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CONFIRMED TO FAA POST
Amidst the tension of the economic
discussions in Washington on New Year's Day, the Senate was busy
confirming the nominations of political appointees and Michael Huerta
was one of them. Huerta, who has held the post of acting administrator
since former Administrator Randy Babbitt stepped down more than a year
ago, was among dozens of nominations approved as part of the session
ending package. Huerta will be playing catch-up on a number of fronts as
the agency deals with a major modernization push in the face of tighter
budgets and a rough economy. In a podcast
interview at AirVenture 2012, a cordial but non-committal Huerta
admitted as much. More...
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BRAKES SUSPECTED IN RUSSIA CRASH
Although early reports of a
fatal Tupelov 204 crash in Russia cited pilot error as the likely cause,
investigators now are saying the airplane's brakes or thrust reversers
may have failed. "After landing, the pilot used all the available brake
systems on the plane, but for some reason the machine did not stop," a
member of the investigation team told the Interfax news Agency on
Sunday. The Red Wings jet was landing at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on
Saturday with eight crew on board. Five of them -- the captain, first
officer, a flight engineer and two flight attendants -- were killed when
the aircraft failed to stop after landing, ran through a barrier onto a
highway, and broke apart. More...
The Biggest Aviation
Show on the Planet ... Is Back!
The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators
is back for
an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to
LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying
with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman
Vince Neil learns to fly. Join our 10 million weekly US viewers and
countless more worldwide.
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TESTING C-17 LOOKALIKE
China's aviation technology gap may
have closed somewhat in recent days with announcements of some
breakthroughs that may make it less dependent on the West for stuff it
needs to advance its aerospace industry. Just after Christmas, photos
were "leaked" of what appears to be the country's most ambitious
aircraft to date, the Y-20 transport. The photos, purported to be of a
test aircraft undergoing taxi tests, outwardly show a clone of Boeing's
C-17 Globemaster, although the engine openings on the Chinese version
are considerably smaller than the high-bypass turbofans on the C-17. If
the performance of the Y-20 comes anywhere close to that of the C-17,
China will soon have a long-range, heavy-lift capacity it has so far
lacked in home-grown aircraft, but skeptics abound. Nevertheless, China
does appear to be moving forward with development of some key
technologies needed to build truly modern aircraft. More...
Pilot's Guide to
Avionics Now Available
The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association
Pilot's Guide to Avionics
is now available. To request a
This special 10th anniversary edition is a consumer's directory
containing buyer's guides, educational articles and timely information
about the avionics industry, its products and its people. The
publication helps pilots make better buying decisions and locate more
than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair
stations around the world.
U.S. BIZJET LEAVES IRAN
An American-registered Dassault
Falcon 900 took off from an Iranian airport Monday about three weeks
after it had made an emergency landing. According to The Associated Press the aircraft was
on its way to Rotterdam from Abu Dhabi in early December when a
technical fault forced a diversion to Ahvaz in southwestern Iran. There
was a single passenger and two crew members on board the aircraft at the
time and they left the country immediately after landing.
U.S. Sport Aviation
January 17-20, 2013
Sebring, Florida will hold its 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation
this January 17-20, 2013
largest sport aircraft-dedicated event in the world. Additions for 2013:
a twilight air show featuring Patty Wagstaff demonstrating LSA aerobatic
aircraft and Team AeroDynamix; Wings of Freedom Tour; a contest that
will crown sport aviation's most efficient aircraft/pilot duo;
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NEW AIRPORT OPENED IN 2012
Buried in all the statistics that
surface at this time of year when analysts try to determine what, if
anything, the activity of the previous year says about how things will
be in the coming years is this grim fact: Only one new airport opened in
the U.S. in 2012. The forward-thinking folks of Stockton and Plainville,
Kansas celebrated the opening of the $6 million facility in April. Rooks
County Regional Airport is midway between the two centers. It has a
5,000-foot runway and room for airport businesses, and replaced
seldom-used grass strips in both towns. Although city and county
officials hope the airport will eventually help attract new business to
the area, the immediate concern was that fixed-wing medevac aircraft had
nowhere to land. It looks like there will be at least one new airport
completed in 2013. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: YOU'RE WORRYING ABOUT THE WRONG THING
especially true if you just sunk several thousand bucks into a traffic
box to find airplanes that are unlikely to kill you. In an analysis and
commentary on the AVweb Insider blog, resident blogger Paul
Bertorelli crunches the numbers and reveals that stalls and
stall-related accidents continue to be near the top of a long list of
dreary ways that pilots manage to kill themselves. Why can't we do
better? Why is it that some pilots seem conceptually unable to grasp
that beyond a certain angle of attack, the wing will simply no longer
deliver useful lift? We're not sure there's an easy answer -- or maybe
any answer at all -- but we do know that owners worrying about mid-airs
are suffering from misplaced fears. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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MEET MID-CONTINENT'S SAM
As much as we love
them, iron gyros are on their way to the scrap heap of history. They're
even losing their value as backup instruments to glass panels now that
glass itself has become more reliable and affordable enough to replace
even analog backup devices. In this new video from AVweb,
Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano examines a new product from
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avonics called the SAM. It fits into a
small space on the panel and can be backed up with its own lithium-ion
battery. Installation considerations are mimimal, but here's a close
look at how the instrument looks and performs. More...
L-3'S TRILOGY BACKUP GYRO
Glass panels have
become standard in new aircraft, and now that more legacy airplanes are
retrofitted with these systems, there's a growing market for backup
gyros. That market has clearly stated a preference: Backup glass units
are making inroads. In this AVweb video, Larry Anglisano of
Aviation Consumer and Kirk Fryar of Sarasota Avionics give us a
tour of the L-3 Trilogy. More...
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