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BEECHCRAFT ANNOUNCES CUTS, LAYOFFS
A letter sent by Hawker
Beechcraft to its employees Wednesday informed them that the company
would be cutting workers and closing specific facilities, resulting in
job losses for more than 400 employees. Hawker Beechcraft Services
facilities in Little Rock, Ark., Mesa, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas,
will "begin the process of closing," shedding some 240 jobs in the
process. Hawker Beechcraft Corporation in Wichita, Kan., and Little
Rock, Ark., will lose an additional 170 people to the cuts. Workers will
begin receiving notices this Friday, Nov. 9. Some will be "required to
work during all or some of the 60-day Worker Adjustment and Retraining
Notice (WARN) period based on business needs," according to the letter.
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IMAGES CAPTURE SANDY'S IMPACT
Aviators have been helping out
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Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been flying at 5,000 feet
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Photos now posted on NOAA's website with a "before and after"
scrolling feature reveal the damage to some of the hardest-hit areas,
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WANTS EXPLOSIVES NOTED IN FAA REGISTRATIONS
The FAA needs to
do a better job of making sure first responders to general aviation
accidents are informed about explosive devices in aircraft, the NTSB
said last week. In a safety recommendation letter (PDF), the safety board cited several incidents when
a GA aircraft crashed and emergency workers were unaware that ejection
seats or ballistic parachutes in the airplane contained explosives.
Placards on the aircraft are inadequate, the NTSB said, because they may
be missing, or responders might not notice them, or they may be damaged,
lost or burned in a crash. The board said a better solution would be for
the FAA to require information about explosives to be included in each
aircraft's registration data. First responders should then be informed
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MAY OFFER FOLDING WINGS
Boeing's next commercial twinjet, the
777X, might come with folding wings to ease maneuvering around jetways,
according to a story this week in the Seattle Times. The longer wings, with a span of
about 233 feet, would allow for a more fuel-efficient design, and would
fold upward about 10 feet from the wingtip, an unnamed Boeing engineer
told the Times. Boeing would not officially confirm the story, but the
company has considered the use of folding wings in the past. The
original model of the 777 offered a folding wing hinged about 21 feet
from the wingtip as an option, but there were no takers.
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REACTS TO HOLLYWOOD'S "FLIGHT"
It's not often that Hollywood
releases a major film with an airline pilot as its main character, and
since the pilot at the center of Flight has a major
substance-abuse problem, the Air Line Pilots Association has issued a
statement to reassure viewers. "Fiction on a movie screen doesn't
represent a profession in the real world," said ALPA. "The more than 50,000 ALPA pilots in the
United States and Canada embody the highest possible standards of
training and professionalism.
a thrilling tale should not be
mistaken for the true story of extraordinary safety and professionalism
among airline pilots." The film has won mostly positive reviews from
critics and an 80-percent audience rating on the Rotten Tomatoes
film-review site. More...
INSIDER BLOG: DENZEL TAKES FLIGHT
If you were hoping
for an exciting aviation movie going into the holiday season, this ain't
it although it's got a riveting crash sequence the kids will
love. Otherwise, it's a dark character study into the downward spiral of
alcoholism and addiction. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul
Bertorelli reports that anyone who's had experience with addiction may
have trouble watching this film. If you go, don't forget the Prozac. Read
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HITS CAR, CAUGHT ON VIDEO
William Davis was on final approach to land at Northwest Regional
Airport in Roanoke, Texas, on Saturday, when his Skyhawk collided with
an SUV that was crossing the airport. Davis's wife, Kandy, was filming
his descent and caught the collision on video. The collision knocked off
part of the Skyhawk's landing gear, but Davis was able to land and
wasn't hurt. The two people in the car, a couple on their way to the
airport diner, were treated for minor injuries. The road crosses the
airport perpendicular to the runway, just a few feet from the runway
end, and is marked with "Stop" painted on the surface. The audio of
airport manager Glen Hyde is caught on Kandy Davis's camera, asking the
driver, "Why did you pull out in front of an airplane?"
NBAA GOES, SO DOES THE INDUSTRY?
Business aviation analysts
generally rely on the general economy as a barometer of the health of
the industry but the prolonged downturn in many segments of bizav have
generated some creative thinking in that area. Now Corporate Jet Investor has plotted attendance at the
annual National Business Aviation Association convention against some
key indicators in the bizjet market and found some almost parallel lines
on the resulting charts. In his analysis, Corporate Jet Investor's
Alasdair Whyte noted that the 2012 convention, which wrapped in Orlando
last week, had the third lowest attendance (25,250) in the last 10
years, although part of the reason could have been Superstorm Sandy and
a presidential TFR on the eve of the convention. However, broadening the
sample to include 10 years of attendance figures, the website found some
interesting coincidences. More...
INSIDER BLOG: NBAA -- PR FOLLIES
Paul Bertorelli chimes in
with two reflections on this year's NBAA Convention on the AVweb
Insider blog: At NBAA, Cessna showed off a new mockup of
something. But for the second time this year, they've shown something at
a show and declined to let news organizations photograph it. Does this
make any sense? We don't think so. Meanwhile, Hawker Beechcraft
announced that its new direction will emphasize turboprops and pistons,
but jets appear not to be on the agenda. Understandably, current HBC jet
owners are finding that not their liking. This is gonna be one giant
fence to mend. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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OF THE WEEK: CONNELL FLYING SERVICE (KDEH, DECORAH,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Connell Flying Service at Decorah Municipal
Airport (KDEH) in Decorah, Iowa.
AVweb reader John
Hanson discovered the FBO after an unscheduled
My wife and I had a
change of itinerary caused by the Hurricane Sandy weather system and
ended up in Decorah for the night. The FBO [owner], Mike Connell,
offered us a free tie-down and courtesy car for the night. After a
wonderful overnight at a great historic Decorah hotel, the Winnishiek,
we returned the next morning to depart. It had been cold overnight, and
mostly due to my poor starting technique, I ran the old battery down
trying to get the 182 started. Mike heard the problem and came out with
jumper cables without our even having to ask. He got us started and on
our way quickly. He had a smile on his face the whole time and wouldn't
take a penny for his efforts. Truly an FBO from the old school! Not only
will I recommend DEH to everyone I know; my wife and I will certainly
return for a weekender sometime!
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