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CLARIFIES INSPECTOR AUTHORIZATION POLICY
The FAA has tweaked
its proposal for clarifying how it authorizes maintenance inspectors,
and NBAA and AOPA seemed mostly satisfied with the results, although
AOPA says it is still concerned about how the new policy (PDF) will be implemented. The proposal issued last
alarm that some inspectors would not meet the new proposed
standards, causing a shortage, leading to delays and higher maintenance
costs. The policy issued last week "has clearly been broadened to
include as eligible for renewals those [inspectors] who perform
specialized or occasional maintenance inspections," said AOPA.NBAA said
it had advocated for the FAA to clarify its criteria, because the former
rules had been confusing. "The lack of specific guidance had led some
FAA inspectors to define the term narrowly and deny renewals to [some]
individuals," NBAA said. The new definition will become effective with
the next IA renewal expiration date of March 31, 2013.
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PILOTS FIGHT FOR PAY
Airline pilots are seeking to take back
wages, benefits, and pension concessions they gave up to save their
employers from bankruptcy following the 2001 terrorist attacks, but
airlines allege the pilots aren't playing fair. US Airways filed suit
last week because the company believes its pilots have illegally caused
as many as 10 flight cancellations each day since May. The union says
pilots are being forced to fly unsafe aircraft. Similar stories are
being told at other carriers. Pilots at some carriers have seen their
wages cut in half over the past decade. Pilots and their employers may
soon be engaged in negotiations that may define a new normal for
compensation packages. Unions are concerned that if the airlines have
their way, those negotiations may take a long time. More...
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FLIGHT TEST SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY
If all goes well, the
Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle II will launch Aug. 11 from
Vandenberg Air Force Base, near Los Alamos, Calif., and splash down
nearly 4,900 miles away -- and 30 minutes later -- near The Marshal
Islands. The test flight is the product of DARPA funding and Lockheed
Martin production. The arrowhead-shaped glider is a vehicle that will be
attached to an eight-story-tall Minotaur IV rocket. It is part of a
system intended to reach speeds of up to Mach 20 to deliver a military
strike anywhere on earth within one hour. More...
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AFRICAN JOURNEY JUST FOR PILOTS
Flying an African safari is
on the "bucket list" for many aviators, and next month a group of pilots
are flying their own airplanes from the U.S. to circumnavigate Africa on
a new 20,000-mile adventure organized by Air Journey. The pilots will meet at the Chateau
Frontenac hotel in Quebec on Sept. 7 for an extensive briefing before
launching on the 54-day trip, which will feature stops in 27 countries.
While in Africa, the travelers will fly above the Masai Mara national
park in hot-air balloons, visit Victoria Falls, and stay at high-end
resorts along the continent's west coast. More...
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POSTS NEW GUIDANCE FOR FUEL APPROVALS
The FAA has published a
new Advisory Circular providing guidance for the
approval of new aeronautical fuels. Issuance of the document aims to
"facilitate the aviation fuel approval process," according to the FAA,
by "clarifying and describing" acceptable methods of compliance to
existing FAA regulations. But unknown to most in the industry who aren't
involved in fuel work, AC 20-24 sparked controversy last summer when
proponents of a quick replacement for 100LL complained to FAA's upper
management that the agency's Engine and Propeller Directorate was
dragging its feet on allowing STCs for fuel approvals.
PILOTS MAKE BETTER CEOS?
Well, you knew it in
your heart all along but now researchers from Notre Dame University's
Mendoza College of Business and from the University of Oregon have
confirmed it: Pilots make better leaders, especially in the corporate
setting. In a study that compared the relative success of 179
companies led by CEOs who are pilots and 2,900 led by those who are not,
researchers found that pilot-led companies tend to do better, by some
benchmarks, than those who don't fly. "These CEOs tend to complete
acquisitions that are more successful than those completed by
non-sensation seeking CEOs," Notre Dame Professor Matthew Cain said.
"Their creativity and novelty seeking characteristics lead them into
deals that improve the growth prospects of their firms." The researchers
say its in those CEOs' genes to take calculated risks that can lead to
better prospects for their companies and it works for the same reason
many of them ride motorcycles, skydive and fly aircraft. The same
genetic predisposition can also lead to a host of other less noble
ANNOUNCES TAS WINNER AND NEW GIVEAWAY
Avidyne this week chose
its first Extravaganza Prize winner -- who won after clicking on the
contest link in AVwebFlash -- and announced the start of a new
giveaway. Bob Edmondson, of Brookshire, Texas, won a TAS620A
dual-antenna active-surveillance traffic advisory system, valued at
almost $21,000. The new gear will be installed in Edmondson's 1960 Beech
BE35-33 Debonair. The company announced the giveaway at Sun 'n Fun in
April, and collected about 1,000 entries. Edmondson's name was selected
at random. The new giveaway offers an IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, valued at
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INSIDER BLOG: LYCOMING ON AUTOMOTIVE GAS
subtext in the quest to replace 100LL with an unleaded equivalent is the
use of automobile fuel or mogas in engines that are approved to burn it.
The two major engine makers, Lycoming and Continental, have
traditionally avoided the approvals required to do this. But Lycoming
sees a place for automotive-type fuels in the supply chain, and
beginning this week, in a series of three guest posts to the AVweb
Insider blog, Lycoming GM Michael Kraft explains the company's views
on how automobile fuels can be integrated into aviation. The blogs will
run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Read
the first here, then share your own comments. More...
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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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