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URGE FCC TO DROP 121.5 ELT RULE
Comments have closed on the
to phase out 121.5 MHz ELTs but a group of senators has made it a
political issue. Five members of the Senate GA Caucus, led by Sen. Pat
Roberts, R-Kan., have written the head of the FCC, Julius Genachowski,
urging him to drop the plan. The senators argue that ELTs will be
redundant when the NextGen air traffic system is fully implemented, and
effectively making new 406 MHz ELTs mandatory for the big majority of GA
pilots who still have 121.5 units is a waste of time and money. "Should
the FCC move forward with its proposed rule to ban the use or
manufacture of 121.5 MHZ ELTs, the general aviation industry will be
required to install $500 million of technology which could soon become
obsolete once the FAA fully implements that satellite based navigation
system authorized under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012,"
said the letter. But a 406 MHz ELT manufacturer says the 406 MHz units
are vastly superior and not as costly to pilots as opponents are saying
it will be. More...
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TOWERS STAY OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER
The 149 federal contract air
traffic control towers previously targeted for closure beginning June 15
will remain open through Sept. 30 the FAA said Friday, as other programs
also found funding. The Department of Transportation said Friday it
would fund air traffic technology and maintenance programs with $21
million by moving funds within its budget. The FAA was required by
sequestration to cut $637 million from its budget. As drafted, the
agency was granted little latitude in how it applied the cuts. That
changed when controller furloughs correlated with commercial flight
delays, and more changes soon followed. More...
EAA AirVenture 2013: You
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'FLYING CAR' CRASHES IN CANADA
Two men suffered minor
injuries Friday when the Maverick "flying car" they were in crashed in
an elementary schoolyard in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. Children
had just started classes for the day and no one on the ground was hurt.
Ray Seibring, the pilot, and passenger Ed Haaskyk were on a
demonstration flight of the aircraft, which is essentially a large
powered parachute whose chassis is street legal. AVweb's Russ
Niles was scheduled to fly next in the Maverick and witnessed the crash
sequence, but not the actual impact. More...
INSIDER BLOG: DODGING A BULLET
The saying goes that when your
number's up, it's up. But most people don't get to witness the quirk of
fate that spares them an unscheduled departure from this world. On the
AVweb Insider blog, Russ Niles describes what it was like to be
left behind on the taxiway as a Maverick Flying Car made its last flight
last Friday. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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AIR FORCE TWO DC-9 AUCTION
A DC-9-32 owned by the U.S.
Department of State is up for auction May 15, with a starting bid of
$50,000 and, according to the seller, the aircraft was "part of Air
Force Two" and "may have acted as Air Force One." According to auction
documents provided by the government, "In the thirty years this aircraft
was assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing (Feb 1975-Sep 2005) it flew
Presidential missions." The document (PDF) does not specifically name individuals flown,
but does list the positions those individuals held. More...
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PLANS CONSTELLATION FLIGHT RE-ENACTMENT
The countdown has
begun for the ambitious re-enactment of a record-setting flight
that helped usher in the modern age of air travel. The National Airline
History Museum hopes to re-create the inaugural coast-to-coast flight of
a Lockheed Constellation flown by Howard Hughes and Jack Frye in its own
Connie. Right after the first Constellation was rolled out on April 17,
1944, Hughes and Frye jumped in the cockpit and flew across the country
in less than seven hours. Orville Wright was onboard and it was his last
flight. The museum hopes to have its Connie fully restored and ready for
the flight on the 70th anniversary in 2014. "There are so many great
stories and great people associated with this effort," said John Roper,
VP of Operations for the museum. There is a huge fundraising task ahead
of the volunteer-run effort, however. More...
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GA SHIPMENTS ARE UP
A relative surge in shipments of
multi-engine turboprops led a positive first quarter for all GA
shipments as billings improved by 31.7 percent over last year's number,
GAMA announced Thursday. Improvements to piston aircraft and jet
shipment numbers were modest, posting positive changes of 3.8 percent
and 4.0 percent, respectively. Diamond's DA40 led all models in the
piston single group with 27 sold. Cirrus and Flight Design were close
behind. And Beechcraft Corporation, which emerged from bankruptcy in
February, managed deliveries of multiple models. 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
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OF THE WEEK: SONOMA JET CENTER (SANTA ROSA,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Sonoma Jet
Center at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (KSTS) in
Santa Rosa, California.
AVweb reader Austin Kalb
told us about the FBO:
Either I'm really a VIP, or the people at the Sonoma Jet Center in Santa
Rosa, California just made me feel that way. When I arrived in my
Mooney, I was immediately swarmed by staff unpacking my luggage, loading
the rental car (that was brought to the airplane), hooking up a tow,
[and] handing us some cold waters. Then Josh said hello. He owns the
place and when I found out he was a Mooney driver, I stepped out
of the airplane to chat. A couple of minutes later, I was offered hangar
space with the big guys. Nice! That night, my rental car experienced a
flat tire. [The rental company] was less than helpful they left
me pretty much on my own. I called the FBO. They simply took care of the
issue. I left my car at the B&B in the morning, and when I returned
later that day, a new rental was sitting where the old one was. When we
left Santa Rosa, Josh showed up again to see us off. Last time I visited
Santa Rosa, Joyce at the front desk was exceptional. Now I get why
it starts at the top. Great job, guys!
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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ROTAX 912IS EFFICIENCY -- BETTER THAN CLAIMED
introduced its high-tech 912iS a year ago, it claimed that the engine
would be about 20 percent more fuel efficient than previous 100hp
models. But new testing done by the company last year reveals that those
claims fell short of the engine's actual efficiency. In this video shot
at Aero in Friedrichshafen, Germany last week, Paul Bertorelli reports
that the 912iS may improve fuel efficiency by up to 30 percent.
I was flying just northeast of Dallas on Monday,
April 22. This was the first day of sequester-induced cutbacks of
Fort Worth Center:
"King Air 12345,
cleared direct FINGR for the FINGR3 arrival."
"Cleared direct FINGR."
"They told us not to give any shortcuts today, but I
don't see any way to do it except to give you the finger."
was laughing too hard to hear the King Air's reply.
Steve Beckerdite More...
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