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OF TWO WAAS SATELLITES FAILED
The Wide Area Augmentation
System, which broadcasts GPS corrections used by aviators across North
America, is powered by just two satellites, and one of them has failed.
Intelsat, the company that provides the satellite service to the FAA,
lost control of the satellite on April 3. The satellite will "drift out
of orbit over the next two to four weeks," the FAA said on April 12. The
most immediate impact will be felt in northwestern Alaska, where service
will be unavailable at 16 airports. However, the FAA said that due to
the lack of redundant coverage, WAAS users across North America may
experience temporary service interruptions. Also, a "single-point
failure situation exists until redundancy [is] restored," the FAA said.
A replacement satellite should launch by the end of this year;
meanwhile, the FAA is looking at other options to mitigate the impact.
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|More Light Jet Testing Before Certification, Says
PROPOSES MORE LIGHT JET TESTING
The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) that could
significantly complicate the certification process for several small
jets currently in development and future aircraft weighing less than
6,000 pounds with turbine engines. The FAA is proposing that all
turbine-powered aircraft be put through function and reliability tests.
Function and reliability testing is real-world testing of airframes and
engines in the full spectrum of weather, missions and flight envelopes
the planes are expected to encounter in service and is designed to catch
snags that tend to show up soon after the aircraft are put into service.
It can add as much as 300 hours to the certification flight testing. In
1950, the FAA exempted aircraft weighing less than 6,000 pounds from
that type of testing since the small aircraft of the day were aimed at
the private market and were exclusively powered by piston engines. New
piston designs weighing less than 6,000 pounds and gliders will continue
to be exempt. In the NPRM, the FAA cites problems with freshly certified
Eclipse 500 aircraft as part of the foundation for the proposed rule.
"This reconsideration was driven in part by difficulties encountered
with the voluntary application of the requirement during the FAA type
certification of the [Eclipse 500] and the subsequent problems
experienced during that airplane's entry into service," the NPRM states.
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Cessna has delivered the first CJ4, which was certified
in March. The new owner wasn't named. The aircraft is, of course, filled
with the latest electronics, including a system called Green Trak. It
was the first delivery of the flight planning software that figures out
how to minimize trip cost by balancing the costs of direct operation,
fuel burn and carbon emissions. It was the first aircraft delivered with
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ANNOUNCES CAP ORDER
With the downturn in the economy, the
order count that used to be a fixture of major aviation events has all
but disappeared, but Cessna broke the recent mold at Sun 'n Fun 2010, or
more accurately, just after it. Cessna linked an order for 12 Cessna
182s to the Civil Air Patrol to the annual spring show in Lakeland,
Fla., even though it's doubtful CAP brass made the decision while
kicking the tires last week. Nevertheless, it put a brighter spin on the
show, which is holding its own in the economy and trying to make up for
apparent decreases in exhibitor and fly-in attendance with jet team
shows on the weekend (Thunderbirds this year) to draw the local crowds.
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OK'D FOR 475 EXTRA POUNDS
Quest Aircraft has gotten the OK
from the FAA to increase the maximum takeoff weight of its Kodiak aircraft from 6,750 pounds to 7,225 pounds,
the company said this week. "The Kodiak was designed with and for
mission and humanitarian aviation organizations to perform under
extremely rigorous conditions in the most remote regions of the world,"
said Quest CEO Paul Schaller. "The gross weight increase will enable
them to carry more cargo and/or passengers so they can execute their
operations even more effectively." At the new max weight, the Kodiak can
take off in under 1,000 feet and climb at over 1,300 fpm. The
Kodiak, a single-engine turboprop utility airplane, comes with a
three-panel G1000 avionics suite as standard equipment. It can operate
off of floats and land on unimproved surfaces. More...
TO EXPAND PRODUCTION, OFFER ENHANCED VISION
Piper CEO Kevin Gould said at Sun 'n Fun
on Tuesday he's "encouraged" by the current economy, and his company
will expand production by more than 75 percent this year, compared to
2009. Gould wouldn't hazard a guess, however, how long it might take to
return to 2008 levels. Since production in 2009 declined by about
two-thirds compared to 2008, even a 75-percent improvement shows there
is a still a long way to go. Nonetheless, Gould and other Piper execs
were upbeat, noting that the company's owner, Imprimis, is "in it for
the long haul." Piper also announced that Forward Vision Systems'
EVS-100 and DVS-600 Enhanced Vision Systems are now available for
installation in the Malibu, Matrix and Mirage models. More...
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Randy Groom, a former senior executive
with Hawker Beechcraft, has been named Executive Vice President of
Sales, Marketing and Customer Support for Piper. Groom had been running
his own consulting business before joining Piper.
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