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WANTS GPS INTERFERENCE FACTS
The FCC has essentially asked
LightSquared and the GPS industry to cut the rhetoric and provide it
with the facts it needs to make a decision on LightSquared's plan to
provide nationwide wireless broadband on radio frequencies and at power
levels that have been shown to interfere with GPS signals. Last Tuesday,
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski reiterated comments we
first reported in June that the LightSquared plan will not be
allowed to proceed at the expense of GPS. Since then, the GPS industry
has said up to 500 million devices that use GPS in the U.S. could be
affected. LightSquared says the number is more like 200,000 under its
revised plan to move its initial deployment to frequencies a little
farther away from GPS. According to the Washington Post both sides have been asked to be
specific about the number and type of devices that will be affected by
the revised plan. LightSquared has also been asked to specify how many
towers will be activated in the initial deployment and their location.
The comment period for the FCC rulemaking process ends Monday and
LightSquared is turning up the heat on the GPS industry by intensifying
its position that GPS manufacturers cheaped out on their devices.
LightSquared said manufacturers failed to comply with Department of
Defense standards to protect their devices from interference from
neighboring frequencies. More...
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ELECTRIC AIRPLANE FLIES
Pipistrel announced the first flight
of its oddly configured Taurus four-place electric aircraft that it
plans to enter into the $1.65 million Green
Flight Challenge. The aircraft flew Friday morning at Wittman
Regional Airport in Oshkosh, where it had remained after the show while
myriad issues relating to its FAA approval were sorted out. The aircraft
looks like it came from Burt Rutan's drawing board, with twin fuselages
and room for two occupants in each. It was creates specifically for the
Green Flight Challenge and is the mating of two Pipistrel G2 aircraft
with a central spar that also carries the 145 kw brushless motor, which
is supplied with 450 pounds of lithium polymer batteries. The wing span
is more than 75 feet. The first flight was apparently uneventful.
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FLIGHT TEST LOSES ANOTHER VEHICLE
The Falcon Hypersonic
Technology Vehicle II launched Aug. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base,
near Lompoc, Calif., with a goal of splashing down nearly 4,900 miles
away -- and 30 minutes later -- near The Marshal Islands, but that
didn't quite work out. The test flight was the product of DARPA funding
and Lockheed Martin production and the arrowhead-shaped glider was
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. In Thursday's test, like a
prior test, telemetry was lost prematurely. More...
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RAPTORS STILL GROUNDED, PILOTS LOSING CURRENCY
investigation that grounded the fleet of F-22 Raptors back in May, "has
since expanded to include all aspects of the aircraft," according to the
Air Force Times, leaving deliveries on hold and pilots hoping for
simulator time. There are less than 160 Raptors deployed (accounting for
roughly $65 billion) and two F-22 simulators -- one at Langley and
another at Tyndall Air Force Base. The actual jets have been grounded
because they appear to be poisoning their pilots. Tests have found
multiple toxins in the blood of Raptor pilots affected by symptoms
similar to hypoxia while flying the jets. And the Air Force hasn't been
able to source the problem, leading to a cascade of complications.
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GUARD RESCUES MARINES
Two Marines were plucked out of the
Pacific by the Coast Guard, at about 2:30 Thursday morning, four hours
after ejecting from an F/A-18D, 85 miles southwest of San Diego. Both
men were listed in stable condition after being delivered to Naval
Medical Center San Diego but suffered from injuries that included broken
bones and hypothermia. Capt. Pete Brawn of Albany, Ore., and his weapons
system officer had been flying as part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
out of Miramar in San Diego. They were flying with another F/A-18. That
jet's crew reported it had lost contact with the accident aircraft at
about 10:15 p.m. and saw debris in the water. More...
The Aerotrek A240 Light Sport Aircraft is a sleeper
offering in the LSA market that may be running under the radar because
of its lack of formal marketing infrastructure -- it sells mainly by
word of mouth. The LSA mall at AirVenture Oshkosh didn't include
Aerotrek in 2011, but the company did have a display manned by owner
operators near the show entrance. For less than $80,000 Aerotrek offers
a 120-mph cruise, precision-welded 4130 chromoly steel tube fuselage and
aluminum wings and PolyFiber covering, plus a radio, transponder and
Dynon EFIS. Well more than 300 Aerotrek aircraft have been delivered and
are flying. The company says it holds costs down by not supporting a
huge company infrastructure and owners say that doesn't hurt their
ability to maintain their aircraft. AVweb caught up with one of
them at AirVenture 2011. More...
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RV-8 FIRST FLIGHT -- THE DAY BEFORE
There aren't many people
in the world who have the privilege of taking the first flight in the
aircraft that they built. Brent Owens is one of them.
AVweb's own experimental driver, Glenn Pew, caught up with Brent
the day before first flight. This is that conversation.
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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: TAILWHEELS ETC. (KGIF, WINTER HAVEN,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon does not
go to an FBO but to a flight school! Australian AVweb
reader Steve Vette explains how Tailwheels
Etc. at Gilbert Airport (KGIF) in Winter Haven, Florida make his
recent trip to the States memorable:
While visiting Winter Haven, Florida, the wife and self were
exploring from Dundee the area for local air fields. As we both are avid
aviators, our interest is airfields and/or landing fields. We
encountered a lady by the name of Kate. She informed us that her great
great grandfather was one of the [founders] of this airfield. Suitably
impressed with the credentials provided by the various people and staff,
we decided to hire a Cessna 172 for an hour. When the aircraft was
allocated and we strapped ourselves in, we went flying. The panoramic
scenery (for us Australians) defies description! I have no hesitation in
commending the staff and ground personnel for their services, their
briefings, and [their] attention to detail. ... Our flight was a special
memory for my wife and myself. I hereby would like to commend
Tailwheels, Etc. flying facility for their sincere and courteous
attention in all aspects towards both of us.
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
This happened a few weeks ago in Turin, Italy. An
Alitalia airliner was kind of delayed behind a small Piper making his
"Torino tower, what is the speed of
that small thing in long final?"
"To begin with, this 'small thing' is all mine ...
Fiore Ambrogio More...
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