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SCHEDULES 787 HEARING
The NTSB said on Tuesday it will hold a
two-day investigative hearing on April 23-24 in Washington, D.C., to
focus on the Jan. 7 battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston's Logan
Airport. The hearing will focus on issues relating to the design,
testing and certification of the battery system, the board said.
Meanwhile, Boeing cancelled a planned 787 test flight on Saturday that
was intended to test newly engineered power panels, according to the Seattle Times. The company did not release any
information about the test or its delay, the Times said. However, ground
tests were continuing, the Times reported, and a single demonstration
flight to certify Boeing's battery fix is expected this week.
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LAWSUITS OVER TOWER CLOSURES
Last week, the city of Spokane,
to court to try to prevent the FAA's shutdown of an airport tower,
and this week other cities are trying the same tactic. Lawsuits now have
been filed by city officials in Bloomington, Ill., and the operators of
three airports in Florida -- Naples, Ormond Beach, and Punta Gorda. The
suits have all been combined together into one case, according to The
Associated Press. Lawrence Krauter, director of Spokane International
Airport, told the AP he expects more airports and possibly trade
associations will join the legal challenge. The suits cite federal rules
that require a thorough risk analysis prior to ATC changes. Meanwhile,
149 contract towers are scheduled to close April 7 through May 5, and
pilots will need to be prepared. More...
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ACCIDENTS INCREASE IN 2012
There were more business jet
accidents in 2012 than the previous year and American operators were
particularly hard hit. Business Jet Investor quotes an annual
study by Robert E. Breiling Associates as putting the world-wide
total of business jet accidents in 2012 at 28, including seven fatal
accidents. That's up from 25 total accidents with four involving
fatalities in 2011. More...
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U.S.-ASSEMBLED PHENOM 300 DELIVERED
Embraer has delivered the
first Phenom 300 assembled in the U.S. to an undisclosed customer. The
aircraft was put together at Embraer's plant in Melbourne, Fla., and
will be used in the U.S. "This is a major milestone for Embraer
Executive Jets and proves the maturity of our assembly facilities," said
Phil Krull, who runs the Melbourne facility. 'We have quickened the
manufacturing pace and will be able to accommodate a more demanding
schedule". Embraer opened
the Melbourne facility two years ago and has been producing Phenom
100s since the middle of 2011. More...
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ASPEN'S NEW ADS-B PRODUCTS
Demand for ADS-B
products continues to trickle upward, and everyone who is anyone in the
avionics business is developing or already selling ADS-B gadgets. Aspen
rolled out its first products at the Aircraft Electronics Association
show in Las Vegas, with an eye toward a range of solutions that rely on
the company's innovative Connected Panel system, an in-cockpit wireless
network that links up with tablet computers. In this video from the
show, Aspen's George Pariza gives AVweb a tour of the new
GARMIN TEAM X -- PASSION-DRIVEN PRODUCTS
Although they're not
the centerpiece of Garmin's booth at the Aircraft Electronics
Association show in Las Vegas this week, Garmin has made quite a ripple
with its announcement of seven new avionics products for the
experimental and light sport markets. In this video, Garmin's Jim
Alpiser explains why the company is so bullish on the experimental
segment and why Garmin carved out a segregated engineering team to
develop uncertified avionics, with more products on the way.
SANDIA AEROSPACE'S NEW COMPACT TRANSPONDER
manufacturerers are spinning out new ADS-B products by the week, they're
also creating some new sub-niches. One of those is for a simple, compact
Mode-C transponder since some kind of transponder will be needed once
the ADS-B mandate is in place. Sandia Aerospace recently added just such
a product to its well-respected line of avionics fans, integration
boxes, and encoders. At the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las
Vegas, Sandia's Dennis Smith gave AVweb a video tour of the
company's new STX 165 compact transponder. More...
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