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Testing has shown that a proposed national wireless broadband network system could negatively impact some GPS systems, or worse, and at least one company has already stepped forward to say they can
fix the problem. LightSquared, which hopes to install 40,000 antennas across the country, may now face problems winning FCC approval that could also translate into additional costs for its primary
financial backer. Meanwhile, a committee that advises air-traffic management policy believes GPS and LightSquared can be made to co-exist. And at least one company thinks it could offer an effective
LightSquared's largest financial backer, Harbinger Capital Partners, has already invested $2.9 billion of assets into the project, according to LightSquared. According to a Wall Street Journal
article published Wednesday, regulators are probing certain trades Harbinger (a hedge fund) made years ago. It is not yet clear if that will have any affect on the company's relationship with
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interference between the LightSquared system and aviation GPS. Whatever the case, moving forward may require further modifications and testing to determine a method for safe and practical deployment
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The FAA, frustrated by a rise in incidents of lasers pointed at aircraft, said on Wednesday it will
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pilot and make it impossible to safely land the aircraft, jeopardizing the safety of the passengers and people on the ground." The FAA said after a legal review (PDF), it has determined it will cite a rule against interfering with a flight crew performing its
duties. The agency is also supporting pending legislation in Congress that would make it a criminal offense to point a laser at
an aircraft. Pilots have reported more than 1,100 laser events already this year.
Los Angeles International Airport recorded the most laser incidents of any airport last year, with 102 reports. Airports in Chicago, Phoenix, and San Jose, Calif., also reported 80 to 98 incidents.
The increase in reported incidents over the last several years is due to a number of factors, the FAA said, including increased outreach to pilots to encourage reporting, the easy availability of
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Qantas says an unscheduled fuel stop on a Pacific island during its new route from Dallas to Brisbane on Monday was due to stronger-than-expected headwinds, but the pilots union has recently
accused the airline of pressuring crews to carry minimum fuel to cut costs. The Boeing 747-400ER, flying one of the longest routes in the world at almost 8,600 miles, diverted to Noumea, the capital
of New Caledonia. "We're a few weeks into the new route and we'll keep monitoring it," Qantas spokesman Thomas Woodward told the Sydney Morning Herald. "If it
becomes an ongoing issue, we'll obviously look at ways of addressing it." A Qantas A380 en route to Melbourne from Singapore also made an unscheduled fuel stop earlier in May, citing headwinds.
Meanwhile, deteriorating relations between the company and the pilots union threaten the survival of the airline, according to CEO Alan Joyce.
Last week, the pilots union gained approval for long-haul pilots to take "industrial action" against the company, for the first time in 45 years. Richard Woodward, spokesman for the Australian &
International Pilots Association, told The Australian the union is contemplating several actions it could take, including work stoppages of up to two days. "Our preference, of course, has always been to negotiate," he
said. Barry Jackson, president of the union, said the dispute is not about pay. "It is about fighting Mr. Joyce's offshoring agenda and keeping Qantas pilots operating Qantas flights," he said. Joyce
wants to move Qantas operations to Southeast Asia, Jackson says. "He wants pilots and crew employed on Asian conditions and working to Asian standards." Joyce has blamed "rogue union leaders" for the
dispute, and told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the union's move to take action "is an attempt at further
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Wittman Regional Airport may be permitted to allow Part 139 charter flights to land at the airport during AirVenture 2011 but only if talks between local officials and the FAA improve. To
accommodate the flights, the FAA says Wittman Field would need to comply with certain FAA requirements (including the installation of a 10-foot fence) and safety standards that local authorities may
find cost prohibitive. Charters would bring visitors directly into Oshkosh. Supporters argue that could bring an economic boost to the city. Two flights are already scheduled and it's not clear if
those flights will be allowed to operate under Part 139.
One flight would bring 100 passengers to the air show. The other would deliver World War II veterans on a round-trip flight from Oshkosh to Washington, D.C., for a day-visit in the nation's capital
and as part of an Honor Flight. Aside from the fence, compliance with the FAA regulations would reportedly require, tightened security measures, new emergency response plans, changes to sheriff's
patrols, and the addition of paid TSA officers. The airport has previously held a permit, but surrendered it in 2006.
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About 150 EAA chapters around the country will host Young Eagles Day events on Saturday, June 11, EAA said this week. The annual event, which launched in 1994, is a "chance to focus on the program
and share the freedom to fly with a new generation," said EAA President Rod Hightower. Many EAA members independently offer Young Eagles flights for youngsters all year round; so far the program has
provided more than 1.6 million free introductory flights worldwide. Local events can be searched via the EAA website, just enter
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Pilots who want to volunteer to fly with Young Eagles must be EAA members. Others are welcome to help out in
various capacities at the events, from teaching introductory aviation classes to helping with registration and logistics. Young Eagles can go on to participate in EAA's Flight Plan activities, which
include free access to Sporty's Online Pilot Training Course, a free flight lesson, and reimbursement for the costs of a successful FAA written test. Young Eagles also are eligible for more than
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Just a few weeks after CEO Jack Pelton left the company, Cessna has a new leader, Scott Ernest, who was formerly with GE Aviation.
"Scott is a talented global business leader who has strong expertise in the aviation industry," said Scott Donnelly, CEO of Textron, Cessna's parent company. "Accelerating Cessna's new product and
service development, strengthening its manufacturing and sourcing operations, and intensifying its global expansion efforts are key to moving Cessna forward. Scott brings an extensive track record of
success in these areas along with a reputation as an outstanding leader. I am confident that he is the ideal person to position Cessna for growth as the business jet market gains momentum."
Ernest spent 29 years at General Electric, where he most recently served as vice president and general manager of the global supply chain for GE Aviation. He has a master's degree in engineering
from the University of Cincinnati. AOPA President Craig Fuller released a statement welcoming Ernest to his new role. "Cessna has long been a leader in the general aviation manufacturing community,
and I am confident we will have many opportunities to collaborate as we address the challenges and seize the opportunities facing general aviation today and into the future," Fuller said.
Alaska Airlines is now giving iPads to all of its pilots to replace 25 pounds of flight manuals. "We've been exploring the idea of an electronic flight bag for several years, but never found a
device we really liked," said Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines' vice president of flight operations. "When the iPad hit the market, we took one look at it and said this is the perfect fit." By mid-June, all
of the airline's pilots will have iPads. The airline is also exploring using the iPad to replace paper aeronautical charts. The airline said the iPad will eventually eliminate up to 50 pounds of paper
per cockpit, saving on fuel costs and reducing back and muscle injuries to overloaded pilots.
The airline's decision follows a successful trial by 100 line and instructor pilots and Air Line Pilots Association representatives, who evaluated the feasibility of using iPads as electronic
flight bags this past winter and spring. The iPads contain an app called GoodReader that is loaded with PDF versions of 41 flight, systems and performance manuals, reference cards, and other
materials. The electronic manuals include hyperlinks and color graphics, enabling pilots to find information faster and easier, the airline said. Updating can now be accomplished with one tap on the
iPad screen instead of the labor-intensive process of replacing individual pages one by one. The iPad is considered a Class 1 electronic device, meaning it is stowed during takeoff and landing under
FAA regulations. In February, the FAA OK'd the iPad as a replacement for paper aeronautical charts for
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Paul Bertorelli's been looking at the numbers from a single year of GA accident fatalities and he shares his findings on the AVweb Insider blog. When you look at the numbers,
says Paul, it's not easy to see any low-hanging fruit because there isn't any. Stall-related accidents still kill the most pilots every year, but plain, unimaginative loss of control is a close
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