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FINAL RULE ALTERS SPORT PILOT REGULATIONS
The FAA has
withdrawn or modified certain language that defines the certification of
aircraft and airmen for the operation of light sport aircraft. In the
final rule, the FAA has modified one proposal first listed in the 2008
NPRM and eliminated eight others. The FAA has chosen not to replace
sport pilot privileges with aircraft category and class ratings on all
pilot certificates. Similarly, the FAA has withdrawn a proposal to
replace sport pilot flight instructor privileges with aircraft category
ratings on flight instructor certificates. And sport pilot flight
instructors will not be required to log 5 hours of flight time in a make
and model of light sport aircraft before providing training in same. And
for those student pilots and sport pilots seeking to operate an airplane
with a maximum calibrated airspeed of greater than 87 knots, the FAA
will require one hour of flight training under the hood. Of 22 proposals
contained in the 2008 NPRM, 14 remain (including the aforementioned
modified proposal). More...
ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR PART 23 REVIEW
The FAA plans to
host open meetings, the results of which "will affect the next 20 years
of small airplane design, certification, and operations," according to
the agency. The plan is to use public input to help determine how well
the current airworthiness standards work through the course of an
aircraft's service life and with respect to anticipated future
requirements. "Many previous assumptions for small airplanes are no
longer accurate," says the FAA. The agency would now like to consider
requirements based on airplane performance and complexity instead of the
previous approach that has until now been based on propulsion and
weight, according to the FAA. The FAA is encouraging public
participation. "We would like feedback from manufacturers, pilots,
owners, mechanics, instructors and anyone else with an interest in the
small airplane industry," says the FAA. Dates, times, and details after
the jump. More...
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OFFICIAL MEETING, SENATE GA CAUCUS
The first official meeting
of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, co-chaired by Senators Mark Begich (an Alaska Democrat) and Mike Johanns (a Nebraska Republican) took place
Thursday, Jan. 28, composed of 23 members. The meeting addressed the
role that GA serves in the U.S., and how the concerns of the GA
community could be elevated in the Senate. The Senate Caucus was founded
in September. Its members will seek to serve as a platform for
bipartisan action on issues important to the GA community. Specifically,
"The goal of the Senate General Aviation Caucus is to work with pilots,
aircraft owners, the aviation industry, and relevant government agencies
to insure a safe and vibrant environment exists for General Aviation
(GA) in America," according to Begich's Web site. The House General
Aviation Caucus, formed last year with assistance and urging from AOPA,
held its first meeting in May. GA advocacy groups support the
organization of the caucuses as a better-organized vehicle to advance
their concerns. The caucuses so far hold more than 100 members on their
AIRPORT'S STIMULUS FUNDING ATTRACTS ATTENTION
With a recent
focus on funds spent under President Obama's stimulus package, CNN
Friday highlighted a $14.7 million runway project currently under way in
Ouzinkie, Alaska, population 200. The town is
located on a smaller island adjacent to Kodiak Island, south of mainland
Alaska. According to CNN, the runway project was going to happen anyway,
stimulus money or not. FAA funding had been slated for the project; the
stimulus package just identified it as shovel-ready. But the project's
attachment to the Obama administration's stimulus package may have added
controversy. An opinion written by a contributor to the Alaska Standard
detailed the project in a Dec, 31 article titled, "The Ouzinkie airstrip boondoggle." In it, author
Mike Dingman writes, "this is just one example of Obama stimulus funds
gone awry." More...
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SAYS HANDHELD USED IN FAKE CRASH CALL
The FAA now believes a
radio call from someone who claimed to be a passenger aboard a small
plane that (he alleged) impacted mountains near Stanford University
actually originated from a handheld transceiver in a downtown
neighborhood, according to a local ABC affiliate. ABC7 of San Francisco
says their source heard a recording of the 30-minute call between the
alleged passenger and controllers. That call last Saturday initiated a
three-county-wide search and rescue mission that ultimately involved
"nine different law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies," and included
a request for assistance from the Civil Air Patrol. It also, as a matter
of course, delayed or interrupted some routine radio communications.
ABC7's source said the caller identified himself as Mike Henderson and
stated he had a broken leg and his pilot was unconscious. The man said
the two had departed South County Airport for a tour of the Bay Area and
had crashed in the mountains. The search was called off midday, Sunday,
and the FAA has isolated the origin of the call to downtown Los Altos.
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on Dec. 29 flew a prototype of its Sukhoi T-50 fighter, said to be the
first fighter jet designed and built in post-Soviet Russia, albeit with
help from India. The unique twin-engine, all-weather, low-visibility,
stealthy "fifth-generation" fighter is expected to be capable of
extended supersonic flight. Its design is said to have been determined
"taking into account the F-22's capabilities, merits and drawbacks,"
according to RIA Novosti. Having won a design contest in 2002,
the Russian jet was expected to fly first in 2007. With Friday's first
flight, testing is expected to continue over the next five to six years.
According to Russian military commentator Ilya Kramnik, the T-50
compares with aircraft like the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II,
developed from the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The Russian jets
are expected to "replace the Su-30MKI Flanker-H fighters currently
serving with the Indian Air Force, in the 2020s and the 2030s. Moreover,
it is likely they will be mass-produced in India," as well as
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NAGQU AIRPORT TO BECOME "WORLD'S HIGHEST"
China has plans to
build almost 100 new airports by 2020 and one of them planned for
completion in 2014, Nagqu Dagring Airport, may claim the title of
highest airport in the world. The Tibetan Branch of the China Civil
Aviation Administration says the airport's construction will begin in
2011 at Nagqu prefecture in Tibet and sit at an altitude of 4,436 meters
(about 14,553 feet, or about 2.75 miles above sea level). Tibet holds
the current "highest airport" title with its Bamda Airport, which sits
at 4,334 meters (about 14,219 feet) and hosts an 18,000-foot runway. The
landing altitude is obviously well above the 6,000- to 8,000-foot cabin
pressure altitudes set by many commercial airlines and business jets.
Details about the coming Nagqu airport runway are scarce, but one
official said the airport itself will cover an area of about 245
hectares, which is about 0.94 square miles, and construction costs could
range near $263 million. More...
MEN, ONE CESSNA, 65 DAYS ALOFT -- NONSTOP
and Matt Pipkin plan to set a new record for time aloft in an airplane,
a record that currently sits at 64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes and five
seconds, according to the men. The record was set in a Cessna 172, and
the Pipkins intend to beat it in a (modified) 172 ... this time with a
video feed and Wi-Fi. Like the current record holders, Robert Timm and
John Cook, who set the mark between Dec. 4, 1958, and Feb. 7, 1959, the
Pipkins plan to refuel via low-level flyby, transferring fuel from a
truck. Timm and Cook managed that over long straight flat roads in the
Mojave desert until their plane's engine had deteriorated to the point
where they could no longer climb away. Chet and Matt Pipkin plan to
modify their engine with plumbing to allow for in-flight oil changes. As
for their own essential fluids and waste, that too will be passed
between the ground vehicle and aircraft. "This project is ridiculous,"
the men admit. "In fact, that is why we love it." But it does have a
serious side -- the men hope to raise money for charity.
interview with Matt Pipkin
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DAYS ALOFT? IN A C-172? MATT AND CHET PIPKIN GO FOR THE
It's been a little more than 50 years since anyone
tried to break one of the most bizarre aviation endurance records.
Matt Pipkin and his father Chet are aiming to try next
October by keeping a Cessna 172 in the air for 65 days straight.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Matt Pipkin about the attempt and
how it will benefit others. More...
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OF THE WEEK: STARPORT USA (SANFORD, FLORIDA)
AVweb reader Charles "Doc" Truthan told us
USA at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport (KSFB) is
"providing fuel at cost to pilots with Angel Flight
Southeast/Mercy Flight Southeast who are flying Haitian refugees ... to
their Florida destinations." But that's not all:
[T]hey are [also] delivering the fuel to the
aircraft at the terminal gate we are operating from, so the pilot does
not have to spend time and fuel taxiing between the FBO and the pickup
For their "outstanding service and American
spirit," StarPort is our latest "FBO of the Week."
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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
One rainy evening in the L.A. basin,
SoCal approach was trying to merge a bunch of traffic with wildly
different airspeeds onto V23 southbound:
Eight Eight Tango, what's your best airspeed?"
"One hundred ten knots."
"Don't be disappointed.
It just means we'll get to spend more time
"Well, if you like me so much, Cessna
Eight Eight Tango, turn left heading 090-a 360 for spacing."
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