Business Aviation Will Help
Companies Not Only Survive
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|Top News: NBAA Reinforces the Value of BizAv||back to
SHOWS BIZAV HARD AT WORK
Business jets aren't the toys of
playboy CEOs who bathe in gold coins, but the tools of mid- and
small-business managers and mid-level employees, according to a survey
conducted by GAMA and NBAA and Harris Interactive, a market research
firm. The two aviation advocacy groups surveyed 350 pilots, flight
department managers and directors of aviation business aircraft, plus
289 business aircraft passengers "in an ongoing effort to educate
policymakers" about "the value of business aviation." Pete Bunce, GAMA
president and CEO, said the survey's conclusions "stand in stark
contrast to recent mischaracterizations of business aviation operators."
Among the groups' findings reported last week, the vast majority (80
percent) of trips made by business aircraft are flown into airports with
little or no scheduled service. Those trips are operated by companies,
75 percent of which fly only one turbine-powered aircraft and 59 percent
of which have fewer than 500 employees. More...
AVweb spoke with NBAA President Ed Bolen ahead of the 2009 NBAA
Conference in Orlando this week. Click
here to listen to the podcast.
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SAYS CONTROLLERS SHOULD HAVE EMERGENCY POWERS
The NTSB is
using the US Airways flight 1549 Hudson River ditching to allow air
traffic controllers to independently label an aircraft's discrete
transponder code as an emergency code, regardless of the crew's actions.
(Link to PDF.) Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and FO Jeff
Skiles, famous for their safe handling of an Airbus A320 as it glided
into the Hudson, did not set their transponder to 7700. The NTSB does
not fault them for that. But it does recognize that when an emergency
code is selected, the full data block associated with the aircraft is
provided to the displays of more controllers. And that, the NTSB hopes,
could improve airspace handling, teamwork and a safe outcome during
complicated emergency situations. The NTSB safety recommendation gained
support from controllers. More...
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HOPES TO BOOST GENERAL AVIATION SALES
Tiahrt of Kansas Thursday introduced the General Aviation Jobs Act,
designed to buoy small aircraft sales by extending bonus depreciation
and more. The bill would extend the existing bonus depreciation
allowance for two more years but would also shorten from five to three
years the recovery period for property listed as non-commercial
aircraft. Tiahrt's motivation behind the bill is to further stimulate
sales of general aviation aircraft by reducing the purchase's financial
impact on companies and to add an economic boost to Kansas economies.
Currently, the tax provision that provides bonus depreciation allowance
is set to expire by year-end. More...
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BRINGS YOU DAILY UPDATES FROM NBAA 2009
October 20-22 is the annual NBAA Convention, and we'll bring
you news and announcements every day from the Orange County Convention
Center in Orlando, Florida. To follow our daily coverage, take a moment
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AIRPORT TENANTS FILE COMPLAINT WITH FAA
The change of
ownership at an FBO in Southern California led Wednesday to former
tenants filing a formal complaint with the FAA against the airport and
ultimately could form precedent regarding airports that attempt to limit
access. When the former FBO operator, Sailplane Enterprises Inc. glider
school, decided to end operations at Hemet-Ryan Airport in Southern
California, the airport decided it would ban, calling unsafe, the glider
operations that called the airport their home for decades. The glider
pilots' formal complaint hopes to ultimately regain access to the
airport and begin flying there again. But airport operators do have
certain rights. More...
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who lives or travels in bear country knows that to leave food in a
vehicle is to risk the consequences, as the owner of this Piper
evidently learned the hard way. Although we're unable to confirm the
details, an e-mail accompanying these photos states that the pilot of
the hapless aircraft left it parked in a remote field in Alaska, but
failed to observe a golden rule of Alaskan flying: Always remember to
clean out the inside of your aircraft after a fishing trip. The message
suggests the pilot did have a second rule, however: find some duct tape
and fix it. More...
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BOY HOAX CONFIRMED
Colorado officials say they have evidence
that shows the launch of a helium-filled balloon from Fort Collins last
Thursday was a publicity stunt. Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden
told a news conference Sunday that Richard and Mayumi Henne cooked up
the hoax, in which their six-year-old son Falcon was initially reported
to be on board the flimsy structure, to launch a reality TV series.
Falcon was allegedly in a box in the attic of the family's garage
throughout the drama, which dominated world-wide media attention for
most of Thursday. Alderden said he expects to file charges of
conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and attempting to
influence a public official all felony charges. The charges could
result in up to six years in jail on each charge. A misdemeanor charge
of filing a false report is also likely, he said. The charges have not
been filed. Alderden said his staff needs to "regroup" after a busy
weekend gathering evidence in the eye of a media storm. Alderden said
evidence they've gathered indicates the hoax was planned for at least
two weeks. The sheriff's office is also investigating whether some
unnamed media outlets were complicit in the hoax. More...
BOY SOME MATH BEHIND THE STORY
Was it ever even
possible that a 20' x 5' helium balloon could lift the weight of a
six-year-old to 8,000 feet MSL? Let's take a look at some numbers.
Taking Falcon Heene's father at his reported word, the balloon that news
helicopters followed for two hours Thursday (because they thought Falcon
was aboard) was 20 feet by five feet. We don't know if that included the
compartment at the bottom so let's be conservative and assume it
did not. The volume
of such a shape is 1,047.2 cubic feet. The lifting capacity of helium, at standard atmosphere,
is 28.2 grams per cubic foot. So, at best, the balloon had a lifting
capacity of about 65 pounds with which to lift itself (we'll assume
mylar), the gondola-esque structure beneath it (cardboard and wires?),
some tethers (not serving as such) and a six-year-old boy (not inside).
Speaking of the six-year-old, an average one of those should weigh in at
about 45 to 50 pounds (PDF). (The higher end assumes he didn't turn six
yesterday.) Ideally, that leaves 15 to 20 pounds of lifting force. But
this situation in Colorado was hardly "ideal." More...
INSIDER BLOG: BALLOON BOY'S MEDIA FRENZY
Yes, we covered the
now-infamous boy-in-a-runaway-balloon story and even sent out an
AVwebAlert to make sure you were following it, too. On the
AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli explains that much as we hate
to admit it, when a six-year-old is drifting towards Denver's Class B in
a runaway balloon, that's news. Even if it turns out that something much
stranger is actually happening. More...
INSIDER BLOG: MEDIA FRENZY, GA OPPORTUNITY?
Mary Grady had some thoughts on "balloon boy" and the media reaction,
too although, to be fair, Mary's attention was more focused on
next week's opening of Amelia and the opportunities we have to
put a positive spin on the world of aviation for our ground-bound
friends and colleagues. More...
INSIDER BLOG: SAFETY IS NO PLACE FOR A TURF WAR
magazine editor-in-chief Jeff Van West spends a lot of time thinking
about air traffic and the instruments that track it. On our AVweb
Insider blog, he expresses some concern over the notion that the FAA
is supposed to promote safety for all, yet someone had a snit fit when
they found out aircraft could get the benefit of traffic warnings
without telling ATC where they actually were. More...
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VIDEO: FLYING THE ZEPPELIN NT WITH AIRSHIP VENTURES
Pilots who signed up for
sightseeing flights over San Francisco in the new Zeppelin NT kept
asking the crew if they could take a turn in the front seat. Tired of
having to say no, the company created a special day-long program
just for pilots. AVweb's Mary Grady tried it out during a session
in Long Beach last month, and here is her report. More...
VIDEO: GARMIN'S NEW TRAFFIC PRODUCTS
At Oshkosh this year, Garmin
announced the new GT-series traffic awareness and collision avoidance
products. These devices are priced according to capability and aircraft
mission. In this video, we take a quick look at all three systems.
OF THE WEEK: BODE AERO (KAEG, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO)
Our latest "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Bode Aero at Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG)
in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
AVweb reader Eve
Cascella told us that, "in a nutshell, my experience with Bode
Aviation left me feeling very well taken care of and encouraged to know
that there are still people out there who go out of their way to serve."
How did they do that for Eve? Here's her rundown of the
A friend and I had
made plans to fly in from St. Louis to enjoy the annual Hot Air Balloon
Fiesta in Albuquerque. I had called Bode Aero a month or so before the
Fiesta to ask for advice on finding a hotel room; I was afraid I had
missed my opportunity to secure a room during this busy week ... but got
way more than I hoped for. Bode offered to make my room reservation for
me, and they also reserved a rental car for me both at reasonable
rates. ... On the morning we departed, Bode had pulled our plane out of
the tie-down area, and she was waiting for us up front by the FBO.
Departure was a breeze. However, I realized somewhere in central Kansas
that I had left my cell phone somewhere at Bode Aero. I should have
guessed: Renee had already found it, determined it was mine, looked up
my home phone number in St. Louis on the internet, and left me a
voicemail there saying that she would mail me my phone if I would please
call to confirm my address. How much more can you ask for?! Thank you,
Renee, Nikki, and all the others I can't name for helping to make our
stay in Albuquerque such a pleasant memory!
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...
|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
"Approach, how far
from the airport are we in minutes?"
the faster you go, the quicker you'll get here."
of the Top Twenty Actual Transmissions Heard in the O'Hare Tracon, from
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