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INDUSTRY ON ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT
Integration of unmanned
aircraft systems (UAS) into the U.S. national airspace system is
scheduled for 2015 and, according to the UAS industry itself, that will
create more than 70,000 jobs and have a broader economic impact of more
than $13.6 billion by 2019. The numbers are not from an independent
study but from a study done by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle
Systems International. It details specific job growth forecasts within
the first decade following integration. By 2025, the study
predicts more than 100,000 new jobs will be created by the new industry
in manufacturing, maintenance, operation, sales and support.
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ADVOCATES FIGHT SEQUESTER IMPACTS
As federal agencies
scramble to cope with looming federal budget cuts, GA advocacy groups
are pressing to minimize the impact on flight operations. NBAA President
Ed Bolen this week asked FAA officials to consider more factors than
simply the total number of operations at an airport in deciding which
towers will close. For example, Tracon staffers would have to handle IFR
traffic into those airports, adding to their workload, Bolen said. The
shutdown of 173 control towers (PDF) is expected on April 7, with 16 more to close
on Sept. 30. The FAA said it won't take any more industry input on its
tower-closure plan after today, and will announce a final decision on
Monday, March 18. More...
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RESOLVES LOAN ISSUE, NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
got what they wanted from the city of Grand Forks. N.D., this week --
not only the $950,000 loan they had requested, but also an apology. Last
week, city official Doug Christensen raised questions about Cirrus's
ability to repay the loan, and William King, vice president for business
administration at Cirrus, tried to explain that his concerns arose from
a misinterpretation of the company's financial reports. On Monday night,
Christensen apologized for how he "conducted the meeting
addressed Mr. King," and the city approved the loan, which will go to
buy an autoclave for Cirrus's Grand Forks manufacturing facility. Cirrus
also announced this week the appointment of a new president for the
company, Patrick Waddick. More...
CIRRUS AIMS FOR THE FUTURE
At Cirrus Aircraft this week,
Pat Waddick moved up through the ranks to take on the job of
president, while Dale Klapmeier will retain his title as CEO.
AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with both of them about their vision for
dealing with the challenges and opportunities ahead. More...
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FLIGHT FOR RETRO SAM LS
The Sam LS, a new kit airplane with a
retro look, flew for the first time on February 26, near Montreal,
Canada, the company announced last week. "Liftoff was perfect, in about
300 feet," said Thierry Zibi, president of Sam Aircraft. The all-metal
airplane features tandem seating and a narrow fuselage with a choice of
three different wings -- short, for speed; medium, for versatility; or
long, for short-field operations. The company is taking orders now for
fast-build kits, which they say will take about 250 hours, for $75,000,
or standard kits at $39,000 and 900 hours. First deliveries are
scheduled for late this summer. Also in the works is a ready-to-fly LSA
version for $135,000. More...
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THE COLLIER GOES TO -- CURIOSITY
The NASA/JPL Mars Science
Laboratory/Curiosity Project Team will receive the 2012 Robert J.
Collier Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced on
Tuesday. In choosing the project from a field of seven nominees,
the committee cited the"extraordinary achievements of successfully
landing Curiosity on Mars, advancing the nation's technological and
engineering capabilities, and significantly improving humanity's
understanding of ancient Martian habitable environments."
IAFTP Welcomes Diamond
Aircraft Industries GmbH
as an IAFTP Sustaining
In addition to supporting IAFTP's goal of sharing pilot training
practices worldwide, Diamond will also support the introduction of the
through its worldwide network of flight training
organizations. This will build on IAFTP's prototype eCV program at the
Saudi Aviation Flight Academy
), which uses Diamond
airplanes and simulators exclusively in its flight training operation.
Learn more about the IAFTP eCV in
this report (PDF).
APPROVES TESTING FOR 787 FIX
The FAA has approved flight
testing of what Boeing hopes will be a permanent fix for the lithium ion
batteries on its 787 airliners. Two test aircraft have been cleared for
flight to test a three-part solution to the issue that has grounded the
fleet since the middle of January. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
said the aircraft won't carry a passenger until the fix is proven
through a "comprehensive series of tests." "We won't allow the plane to
return to service unless we're satisfied that the new design ensures the
safety of the aircraft and its passengers," LaHood said in a statement.
It appears Boeing has opted to fix the existing setup rather than
recertify a new system and it involves a reworking of the internal
workings of the battery. More...
WANTS TO PHASE OUT 121.5 ELTS
The FCC says it wants to get on
with the process of phasing out 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters
and anyone with comments or concerns has until April 1 to make them
known. On Jan. 7 the commission issued its third Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (PDF) on the topic, calling for an end to the import,
manufacture or sale of 121.5 ELTs a year after the rule becomes
effective. In 2009, the FCC amended its rules to ban the ELTs
immediately. Since ELTs are required equipment, that would have left
hundreds of thousands of aircraft owners with illegal devices on their
aircraft. After hearing from the FAA and various groups about the
impracticality of such a move, the FCC backed off. The phased approach
appears to be causing little concern among the groups or authorities.
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TOTAL ECLIPSE FLIGHT DEMO
Eclipse is touring
the country with its Total Eclipse, a factory re-do of the original
EA500. But the airplane is a good stand-in for new production airplanes,
which will be called Eclipse 550s. AVweb recently took a flight
demo in a Total Eclipse and prepared this video report.
OF THE WEEK: ORANGEBURG MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (KOGB, SOUTH
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
the FBO at Orangeburg Municipal Airport (KOGB) in
Orangeburg, South Carolina.
AVweb reader Jeff Grigg
described his recent visit to the airport:
We had an appointment with an examiner at
this airport. While there, we were offered a nice Ford to go get some
lunch. When our appointment was over, the weather had turned real
sloppy, and the ceiling at our home airport was only 600 feet. The folks
at the Orangeburg Airport offered the use of a hangar for a few days
until we could return and pick up our plane. When we returned, she was
nice and dry in the hangar. The manager filled the plane and even gave
me a little discount on fuel and did not charge me any rental for the
hangar due to the weather. With service like this, you bet I'll
recommend this airport and the management to anyone flying through!
Everyone was very friendly, the facilities were everything I could want
in a small town, and these were just plain good folks.
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coming. For complete contest rules, click
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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