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Volume 8, Number 34
September 8, 2010
 
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BROWNBACK WANTS BIZJET TRADE REVIEW
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback is calling for an International Trade Commission study on the global competitiveness of the business aviation industry after suggesting Embraer's success in the sector is at least partly the result of help from the Brazilian government. Brownback, who's running for governor of Kansas, issued a statement last week saying the ITC should not only examine Embraer, but should look at the business aircraft industries in Canada, Europe and China to ensure U.S. manufacturers, most of whom are headquartered in his home state, are getting a fair shake on the world market. "For years, Kansas has been leading the way in the general aviation industry, and I know that if everyone plays by the rules, Kansans will easily rise above the competition," he said. It was a report by the ITC in 2004 that triggered the drawn-out battle at the World Trade Organization over alleged subsidies by the European Union to Airbus for the development and manufacture of airliners. More...

 
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Emergency Landings Iback to top 
 

RUSSIAN CREW DEADSTICKS TU-154 SAFELY
A Russian airline crew may have pulled off an amazing dead-stick landing on Tuesday. According to Russian media, the Alrosa Airlines Tu-154's "power supply, fuel pumps, radio link and navigation equipment failed" and the only available airport was at Izhma, whose only runway is 4,500 feet long. The reports say the crew deadsticked from 35,000 feet, put down on the short runway and overran it by 600 feet. Although the aircraft suffered some damage, all 72 passengers and nine crew were uninjured. More...

 
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Emergency Landings IIback to top 
 

PILOT AVOIDS HOUSES IN HENDERSON, NEVADA CRASH
One person was killed and at least three were badly injured Monday when a Piper PA32-RT-300 Lance made an emergency landing on a Henderson, Nev., city street after an apparent engine failure. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan told local media that two men and two women were aboard the Lance, which had just departed Henderson's Executive Airport around 8 a.m. on Monday. Pilot Douglas Touchet, 45, of Erath, La., died. His wife and the two others, also from Louisiana, were hurt. The group was apparently heading home after a long weekend in Las Vegas. Henderson is just south of Las Vegas. Police said no one on the ground was injured, perhaps because the pilot pointed the airplane away from houses. "I think we can attribute that to the pilot trying to put it down in a safe place," he said. "You're talking the plane crashed maybe 20 or 30 feet (from the nearest home)," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan said. More...

 
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NATA Gives Pilots One Less Thing to Fret Overback to top 
 

NATA OFFERS AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION SERVICE
After the FAA announced recently that all aircraft owners will have to re-register their aircraft every three years, the National Air Transportation Association went to work on developing an Internet product that will handle that chore for owners. The re-registration program, developed in partnership with AIC Title Service, is available to both members and non-members of NATA, for $45 per aircraft. "The simple-to-use program ... allows for re-registrations to be professionally processed and tracked using a straightforward Web interface," says NATA. The new FAA rule goes into effect Oct. 1. More...

 
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Thinking Outside the Boxback to top 
 

SCRAP THE FIRST OFFICER: RYANAIR'S O'LEARY
The airline CEO who suggested introducing pay toilets on his aircraft is now saying the right seat in the cockpit should fly empty. Michael O'Leary, the sometimes controversial and always publicity-hungry head of Ryanair said he advocated abolishing first officers and since he said it to Bloomberg Business Week, it's now being widely reported. "Really, you only need one pilot. Let's take out the second pilot. Let the bloody computer fly it," were the exact words. And if the lone pilot can't, for some reason, make sure the computer is doing its job, O'Leary suggested he do what his passengers do when they have a problem and that's call a flight attendant, in this case, one that's been trained to land the aircraft. "If the pilot has an emergency, he rings the bell, he calls her in, she could take over." He apparently wasn't asked if it might make as much sense to make the FO push a snack cart when he or she isn't needed to watch the computer. More...

 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: LET'S DITCH ELTS
There are much better alternatives to emergency locator transmitters. In his post to the AVweb Insider blog, editor-in-chief Russ Niles focuses on one that's affordable, reliable and readily available: GPS. With better technology at hand, Russ wonder why ELTs are still the law. Read more and share your comments. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: CLINGING TO SKILLS — OR TO THE PAST?
Paul Bertorelli recently blogged on the state of sim training, and that (plus your letters) got him thinking about the state of the art — and how so many of us insist on teaching skills that technology may have already rendered obsolete. In his latest post to the AVweb Insider, Paul asks if we're being traditionalists — or just getting a jump on becoming the cranky old farts of tomorrow. Read more and share your comments. More...

 
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Who's Whereback to top 
 

CARR NEW CAP VICE COMMANDER
Col. Chuck Carr
Col. Chuck Carr was elected Civil Air Patrol's National Vice Commander. He was the Great Lakes Region Commander and is a longtime member of CAP.
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MELLO AT ARGUS
Norman Mello
Norman Mello has joined ARGUS PROS as Director of Business Aviation. He was formerly at Delta AirElite Business Jets.
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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

WHO'S WHERE? YOU TELL US
Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. More...

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Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

AVIATION CONSUMER FLIES A SILVER EAGLE TURBINE-CONVERTED CENTURION
Wanna go fast and climb like hell? That's what the Silver Eagle Conversion of a P210 with a Rolls Royce turbine engine does. Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli recently took a flight demo in the airplane. More...


AIRCRAFT DITCHING TRAINING WITH THE EDITORS OF AVIATION CONSUMER
Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West got water up his nose as he practiced exiting an aircraft that has sunk and flipped over. It was quite a ride. More...

 
Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 
 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

MEET THE AVWEBBIZ TEAM

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

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