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YOU'RE SPENDING $1.8 BILLION ON
The FAA has decided who to
saddle with hundreds of millions of dollars and the responsibility to
install the ground-based portion of the Automatic Dependent
Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. It has awarded ITT a contract
worth up to $1.8 billion to deploy upwards of 700 ground stations that
will one day "run more aircraft safely and with more efficiency,"
according to FAA deputy administrator, Robert A. Sturgell. Losing out in
this phase were rivals Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. More...
PIPER JR. DIES AT 96
The last member of the Piper family to
head up the legendary planemaker died Aug. 24 in Lock Haven, Pa. Bill
Piper Jr. was the son of Piper Aircraft founder William Piper and was
president of the company until the late 1970s when the family lost
control of the company and management was fired. Pipers memorial
was held on Wednesday and featured a formation of yellow Cubs performing
the missing man flyby. Pipers nephew John told AVweb his uncle had
a long and fruitful life. Sadly, it is another indication of a
passing era in general aviation, he wrote in an email. On
the other hand, Bill, Jr. and several other members of the Piper family
sure had a very full life and played a major role in the development of
general aviation worldwide. More...
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KILLS AIR SHOW PILOTS IN POLAND
Two members of the Zelazny
Aerobatic Squad were killed Saturday when their aircraft collided head
during a performance at the Radom Air Show in Poland. No one on the
ground was reported hurt. Photos showed the aircraft disintegrating on impact.
The debris fell in a wooded area far from the audience, initial news
reports said. Names of the pilots had not been released.
SEMINOLE AS JET DETERRENT
Last week, a man was arrested and
charged with three counts, one each for several times deliberately
flying his aircraft into the path of a jet, last May, according to UPI.
Thomas Bancroft Shaffer is alleged to have flown a Piper Seminole into
the path of a Brazilian Embraer ERJ-170 three separate times, while the
jet was attempting to conduct landing tests. Shaffer owns Silver
Express, a Part 141 flight school that operates out of Kendall-Tamiami
airport in Florida. Investigators have now concluded that his actions
were deliberate and imposed on himself, those on the jet and those on
the ground imminent danger. More...
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Responding to reports of two near collisions over the
past two weeks and eight since October 1, Assemblyman Ted Lieu, (D -- El
Segundo) Thursday suggested that flights at Los Angeles International
airport be limited and spacing for landing and departing aircraft be
increased. "If the FAA does not immediately act to improve safety at LAX
and an accident occurs, the FAA will have blood on its hands," Lieu
wrote. The state lawmaker offered his thoughts in a letter to FAA
administrator Marion Blakey adding that steps should be taken to divert
flights away from LAX and into other southern California airports. Lieu
buttressed his position with his belief that other changes could take
much more time while his ideas offered channels for more immediate
PILOT LEAVES TERRIBLE TWO'S
Three years into it, and more
than 2,100 Sport Pilot certificates have been issued as of June 1, 2007
with 230 sport pilot instructors now certificated. EAA last week
presented the news as part of its annual analysis of the Sport Pilot
sector. The new aircraft and pilot categories have seen growth over the
past year that has outpaced cumulative totals for the first two years
combined. What's more, (literally) there are "nearly 3,700 successful
applicants in the sport pilot airman knowledge (written) test." EAA
found that more than 50 new aircraft are now available for sport pilots,
but more than 4,000 light sport aircraft are on the FAA register,
according to EAA. More...
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OFFERS ONLINE AIRCRAFT RENTAL LISTINGS
A North Carolina
company has launched an online aircraft rental listing service that
allows renters to find the types of aircraft they want just about
anywhere in the country. Visitors to Rentplanes.com get
and inquiry form that lets them look for virtually any kind of aircraft.
The site narrows the search to three airports in the general area
specified and links to AirNav give airport details and distances.
BEACH PUTS STOCK IN PIPER AIRCRAFT
Money talks and a Vero
Beach businessman is hoping the community can shout a message to the
parent company of Piper Aircraft. According to TCPalm.com Jim Adams is urging all
residents in the area who hold shares in American Capital Strategies to
sign a letter urging the company to keep building Pipers in Vero Beach.
"All they'll have to do is leave their name with my secretary," Adams
said. "They'll have to listen to us now. We're stockholders." Adams is
among several Vero Beach residents who have recently purchased shares to
show tangible support for retaining the planemaker, which is shopping
for a location in which to expand its current plant and build a new
facility for manufacturing the PiperJet. More...
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OPERATOR GETS 22 YEARS FOR FRAUD
Phillip Casciola has been
sentenced to 22 years in prison in part for failing to deliver
merchandise sold through his web site Jetbroker.org, a company that
specialized in selling corporate jets and aircraft parts. Authorities
spent two years investigating 51-year-old Casciola and concluded that he
had within the past few years defrauded customers out of more than half
a million dollars. More...
PLAQUE ALTERED TO APPEASE VET PILOTS
Former Second World War
bomber crew members are applauding the Canadian War Museums
promise to revise the wording on a plaque that introduces the
museums exhibit on the Allied bombing campaign. But historians are
decrying the politically- charged decision, saying that not only is the
current wording appropriate, the decision to amend it was the result of
political pressure and not for academic or historical integrity.
Canadian veterans organizations lobbied extensively and threatened
a boycott of the museum over the plaque, which they claim inaccurately
portrayed bomber crews as war criminals. More...
TRAVEL SECURITY TOUGH ON THE WAISTLINE
suspected that waiting in line to take off your shoes for complete
strangers is hard on your blood pressure but now theres a report
that suggests it might also be making people fat. Confectionarynews.com
says a study shows sales of candy and snacks at airports went up almost
12 percent in 2006 to a total of $1.9 billion and says stiffer airport
security is the reason. More...
The Columbias Are Coming
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Six people died in crash of four-place aircraft at
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JetBlue opposes airline position on FAA
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AOPA EXPO 2007 Landing in Hartford, CT
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SAYING GOODBYE TO BILL PIPER JR.
lost an icon last week when Bill Piper Jr. died at the age of 96 in Lock
Haven, Pennsylvania. Piper worked alongside his brothers Tony and Pug,
under the guidance of founder Bill Piper Sr. to create not just a
company, but help develop the entire general aviation industry. His
nephew John was close to Bill Jr. and spoke to AVweb's Russ Niles
about his uncle's accomplishments and on what it was like to grow up in
the first family of general aviation.
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OF THE WEEK: HENDERSON EXECUTIVE AIRPORT (HENDERSON, NV)
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at Henderson
Executive Airport (HND) in Henderson, Nev.
Christopher Dean heaps praise on the service team in
We spent eight days out there going up and
coming back daily. The line crew simply rocks -- they are thorough,
efficient, professional and safe. The customer service teams on all of
the the shifts are friendly, and know how to take care of the customer.
And the icing on the cake -- the fuel prices can't be beat! From the
second we arrived to eight days later, everyone there at the FBO who
dealt with us left us with a positive and warm impression. We will make
this FBO our choice FBO for our trips to Las Vegas. Thank you to
everyone who works there!
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