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TAXI TERMS IN EFFECT
If you're talking to air traffic
controllers this week, you're going to hear some new directions from
ground control: starting Wednesday, June 30, "taxi to" will no longer be
used when issuing taxi instructions to an assigned takeoff runway.
Controllers are now required to issue explicit instructions to cross or
hold short of each runway that intersects a taxi route. Instructions to
cross multiple runways will not be issued; you will be cleared to cross
each runway one at a time. This applies even to inactive or closed
runways. The only exception: At airports where the taxi route between
runway centerlines is less than 1,000 feet apart,multiple runway
crossings may be issued, but only after ATC has received approval to do
so. In effect, every hold line now is considered a "stop sign."
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a helpful staff to answer all your questions. Call Aircraft Spruce at
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BULL STRATOS PROJECT IN TEST MODE
The Red Bull Stratos team
this week reported progress in its effort to send a skydiver to 120,000
feet in a capsule beneath a helium balloon. Felix Baumgartner, who hopes
to make a record-breaking jump from the edge of space, completed a
series of test dives last month from about 26,000 feet, wearing the
pressurized spacesuit he'll need for the flight. The test dives proved
that some adjustments made to Baumgartner's gear after earlier tests had
been effective. "I'm super satisfied with the result today," Baumgartner
said. In another series of tests, he also practiced stepping off from
the capsule as it was suspended above the ground, and tried some bungee
jumps from 200 feet while wearing his spacesuit. Dr. Jonathan Clark,
medical director of the project, says the planned flight is not just a
publicity stunt but a serious scientific endeavor. "We're doing this as
a demonstration that an upper-atmospheric bailout, freefall and re-entry
are possible," he said. More...
REJECT FAA RULE FOR NY HELICOPTER NOISE
A proposed rule
intended to curb noise by requiring helicopters to use specific routes
when operating along the north shore of Long Island has met with broad
disapproval from industry groups and pilots. The rule was published in the May 26 Federal
Register and sought comment prior to June 25. It got them in the form of
910 public submissions. The FAA says the rule's
intent is to "maximize utilization of the existing route flown by
helicopter traffic along the north shore of Long Island and reduce the
noise impact on nearby communities." Comments from NBAA called the rule
"unsafe, unwise and unnecessary." HAI said the rule "has no merit,
safety or airspace utilization enhancement, nor benefit for aircraft
operators or the communities of Long Island, and is absent any
technical, safety, and operational analysis." And the Eastern Region
Helicopter Council (ERHC) urged the FAA to "withdraw its proposal
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UNVEILS ELECTRIC, AEROBATIC, FOUR-ENGINE AIRPLANE
big enough for the pilot, and barely that, but EADS proudly showed off
its new version of the Cri-Cri, a French homebuilt design
from the 1970s, at the Green Aviation Show at Le Bourget Airport in
Paris last week. The airplane is built from composites to reduce weight,
and uses high energy-density lithium batteries to power four electric
motors. The company said the electric Cri-Cri will fly for 30 minutes at
about 60 knots, and first test flights will begin soon. The Paris show also hosted plenty of low-energy airships,
gliders, and trikes. Also last week, the FAA said it will give $125 million to five aerospace
companies to help them develop new eco-friendly technologies that will
reduce jet fuel consumption, emissions and noise. More...
COMING 200-KT FOUR-SEAT HYBRID?
"revolutionary four-seat aircraft project" may be an all-composite
200-KTAS low-wing with a 200-hp hybrid powerplant slated for debut
before 2012. Lexus Magazine sent a writer to Slovenia to visit Pipistrel
and wrote of Pipistrel, "Plans are well under way to
create a four-seat hybrid aircraft by the end of 2011." A separate
publication states, "The company is currently designing its first
four-seater aircraft that will travel at 400 km/hour (248 mph)." Of that
aircraft Tine Tomazic, in research and development for Pipistrel, has
said (PDF), "Whereas all the airplanes that can achieve
this speed require at least a 300 horsepower engine, our calculations
show that we can do this with a much smaller 200-hp engine." It's
possible the hybrid and 200-KTAS aircraft describe two separate
applications, but only one four-seater design has been discussed by
Pipistrel. And it appears to have a debut date intended to meet up with
a 2011 NASA challenge. Pipistrel said in May of 2009 it "will be introducing many new
technologies never before used in aviation" at the event. Of the
technologies embraced by the design, the hybrid concept has been seen
before (Flight Designs unveiled an electric
hybrid Rotax 914 at Oshkosh last year). But many key elements of
Pipistrel's program will likely be bred from its adoption of an advanced
software program from Dassault Systems. More...
TO SHUT FOR A WEEK
The folks at Piper Aircraft have been
upbeat about the economy, projecting a 75-percent gain in sales this
year, but that optimism stumbled a bit on Monday when the company
announced it will shut down for a week in August to save money. The
brief hiatus "will leave us with our current workforce intact," Steve
Johnston, vice president of human resources, told TCPalm. That strategy "will allow us to take
advantage of any upside potential in orders between now and the end of
the year," he added. The layoff applies to all staffers, including
executives, with the exception of those working on the PiperJet program
and a few critical business functions, Johnston said. More...
What's the best birthday gift for a
102-year-old? Whatever she wants -- and Myrtle Carroll wanted to go for
a ride in one of the little airplanes she enjoys listening to from the
porch of her home near the Platte Valley Airport and Vintage Aero Flying
Museum in Fort Lupton, Colo. Carroll had only been flying once before in
her life, and never in a small airplane. But she loves the sound of the
engines buzzing nearby, and when a friend asked if she'd like a ride for
her birthday, she said, "Well, yes, I would." On Sunday, Mark Holliday,
the museum's chief
pilot, who is also the husband of Carroll's caretaker at the
assisted-living home, Marilyn Taylor, took her for a spin in the back
seat of a Cessna 182. "When you're 102, if you want to fly, you should
be able to fly," Taylor told the Greeley Tribune. More...
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PROPOSES PART 25 ICING AMENDMENTS
The FAA has issued a Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking (big PDF) that would impose extra icing
certification requirements on Part 25 (transport category) aircraft that
weigh less than 60,000 pounds and would also amend rules for larger
aircraft. The rule has been in the making since the 1994 icing-related
crash of an ATR 72 in Roselawn, Ind. For smaller aircraft, the rule
focuses particularly on ice caused by supercooled large droplets, which can coat surfaces
beyond the normal ice protection systems on existing aircraft. "These
regulations will help ensure future aircraft can operate safely in some
of the toughest icing conditions," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said
in statement. More...
INVITED TO AIRVENTURE
There's a chance the Boeing 787 will
make its airshow debut at this year's AirVenture Oshkosh. EAA spokesman
Dick Knapinski has confirmed that Boeing has been invited to show off
its latest design and is considering the idea. "The Boeing folks have an
open invitation to join us, and we have had discussions about them
attending," Knapinski said Tuesday. He noted that the participation of
the Dreamliner and its extent will depend on the aggressive flight-test
schedule Boeing has set for the aircraft. The schedule hit a minor
setback last week when "workmanship issues" were discovered in the
horizontal stabilizers of the five test aircraft. More...
REAUTHORIZATION EXTENDED ONE MONTH
Labor politics continues
to prevent passage of the FAA's funding reauthorization. The Senate
passed its version of the bill some time ago but the House remains
stalled on a provision that would make it easier for FedEx employees to
unionize. The House voted Tuesday to extend the current funding
authorization of the FAA for a month. It was due to run out on Friday.
The one-month extension of the current reauthorization might suggest the
matter is inching to the upper priority levels in the House, but at
least one Capitol Hill publication suggests there's little interest in
reconciling the differences between the House and Senate bills.
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OF THE WEEK: ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT ACCESS TO 100-OCTANE
It's all about the avgas. The clock is ticking on
100LL, and many are worried that there may be a 100 octane crunch in the
days before a new fuel standard solidifies. We're curious if the thought
keeps you awake at night. Do you think enough is being done to ensure a
supply of 100 octane fuel in the future?
week, we asked about your efforts to the beat the equipment upgrade
deadline on ELTs; click through to see how your fellow AVweb
readers answered. More...
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SR22T FLIGHT DEMO
is out with a new version of the SR22, the SR22T, with a TSIO-550-K
groundboosted turbo system. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a demo
flight in the new airplane with Cirrus's Matt Bergwall.
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OF THE WEEK: BRUNSWICK COUNTY AIRPORT (KSUT, OAK ISLAND, NC)
The Cessna Pilots Society descended
on North Carolina en force for their annual CPS Get-Together, and quite
a few of them were impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of
services at Oak Island's Brunswick County Airport
Dave Williams was the first CPS member to nominate KSUT, but he
was followed by about a dozen others throughout the week who sung the
praises of an FBO that "handled a whole flock of CPS fliers like it was
an everyday event" (Daryl Medd), "wrote the book on hospitality and
service" (Jim Epting), and offered "better services at their
self-service pumps than most do at full-service!" (Ed Abrams). For his
part, Dave told us how "Howie Franklin and his crew provided us with the
best service and hospitality an FBO could offer. All of our wants and
needs were handled quickly and professionally. Thanks, Howie!"
that sounds like a top-notch operation deserving of recognition as
AVweb's "FBO of the Week"!
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
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Summer is in full
swing! The virtual submission box for our weekly photo contest is
swollen to near-bursting this time 'round, which makes choosing a winner
tough. Still, we've soldiered on, and we're pleased to dub this shot
from frequent contributor Paul W. M.
Oor of Nieuwegein, Utrecht (Netherlands) our "Picture of the
Week." So who are we looking at? It's the RNLAF solo display team, and
Paul tells us the show they put on at Military Airbase Gilze-Rijen EHGR
for the recent open day was every bit as eye-catching as their
distinctive paint scheme. More...
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