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|AVflash! FAA Funding O.K.ed -- For Now --
EXTENDS FAA FUNDING
It seems likely that the FAA will get yet
another funding extension by the end of this week, with the U.S. House
on Tuesday unanimously OK'ing expenditures through Jan. 31, 2012. That
bill now is in the Senate, which must act by Friday to avert another
shortfall like the one in July that forced the agency to lay off nearly
4,000 workers. The bill doesn't include any retroactive pay for those
furloughed workers, although leaders in both parties had said they would
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NO NEW REGS FOR TRIKES
The FAA says it will not impose new
regulations on the operators of weight-shift-control aircraft in Hawaii
but will keep a close eye on them to ensure they are in compliance with
existing regulations. Six people died in three crashes in the islands over the last year and a
half, raising questions about the safety of the aircraft, also known as
trikes. Two of the fatal flights apparently involved operators taking
passengers for sightseeing tours, which is not allowed under FAA rules.
Pilots can, however, offer introductory flight training. "It appears
some operators are trying to get around the air-tour provision by
offering scenic flights under the guise of introductory flying
instructions," Nick Reyes, an FAA flight standards manager, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser last week.
ISSUES AD FOR TWO LYCOMING ENGINES
The FAA has issued an
airworthiness directive, effective Sept. 29, 2011, for a number of
Lycoming reciprocating engines; the specific number of engines is two.
The agency has decided that an unsafe condition exists that caused the
failure of a crankshaft after 440 hours of operation. The cause of the
failure was determined to be an improperly counterweighted crankshaft
installed by a repair station. The FAA says it is issuing the AD because
it has determined the unsafe condition is likely to exist "in other
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FLIGHT: ELECTRIC, UNTETHERED, PILOTED HELICOPTER
Chretien of France flew his own electric-powered helicopter design
untethered for two minutes and 10 seconds last month, beating out
Sikorsky's Firefly for the first flight of its kind. Chretien, an
aerospace engineer and helicopter pilot, spent about a year working on
the project, mostly on his own, according to Gizmag. He devised several innovative solutions to
simplify the design and minimize the weight and power needs. He used two
counter-rotating rotors to eliminate the tail rotor, weight-shift
control for steering, and a simple frame welded from aluminum tubing.
The system is tricky to fly, according to Chretien: "This machine looks
like a toy, and flies like a toy, but there is a raging tiger under the
seat, waiting to bite at the first mistake," he told Gizmag. "In case of
crash I stand good chances to end up in kebab form." More...
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AIR FORCE ONE BLUNDER
The U.S. has reportedly filed a protest
with the Japanese government after learning that a Japanese air traffic
controller posted, online, details of the U.S. President's November 2010
flight plan in the region. The information is said to include two pages
of details that the controller apparently made available through his
blog. Details reportedly included speeds, altitudes, route of flight and
pictures of computer screens -- the last of which may present
information in a manner difficult for a layman to understand. Precise
information about when that information was posted online (before or
after Obama's visit) has not been made available. The controller has
also allegedly posted other information about U.S. activities, raising
larger concerns about the controllers' union and management.
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LOST: BROWN, SKELTON, ROBERTSON
The aviation community
recently lost three accomplished pilots -- an actor, an aerobatics
competitor, and a test pilot. Cliff Robertson, best known for his film
career, died on Sept. 10 at age 88. He started flying at age 14 and
owned several airplanes. He served as the first chairman of the EAA
Young Eagles program when it launched in 1992. He also funded a program
that offered summer internships to youth at the EAA Aviation Center.
Betty Skelton, who won the international women's aerobatic championship
three times, died on Aug. 31 at age 85. And Mort Brown, who logged over
14,000 first flights as head of flight testing at Cessna, died on Sept.
10 at age 103. More...
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TOUCHSCREEN PORTABLE DEBUTS AT AOPA
At AOPA's Summit event in
Hartford, Conn., next week, Garmin will roll out its newest portable GPS
navigator/plate reader, the aera 796. The 796 is a follow-on product to
both the GPSmap 696 and the aera product line, which brought touchscreen
control to Garmin's lineup. The new navigator features capacitive-type
touchscreen control similar to the iPad and some smartphones, so it can
be finger scrolled and pinch scaled. It will be available in two
versions, the $2199 aera 795 without weather link and the $2499 aera
796, which includes an XM receiver for both weather datalink and
ACT HITS AIRCRAFT DEPRECIATION
The Obama administration
appears to be following through on its earlier anti-business aviation
rhetoric by recommending Congress lengthen the depreciation schedule for
business aircraft. According to NBAA, the administration's proposed American Jobs
Act contains a measure to change a 25-year-old depreciation schedule
established by the IRS. That's a separate issue from the current "bonus
depreciation" of 100 percent of the acquisition cost of business-related
goods in the first year that was passed last year. That measure runs out
at the end of this year. More...
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GARMIN'S NEW 796 -- PRODUCT TOUR
At AOPA Summit in Hartford, Garmin
will unveil its latest portable, the touchscreen aera 796. Take a video
tour of the navigator's features, which include synthetic vision,
enhanced chart functions, and a new touchscreen interface.
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!
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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...
PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Will return on Monday. We were a
bit tied up with prep work for next week's AOPA Summit today and didn't
get to pack this space with your top-notch photos. Watch for them in
Monday's issue -- or check our home page on Friday if you can't wait
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