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SAYS GPS TESTS 'RIGGED'
A panel of representatives from nine
government agencies said on Friday that LightSquared's proposed
broadband service would cause "significant interference with GPS" and
"there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations" that would
allow the two systems to co-exist. The National Space-Based Positioning,
Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee (PNT) told the Commerce
Department that no further testing of the system is needed. LightSquared
was quick to protest, and filed a conflict-of-interest complaint against
the "deeply flawed" process, claiming that PNT is biased in favor of GPS
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|The U.S. Navy's Been Doing This for a While,
AIRCRAFT LANDING ON A SHIP, 101 YEARS AGO
Now that it's 2012,
the Centennial of Naval Aviation is officially over, but the Navy
nonetheless took note this week that 101 years ago, on Jan. 18,
1911, a pilot landed his airplane on a ship for the first time. A
temporary platform, 120 by 30 feet, was built across the afterdeck of
the armored cruiser Pennsylvania, anchored off the San Francisco
waterfront. The ship's crew rigged a series of ropes across the platform
to catch hooks attached to the landing gear of Eugene Ely's Curtiss
Pusher biplane. Thousands of spectators lined the shore to watch the
historic attempt. Ely flew around the ship to set up the landing course,
then came in toward the stern. "Ely was prepared to handle the existing
tailwind, but apparently did not expect the updraft that struck his
lightly-loaded plane just as it reached the platform," says the Navy
website. "Fortunately, he responded quickly, dove, and snagged the
arresting gear about halfway up its length." More...
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IN AVIATION TO MEET IN DALLAS
Women in Aviation International
will hold their 23rd annual conference March 8 to 10, in Dallas, Texas,
offering seminars, workshops, networking events, and a commercial
exhibit area. The event brings together a wide range of aviation
professionals, educators and enthusiasts from around the world, and
welcomes men as well as women. The focus of the event is on networking
and building successful careers in a variety of aviation fields. The
show is also known for its closing banquet, when dozens of scholarships,
worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, are awarded to help women
advance in aviation careers. The event also showcases the annual
inductees to the Pioneer Hall of Fame. More...
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EXPO LAUNCHES THURSDAY
The eighth annual event for light
sport aircraft, the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, will be held Thursday
through Sunday this week in Sebring, Fla. The event features demo
flights, educational forums, social events, and aircraft displays. Under
new management this year, the show is expected to be a little more
upscale, while retaining its traditional focus on personal attention for
prospective buyers, with a wide range of LSA aircraft on display.
Thursday evening, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association hosts a
dinner gathering for all the vendors and players in the industry, with
special guest Rod Hightower, the president of EAA. AOPA President Craig
Fuller also will speak at a pilot town-hall event, followed by a
question-and-answer period. More...
TAILS FILM OPENS FRIDAY
Red Tails, the George
Lucas film about the famous Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, opens on
Friday, and aviators around the country are eager to see it -- if they
haven't already. Several advance screenings have been held, including
one in the family theater at the White House last Friday, where
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a group of Tuskegee
Airmen. Other Tuskegee groups around the country also have already
screened the film. "I think the movie should get maybe four or five
Oscars, at least," Arthur Green, president of a Detroit Tuskegee Airmen
group, told the Detroit Free Press.The critics, of course, also got
an advance look, and not all of them were won over. "Despite stunning
aerial scenes and good intentions," writes Tish Wells for McClatchy Newspapers, "Red
Tails is grounded by clumsy dialogue, a meandering plot and the
occasional jarring anachronism." More...
WINS KESTREL PLANT
Wisconsin has apparently outbid Maine in
attracting Kestrel Aircraft. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced
Monday that Kestrel's manufacturing and headquarters will be located in
Superior, just across the border from Kestrel CEO Alan Klapmeier's home
of Duluth, Minn. "I am pleased with the aggressive package we have put
forth in conjunction with strong local support to make this major job
creation contribution to Superior," Walker said in a news release. "This relocation will be a huge boost
to the Superior-area economy." Kestrel will get $22 million in direct
tax incentives from Wisconsin agencies and will be supported in
application for $90 million in federal tax credits. More...
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TEN PROTOTYPE FLIES
Cessna celebrated the first flight of its
Cessna Ten, a faster and updated version of the Citation X that may
preserve Cessna's title to the fastest business jet. Cessna says the Ten
will do 527 knots at maximum cruise with a maximum range of 3242 nm.
Although it looks like a Citation X, it's actually about 15 inches
longer and the Rolls Royce AE 3007C2 engines also give it a certified
ceiling of 51,000 feet. "Our first flight, today, was a great success.
We have a great team working on this project and I know they will take
this dominant aircraft up a notch," said Kelly Reich, business leader
for the Cessna Citation X and Ten, in a news release. More...
EYES MORE U.S. MILITARY CONTRACTS
Embraer is planning to bid
on at least three more U.S. Air Force contracts as it awaits word on the
legal challenge to its recent victory in the competition for a light air
support platform. In an interview with Reuters, Luiz Carlos Aguiar was
dismissive about Hawker Beechcraft's legal challenge to the contract
award, in which the Air Force chose Embraer's Super Tucano after kicking
Hawker Beech's AT-6B out of the competition. The Air Force has since
suspended work on the LAS project but Aguiar told Reuters he expects a
speedy decision by the courts to confirm the contract and allow
deliveries of the armed-to-the-teeth turboprop single to begin this year
from a plant in Jacksonville. "Our team is totally ready. No one was
deactivated," said Aguiar. "You just press the button and we go to
work." Aguiar said he expects the $950 million Super Tucano deal to be a
springboard for more international defense work for Embraer.
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OF THE WEEK: THUNDERBIRD AVIATION (FLYING CLOUD AIRPORT, MINNEAPOLIS,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Thunderbird Aviation at Flying Cloud Airport
(KFCM) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
AVweb reader Mark
Hegg told us about his recent visit:
Flew into Flying Cloud on a Friday in early
December 2011. They were expecting me and promptly guided me to a
convenient tie-down. I told them our departure would be Sunday at noon.
On Saturday a snow storm brought six inches of snow and cold temps. I
called them Sunday morning to inquire about pre-heat possibilities
before our departure. They said, "Don't worry; we had extra room in our
heated hangar, and your plane has been inside all weekend. No charge!"
When we arrived, they were just pulling the plane out and helped us load
up. Fuel was already done, as well. Fuel prices were very reasonable.
Their service was always cheerful, helpful, and efficient. I guess it's
true what they say: The colder the temperature, the warmer the
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