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Integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the U.S. national airspace system is scheduled for 2015 and, according to the UAS industry itself, that will create more than 70,000 jobs and
have a broader economic impact of more than $13.6 billion by 2019. The numbers are not from an independent study but from a study done by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. It
details specific job growth forecasts within the first decade following integration. By 2025, the study predicts more than 100,000 new
jobs will be created by the new industry in manufacturing, maintenance, operation, sales and support.
The association believes that the total impact of the segment could reach more than $82 billion by 2025. As the FAA works to determine test sites for integration, the association warns that delays
delay the economic benefits it predicts the industry could bring. According to the study, "Every year that integration is delayed, the United States loses more than $10 billion in potential economic
impact." The figure translates to more than $27 million per day. The association predicts that tax revenues will also be generated through the developing industry, predicting it could generate "more
than $482 million in the first decade following integration." UAS could see work in a wide range of industries from agriculture to disaster management, law enforcement, environmental monitoring, news
coverage and perhaps freight transport. The association believes the three states most likely to see the greatest benefit from the additional revenue of UAS systems are California, Washington and
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As federal agencies scramble to cope with looming federal budget cuts, GA advocacy groups are pressing to minimize the impact on flight operations. NBAA President Ed Bolen this week asked FAA
officials to consider more factors than simply the total number of operations at an airport in deciding which towers will close. For example, Tracon staffers would have to handle IFR traffic into
those airports, adding to their workload, Bolen said. The shutdown of 173 control towers (PDF) is
expected on April 7, with 16 more to close on Sept. 30. The FAA said it won't take any more industry input on its tower-closure plan after today, and will announce a final decision on Monday, March
AOPA President Craig Fuller wrote to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta this week (PDF),
expressing concern and alarm over control-tower closings and cuts to services. Thomas Hendricks, president of the National Air Transportation Association, supported (PDF) a proposed amendment that would prevent the FAA from shutting down a disproportionate number of
contract towers. Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Army's Golden Knights skydiving team both have been grounded for the season, while the Navy's Blue Angels have cancelled several
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Continental Motors Factory Parts A Look Inside Our Engines Did you know that all major component parts for CMI engines are manufactured in modern production cells that continuously pursue quality and value while
reducing costs to you? CMI's original quality equipment parts, to name a few, include magnetos, cylinders crankcases, fuel injection systems, crankshafts, camshafts, pistons, rods, rocker arms, and
Cirrus executives got what they wanted from the city of Grand Forks. N.D., this week -- not only the $950,000 loan they had requested, but also an apology. Last week, city official Doug Christensen raised questions about Cirrus's ability to repay the loan, and William King, vice
president for business administration at Cirrus, tried to explain that his concerns arose from a misinterpretation of the company's financial reports. On Monday night, Christensen apologized for how
he "conducted the meeting [and] addressed Mr. King," and the city approved the loan, which will go to buy an autoclave for Cirrus's Grand Forks manufacturing facility. Cirrus also announced
this week the appointment of a new president for the company, Patrick Waddick.
Waddick, the company's chief operating officer, will assume the title of president as well, Cirrus said on Tuesday. Dale Klapmeier will retain his role as CEO but said he will "hand over day-to-day
responsibility of the business to Pat." Waddick has been with the company since 1988, starting out as an engineer. In his new role, he will have responsibility for daily operations, including sales
and service, manufacturing and supply chain, product development and administration. "There is no more qualified, capable or proven leader to take the enterprise to the next level," Klapmeier
said. "With Pat running the daily operation, now I can spend more time with our customers, dedicate more energy to developing exciting new products and play an even larger role in making access to
flight a reality for more people around the world."
At Cirrus Aircraft this week, Pat Waddick moved up through the ranks to take on the job of president, while Dale Klapmeier will retain his title as CEO. AVweb's Mary Grady
spoke with both of them about their vision for dealing with the challenges and opportunities ahead.
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The Sam LS, a new kit airplane with a retro look, flew for the first time on February 26, near Montreal, Canada, the company announced last week. "Liftoff was perfect, in about 300 feet," said
Thierry Zibi, president of Sam Aircraft. The all-metal airplane features tandem seating and a narrow fuselage with a choice of three different wings -- short, for speed; medium, for versatility; or
long, for short-field operations. The company is taking orders now for fast-build kits, which they say will take about 250 hours, for $75,000, or standard kits at $39,000 and 900 hours. First
deliveries are scheduled for late this summer. Also in the works is a ready-to-fly LSA version for $135,000.
The airplane is powered by the 100-hp Rotax 912S paired with a Sensenich ground-adjustable composite propeller. It was designed to be "comfortable, rugged, easy to repair, economical,
fun and to have the distinctive classic look of a warbird trainer," according to the company's news release. The cockpit is equipped with a 10-inch Dynon SkyView panel. The Sam LS will be on
display and flying at both Sun 'n Fun and EAA AirVenture, the company said. AVweb's editorial director Paul Bertorelli spoke with Zibi about the airplane at last year's Sebring LSA show; click here to listen to the podcast.
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The NASA/JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Project Team will receive the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced on Tuesday. In choosing the project from a
field of seven nominees, the committee cited the
"extraordinary achievements of successfully landing Curiosity on Mars, advancing the nation's technological and engineering capabilities, and significantly improving humanity's understanding of
ancient Martian habitable environments."
Curiosity took second place in AVweb's online poll, attracting just over half the votes given to Felix Baumgartner
and the Red Bull Stratos Team. The other nominees were Lockheed Martin's unmanned aerial cargo system, the NASA/JPL Dawn Project team, the Gulfstream G650, and the U.S. Air Force MC-12 Project Liberty
Team. The trophy will be formally presented at the annual Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner on May 9, in Arlington, Va.; information about tickets for the event can be found at www.naa.aero.
IAFTP Welcomes Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH as an IAFTP Sustaining Member
In addition to supporting IAFTP's goal of sharing pilot training practices worldwide, Diamond will also support the introduction of the IAFTP eCV through its worldwide network of flight
training organizations. This will build on IAFTP's prototype eCV program at the Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA), which uses Diamond airplanes and simulators exclusively in its
flight training operation.
Learn more about the IAFTP eCV in this report (PDF).
The FAA has approved flight testing of what Boeing hopes will be a permanent fix for the lithium ion batteries on its 787 airliners. Two test aircraft have been cleared for flight to test a
three-part solution to the issue that has grounded the fleet since the middle of January. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the aircraft won't carry a passenger until the fix is proven through
a "comprehensive series of tests." "We won't allow the plane to return to service unless we're satisfied that the new design ensures the safety of the aircraft and its passengers," LaHood said in a
statement. It appears Boeing has opted to fix the existing setup rather than recertify a new system and it involves a reworking of the internal workings of the battery.
The FAA said Boeing's plan calls for "redesign of the internal battery components to minimize initiation of a short circuit within the battery, better insulation of the cells and the addition of a
new containment and venting system." Quality control on the batteries will be tightened and the charging system tuned to tighten the voltage range. FAA inspectors will be present for the testing, in
contrast to initial certification of the electrical system, which was handled in-house by Boeing. It's not clear when the test flights will begin or how long they will last but airlines that were
counting on 787s for the busy summer travel season are making other plans. Leasing companies report brisk business for 767s and A330s.
The FCC says it wants to get on with the process of phasing out 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters and anyone with comments or concerns has until April 1 to make them known. On Jan. 7 the
commission issued its third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) on the topic, calling for an end to the import, manufacture or sale of 121.5 ELTs a year
after the rule becomes effective. In 2009, the FCC amended its rules to ban the ELTs immediately. Since ELTs are required equipment, that would have left hundreds of thousands of aircraft owners with
illegal devices on their aircraft. After hearing from the FAA and various groups about the impracticality of such a move, the FCC backed off. The phased approach appears to be causing little concern
among the groups or authorities.
Many organizations, including the Civil Air Patrol and Coast Guard, are strongly in favor of the elimination of 121.5 ELTs. Search and rescue satellites stopped listening for 121.5 signals in 2009
and now the only way to detect one is from airborne or ground-based radio receivers. The receipt of a 121.5 signal triggers a search even though most are the result of accidental triggering. New 406
MHz ELTs embed contact information for the aircraft owner in their signals and authorities can usually verify if there is a true emergency by phone.
Not at all, although AVweb's survey last week revealed significant complaints from members about the direction the association has taken in recent years. On the AVweb Insider blog,
Paul Bertorelli distills those thousands of comments on AOPA and offers his own suggestions on how AOPA might correct its course to the satisfaction of its membership.
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Eclipse is touring the country with its Total Eclipse, a factory re-do of the original EA500. But the airplane is a good stand-in for new production airplanes, which will be called
Eclipse 550s. AVweb recently took a flight demo in a Total Eclipse and prepared this video report.
AVweb reader Jeff Grigg described his recent visit to the airport:
We had an appointment with an examiner at this airport. While there, we were offered a nice Ford to go get some lunch. When our appointment was over, the weather had turned real sloppy, and the
ceiling at our home airport was only 600 feet. The folks at the Orangeburg Airport offered the use of a hangar for a few days until we could return and pick up our plane. When we returned, she was
nice and dry in the hangar. The manager filled the plane and even gave me a little discount on fuel and did not charge me any rental for the hangar due to the weather. With service like this, you
bet I'll recommend this airport and the management to anyone flying through! Everyone was very friendly, the facilities were everything I could want in a small town, and these were just plain good
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