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SUBCOMMITTEE SUGGESTS GPS PROTECTIONS
announced Wednesday that "further investment cannot be justified at
this time" to help LightSquared gain approval for its wireless broadband
system and new GPS standards may be coming, Inside GNSS reported. The
words were delivered by U.S. deputy Secretary of Transportation John
Porcari in an aviation subcommittee hearing. Porcari concluded that
LightSquared's most recent proposals were "simply not practical."
LightSquared on Tuesday had asked the FCC to create technical standards
that could protect GPS receivers from interference in the case that
neighboring spectrums, such as those eyed by LightSquared, were
utilized. And there may be some movement in that direction, perhaps not
in the way LightSquared had hoped. More...
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AOPA MOVING FORWARD WITH MEDICAL CHANGE REQUEST
AOPA and EAA
are on track to submit a request to the FAA within the next one to two
months, asking the agency to allow more pilots to fly without a medical
certificate, AOPA said this week. Once the request gets to the FAA,
however, the groups expect some delay, due to the recent resignation of
Administrator Randy Babbitt and his replacement with an interim
administrator. "AOPA and EAA strongly believe the exemption they plan to
request is the next logical step in the journey begun when the FAA
permitted sport pilots to use the driver's license medical standard,"
AOPA told AVweb this week. "Further, the associations believe the
exemption will maintain or enhance aviation safety by improving
knowledge and awareness of aeromedical factors through recurrent
education for all pilots utilizing the exemption, and by encouraging
pilots to continue flying aircraft with which they are already
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PLANE CRASHES IN CALIFORNIA
A Cessna 172 that was stolen in
Concord, Calif., over the weekend, crashed Sunday afternoon near Fresno,
killing the person at the controls, who NTSB investigators said was not
certified to fly the airplane. Felix Boston, of Walnut Creek, owned the
airplane, and told the Fresno Bee he was unaware it was missing until he
got a call from the NTSB. The 172 severed power lines and crashed into
the bank of a canal, just about a quarter mile from a new housing
development. The person who died has not been identified, but a local TV
station described him as "a parolee in his 40s or 50s."
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|Unions, FAA, and Some Uncomfortable Compromise||back to
FUNDING BILL AND THE LABOR HURDLE
Long-term funding has
finally returned to the FAA after a half-decade hiatus, and the bill
will fund system upgrades, initiate a pathway for domestic drone use,
and also address a key sticking point -- rules that affect pilot unions.
Last summer, Congressional-level disagreements over language that would
alter how airline workers could unionize and operate in part led to a temporary
shut-down of non-essential operations at the FAA. For some time, it
was thought that an agreement on long-term funding for the FAA would
bypass labor issues, but the new bill does make changes to current union
rules. For its part, ALPA criticized the bill for its inclusion of
"provisions unrelated to aviation safety" but said that "the compromise
was necessary to set the stage for the passage of this extremely
important funding bill." Other unions were not as accepting.
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BULL HIGH-ALTITUDE JUMP BACK ON TRACK
A plan to fly to
120,000 feet in a helium balloon then parachute back to Earth is back on
schedule this week after a long hiatus, Red Bull said on Tuesday. The
Red Bull Stratos team is working with Col. Joe Kittinger to break the
record he set 52 years ago for the longest jump. The effort began in
2005 but was put
on hold in 2010 while a legal challenge was sorted out. The dispute
was settled out of court, a Red Bull spokesperson told AVweb, and
the team is now making final preparations for the record attempt, to
take place in Roswell, N.M. Felix Baumgartner, a certificated helicopter
and balloon pilot and record-setting B.A.S.E. jumper, will make the
AVIATION MOVIE IN THE WORKS
Hollywood's aviation films often
prove disappointing to aviators -- though it might be argued that a bad
flying film is still better than none -- and another one now in the
works, starring Denzel Washington, provides a fresh chance to see if
Hollywood can portray the life of a pilot in a way that rings true.
Flight, which started production last October, tells the story of
an airline pilot, played by Washington, who becomes a hero after coping
with an in-flight emergency but then is revealed to have problems with
drugs and alcohol. The director is Robert Zemeckis, who also directed
Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, and Cast Away.
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ANNOUNCED FOR COLLIER TROPHY
Four nominees were
named last week by the National Aeronautic Association for the 2011
Robert J. Collier Trophy, which honors the "greatest achievement in
aeronautics or astronautics in America." The nominees are: Boeing's 787
Dreamliner, the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy, the Gamera human-powered
helicopter, and Pipistrel's Taurus G4 electric-powered airplane. "We are
very proud of the nominations we received for the 2011 Collier Trophy,"
said NAA Chairman Walter J. Boyne. "Each of them -- in their own
way -- mark significant progress in the advancement of aviation and
aerospace on the planet, and we certainly welcome them to the Collier
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CEO AT HAWKER BEECHCRAFT
Hawker Beechcraft's board of
directors has named high-profile corporate fix-it man Steve Miller as
new CEO of Hawker Beechcraft Inc., shifting former CEO Bill Boisture to
the role of chairman of the company's operating subsidiary Hawker
Beechcraft Corp. Miller was tapped to take over as chairman of American
International Group (AIG) 18 months ago to help it continue its return
to profitability and pay back more than $130 billion bailout money to
the U.S. government. Known as "The Turnaround Kid" on Wall Street (he's
70), Miller has headed up companies like Bethlehem Steel and Delphi
Corp. as they emerged from bankruptcy. Hawker Beech is still solvent but
it has asked creditors for concessions on the terms of its operating
line of credit. More...
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OF THE WEEK: COLLIER NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Who do you like for
most prestigious prize for, as the Collier folks say, "the
greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with
respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or
space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by
actual use during the preceding year"?
week, we asked AVweb readers if there were circumstances under
which pilots should face criminal charges for pilot error; click through
to see the breakdown of answers. More...
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WHERE'S MY FLYING CAR?
A practical flying
car with everyman usability has so far eluded the public, but we may
have already been introduced to a design that could lead to a
breakthrough. Some of the major challenges of producing a point-to-point
simple and safe to operate vehicle are technological in nature.
Autonomous navigation (enter the destination, press a button, and allow
the vehicle to navigate, communicate with, and autonomously avoid other
aircraft) may be one key to safely organizing masses of flying vehicles
in the same airspace. And as society progresses, the gap between the
dream and reality may be shrinking. More...
OF THE WEEK: GOLDEN EAGLE AVIATION (K06A, TUSKEGEE,
AVweb's newest "FBO of the Week" is Golden Eagle Aviation at Moton Field
Municipal Airport (06A) in Tuskegee, Alabama. Reader Billy
Tyndall tells us how an unplanned stopover made Golden Eagle a
standard by which other FBOs are measured:
On a cross-country flight in my Sport Cub
from North Carolina to Arizona, I encountered adverse weather and landed
at Moton Field Municipal Airport in Tuskegee, Alabama to wait it out.
The rain which arrived took three days to pass, and during that time the
staff at Golden Eagle Aviation made those days the most enjoyable of the
trip. Sylvester and Minnie run the FBO with such personality and warmth
that transient pilots immediately feel at home. They helped us with the
standard FBO offerings, such as avgas, computer access, and coffee, and
went further to see that we found the cultural and culinary assests of
Tuskegee, which were many. When it was time to leave, Sylvester
improvised an apparatus to preheat the cold engine in the Cub, even
though the climate in Tuskegee doesn't normally require preheating
engines. He went the extra mile to get us back in the air, and we'll
remember his FBO for their caring actions!
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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