Aircraft Spruce at the WAA
Aviation Conference & Trade Show
Come join Aircraft Spruce
in Puyallup, Washington (booths
115-116) on February 25
from 9:00am to
5:30pm and February 26
from 10:00am to
4:00pm. Take advantage of some of your favorite products on sale,
complimentary ground shipping (doesn't apply to hazardous or oversized
products), and Aircraft Spruce staff on site to answer all questions.
Call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE
FAA BEHIND SCHEDULE, OVER BUDGET ON NEXTGEN
The FAA needs to
improve its management practices to ensure that the NextGen air traffic
system is implemented without further cost overruns and delays, the
Government Accountability Office said in a report
released this week. The GAO reviewed 30 major programs involved in
NextGen and found that half of them were behind schedule and costs had
increased from initial estimates by a total of $4.2 billion. The delays
ranged from two months to more than 14 years behind schedule, and
averaged four years. The FAA didn't comment on whether or not it agreed
with the GAO analysis, the GAO said, but the FAA did send a statement to
AVweb. "The GAO report includes air traffic programs that are not
part of the NextGen portfolio," FAA Public Affairs wrote in an email.
"However, from 2004 - 2011, the FAA was 0.8 percent under budget across
all major system acquisitions." More...
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PILOT LANDS IN ANTARCTICA
It's not every day that a light
sport aircraft lands in Antarctica, but on Thursday, Matevz Lenarcic
touched down there in a Virus SW 914 Turbo, marking the first time a
Pipistrel has landed on the continent. His aircraft has been modified
with an Intercooler unit to be able to withstand temperatures as low as
minus-60 degrees Fahrenheit, Pipistrel said in a news release. Lenarcic
is about one-third of the way through a round-the-world
flight that launched on Jan. 7 from Slovenia. He plans to fly over
all seven continents and take photographs of more than 120 national
parks. He'll also fly above some of the planet's tallest mountains,
including Mount Everest. Lenarcic also is collecting atmospheric data
for research during his flight. More...
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A5 MEETS ELUSIVE SPIN-RESISTANT STANDARD
The Icon A5
amphibious light sport aircraft has met a spin-resistant standard beyond
what is required for its certification, the company said on Thursday.
Under the LSA standards, aircraft must be either "spin recoverable" or
"spin resistant." The A5 has met the criteria for "spin resistant,"
which are spelled out in Part 23, the rules that apply to certified
aircraft. "This milestone will make the A5 the first production aircraft
in history to be designed to and completely comply with the FAA's
full-envelope Part 23 spin-resistance standards, developed from NASA's
work on the topic," the company said. Icon engineers met the standard by
creating a cuffed wing design that uses multiple proprietary airfoils
across the span of the wing. More...
Starting an Airline in the
Middle East? What You Need to Know
Following the success of the start-up seminars in Washington and London,
this event will take place in the Middle East for the first time, and it
is hosted by GCAS in Abu Dhabi. Themes include: Introduction to the
Airline Industry, Generic vs. Airline Business Plan, Common Business
Plan Mistakes, Non-Disclosure Agreement, Elements of the Airline
Business Plan, Implementation Plan, Management and Support Team, Risk
Factors, Capitalization Plan, Certification, and Success Strategies.
Click here to learn more and
TO DRUG RUNNERS - CHECK TFRS BEFORE FLIGHT
A Cessna 182 that
violated a presidential TFR in southern California on Thursday morning
posed no threat to President Obama, officials said, but the pilot faces
prosecution because authorities discovered 40 pounds of marijuana inside
the airplane. Two Air Force F-16s scrambled to intercept the Cessna
after it strayed into a eight-mile-wide TFR where Marine One was
carrying the president. The 182 landed at Long Beach Airport, where the
pilot was questioned by Homeland Security and Secret Service
investigators. They determined that he intended no harm to the
president, and turned him over to local police. Investigators declined
to say how close the 182 was to the Marine One helicopter.
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RACES IMAX FILM COMING TO U.S.
Air Racers 3D, a
40-minute-long IMAX film about the Reno National Championship Air Races,
will be coming to U.S. theaters in April, the filmmakers said recently.
It's the first film about the races ever shot completely in 3D, and
"unprecedented access" to the course was granted, according to the
filmmakers. The film will be shown at the National Infantry Museum in
Columbus, Ga., and the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.,
starting April 5, with other theaters to follow. The Reno footage was
shot in 2009 and 2010, and has been in production for two years. The
film also features many airshow performers, including Canada's
Snowbirds, the late Greg Poe flying his MX2, and Kent Pietsch, known for
landing his Cub on top of a moving truck (Click
here for an exclusive AVweb video of this stunt.)
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THIS YEAR'S COLLIER NOMINEES
Every year since 1910, the
National Aeronautics Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for the
"greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America." This
year's nominees were recently announced, and AVweb's Mary Grady
spoke with Jonathan Gaffney, the president of NAA, about the
choices and the selection process.
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GIPPSLAND AIRVAN FLIGHT TRIAL
Gippsland has sold its GA8 Airvan all over the world, and now it's got a
follow-on model, the GA8TC, with a turbocharged Lycoming TIO-540.
AVweb got a crack at trialing the airplane recently, and here's
our video report on the model. More...
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OF THE WEEK: BAXLEY AIR (KBHC, BAXLEY, GEORGIA)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Baxley Air at Baxley Municipal Airport (KBHC)
in (you guessed it) Baxley, Georgia.
AVweb reader Krista
Miller recommended the FBO after making an unscheduled stop last
These guys are
lifesavers! My friend John talked me into a 400-nm January ultralight
trip from South Carolina to Florida. By mid-Georgia, my feet were
frozen! [The staff at Baxley] recognized a damsel in distress and went
to work with plastic bags and gorilla tape to cover my sneakers. Thanks
to them, the rest of the flight was in comfort! Friendly, helpful,
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...
Overheard while listening to an area radar center
in England during the early '80s. Two United States Air Force Europe
fast jets climbing out of a low flying area were trying to locate each
other to join formation.
where are you?"
"Ratch 13, one mile south
"Ratch 12, say
undentified voice, in a strong Western Drawl:
Readers of a certain age will remember
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