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AIMS TO CUT FAA FUNDING
The House of Representatives and the
Senate are both considering legislation that would roll back funding of
the FAA to 2008 levels, but still provide funding toward NextGen,
according to a Reuters report, Friday. Chairman of the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica, said in a
statement that the proposal "increases the efficiency and effectiveness
of our aviation programs." The plan reportedly seeks to cut $4 billion
out of the FAA's funding through cost savings found in programs that the
FAA will be asked to identify and that do not impact safety. FAA
administrator Randy Babbitt said the cuts would further slow the
deployment of NextGen. And, as worded, the House version could have a
large impact on small airports. More...
BILLS PROTECTS FENCE AGREEMENTS
Given the advance press on
President Obama's budget and the bizarre legislative history of the
FAA's current reauthorization process, it's far too soon to predict how
it will all turn out but some groups see hope their specific issues will
be addressed by the final bill. Among them is the small but organized
effort to protect through-the-fence agreements, which allow access to
airports by those who have hangar homes on adjacent privately-owned
property. Dr. Brent Blue, organizer of ThroughTheFence.org said identical language in both
the House and Senate versions of the bill would protect existing
agreements and allow future deals between airports and adjacent
residential property owners. More...
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DESIGN'S FOUR SEATER
Manufacturer of the successful CT series
of Light Sport aircraft, Flight Design has confirmed its upcoming C4
four-seat aircraft but says the final design will be decided with input
from dealers, customers and ... you. The company will be rolling out a
full-size proof-of-concept model at Aero 2011, which will be held this
year April 13-16, in Germany. Attendees will be able to contribute their
thoughts at the event. For the rest of the world, Flight Design is
creating an online survey where it will accept opinions regarding design
features of C4. The survey is linked < a
but will not be online until March (save the page). The company's
engineers will work with the information and hope to freeze the design
by Sun 'n Fun 2012. The company plans to certify the C4 and is also
working on full type certificates for its CTLS and MC. Meanwhile, Flight
Design's has other news for amphib fans. More...
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|FlightPrep Patent: The Latest Twists and Turns||back to
The legal dispute between FlightPrep and
RunwayFinder over the latter's alleged patent infringement continues to
move forward but there have been a couple of twists and turns. According
to the most recent post to RunwayFinder's Web site,
owner Dave Parsons has filed a dismissal notice in the Oregon court
where the suit was launched alleging the suit should have been filed in
Washington, where FlightPrep is based. FlightPrep can fight the
dismissal notice and even if it is upheld the suit can simply be
relaunched in Washington. No timeline was given for that bit of legal
wrangling but the lawsuit itself is considered a short-term issue.
RunwayFinder has also started work on an attempt to dismantle, or
significantly restrict the patent itself. More...
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COCKPIT FIRE SURVIVOR JADE SCHIEWE
On Sept. 28, 2010, a
Cessna 172RG was flying at 10:38 a.m. local time over Oklahoma when the
situation became life-threatening. On board were a CFI candidate and his
instructor. They were about four miles out from Richard Lloyd Jones
Airport, near Tulsa, and had just selected "gear down" when fire broke
out behind the instrument panel. Flames quickly spread to the rug and
seats and filled the cockpit with thick black smoke. Getting down safely
and immediately became the instant responsibility of 28-year-old
instructor Jade Schiewe, and what happened next was the result of skill,
instinct and knowledge. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with Schiewe
about the experience that left Schiewe with second and third degree
burns and a slipped disc in his back. That conversation is this week's
podcast. Click through to listen and to read the NTSB's factual report,
which may be relevant to you.
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The Legal Aviation Workshop (LAW) "Aviation Law After September
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Security; International Liability Treaties; and Hijackings, Terrorism
and Civil Rights. The workshop Leader is Timothy Ravich of Ravich Law
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INHOFE'S LETTER FROM THE FAA
A letter from the FAA (PDF) to Sen.
James Inhofe says he has completed "remedial training" and the FAA has
decided not to pursue legal enforcement action as the result of his
landing on an occupied closed runway, before departing from a taxiway,
last October. The FAA initiated an investigation after the 75-year-old
senator landed his Cessna 340, with three others aboard, at Port
Isabel-Cameron Country, Texas, on Oct. 21, 2010. The senator's
then-chosen runway was marked with large Xs, and littered with a large
red truck, other vehicles, and construction workers. No one was injured
as a result of the incident. Inhofe has said he was offered the choice
of possible legal action, or the training program, and took the second
option. His training included four hours of ground instruction and three
hours of flight instruction. It was provided by an instructor who had
previously been a student of the senator, according to TulsaWorld.com. FAA spokesperson Sarah Johnson said
the agency treated the senator as it would any other pilot. Inhofe has
also had things to say. More...
FIGHT OLIVE FARM SUITS
There's an undeniably California flair
to a strange dispute that has pitted (sorry) an olive farmer against hot
air balloonists in the state's Coachella Valley, near Palm Springs. And
now the local polo club is involved. The Eldorado Polo Club is hosting a
fundraiser on Feb. 27 to help pay the incidental expenses of 15
balloonists and one pest control applicator facing lawsuits from JCM
Farming. A local law firm has already volunteered to represent the
pilots, so the proceeds from the brunch, raffles, barbecue and, of
course, tethered balloon rides will go to cover other unspecified
expenses related to the litigation, according to The Desert Sun. More...
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FEBRUARY 14, 2011
Letter of the Week: GPS Threat Worth
In my opinion (which I believe to be fairly accurate
on this subject given my 40+ years experience in electronics), the GPS
interference threat posed by LightSquared's
proposed network is a serious disaster in the making. Their position
that a "properly filtered" GPS receiver won't suffer significant
interference is technically true but ludicrous in reality. It's true
that the technology exists to produce a filter that greatly attenuates
signals in the frequency range they are intending to use while only
marginally affecting GPS signals, but in the real world there are many
big problems with that "solution."
Click through to read the rest of this letter
and others from our mailbag. More...
LIFE LIKE FOR A TSA SCREENER?
It's not much fun at
times, but most believe their job is important and makes a difference.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with former screener and union president
Ron Moore about why we still need to take our shoes off at the
airport and the importance of being nice.
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OF THE WEEK: ISLAND CITY FLYING SERVICE (EYW, KEY WEST,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Island City Flying Service at Key West
International Airport (EYW) in Key West, Florida.
reader Neal Carbaugh told us how ICFS brought GA love to the
airport last week:
their first ever Southernmost Open House & Aviation Review (SOAR) on
February 5. This FBO donated fuel for the last remaining B-25Hs still
flying in the world today and an original Eastern Airlines DC-7, neither
of which would have been able to be there without it and both of which
were the stars of the show. Additionally, they gave up one of their four
rows for static display aircraft and waived their normal overnight fee.
Most of all, their ramp controller, the girls behind the counter, and
their maintenance guys handled the most number of aircraft ever in a
single day and did so in superb fashion with favorable comments from
many! SOAR was a big success, but [it] would not have been possible
without Island City Flying Service!
Keep those nominations
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
IS CARBON MONOXIDE ABOUT TO KILL YOU?
Probably not, but you may still want to consider a
cockpit carbon monoxide detector. In this video, AVweb and
Aviation Consumer take a look at these relatively inexpensive
safety gadgets. They have steadily improved in recent years, and there
are more choices than ever. More...
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...
Mobile (AL) Approach:
Mobile, say again."
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"... That's a real bad radio;
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