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Volume 8, Number 39
October 13, 2010
 
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AVflash! Future of FAA Pilots in Europeback to top 
 
Sponsor Announcement
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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT VOTING ON PILOT BILL
The European Parliament is expected to vote today or Thursday on whether to essentially cancel some of the privileges of pilots holding FAA certificates in European Union countries. Proposed regulatory changes put forth by the European Aviation Safety Agency would also make it more difficult to operate American-registered aircraft in Europe. In a special edition podcast interview with AVweb, Emmanuel Davidson, vice president of AOPA in France, said the proposals put forth by EASA "represent the greatest threat to general aviation in Europe in the last decade" and virtually all pilot groups and many companies and industry groups are trying to get it derailed. One of the difficulties with that is the measures are hidden in a larger bill of changes deemed positive by most in GA in Europe and the American issues will have to be separated from them. More...

 
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Jets, Jobs, Joy in Pipervilleback to top 
 

WORK STARTS ON PIPERJET FACTORY
Piper Aircraft has hired a contractor to renovate a 75,000-square-foot building at its Vero Beach headquarters that will become the PiperJet factory. The news is welcome in Vero Beach, where there have been persistent rumors that the company was planning to move. It was purchased by the government of Brunei 18 months ago and now has a presence in that country. The recent announcement of a European sales office further fueled speculation but the announcement of the factory work may quell those fears, even if repeated assurances from Piper brass haven't. "We're committed to Vero Beach for the long haul," Piper VP Randy Groom told TCPalm. More...

 
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Ask the FAA — And Get Some Restback to top 
 

FAA OPEN TO "CLARIFYING QUESTIONS" ON DUTY REGS
The FAA said on Tuesday it will accept written requests for clarification of its proposed new pilot duty-time rules until Oct. 15, and will respond to them by Oct. 22. The FAA said the question period is its response to "numerous requests" from stakeholders for some kind of forum to get answers to questions and technical clarifications before the end of the comment period on Nov. 15. For example, the FAA said, one commenter noted that in at least one instance, the new regulations refer back to the existing regulations, which would no longer exist if the new regulations are adopted. The FAA said "it makes sense to provide additional clarity where commenters believe the draft regulatory text is unclear or omits pertinent information." More...

 
Critical Aspects of Aerospace Governance 
Workshop || November 10, 2010 || Seattle, WA || Register Now
Aviation Training Workshop on the Current
Governance Issues Facing Aerospace to Be Held in Seattle

This Aviation Training Workshop will focus on current governance issues facing aerospace. It will explore emerging trends in corporate liability in governance issues, ideas, innovation, wrong doing, poor ethics and how governance is affected, survey of current methods to address data capture, analyzing ideas, innovations and reports of wrong doing, methods to test veracity, severity and frequency, classifying data gathered and workflow issues, and convincing regulators your system is robust. Learn more.
 
Aviation Safety: Some Good News from the FAAback to top 
 

FAA: RUNWAY INCURSIONS DOWN BY HALF
The number of runway incursions has dropped by half for the second year in a row, the FAA says. The number of serious incursions at U.S. airports dropped from 12 in 2009 to six in 2010 (on FAA's fiscal calendar, 2010 ended on Sept. 30). Half of the incidents involved commercial aircraft, and the other half were general aviation events. The numbers are down drastically from 2000, when 67 serious incursions occurred. To improve those numbers, the FAA has upgraded the signage and markings at airports, improved pilot training on runway conflicts, and installed new technology at some major airports. The FAA said it has also conducted extensive outreach and training for GA pilots. At a news conference last week at Boston's Logan Airport, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said the ultimate goal is zero runway incursions. More...

 
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Who's Whereback to top 
 

MCNARY JOINS HBC AS VP
Heidi McNary
Heidi McNary is Hawker Beechcraft's new vice president and chief technical officer. She was formerly chief operating officer and executive vice president of sales and marketing at DeCrane Aerospace.
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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...

 
WingX Pro 7 || Moving Map for the iPad || 
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WingX Pro7 Moving Map for iPad!
The $99 Moving MapWingX Pro7 Moving Map for iPad is now available for your iPad. See your location on the approach chart; Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams are now geo-referenced*, and all are stored right on the iPad! WingX Pro7's interactive moving map displays Class B, C, and D airspaces; animated weather images; A/FD; AOPA Directory with Yelp integration; route planning, FARs, METARS, TAFS, winds, and temperatures aloft; TFRs' text and graphics; an E6B; and more. WingX is also available for Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Android. Click here for more information.
 
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

NBAA NEXT WEEK, AVWEB IS THERE
The business aviation world is collectively shining its shoes and pressing its suits for the largest convention dealing specifically with bizav. The National Business Aviation Association Meeting and Convention will be held at the Georgia World Congress convention center from Oct. 19-21 and AVweb will be there to provide a full package of news, video and audio reports on the big show, which, despite the economy, is still a big show. This one is shaping up to be a battle of the heavyweights.

Related Content:

  • We've already heard from many of the exhibitors at NBAA 2010, but if you're planning to be at the show and have announcments you want us to know about, please send your news to editor@avweb.com.
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AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
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...

 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: FAA'S EMS REGS — OVERDUE?
Normally, we're the first to squawk about heavy-handed and unnecessary FAA regulation, but the agency's proposed rules to tighten down EMS operations is probably a good thing, especially if it gets the industry thinking out how these services are used and, unfortunately, overused. Paul Bertorelli has more thoughts on the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: HERE'S AN IDEA — WHY NOT PRACTICE?
Paul Bertorelli has been blogging about instructing and maintaining proficiency in a taildragger. But the NTSB's accident data shows many pilots can't land anything, much less something with a wheel at the back. The solution is simple, says Paul on the AVweb Insider blog: Don't get an instructor; go practice — and do it regularly. Read more and join the conversation. More...

 
'Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot Survival 
Guide' || Available at AVwebBooks.com
Instrument Survival Manual
"Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot's Survival Manual" (3rd edition) is more about honing, perfecting, and feeling comfortable with instrument skills than about learning those skills from scratch. This book will help you think and fly like a pro. It will help you understand the system, not just memorize it, so your decisions become based on your ability to reason things out — a far better situation than just having a few scattered facts from which to choose. Highly illustrated.

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

AOPA FRANCE'S EMMANUEL DAVIDSON: WHAT THE EASA RULES REALLY MEAN FOR FAA-CERTIFICATED PILOTS
In the next day or two, the European Parliament will vote on whether to effectively eliminate the flight privileges of pilots holding FAA certificates. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with AOPA France's Emmanuel Davidson on the impact of the rules being proposed.

This podcast is brought to you by Bose Corporation. More...

VIDEO: THE STORY OF RED BULL'S AEROBATIC HELI (AND PILOT CHUCK AARON)
Chuck Aaron is an FAA-certified aerobatic helicopter pilot. And he flies for Red Bull. The helicopter is a modified Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm BO-105. Aaron can be seen flying at Red Bull events. More...

 
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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 
 

15 YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A LIGHTSPEED ZULU HEADSET
CLICK HERE to Register for All 15 
Drawings

Win a Lightspeed Zulu aviation headset as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary! All you have to do is click here to enter your name and e-mail address. (You only have to enter once, and you'll be entered in our prize drawings for the entire year — so if you've already entered, you're all set.)

And no, we're not going to rent or sell your name, ever. Tell your friends, and invite them to sign up for AVweb so they can qualify for our 15 Grand Giveaways prize drawings, too. (We won't spam them, either — but we hope they will sign up for our newsletters.)

Deadline for entries is 11:59pm Zulu time October 15, 2010.

Click here to read the contest rules and enter.


Congratulations to Ronald C. Hanna of Independence, Oregon, who won our last prize, a PMA6000B audio panel! (click here to get your own from PS Engineering)

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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.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team.

If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for your PDA or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of AVwebBiz. For complete instructions on making the switch, click here.

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