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PASSES FAA BILL: HOUSE ON DECK
All eyes are now on the House
after the full Senate passed its version of an FAA reauthorization bill.
The Senate approved a two-year measure allocating a total of $34.5
billion in an 87-8 vote. The House Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee approved a four-year reauthorization bill to be considered by
the full House. It's not known when it will hit the floor but the
current temporary extension of the FAA's operating authority (the 17th
since 2007) expires March 31 and there seems to be the will to get a
more permanent measure in place by then. The Senate bill passed with
major revisions from earlier iterations. More...
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RULES COULD CREATE PILOT SHORTAGE?
American Airlines says
proposed rules intended to reduce pilot fatigue would require it to hire
an additional 2,325 pilots at a cost of $514 million annually, and
seemed to suggest the industry-wide effect could be crippling. The rules
would effectively decrease maximum time on duty for pilots. In November,
American offered public comments on the rules, saying "if AA needs 2,300
more pilots to meet the proposed rules, other certificate holders will
need many additional pilots, too." Stakeholders also claim that the
regulation's cost will be substantially higher than the FAA's estimate
of $1.25 billion over 10 years. The Air Transport Association says the
rule would cost more than 15 times that figure. As for the total number
of pilots needed to meet the requirements of the bill, American said,
"The industry figure will be so large as to raise the question of from
where they all will come." American wasn't the only carrier to express
OVERTURNS AIRPORT GLIDER BAN
In a precedent-setting decision,
the operator of a Southern California airport has been ordered by the
FAA to allow resumption of glider operations or risk losing its federal
we reported in 2009, Riverside County evicted more than 40 gliders
and closed the grass strip they used, citing safety concerns. The agency
ruled last week the county's reasoning was "flawed" and, after studying
the issue, determined the airport layout will accommodate the "safe
simultaneous operations of glider and powered aircraft." The crux of the
matter was whether safety was used as a cover for discrimination against
the gliders and the FAA suggested the eviction was an "unreasonable
denial" of use at the airport. "The (county) is obligated by its grant
to operate the airport -- not just specific pieces of
infrastructure on it -- on reasonable terms and without unjust
discrimination," the FAA said in its decision. More...
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RECONNAISSANCE DRONE FLIES
A Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) created
by AeroVironment, designed to look and fly like a hummingbird, has
achieved remote-controlled hover and flight while carrying a camera that
transmits real-time video to its control unit. When we last saw the
vehicle in video, its control looked questionable. Now, the ornithopter
is shown in controlled hover and maneuvers, flying through a doorway and
into a building, while sending live video back to its operator (Click for video).
Two years ago, the first version could fly for 20 seconds. Now, it can
fly up to 11 miles per hour and has a duration of about eight minutes.
The project is the result of a DARPA-funded effort by AeroVironment for
a potential stealthy reconnaissance vehicle for use in urban
environments. Its success "paves the way for a new generation of
aircraft with the agility and appearance of small birds," according to
DARPA NAV project manager, Dr. Todd Hylton. More...
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IPAD CAN REPLACE CHARTS FOR EXECUTIVE JET
Executive Jet has
earned official authorization from the FAA to use the Jeppesen Mobile TC
App for iPad as a sole reference for electronic charts and as a direct
replacement of paper aeronautical charts in the cockpit. Executive Jet
managed that after three months of in-flight evaluation that included
more than 250 flight segments and one rapid-decompression test initiated
at 51,000 feet. That testing involved 55 pilots, and Jeppesen says it
was provided with feedback that it incorporated into an update for the
app, released last month. For now, the FAA's approval for the Jeppesen
app on the iPad is for Executive Jet, and only Executive Jet. Jeppesen
hopes that's just the beginning and, according to Jeppesen, many
carriers may feel the same way. More...
ForeFlight Mobile, one of the most popular
chart viewing and flight planning apps for the iPhone and iPad, now
offers georeferencinga fancy term for showing where the aircraft
is on approach charts and airport diagrams. The data for georeferencing
has been in the software for some time, but not active because
ForeFlight felt the internal GPS in the iPhone and iPad was too
unreliable. ForeFlight's co-founder, Tyson Wells said customer demand
coupled with aftermarket GPS units from Bad Elf and
GNS GmbH made this the right time for a change. In
addition to position, GPS-derived altitude, groundspeed and track can be
shown while viewing the approach plate. Meanwhile, ForeFlight's leading
competitor, WingX, is on the verge of some big changes of their
Second LAW on Legal Aspects
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Following the success of the previous Workshop in Washington, DC in
2010, this Legal Aviation Workshop
) will cover the
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Lease Agreements, Aircraft Lease Agreements and Contract Law, Brief
Refresher on Contract Formation and Enforcement, Operating Leases
("Dry"), Standard Terms and Conditions, Negotiating Issues,
Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance & Insurance ("Wet") Leases,
Standard Terms and Conditions as well as Negotiating Issues.
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IN AVIATION TO GATHER IN RENO
Women in Aviation
International will host its 22nd annual conference next week in Reno, Nev., from Feb. 24 to
26. The event brings together a wide range of aviation professionals,
educators and enthusiasts, and welcomes men as well as women from around
the world. A variety of professional development seminars, networking
opportunities, exhibits and social events are offered. The history of
women's contributions to aviation will be explored in talks about the
Womens Airforce Service Pilots, the 1929 women's air derby and more. At
the conclusion of the conference, on Saturday night, this year's
inductees to WAI's Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame will be announced, and
66 scholarships worth more than $600,000 will be awarded. About 3,200
attendees are expected.
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TOLD PLANE STOLEN TWO YEARS AGO
Wednesday, a man walked into
the local Sheriff's office to report that his aircraft, a 1955 Cessna
310, had been stolen from Turlock Airport (roughly 90 miles east of San
Francisco), about two years ago. It seems the victim bought the plane on
the east coast back in 2007, flew it across the country and parked it in
his hangar. Details are sketchy, but the victim apparently left his
plane unchecked until the FAA contacted him to let him know the aircraft
had been sold in 2009, or was otherwise out of compliance. When the
victim went to check on the aircraft, he discovered it was missing.
Merced deputy Tom Mackenzie told local newspaper The Merced Sun Star
that it appears the aircraft had been flown off the airport and that the
criminal had then forged signatures on a bill of sale dated April 2009,
before selling the aircraft to someone else. More...
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displays Class B, C, and D airspaces; animated weather images; A/FD;
AOPA Directory with Yelp integration; route planning, FARs, METARS,
TAFS, winds, and temperatures aloft; TFRs' text and graphics; an E6B;
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... is the
dedicated General Aviation exhibition in 2011,
showcasing everything from ultralights through to turboprops and jets.
Whether you are interested in learning to fly or are already a pilot and
want to view the latest products available, AeroExpo UK
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FEBRUARY 21, 2011
Letter of the Week: NOTAMs Are for
I just read the FAA's
letter to Senator Inhofe with regard to his landing on a closed
runway and his subsequent take-off from a taxiway in October. It's good
that the Senator had to take some remedial training, but is this really
going to cause an attitude adjustment on his part? His statement about
most pilots ignoring the whole NOTAM picture does not reflect well on
the rest of us. I mean, come on, how hard is it?
When we get a
briefing from DUATS, a whole list of NOTAMS comes up at the end. I
always scan the huge list of en route NOTAMS, even though most turn out
to be irrelevant to my flight. But I, and I'm sure most of us, give a
good deal of attention to at least the departure and arrival
After ignoring the large Xs, construction
equipment, and workers on the runway and landing, [Inhofe] had the nerve
to take off from a taxiway without permission from the airport
management or FAA. Did he think that he was going to just sneak out, or
did he think that he would just throw his position around and make it go
away?! In this time of TFRs and hypersensitivity to aviation security,
we must all do our homework diligently!
I hope Inhofe never
decides to visit AirVenture. Who knows if he would take the time to read
Click through to read the
rest of this week's letters. More...
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CHABRIAN, PRESIDENT OF WOMEN IN AVIATION INTERNATIONAL
annual conference of WAI is coming up this weekend (Feb. 24 to 26) in
Reno, Nevada. President Peggy Chabrian explains what the group is
all about, what happens at the conference, and why it's a great
destination for anyone male or female who is interested in
launching or advancing an aviation career. Note: This podcast was
recorded last week. The WAI Conference is this weekend, February 24-26,
is Reno, Nevada.
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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...
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OF THE WEEK: BAY MINETTE AVIATION (1R8, OUTSIDE MOBILE,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" has actually held the
honor once before two
Bay Minette Aviation at Bay Minette Municipal
Airport (1R8) near Mobile, Alabama makes a return appearance on our top
FBOs list after getting high marks from AVweb readers in the
intervening months. "Friendly staff, low prices, and plenty of runway,"
remarked Tim Hynes, before confessing, "I almost want to keep
this one a secret!"
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
Heard in Cape Town, South
N1234A (someone with an American Accent)
"Cape Town, uh is that going to be the ILS Yankee or
Zulu for Runway 19?"
Someone Else (not a controller, but
someone with a South African accent) :
"It must be the
ILS Zulu. Yankees are in America, but Zulus live here in
The controller and pilot from N1234A both
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