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SEBRING ATTENDANCE 'PART OF TRANSITION'
Piper Aircraft isn't
looking for an immediate replacement for the PiperSport but the company
is also not completely ruling out a return to the light sport aircraft
sector. A week before the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo began in Sebring,
Fla., Piper announced it was dropping the PiperSport arrangement with
the manufacturer Czech Sport Aircraft. Then, the distributors of the
aircraft got together to continue selling and supporting it in
cooperation with U.S. Sport Aircraft, which is the sole importer for the
design. Meanwhile, Piper showed up in force at Sebring with aircraft
painted in PiperSport livery along with promotion material and even show
tents emblazoned with the Piper brand. Piper spokeswoman Jacquie Carlon
told AVweb Piper had made a commitment to attend and support the
show but the decision to drop the PiperSport remains firm.
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INCIDENTS, DANGER TO PILOTS, INCREASE
The FAA's formal
reporting system in 2010 recorded a sharp increase in laser-related
incidents at the same time that much more powerful handheld lasers began
entering the market at significantly lower price points. The FAA
recorded 2,836 laser-related complaints in 2010, which almost doubles
the 1,527 incidents reported in 2009. Meanwhile, Class 4 lasers have
become more affordable and more portable. One review of a sub-$300
handheld laser that was first made available last year says the device
is "capable of blinding and/or burning someone almost instantly."
Shining a laser at a commercial aircraft is a federal crime that can
earn an offender up to 20 years in jail per charge and a $250,000 fine.
Based on the FAA's figures, that's not having the desired effect. And
pilots reportedly may now be in danger of more than very temporary
vision loss. More...
WORLD' AIRLINES FATALITY-FREE
Although there were some
remarkably close calls (including the engine
explosion in a Qantas A380), 2010 passed without a single fatality
caused by a crash involving an airline based in what MIT considers
"developed" countries. "In the entire First World, fatal crashes are at
the brink of extinction," Arnold Barnett, a professor who specializes in
air crash statistics at the prestigious school, told USA Today. For the U.S., 2010 was the third
fatality-free year out of four. The streak was broken by the Colgan Air
crash in Buffalo in early 2009 that killed all 49 people on board and a
person on the ground. It's not clear by what criteria the appointment of
"First World" countries is judged but one of the worst crashes in 2010
happened in Russia when a plane carrying Poland's president and his
entourage went down in bad weather while trying to land at Smolensk.
That crash killed Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 others and has
resulted in a diplomatic tiff between the two countries over the alleged
cause of the crash. The Russians say a drunk Polish military commander
was on the flight deck and pressured the crew into trying to land in
unflyable conditions. The Poles say Russian controllers are to blame.
Regardless, airline carnage continued unabated in the so-called
developing world, with fatal crashes throughout Africa, Asia and South
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APPROVES ORDER FOR 200 BOEING AIRLINERS
A standing order for
200 Boeing commercial aircraft worth $19 billion has been approved by
the Chinese government, paving the way for delivery to begin later this
year. The deal includes 185 Boeing 737 and 15 Boeing 777 jets. Large
international orders like this one are sometimes part of a broader
relationship and Boeing has recent history with China. In 2005, Boeing
announced it would buy $600 million worth of Chinese-made aircraft
components and the company has contracted with Chinese manufacturers to
produce certain parts for the 787 Dreamliner. This year, the White House
said that Boeing, Honeywell International and Pratt & Whitney will be
providing Air China with technical support to begin biofuel flights,
according to Marketwatch.com. China is expected to represent a
growing market for aviation businesses. Boeing isn't the only major
manufacturer seeking inroads. More...
BROTHERS ENTER AGREEMENT WITH CHINA
An agreement between
Groen Brothers Aviation International LLC (GBA) and China's Guangzhou
Suntrans Aviation Science and Technology Co. Ltd. will see light
gyroplanes produced in China for sales worldwide. The deal creates a
cooperative joint venture under a new entity, Foshan Suntrans-Groen
Aviation Co., and creates infrastructure to produce and support GBA's
SparrowHawk III, GBA's company's most advanced offering. GBA says the
venture allows them an opportunity to introduce a safe and easy-to-fly
product to the Chinese public as China opens up airspace below 3,000
meters and ushers in "a new generation of private pilots." It will also
transfer GBA's technology into the joint entity and ultimately seeks to
introduce new aircraft to the U.S. and world markets. The details of the
arrangement appear to leave GBA with less influence in the long run.
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SANTA MONICA CAN'T BAN BIZJETS
A Circuit Court has ruled that
because Santa Monica has accepted millions in federal grants it cannot
ban the business jets that make up roughly 7 percent of its operations.
The court found that, between 1985 and 2003, the city accepted $10.2
million in federal funds under the airport improvement program, and
terms of that acceptance included making the airport available "to all
types kinds and classes of aeronautical uses." The airport, which serves
as a reliever for LAX, has been embroiled in controversy since the city
council tried to close it in 1981. That fight led to a 1984 resolution
that will keep the airport open until at least 2015. The effort to ban
jets began in 1998 and, in spite of the latest ruling, there may be
challenges ahead. More...
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CHARTER PILOTS MUST HAVE CRM TRAINING
and air taxis operating under Part 135 will have two years to create
crew resource management (CRM) training programs for their roughly
24,000 pilots, plus flight attendants, according to a final rule
announced Thursday. The FAA said analysis showed that CRM training
helped reduce the rate of fatal accidents caused by pilot error by 25
percent. The agency believes the new training will reduce pilot error by
improving decision-making, reducing stress and increasing awareness
about the impact of fatigue. The rule addresses recommendations from the
NTSB and becomes effective 60 days after its coming publication in the
Federal Register. It was introduced as an NPRM in May of 2009, and
received just seven comments. More...
Gobosh Aviation has been sold to Aerospace
Capital Partners LLC, which operates a flight school in Denver using
three Gobosh aircraft. The announcement came during the annual U.S.
Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla. Gobosh was formed by Tim Baldwin
and Dave Graham four years ago and imported the Gobosh 700, a Polish
design aimed at the training market, and the Gobosh 800, a Czech product
described as a luxury LSA aircraft. The new owner, headed by Chris
Dillis, is taking aim at the training market, which he says is now
underserved by LSAs. More...
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ICUB AN AIRPLANE WRAPPED AROUND AN IPAD (PLUS AN
If there aren't enough iWidgets in
your life, here's one more: the iCub. It's basically a Cub clone LSA
built around the network and display capabilities of an iPad and an
iPhone. The iPad serves as the airplane's main navigation device, plus
it also receives and tracks data from the Rotax 912 engine. At the U.S.
Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, AVweb talked with the company's
Bill Canino, and this brief video offers a tour of the airplane.
A CONVERTIBLE GLIDER
The Phoenix motorglider is two
airplanes in one, and just about anyone can fly it, regardless of his
medical status. AVweb took a tour at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in
Sebring over the weekend. More...
OF THE WEEK: HERITAGE AVIATION (KBTV, BURLINGTON,
According to AVweb reader Ken Knopp, our
latest "FBO of the Week" is a posh destination. Heritage
Aviation at Burlington International Airport (KBTV) in
Burlington, Vermont "is by far the nicest FBO I have ever visited,"
top-notch. Entire staff was very friendly and provided an impeccable
service. Pilot lounge included a ping pong table and Wii. Separate rooms
were available for flight planning. Additional rooms included a theater,
sleeping rooms, and even a gym. I could easily spend more time at this
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
I'm a First Officer for TMC Airlines, a
small freight airline operating Lockheed Electras based at Willow Run
Airport in Detroit, Michigan. We use the call sign Willow Run Three
Forty-Six, and we'd just picked up a load of freight at Muskegon,
Michigan and were en route to Oakland, California. The time was about
07007. As we reached our final cruising altitude of FL220 at the west
side of Lake Michigan, we got this message from Chicago
"Willow Run Three Forty-Six, descend
and maintain 6,000."
After exchanging looks of amazement with my
captain, I replied:
"Chicago, ah if you
really need us at 6,000 we'll start down. But it's way early for our
descent into Oakland, California."
Center Valley, Pennsylvania
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