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AVIATION PICKING UP IN BOSTON
The business aviation sector
got some positive press from the mainstream media this week when The Boston Globe reported that corporate jet
activity was up by 7 percent in 2010 at Hanscom Field, a small GA
airport close to the city. Bill Herp, president of Linear Air, said his
business doubled in 2010 compared to the year before. Herp charters four
Eclipse jets out of the field, charging about $1,500 an hour. Rectrix
Aviation, another local charter company, said business was up 15
percent, and they hired three pilots and added a jet to their fleet in
September. The number of jets based at Hanscom has increased by a third
in the last three years, and the Massachusetts Port Authority, which
operates the field, is planning to expand. More...
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G1000 FOR KING AIR GETS EASA APPROVAL
King Air twin turboprop continues to be a popular airplane around the
world, and now European owners of the 200 and B200 models can retrofit
their cockpit with the Garmin G1000 panel. "Receiving EASA validation is
an important milestone for Garmin's G1000 retrofit program, and we
believe it will be a popular avionics upgrade for owners and operators,"
said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. The panel
installation creates a weight savings of 200 pounds. It includes one
15-inch multi-function display and two 10.4-inch primary flight
displays. The retrofit already is FAA-approved for the C90 and 200
series King Airs, and Garmin says it should also get the FAA OK later
this year for the 300 and 350 series. More...
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GOVERNMENT STARTS CHARTER SERVICE
The Taiwanese government
has entered the jet charter business. The government-owned Aerospace
Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) flew its maiden flight last Saturday
from Taichung City in the interior of the island state to Kinmen Island,
off its coast. The company is using Astra SP aircraft it imported in
2000. The company hopes to run both domestic and international charters
and has set its sights Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo,
Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila. The big plum in the Taiwanese
charter business is behind a geopolitical roadblock. More...
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SERVICE STARTED IN INDIA
It seems like every aspect of Indian
aviation is in a growth mode and a new service was added last week. The
first seaplane service to the Indian islands of Andaman and Nicobar has
been launched using a Cessna 208B on amphib floats. And, like a lot of
Indian aviation enterprises, it will rely heavily on foreign pilots and
other personnel to stay afloat. There is only one Indian pilot who has
flown the Caravan and none have flown it on floats. A couple of American
pilots will keep it island hopping while the company starting the
service, Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd., finds and trains locals to get
their feet wet. The Indian government is pretty enthusiastic about the
venture and predicts a big future for seaplane service.
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757 OVERRUN VIDEO IGNITES PILOT SPECULATION
shot by a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 2253 as it overran
Runway 19 at Jackson Hole, Wednesday, shows unusual operation of the
aircraft's systems, according to some pilots. The 6,300-foot runway sits
at an elevation of 6,451 feet and the pilots landed in light snow at
about 11:37 a.m. About seven inches of snow had fallen in the area since
midnight, but the runway itself was reportedly in good condition with
good braking coefficients. The aircraft appears to be on the ground
prior to passing the PAPI lights and wind sock, which would be
appropriate. In the video, the engine's thrust reverser panel first
moves just after touchdown, but it does not fully open and the outboard
spoilers are not visibly deployed. Because of that, things quickly get
more interesting. More...
IFR MAGAZINE SHOWS YOU HOW TO USE A GPS FOR NDB-ONLY
can't legally fly an NDB approach in the clouds using a GPS unless it
says "or GPS" in the title. But there's nothing that says you can't
practice VFR what it's like to fly an approach with a bearing pointer
and no moving maps. Come along with IFR magazine editor-in-chief
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go retro to fly an old-school NDB approach just for the fun and
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