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AT AERO: PART 23 REWRITE GAINING MOMENTUM
Manufacturers Association President Pete Bunce said Wednesday at Aero in
Friedrichshafen that the international regulatory community has seen the
light on revising certification rules and efforts to overhaul Part 23
and its international equivalents are gaining momentum. "When you can go
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perform just tremendously well, but then it costs ten times as much to
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that's to enhance safety. We, as an industry, need to change that."
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BULLISH ON EUROPEAN MARKET
Cirrus COO Pat Waddick said at
Aero in Friedrichshafen on Wednesday that its first public unveiling of
the Generation 5 SR22 aircraft was done in Europe for a reason. The
company now considers Aero as its primary spring show and the official
start of the selling season. Although the company remains committed to
some U.S. shows, including AirVenture, it skipped Sun 'n Fun this year,
Waddick and VP for sales Todd Simmons said, because Aero presents
stronger market opportunity for the buyers the company is hoping to
reach. Cirrus has made a significant investment in marketing staff for
Europe and may increase that if sales continue to grow. "We see a lot of
excitement here in Europe and a lot of innovation. We think that's going
to accelerate during the comings years," Waddick added.
CIRRUS EYES EUROPE
Cirrus increased its presence at Aero
Friedrichschafen this year, and the company is confident the investments
it's making in that market will pay dividends. AVweb's Paul
Bertorelli spoke with COO Pat Waddick at the show.
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DELAYS MAY SPARK ACTION ON FAA SEQUESTER CUTS
speculation as to whether a spike in airline delays concurrent with
recent FAA furloughs have been created as a tool for political leverage
or are an inevitable result of sequester cuts, the White House Wednesday
hinted that changes may soon come to FAA spending restrictions. White
House press secretary Jay Carney Wednesday told reporters that if
Congress wants to address sequester-related problems specific to the
FAA, the White House "would be open to looking at that." The FAA began
furloughs of all employees Sunday. According to NATCA, the first three
days of furloughs saw 5,800 flight delays versus 2,500 during the same
period last year without furloughs. Now, some legislators are floating
proposals that would allow the FAA special latitude in how it applies
the required cuts. More...
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FLYING CONCEPT CAR
As part of an annual
festival to encourage its engineers to develop creative ideas, Hyundai
recently exhibited a "flying car" based on a quad-copter design. The
aircraft has four sets of four propellers, with a seat in the center,
which was occupied by a crash-test dummy for the demo flight at the
festival. A short video posted online shows the vehicle taking off
vertically from a road in Korea, and climbing to several feet above the
surface, operated by remote control. More...
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investigation of the fatal crash of an RV-4 at Laughlin Bullhead
International Airport, Ariz., Saturday April 20, after an autopsy
determined the pilot died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the
head prior to the crash. First reports speculated that the pilot and
sole occupant, 44-year-old Thomas Joseph, died from injuries sustained
when the plane impacted the ground near Bullhead's single 7,500-foot
runway. But a police spokesperson said Monday an autopsy completed
earlier in the day determined that the pilot was dead before the plane
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IMPULSE FLIES, AS ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT EXPERTS GATHER
Impulse, the one-of-a-kind solar-powered airplane from Switzerland, flew
above the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Tuesday as the crew
prepares for a flight across the U.S. next month. The aircraft took off
from Moffett Field about 7 a.m. with Bertrand Piccard at the controls
and flew above the bridge at about 3,500 feet. Another flight above the
Bay Bridge was planned for later in the day. As the crew continues to
prepare for the cross-country trip, experts in the development of
battery-powered aircraft will be gathering in nearby Santa Rosa for the
7th annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium. More...
HOPES TO SELL JET BUSINESS THIS SUMMER (CORRECTED)
hopes to sell off the now-dormant Hawker jet assets within three months
and is dealing with several potential buyers. In comments made after a
speech to the Wichita Aero Club Monday, Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture
said the company has non-disclosure agreements with an unspecified
number of interested parties and is, of course, not saying who they are.
An online "data room" for qualified purchasers has been set up.
Beechcraft dumped the jet line as part of its restructuring and
emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a process Boisture said has set up
the new company to prosper even in difficult times. "We have come out
clearly and cleanly as Beechcraft," Boisture is quoted by the Wichita Eagle as saying. "We've got
ourselves on a good foundation now." Boisture said. More...
DELAYS WILL WORSEN SAYS NATCA REP
A senior controller at one
of the West Coast's busiest facilities says sequester-related issues and
delays will only get worse as increasing demand meets diminished
capacity throughout the system. For the third straight day since
one-day-in-10 furloughs have been in place for air traffic controllers,
significant delays have been reported at major airports all over the
U.S., and Scott Conde, the president of the National Air Traffic
Controllers Association at Oakland Center in California, said the true
impact has been barely felt. "This is just the tip of the iceberg," he
said in a podcast interview. Conde said the sequester-related staffing
cuts came between Easter and summer, normally the time when staffing is
at its maximum and there's a slight lull in air traffic. Once summer
vacations further diminish the ranks of controllers and traffic
increases, the delays will almost certainly be much worse. He also
expects the stress and long hours experienced by controllers will also
start to take their toll, adding to the existing problems.
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RANDALL FISHMAN'S ELECTRIC-POWERED ULTRALIGHT
first exhibited this lightweight new design at EAA AirVenture in 2012,
shortly after its first flight. At Sun 'n Fun in April 2013, the
prototype had about 30 hours of flight time, and Fishman was ready to
sell copies under Part 103. More...
INSIDER BLOG: FAA BUDGET CUTS -- GO FOR THE PAPER CLIPS
you're a student of the First Amendment's right of redress, aviation
gave you a good week last week, with a lawsuit to stop the FAA from
furloughing controllers. But if you're a deficit hawk? Not so much. On
the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli observes that by the time
all the special interests get their piece of the pie, the FAA will be
back where it started: no budget cuts at all. Maybe those people who say
we're doomed have a point. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
OF THE WEEK: HARRISON AVIATION (KGKY, ARLINGTON,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Harrison Aviation at Arlington Municipal
Airport (KGKY) in Arlington, Texas.
AVweb reader Carol
Goldberg found warm Texan hospitality awaiting her here on a recent
Due to weather, we
diverted to Arlington, Texas on our way home from Las Vegas to Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. The entire staff went out of their way to assist us
in obtaining hotel reservations, driving us to the hotel, recommending a
dinner place, assuring us the jetprop would be hangared if the winds
increased, and having snacks and hot drinks.
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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REFURBISHED AIRPLANE OF THE MONTH
New airplanes sales may be
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some of these airplanes in the pages of AVweb and spotlight the
owners and shops doing the work. If you have photos of your restored
aircraft -- single, twin or turbine -- send
them along to us, and if we select your airplane as refurb of the
month, we'll contact you for more information. More...
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