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UNVEILS NEW CITATION LONGITUDE
Cessna introduced a full-size
cabin mockup of it newest, biggest jet, the Citation Longitude, at EBACE
in Geneva on Monday morning. The swept-wing Longitude will have the
roomiest cabin and the longest range of any Citation jet. "It does a lot
of things well and will appeal to customers in all corners of the
world," said Cessna director of marketing Mike Pierce. In a first for
Cessna, the jet will be driven by engines from Snecma, a French
manufacturer. Snecma's new-generation Silvercrest design, still in
development, will provide up to 11,000 pounds of thrust on takeoff,
Cessna said. Longitude will have a range of 4,000 nm at Mach .82 and
sell for $25.9 million, with first deliveries scheduled for late in
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MIDAIR KILLS FIVE, BEAVER ALSO DOWN
As more details become
clear the mystery of how two airplanes could collide in the middle of
rural Saskatchewan has Canadian officials puzzled. We also received word
late that a DeHavilland Beaver on floats went down with five aboard on a
highway in southern British Columbia with near Peachland. Meanwhile,
police, Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board are
investigating how a Lake Buccaneer and a Piper Cherokee came together
near the tiny town of St. Brieux, Saskatchewan (population 492) on
Saturday, killing both occupants of the Buc and all three on the
Cherokee. St. Brieux is a small rural community about 125 miles
northeast of the nearest large town, Saskatoon. St. Brieux has an
airport, however, and that's where the Cherokee was headed from Nanton,
near Calgary in the adjacent province of Alberta. Initial reports said
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CLEARED OF DUI CHARGES
A judge has
dismissed drunk-driving charges against former FAA Administrator Randy
Babbitt, ruling the Fairfax, Va., police didn't have a good enough
reason to pull him over. Although a police statement after his arrest
said Babbitt had been observed driving on the wrong side of the road the
night of Dec. 3, 2011, WJLA reported that dashboard video from the police
cruiser showed what Judge Ian O'Flaherty described as a "normal" left
turn, even though it does not appear Babbitt used his turn signal.
Nevertheless, the judge called the traffic stop "a hunch" and ended the
proceedings there without hearing evidence that Babbitt wasn't legally
impaired when he was pulled over. More...
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FIRST QUARTER REPORT
The first three months of 2012 saw total
billings for aircraft fall 8 percent, according to the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA), but piston-powered airplane shipments
dropped by a smaller margin. Piston aircraft shipments totaled 184 units
for the first three months of 2012, versus 188 shipments over the same
period last year. The figures account for a 2.1 percent decrease that
matched the decrease in total worldwide general aviation shipments. GAMA
President and CEO Pete Bunce offered a theory and some legislative
GREAT GREEN FLEET
The U.S. Navy's participation in a
22-nation exercise this summer will include a two-day demonstration of
the "Great Green Fleet" carrier strike group, operating in part on
alternative non-fossil fuels. The demonstration group will operate
aircraft and non-carrier ships on 50/50 blends of biofuel and
conventional fuels. The Navy has set a goal of 2020 to meet half of its
energy needs with non-fossil fuels. The Great Green Fleet's two-day
demonstration during the Rim of Pacific exercise is meant to precipitate
a larger months-long deployment of a similarly fueled group set to
deploy in 2016. Increases in fuel costs have pushed Defense Department
spending $3 billion over budget in 2012 due to rising fuel costs.
PILOTS HELP SAVE WHALES, TURTLES
Marine scientists in Belize
conducted a count of offshore marine animals for the first time
recently, thanks to help from volunteer pilots flying with LightHawk.
Government fisheries staff have surveyed marine mammals along the shore
for 18 years, but in April, they were able to extend those efforts up to
50 miles off the coast. The aerial surveys found two sperm whales and 33
dolphins, as well as 11 turtles and 4 crocodiles. The sperm whales were
seen at the southern end of Belize's barrier reef, swimming south
towards Honduras. "This was not the first recording of sperm whales in
Belize, but very little is known of their ecology here," said
LightHawk's news release. Eclipse Aerospace also pitched in recently to
help out when eight sea turtles needed a lift. More...
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FLIGHT FOR BOEING 720
We're not sure, but this might be the
first "last flight" of an aircraft type that helped usher in the modern
jet age of airliners. The last flying Boeing 720 took off from
Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada for its presumably long-term stay at the
National Air Force Museum of Canada at Royal Canadian Air Force Base
Trenton, Ontario, on Wednesday. The airplane spent more than two decades
as a test bed for Pratt & Whitney Canada, which mounted turboprops on
the elongated nose, making it effectively the only five-engine
four-engine aircraft flying. Pratt & Whitney moved to more modern Boeing
747SPs as test aircraft last year. They're primarily engaged in testing
the company's new PurePower ultra-efficient turbofan engines.
DISCOVERED AFTER 70 YEARS
An early model RAF
Curtis P-40 Kittyhawk (Warhawk) wearing markings from the 260 Squadron
and likely lost in 1942 was found last month largely intact in western
Egypt's Al Wadi al Jadid desert, and researchers may now have identified
its last pilot. The aircraft has been photographed sitting on its belly
with the canopy nearly closed. It is suspected to be that of Flight
Sergeant Dennis Copping, who went missing while ferrying a damaged
Kittyhawk with markings "HS-B." If so, it could be associated also with
Canadian ace James Francis "Stocky" Edwards. The aircraft's resting
place is 200 miles from the nearest town and no evidence of the pilot's
remains have been found. A museum may now attempt to recover the
aircraft, but there are complications. Video after the jump.
STATEMENT SPARKS CONCERNS
AirVenture Cup race organizers are
seeking to clarify a communication they received Thursday from EAA that
they say could put the future of the race in question. An email sent
Thursday from Chad Jensen, EAA homebuilt community manager, to Eric
Whyte, chairman of the race's contest committee, reads in part, "EAA
will no longer be associated with air racing in any form going forward."
However, Kandi Spangler, who handles public relations for race
organizers, told >i>AVweb Friday that "EAA wants us to have the race
and we want to have the race." She added, "If EAA is pulling out and not
giving us the support we need, the race will likely be cancelled. But as
it sits now, I feel good about the direction we're heading and the
possible outcome." As of late Friday, the official public position
from all parties was that the 2012 race had not yet been cancelled, as
EAA officials and race organizers sought to clarify the nature of their
LEGENDS GATHER FOR LINDBERGH FOUNDATION
Foundation marks its 35th anniversary on Friday, May 18, with a gala
event at the Explorers Club in New York, featuring special guest
speakers Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, and Gene Cernan,
and airshow legend Bob Hoover. "I can't think of a more compelling
roster of speakers to help us celebrate our anniversary," said Larry
Williams, chairman. "All of them encourage us to remember the
significance of the contributions made by Charles and Anne Morrow
Lindbergh to our lives today, 85 years after the historic New
York-to-Paris flight." A few tickets are still available for the
black-tie event, Williams told AVweb this week, at a suggested
donation of $1,000 each. More...
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OF THE WEEK: MAVERICK AIR CENTER (FSB, SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" is Maverick Air
Center at Sioux Falls Regional Air Center (FSB) in Sioux Falls,
AVweb reader Lynn Erickson recommended
My wife and I were
traveling from Madison, Wisconsin to Sioux Falls for our godson's
confirmation and had decided on Maverick because of the rental car
avialablility. The weather was a challenge, and after dodging around a
line of storms and landing ahead of another, we were greeted by a very
accomodating, experienced line crew who hustled our 182 into their
brand-new hangar. The entire facility is new, with obvious attention to
what makes a full-service FBO without the pretense. The people working
there are an outstanding compliment to the surroundings. Bruce and his
crew kept our airplane in for two nights, charged us for one, and gave
us a very good price on fuel. This is definitely a
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Flying an Army OH58 in the early '80s, we
determined that we would not have the fuel to make our planned
destination. Passing Kessler Air Force Base, we called the tower for
"Do you have
PPR?" [PPR = "prior permission"]
knowing what "PPR" stood for) :
"No. [pause] All
we have is a transponder and an ADF."
"Clear to land."
Mike Friel More...
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