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|"Sustainable Flight" Is More Than Straight And
JET OPERATORS OFFER CARBON OFFSETS
technologies that will lessen the human impact on the natural
environment is becoming more and more of a concern, especially in
Europe, where public pressure to clean up the atmosphere is intense and
growing. In response, companies are offering "carbon offsets" that, for
a price, will neutralize the carbon emissions from aircraft in various
ways, either planting trees to absorb carbon dioxide or investing in
alternative forms of energy to prevent more emissions. Whether or not
this is actually effective is open to debate, but the concept has caught
fire, and now the offsets are being offered not just to airline
passengers but also to those who use private jets. The issue of
climate change has arrived in the aviation sector, Jonathan
Shopley, CEO of The CarbonNeutral Company, told the London Times. Every company is thinking
about what they are going to do about it." More...
CONSORTIUM WORKING ON EFFICIENT WING TECHNOLOGY
emissions is one approach, but another way to get cleaner air is to be
more efficient in the first place. Toward that end, a consortium of 17
leading U.K. organizations is working on a slate of new technologies related to development of
wings, wing systems, landing gear and fuel systems. After completing
their assessment, the intention is to go on and develop a large-scale
technology demonstrator for a test program. The research aims to cut in half
aircraft fuel burn, emissions and noise by 2020. The effort is not
just a do-good project, though. The goal is also to improve efficiency
and enhance the bottom line of the companies involved.
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DEACTIVATE THERMAWING DEICERS
Some owners of Columbia
aircraft who were looking forward to flying through the winter with
heated wings will have to put those plans on ice, at least for now. The
FAA says all Thermawing (aka E-Vade) systems on Columbia
airplanes must be deactivated and a placard must be installed in the
cockpit that clearly says the deicer is offline. The compulsory Airworthiness Directive (AD) follows up on a recent
Service Bulletin issued by Kelly Aerospace, which builds the wing
deicing system. The deicer, which has been STC'd for some Columbia
models, can short circuit if it's not installed correctly, says the FAA,
causing possible burning of the wings and horizontal stabilizer, as well
as a possible reduction in structural integrity. More...
CREWS SHOULD CHECK RUNWAY HEADING BEFORE DEPARTURE
When a Comair CRJ-100 crashed in August while trying to
depart from the wrong runway at Lexington (Ky.) Airport, killing 49
people, it was one of those error chains that gave pause to many pilots.
While most aviators will say that checking the runway heading is part of
their pre-takeoff routine, many admit they don't always do it, and many
checklists don't include it. Now the NTSB wants that to change, at least
for airline crews. In recommendations issued on Tuesday, the safety board
asks the FAA to require all Part 121 operators to establish procedures
for flight crews to positively confirm and cross-check the airplane's
location before crossing the hold-short line for takeoff. The NTSB also
wants those operators to provide specific guidance to pilots regarding
the runway lighting requirements for takeoff operations at night.
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OF THE LINE FOR EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR
The last scheduled event
of the EAA's Sport Pilot Tour took place this past weekend at Brown
Field in sport-pilot-friendly San Diego and capped a 13-stop run that
began in 2005. AVweb was there to collect a summation from
industry advocate Dan Johnson, who told us enthusiasm for the category
(mostly from an estimated 100,000 pilots nearing or already enjoying
their golden years) currently has demand outpacing supply. Deliveries
for aircraft ordered today have, for many manufacturers, backed up until
next March or April, said Johnson, and the small, local events that
often included less than 20 static display aircraft seduced about 500 to
800 enthusiasts per stop.
here for a gallery of AVweb photos from the event.
FLYING CARS -- PERSONAL BLIMP IS FLYING TODAY
It might not be
the perfect vehicle for everyone -- and its usefulness is yet to be
proved -- but for the pilot who yearns to simply launch from the
backyard and tool around for fun, the personal hot-air
blimp could fit the bill. Dan Nachbar of Amherst, Mass., launched
his homebuilt airship for the first time in late October, and recently
completed its first 10 hours of test flights. Unlike other hot-air
blimps, Nachbar's design has a rigid internal frame. And unlike helium
blimps, it can be deflated and stored between flights, without the need
for a hangar. The internal frame also can be folded for storage. "Our
team's mission has been clear -- to create a unique aircraft capable of
quiet, steerable, safe and affordable flight," Nachbar said Tuesday. "We
have succeeded beyond our wildest imagination." More...
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RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT MAY SELL FOR $3 BILLION
An offer to buy
Raytheon Aircraft Company may reach $3 billion, Bloomberg reported on Monday. Citing an unnamed
source "with knowledge of the agreement," Bloomberg said Onex Corp., a
buyout firm based in Toronto, and Goldman Sachs Group would each acquire
stakes of under 50 percent in the company, with the rest being held by
the current management team. The deal is expected to be publicly
announced by the end of the month. Raytheon Aircraft, based in Wichita,
Kan., manufactures the Beechcraft Bonanza G36, Baron G58, King Air
series and Premier IA and Hawker 400XP, 850XP and 4000, as well as the
T-6A/B military trainer. More...
LOSES PART OF TAIL, LANDS SAFELY
A Learjet 36 was flying off
the coast of San Diego on Friday, Dec.1, when it sustained "an in-flight
loss of the right elevator," the NTSB says. In its preliminary report, the Safety Board said the flight
had departed from the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego at
about 9:30 a.m. On board were an ATP-rated pilot, a commercial-rated
second pilot and one passenger. Visual meteorological conditions
prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. "The operator reported that the
airplane joined up with another airplane, and was doing a cross-under
maneuver," says the report. More...
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FAA LIKELY TO RETIRE AGE-60 RULE
Citing unnamed sources in
government and industry, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday
that the FAA is likely to propose a rule change to raise the mandatory
retirement age for airline pilots to 65 early next year. The report said
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey "is crafting the new position slowly but
steadily." Pressure for a change has grown since the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) recently implemented a rule for airline
crews that allows one pilot to be over age 60, but not more than 65, as
long as the other pilot is under 60. The WSJ also cited a tight labor
market and the lack of data to substantiate safety concerns as adding to
the impetus for change. More...
GETS JOINT FAA-EASA CERTIFICATION
The world's largest
commercial airliner, the 555-seat Airbus A380, received joint European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and FAA Type Certification on Tuesday in a
ceremony held at the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France. FAA
Administrator Marion Blakey was there, and said it was "a great
day for aviation." It was the first-ever concurrent certification
between EASA and FAA, Blakey said. The A380 is also the first aircraft
to which 21st century certification standards were applied, according to
Airbus. The company said it has 166 orders for the
A380, with the first copy due to be delivered to first operator
Singapore Airlines next October. More...
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Liberty's XL2 now certified in Australia...
says parts serviced by Crankcase Services should be checked...
European airlines told crews to fly defensively in Brazilian
Sporty's in-flight icing CD plus a NASA DVD is just
Bill passed to address the shortage of skilled aerospace
"One Six Right" filmmakers gave $15,395 to Young
Jan. 23 is deadline to have a passport for Western
Banyan Air Service has opened a big new FBO
facility at FXE. More...
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Holiday special and more information
AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new
in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's
podcast, you'll find an interview with NATA President Jim Coyne. And
AVweb's podcast index
includes interviews with Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn; Honda
Aircraft's Jeffrey Smith; Cirrus Design cofounder and CEO Alan
Klapmeier; Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton; and Spectrum
Aeronautical chairman Linden Blue. In Monday's news
summary, hear about what's next for the Legacy midair pilots now
that they're back home, the possible acquisition if Raytheon Aircraft by
Onex, safer ATC in Europe, China's proposed GPS system and more.
Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find
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Pilot Journey Isn't Just for Students &
Instructors; There's Something for Everyone
You know Pilot Journey
's Discovery Flight
converting leads to students. However, all pilots can find something at
: Pilot e-mail accounts, pilot eCards; a pilot
cruise with seminars; AvCareers, where position wanted and positions
available are listed; and much more.
Pilot Journey is the pilot's
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comprehensive, news stories that you've come to expect from AVweb. And
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card encases a heavy metal medallion showing the Collier Trophy on one
side and an image of SpaceShipOne on the reverse of Series 1, and the
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OF THE WEEK: PAYING AT THE PUMP
This week, we're thinking
about a story on aviation credit cards that will run in the next issue
of our sister publication, Aviation Consumer and we'd like
to know how AVweb readers pay for their avgas. (The full story will
appear in the next issue of Aviation Consumer. If you don't want
to miss it, click here to subscribe.)
PLUS: Results of
last week's question on local government officials and their attitudes
toward community airports. More...
Reserve Your Advanced Order Now for Kevin
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's "CEO of the Cockpit," Kevin Garrison
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, published by ASJA press, will be Kevin's third humor
book and his first about flying.
Reserve your copy online today
OF THE WEEK: HUTCHINSON COUNTY AIRPORT
AVweb's "FBO of the Week"
ribbon goes to Hutchinson County Airport at KBGD in Borger,
AVweb reader Mack Secord said he received real
Southwestern hospitality at the county-run facility.
than nine hours of flying in our Skylane, we were ready to call it a day
when we selected Borger, Texas, as our overnight stop. Almost before the
prop stopped turning, Ronnie Wood and his crew had chocked and tied down
the airplane, unloaded our baggage and positioned the fuel truck for a
load of 100LL at $3.05 per gallon. When we asked about a place to stay,
they promptly made us reservations at a new nearby motel, suggested
three local restaurants and gave us the keys to a Crown Victoria sedan
(at no charge). On departure the next morning, they arranged for a
simply stunning sunrise as they wished us farewell. (I'll be submitting
the photo of that sunrise for 'Picture of the Week!') This was
Southwestern hospitality at its finest."
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
OF THE WEEK
Welcome back to AVweb's "Picture
of the Week" the feature wherein we share the best
reader-submitted photos from the past week with all our fellow
AVwebbers. This week, you'll notice a few changes in the "POTW"
most notably, that we're going to back to our old habit of
sharing only the top three reader photos. But don't
panic! This is actually part of a clever scheme on our part to
share more photos with you. (Read on!)
Over the past
couple of years, we've been sneaking in extra photos here and there
whenever we could. (To be honest, we were mostly doing this
because there were too many cool photos that went unseen when we
featured only the top three.) But the more photos we show, the
more photos our readers submit. Lately we've been running 8 to 10
pictures each week and feeling that we could easily keep going to
another 8 or 10! So, in an effort to get more photos out there,
we're trimming the feature down to the Top Three photos once again
and posting a dozen or so bonus pics on the AVweb home page every week!
free to browse through our top photos while you glance at the day's
headlines and don't be surprised if we sneak a couple of extra
images in there throughout the week. (We're devilish that way.)
And while you're gawking at your fellow readers' photos, why not send us one of your
A quick note for submitters: We're going to try
to limit it to one photo per reader per week, so if you've got several
photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit
them one-a-week! ;) More...
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