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PROPOSES CHANGES TO HUDSON RULES The FAA is proposing restructuring the low-level VFR airspace
around Manhattan in reaction to last month's collision between a
sightseeing helicopter and a PA32 over the Hudson River. The agency says
it wants to separate traffic flying over the river from aircraft flying
to and from heliports and seaplane bases by altitude. This will include
a new Class B VFR corridor that it hopes will be the preferred choice of
pilots flying over the Hudson. This new airspace will go from 1,300 feet
to 2,000 feet and aircraft within it will operate under direct air
traffic control. Uncontrolled VFR traffic will operate between 1,000 and
1,300 feet and pilots will be required to monitor a common frequency and
announce entry, progress and departure from the airspace. The working
traffic below 1,000 feet will monitor the same frequency. New charts
will be created to clearly delineate the corridors and will highlight
the hybridized Class B. "These steps will significantly enhance safety
in this busy area and create crystal-clear rules for all of the pilots
who operate there," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. The new rule
would also formalize some common practices. More...
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SETS $1.39 MILLION INTRO PRICE FOR VISION JET Cirrus Aircraft
on Wednesday that it has set a maximum initial price of $1.39 million
for its single-engine Vision Personal Jet, for owners who already hold
current production reservations. This price will be for a Vision Jet
delivered in a configuration analogous to the current GTS model SR22,
the company said. "With our pricing announcement today, we have rewarded
those who partnered with us since the beginning of the Vision Jet
development program by creating substantial and immediate value in their
production position reservations," said Cirrus Aircraft President and
CEO Brent Wouters. For new buyers who reserve a production position
between now and the end of the year, the maximum purchase price will be
$1.55 million. Buyers must put down a non-refundable deposit of $100,000
to secure that price. "Our commitment to the Vision Jet is absolute and
unequivocal," Wouters said. "Cirrus has the personnel, leadership and
conviction to bring the Vision Jet to serial production as quickly as
HOLDING OFF ON PREMIER II DEBUT Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill
Boisture said this week his company is making good progress on its
Beechcraft Premier II program, but will hold off on an
entry-into-service date for the new jet until late 2012 or early 2013,
in hopes that the economy will improve by then. "While we remain fully
committed to certifying and fielding the class-leading Premier II as
designed, we must be prudent in our evaluation of the current and
forecasted global economic environment," Boisture said in a news release. "Based on these conditions, we have
made the decision to extend the entry-into-service date to better align
with anticipated rebound of the business jet market." The company has
successfully test-flown the aircraft's new engines on a modified Premier
IA and the first Premier II fuselage is now on the assembly line.
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FOR HUMAN-POWERED ROTARY FLIGHT RISES TO $250,000 Prizes have done much through
the last 100 years or so to spur aviation innovation, from Lindbergh's
Orteig Prize to today's X Prize competitions, but sometimes if the prize
is not quite enticing enough, it doesn't really do the job. That seems
to be what the folks at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. have decided, since they
recently announced a dramatic change in the prize money for the Igor I.
Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition, from $20,000 to $250,000.
The prize, which goes to the first human-powered helicopter that can
hover at least 10 feet off the ground for 60 seconds, was first offered
almost 30 years ago and has never been claimed. The best effort so far
was by Prof. Akira Naito of Nihon University in Japan, who achieved an
altitude of just over 6 inches and flight duration of 19.46 seconds.
(Click through to see it on video.) A team at CalTech got into the air
for 8 seconds at a height of 8 inches. More...
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from the Air Safety Foundation
Take a moment to see this humorous but very serious PSA about the risk
of flying VFR into IMC.
SET FOR AEROBATICS PILOT VICKI CRUSE A memorial event to
celebrate the life of Vicki Cruse will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at
her hangar on Santa Paula Airport in California, EAA
said this week. Cruse, who was president of the International
Aerobatic Club, died in the crash of her Edge 540 while participating as
a member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic team at the World Aerobatics
Championships in England on Aug. 22. She was a former U.S. Aerobatic
Champion and Reno racing pilot. The celebration is scheduled to begin at
11:30 a.m. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP and
indicate whether they plan to arrive by plane or by car. For more
information and contact info, see the flyer created for the event. More...
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LEGEND OFFERS "CASH FOR JUNKERS" If you have an old aircraft
that's due for trading up -- even if it's not airworthy -- American Legend Aircraft
Company is willing to take it in trade in its own new "Cash for
Junkers" program, offering $4,500 back on the purchase of a new Legend
Cub. "There have been skeptics who weren't sure that now is the time to
buy," said Kurt Sehnert, general manager of American Legend. "Our rebate
incentive is good for the economy, good for energy independence and
great for pilots. We are giving them a chance to speak with their
wallets. We intend to spur sales in this sluggish economy." The rebate
applies to the purchase of any model American Legend manufactures,
including the kit-built Texas Sport. The company said it will donate
aircraft collected under the program to museums or schools to be used
for educational purposes. More...
WIND TUNNEL EFFORTS CONTINUE, DOWN TO THE WIRE At the end of this month, when
wind-tunnel tests now under way wrap up, NASA plans to shut down and
dismantle the historic Langley Full-Scale Wind Tunnel in Virginia,
unless a new letter-writing campaign and other efforts can change their
minds. The deadline, originally set for late August, has been pushed
back to Sept. 30. Ken Hyde, president of The Wright Experience, is
asking supporters to write letters to their representatives in Congress
to try to boost support for keeping the Langley tunnel up and running.
He created a new Web site where information can be found and where
updates will be posted. NASA's own Web
site notes that wind tunnels are a national technological resource.
"They have provided vast knowledge that has contributed to the
development and advancement of the nation's aviation industry, space
program, economy and the national security," says NASA.
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PROPOSES CHANGES IN FLIGHT TRAINING Under new rules proposed by the FAA this week, flight
schools would be excused from the requirement to have a ground school
space if they offer Internet-based ground-school training, and students
would be allowed to apply for both a private pilot certificate and an
instrument rating at the same time. The agency also said it would like
to change its definition of "complex airplane" to include airplanes
equipped with FADEC engines. Another change would require pilots of
single-pilot-certified light jets to pass a proficiency check. The FAA
also said it would like to make it easier to issue U.S. certificates to
foreign pilots. "Because of changing technology in aviation, the results
of successful research, and an international agreement, the FAA has
determined these proposed changes to the pilot, flight instructor, and
pilot school certification rules are necessary," the FAA said in its
proposal. The changes will help to reduce unnecessary regulatory
burdens, the FAA said. More...
ISSUES NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HELICOPTER EMS SAFETY The FAA
needs to do more to regulate helicopter emergency medical services, the
said on Tuesday, and operators also need to improve their training
and procedures. "The pressure on HEMS operators to conduct their flights
quickly in all sorts of environments makes these types of operations
inherently more risky than other types of commercial flight operations,"
said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. "Operators need to use every
available safety tool to conduct these flights and to determine when the
risk of flying is just too great." The board said the FAA should mandate
better pilot training, improve its data collection and monitoring,
develop a low-altitude airspace infrastructure, and require crews to be
trained to use night-vision systems. The agency should also require the
use of autopilots during single-pilot HEMS operations. Operators should
work to improve pilot training and upgrade their equipment, the NTSB
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INSIDER BLOG: NTSB'S HUDSON CORRIDOR RECOMMENDATIONS?
MIXED Once again, says resident blogger Paul Bertorelli on
the AVweb Insider, the NTSB jumps the gun on the Hudson corridor
midair by issuing a round of recommendations before the accident probe
is completed. Although the recommendations make sense (mostly), they
also won't fix the problem, because there is no problem to fix.
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VIDEO: LOSS OF CONTROL IN AN F-16 FIGHTER, TEST PILOT ON YAW
DEPARTURE At Edwards Air Force Base, they
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weapons package introduces new parameters. Experimental test pilots need
to identify the aircraft's performance limits, and they need to know how
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FBOs along the way.
AVweb reader Joseph Barber had
been to this week's top FBO, North Star Aviation at Ravalli County Airport
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discovered North Star ... when making an ice run during an especially
hot camping trip in Moose Creek. The FBO was unusually friendly and
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discovered a maintenance problem and limped in to Hamilton on a Friday
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE As summer begins to
wane, "POTW" submissions continue to take our breath away. Charles E. Dickinson of Denver, Colorado
launches today's installment with Gary Rower performing his
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