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L-3 LEGAL WRANGLE TAKES A TWIST
Cirrus Aircraft has gone to
court to stop a former supplier from allegedly telling other suppliers
that Cirrus is headed for bankruptcy. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune Cirrus filed suit Thursday
against Grand Rapids, Mich.-based L-3 Communications and also claims L-3
has been encouraging other suppliers to stop doing business with Cirrus.
Cirrus wants the court to stop L-3 from contacting suppliers and is also
seeking unspecified damages. Cirrus claims that if suppliers act on the
alleged advice from L-3, it would be forced out of business and that the
bankruptcy allegations could scare off potential customers. L-3 was
closed on the weekend and officials could not be reached for comment.
The suit is the latest wrinkle in legal wrangling between the two
companies that began last May. More...
Business Aviation Will Help
Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis
To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep
flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even
stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that
surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for
REQUESTS 32 PERCENT MORE MONEY FOR 2011
FAA chief Randy
Babbitt was in Washington Thursday to explain why the FAA wants $1.14
billion for fiscal 2011. The administrator defended the request to the
Transportation and Housing and Urban Development subcommittee,
explaining that the move to NextGen involves a "complex series of
programs" and inter-related initiatives. If granted, the funding would
be a 32-percent increase from fiscal 2010, and only part of the $20
billion that full NextGen implementation is expected to require. The
NextGen project is already behind schedule and Committee Chairman John
Olver, D-Mass., suggested some of the blame rests with leadership.
"Early implementation efforts have been hampered by unclear roles," he
said, asking if that had yet been addressed. But there will be other
future complications, not the least of which involves how aircraft will
come to be equipped and who will pay for it. More...
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GUIDE UPDATED TO HELP PILOTS WITH BORDER CROSSING
Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has updated its guide explaining the
required electronic Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) used by
pilots flying into the U.S., with consideration given to suggestions
from EAA. The new guide clarifies certain requirements first published
in 2008 and adds instruction designed to help pilots deal with
real-world complications they may encounter. Added sections include
details on what to do if weather or other issues prevent a pilot from
arriving at their planned border crossing location, or cause them to
miss their planned crossing time. It clarifies what to do when departing
from an airport not designated by the CBP as an airport of entry. And it
also adds direction for pilots who encounter APIS system problems or,
for other reasons, can not provide complete information through the
system. Previously, the guide indicated those problems were the sole
responsibility of the pilot, regardless of whether the APIS system
itself (through an interface or other problem) was at fault. A link to
the guide follows after the jump. More...
BACKS ATTENDANTS' CONCERNS ABOUT SUICIDAL PILOT
Court of Canada has backed flight attendants who refused to work a
flight because they believed the pilot was suicidally depressed. It's
not clear if the attendants, as part of the ruling, would have to tell
passengers on the flight about their motivation to deplane. The court
challenge arose when four Air Canada flight attendants in the summer of
2008 refused their assignments after one of them met the flight's pilot.
The attendant, Hugh Bouchard, called in sick after the meeting and told
another attendant the pilot had, on a previous flight, threatened to fly
a plane into the Atlantic, according to the Montreal Gazette. Subsequent investigations found no
support for that exact wording, but when the story was shared among the
crew three other flight attendants (scheduled to work under Bouchard on
the Toronto to Paris flight) also opted out. The airline found a backup
crew and the flight went on without additional drama. Legal
complications followed. More...
The National Air Traffic
Controllers Association Proudly Salutes the Winners of the Sixth Annual
Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
Named after America's first air traffic controller, these awards honor
instances of exceptional skill, professionalism and dedication by our
nation's air traffic controllers. From alerting aircraft to dangerous
situations in the sky to expertly guiding private aircraft pilots in
distress to safe landings, each of these winners has contributed to
ensuring the safety of others.
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MIDAIR KILLS THREE
Three people died in a midair collision
near Williston, Fla., on Saturday. Lee Sentman, 73, has been identified
as the lone occupant of an aircraft that was arriving at the Williston
Airport on a flight from Ocala when it was in collision with an aircraft
that was departing Williston. The names of the two occupants of the
departing aircraft have not been released. The departing aircraft was
identified as a single-engine Piper and the inbound plane was reportedly
a homebuilt. More...
AERO Friedrichshafen Is
Europe's Foremost Trade Show for General Aviation
Besides major decision-makers and multipliers of the industry,
attracts thousands of aviation enthusiasts each year in the
scenic city of Friedrichshafen, Germany home base of the famous
Zeppelins. As a trend-setter and driving force in the industry, AERO not
only showcases the entire range of GA products and services, it also
offers significant added value in the form of future-oriented supporting
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BID ON AGAIN FOR CERTIFICATION
The on-again, off-again,
on-again, four-plus-one place Seawind 300C has received its flight permit, flown
over Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada, and is heading for certification,
according to company chief, Richard Silva. The aircraft is marketed by
Seawind as both "the world's most versatile land plane" and "the world's
fastest seaplane." Flight testing will be performed by the National
Research Center, Canada, over three months finishing in June, Silva told
AVweb. Silva says that, after successful testing, his priorities
will shift to production of the first five customer aircraft, and flight
tests and certification work with the autopilot. Silva says he has
secured funding through certification and is working to set up the next
phase for production. He forecasts demand in excess of 120 aircraft per
year, looking at amphib pilots alone, but Silva adds that most of his
early orders came from non-amphib pilots. More...
13 CHECKLIST ON AUCTION
An auction in Manhattan on April 13
will feature an annotated checklist used to power down damaged parts of
Apollo 13, other space memorabilia and a complete 93-year-old Curtiss MF
flying boat. The auction by Bonhams will be held on the 40th anniversary
of the oxygen tank explosion that nearly killed three astronauts while
they were halfway to the moon and includes notes made by the crew just
after the tank blew up, heavily damaging the service module of the
spacecraft. The checklist is expected to fetch up to $30,000. The flying
boat, a demilitarized version of the F model used by the U.S. Navy, will
be on public display starting April 3 at Sculpture Garden Atrium at 590
Madison Ave. More...
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MARCH 22, 2010
Letter of the Week: Light Sport's Future
Is Bright As Is
Last week, Larry Stencel submitted a letter
Light Sport to Save GA."
His letter suggested that the Light
Sport movement has failed to be the "last great hope" for aviation. Mr.
Stencel's view of the light sport industry is far different than our
experience. This letter is submitted on behalf of the owners and
managers of Chesapeake Sport Pilot. We opened our doors in January 2007
with one aircraft, two instructors, a handful of students, and a pilot's
lounge as a pre-flight/post-flight briefing area. Fast forward to today:
We have eight light sport aircraft and seventeen instructors. We have
over 60 active students and many more active renters. We built a
6,000-square-foot hangar facility this past fall. All of this was built
on the shoulders of light sport aircraft and sport pilots.
Owners and Management of Chesapeake Sport Pilot
for the rest of CSP's letter from the front lines of LSA as well
as more letters from AVweb readers. More...
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as many aspects of general aviation as possible, visitors will have the
opportunity to Compare, See, Try and Buy
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OF THE WEEK: BLACKHAWK AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE (JANESVILLE,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Blackhawk
Aircraft Maintenance at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport
(JVL) in Janesville, Wisconsin.
AVweb reader Bill
Foraker tells us how a good FBO is always there for you, even when
you don't expect to need them:
I was there ... dropping off a buddy who had just purchased an
aircraft. Upon my departure, I had smoke in the cabin of my '58
Comanche, so I returned quickly to the airport. Nick and Joe at
Blackhawk are fabulous. They went right to work and corrected my
problem, a small hole in my oil pressure line. They had me back in the
air and home to Terre Haute that evening. ... If every operation was
like this one, we would have a much better aviation
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...
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(You only have to enter once, and you'll be entered in our prize
drawings for the entire year so if you've already entered, you're
And no, we're not
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invite them to sign up for AVweb so they can qualify for our 15
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but we hope they will sign up for our newsletters.)
entries is 11:59pm Zulu time April 9, 2010.
Click here to read the contest rules and
Congratulations to Colleen Keller of San
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drawing! (click here to get your own Garmin aera)
I was flying right seat, giving instruction in a
Cessna 210 VFR over New York asking for advisories. The left-seat pilot
owned the aircraft and was proficient. After bouncing around with
several different controllers, we found one that would talk to
pilot pushed 1-2-3 on the transponder and then stopped and looked
"Did she say
"Yes ... ."
Pilot (to NY
"Did you say '1-2-3-8'?"
"Yes. Squawk 1238."
"You can't squawk 1238?"
"That's right. I can't."
seconds went by.
XXXX. [It was a good number this time.]"
123.8 is a common Philadelphia approach
frequency that New York often hands people off to. Of course, there is
no 8 on a transponder.
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