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FORCE CANCELS EMBRAER LIGHT ATTACK CONTRACT
The Air Force
Tuesday cancelled its contract for a Light Air Support aircraft with
Sierra Nevada Industries and Embraer, will reopen competitive bidding,
and has announced an investigation into the way the previous bid was
handled. The Air Force raised eyebrows in December when it kicked Hawker
Beechcraft's AT6B out of the running for the $1 billion contract. That
left only Sierra Nevada's assembled-in-Florida version of the Embraer
Super Tucano in the competition and the contract was awarded a few days
later. "While we pursue perfection, we sometimes fall short, and when we
do we will take corrective action," Secretary of the Air Force Michael
Donley said in a statement. Donley would not say why the contract was
overturned, only that senior officials were not satisfied with the
documentation supporting the award. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said a
sudden reversal like this is rare and significant. "The Air Force does
not do that lightly," Pompeo told The Washington Post. "This is highly unusual, which
suggests that there is going to be a very broad re-look of the entire
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PROPOSES CHANGE IN FIRST OFFICER RULES
The FAA said on Monday
it wants to substantially raise the qualification requirements for first
officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. The
proposed rule, which the FAA said complies with a law passed in 2010,
would require first officers flying in Part 121 operations to hold an
ATP certificate, which requires 1,500 hours of flight time. Currently,
first officers are required to have only a commercial pilot certificate,
which requires 250 hours. Also, first officers would need to log at
least 1,000 flight hours in air carrier operations before they could
serve as pilot in command in those operations. And if first officers are
flying an airplane that requires a type rating or a multiengine rating,
they must log 50 hours of multiengine flight experience and complete a
new FAA-approved ATP Certification Training Program for those ratings,
which would include classroom and simulator training. More...
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PRIVATE AIRCRAFT DELIVERED
Boeing delivered the first
passenger version of it new generation 747 Tuesday, but it left the
factory without the 467 seats most of its stablemates will carry. The
first 747-8I is going to an unnamed individual, but he or she won't
actually get to fly on it for a couple of years, long enough to turn it
into "the jewel of the sky" at a completion center in Germany. However,
the delivery makes the aircraft the biggest private aircraft in the
world, at least until Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal gets
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WORK TOWARD QUIET TAXIING
The heat energy produced by the
friction of a passenger jet's braking system during landing could be
captured and converted into electricity, according to recent research by an engineering team in the U.K. "Taxiing
is a highly fuel-inefficient part of any trip by plane, with emissions
and noise pollution caused by jet engines being a huge issue for
airports all over the world," said Paul Stewart, a professor at the
University of Lincoln, who led the research. Motor-generators built into
the landing gear could capture the wasted heat and convert it into
electricity, which would then be stored and supplied to the in-hub
motors in the wheels of the plane when it needed to taxi. An Airbus
A320, for example, could potentially produce up to 3 megawatts of power,
Stewart said. More...
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HELICOPTER SHAKES SELF APART
speculate that a bad episode of ground resonance may be to blame for the
violent self-destruction of a medevac helicopter as it landed in a field
in Para, Brazil. Few details are available about the incident, which
reportedly took place Wednesday -- the same day video of the accident
began spreading, online. The helicopter appears to be a Eurocopter
A-Star AS350BA. Some reports state that there were four aboard -- two
pilots, a doctor, and a nurse -- and all escaped serious injury in spite
of the helicopter engaging full-flail mode. Several accounts repeat that
the aircraft suffered excessive vibration while airborne and that
vibration developed into destructive ground resonance after the aircraft
landed. Generally, ground resonance will resolve itself if the pilot is
able to respond quickly by returning the aircraft to hover. Click
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