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Zuccaro said on Friday. The distinction currently is often blurred,
Zuccaro said, especially for contract operators. He added that most
contract flights that are now flown as public-use actually could be
accomplished under FAA rules. Zuccaro took part in the NTSB
forum on public-use operations held on Wednesday and Thursday, last
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FLIGHT HONORS PEARL HARBOR DAY
We don't normally associate
general aviation aircraft with the events of Japan's attack on Pearl
Harbor, 70 years ago this week, but a flight instructor and student out
flying that day nearly collided with a Japanese Zero -- an event that
was re-enacted Wednesday morning in Las Vegas. Cornelia Fort and her
student were flying early on Dec. 6, 1941, above Honolulu in an
Interstate Cadet, when the Zero sped straight at her, and she took over
the controls to evade it. She immediately returned to the airport to
land, and later wrote that "another plane machine-gunned the ground in
front of me as I taxied back to the hangar." In commemoration of the
day, the current owner of the Cadet, airshow pilot Kent Pietsch, flew a
reenactment flight on Wednesday morning, with his brother Warren flying
the world's only active Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero fighter. More...
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FIRES UNION LEADER, SPARKS SICKOUT
Pilots at LIAT, a
Caribbean airline, this week took action, crippling their employer with
a sickout that cancelled 110 flights when their union leader was fired
shortly after suggesting that pilots' pensions had been mismanaged by
the airline. Captain Michael Blackburn had worked for LIAT for more than
35 years and chaired the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association
(LIALPA). In November, Blackburn, as head of LIALPA, sent a letter to
LIAT management stating that the carrier's decision to invest pilot
pension funds into a now-failed investment program went against a court
order and took place without consultation of company pilots. Blackburn
also made public derogatory statements about the airline. Soon
thereafter, the veteran captain was accused of a safety violation.
Monday, he was dismissed. His fellow pilots responded, Tuesday, with a
sickout action that cancelled nearly all LIAT flights. The union has
vowed that the fight is not over. More...
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FAA RULES FOR AIRBORNE ENERGY SYSTEMS
With more experimenters
seeking to test airborne wind-energy systems aloft, the FAA said on
Wednesday it has revised its policy to ensure the safety of the national
airspace. The experiments no longer will be evaluated under the rules
that govern moored balloons; instead, they must comply with the rules
for structures exceeding 200 feet above ground level. "The purpose of
this change in policy is to allow for the continued development of this
emerging technology and to provide the FAA with data regarding these
devices so that the safety and integrity of the NAS is maintained," the
FAA said. More...
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GETTING READY FOR GA
Last week the Civil Aviation
Administration of China unveiled more significant legislation to aid Chinese
GA growth. The release of the General Aviation Airport Construction
Standards (draft) for public commenting occurred on Nov. 30, the first
anniversary of the central government's official announcement for
airspace reform. (Click here to download the .DOC file.) These
standards are the country's first set of governing rules over the
definition, planning and construction of general aviation airports.
BOLEN VISITS AOPA CHINA
A group headed by NBAA President Ed
Bolen made its first stop in Beijing on Dec. 1 to visit AOPA China
and discuss their interests in the Chinese business aviation
market. In that meeting, Bolen's group met with Feng Zhang, Deputy
Director General of AOPA China. The groups expressed strong interest in
China's fast-growing market, especially within the economical and
political landscape of Beijing, where AOPA China is based. Mr. Zhang
expressed his view that public perception in China currently associates
business aviation with luxury and wealth as opposed to
productivity. Zhang noted that a clear shift of focus to business
aviation's utilitarian values is needed to gain more government backing
and broader market appeal. There were other concerns.
ADMINISTRATOR RANDY BABBITT RESIGNS
A release was posted Dec.
6, 2011, to the FAA website under the title, "Statement from Randy
Babbitt." That statement follows here in its entirety: "Today I
submitted my resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood and it has been
accepted. Serving as FAA Administrator has been an absolute honor and
the highlight of my professional career. But I am unwilling to let
anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7
days a week by my colleagues at the FAA. They run the finest and
safest aviation system in the world and I am grateful that I had the
opportunity to work alongside them. I am confident in their ability to
successfully carry out all of the critical safety initiatives underway
and the improvements that the FAA has planned. I also want to thank
Secretary LaHood for his leadership and dedication to the safety of the
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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...
JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 3)
Jeppesen has switched strongly to delivery of charts
via electronic means, and its new iPad app, Mobile FliteDeck, does the
heavy lifting. In this video, the final of three, AVweb's Paul
Bertorelli takes a video tour of the plate management part of the
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OF THE WEEK: U.S. AVIATION (KDTO, DENTON, TX)
AVweb reader Ron Huckins has our latest
top-notch FBO recommendation this week -- U.S.
Aviation at Denton Municipal Airport (KDTO) in Denton, Texas.
Ron recently made the switch to USA. for his regular trips to the area
and was surprised to discover that he's been missing out on a great
I have been traveling to
Denton, Texas from Wichita, Kansas about two to three times a month! I
had been using the other FBO until I found out that U.S. Aviation has
better service and excellent 100LL fuel prices at full service
cheaper than the other FBO that is self-service! [U.S.] even offered to
hangar my "old dog" 1958 Cessna 310 at no charge.
And this will be important again when I fly my 1951
Cessna 195 that is polished and would like it in a hangar. Darren, the
line manager, was there late on Sunday afternoon working for one of his
crew that called in sick! Now is that not a great guy to work with?!
Even had decent prices on rental cars and if you are a Hertz Gold
Member, it is even better! Thanks, U.S. Aviation at Denton! I will be
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