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PASSES TESTS, READIES FOR VERTICAL LANDINGS
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
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MOVES TO CHANGE FLIGHT RULES
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 pass.
AIMS TO CHANGE FAA AIRPORT ACCESS POLICY
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. More...
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EASES ENTRY RULES FOR LSA PILOTS
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.
JETPACK'S INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION VENTURE
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."
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RECOGNIZE CONTRIBUTIONS TO AVIATION
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. More...
GOES LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA
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 (UAT) 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. More...
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VIDEO: F-35B JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER 40-KNOT FLY-BY
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. More...
VIDEO: LEGEND'S NEW AMPHIB FLOATPLANE
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