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The State of New Mexico has abandoned plans to ban seaplanes from landing on lakes in its state parks, thanks, it would seem, by a lobbying effort among seaplane pilots. Faced with significant
opposition, the New Mexico State Parks Division issued this statement. "The Division proposed adding a new section prohibiting the taxiing, landing, or takeoff of seaplanes or floatplanes in state
parks. The Division received hundreds of comments opposing the implementation of this rule. Based upon the comments received, and given that the Bureau of Reclamation and United States Army Corps of
Engineers already have regulations addressing seaplanes and floatplanes, the Division did not adopt the proposed rule."
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A pilot whose daughter was killed when his Cessna 310F twin crashed in 2011 has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Massachusetts. Steven Fay, 58, of Hillsboro, N.H., was sentenced to
probation until Dec. 31, 2013, and is prohibited from operating an aircraft or seeking reinstatement of his certificate during that time, according to The Associated Press. Fay's daughter, Jessica Malin, 35, was killed when
the airplane hit trees while on final approach to a small airport in Orange, Mass., and crashed.
NTSB investigators said that Fay held a private pilot certificate for ASEL only, with no multiengine rating,
although he had logged about 50 hours of multi instruction time. The FAA revoked Fay's pilot certificate last year. He could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison on the charges, according
to the AP.
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The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) this week announced who it will welcome next October as its "incoming Enshrinee Class of 2013" and the list includes three former military pilots and a
former CEO of Cessna. Captain Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, USN (retired) has served as a fighter pilot, flight test pilot and Commander of four Space Shuttle missions. Major General Patrick H. Brady, a
Vietnam combat veteran, developed foul weather and tactical techniques for helicopter air ambulance rescue in combat. The late Charles Alfred Anderson helped develop civilian pilot training and has
been described as "the father of African-American aviation." He served as chief instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen. And the late Dwane L. Wallace saw Cessna Aircraft Company through some of this
country's most difficult years and made major contributions beyond the company as well.
Wallace retired from his position as Chairman and CEO at Cessna in 1975. Wallace's term with the company spanned 41 years. NAHF writes, "during the Depression, Wallace used money won by air racing
to meet payroll." The company later supplied aircraft to the military in WWII after which Wallace directed development of its publicly successful general aviation and corporate aircraft lines. Wallace
also founded the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and served as its first chairman. NAHF's enshrinement ceremony for the men will take place Friday, October 4, at the organization's
Learning Center, next to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. It is a black-tie dinner event that is open to the public through reservations purchased in advance through
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An energy company in Canada says an experimental drill rig that can be transported via helicopter has proved to be a viable alternative to building roads into remote regions to explore for oil.
Cenovus Energy said recently it has been working on the rig, called SkyStrat, for two years. The rig provides the company with added flexibility and lower costs, executive vice president Harbir Chhina
said in a company report. Using traditional rigs, Chhina said, road access and camps are required, and a minimum of 40 to 50 wells must be drilled to justify the expense. "With this rig we can drill
one, two, three, 50 wells, whatever we want," he said.
In addition, drilling costs with the helicopter rig are cut by 25 percent, he said. The technology also has less environmental impact than conventional exploration methods and can be used
year-round. The company plans to complete construction of a second SkyStrat rig next summer, Chhina said. "With two rigs, we can keep a flow helicopter busy for the whole day," he said. "We had a lot
of inefficiencies with just one rig and the helicopter sits around for quite a while, so we think that will be key to getting the second rig built." The first rig drilled 16 wells this year, and about
25 are planned for next year.
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December 17, 1903, is remembered as the day when the Wright brothers first flew successfully in North Carolina, but now a group in Dayton, Ohio, is working to build a monument to the brothers'
pioneering work there. The brothers' bicycle shop was in Dayton, and there they worked on their 1905 design, which improved on their original ideas and convinced the public they had truly solved the
problem of controllable and sustained flight. A nonprofit group is working to raise $12 million to build a 250-foot-tall monument to the 1905 Flyer that would stand at the intersection of two major
The monument, which was first proposed in 2005, would feature a three-times-life-size model of the 1905 Flyer on top of a soaring pedestal, and would be visible to more than 52 million vehicles
passing by every year. About $1 million has been raised so far, a spokesman for the group recently told local media. NASA is testing a model of the design in a wind tunnel to ensure that it would be
stable in strong winds even when covered in snow and ice. Dayton already has preserved a number of historical sites to celebrate the Wrights' contributions. The new monument would become part of the
federally designated National Aviation Heritage Area.
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Indonesian investigators say the pilots aboard a Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner that crashed into a mountain last May, killing all 45 on board, were to blame for the crash. They said the crew ignored
repeated warnings from the aircraft's systems of the impending terrain conflicts because they thought the alerts were the result of a database problem. In fact, it appears the crew never knew what
they hit since they turned off the terrain avoidance functions just before the aircraft, on a demo flight with potential customers, hit Mt. Salak. According to The Associated Press, cockpit voice recordings show the captain
of the aircraft was chatting with a potential customer as the aircraft hit the mountain.
The AP quotes Tatang Kurniadi, chairman of Indonesia's National Commission on Safety Transportation, as saying the accident was the result of pilot error perhaps compounded by the pilots' lack of
familiarity with the area. "The crew was not aware of the mountainous area surrounding the flight path," Kurniadi said. The crash cast a shadow on the Superjet program, which is Russia's first
clean-sheet airliner design in decades. Indonesia, however, expressed confidence in the aircraft after the crash. About a month before the investigation results were publicly released, the Indonesian
government certified the aircraft and paved the way for Sky Aviation to take delivery of its 12-plane order.
With a $350 million contract at stake, a court has ruled that it's OK for the U.S. Air Force to restart its bidding process for 20 new training aircraft, the Wichita Eagle has reported. The contract was awarded about a year ago to
Sierra Nevada Corp.'s version of Embraer's Super Tocano, but after a protest from Hawker Beechcraft, both parties were
asked to resubmit their bids. Sierra Nevada protested that decision, but now the way is clear for both companies to remake their case. The court also said there was adequate evidence that the original
decision was "likely tainted by bias."
Hawker had proposed its AT-6B single-engine turboprop for the contract, which could be worth up to $1 billion if all options are exercised. A new decision about the contract is expected next month.
Early this year, AVweb editor-in-chief Russ Niles spoke with Hawker chairman Bill Boisture, who at the time was CEO, about the dispute; click here for that coverage and the associated podcast.
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Yeah, we all know it's a great film, but did you ever stop to think why? Paul Bertorelli has been up late recently watching movies and explains some interesting points about this classic aviation
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FK Lightplanes has significant presence in Europe but almost none in the U.S. They'd like to change that with a sporty little aerobatic biplane called the FK-12 Comet. Right now,
it's got a Rotax 912, but it will soon have a fully aerobatic Lycoming AEIO-233, making it one of only a couple of light sports approved for aerobatics and the only biplane. AVweb recently
took a spin in the Comet with Hansen Air Group's Mitch Hansen. Here's a video report.
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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Cook Aviation at Monroe County Airport (KBMG) in Bloomington, Indiana.
AVweb reader Paul Johnson told us about Cook recently and how they've worked with him to make some memorable visits:
As a student pilot, I've had the pleasure of visiting Cook Aviation twice on cross-country flights. My daughter and grandson live in Bloomington, so it's an added benefit to visit them. Both times,
the folks at Cook have been extremely friendly and helpful. The first time, they loaned us a very nice Cadillac, and more recently [they] offered me a newer SUV.
On my last visit, I had hoped to have my grandson and a couple of his playmates meet us at the airport to see Grandpa's plane. I called Cook to see if that would be a problem and was assured that
they would work with us to have our group of toddlers visit safely. They followed through, and the kids had a blast. I earned some "cool grandpa" points with that vist, along with my solo
To top it off, their fuel prices are much less than home. There's no question that when we come back to Bloomington to visit, we'll be coming back to Cook. And did I mention the fresh baked cookies?
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