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HITS STOCK MARKET TURBULENCE
Thielert shares dropped to a
record low of 3.65 Euros (its traded as high as 25.22) on the
German stock market Tuesday on news the company was delaying the release
of its financial statements. The company, which supplies diesel aircraft
engines to Diamond and Cessna, as well as for STC applications, has some
major accounting work to do after a Hamburg court, on March 6, nullified
its financial statements for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. The court
ruled the company had breached valuation provisions. Thielert is
appealing the decision. An earlier action against the company nullified
all the resolutions made at last Augusts shareholders meeting.
AVweb found out about the situation after close of business in Germany
and has not been able to contact company officials. A message left at
the companys North American subsidiary, Superior Air Parts, was
not returned by our deadline. The companys two biggest customers,
however, say its business as usual. More...
MAY SHOW BULLET HOLE IN US AIRWAYS A319
When the gunshot is
coming from the cockpit, theres a lot to figure out and
thats undoubtedly why we dont know exactly what happened
aboard US Airways Flight 1536 from Denver to Charlotte on Saturday. But
pictures obtained by the Associated Press show what appears to be a bullet
hole next to the captain's sidestick and an exit hole in the skin below
the side window. The so-far unidentified captain of the flight is on
leave while the airline, the FAA, the TSA and quite likely the FBI look
into his alleged faux pas. More...
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AOPA SEEK MORATORIUM ON FLORIDA "USE TAX"
It seems that Maine is not the only state eager to slap visiting
pilots with a "use tax" on their aircraft. Florida also has such a law
on the books, and has used it in the past to collect thousands of
dollars from aircraft owners. With Sun 'n Fun coming up next month, the
show organizers have obtained assurances from state officials that
visiting pilots will not be harassed. But to be sure there is no
confusion, EAA and AOPA have asked the state to impose a moratorium on
collecting the tax until the law can be clarified. "Florida revenue
officials have admitted that the law is ambiguous for aircraft," says
EAA President Tom Poberezny in a letter to Florida Governor Charlie
Crist. "So it does not make sense to enforce a law that could put
visitors to the state in such an uncertain situation." The 6-percent
"use tax" can be assessed if an aircraft is less than six months old
when flown into the state and the owner did not pay at least a 6 percent
sales tax on it elsewhere. More...
FLIGHT SCHOOL, AFTER THREE FATAL CRASHES, SURRENDERS
Kemper Aviation, based at Palm Beach County Park
airport near Lantana, Fla., has voluntarily given up its Part 141 flight
school certificate, the Sun-Sentinel reported on Wednesday. Three airplanes
from the school have crashed in the last five months, killing eight
people. The school suspended all of its flight training operations after
the last crash, on March 13, in which a co-owner of the company died.
The FAA is continuing its investigation into the school, which could
still offer flight training under Part 61, but only for U.S. citizens.
Most of Kemper's students are from India. More...
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REPORTS ON RUNWAY SAFETY MEASURES
The FAA said on Tuesday that small airports around the
country must upgrade their taxiway markings by March 31, 2010. The
upgrades previously were voluntary. The agency also plans to mandate a
change in how taxi clearances are issued. More explicit instructions are
needed, the FAA says, and the U.S. should adopt international
phraseology such as "line-up and wait" instead of the familiar "position
and hold." New rules about clearances will be issued by June. Airline
flight crews will be required to view new online safety information
about incursions by May. A new working group, the Runway Safety Council,
comprising representatives from government and industry, will launch by
the end of this month. The FAA also announced that it has certified Jeppesens Airport Moving Map cockpit display.
FORCE TESTS SYNTHETIC FUEL IN SUPERSONIC FLIGHT
The Air Force
flew supersonic on synthetic fuel for the first time last week. A B-1B Lancer burning a 50/50 blend of synthetic and
petroleum fuel launched from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and flew the
supersonic test above the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Air
Force officials said their goal is to develop a clean-burning,
domestically produced fuel by 2011 that can be used by all aircraft in
their fleet. Each time the price of oil goes up $10 per barrel, it costs
the Air Force an extra $600 million. Synthetic fuel costs about $30 to
$50 less per barrel than its petroleum counterpart, for substantial
Your life Can Depend On It!
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THAT SMELL! CARGO CREW'S CULINARY MISHAP
and emergency crews were ready and waiting when an Alitalia cargo flight
bound from Milan to Miami diverted into Boston last Tuesday night. The
MD-11's four crewmembers had donned oxygen masks as the cockpit filled
with a noxious odor, and radioed ahead that they were concerned the
fumes might be toxic or flammable. After a safe landing, the cargo was
checked and investigators found the source of the problem -- four
pallets loaded with five tons of minced onions. The onions were
offloaded and shipped to Florida by truck, according to the Boston Herald. More...
AND ALCOHOL - NO. HANGARS AND BEER - YES!
All pilots know
that eight hours bottle-to-throttle is an absolute minimum rule, but
luckily there is no rule about how soon after landing you can tip back a
cold one. Taking advantage of pilots' affection for a tasty brew, some
folks in Redlands, Calif., have opened up a microbrewery right next to
the airport, in the former headquarters of a missionary flying group.
The brewery is named Hangar 24, in honor of a favorite hangout of the
owner, Ben Cook, who started brewing beer at home and sharing it with
airport friends after the day's flying was done. The beer labels and
logo designs feature vintage aircraft and wooden propellers.
Precise/Cirrus Fixed Oxygen
Is Now Available as an SR22 Retrofit
Because every SR22 deserves the best, we have acquired STCs for the G2
and G3 Models. The Precise Flight Certified Fixed Oxygen System
unique in its clean and simple integration into the aircraft, is making
its way "standard" on the industry's leading airframes.
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» Learn more about the Precise Flight Fixed Oxygen System at
booth C-057 at Sun 'n Fun
TO BUILD 97 NEW AIRPORTS BY 2020
The aviation infrastructure
in China is about to take a big leap forward with the addition of 97
airports, including a second international airport in Beijing. As of
now, the country has only 147 airports, so the goal is to reach 244 in
the next 12 years. (By comparison, the U.S.A., with less than
one-quarter the population of China, has more than 5,000 public-use
airports and 555 that are certificated for air-carrier operations.) The
increase will mean that by 2020, 82 percent of China's population will
be living within a 90-minute drive of an airport, compared to 61 percent
today. The project will cost $64 billion, China Daily reported. More...
PAX GET UNEXPECTED AERIAL TOUR OF INDIA
A mix-up over where
to land led to a KLM crew extending its downwind leg a bit -- by about 1,500 miles. It seems the crew, which had
launched from Amsterdam, was expecting to land at its usual destination
near the city of Hyderabad, in the south of India, but that airport had
been closed just hours before. A brand-new airport had opened nearby,
but when controllers directed the crew to land there, they declined,
saying they hadn't heard about any new airport and weren't authorized by
their airline to go there. They flew on to Delhi, but were not allowed
to land, so flew on to Mumbai (Bombay) where they finally set down, with
their 233 passengers. More...
THE FLY ...
An F-15 pilot who was hurt when the airplane
broke up in flight sued Boeing...
Sales of Light Sport Aircraft have
FAA has prohibited first flights in homebuilt aircraft at
Two Russian Tu-95 bombers escorted away by
NATO jets near Alaska...
Montana college student pilot rescued after
mountain crash. More...
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Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals: Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation,
European-American Aviation, Galvin Flying Services, Middle Tennessee
State University, Sabena Airline Training Academy, Utah Valley State
College, Utah State University, and many more have all selected the
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MD-023B and MD-024C at Sun 'n Fun
OF THE WEEK: BLUE DIAMOND AVIATION (RUSSELLVILLE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Blue
Diamond Aviation at Russellville Municipal Airport (M22) in
AVweb reader Robby Bendall
calls the FBO "a welcome stop for anyone," recounting how he and a
friend have made it their base of operations while airplane
Cm. Sgt. Harry Mattox has done an excellant
job of building a good small town FBO and flight traing center. Recently
a friend and I have been working on the purchase of his first airplane,
a 172 that has been sitting for two years. He has welcomed us with open
arms and has gone out of his way to help. We have used his facilities on
and off since January of this year, and it and looks like we are about
to finish up. Harry has auto-dispensed Jet A and 100LL, [plentiful]
hangar space, and the nicest small town terminal with a courtesy car.
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!
Knowledge Is Power; Knowledge Is Also a Safety
Factor When Flying IFR
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Fleck of Indianapolis, Indiana has submitted some great pics
over the last few months. Today, he joins the proud ranks of
"POTW" winners, and he's certainly earned it. (AVweb
readers served up an incredible batch of original photos this week,
stuffing our "POTW" contest box with stunning images snapped
at hangars, airports, fly-ins, and backyards across the globe.) Want
to see your photos here? Try submitting them via this form.
Even if your photos aren't featured, we'll be more than happy to drool
over your plane and jealously fantasize about the places you visited
this year while we were sitting in a dark little room looking at
airplane pictures. More...
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