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LIGHT SPORT TIME CAN GO TOWARD PRIVATE CERT. (SOMETIMES) So,
can a student pilot apply any flight time he or she logged while
training for a sport pilot certificate toward a private pilot
certificate? According to a letter from the FAA's Office of the Chief
Counsel to aviation journalist Tim Kern, who queried the office, solo sport
pilot flight time may only be credited to solo private pilot flight time
if the "specific category and class of aircraft are met." Logging
instruction time depends on the instructor's credentials. If instruction
is received from an instructor who holds only a a sport pilot rating,
that instruction may not be credited toward the issuance of a private
pilot certificate. However, if the instruction toward a sport pilot
certificate is provided by an instructor authorized to provide
instruction to both sport pilots and private pilots, that time could "be
credited toward the flight training requirements for a corresponding
private pilot certificate." Click through for more details ... .
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To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep
flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even
stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that
surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for
PLANE COLLIDE OVER HUDSON Nine people were aboard a tour
helicopter and a light aircraft that collided over the Hudson River
between Hoboken, New Jersey and Manhattan about noon Saturday.
Television coverage showed rescue boats being dispatched from both sides
of the river. The Coast Guard told reporters the helicopter was owned by
Liberty Helicopters, which flies tourists over the Statue of Liberty and
Ellis Island. The plane, a Piper Saratoga, took off from Teterboro
Airport and was bound for Ocean City with three people aboard; six were
in the helicopter. All are believed dead. More...
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CEO SANTULLI RESIGNS Richard Santulli, who 25 years ago
created NetJets, a worldwide leader in fractional jet ownership
programs, announced Tuesday that he would "step down as chairman and CEO
of NetJets, immediately." Acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in the late
'90s, Warren Buffet has appointed David Sokol to act as interim CEO.
Sokol said he looks forward to "working with this team in building upon
NetJets' legacy which Richard created." Santulli explained his immediate
departure saying he made the move, "in order to spend some more time
with my young family and pursue other interests," and said he expects to
stay on with the company for at least a year, serving as a consultant.
Santulli grew NetJets out of Executive Jet, which he purchased a quarter
century ago. Sokol is chairman of Berkshire Hathaway's MidAmerican
Energy Holdings Co. More...
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LATEST ACTION ON AIRLINERS' EXPLODING FUEL TANKS The tenth
anniversary of TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747 that exploded off Long
Island, killing all 230 people aboard, passed on July 17, 2006, and in
the Aug. 5, 2009, Federal Register, the FAA published an airworthiness
directive designed to address the potential problem in Boeing 767
aircraft. The latest Final Rule from the FAA, aimed at preventing
aircraft fuel tanks from blowing up, adopts for all Boeing 767 aircraft
a requirement to have automatic shutoff systems for the auxiliary fuel
tank override pumps and advise crews of certain operating restrictions.
The new airworthiness directive aims to "prevent an overheat condition"
that "could cause an ignition source for the fuel vapors in the fuel
tank and result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the
airplane." When pondering a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the
subject back in 2005, the FAA noted that its computer models suggested
that, on average, aircraft would suffer a fuel tank explosion every four
years. In 2006, a Boeing 727-200's right-wing fuel tank blew up while
the aircraft was on the ground at Bangalore, India. There are other
787 DREAMLINER SCHEDULE STILL A DREAM The economic slowdown
may mean that some companies waiting on Boeing's next-generation,
long-range composite fuel miser, the 787, are happy to continue waiting
-- but with the aircraft already two years behind schedule the company's
late-stage wing redesign is adding complications. The 787 was nearing
flight tests when composite layers near the wing/fuselage seam separated
during ground testing. Now, as engineers scramble to apply a workable
solution, a new 787's test schedule may still be weeks away and until
that mark is reached, the aircraft's development has been indefinitely
delayed. Boeing last month said it wouldn't provide even a new target
for the first flight, let alone first delivery. Industry watchers and
customers will have to wait, though Boeing has indicated it expects to
provide more information before the end of the quarter. The company has
said it won't release any timetables until the redesign has passed
rigorous testing. As it is, the jet is two years behind schedule, but
still holds about 850 orders. But with nearly all of its programs
suffering under the down economy, Boeing is well aware of its
obligations to its customers. More...
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TROPHY HONORS B-1 CREW On July 31, 2008, a B-1 crew's actions
in support of ground forces in Afghanistan distinguished them for "one
of the most important awards in the United States Air Force," according
to the National Aeronautic Association. The crew of BONE 23, 37th
Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, was contacted
to support troops who were facing an attempted overrun of their base by
a force of 200 enemy combatants. The specific request came from the
Joint Terminal Attack Controller for delivery of a 2000-pound guided
weapon to a location where friendly forces were in Danger Close range.
The B-1 crew responded by suggesting they instead deliver a 500-pound
guided weapon and, facing a critical fuel situation, coordinated with
their tanker to provide more time on station. Within 30 minutes, the
BONE 23 crew, including Major Norman Shelton, Captain Kaylene Giri,
Captain Louis Heidema, and First Lieutenant Boyd Smith, had made three
bomb runs, "decisively slowing the enemy attack" according to the NAA,
and allowing for coalition ground forces to regroup. More...
SPIN ON ZEPPELIN TOURS -- PILOTING YOURS Airship Ventures,
the group offering zeppelin tours of San Francisco Bay, Moffett Field
and the Monterey Coast, is now offering full- and half-day piloting
experiences to private-pilot-rated individuals holding a current medical
certificate. The company is charging $2950 per student-slot for the
honor (sightseeing flights range from about $200 to $750). For pilot
"training" the session includes a half day of training to cover ground
and flight operations, limitations and performance, and systems, as well
as airship history and terminology. A next half-day flight session
offers students (taken aloft six at a time) 30 minutes at the controls
including climbs, descents, turns and "hovering." Students also get to
try their hand at "two takeoffs and landings." The pilot training course
takes place in the Zeppelin Eureka and, according to Airship Ventures,
"is the only one like it in the world." Currently, the company lists
only two separate training program sessions amidst its other operations
that, aside from sightseeing tours, include a photo safari.
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INSIDER BLOG: SOMETIMES ONLY A BUSINESS JET WILL DO When the
federal government needed Bill Clinton in North Korea to broker the
release of two captive American journalists, it sent him there the only
way it could: on a private business jet. In the latest installment of
our AVweb Insider blog, Russ Niles wonders if this may drive home
the point that bizjets are good for more than golf junkets.
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HAPPEN TO YOU Many pilots take for granted the idea that
their FBO will always be there for them or at least that their
place on the airport is relatively secure but that's not always
the case. At Hemet field in Southern California, the closing of an FBO
may mean not only the demise of a soaring club that's operated on the
field for about 40 years, but also the closing of the runway the gliders
use basically altogether banishing glider operations from the
There are lots of new products at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Here's AVweb's look at some of the more
interesting ones: Garmin G500 in Diamond's popular Eclipse trainer, the
Austro diesel-powered DA42 NG, and the Vampire LSA.
Once again, we visit the LSA Mall and
vendor booths at EAA AirVenture to see what don't-miss products we can
find among the displays. This time, we uncovered: VAL Avionics'
super-slim COM 2000 radio; a keen Bluetooth receiver/remote control from
ComLinkPro; and one of the handiest flight bags we've seen, at the
Brightline Bags booth.
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"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Carlson
Aviation at Chan Gurney Municipal Airport (KYKN) in
Yankton, South Dakota.
AVweb reader Steve Wolf
stopped there on his way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh and made it a
planned stop on his way back:
Not ony did they have the cheapest fuel around ($3.50/gal), but
they fed all the transient crews for free Sloppy Joes on the way
out and hot dogs on the way back! (They ran out of their 100 lbs. of
Sloppy Joe meat.) I think YKN was the second busiest airport in the
world last week. I need more thumbs "two thumbs up"
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