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It may have been born in the U.S.A.
but you'll soon find Liberty in China. Reuters is reporting that Liberty Aerospace has
reached a deal with a Chinese company (half owned by the Chinese
government) to build its XL-2 two-place touring aircraft for use in
China. Anyang Angel Aero Science and Technology Development Co. Ltd.
will build the airframes for the aircraft at a new $300 million plant it
will build at an undisclosed location. Engines and avionics will come
from the U.S. More...
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RACERS HEAD TO NEW ZEALAND
A total of 18 of the worlds
best pilots will meet in New Zealand later this month to compete in
races through mountainous courses up to 200 miles long, reaching speeds
of up to 200 mph, sometimes flying only a few feet above the ground.
Imagine what they could do if they had engines. The FAI World Gran Prix
Gliding Championships return to Omarama, N.Z., Dec. 19 for six days of
head-to-head action in the fastest free-flying aircraft in the world.
And you can fly along via cockpit cameras feeding live streaming
video during the finals. "Commentary and real-time graphics footage
are available on each day of the championships," says an event news
release. "On finals day, 24 December, full broadcast featuring
in-cockpit mini-cams and air-to-air footage using the latest TV filming
technologies will be available." More...
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CALLS AT NEWARK, BWI
Within days of the FAA declaring that serious runway incursions were on the
decline and the Government Accountability Office warning of the danger of a "catastrophic runway
collision", a couple of pretty close ones occurred at two of the U.S.'s
busiest airports. Late Thursday, a Continental Express pilot taxied onto
a runway at Newark Liberty Airport after being told to hold short. The
inbound Continental flight on short final had to land long to avoid the
other aircraft. The previous Sunday, a Comair flight took off over a US
Airways flight that had just landed on an intersecting runway at
Baltimore-Washington International Airport. In both cases, the FAA says
the aircraft came within 300 feet of each other. More...
URGES CAUTION ON MANAGING AGING AIRCRAFT
AOPA continues to
lobby the FAA to develop maintenance guidelines for old airplanes that
take into account their unique vulnerabilities to fatigue problems. The
FAA has been working on a program to address the undeniable issues that
arise as airframes age. AOPA says the agency is apparently paying attention
to calls for a customized approach to the problems rather than
broad-based policies that will inflict unnecessary burdens on aircraft
that are not at risk. "AOPA understands the seriousness of structural
fatigue and is working to educate the general aviation community on how
to maintain their aging aircraft," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice
president of regulatory affairs. "But the FAA shouldnt apply a
broad-based, fleet-wide fix to specific aging aircraft problems. So far,
the FAA seems to be taking a reasonable approach by developing a fatigue
management program." More...
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MAN INDICTED IN SIX AIRPORT BURGLARIES
If you bought a
handheld, headset or GPS (possibly from a Wichita or Hutchinson, Kan.,
address) on Ebay recently, the FBI may want to talk to you. According to
The Associated Press, The Kansas City U.S.
Attorneys office announced last week that a grand jury had
indicted Michael Wagner, 26, of Hutchinson, Kan., for a series of
burglaries at six small airports in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas
over a nine-month period in 2005 and 2006. It alleges Wagner broke into
buildings at the airports and took various items of value, including
aviation gear, laptops and firearms, and then sold them on Ebay.
RULED OUT IN AG PLANE CRASHES
Philippine officials say
there's no evidence of sabotage in three crashes involving four aerial
spraying aircraft over the past two months. "There is no sabotage of any
kind in those incidents. It is just that they happened one after another
in so short a time," Frederick San Felix, regional manager of the Air
Transportation Office (ATO), told The Philippine Star. The latest crash happened
Thursday and all the aircraft have been involved in spraying banana
plantations with fungicide. Three of four pilots were killed.
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WANTS HELP ELIMINATING USELESS RULES
Have you come across
something thats arcane, anachronistic or just plain useless in
your travels through the regs? Well, the FAA says it wants to know about
it. The agency has issued a Review of Existing Regulations that invites anyone
with a beef about how the law of the air is now set to drop them a line.
"Getting public comments is a necessary element of our effort to make
our regulations more effective and less burdensome," the agency claims
in the document. Its asking that you list the top three
aggravations in descending order for it to consider. More...
FOR YOUR AIRLINE HORROR VIDEO
If youre flying
commercial this holiday season, the Coalition for an
Airline Passengers Bill of Rights (CAPBOR) wants to try and
ease your misery and maybe help you win cash prizes. CAPBOR, you may
recall, was founded after a series of high-profile airline passenger
"strandings" in which planeloads of people were kept bottled up on the
ground in airliners ill-equipped to handle the extended stay. Their idea
for a passenger bill of rights has some political traction and, in the
meantime, the group is offering some potentially meaningful help -
and cash prizes -- for those who inevitably will find themselves
stranded in some form or another this holiday season. "We advocate
putting the integrity, dignity and wellbeing back in air travel," CAPBOR
founder Kate Hanni said in a news release. "And to do this we are
introducing our four point plan to expose the truth about airline
practices and bring justice to the flying public." More...
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THE FLY ...
Nationwide Airlines resumed flights in South
Adam A700 got first Type Inspection Authorization (TIA)
Young pilot died in crash into synagogue ...
SR22 clipped a
wing on the ground before crashing in Minnesota ...
152 collided over the Everglades. More...
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Reader mail this week about the Cessna
Skycatcher, reducing aviation greenhouse gasses, Maine's new taxes and
MONDAY PODCAST: 43-YEAR CROPDUSTING VETERAN DON TAYLOR
150,000 takeoffs and landings in a 43-year cropdusting career, Don
Taylor of Emmett, Idaho who was the subject of a recent story in
The Idaho Statesman newspaper shares
the secret of his longevity in the nations third-most-dangerous
occupation. Mike Blakeney talks with Don and his wife Charlene to get
her perspective about their life together running an aviation business.
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OF THE WEEK: SPECIALTY FLIGHT TRAINING (KBDU, BOULDER,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Specialty
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reader David W. Douglas praises the Specialty Flight team for
stepping up to the plate when he arrived late on a Friday
I ... needed to hanger my Cirrus due to
incomming weather, ... and Specialty was kind enough to move one of
their own planes outside and put in mine. The owner, Lonnie, was very
kind and his FBO was pristine! There was a big frost that night and his
kindness helped me be able to leave the next day without concern for
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
Overheard in the vicinity of Buchanan
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