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Aircraft Spruce staff on site to answer all questions. Join our Avionics Specialist February 26 at 10:30pm and February 27 at 10:15am for a GPS Handheld Comparison seminar. Call
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GROUPS TO FAA: COUNT SPORT PILOT TRAINING HOURS
should change its rules so hours logged by students flying with
sport-pilot instructors will count toward later ratings, says a
coalition of general aviation advocacy groups. Under the current rules,
some instructors are certified to teach only sport pilots and only in
light sport aircraft. The FAA doesn't allow dual time logged with those
instructors to count toward the private pilot and higher certificates. A
letter from EAA, AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association
and the National Association of Flight Instructors asks the FAA to
change that rule. "Experience begins to accrue the very first day that a
student pilot sits behind the controls of an aircraft," they wrote. "The aeronautical experience obtained in
pursuit of a sport pilot certificate should not be discredited, in
essence resetting the clock on aeronautical experience as if that sport
pilot was an initial student with no previous experience."
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SECOND ENGINE PROGRAM A "WASTE"
During a House committee
hearing Wednesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the plan to
provide an alternate engine for the F-35 "unnecessary and extravagant"
and a "waste" of $3 billion, and the House voted to cut funds for the
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LAUNCHES ELECTRIC MOTORGLIDER
Pipistrel said this week its
electric-powered, two-seat self-launching glider, the Taurus Electro G2, is now available for sale. The
company, based in Slovenia, is also offering a solar trailer for the
airplane, which can charge it up in about five hours. The 40-kilowatt
motor is powered by lithium-technology batteries that are monitored by
Pipistrel's own battery-management system, which features data-logging
and battery health forecasting. The electric motor can be retrofitted
into existing gas-powered Taurus gliders, the company said, and it
will be offered for integration into third-party platforms as well. The
system provides power for up to 17 minutes. Once the airplane is
gliding, the propeller retracts into the fuselage with the push of a
PROTOCOLS FOR PETS ON JETS
General aviation aircraft are
great for those who want to bring their pets along when they fly, and
now a pet-services company is offering a special training program to
ensure that pets' in-flight safety is protected. Sit 'n Stay Global
offers a training program for cabin crews or pilots who deal
with pets aboard private jets or personal aircraft. "We found, after
several inquiries from corporate jet owners, that there was a real need
to understand how to make sure any pets on board were properly secured
in the event of an emergency," said Carol Martin, spokesperson for Sit
'n Stay. The training program shows how to cope with pets during
turbulence, ditching and evacuation. More...
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SAYS 4G SYSTEM A THREAT TO GPS
Garmin is standing by
its position that a proposal to build a network of 40,000 broadband
transmission towers around the U.S. could severely disrupt GPS service.
we reported last week, LightSquared has received conditional FCC
approval to install the massive system to carry 4G signals, the
conditions being that it restrict its signals to their assigned
frequencies on the L Band 1 (1525 MHz1559 MHz) and test existing
GPS devices to see what kind of interference the transmitters might
cause. GPS uses the a frequency range of 1159-1610 MHz, which is right
next to the LightSquared signal. Garmin's Jessica Myers told
a podcast interview that Garmin has done testing on its own and
determined there's no practical way for the two systems to
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OPENS FLORIDA PLANT
Embraer will open its first U.S. factory
next week in Melbourne, Fla. The 90,000-square-foot assembly plant for
Phenom business jets will be officially opened with a ribbon-cutting
Feb. 21. The factory project was announced shortly after the Phenom 300
prototype started flying in May of 2008. Both the Phenom 100 and the
Phenom 300 will be assembled at the $50 million plant and about 200
people will work there. The company will also conduct flight testing and
do delivery preparation at the Melbourne facility. Last year the company
delivered 100 Phenom 100s and at least 11 Phenom 300s. Embraer may not
be finished building U.S. factories, it was learned last week.
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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!
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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...
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