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SAYS GPS SAFE
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said Thursday
he's convinced GPS signals will be safe despite a potential interference
threat from a broadband company that appears to be ramping up for a
full-scale launch in the next few years. Babbitt told the annual Meet
the Administrator session at AirVenture Oshkosh Thursday that the issues
regarding LightSquared's plan to create a nationwide broadband network
and its potential effect on GPS are well known in Washington and he
expects GPS to be preserved. "I'm very comfortable in saying that we are
going to protect the GPS signal," he told the AirVenture crowd of
hundreds. His comments come on the heels of a report (PDF)
written by the FAA's navigation section that predicts LightSquared's
plan will essentially destroy GPS reception in much of the U.S. "In the
next ten years, it would result in an estimated impact to the aviation
community of at least $70 billion and an additional 30 million tons of
CO2...," the report, obtained by the Coalition to Preserve Our GPS, and
released to the media says. LightSquared says it wants to talk to the
FAA about the report and it also slams the GPS industry for failing to
build safeguards into its products to prevent interference from signals
in other frequency bands. It also announced a blockbuster deal with
Sprint Nextel that doesn't look like it takes any regulatory hiccups
into account. More...
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REASSURING DESPITE TOUGH TIMES
FAA Administrator Randy
Babbitt made a quick visit to EAA AirVenture on Thursday and spent an
hour talking with the Oshkosh crowds in the show's big forum pavilion.
He gave a short update on FAA issues, answered a list of questions from
EAA president Rod Hightower, and fielded a few queries from the
audience. He said he was "deeply troubled" by the failure of Congress to
extend a funding bill, forcing the agency to furlough 4,000 workers. "I
had no choice," he said. "I personally regret having to take this
action." Getting those workers back on the job is his number-one
priority right now, he said. Regarding the future of avgas, Babbitt
said, "I think we are on track to come up with workable solutions. But
is there a solution that (1) is a drop-in solution, and (2) is
affordable? I hope so, but I don't have clarity on it."
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RUNWAY OVERRUN AT OSHKOSH
An F-16 rolled off the end of Runway 36
at Wittman Regional Airport after landing about 11:40 a.m. Thursday. The
aircraft did what appeared to be a normal landing with a high alpha
rollout, but it failed to stop, and it appears the nosegear was
collapsed when it hit the grass. In the accompanying photos, the engine
nozzle appears to be in the fully open position during the landing roll,
and a small fire can be seen in the aircraft's tailpipe after it stops.
The photos were taken by AVweb
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IN AVIATION INVITE DAUGHTERS TO 2012 CONFERENCE
Women in Aviation Conference, coming up next March in Dallas, Texas,
will include a day-long program designed for the daughters of those who
attend, the group announced this week at EAA AirVenture. "Bring Your
Daughter to the Conference Day" is aimed at girls age 10 to 18 and will
take place on Saturday, March 10. A remark by EAA President Rod
Hightower was the inspiration for the new program, said Peggy Chabrian,
president of Women in Aviation
International. When Hightower told her he was planning to bring his
own daughters to the WAI conference, the idea of others bringing their
daughters was put in motion. Programs are also in the works to reach out
to local Girl Scout groups to invite girls who might not otherwise be
introduced to aviation. About 200 girls are expected to participate.
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SCLAIR, AVIATION PUBLISHER, HAS DIED
Dave Sclair, who for
many years was the publisher of the General Aviation News until he
retired about 10 years ago, died on Tuesday. He started to fly in the
1960s, and soon started publishing news for the general aviation and the
ultralight community. In 1990, he started General Aviation News, a
large-format newspaper distributed across the U.S. His wife, Mary Lou,
became his co-publisher, and his children Ben and Robyn now are
co-publishers of the publication, which is based in Lakewood, Wash.
"Dave Sclair has left an indelible mark of journalistic excellence on
the general aviation industry," said Phil Boyer, former president of
AOPA. "The fruit of his hard work will be harvested well into the future
because he built a family business that will carry his mark for decades
Sclair's contributions were recognized by AOPA in 1991,
when he earned the Max Karant Award for Lifetime Excellence in Aviation
Coverage. He and his wife also published a blog, Living With Your
Plane, which aims to provide useful information to anyone who lives
on an airpark, or would like to, or would like to build one.
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ECLIPSE CLEARED TO 410
with carbon fouling in compressor vanes, the Eclipse 500 was limited to
30,000 feet, a fuel-inefficient altitude that saps its range. But now,
says the company's Mason Holland, Pratt & Whitney has come up with a fix
that involves a new burner can design. Eclipse's Ken Oden told us
this week at AirVenture that the Pratt modification will extend the
EA500's range to beyond 1,000 miles with NBAA reserves.
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ELECTROAIR'S ELECTRONIC IGNITION
Every ounce of fuel matters
these days. Electroair has taken their electronic ignition system for
experimental aircraft and certified it for four-cylinder Lycoming
engines in most Cessna 152, 172, and 177 (Cardinal) models. The
company's testing shows a 10- to 15-percent fuel savings in most
applications. In addition to just supplying a hotter, longer-duration
spark, the system advances the spark timing for more efficient
combustion at altitude. Electroair's president, Michael Kobylik,
says four-cylinder Lycomings on Pipers are next up, with other common
airframes such as Mooneys after that.
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