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ON U.S. BID: "NO COMMENT"
Aviation industry analyst Brian
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investors that would tempt Cirrus Aircraft to change its mind about its
recent sale to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Foley told
AVweb on Wednesday that when he published a report last week
about China's recent investment in U.S. general aviation companies (PDF), he got an "overwhelming response" from e-mails
and online comments that suggested to him that the U.S. aviation
community "wants this company [Cirrus] to be owned and operated on
American soil, period." Foley also told AVweb that he had
contacted Cirrus officials about his plan to find alternative investors
but so far had not had any response. Cirrus spokesman Todd Simmons told
AVweb on Wednesday, "We have no comment at this point."
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READY TO ACT RE: JAPAN NUCLEAR CRISIS
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threat to air traffic posed by radiation from Japan's troubled nuclear
power plants. The Japanese civil aviation authority has already
established flight restrictions to usher civil aircraft around the
Fukushima facility in an effort to control the site and minimize
exposure. Tuesday, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said, "There is no
credible information available at this point indicating the need for
further restrictions," but that may change. Wednesday the Japanese
response evolved to dropping water on the site from helicopters. If the
situation worsens, said Brown, "the FAA is prepared to take air
management measures, including the rerouting of air traffic." That
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AWARDED TO SIKORSKY X2 TEAM
2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy will be officially awarded May 5, 2011, to
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the X2 Demonstrator Team "for demonstrating
a revolutionary 250 knot helicopter." The National Aeronautic
Association, which offers the award, says the aircraft "marks a proven
departure point for the future development of helicopters by greatly
increasing their speed, maneuverability and utility." The X2
demonstrator combines counter-rotating coaxial rotors, fly-by-wire
flight controls, active vibration control and integrated auxiliary
propulsion. AVweb got an inside look at the aircraft at HAI
Heli-Expo in Orlando -- click through for the
video. Sikorksy plans to follow the design with S-97 Raider
production models based on the technology. This year marks the 100th
anniversary of the Collier Trophy and Sikorsky faced tough competition.
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WEIGHS IN ON MET TOWER HAZARDS
A recent FAA proposal
that suggested a protocol for marking meteorological evaluation towers
to make them more visible to low-level aviators didn't go far enough,
the NTSB says. "The NTSB is concerned that the application of the [FAA
Advisory Circular] is voluntary, and, without mandatory application and
marking requirements for METs, many METs will still be constructed
without notice to the aviation community and will fail to be marked
appropriately," the board said in a Safety Alert (PDF) issued
on Friday. Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs) are used to measure
wind speed and direction during the development of wind energy
facilities, and many fall just below the 200-foot threshold for
FAA-required obstruction markings. At least three fatal accidents have
involved MET tower collisions, the NTSB said, the most recent one in
EDUCATORS SOUGHT FOR CROSSFIELD AWARD
The National Aviation
Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the 25th annual A. Scott
Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which includes
a $1,500 cash stipend and an expenses-paid trip for two to the Hall of
Fame's annual enshrinement event in Dayton, Ohio. The award recognizes
public-school aerospace educators in grades K through 12 for
effectiveness, creativity, and the ability to maintain high standards
for their students and themselves. The award is named for research
test pilot Scott Crossfield (1921-2006), who was the first pilot to
exceed both Mach 2 and Mach 3, and the first pilot of the X-15. The
deadline for nominations is May 1. Details are posted at the NAHF website. The award is funded by the Scott
Crossfield Foundation. More...
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FOR AVIATORS HELPING IN JAPAN
Relief organizations and
business aircraft operators working in the aftermath of Japan's
earthquake and tsunami need to navigate a maze of airspace restrictions
and airport closures, a challenge that is made a little easier with a list of
resources and updates compiled this week by the National Business
Aviation Association. Tokyo International Airport is closed to general
aviation traffic until Friday, but many other airports are open, NBAA
said. Rumors that Japan plans to close all of its airports "have not
been confirmed with Japanese authorities," the FAA told NBAA on Tuesday.
NBAA-sponsored volunteer aviation group that coordinates disaster
response, is working to make space available on GA passenger and cargo
jets to Japan. The group is also assisting with transportation of small
search-and-rescue teams and medical assessment teams. More...
CITES FATIGUE, POOR TRAINING IN FATAL CRASH
Pilot error was
to blame for the crash
of a Hawker Beechcraft 125-800A in July 2008, the NTSB said on Tuesday.
The airplane, operated by East Coast Jets, crashed when the crew
attempted a go-around after landing on a wet runway at Owatonna Degner
Regional Airport, in Minnesota. Both pilots and all six passengers were
killed. The captain's decision to attempt the go around late in the
landing roll with insufficient runway remaining was the probable cause
of the accident, the NTSB found. Contributing factors were poor crew
coordination and lack of cockpit discipline; fatigue, which likely
impaired both pilots' performance; and the FAA's failure to require crew
resource management training and standard operating procedures for Part
135 operators. More...
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WORLD'S FASTEST HELICOPTER PILOT
Bredenbeck took the Sikorsky X2 technology demonstrator to 250 knots and
beyond last September. He spoke with AVweb about the aircraft,
the program, and what it's like to go that fast in a helicopter in this
interview at the 2011 HAI Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida.
A LOOK INSIDE THE CESSNA FACTORY
ever-growing global competition, Cessna has to find way to make
airplanes more efficiently. In this video, Terry Clark explains how the
company has done that at the company's Independence, Kansas plant.
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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Rider Jet
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