Keeping Our Airspace
Over 14,000 strong, the members of the National Air Traffic
are aviation safety professionals whose
skill and professionalism help keep our National Airspace System moving
safely and efficiently.
Find out more at NATCA.org
and read about our annual Archie League Medal of Safety award winners,
many of whom assisted general aviation pilots who needed help to land
ANNOUNCES FUTURE OF AVIATION COMMITTEE
Transportation Ray LaHood has announced the newly formed Future of
Aviation Advisory Committee that may help form changes in the country's
aviation policies. The committee, which was put together in March, will
have its first public meeting on May 25, in Washington. It is made up of
representatives from the airlines, airports, general aviation,
manufacturers and labor, but also includes environmental, academic and
financial experts. And it seeks to provide recommendations to the
Secretary that will ensure the competitiveness of the U.S. aviation
industry. The group's members will focus on America's competitiveness in
aviation with a focus on safety, viability, environmental challenges and
solutions, funding for aviation systems and the aviation workforce. The
May 25 meeting is open to the public -- providing you've registered in
advance. Click through for details. More...
"F/A-XX" AIMS FOR FUTURE FIGHTER CONTRACTS
The Navy has its
eyes on next-generation replacement fighter aircraft that may be needed
as early as 2025 to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and Boeing has
publicly unveiled its latest design proposals. Boeing's two twin-engine
concepts are both tailless vehicles that may also be mission-capable as
pilot-optional aircraft. Boeing displayed one at the Navy League Sea Air
And Space Expo on May 3, as a 1/16th scale model and the latest
manifestation of its F/A-XX. The design's planform reflects that of the
single-engine Phantom Ray, a stealthy unmanned tailless 50-foot-wingspan
Phantom Works prototype unveiled on May 10, in St. Louis. Boeing is seeking
to fill the Navy's desire for "next generation air dominance," after
losing out on the massive Joint Strike Fighter contract won by Lockheed
Martin. Decisions that would lead to the creation of technology
demonstrators for the next round of aircraft may begin in late 2011 and
lead to competition between prototype designs by 2013.
AIRBUS A380 "A PROGRAM IN TROUBLE"
Five years after the
A380's first test flight, Airbus is 2 1/2 years behind on deliveries of
the double-decker superjumbo, and an estimated 200 orders short of
turning a profit on the design. Until the break-even point, supporting
the program will be a drag on Airbus as a whole. Airbus delivered just
10 of the aircraft in 2009 and is hoping deliveries exceed 20, this
year. The A380 has earned just one new airline customer since the
aircraft's commercial life began in 2007 and the aircraft is costing
Airbus about 50 percent more to produce than it had originally
projected. In the words of analyst Gerard Buhrer, the A380 "is a program in trouble"
due to low sales, high purchase price, few available destinations and
few customers positioned to make use of the aircraft's design
capability. According to Buhrer, the A380's development costs can not be
recovered, but government loans must be repaid and stopping the program
may cost more than continuing it (click "more" to see why). So, says
Buhrer, Airbus may find itself having to accept that the program will
never generate profits and that the A380's costs must be absorbed by
other Airbus programs, "driving down overall profits."
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BOMB THREAT A HOAX
Canadian officials say an alleged bomb
threat aboard a Cathay Pacific A340 flying from Hong Kong to Vancouver
was a hoax. Two Canadian Forces CF-18 fighters, under the control of the
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), escorted the plane to
a safe landing at Vancouver International Airport Saturday afternoon.
The aircraft was towed to a remote area of the airport with the
passengers still on board. The fighters didn't land with the airliner
and returned to their base at Comox, about 60 miles northwest of
RELIEF PLANE HITS HOUSE
All three people aboard a
Mexican-registered Piper PA-46 Mirage loaded with relief supplies for
Haiti survived when the aircraft clipped a house in Clearwater, Fla.,
broke into two pieces and caught fire Sunday morning. Six people in the
house weren't hurt. Police say pilot Ernesto Gonzales, 48, and
passengers Charles Uslander, 54, and Daisy Schneider, 16, were taken to
hospital but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. just after the aircraft took off
from Clearwater Air Park. More...
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DROPPED AGAINST NAFI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The lawyer acting for
National Association of Flight Instructors Executive Director Jason
Blair says all criminal charges have been dropped against his client. As
reported, Blair was arrested April 2 on embezzlement charges
relating to his time as manager of Harris City/Barry County Airport in
Michigan. Blair declined comment on the charges at the time and EAA
spokesman Dick Knapinski said his understanding was that it resulted
from a contractual dispute between Blair's company and the county. NAFI
is affiliated with EAA but has its own board of directors. In a
statement released Thursday, Blair's lawyer James Mikel McEwen said the
matter has been resolved. More...
PICKS SITE FOR SEASTAR
The Globe And Mail published Friday that Dornier will on Monday
announce that its 10-seat twin-inline-turboprop SeaStar will be built in
Quebec. Dornier's official announcement is not expected until 1:00 p.m.
Monday at the company's new factory in Saint Jean sur Richilieu, about
20 miles south of Montreal. The company has reportedly been considering
either Quebec or North Bay, Ont. The $6 million amphibious aircraft has
already earned 25 orders and building it is expected to create about 175
jobs for Dornier, plus 70 more at Pratt & Whitney Canada (which produces
the aircraft's powerplants). The SeaStar was FAA certified in the early
1990s but shelved due to financial trouble. Thanks to a $150 million
investment from the Dornier family, the SeaStar program has been
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INFLATABLE WING AIRCRAFT
The Woopy-Fly, a sort of
paraglider/trike/ultralight hybrid shown on the world stage at Aero
Friedrichshafen this April, 2010, in Germany, has a wing that folds for
storage like a paraglider -- because it's inflatable. An evolution of
the Woopy Jump, an inflatable wing used by Woopy enthusiasts to give
them a more convenient hang gliding-type experience while skiing, the Woopy-Fly adds a
weight shift trike with motor to the modest wing structure. The wing,
while inflatable, does have a single aluminum and carbon fiber spar that
helps provide structure, but the wing itself achieves most of its
structure through inflation. Initially pumped (over the course of about
12 minutes) to semi-rigidity by a battery-powered fan, two small rigid
air scoops on the wing's higher-pressure underside maintain the wing's
shape in flight. According to enthusiasts, those scoops provide enough
pressure to maintain the wing's structure even if the material suffers a
small puncture. Fully inflated, the wing spans 31 feet and weighs 35
pounds. The manufacturers, which go by the same name -- Woopy-Fly --
claim that when broken down, the vehicle is transportable in a normal
automobile and launchable from your local cow pasture.
INFLATABLE WING ULTRALIGHT AIRCRAFT
The Woopy-Fly, a
sort of paraglider/trike/ultralight hybrid shown on the world stage at
AERO Friedrichshafen this April 2010 in Germany, has a wing that folds
for storage like a paraglider because it's inflatable. Currently,
it appears the wing itself is only available from distributors in
Switzerland, Russia, and Japan. Those wishing to buy the trike (plus
wing) can expect a complete kit cost to run about 13,780 Swiss Francs,
which currently is about US$12,400 plus the legal disclaimer that
releases the manufacturer of liability. More...
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ELTS TO BE REQUIRED TO FLY IN CANADA
After a brief reprieve,
Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, is reportedly ready to sign a
regulation that will require most aircraft operating in Canadian
airspace to have 406 MHz ELTs. The rule will apply to foreign-registered
aircraft, and those not equipped will not be allowed to enter Canadian
airspace. Canadian Owners and Pilots Association President Kevin Psutka
said in a Web posting that although the rule hasn't been
publicly released, it is understood to be substantially the same as a
draft that was rejected by Baird last year because it didn't have any
viable alternative methods of compliance. "The exact wording for the
alternate means is not known at this time but we do know that the
wording will not change significantly from a previous draft of the
regulation; wording that excludes all affordable alternatives for our
sector of aviation," Psutka said. There will likely be a three-year
grace period before Canadian private aircraft have to be in compliance,
but it's not clear when the regulation will be applied to aircraft
flying into Canada from other countries. COPA has opposed the 406 MHz
mandate because it believes there are technologically superior systems
available that are more accurate and reliable than 406 ELTs, which it
says are subject to the same issues as 121.5 ELTs in that they often
fail to activate in real accidents and go off accidentally too often,
triggering costly searches. Psutka said it was pressure from the
Canadian Forces, which oversees search and rescue, that convinced the
minister to backtrack. More...
CIRCUMNAVIGATION HITS U.S.
Two Swiss pilots landed in
Gulfport, Miss., Saturday to wait out weather as they continue their westward
circumnavigation in LSAs. There were no updates on their progress
Sunday. Yannick Bovier and Francisco Agullo left Switzerland April 30 to
show the capabilities of light sport aircraft and promote "ecological
and economical general aviation." They landed their Flight Design CTLS
aircraft in North America at Miami on Thursday and were treated to a
welcome reception (click here for photo gallery) at Premier 1
Aviation. After a day's rest they intended to head to Austin Saturday
but Mother Nature had other plans. More...
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WISE, AUTHOR OF EXTREME FEAR: THE SCIENCE OF YOUR MIND IN
Science writer Jeff
Wise, who is also a private pilot, discovered his own fear
response when an assignment required him to bungee-jump off a cliff. He
then wrote a book that explores the inner workings of our brains under
stress, using many examples of aviators coping with extreme situations.
He found that by understanding our own subconscious mechanisms, we can
identify strategies to cope with and overcome fear. AVweb's Mary
Grady interviewed Wise by phone at his home in New York City.
NEW DIESEL PROJECT
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product line, and now it has one. The company bought diesel technology
already developed from a European source and is forging ahead with its
own program. More...
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OF THE WEEK: JA AIR CENTER (KARR, AURORA, ILLINOIS)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to our old
friends at JA Air
Center at Aurora Municipal Airport (KARR) in Aurora,
Recently, AVweb reader Mike Hayles visited
JA's Aurora, Illinois location (Aurora Municipal Airport, KARR) and was
impressed with the top-notch service:
I have based my survey aircraft at JA Air Center for the last
week. Every day the service has been prompt, efficient, and cheerful
and the very competitve fuel prices take it to the top of my list
of favorite FBOs.
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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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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
Coming out of Page Field in Ft. Myers,
"Cessna 123. Five north to
"Cessna 123, you might be five north of
somewhere, but it's not five north of here. Suggest you are five South.
Enter a right base for Runway 5."
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