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Volume 17, Number 38d
September 24, 2011
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Safety, Training in the Spotlight at AOPA Summitback to top 

At AOPA Summit on Friday, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that he signed off this week on creating a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee that will review the current flight-training rules. "The ARC will make recommendations as to how to improve testing and instruction," he said. "This effort is part of a five-year plan for transforming GA safety." After his presentation, Babbitt spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady in more detail about the FAA plan. "We're going to look at the curriculum, the materials, and what are we testing," he said. "Everything is on the table." Training at all levels will be included in the review. Click here for the full podcast. More...

The day before AOPA Aviation Summit opened this week in Hartford, Conn., the association hosted its second Flight Training Summit, for about 100 participants. During that event, AOPA introduced a demo of MyFlightTraining, an online personalized support system that aims to help student pilots achieve their goal of earning a pilot certificate. The program, which has not yet launched online, breaks the training process into six milestones -- introductory flight, first solo, student pilot certificate, solo cross-country, FAA knowledge test, and FAA practical test. Participants also will be entered into a sweepstakes that awards $1,000 for flight training every month. More...

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told AOPA on Friday that a review of flight training is part of a five-year plan to improve GA safety. He fleshed out the details with AVweb's Mary Grady.

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Minding the (Ever-Narrower) Tech Gapback to top 

For years, Jeppesen has owned the market in commercial charting services, but now it has formed a new division specifically to serve light aircraft GA charting needs, with a strong focus on digital subscriptions and apps.

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Wait 'Til You Get Your Hands on Avidyne's IFD540back to top 

With smartphones and iPads setting the standard for user interface, Avidyne this week announced that its new IFD540 multi-function navigator will have touchscreen control, including pinch-scaling and finger scrolling.

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Keep 'Em Flyingback to top 

At AOPA Summit this week, a seminar about strategies for coping with aging aircraft drew an overflow crowd. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Marv Nuss, continued operational safety program manager for the FAA, for a quick overview of the issues.

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Beyond the Summit: Aviation Safety Reportsback to top 

Authorities in Canada's Northwest Territories are saying it's a miracle more people were not killed and injured when an Arctic Sunwest Airlines Twin Otter floatplane crashed on a busy downtown street in the Territories' capital city of Yellowknife just after the noon hour on Thursday. The two pilots aboard the big turboprop twin died in the crash and all seven passengers were hurt, some seriously. An unknown number of bystanders were hit by debris but none was believed to be seriously hurt. The aircraft was making its second attempt to land at a seaplane base on Great Slave lake when the crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. local time. More...

Friday, the NTSB released its preliminary report on the September 16 crash of Jimmy Leeward and his Unlimited Reno Racer, Galloping Ghost. The crash has so far been responsible for the death of Leeward and 10 of the spectators in attendance at the Reno Air Races where Leeward was flying in an Unlimited heat, that Friday. Aside from the deaths, the incident left 74 injured. According to the NTSB "some" of the eight people still hospitalized remained in critical condition at the time of their report. The report is factual in nature and does not attempt to identify causal factors. The NTSB does note that witness and photographic evidence "indicates that a piece of the airframe separated" from the aircraft after it turned away from the race course and before its final descent. More...

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A new seminar is introduced by Aeropodium and Airline Visions this October in London, UK. The event is hosted by Gates and Partners. A great opportunity to learn about airline business plan development. Themes include: Introduction to the Airline Industry, Generic vs. Airline Business Plan, Common Business Plan Mistakes, Non-Disclosure Agreement, Elements of the Airline Business Plan, Implementation Plan, Management and Support Team, Risk Factors, Capitalization Plan, Certification, Success Strategies. Click here to learn more and register.
Beyond the Summit: The High Cost of Businessback to top 

An arm of Canada's federal government has served a six-month eviction notice on a major aviation museum in the country's largest city. Workers at the Canadian Air and Space Museum in Toronto got to work last Tuesday to find the locks changed and an eviction notice on the door. The museum is on former Canadian Forces Base Downsview, which was closed decades ago. The airfield remains active as a private facility for Bombardier. The company builds Q400 airliners and business jets there but several hundred acres were designated as a park by the government and the museum occupies a sliver of those lands. The government-owned corporation that runs the park has struck a deal for the site with a developer who will put up a hockey and skating arena with four sheets of ice. The announcement stunned the local aviation community and prompted owners of some of the museum's artifacts to collect them. More...

The FAA Thursday proposed a $2.4 million fine for Cessna due to the company's failure to follow quality control measures in production of specific Corvalis parts built in Mexico. According to the FAA, on December 6, 2010, a high-performance four-seat composite fixed-gear Corvalis flown by an FAA test pilot experienced separation of a seven foot section of wing skin from the forward spar. That separation damaged the wing tank but the pilot was able to land safely. The flight led the FAA to ground 13 Corvalis aircraft and led to the discovery of other problems with production that all had one thing in common. More...

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Hey, You — We'd Like to Hear About Your Engine!back to top 

Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, would like to know. We're doing a survey on owner experiences with factory-new, factory-reman and factory-overhauled engines. (No field overhauls this time.) The survey will take about five minutes, and you can take it merely by cliking this link. More...

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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