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A report from Papua New Guinea says the
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Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan has been found on a reef near
Bougainville Island near Papua New Guinea. The Papua New Guinea Post
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a reef off Matsungan Island where an aircraft matching the description
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inquiries are flooding in from all over the world. There is no word on
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LANDS FIRST AND BILLION-DOLLAR NETJETS ORDER
which earned more orders in the fourth quarter of 2010 than it had in
the previous nine quarters combined, has landed its first deal with
NetJets and one that could be worth up to $6.7 billion, The Wall Street
Journal reported Wednesday. The new order represents 30 Global 5000
Vision and Global Express XRS Vision jets, plus 20 Global 7000 and
Global 8000 jets, with options for an additional 70 aircraft. Deliveries
of the first 50 represent about $2.8 billion, would begin in the final
quarter of 2012, and could range beyond 2017. That tops off 78 new
orders earned by the company in the fourth quarter last year.
Bombardier's Chief Executive, Pierre Boudoin, isn't convinced that the
orders promise sustained positive change in the business jet segment,
and comments from NetJets CEO, David Sokol, may support that.
NEW G.A. ENGINE FROM AUSTRO
Austro Engine, best known for its
work supplying powerplants for Diamond airplanes, announced this week it
plans to develop a new 280-hp six-cylinder diesel engine for the general
aviation market. Austro will work in partnership with Steyr Motors to
develop the engine, based on the Steyr Monoblock Motor M1. That engine
features an integral crankcase and cylinder head that has proven robust
in marine and special-vehicle applications around the world, according
to the company. The new engine is intended to power two Diamond
aircraft now in the works: the DA50 Magnum, a single-engine five-seat
airplane, and the twin-engine Future Small Aircraft (FSA) intended for
personal and utility applications. More...
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Corporation's Lynx Mark I spaceplane. The missions will reach altitudes
up to 350,000 feet and higher, SwRI said, beyond the internationally
recognized boundary of space. Scientists will perform experiments in
biomedicine, microgravity and astronomical imaging. SwRI also plans to
later fly a dedicated six-seat research mission with Virgin Galactic,
and has contract options for up to three additional XCOR flights.
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MAIL'S BIZARRE UFO OVER RUSSIA STORY
Video allegedly shot of a
Russian radar terminal near that country's eastern city of Yakutsk shows
an object traveling at nearly 65,000 feet and more than 6,000 mph,
according to UK's Daily Mail, but the part about the cat-alien may be
more interesting. The footage of the radar terminal could be explained
by simulations generated for the purposes of training, but the cat
references require a different theory. According to the paper,
controllers (none named) say they "were buzzed" by a "high-speed UFO"
and heard "a female-sounding alien who spoke in an unintelligible
cat-like language." The paper says one controller told a passing
Aeroflot pilot he heard a female voice saying something similar to
"mioaw-mioaw." Click through to watch the video. (Note: we weren't able
to distinguish any cat-like noises.) More...
COMEBACK FOR HYDROGEN FLIGHT?
For decades, lighter-than-air
flight via hydrogen gas has been associated with a flaming Hindenburg,
but now a handful of balloon hobbyists are hoping to change that and
bring hydrogen back. On Feb. 17, balloonists Sam Parks and Drew Barrett
flew two hydrogen-filled sport balloons from South Carolina to Virginia.
Parks told The Statesville Record & Landmark that the launch
was probably the first of its kind in the southeast since the Civil War.
He added that one purpose of the flight was to demonstrate that modern
hydrogen-filled balloons are safe and practical. The price of helium is
getting too high for many sport flyers, he said. The two crews flew for
about eight hours. More...
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ACQUIRED BY CHINESE COMPANY
Cirrus Industries Inc.,
parent company of Cirrus Aircraft, has been sold to China Aviation
Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA) of Zhuhai, China, but it appears
the company will continue to build parts in Grand Forks, N.D., and
assemble airplanes in Duluth, Minn. It has long been rumored that a
Chinese company would acquire Cirrus and the final announcement was made
Monday morning. CAIGA is a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation
(AVIC), the state-owned aviation company of China that makes everything
from military jets to airliners. In a news release, Cirrus CEO Brent
Wouters says the deal will be a shot in the arm for the company and for
its employees in Grand Forks and Duluth. "CAIGA understands the strength
and the talent of Cirrus's workforce and the prominence of the Cirrus
brand in general aviation," Wouters said. "Through this transaction,
CAIGA will invest in our employees in both Minnesota and North Dakota by
committing to the continued use of our world-class production
POINTING MIGHT BE FEDERAL CRIME
It may soon be a federal
crime to point a laser at an airplane. The House passed the Securing
Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011 on Monday (PDF) and it calls for prison sentences of up to
five years and fines. The Senate included an identical provision in its
FAA reauthorization bill. A combined bill has to be drafted for
presidential approval. The House bill was championed by California
Republican Dan Lungren who noted that up until 2005 there had been less
than 400 laser incidents in the previous 15 years. Last year, the FAA
received 2,836 reports of laser pointing. Not all people pointing lasers
at the sky are targeting aircraft, however. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: CHINA VS. THE AMERICAN DREAM
The sale of Cirrus
Aircraft to a Chinese state-owned company didn't have to happen.
Americans could have bought it. In the latest installment of the
AVweb Insider blog, our editor-in-chief ponders the obvious
question: If Americans are so worried about jobs and industry floating
away to China, why won't American investors sink their dollars into a
company like Cirrus? Read
more and join the conversation. 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
more and join the conversation. More...
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seats to turn it into a camper and prodigious load capability. It will
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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.
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