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EUROPEAN RULES TARGET U.S. PILOTS, AIRCRAFT
AOPA says a new
regime of rules proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
"has potentially devastating implications for the U.S. general aviation
manufacturers and for the U.S. flight training industry." EASA intends
to adopt a wide-ranging series of amendments to rules that appear to
particularly affect those holding U.S. pilot certificates and aircraft
registered in the U.S. but resident in Europe. "It would render FAA
pilot certificates and instrument ratings issued to pilots living and
operating in Europe (including U.S. citizens based in and flying in
Europe) effectively worthless, requiring them to essentially start over
and retrain and recertify," AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy told
AVweb. "It would also eliminate any advantage to owning and
operating an N-number-registered aircraft in Europe." More...
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DROPPING SUIT AGAINST NAFI
Master Instructors LLC owners
Sandy and JoAnn Hill say they've agreed to abandon their copyright
lawsuit against the National Association of Flight Instructors "in
exchange for a waiver of fees and costs." NAFI has confirmed it has
accepted the Hills' offer and will continue to use the material in
dispute. "NAFI will continue to grow this valued program along with
other services that we provide to the flight-instruction community,"
said NAFI Chairman Ken Hoffman. The Hills, who were leading members of
NAFI until they were removed from the board of directors two years ago,
sued NAFI for continuing to use the training materials they say they
developed. NAFI countered that since the programs were developed under
NAFI's banner, they were free to use them. Regardless of the legal
intricacies, the Hills said their customers have spoken.
2nd Annual Aviation Asset
Management in the Middle East to Be Chaired by Dr. Donald H. Bunker of
Donald H. Bunker & Associates
The Second Annual Aviation Asset Management in the Middle East
in Dubai will explore the latest developments in aviation
asset management in the region, as well as the future of asset
management services in this marketplace. It will provide the platform
for high-level debate and exchange of ideas and information, as well as
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BOEING 720 RETIRED
The last operational flight of a Boeing
720 took place in Canada on Sept. 29. The aircraft, the engine test bed
for Pratt & Whitney Canada, flew for four hours with a turboprop mounted
on the nose. At the end of the flight, its airframe time was up. It will
make one last flight, either to a museum or a scrapyard. The engine
maker has replaced it with a Boeing 747 SP. The fate of the 720 has not
been decided but a Canadian classic airliner fan is hoping the aircraft
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CHANGE AT FLYING: MAYA CHARLES OUT, GOYER IN
Maya Charles, a former AVweb columnist, was named editor-in-chief
of Flying magazine in July,
but on Tuesday he was out and longtime staffer Robert Goyer stepped into
the job. "It was a mutual decision" for Maya Charles to leave, publisher
Dick Koenig said. "We certainly wish him success in his next endeavor."
Goyer has been with the magazine since 1994 and said this week he plans
to take the magazine to "new heights." Koenig cited Goyer's "skill with
new media" along with a track record of success in the magazine industry
and a wide breadth of aviation knowledge. Maya Charles had taken over
the job from J. Mac McClellan, who had been editor-in-chief since 1990.
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INSIDER BLOG: OLD MYTHS DIE HARD
One of them is that the only
real pilots are taildragger pilots. On the AVweb Insider blog,
Paul Bertorelli says he never really believed that. But what's this?
He's changing his tune? And now he thinks the ideal trainer is a Cub
with a glass panel? Go read the blog and help reel this man back to
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