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Volume 9, Number 28
July 20, 2011
 
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AVflash! User Fees Debate Back for Moreback to top 
 
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USER FEES BACK ON TABLE
As the cash-strapped U.S. government searches under the sofa cushions for extra cash, general aviation user fees are back on the radar. All the major aviation groups have signed a letter (PDF) to House Speaker John Boehner opposing the user fee idea as inefficient and potentially damaging to GA. The idea was floated at meetings concerning the debt ceiling debate and the alphabets say the concept has been thoroughly debated in the past and rejected and it hasn't gotten any better with age. "User fees have absolutely devastated general aviation in other parts of the world, and in the United States, they would only serve to create a new federal collection bureaucracy of billing agents, auditors and collection officials to harass small businesses and others," the letter reads. More...

 
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Second Annual ECAS to Land in Sweden
Following the success of ECAS last year, the Second Annual Summit will explore the latest developments in the corporate aviation sector of Europe and new business opportunities and challenges in the region. It will also provide the platform for manufacturers and operators — as well as any organization interested in this marketplace — to explore all aspects affecting the future of this industry. A must-attend event for international business aircraft operators. Click here to learn more and register.
 
EU Chimes in on Broadband-GPS Battleback to top 
 

EUROPE FIGHTS LIGHTSQUARED
The European Commission has added its name to the long list of those opposed to LightSquared's plan to use satellite band frequencies for a ground network of broadband transmitters. The proposal, which is now before the Federal Communications Commission for comment, has been widely condemned by pro-GPS companies and organizations in the U.S. because it could disrupt GPS service. The European Commission is now officially worried the broadband signals will obliterate signals from its Galileo satellite-based navigation system, which will deploy in three years, and Heinz Zourek, the director general for enterprise and industry, says the signals may have an even greater impact on Galileo equipment than the interference being reported on GPS receivers. "Interference effects have been determined to occur in the range [of] 100 [meters] to almost 1,000 [kilometers]," Zourek said in a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. More...

 
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Hopes, Dreams and Numbersback to top 
 

BIZAV RECOVERY SLOW BUT SURE?
The arrows continue to point in the right direction but the excruciatingly slow recovery of business aviation remains stubbornly sluggish according to the latest report (PDF) from AMSTAT, a market analysis company. The company says turnover of the used fleet hit 2.6 percent in the second quarter of the year, which is better than it's been in years but still below 3 percent, which is considered normal. It's not all bad news, says AMSTAT. More...

 
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What's a Gulfstream 280? (Hint: You Already Know.)back to top 
 

GULFSTREAM RE-BRANDS G250 TO G280
Gulfstream will re-brand its new G250 super-midsize jet as the G280, the company announced on Monday. The change was prompted by the company's "sensitivity to the varied cultures of its international customer base," according to the news release. "Since introducing the Gulfstream G250 in 2008 and presenting it to customers around the world, we determined that G280 is a more amenable number sequence in certain cultures," said spokesman Larry Flynn. "This change reflects our commitment to understanding the diverse cultures of our global business environment." Asked for more details, company spokesman Jeff Miller told AVweb that "in certain Asian cultures, numbers can be interpreted in various ways … The previous name was a distraction from what is important about this new aircraft, so we elected to make a change." More...

 
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Controllers in the Spotlightback to top 
 

CONTROLLER FAILS ON-DUTY ALCOHOL TEST
A Denver air traffic controller has been relieved from duty after failing a routine, random FAA drug-and-alcohol test while six hours into his shift, which was scheduled for 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on July 5, the FAA said this week. The legal limit for controllers on duty is .02 (for drivers over age 21, the legal limit is .08); the FAA did not say how far above the limit the controller tested. The controller has been relieved from duty and is now in an alcohol rehabilitation facility. The FAA said it is investigating the incident. Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said in a statement that the incident was "deeply troubling." More...

 
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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

SURVEY: HAVE YOU HAD YOUR AIRPLANE PAINTED RECENTLY?
If so, Aviation Consumer would like to hear about the results. Did the shop do a good job? Did it deliver on time? And what about the price? To take our survey, just click here, and it will take you right to our survey page. More...

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 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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Who's Whereback to top 
 

SIMMONS PROMOTED AT CIRRUS
Todd Simmons
Todd Simmons is Cirrus Aircraft's new executive vice president for sales and marketing. He was formerly vice president of marketing.
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HILDRETH TO AIRCELL
Dennis Hildreth
Dennis Hildreth is Aircell's new manager for OEM sales. He was formerly at Rockwell Collins and Hawker Beechcraft.
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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...

 
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Mid-Air Collision — And a Near-Perfect Ejectionback to top 
 

VIDEO: P-51 AND SKYRAIDER MIDAIR WITH PILOT ACCOUNT
Sunday, July 10, the P-51 Mustang dubbed Big Beautiful Doll crashed after a midair collision with a Douglas Skyraider while performing a flyby at the Duxford Flying Legends event in Duxford, England. No one was seriously injured. The Mustang's pilot, Rob Davies escaped under parachute, but was struck by the aircraft on his way out. The Skyraider completed a full roll to the right after hitting the P-51 and landed safely, missing a portion of its right wing. Davies gave a local news station his account and AVweb has obtained video of the event. Click through to watch the impact, see Davies escape and hear his story. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: A TEXTBOOK BAIL-OUT?
That's what Rob Davies's exit from a damaged P-51 Mustang last week in the UK looked like, at least on video. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli examines some of the risk factors in low-altitude bail-outs. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

VIDEO: AVWEB'S RUSS NILES GOES WINGWALKING
Wingwalking is like having the world at your feet with your cheeks wrapped around your neck. Thanks to Breitling Chonometers, editor Russ Niles got to try it. More...


VIDEO: TRYING TO LEARN THE G1000? AVIATION CONSUMER REVIEWS TRAINING PROGRAMS
There are at least a half-dozen training programs that offer help. In this video, Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli takes a brief look at some of the offerings. Each has plusses and minuses, but any of them can get you ready to fly the G1000, if not confident and proficient. More...

 
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.

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Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

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