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FUNDING LOOKS LIKELY
Government leaders appear ready to speed
through passage of a four-month funding extension for the FAA when they
get back to work this week. In sharp contrast to the rancorous debate
that resulted in the FAA going temporarily unfunded last July, House and
Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle seem unified in efforts to
pass a "clean" funding bill, stripped of all the hot-button partisan
clauses that bogged the earlier one down, as early as Monday. Passage
would give the legislators time to wrangle over the contentious side
issues without crippling the agency. The current funding package runs
out on Friday. More...
More Versatile than a Swiss
For more than 25 years, operators have relied on the Caravan
models to meet the most demanding mission parameters. To which the
Caravan replies, "Bring it on." Its confidence is backed by a
remarkable dispatch reliability rate of over 99 percent and exceptional
payload capabilities from its 675-horsepower engine. And when you
consider the versatility, configurability, and sheer ruggedness of the
Caravan line, the applications are virtually limitless.
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|9/11: Looking Back at That Tuesday in September||back to
9/11 RECORDINGS -- UNIQUE INSIGHT
Audio collected on
September 11, 2001 has been compiled by the Rutgers Law Review for a
presentation titled "A New Type of War." AVweb has organized a
series of recorded segments from that presentation to provide insight
into the day from the perspective of the pilots, crew, controllers and
military personnel who lived it. The following audio describes or
includes some of the final moments for 92 people aboard American
Airlines Flight 11; 65 aboard United Airlines Flight 175; 64 aboard
American Airlines Flight 77; and 44 aboard United Airlines Flight 93.
Your discretion is advised. More...
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What you Need to Know
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PAX DRAW FIGHTERS
Three people who locked themselves in an
airliner bathroom on a flight to New York on Sept. 11 will likely get to
explain exactly what they were doing in there to the Secret Service and
FBI. The three passengers, whose gender distribution was not immediately
known, went into the lav at some point during the American Airlines
flight from LAX to JFK and stayed there until after it landed. The
aircraft was escorted part of the way to New York by two F-16s and
landed otherwise uneventfully at 4:10 p.m. EDT. More...
A GOOD DAY TO FLY
The FAA posted a flurry of new
TFRs in the hours before Sunday's somber anniversary, but almost
none of them had anything to do with the day we'd all like to forget. Of
course, anyone who might have tried to fly near Lower Manhattan,
Washington, D.C., or Shanksville, Pa., could have expected, at the very
least, a really bad day. By late Sunday, there were no reports that
anyone had done so. There were also TFRs for several airshows and the
International Council of Air Shows listed at least a dozen shows in
North America on Sunday. But by far the majority of new TFRs are the
work of forces much more powerful than any wingnut terrorist cell.
Forest fires are closing big blocks of airspace throughout Texas and the
Sebring Regional Airport
Hosts U.S. Sport Aviation Expo!
The LSA show is January 19-22, 2012
features conventional aircraft, kitplanes, powered parachutes, trikes,
gyros, amphibians, and innovative designs such as electrically powered
aircraft 150+ aircraft on display. If it exists in the
recreational aviation market, it will be at Expo! Over 12,500 aviation
enthusiasts attended last year for demonstration flights, EAA forums,
and what's new in the LSA market.
Visit Sport-Aviation-Expo.com for
|There's an App for That? Apparently, Yes, There
IPHONE HELPS LOCATE PLANE CRASH
Reports that the location of
a Chilean military transport CASA 212 Aviocar that crashed Sept. 4 at
sea, killing all 21 aboard, was identified thanks to a victim's
submerged iPhone may be overstated, but the phone's role is still
compelling. A Google-provided translation of text from an original
Argentine source states that a victim aboard the high-wing twin
turboprop owned an iPhone 4 and equipped it with an app called "Find my
iPhone." The translated article states that the smartphone was "still
transmitting its signal" after the crash and allowed for underwater
triangulation to pinpoint the crash site near Robinson Crusoe Island.
While that may not be the case, one victim's relatives' use of the app
did help authorities find the crash site, and the process may have made
an argument for real-time telemetry. More...
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Planning, FARs, E6B, and more. WingX is also available for Windows
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TESTS MANDATORY FOR INDIAN PILOTS
The Hindu is reporting that the government is
finished implementing a program in which all airline pilots in the
country must submit to a pre-board breathalyzer test. The newspaper says
the Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced last week that 100
percent of crews now undergo the pre-flight check. The program was
initiated last year in light of random checks conducted in 2009 and 2010
that nabbed 57 "tipsy" pilots trying to go to work. More...
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OF THE WEEK: CAPITAL CITY AIRPORT (KFFT) (FRANKFORT,
AVweb's latest blue ribbon goes to the FBO at Capital City
Airport (KFFT) in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Graeme Lang has been going there for a while and sung Cap City's
Having been involved
with this FBO for some time now, I have always seen a complete
commitment to the highest in customer service and overall standards.
Their manager, Jay Vedelli, has just recently retired, but I have seen
no decrease in the service provided. They stay very competitive on fuel
prices, have on-site maintenance, will run you anywhere you need to go
in their van, and will do all of this with a smile! I highly recommend
Capital City Airport in Frankfort!
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...
AEROTREK'S BARGAIN LSAS
Rob Rollison figures it, most LSAs are overpriced, which is why he's
marketing his nicely made Aerotrek airplanes at a base price under
$70,000. Although most invoice for more than that, they still sell for
less than $100,000. In this brief video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli
flies the Aerotrek 220 taildragger version and finds that it has great
visibility, excellent climb performance and features you might not
expect to find in a bargain airplane. More...
ELECTROAIR'S ELECTRONIC IGNITION
Electronic ignition for certified airplanes has been
somewhat of a hard sell, primarily because owners don't always see clear
benefits in either fuel economy or reliability. Electroair would like to
change that with its new certified system for four-cylinder Lycomings.
Here's a quick video tour of how the system works. More...
"Tower, give me a rough
"It's Tuesday, sir."
Jim Moore (and friends) More...
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