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LAUNCHES BID FOR COLUMBIA
Cirrus Design filed a motion on
Thursday to try to buy bankrupt Columbia Aircraft. The company is also
alleging that the bidding process gives arch-rival Cessna the inside
track, according to The Associated Press. Cirrus representatives
appeared to welcome Cessna's proposed acquisition of Columbia two weeks
ago. After Columbia declared bankruptcy, Cessna said it had a letter of
intent to buy some of the assets and liabilities of the Bend, Ore.,
planemaker. Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier told AVweb Sunday that making a
play for Columbia is a natural move for Cirrus. "Naturally, Cirrus would
express interest given some of the similar advanced technologies in the
Columbia and how the line could compliment the current Cirrus SR line,"
he said in an email. "Cirrus has the ability to expand the business and
at the same time further enhance the value of our business. Obviously,
we also have the capabilities to take great care of the customers." The
addition of Cirrus to the mix makes at least four companies interested
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ASKS FOR MORE TIME ON CROSS-BORDER FLIGHT RULES
asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection to extend the comment period by
two months on a proposed rule that would require general aviation pilots
to electronically file passenger manifests at least an hour before
departure on flights headed to the U.S. from outside the country. As AVweb reported last week, the Baja Bush Pilots, who
promote air tourism to Mexico, first raised the issue at last
weeks AOPA Expo in Hartford, noting that its sometimes
difficult to find a phone that works, let alone an Internet connection.
Andy Cebula, director of government affairs for AOPA, said in a news
release that actually being able to file the manifests is only part of
the problem with the new rule. More...
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ERROR MAY CLEAR TFR-BUSTING PILOTS
The FAA says it will
likely clear the records of 12 pilots who violated a temporary flight
restriction (TFR) near Camp David last weekend on their way to an
antique fly-in at Hagerstown. According to the Federal Times, a Capitol Hill news magazine, the
pilots may not have been told about the TFR when they checked for NOTAMs
with flight service before heading to Hagerstown. "Generally, if we
determine they were not properly briefed we don't take enforcement
action," FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown told AVweb on the weekend.
The Federal Times quoted Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., the chairman of
the House Aviation Subcommittee, as telling a hearing on the performance
of flight service since its takeover by Lockheed Martin that the errant
pilots in Maryland weren't told about the TFR because flight service
lost their notification of it. "We can and must do better," Costello
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THREATENED WITH SCHEDULING RESTRICTIONS
Transportation Mary Peters appears to accept that general aviation is
not to blame for flight delays at major airports and says her department
will impose scheduling restrictions on airlines, if necessary, improve
on-time records. The first target could be JFK in New York. Peters has
called a meeting between airline representatives and the FAA for Oct.
23-24 to discuss the problems. Our first choice is to find
market-based incentives to fix delays so we can preserve passenger
choice, but we will consider imposing scheduling restrictions as one
option to avoid a repeat of this summers delays, Peters said
in a news release. As part of their campaign to create a user-fee system
for FAA services, the airlines have alleged that general aviation
traffic is largely to blame for airline delays but Peters doesnt
mention little airplanes in her release. More...
MATERIAL LIGHTER, STRONGER THAN CARBON FIBER
Next to advances
in engine technology, new materials to make the rest of the aircraft are
critical to improving performance and durability of aircraft and Dutch
scientists say theyve hit on a winner. The researchers at the
Delft University of Technology said in a recent news release that their CentrAl reinforced aluminum,
which is a sandwich of aluminum and composite materials, is not only
stronger than carbon-fiber composites, its 20 percent lighter and
virtually impervious to fatigue. The news release says use of the
material could save $100 billion in maintenance and fuel costs in the
world-wide aviation industry. More...
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RADARS GET $43 MILLION UPGRADE
Forecasters will be able to
see the size, type and intensity of precipitation much more accurately
after a system-wide upgrade of NEXRAD radars. Baron Services, an
affiliate of WxWorx, and L-3 Communications were awarded the $43 million
deal to upgrade 171 weather radars with something called
dual-polarization Doppler capability. According to WxWorks, the new
capability will allow forecasters to predict snowfall amounts and even
events like flash floods with more accuracy. More...
FLIGHT WILL MEASURE ARCTIC ICE
A French explorer says the
best way to measure the effects of global warming on the Arctic
environment is from the comfort of an airship. Jean-Louis Etienne
intends to fly an airship more than 6,000 miles from Spitzberg, Norway,
over the North Pole, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska from April to May of next
year. He told a news conference that the airship can cover a lot more
area than surface ships but are much more stable platforms for
scientific equipment than other types of aircraft. "The airship will
allow us to fly over vast areas and it will give our measuring equipment
the stability that a helicopter cannot give," he said. The airship is
being built in Russia and is about 175 feet long and 50 feet in
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HELICOPTER PILOT CHARGED WITH DRUNK FLYING
A Naples, Fla.
helicopter pilot is being held without bail in Virginia after police
allege he was giving rides to families while under the influence of
alcohol. Police were called to the Suffolk Peanut Festival after a
family that had taken a ride with the 50-year-old pilot complained that
he flew erratically and that they could smell alcohol on his breath. The
family also said he muttered curses when he landed the Bell 206 L1
PILOT SUSPENDED FOR LONG-DISTANCE JOKE?
The "victim" in this
bizarre tale says there's more to the story than meets the eye
and there would probably have to be. A 30-year-veteran Singapore
Airlines pilot is alleged to have essentially thrown it all away for the
teenage prank of fraudulently ordering fast food for a fellow pilot who
lives near Vancouver. At least four times over a two-day period last
November, Looi Kang San is alleged to have had pizza, burgers and fried
chicken delivered to Steven Gillis, who lives in the Vancouver suburb of
Surrey. The Vancouver Province newspaper contacted Gillis, who
didn't want to comment, but the paper did say he suggested there was
something else going on. Regardless of what may have sparked the
intercontinental prank, Singapore authorities don't seem to think it's
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latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners
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MONDAY PODCAST: SPORTY'S HEAD HAL SHEVES DEBRIEFS AFTER NBAA AND
At any convention, a lot of the real business is done in
the hallways, the reception rooms, and the quiet corners that movers and
shakers find when they need to talk turkey. The National Business
Aviation Association meeting in Atlanta and AOPA's annual get-together
in Hartford provided plenty of opportunities for the kind of informal
discussions that often lay the groundwork for future projects. Someone
who seems to be everywhere at these events is Hal Shevers, president of
Sporty's Pilot Shop. AVweb's Russ Niles talked with Hal about
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OF THE WEEK: BOB HOOVER'S SHOW-STOPPING AEROBATICS
week's viral video clip comes to us from AVweb reader Brady
Zaiser, who found this clip of the incredible Bob Hoover demonstrating a
few aerobatic tricks on Snotr. (Brady, we'll be sending you an
AVweb hat for tracking this down and we'll do the same for
anyone else who recommends a video that becomes a future "Video of the
Week," so be sure to let us know when you find cool flying videos around
the web.) (Click through to watch.) More...
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"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Aviation Facilities, Inc. (AFI) at
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anniversary at KFUL last week.
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Starting with a
C-150 and using the airport motel lobby as an office, [AFI] ... has
grown to a fleet of eleven aircraft and over seven instructors. Still
owned and operated by the same family, it has accomplished over 250,000
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August 30, 2007
Piper Arrow pilot
was on a 1/4-mile final, making a late-night emergency landing at MSP
due to a faulty nosegear indicator, with fire trucks and emergency
vehicles lining both sides of the
Wow, not even [U.S. President]
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