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CONSUMER: LSA SHOPPERS FACE FINANCING CHALLENGES
the market for a light sport aircraft have lots of choices, but
according to a report in the February issue of Aviation Consumer,
those choices get thin when it comes to finding a loan. "The LSA
industry is stuck in a Catch-22," the report found, "where low volume of
sales hinders financing, but the impediments to financing hinder sales
volume." The impact of the credit crunch is widely variable.
Well-qualified buyers are most likely to find financing for well-known
LSA models that can show a track record of holding their value. But the
report concludes that financing for less-common models or commercial use
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DRONE USE SPARKS LAWSUIT
The Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF) Tuesday filed papers seeking to force the FAA to release
information about use of drone aircraft and the identity of entities
allowed to fly them inside the U.S. above an altitude of 400 feet. That
specific kind of operation requires authorization from the FAA and as
yet, the FAA has not made public any information regarding who has been
granted the authorizations and how those recipients are using approved
aircraft. Last April, the EFF sought records through the Freedom of
Information Act and says it has not seen a response from either the FAA
or the larger DOT. The use of drones in surveillance of U.S. citizens is
not theoretical, according to at least one report. More...
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CONTROLLER CLEARS 737 INTO PATH OF LEARJET (AUDIO)
been released of an event that took place at Chicago Midway Airport and
appears to show that Midway tower controllers cleared a Southwest 737 to
cross a runway into the path of a jet that was taking off. The event
involved Southwest Flight 844, a Boeing 737, and a Learjet. Together,
the two aircraft carried 85 people. According to the NTSB, "Air traffic
control did not cancel the takeoff clearance of the (Learjet) nor direct
the (Southwest plane) to hold short of Runway 31R," the Washington Post
reported. As the Southwest jet approached the intersection, its crew
spotted the Lear on its departure roll. The Southwest crew stopped short
and "the thing went right over our head." The NTSB calculated separation
at 287 feet with the Lear passing 62 feet overhead. The Southwest crew
then called the tower and may have gotten a response they were not
AeroExpo UK: 25-27 May
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from all the major manufacturers to gliders and power gliders;
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BEECH RAMPS UP FIGHT WITH AIR FORCE
Hawker Beechcraft CEO
Bill Boisture vowed the company will fight vigorously to overturn an Air
Force decision to exclude its AT-6B from the bidding for a light air
support platform. "We won't go away quietly," Boisture said in an
interview. In a podcast
interview with AVweb, he said his company has sold hundreds
of aircraft to the Department of Defense and it has never handled a bid
in the way the LAS competition was dealt with. He said the DOD
constantly changed bid criteria and processes without properly notifying
Hawker Beechcraft and finally excluded the AT-6B from the competition
days before awarding the deal to Embraer and its Super Tucano. Hawker
Beechcraft has filed suit in Federal Claims Court alleging the bid was
mishandled by the DOD. More...
WICHITA EXPANSION ANNOUNCED
Bombardier formally announced
expansion plans for its Wichita facilities Tuesday, saying it will add
about 450 jobs as it ramps up for production of the Learjet 85. At a
news conference, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he said the state was
providing $16 million in incentives toward the expansion, which will
start with a $52.7 million for paint, preflight and delivery facilities.
The city and county governments in Wichita are chipping in $1 million
each. That's in addition to the $600 million the company has already
sunk into development and infrastructure for the Learjet 85.
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OF THE WEEK: ORZEL AVIATION SERVICES (ST. CLAIR AIRPORT, PORT HURON,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" is Orzel
Aviation Services at St. Clair County International Airport
(PHN) in Port Huron, Michigan.
AVweb reader Hella
Comat explains how the Orzel team bent over backward to make a
recent visit outstanding:
and Rick at Orzel couldn't have been more helpful or friendlier. They
were able to arrange overnight hangarage, accept a shipped parcel for
me, find out about taxi services, and generally be as accommodating as
possible on my recent stop there. Thanks so much!
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next Monday! More...
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GOT AN OILY HANGAR FLOOR? THIS STUFF CAN SPRUCE IT UP
us dream of a gleaming gray expoxy-coated hangar floor illuminated by
the glare of bright lights. But most of us actually have oil-stained
concrete, dingy from years of abuse. If your floor is stained badly, a
product called ReKrete can help improve it. Aviation Consumer's
Paul Bertorelli demonstrates the product in this brief video.
F-106 CORN FIELD BOMBER, CONVAIR DELTA DART
an unusual story. The jet you're looking at is an F-106 Delta Dart. A
storied interceptor in its day, it was built to exceed an Air Force
requirement for 1.9 mach and continuous flight at 57,000 feet. It did
both. And in December 1959, it set a speed record, of 1,525 mph, or
about 2.3 mach, while flying at 40,000 feet. Its pilot at the time,
Major Joseph Rogers, claimed the record might not be accurate. He was
still accelerating, he said, at the time. But this particular jet is
famous for a different reason. More...
I heard this on a recent trip into New York's JFK
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