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SECURES D-JET FINANCING
Diamond Aircraft is recalling workers
and rapidly accelerating its D-JET personal jet program thanks to an
investment from an unnamed source. The money will also enable resumption
of the flight test program and the construction of one more test
aircraft as the company works toward certification. The amount of the
investment was not immediately disclosed but Diamond was turned
down by the Canadian government for a $35 million loan that would
have formed a share of the $90 million needed to finish the project.
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Aircraft operators who want to
block their registration data from being displayed to the public in
real-time flight-tracking websites must provide the FAA with
documentation showing more than a "speculative or abstract fear," the
FAA told NBAA this week. "A generalized, non-specific security concern
is unlikely to be found valid," the FAA wrote, in response to questions
from NBAA about how operators can document a "certified security
concern" to block their aircraft information. Previously, the FAA
allowed operators to opt out of the public information display via the
Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR)
program. On June 3, the FAA said it would change that policy, effective
in 30 days. More...
TO OUTLAW AIR CANADA STRIKE
The Canadian government says it
will pass a law ending a strike by Air Canada ticket agents if the
airline and its employees can't reach a contract settlement. The 4,500
members of the Canadian Autoworkers Union walked off the job at kiosks
and call centers at midnight Tuesday and within 12 hours, the government
had issued the ultimatum. "They've got a duty to Canadians to get a deal
done, and when they can't get a deal done and it ends up having an
impact either on Canadians in general or on the economy, then that's the
role of the government and we've clearly stated our intention," Labour
Minister Lisa Raitt told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. However,
union leaders say the unprecedented speed with which the government
intervened is massive interference in the bargaining process and smacks
of "collusion." More...
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TO DOMINATE PARIS AIR SHOW
Boeing executives say they'll let
Airbus take center stage on its home turf at next week's Paris Air Show
although some industry watchers say Boeing will have to respond somehow
to its arch rival's aggressive move against its bread-and-butter 737.
With a lot of winking and nudging, Airbus has apparently let it be known
that it expects to land a record number of orders for its re-engined
A320 single-aisle airliner. Dubbed the A320neo, the aircraft will be
considerably more fuel efficient than the latest 737s. Boeing is now
weighing whether to make expensive mods to the existing airframe or
start with clean sheet and Boeing CEO James McNerney Jr. has said no
such announcement will be made in Paris. Centerpiece of the Boeing
display will be the new 747-8. Boeing is also cutting back its defense
presence at the big show. Meanwhile, the rest of the industry will be
looking for concrete signs of a recovery as showgoers stroll the ramps
at Le Bourget. More...
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CLOSE TO FALCON 7X TRIM FIX
Dassault says it has a fix for
the runaway trim problem that grounded the fleet of Falcon 7X business
jets three weeks ago. The company announced earlier this week it
developed a combination software and hardware mod for its flagship
aircraft that will address the glitch. It's tested and validated the fix
and is now waiting for European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval
to start implementing it. The approval is said to be imminent.
TO PROMOTE GA CITES PROGRESS
Legislatures in 29 states have
passed resolutions in support of aviation, the Alliance for Aviation
Across America said this week. The resolutions reflect the efforts of
aviation advocates to educate officials about the value of the industry,
said Selena Shilad, executive director of the nonprofit group. The
Alliance comprises about 5,700 members, including both groups and
individuals, and besides lobbying state governments, has been active in
Washington in support of the General Aviation Caucus in both the House
and Senate. The efforts help to ensure that government officials are
informed about GA issues such as avgas availability and the security of
the GPS system, members of the group said at a news conference on
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B-17 DOWN, ALL ESCAPE
The Liberty Belle, a B-17
Flying Fortress operated by the Liberty Foundation of Florida, was
destroyed by fire after the crew made an emergency landing in a
cornfield in Illinois about 10 a.m. Monday morning. All seven people on
board escaped without injury, according to the NTSB, but the airplane
was a total loss. The B-17 had taken off from Aurora Municipal Airport
near Oswego, Ill., and the pilot reported a fire on board shortly after
takeoff. Several residents reported seeing the plane flying low with
smoke and flames coming from it. "[The pilot] attempted to make a return
to the airport, but couldn't make it so he put it down in a cornfield,"
local fire chief Marty Kunkel told the Beacon News. The field was about
three to four miles southeast of the airport, the NTSB said.
BLIMP CATCHES FIRE, PILOT KILLED
A Goodyear A-60+ blimp
caught fire in Germany on Sunday evening as the pilot tried to land; the
three passengers were able to leap to safety, but the pilot was killed.
Witnesses said they heard a loud engine noise and smelled fuel as the
blimp hovered about six feet above the ground at Reichelsheim Airfield,
according to The Sun. The pilot, Mike Nerandzic, 53, of
Australia, yelled at the passengers to leap out of the cabin. As they
left the aircraft, it shot up into the air about 150 feet and exploded,
then crashed into a field where it was consumed by flames, according to
online news reports. The passengers were reporters for local news
outlets on a photo-taking flight. More...
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Larry Alexandre is the new president
of Heli-One, a subsidiary of CHC Helicopters specializing in offshore
oil platform work. Alexandre was previously CEO of Sagem Avionics. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: B-17 DOWN NOT MANY LEFT
This week we
learned that the Liberty Belle, a restored B-17 owned by the
Liberty Foundation, burned after an off-field landing in Illinois,
although everyone escaped alive. Is it just too risky to continue flying
these things? Shouldn't we preserve them for posterity? Yes, we should
preserve them, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog
but if they can fly, they should. Leave the museum pieces right
where they are. As sad as it is to lose one, it would be even sadder to
stop flying these rare treasures while it's possible to do so. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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LOW PASS VIDEO
Video of an extremely low, low
pass is making the rounds on the internet and we thought we'd share. The
aircraft appears to be an Argentinean FMA IA 63 Pampa or something
similar. It also appears to be flying about three feet off the ground.
The picture at right is a screen capture from in-cockpit footage that
shows people running out of the way ahead of the jet. More...
EASTMAN AVIATION'S CH750 VIDEO REVIEW
are only a few LSAs that qualify for true STOL status, and Eastman's
CH750 is one of them. With full-span flaperons and leading-edge slats,
it won't win any beauty contests, but it could excel at some short
landing contests. In this video, Aviation Consumer editor Paul
Bertorelli takes a spin with Eastman's Gary Webster. More...
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