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SEES DOUBLING OF COMMERCIAL FLEET
Boeing has declared the
world economic recession all but over and issued its rosiest commercial
aircraft forecast in years. The company's pre-Paris Air Show analysis
predicts a doubling of the world fleet of commercial aircraft over the
next 20 years, with 33,500 aircraft selling for a total of $4 trillion.
"The world market has recovered and is now expanding at a significant
rate," Randy Tinseth, Boeing's VP of marketing for commercial aircraft,
told reporters. "Not only is there a strong demand for air travel and
new airplanes today, but the fundamental drivers of air travel
including economic growth, world trade and liberalization all
point to a healthy long-term demand." Much of the growth will come from
emerging markets in China, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America,
while traditional markets in Europe and North America will be buying
planes for fleet modernization. More...
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Recent tests have shown that LightSquared's proposed
grid of 40,000 wireless network ground stations could interfere with GPS
signals, and now the FCC has granted LightSquared a two-week extension
to file a report on its position. LightSquared's report was originally
due Wednesday, the same day the FCC granted the extension. LightSquared
spokesman Jim Carlisle said Tuesday that the company underestimated the
number of tests that would be necessary to show the network should be
allowed. In a letter to the FCC, Carlisle wrote that additional testing
"was necessary to permit a proper evaluation of various mitigation
options for addressing the GPS receiver overload issue." And that
producing a report is really hard. More...
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MILE PER SECOND SCRAMJET FALLS SHORT
An X-51A Waverider
scramjet powered test vehicle flew in the program's second flight test,
June 13, but failed to transition to full power burning JP-7 after the
scramjet engine was lit. Air Force Flight Test Center officials say the
vehicle was dropped at approximately 50,000 feet from a B-52H
Stratofortress flying in the Point Mugu Naval Air Test Range over
the Pacific Ocean. It accelerated with the help of a solid rocket
booster to beyond Mach 5, at which point the vehicle's air-breathing
scramjet engine was lit on ethylene. According to the Air Force, then
"the vehicle experienced an inlet un-start" as it attempted to
transition to JP-7. Click through to watch the latest test (video).
The Isle of Man Is Open for
The new international conference Isle of Man: An International
will be held on 12 July
in the Isle of Man. This summit will explore themes such as Aerospace
Cluster, Aircraft Registry: The Journey So Far, Space, Treasury &
Tax, Customs and VAT, Legal Issues, Blaydon Jets: A Manx Story,
Corporate Service Providers, Tax Advisors, Registering Airliners in the
Isle of Man, MAC Financial, Aircraft Insurance, and Ronaldsway
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BIZJETS USED FOR PERSONAL TRAVEL
The Wall Street Journal has
published data regarding the movements of corporate jets between the
years of 2007 and 2010 and Thursday the Journal suggested that personal
use of corporate aircraft is greatly underreported. According to the
Journal, "Dozens of jets operated by publicly traded corporations made
30% or more of their trips to or from resort destinations, sometimes
more than 50%." The Securities and Exchange Commission requires that all
personal travel on company aircraft be reported if it exceeds $25,000
annually or consists of more than 10 percent of executive benefits.
According to estimates made by the Journal, one company underreported by
more than $600,000. And in another case the Journal estimated the
underreporting at roughly $2.5 million. That kind of math involves
supposition and in some cases may disregard other factors.
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TO GET TOP AVIATION AWARD
The sometimes-controversial former
head of the FAA is getting one of aviation's most prestigious awards for
her "significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and
advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States." Marion
Blakey, who was FAA administrator from 2002 to 2007, will get the
National Aeronautic Association's Cliff Henderson Trophy at NAA's final
luncheon series meeting in Washington. The award is given annually to a
living person whose "vision, leadership or skill" has promoted aviation.
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|Look, Down on the Ground It's a House, It's a
JUMBO RECYCLING PROJECT
When Francie Rehwald decided to add a
couple of wings to her house, she didn't fool around. As we
reported in 2006, her decision to repurpose an old Boeing 747-200
into a house and outbuildings on her mountainside acreage in Malibu,
Calif., raised some concerns at the time and the first phase of the
finished result has had its public debut, The jumbo-sized wings form the
roof of the home and based on photos released last week it looks like control
surfaces are also used. The rest of the house appears to be
floor-to-ceiling windows and the result, according to inhabitat.com, is
a "curvilinear" home. Now that the main house is done, architect David
Hertz and his imaginative client can turn their attention to using up
the rest of the plane. More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
How's that aircraft battery holding up for you?
Aviation Consumer wants to hear how well your battery has served
you season after season. Please take a moment to rave -- or rant --
about it in Aviation Consumer's battery survey. The results will
be part of an upcoming article in the magazine that might be just what
you need to know before your next battery purchase. Click here to take the survey. More...
JUNE 20, 2011
Letter of the Week: Egos Shot
Regarding the story
about the Pakistani F-16s beating the Typhoons in air-to-air combat:
I used to run an Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation and Electronic
Warfare Range. We had many instances of older airframes with crews that
had prepared meeting with the latest fashion airframes with crews that
showed up expecting a cake walk and didn't prepare [only to have] their
hats handed to them.
I remember one exercise where a group of ANG
F-16 Air Defense Fighters from Duluth, Minnesota cleaned up a group of
active-duty F-15Cs, much to their dismay and distress. The 15s were
escorting a strike package of mixed aircraft. They never made it to the
range on day one. The F-16 ADF guys had been to the ACMI/EW range
practicing employment every day for a month. When the starting bell
rang, they employed flawlessly. The AD Eagle drivers showed up expecting
to walk all over them, and they hadn't practiced. If it was for real,
they would have died on day one, with no chance for improvement. As it
was, they got a second chance, then a third and midweek started to turn
things around. By the end of the week, they were winning, bombs on
target, getting home alive.
Training makes all the difference. If
you're an ego driver, not an efficient fighter pilot, you may not notice
that until the ego has taken a few shots.
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INSIDER BLOG: RISK AT SEA WOULD YOU DO THIS?
footage put together by PBS shows what it's like to recover aircraft in
challenging sea conditions at night, no less. Operations like
this ratchet up the risk, raising the basic judgement question: Is the
gain worth the potential pain? If you're a Navy pilot, you don't get a
vote. In his latest installment to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul
Bertorelli examines how risk judgements in military flying are far
different than in the civil world. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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LOW PASS VIDEO
Video of an extremely low, low
pass is making the rounds on the internet and we thought we'd share. The
aircraft appears to be an Argentinean FMA IA 63 Pampa or something
similar. It also appears to be flying about three feet off the ground.
The picture at right is a screen capture from in-cockpit footage that
shows people running out of the way ahead of the jet. More...
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OF THE WEEK: SILVERWING FLIGHT SERVICES (SANDPOINT,
A nice courtesy car can often put an FBO on our list of
favorites but sometimes it's a little something extra that
impresses an AVweb reader and moves him to nominate a facility.
Joseph Barber explains how SilverWing Flight Services at Sandpoint
Airport (KSZT) in Sandpoint, Idaho became our latest "FBO of the
We've always found the
folks at SilverWing to be friendly and helpful. This is not, itself,
exceptional in Idaho but in addition to a courtesy car (a
massive, late-model SUV, not the usual '80s vintage monster sedan),
[they have] bicycles. A great alternative for the short distance to
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...
My sister-in-law and I were working together across
the production bench a few years back as the local ATC scanner played in
the background. The controller cleared an aircraft to take off, ending
the transmission with, "Wind calm."
Instead, my sister-in-law
heard, "... when calm."
She was quite alarmed that ATC would clear
a pilot to take off but gave them time to calm down before pushing the
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