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DECISIONS DELAYED TILL FRIDAY
The FAA was expected to
announce Monday which control towers will close due to federal budget
cuts, but now that announcement has been delayed until Friday, March 22.
The FAA plans to eliminate funding for as many as 232 towers, most of
them run by contractors, but operators of the affected airports were
invited to make a case to the FAA why those measures would "adversely
affect the national interest." Last Friday, FAA chief operating officer
J. David Grizzle said the FAA has "received a very large number of
responses" and needs more time to "review comprehensively the submission
on behalf of each airport." More...
INSIDER BLOG: BUT WHICH TOWERS?
Communities and pilots alike
have always accepted the notion that the federal government has a
definite role in building aviation infrastructure. But does that apply
to control towers and sleepy little fields that don't really need them?
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blog, Paul Bertorelli gives you a shot at offering your own opinion. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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"FIRST FLIGHT" CLAIMS STIR CRITICAL BACKLASH
include the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) and a senior
curator for the Smithsonian Institution have refuted claims made this
month and supported by Jane's All the World's Aircraft that Gustav
Whitehead piloted a powered aircraft years before the Wright Brothers.
claim, which specifically stated that Whitehead first flew his
original powered monoplane by at least 1901, was recently promoted by
Australian aviation historian John Brown. Brown's evidence appeared to
satisfy Jane's editor, Paul Jackson, who included it in the foreword of
the 100th edition of Jane's All the World's Aircraft. NAHA calls the
evidence "fanciful" and notes a letter written by the Smithsonian's Tom
Crouch that states the persistent accounts of Whitehead's success have
been previously discredited. More...
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REOPENS FIRE CENTER WITH MOCK A380
International Airport has reopened its aircraft rescue firefighting
training and research facility and announced a partnership with
Embry-Riddle after a yearlong expansion that includes a new burn pit and
"the only" Airbus A380 training hull in the United States. The $29
million expansion was designed to enhance the facility's real-world
training environment and improve its capabilities as a research center.
Prior to the expansion, the facility trained more than 15,000 students
from 24 countries. It will now integrate an Aviation Fire Science
program developed by Embry-Riddle. DFW is also partnering with the FAA
and ICAO for information sharing. More...
FLYING HOSPITAL UPGRADES TO MD10
The one-of-a-kind Orbis
flying eye hospital will get an upgrade this year, transitioning from a
DC-10 to an MD10 donated by FedEx. The flying hospital travels the world
to deliver surgical eye care and training to people in poor countries,
with a fully equipped surgical suite and staff on board the aircraft.
"The new MD10 will have many new advantages," Orbis spokesman
Christopher Bogusz told AVweb. The interior will be configured to
handle new custom-made modules. "These innovative modules are
essentially stand-alone units that can be upgraded, replaced, or easily
taken off the aircraft to be modified," Bogusz said. Volunteer pilots
from FedEx and United Airlines do the flying. More...
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FRANCE CRASH REPORT: CAPTAIN HAD JUST ONE HOUR OF
According to a transcript of the cockpit voice
recorder, the captain of the Air France Airbus 330 that crashed into the
Atlantic in 2009 said he had not had enough sleep the night before, a
detail that was not previously released, according to the French
magazine Le Point. Le Point says that in a judicial
transcript it acquired, the captain said, "I didn't sleep enough last
night. One hour, it's not enough." According to ABC News, the new information raises concerns about
the investigation and whether the full content of the CVR transcript
should be made public. Investigators released a final
report on the crash last July. More...
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BACH BOOK CELEBRATES FLIGHT
Author Richard Bach, known for
his stories about flying and most famous for the classic Jonathan
Livingston Seagull, this week published a new book about a
cross-country flight in his seaplane, Travels with Puff, A Gentle
Game of Life and Death. "Could be that non-flyers would be startled
at the trip, but the book was written for flyers, and for me," Bach told
AVweb in an email interview on Tuesday. The book, illustrated
with photographs by fellow traveler Dan Nickens, describes how he
learned to fly the SeaRey amphibian in Florida then flew it back to his
home near Seattle. The story captures the adventure of facing new
challenges, exploring new landscapes, and making new friends along the
RALLY TO SAVE MOUNTAIN
A mountaintop in Utah that's a popular
launch site for paraglider and hang-glider pilots is being destroyed by
a mining operation, and the fliers have launched a protest. "This is a
jewel, this is a famous place," said Jonathan Jeffries, a paraglider, at
a recent meeting where fliers gathered to plan a mountain-saving
strategy. "People come from all over the world to fly here." The site,
known as Point of the Mountain, just south of Salt Lake City, is owned
by a mining company, and bulldozers are now infringing on the fliers'
site. The fliers have launched a web site, an online petition, and a
Facebook page in an effort to organize support and preserve the
mountaintop for recreation. More...
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ECLIPSE POWERS UP
The first truly new Eclipse aircraft to
come out of the factory in Albuquerque in almost five years has been
powered up and will be delivered to the customer in the fall. The
Eclipse 550 is an updated version of the Eclipse 500, of which 260 were
built before the company collapsed in 2008. The 550 uses the same
airframe and PW610F engines but includes modernized flight systems and
optional features like enhanced or synthetic vision, autothrottles,
satellite phones and anti-skid brakes. Eclipse Aerospace CEO Mason
Holland said the milestone achievement sets the stage for a measured
return to aircraft production by the company. "This event is another key
signal to the world that we continue on our methodical and well-executed
plan to reintroduce production and delivery of the Eclipse 550 Jet this
OVERRIDE BEECHCRAFT APPEAL OF LAS CONTRACT
The Pentagon and
Obama administration invoked a rarely used power in overriding a
congressional review of Beechcraft's second appeal of the loss of a
contract to the U.S. Air Force. Citing "unusual and compelling
circumstances," the Pentagon told Embraer to get going on supplying 20
Super Tucano light air support aircraft to the Afghanistan Air Force and
ignore Beechcraft's appeal. The Air Force picked the Super Tucano for a
second time over the Beechcraft AT6B in January after the former Hawker
Beechcraft successfully appealed the first contract award. Beechcraft
protested the latest contract award to the Government Accountability
Office but the Pentagon action stopped that process cold. Beechcraft
says it's considering its options and has issued a statement critical of
the Pentagon's action, calling it "misguided." More...
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TOTAL ECLIPSE FLIGHT DEMO
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.
OF THE WEEK: HOVA FLIGHT SERVICES (KGIF, WINTER HAVEN,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to HOVA Flight
Services at Gilbert Airport (KGIF) in Winter Haven,
AVweb reader Christopher Leonard told us
how impressed he was with the facilities at staff at
This is the best FBO I
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is a true GA focus here. The restaurant inside the FBO building is
excellent and creates a sense of community. The airport is active in
flight training and promoting GA. The facilities are beautiful, and fuel
prices for such an outstanding new facility are very reasonable. Getting
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