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COMPUTER UPGRADES COINCIDE WITH AIRVENTURE
EAA is in
discussions with the FAA over the decision to perform a major computer
upgrade on the three days prior to and the first day of AirVenture that
apparently involve systems used for the slot reservation system for IFR
traffic going to Oshkosh and three neighboring airports. Late last week
a note appeared on the Electronic Special Traffic Management Programs
(eSTMP) website saying the service, which non-scheduled IFR
traffic must use to reserve arrival and departure slots at Wittman, Fond
du Lac, Outagamie and New Holstein airports during the show, would not
be available from July 23-26. After being contacted by AVweb and
EAA, the FAA changed the message on the website to read that the
upgrades would go ahead as planned but the slot reservation service
would remain available. More...
REUNION SET FOR NEXT WEEKEND
More than 30 DC-3s are expected
to be on the field at Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Ill., July
24-26 as The Last Time gathering of the iconic airliners gets under way.
There are 42 aircraft registered but some won't make it because of
mechanical issues. The event is being held to mark the 75th anniversary
of the first flight of the DC-3, considered one of the most important
aircraft ever developed. There is parking for 34 of the big taildraggers
and it's anticipated every spot will be filled. Organizers are expecting
about 10,000 people a day to turn out for the event, which is free of
admission charge. It's anticipated many of those will be people who have
a connection with the aircraft as pilots, flight crew, ground crew or as
passengers in peacetime and during war. The event will be capped with a
large formation flight over Rock Falls. There will not be a mass
formation arrival at AirVenture Oshkosh as had been originally planned.
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
CASES: HAWKER'S HUGE LOSSES, SIKORSKY'S WINDFALL
of Hawker Beechcraft workers may soon be looking for work while in an
unrelated turn Sikorsky may see a financial windfall. The union for
Hawker Beechcraft workers has sent a letter to its members telling them
the company may cut its 6,000-person workforce by up to 75 percent
(4,500 jobs) within the next two years, a local NBC affiliate reported Thursday. In a written statement, Hawker
said the company has initiated meetings with the workers union "about
serious challenges it [the company] faces." According to Hawker, the
talks have covered "a spectrum of possibilities for the company's future
footprint" and "the likely impact on its workforce in all its
locations." Far across the country from Hawker's Wichita, Kan., home,
Hartford, Conn.'s Sikorsky Aircraft Thursday won a State Supreme Court
ruling against the state. According to the court, Sikorsky paid $916,600
in sales taxes the court says didn't apply to the company.
BULLISH MARKET OUTLOOK
Boeing believes that stable growth in
the world economy will help the airline industry this year and expects a
big upturn in demand from the Asia-Pacific region and Middle East over
the next two decades. Boeing's latest market outlook predicts that the
one-third of global aviation that currently passes through the
Asia-Pacific region will blossom to 43 percent by 2029. The manufacturer
says that airlines are seeing demand improve but are still plagued by
the uncertainty of fuel prices. That uncertainty, according to Boeing,
may help drive activity in more established markets like North America
and Europe, where Boeing expects airlines to build upon existing fleets
with more fuel-efficient aircraft. Boeing forecasts a market demand of
$3.6 trillion over the next 20 years, bolstered by a recovering world
economy. And growth trends may serve up some advantages for passengers.
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FUTURE CERTIFIED FOUR-SEATER
TECNAM has sold over 3,000
aircraft (mostly in Europe) and says it will debut its first single
slated for certification, a new four-seat strutted high-wing, the P2010, at AERO 2011 in Friedrischafen, Germany,
though certification may follow later. The future four-seater will
feature a carbon-fiber fuselage with metal wings and a metal "full
flying" tail. It will be powered by Lycoming's 180-hp "light" IO-360-M1a
engine. Performance goals for the P2010 include a 133-knot cruise, a
1050 feet-per-minute rate of climb and a 660-nm range. The company says
the aircraft will have a 46.2-gallon fuel capacity and a useful load of
just over 990 pounds. It's aiming for an 800-foot takeoff roll and
landings that need almost 150 feet less. TECNAM says it "has always paid
great attention to comfort" in the cabin, and occupants of the P2010
will enjoy a 3.9-foot cabin width. Pricing has not been set.
BUYS 65 F-35S
Canada has committed to buying 65 F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter aircraft to replace its 30-year-old fleet of about 120
CF-18 fighters. The aircraft order itself is worth $9 billion, including
training, new equipment for air bases and simulators, and a maintenance
contract with Lockheed Martin will push the total cost to about $16
billion. Canada is one of eight countries taking part in the development
of the aircraft and some of the money spent on the aircraft will go
indirectly to Canadian companies. Nevertheless, the choice of the
Lightning II and the way in which it was chosen ignited political debate
in Canada that could result in an election if the current Conservative
government's political rivals dig in their heels. More...
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EMERGENCY: AN AIRLINE PILOT'S PERSPECTIVE
declared by an American Airlines 767 crew landing at JFK on May 4, 2010,
may have been unusual, but it might also represent a situation that's
closer to "normal for JFK" than an emergency call might suggest.
AVweb spoke this week to a JFK-based 13-year veteran American
Airlines pilot and asked him to share his insights about operations,
stresses, and pilot/controller interactions at JFK, and what -- if
anything -- can be done to improve them. More...
HARRIS-MOORE AND THE FALLOUT FOR GA
A 19-year-old managed to
steal (at least) five airplanes, allegedly, and eluded capture each
time, which means "basically, anybody that wants to steal a plane can,"
attorney John Greaves told AOL news. Writing for AOL in an article
titled ""Barefoot Bandit" Case Hints at Gap in National
Security," contributor David Lohr asks, "If Harris-Moore did, in
fact, successfully steal five airplanes, couldn't a terrorist do the
same?" Lohr did ask AOPA for a response and media relations director
Chris Dancy obliged. Dancy noted that small aircraft do not make good
terrorist weapons. "It's far easier to get a car or truck and load it,"
Dancy said. Harris-Moore's alleged nine-state, 70-count crime spree may
or may not have an effect on the public's perception of general aviation
security, but there are at least five aircraft owners feeling a direct
effect. And the most recent of them appear to be facing a significant
financial loss. More...
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JULY 19, 2010
Letter of the Week: Cordless
Why do we still have to put up with cords?
willing to use batteries to power the headset. Eliminating the cords has
been a wish of mine for a long time. I thought Bluetooth technology
might have been the answer, but apparently not.
Click through to read the rest of this week's
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OF THE WEEK: AURORA AVIATION (KPWG, MCGREGOR,
AVweb reader Craig Gill knows the importance
of a good FBO and tells us how Aurora Aviation at McGregor Executive Airport
(KPWG) became his FBO of choice and our latest "FBO of the
I have the choice of
three local airports as my home base and chose KPWG because of the
service I get from Aurora Aviation. I have a Lancair IV turbine that
requires a special towing, and they always take extra care with my bird.
If I have maintenance needs, they get to me as quickly as possible and
get me back in the air.
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...
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MILITARY FLIGHT TRAINING: A RIDE-ALONG IN THE CT-156 HARVARD
people, it's just a joke about funny Canadian place names, but Moose
Jaw, Saskatchewan is the center of the universe for young military
officers from all over the world who want to become military pilots.
Under the auspices of 15 Wing Moose Jaw, the Canadian Forces and
Bombardier are in a joint venture to train Canada's next generation of
pilots and also new pilots from as far away as Singapore. AVweb's
Russ Niles went for a ride in the CT-156 Harvard II (the Canadian
version of the Texan II used by the U.S. Air Force) and spoke with
flight instructor Capt. Zack Charbonneau. More...
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