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made with the state of Florida and Indian River County to avoid paying
back some government incentives, TCPalm reported Thursday. In 2008,
Piper agreed to repay more than $1.5 million of a $10.7 million
incentive package it received from the state and county if it failed to
meet specific employment benchmarks. Piper has now written state
officials to ask forgiveness for those government investments. In a
letter to the state, Piper officials said, "This will help ensure the
company can successfully continue to manage its financial affairs and
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AND THE STEALTH DRONE (WITH VIDEO)
In a state TV
broadcast, Thursday, Iran showed off what it says is a U.S. drone
brought down in that country, but some observers have found reason to
question portions of that account. The video broadcast shows two men in
military garb walking around something that looks very much like an
RQ-170 Sentinel drone aircraft. U.S. officials believe Iran is in
possession of an RQ-170 that had been flown by the CIA and was lost over
the country last week. At least initially, they appear less convinced
that the object displayed in the video is that vehicle. U.S. officials
claim the aircraft they lost was likely brought down due to a technical
malfunction and did not immediately confirm that the video showed an
authentic drone. Iranian officials have their own explanation.
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SEEKS SPACEPORT STATUS
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has
sent a letter to the FAA seeking designation as a spaceport and the
ability to create facilities for that purpose. Colorado ranks third for
highest state revenue generated from the aerospace industry, according
to the governor. It also hosts 140 aerospace companies, the Air Force
Space Command headquarters and NORAD. The governor's target is Front
Range Airport, about 20 miles east of Denver. If federally approved,
Hickenlooper hopes to transform roughly 10,000 acres of land surrounding
the airport into fertile ground for spaceport support services and the
jobs that go with them. He appears to be hoping for a quick turnaround
from the FAA. More...
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TEAMS ANNOUNCE 2012 SCHEDULES
The Air Force Thunderbirds and
the Navy's Blue Angels released their 2012 schedules last week at the
International Council of Air Shows annual meeting in Las Vegas. Both
teams fly their first show in March -- the Angels at El Centro, Calif.,
and the Thunderbirds in Yuma, Ariz. The Thunderbirds also are scheduled
to fly at Sun 'n Fun, in Florida, March 31 and April 1. The ICAS
schedule can be downloaded here (PDF).
Besides the military teams, however, much of the season's schedule
remains to be filled -- the slot for EAA AirVenture, for example, is
nearly empty -- but you might find your favorite airshow on the 13-page
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The successful Legal Aviation Workshop (LAW) on Aircraft Leasing and
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issues and answer critical questions. The workshop will cover themes
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PASSENGERS "CHEWED THROUGH RESTRAINTS"
Air Canada officials
told authorities that two rowdy passengers who caused the diversion of a
Toronto-Beijing flight last week actually chewed threw the restraints
used by the crew and passengers to subdue them. The Vancouver Sun quotes CBC News as saying the
pair, a couple of IT executives on a business trip, were so out of hand
that the captain ordered the cabin "locked down" for 80 minutes as they
made a run for the nearest airport, Vancouver International, to offload
the troublemakers. George Campbell, 45, and Paul Wilson, 38, were
immediately hauled before a judge where they pleaded guilty to mischief
and were ordered to pay $72,000 in restitution. However, Air Canada has
tallied up its expenses and estimates the fiasco cost it $200,000, not
including a roughed-up flight attendant and a planeload of upset
HITS EMPTY SCHOOL
Authorities in the Philippines are focusing
on the fuel system of a Beech Queen Air that crashed into a school in
the Manila suburb of Paranaque City on Saturday killing at least 13
people, including 11 on the ground, and leveling the school. Only the
two pilots and one passenger were aboard the aircraft. Because it was a
Saturday, there were no classes and a much bigger loss of life was
avoided. The plane exploded on impact and caught the school building and
adjacent shanty homes on fire and it took three hours to quell the
flames. The pilots had requested an emergency landing shortly after
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JANUARY 12, 2011
Letter of the Week: Did Babbitt Have to
Babbitt's resignation: Randy Babbitt was the head of ALPA for years
and a former airline pilot. One of the wonderful accomplishments of ALPA
over the last two decades was the realization that alcoholism is a
disease and pilots who have run afoul of laws concerning driving,
flying, and alcohol may actually be suffering from an addiction that
affects health and judgment.
Airline pilots that I know who have
gone through "the program" and returned to duty are the some of the
safest, driest pilots on the line! Instead of a rush to judgment that
resulted in an early end to Randy Babbitt's career, I wish the FAA had
used this incident to further raise public awareness of the fact that
addiction can hit anyone and of the avenues available to help those who
have problems with alcohol.
Let's treat Babbitt the same way the
airlines treat pilots now: treatment for the addiction in a HIMS
program, resulting in an FAA administrator who is much wiser
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THE FAA AFTER BABBITT
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has
resigned after being arrested for driving while intoxicated. What does
that mean to the industry? Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA,
has known Randy Babbitt for roughly two decades. Bolen has been an
aviation industry insider -- acting in a position of influence -- for
just as long. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with him to discuss the
impact of Babbitt's departure.
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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
Our tower does periodic checks. About mid-day, I
heard on the scanner:
"Tower test for
tapes. One, two, three. Three, two, one. Test out."
"Salem tower, loud and clear. N12345."
"Aircraft N12345: Frequency change approved."
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