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TO STAY SAYS VERO OFFICIAL
The chairman of the Indian River
County Commission, Gary Wheeler, says a deal is all but sealed to keep
Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach. Wheeler said the commission will vote Jan.
15 on a $12 million incentive package, which, if approved as expected,
will be enough to keep the planemaker and its 1,100 existing and 500
future employees in the resort community. "Everything's ironed out and
ready for approval for the county commission," Wheeler told The Palm Beach Post. Piper officials have not
confirmed that the company is staying. More...
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PASSENGER GROUP CRUNCHES NASA STUDY DATA
The Coalition for an
Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights (CAPBOR) has compiled and made
available on its Web site
spreadsheet that the group claims brings some clarity to the results
of NASA's controversial National Aviation Operational Monitoring Service
(NAOMS) project. NASA collected surveys frommore than 30,000 pilots
between 2001 and 2004, including 4,777 responses from general aviation
pilots. But it's unlikely anyone looking at the results could conclude much from the data in its
raw form. CAPBOR founder Kate Hanni and researcher Mark Mogel told
AVweb that their group does not have the resources to reformat
the general aviation responses, but hopes that by publishing
thespreadsheet they can increase political pressure on the FAA and the
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AFRICA STANDARDIZES PILOT TRAINING
South Africa has revised
pilot training and examination standards to try and stop an upward
spiral of accident rates that generally bucks the trend of other
countries with active GA communities. Starting Jan. 1, flight schools
had to follow a standardized training syllabus and administer
standardized exams that are in line with training in other countries.
Until then, it was up to individual schools to decide what was taught
and what was tested. Fatalities in GA accidents doubled from 18 to 36
from 2005 to 2007 and all other accident indicators were on the rise,
but there was still some lingering defense of the ad hoc training
FLIGHT SCHOOL SUES DIAMOND OVER DIESELS
Services of Kent, England, filed a lawsuit on Dec. 17, 2007, against
Diamond Aircraft Industries in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, over their
Thielert diesel-powered DA40s. "The claim for damages is based on our
experience with our two DA40 1.7 TDIs, their extremely poor reliability,
highmaintenance costs, waiting time for spare parts and, our firm belief
of their premature release to market without sufficient research,
development and testing," company partner Mike Millen said in a prepared
statement. Diamond did not immediately respond to AVweb's request
for comment. More...
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DOOR IMPLICATED IN KODIAK CRASH
Survivors of the crash of a
Piper Chieftain that killed six people off Kodiak Island in Alaska last
weekend say the nose baggage door came open as the aircraft was taking
off. The plane crashed into the ocean about 100 yards from the end of
the runway and a taxiing floatplane picked up the four surviving
passengers. Opening baggage doors have been cited as factors in two
previous Chieftain crashes in Alaska, according to The Juneau Empire. In both previous incidents the
door came loose and hit the wing or propeller, resulting in the crash.
It's not clear if that happened in this accident and NTSB investigator
Clint Johnson refused to speculate on the door's role in the accident.
The Servant Air flight was carrying a group of Russian Orthodox faithful
to an Orthodox Christmas celebration at Homer, Alaska. Meanwhile, the
FAA has cleared another Alaska carrier of wrongdoing in another
high-profile accident there last summer. More...
SINK CRIPPLES 747
It's often said that aircraft accidents are
the result of a series of seemingly innocuous events strung together and
the crew of a Qantas Boeing 747 might agree with that. The flight from
London to Sydney was 15 minutes from touchdown for a scheduled stop at
Bangkok when it lost power from all four engine-driven generators.
Backup batteries kept all those displays in front of the pilots glowing
through a safe landing but the battery power likely wouldn't have lasted
more than another 45 minutes and that would have knocked out the radios
and all of the electronic instruments. "In this case it looks as if it
has gone to the last stage of emergency power for communication and
navigation," Dr. Arvind Sinha, director of aerospace at RMIT University
in Melbourne, told the Sydney Morning Herald. "After that it comes down
to the skill and experience of the crew." He added that the loss of all
four generators is "unheard of" but Murphy can and does find a way, this
time through a sink with a clogged drain in the first class galley.
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"SCHEDULE ADJUSTED" TO ACCOMMODATE RACE
We've all seen
aircraft and various types of vehicles "race" at air shows but
authorities in Auckland, New Zealand, cleared both runways at the country's largest
airport, without actually closing the airport, to stage just such a
spectacle. Now, the Kiwis do love their sport and the race between an
Air New Zealand Boeing 777 and a racing car was to promote an
international A1 Grand Prix event at Lake Taupo later this month. Car
and plane roared down parallel runways not once but twice, reaching
speeds of almost 200 mph before the 777 wouldn't stay on the ground any
longer and the car was running out of runway. The plane won the first
race and the car nosed ahead in the second race. More...
THE FLY ...
NATCA declares "staffing emergency" in New York,
Atlanta, Chicago and Southern California ...
Eclipse to reveal new
long-term financing Monday...
Air Show Buzz's Person Of The Year is
Raptor Pilot Maj. Paul "Max" Moga...
FAA employees getting a raise.
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OF THE WEEK: IS 2008 THE YEAR YOU BUY?
knee-deep in resolutions and financial planning for 2008, it might be a
good time to ask those of you in the market just what type of aircraft
you might purchase this year. Plus: Find out what AVweb
readers predicted will be the top story of 2008. More...
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FBO OF THE WEEK: PRIOR
AVIATION (KFBL, BUFFALO, NY)
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Prior Aviation at KFBL in Buffalo, New
AVweb reader John LaCourt recounted his
experience at Prior:
On our first flight to my wife's
old home town we flew to Buffalo with family friends. With only a hour
or so notice, Prior Aviation met us at the ramp, provided two rental
cars one of which was a Red Mustang that made our friends' day.
We asked for hangar space due to impending freezing rain and were
provided with a heated hangar at less than half the cost of similar
space at our home airport. When we arrived ahead of schedule for
departure, they had the plane ready, fueled at reasonable rates, and
gave us helpful hints as to taxi insturctions we would receive with a
clearance. Hats off to Prior; we will certainly use them on future
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
Make Plans Now to Attend a 2008 Savvy Aviator
Mike Busch has completed his very successful Savvy Owner Seminars
for 2007. In 2008, he'll be conducting four more in Austin, Chicago, Las
Vegas, and Norfolk. Sign up for one of these classes and learn how to
save thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after year. Do it
before your next annual inspection! For complete details (and to reserve
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Welcome back to AVweb's "Picture
of the Week" feature! Jerry L.
Morris of Dahlonega, Georgia sped past our astonished eyes
with this shot of "a copy of a 1910 Hanriot taken at [the] September 2,
2007 Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Air Show" to take this week's top
We've been riding high on reader submissions for quite
some time, but this week saw the tide of photos ebb a bit. We realize
that everyone is recuperating from the holidays, but we start to feel a
little unloved if we get fewer than a hundred photo submissions in a
week. (Yes, we're incorrigible. And you can submit your photos
PILOT 2008 PHOTO CONTEST
While we run a weekly photo contest ourselves,
there's no such thing as too many beautiful airplane pictures, and AOPA
is also giving you the opportunity to showcase your finest work. You'll
only win cash in the AOPA contest (rather than the coveted AVweb
ball cap), but you can't have everything. Last year's winner was
Marcia Gitelman, who snapped this from the lead aircraft in a
flyover at Ormond Beach, Fla.
By all means, feel free to run your submission
past our esteemed judges before you enter AOPA's contest.
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