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WANTS NEARBY GA AIRPORT CLOSED
The Navy has asked the FAA to
close down a small airport close to the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base
in Georgia, after a pair of skydivers inadvertently landed
on their property last month. Rear Adm. John C. Scorby, commander of
the Navy's Southeast Region, sent a letter on Tuesday to the FAA's
district office, outlining the Navy's concerns. Seven skydivers from St.
Mary's Airport have landed on the base in the last three years,
including the two on Aug. 12, Scorby said. He said such landings could
potentially cause "needlessly dangerous reactive responses." The
skydiving operator, The Jumping Place, has already moved to another
airport while it looks for a new permanent base. More...
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TEAM DELAYS SKYDIVE RECORD ATTEMPT
The Red Bull Stratos team,
which is working toward breaking the longstanding highest-ever parachute
jump record, has delayed its final record attempt because the capsule,
which carries skydiver Felix Baumgartner aloft beneath a helium balloon,
was damaged in a test jump last month. Baumgartner landed safely after
jumping from 97,145 feet above the New Mexico desert -- the
second-highest jump, ever -- and the capsule was released from the
balloon and parachuted back to the surface. However, the capsule landed
on rocks and was thrown onto its side, according to the Stratos team
blog, damaging its outer shell, framework, and other key components. The
flight that will attempt to set a new record is now expected to take
place during the first two weeks of October. More...
STUDYING CELLPHONE REGULATIONS
Those who fly on commercial
airplanes seem to have mixed feelings about cellphone use in the cabin
-- it's convenient when you want to call someone, but annoying when the
person crammed in next to you talks too loud or too long. This week, the
FAA released a draft report (PDF) addressing whether more cellphone use should be
allowed aboard the air carriers. The study, which was mandated by the
FAA Modernization and Reform Act enacted earlier this year, looked at
safety-of-flight issues, the effect on the passenger experience, and the
impact on cabin crew. More...
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CREDITS BOOST KESTREL PROGRAM
Kestrel Aircraft will receive
$30 million in federal tax credits, the state of Wisconsin announced on
Tuesday, to help the company create new jobs. Alan Klapmeier, CEO of
Kestrel and co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, said the credits will provide
$7.5 million in new cash for the company, which is working to produce a
single-engine turboprop. The state has also provided Kestrel with a $2
million loan and created an enterprise zone that will provide up to $18
million more in tax credits. The city of Superior has added $6.5 million
to help with the start-up, including land for two manufacturing sites.
WINGTIP CAMERAS FOR LARGE AIRCRAFT
Citing 12 accident
investigations since 1993, the NTSB has issued a Safety Recommendation
to the FAA for installation of anti-collision aids, like onboard camera
systems, to help pilots with clearance issues during taxi. The Board
says preliminary information collected in its investigations show that
pilots of large aircraft cannot easily see the aircraft's wingtips from
the cockpit. It found that in aircraft like the Boeing 747, 757, 767,
777 and the Airbus A380 pilots must literally stick their heads out of
the window to see the airplane's wingtips, noting that this "is often
impractical." The recommendation notes that the Airbus A380 superjumbo
is already equipped with an external camera system, and why that system
is insufficient in addressing the Board's concerns. More...
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BUZZES CIVILIAN ROAD?
A viral video has
people questioning if they can believe what they see: a Sukhoi Su-24
buzzing a car (and its dash-cam) as both drive down a civilian Russian
road in opposite directions and different, but not too different,
altitudes. The drama begins about 20 seconds in. Click for video.
TRIKE FLIGHT WITH SIBERIAN CRANES
Russian president Vladimir
Putin Wednesday took flight with a pilot who flew with him in a two-seat
trike aircraft as part of a project that would lead rare Siberian white
cranes on a migration route. Pilot Igor Nikitin flew with Putin and said
the Russian president has logged 17 hours in the air. Russian
regulations would allow Putin to earn a pilot certificate for the craft
in a minimum of 25 hours flight time, according to Nikitin. Putin's
flights were successful, but not particularly good at leading cranes.
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RECESSION HITS CHINA?
The bizjet sector is the bright spot
for Chinese civil aviation but (relatively) tough times are ahead as
China continues to cope with lessened demand for its products. Reporting
from the Beijing International Business Aviation Show, China Daily reported that a senior government
official was praising the importance of business aviation to the overall
industry. "The growth of business aviation is faster than that of other
civil aviation sectors, including passenger and freight transport," said
Li Jiaxiang, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Companies interviewed by the newspaper said they expect the growth of
their businesses to be cut in half in the coming year but they're still
expecting upward of 20 percent growth. The regulatory structure needed
to accommodate meaningful growth, particularly for more grassroots
aviation, is lagging, however. More...
NBAA AT RNC, DNC
AOPA and NBAA (no mention of EAA) have taken
the unprecedented step of hosting events at both the Republican and
Democratic National Conventions to press issues of concern to general
aviation. The Hill covered the joint schmoozefest at the Liberty in
Charlotte on Tuesday. Among those attending were senior Democratic
congressmen and senators along with delegates. There was socialization
and some networking going on and it appears the spirit of political
conventioneering was upheld. The party with the Dems came a week after a
similar event in Tampa with aviation-minded delegates attending the
Republican convention. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: NO TIME? NO KIDDING
Cost is a big reason that
many owners have reduced their flying hours. But so is lack of time. No
surprise there, either, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider
blog. You probably don't know anyone who's working fewer hours than they
did a decade ago, and neither do we. Modern life puts so many demands on
the 24-hour day that flying gets bumped to the bottom of the to-do list.
Plus, some additional thoughts on the passing of Neil Armstrong. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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OF THE WEEK: GILL AVIATION (KDWH, HOUSTON, TEXAS)
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recently and experienced their first-rate service first
Flew into Houston last
week. I had arranged for a rental car to be available upon our arrival.
What I hadn't planned for was the lost of my primary vacuum pump. When
we arrived, [the] rental car was ready; when I asked about fixing the
vacuum, the FBO instantly put me into contact with Rite-Way Aviation,
whose owner, John Davis, met me at the aircraft. We hadn't even finished
unloading before he was hooking the aircraft up to his tug, ready to tow
it to their maintenance facility. [He got it] fixed that day and ready
for departure. Between Gill Aviation and Rite-Way Aviation, a two-day
planned stop did not end up in a long downtime waiting for repairs. And
even the cookies were great!
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