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CLARIFIES SIKORSKY RELATIONSHIP
Sikorsky remains a key
partner in Eclipse Aerospace's plan to resume production of the very
light jet. In a podcast
interview with AVweb, Eclipse CEO Mason Holland said comments
attributed to Greg Hayes, the CFO of United Technologies Corp. (UTC),
the parent company of Sikorsky, that there would be no further
investment in Eclipse by UTC may have been misconstrued by some. "We
haven't asked for any more money from UTC or Sikorsky," Holland said.
"We do have a funded plan for production." He said Sikorsky continues to
take an active role in that process, particularly in supply chain
management and manufacturing. In fact, the airframe will be built at
Sikorsky's PZL plant in Poland. Final assembly will be in Albuquerque.
ECLIPSE, SIKORSKY DEAL SOLID
provocative comments from a senior executive with Sikorsky's parent
company UTC last week, the relaunch of the Eclipse very light jet is
very much a joint operation between Eclipse and Sikorsky. Eclipse CEO
Mason HollandAVweb's Russ Niles about how the
two companies are working together to build the new Eclipse 550.
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GLIDER PILOT CHARGED WITH SWALLOWING CAMERA CARD THAT RECORDED FATAL
A Vancouver-area hang glider pilot and business owner
has been arrested and criminally charged in connection with the death of
one of his clients in a weekend accident. William Jonathan Orders, 50,
of the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, was charged with obstruction of
justice for allegedly swallowing a memory card from a camera
that was mounted on the aircraft to record the tandem flight. As we
reported Monday, the woman, since identified as Lenami Dafne
Godinez, 27, fell about 1,000 feet just after she and Orders launched
from a mountain about 80 miles east of Vancouver. More...
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BUYS OIL REFINERY
Delta Air Lines has bought its own oil
refinery in hopes of reducing its fuel costs. The airline took an
already-closed refinery near Philadelphia off ConocoPhillips's hands for
$150 million and plans to spend $100 million to make it crank out as
much jet fuel as possible. It will also continue to make gasoline and
other refinery products. The fuel will be sent by pipeline to Delta's
hubs in the Northeast. Although the logic seems obvious, analysts say
the move is nevertheless risky for Delta because it will be at the mercy
of world oil prices when buying its feedstock. Most airlines try to
cushion against big variations in oil prices by hedging their future
fuel needs when prices are favorable. Although it seems like a big risk,
the experiment has to be viewed in the context of Delta's staggering
$11.8 billion annual fuel bill, and the potential $300 million saving
will amount to only a few dollars per passenger flight.
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ADDS 150 JOBS IN WICHITA
Cessna Aircraft will bring back some
laid-off workers and also hire some new ones to add 150 jobs to its
workforce, The Wichita Eagle reported last week. The workers will help the
company boost production in anticipation of increased demand. Cessna
also recently hired more sales staff, according to the Eagle. Recent
production numbers from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association
showed that Cessna delivered more airplanes in 2011 than it did the year
before. Since 2009, the company has cut more than 6,000 jobs in Wichita.
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RAISES ALARM OVER NATIONAL PARK RULES
New legislation now in
the works would allow the National Park Service to regulate air tour
operators in airspace above U.S. national parks, Helicopter Association
International said this week. HAI said the proposal is "unacceptable,
establishes a dangerous precedent, and would transfer the FAA's
statutory role in overseeing air safety to third parties." The amendment
(PDF) to the Senate version of the Highway
Authorization bill would grant authority to the Park Service director to
regulate commercial air tours above the parks and within a half mile of
park borders. If it passes, the bill would enable the Park Service to
unilaterally eliminate air tours above the parks, HAI said. More...
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INTERIM IAOPA HEAD
Craig Spence has taken over as interim
secretary general of the International Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association. John Sheehan, who held the role for 15 years, retired May
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WILLIAM RANKIN, THE MAN WHO RODE THE THUNDER
The story of William
Rankin's ejection at 47,000 feet and 500 knots is legendary, not only
because the fall took him 40 minutes, but also because he lived to talk
about it. There are other and more recent cases of people who have been
drawn into thunderstorms under canopy and not every one ends in
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