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UNSTABLE TRAINING ENVIRONMENT AND THE COMING PILOT
Congress has mandated a 1,500 hour minimum flight
time requirement for scheduled air carriers next summer, and unless FAA
regulations come along to supersede it the "impending pilot shortage"
that even the general media has latched on to could become a
reality sooner than later. When regulation outpaces thinking, and policy
is made without concern for data, supply and demand often get thrown out
of whack. In this case, it's reasonable to assume that if this 1,500
hour rule is fully implemented, it will cost prospective pilots far more
money and time to become professional airline pilots. And fewer and
fewer pilots will enter the pipeline as many sensibly opt out of the
arduous quest to reach the arbitrary 1,500 hour mark.
pipeline is precarious enough, right now. Lengthening it makes a
continuos and positive flow of well-trained professional pilots that
much less likely. We need to make a change.
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aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
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comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also
connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching.
THE AVIATION TALENT POOL
At the NBAA Convention a couple of
months ago, aviation recruiter Sheryl Barden led a panel
discussion about the expected shortage of pilots and mechanics in the
near future and what that means for business aviation and for safety.
Recently, she posted the transcript of that discussion online, and a
white-paper report is expected soon. She spoke with AVweb's Mary
Grady about these issues.
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FLY-BY-WIRE: DIAMOND SAYS THREE YEARS
system are standard issue in military aircraft -- including drones --
and in major new transport aircraft. Within three years, Diamond says it
hopes to offer such systems for light aircraft and it's further along
the developmental road than we imagined.
When we visited Diamond
Aircraft's skunkworks in Austria earlier this year, the company showed
us a crude fly-by-wire developmental project that, eight months later,
has flown some 50 hours and will soon be ready to enter its second
developmental phase, according to Diamond CEO Christian Dries. The
system is installed in a DA42 testbed and Dries says if it can overcome
certification hurdlesno small feat, to be sureit could be
certified and available as an option as early as 2015.
would you want such a thing?
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ION FOR AVIATION
It holds promise for higher capacity
batteries, but also risks for fires and explosions. Owners should tread
For the great wide world of transportation, the
lithium-ion battery is the shining city on the hill, that pivotal bit of
technology that will have us whizzing around in silent cars banishing
the evils of carbon dioxide. For aviation, lithium-ion is both an enigma
and an opportunity. To understand both, you need only to grasp three
numbers: 50, 150 and 1700. The opportunity part resides in the first two
numbers -- a lead-acid battery's energy density is about 50 Wh/kg, a
third or less than that of the typical lithium-ion's 150 Wh/kg. Now for
the enigma. The 1700 is the Wh/kg energy content of gasoline, adjusted
for the typical internal combustion engine's 20 percent efficiency. The
very best lithium-ion batteries can do at the moment is 400 Wh/kg and
these don't exist commercially yet. That means the practical electric
airplane may be on the horizon, but it's not around the
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OF THE MONTH: LYLE HOLBO'S 180C CHEROKEE
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Fresh off the
factory floor, a modest airplane like a Piper Archer may be better
built, but its basic performance has been baked into the airframe for
years. That's why a project like Lyle Holbo's 1965 Cherokee 180C, our
refurbed airplane of the month, will keep pace with an airplane 40 years
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