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VOICE" SOUGHT IN FAA CHART ISSUE
AOPA says it's hoping to
organize a "unified voice" from aviation chart providers for a Dec. 13
meeting in which the FAA will lay out at least some of its plans to
restructure the distribution of online navigation data. As AVweb
reported Nov. 13, the FAA intends to stop universal free access to
online products hosted by AeroNav. Instead, as of April 5, 2012, only
entities with signed distribution agreements will have access to the
downloads and there will be an as-yet undisclosed fee for those
downloads. In a posting on its website Tuesday, AOPA said it met
with FAA officials in August and October and will bring the issue up
again at an open house being held Dec. 6, a week ahead of the meeting
with stakeholders. The FAA has so far barred the media from attending
the Dec. 13 meeting. More...
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SHOWS SUPPORT FOR BARR
A bill that recently passed in
Congress takes a major step toward reinstating the Block Aircraft
Registration Request (BARR)
program, NBAA said this week. The new appropriations bill contains a
clause that prohibits the FAA from using any funds to prevent GA
operators from blocking their flight data on public tracking sites. NBAA
President Ed Bolen said the bill represents a clear "legislative
victory," but the details of how the BARR program will be reinstated
must still be worked out. The bill has been signed into law by President
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BEECHCRAFT OUT OF RUNNING FOR LIGHT ATTACK PLANE
government has reportedly said the case is closed on Hawker Beechcraft's
bid to sell a light attack version of its Texan II trainer to the Air
Force. Realistically, that leaves only Brazil's Embraer Super Tucano in
the running for the potential $1 billion deal. Hawker Beech was told
last week that its version of the Pilatus PC-9 trainer was no longer a
contender. The news shocked and puzzled the Wichita-based company and it
asked for a review of the decision by the Government Accountability
Office (GAO). According to KAKE TV the government has refused to review the
decision made by the Air Force to exclude the aircraft from the
competition. Hawker Beechcraft has sold hundreds of the aircraft as
primary trainers to air forces all over the world and the company said
in a statement last week that it thought it put in a good bid for the
gunned-up version of the aircraft. "HBC's exclusion from competing for
this important contract appears at this point to have been made without
basis in process or fact," the company said in a statement. That doesn't
necessarily mean Embraer wins, though. More...
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ON TRACK FOR 2012 DELIVERIES
Gulfstream Aerospace has
received a provisional type certificate for its new Gulfstream G650 from
the FAA, the company announced last week. The approval keeps the company
on track to start completing the interiors and deliver the first jets to
customers in the second quarter of next year. The $65 million jets will
be the fastest in the civilian fleet, squeaking past Cessna's Citation X
with speeds up to Mach .925. Test flights were suspended for two months
after four people died in a crash
during flight testing in April, but the program now is meeting the
original delivery schedule, the company said. More...
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PRICE CLIMBS, STANDARD FEATURES ADDED
Cessna has decided
there will be no plane-Jane Skycatchers and is boosting the base price
of the aircraft from $114,000 to a more feature-laden $149,000. However,
less than half of the hefty increase is due to making things like an
MFD, intercom and sun visor standard, features Cessna says most
customers were ordering anyway. Cessna's Dianne White told EAA that about $20,000 of the increase is
required to make the aircraft make money for the company. "The aviation
world is a whole different picture than when the Skycatcher was
announced and we must sell the airplane at a price that makes the
program sustainable," EAA quotes White as saying. More...
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JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 1)
summer, Jeppesen rolled out its iPad-based Mobile FliteDeck, a complete
chart manager system for owners who already subscribe to Jeppesen's
electronic charting products. In this video, AVweb launches the
first of three Product Minutes to review the new app. More...
JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 2)
Jeppesen's new Mobile FliteDeck is a route-based app
that compiles approach plates and procedures from Jeppesen's charting
materials. In this video, part two of three, Paul Bertorelli takes a
look at how its route functions work. More...
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HOW'S THAT GLASS PANEL WORKING OUT?
Our sister publication, Aviation
Consumer, is conducting a survey on owner experiences with early
model EFIS systems such as the Garmin G1000 and Avidyne Entegra
installed in OEM aircraft no newer that 2007. The magazine is interested
in finding out how these systems have held up in the field. For this
survey, we're interested only in OEM aircraft, not experimentals or LSAs
and not aftermarket glass. Click here to take the survey. More...
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