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Government Shutdown Will Affect Aviators
Pilots operating in the national airspace after today's shutdown of the federal government should notice little impact, but the aviation industry as a whole will be affected in a number of ways. For those who are flying, air traffic control towers will be staffed as usual, since controllers are exempt from the furloughs. Airman medical certification also is unaffected. Aircraft certification services, however, will be limited, and fewer aircraft accidents will be investigated by on-site teams. Aviation safety inspectors will be furloughed. Their union, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, said it is "outraged." Furloughing these workers "is neither in the best interest of the economy nor the oversight of this country's aviation system," said PASS. Read More
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Jet Crash Fuels SMO Debate
Opponents of the Santa Monica airport are calling again for its closure following Sunday evening's fatal jet crash. "It is time to shut this airport down," Los Angeles city councilman Mike Bonin said in a Twitter post. "There have been more than 80 crashes related to this airport since 1982. Meanwhile, nearby residents are suffering from harmful jet fuel emissions." Residential neighborhoods have grown around the airport since it was built in 1917, and surround the runway on all sides. On Tuesday morning, the local coroner said four bodies had been found in the wreckage of the Cessna Citation CJ2, which crashed into a hangar while attempting to land at the airport. The airport remained closed on Tuesday as investigators examined the site. Read More
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Citation Crash "Unsurvivable"
A Cessna Citation 525A (CJ2) that crashed into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday was engulfed in flames by the time emergency crews arrived, Santa Monica Fire Department Capt. John Nevandro told reporters on the scene. The crash was "unsurvivable," he said. "The building actually collapsed and wrapped itself around the plane," he said, making it impossible for rescuers to reach the cabin. Local news reports said the airplane had landed normally when a tire blew out and the jet veered off the right side of the runway and into the hangar. Shortly afterward, witnesses said, there were flames and then several large explosions. The jet had departed from Hailey, Idaho, close to Sun Valley, but it is not yet clear how many passengers were on board or who was flying the airplane. The airplane can seat up to eight, including the pilot. Read More
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Piper, ATP Introduce iPad POH
First there were charts and then moving maps and a plethora of other weather and navigation-related items for the iPad and now pilot operating handbook apps have been developed for some of Piper's products. The company said it will unveil electronic POHs for its M-Class and twin-engine aircraft at AOPA Summit. Read More
Latitude On Track For 2014 First Flight
Cessna mated the wing to the fuselage of the first prototype of its new Latitude mid-sized business jet last week and says the aircraft is on track to fly in early 2014. Cessna announced the Latitude at the 2011 NBAA convention in Las Vegas as a direct challenge to the Embraer 450 and so far the schedule seems to be getting met. Read More
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Video: A Visit to the Curtiss Museum
AVweb travels to Hammondsport, New York for the 2013 Curtiss Seaplane Homecoming, including a visit to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum of local history. Read More
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Futility Defined: Teaching Judgment
Perhaps that's a little harsh, but teaching aviation judgment tends to veer toward lowest common denominator decisions that play well in magazine articles but take all the fun out of flying. Read More
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Pilot Proficiency Project Expands To Texas And Beyond
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators is teaming up with Redbird to offer a full weekend of pilot proficiency training at Redbird's Skyport, in San Marcos, Texas, next month. SAFE launched its Pilot Proficiency Project at EAA AirVenture last year, bringing scenario-based training to general aviation pilots using Redbird simulators. Now SAFE wants to bring that training to venues around the country, and the Texas event is their first effort. As an extra incentive to fly in, the date of October 26-27 falls during Redbird's month-long offer to fill up your airplane tank with 100LL for $1 a gallon. The program aims to provide "valuable proficiency training to pilots by combining relevant safety forums, challenging simulator training sessions, food, and camaraderie," according to SAFE. Read More
Podcast: SAFE Takes Its Show on the Road
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) is hosting a new weekend event next month at the Redbird Skyport in Texas, with a roster of seminars and simulator time, plus, as an added incentive to boost your proficiency, a chance to fill up your airplane with 100LL for $1 a gallon. Doug Stewart, executive director of SAFE, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about what the Pilot Proficiency Program has to offer, why you should go, and how to sign up. Read More
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Video: Continental's Zulu Flight Center
For more than a year, Continental Motors has been experimenting with a new flight training center based in an upscale mall in Spanish Fort, Alabama. AVweb recently visited the center and interviewed Gloria Liu for a briefing on the training works. Read More