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Volume 10, Number 26
July 4, 2012
 
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AVflash! Restructuring HBCback to top 
 

MORE LAYOFFS AT HAWKER; BIDS CONSIDERED
Hawker Beechcraft laid off another 125 workers in Wichita last week, and six bids are under consideration from potential buyers of the company's assets, the Wichita Eagle reported on Monday. The company said no final decision has been made regarding a sale, but the bids were solicited as the company continues to restructure under bankruptcy protection. "The Debtors are continuing to evaluate potential sale alternatives and may elect to incorporate one or more sale or plan sponsorship transactions into the plan," according to the bankruptcy filing, the Eagle reported. More...

 
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Coming to America?back to top 
 

AIRBUS PLANS FIRST U.S. FACTORY
Airbus will build its first U.S. factory in Mobile, Ala., the company announced on Monday, in a move that aims to help Airbus compete with Boeing on its home turf. Aircraft in the A320 family will be assembled and delivered from the facility. "The time is right for Airbus to expand in America," said CEO Fabrice Bregier. The U.S. is expected to need 4,600 airplanes similar to the A320 in the next 20 years, he said. The $600 million plant is scheduled to open in 2016 and will create about 1,000 jobs. Boeing spokesman Thomas Brabant said those jobs "pale in comparison to the thousands of U.S. jobs destroyed by illegal subsidies." Airbus and Boeing both have complained to the World Trade Organization that their rival receives illegal government support. More...

 
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Isaac Asimov Would Be Proudback to top 
 

THE DRONE CODE -- THREE LAWS OF UAS PROPOSED
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International published a set of guidelines on Monday to help ensure that drone aircraft are operated in a "safe, non-intrusive" manner. "By proactively adhering to these guidelines, we want to demonstrate how the rights of individuals and the safety of all users of civil airspace are our top priority, as we work to unlock the incredible potential this technology holds," said Michael Toscano, president of AUVSI. The FAA recently proposed that drones should start to be integrated into the national airspace by 2015, a move that has raised many questions about safety and surveillance. These concerns are addressed by the AUVSI code, which proposes that all UAS operations should promote "safety, professionalism, and respect." More...

 
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As Above, So Below — Where Noise Is Concernedback to top 
 

GRAND CANYON RESTRICTIONS STOPPED
Some last-minute political maneuvering by Nevada and Arizona congressmen from both sides of the aisle has stopped the National Parks Service from imposing more restrictive anti-noise regulations on air tour operators in Grand Canyon National Park. The Parks Service wanted to introduce rules that would have resulted in the "substantial restoration of natural quiet" to the park by limiting flights in such a way that two-thirds of the park would have been free of audible aircraft 75 to 100 percent of the time. It also would have encouraged operators to buy quieter aircraft by allowing them more flights in those aircraft. Aviation groups were concerned about the proposed regulations on philosophical grounds in that they would have effectively given the Parks Service control over airspace. But the politicians who banded together to shoot down the initiative had more practical concerns. More...

 
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News Briefsback to top 
 

BOEING BOOSTS AIRLINER FORECAST
Ahead of the Farnborough Air Show order fest, Boeing has revised its market forecast upward, saying the world will need 34,000 new airliners over the next 20 years and the business will be worth $4.5 trillion. That's up from a mere $4 trillion predicted in its previous forecast and, as expected, Asia is fueling most of the growth. Boeing says the Asia Pacific region will take more than 30 percent of those aircraft as air travel continues to grow rapidly in emerging nations. "It's incredible to see just how much air travel has changed since I took my first flight back in 1977," said Boeing's VP of marketing, Randy Tinseth. "It has become critical to business and something we do for pleasure, to connect with family and friends. As the market continues to grow, especially in emerging economies, air travel will become affordable to even more people." More...

 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: THE FAA'S LSA PAPER CHASE
When the FAA agreed to let the light sport industry self-regulate, it reserved the right to step in if it found the industry was falling short. Now it's doing exactly that. But it's more paper chasing than anything to do with real safety. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli says whether the agency's efforts prove benign or damaging depends on how much it tangles itself up in the LSA manufacturing biz. Read more and join the conversation. More...


AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: THE FAA KNOWLEDGE TEST UNDER REVIEW
Changes to the FAA knowledge test are in the wind, but on the AVweb Insider blog, contributing editor Mary Grady explains why we need a discussion that goes beyond the simple issue of whether or not to make the questions public. Read more and join the conversation. More...

 
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BRAINTEASERS QUIZ #173: CALL ME A TAXI
BrainteasersInside a big sky, little mistakes are easily masked before ATC calls a foul. But on the ground, the margin for error shrinks, and one slip across a hold-short line could ruin your day. Save that day by acing this quiz.

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

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...


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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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

VIDEO: 'AVIATION CONSUMER' TAKES THE SHOW ON THE ROAD WITH FIVE FOLDING BICYCLE REVIEWS

The July issue of our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, features a blow-by-blow comparison of some of the best folding bikes for pilots we could find. See them in action in these five video reviews by Consumer's Jeff Van West.

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VIDEO: ANA 767 HARD LANDING CREASES FUSELAGE
An All Nippon Airways Boeing 767-300 carrying 193 passengers was damaged during a hard landing at Tokyo Narita airport, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The ANA jet touched down on Runway 16R. Airport weather reports show winds at 230 and 16 knots gusting to 29 at that time, suggesting a potential crosswind component of more than 27 knots. However that may have affected the pilots and aircraft, security camera footage shows the airliner came down first on the right main, then on the nosewheel alone, before porpoising into a second impact that appears to impart visible flex on the airliner's forward fuselage. No injuries were reported, but an early post-flight inspection clearly showed buckling and creases in the fuselage skin forward of the wing root. Japan's transportation safety board is investigating. Click the image at right for video. More...

 
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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 world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

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Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Contributors
Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

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