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PLANS 'URGENT' 787 BATTERY TESTS
The FAA already has approved
to allow operators to re-launch the 787 fleet within weeks, but
meanwhile the NTSB is still searching for the root cause of the battery
problem. In a solicitation notice posted online Friday, the board said it is
planning to conduct "teardown examinations as soon as possible of
several aircraft batteries" similar to the one involved in the 787
battery fire in Boston. The "urgent requirement" will include CT scans
of the batteries to be conducted both before and after the batteries are
subjected to testing. "Since the FAA has recently approved a plan
intended to result in the Boeing 787 being approved for a return to
service, the information from these tests (and the CT scans required to
support these tests) is needed as soon as possible," says the notice.
The board said it requires the "fastest possible receipt of this
information to avoid potential future accidents involving this type of
aircraft battery." More...
XM WX Satellite Weather
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weather. Graphical data like Radar, Lightning, Winds, and more enhance
your situational awareness and are compatible with the industry's
leading MFDs, EFBs, glass cockpits, and now the iPad. Additionally,
flexible subscription options ensure you get the dataset that's right
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PUSH PART 23 REWRITE
A bipartisan group of U.S. House members
led by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., has introduced a bill designed to
propel revisions to FAA Part 23 certification standards into law. The
Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 will establish a "date
certain" for implementation of FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation
Rulemaking Committee (ARC) recommendations, which were sent to the
agency last week. Date certain is a legal term setting a deadline for
putting the measures on the books although it's not clear what date will
be set. The Part 23 revisions are aimed at making certification easier
and allowing easier incorporation of new technologies in certified
aircraft. It would set up a system of compliance through consensus-based
standards. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association cheered the
bill's introduction. More...
Introducing Bad Elf GPS
introduces the GPS Pro
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Bluetooth GPS for aviation. This new, made-for-iPad
high performance and reliable operation with Bluetooth connectivity.
Travel all day with 16 hours of battery! Share your GPS with up to five
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EXECS ARE FLYING MORE
Business aircraft use still hasn't
recovered to pre-recession levels but some sectors of the economy are
using airplanes a lot more than they used to. A study by JSSI, a large
aircraft management and support company reported by
CNBC, says those in the transportation business have more than
doubled their aircraft use recently in search of new markets. At the
other end of the spectrum, technology companies are logging less than
half the hours they used to and other struggling sectors, like consumer
goods, are also down substantially. "It tells me people are being a
little more judicious about how and when they fly," said JSSI CEO Neil
Book. "The guy who used to fly 600 hours a year is now flying 500
hours." What's also changing is where they're flying. More...
Experience Aviation and the
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and dive right into a new and interactive way to experience the world of
sound. In the aviation issue, the high art of aerobatics features
alongside the high art of plane building from scrap heaps. Watch Vince
Neil from Mötley Crüe take his first flying lessons and learn
how veteran pilots pass the torch in schools. Also listen to our new
"Live Your Dream" theme song by
In May, BlueStage is all about the sonic experience on wings. Download,
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|... And It's a Good Time to Be in the Market||back to
BIZJET INVENTORY STUBBORNLY HIGH
It's still a buyer's market
for business aircraft of all shapes and sizes and the stubborn cycle
shows no sign of relenting, although it is changing. A report prepared by JETNET says the number of
transactions is on the increase, too. "As 2013 unfolds there remains a
large inventory of business aircraft available at very affordable
prices," the report says. While that's good news for anyone in the
market for an airplane, it's bad news for manufacturers because when
there are lots of cheap used aircraft on the market, it can be tough to
sell new aircraft. Although more used aircraft are being bought and
sold, the number on the market remains at about 2,500, up from 1,662
before the recession. 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.
Watch The Aviators on PBS, iTunes,
Amazon, and Hulu.
|Answering the "Where's My Flying Car?" Question||back to
FROM TERRAFUGIA -- HYBRID VTOL
While Terrafugia continues to
work on their Transition roadable-aircraft design,
on Monday the company unveiled a plan to develop a four-seat, plug-in
hybrid electric car capable of vertical takeoffs and landings, with
fly-by-wire controls. The TF-X design is "designed to be a flying car
for all of us," says the company website. It will be safe, simple and
convenient, the company says, with a 500-mile range, 200 mph cruise
speed, and the ability to take off vertically from a clearing with a
100-foot diameter. No technological breakthroughs are required to make
the design work, the company said: "We believe these goals are
achievable today." More...
A FLYING CAR FOR EVERYONE
Terrafugia announced plans this
week to proceed with development of a four-seat VTOL hybrid electric
semi-autonomous flying car with a 500-mile range. Even with a time frame
of 10 years or more, the regulatory, technological, and funding
challenges are steep. Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich spoke with
AVweb's Mary Grady about the company's plans. More...
Track Up with Garmin
With new dynamic navigation maps in Garmin Pilot
, you can now
choose Track Up
map orientation to see what lies ahead. You can
also configure maps by turning on or off different airspaces, airports,
and other features. Garmin SafeTaxi®
airport diagrams are integrated right into
the map, as well. Plus, you can now annotate procedures to highlight
approach minimums, jot down frequencies, and more.
Click here for more information.
How to Fly Airplanes:
Basic Aircraft Control by Robert Reser
Available from AVweb Bookstore
A detailed description of airplane control from the perspective of
"what matters to the pilot," written unlike any private or
advanced pilot's text book. Don't be fooled by the title. This is an
in-depth book which will be appreciated by all pilots from the student
to the professional. A modern-day version of Langewiesche's 1940s
classic Stick & Rudder
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Jalil Jatip is the new director of quality
assurance at Superior Air Parts. He was previously the quality
fabrication department manager for Lockheed Martin on the F-16, F-22,
and F-35 platforms. More...
Alan Barnes has been named group managing
director for JETS. He was previously at Inflite Jet Center as customer
support manager. More...
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