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CREW PREVENTS COLLISION AT TEB
On Sunday at about 1:20 p.m.,
the crew of an Avantair Piaggio Avanti P.180 took evasive action
during takeoff from New Jersey's Teterboro Airport, averting certain
disaster. According to an NTSB preliminary report, the tower controller
cleared the twin turboprop (N152SL, operating as Avantair Flight 152) to
take off on Runway 24 and seconds later cleared a Cirrus SR22 (N6026K)
for takeoff on intersecting Runway 19. The NTSB said the crew of the
fractional Avanti saw the Cirrus during their departure roll and applied
maximum braking, which blew out two of the twin turboprop's tires but
slowed the airplane enough to avoid a collision by a mere 50 feet.
N512SL eventually came to rest in the intersection, just after the
Cirrus safely crossed. According to the NTSB report, "The tower
controller stated that he did not see the incursion, so he did not
cancel either takeoff clearance." More...
BLAKEY: AVIATION CAN BE ECO-FRIENDLY
FAA Administrator Marion
Blakey this week committed to an effort to reduce the carbon emissions
from air travel, both by exploring the use of alternative fuels and by
improving efficiency. Speaking at the Paris Air Show, Blakey on Monday
announced that the U.S. will participate in an international effort
called AIRE -- the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to
Reduce Emissions. The initiative will comprise efforts from government,
industry, airlines, manufacturers and service providers to develop
operational procedures and standards that are environmentally friendly.
"The focus of AIRE is gate-to-gate," Blakey said. "We want to take every
opportunity to whittle away at a carbon footprint that's already low.
Every place we can make a difference, we will." On Tuesday, Blakey said
two studies now are underway to examine fuel alternatives, with results expected in
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OPENS GROUNDS, ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR AIRVENTURE
about a month until the festivities begin in Oshkosh, Wis., at EAA
AirVenture, and this week the first campsites will open for visitors. Some campers
arrive early to reserve favorite spots or to volunteer for the show
preparations. Many say that camping out amid thousands of other aviation
enthusiasts is the best way to enjoy the show's atmosphere and
camaraderie. EAA has also this week posted online its schedule of almost
1,000 presentations, forums and workshops, in a new integrated format.
"The new online schedule makes it easier to find exactly what
you're looking for, not just in the Forums Plaza, but all over the
entire convention grounds," said EAA staffer Mark Forss. Topics cover
every aspect of aviation, from aerobatics to welding. One notable
absence from the roster this year -- for the first time since 1971, Burt
Rutan will not be found presenting a forum at Oshkosh.
VLJ SEES LIGHT OF DAY
The first Phenom 100 very light jet
rolled out on Saturday from Embraer's headquarters in São José
dos Campos, Brazil, and is now in the paint shop. After its cosmetic
upgrade, the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-powered twinjet will begin a
series of ground tests in preparation for its first flight this summer.
"We are thrilled to see the Phenom 100 become a reality," noted Embraer
Executive Vice President for Executive Jets Luís Carlos Affonso.
"We are confident that the Phenom 100
will become the benchmark
of the very light jet segment." Embraer launched the Phenom 100, as well
as the derivative Phenom 300 light jet, in May 2005 and cut the first
metal for the VLJ in May last year. More...
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COULD ROLL BACK ATC CONTRACT
House Democrats might insert a
clause into the FAA reauthorization bill that would force the agency to
reopen contract negotiations with air traffic controllers, the Federal Times reported on Tuesday. Unless the two
sides make progress this week, the bill "will essentially turn back the
clock and reopen the NATCA contract," Justin Harclerode, a spokesman for
the Republican members of the committee, told the Times. He said it
would also give controllers back pay retroactive to the end of their
last contract. However, if the bill does include such a provision, it
would be vetoed by President Bush, Harclerode said. He added that the
Republican committee members are willing to go along with a requirement
for arbritation, but would not support retroactive changes.
GLOBETROTTING FLIGHT TO LAUNCH FROM PARIS
took delivery of his new Cessna Citation Mustang a month ago, and on
Thursday will launch it from the Paris Air Show grounds on an eight-day
round-the-world trip. Furth will fly solo, accompanied by his Great Dane
(insert your favorite dog copilot joke here). After launching from Paris
Le Bourget Airport, the first stop will be Warsaw, Poland, then Furth
will fly across Russia, landing at Moscow, Eketeringsburg and
Novosibrisk. He will also make stops in Alaska, Canada and Iceland
before returning to Le Bourget. The entire trip will cover 14,000 nm
with about 15 stops. Furth, who owns Chalk Hill Vineyards and Winery in
California, has been an avid pilot for many years and also owns a
Citation X and Cessna Caravan. More...
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INPUT ON ADS-B NEEDED
Researchers at the MIT International
Center for Air Transportation are working to identify potential ADS-B
(Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast) applications that would
be useful for flight operations, and they are seeking input from pilots.
"We are very interested in getting representation from all aviation
segments that could potentially benefit from ADS-B, including
Helicopter, Fixed Wing, Part 135 operations, Part 121 operations and the
military," Prof. R. John Hansman tells AVweb . Pilots are invited
to complete an online survey, which requires no prior knowledge
about ADS-B and takes less than 10 minutes to complete, Hansman said.
This survey will be useful in informing the FAA on ADS-B implementation,
but it is only advisory and other factors may influence the final ADS-B
implementation plans, he added. More...
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COURTS SSBJ PARTNERS AT PARIS
Aerion executives are at the
Paris Air Show this week, with their biggest presence yet, conducting
business from their own chalet. Their goal is to facilitate discussions
with potential OEM partners and potential launch customers, as they
continue to tweak the design for their proposed supersonic business jet.
"The level of interest we are seeing ... suggested to us it was time to
raise our profile at Paris," said Aerion Vice Chairman Brian Barents.
"We expect in the course of this week to move the Aerion aircraft much
closer to reality." The company is seeking partners who will bear the
cost of developing the estimated $80 million aircraft and bring it to
market, an effort expected to take five years and $2 billion.
UAV OK'D FOR NATIONAL AIRSPACE
The CyberBug, a small hand-launched unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV) that comes in several models ranging from about three to
15 pounds, has been granted an experimental airworthiness certificate by
the FAA. Cyber Defense
Systems, which builds the aircraft, says it is the first vehicle
less than 100 pounds that has been approved to fly in the U.S. National
Airspace System, and one of only 12 unmanned vehicles to be granted
experimental certificates from the FAA. Cyber Defense successfully
completed a CyberBug demonstration flight for FAA officials in Florida
on June 15. The company expects to market the vehicle for military, law
enforcement and commercial applications. More...
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Cessna announced a $1 billion order for
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Hawker Beechcraft has contracted with
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DOT-OIG will review NY-area NMACs
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with Epic Aircraft's Rick Schrameck; AOPA's Randy Kenagy; Eclipse
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OF THE WEEK: THE FAA ADMINISTRATORIT'S A TOUGH JOB, BUT WHO WILL
DO IT WHEN BLAKEY STEPS DOWN?
Both FAA Administrator Marion
Blakey's term and the current FAA reauthorization legislation expire on
September 30, though the aviation community is heavily focused on the
latter issue and has largely ignored the former. So we'd like to know
who you think should be the next FAA Administrator. (We've assembled our
own short list of potentials; if you choose "other," please e-mail us
your choice.) Plus: How many hours (and what certifications) did
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OF THE WEEK: VAIL VALLEY JET CENTER
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Each week, we go through dozens (and
sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to
share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on
AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded
an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week." We've always heard
that children are our future, but it seems they're finally taking over
the present at least as far as "Picture of the Week" is
concerned. John and Brady Gardner stole the show last week, and this
week's top spot goes to Keith
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