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FIRMS SHOULD PAY TO PREVENT INTERFERENCE:
LightSquared says the GPS industry should pay to
shield its devices from interference its proposed network of wireless
internet transmitters might cause. On Thursday, the company launched a
counteroffensive in the increasingly acrimonious battle over the
bandwidth it hopes to use for the nationwide wireless network of 40,000
towers. The GPS industry says tests prove the broadband network will
disrupt GPS signals and is urging authorities to reject LightSquared's
proposal. LightSquared released an economic impact study (PDF) done by the Brattle
Group last week suggesting the GPS industry has been and continues to be
heavily subsidized in that the timing signals used in their devices are
owned, operated and maintained by the federal government through the
Department of Defense. Its line of logic goes on to suggest that GPS
manufacturers should be willing to invest the money to shield their
devices from the interference generated by the LightSquared signals. In
fact, in a news release (PDF) accompanying the report, the
Brattle Group suggests that it's the GPS devices that are infringing on
LightSquared's bandwidth by not being adequately shielded. "Fixing this
problem through the deployment of better filters in GPS devices will add
some costs to the GPS industry, but those costs would only be a fraction
of the $120 billion in benefits that would be created by LightSquared's
deployment of its LTE network," the news release said. It says filters
would add only 30 cents to the cost of a new GPS device but acknowledges
that retrofitting would be substantially more costly. The study was
released as two congressional committees waded into the dispute last
Thursday and may have prevented the FCC from approving the LightSquared
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weather-related flight delays, Solar Impulse made a successful
demonstration flight June 26, the last day of the Paris Air Show. The
sun-powered four-engine aircraft is intended to shine a light on green
technologies. It's backed by Bertrand Piccard, the Swiss adventurer best
known for circumnavigating the world in the Breitling Orbiter 3, a
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POWERED AIRCRAFT IN PARIS
Among the technological
demonstrators being shown at the Paris Air Show, is the DA36 E-Star -- a
two-seat, low-wing motorglider powered by a serial hybrid electric
drive. The aircraft, a modified Diamond HK36 Super Diamona, first flew
June 8. It was developed by Siemens, EADS and Diamond Aircraft of
Austria with a goal of reducing fuel consumption and emissions by 25
percent. It carries a serial hybrid drive that turns the aircraft's prop
with a Siemens 70kW electric motor. An onboard 40-hp Wankel rotary
engine provided by Austro Engine serves as a generator (only) and kicks
in to keep the batteries, provided by EADS, fed. There are no specific
plans for the drivetrain ... but there are general ones.
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AIRPORTS MAY GROW BIOFUELS
Detroit-area airports are
putting their surplus lands where their fuel nozzles are to try to boost
the alternative fuels movement. The airport authority has turned over
three acres of land to Michigan State University to grow canola and
oriental mustard seed, two feedstocks for biofuel in a $476,000
state-funded project to see if all those 1,700 acres of neatly mown
infields, overruns and other open space at Wayne County Airport and
Willow Run Airport can be put to better use. If the trial is successful,
the concept is that the feedstock from all the airport lands will be
processed onsite and dropped into the airports' fuel tanks to supplement
the regular fossil fuel supply. "How does aviation protect itself in the
future against the depletion of fossil fuels and the uncertainty of
foreign sources of energy?" WCAA Interim CEO Genelle Allen wondered in a
news release. "Part of the answer may be to grow it."
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CLOSE CALL ON 22R AT JFK
Two loaded airliners nearly collided
on Runway 22R at JFK on June 20 and while an accident did not take
place, the event produced more than just some interesting audio. The
incident involved a loaded Egyptair Boeing 777-300 fueled for Cairo and
a Munich-bound Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 with 286 on board. When the
Egyptair jet missed its turn, the two jets were rolling toward each
other on the active runway as the Lufthansa accelerated for takeoff.
Audio of the event includes comments from pilots of nearby aircraft.
They include, "Yeah. That was quite a show ... thought it was going to
be a short career." (Click through for audio.) More...
PAX BLAMED FOR CHARTERED FLOATPLANE CRASH
Transportation Safety Board says drunk passengers aboard a short charter
flight off the country's West Coast likely caused the crash of a
float-equipped Cessna 185 in May of 2010. In its report the TSB postulates that a rear-seat passenger
pushed the pilot's seat forward with his or her feet and held him and
the control column pinned to the panel until the Atleo Air Services
aircraft dove at a 45-degree angle into ocean off Ahousat, an isolated
community on the west coast of Vancouver Island. "It is likely that
passenger interference caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft
whereupon it descended in a steep nose-down attitude until it struck the
water," the report says. "It is possible the passengers' level of
intoxication contributed to their inability to recognize the gravity of
the situation and stop the interference in time for the pilot to regain
control of the aircraft before impact." The board also noted that the
pilot could have refused the charter if he thought the passengers might
be drunk enough to be a safety hazard. More...
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JUNE 27, 2011
Letter of the Week: Food
There's been so much hype about biofuels, which are a
technology that cannot at present make even a dent in our fossil fuel
usage and put enormous pressure on both the ecosystem and food prices.
It's time to inject a dose of realism by demonstrating the scale of the
issue, so here are some facts and figures, all of which are freely
... [You'll have to click through to read the full
Letter of the Week.] ...
I'm not anti-biofuels. There should
be a place for them in our fuel economy; however, we need to do so in
such a way that they will not take food from hungry mouths and drive up
food prices. Like it or not, the reality of the situation is that we
will be putting fossil fuels in our airplanes for a good while yet until
substantial research and development produce viable green energy
solutions. Food first, fuel second!
Click through to read Greg Dolph's full letter and
other communiques from our mailbag. More...
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OF THE WEEK: PS AIR (KCID, CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to PS Air at
Eastern Iowa Airport (KCID) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
reader Edward Woodson sent us a stirring testimonial to the
lengths PS Air goes for their visitors:
I was en route from 10C (Greenwood,
Illinois) to GFZ (Greenfield, Iowa) and had [a] complete electrical
failure. I was close to CID and landed at precisely 17:00. Upon parking,
I told the line guy I had electrical problems and needed maintenance. He
ran to maintenance hangar just as they were closing. Two mechanics came
over immediately and pulled the cowling off to discover field wire
broken to the alternator. They got wire and splicing and had the repair
done in 15 minutes. [These guys] had me on my way in 30 minutes and
refused any special thanks and were pleased to be of help even
after hours! My aircraft was a T-210, and the date was Friday night,
June 17, at 5:00 PM. Great FBO.
Their professionalism and
dedication to custoner service is especially noteworthy, including the
line guy who ran to get them before they left. I have visited PS Air
several times, and, every time, every member of the staff exhibited the
same courtesy. One one visit, the owner drove me downtown because their
courtesy car [was] not available and I had critical appointment. The
customer is first at PS Air CID.
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