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INVESTIGATION SUGGESTS CARGO SHIFT
Afghanistan have discovered evidence that may support the widely held
theory that shifting cargo caused the
crash of a National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 in late April near the
airfield at Bagram. The New York Times reported Monday that the heavy
military vehicles hit the back of the aircraft so hard on takeoff that
parts broke off the plane and were left on the runway. Cockpit voice
recorder copied the pilot's last words as "Wait, wait," but there is
also speculation that it was actually "Weight, weight," the pilot was
saying. Investigators also found the charred remains of some cargo
straps that were cut but there is no way to tell if they were the cause
or an effect of the tragedy. More...
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MONICA AIRPORT TO IMPOSE MORE FEES
Residents in the urban
neighborhoods that surround busy Santa Monica Airport in southern
California have complained about operations there for years, citing
noise, air pollution, and the danger from plane crashes, and now the
city has approved new landing fees that not only more than double the
fees for transient flyers, but also now apply to airport tenants,
including flight schools. "Our students will go from not paying for a
landing to paying about $12 for each landing in a Cessna 172," said Jay
Elder, executive vice president of the American Flyers flight school.
The fee increase would add "hundreds of dollars" to each pilot's
training, he said. Transient pilots will avoid the airport because of
the fee, he added, reducing traffic at the school's pilot shop. If
pilots don't visit the shop, they won't learn about instrument-training
courses, "and it hurts the whole airport," Elder said.
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AIR GETS FAA OK TO LAUNCH
Surf Air, which aims to offer
private air travel in PC-12s among four California cities for a flat
monthly fee, has received FAA approval to start flying. Flights will
start June 12, with service between San Francisco, Monterey, Santa
Barbara, and Los Angeles. The company also said it has closed on a round
of funding that will allow for future growth. According to The Wall Street Journal, the new funding amounts to
$7 million. The monthly memberships will cost about $1,650, according to
NPR. Surf Air says its members can book or cancel flights in under 30
seconds using mobile apps, can park for free at the airports, and there
are no fees for luggage or for flight changes. More...
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COOL ON MORE HELICOPTER REGS IN L.A.
The FAA says
cooperation, not regulation, is the answer to quelling complaints about
helicopter operations throughout the Los Angeles basin. The agency released a report that rejected proposals to channel
helicopter traffic into defined routes to address noise and the
perception of dangerous operations. There are dozens of helicopter tour
operators and news outlets whose aircraft have been the object of
complaints for decades but the FAA report says trying to regulate those
activities beyond what the FARs already dictate would be next to
impossible given the huge numbers of aircraft operations in general in
the region. It says, instead, that helicopter operators should adopt
voluntary good neighbor policies, something politicians who've been
fighting for increased regulation dismiss. More...
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LINES UP INCENTIVES
The new owners of the rights to the
former Sino Swearingen SJ30 business jet have been offered an
"aggressive" incentive package to build the aircraft in Cedar City,
Utah. The company is now called SyberJet. The package would be worth
about $10 million in property tax relief for an enterprise touted to
create 1,200 aerospace jobs in the town, which is about 250 miles south
of Salt Lake City. "This is the best incentive we've offered to anyone
in recent years," said Brennan Wood, director of the Office of Economic
Development. The state is also reportedly reaching for its checkbook to
sweeten the deal. SyberJet is also considering San Antonio, Texas, as
its home but it's not clear what incentives have been offered there.
Although the light jet market that the SJ30 would re-enter is the
weakest segment of business aviation, SyberJet CEO Chuck Taylor says the
aircraft's performance sets it apart. More...
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PROMOTED AT ATLAS
Mike Quinn is the new general manager of
Atlas Aviation at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa. Quinn was Atlas's
first employee and was most recently the manager of the company's
Merritt Island location. More...
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