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Recent reports in AVweb.com
regarding AOPA compensation and other issues have been strongly
challenged by AOPA leadership. AVweb.com naturally defends its reporting
and its role as the independent voice of general aviation. In an effort
to have an open-ended, unrestricted dialog about all facets of AOPA's
operations -- from finances to fuels to new pilot recruitment -- the
association and AVweb have agreed to an unprecedentedexchange of
views and information. This will take place in coming weeks in the form
of detailed interviews with AOPA principals that will include a fresh
look at how the organization functions and how it defines its role in
promoting general aviation. Both AVweb and AOPA believe such an
independent review represents an unparalleled opportunity to build
confidence in GA's future.
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Paul Bertorelli, AVweb
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SUMMIT LAUNCHES IN LONG BEACH
AOPA's annual Summit runs
Thursday through Saturday this week in Long Beach, Calif., featuring a
long list of events and industry updates. The main hall hosts about 500
exhibits, and the schedule includes programs and speakers for new
pilots, seasoned fliers and enthusiasts. A variety of social events and
fundraisers are planned, including a Friday-night block party. Among the
industry updates, Cirrus Aircraft co-founder Dale Klapmeier will discuss
the Vision SF50 personal jet and the new Perspective ESP
flight-stability-augmentation system. The Terrafugia crew will be
showing their proof-of-concept "flying car" inside the main exhibit
hall. Cessna and Bye Energy will have an update on their progress toward
building an electric-powered Skyhawk. Long Beach Airport will host
static displays, including Fifi, the only flying B-29 Superfortress.
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A crew of 42 aboard a 787 Dreamliner on a test
flight Tuesday afternoon evacuated safely via emergency slides at
Laredo, Texas, after the pilots reported smoke in the cabin while on
approach to the airport. "We have decided to not fly the other planes
until we better understand the incident," a Boeing spokeswoman said,
according to BBC News. Nine airplanes are currently in the test
fleet. The 787 had launched from Yuma, Ariz., on a routine test flight
and had been in the air for six hours. According to the Seattle Times, the cause of the smoke was "a serious
in-flight fire in the electrical-equipment bay." The fire affected the
cockpit controls, and the jet lost its primary flight displays and
auto-throttle, according to the Times. Boeing, however, said on
Wednesday the primary flight displays were not affected, according to a
local TV station. Boeing has released few details
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MISSILE LAUNCH ... OR AIRCRAFT CONTRAIL
Monday evening near Los Angeles "could be a test firing of an
intercontinental ballistic missile," speculated former Deputy Secretary
of Defense Robert Ellsworth, or, as another source argues, it could be
the contrail of a civil aircraft. Multiple news sources reported Tuesday
that the Pentagon and other military sources "can't explain" the images.
On Tuesday that translated into rampant media repetition from CNN, Fox
News, and other news outlets that no one could explain the "missile
launch" that had taken place. Again, the "missile launch" reported was
not supported by any official source contacted by the news outlets. For
those who have been paying attention, Californians went through a
similar experience in January. And in both the latest case and the
January case, photographs of the contrails share similarities with
photos of contrails left by aircraft flying inbound from over the
horizon at sunset. Once you see the pictures, you may consider that
possibility, too. More...
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AUTOMATION ERODES PILOT SKILLS
Reliance on automated systems
may be eroding the flying skills of pilots, contributing to about 60
percent of the accidents reviewed by an FAA research team, the Wall Street Journal reported last week. FAA
researcher Kathy Abbott presented the preliminary results of the FAA
study at an aviation safety conference in Milan. Operating
flight-control computers can distract pilots from "managing the flight
path of the airplane," Abbott said. In addition, "pilots sometimes
abdicate too much responsibility to the automated systems." She added
that sometimes pilots don't get enough practice in hand-flying and will
hesitate to take control away from the computer in an emergency. The
results of the study are expected to be released early next year,
hopefully by February, Abbott told AVweb. More...
AD ADDS STEPS TO CESSNA SEAT CHECKS
Owners of 36,000 Cessna
aircraft will be required to add more steps to their inspections of seat
rails to ensure they are secure, the FAA said in a notice of proposed rulemaking released this week.
The proposal applies to 18 models, including the 150, 152, 172, 182, and
210 single-engine aircraft, as well as several twins, including the T303
Crusader and the 337 Skymaster. The new directive aims to update an
earlier AD issued in 1987. Since then, the FAA says, it has received
several reports of accidents, some fatal, in Cessna aircraft where the
primary latch pin for the pilot or co-pilot seat was not properly
engaged in the seat rail or track. The new AD adds steps to the
inspection procedures and clarifies some of the existing steps. The cost
to comply is estimated at $85 per airplane for the inspection. If parts
are found to need replacement, the estimated cost is about $775.
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COMPANIES LAUNCH OLYMPICS SUIT
A coalition of six
Vancouver-area aviation businesses is suing the Canadian Ministry of
Transport for lost business resulting from the flight restrictions
imposed during the 2010 Olympic Games. Mike Skrobica, of the Air
Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) announced the suit at ATAC's
annual meeting in Vancouver on Monday. He told AVweb the companies are
claiming lost revenue of almost $1 million. The Canadian government
enforced flight restrictions over Vancouver and the resort area of
Whistler for about a month from just before the start of the Games in
February until just after the opening of the Paralympic Games, which
follow the Olympics. The flight restrictions cut or curtailed most
training, sight seeing and charter operations. Skrobica said Transport
Canada normally compensates companies for such disruptions but didn't in
the case of the Olympics. "We're hoping the ministry makes us an offer,"
Skrobica said, noting the case will be launched with a news conference
in Vancouver this week. Collette Morin, owner of Glacier Air, one of the
six companies involved in the suit, said the Olympics hurt her business
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OF THE WEEK: NORTHERN AROOSTOOK REGIONAL AIRPORT (KFVE, FRENCHVILLE,
The AVweb staff has been pulling some late
nights gearing up for the AOPA Summit in Long Beach this week, so we can
identify with the manager of our latest "FBO of the
AVweb reader Joel Cutler told us how Dave
Fernald, the manager of Northern Aroostook Regional Airport (KFVE) in
Frenchville, Maine "waited for me until midnight and was there at 04:45
when I returned to depart. He didn't even go home to sleep!" writes
Joel. "Pumped my fuel, put my plane in the hangar, and couldn't have
been nicer or more helpful. I'll go back just to visit!"
that's how you get to be named an AVweb "FBO of the
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
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next Monday! More...
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