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BIZJET INVENTORY STARTING TO MOVE
There's been a
significant reduction in the used business jet and turboprop inventory
but it might be too early to signal a real recovery for new sales.
AMSTAT reports that more used business aircraft and turboprops were sold
in the last quarter of 2010 than in any quarter in recent memory.
Inventory remains higher (14.7 percent of the world's business aircraft
are for sale) than the 12.5 percent that is considered normal but it
dropped from 15.5 percent at the end of Q3. AMSTAT says the relative
flurry of sales "represents the most transaction activity since 2008"
and may signal "the start of a true recovery."
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MEMBERS URGE OBAMA: NO AVIATION USER FEES
One hundred and
sixteen members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a
letter (PDF) to President Barack Obama urging him not to
support aviation user fees as a means to fund the FAA's budget for 2012.
User fees would be "a step backward" in efforts to modernize the air
traffic control system, and would have a "detrimental impact on general
aviation and the flying public," the letter states. Ed Bolen, president
of the National Business Aviation Association, welcomed the effort. "We
thank the Congressional leaders who took this action early in the year
to reinforce a clear message of opposition to user fees, and welcome
their unwavering support on this issue of critical importance to the
entire general aviation community," Bolen said this week. NBAA said the
current system of fuel taxes is proven and efficient. More...
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NEXT TO TEST FAA AUTHORITY
A week after a California court ruled
the FAA has pretty much absolute authority over the use of airports that
have accepted money from it (in this case Santa Monica) the City Council
of Naples, Fla., appears poised to test that concept. The council this
week voted to continue zoning discussions on whether the
local airport authority can build a runway extension at the bizjet-busy
airport. The city's attorney has already told the council it's likely a
waste of time but councilman Sam Saad said there's a principle involved.
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ICING MAY AFFECT STALL WARNING ON OLDER AIRCRAFT
fly general aviation aircraft that were certified before the year 2000
should be aware that the stall-warning system may not work as expected
in icing conditions, the FAA said on Monday. Pilots have reported that
they felt a shudder or buffet, but attributed it to engine or propeller
icing. "These reported events occurred in the cruise phase of flight, in
some cases with the autopilot engaged; during landing approach; and on
landing," the FAA said. Pilots in icing conditions should treat a buffet
or shudder as if it is an imminent stall, the FAA said. The
recommendation is part of a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin
(PDF), which provides safety information to pilots.
"Do not believe the myth that 'thicker' general aviation airplane
airfoils are more tolerant of ice accretion," the FAA said.
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ECLIPSE IN ST. PETERSBURG
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One of the
interesting side stories of the Eclipse Aviation debacle was the
courting of Russia, including then-President Vladimir Putin, as a
manufacturing base and major customer. Although the VLJ heyday has
passed there are apparently Eclipse 500s still in Russia and you'll find
them in the oddest places. Eclipse 500 serial number 09, registered
to a Delaware trustee, is there and was
last spotted on a truck in downtown St. Petersburg. According to Russian media
, it was put on a flatbed for the first
part of a trip to a convention center but the journey didn't go well.
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INSIDER BLOG: REMEMBERING THE ANDES CRASH
We've just passed
the 38th anniversary of one of the most remembered crashes in aviation
history, Uruguayan Flight 571 in the Andes Mountains in 1972. It's an
epic story of survival, and a new History Channel program puts a
fascinating twist on the telling. It's not the grisly details that
captivate Paul Bertorelli in the latest installment of the AVweb
Insider blog, but the character of the men whose steely resolve led
to the party's eventual rescue. Read
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OWN AN AIRPLANE, MAKE MONEY, SAVE TAXES
If it seems like David Sussman has
achieved airplane ownership Nirvana, he would probably agree.
AVweb spoke with him at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring about
enjoying financial benefits from a light sport aircraft.
A CONVERTIBLE GLIDER
The Phoenix motorglider is two
airplanes in one, and just about anyone can fly it, regardless of his
medical status. AVweb took a tour at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in
Sebring over the weekend. More...
ICUB AN AIRPLANE WRAPPED AROUND AN IPAD (PLUS AN
If there aren't enough iWidgets in
your life, here's one more: the iCub. It's basically a Cub clone LSA
built around the network and display capabilities of an iPad and an
iPhone. The iPad serves as the airplane's main navigation device, plus
it also receives and tracks data from the Rotax 912 engine. At the U.S.
Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, AVweb talked with the company's
Bill Canino, and this brief video offers a tour of the airplane.
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INTERACTIVE HELI VIDEO
A company called northStudio has
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control the viewing angle of 360-degree panoramic pre-recorded video
through a click-and-drag interface. The technology uses six cameras
strapped to a custom-built rig attached to a pole that's attached to the
helicopter. Proprietary video merging software then creates the
"seamless flying experience." According to the company, the technology
was made possible due to improvements in internet and processor speeds.
In the video, the camera is slung below a helicopter as it flies down
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