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FUEL' NETWORK ENVISIONED
The Aviation Fuel Club, a non-profit group dedicated
to ensuring access to ethanol-free mogas for light aircraft, is hoping
to launch a nationwide network of self-serve fuel depots stocked with
91-octane "pure" gasoline it will call Sport Fuel. Spearheading the
effort is Mike Webb, who owns U-Fuel, a Wisconsin company that has
developed and sold self-serve fuel systems for dozens of applications at
sites all over the world. The Sport Fuel system involves a little more
oversight, however. More...
CRASHES, PILOT BELIEVED LOST
Police in upstate New York say a
"loss of thrust" preceded the likely fatal crash of a BAC
167 Strikemaster into the ice-covered Hudson River near Kingston,
N.Y., on Saturday. Pilot Dr. Michael Faraldi is missing and presumed
dead after the 42-year-old British jet trainer/light attack aircraft
crashed about 1:30 p.m. Witnesses said the plane did a low pass over
Kingston Airport before pulling into a vertical climb. Police said the
loss of power occurred during the climb and witnesses reported the plane
nosed over and hit the ice almost vertically after 360-degree rotation.
The Strikemaster has ejection seats but there was no report of an
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MEN, ONE SAILPLANE, 744 MILES
Two men, aged 42 and 78, have
reportedly broken a national two-place record by covering 744 miles at
altitudes up to 27,000 feet on a 9-hour, 19-minute flight out and back
to Minden, Nev., in 100-mph winds, without an engine. Gordon Boettger
and the elder Hugh Bennett made the soaring flight on Feb. 15, high
above the Sierra Mountain range. Their aircraft was a Discus glider with
tandem seating. It was modified by removal of the engine and the
addition of oxygen bottles and batteries. The two coordinated with
controllers at Oakland, Seattle and Salt Lake City for the flight made
possible by the vast mountain wave set up by high winds. Ground speeds
ranged from over 100 mph to single digits. Boettger says he has bigger
dreams that involve overnights in the air. More...
CERTIFIES LEGACY 650
The FAA has certified the Embraer 650,
opening the door for the Brazilian planemaker to compete worldwide in
the lucrative long-range, large-cabin business jet market. The 650 is an
upgrade to the 600 model, which was Embraer's first business jet and a
variant of its EMB 145 regional jet. The aircraft has had Brazilian and
European certification since last October and seven have been delivered.
The FAA certification is an important milestone, however. "This
important approval of our new long-range large cabin Legacy 650
executive jet opens the way for the company to better serve not only the
U.S market, but also several other countries that require FAA
certification," said Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer's executive vice
president for business jets. More...
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FIGHTER," HIJACKER LY TONG
The history of
65-year-old former pilot and political activist Ly Tong may contain as
much fact as legend, but this much is certain: In 1992 he hijacked an
Airbus A310-200, he used it to spread leaflets, and then he parachuted
from the jet into a swamp. Ly Tong says his actions that day were an
attempt to inspire a people's uprising in Vietnam, his former homeland.
His goal was to take the country back from the communist government.
That didn't happen. Instead, he found himself, for the second time in
his life, serving time in a Vietnamese prison. But that didn't keep him
from trying again, and not just in Vietnam. AVweb's Glenn Pew
spoke with him to learn more.
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TRACTOR FOUNDER LELAND SNOW DIES
Known the "father of aerial
application," Air Tractor founder Leland Snow died at the age of 80 last
week, while jogging near his Wichita Falls, Texas, home. According to AgAir Update,
Snow built his first purpose-built cropduster in 1953 at the age of 23
and went on to build thousands of the iconic aircraft with radial and
turbine engines. His aircraft are in service around the world and are
used for a variety of purposes besides spraying crops.
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NEEDS INPUT ON AIRPLANE SPACING
The airspace isn't getting
bigger but air travel is expected to continue increasing so the
challenge will be to find ways to fit more airplanes in the same space.
It's a fundamental part of the NextGen initiative and those designing
the systems that will support it need to know from those who actually
manage aircraft movement, known as interval management, how they should
get started. "It's crucial to obtain input on this topic from pilots,
air traffic controllers/managers, and dispatch operators," said Dr. Jeff
Lancaster, a Honeywell researcher who has put together a survey in
conjunction with colleagues at NASA and the FAA. To take part in the
survey, e-mail Lancaster at Jeff.Lancaster@Honeywell.com.
CHINESE HOMEBUILT TRI-MOTOR
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Ding Shilu is an automobile mechanic in
China and pictures reportedly taken on Feb. 25 that show his 285-pound,
three-engined homebuilt aircraft very nearly in flight have now spread
across the Internet. The design incorporates a short span, low aspect
ratio, deeply cambered, flat-bottom wing with flat ailerons trailing
behind the inboard portions of the trailing edge. Nearly-two-dimensional
tail surfaces attach to a truss structure extending behind the pilot's
seat, which sits below the wing on tricycle gear. Ahead of that, three
motorbike engines each drive propellers through belt drives. Materials
reportedly include plastic sheet and tubing, and cost less than $400.
There's no photographic evidence that the aircraft has actually flown
but, if it hasn't, the pictures suggest it has come close. Click through
to see. More...
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The Legal Aviation Workshop (LAW) "Regulatory Law in the
" will be held in Washington, DC
on March 11,
, hosted by Cozen O'Connor. It will cover the following
themes: Historical Background, Domestic and International Regulatory
Agencies and Trade Association, Current Regulatory Issues. And it will
conclude with an Open Discussion. The speakers will be Mark Atwood of
Cozen O'Connor and Jamie Baldwin, writer and consultant on air
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VALLEY AIRPORT SITES NARROWED
The FAA seems happy with an
estimate of $189 million as the cost of a new airport to serve the
resort area of central Idaho. The federal government is expected to pay
virtually all the cost for the replacement of Friedman Memorial Airport
in Hailey, which serves Sun Valley and surrounding resorts. The existing
airport, which was never designed for the kind of traffic it gets,
particularly in winter, has a dismal reliability record in winter thanks
to high minimums and the surrounding terrain. An FAA study says at least
22 percent of commercial flights and an unknown number of GA flights are
diverted. The current airport can't be practically expanded so the
search has been on for a new site. It was narrowed down last week.
CONFERENCE WRAPS IN RENO
Almost 3,000 people from 22
countries attended the Women in Aviation International conference in
Reno that ended Saturday. In a news release, WAI said $691,750 in
scholarships were distributed to 76 recipients ranging from young women
just getting started to winners making mid-life career changes. "The
conference is about far more than pilots, however," said WAI President
Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "We also represent individuals from academia,
maintenance, research, engineering and more. More...
INSIDER BLOG: SILLINESS IN THE PATTERN
When the local
homebuilt contingent goes rogue and does pretend fighter pilot jargon on
the CTAF, is it time to pull them aside and have a little talk? Not
really. Boys will be boys. But when that sort of thing confuses intent
in the pattern, it's time to reconsider. Some poor student in an LSA
isn't going to know what "initial for the break" means, and the next he
knows, his windshield is full of RV-4 prop. That's the kind of nonsense
Paul Bertorelli's coping with in the latest installment of the AVweb
Insider blog. Read
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FEBRUARY 28, 2011
Letter of the Week: Success Without
I have been reading all of the AVweb
coverage recently about Embraer and the Melbourne area. I wanted to
reach out to you about an aspect of Southeast Aerospace's presence in
the Melbourne area. We are excited too about having Embraer as
neighbors; however, they are not the only thing that has been happening
at the Melbourne airport.
Although we are a small business, we
have thrived and grown into the world leader of avionics sales and
service. We came to Melbourne in 1997 with one employee and now employ
more than 100. We have never received government subsidies or airport
incentives to move or remain at the Melbourne airport (unlike many
others in the past and Embraer and AAR recently). We have continued to
solicit employment opportunities (just as we are now), have hired, and
have attracted many skilled personnel from out of state as well.
Additionally, we have hired many local unskilled people and have trained
them in this industry.
Currently, our revenues are generated from
over 60 percent international sales, so we are bringing tens of millions
of dollars back into the U.S. economy and the Melbourne area, not just
by generating local jobs. We are a family-owned and operated company
with very low employee turnover and continued growth as we expand into
different markets (air transport, engineering, special missions, etc.).
It is our intention to continue to justifiably grow, expand, and remain
I know I am perhaps being boastful; however, I am
proud of our growth, our employees, and the commitment we have made to
the Melbourne area over the past 15 years. I realize that there may not
be a great deal of juicy newsworthy content in this. However, as we
continue to read how companies like Embraer and AAR are seemingly
"saving" the Central Florida aerospace market and the Melbourne airport
in particular, we would like for people to know that our company has
been thriving on its own without incentives and government
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BUILDS WHAT WHERE?
Global supply chains are
challenging the traditional manufacturing model in all industries,
including aviation but politics can trump everything. Teal Group
analyst Richard Aboulafia tells Russ Niles that it makes perfect
sense for Embraer to open a plant in the U.S. in the same week that
Hawker Beechcraft announces one in Mexico.
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PARADISE P1 FLIGHT TRIAL
AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a spin in this
Brazilian import as part of a major flight report for Aviation
Consumer magazine. It has several cool features, including removable
seats to turn it into a camper and prodigious load capability. It will
also allow a paraplegic pilot to fly it, using special hand controls.
EMBRAER COMES TO THE U.S.
Brazil's Embraer held the ribbon-cutting for its first
U.S. assembly plant in Melbourne, FL on Feb. 21. Embraer CEO Fred Curado
says the plant, which is designed to build as many as 100 Phenom 100 and
300 light business jets a year, may not be the end of the company's
investment in the U.S. More...
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OF THE WEEK: MS. BETTY EASLEY AT KHTH (HAWTHORNE,
We're about to give new meaning to the term "fixed base
operator"! This week's blue ribbon doesn't go to a business,
organization, or building, but to a single individual a woman
named Betty Easley at Hawthorne
Industrial Airport (KHTH) in Hawthorne, Nevada.
for what has quickly become our favorite "FBO of the Week" nomination,
courtesy of AVweb reader Roland Lamer:
KHTH is a city- or county-owned airport
that, with its very low usage, would likely never be able to support a
for-profit FBO. They don't need to. They have Ms. Betty Easley. Betty is
... lives nearby [the airport] everybody does in this very little
city. Betty, though, has a two-way radio with which she is able to
monitor HTH traffic. When she hears incoming traffic, she drives to the
airport and normally meets the incoming traffic. She may start with a
simple greeting such as, "I am the official airport greeter here at
Hawthorne." If you intend to get fuel, she will probably hand you the
static line. (She won't attach it to your plane, but she will hand it to
you.) Anything you may need she probably has available to you. ... Need
a car? She has three of them, just in case things get busy. If you use
one of her cars, be sure to put gasoline in it for her. You see, these
cars belong to Betty. She pays for the cars, she buys the fuel, and
she'll never ask you for a single cent. Be sure and take care of her.
She will invite you into the airport building, [where] there is snack
food and a computer with internet capbability. If you are tired, there
are a couple of cots. Television, refrigerator, couch with recliners
and yes, Betty pays for all of this. Betty loves aviation. When
you are all finished with your reason for having flown into KHTH, with
your approval, Betty will be standing somewhere parallel to your
dpearting runway with a camera. She will take several pictures of your
departing airplane and then e-mail them to you. There really is
something special about seeing yourself in your airplane just as you
have rotated. More...
By the way, if you are anywhere near the west
central part of Nevada, you can relay a "hello" to Betty on 122.8. She
loves to hear from her aviation friends.
Overheard on the ground while taxiing with a lot of
training traffic around the pattern:
C1234P (a very
young-sounding female voice) :
"Fullerton Tower, Cessna
1234P is at FBO with Whiskey; request taxi to Runway
"Uh, are you old enough to have
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