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WARNS: RE-REGISTRATION COMING, FEE POSSIBLE
A rule proposed
in 2008 to remove invalid listings from the aircraft registry would
require chronic aircraft re-registration with a proposed chronic fee of
$5, yet to be confirmed in the final rule expected this fall. The FAA
estimates that about 104,000 of the 343,000 aircraft currently on its
aircraft registry are invalid. The rule would address that problem by
transitioning the registry from its current non-expiring registrations
to registrations that would expire every three years. Owners would have
to take action within a three-month window to re-register their
aircraft, according to AOPA. The costs associated with the FAA's measure
won't be known until the rule is published in the Federal Register this
fall, but the FAA has proposed application of the current $5
registration fee to re-registrations and all subsequent renewals. AOPA
supports the FAA's intent to improve the registry's accuracy, but
proposed an alternative method. More...
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PART DELAYS SOLAR IMPULSE NIGHT FLIGHT
The test flight was
planned for July 1, but the aircraft that aims to fly around the world,
flying day and night on solar (and stored solar) power, hit a snag when
a telemetric transmitter failed. The failure would have kept engineers
on the ground in the dark, literally and figuratively, when it came to
viewing key performance parameters. The July 1 flight would have been
the first to test the aircraft and its pilot through a complete 24-hour
cycle from daytime and through the night. The team has not formally
announced a date for the next attempt, but daylight hours set a deadline
in early August. After that, relatively shorter days at Payerne,
Switzerland, where the team is based, will prevent a full solar charging
of the aircraft's batteries from powering the aircraft through longer
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DESIGN OFFERED AS NEW TANKER
A California company says it has
teamed up with Ukrainian aircraft builder Antonov to launch a bid for
the multibillion-dollar contract to supply 179 tanker aircraft to the
U.S. Air Force. In a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission,
U.S. Aerospace says it can provide a better tanker for a lower price
than either Airbus or Boeing, who've been waging a politically charged
battle for the deal for years. "We believe that we will be able to offer
a superior aircaft at a significantly lower price than other potential
bidders," the company said in its filing. More...
ILYUSHIN IL-78 SEEKS PILOTS
July 17, 2009, an Ilyushin IL-78
tanker jet stopped at Sawyer International Airport, Mich., while en
route out of Texas for Europe, beginning a complicated web of legal
wranglings that have left the big jet sitting there ever since. The crew
that flew the jet to Michigan was, shortly after their arrival, deported
by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, because they
held recently expired visas, according to a local Michigan newspaper. Since then, a
maintenance company, Air-1, out of Texas, has claimed in court that it
went unpaid for goods and services the aircraft consumed while under its
care. And the court has ruled that Air-1 "is authorized to take
possession of said aircraft and may move it," if they can find and hire
certified pilots to fly the Russian-instrumented jet. As the jet's
one-year anniversary of sitting at Sawyer approaches, inquiries are
beginning to flow in from around the world that may tempt Air-1 to
exercise other options. More...
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CHANCES TO FLY WITH THE THUNDERBIRDS
The U.S. Air Force
Thunderbirds have been offering flights to special individuals through
their Hometown Hero program and time is running out for a chance to fly
with the team at McConnell Air Force Base's (Kansas), or Salinas
(California). The special individual who'll fly as passenger at
McConnell will be chosen from nominations that are being accepted
through midnight, Sunday, July 11, for a flight that will take place
during the week of Sept. 20-24. The California International Airshow
held at Salinas will be marking its 30th anniversary Oct. 2-3 when
another hometown hero will get a prime passenger seat. Nominees for that
flight must be received by July 16. Nominees can be anyone who has given
of themselves to better their community, but they should expect to fill
out a confidential questionnaire that will include certain medical
questions. As you might expect, there are more specific rules and
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IE2 PROJECT TECH REVIEW
Lycoming's electronically controlled IE2 engine seemed like it was over
the horizon, it is in fact just around the corner. Lycoming and Lancair
are in full-swing flight test in the launch aircraft, the Lancair
Evolution, and certified versions are expected by the end of this year
or a little later. In this video, Lycoming's Jim Morris provides an
update on the project. More...
are a handful of high-wing LSAs offering tandem seating but only a
couple of low-wing designs offering the same feature, giving that
fighter-like view from the cockpit for both pilot and passenger. The
MySky MSOne is one of those, and in this brief video, AVweb gets
a look at the MSOne. More...
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JULY 5, 2010
Letter of the Week: What the World Needs
Besides all the other threats to GA that you have been
discussing, there is another one that bothers me: the lack of an
affordable, WAAS-enabled IFR GPS receiver for older, low-cost
Consider my friend who has an IFR-capable Piper Tomahawk
that is worth less than $20,000. Should she spend $12,000 installing a
[current model GPS]? That would be more than half the value of the
airframe. If she doesn't, she will be increasingly locked out of IFR
The [available GPS units] are great devices but are a lot
more complex than necessary to meet the TSO. If [the industry] cared
about the welfare of the GA community, it would develop bare-bones
models for older, inexpensive aircraft.
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OF THE WEEK: MILLION AIR (KMFR, MEDFORD, OREGON)
AVweb reader Robin Herrman discovered our
latest "FBO of the Week" the Medford, Oregon location of Million
Air, at Rogue Valley International - Medford
I was planning a
trip ... and called the different available FBOs for details on their
services. I selected Million Air due to their 24-hour availablilty. I
fly a C-182, nothing fancy, but I was treated like a millionaire (pardon
the pun) with excellent ramp service and a wonderful pilot lounge with
friendly staff during both my arrival and departure three days later.
The little details were appreciated, like meeting us on the ramp upon
arrival, tying down the aircraft, helping us with our bags, cleaning our
windscreen before depature, and making sure we had bottled water. ...
How nice to have customer service exceed your expectations for
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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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My home airport is KAVP, which has an active flight
school. I heard the following communication between ATC and a student
"Ground, Cherokee 1234. Request staying
in the pattern for practice
"Report mid-field and intentions
on each pass. Taxi to runway 4."
After the second touch-and-go,
the following was heard:
Left-field downwind request touch-and-go, runway
"Left-field is baseball; mid-field is
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