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It seems first officers on commercial flights will need 1,500 flight hours before they're considered for the job. The 1,500-hour limit is a victory for the families of passengers lost when
Continental Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center, N.Y., killing all aboard and one on the ground. The limit, which now appears resolved, had been one of a few sticking points between Senate and
House versions of the bill, which must be fully reconciled before the bill is passed. Meanwhile, the Buffalo News reported Wednesday that the final bill "is likely to include" a provision to set up "a pilot hiring database so that airlines will know the experience of the pilots they are
employing," but details are limited.
Congress is closing in on the three-years-overdue mark when it comes to formally approving the law that finances the FAA. The delay has posed logistical planning challenges for the FAA, which has
been operating under a series of temporary extensions, the latest of which is set to expire at month's end. The bill should clarify funding parameters, providing the FAA with the ability to better
plan NextGen development.
The FAA will now require re-registration of all civil aircraft over the next three years and renewal every three years after that, the agency said on Monday. A final final rule published this week establishes specific expiration dates over a three-year period for all aircraft registered
before Oct. 1, 2010, and requires re-registration of those aircraft according to a specific schedule. A
fee of $5 will be collected for each registration and each renewal. The FAA will cancel the N-numbers of aircraft that are not re-registered or renewed. "These improvements will give us more
up-to-date registration data and better information about the state of the aviation industry," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Current regulations require owners to report the sale of an
aircraft, the scrapping or destruction of an aircraft, or a change in mailing address, but many owners have not complied with those requirements, the FAA said.
Re-registration of all U.S. civil aircraft by Dec. 31, 2013, will enhance the database with current data derived from recent contact with aircraft owners, according to the FAA. The new regulations
also aim to ensure that aircraft owners give the FAA fresh information at least once every three years when they renew their registration. Click here for the FAA's full schedule for re-registration and registration expiration. The rule was
proposed in 2008. AOPA had suggested that the rule should not include fees and shouldn't cancel N-numbers for lack of renewal. "We are disappointed that the FAA has chosen what may turn out to be a
complicated and costly method of updating the aircraft registry," said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Rob Hackman. The FAA reauthorization bill now in Congress would allow the FAA to raise
the initial fee to $130 and renewals to $45, AOPA said. "AOPA will be monitoring the implementation
of the rule closely and communicating with the FAA about any issues that arise," said Hackman.
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There has been another major change in the executive suite at Piper Aircraft and this time it's in the corner office. CEO Kevin Gould has apparently resigned and will be replaced in the interim by
Geoffrey Berger, who is the managing director of the Brunei operations of Imprimus, the fund management company that took over Piper in 2009 on behalf of the government of Brunei. A search for a
permanent replacement is now on. Imprimus Managing Partner Stephen Berger (yes, we noticed the names, too) said Gould is credited with revamping Piper's manufacturing processes, keeping development of
the PiperJet moving and smoothing the transition of ownership last year. And without saying why he quit, Gould said he was proud of his accomplishments at Piper. "It is with a great deal of pride that
I leave my friends and colleagues in the Piper family, dealers, customers and investors," Gould said. " I am very optimistic about Piper's future in the world's aviation industry." Gould's departure
is among a series of shuffles at Piper in recent months.
Earlier this month, longtime Piper media spokesman Mark Miller left the company. Miller owns a PR company called the Carlisle Group and represents other non-aviation companies. Piper decided to
take their media functions in-house as part of the marketing department. Last month Piper hired Randy Groom as an executive vice president.
Hawker Beechcraft's CEO Bill Boisture says demand for his company's products has dramatically decreased, that the drop is not temporary, and his company may cut workers and move some of its
operations to remain profitable, according to the Wichita Eagle. Earlier this
year, Hawker Beechcraft closed its Salina, Kan., plant and sent some of that work to Mexico. Now, the company says it may move more work, this time from Wichita to Mississippi or Louisiana, or
somewhere outside the United States. The company currently employs about 6,000 people in Wichita, but told its workers union last week that it may consider laying off up to 75 percent of the company's
hourly workers to help maintain profitability. Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer doesn't want the company to leave, but may have limited influence.
"If approached by the company, we'll obviously do whatever we can to help them grow here in Kansas," the mayor told the Eagle. Mayor Brewer said he had set a meeting with the company and hopes to
explore what the city might do to help retain jobs in the city. Meanwhile, machinists union officials are not yet negotiating with Hawker Beechcraft, but union and company leaders have met to discuss
the challenges ahead. The company lost more than $63 million in the first quarter of 2010 after cutting 2,700 jobs last year.
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The crew at Scaled Composites flew their new spaceship with a man on board for the first time last Thursday, Virgin Galactic has
announced. Pilots Peter Siebold and Michael Alsbury flew inside the ship, which remained mated to its mothership Eve (WhiteKnightTwo) for the duration of the six-hour flight. The test flight was an
important step toward the first free flight of the spaceship, Virgin said. The crew monitored the spaceship's systems and functions, conducted several combined vehicle systems tests, and achieved all
their objectives, according to the company website. It was the 33rd flight for the mothership and the third time the spaceship has been carried aloft. WhiteKnightTwo flew into EAA AirVenture at
Oshkosh last summer, but so far it is not scheduled to appear this year, though EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said he couldn't rule it out. "Burt [Rutan] is busy right now with the testing program, so
he won't bringing [WhiteKnightTwo] as far as we know," he told AVweb recently. "But Burt has surprised us from year to year ... you just never know."
Burt Rutan, whose Scaled Composites company designed and built the Virgin Galactic aircraft, will be at the show in Oshkosh next week, offering several forums and presentations. On Thursday, July
29, he'll give talks about opportunities in commercial space in the future and the development of SpaceShipOne. On Friday, July 30, he is the keynote speaker for the forum on electric aircraft. He'll
also speak later in the day about motivating kids in the aviation field and will give a talk in the Homebuilders Hangar about the design and development of the Long EZ. On Saturday, July 31, he'll
reprise the story of SpaceShipOne and also offer his engineer's critique of climate science.
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The global economy may still be struggling to recover, but there's plenty of buying and selling going on at the Farnborough Airshow outside London this week. On Monday, Emirates Airline spent close to $14 billion, signing deals to buy 30 Boeing 777 airplanes plus Alliance engines for the 32
Airbus 380s the company bought last month. The airline also ordered $5 billion in engines from Pratt & Whitney. Airbus said on Monday morning it had new orders for 111 A320s. Unmanned vehicles are a
show highlight this year, for the first time being shown in an indoor flying display complete with an aerial obstacle course. Boeing's 787 Dreamliner flew into the show for the first time after its first trans-Atlantic flight, and Airbus showcased its A400M, a four-engine cargo plane designed for military use, capable
of hauling more than 40 tons.
The show is hosting more than 1,300 exhibitors from 38 countries, with an expected attendance of 250,000 visitors by the end of the week. At the last Farnborough show, in 2008, orders worth about
$88 billion were placed. In other news from this week's event, Dassault announced that its 900LX
business jet has achieved certification from both FAA and EASA. Emivest showed a medevac version of its SJ30 jet for the first time. Bombardier disappointed fans when company officials failed to announce any
new orders for their CSeries jet on the show's opening day. The show continues all week, capping off with an airshow for the public over the weekend.
As you put the final touches on your press material for AirVenture Oshkosh, we have some tips to help you get the most out of your PR presence at the big show. If you have a new product, a
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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration July 26 - August 1
"Salute to Veterans" week-long celebration, including more than 400 warbirds joining forces with modern-day military aircraft for forums, presentations, daily air shows, and much more! Celebrate the
75th anniversary of the DC-3/C-47 and B-17. Monday concert by Chicago.
While we'll be busy all next week at EAA AirVenture capturing all the news across the grounds, every afternoon the world's best airshow performers will fill the sky with their most spectacular
efforts. Chuck Aaron, of Red Bull, will be flying the world's only aerobatic helicopter routine, and Greg Poe will perform in an ethanol-powered MX2. Kirby Chambliss takes a break from competing in
the Red Bull Air Races to fly a solo show in an Edge. Debby Rihn-Harvey, an aerobatics champion who's an airline captain in her day job, flies a French-built Cap 232. Art Nalls will return with his
Harrier, the only one in the world that's privately owned. Longtime favorites including Sean D. Tucker, Kyle Franklin, John Mohr in his Stearman, Mike Goulian in the Extra 330, and Matt Younkin in a
Twin Beech also are among the lineup.
Besides the aerial performances, the skies will be filled every day with flight demonstrations and fly-bys that showcase the wide variety in the world of aviation. Everything from a two-seat
open-air Breezy to the Airbus A380 has flown at Wittman Field, and this year's show promises to deliver more of the same.
Sean Tucker will be flying a brand-new Challenger III airplane. We spoke with him about it briefly a few weeks ago (click here for that podcast),
but recently we caught up with his crew at an airshow and took a more detailed look at the airplane's unique features. Click here for that podcast.
Next week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Sean Tucker and Team Oracle will wow the crowds and show off their brand-new Challenger III. Team Oracle's Brian Norris shared some of the biplane's unique
aerodynamic features with AVweb's Mary Grady, who brought home a few photos.
The Challenger III biplane is all-new, but Team Oracle is hanging on to one piece of equipment from their previous rig pilot Sean Tucker.
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The FAA has asked the FCC to cancel proposed rules that would ban the use and manufacture of 121.5 MHz
emergency locator transmitters. As we reported in June, the FCC has said it plans to ban 121.5 ELTs because search and
rescue satellites don't monitor that signal anymore. However, the FAA points out that the Coast Guard and Civil Air Patrol do monitor the frequency and that more than 38,000 (of 200,000) aircraft
owners have voluntarily equipped with the replacement 406 MHz units. It also noted that manufacturers wouldn't be able to suddenly equip more than 160,000 aircraft. "The ability of the aviation
industry to continue the manufacture, importation, sale and use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters is of utmost importance to the aviation community," the FAA wrote to the FCC. However, the
Aircraft Electronics Association disagrees with a key point of the FAA's argument, saying manufacture of the old-style ELTs should be stopped.
"The AEA supports the FAA's proposal for operators to continue the 'use of existing' 121.5 MHz ELTs," the AEA said in a news release. "However, because satellite monitoring has ceased for 121.5
MHz, the AEA does not support the FAA's position of allowing the continued manufacture, importation or sale of new 121.5 MHz ELTs." The AEA calls the FAA argument "illogical" and says the
discontinuation of satellite monitoring means the old ELTs no longer work the way they were intended. It says it doesn't understand how the agency could argue that stopping the manufacture of outdated
equipment would be detrimental to aviation safety.
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To many 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.
It tanked for some of the same reasons that will challenge modern diesel makers, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. Packard figured out the weight and power density challenges,
but durability proved elusive. So did power, which, when given the choice, pilots seem to prefer over economy. Maybe the impending doom of 100LL will give them second thoughts.
The owners of one of the airplane that Colton Harris-Moore allegedly heisted were admirably generous in their reaction to the theft, suggesting that he just needs a father-to-son talking to. Paul
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When the American Barnstormers made a stop in Watertown, South Dakota, Heather Kallhoff seized the opportunity to capture a few scenes that may well
have come from another era. We look forward to seeing more photos from Heather, but for the moment, we're content to soak in the nostalgia brought on by this one, our "Picture of the
It's no secret that we love a good hat here at "POTW" headquarters and 3-year-old Bryce is stylin' in this shot taken by proud papa Greg Jackson of Fort Collins, Colorado. As you may have guessed, this was Bryce's first ride in an airplane, and the "very gracious" pilot gave him the brand
treatment. "He talked about it for the next few days," Greg tells us.
Dr. Daniel Spitzer of Suffern, New York has done some travellin' lately. Our latest sign-off pic came partnered with a similarly gorgeous sunset
shot taken over the the North Atlantic (which you'll find in this week's
The thing we love most about this photo isn't the long night it implies nor the fact that it makes near-pefect desktop wallpaper although you may lose a few icons in the clouds.
Nope, it's this clever tidbit: "The colors were obtained by shooting through a pair of polarized sunglasses, with the window of the CO 777 adding the interesting hues."
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