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BRAZIL POLICE RAM SMUGGLING AIRCRAFT?
A Brazilian website
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an aircraft as the plane attempts to take off from a rural road, because
the plane was suspected of operating as part of a smuggling operation.
The video, shot from the back seat of the car, shows one man in the car
dressed in street clothes holding what appears to be a semi-automatic
weapon. As the car pursues the aircraft, the driver reportedly says
"Don't fire! I will hit the wing. Do not fire!" Soon after that the car
catches up with the single engine aircraft and appears to strike the
left wing, sending shattered glass into the car's cabin. One man exits
and the camera pans to show the low-wing single engine aircraft sitting
on a collapsed left main gear. The armed man exits and shouts at the
aircraft's occupants. Click through for video. More...
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The Senate has passed a bill that would
reinstate the Block Aircraft Registration Request program and allow
aircraft operators to prevent their flight information from being
displayed on aircraft-tracking websites. "We thank the Senate for
approving this bill," NBAA President Ed Bolen said on Wednesday,
"and we hope the House will finalize legislation to reinstate the
program as soon as possible." NBAA and AOPA have also challenged the
plan to dismantle BARR in the courts. More...
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DESIGNER LANDS AFTER HEART ATTACK
Steven R. Nusbaum, 65,
formerly listed as designer and president of American Homebuilts Corp.,
made a safe off-airport landing after suffering a heart attack while
flying in an experimental aircraft over a Chicago suburb, Tuesday.
Nusbaum had been flying near his home at roughly 5:30 p.m., and was
monitored by his son, Chance. Chance Nusbaum was monitoring the flight
as the airplane abruptly descended. He arrived on scene to find the
aircraft apparently undamaged with his father lying back in the seat.
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ERROR BLAMED IN RUSSIAN CRASH
One of the pilots in a Yak-42
that crashed during takeoff in September,
killing 44 people, apparently was pushing hard on a brake pedal while
pulling up on the yoke, investigators said on Wednesday. The
three-engine jet had been chartered by a hockey team heading to Minsk
for their season opener. "The take-off speed decision by the pilot --
190 km/h -- was 20 km/h less than that required for the actual takeoff
weight of 54 tons and nominal power regime of the engines," MAK
technical commission chairman Alexey Morozov told a news conference in
Moscow. It could not be determined which of the pilots was pressing on
the brake. More...
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SAYS FAA MISREAD ITS OWN REGS
A federal court has found that
the FAA misread its own regulations during its review of aviation
hazards presented by a proposed wind farm off Cape Cod in Massachusetts,
the Boston Herald reported on Friday. "The FAA
catapulted over the real issues and the analytical work required by its
handbook," the court said in its 14-page opinion (PDF). The FAA said last year the Cape Wind project's
130 440-foot-tall towers, in a 25-square-mile area of Nantucket Sound,
would present no hazard to air navigation. Opponents to the plan went to
court to say the FAA hadn't given enough weight to the impact on VFR
flights, and the court agreed. Project proponents said the FAA just
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CAUCUS ACTS TO STALL LIGHTSQUARED
Congressman Sam Graves,
R-Mo., chair of the House General Aviation Caucus, has asked the Federal
Communications Commission to shelve LightSquared's request for a waiver
until testing ensures that there will be no interference with all types
of GPS devices, Helicopter Association International said on Monday. The conflict over the LightSquared
deployment is intensifying, as the FCC is expected to rule by the end of
this month whether to allow the company to launch, according to NBAA. LightSquared, in a statement on Friday, reiterated its position that
it's up to the GPS industry to fix the interference problem by recalling
and upgrading their devices. More...
TRAINING REFORM IS HAPPENING
The Society of Aviation and
Flight Educators has heard back from government and industry
stakeholders on progress toward flight training reform and its
encouraged by the early results. SAFE, which held a two-day forum in
Atlanta last May to set goals for changing the way pilots learn to fly,
sent delegates away with homework to do after establishing six basic
benchmarks for improvement. In its Oct. 31 report (PDF),
it heard from nine companies and organizations. "SAFE is encouraged by
the comments received [and] the related training reforms that are
currently underway," the interim report says. More...
Garmin announced Tuesday it will
discontinue production of the popular GNS530W navigator beginning November 30, 2011. While
the GNS430W series product is still available, Garmin anticipates this
product will be discontinued in the first half of 2012. The news from
Garmin comes as no suprise to the avionics world after the company
recently introduced the next generation GTN600 and GTN700 series touch
screen navigators. Those who are happy with their 530s and 430s can
continue to use them for the foreseeable future. More...
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AMERICAN CHAMPION FACTORY TOUR
an age when composite airplanes rule, the rag-and-tube taildragger still
has a place in the market. In Rochester, Wisconsin, American Champion
Aircraft still builds the airplanes the way they always have, but with a
number of modern improvements. In this video, ACA owner Jerry Mehlhaff
gives us a factory tour and tells us about some of ACA's models.
the Aeronca Champion first appeared, it had 65 horsepower and was just
fast enough to get out of its own way. Into what is a very similar
airframe, American Champion has stuffed a 210hp Lycoming IO-390 to
produce ACA's latest model, the Denali Scout. AVweb's Paul
Bertorelli recently took a test flight in it, and here's his video
OF THE WEEK: PASCAN AVIATION (CYHU, MONTREAL, QUEBEC,
AVweb readers don't always pick the best time to
try a new FBO, and that was certainly the case when Ray C.
arrived at St. Hubert General Airport (CYHU) in Montreal, Quebec.
Despite a flurry of construction activity and business demanding
attention, the team Pascan Aviation impressed Ray by making time
to get him in and out of the FBO in style and that's why they're
our latest "FBO of the Week"!
Here's what Ray had to say about
When I arrived at
Pascan aviation they were enlarging their ramp, and there was lots of
activity with the construction. I flew in with a C-150, and immediately
I was greeted by two rampies who were helpful. One got my rental car,
and the other fueled my plane. Julie the receptionist was so helpful;
she got me a great room in a hotel downtown. Overall, [despite] the
activity going on that day there was also a Challenger on the
ramp I feel like I got the best service possible. The fuel price
was great, and the ramp fee was waived with the fuel purchase. I will be
going back there one day soon, that's for sure.
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OF THE WEEK WILL RETURN ON MONDAY
We're running a bit behind
with this week's batch of reader-submitted photos, but they'll be up on
the site during the day Thursday and we'll have a double-shot in
AVwebFlash next week, with "POTW" assortments on both the Monday
and Thursday issues. More...
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