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NEW 747 FLIES
Boeing flew its
newest airplane for the first time on Sunday but casual observers would
be excused from noticing the importance of the event. The 747-8
Intercontinental lifted off smoothly from Everett, Washington's Paine
Field for a four-hour and 26-minute flight that ended at Boeing Field in
Seattle. Test pilot Capt. Paul Stemer summarized the first flight of the
familiar airframe by noting that "any 747-400 crew could have gone and
flown this airplane." Nevertheless, the airplane does put some
additional pressure on Airbus as Boeing's "new" 747 takes direct aim at
the "when is this going to end?" segment of the airliner market with a
range of 8,000 nm with a full load of 467 passengers. More...
Introducing: Our Best Pilot
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Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to
aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
Now the Bose A20 Aviation Headset sets an entirely new standard,
providing significantly greater noise reduction than currently
available. It also features an improved level of comfort, clear audio,
audio input and priority switching.
The first wave of aircraft registrations set
to expire under the FAA's new re-registration drive are reaching their
deadline -- March 31, 2011 -- and the FAA is encouraging affected owners
to re-register online, now. If you own an aircraft, you will have to
re-register sometime within the next three years. The first group
targeted for the $5 fee and paperwork are those owners holding
registration certificates issued in March of any year prior to 2010.
Owners have a three month window to file re-registration applications, a
timeframe that has shrunk to weeks for the first wave. You should be
receiving a reminder from the FAA when your time approaches. The FAA has
provided online tools to help you check when your turn will come and to
help you through the process. Don't do it too early and don't do it too
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FUTURE CONTINGENT ON LOAN?
Diamond Aircraft's president,
Peter Mauer, is making it sound like the future of the company may be
hanging on a $35 million Canadian loan that, as of Friday, may or may
not be coming. The loan would help launch production of Diamond's D-Jet,
save 200 jobs and create 500 more in London, Ontario, where the
unemployment rate is currently near 8.5 percent. Roughly half of
Diamond's workforce is currently dedicated to the jet, which has amassed
more than 230 firm orders. According to Mauer, without the jet the
company's debts would be "very difficult to satisfy" based on depressed
piston sales. And "I'll let you do the extrapolation," he told the Financial Post. More...
Meet the New Reletex
It's finally here Reletex
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on the wrist, the Reletex
produces a small neuromodulating
current which stops peristaltic waves in the stomach, ceasing nausea and
vomiting without drugs or side effects. Reletex
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EXODUS PUTS PREMIUM ON BIZJETS
The nuclear crisis in Japan
has some companies pulling staff from the island nation in droves and
some private jet companies may not only be cashing in on the business,
but increasing prices. COO of Hong Kong Jet, Jackie Wu, told Reuters
Wednesday, "Yesterday, a charter plane from Tokyo to Australia, one way,
was quoted at $265,000, up 20 percent." Wu said he'd received a request
to fly 14 people from Tokyo to Hong Kong and charged a 26-percent
premium. Some of the companies working the area have already seen
significant business gains from participating in evacuation flights in
the Middle East. Charter operator Air Partner says it has moved more
than 12,000 people from troubled regions since late January. As demand
grows in Japan, some companies are positioning themselves and their
equipment to respond and cash in on the work. More...
The Only General Aviation
Exhibition in France
The Cannes AirShow
brings together the leading protagonists in
general and business aviation to allow a demanding clientèle
discovery of the latest developments and industry innovations in a
geographically logical and appealing setting. This professional
exhibition is designed for owners and pilots, whether passionate fans or
professionals, in general and business aviation throughout Europe,
Africa, and Russia offering visitors a large and representative
palette of the aeronautics industry. The Cannes AirShow is southern
Europe's leading exhibition in general and business aviation.
Click here for details and registration
OWNERS REPORT CRACKS
The Commander Owners Group (COG) has
received "several" reports from Commander 114 owners about cracks in and
around the elevator hinge assemblies and spars, and is encouraging
owners to check their aircraft and report their findings. COG does not
know if the issue is widespread and is seeking information from the
Commander community and asking that they help spread the word. The group
is taking a leadership position and offering help to owners by providing
a suggested inspection procedure and a survey form to track results.
Those specific resources are available online for Commander owners --
click through if that means you. More...
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The new WingX Pro7 Version 5 Moving Map
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Weather, Terrain-Enhanced VFR Sectionals, IFR Low/High Enroute charts,
ADS-B NEXRAD, TFRs, SUAs, and a lot more. All moving map views can be
displayed fullscreen or side-by-side. Also included: Animated weather
images, DUATS, A/FD, AOPA Directory with Yelp integration, Route
Planning, FARs, E6B, and more. WingX is also available for Windows
Mobile, Blackberry, and Android.
Click here for more information.
FRANKLIN 'DOING WELL'
Air show pilot Kyle Franklin seems to
be in good spirits and is upbeat about his wife Amanda's recovery from
serious burns after the couple was involved in a mishap at a Texas
airport March 12. In a Facebook posting , which serves as a caption for the
accompanying photo, Franklin says his wife is "doing well" as she awaits
more surgery. "Me working at my computer, after my auto skin graft,"
Franklin wrote on his wall. "Amanda's down the hall, doing well. She
goes in on Monday for more surgeries." Franklin promised a full update
on Amanda's progress shortly. Meanwhile, at least two funds have been
established to raise money to help the Franklins recover and rebuild. Click here for the
fund organized by the International Council of Air Shows and here for
the fund created by the Brownsville Air Fiesta, the show during which
the Franklins had their accident. More...
FOUNDATION'S KYLE & AMANDA FRANKLIN FUND
The aviation community is coming together to help Kyle
and Amanda Franklin get back on their feet and eventually back in the
air after their mishap at Air Fiesta at the Brownsville/South Padre
Island Airport. If you'd like to contribute, click on the banner at
right to visit the ICAS Foundation web site. More...
... is the
dedicated European General Aviation exhibition in
2011, showcasing everything from ultralights through to business jets.
Join Europe's leading exhibitors as they showcase the latest in General
Aviation at Bitburg Airport.
Click here to learn more.
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OF THE WEEK: LEAVENWORTH AVIATION SERVICES (KFLV, FT. LEAVENWORTH,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Leavenworth Aviation Services, LLC at Sherman
Army Air Field (KFLV) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
obviously a one-man operation (plus volunteers)," writes AVweb
reader Denis Walsh but sometimes one man can do more for
you than a large operation. To wit:
We were met with complete cooperation and helped to get the
courtesy car running so my son could drive to the prison to visit a
friend. All this despite the absence of the FBO operator. His stand-in
went out of his way to accomodate our no-notice needs. The very small
terminal facility was the tidiest and best maintained I have seen [and
is] worthy of being compared to the fanciest FBO. They had all the
latest mission-planning equipment and free refreshments. A very pleasant
surprise for me.
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...
While on final, RNAV 9,
into Isla Grande airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico
"Mooney 5 Triple 8 Quebec, be advised:
Iguana crossing the runway, south to north, midfield."
Then, on short
"Double 8 Quebec, iguana no factor. He's
crossed the white line on the north side."
I've heard a lot of funny stuff on the radio, but that was a
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