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RESPONDS TO NEW FAA FEES
by AVweb on Monday that the FAA plans to start charging for
digital aeronautical data that is now available free brought
quick reaction this week from the GA community. The board of the IMC
Club, based in Norwood, Mass., posted an online petition at
the White House website expressing opposition to the change. EAA said on
Wednesday the news has "pilots everywhere up in arms." AOPA said the
news has "sparked concern" throughout the industry. "We are anxious to
see the FAA's proposal and will work to mitigate any impact on our
members," said Heidi Williams, AOPA senior director of airspace and
modernization. Representatives from the industry and the FAA will meet
on December 13 in Maryland to discuss the policy. Changes are not
scheduled to take effect until April 5 of next year. More...
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FINE FOR RAMP DELAY
American Eagle has been fined $900,000
for holding passengers on the ramp for more than three hours, the
Department of Transportation said on Monday. This is the first time a fine has
been assessed since the "tarmac-delay rule" went into effect in April
2010. American Eagle, a regional carrier affiliated with American
Airlines, kept 608 passengers on board 15 flights for delays of up to 3
hours and 45 minutes at O'Hare International Airport on May 29. "We
wanted to make sure the penalty was sufficient enough to send a message
to other airlines that our first enforcement sets a precedent, and that
these are serious matters," DOT Secretary Ray LaHood told The New York Times. It could have been worse --
under the law, the airline could have been fined $27,500 for each
passenger, totaling $16.7 million for the violation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: RAMP DELAYS EDUCATE US
The DOT decided
to get the airlines' attention by fining American Eagle $900,000 for
ramp delays longer than three hours. It sure succeeded, but now the
airlines may be canceling more flights as a result. If you're a
passenger, you live in the Village of the Damned and in his
latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli asks
though in the know to explain why the airlines are having such a hard
time hitting the target on this new requirement. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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|FAA, Light Sport Market Still Sussing Out
SEEKS "ACCOUNTABILITY" FROM LSA INDUSTRY
An FAA official
expressed concern at a recent industry meeting that light sport aircraft
manufacturers need to do a better job of documenting their compliance
with ASTM standards, EAA said last week. Earl Lawrence, the manager of the
FAA Small Airplane Directorate, said it's important to get these basic
tasks done right if the category is to be expanded, as some in the
industry have proposed. The FAA is not interested in replacing the ASTM
process with FAA certification, Lawrence said, but wants to see a
successful, industry-led compliance and audit system in place. Dan
Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, told
AVweb that LAMA has proposed mandatory third-party audits to
address these issues. More...
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PILOTS CITE SAFETY CONCERNS
United Airlines pilots Tuesday
released a 105-page report that blames lapses in flight safety on new
procedures and poor training, according to The Associated Press. The
report came from the pilots' union, the Air Line Pilots Association. The
union is currently working through contract negotiations with United. In
September, the union sought a judge's ruling to block the new training
procedures. At that time, the union said the FAA was not properly
monitoring safety. According to the new report, new procedures are so
distracting that three separate flight crews almost landed gear up while
trying to negotiate checklists. United management has a different
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SUBSIDIARIES SUE IRS
Four subsidiaries of NetJets are suing
the IRS for a total of $643 million, saying that the agency wrongly
applied ticket tax to the private flight operations they manage.
According to the subsidiary companies, they do not act to transport the
people that own the aircraft they manage but act as agents to assist
owners in transporting themselves. The ticket tax, say the companies,
should not apply to private owners or fees paid to operate and maintain
privately owned aircraft. And by that argument, the IRS owes them.
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The CEO of Diamond Aircraft's Canadian
operations in London, Ontario, says the takeover of the company is good
news for the workers and will ensure the D-JET gets to market. It was
announced Monday that a majority interest in Diamond was acquired by
Medrar Financial Group, of Dubai, for an undisclosed sum. In an interview with the London Free Press on Tuesday,
Peter Maurer said the company will benefit in several ways from the
purchase. "This gives us the financial strength to complete the (D-JET)
program," Maurer said. "We're getting expertise in business and the
financial side." Diamond has 220 workers at the London plant and Maurer
said another 200 could be added if the D-JET sells well. The deal also
includes the piston products made by the company. More...
AIRLINES IN CRISIS
Depressing financial results from India's
second largest airline Tuesday intensified debate about the future of
the industry and the level of government involvement. Kingfisher
Airlines, owned by liquor mogul Vijay Mallya, who More...
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QANTAS UPSET WAS OLD NEWS
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PREMIER EDITION DIAMOND DA40 FLIGHT TRIAL
Diamond's DA40 Star is a popular entry-level and
midspeed cruiser, but it lacks air conditioning and other options. Fort
Lauderdale's Premier Aircraft added a rich options list to the airplane,
and in this report, Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli took a
trial flight. More...
JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 1)
summer, Jeppesen rolled out its iPad-based Mobile FliteDeck, a complete
chart manager system for owners who already subscribe to Jeppesen's
electronic charting products. In this video, AVweb launches the
first of three Product Minutes to review the new app. More...
JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 2)
Jeppesen's new Mobile FliteDeck is a route-based app
that compiles approach plates and procedures from Jeppesen's charting
materials. In this video, part two of three, Paul Bertorelli takes a
look at how its route functions work. More...
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OF THE WEEK: YELVINGTON JET AVIATION, INC. (DAYTONA BEACH,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Yelvington Jet Aviation
Inc. at Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB) in Daytona
AVweb reader Dave Gillespie
nominated the FBO and shared his outstanding experience if memory of the
FBO's manager, Mike Fuller:
We landed our helicopter and were met by a beautiful young lady
marshaller, then picked up by FBO manager Mike Fuller and
delivered to the front door to a waiting Suburban, whereupon we were
given an escort around the airport to the entry gate by two Daytona
Beach motorcycle policmen! We were even given a cell to call for our
return trip. Mike's courteous and exceptional service was the best I've
ever seen in over 35 years flying. He will be missed. He was
unfortunatly killed last weekend in a T-34 accident. The FBO community
and aviation as a whole has lost one of the best. Godspeed,
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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...
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