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MOVES: FIRST OFFICERS WILL NEED 1,500 HOURS
It seems first
officers on commercial flights will need 1,500 flight hours before
they're considered for the job, according to the FAA Reauthorization
bill that may be headed for a full Senate Appropriations Committee vote,
today, Thursday, July 22. 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. According to the Airport Legislative Alliance, full details
of the bill will be held until after the vote. More...
REQUIRES AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION RENEWALS
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 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. More...
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|Moving and Shaking Among the Airplane Makers||back to
OUT AS PIPER CEO
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. More...
BEECHCRAFT MAY MOVE OPERATIONS, CUT WORKERS
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. More...
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FLIES WITH CREW ON BOARD FOR FIRST TIME
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."
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FARNBOROUGH SHOW ROARS ON
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. More...
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.
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ACTS TO FILL THE SKIES ABOVE OSHKOSH
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, and Matt Younkin in a Twin Beech also are among the lineup.
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SAYS 121.5 ELT MANUFACTURING SHOULD STOP
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. 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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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.
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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...
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
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 time. 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 Week." More...
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