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POLICY CAUSES CHECKRIDE COSTS TO RISE
Obtaining a pilot
certificate in popular training areas of the Southwest may get more
expensive thanks to a decision by the FAA to limit the number flight
tests designated pilot examiners (DPEs) can administer. FAA spokesman
Ian Gregor confirmed to AVweb that the agency has capped flight
tests for DPEs under the authority of the Scottsdale and Las Vegas
flight service district office (FSDO). "The FAA routinely reviews
procedures, policies and programs to ensure they are operating safely,
efficiently and properly," Gregor said. "A review of our Designated
Pilot Examiner (DPE) program identified potential issues with DPEs who
conduct a high number of pilot flight checks. As a result, the FAA's
Western Pacific Region is limiting DPEs in two locations -- Las Vegas
and Scottsdale -- to conducting 50 flight checks per quarter, or 200 per
year." Gregor declined to specify what led to the action but Fred Gibbs,
a flight instructor in Flagstaff, said the result will come right out of
the pockets of his students. "The examiner intends to raise the rate
from $450 to $700 to make up the lost income he will incur as a result
of the fewer number of flight tests he is allowed to administer," Gibbs
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BEECHCRAFT BANKRUPTCY TAKES A TURN
Talks between Hawker
Beechcraft and Superior Aviation Beijing Co. have ended without
agreement and the company has now announced plans to emerge from Chapter
11 protection as the standalone company, Beechcraft Corporation. A
letter to customers signed by Hawker Beechcraft chairman Bill Boisture
and executive vice president Shawn Vick said the company's main goal is
to ensure the company completes reorganization "in a strong operational
and financial position." That may leave it without Hawker product lines
"or a closure of the entire jet business," as a result of strategic or
financial considerations. The company says it will focus on other
holdings, including piston lines and refurbishments, which are seen to
"have high growth potential." More...
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LEVERAGES BAUMGARTNER'S RECORD JUMP
The ever adventurous and
publicity-savvy Sir Richard Branson Thursday recognized Felix
Baumgartner's Red Bull-sponsored record freefall by also telling the
world his company once considered a jump from 400,000 feet -- and might
consider it, again. In a blog post at Virgin.com Branson says his people
were approached in 2005 by an individual who wanted to use SpaceShipOne
for such a jump. The craft would carry the jumper to its apogee at
400,000 feet where the parachutist, clad in a fully pressurized
spacesuit, would simply exit. The jumper would return via freefall and
parachute. Meanwhile, a pilot (also wearing a spacesuit) would remain
with the craft and its life support systems to guide their safe return.
Branson says the trip "is theoretically possible" but the attempt was
preempted by other factors. More...
THE RESTORERS AIMS FOR TV
about aviation are a labor of love, but filmmaker Adam White of
Hemlock Films has created several and now is working to raise money to
bring a new aviation series to TV. AVweb's Mary Grady talks with
White about the project and how you can get involved.
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The Southwest's Premier
Aviation Event, the Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo
will take place October 25-27
Grande, Arizona at the Municipal Airport. This, the 40th annual event,
will include over 500 aircraft of all kinds, airplane rides, aviation
exhibitors, fly-bys, vendors, a food court, and the Ford "Go Further"
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INTO PETROL' ACHIEVED, AND WHY IT STILL DOESN'T WORK
British company claims to have done it, and hopes to use similar
processes to produce aviation fuel, but there are still some reasons we
probably won't be creating vast quantities of fuel from air anytime
soon. Since August, the systems and processes developed by Air Fuel
Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees has produced "five litres of petrol" from
carbon dioxide and water vapor, the Independent.co.uk reported Friday.
The company reportedly says it hopes to within two years build a
commercial-scale plant that will turn out one ton of petrol per day from
the conversion. Researchers have long been aware of the science behind
the processes -- and the inefficiencies and costs that likely explain
why no one other than Air Fuel Synthesis is attempting it now.
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EXCAVATION DEAL SIGNED
British farmer and aviation enthusiast
David Cundall Tuesday signed an agreement with Burma's government to
unearth a cache of what he expects will be dozens of Spitfires carefully
stored and buried in that country at the end of World War II. Roughly 35
Spitfires are still flown in the world, today. Cundall and his Burmese
business partner Htoo Htoo Zaw estimate there may be at least 60
Spitfires, all of the rare Mark XIV model, at a location
Cundall discovered in February after a 16-year search. Cundall will get
30 percent of the aircraft. He's spent about $200,000 locating them and
arranging the deal. It's believed the aircraft were greased and wrapped
prior to being buried in crates, and may be recovered in good condition.
Some 20,000 Spitfires were built during the war, but the Mark XIV model
represents a much smaller segment of that group. More...
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APP NOW AVAILABLE
Bendix/King has announced that its
myWingMan application is now available for download from iTunes. The app
is an all-in-one navigation, weather and flight information tool that
combines moving map, weather and synthetic vision in one package with a
simple user interface that does not use multiple menus for on-screen
navigation. "We didn't set out to simply design another application for
the GA marketplace," said Kevin Gould, president of Bendix/King. "The
myWingMan app sets a new standard for what pilots can expect from future
mobile flight planning and navigation tools." Bendix/King's Jeff Simon
took us through the app in this video.
HURRICANE FOR SALE
One of about a dozen flyable Hawker
Hurricane fighters will go on the auction block in England in December.
The Hurricane Mk. X11a is now owned by the Historic
Aircraft Collection in Duxford and is expected to fetch about $2.7
million when prestigious auction house Bonhams puts it on the block.
"This Hurricane is one of only a handful of these iconic aircraft still
flying today, and is presented for sale in highly original condition. We
expect it will be a lot that will generate much interest among buyers at
our December sale," Bonhams said in a release. It's not clear why the
Duxford group is selling the aircraft. It also owns a Spitfire, Nimrod
and Hawker Fury. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: FLYING CLUBS VS. RENTING
Flying clubs are
hardly the ideal option for all of us. On the other hand, they do offer
affordable access to an airplane for people who can't afford ownership
on their own or in partnerships. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul
Bertorelli tries to look into the future of AOPA's new initiative to
link clubs into a network. It may or may not work, but it at least gives
the flying club idea some deserved attention. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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OF THE WEEK: EAGLES OF AMERICA (KABY, ALBANY,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Eagles of America at Southwest Georgia
Regional Airport (KABY) in Albany, Georgia.
Matthew Hevey recommended the FBO, writing:
While flying with my family to Atlanta from
Orlando Sunday evening before Labor Day, I experienced an alternator
failure which required a diversion to KABY (the nearest airport). On
very short notice late on a Sunday before a holiday, they arranged for a
rental car in a matter of minutes. Ron (maintenance) kept in contact
with me and updated me regularly on the status of repairs. I understand
that they are a relatively new FBO at Albany, and they did a fantastic
job with assisting my family and me. Kudos!
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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 one week,
on a relatively busy Saturday afternoon I heard this
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information Sierra ... ."
"Glider XXX, Frederick
Tower. Hold your altitude. I have a few ahead of
"Frederick Tower, I'm a
"Glider XXX, cleared to land, runway
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