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Two F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test jets flew six times on Wednesday, March 10, above Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., clearing the way for the program's vertical landing tests. One
aircraft, flown by test pilot Graham Tomlinson, was a Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin design. It flew multiple hops in close pattern work, with each trip
flown at a lower airspeed than the one prior, and with "hot pit refueling" (without shutting down the engine) performed between each flight. For this test, each landing was performed at a higher speed
than its associated pattern work and culminated in a 40-knot fly-by followed by a 75-knot landing. The test program of the shaft-driven vertical lift fan and aft vectored thrust system will now move
on to vertical landings. While the March 10 flights were uneventful, the politics surrounding the aircraft -- the most expensive acquisition in U.S. military history, according to Aerospace & Defense News -- continued on March 11 to be more dramatic.
One day after the flight tests, the Pentagon on March 11 told Senators that the average per unit cost of the aircraft has risen from roughly $50 million (in Fiscal 2002 dollars) to $112 million in
today's dollars. Those cost figures presume that more than 2,400 of the aircraft will be purchased, as intended, by branches of the U.S. military. As with any current high-cost government funded
project, the JSF program has recently found its share of scrutiny and criticism. Following a recent restructuring of the JSF program, brought on to restore the schedule in the development program, the
military now expects to have the jet flying for the Marine Corps in 2012. The Navy's carrier version will follow in 2014. First JSF squadron deployment is expected in 2016. Foreign F-35B customers
include the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and the Italian Air Force and Navy.
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Copilots for commercial flights carrying passengers would be required to have at least 800 hours of flight time under a measure passed by the Senate Tuesday. Current rules require only 250 hours.
The 800 hours must include experience working in multiple-pilot environments and training in handling adverse weather and icing conditions. If the legislation becomes law, the FAA would have until the
end of 2011 to issue new rules. The measure is just one part of the FAA reauthorization bill, which has been laden with dozens of controversial amendments, some of which have little or nothing to do
with aviation, on its way through Congress. It's expected that the FAA will be given another 90-day funding extension on Thursday, moving the deadline back to June 30 for the reauthorization bill to
Relatives of the victims of Colgan Air Flight 3407 have been actively lobbying Congress to include in the bill changes
in the training standards for pilots on commercial passenger flights. The House version of the FAA reauthorization bill has already been passed, and it includes a 1,500-hour minimum requirement for
right-seaters on commuter airlines. Whatever the Senate passes will have to be merged with the House bill by a House-Senate conference committee that will then vote on whatever compromises they reach.
The long-awaited funding bill is expected to provide support for the development of NextGen.
Bills are now under consideration in both the House and Senate to amend a recent FAA policy that restricts airport access. The "Community Airport Access and Protection Act of 2010" addresses the
FAA's decision to prohibit "through the fence" access at most public airports. Such access has long been enjoyed by owners of hangar homes and other neighbors who use airports on a regular basis.
"Please contact your senators and representatives to support these bills," Brent Blue wrote to AVweb this week. Blue founded a group called Through The Fence to organize opposition to the policy. "No data, studies, or non-FAA-personnel's opinion went into the new order," which was issued last September without any
input from the public or advocacy groups, says Blue. Through The Fence is encouraging all pilots and others interested in general aviation airports to contact their senators and representatives to
support this legislation.
The House bill is H.R. 4815, sponsored by Representatives Sam Graves and Leonard Boswell. The Senate Bill is H.R. 1586 Amendment #3465, sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe and co-sponsored by Sen. Ron
Wyden. The bills would restore access but would also require off-airport users to pay access charges. "Congressmen Graves and Boswell as well as Senator Inhofe deserve tremendous credit for sponsoring
legislation which ensures access to general aviation airports and supports their economic vitality through TTF fees," said Blue. "This correction of FAA policy will help maintain the viability of
small airports by encouraging use while supporting safety and security."
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It's now easier for U.S. pilots to fly their light sport aircraft into Canada, EAA said this week. Transport Canada
now will treat LSAs the same as experimental aircraft. Previously, TC required U.S. pilots of LSAs to call ahead and receive authorization to fly in Canada, obtain a validation form to keep in the
aircraft, and pay a $100 fee. "Now LSA owners simply have to download the Standardised Validation form, follow customs requirements, and fly," said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director.
"The $100 fee has been eliminated." TC still requires pilots to have a private pilot certificate with a valid medical -- sport pilots without an FAA medical certificate are not allowed. "But we're
working on that, too," Hansen said.
The change will benefit Canadians as well as U.S. pilots, said Jack Dueck, a member of EAA's Canadian Council. "This is also good news for Canadians since it indicates a continuing effort to bring
LSA to Canadian pilots and owners," Dueck said. To download a copy of the TC Standardised Validation form, go to the EAA
New Zealand's Martin Aircraft Company says it has signed a $12 million joint venture with an "international aircraft company" that aims
to make the Martin Jetpack a commercially available product, but details remain unresolved. The partner is yet unnamed, but would be licensed to manufacture Martin Jetpacks only in its native country
(also yet unnamed). Final details of the deal, like the location of the production facility, intellectual property and branding matters, also must still be finalized. But under the deal, a new company
would be formed, and Martin's unnamed partner would hold a 51-percent stake. Martin would become a supplier, selling parts to the joint-venture company. Lauder and Jetpack inventor Glenn Martin would
serve as directors of that company. Martin will retain the international patent and is still looking for other international partners. The joint company's near-term goal would be for the sale of 500
units, bringing in $100 million, within three years. Says Lauder, Martin's portion of that (as a supplier) would "give us a lifeline, but it doesn't give us the sort of venture capital we need."
Last December, Martin sought $10 to $25 million in investor support, saying it would need the money within the next three months to develop the Martin Jetpack for commercial production. It found no
investors, locally. But the new deal has offered the company hope. "We have somebody who is willing to put $12 million on the table because they believe there is a sizeable market in their country,"
said Lauder. Martin says the Jetpack is capable of flying at 8,000 feet and reaching speeds of about 60 miles per hour, but "further safety testing is required before it's ready for commercial
production." The deal brings some financial relief to the cash-strapped Martin Aircraft Company, but does not provide the cash infusion needed to fund its larger international ambitions.
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Two major aviation awards programs have announced their winners for 2010. The Lindbergh Award,
which honors efforts to achieve a balance of nature and technology, went to FedEx and to Jack Pelton, CEO of Cessna. "Jack Pelton has led the charge to see that the aviation industry focuses
appropriate efforts in reducing its environmental impact," said Larry Williams, chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation. FedEx will receive the Corporate Award for Balance, which recognizes business
practices that reflect concern for the environment and quality of life. The FAA's General Aviation Awards go
to aviation professionals for contributions in flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety. Recipients of this year's national awards are Jeff Moss of Los Angeles, CFI of the Year;
Tom Turner of Rose Hill, Kan., FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year; Neil Nederfield of Lafayette, N.J., Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year; and Kirk Peterson of Larimore, N.D.,
Avionics Technician of the Year.
The Lindbergh Foundation awardees will be honored at the 32nd annual Lindbergh Award
Celebration to be held at Sun 'n Fun, in Lakeland, Fla., on April 14. The General Aviation Awards program is a partnership involving more than a dozen organizations from the aviation industry.
This year's awards will be presented by FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt in July at EAA AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh. Regional award winners are also named. Click here for more details about this year's winners.
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Pilots of properly equipped aircraft flying through the Philadelphia area can get a glimpse of the future of flight now that ADS-B service has been switched on there. The FAA activated the system
on Feb. 26 but didn't announce it until Tuesday. Aircraft with a universal access transceiver can display weather and aeronautical information on their cockpit displays, as well as traffic advisories.
Those with a 1090 MHz Extended Squitter (1090 ES) can only get the traffic. The FAA is warning that the information available is advisory only and not a substitute for official sources of weather and
NOTAMs or looking out the window.
Like any new and complex system, there are bound to be bugs and the FAA is hoping pilots will pay special attention to the functionality of the system and report any problems. ADS-B is the
foundation technology of the NextGen airspace modernization program.
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Last week, we asked AVweb readers what they thought of the FAA's rosy forecast for 2030. The
largest single segment of those who responded (44%) took a much dimmer view of the near future, proclaiming that recreational flying is a sunset industry, and the FAA is just giving false hope.
The second largest slice of votes (30%) went to the less bleak option I can understand the bizjet growth, but recreational flying won't keep up.
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Test pilot Graham Tomlinson on March 10, 2010 flies the first F-35B Joint Strike fighter (or JSF), BF-1, at 40 knots on its 40th flight, employing the jet's forward shaft-driven
vertical lift fan look behind the nosegear and the aft-vectored thrust nozzle.
The jet's next test will include vertical landings. The propulsion system can deliver up to 41,000 pounds of vertical thrust and, depending on the jet's configuration, can deliver air
speeds from zero to the aforementioned 1.6 Mach. This 40-knot fly-by and the faster, 75-knot landing were the slowest of the day.
American Legend has made a name for itself in the LSA market with well-made Cub clones. At U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring in January, it showed a new amphib LSA that attracted
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AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Atlantic Aviation at Republic Airport (KFRG) in
Farmingdale, New York.
AVweb readers Jeffrey and Lisa Chipetine recently pulled some long hours flying rescued dogs to their new homes for Pilots N Paws and the staff at Atlantic were more than happy to help in their journey. Jeffrey and Lisa write:
The fellows on the line made sure we were all safe [humans and dogs alike] by escorting the receiving vehicle onto the tarmac and ensuring everyone was kept clear during the transfer. As Atlantic
Aviation hosts GA traffic that includes jets and turbines as well as prop aircraft, this was an important consideration. The line staff even helped disassemble the crates and load the (stubby
tail-wagging) animals into the SUV belonging to the couple receiving the dogs. We all shared a good moment that night, each of us having a part in sending those terrific dogs onto the next leg in
their journey towards a better life. Those animals likely got more rubs and hugs that evening than they had ever received, and they sure returned the love. ... We taxied back to our tiedown feeling a
little better about answering a call from those two small voices.
Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on
AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week." Want to see your photo on
AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.
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We know you're busy scanning the internet for vital aviation information, but how about you relax and take a five-minute break with us while we ooh and ahh over this
week's top five photos? All work and no "Picture of the Week" makes Jack a dull boy.
Three colors and a couple of shapes but what a gorgeous photo.
Suzy Kryzanowicz of Bay City, Michigan downplays her "Picture of the Week" submission, jokingly calling it "my impression of what it would look like
if I tripped over the extension cord in my hangar and looked up!"
We're beginning to think Douglas Johnson of Belmont, North Carolina has a thing for DC-3s. (Maybe it's the name?) As Douglas reminded us, his last
entry was a 2009 "POTW" winner and featured a rusty, hulking DC-3 that was definitely not flight-ready. This time, it's the Carolinas Aviation Museum's in-service model, as seen through a fisheye lens.
(Psst we've also got a link to Douglas's photo stream on Flickr, and it's every bit
as worthwhile as you'd expect from the photo you're seeing here.)
I work at Patuxent River NAS doing F/A-18 flight testing at the Navy test squadron VX-23. We have a 1:18 scale hornet that, on slow days, we dress up to mimic
current flight testing. During our recent snow storms, when the air field was buried under two feet of snow, we decided on a snow scene to reflect the current outside condition.
(We are so going to Toys R Us first thing in the morning!)
Bob Kennedy of Wailuku, Hawaii had just cleared the runway after landing his C-172 when the tower directed this big fella to cross behind him. "My
daughter, in the back seat, was alarmed at the close encounter," writes Bob, but our intrepid submitted did exactly what we'd have done he reached for his camera.
(P.S. Bob writes, "I started to make the caption read, 'Caution: Wake Turbulence from the Departing Cessna.'")
A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of
seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too. ;)
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Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to
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