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Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to
aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation
. The headset provides acclaimed noise reduction, with a
comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also
connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching.
If it's a fake, it's
a pretty good one and if it isn't a fake it's likely the FAA will be
paying a visit to New York Giants star receiver Victor Cruz to find out
who his aerial quarterback was for a video sure to go viral. In the
21-second clip, Cruz is shown catching a football that may originate
from a Cessna flying overhead. The drop (called by one sports wag the
best pass made by a Jet this year) appears to be dead on target from an
aircraft that looks like it's at least the legal minimum altitude of
1,000 feet AGL. Cruz makes the two-handed catch easily and it's where he
made the grab that might interest the FAA. More...
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Solar flight pioneer Eric Raymond is working to
complete his first two-seat design, Sunseeker Duo, which he expects will be "the highest
performing solar airplane ever built and the first to carry passengers,"
and he's seeking grassroots support. Raymond has previously worked on
the Solar Impulse project, which aims to fly around the world on solar
power, alone, and in the 1990s he flew his own solar-powered design
across the country in 21 legs. Raymond's Sunseeker Duo project has won
support from Stemme, Allstar Gliders of Poland, University of Stuttgart,
and SunPower, which produced the solar cells, but requires additional
funding to reach completion. He is actively seeking public support, and is offering perks for
donors, including rides in the Duo after it has been completed and
COMMUTER PLANE USED FOR AUTONOMOUS FLIGHT TRIALS
funded industry/government initiative in the UK is operating a Jetstream
31 commuter plane in flight trials to demonstrate autonomous flight
systems and flight via a remotely based pilot, while also carrying two
onboard safety pilots. The twin-engine turboprop aircraft will be flown
in trials during the next few weeks from Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire,
England. A pilot on the ground will operate the aircraft in conjunction
with onboard systems. The tests aim to demonstrate the systems' ability
to navigate the aircraft, avoid others, and respond to air traffic
control requests relayed to the ground-based pilot through the aircraft.
Two pilots will fly in the aircraft as safety crew to observe operations
and take positive control if needed. Developers don't expect these tests
to lead directly to remotely piloted passenger operations, but they do
consider that as a possible outcome of the technology's evolution.
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SETTLES AGE DISCRIMINATION SUIT
The 55-year-old former
captain of the Gulfstream G550 owned by teen clothing store chain
Abercrombie and Fitch has settled an age discrimination suit with his
former employer after the pilot alleged he was fired in favor of a
younger (32) pilot. The retailer fought the suit brought by Michael
Bustin until a judge ordered CEO Michael Jeffries (who is 68) to give a
second deposition, undoubtedly to fill in gaps about evidence that came to light regarding the "Aircraft Standards"
manual he and his life partner Matthew Smith wrote that outlined the
required conduct of the cabin crew. More...
The Biggest Aviation
Show on the Planet ... Is Back!
The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators
is back for
an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to
LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying
with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman
Vince Neil learns to fly. Join our 10 million weekly US viewers and
countless more worldwide.
Watch The Aviators on PBS, iTunes,
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'SUCCESSFUL' AUSTRALIAN CIRRUS CHUTE PULL ENDS WELL
recorded its first "successful" Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS)
Nov. 21, according to the Australian Transportation Safety Board, and
pilot John Nixon's cellphone self-portraiture told the story pretty
well. After the engine on the SR22 G3 he and a friend were flying lost
oil pressure and seized near Gilgandra, New South Wales, Nixon told the Daily Liberal that he first looked for an
airstrip or country road to set down on but as he ran out of options he
decided to pull the chute. "Adrenalin kicked in and I automatically did
what was needed," Nixon, a private pilot with about 1,950, hours told
the newspaper. "We were on the ground less than a minute after the oil
gauge indicated the problem." It was third time a Cirrus pilot has
pulled the chute in Australia but the other incidents didn't work out so
TELL TALE OF CESSNA BIRSDSTRIKE
A Cape Air Cessna 402C out of
Barnstable Municipal Airport Wednesday for Nantucket returned to the
airport after a red-throated loon crashed through the right windscreen,
sending blood and bird fragments into the cabin and slightly injuring
the flight's co-pilot. The flight's captain and four passengers were
uninjured, but "they all got a little bit bloody from the bird
splatter," airport manager Roland Breault told CapeCodOnline. The
co-pilot suffered abrasions from the broken windscreen. The flight
usually lasts less than 20 minutes. Impact with the loon occurred
roughly five minutes into the flight when the aircraft had reached the
coast. The bird was identified from remains left in the cabin after the
impact. Average weight for the red-throated loon is about four pounds.
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IL-78 FIRED UP
One of the most unusual hangar queens in the
U.S. got a little sun and exercised its considerable muscles last week,
but the fate of the Il-78 cargo plane is still not clear. As we reported
in 2010, the Russian-built cargo plane has been at Sawyer
International Airport in Marquette, Mich., since 2009 after the crew
flying it from Texas to Pakistan was arrested and deported for
immigration violations. Last week, the aircraft was rolled out of a
hangar and mechanics started all four engines, according to the local Fox News channel. However, those doing the
work weren't saying what significance, if any, the engine test had.
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PIPER MATRIX FLIGHT TRIAL
an unpressurized version of its Mirage has proven a
popular seller and a stalwart of the company's M-class product line.
AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently took a test flight in the
airplane for this video report. More...
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OF THE WEEK: FAULKNER'S AIR SHOP (KBMQ, BURNET, TX)
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" comes to us
from reader Sandra Wirth, who found herself making an unplanned
stop at Burnet Municipal Airport/Kate Craddock Field (KBMQ) in Burnet,
Texas, where she discovered Faulkner's Air Shop:
While on a ferry flight from California to
Florida in a Piper Warrior last month, due to a weather system in
western Texas, I made an unplanned evening landing at KBMQ. It was after
6:00pm, and I was expecting to find a deserted airport and to have to
figure out the fueling and lodging on my own. Instead, the lights were
on at Faulkner's Air Shop, and smiling faces greeted me as I entered the
building. Dale took care of my fuel needs before I had much chance to
think about it and then gave me some phone numbers of nearby motels.
When none of [the hotels] would pick me up, Johanna drove me
The next morning, I ended up waiting several hours for
some low clouds to clear. Johanna brought me back to the FBO, and I had
a comfortable place to relax while the activity of a busy flight school
swirled around me. At lunch time, they offered me a ride into town.
Meanwhile, Dale towed the aircraft into the shop, serviced the flattened
nose strut with nitrogen, and towed it back to the ramp.
wouldn't accept payment for any of this, nor were there tie-down fees.
By the time I was finally able to take off around 2:30pm, I felt I had
been given VIP treatment to a level that was far above anything else I
experienced on my 2,500-nm journey across the country.
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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As an AIM AIR missionary pilot flying in South
Sudan, listening in on Juba International Airport's frequency can
provide a few minutes of eye-watering laughs. It is a completely
non-radar environment, and all position reports are by radial and DME.
Everyone, from the British Airways flights transiting overhead to our
small bush airplanes, all share the common frequency.
year, I heard this exchange between a Kenya Airways jet and the tower
controller after he was done handling half a dozen other
"Kenya 543, please state your
"Juba, we are on the
Juba (rapidly) :
"Confirm on the
"Yes, sir. On the
Juba (pausing) :
via taxiway Bravo. Over to the marshaler."
Needless to say, my
confidence in their traffic separation abilities went way up!
Jerry Hurd More...
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