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EASES PROCESS FOR SOME MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS
The FAA has
expanded the list of medical conditions that can be evaluated by an
aviation medical examiner instead of requiring a special issuance and an
FAA review, EAA reported last week. Under a new FAA policy,
applicants with arthritis, glaucoma, hypertension, pre-diabetes and
several other common conditions are eligible for the simplified process.
Further diagnoses are expected to be announced in the coming months, EAA
said. Dr. Greg Pinnell of the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council will
explain the changes in an online webinar scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. Central
Time. The webinar is free to all; you need not be an EAA member. The
video will be archived on EAA's site for later viewing. Meanwhile,
the leaders of both EAA and AOPA have said recently that a proposal
last year to the FAA that would have eliminated the third-class medical
requirement for many private pilots has stalled. More...
Masimo Introduces a Pulse
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oximeter for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that measures during movement
and low blood flow to the finger. The iSpO2
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intended for medical use.
COMPANIES EXPLORE ASIAN MARKETS AT ABACE
industry is eager to push into emerging markets, and that's evident this
week with robust attendance at the Asian Business Aviation Conference &
Exhibition, taking place in Shanghai Tuesday through Thursday.
Organizers said they had registered a record 6,284 people to attend the
event, with more than 180 exhibitors on site and 34 aircraft on static
display. "The record numbers signify the excitement surrounding business
aviation in the region," said NBAA in a statement. Cessna officials
announced at the show on Monday they expect to be ready to start
building jets and turboprops in China by the end of this year, though it
may take longer for the government to approve the start of operations.
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Show on the Planet ... Is Back!
The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators
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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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EXTENDS TBOs, CERTIFIES DIESEL
For years, we've heard that
the technology exists to extend engine TBOs beyond the normal 2000-hour
recommendation and now Continental has done just that. It recently
announced that it will extend the TBOs on many of its popular engines by
200 hours and, for frequently flown engines, by 400 hours. According to
the company's Bill Ross, who we interviewed at Sun 'n Fun, this might
not immediately mean much to Part 91 operators who aren't required to
adhere to published TBOs, but for for-hire operators who are, the cost
savings amount to as much as a 20 percent of the overhaul price, a
substantial savings. More...
CONTINENTAL TBOs EXTENDED
Thanks to new manufacturing
technology and a long track record, the FAA has agreed that many
Continental engines can safely go up to 2,400 hours before overhaul.
AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Continental's Bill Ross
about this and the certification of its new diesel. More...
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PRODUCTION CITATION X ROLLED OUT
Cessna has rolled out the
first production aircraft of the newest version of the Citation X and in
doing so plans to reclaim the title of fastest civilian aircraft in the
world. The aircraft was announced at NBAA 2010 not long after Gulfstream
laid claim to the title for its G650, but Cessna said the Mach 0.935 top
speed of its new jet is fastest. "Speed is the reason for flight. It was
true for Clyde Cessna in 1927, and it's true today," said Scott Ernest,
Cessna CEO. "The Citation X is the perfect aircraft for customers
wanting to move faster, be more efficient and get where they need to be
more quickly than ever before." 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.
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NEW PROGRAMS FOR AFFORDABLE ACCESS
Like every other aircraft
manufacturer, Tecnam has heard complaints about the high cost of new
airplanes and its Tecnam North America arm has developed new programs to
attack the problem. According to Tecnam North America's Phil Solomon,
one new program would offer an affordable five-year lease on the
company's basic-priced Echo Classic Light light sport aircraft. Solomon
said the lease would be available "to pretty much anyone who wants it"
for $15,000 down and $499 a month, plus $15 an hour for reserves. One
unique feature of the lease for pilots 65 years or older, Solomon told us at
Sun 'n Fun last week, is that should the lessee become
incapacitated, the lease can be terminated instantly with no further
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BLUNTING THE COST OF SOLE OWNERSHIP
With new aircraft prices
closer to the million dollar mark than not, many would-be owners pass on
purchases not because they can't afford it, but because they can't
justify the large investment for minimal yearly usage. At least that's
the theory behind DiamondShare, an innovative marketing plan developed
by Diamond dealer John Armstrong. He told us in a
podcast interview last week at Sun 'n Fun that these days, serious
owners tend to fly about 100 hours a year, a tiny percentage of the
total hours the aircraft is available during the year. "The biggest
hurdle for a lot of folks is they don't feel comfortable being able to
justify the investment for the 100 hours. If you do the calculation, 100
hours is 1.1 percent of all hours and 2.2 percent of daylight hours.
Well, 2.2 percent utilization for a sizeable investment doesn't make
sense in certain cases," Armstrong said in an interview at Sun 'n Fun
last week. More...
DIAMONDSHARE TACKLES AIRCRAFT PRACTICALITY
It can be hard for
a business to justify spending upwards of $1 million for an aircraft
that only flies 100 hours a year, but a new program helps spread those
costs among multiple users. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with
DiamondShare's John Armstrong about innovative approach.
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BUY KANSAS AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
Dianne and Tim White have purchased
Kansas Aircraft Corporation from Michele Stauffer. The Whites both
formerly worked at Cessna, where Tim was VP of sales for the Americas
and Dianne was VP of corporate communications. Stauffer will remain
active in the business. More...
VP AT STANDARDAERO
Rob Higby is the new VP of Sales and
Marketing for StandardAero's airlines and fleets business. He was
formerly VP of worldwide airline sales for GE Aviation. More...
Mary Lynn J. Rynkiewicz is the
General Aviation Manufacturers Association's new director of
communications. She was formerly at the NextGen Institute. More...
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