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AIMS AT GARMIN WITH NEW DROP-IN MAPCOMM
In a continued
attempt to tamp down high avionics costs, Avidyne this week announced a
drop-in replacement competitor for Garmin's popular GNS430. The new
IFD440 is a descendent of a larger model Avidyne introduced last year,
the IFD540, a drop in box to replace Garmin's GNS530. Both of Avidyne's
products use a combination of touchscreens and traditional knobs in
function keys, something that Avidyne claims will appeal to buyers who
aren't sold on touchscreens in Garmin's newer GTN line.
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CAUGHT IN FUNDING FIGHT
A total of 80 foreign students from
an Irish flight school are stranded in Florida after a financial dispute
between the Irish school and its American contractor ended their
training last week. The students, some of whom paid Pilot Training
College more than $100,000 for courses that are conducted by the Florida
Institute of Technology (FIT) at its flight training campus in
Melbourne, had completed only a fraction of their course before FIT
stopped their classes. According to the Irish Times, the Florida school claims the Irish
school owes it money and the Irish school says it's suing the Florida
school. "Everything I've been working for in the past 10 months has been
ripped apart," student John Rawluk told the newspaper.
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TEST UAV SEE-AND-AVOID SYSTEM
A consortium of British
companies is now flight testing a see-and-avoid system for drones that
it believes will lead to a lot less cockpit manpower in the
not-so-distant future. "It is doing all the things a human pilot would
be doing," BAE spokesman Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal told the Daily Telegraph. It would not appear to come
cheaply, however and there is human backup available, at least in the
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FRANCE FLIGHT 447 FINAL REPORT
The French Accident
Investigation Bureau (BEA) Thursday released its final report on the
2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus 330 that went down off
the coast of Brazil in 2009, killing all 228 aboard. Among the report's
conclusions are that neither of the two copilots flying the aircraft
called for the "unreliable IAS" procedure after pitot icing led to the
loss of airspeed indications. Neither pilot had training for hand flying
the jet at high altitude, according to the report, or for flying with
questionable airspeed indications. "Inappropriate pilot inputs" led the
jet to "exit its flight envelope" less than one minute after the
autopilot disconnected and before the captain returned to the flight
deck from his rest station. The report faults the pilots' actions and
also finds that their training met regulatory standards. There may be
other implications for regulatory agencies, Airbus and Air France
regarding their pre-existing knowledge of shortcomings in the aircraft's
pitot system. More...
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-- THE KIT MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION
The Aircraft Kit
Industry Association, AKIA, has formed around a primary objective of
preserving the FAA's 51-percent rule, improving experimental-amateur
built aircraft safety, and promoting the kit aircraft industry. The
group is led by President Dick VanGrunsven, the designer of the world's
most popular kit aircraft -- the RV series -- and Vice President John
Monnett, a kit aircraft pioneer. AKIA so far includes Vans, Sonex,
Lancair, Kitfox and Zenith among its members, and includes kit aircraft
suppliers Wicks and Aircraft Spruce. Statistics show the experimental
aircraft industry is growing and recent actions by federal agencies show
that scrutiny of the segment may be growing, too.
COMPLETES PHASE 1 FLIGHT TESTING
Phase 1 flight
testing of Terrafugia's roadable aircraft production prototype was
successfully completed last month, and the company is pushing forward
toward LSA certification and approvals from the NHTSA. Terrafugia's
Transition aircraft will have to earn the approval of both the FAA and
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before it can
go into production. The company says the vehicle has so far passed
handling tests that included power-on and power-off flight, and aircraft
stability. The team also checked engine cooling and determined optimal
settings for different phases of flight. The current flight test program
involves five more phases, but now ground (road) testing will be mixed
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YEARS IN AVIATION: A MEMOIR; CHAPTER 15: A YEAR IN KOREA, THEN BACK TO
The USS Pueblo incident near North Korea inspired a show
of force requiring many reservists, including Richard Taylor, to drop
what they were doing (teaching, in Richard's case) and head off to
Korea. Along the way, he got to do a little bit of flying and practicing
water landings with a parachute. Back in the States after a year,
Richard went back to the classroom, but also flew the Ohio Army National
Guard's Bird Dog and Beaver. More...
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AN AVIATION CLASSIC
This year's Air Race Classic, which
recently finished up in Batavia, Ohio, brought together women from
across the country who share a passion for aviation. AVweb's Mary
Grady talks with Dianna Stanger, who won the race with teammate
Victoria Holt, about their strategy, their motivation, and how
they hope to inspire girls to pursue aviation careers.
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OF THE WEEK: TREGO-DUGAN AVIATION (KLBF, NORTH PLATTE,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Trego-Dugan
Aviation at North Platte Regional Airport/Lee Bird Field (KLBF)
in North Platte, Nebraska.
AVweb reader Larry J.
Newland got the royal treatment on a recent visit:
In June, we stopped overnight, and as soon
as we landed I told them I needed a room for overnight each time
and they made arrangements right away and got transportion to and from
the hotel. [They also] tied down the airlpane and fueled it, and the
whole crew was very friendly.
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next Monday! More...
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Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK elevation: 303
feet) with a long-standing glider club on the field recently began tower
operations. After the tower had been operating for about a week, on a
relatively busy Saturday afternoon, I heard this
"Frederick Tower, Glider XXX at
1,600 feet inbound for a right downwind for landing runway 12 with
information Sierra ... ."
Frederick Tower. Hold your altitude. I have a few ahead of
"Frederick Tower, I'm a
"Glider XXX, cleared to land, runway