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BROADBAND MAY JAM GPS
The GPS industry is warning
that a proposed broadband Internet network could effectively jam GPS
signals. Further, it says it has data showing that any of the
anticipated 40,000 (yes, four zeroes) transmitters can make a Garmin 430
go dark at a range of five miles. GPS World calls the proposal by LightSquared
"disastrous" and warns of major problems for all kinds of GPS-reliant
devices. The publication says a study (PDF) by GPS-industry stakeholders, including Garmin,
determined the LightSquared network "will create a disastrous
interference problem for GPS receiver operation to the point where GPS
receivers will cease to operate (complete loss of fix) when in the
vicinity of these transmitters." That, says the report, "will deny GPS
service over vast areas of the United States." The industry told the
Federal Communications Commission of the potential problem but the FCC
approved the multibillion-dollar effort, which will carry 4G broadband
throughout the country. In a podcast interview with AVweb, LightSquared
spokesman Jeff Carlisle said the broadband system won't affect properly
filtered GPS devices and his company is both mandated (by the FCC) and
anxious to work with the GPS industry to identify devices that might be
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TO COMMAND ENDEAVOR
Astronaut Mark Kelly apparently agrees
with NASA that the safest thing for the final flight of the shuttle
Endeavor is for him to command the mission. Kelly announced Friday he
will leave the bedside of his severely injured wife Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords to resume training for the left seat of the mission, which is
scheduled to launch April 19. Kelly told ABC's Diane Sawyer he doesn't
need the air miles and his decision to command the flight is "the right
thing for me to do." Giffords was shot through the head in an
assassination attempt Jan. 8 in Tucson and is in rehabilitation in
Houston, where Kelly will resume training. "I've flown in space three
times. I don't have to do it again," Kelly said in the interview. "My
number-one goal is to make sure that my crew is safe and that they can
execute this mission safely."
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INITIATES UNLEADED AVGAS COMMITTEE
The FAA Friday
announced it will form a rulemaking committee made up of industry
and government members to guide the development and deployment of a new
unleaded avgas. The Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking
Committee's first target is to formalize membership and initiate work
activities by March 31. The FAA said it intends to have the committee
produce "an industry-government framework and implementation plan
intended to guide the GA community toward deployment of unleaded
aviation gasoline." The goal, said FAA administrator Randy Babbitt, is
to "bring together all the industry stakeholders" to achieve a drop-in
replacement fuel "in a timely fashion." More...
TO PAY FOR SOME JETBLUE ADS-B
The FAA Friday announced it will pay $4.2 million to equip up to
35 JetBlue A320s with ADS-B, allowing the airline to fly new routes and
the FAA to "collect important data" and "demonstrate the benefits of
NextGen." The airline will receive the equipment over the next two
years. JetBlue will use it to fly a new route to the Caribbean and use
of the equipment may also lead to the development of new, shorter routes
from Boston, New York and Washington to the Caribbean. The FAA says it
will observe the equipped JetBlue aircraft and conduct real-time
evaluations of the system in practice on real-world revenue flights. The
FAA is picking up the tab for the avionics, but the airline will pay for
a few things, too. More...
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TAX LOOMS IN WASHINGTON STATE
Less than a year after a
similar tax proposal was quashed, Washington State legislators have
introduced a bill (PDF) to
impose a 0.5 percent annual excise tax on the value of all GA aircraft
in the state. AOPA is calling on the state's pilots to mount the same
sort of organized and focused campaign that killed the first tax. The
bill was sponsored by 13 state representatives and AOPA members in all
those districts have been sent letters urging them to buttonhole their
representative and tell them what a bad idea it is. AOPA says the tax
could cause "irreparable harm" to Washington's aviation industry at the
cost of thousands of jobs. More...
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COLLAPSE DAMAGES 7 AIRCRAFT (WITH PHOTOS)
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No one was hurt, but one man had to be
rescued and six airplanes and one helicopter were damaged when the roof
of a hangar collapsed under the weight of heavy snow at Norwood Airport,
near Boston, Wednesday. The hangar, occupied by Swift Aviation Services,
reportedly had two people in it at the time of the collapse. Employee
Ted Robinson, who had to be rescued from a corner office, told the
Norwood Bulletin that the event was "a little out of the ordinary." Fire
officials were called to contain leaking fuel and a ruptured gas line;
it's estimated that damage to two of the aircraft was excessive. Images
appear to show the tail of a Lancair IV P suffering under the weight of
debris while the helicopter next to it is nearly unrecognizable.
Meanwhile, a Piper Malibu (or variant) sits nearby relatively unscathed
and a prop jutting from the snow behind it suggests another outcome for
a different aircraft. More...
SALE: SHELL OF HARRIER JUMP JET
Rescued from a scrap yard in
1997, the restored two-seat, first-generation, ex-RAF 4 SQN Harrier Jump
Jet currently available on ebay.co.uk was accepting bids over $112,000,
when last we checked, but if you want an engine you'll be paying more.
Its current owner, 33-year-old former RAF mechanic, Chris Wilson, says
the decommissioned display-worthy aircraft could be made airworthy with
the addition of the appropriate Rolls Royce engine, sold separately (and
not by him). That fantasy will take some work. The aircraft's front
cockpit is "around 80-percent complete" (it does include a Martin Baker
mk9 ejection seat) and the rear cockpit is "fairly empty," according to
the listing. But the aircraft is sporting a full set of external stores,
including 100-gallon drop tanks and SNEB rocket pods. "There is also a
set of Aden cannon pods fitted to the belly." More...
Don't Let This Opportunity
Pass You By!
The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Has Extended the
For Aviation-Related Charities to Apply for 2011
Twenty charities were awarded over $100,000 in grants for 2010. Your
favorite charity could be on that list this year. To fill out the
simply go to
Make sure you submit it by midnight, February
. Once the 20 finalists are chosen, the pilot community will
decide how the funds will be distributed.
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4G JAM YOUR GPS?
A plan to put up 40,000 broadband
transmitters across the U.S. has the GPS industry worried that
interference from the signals could make popular navigation units go
black. Jeff Carlisle, VP of regulatory affairs for LightSquared,
the company planning the broadband network, told AVweb it's too
early to know what GPS devices might be affected and that his company is
committed to working with the GPS industry to mitigate the
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NAVY X-47B UNMANNED COMBAT AIRCRAFT FLIES
Feb. 4, 2011, the tailless, strike-fighter-sized unmanned system, the
X-47B, under development by Northrop Grumman, completed its first flight
at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California. The flying wing took off at
2:09 p.m. PST and flew for 29 minutes. The UAV climbed to an altitude of
5,000 feet, flew several racetrack-type patterns, and landed safely at
2:38 p.m. Northrop says the flight provided test data to verify and
validate system software for guidance and navigation and the aerodynamic
control of the tailless design. The aircraft will remain at Edwards AFB
for flight envelope expansion before moving its test program to Naval
Air Station Patuxent River, Md., later in 2011. There, the system will
undergo tests to validate its readiness to begin testing in the maritime
and carrier environment. The X-47 is being prepared for carrier trials
in 2013. More...
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OF THE WEEK: KENOSHA JET CENTER (KENW, KENOSHA,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Kenosha Jet
Center at Kenosha Regional Airport (KENW) in Kenosha, Wisconsin
and while KJC was recemmended by a human reader, Warren
Levin, we suspect the FBO is also popular with four-legged
passers-through. Warren writes:
Over the last 18 months, I have done a dozen Pilots N Paws
rescues and have used the assistance of Steve and Eric [at Kenosha Jet
Center] to unload puppies and full-grown dogs. ... These two line
personnel will meet me at the hangar and help me move the dogs to their
new owners or rescue mission; they are always available to help and/or
fuel. Marie, the manager, is always happy when they do assist, as she is
also an animal lover.
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
I was flying with my friend Mike in a 200 King Air
inbound to TPA. When we couldn't get three gear lights, we told the
tower we would abort to work on the gear
"Would you like to declare an
"Emergency is such a harsh
"Understand. We'll roll out the equipment
(Thankfully, we landed without a problem.)
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