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REAUTHORIZATION COMPROMISED REACHED (?)
A compromise on an
arcane bit of labor law will likely result in a long-term
reauthorization bill approval in the next month or so. Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have
struck a deal that will require a public hearing if the National
Mediation Board wants to make changes to the Railway Act to make it
easier for airline employees to unionize. The Washington Post's
explanation is here. More...
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BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORDS
Sport Aviation Expo officials say this
year's show has set attendance records. Although no figures were
released, sunshine and warm temperatures in Sebring drew significant
crowds. At least one exhibitor reported brisk sales. Renegade Aircraft
said it sold at least three aircraft at the show. The weather also
boosted fly-in traffic and the normally sleepy central Florida airport
was among the nation's busiest for a couple of hours on Saturday.
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The successful Legal Aviation Workshop (LAW) on Aircraft Leasing and
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WEIGHT INCREASES FOR SAFETY EQUIPMENT?
Weight increases for
light sport aircraft may be intended to allow for the installation of
safety equipment, like ballistic parachutes, without affecting payload.
Whether the weight increase will open legacy trainers like the Cessna
150 and 152 to be included in the category, as many people have
suggested since the category was created in 2008, is not clear. In a podcast
interview at Light Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., Dan
Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association
(LAMA), told AVweb the weight increase proposal, which is at the
earliest stage of internal discussions at the FAA, may be compensation
for a joint proposal by EAA and AOPA to the FAA to relax medical
requirements for pilots of certified aircraft with no more than 180
horsepower. Many in the light sport sector were surprised and angered by
the proposal when it was announced last fall, particularly because there
was a lack of consultation, Johnson said. The weight increase idea could
be a sign that respect for light sport is growing, Johnson said.
ON WEIGHT INCREASE, NEW PILOTS
The FAA has opened "a
dialogue" about increasing the maximum weight for light sport aircraft
as a safety measure, Rod Hightower, the president of EAA, said Thursday.
In answer to a question following a speech at the Light Aircraft
Manufacturers Association, Hightower stressed the preliminary nature of
the FAA's consideration of the idea but he did acknowledge the idea is
being floated internally at the FAA. In a later
podcast interview, he called it an "interesting" opportunity to
possibly enhance flight safety but he also said it hadn't reached the
"discussion" stage. In the speech he told about 200 LAMA members that
EAA is refocusing to concentrate on its core mandates, including renewed
energy at the chapter level and encouraging new pilot starts.
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PROPOSAL LIKELY DELAYED: FULLER
A joint initiative by EAA and
AOPA to convince the FAA to offer medical certificate exemptions for
certain limited GA operations will likely be delayed while the agency
looks for a new administrator. In a town-hall meeting speech at Sport
Aviation Expo in Sebring on Friday, AOPA President Craig Fuller said
former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt's resignation after a
drunk-driving charge means the medical proposal will likely be shelved
for a few months until a new administrator has been named and is up to
speed. The joint proposal would exempt pilots flying day VFR in aircraft
with not more than 180 horsepower from the third-class medical
requirement. In a podcast
interview, Fuller said he would support an increase in the maximum
weight for light sport aircraft that is in the very earliest stages of
consideration by the FAA. EAA President Rod Hightower, in response to a
question from the floor, discussed the potential of a weight increase,
for safety purposes, during his speech to the Light Aircraft
Manufacturers Association (LAMA) dinner on Thursday. Fuller also dropped
some hints about the direction AOPA will be headed to improve student
pilot retention. More...
MEDICAL WAIVER PROPOSAL DELAYED
The sudden departure of FAA
Administrator Randy Babbitt has thrown a wrench into EAA and AOPA's
proposal for a waiver of medical requirements for those who fly certain
aircraft day VFR. AOPA President Craig Fuller spoke with
AVweb's Russ Niles at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring,
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HIGHTOWER AT SEBRING
EAA President Rod Hightower
keynoted the Sport Aviation Expo opening dinner Thursday and touched on
EAA's strategic realignment, new pilot promotion initiatives, and the
FAA's internal dialogue about a possible weight gain for light sport
aircraft. He spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles. More...
LSA EARNING RESPECT
The Light Sport sector has been around
for seven years and is earning a respected place in the general aviation
industry according to Dan Johnson, president of the Light
Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA). He spoke with AVweb's
Russ Niles at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.
HAIM AVIATION'S RETRO LSA
The LSA market doesn't lack for
choice, and walking the line at Sebring, one show-goer told us they sort
of all look alike. With a few exceptions, that's probably true. But one
that definitely doesn't look like the rest is The Sam from Haim
Aviation. It's a fast-build E-LSA kit powered by a Rotax that has a
funky 1930s retro look, complete with a greenhouse canopy and art deco
wheel pants. In this podcast, Haim's Thierry Zibi gave us the
rundown on this new project. More...
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CONDITIONING FOR LSAS
A Charlotte company has developed a
lightweight air conditioning system that could find applications in a
broad range of light aircraft. Corbi Air President Ron Corbi said that
when he started flying the Alto Light Sport aircraft his company
represents, he immediately recognized the need. "I wanted air
conditioning and I was told it wasn't available so I decided to find it
myself," he told AVweb. The answer came from a Colorado company
that put together a 22-pound system that will fit most light sport and
experimental aircraft. More...
CORBI AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM
The common wisdom in
aviation is that air conditioning is heavy. Corbi Aviation has proven
that effective air conditioning can come in a package that's light
enough (22-35 pounds, depending on application) to use in light sport
aircraft. The system was on display at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in
Sebring, Florida. More...
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One of the most
popular kitbuilt light sport aircraft is the Vans RV-12. Ken Scott took
AVweb through the airplane at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in
Sebring, Florida. More...
ALLEGRO COMES TO THE U.S.
Most light sport
aircraft are made in Eastern Europe, but there's a slight trend to bring
these airplanes to the U.S. for manufacture. One of the companies at the
fore of that trend is Allegro. At the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in
Sebring, AVweb talked to the company about its plans.
THE FK12 COMET BIPLANE
thing the light sport aircraft industry doesn't have much of is biplanes
and aerobats. But the F12 Comet is both. At the Sport Aivation Expo in
Sebring, AVweb talked to Mike Hansen of Hansen Air Group about
this German-designed East European import. Besides being the rare
aerobatic LSA, it will soon be getting Lycoming's new AEIO-233, a fully
aerobatic powerplant. More...
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OF THE WEEK: BIGHORN AIRWAYS (KSHR, SHERIDAN,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Bighorn
Airways at Sheridan County Airport (KSHR) in Sheridan,
AVweb reader Nick Tarasiuk recommended the
We arrived here on
January 14, a cold windy night, [and] were guided in and greeted and
tied down by Isaiah Bothamley. He pointed out an electrical outlet that
we could use to keep our engine warm, then called a shuttle out to pick
us up and take us to a nearby Holiday Inn hotel. He let us know that
this particular hotel had special rates for Bighorn and got us an
incredible rate. In the morning, when we arrived at the FBO, our
aircraft had been serviced and was ready to go. All this was done with
friendly smiles from everyone. Great job!
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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