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FUNDING BILL CHANGES PILOT REQUIREMENTS
As Congress was
heading out the door last weekend for a six-week break, both houses
approved an FAA bill (PDF) that extends funding for the agency only for
the next two months, but they tacked on some provisions that affect
pilot certification. The bill requires that every pilot flying for a
commercial airline must hold an ATP certificate, effectively increasing
the minimum requirement from 250 flight hours to 1,500, effective three
years after the bill is enacted. The bill also requires the FAA to
implement NTSB recommendations related to training for Part 121 pilots,
including stall and upset recovery training. The FAA must review
research on fatigue and mandate new flight and duty time rules for
pilots within a year. Also, the bill says the FAA must create a database
with a comprehensive training record for every pilot and require
airlines to offer remedial training to pilots if needed. Laura Brown,
spokeswoman for the FAA, told AVweb on Tuesday her agency is
currently reviewing the bill and has no comment yet on its implications.
TO CESSNA DRIVERS: CHECK FOR WATER IN FUEL
The FAA says
pilots of Cessna 100-, 200-, and 300-series airplanes should intensify
their efforts to check for water in the fuel before every flight. "All
pilots, owners, operators, maintenance, and service personnel of these
type airplanes should assume some water exists in the fuel tank system,"
the FAA said in a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin posted last
week. Water may enter the fuel system via any penetration in the tank,
or it may come out of solution in the fuel and settle or adhere to the
inside of the tank walls. The bulletin recommends that owners should
ensure the airplanes have plenty of drains at a variety of locations,
and check them prior to every flight, taking at least one cup of fuel
from each location. More...
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AIRCRAFT SALES DOWN 10 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR
In the first
half of this year, sales of general aviation aircraft are down 10
percent compared to the first half of last year, the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported on Wednesday. Last year, 1,039
aircraft were sold in the first six months, compared to 937 this year.
Billings, however, were up 0.2 percent, totaling $9.40 billion in the
second quarter of 2010. This is the second consecutive
quarter that industry billings have risen, GAMA said. "As
general aviation manufacturers continue looking towards recovery from
the economic downturn, it remains critical that pro-growth,
pro-manufacturing policies like bonus depreciation that promote aircraft
purchases and stimulate job creation be put in place," said GAMA CEO
Pete Bunce. "As the global economic recovery picks up steam,
markets outside of North America continue to hold promise for renewed
growth in our industry." More...
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IN MIAMI? MAYBE IN 2012
With a growing aerospace industry and
a location that provides access to the Latin American market, an
economic development group in Florida hopes to bring a major commercial
airshow similar to the one in Paris to Miami every other year. Airbus
has moved its Latin America and Caribbean sales team from France to
Miami, and trains about 2,000 crew members at a center there each year.
The Miami show could attract small and medium-size companies that can't
get to Paris, and would also be attractive to the U.S. military, said
Frank Nero, CEO of The Beacon Council, an economic development group
working for Dade County. The show could launch as soon as 2012, though
"there are still many hurdles," Nero told the Miami Herald. More...
NETJETS BOSS SANTULLI IS BACK
Richard Santulli left his
position as CEO of NetJets Inc. one year ago and announced Wednesday
that he will head a new aviation company. Santulli's Milestone Aviation
Group is setting its legs behind a $500 million investment, a few key
former NetJets employees, and a plan to buy new and used jets and
helicopters, which it then plans to lease. Santulli's position is
chairman, while the company's president, Daniel Rosenthal, is a former
NetJets vice president; its CEO, William Kelly, was the head of NetJets
Europe; and a host of other former NetJets employees make up Milestone's
leadership. The new company is based in Dublin, Ireland, but has an
office in Columbus, Ohio, which is also the home of NetJets. That said,
Milestone is not designed to compete with NetJets. More...
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LAUNCHES AGING AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SITE
A new website has
been developed that aims to provide one-stop shopping for general
aviation maintenance information and, specifically, for help maintaining
aging aircraft. Wichita State University's National Institute for
Aviation Research has developed the Aging General Aviation Education &
Training website to provide information to the general aviation
community through an extensive searchable database of maintenance
documents and training materials. The site hopes to help users identify
potential type-specific problems, offers links to outside resources and
includes recommended training and education materials for pilots,
mechanics and avionics technicians. It also offers a growing collection
of "war stories." More...
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SCHOOL CLOSES, 60 CHINESE STUDENTS AFFECTED
About 60 Chinese
student pilots face an uncertain future after the abrupt closure of a
London, Ontario flight school that took their $55,000 tuition up front
and was evicted from its facilities for non-payment of rent before
training was complete. The London Free Press says some of the students are
also facing eviction from their apartments because accommodation was
included in the fee paid to Maylan Flight Academy, which was forced from
its premises more than a month ago. The students are still flying. They
were transferred to another school at the London Airport and so far
their lessons have been covered by Maylan. But the other school, Blue
Bird Flight Academy, trains only private pilots and the Chinese students
were promised multi-IFR tickets. More...
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OF THE WEEK: A VISION FOR EAA'S NEW PRESIDENT
EAA has picked
a new president, and AVweb asked Rod Hightower what his vision
was for the next five years. You
can view his response here, and we encourage you to have a look
before you reply. We've given some options below but realize this might
not be a classic multiple-choice question so feel free to expand your
thoughts in a letter to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll feature the letters that represent a cross-section of points of
views in our Monday AVwebFlash.
Plus: Back before
AirVenture, we asked AVweb readers if the U.S. should consider an
owner maintenance cateogory; click through to see the answers.
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OF THE WEEK: WISCONSIN AVIATION AT DODGE COUNTY AIRPORT (KUNU, JUNEAU,
We heard from many readers who were diverted on their
journey to Oshkosh this week and discovered other FBOs along the way.
The most popular FBO we heard about, though was Wisconsin
Aviation at Dodge County Airport (KUNU) in Juneau,
Jon Dean was the first to bring this FBO to our
When over 190
aircaft arrived un-planned thanks to the closure of OSH for arrivals,
Tim and his team (Mary and Josh) were truly amazing. They got everyone
tied down, allowed us all to camp, got transport, helped with finding
food Domino's actually delivered to my plane on the far side of
the field! made coffee, and organised shower and head facilities.
And with all this, they levied no charges at all, just the regular top
off with gas! ... They then helped organize transport for all of us
stranded there to get to OSH some 45 nm north.
part of this story? Most of the readers who told us about Wisconsin
Aviation have already made plans to fly into KUNU next year as part of
their AirVenture pilgrimage!
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
... And we're back!
AirVenture Oshkosh was a blast, but if there's one thing that can take
the edge off coming home from our favorite trip of the year, it's
finding photos like today's "Picture of the Week" waiting in
our submission box. Ryan Grantonic
of Dayton, Ohio has been a regularly submitter this year, but this
simple, elegant shot is the one that put him into our top slot.
THE AVWEBFLASH TEAM
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