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The National Air
Transportation Association (NATA), the General Aviation Manufacturers
Association (GAMA), AOPA and other groups responded with "deep concern"
to proposed tax changes suggested by President Obama during a press
conference, Wednesday. Obama said, "The tax cuts I'm proposing we get
rid of are tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, tax breaks for
oil companies and hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners." NATA
president and CEO James Coyne responded on behalf of his members saying
he "is appalled by President Barack Obama's attacks on general
aviation." Other leaders of aviation advocacy groups followed
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SHORTENS AIR RACE CLASSIC
Every year, female aviators gather
to compete in a cross-country race known as the Air Race Classic, and
every year they face challenges, both predictable and unexpected. This
year, continuing weather delays led organizers to shorten the course by
more than 1,000 miles, chopping off the first five planned legs through
Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Instead, the 43 teams
launched from Alliance, Neb., setting off at noon last Tuesday. By
Friday at sunset, about 8:30 p.m. local time, all of the aviators had
landed safely in Mobile, Ala., after flying more than 1,200 nm with
stops in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. After calculating scores
based on a complex handicapping formula, Leah Hetzel and Sarah Morris,
of Jacksonville University, in Florida, came in first, flying a Cirrus
SR20. They were the first collegiate team ever to win the race.
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ANNOUNCES FINAL FLIGHT OF SHUTTLE ATLANTIS
The Space Shuttle Atlantis, NASA's fourth
shuttle, is set to lift off on mission STS-135 on July 8, at 11:26 a.m.
EDT, marking the final time a NASA space shuttle is scheduled to fly.
The mission comes 30 years after the program began and is scheduled to
be a 12-day mission that will deliver parts to the international space
station. Atlantis will be the last of three shuttles to retire,
following Discovery, which landed for the last time in March, and
Endeavour, which touched down for the last time during the first hours
of June 1. Click through for memorable images of NASA shuttles at work,
and details about the Space Shuttle Atlantis. More...
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It's gonna be a big year at Oshkosh. We're celebrating 100 Years of
all week long. Plus:
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Hoover and Burt Rutan, a Monday concert by REO Speedwagon, the return of
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SECURES FUNDING THROUGH PRODUCTION START
Icon Aircraft, which
has been working for several years to bring its amphibious A5 LSA to
market, this week announced it has secured $25 million in funding,
enough to complete its engineering program, set up for manufacturing,
and start production. "There is a lot of work and some risk still
ahead," said CEO Kirk Hawkins. "That we were able to successfully raise
funds in this time of economic uncertainty demonstrates Icon's unique
and compelling market appeal." The A5 team is now finishing up the last
few months of flight testing, and engineers are focused on finalizing a
newly designed spin-resistant wing and refining directional stability,
the company said. Production start is expected in the fourth quarter of
ORDERS AT PARIS AIR SHOW
Airbus set a record at Paris last week
for the most airplanes ever sold at an airshow by any manufacturer, with
730 orders worth over $70 billion. The A320neo
, which promises 15 percent less fuel burn
plus more range and payload than the popular A320, led the pack with 667
orders, making it the best-selling airliner ever, Airbus said. Boeing
announced orders and commitments for 142 airplanes worth $22 billion.
Emerging markets played a major role in piling up sales. AirAsia, based
in Malaysia, the largest low-cost airline in the Asia-Pacific region,
ordered 200 of the A320neo aircraft. Airlines based in India spent about
$23 billion. More...
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KEEPS TOWER MARKINGS "VOLUNTARY"
The FAA received over 450
comments on its proposed guidance for marking meteorological evaluation
towers that are less than 200 feet high, and last week published its final policy, which requests voluntary compliance.
"Many commenters responded that marking and lighting of METs should be
mandatory," the FAA said in its final rule. "It is not feasible for the
FAA to maintain a national database for structures that are less than
200 feet AGL." The NTSB
and the National Agricultural Aviation Association were among those
who weighed in to ask the FAA to make it mandatory to mark the towers,
which have been blamed for at least three fatal airplane accidents.
SLOW JFK TO A CRAWL
The normal fast pace of the morning push
at JFK slowed to a crawl Wednesday morning as 150 love-struck turtles
turned runways into expressways (in turtle terms) to love. About 6:45
a.m. pilots of outbound aircraft reported the reptilian jaywalkers(MP3), who clearly hadn't heard the tower's takeoff
clearances. The controller, who kept his good humor through the episode,
alternated between receiving wildlife reports, dispatching ground
personnel and issuing takeoff clearances in between turtle rescues. The
turtles were just doing what comes naturally and apparently the big
noisy things in their way weren't going to stop them. More...
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FINALIZES CHINA DEAL
Cirrus Aircraft and China Aviation
Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (CAIGA) announced on Tuesday that the two companies have
completed their merger. "This partnership will benefit our business and
our customers," said Brent Wouters, Cirrus CEO. "We share with CAIGA a
vision of worldwide growth. CAIGA has the resources that will allow us
to expedite our aircraft development programs and accelerate our global
expansion." He said he expects the merger will make it possible for
Cirrus to expand its facilities and staff in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Dale Klapmeier, Cirrus co-founder, said the completion of the merger was
an important milestone in the company's history, and will make it
possible for the company to "continue to lead the industry in bringing
increased safety, performance, and comfort to the general aviation
LINING UP CUSTOMERS, COALITION ATTRACTING SUPPORT
the issue of interference with GPS seems to be far from resolved,
LightSquared is busy lining up customers for its new broadband network.
The company issued a news release Tuesday saying that voice over
Internet protocol (VOIP) firm netTALK has entered into a "multi-year
wholesale agreement" to buy bandwidth from LightSquared. "We are
extremely excited to provide netTALK with access to the wireless
broadband capabilities of the LightSquared network," said Sanjiv Ahuja,
chairman and chief executive officer of LightSquared. "This agreement
reaffirms LightSquared's commitment to enable new and innovative
companies such as netTALK to compete in the U.S. wireless market." Of
course, the availability of that signal is the subject of an
increasingly contentious battle with the GPS industry, which claims
LightSquared's network of 40,000 towers blasting high-powered signals in
a frequency band close to the minute satellite signals used by GPS
receivers will effectively destroy GPS. The lobby group formed to fight
LightSquared's plans, the Coalition to Save Our GPS, announced more
members as it gears for a fight that will be kicked off Friday with the
release of a report on the interference issues. More...
EXECS DISPEL LEARJET CHINA RUMOR
Top executives with
Bombardier are actively dispelling predictions the company will hive off
its struggling Learjet division to Chinese interests and concentrate on
its highly profitable line of large-cabin business jets. In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, the newspaper
says Bombardier Aerospace President Guy Hachey and Steve Ridolfi,
president of the business jet division, both "swatted away" what it
called the "recurring rumor" that the Wichita operations were on the
block. In fact, Ridolfi said he expected expansion at the Wichita plant
as the composite Learjet 85 goes into production. "The 85 is the largest
and most capable Learjet ever built and it will change the face of
Learjet just on that basis," Ridolfi said. There are about 2,000
employees in Wichita. Meanwhile, fresh from more than $1 billion in
bizjet orders from the Paris Air Show, Bombardier remains bullish on the
future of its most expensive products. More...
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OF THE WEEK: TAX BREAKS AND GA
President Obama pretty much sealed
the fate of bonus depreciation on GA aircraft in a press conference
Wednesday. Is the general aviation industry too dependent on tax
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers
if Boeing should continue the 737 program despite the costs of upgrading
and head back to the drawing board and try to come up with another
game-changing paradigm; click through to see how AVweb readers
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AVIATION CONSUMER'S TIEDOWN SHOOTOUT
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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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