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Military drones will soon be mixing it up
with regular air traffic in up to 10 "airspace bubbles" the FAA and
Department of Defense are creating to test and prove the safety of
integration of unmanned aerial systems. According to AOL Defense the plan is contained in the proposed
FAA reauthorization bill that will be back before Congress in September
and is designed to show that UASs can safely operate in
"heavily-traveled commercial airspace in all conditions across the
United States." More...
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Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to
aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation
. The headset provides acclaimed noise reduction, with a
comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also
connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching.
PETITION FAA TO CHANGE SPORT PILOT
Industry groups have
petitioned the FAA, saying changes should be made to the sport pilot
rules to fix flaws that prevent the regulations from meeting their
stated goals. According to language in the rules, their intent is, in
part, to create public access to general aviation and increase the
population of eligible professional pilots. According to a petition
submitted to the FAA by AOPA, EAA, GAMA and NAFI, one problem with
language in the rules is that student sport pilots who take instruction
from sport pilot instructors are prevented from counting their time
toward a higher rating. And that, they say, does not serve to promote
the rules aforementioned stated goals. More...
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MILITARY RUNS FROM MOTHER NATURE
The U.S. military Thursday
moved aircraft from bases aligned with the forecast path of Hurricane
Irene as private pilots organized emergency services for the
already-stricken Bahamas. An estimated 78 military aircraft were to be
moved off of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base at New Hope, N.C. The exodus
included F-15Es and KC-135 Stratotankers. In Jacksonville, Marines moved
V-22 Ospreys, AH-1W Super Cobras Hueys and Super Stallion helicopters
from New River Air Station to safer locales. Meanwhile, a pilot-oriented
U.S.-based nonprofit was organizing disaster-relief flights to aid with
recovery in the Bahamas. More...
Second Annual ECAS to Land in
Following the success of ECAS
last year, the Second Annual Summit
will explore the latest developments in the corporate aviation sector of
Europe and new business opportunities and challenges in the region. It
will also provide the platform for manufacturers and operators as
well as any organization interested in this marketplace to
explore all aspects affecting the future of this industry. A must-attend
event for international business aircraft operators.
Click here to learn more and
787 DREAMLINER, NOW CERTIFIED
The FAA Friday approved certification of
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, launch customer ANA is expecting delivery on
Sept. 26, and three years of delays mean Boeing's profit on the design
is still a long way off. ANA has scheduled the first commercial flight
for Oct. 26, out of Tokyo for Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Boeing is currently
sitting on $16.2 billion of 787 parts, collected through June 30,
according to Bloomberg News, and challenges are still ahead. Boeing's
787 inventory represents about 35 nearly finished airframes, many still
awaiting engines and interiors. And production changes made through the
certification process mean some of those aircraft will remain sitting
for several months. More...
SHOW GADDAFI'S A340
One of the biggest spoils of war taken by
the rebels in Libya was opened up to the media on the weekend. Muammar
Gaddafi's private A340 has been turned into a kind of ridiculous retreat
for rebel leaders, although the irony of their latest occupation doesn't
appear to be lost on them. Clad in fatigues but perched delicately on
overstuffed leather furniture, the rebels gave media a glimpse into
Gaddafi's sense of personal style. The aircraft cost $74 million in
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MAN AIRPORT OPENS
There's a new airport opening in Nevada
today (Aug. 29, 2011) but you'll need a ticket to fly there and it will
be gone without a trace in 10 days. Burning Man
, the formerly impromptu, uh, cultural
gathering in the Black Rock Desert, runs until Sept. 5. About 50,000
people create an almost instant city where "radical self expression" is
among the guiding principals. Well, few cities that size are without an
airport and each year a group of Burning Man participants who are pilots
and aviation enthusiasts create a temporary, FAA-designated (88NV)
facility called Black Rock City Airport
. In a podcast interview,
airport Communications Director Dean Siracusa says the airport is laid
out on the dry lake bed and features a 5,280-foot runway which can, and
regularly does, accommodate light jets. More...
88NV HERE TODAY, GONE NEXT WEEK
Black Rock City
Municipal Airport (88NV) is likely busier than most Nevada GA airports
for the next week, but after that it will be gone. AVweb's Russ
Niles spoke with Dean Siracusa, the airport's communications
director, about the airport and the event it supports, Burning Man.
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TRANSPLANT RESTORES FLYING DREAM
As the aviation industry
looks for ways to make becoming a pilot easier, a 28-year-old New Jersey
woman is proving there are few barriers to someone who really wants to
fly. As NBC 40 reported last week, Jessica Arrigo caught a
virus when she was seven that cost her both legs and hands. She's had
prosthetic legs for 20 year and a few years ago, she received a hand
transplant; now she's working toward her PPL. "I was like, I could do
that, I could fly a plane, why not?" she told the TV station.
CHINESE FARMER BUILDS FLYING SAUCER
A former Chinese farmer with little
formal schooling who later worked as an automobile mechanic has designed
and built at least one ultralight that briefly flew (before crashing) --
he has now moved on to a flying saucer. Shu Mansheng's project is a
structure powered by eight motorcycle engines mounted vertically. They
drive individual fixed-pitch wooden propellers. The engines are arranged
in an inner and outer group of four engines each. An open cockpit
located in the center is mounted above spokes that both support the
engines and extend to an outer circular ring. Supporters will be hoping
for a more positive outcome than the innovator's last attempt.
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OF THE WEEK: ARLIN'S AIRCRAFT SERVICE, INC. (BELGRADE,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Arlin's Aircraft
Service, Inc. at Gallatin Field Airport (KBZN) in Belgrade,
Montana (near Bozeman).
AVweb reader C. J.
Costanti recommended the FBO:
We had just completed a couple days of fly fishing and visiting
family in Bozeman, and while preparing to depart, our Baron developed a
significant fuel leak. Naturally, this occurred after hours, when the
maintenance staff had gone home for the night. Not only did line service
tow us back to Arlin's hangar, but they contacted their mechanic and he
was working [on] the problem within minutes. They turned a stressful and
unexpected turn of events into a positive experience and outcome. The
Baron was buttoned up and ready to go early the next morning on the
ramp, and we completed our trip home. Many thanks and kudos to Alan,
Clint, and all the folks we met at Arlin's. Great service on arrival and
departure, clean facility, and, most importantly, great people. We'll be
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
When flying in Northern
Australia, Flight Service Brisbane asked a colleague for a "short
count." Without pause, he replied:
Lautrec was a short count."
He told me later he'd been waiting years to say that.
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