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FAA SPAR OVER NEXTGEN IMPLEMENTATION SNAGS
operational test of a new NextGen computer system for air traffic
control ran into problems last weekend at Salt Lake Center and had to be
shut down -- but the problem could have been averted, according to the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association, if the FAA had included
NATCA in its planning process. "The FAA has been stubbornly unwilling to
collaborate with NATCA in this project's development," NATCA Northwest
Mountain Regional Vice President Jim Ullmann said in a news
release on Wednesday. The system, called En Route Automation
Modernization (ERAM), promises to provide greater flexibility for
controllers in the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System. FAA
spokeswoman Laura Brown told AVweb that operational testing of
ERAM is necessary to bring the new system online. "This is the normal
way we test things and find bugs," she said. Backup plans were in place
and the new system is now offline until fixes are made. She said
although there was no official NATCA participation in the planning for
the new system, air traffic controllers were involved in the process.
She added that the FAA and the union are now working on a Memorandum of
Understanding to determine NATCA participation in that planning process
going forward. Asked for a timetable, she said there is "no line in the
sand" and while the NextGen process is moving along, there are no
further operational tests of the ERAM system scheduled as of now.
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OFFERS "DEPOSIT AMPLIFIER" FOR SKYLANE BUYERS
Company on Wednesday announced it will offer a "deposit amplifier"
program through the end of the year that adds $30,000 to a deposit on a
retail order for qualifying new Cessna 182 or Turbo 182 Skylane
single-engine piston aircraft. The Cessna 182 and Turbo 182 Skylane is a
four-place single-engine high-wing piston aircraft with a Lycoming
IO-540 engine, Garmin G1000 avionics, and a range of more than 900
miles. With the turbocharger, the top speed of 150 knots increases to
176 knots, or about 202 mph, according to Cessna. The company is also
offering a free service bulletin kit for certain software upgrades.
Cessna added that buyers who may be eligible to qualify for accelerated
depreciation should complete their purchase by the end of the year.
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BULL RACE WRAPS IN BARCELONA, BONHOMME TAKES FIRST
year's Red Bull
Air Race World Championship ended Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, before
a record crowd of 800,000 spectators, with the top place for the
six-race series going to British pilot Paul Bonhomme, who placed second
in both 2007 and 2008. "Fantastic, thank you Barcelona," Bonhomme said
after letting out a loud shout for joy when he heard the news he had won
the title on his cockpit radio. "It's been a huge amount of pressure.
It's just a question of how you deal with it at the right time," he
said. "I thought I'd better get my skates on and that worked." Second
place went to defending champion Hannes Arch of Austria, and third to
Australia's Matt Hall, the best result ever for a rookie. The 15
competing pilots earn points in each of the six races, and the final
ranks are determined by the aggregate score. Bonhomme took three
victories and three second places in the series, even though his Edge
540 plane was not as fast as Arch's for most of the season.
CUB ON FLOATS CERTIFIED
A lightweight version of the Legend
Cub LSA fitted with amphibious floats is now certified and ready to
ship, American Legend Aircraft Co., of Sulphur Springs,
Texas, announced last week. The amphib first flew in July and already
has traveled to Oshkosh and Maine, the company said. Along the way it
made plenty of landings both on land and water. The new Cub has several
key features, according to Legend general manager Kurt Sehnert.
"Firstly, doors on both sides of the cockpit give the Legend Cub pilot
and passenger easy access when docking the aircraft," he said.
"Secondly, the Legend Cub's electric start, which did not exist on the
original J-3, eliminates the precarious step of hand-propping and
maneuvering back to the cockpit." The first customer aircraft is now
being built. The Amphibious Legend FloatCub sells for $159,000.
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UPDATES: WRIGHT PILOT RECOVERING; CATALINA PILOT'S BODY
Mark Dusenberry, the pilot who was hurt last Thursday
in the crash of the 1905 Wright Flyer III replica in Dayton, Ohio, has
been upgraded from critical to fair condition, hospital officials told
the Dayton Daily News on Wednesday. The officials said
Dusenberry, 48, has been released from intensive care, but gave no
further details. Dusenberry was practicing at Huffman Prairie Flying
Field in preparation for a celebration of the 104th Anniversary of
Practical Flight. He was just seconds into his second early morning
flight when witnesses saw the aircraft begin to oscillate vertically
before pitching down from about 20 feet and impacting the ground (click
here for a video). Also last week, Jim Eachus, 61, was lost when his
experimental Avid Catalina seaplane sank
in Inks Lake near Burnet, Texas. Rescue teams searched for days but
found no sign of the pilot. On Saturday morning, two campers discovered
his body, which had drifted to shore. More...
ALLEGED TEEN AIRPLANE THIEF AT IT AGAIN?
are not coming right out and saying it, it appears that Colton
Harris-Moore, an 18-year-old suspected
airplane thief from coastal Washington, may have broadened his
horizons and added firearms to the mix. KOMO
reports that on Thursday, a Cessna 182 that was stolen Tuesday from
Bonners Ferry, Idaho, was found in a logged off area of wilderness near
Granite Falls, Wash. It had suffered a hard landing but was intact; the
arrival was considered survivable and no one was around. On Sunday
night, Granite Falls police were investigating an unusual robbery at a
home in the town and reported a gunshot from the woods nearby. A massive
search by police on Monday turned up nothing and there's been no sign of
him since but that fits the profile of the slippery Harris-Moore, who
has repeatedly eluded would-be captors. Oh, and the only items missing
from the typically booty-filled suburban home were a comforter
(overnight temperatures are in the 30s), some food and the homeowners'
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AVIATION LAUNCHES MANUFACTURING SUBSIDIARY
Aviation Technologies, of Wichita Falls, Texas, said this week it
has created two new subsidiary companies to handle research,
development, and manufacturing of its rotorcraft designs. "We are
beginning a new phase in our corporate development," company president
Jay Carter Jr. said in a news release. "Moving from a research and
development company into commercial production has required a great deal
of investigation." He said the company decided to move into
manufacturing on its own after discussions with potential partners
stalled. "Potential licensees were concerned about their staff being
able to come up to speed quickly on the techniques and processes used in
producing our designs," Carter said. Carter Air Vehicles, the new
manufacturing arm, will produce pre-production and initial production
aircraft for the civilian market. "The future scope of our manufacturing
will depend on demand for our aircraft," Carter said. The other new
subsidiary, Carter Aerospace Development, will handle research and
development programs. More...
STOPS DIRECT CHART SALES TO SMALL DEALERS
The FAA will no
longer offer wholesale rates on aeronautical charts to dealers with less
than $5,000 per year in sales, as of this week. Instead, retailers who
meet the sales minimum can be designated as Chart Agents, under a new
system overseen by the FAA's National Aeronautical Navigation Services division
(formerly NACO). Agents can buy charts at 50 percent off the list price
if they give up the option of returning unsold charts after they expire,
or they can take a 40 percent discount with up to 20 percent returns.
The Chart Agents also can act as dealers to the smaller outlets, and set
their own rates and conditions. According to one of those agents, Chartdealer.com, over
90 percent of retail chart sales were previously made by the smaller
dealers who can no longer buy direct from the FAA. Chartdealer is
offering to sell those small dealers charts at the same 40 percent
discount they used to get from the FAA, but without the take-back
provision. If small FBOs and flight schools opt out of carrying the
charts, it will be harder for pilots to find the charts they need.
AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
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products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business
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Garmin Glass for the Diamond
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VIDEO: ON "NON-GOD-FEARING AIRCRAFT"
Stability is a good thing ...
except when it isn't. Nearly all general aviation aircraft are
inherently stable, which makes them, in the words of military
experimental test pilot Desmond "Deuce" Brophy, "God-fearing aircraft."
But the fighter jets Brophy flies and tests are a little different.
During our visit to the flight test center at Edwards Air Force Base,
Brophy explained the fundamental aerodynamic differences between the
aircraft we fly and what he calls "non-God-fearing aircraft."
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OF THE WEEK: FIVE STAR JET CENTER (KBAF, WESTFIELD,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Five Star Jet Center at Barne Municipal
Airport (KBAF) in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Tim Stevens told us how 5SJ keeps 'em coming back for more with
great prices and that old pilot favorite, free food "burgers and
hot dogs on the patio while we overlook the fueling on the ramp." Tim
says "great hospitality and superior facilites" make this a must-stop
destination when you're in the area.
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...
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Veronica von Allwörden of Langley,
Washington tops the pile in one of the toughest "POTW" battles
of recent memory. Veronica says she took this photo "in a turn a
few years ago over the San Juan Islands in Washington State." (And
before anyone asks: Yes, she 'fessed up to PhotoShopping out the
N-number in the name of discretion.) We're a bit overwhelmed by the
staggering number of submissions we received for this week's
"POTW" contest. While the extra pics kept us busy this week,
it means we'll have an extra-large helping of bonus pics in our home
page slideshow throughout the week we may even get sneaky and
swap out a few part-way through the week as a way of sharing even more
extras so be sure to head over to AVweb.com
when you're done here and check out the bonus pics. You'll find them
about 1/3 of the way down the page in the central blue column.
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