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BAN FRUSTRATES PIPISTREL
A European light aircraft
manufacturer is claiming the FAA has suspended imports of its aircraft
to the U.S. because it couldn't locate one of its factories with a
Google Earth search. Michael Coates, who handles U.S. distribution for
Slovenia-based Pipistrel Aircraft, said the company has since provided
ample proof that the factory does exist but have been given no
indication when the importation ban might be lifted. "The FAA has used
Google Earth to validate certification data," Coates told AVweb.
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said she is looking into the matter but was
unable to provide a response in time for our deadline. Coates said the
Google searcher didn't plug the right data into his computer and the
little pushpin landed on a traffic circle rather than an airport. The
simple explanation is that the FAA staffer used the plant's mailing
address, which is about 1,000 feet from the physical location of the
factory in an Italian city near the border with Slovenia. "He just
didn't zoom out enough," Coates said. However, it's more complicated
than that. The action is related to an announcement
by the FAA in July that it would be cracking down on possible
importation abuses in the LSA industry. More...
WANTS 30 PERCENT OF BIZJET MARKET
Embraer, which only really
got started in the business jet industry five years ago, says it wants
up to 30 percent of the market and it's most of the way there. "We don't
want to be greedy," Ernie Edwards, head of Embraer's executive jet
business told Reuters in an interview at LABACE last week.
"Twenty to 30 percent would be healthy market share." Edwards said. The
Phenom series of light business jets has made significant inroads in
that market segment but it's the higher-margin mid-sized realm that is
next on the Brazilian company's agenda. More...
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CERTIFIES ROTAX 912 IS
The Rotax 912 iS aircraft engine,
which was introduced
at Aero Friedrichshafen earlier this year, this week received a type
certificate from EASA. The engine also was recently ASTM certified.
"These are important milestones in the commercialization of new aircraft
engines," said Gerd Ohrnberger, general manager of BRP-Powertrain. The
company said it will now will focus on gaining FAA certification. The
912 iS engine delivers fuel efficiency 38 percent to 70 percent better
than comparable engines, Rotax said. More...
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BOOSTS LATITUDE RANGE
When Cessna introduced
the mid-sized Latitude at last year's NBAA convention in Las Vegas, much
of the hallway discussion was about its relatively modest range of 2,000
nm. Cessna apparently heard that chatter and a few months after the
the range to 2,300 nm, matching that of the Embraer 450. At LABACE in
Sao Paulo last week the company added another 200 nm to the Latitude's
range, making it among the most long-legged in its segment.
Pilot's Guide to
Avionics Now Available
The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association
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RELEASES RENO DOCUMENTS
The NTSB on Tuesday posted online more than 900 pages of documents plus
photographs related to its investigation of a fatal crash at last year's
National Championship Air Races in Reno. Among the documents is a
careful examination of a video shot by a spectator at the event, which
concludes that the Galloping Ghost, flown by Jimmy Leeward, reached a
maximum acceleration of 17.3 Gs after a roll upset, in which the
airplane reached a roll angle of 93 degrees, left wing down. The
documents also examine several photos that show the departure of a trim
tab from the airplane's elevator. Leeward and 10 people on the ground
were killed when the racer crashed. The safety board said it will
release its final report, with a determination of probable cause, by the
end of this month. More...
PRESS SHINES ON GA
Both The New York Times and Forbes this
week published unusually upbeat stories about general aviation.
Fractional-ownership and charter jet operators have seen a rise in
business over the last year or so, according to the Times story, by Joe Sharkey. XOJet, a charter
operator, for example, reported a 55 percent increase in flight hours in
the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year. And
in Forbes this week, writer Mark Patiky shows readers
how efficient it can be to fly yourself in a small aircraft, describing
his flight in a Mooney as the best way to get from Providence, R.I., to
Teterboro, N.J. "It's amazing to realize how powerful a business tool
even a small airplane can be," says Patiky. More...
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Ken Krueger, the chief engineer who
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Get a promotion or a new job? Your
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include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be
permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too.
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PLANEDRIVEN'S ROADABLE AIRPLANE
The problem with
flying cars is that it's a lot harder to make a car fly than it is to
make an airplane drive. That's the thinking behind Trey Johnson's
roadable Glasair Sportsman, which we filmed at Oshkosh. He flew it in
and drove it around town a couple of times. We're not sure what kind of
demand there is for this sort of thing, but it's fun to watch it come
INSIDER BLOG: WHAT IS IT WITH FLYING CARS?
Maybe we should
blame Popular Mechanics for all those magazine covers featuring
artist's conception only a flying car in every garage. The
idea has never worked, and it's probably never going to work, yet it
persists and draws more interest than a lot of practical designs that
just aren't as sexy. Or, as Paul Bertorelli surmises on the AVweb
Insider blog, maybe they just don't have that edge-of-sanity dingbat
factor. Just because people won't buy crazy doesn't mean they don't want
to watch people try to pull it off. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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