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STEPS CLOSER TO NEXTGEN NAVIGATION WITH NAVERUS
Required navigation performance (RNP) flight paths
are an element of performance-based navigation (PBN) that will be a
building block of NextGen air traffic control, and the FAA has now
granted a letter of qualification to Naverus to design those flight paths. Naverus has
pioneered development in satellite-based navigation technology for
aircraft that allows more efficient and precise traffic patterns near
airports that rely less on ground-based navigation aids and more on
procedures and onboard equipment. In the U.S., the company has
previously worked with Southwest Airlines to develop RNP procedures and
it has already created more than 300 RNP procedures worldwide. Use of 28
RNP procedures the company will design in Australia are expected to
reduce annual aircraft carbon dioxide emissions by 269 million pounds,
according to the company. The FAA's letter of qualification is an
approval that allows Naverus to develop traffic procedures in the U.S.
for any airplane equipped to use them, thereby also facilitating
development of the FAA's NextGen air traffic control system.
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SUED BY FORMER DIRECTORS
Two former board members of the
National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) are suing the
organization, alleging NAFI is using instructional materials they
developed without authorization. Joanne and Sandy Hill were dismissed
from the board of directors late last year in an acrimonious dispute
that caused bitter divisions within NAFI and prompted the creation of a
new instructors' group called the Society of Aviation and Flight
Educators (SAFE). The Hills were particularly involved with NAFI's
Master Instructor program and they claim that NAFI has continued to use
the program they developed without acknowledgement and are alleging
copyright infringement. Rich Stowell, who developed the aerobatics
section of the program, is also suing NAFI. NAFI spokesman Jason Blair
said his group has not been served legal documents and declined to
comment for now. More...
OFF ILLEGAL SUBSIDIES RULING, AIRBUS SEEKS GOVT.
Following close on the heels of a World Trade
Organization (WTO) ruling that, according to one insider, labeled as
"illegal subsidies" certain government-supplied, financial launch aids
for new Airbus designs, Airbus is again seeking government cash to bring
its next-generation designs to market. To compete with stirrings in
China (which expects to bring its new C919 jumbo jet to market before
2020), Airbus wants to produce by 2015 its own more efficient, less
noisy aircraft. Rough targets for the new aircraft are set at half the
noise and half the emissions. Reuters reported last week that the
manufacturer may be considering open rotor engine technology, mounting
the engines aft and using tail surfaces to help with noise attenuation
(blade failure notwithstanding). To do that, or something like it,
Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier last week told Le Figaro
newspaper the company needs $1.2 billion over six years and he
encouraged the French government to invest. But even if the company does
receive government funding, that doesn't necessarily mean it will be
bypassing a WTO ruling -- thanks to complications from Boeing.
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GAMA CHAMPION STUDY ON BUSINESS AVIATION
Months after events
on Capitol Hill negatively associated big business with bizjets, a
recent study has concluded that the vast majority of businesses that
dominate "the list of companies strongest in corporate governance and
responsibility" rely on business aviation. NEXA Capital Advisors
LLC, a highly specialized transaction-focused advisory services
company for the aerospace and transportation sectors, produced the
study. GAMA and NBAA believe the study's conclusion, which states in
part that "business aircraft users had a dominant presence, on average
of 92 percent, among the most innovative, most admired, best brands, and
best places to work," is no surprise. According to NBAA President and
CEO Ed Bolen, "This study shows what the people in the business aviation
community have always known," that "a business airplane is the sign of a
well-managed company." Said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce, aviation
creates "concrete and unique competitive benefits that are reflected in
shareholder and enterprise value." More...
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OPTION-RICH SIRIUS HIGH-WING LSA
TL-Ultralight, s.r.o., in
the Czech Republic manufactures the Sting S3 low-wing LSA and now its
stablemate, the TL-3000 Sirius high-wing, has also earned light
sport aircraft certification. SportairUSA, LC, distributes both
composite aircraft and announced Saturday that the Sirius is available
for purchase in the U.S. The Sirius sports yoke steering, what appear to
be race-car-like seats, and a luggage compartment that Sportair says is
"more spacious than the trunk of a Honda Accord" (but comes with a
weight limit of 100 pounds). The aircraft's useful load is 600 pounds,
which it carries behind a carbon-fiber prop spun by a 100-hp Rotax
912ULS. It also comes standard with "the industry's fastest-opening GRS
whole-plane ballistic parachute," according to Sportair, and can be
fitted with floats. Sportair offers the aircraft with a variety of panel
options that range from traditional six pack to a choice of
multi-function displays form from a variety of suppliers that, says
Sportair, would allow for ASTM-compliant instrument flight.
JETPACK TEST PILOT PICKED BY EBAY BID
Results on eBay suggest
that someone has, for $35,101, purchased the chance to become a
temporary test pilot for the Martin Aircraft Company, developer of the
Martin Jetpack. Martin partnered with Total Experience, which sells
adventure packages, to market the chance to become the first person
outside the aircraft's development program to fly the Jetpack. The
winner is promised "Jetpack test pilot training" as well as at least six
flight sessions over the course of three days. The experience was put up
for auction on eBay and two bids, plus that of the winner, were
registered. Martin answered queries about the adventure, stating that
the six flight sessions would span about two hours each, "which would
normally amount to 100 flights or more." The flight program may include
limitations set by the aircraft's then-current flight test envelope.
Presently, the aircraft is restricted to 2 meters in altitude, 5 knots
left, right and backward, and 10 knots forward. "Flights can be up to 5
minutes," according to the company, "though we may go to 10 in an
outdoor setting." Martin even had an answer to "why do we have to pay to
be a test pilot?" More...
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ARRESTED IN HELICOPTER CASH HEIST
Swedish police arrested
"several" suspects Sunday after thieves raided a cash storage unit for
ATMs near Stockholm last Wednesday, making their approach to the
facility and the first leg of their escape by stolen helicopter.
Authorities suspect the group of bandits may include as many as ten
participants. One of those arrested on Sunday is one of 552 licensed
helicopter pilots in the country, according to a Swedish newspaper. The
gang landed a helicopter on the roof of the cash storage facility,
gained access through a window and apparently used explosives to gain
access to the cash. They then loaded the helicopter with a yet
undisclosed booty and departed, leaving no one wounded and, later, left
the helicopter about 15 miles away. First responders to the heist were
not equipped to confront heavily armed criminals and the thieves were
able to leave before properly equipped authorities arrived. Critics have
been quick to point out what they view as shortcomings in the police's
state of readiness, bolstered by the reason the police did not employ
their own local helicopter in the operation. More...
SUSPECTED OF PLANE THEFTS
Authorities on Camano Island in
Washington state suspect a one-man crime spree that's now spread to
include the theft of two aircraft -- one of which resulted in an alleged
9/11 joy ride -- to be the product of an 18-year-old previously held at
a minimum-security Renton juvenile facility from which he escaped. The
Seattle Times quotes local authorities who call Colton Harris-Moore a
"menace" and an "incredible liability to people's safety." Local sheriff
Bill Cumming told the Times be believes the teen stole a Cessna 182 from
an Orcas Island hangar last November, flying it east to a hard landing
on the Yakama Indian Reservation. The Sept. 11 incident involved a new
Cirrus SR22 allegedly stolen by the teen from Friday Harbor and flown to
Orcas Island where it too was put down, hard, according to authorities.
(At least one report suggests the boy read a flight manual and learned
how to fly on the Internet.) The next night, when the Times says the
teen was chased by a policeman on Orcas Island, authorities say the
young man "laughed out loudly" when he realized he'd escaped. The teen
is also suspected in multiple other thefts (including that of a boat)
and local burglaries with some episodes caught on surveillance video.
His mother has a slightly different opinion of the events.
FLIGHTS 'STALKING' FROM THE AIR?
A dozen complaints from
residents led police to the pilot of a small plane witnessed,
photographed and filmed flying low over their homes last Wednesday, but
there's more to it than that. The pilot, Tom Huey, of Concord, Calif.,
who'd flown his 1957 Beech Bonanza over the neighborhood prior to July
2008, resumed that habit this September. And here's the more: Huey's
flight pattern, which circled over the neighborhood, also circled over
the house of his ex-girlfriend. And his timing apparently coincides with
the restraining order she filed against him. The flights stopped in July
when the girlfriend obtained the order, but resumed mere hours after
authorities finally served Huey with the papers. Authorities believe the
return of Huey's aircraft over the neighborhood now means he violated
the restraining order that police finally served earlier that same day.
If that's the case, it may make him guilty of felony stalking, and with
that (and upon his landing, Wednesday) they arrested him. Huey didn't
make it complicated, having flown low enough to put his plane's
registration number well within the range of neighbors' camcorders ...
and leaflets found in the neighborhood didn't help. More...
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MADE A FORCED LANDING ON A ROAD? AVIATION SAFETY WANTS TO HEAR
If you've ever had to make an emergency landing
on a road, we'd like to hear more about it. As part of sister
Safety magazine's new podcast series, we're looking for pilots
who have had the combined misfortune and good luck to make a forced
landing on a road. Especially if your event includes a "teachable
moment," we may ask you to help inform other pilots about the lessons
you learned by participating in an upcoming podcast, moderated by
Aviation Safety magazine Editor-in-Chief Jeb
If you've "been there, done that" and would like to
share your experience with other pilots, please drop us a note at email@example.com
briefly describing what happened. Please also include your name, e-mail,
and telephone number. We'll take it from there! More...
INSIDER BLOG: NO HAIR SHIRT FOR GA OVER NEW YORK
AOPA Prez Craig Fuller met with FAA and industry
officials in New York this week to talk about ways to reduce congestion
in New York. Resident blogger Paul Bertorelli points out that he quite
rightly pledged that GA would do its part but isn't sure GA has a part
to play. Traffic volumes are already in the tank, and not many of us
file New York's three major airports as a final destination. If you
really want to cut congestion, says Paul on the AVweb Insider,
eliminate about every third RJ operation into New York.
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OF THE WEEK: PACIFIC STATES AVIATION (KCCR, CONCORD,
your favorite FBOs is usually a feel-good occasion, but this week we
found a story in our inbox from one couple who had to rely on an FBO as
their lifeline when they encountered a terrible situation while
traveling. Bryan Liang explains what happened and how Pacific
States Aviation at Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR) in Concord,
California helped him cope:
My wife and I flew to CCR, hangared our plane with PSA, and
borrowed its crew car. During our stay, we were carjacked. I suffered
broken wrists and head wounds, and my wife spent eight days in ICU and
twelve days in hospital literally fighting for her life.
PSA folks were our main support the whole time. They came to the ER with
flowers Saturday night. On Sunday they rented, paid for, and delivered a
rental car to the hospital for me. They paid for my hotel, waived
fuel/hangar fees, waxed our plane, talked with me daily, and then drove
us 1.5 hrs to a commercial flight home. All because it was the right
thing to do.
PSA's generosity and kindness lifted a heavy
burden from us. They cared. Words cannot describe how much they opened
their hearts to us and helped us feel we weren't alone. We are deeply
grateful for all Greg, Shari, Jennifer, Marcy and the line guys did for
us. They represent the best in aviation and the best in human beings.
They deserve to be not only "FBO of the Week," but of the year, of the
decade, and of the century.
Keep those nominations
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
Most Center controllers don't have a
highly developed sense of humor about radar limitations, but one I heard
at Jacksonville Center does:
Cessna One Two Three Four."
"Cessna One Two
Three Four, JAX Center. Go ahead."
Two Three Four is 20 miles north of Jacksonville, 1500 feet, and we
would like flight following."
"I would like to
oblige, but at that altitude the only radar picking you up would be the
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