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STATES TRY TO REGULATE FLIGHT TRAINING
Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) says it is concerned that
specific states may increase the burden on flight training
providers by attempting to regulate their operation, and the latest
state to enter that mix could be Tennessee. California and Arizona have
both recently initiated efforts to regulate and/or license flight
training operators, says NAFI. Now, the group says a NAFI member in
Tennessee has received notification from the Tennessee Higher Education
Commission that the state's Division of Postsecondary School
Authorization seeks to regulate fight schools there. NAFI is currently
seeking to assess whether that notification was sent to a broad base of
operators, one specific location, or if it was somehow mischaracterized.
Whatever the case, the organization is seeking relevant input and is
hopeful that a positive outcome can be reached. More...
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LOOM FOR PILOT ACTION
Your chance to comment on the proposal
from EAA and AOPA asking the FAA to change its medical requirements for
some private pilots ends on Friday, the groups said this week. "EAA
especially encourages the 39,000 pilots who will be directly affected by
the FAA's ultimate decision on this proposal to indicate their support
for the exemption request," said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations
director. The proposal would allow pilots to fly some GA aircraft
without a third-class medical if they take an online course,
self-certify, and hold a driver's license. Friday is also the last day
for comments on FAA's through-the-fence policy
draft. The FAA also reminded GA pilots this week to take part in their
survey, which is open until Nov. 30. The Light Aircraft
Manufacturers Association encouraged LSA pilots especially to respond to
the FAA survey. More...
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NEXTGEN PROGRESS IMPROVING
The FAA was slow getting NextGen
up and running, Transportation Department inspector general Calvin
Scovel told the House aviation committee on Wednesday, but he said the
program has improved and will be worth the investment in the long run.
In a hearing to examine the progress of NextGen initiatives, FAA
officials told the House panel they have learned from their mistakes and
expect the system to deliver major benefits. The agency will spend $2.4
billion over the next five years to move from a radar-based system to a
system using satellite technology, according to the Washington Post. The increased efficiency is
expected to save billions of gallons of fuel. More...
Time Is Running
First-Run Engine Core Discount Ends September
First-run factory engine core discount offers $1,500 off the price of a
factory-new or $750 off the price of a factory-rebuilt engine when you
return a "first-run" engine core and log book on exchange for
the purchase of a Continental Motors
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ADDRESSES CESSNA IN-FLIGHT FIRE
The FAA has issued a Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) affects nearly 3,000 of Cessna's
retractable-gear aircraft and seeks to prevent the possibility of
in-flight fire on the cabin side of the firewall. Affected aircraft are
models R182, TR182, FR182, 210N, T210N, 210R, T210R, P210N, P210R, and
T303 airplanes. The agency acted based on a report of an accident
involving a Cessna 172RG. In that case, a fire "rapidly accelerated"
inside the cabin, caused injuries to the aircraft's occupants, and
ultimately resulted in a complete hull loss for the airplane. That
description closely matches the experience of Jade Schiewe, who was
interviewed last year by AVweb's Glenn Pew (podcast).
Compliance with the AD, which involves the placement of terminal lug
caps at each aircraft's hydraulic power pack, is estimated to have
relatively little impact on owners. More...
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PROJECT CRASHES SHORT OF GOAL
A human-powered rotorcraft
built by a team of students in Maryland was damaged in a hard landing
recently during a test flight, after setting a new (unofficial) altitude
record of 9.4 feet. Pilot Henry Enerson was not hurt. The altitude was
only 5 inches from the required height to win the elusive Sikorsky
Prize. The $250,000 prize, first offered in 1980, requires a
human-powered helicopter to hover for one minute and reach an altitude
of 3 meters while remaining under control within a constrained box, all
in the same flight. The University of Maryland team has so far attained
a duration of 65 seconds with its Gamera II rotorcraft. The team is
repairing the damage from the Sept. 1 crash and plans to try again soon.
FOR ASPIRING PILOTS
EAA said this week that Sporty's has made
its new Learn To Fly course available to all Young Eagles free of
charge. Sporty's has previously offered its recreational and private
pilot courses free to Young Eagles, and more than 15,000 students
already have accepted that offer. The new Learn To Fly course helps
students to focus on the first step -- the first solo -- and then choose
whether to pursue a sport, private, or recreational pilot certificate.
The upgraded course is available for iPads and other mobile devices as
well as desktop computers, EAA said. EAA also said it will provide a
free first flight lesson and will pay for the FAA knowledge exam for all
Young Eagles who complete the Learn To Fly course. Also this week, the
Flying Musicians Association and the 99s announced programs to help
those seeking an aviation career. More...
Over 20,000 Happy
GAMIjectors® Customers Can't Be
these aircraft owners reduced cylinder head temperatures, reduced fuel
consumption, and smoother engine operation. GAMIjectors®
alter the fuel/air ratio in each
cylinder so that each cylinder operates with a much more uniform
fuel/air ratio than occurs with any other factory set of injectors. To
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Ascension Scattering: A
Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering
releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains.
The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your
family is invited to personalize the release to create an individualized
memorial event. Optional video of the release serves as a lasting
memorial. Contact Aerial Tribute
to book an eternal flight,
either as an advanced arrangement for yourself or as an arrangement for
a loved one.
Click here for a video overview.
INVESTORS BUY 200 OF NEW BRAZIL GA DESIGN
Management, an investment firm that in the past has specialized in
transport aircraft and the marine industry, announced this week that it
is buying 200 copies of a new four-seat general aviation carbon-fiber
aircraft from Novaer, in Brazil. Douglas Brennan, a partner in the
company who is also a GA pilot, told AVweb on Tuesday that his
firm plans to partner up with an existing distributor network to market
the airplanes in the U.S., Europe, and China. "We plan to do the final
assembly here in the U.S., just like Embraer does," he said. He added
that the airplanes will be eligible for financing from the Brazilian
government, which he believes will give them an edge in the U.S. market.
The airplane, which is all carbon-fiber and derived from a
military-trainer design, should be certified around mid-2013, Brennan
said. A prototype has already flown. A price has not yet been set.
EXPANDS U.S. PRODUCTION LINE
Embraer now will assemble the
Phenom 300 light jet in Melbourne, Fla., the company said this week, in
addition to the Phenom 100, which has been produced at the Florida plant
since last year. Both aircraft are on the same assembly line, the
company said, with an ultimate capacity of eight aircraft per month.
Twelve Phenom 300 jets are scheduled for production at the plant next
year, with the first delivery in March. The production certificate
by the FAA for the Phenom 100 will be expanded to include production
of the 300, the company said. More...
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OF THE WEEK: GTO AVIATION (KM33, GALLATIN,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to GTO
Aviation at Sumner County Regional Airport (M33) in Gallatin,
AVweb reader Ronald Goro explains how GTO
has worked tirelessly to promote aviation at their
GTO Aviation is a
relatively new FBO at Sumner County Airport. In the last year, they have
done more for the area and promoted aviation to its fullest. They have
put on a Warbirds Aviation Day a big sucsess and also an
RV Aircraft fly-in. Lots of great-looking planes.
[they held] an all-Tennessee fly-in, [which drew] lots of vendors as
well as new and old aircraft, light sports, and biplane rides. At all of
these events, gas prices are very cheap like, $4.99 a
The EAA has their great breakfast at all the events,
and lunch is usually catered. They also have two bands going. It is just
a great friendly atmosphere all the time, and anyone can check out all
the planes and really get close to aviation like the old days. Hopefully
it will just keep on growing.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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