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RULING ON AVGAS EXPECTED SOON
A federal judge in California
has asked for more information before deciding whether to dismiss a case
affecting the sale of avgas in California, the National Air
Transportation Association reported this week. In a hearing last week in
Fresno, Judge Anthony Ishii requested additional briefings to be filed
by Wednesday before ruling on a motion to dismiss the case. His decision
is expected within a week. The case was brought by a coalition of
California FBOs and avgas distributors, who have asked the court to
derail a suit brought by the Center for Environmental Health over the
sale of leaded avgas. More...
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X-47B DRONE FLIES GEAR UP
The Navy's project to develop a
tailless drone that can take off and land from ships at sea reached a
milestone recently when the X-47B test aircraft retracted its landing
gear and flew in cruise configuration for the first time. The successful
test took place at Edwards Air Force Base in California on September 30,
the Navy said this week. "Reaching this critical test point demonstrates
the growing maturity of the air system, and its readiness to move to the
next phase of flight testing," said Janis Pamiljans, program manager for
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RACER BEATS HUGHES SPEED RECORD
Flying at 407 mph, Will
Whiteside on Monday shattered a three-kilometer speed record that had
previously been set by Howard Hughes in 1935 in his H1 racer, and which
had since been broken only by the H1 racer replica, in 2002. Whiteside's
Yak model 3U, which has been continuously refined over the last six
years, beat the H1 replica's speed by 102 mph. The flight for the record
speed over a three-kilometer closed course by a piston aircraft under
6,600 pounds was monitored by a representative of the National
Aeronautic Association, but the result won't be official until it's
vetted and accepted by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.
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100 TO PROMOTE SCIENCE EDUCATION
Embraer, together with
philanthropist Fabio Alexander, announced this week at the NBAA
convention that it will provide a Phenom 100 business jet to Barrington
Irving's Experience Aviation educational program for use as a
flying classroom. Irving will fly the jet around the world while
engaging students via live video feed and encouraging them to pursue
education in science, technology, engineering, and math. Students also
will learn about history, geography, weather, and culture. The project
will reach more than one million students around the world, according to
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PIAGGIO P.180 AVANTI II
the most unusual-looking aircraft flying and shown at the static display
during the 2011 NBAA convention in Las Vegas, the Avanti II is an
all-Italian twin-turboprop airplane. Manufacturer Piaggio Aero says the
Avanti II offers superior speed per horsepower and larger interior cabin
dimensions than its competition in the turboprop segment.
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OF THE WEEK: NBAA'S TOP STORY
We've just wrapped up our
coverage of the 2011 NBAA
Convention in Las Vegas, and now we'd like to hear from you. What do
think the big news out of NBAA was?
Plus: Last week, we
asked AVweb if the FAA was on track with mandating 700 hours of
flight time for first officers on airlines; click through to see the
breakdown of answers. More...
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OF THE WEEK: HENRIKSEN JET CENTER (KEDC, PFLUGERVILLE,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Henriksen Jet Center at Austin Executive
Airport (KEDC) in Pflugerville, Texas.
William Mills visited KEDC on a trip with his his daughter this
summer and had a great experience:
Austin Executive Airport ... was nearly as conveniently located
to where we needed to go as any other airport, and the brand-new
facilities looked very nice and offered the services we would need. When
we arrived (on a day that was already quite warm and promised to get
much hotter), we were met on the taxiway by a "follow me" cart and led
to parking underneath their large covered awning, just like the big
boys. We were marshalled in by several linemen, and when we shut down
and got out, our rental car was beside the airplane, running and air
conditioning fired up. [Their] facilities are amazing, with a genuine
Rolls Royce Olympus turbojet engine (from a Concorde) in the lobby. When
we arrived back for departure, they took an air-conditioning cart out to
the airplane and had it cooling down the inside -- definitely much
appreciated. [The] entire staff was extremely friendly and couldn't do
enough to make our stay as pleasant and comfortable as they could.
Definitely will revisit [when] going back to Austin.
Keep those nominations
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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