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PROPOSES CHANGES IN FLIGHT TRAINING Under new rules proposed by the FAA this week, flight
schools would be excused from the requirement to have a ground school
space if they offer Internet-based ground-school training, and students
would be allowed to apply for both a private pilot certificate and an
instrument rating at the same time. The agency also said it would like
to change its definition of "complex airplane" to include airplanes
equipped with FADEC engines. Another change would require pilots of
single-pilot-certified light jets to pass a proficiency check. The FAA
also said it would like to make it easier to issue U.S. certificates to
foreign pilots. "Because of changing technology in aviation, the results
of successful research, and an international agreement, the FAA has
determined these proposed changes to the pilot, flight instructor, and
pilot school certification rules are necessary," the FAA said in its
proposal. The changes will help to reduce unnecessary regulatory
burdens, the FAA said. More...
Business Aviation Will Help
Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis
To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep
flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even
stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that
surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for
MARKET SHAKING OUT A business aviation analyst says
fractional ownership companies will have to charge more for operating
costs to make up for the loss of revenue due to the lack of fleet
expansion. Brian Foley says fractionals used to make a lot of their
money by paying discounted fleet prices for aircraft and then charging
customers full retail. But he says the economic turndown has slowed or
stalled expansion and the revenue shortfall has to come from somewhere
if companies are to survive. "With fleet size very nearly constant, the
emphasis must be on making the operational side profitable -- or
changing the business model altogether," he said. More...
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One of the long-awaited features the iPhone 3.0 update brings to the
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X SPROUTS WINGLETS The world's fastest business jet just got
a little faster and more efficient. Cessna has delivered the first
Citation X with elliptical winglets. The winglet kit was developed by
Winglet Technology LLC in collaboration with Cessna and received a
supplemental type certificate from the FAA in June. "The patented
Elliptical Winglet shape ensures the lift distribution closely matches
optimum lift distribution along the span of the wing, which reduces the
induced drag of the aircraft," Cessna says in a news release. "The
resulting drag reduction enhances operational performance for the
Citation X including decreased fuel consumption, increased speed and
increased range." More...
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VISION FOR CARAVANS There are few aircraft that work in more
diverse and often difficult environments than the Cessna Caravan and the
option of an enhanced vision system should be welcome news to operators.
One Sky Aviation, of Anchorage, recently received supplementary type
certificate approval for installation of Forward Vision's EVS 100 and
600 enhanced vision systems, which use a combination of visible and
infrared light to give a clear black-and-white image of the outside
world in darkness and increases visual range in fog, smoke and
precipitation. The STCs on the Cessna 208 and 208B brings to 162 the
number of aircraft that can be equipped with the system. One Sky
co-owner Cary Foster said the Anchorage FAA worked in cooperation with
his firm to develop the STC. More...
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"Operators Need to Use Every Safety Tool
ISSUES NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HELICOPTER EMS SAFETY The FAA
needs to do more to regulate helicopter emergency medical services, the
said on Tuesday, and operators also need to improve their training
and procedures. "The pressure on HEMS operators to conduct their flights
quickly in all sorts of environments makes these types of operations
inherently more risky than other types of commercial flight operations,"
said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. "Operators need to use every
available safety tool to conduct these flights and to determine when the
risk of flying is just too great." The board said the FAA should mandate
better pilot training, improve its data collection and monitoring,
develop a low-altitude airspace infrastructure, and require crews to be
trained to use night-vision systems. The agency should also require the
use of autopilots during single-pilot HEMS operations. Operators should
work to improve pilot training and upgrade their equipment, the NTSB
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INSIDER BLOG: NTSB'S HUDSON CORRIDOR RECOMMENDATIONS?
MIXED Once again, says resident blogger Paul Bertorelli on
the AVweb Insider, the NTSB jumps the gun on the Hudson corridor
midair by issuing a round of recommendations before the accident probe
is completed. Although the recommendations make sense (mostly), they
also won't fix the problem, because there is no problem to fix.
WingX for iPhone, Blackberry,
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Ken Smoll is the new director of training
at Spokane Turbine Center. He was formerly with Cessna, where he ran the
Garmin G1000 customer training program. More...
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VIDEO: LOSS OF CONTROL IN AN F-16 FIGHTER, TEST PILOT ON YAW
DEPARTURE At Edwards Air Force Base, they
still test F-16 fighters, because each software upgrade and each new
weapons package introduces new parameters. Experimental test pilots need
to identify the aircraft's performance limits, and they need to know how
it will perform before their brothers- and sisters-in-arms take upgraded
Vipers into combat. This is one of those tests, and Air Force pilot
Desmond Brophy walks us through it step-by-step.
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