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BILL SETS 2018 TARGET FOR NEXTGEN A bipartisan committee of
senators has introduced an FAA reauthorization bill that sets 2018 as
the deadline for GPS-based air traffic control through the whole
National Airspace System. The bill was introduced by leading
transportation and security committee chairs and will go to the Senate
Commerce Committee for discussion before hitting the floor of the
Senate. In addition to the clear direction to speed up the so-called
NextGen program, the Senate bill addresses some near-term high-profile
concerns, including enhancing helicopter emergency medical services
(HEMS), safety inspections of regional airlines and more scrutiny of
airline pilots' flight tests and reviews. More...
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COLUMBUS -- CESSNA CANCELS EXTRA-LARGE JET PROGRAM When
Cessna put the Columbus program on hold in April, hope remained that the
jet, which would have been Cessna's biggest ever, would reappear
sometime in the future. "Don't write the Columbus off your radar
screen," said Lewis Campbell, CEO of Textron, Cessna's parent company,
the time. But last week, Textron said the Columbus project is over.
"Upon additional analysis of the business jet market related to this
product offering, we decided to formally cancel further development of
the Citation Columbus," the company said in a filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission. Textron will take a $43 million
write-off. The SEC statement says Cessna has spent about $50
million on tooling, facilities and other costs for the Columbus, most of
which cannot be recovered or used for other projects. The 10-passenger,
$27 million jet was expected to start deliveries in 2014.
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HOLE UNDER INVESTIGATION The crew of a Southwest Airlines
737-300 made a safe emergency landing after a hole opened in the
fuselage at about 34,000 feet during a flight from Nashville to
Baltimore on Monday evening. It was not immediately clear what caused
the hole, about one foot square, in the upper fuselage near the vertical
stabilizer. Pictures of a squared-off hole posted online suggest a panel
of some sort that came loose, or perhaps a rupture in the skin that was
contained by reinforcing strips. Passenger Michael Cunningham told NBC's
"Today" show on Tuesday morning there was no panic. "Everybody just
calmly ... figured out what was going on," he said, and donned their
oxygen masks as the cabin depressurized. "After we landed in Charleston
[W. Va.], the pilot came out and looked up through the hole, and
everybody applauded, shook his hand, a couple of people gave him hugs,"
Cunningham said. No injuries were reported. The airplane was about 15
years old. The NTSB is investigating. More...
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AIRCRAFT AND API SIGN EXCLUSIVE LOGISTICS SERVICES
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marks a key milestone in Cirrus's initiative to offer customer service
and support through the complete life cycle of the aircraft, the company
said. The program will operate under the brand "Cirrus Parts by API." API will provide
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STORY HITS SMALL AIRPORT STIMULUS GRANTS AOPA says it tried to help CBS balance a story it ran on the distribution of stimulus money
to small airports but didn't get the chance. The network pointed out
that about a third of the $1.1 billion in stimulus money earmarked for
"little-used airports or ones catering to recreational flyers, corporate
jets and remote communities," suggesting that big airports, like LAX
went begging for projects like "critical taxiway warning lights." AOPA
said LAX did get $15 million for a new firehall. Although the CBS story
is undoubtedly factual, the tone suggests the money was wasted in the
face of dire safety deficiencies at commercial airports, while ignoring
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INSIDER BLOG: UNITED BREAKS POLICY AND FAITH WITH
EMPLOYEES By now, most everyone has seen Dave Carroll's video
for "United Breaks Guitars" and empathized with the plight of the
passenger who can't get any satisfaction from the major airlines. Now
may be a good time to extend some of that empathy to "kind Ms. Irlweg"
and the rest of United's policy-enforcing employees, Russ Niles says in
the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog.
INSIDER BLOG: AIRPLANES AND GLOBAL WARMING You knew we would
have to talk about this sooner or later. Like most of us, Paul
Bertorelli concedes he hasn't the first clue about rationalizing
airplane ownership with climate change but that didn't stop him
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add your own opinion to the mix. More...
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