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AOPA says it's tapping an underused resource by offering some structure and incentive to build the flying club population in the U.S. In a podcast
interview with AVweb, Adam Smith, head of AOPA's new Center to Advance the Pilot Community, said there are about 650 flying clubs in the U.S. and the goal is to have up to 2,000. He said
most flying clubs do tremendous work in the areas of promotion, training and fostering of grass roots aviation but they do so in isolation. AOPA, which has done a study on flying clubs, will unveil
the full program at next week's AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. It hopes to build a network of flying clubs with transferrable benefits and common strategies for the growth of the pilot
Smith, a Scot, said flying clubs are an essential element of GA in Europe and have become a "coping mechanism" for aviation enthusiasts in the costly and bureaucratic environment there. In the
U.S., he sees a better organized flying club movement as a fundamental part of building GA and lifting the spirits of many involved in aviation.
Flying clubs do a great job of fostering GA, but AOPA believes that benefit can be compounded. It's launching a major effort to help out existing clubs and create new ones. AOPA's Adam
Smith spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady.
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AOPA President Craig Fuller says he's puzzled by the reaction of three aviation companies to the organization's move to modernize its flight planning product. In a Sept. 25 letter (PDF) to Fuller last week that was made public this week, the companies complained that AOPA was competing directly with them when
it should be paying more attention to its core functions of advocacy and building the pilot population. "... we believe AOPA products and initiatives that detract from the organization's main goals
are bad for members and the industry in general," the letter read. "And, as advertisers, we feel our financial contributions are furthering these initiatives that will ultimately compete with our own
products - essentially we are funding a competitor."
So far, only Sporty's Pilot Shop has publicly acknowledged its participation in the letter. AVweb has confirmed the identities of the other companies but has not been told by either that
they are willing to go on the record with their complaints. Sporty's CEO Michael Wolf told AVweb his company has a long history of cooperation with AOPA but is concerned by the "new direction"
of the organization. "They're getting into business and they're becoming our competitors rather than our partners," Wolf said. But Fuller said AOPA has been offering products and services that compete
with those of some of its advertisers for decades and the updated flight planning platform, called FlyQ, is an extension of that.
"This is a place we've been in for many years," he told AVweb. He said the old flight planning system was based on outdated technology and FlyQ will give users of the AOPA service the tablet
and smartphone-friendly platform that is becoming the new standard for flight planning. He also confirmed that AOPA is embarking on a new initiative to use some of the resources of its considerable
investment portfolio for "strategic investments" directly in aviation projects, but he said that program is in its infancy. On the over-arching concern that AOPA is digging in the sandboxes of its
sources of advertising revenues, Fuller said it's no secret that advertising income is down for all publications. "To somehow say we shouldn't bring revenue in by other means is not realistic," he
said. "For us to accomplish our mission, we have to find other sources of revenue."
As AOPA has sought more revenue to fund itself in a declining market, three companies have complained that it's engaging in predatory competition with the very people who support it. On the
AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that they have a point. It's time for AOPA to recalibrate.
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A meticulously restored and rare 1934 De Havilland DH84 Dragon with six aboard went missing Monday northwest of Brisbane, Australia, and its wreckage was found Wednesday in bushland near Mount
Kandanga, with no survivors. Weather conditions at the time of the aircraft's afternoon flight, Monday, included low-level clouds. The restored aircraft was not equipped for instrument flight and two
hours into the fatal flight, the Dragon's pilot, Des Porter, contacted air traffic controllers for help, saying he'd been flying up and down through clouds trying to establish his location, according
to the HeraldSun.com.
Rescue teams located the aircraft's wreckage with the aid of mobile phone technology by tracking a signal from a phone that was still operating, post-crash.
The aircraft's condition after the crash was very poor and "fundamentally destroyed," search chief Mike Barton told the CourierMail.com.au. Peaks in the area reach approximately 1200 feet, which may have been above cloud base on the day of the accident. The crash site is located in a remote wooded
area. Witnesses reportedly saw the aircraft circling before it disappeared into thick clouds. At least one witness told authorities it appeared the aircraft was trying to find a place to land. Porter
was in contact with a rescue helicopter prior to the crash. After being asked to switch to another frequency, he was not heard from again.
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LightSquared has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to revive its broadband proposal without, it says, interfering with GPS signals. According to Broadcast Engineering, LightSquared, which went bankrupt last May when its first
application was rejected by the FCC, says it would like to initially use a 5 MHz sliver of radio spectrum it says did not interfere with GPS signals during testing. It also hopes to share a 5 MHz
slice of spectrum owned by the federal government to carry signals for the ambitious nationwide LTE wireless system. It has not, however, given up on using the 10 MHz slice of spectrum it owns that
was shown to interfere with GPS.
Broadcast Engineering reported that LightSquared "still wants the FCC to consider use of that 10 MHz, but agreed to wait for and cooperate with 'operating parameters and revised rules for
terrestrial use of this spectrum.'" In testing, use of those frequencies by LightSquared's massive transmitters disrupted GPS signals for virtually every type of equipment in use, from consumer
receivers to those used by law enforcement, first responders, aviation and the military. LightSquared maintained throughout the testing that it was the receivers' inability to properly filter out the
broadband signals that was the root of the interference issues.
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The deliberate crash of a Boeing 727 will be the topic of a new Discovery channel program, Curiosity, which airs this Sunday night (9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central time). No airplane of this
size has been crashed for science since 1984, according to the channel's website, when NASA and the FAA crashed a Boeing 720 to see what would happen. Discovery strapped several crash-test dummies
into the fuselage, filled it with cameras, and enlisted a panel of experts to analyze the results. A single pilot flew the jet until it was on course for its final destination, above a Mexican desert,
then parachuted out. The 727 was flown into the ground at a shallow angle by a remote operator in a chase plane, breaking up on impact.
The experiment investigates what really happens as an airplane goes down and explores how to increase your odds of survival. The show "puts you in the passenger's seat during the heart-stopping
moment of impact," according to the Discovery website. "Alongside an international team of experts, you will get to experience this terrifying plunge through our footage from inside the plane to
understand the significance of every bump, twist and turn of the aircraft and what that might mean for you if you were strapped in next to our dummies." The Discovery channel trailer for the show is
posted online, and you can also take a quiz there to test your knowledge of air-travel safety. The NASA/FAA crash experiment
resulted in a fiery wreck (MPG video file).
Beginning next week, AVweb will step up its coverage of general aviation with a new news feed called Friday Features. Each week, we'll be offering in-depth reporting on products, services
and companies that we're sure will be of interest to our readers. Our focus will be primarily on stories related to aircraft upgrades, repair and refurbishment, but we'll also be covering new
products of interest to all pilots. Twice a month, we'll also feature articles on safety, maintenance and instrument operations condensed from Belvoir Media Group's widely read aviation print
publications. We'll continue to offer audio podcasts as part of Friday Features.
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The FAA has extended an exemption that allows operators of certain small aircraft to be reimbursed for expenses, NBAA said last week. Operators must be NBAA members to qualify for the exemption,
which allows for cost sharing in situations such as transporting a guest on a company aircraft or the use of an aircraft by employees of a subsidiary company. The exemption applies to Part 91
operators of piston airplanes, small airplanes, and all helicopters. The extension expires on March 31.
"The FAA will be reviewing the Small Aircraft Extension to clarify some elements of the additional maintenance flexibility granted under the provisions of the exemption," said Doug Carr, NBAA's
vice president for safety, security, operations and regulation. "NBAA does not expect that the FAA's review will ultimately alter the provisions of the exemption in a way that would affect any members
that currently qualify for and utilize the exemption."
Honda Aircraft Co. is working to expand its facilities in Greensboro, N.C., the company said last week, starting construction of a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to service the coming
fleet of HondaJets. The 90,000-square-foot $20-million building will support up to 12 aircraft at a time, and also has space for workshops, a pilot's lounge, conference rooms, a flight-planning area,
and spare-parts storage. The facility will operate seven days a week, around the clock, Honda said, and will be ready for occupancy by the second half of next year, in advance of first deliveries.
"It is my commitment to build the best maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to serve the HondaJet customer," said Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino.
According to HondaJet, the new airplane will be "the fastest, highest-flying, most quiet and most fuel efficient in its class." The jet is powered by two GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is
equipped with customized Garmin G3000 avionics. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft. Earlier this year, Fujino said the
company was going after 25 percent of the worldwide light jet market. "I'm very optimistic about our prospects," Fujino said. "We're doing with HondaJet what the Civic did to American cars from the
1960s. Our competitors are still producing with technology from the 1990s." The jet will cost about 30 percent less to operate than competitors, Fujino said.
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American Legend gained success with its popular Legend Cub, and now it's followed up with a new Lycoming-powered version of the airplane. If you like the Super Cub, you'll like the
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The B-24 was the most widely produced bomber in world history. This video shows the sole surviving regularly flown example, from roughly 18,000 B-24 Liberator bombers produced.
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During World War II, at peak production, factories put out roughly ten of these aircraft per day. Each was driven by four supercharged turbocharged radials putting out 1,200
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AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Tradition Aviation at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM) in
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AVweb reader Ted Seastrom recommended the FBO:
For many months, KTRM was my home airport. This recommendation is based not on just one experience but the consistency of dozens of experiences under all conditions. Tradition Aviation, run by Penny
Nelson and Ann Goodwyn, is simply a jewel everything an FBO can and should be. Every person there is competent, friendly, and professional. It's obvious they love aviation and support pilots,
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Everyone is made to feel welcome from corporate moguls and their jets to new private pilots. Tradition is a case study in FBO excellence.
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