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The Chinese government has announced
plans to invest more than $228 billion to improve its aviation industry
over the next five years, according to the head of China's Civil
Aviation Administration (CAAC). The improvements translate to the
addition of about 45 airports and almost 2,000 aircraft, CAAC's Li
Jiaxiang said. China began localized tests to expand general aviation's
access to airspace in January. This week, it apparently acquired Cirrus,
after signing a deal for Groen Brothers last month and Teledyne
Continental Motors last year. Of course, the country already builds
Cessna Skycatchers and in 2009 it announced plans to build its own
commercial airliners. The latest investment is aligned with the
country's current predictions regarding increases in its air traffic and
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WRECKS 2,500 MILES APART
Two groups are currently suggesting
that their site of interest may mark the final resting place of Amelia
Earhart and Fred Noonan ... and they're more than 2,000 miles apart.
Thursday's report of an aircraft resembling Earhart's sitting 230 feet
below the surface of the ocean comes from near Earhart's point of
departure, Papua New Guinea. The site is more than 2200 miles from the
area where Earhart's final radio transmissions were heard near Howland
Island. Reports surfaced Friday that a diver had been to the New Guinea
wreck and discovered two skulls and three boxes of gold bullion.
Australian businessman Cletus Harepa, who is exploring the site, has told reporters that female pilots were known to
smuggle gold out of the area in the 1930s. Ric Gillespie, who says he
was informed of the New Guinea wreck months ago, has been searching for
signs of Earhart 2,500 miles away, near Howland Island (Earhart's
intended destination) and the idea that Earhart's plane might be near
New Guinea is "silly beyond description." More...
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FAA PROPOSAL "CREATES VULNERABILITY"
Friday, the FAA proposed
changes to the program that blocks certain public access to real-time
flight tracking by allowing it only for operators with a "Valid Security
Concern," and NBAA immediately opposed the plan. The FAA's proposal
notes that "the Privacy Act does not protect general aviation operators"
from public access to their flight information. NBAA president and CEO
Ed Bolen said Friday that the move, which would release more flight
information to the public, represents "an unwarranted invasion of the
privacy of aircraft owners and operators, a threat to the
competitiveness of U.S. companies and a potential security risk to
persons on board." The FAA's proposed changes would still allow
operators to participate in BARR (a program that blocks aircraft
registration requests) if certain conditions are met. More...
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EXPOSES FAKE AIRLINE PILOT
A woman flying as captain for
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nosewheel-first technique several times before, but had also failed her
ATPL examination seven times. The case of forged certificates is not
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BELL 407AH HELICOPTER UNVEILED
Helicopters bypassed the usual military procurement procedure and
adapted a 407 for "law enforcement and paramilitary" use. With a
3,000-round-per-minute machine gun, a rocket launcher and FLIR, it's a
potent adaptation of a proven airframe that's already attracting
When a fellow Army pilot's
Apache helicopter took an RPG round and small arms fire over
Afghanistan, punching a hole in the transmission, Jim Hardy says
he wasn't about to let the enemy have the satisfaction of stripping the
chopper in a victory celebration. Hardy tested the "run-dry" ability of
the Timken transmission to the limit by flying it back to his forward
operating base, winning a medal in the process. He spoke with
AVweb's Russ Niles at Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida.
It may be a good time to refresh that
resume as a report released at Heli-Expo in Orlando on Sunday suggests
most aviation companies will be hiring in the coming year. The report,
by Fort Worth-based JSfirm LLC, is based on a survey of 325 companies of
all sizes. "We are certainly encouraged by the fact that nearly 90
percent of companies surveyed expect to hire in 2011, " said JSfirm's
managing partner Sam Scanlon. More...
ROTARY UAV PLANNED
The U.S. Marine Corps has approved
development of an "unmanned aerial truck" that is an adaptation of the
Kaman Helicopters' K-MAX heavy-lift helicopter. The K-MAX has
interlocking twin rotors that eliminate the need for a tail rotor and
give the aircraft impressive lifting ability. In its UAV form, the
aircraft will be able to lift external loads of 6,000 pounds, which is
more than 1,000 pounds greater than the aircraft's empty weight. It's
partnering with Lockheed Martin on the project. More...
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OF THE WEEK: COOS AVIATION (KOTH, NORTH BEND,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon is bound
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Airport (KOTH) has impressed a couple of different AVweb readers
in recent months. Jerry Bialoetz sums their commitment to
customers up nicely:
friendy. Will go out of their way to help make your stay memorable and
are not after the big bucks in your wallet, like other
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While on a flight from NC to Cape May, NJ (along the
coast of MD), I heard this exchange between Dover approach and a
"Dover approach, we would like to
fly down the coast at 3,000 feet."
"Cessna 1234, proceed as requested."
minutes later ...
Cessna 1234 (frantic!)
"Dover approach! There is really big airplane, and he is
coming straight at us!"
Dover Approach (cool, calm, and
"Cessna 1234, that is a KC-135, and he is
1,000 feet below you. Should be no factor."
(still frantic) :
"But he is coming straight at
Dover Approach (very professional)
"Cessna 1234, turn 30 degrees right. Piper 5678: Really big
airplane, 10 o'clock, 2 miles, 2,000 feet."
"Really big airplane in sight, no factor."
Paul Forehand More...
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