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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.
Second Annual ECAS to Land in
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
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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
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RECOVERY SLOW BUT SURE?
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|What's a Gulfstream 280? (Hint: You Already
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
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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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PROMOTED AT CIRRUS
Todd Simmons is Cirrus Aircraft's new
executive vice president for sales and marketing. He was formerly vice
president of marketing. More...
Dennis Hildreth is Aircell's new
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|Mid-Air Collision And a Near-Perfect
P-51 AND SKYRAIDER MIDAIR WITH PILOT ACCOUNT
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.
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