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CLEAR TO LAND IN NEW MEXICO
The State of New Mexico has
abandoned plans to ban seaplanes from landing on lakes in its state
parks, thanks, it would seem, by a lobbying effort among seaplane
pilots. Faced with significant opposition, the New Mexico State Parks
Division issued this statement. "The Division proposed adding a new
section prohibiting the taxiing, landing, or takeoff of seaplanes or
floatplanes in state parks. The Division received hundreds of comments
opposing the implementation of this rule. Based upon the comments
received, and given that the Bureau of Reclamation and United States
Army Corps of Engineers already have regulations addressing seaplanes
and floatplanes, the Division did not adopt the proposed rule."
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SENTENCED ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE
A pilot whose daughter was
killed when his Cessna 310F twin crashed in 2011 has pleaded guilty to
involuntary manslaughter in Massachusetts. Steven Fay, 58, of Hillsboro,
N.H., was sentenced to probation until Dec. 31, 2013, and is prohibited
from operating an aircraft or seeking reinstatement of his certificate
during that time, according to The Associated Press. Fay's daughter, Jessica Malin,
35, was killed when the airplane hit trees while on final approach to a
small airport in Orange, Mass., and crashed. More...
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PICKS FOUR FOR CLASS OF 2013
The National Aviation Hall of
Fame (NAHF) this week announced who it will welcome next October as its
"incoming Enshrinee Class of 2013" and the list includes three former
military pilots and a former CEO of Cessna. Captain Robert L. "Hoot"
Gibson, USN (retired) has served as a fighter pilot, flight test pilot
and Commander of four Space Shuttle missions. Major General Patrick H.
Brady, a Vietnam combat veteran, developed foul weather and tactical
techniques for helicopter air ambulance rescue in combat. The late
Charles Alfred Anderson helped develop civilian pilot training and has
been described as "the father of African-American aviation." He served
as chief instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen. And the late Dwane L.
Wallace saw Cessna Aircraft Company through some of this country's most
difficult years and made major contributions beyond the company as well.
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DRILL RIG PROVES COST-EFFECTIVE
An energy company in Canada
says an experimental drill rig that can be transported via helicopter
has proved to be a viable alternative to building roads into remote
regions to explore for oil. Cenovus Energy said recently it has been
working on the rig, called SkyStrat, for two years. The rig provides the
company with added flexibility and lower costs, executive vice president
Harbir Chhina said in a company report. Using traditional rigs, Chhina
said, road access and camps are required, and a minimum of 40 to 50
wells must be drilled to justify the expense. "With this rig we can
drill one, two, three, 50 wells, whatever we want," he said.
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MONUMENT TO HONOR WRIGHTS
December 17, 1903, is remembered as
the day when the Wright brothers first flew successfully in North
Carolina, but now a group in Dayton, Ohio, is working to build a
monument to the brothers' pioneering work there. The brothers' bicycle
shop was in Dayton, and there they worked on their 1905 design, which
improved on their original ideas and convinced the public they had truly
solved the problem of controllable and sustained flight. A nonprofit
group is working to raise $12 million to build a 250-foot-tall monument
to the 1905 Flyer that would stand at the intersection of two major
interstate freeways. More...
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PILOTS BLAMED FOR INDONESIA CRASH
say the pilots aboard a Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner that crashed into a
mountain last May, killing all 45 on board, were to blame for the crash.
They said the crew ignored repeated warnings from the aircraft's systems
of the impending terrain conflicts because they thought the alerts were
the result of a database problem. In fact, it appears the crew never
knew what they hit since they turned off the terrain avoidance functions
just before the aircraft, on a demo flight with potential customers, hit
Mt. Salak. According to The Associated Press, cockpit voice recordings show
the captain of the aircraft was chatting with a potential customer as
the aircraft hit the mountain. More...
UPHOLDS HAWKER PROTEST
With a $350 million contract at stake,
a court has ruled that it's OK for the U.S. Air Force to restart its
bidding process for 20 new training aircraft, the Wichita Eagle has reported. The contract was awarded
about a year ago to Sierra Nevada Corp.'s version of Embraer's Super
Tocano, but after a protest from Hawker Beechcraft, both parties
were asked to resubmit their bids. Sierra Nevada protested that
decision, but now the way is clear for both companies to remake their
case. The court also said there was adequate evidence that the original
decision was "likely tainted by bias." More...
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OF THE WEEK: THE GIFT OF AVIATION
The high cost of aviation
has been a theme throughout the year, so let's pretend someone in your
circle has a $2,000 contribution to support your aviation habit but you
can only spend it on one thing. What would it be?
Last week, we asked AVweb readers if they lose any sleep over the
environmental impact of their flying; click through to see a breakdown
of responses. More...
ARE YOU FLYING WITH A GARMIN GTN NAVIGATOR?
If so, the staff of Aviation Consumer
would like to know what you think of it. Almost two years ago, Garmin
introduced the GTN-series navigators to update its mega-popular GNS
products. If you've been flying behind one, tell us what you think of it
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FK'S COMET BIPLANE
FK Lightplanes has
significant presence in Europe but almost none in the U.S. They'd like
to change that with a sporty little aerobatic biplane called the FK-12
Comet. Right now, it's got a Rotax 912, but it will soon have a fully
aerobatic Lycoming AEIO-233, making it one of only a couple of light
sports approved for aerobatics and the only biplane. AVweb
recently took a spin in the Comet with Hansen Air Group's Mitch Hansen.
Here's a video report. More...
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
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OF THE WEEK: COOK AVIATION (KBMG, BLOOMINGTON,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Cook
Aviation at Monroe County Airport (KBMG) in Bloomington,
AVweb reader Paul Johnson told us about
Cook recently and how they've worked with him to make some memorable
As a student pilot,
I've had the pleasure of visiting Cook Aviation twice on cross-country
flights. My daughter and grandson live in Bloomington, so it's an added
benefit to visit them. Both times, the folks at Cook have been extremely
friendly and helpful. The first time, they loaned us a very nice
Cadillac, and more recently [they] offered me a newer SUV.
my last visit, I had hoped to have my grandson and a couple of his
playmates meet us at the airport to see Grandpa's plane. I called Cook
to see if that would be a problem and was assured that they would work
with us to have our group of toddlers visit safely. They followed
through, and the kids had a blast. I earned some "cool grandpa" points
with that vist, along with my solo cross-country check-off.
top it off, their fuel prices are much less than home. There's no
question that when we come back to Bloomington to visit, we'll be coming
back to Cook. And did I mention the fresh baked
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