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aviation flights next year, on a trial basis. Starting in January,
airspace below 1,000 meters in northeastern, central, and southern China
will be open, as well as the airspace above six pilot cities, according
to China Daily. The new policy aims to stimulate the
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are hampered by the need for prior approvals that are complex and
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MISTAKES ROAD FOR RUNWAY
It's not unusual for a pilot to land
on a road in an emergency situation, but this week in Florida, a pilot
mistook a road for a nearby runway, and landed there in his fully
functional Cirrus SR22. The 23-year-old private pilot wasn't hurt, but
the airplane hit a couple of mailboxes and a fence, damaging the prop
and the wings. "I've never had an incident like this," Pasco County
Sheriff's Sergeant Leslie Strube told the local Fox news station. "He indicated he thought he was
landing over at Pilot Country [a nearby residential airstrip], and once
he was on the ground, he realized he was in the wrong spot." A look at
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OF RED BULL AIR RACES DELAYED
When the Red Bull Air Races
for the 2011 season, it was expected to be a one-year hiatus, but now
officials are saying the races won't return until 2013. "There will be
no races in 2012," spokeswoman Nadja Zele told RGJ.com. "A revamped concept and a fixed race
calendar will be revealed in 2013.
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working intensively to bring Red Bull Air Race back better than ever."
The Times of India recently reported that race
organizers have been conferring with officials in Mumbai about staging a
race there for the 2013 season. More...
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DEMAND FOR SMALLER BOEING, AIRBUS JETS
United Airlines, which
now includes Continental Airlines, is reportedly in talks with major
manufacturers to order up to 200 aircraft made up of Boeing and Airbus
models, possibly by year-end. The news, reported this week separately by
both Reuters and Bloomberg, comes hot on the heals of a "largest ever"
order for 230 Boeing aircraft announced last week by Jakarta-based
airline Lion Air, and a July order from Delta and AMR. The July deal
accounted for 460 aircraft split as 260 from Airbus and 200 from Boeing.
Industry analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group says U.S. carriers
have been lured by re-engined narrow-body airliners that offer them
competitive advantage. Aboulafia believes carriers are now jockeying for
early positions. United may be considering other factors, as well.
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HELMET-CAM FILMS FATAL CRASH
One of two low-time pilots used
a helmet-camera and filmed the crash that killed them both on July 10,
2010, near Oxfordshire, England, according to testimony by the Air
Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). The information came to light in
court and was reported by British news sources this week. Both pilots
had less than 200 hours of flight time with some aerobatic training when
they attempted a roll in a modified 1946 Stampe biplane. According to
the coroner, the video confirms that the pilot who wore the helmet-cam
was front-seat, but it does not help identify who was flying the
aircraft. Investigators say the pair lost control at 3,500 feet and
entered an inverted spin. AAIB senior inspector Andrew Blackie said the
pair would have had 15 seconds to recover. More...
CAUSE OF FATAL AIR SHOW CRASH UNCLEAR
Evidence shows that the
engine quit on Kyle Franklin's Waco during an air show in March,
but NTSB investigators had no luck finding out why, according to the
board's final report, published this week. Franklin's wife,
Amanda, who performed as a wingwalker in the show, suffered extensive
burns in the forced landing and died about two months later.
"Post-accident examination of the engine and its fuel system revealed no
anomalies that would have precluded normal operations," the NTSB
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VOICE" SOUGHT IN FAA CHART ISSUE
AOPA says it's hoping to
organize a "unified voice" from aviation chart providers for a Dec. 13
meeting in which the FAA will lay out at least some of its plans to
restructure the distribution of online navigation data. As AVweb
reported Nov. 13, the FAA intends to stop universal free access to
online products hosted by AeroNav. Instead, as of April 5, 2012, only
entities with signed distribution agreements will have access to the
downloads and there will be an as-yet undisclosed fee for those
downloads. In a posting on its website Tuesday, AOPA said it met
with FAA officials in August and October and will bring the issue up
again at an open house being held Dec. 6, a week ahead of the meeting
with stakeholders. The FAA has so far barred the media from attending
the Dec. 13 meeting. More...
PRICE CLIMBS, STANDARD FEATURES ADDED
Cessna has decided
there will be no plane-Jane Skycatchers and is boosting the base price
of the aircraft from $114,000 to a more feature-laden $149,000. However,
less than half of the hefty increase is due to making things like an
MFD, intercom and sun visor standard, features Cessna says most
customers were ordering anyway. Cessna's Dianne White told EAA that about $20,000 of the increase is
required to make the aircraft make money for the company. "The aviation
world is a whole different picture than when the Skycatcher was
announced and we must sell the airplane at a price that makes the
program sustainable," EAA quotes White as saying. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: D. B. COOPER REDUX
Does anybody really care
what happened to D.B. Cooper? Probably not, but today's 40th anniversary
of the hijacking and jump finds continuing speculation. Paul Bertorelli
thought he's chime in, too -- especially given the video reconstruction
pilot skydiver Dan Gryder put together this week. (If you've ever
wondered what $200,000 in small bills looks like, Gryder's will give you
an idea.) Read
more and join the conversation. More...
OF THE WEEK: WHAT HAPPENED TO D. B. COOPER?
Today is the 40th
anniversary of arguably the most famous hijacking of all time and one of
the most compelling mysteries of the last four decades. In
today's blog, Dan Gryder offers a video teasing a full explanation
of the crime, and our Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli notes there are
no shortage of questions and answers about the case. What do you think:
Did D.B. Cooper pull off the perfect crime?
week, we asked AVweb readers how the FAA's decision to begin
charging for flight data will affect them, if at all; click through to
see how they answered. More...
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HOW'S THAT GLASS PANEL WORKING OUT?
Our sister publication, Aviation
Consumer, is conducting a survey on owner experiences with early
model EFIS systems such as the Garmin G1000 and Avidyne Entegra
installed in OEM aircraft no newer that 2007. The magazine is interested
in finding out how these systems have held up in the field. For this
survey, we're interested only in OEM aircraft, not experimentals or LSAs
and not aftermarket glass. Click here to take the survey. More...
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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...
OF THE WEEK: GALAXY AVIATION (ST. AUGUSTINE AIRPORT,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Galaxy
Aviation at St. Augustine Airport (KSGJ) in St. Augustine,
AVweb reader Joe Jenkina recommended the
When my wife and I flew
in in our 182, we were greeted as if we were flying a jet. Kathy, Juan,
and all the staff made sure our car was out on the ramp with the A/C on.
Everyone we encountered from the Galaxy staff was courteous, and I
recommend them to anyone flying into KSGJ.
Keep those nominations
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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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