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GOES TO THREE-DAY WEEK
Cirrus Design has gone to a three-day
work week (from four) in an effort to balance production against reduced
demand. Company CEO Alan Klapmeier also told the Duluth News Tribune last week that the 2009 target
for introduction of its SRS light sport model will be pushed back
because of a slowdown in the LSA sector. Development of the Vision SJ50
personal jet will not be affected. "We're looking at the situation
progressively, on a week-by-week basis," he said. Without an increase in
demand, the three-day week will be in place at least until the end of
the year, Klapmeier told the newspaper. More...
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PILOTS AID MEXICO'S HURRICANE VICTIMS
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The small Mexican village of
to the Gulf of California and the Copper Canyon region, is a popular
destination for GA pilots from the Southwest, who enjoy its quiet
colonial charm and mountain scenery. But last week, the small local
airstrip at Alamos became a lifeline, as villagers struggled to recover
from a devastating hurricane that caused floods and landslides and
destroyed several local bridges. "Hurricane Norbert washed away over 100
homes and damaged an additional 150 homes, all belonging to Mexican
families who lost basically all their worldly possessions," Jack
McCormick, president of the Baja Bush Pilots
, told AVweb
this week. So
McCormick put out the call for help to the GA community, and last
weekend 31 fully-loaded small aircraft departed from the U.S. to bring
food, bedding, diapers, tarps, tools and more to the village.
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PILOTS WILL AVOID CANADA UNDER NEW ELT RULES: AOPA
told the Canadian government that American pilots will stop crossing the
border in droves if it means spending thousands of dollars on a new
406-megaHertz ELT. Transport Canada is considering making the
installation of the devices mandatory in all aircraft flying in Canadian
airspace as of Feb. 1, 2009. AOPA says a survey of members who routinely
fly north indicates 51 percent will find somewhere else to go rather
than spend the money on equipment that's not required in the U.S. On
Feb. 1, the search-and-rescue satellites will stop monitoring the 121.5
MHz frequency emitted by the majority of small aircraft ELTs and will
only look for 406 signals. American authorities have essentially left it
up to aircraft owners to decide whether to equip with the
satellite-friendly ELTs. AOPA has suggested Transport Canada allow
American aircraft to carry handheld 406 beacons as a compromise to the
new regulation, but AOPA's Canadian counterpart, the Canadian Owners and
Pilots Association, wants the whole notion of mandatory 406 equipage
scrapped because there are better technologies available.
BAFFLED BY CRASH VICTIMS' SUIT
New York Times business travel
columnist Joe Sharkey says he was unaware of a lawsuit launched against
him by the relatives of victims of a Brazilian plane crash until he read
about it in an American online publication. The suit was launched by
Rosane Gutjhar, the widow of Rolf Gutjhar, who was among 154 people who
died when the GOL Boeing 737 they were on collided with an Embraer
Legacy 600. The Association of Relatives and Friends of GOL's Flight
1907 Victims issued a news release that Sharkey was on the Legacy, which
made a safe emergency landing at a Brazilian military base, minus a
winglet and part of its tail. Sharkey wrote extensively about the
accident, defending the business jet's pilots and blaming Brazilian
controllers for the tragedy. In the suit, Gutjhar is seeking
compensation for "moral damages" she claims were caused by Sharkey's
accounts of the developing story. Sharkey told AVweb he can't
comment directly on the suit since he hasn't seen a copy but he defended
his reporting and commentary about the accident. "Obviously, anyone who
followed my reporting knows that I have consistently expressed the
deepest sympathy for the relatives of those who were killed," he said.
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FAA ONLINE RESOURCE OFFERS LESSONS FROM THE PAST
they must always keep learning to keep safe, and one way to keep sharp
is to study the mistakes made by others. To promote that effort, the FAA
has created an online safety library thatteaches "lessons learned"
from some of the world's most historically significant transport
airplane accidents. The FAA said that even though some of the accidents
happened as long as 40 years ago, they all teach timeless lessons that
are relevant to today's aviation community. More...
AIRCRAFT ON THE EDGE
Something we like about aviation is that
someone is always thinking about new ways to use it or apply it, and a
couple of ideas have been floated recently that stretch current
technology, not to mention the imagination. Now the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) spends most of its time (and
considerable budget) out on the edge, and its latest invitation to the
dreamers and thinkers out there isn't new, but it may be something whose
time has come. DARPA is calling for proposals to develop a submersible
airplane that can cover 1,l00 nm (the last 100 nm at sea-skimming
height), then travel underwater for 12 nm to drop off commandos. Then it
has to be able to loiter in the area in seas of up to 13 feet,
presumably waiting for pickup. DARPA doesn't say it'll be easy, but it
does want to know if it's possible. Meanwhile, British firm Falx Airis hoping to
develop a hybrid electric tilt-rotor personal aircraft that will go up
to 230 mph. More...
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THE AVIATION DREAM
There are plenty of people who live and
breathe airplanes, but it may not be too long before 37 California
families get to live with their airplanes. Bob Banman and Bill Lindsay,
a couple of aviation buffs, have navigated the regulatory waters to
create a 37-condo development on the airport at Santa Paula, Calif., a
quiet farming community about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. Now there
are plenty of residential air parks where owners have their homes and
hangars on the runway, but in the Sky Lofts of
Santa Paula, their $800,000 home is their hangar.
THE FLY ...
Vancouver Airport Authority eyes Gatwick bid
Patty Wagstaff faces criminal charges Tuesday ...
pilots flew 757 on batteries alone. More...
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MORE NICKEL-AND-DIMING? MAKING A LA CARTE AIRLINE FARES
Last summer, the airlines got deservedly bashed for
charging customers to check bags. Although the execution was ham-handed,
the concept might not be. In this podcast, Robert Buckman of
Amadeus (a travel industry IT giant) explains why a la carte pricing is
the way of the future. More...
OF THE WEEK: ONE-WINGED RC LANDING
Last week, we mentioned
all the great radio-controlled flyer videos that have found their way to
our inbox over the last couple of weeks. Just today we came across a new
one (from AVweb reader Mike Whaley) that takes the cake.
As Mike writes, making a successful landing with one wing is an
impressive feat "in any scale." More...
NBAA CONVENTION 2008 VIDEO ROUND-UP
In case you missed any of our videos
from the 2008 NBAA Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, you can
watch all eight of them (plus two shorts you may find interesting) right
here. (Click through to watch.) More...
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OF THE WEEK: WESTERN AVIATION SERVICES (TJBQ, AGUADILLA, PUERTO
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Western Aviation Services (WAS) at Rafael
Hernandez Airport (TJBQ) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Almost all of
this week's nominations came from pilots who experienced Hurricane Omar
evacuations firsthand and made it through with the help of outstanding
FBOs and careful planning but the fact that Western Aviation was
nominated by a group of some 30 pilots at various airports ("TJSJ, TJIG,
TJAB, TSTT, TSTX, and others," according to the form) made it stand
above the rest. So did AVweb reader A.B. Ravelo's rundown
of everything the team at WAS did for the GA community. Here are some of
the highlights of A.B.'s account:
The panic button hit
all regional aviation as the storm had projected winds of 105 mph. ...
Mr. Ruben Hernandez, owner of Western Aviation Services, and his team
went into high gear and offered hangar facilities free of cost to
over 60 aircraft and ramp facilities to another 20. BQN controllers saw
over 100 flights in less than four hours, as King Airs lined up on the
downwind for Runway 8, behind C-150s and others. Overnight, the storm's
easterly track pushed it out of range, and it became a non-event.
However, the Good Samaritan spirit of WAS and their staff are ... [the
reason why] the folks at WAS are your first friends when traveling into
the Caribbean USA.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
While I was on short final into KFHU (Fort
Huachuca, Sierra Vista
"Shadow-1 at runway 26, ready
to take off."
"Shadow-1, hold short for landing
I then looked over at the holding aircraft and
noticed that it was a Military UAV, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. This
being the first one I'd ever seen, I struggled between landing my plane
and looking at the UAV. Landing the plane finally caught my
After landing, while on rollout, I
"Tower, was that an unmanned
airplane I just passed?"
"NXXXXX: Yes, it
"There is actually a man sitting
somewhere ... ."
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