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LAUNCHES INCURSION CAMPAIGN
The FAA is starting an
aggressive campaign aimed at curbing runway incursions in general but GA
deviations in particular. At Sun 'n Fun 2010, Wes Timmons, the FAA's
director of runway safety unveiled a new campaign called "If
You've Crossed The Line, You've Crossed The Line." As the name implies,
the campaign is aimed at reminding pilots to pay attention to
controllers' instructions and only enter the protected runway space with
permission. Timmons told AVweb that 75-80 percent of incursions
are caused by GA aircraft and that needs to improve. More...
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ADMINISTRATOR BABBITT TAKES IN SUN 'N FUN
Randy Babbitt spent
four days at Sun 'n Fun this week, a first for an FAA administrator.
Babbitt also is the first FAA administrator who has worked as a general
aviation flight instructor, and he spent many years flying for the
airlines. Those facts earned him a warm welcome at the show, though he
still had to field the hard questions from the audience at the public
forum on Friday afternoon. Babbitt and his staff addressed questions
about through-the-fence operations, medical issues, and
airport-community relations. Babbitt said the through-the-fence issue is
"complicated," and a staffer added that they are working to release a
proposal to address the problem before summer. James Fraser, deputy
federal air surgeon, responded to a question about the sport pilot rule
that disqualifies pilots who have been denied a medical. Denied pilots
can request a review to see if they can qualify for a special issuance,
Fraser said. If they get it, then they can choose to let it expire and
fly under sport pilot rules, if they want to. More...
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JETS DEBUT AT SUN 'N FUN AIRSHOW
MS760 Corp is introducing
their two-ship aerobatic show this week at Sun 'n Fun, with two
ex-fighter pilots flying the vintage Paris Jet. The team of Dale "Snort"
Snodgrass and Jerry "Jive" Kerby are putting two of the sleek Paris Jets
through their paces, to show off their capabilities and promote the
product. The two jets are sporting gleaming fresh black-and-white paint
jobs, and both have recently been refurbished and upgraded by the new
company. The interiors are roomy and plush, with seats for four in a
retro interior reminiscent of a '50s family sedan. The MS760 Corp, based
in Calhoun, Ga., recently acquired the type certificate for the aircraft
and they're offering them as personal or corporate jets for
transportation and for fun. AVweb caught up with Snort on the
ramp on Friday; click
here for the video. More...
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PRIZE PROMOTES ALTERNATIVE AVIATION
Erik Lindbergh came to
Sun 'n Fun this week to promote his latest project, the Lindbergh Electric
Aircraft Prize. He told AVweb he hopes the prize will help boost
efforts to create technology that will enable pilots to fly more safely
and cheaply, while using renewable and sustainable resources. The prize
will be awarded for the first time this year, at AirVenture Oshkosh. "We
don't want a $4 million prototype," he said. "We want something that's
going to make electric flight more accessible to the average pilot."
Lindbergh said there is a lot of disagreement among experts in the field
about the problems and potential for the technology, but some of his
advisors think it would be possible to power an aircraft like a Cessna
172 with an electric motor within seven years. "That's the kind of
progress we'd like to see," Lindbergh said. You can hear more about
Lindbergh's ideas and the challenges and potential of alternative
AVweb's podcast feature. More...
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Companies Not Only Survive But Prosper During the Current Financial
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
KINDLEMANN'S RED BULL CRASH ESCAPE
Adilson Kindlemann's crash
during a Red Bull Air Race practice session in Perth, Thursday, was the
first in the race's history, but not the first time Kindlemann (or other
racers) had found himself upside down strapped to a chair under water.
Red Bull Air Race pilots train for emergencies like what Kindlemann
experienced in the Swan River, and each one flies with an oxygen bottle
in the cockpit. This year, training on how to use the bottle and escape
an inverted flooded cockpit was provided at Perth, Australia, prior to
the race (Kindlemann's crash race) there. According to Kindlemann's own
words, reported Friday by Red Bull, he used the training to stay calm,
open the canopy, use the air bottle, and initiate his escape. Red Bull
rescue team members reached Kindlemann's inverted plane in less than one
minute and were there to help pull him free. More...
LIKELY NOT PRESSURED IN RUSSIAN CRASH
A review of the cockpit
voice recorder of the Polish government aircraft that crashed in Russia
last week revealed no evidence of pressure from any of the passengers on
the crew to proceed with a landing they'd been warned not to attempt by
air traffic controllers. "The flight recorder, whose tapes are being
deciphered, did not register any pressure on crew members," an unnamed
official with the Russian committee investigating the accident told
Interfax News. The theory was floated shortly after the crash based on
the knowledge that the pilot had been told by ATC to divert to a safer
airport and because Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died along with
94 others in the crash, had tried to force a pilot to land in poor
weather in Tblisi in 2008. The pilot in that case defied the president
and diverted. In this case, it appears it was all the pilot's idea.
Anatoly Muravyov, an air traffic controller on duty at the time, told
the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that the aircraft had not been
cleared to land and all he and his colleagues could do was watch and
wait. He said the "pilot's desire to land at any costs" was, in his
opinion, a factor in the crash. More...
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Congratulations to Jack Feiden of Wichita,
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OF THE WEEK: CENTRAL JET SERVICE (MARSHALL, TX)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Central Jet Service at Harrison County
Airport (KASL) in Marshall, Texas.
AVweb reader James M.
Knox described Central Jet as "just your ordinary small town FBO at
a small airport except that these fine folks simply fall all over
you to be helpful. With more and more FBOs populated by tired attendants
who may or may not acknowledge your existence when you arrive, these
people are a breath of fresh air."
Keep those nominations
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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...
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