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TURBOPROP MUSTANG PHOTOS
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Although there have
been reports of photos circulating of the Cessna turboprop single test
aircraft, these are the first we've seen and we've corresponded with the
Wichita engineer who took them with his cellphone. The aircraft does
indeed appear to be the "turboprop Mustang" that has been widely rumored
and not a re-engined Corvalis as some had suspected. Our
engineer/photographer, who also happened to work on the early design of
the Columbia/Corvalis, notes there was no provision for a turboprop or
pressurization in that design. The apparent use of a modified Mustang
fuselage (note the rear door) makes more sense given Cessna's stated
goal for the program to be an intermediate step for owner-pilots
graduating from the Corvalis to the Mustang. As we reported in
, Cessna is a long way from introducing the
turboprop as a finished design and it will not be on display at AOPA
Summit next week. More...
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DEPRECIATION HELPS OEMS
Bonus depreciation is helping the
world's largest general aviation manufacturer sell airplanes. Cessna
Finance Corp. President Tom Low said there has been a noticeable
increase in all facets of the business since the government extended
bonus depreciation last September. In a podcast
interview, Low said those who qualify (must have taxable income and
be U.S. taxpayers) can take a sizeable chunk off their taxes with the
provision and Cessna is helping customers to leverage the savings even
farther if it's a Mustang they're looking for. More...
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AIR CARGO REBOUND UNDER WAY
Worldwide air-freight traffic has
already started to recover from a recent downturn, and the market is
expected to triple in size by 2029, Boeing said in a forecast released this week. "Industrial
requirements are driving the rebound, as air cargo is an essential tool
for industry and commerce to manage supply chains and bring goods to
market," said Jerry Allyne, an analyst with Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"As airlines return to profitability, they will begin to consider fleet
renewal to improve long-term operating costs." Air cargo traffic
rebounded strongly beginning in November 2009 and has continued to grow
so far this year. As a result, world air cargo traffic is expected to
regain its 2007 peak by the end of this year, Boeing said.
DRONES, HERE TODAY
Small drones could soon become ubiquitous
for a variety of personal uses, from snapping photos for paparazzi to
monitoring children for protective parents, according to a story in
Wednesday's Wall Street Journal. One example is a "personal
sentry" drone now under development for the military at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The drone is only about a foot
wide and weighs less than a pound. Four tiny propellers allow it to
hover and maneuver quickly in every direction. A parent could affix a
sensor to a child, and the drone would follow everywhere the child goes,
sending real-time video back to the parent's iPhone. The drone could
also easily look into neighbor's backyards and track errant spouses. "It
would strike fear in the hearts of every celebrity having a birthday
party," Gary Morgan, head of a celebrity-photo agency, told the Journal.
Do You Have What It Takes to
Be a Safe Pilot?
Challenge yourself with the Air Safety Institute Safety Quiz,
underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency.
Quiz Topic: Aeromedical Factors
Would you recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning? If you
stop a climb and feel as if you're tumbling backward, will you trust
your instruments or your inner ear? Knowledge of aeromedical factors
health factors and physiological effects that can be linked to
flying keeps pilots from succumbing to spatial disorientation or
flying while impaired, and it could prevent in-flight emergencies.
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ALASKA, A WHOLE TOWN SUPPORTS SCHOOL AVIATION PROJECT
group of high school students in Talkeetna, Alaska, signed on to rebuild
a wrecked airplane, the town, with a total population of 800, rallied to
the project in a big way. Fifteen local pilots volunteered to help out
with the Build A Plane project, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Local CFI Drew Haag offered a
free introductory flight lesson to every participating student. The
local chapter of the Ninety-Nines donated $500 to purchase a private
pilot ground school course for the local library. "It's an amazing
buildup of people," said June Ruda, a counselor at the Susitna Valley
Junior-Senior High School. The students are restoring a yellow 1949
Stinson 108-3 that was wrecked in a rough landing several years ago.
FILM FEST THIS WEEKEND
This year's Reel Stuff Film
Festival of Aviation launches this weekend at the National Aviation
Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. Each of the five films screened on Friday
and Saturday will be introduced by an actor, producer or other key
contributor to the production, and each film will be followed by a
question-and-answer session. Friday's opening-night reception is hosted
by Cliff Robertson, followed by the film "Flyabout," introduced by
director Monika Petrillo. The film chronicles the adventures of a young
pilot who aims to complete a circumnavigation of Australia by air.
Saturday's schedule features four films as well as a reception and a
silent auction fundraiser to help support the Hall of Fame Learning
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FAA DELAYS HURT AVIATION INDUSTRY
The FAA needs to a better
job of issuing certifications and approvals, the Government
Accountability Office concluded in a recent report. A lack of efficiency
and consistency in how the FAA interprets its own rules adversely
affects the aviation industry, causing delays and higher costs, the
analysts found. To improve its performance, the GAO says, FAA should
develop a process to track how long it takes to act on requests for
certification or approval and the causes of each delay, then use that
data to assess the extent of delays and figure out how to better
allocate resources to reduce wait times. Also, the GAO says, the FAA
should use that data to create a system of measurable performance goals
and track performance toward those goals. More...
Russia has restructured its airspace in
a move that's bound to foster more GA activity in the country. Gone is
the requirement to submit a detailed flight plan at least 24 hours in
advance. Flight notification can now be done an hour in advance online.
The changes were announced in April and went into effect Monday.
According to TASS the new rules and airspace designations "are
designed to meet the standards and recommended practices of the
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)." Perhaps the biggest
change is the creation of uncontrolled airspace. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: FEDEX AND UPS NEW TERRORISM
Could be, but it seems to AVweb's Paul
Bertorelli that the first step to keep their airplanes from being blown
up is to have a peek inside packages coming from Yemen, the world
capital of terrorist bomb-making. On the day explosives were recovered
last week, the two companies shipped a total of thirteen packages out
the country. Hard to imagine the clerks were too busy to wonder why a
printer was being shipped from Yemen to the U.S. when you could buy a
new one for less than the shipping cost. Of such stuff is knuckleheaded
airline security made. Read
more and join the conversation on the AVweb Insider blog.
INSIDER BLOG: A NEAR MID-AIR BLINDED BY THE SIGHT
the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli devolves to the
philosophical in describing nearly swapping paint with a Cherokee on
Sunday. Soiling your underwear will do that to you. But it does bring to
mind something we've all experienced: Looking without seeing and seeing
without comprehending. More...
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IPAD VS. GARMIN'S 696
Foreflight or WingX loaded, the iPad aces the plate reader function,
hands down. But how about for all-purpose cockpit navigation? Looks to
us like the 696's robust GPS wins that round. But there could be an
interesting and less expensive compromise, as this video reveals.
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OF THE WEEK: HANGAR 10 (MKC, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI)
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" is Hangar 10 at
Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC) in Kansas City,
AVweb reader Ken Denning put Hangar 10 on
our radar, praising their "brand-new, state-of-the-art green facility
with excellent customer service." Kudos to the staff, and check back
with us next week for another top FBO.
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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