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DETAILS NEW JETS AHEAD OF NBAA
Bombardier didn't wait for
NBAA to announce two new aircraft aimed at the ultra-long-range,
large-cabin market. The Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft are
extensions of the Global series that currently rests with the XRS model.
Bombardier announced Saturday that the 8000 model, due for
delivery in 2017, will be the longest-range aircraft in its class. The
eight-seat aircraft will have a 7,900-nm range, making Hong Kong-New
York and L.A.-Sydney flights available nonstop. The larger cabin
(10-seat) 7000 will be available in 2016 and go 7,300 nm. Top cruise is
listed as .9 Mach for both, slightly less than the Gulfstream G650,
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ARE (ALMOST) CAPABLE OF SEE AND AVOID, SAYS AIR FORCE
unmanned aerial vehicles inevitably find their way into the National
Airspace System, both the FAA and other airspace users worry that these
remotely piloted aircraft can't see other traffic the way a human pilot
can. The reality, says the Air Force, is that the current generation of
UAVs may be able to see traffic better than a human pilots because of
sophisticated sensors that operate in both the visual and infrared
that in a previous story, we reported that the Air Force and FAA are
jousting over how best to fit UAVs into the airspace system, especially
in North Dakota, where the service has six Predators stationed awaiting
deployment for training. The Air Force proposed a 35- by 45-mile
restricted area in which to operate the drones, but the FAA has pushed
back against the airspace grab, arguing for more deliberation. Brig.
General Leon Rice told AVweb that the Air Force actually doesn't
favor a restricted area as a means of integrating UAVs into the
airspace, but would like to eventually move to a more normal
"file-and-fly" stance, something the FAA isn't ready to approve.
Specially designated UAV MOAs are also on the table. Rice says that
those who worry about the see-and-avoid issue may not know that the
current generation of UAVs have two sensor balls, one for ground
scanning and one for scanning the airspace. Each has a dedicated human
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REJECT HAWKER BEECHCRAFT DEAL
Machinists employed by Hawker
Beechcraft have rejected a new seven-year contract, raising questions
about the company's future in Wichita. The workers voted 55 percent
against the deal, which would have cut their pay by 10 percent and
raised their health insurance premiums. "It was just a bad contract.
Everything. Wages, insurance and everything else was just bad," sheet
metal worker Gerald Church told the Wichita Eagle A new contract was a condition of a
state incentive package aimed at keeping the company and its 6,000
employees in Wichita in the face of an attempt by Louisiana to lure the
company there. However, some employees leaving the voting said it was
their belief that the contract would just delay the inevitable and that
Hawker Beechcraft has already decided to move. Hawker Beechcraft CEO
Bill Boisture didn't directly address the company's future in Wichita.
"The company will continue exploring all options and making a series of
business decisions in order to remain profitable and competitive in this
smaller market," Boisture said. More...
PROFITS PREDICTED, QUIET WORKFORCE NUMBERS REPORTED
major U.S. airlines could collectively post $2.4 billion in profits, a
record for the third quarter, according to AirlineFinancials.com, while
the DOT's workforce figures through August haven't recorded much
positive change. AirlineFinancials predicts the airlines will post
average net profit margins of 7.2 percent in the third quarter, with
combined revenue figures near $33 billion. Those would be the
second-highest revenue figures in history. Delta Air Lines will lead the
pack, according to the analysts, with $8.8 billion in revenue,
translating to roughly $740 million in profits. Meanwhile, preliminary
data generated by the Department of Transportation showed a reduction of
1 percent in U.S. airlines' overall workforce from August 2009 to August
2010. Employment figures were up slightly from July to August of this
year, when they grew from 563,570 to 564,055, but were down from August
'09's figure of 569,477. As with their profits, Delta stood out for
workforce growth -- but there are other very significant factors to
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PILOT RULING DELAYED
European pilots flying under FAA
certificates and with N-registered aircraft have a couple of months of
breathing room in which to press their case against proposed rule
changes they believe will seriously damage general aviation in Europe. A
conciliation committee between the European Union Commission and the
national governments has delayed until December a decision on rule
changes put forth by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The
rules would have essentially eliminated the longstanding practice of
thousands of pilots maintaining and operating GA aircraft under American
regulations. The meeting was held in private and there are no
transcripts or minutes available to the public, but the delay itself is
seen as a hopeful sign. More...
PREPARES TO RELAX AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS
Reports from China
Friday state that authorities there have approved guidelines to reform
low-altitude airspace management over the next five to 10 years with the
goal of encouraging the development of general aviation. Under the
guidelines, low altitude is defined by airspace below 1,000 meters
(general aviation advocates had pushed for a 3,000-meter boundary). The
reform would provide non-military aircraft access to that airspace with
relaxed restrictions. Other than on specified commercial routes,
non-military and non-airline flights over mainland China are otherwise
controlled by the air force. Shanghai Securities News reported that the
new guidelines call for two trial flight control zones to "be deepened,"
first -- one near Shenyang and one near Guangzhou -- followed by a
staged nationwide rollout of low-altitude airspace reform beginning in
2011. Details about precisely how pilots would gain access to the
airspace, and through what governing body, are still scarce, and there
are lingering skeptics among the hopeful. More...
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AWARDED FOR DARPA "TRANSFORMER" FLYING CAR
including Lockheed Martin and a division of Pratt & Whitney, have won
12-month contracts for early phase development studies of a
semi-autonomous "Transformer" vehicle that aims to combine the "HumVee"
with the helicopter. The Transformer, or TX program, aims to develop a
"robust ground vehicle" that has vertical takeoff and landing capability
and is good for 250 nautical miles of air, land or combined air/land
travel. It also aims to do that while carrying 1,000 pounds of troops
and gear (roughly four soldiers) and being non-pilot friendly. According
to DARPA, such a vehicle could escape "trafficable terrain," making
vehicular troop movement less predictable and more flexible. Such an
aircraft will require the incorporation or development of significant
technologies, and that's what the program's first-phase contract winners
will set out to research. More...
PAPER BOMBER CHARGED
Charges were brought against pilot
Warren Saunders after he admitted to police that he dropped from his
aircraft three rolls of toilet paper that landed near the active
athletic fields of a New Jersey middle school, Wednesday evening. The
toilet paper rolls were not dry when they reached the ground, though
authorities seem to believe they were dry when they left the aircraft.
"They apparently got wet on the way down," Westwood Police Chief Frank
Regino told local newspaper the Cliffview Pilot. Parents of soccer players who were
using the field for practice at the time of the incident called police.
Sixty-year-old Saunders' drop was meant to be a practice run for a
second drop he'd planned for Saturday. More...
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National Business Aviation Association
President Ed Bolen says this year's convention will be "upbeat"
with some major announcements and a growing sense of optimism. He spoke
with AVweb's Russ Niles. More...
NEXT WEEK, AVWEB IS THERE
The business aviation world is
collectively shining its shoes and pressing its suits for the largest
convention dealing specifically with bizav. The National Business
Aviation Association Meeting and Convention will be held at the Georgia
World Congress convention center from Oct. 19-21 and AVweb will
be there to provide a full package of news, video and audio reports on
the big show, which, despite the economy, is still a big show. This one
is shaping up to be a battle of the heavyweights.
- We've already heard from many of the exhibitors
at NBAA 2010, but if you're planning to be at the show and have
announcments you want us to know about, please send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OF THE WEEK: AMERICAN AIRPORTS (GEN. WILLIAM J. FOX AIR FIELD,
AVweb reader Charlie Tipton attended
Edwards Air Force Base's recent
GA fly-in on the Rosamond Lakebed and while he didn't get us
the proverbial "lousy t-shirt," he dropped a fantastic gift on us when
he mentioned his trip blog in this week's FBO nominations. (In
fact, we'd better stop reading and get back to work!)
visited 29 airports in 37 states on his cross-country flight to Edwards,
you could say Charlie conducted his own version of our "FBO of the Week"
contest. "There were other FBOs who are also did a super job," he
writes, but "my personal, hands-down winner is" drumroll, please
American Airports at Gen. William J. Fox Air
Field (KWJF) in Lancaster, California.
Within minutes of our
first meeting, manager Steve Irving gave me unsolicited complimentary
hangar space to ensure that my [L-16A] warbird didn't get rained on with
the unexpected storms that were brewing in the area the night before the
big event. At the time, I didn't even know there was a potential threat,
but it sure came to pass that night. He also provided personal
transportation to a Lancaster hotel when I unexpectedly arrived the
second time after weather forced me to return there following the fly-in
and he again offered the hangar space. His staff, including Mark,
Rick, Ken and others, went out of their way to ensure that all my needs
were met. ... They were available 24/7, and, no matter what shift was on
duty, their service was uniformly consistent. Perhaps the most enjoyable
aspect was sharing in the aviation camaraderie that was pervasive
throughout the operation and particularly evident at lunch or breaks
taken in the wonderful Foxy's airport restaurant, where waitress Brandy
and others quickly made me feel like one of the long-time
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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Overheard flying into Reno for the air races this
year, about a TFR for a fire about 100 miles east of the
Cessna Pilot to Oakland Center:
checking in. VFR 8,500."
your present route will take you into a TFR about 20 miles ahead of
"O.K. We're looking "
Art Andersen More...
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