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PUBLISHES PLAN FOR MODIFICATIONS TO HUDSON CORRIDOR The FAA on Wednesday published
its proposed new rules that would modify the VFR
airspace above the Hudson River in New York, in response to a fatal
midair collision in August in which nine people were killed. The
proposal formalizes the plan announced
last month, which was supported
by both AOPA and NATCA. The proposed changes would restructure the
airspace, mandate pilot operating rules, create a new entry point into
the Hudson River airspace from Teterboro, standardize New York area
charts and develop new training for pilots, air traffic controllers and
businesses that operate helicopters and aircraft in the area. The only
cost to pilots, the FAA says, would be $5.25 for new aeronautical
charts, which they must carry on board while flying in the corridor.
Comments will be accepted on the proposed rules until Oct. 16.
ON "51-PERCENT" RULE -- NOT YET The FAA on Wednesday
published the findings of its Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)
on amateur-built aircraft -- which essentially reiterates what was reported
in August at EAA AirVenture -- but the actual new policy documents,
which have been in the works for about three years now, are still not in
sight. "Contrary to previous indications from the FAA, the agency has
yet to publish or pronounce a comprehensive final policy," said
EAA this week, adding that "the homebuilding community's
frustratingly protracted wait for a definitive declaration of policy
from the FAA continues." More information may be coming soon, however.
"Several official documents and actions [are] anticipated from the FAA
in the weeks ahead," EAA said. This week's report is an "encouraging
sign," added EAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of regulatory affairs
and co-chair of the ARC. Amateur builders have been waiting for the FAA
to publish the results of its re-interpretation of the "51-percent
rule," which sets guidelines for their construction projects. The FAA
has said it won't revise the current rules, but will clarify its
policies and practices in a new advisory circular and issue new guidance
for its designated inspectors. More...
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FIRST FLIGHTS ON EBAY If Glenn Martin has gauged his market
correctly, there should be lineup of adrenaline junkies bidding to
become the first "test pilot" of the Martin Jetpack. The
always-innovative Martin is auctioning off the first six flights of the
piston-powered, ducted fan contrivance available to the public on eBay.
The winning bidder can take the prize on their own or invite up to three
friends to take part in the historic occasion. The winner will be
responsible for their own expenses in getting to New Zealand for the
three-days of training and flying. Martin says anyone who can strap into
the device can submit a bid. "Whoever wins this auction, whether it's a
highly qualified pilot or someone who has never flown before, we will be
able to tailor a testing program for the jetpack that matches their
skill," he said. More...
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JETEXPO ATTRACTS BUSINESS AVIATION The global economy may
still be struggling, but that didn't prevent aviation manufacturers from
attending the fourth annual JetExpo International Business Aviation Exhibition
this week in Moscow -- and getting business done. Cessna announced at the show it has sold 12 new 172S
Skyhawks to an aviation university in St. Petersburg, Russia, which has
about 7,500 students from 25 countries studying all areas of aviation.
The Skyhawks are scheduled to be delivered by the end of this year and
will be the first Western-built aircraft to be used at the school,
Cessna said. Cessna also announced it has received Russian type certification
for the Citation Mustang, which is now certified in 60 countries. "The
Mustang's entry into service has been extraordinary around the globe and
interest from the market continues to grow, including a fleet order
announced in 2008 from a Russian operator," said Cessna Vice President,
International Sales, Trevor Esling. Also at the show, Daher-Socata's TBM 850 turboprop made
its Russian debut. Victor Kuklyaev, the Russian representative for the
aircraft, said the market there is ready for it. More...
TRANSPORT MAY BE SOLD IN MARQUETTE It's not something you'll
likely see in the classifieds, but the only U.S.-registered Ilyushin IL-78 could go on the block
in a court-ordered sale next week in Marquette, Mich. The Mining Journal reports the massive former Ukrainian
Air Force four-engine transport/tanker made what was supposed to be a
refueling stop at Sawyer International Aiport on July 17 but some of the
crew didn't have their paperwork in order and Customs and Border
Protection officials detained them briefly before deporting them. The
hulking Soviet-era aircraft, which is owned by Tactical Air Defense
Services Inc. of Florida and leased by Air Support System of Delaware,
has been there ever since, accumulating ramp charges and a sitting duck
for the $62,000 claim that a Texas company has against it for fuel and
other services. Marquette courts have issued judgments over the past
couple of months but there has been no response from the owners and
Circuit Court Judge Thomas Solka says he'll order the plane put up for
sale no later than Sept. 25 if someone doesn't come forward. And who on
Earth would want it? Well, Tactical Air Defense Services certainly had
big plans, according to a series of news releases issued by the company over
the past couple of years. More...
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FOUNDATION SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR AVIATION GRANTS The Lindbergh
Foundation has extended its deadline for submissions of
aviation-related grant applications until Oct. 30. "Anyone conducting an
aviation/aerospace research project that balances technological
advancements with the preservation of our environment is encouraged to
apply," the foundation said. The grants are given to individuals, who
are not required to be associated with a university, business, or
nonprofit group. Awards are made for up to $10,580 -- the amount that
Charles Lindbergh spent to build the Spirit of St. Louis. In recent
years, grants have gone to help develop electric-powered airplanes, to
increase fuel efficiency by reducing drag, and to reduce noise pollution
by using high-frequency sound waves from ultrasonic actuators. The
grants aim to support innovative ideas at earlier stages of development
and establish pilot projects that often subsequently receive funding
from other sources, the Foundation said. More...
Got a Minute? Watch Rundown Feeling, an important Pilot Safety Announcement
from the Air Safety Foundation
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rundown feeling. Take a moment to watch this PSA for a powerful reminder
of the importance of runway safety.
AIRCRAFT RECEIVES PRODUCTION CERTIFICATE The FAA has granted
a full production certificate to Quest Aircraft Co., of Sandpoint, Idaho,
manufacturer of the 10-seat Kodiak single-engine turboprop utility
aircraft. The company has been in business since 2001 and employs more
than 300 workers, who are currently producing about three airplanes per
month. "Achieving this final step in the process of designing,
producing, and delivering a brand-new aircraft is an important milestone
for Quest," said CEO Paul Schaller in a news release this week. With the
production certification in hand, the company now can issue standard
airworthiness certificates for each of its airplanes. "[This] will allow
us to streamline the production and delivery process over time, as we
take responsibility for inspections and coordinate changes with the
FAA's Seattle Manufacturing Inspection District Office," Schaller said.
The company has so far delivered 22 copies of the airplane, for a range
of customers -- charter operators, government agencies, individuals, and
mission and humanitarian groups. More...
THE FLY ... The NTSB released documents on the fatal crash of
a firefighting helicopter in California... A Smithsonian story
laments the loss of Langley wind tunnel, as advocates rally to prevent
it... Friends of areobatic pilot Vicki Cruse have established a
scholarship fund in her memory... A free interactive course about
mastering radio communications for pilots is now online. More...
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ADS-B TO LAUNCH IN GULF IN DECEMBER NextGen satellite
technology will go online in the Gulf of Mexico in December,
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said at a news conference on Monday.
The ADS-B system will cover 240,000 square miles. Helicopters that
provide services to more than 9,000 oil rigs in the Gulf now must
operate VFR only when they fly more than 150 miles offshore, beyond the
reach of radar services, said LaHood. The NextGen system will enable
them to fly IFR. Aircraft flying from Florida to South America also will
benefit, he said. Air traffic controllers now must allow a 100-mile
buffer for each aircraft crossing the Gulf on an IFR flight plan. The
ADS-B system will make that unnecessary, allowing for less hold time
between takeoffs. In an update on Tuesday, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt
said, "NextGen is a success story waiting to happen." The FAA is ready
to commit to "giving it the juice it needs," he said, adding that he has
the support of LaHood and President Barack Obama. "They want this up and
running, and they are fully supportive. The green light can't get any
greener than that." More...
SERVICE AWARD GOES TO CORPORATE ANGEL NETWORK The Corporate
Angel Network was honored for "outstanding achievement in public benefit
flying" at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., last week. The
award was presented by the National Aeronautic Association in
partnership with the Air Care Alliance. The Network was recognized for
its work in finding empty seats on corporate aircraft to transport
cancer patients to treatment centers nationwide. The program, which
began in 1981, now has more than 500 corporate participants who
contribute 3,000 flights per year. Awards also went to Mack Secord, who
has volunteered for more than 23 years with Angel Flight of Georgia, and
Robert Munley, one of the founders of Wings of Mercy, in
The Public Benefit Flying Awards were created to honor
volunteer pilots, other volunteers, and their organizations engaged in
flying to help others, and those supporting such work. Since 2003 dozens
of awards have been presented at the Above and Beyond Awards Ceremony,
held each fall in the U.S. Capitol Building. To nominate someone for a
2010 Public Benefit Flying Award, go to the NAA site or the ACA site.
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VIDEO: WHY DID THIS LANDING GO WRONG? Another YouTube star is born.
This time, it's a runway overshoot on St. Barthélemy's notoriously
short runway 10/28. Several readers drew our attention to this video,
and we've done an analysis on what went wrong. St. Bart's is short, all
right, but really not that different from a hundred other runways
cluttered up with trees, towers, and close-in terrain. This is a stark,
metal-bending lesson in airspeed control. More...
DAVE CARROLL AND SONS OF MAXWELL DELIVER ON THEIR PROMISED FOLLOW-UP TO
"UNITED BREAKS GUITARS" Sons of Maxwell front man Dave
Carroll is back in the spotlight with a follow-up to his "United Breaks
Guitars" music video. Carroll made news back in July with a YouTube
video describing how United Airlines had failed to help him make good on
a $3,500 Taylor guitar damaged during a commercial flight. The video
quickly became a sensation, and the Canadian singer-songwriter promised
a series of three songs about his experience with United. The second
installment has now hit the web and, at last look, had almost 400,000
views. (The original has more than five million.) More...
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INSIDER BLOG: "BANG, BANG" Being first to break a story isn't
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AVweb's Glenn Pew reflects on the pressures that led a major and
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As I pulled into a
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