There's Much Happening in
Lightspeed Aviation's NBAA Booth This Week
First, we're drawing each day for a no-cost Zulu
or Mach 1
headset your choice! And if your company or flight department has
five or more pilots, we're also offering your organization a trial
. Finally, if you're flying with any other premium headset, be
sure to ask about our corporate pilot trade-in program
. It's a
great way to move up to a Zulu.
Look for Booth #3818
|As NBAA Wraps, World at Large Still Down on
JET BASHING CONTINUES
As the leadership and membership of the
National Business Aviation Association talked about the progress being
made in fighting the stigma of business aircraft use, the rest of the
world was heaping scorn on their use by executives of banks that
received federal bailouts. Business jet (usually termed private jet) use
by the bankers was described by the Washington Post as the number one
perk handed out to execs in lieu of bonuses that the feds are vigorously
discouraging the banks from issuing with taxpayer money. But the stigma
of business aircraft use has spread far beyond the boardrooms in New
York, as country music star Garth Brooks found out on Tuesday.
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STAR SWANK TO COMPLETE PILOT TRAINING
The mystery of Amelia
Earhart's disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 is a familiar story,
but outside of aviation circles, her other accomplishments are less well
known. A new film that opens Friday, Amelia, starring Hilary
Swank, explores Earhart's life as a pilot, leading up to that famous
final flight. The Ninety-Nines, the women's pilot association that
Earhart helped to launch, is holding events around the country to
celebrate the opening of the film, in hopes that it will help spark
interest in general aviation. Swank spent about 19 hours learning to fly
after she agreed to take on the role and said last week that she hopes
to complete her private pilot training. "It takes all of your senses;
you're completely immersed," she said at a news conference last week in
New Jersey, where she met with pilots from the Ninety-Nines and
displayed one of the Lockheed Electras that flew in the film. "It was
exciting to learn something new that really was challenging." Click
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TUCKER SCHEDULED FOR OPRAH THURSDAY
Those of you who don't
regularly tune into the Oprah Winfrey show in the middle of your work
day might want to set the DVR for whatever time it is she's on Thursday.
AVweb has learned that aerobatic master Sean D. Tucker is
appearing on a show Winfrey has dedicated to the "best" of various
aspects of society. Tucker has some competition for airtime, though. One
of the items she's featuring is a pair of jeans she says fits her well.
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767 LANDS ON TAXIWAY
A couple of Delta Airlines pilots have
been suspended after the Boeing 767 they were flying from Rio de Janeiro
landed on a taxiway at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport early Monday morning.
The FAA reported there were no other aircraft on the taxiway and the
landing and rollout were normal. Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the
crew was dealing with a medical emergency on board and had been cleared
for Runway 27R. More...
The FAA says an airport is a rotten place to
put a composting facility, and Palo Alto, Calif. officials have
grudgingly agreed. Last Monday, Palo Alto city council voted 6-3 to
rethink plans to use four acres of airport land as a processing site for
the area's kitchen scraps and lawn clippings. However, it wasn't until
the FAA told council that the facility would run afoul of agreements
regarding the federal money that has been spent at the airport over the
years that the city decided to look for greener pastures. Local pilots
had also rallied to fight the proposal. More...
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PILOTS ESCAPE DISCIPLINE
An Indian newspaper, the Mail Today,
is quoting an unnamed retired airline pilot as
saying that senior airline pilots commonly turn up for work drunk and
almost never get disciplined because they are too "precious." The
newspaper points out that there is no law against flying drunk in India,
although pilots suspected of drinking are prevented from getting into
the cockpit. An Air India flight from Mumbai to New York was delayed
Monday when one of the four pilots checked in tipsy. A replacement was
found, and the flight took off 45 minutes late. The unnamed source told
the newspaper the pilot will will probably be back in the left seat as
soon as he sobers up. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: VLJ? THE INDUSTRY WOULD PREFER TO FORGET THAT
Such is the damage done by Eclipse to the credibility of
light jets, the industry would like to press the reset button and call
these things entry-level jets. Good idea, says Paul Bertorelli in his
latest blog from the NBAA Convention in Orlando, because the idea of
cheap, fast and economical was a loser from the start.
INSIDER BLOG: NBAA SOMBER, RESIGNED
Paul Bertorelli checks in from the 2009 NBAA Convention in Orlando,
Florida in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog. No
question the show is smaller, but in the face of the worst downturn the
modern industry has ever seen, that's no surprise. The uptick will come,
says Paul, but it probably won't happen in 2010. More...
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...
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
"Sometimes all the
aspects of a memorable photo shoot just come together," writes this
week's top photographer, Mikko
Maliniemi of Kuopio, Finland. "We had been hunting for the
last few rays of the sun for an hour in between the surrounding 6/8
clouds, when, on our way back home, we ran into something beautiful.
Just before the home airfield, this unforgettable blue view opened up to
us from behind a big CB cloud we had to circle around."
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