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SHOWS DRONE, AIRLINER NEAR-COLLISION
It was 2004 when a
small Luna reconnaissance drone almost collided with an Ariana Airbus
A300 over Kabul, but the video was posted online this week by Der
Spiegel and is adding fuel to a debate over the use of unmanned aircraft
in Europe's airspace. About 100 passengers were on board the A300.
According to Der Spiegel, the video from the drone was classified
as "secret" in an accident investigation report, but the clip has been
posted online for several years. The 88-pound drone hit the wake
turbulence from the Airbus, crashed, and was never recovered, according
to Der Spiegel. More...
EAA AirVenture 2013: You
Gotta Be There!
Enjoy daily world-class air shows plus two sensational night air shows;
witness the first U.S. public flights by Yves "Jetman" Rossi;
see 2,500-plus show planes; camp with 40,000 fellow enthusiasts; rock to
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July 29 to August 4
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DELIVERS FIRST FACTORY-BUILT RV-12
Van's Aircraft has
delivered its first ready-to-fly aircraft and it seems like there will
be a lot more to follow. George Longino took possession of his Signature
Series RV-12 S-LSA at Van's Aurora, Ore., manufacturing plant on May 31.
He flew it back to his home near Dallas with a transition training
pilot. Van's did a production test run of 12 RV-12s and they were all
spoken for within hours of the announcement, but there will be one
available to Sporty's customers. More...
IMPULSE LANDS IN ST. LOUIS
A month after its departure from
San Francisco, Solar Impulse on Tuesday landed in St. Louis, marking the
fourth stop on its six-stop flight across the U.S. The unique
solar-powered airplane previously landed in Phoenix and Dallas, and
plans to stop next in Washington, D.C., and New York. The latest leg of
the trip, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, lasted 21 hours and 21
minutes and covered 562 nautical miles. The advance crew for the first
time used an inflatable hangar that was designed for the project's
planned 2015 round-the-world flight, after the planned hangar space in
St. Louis was damaged by storms over the weekend. More...
HIRING IN WISCONSIN
Robust demand for Gulfstream's new
ultra-large-cabin G650 jet is driving a hiring surge in the company's
Greenville, Wis., plant, which has added about 60 new jobs so far this
year and plans to fill 30 to 40 more positions in the next few months.
General manager Gregory Laabs told the Appleton Post-Crescent the company has more than 200 orders
for the G650, which will keep the work force busy at least until 2017.
The job openings are "across the board from design work to engineering,"
Laabs said. "And we also have positions for cabinet finishing and some
sheet metal posts. There are many good jobs still available." The $58
million G650 started deliveries
in December. More...
Visit Aircraft Spruce at the
2013 Golden West Regional Fly-In
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9:00am to 4:00pm on June 9
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helpful staff to answer your questions. For more information, please
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GLOBAL FLIGHT RAMPS UP SUPPORT
The Think Global
Flight Initiative has received funding from the Wolf Aviation Fund
as it gears up for a circumnavigation flight in support of a global
effort to increase student interest in the so-called STEM (science,
technology, engineering and math) subjects in school. Flight organizers
have already involved 10,000 students in 10 countries (including 25
states in the U.S.) with projects to help with flight planning,
navigation and logistics of the flight. Donors who want to be involved
can buy a "Skyway" that will fund fuel for the flight. Judy Rice will be
the pilot and she will be accompanied by navigator and relief pilot Fred
Nauer. Rice said in an interview with AVweb the goal is to
inspire and enthuse students all over the world in the "hard" subjects.
THINK GLOBAL FLIGHT COUNTING DOWN
A circumnavigation flight
that will launch from Sun 'n Fun 2014 is aiming to promote science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to high school students.
AVweb spoke with pilot and founder Judy Rice.
Weather Where You Want It the
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TRYING TO STOP AIRVENTURE CONTROLLER FEES
EAA is rallying the
troops to encourage Senate action to block an FAA proposal to collect
expenses for the controllers that staff AirVenture. In a bulletin to EAA
members, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton urged members to contact their local
representatives and ask them to sign a letter being circulated among senators (PDF) calling
on the FAA to abandon the plan. But Pelton also said there was no time
to waste since the letters were being collected for presentation to FAA
Administrator Michael Huerta by close of business on Tuesday. EAA has
set up a petition website. More...
Masimo Introduces a Pulse
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
From the leader in hospital pulse oximetry comes the world's first pulse
oximeter for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that measures during movement
and low blood flow to the finger. The iSpO2
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index for sports and aviation use.*
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intended for medical use.
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Continental Motors Extends
TBOs Up to 400 Hours!
TBOs are increased on our Gold Standard Factory-produced engines. The
majority of engine models manufactured after February 2012 beginning
with serial number 1006000 will see TBOs increase by 200 hours with
frequent flyers receiving up to 400 hours. In 2012, Continental
introduced its Gold Standard Factory Rebuilt and New Engines.
These engines incorporate improvements in technology and manufacturing
processes that have allowed us to increase the TBO.
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or call (800) 326‑0089
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'PLANES' TO FLY THIS SUMMER
A new animated film
from Disney will bring the world of air racing to the masses this
summer, when Planes hits theaters in August. The official
opening, in 3D theaters across the country, is Aug. 9, but visitors to
AirVenture can see a preview screening of the film on Friday, Aug. 2, in
the EAA Fly-in Theater. A real cropduster, an Air Tractor AT-301, with a
fresh paint job to transform it into "Dusty," the hero of the film, also
will be featured at AirVenture all week. Disney says the design of Dusty
was inspired by a combination of the Air Tractor 502 and the Dromader,
built in Poland. More...
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INVESTIGATION SUGGESTS CARGO SHIFT
Afghanistan have discovered evidence that may support the widely held
theory that shifting cargo caused the
crash of a National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 in late April near the
airfield at Bagram. The New York Times reported Monday that the heavy
military vehicles hit the back of the aircraft so hard on takeoff that
parts broke off the plane and were left on the runway. Cockpit voice
recorder copied the pilot's last words as "Wait, wait," but there is
also speculation that it was actually "Weight, weight," the pilot was
saying. Investigators also found the charred remains of some cargo
straps that were cut but there is no way to tell if they were the cause
or an effect of the tragedy. More...
MONICA AIRPORT TO IMPOSE MORE FEES
Residents in the urban
neighborhoods that surround busy Santa Monica Airport in southern
California have complained about operations there for years, citing
noise, air pollution, and the danger from plane crashes, and now the
city has approved new landing fees that not only more than double the
fees for transient flyers, but also now apply to airport tenants,
including flight schools. "Our students will go from not paying for a
landing to paying about $12 for each landing in a Cessna 172," said Jay
Elder, executive vice president of the American Flyers flight school.
The fee increase would add "hundreds of dollars" to each pilot's
training, he said. Transient pilots will avoid the airport because of
the fee, he added, reducing traffic at the school's pilot shop. If
pilots don't visit the shop, they won't learn about instrument-training
courses, "and it hurts the whole airport," Elder said.
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MAVERICK FLYING CAR CRASH
When a Maverick
Flying Car crashed in Vernon, British Columbia in May of 2013, on-board
cameras helped determine the causes of the accident. AVweb's Russ
Niles assembled this report from the various media used in the
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OF THE WEEK: BASE OPERATIONS (PAGE FIELD AIRPORT, FT. MYERS,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Base
Operations at Page Field Airport (KFMY) in Fort
AVweb reader Frank Ladd recommended the
I have been to this FBO
many times in the past on our yearly jaunts to Sanibel Island. I have
always had excellent service with Scott and Debra at the Page Airport.
This year, they excelled themselves. Their line personnel are very
accommodating and most helpful. We were delayed due to weather on May 1,
but they still accommodated us and our four-hour late arrival. Fuel
prices are very competitive, too. The line guys had my car waiting and
were helpful in loading our luggage. This FBO will get my business
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