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ORDERS EPIC PARTNERSHIP
An Oregon federal judge has made
bedfellows of strangers in a ruling aimed at forcing a partnership
between a huge Chinese aviation company and a group of homebuilders,
both of whom were trying to buy the assets of Epic Aircraft. Judge
Randall Dunn accepted the $4.3 million cash bid for Epic from Aviation
Industry Corp. of China on the condition that it sign an agreement
allowing the LT Builders Group to run the facility in Bend, Ore. The
builders' group is made up of former Epic customers whose unfinished
Epic LT turboprop aircraft were stranded inside the builder assist
facility in Bend when the company closed last summer. The judge said
that if the builders and AVIC can't sign a deal by Thursday, he'll
consider selling the whole works to a third bidder, Harlow
Aerostructures, of Wichita. Builder Doug King said he and his group have
been working since the ruling to try to reach agreement with AVIC but if
that doesn't work out it may have to try working with Harlow. "This is a
shotgun marriage proposal," King told AVweb. "The judge said
'You're going to get married, you just don't know to whom.'"
DROPS LATEST SUIT AGAINST L-3
Cirrus has sought "voluntary
dismissal" of a lawsuit it filed in March against L-3 Communications for
allegedly spreading rumors about Cirrus' financial stability, but has
reserved the right to refile. L-3 had not yet filed a response to the
suit. The suit had sought unspecified damages from L-3 and alleged the
company was telling suppliers that Cirrus was headed for bankruptcy.
Cirrus claimed the rumors were false and could disrupt their supply
chain. The development doesn't mean the two will stay out of court. Last
May, L-3 sued, claiming Cirrus owed it nearly $19 million per supply
agreements. Cirrus then countersued, accusing L-3 of breaching their
agreement. The two parties are expected to go to trial in December to
settle that earlier suit. 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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CHANGES POLICY ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS FOR PILOTS
announced Friday that it will, on a case-by-case basis, consider the
special issuance of a medical certificate to pilots using medication for
depression and will offer forgiveness for some previously undisclosed
conditions. The change will take effect April 5, and applies to pilots
using Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, or Lexapro. Special issuance medical
certification will be considered only for pilots who have been
"satisfactorily treated on the medication for at least 12 months,"
according to the FAA. Pilots who can't show a history will be grounded
for at least that period. The FAA's forgiveness is limited to a
six-month window. Pilots who previously did not disclosed to the FAA a
diagnosis of depression, or the use of the above listed antidepressants,
will not see civil enforcement action from the FAA if they report their
condition within that timeframe. From that group, those who "have a
medical history of successful treatment" should be able to fly "within a
few months." Prior to April 5, pilots suffering from mild to moderate
depression were barred from all flying duties. 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
BUSH RANCH PROHIBITED AREA TO SHRINK
The prohibited area
(P-49) surrounding former President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford,
Texas, will shrink, effective June 3. On that day, the three nautical
mile radius will reduce to two nautical miles and the ceiling will drop
from 5,000 feet to 2,000. "We're doing this per a request from the
Secret Service," FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford told the Associated Press.
The previously prohibited airspace will be open to public use. Those who
violate the remaining no-fly zone are likely to find themselves escorted
to an otherwise unplanned landing and, perhaps, penalized.
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IMPULSE STEPS TOWARD FIRST NIGHT FLIGHT
The Solar Impulse
HB-SIA prototype, a uniquely solar-powered aircraft, has entered a new
test phase, which should see the aircraft taking its first night flights
this summer. The carbon fiber aircraft has been built with the intent to
ultimately fly around the world, day and night, without fuel other than
energy acquired from the sun. The new test phase follows on a successful
first takeoff, last December, and will include short circuits and a
first flight at altitude. Piloting the aircraft is described by the
company as "an extremely difficult high-risk exercise." Two pilots,
Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, will take turns in the test
series to familiarize themselves with the plane, leading to the first
night flights. According to the company, "never before has such a large
and lightweight aircraft left the ground." NASA's Helios was larger and lighter, but did not carry a
human being; it broke up in flight and crashed in the Pacific Ocean in
June, 2003. More...
ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM SHOWS TIRE BLOWOUT
There was little ill
effect when a Qantas A380 with 244 aboard blew two tires on landing at
Sydney, Wednesday night -- except for that felt by passengers watching
live on the aircraft's entertainment system. The aircraft is equipped
with a tail-mounted camera and a live video feed of the landing was
displayed on screens mounted in passenger seat-backs. Passengers engaged
with those screens soon saw the orange glow of fire and sparks erupt
beneath the left wing as the aircraft touched down, the tires failed,
and the wheels began to grind on the runway. At least one passenger shot
video of the event, including their own commentary and bleeped concerns.
(Video after the jump.) More...
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SMASHES HANGARED AIRCRAFT
Two California Dept. of Fish and
Game aircraft were destroyed early Saturday when they were rammed by a
runaway pickup. The aircraft (which we can't identify from the picture)
were in a hangar at Hemet-Ryan Field in Southern California when the
pickup came through the back wall and stacked them up against the hangar
door. Before hitting the hangar, the truck sheared off a fire hydrant
and went through a wrought iron fence. The mishap occurred at about 2:30
a.m. and the driver was nowhere to be found when emergency personnel
AIRPORT CLOSED TWICE BY FLOOD
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For the second time in two weeks, Norwood
Airport in Massachusetts has been closed by flooding and dozens of
aircraft were stranded for the weekend. A storm that dumped six inches
of rain on the region caused the Neponset River to flood and the airport
was closed last Tuesday. By Thursday, water was up to three feet deep in
some areas, local pilot Mike Young told AVweb
. "There were
actually fish on the runway," Young said. The FAA was scheduled to send
engineers to the airport to examine the runways Monday. Meanwhile, a
charter company is being criticized for allegedly defying an earlier
flood closure to deliver two shipments of donor organs.
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APPS FOR IPAD
Although we're sure it's just the beginning, so
far a cursory search of the Internet has turned up relatively few
aviation apps for the new iPad. Apple's tablet went on sale Saturday and
ForeFlight had its Mobile 3 HD setup ready to go for
the launch. Since the app is compatible with iPhone, anyone already
registered with their iPhone gets a free download for one iPad.
ForeFlight says it's reworked the screens to take advantage of the high
resolution available on Apple's latest big thing and includes all the
usual features from airport diagrams to weather and charts. NavMonster is also
launching its navigation package for iPad but the new wonder screen
isn't just for the serious business of flight planning, much to the
relief of gamers and sim addicts. More...
In ceremonies this week at the company's Corona,
Calif., headquarters, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty was recognized by
the city for its recent green initiatives. Although the company has
worked to streamline its processes and reduce waste, two recent programs
are noteworthy. First is that Spruce began using cornstarch-based
"packing peanuts" that are completely biodegradable. Second is the
addition of an array of 525 solar panels to the roof of the Corona
building. (They say the sun always shines in Corona.) Although the
investment was $500,000, the immediate payback is a reduction in energy
costs by 65 percent, according to company president Jim Irwin. Within
four to five years, the panels will have paid for themselves.
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APRIL 5, 2010
Letter of the Week: History
It's exciting that Helldiver wreckage has
been found recently, both from the aspect of perhaps identifying
some long-lost crewmen and because of the aircraft's rarity. Thanks for
bringing us this news; I was just at Tillamook last fall, and the blimp
hanger alone was worth the trip from Connecticut.
short-lived but critical service in the Central Pacific theater, and it
was a great pleasure to see the CAF's Helldiver fly
Click through to
read the rest of our "Letter of the Week" and more mail from
AVweb readers. More...
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OF THE WEEK: EMPORIA-GREENSVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT (KEMV, EMPORIA,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport (KEMV)
in Emporia, Virginia.
Laura Hoover made a routine stop at
the airport "late on a Saturday afternoon to get our Virginia Aviation
Ambassadors passbook stamped." The service she and her passengers
experienced, however, was anything but routine:
We were greeted by FBO manager Melvin Vick.
When we were about to depart, we found we had a very flat main gear
tire. Melvin offered tools and help even though it was closing time,
recommended a place to get dinner, gave us the crew car, and met us back
at the airport after dinner with more tools to try to get the tire off.
We used the crew car overnight to go to a hotel, and the next morning
Melvin met us again to lend a hand. The FBO is spotlessly clean and and
has everything pilots need. We highly recommended it!
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...
YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A WXWORX XM
WX SATELLITE WEATHER RECEIVER
Win an XM WX Satellite Weather receiver from
WxWorx as we continue the celebration of AVweb's 15th
Anniversary! All you have to do is click here to enter your name and e-mail address.
(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
Grand Giveaways prize drawings, too. (We won't spam them, either
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
Diego, California, who won a Garmin 510 aera handheld GPS in our last
drawing! (click here to get your own Garmin aera)
This one may not have come over the radio, but
it's a priceless cockpit exchange:
I was flying with a friend
and his 7-year-old nephew a few weeks ago. After take-off, I was talking
to departure control and was given numerous vectors and altitudes in the
busy DFW airspace. After a few minutes, the youngster piped in with,
"Would you please stop talking on your phone and pay attention to your
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