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THREATENS LEGAL ACTION IF SYSTEM DENIED
LightSquared says it
will take legal action if the FCC rejects its plan to build a nationwide
wireless broadband system in the U.S. that the GPS industry and
Department of Defense says will interfere with GPS signals. In its most
aggressive move so far, LightSquared wrote a letter (PDF) to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski reiterating
the company's position that the faulty design and performance of the
majority of GPS receivers is responsible for the interference detected
in a series of tests earlier this year. Lightsquared then called a news
conference to throw down the legal gauntlet. "If it is impossible to get
a decision on this that allows us to go forward, I think our way forward
is pretty clear, that we then have to insist on our legal rights,"
Lightsquared VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs Jeff Carlisle is
quoted by ExecutiveGov as telling reporters. "If you have to
be the bad guy, and go out and start
insisting on your property
line, well, then that's what we'll do." The FCC has ordered more testing
and the results are due Nov. 30. More...
Aircraft Spruce Annual West
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Lots of opportunities to win raffle prizes from some of your favorite
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BILL NOW COVERS FLIGHT TRAINING
As of Oct. 1, changes to the
Post-9/11 GI Bill have taken effect that include flight-training
benefits for veterans. The new benefits aim to provide support for
short-term vocational training in addition to the traditional
college-degree programs. The change is not expected to create a major
new wave of pilots, however, as happened in the post-World War II era.
Only 160 veterans per year, out of about 13,000 who are expected to use
the new vocational benefits, will likely enroll in flight schools, the
Army Times reported. The benefits will pay up to
$10,000 per year to cover flight-school fees and tuition. The bill also
provides some housing subsidies and pays tuition for some online courses
as well. More...
RECOMMENDS CHANGES IN ATC TRAINING
An independent panel has
reviewed how the FAA hires and trains air traffic controllers, and this
week released a report (PDF) with 50 recommendations for improvements. The
panel, made up of five experts in the field, including one from the FAA
and one from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association,
recommended that the FAA should expand its use of mobile simulator labs,
establish a yearly refresher training course for senior controllers who
act as trainers, and more closely oversee the curriculum of ATC training
programs in colleges around the country. "This report shows us we are
doing a great job, but there are things we can and will do better," said
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. More...
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AWARDS $1.35 MILLION FOR EFFICIENT FLIGHT
NASA Awards $1.35
Million For Efficient FlightFirst place in NASA's Green Flight Challenge
went to Pipistrel-USA, for a prize of $1.35 million, and the
second-place prize of $120,000 went to team eGenius, NASA announced on
Monday. The prize purse was the biggest ever awarded for an aviation
competition, according to NASA. To win, the aircraft had to fly 200
miles in less than two hours and use less than one gallon of fuel per
occupant, or the equivalent in electricity. Pipistrel's Taurus G4
achieved fuel efficiency of 403 passenger miles per gallon at a speed of
107 mph. The results show that "battery-powered electric flight is
feasible for general aviation aircraft," according to Pipistrel team
leader Jack Langelaan. More...
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EXPECTED IN NAS BY 2013
Facing increasing pressure from both
industry and the military to allow greater freedom to unmanned aerial
vehicles, the FAA is expected to start integrating small UAVs (generally
55 pounds or less) into the National Airspace System as soon as 2013,
the National Defense Industrial Association said this
week. The FAA formed a committee in June to create rules that would
govern that integration. Rick Prosek, manager of the FAA's unmanned
aircraft program office, told NDIA at a recent conference, "We are
plowing through the small-UAS rule to put that on the street." Under
current rules, anyone who wants to fly a UAV of any size freely in the
NAS must obtain an FAA waiver. The proposed new rules could be published
as soon as December. More...
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YORK POLITICIAN WANTS "TOURIST FLIGHT BAN"
A New York
politician is calling for a ban on "tourist flights" by helicopters over
an unspecified area of the city following Tuesday's fatal
crash on the East River. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) told CBS 2, whose Chopper 2 was among the first to hover
over the scene of the crash, that she's concerned all those helicopters
flying around aren't safe. "I have written the FAA to see if the
frequent numbers of helicopters going across the East River and in that
vicinity is safe or not. Thank heavens they weren't going over
buildings... or there would be a tremendous loss of life," It's not
clear how Maloney would distinguish between "tourist flights" and other
helicopter traffic or how the flight in question might meet her
criteria. The Bell 206 that crashed was privately owned by the pilot and
all on board knew each other. The flight had been arranged to celebrate
the birthdays of two of the occupants. While the pilot Paul Dudley was
local, two of the passengers, including Sonia Marra Nicholson, who died,
were from Australia and the others were British citizens living in
Portugal. Some reports say Dudley is blaming the crash on a mechanical
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THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING
SuperJet International will be among
the prominent presenters as the National
Business Aviation Association convention gets under way next week in
Las Vegas. The company will be promoting a business version of the
SuperJet regional airliner it is building as a joint venture between
Russia's Sukhoi and Italy's Alenia. The SuperJet business variant was
announced earlier this year and NBAA is the first North American
exposure to the product. It's an example of the globalization of the
bizjet industry where countries like Russia and China used to come
shopping but are now coming to sell. Two Chinese organizations are also
on the agenda for NBAA, including aircraft sales and brokerage firm
China Business Aviation Group and China Civil Aviation Report, a
magazine devoted to non-military flying in the country. Cessna may be
the only company with a truly new aircraft to introduce at NBAA.
WARS LOOMING IN EUROPE?
Business aviation in Europe is
rallying against recommendations in a consultant's report that, if
implemented, could sharply reduce access to some European airports. The
Steer Davies and Gleave Impace Assessment report to the European
Commission recommends that airport slots be allocated purely based on
the number of passengers on board each aircraft. The European Business
Aviation Association calls the proposal simplistic and says it could
seriously disrupt business aviation. "This report is blind to the full
impact of the entire aviation industry on local and regional economies,"
EBAA President Brian Humphries said in a speech to the European Airport
Coordinators Association. "All of its arguments are based on the premise
that maximum passenger throughput is the be-all and end-all, and as a
result, it consistently seeks ways that passenger throughput can be
maximized, regardless of the economic impact on sectors other than
airports and airline.," More...
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ELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL'S MVP50 ENGINE MONITOR
Electronics International has had great sales success
wit its large-screen engine monitor, the MVP50. In this video,
AVweb's Paul Bertorelli takes a test flight to see how it works.
The MVP50 has proven popular because it fits well with aftermarket glass
products likes the Garmin G500/600 line and the Aspen Evolution system.
'IFR' MAGAZINE LEARNS HOW JEPPESEN PRINTS APPROACH PLATES
Jeppesen prints half the approach
plates they used to -- one billion sheets per year instead of two
billion. But they've also changed the way they print many of them. Any
custom order, from trip kits to new manuals, gets printed similarly to
how you might at home. Just bigger. And faster. And more.
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OF THE WEEK: GLACIER JET CENTER (KPGI, KALISPELL,
It's been a busy week for FBO nominations on
AVweb.com -- but when all was said and done, we had to give this
week's blue ribbon to Glacier Jet Center at Glacier Park
International Airport (KPGI) in Kalispell, Montana.
reader Mark Fryburg had high praise for the staff and facilities
Best FBO service
I've ever received in my 29 yeas of light aircraft flying. From my first
e-mail to book a tie-down and rental car through ramp service and
tourism advice, they constantly offered to help and promptly delivered
on their promises. A three-man ramp crew greeted us to park, fuel, and
unload our Debonair then load luggage in the car. The front desk staff
was equally helpful. Everything was delivered on time and as promised.
Everyone was courteous and friendly. And my non-pilot wife felt
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...
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