like a
tight-fitting garment" and that it was not properly fitted for pilots,
possibly restricting their ability to breathe. But finding a fix for the
vest is not expected to resolve the hypoxia-symptom issue.
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Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering
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ORDERS 425 JETS, "LARGEST ORDER IN HISTORY"
NetJets on Monday
said it has ordered up to 425 midsize business jets from Cessna and
Bombardier, a deal worth up to $9.6 billion, which the company said is
the "largest private aviation order in history." The deal includes firm
orders for 100 jets from Bombardier -- 75 of the Challenger 300 model
and 25 Challenger 605 jets -- and 25 Citation Latitudes from Cessna.
NetJets also optioned another 125 each of the Challenger 300 and
Latitude jets, plus 50 options for the Challenger 605. The order expands
NetJets' own "Signature Series" line of aircraft, which the company
helped to design. More...
TWIN OTTERS FIND READY MARKET
In an industry that's a little
short of success stories at the moment, there's a rare exception to that
playing out in some unlikely locations in Canada. Viking Air's plants in
Sidney, British Columbia, a suburb of the provincial capital of
Victoria, and Calgary, Alberta, are straining under the weight of a
four-year backlog for their new-build Twin Otters, the 400 Series. Since
reintroducing the venerable twin turboprop STOL utility hauler, Viking
has racked up more than 70 orders for the $6 million aircraft and word
is just now getting out that they're available. Viking, which acquired
the Twin Otter type certificate, along with six other de Havilland
Canada designs from Bombardier a few years ago, had never manufactured
airplanes before although it was a recognized rebuilder and modifier of
the various types, which include the Beaver, Otter, Caribou and Buffalo.
Viking tapped Dan Tharp, a Wichita native with long experience in
aircraft production, to get its facilities in shape to meet the demand.
VIKING AIR TWIN OTTER FACTORY
Viking Air is
quickly ramping up production of its new build Twin Otter 400 series.
AVweb's Russ Niles toured the Victoria, British Columbia factory
with VP of Operations Dan Tharp, a Wichita aircraft production veteran
recently hired by Viking to boost production. More...
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OF THE WEEK: OSHKOSH COUNTDOWN
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OF THE WEEK: DESERT SKIES EXECUTIVE AIR TERMINAL (KHII, LAKE HAVASU,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" is one we spotlighted a
couple of years ago Desert Skies Executive Air Terminal at Lake
Havasu City Airport (KHII) in Arizona. AVweb reader Scott
Brooksby told us about the usual low prices and great services but
noted that little "something special" that makes Desert Skies a
Desert Skies not only has great prices for fuel, some of the
lowest in the region, but they also have Waldo's BBQ. The restaurant
closes at 8:00 pm but has awesome food, and for dessert, you can have a
small apple crisp or sweet potato pie among other choices for only 99
cents. The fueling is quick, and the manager was there helping to park
the plane and make sure all was O.K.
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