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Transportation authorities in China
have pitched general aviation in that country as "the next driving force
after the car industry" and the Chinese government will be providing
targeted funding to jumpstart GA there. Ma Xin, deputy director of the
National Air Traffic Management Committee Office in China, delivered the
quote at the Zhuhai Air Show last month. And the Civil Aviation
Administration and Ministry of Finance has now reportedly announced
temporary measures to regulate the specific fund for China's general
aviation development. According to ChinaDaily.com, the "long-awaited
subsidy measure" will be applied to support general aviation operations,
pilot training and infrastructure development. More...
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TOP TEN FOR 2012
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considered the most popular of the thousands of items we served up in
2012. In recent years, that's been spectacular video, and this year is
no exception in the top spot. Video Editor Glenn Pew's original
production of "William
Rankin, The Man Who Rode the Thunder" captured the imaginations of
thousands of AVweb readers and many more who saw the video posted
on other sites that linked to it for their audience. In all, that video
was seen 305,413 times during 2012. Another video (and not what you
might expect) grabbed second spot, but it was plain old text that
captured the imaginations of our readers for the third most popular item
on the site in 2012. Click through for the rest of the top ten.
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REGAINS NO. 1 TITLE; MORE CHECKS FOR 737S
For the first time
in a decade, Boeing is the number-one planemaker in the world, selling
and delivering more airplanes than Airbus in 2012, according to the Seattle Times. The company delivered about 585
commercial jets over the year, its highest total ever. Orders also were
up, including about 1,000 commitments to buy the new fuel-efficient
narrow-body jet, the 737 Max, with first deliveries expected in 2017.
It's not all good news for Boeing in the new year, however, as the FAA
has ordered more inspections of the aging 737 fleet. More...
DEAL A BOOST FOR BIOFUELS
Incentives for biofuel development
in the new "fiscal cliff" bill -- also known as the "American Taxpayer
Relief Act of 2012" -- could help the industry to move forward in 2013,
advocates say. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, provisions
in the bill should lead to "a year of growth and milestones for the
advanced ethanol industry." Anne Steckel, vice president of federal
affairs at the National Biodiesel Board, said the incentives in the bill
will have "real economic impacts with companies expanding production and
hiring new employees." Meanwhile, a project by two companies to produce
a "100-percent drop-in alternative aviation fuel" for jet and diesel
engines won an industry award as "Best New Fuel of 2012."
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TEEN FLYING TWIN THAT CRASHED: REPORT
17-year-old was reportedly at the controls of what the the Associated Press is reporting was a Piper PA30
Twin Comanche that crashed Tuesday evening in Alabama, killing him and
his two teenaged passengers. AP is also reporting that Sherrie Smith,
the mother of Jordan Smith, who was flying the twin, said he had a key
to the plane, the access code to the airport gate and that the owner of
the aircraft, who was not identified, had let him fly the Comanche many
times previously. She also told AP that her son was "one test" short of
earning a private license. More...
GALACTIC SPACE LAUNCH EXPECTED THIS YEAR
Virgin Galactic is
on track to send a test flight into space this year, although tourist
flights are not expected to start until 2014, according to recent news
reports. An article in the January issue of IEEE Spectrum says Richard Branson expects to be
aboard a flight into space by the end of this year. And BBC News, in a recent interview with pilot David
Mackay, said Virgin's tourist flights are on track to start next year.
The flights will reach higher than 350,000 feet. "The view will be
fantastic," Mackay said. "And of course you'll be able to experience
weightlessness." Virgin Galactic said in December that SpaceShipTwo
completed its first glide while configured for powered flight.
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PAPER AIRPLANE FROM 'TOP GEAR'
James May, known as Captain
Slow on the popular Top Gear BBC program, recently shared his
design for an "ultimate" paper airplane, complete with winglets and
elevons, created from a sheet of standard A4 letter-size paper. "It's a
sort of cross between a Vulcan bomber and a Fairey Delta, and if you do
it properly, it's a good flyer," May told the RadioTimes. May, who flies his own sport aircraft,
is also working on a project to build a balsa-wood glider model and fly
it across the English Channel -- about 22 miles. Click through for May's
illustrated instructions for the "ultimate" flying piece of paper.
PILOT THWARTS BURGLAR FROM AIR (YES, AGAIN)
Zehntner and his wife ended a Sunday flight in their Cessna 182 with a
low pass of their home, which is located below the approach path to his
local airport in LaBelle, Fla., but this time the view included a
burglar. At about 800 feet inbound for landing, the couple spotted what
appeared to be a man testing the windows and doors at their house.
Zehntner told local news agencies that he circled, descending to about
300 feet. They watched as the man attached to his own truck the
Zehntners' red tow trailer, looked up at the plane, and drove off. The
event is similar to one that AVweb reported in August
of 2011, which ended in an arrest. And the Zehntners took action to
help ensure that their episode ended the same way. More...
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CONFIRMED TO FAA POST
Amidst the tension of the economic
discussions in Washington on New Year's Day, the Senate was busy
confirming the nominations of political appointees and Michael Huerta
was one of them. Huerta, who has held the post of acting administrator
since former Administrator Randy Babbitt stepped down more than a year
ago, was among dozens of nominations approved as part of the session
ending package. Huerta will be playing catch-up on a number of fronts as
the agency deals with a major modernization push in the face of tighter
budgets and a rough economy. In a podcast
interview at AirVenture 2012, a cordial but non-committal Huerta
admitted as much. More...
U.S. BIZJET LEAVES IRAN
An American-registered Dassault
Falcon 900 took off from an Iranian airport Monday about three weeks
after it had made an emergency landing. According to The Associated Press the aircraft was
on its way to Rotterdam from Abu Dhabi in early December when a
technical fault forced a diversion to Ahvaz in southwestern Iran. There
was a single passenger and two crew members on board the aircraft at the
time and they left the country immediately after landing.
TESTING C-17 LOOKALIKE
China's aviation technology gap may
have closed somewhat in recent days with announcements of some
breakthroughs that may make it less dependent on the West for stuff it
needs to advance its aerospace industry. Just after Christmas, photos
were "leaked" of what appears to be the country's most ambitious
aircraft to date, the Y-20 transport. The photos, purported to be of a
test aircraft undergoing taxi tests, outwardly show a clone of Boeing's
C-17 Globemaster, although the engine openings on the Chinese version
are considerably smaller than the high-bypass turbofans on the C-17. If
the performance of the Y-20 comes anywhere close to that of the C-17,
China will soon have a long-range, heavy-lift capacity it has so far
lacked in home-grown aircraft, but skeptics abound. Nevertheless, China
does appear to be moving forward with development of some key
technologies needed to build truly modern aircraft. More...
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MEET MID-CONTINENT'S SAM
As much as we love
them, iron gyros are on their way to the scrap heap of history. They're
even losing their value as backup instruments to glass panels now that
glass itself has become more reliable and affordable enough to replace
even analog backup devices. In this new video from AVweb,
Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano examines a new product from
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avonics called the SAM. It fits into a
small space on the panel and can be backed up with its own lithium-ion
battery. Installation considerations are mimimal, but here's a close
look at how the instrument looks and performs. More...
L-3'S TRILOGY BACKUP GYRO
Glass panels have
become standard in new aircraft, and now that more legacy airplanes are
retrofitted with these systems, there's a growing market for backup
gyros. That market has clearly stated a preference: Backup glass units
are making inroads. In this AVweb video, Larry Anglisano of
Aviation Consumer and Kirk Fryar of Sarasota Avionics give us a
tour of the L-3 Trilogy. More...
OF THE WEEK: WRIGHT BROTHERS AVIATION (KMHE, MITCHELL, SOUTH
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Wright Brothers Aviation at Mitchell
Municipal Airport (KMHE) in Mitchell, South Dakota.
A few weeks
back, AVweb reader Dr. Steve P. Schoettle knocked us out
with his story of WBA's outstanding devotion to service:
Service above and beyond the call of duty!
On October 27, after a successful week of pheasant hunting in South
Dakota, I prepared to depart back home to Arkansas in my Cherokee Six.
To my dismay, N720JB would not crank! Quickly, the line personnel came
to my assistance with battery boosts, etc. After no success, Roger the
mechanic stepped in. Even on his weekend off, he spent the next six
hours diagnosing my failed starter and trying to get it working. After
exhausting all possibilities, and unable to find a new starter in the
area on a Saturday, he contacted a local plane owner, who graciously
"loaned" me the starter from his plane! Roger took that starter and
placed it on my plane, even coming in early Sunday morning to finish up
and get me in the air The starter has since been replaced and the
"borrowed" one returned to the other plane.
Terri and Todd have
always run a wonderfully friendly and efficient FBO, but this was truly
amazing service. My hat is off to the entire staff!
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