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The first-ever general aviation
fly-in will take place in China in September as part of a five-day
summit on GA issues in Beijing. According to AOPA, the summit, sponsored by AOPA-China, will
include government and military officials discussing the incremental
relaxation of the almost prohibitive regulations that currently restrict
private aviation. It will also include a two-day forum on the economic
opportunities that will flow from the regulation changes. "It is an
excellent networking opportunity with China's aviation delegation, GA
industry members as well as clients," Yinjie Jason Zhang, a
New-York-based pilot and member of the AOPA-China board of directors,
told AOPA. More...
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ACTS ON FAA FUNDING
Lawmakers announced Thursday a plan to
end the partial shutdown of the FAA, and the Senate passed a temporary
funding measure Friday. The FAA's last temporary funding measure expired
July 23, reportedly causing the immediate layoff of about 75,000 people
either directly employed by, or contracted to work for, the FAA. The
shutdown also prevented the FAA from collecting approximately $30
million per day in airline ticket taxes. After failing to pass a
temporary (or more permanent) funding measure for the FAA, the Senate
began a five-week-long "district work break." Had the Senate not acted
on funding the FAA before returning to work in September, the FAA was on
track to lose about $1.3 billion in ticket tax revenue.
GA SHIPMENTS DOWN
Total GA shipments dropped 15.5 percent in
2011 when compared to the same six-month period last year, the General
Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) said Thursday, but small
piston aircraft weren't the biggest losers in the segment. The first six
months of 2011 saw 791 shipments versus 936 shipments for that period
during 2010. The biggest loser in the general aviation segment was
business jets. The industry shipped 355 last year, but recorded 261 in
2011 -- a 26.5-percent drop. Turboprop deliveries fell by 8.9 percent.
And piston-powered planes fared better, but only by the slimmest of
margins -- their numbers fell off by 8.7 percent. GAMA President and CEO
Pete Bunce included his political observations in a news release that
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FLARES COULD HIT GPS
It might be time to review those VOR
skills in light of sunspot activity that had the potential to disrupt
GPS signals on Friday and Saturday. On Thursday, the sun sent a
significant burst of electromagnetic energy toward earth after sunspot
1261 belched three major solar flares. The eruption was rated at three
on a scale of five and that's enough to make GPS equipment lose its way.
It's particularly hard on high-precision units like WAAS-capable
aviation gear. The worst was expected to be over by late Saturday but
there could be more solar storms coming. More...
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PLANS FOR SPACE FLIGHT
With the last Space Shuttle flight in
the history books, Boeing is stepping up plans to provide a manned space
mission alternative with a modern take on the space capsule. The company
has selected to use Atlas 5 rockets to test its CST-100 seven-place
"space taxi" on three flights in 2015. Only the third will carry people.
Boeing's first test will attempt to deliver the CST-100 to orbit. The
next will be intentionally aborted after launch and before the vehicle
has reached space. The third plans to deliver Boeing test pilots to the
International Space Station, setting the stage for more regular service
in 2016. More...
BRANDS U.S. WITH 747 TRACK
Tuesday, a marathon flight of
Boeing's latest cargo freighter, the 747-8, carried the jet 11,666 miles
over 17 hours and roughly traced "747" across the western half of the United
States, according to tracking provided by FlightAware.com. The practice
isn't entirely unique. In another notable example, Cessna in 2008 used a Citation X's
track to draw the company logo across several Midwest states. Boeing
expects the FAA to evaluate test data over the next few weeks and return
with certification for the aircraft. The big jet has flown more than
1200 flights through the test program and that did lead to some changes
for the aircraft. More...
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THOUGHT F-16S WERE ADMIRING HER CUB
A Chicago-area pilot who
says she thought the pilots of a pair of F-16s circling her were just
admiring her award-winning 1941 Piper Cub will undoubtedly get a written
explanation of why they were really there. Myrtle Rose, 75, admits she
didn't check NOTAMs or even turn on the radio in the blue-and-yellow Cub
she calls Winston when she went for a hop from her fly-in community on
Aug. 5 and strayed into a presidential TFR. When the fighters appeared,
it apparently never occurred to her they might be on official business.
"I thought, 'Oh, well, they're just looking at how cute the Cub is," she
told The Associated Press. It's not clear whether the fighter jocks
attempted to escort her to an airport but it may not have done any good.
Rose headed home and the airstrip in the affluent Chicago suburb of
South Barrington soon filled with police cars. More...
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AUGUST 8, 2011
Letter of the Week: Things Will Be Better
If Pilots Pay
Regarding the user
fee issue: As a group, aircraft owner/operators are among the most
affluent members of society. We should never have been on the government
dole and should always have been paying for every service we
This is necessary not only as a matter of equity, but we must
have control of the "services" offered. Free enterprise should be
allowed to provide WX, traffic, ATC, whatever.
automatically and invisibly change frequencies and power levels
constantly. Why in this age should we have government workers telling us
when to make frequency changes? We are held back by government's
inability to adapt to the times. If we were paying, we would demand
So, for both reasons, we should pay.
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OF THE WEEK: CARLSON AVIATION (KYKN, YANKTON, SD)
Word of a good FBO spreads far and wide as
evidenced by our latest "FBO of the Week," Carlson
Aviation at Chan Gurney Municipal Airport (KYKN) in Yankton,
AVweb reader Bruce Robertson tells us
how, in Carlson's case, you really can believe the hype:
After reading their profile on various web
sites, I thought I'd make Yankton a stop on my way to Oshkosh. They were
better than all reports, welcoming us and taking care of our every need.
As we needed to stay the night, Katie Carlson took care of hotel and
transportation details. She also loaned us the crew car so we could
explore the area a bit. We liked Carlson so much, we stopped in again on
the way out of Oshkosh. They are worth a visit.
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