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FLIGHT: MADE-IN-USA PHENOM 300
Embraer Executive Jets took
another step forward in its expansion into U.S. production this week
with the first flight of the first Phenom 300 built at the company's
Melbourne, Fla., assembly plant. Embraer announced just a couple of
months ago that it would be adding
the 300 to its Florida production line, which has been turning out
Phenom 100s since last year. The company also said it has been refining
its production processes and has cut in half the time required to
assemble an airplane. "We are now on schedule to produce eight
[airplanes] per month in the coming months," said Phil Krull, managing
director of the facility. More...
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TEXTRON EXPAND UAS FACILITIES
Textron Systems and Bell
Helicopter have jointly launched a new laboratory in Huntsville, Ala.,
to develop unmanned aircraft systems. The companies said on Tuesday the
facility will make it easier to quickly integrate and troubleshoot new
components for both manned and unmanned systems, and will provide
high-fidelity simulated environments to help with testing and system
integration. A Kiowa Warrior helicopter simulator at the site will be
used for training. The lab will help researchers to explore
"next-generation concepts for situational awareness," said John
Garrison, Bell CEO. More...
BRINGS AVIATION JOBS TO FLORIDA
The Italico Aviation company
announced this week it hopes in early 2013 to begin hiring for its new
Kissimmee, Fla., facility, forming a base of employees the company says
may eventually grow to 55, to produce the company's two-seat amphibious
LSA, the FX1. State and local officials wooed the company with an
incentive package, including a property-tax exemption, that is worth
nearly $850,000. The local government hopes the company will introduce
to the area jobs that are expected to pay an average of $60,000 each.
The company hopes the high-wing pontoon aircraft will find roles in
surveillance and agricultural work and also hopes to broaden the
small-aircraft market with the FX1's sub-$100,000 price tag. The
company's production targets may be ... optimistic. More...
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BULL SKYDIVER, EXTRA 300 IN FORMATION
In what Red Bull
referred to as "an incredible synchronized moment," a pilot in an
aerobatic Extra 300SR flew "in formation" with a skydiver recently in
the skies above the Czech Republic -- and of course, the moment is
captured in video. Pilot Martin Sonka, a former pilot with
the Czech Air Force who has competed in the Red Bull Air Races, flew
"within arm's reach" of skydiver Peter Mestak, according to Red Bull.
This isn't the first time Red Bull has experimented with various types
of aircraft and divers flying together. More...
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IN-COCKPIT INTERACTIVE RIDE-ALONG
Boeing has taken online
interactive technology into the 787 Dreamliner with its "Dream Pass"
that allows you to actively control through 360 degrees the view from an
in-cockpit virtual jump seat as a crew takes off flies and lands the
jet. The technology allows you to scroll 360- degrees around the
cockpit, looking where you like, including up and down, while the video
plays with narration. In other words, the technology effectively offers
real-time control of the viewing angle over a 360-degree panoramic
pre-recorded video. As the jet lands at Boeing Field Seattle, the "pilot
commentary" advises you to look left at the city's skyline, which comes
into view, clearly, if you pan left. Another audio option provides
"in-flight audio" through the flight. The tour offers exterior fuselage
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INSPIRES PILOTS TO VOLUNTEER
Every year around this time,
people feel compelled to give, and that's also true in the aviation
world. Over the weekend, 30 pilots volunteered to help deliver holiday
gifts to foster children across the state of Michigan. Bob Rivard flew
about 350 miles in his Piper Saratoga to support the cause. "It's just a
way for my hobby to give back, and it's an excuse to fly," he told the
Detroit Free Press. All together, Operation Good
Cheer delivered 13,521 gifts to 4,507 kids. About 100 pilots had offered
to participate, but many flights were grounded by thick morning fog. In
Massachusetts, pilots also pitched in recently to help out some stranded
sea turtles. More...
OF THE WEEK: 'TIS THE SEASON
The holiday season inspires
many pilots to share their skills and time with those less
fortunate. Do you have any charitable flying-related events planned for
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb
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administrator; click through to see the breakdown of responses.
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NEXTGEN TECHNOLOGY EXPANDS IN COLORADO
New technology now
available will help pilots better cope with bad weather in the mountains
near Montrose, in the western part of Colorado, the FAA said this week.
The Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system makes it possible for air
traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that lack
radar coverage, the FAA said. "This system will allow pilots to fly
search and rescue missions in weather conditions that would have
previously kept them grounded," said Michael Huerta, acting FAA
administrator. The system also will enable pilots to land in conditions
that previously caused diversions or flight delays, Huerta said.
IMPULSE TO VISIT U.S.
Solar Impulse, the record-setting
solar-electric aircraft built by Bertrand Piccard and his team in
Switzerland, will visit the U.S. next year, according to a 60
Minutes report that aired on Sunday. The aircraft will
launch from California and fly across the country to Virginia. No
details have been released about the planned itinerary or public
displays. Piccard's team is on track to attempt an around-the-world
solar-powered flight in 2015, according to the report. That flight will
take 20 days and 20 nights, in a new second-generation aircraft now
under construction. More...
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FLYING THE B-17 FLYING FORTRESS
Foundation's Derek "Otter" Ward sometimes serves as co-pilot aboard the
organization's WWII B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress bomber
Nine-O-Nine. He describes some of the aircraft's ground and
flight characteristics. More...
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