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|John & Martha King Add "Police Training" to
TO HELP DEVELOP POLICE AVIATION TRAINING
John and Martha King
will help the Santa Barbara Police develop training for members of the
department to help them more effectively deal with incidents involving
aircraft. The Kings were detained at gunpoint, handcuffed and held at
the Santa Barbara Airport last Saturday after a case of mistaken
identity over the N-number on their leased Cessna 172. Martha King told
AVweb the chief of police, Camerino Sanchez, called her husband
to apologize "clearly and profusely" for the aggressive manner in which
they were detained. "He said that the police don't have any training for
aircraft stops, and used the only procedure they knew a 'hot
stop' on a stolen vehicle," she said. The Kings will be providing the
department with ideas on how to develop training for officers to
intercept aircraft properly. John King also suggested the training could
be developed into a national set of standard operating procedures for
all police departments. Martha King said the conversation with the
police chief was "very cordial." Meanwhile, AOPA is reporting that the
FAA has removed the N-number from the list of stolen aircraft and the
National Business Aviation Association is calling for further action
that would likely have prevented Saturday's incident. More...
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|If the Recession Is Winding Down, What's Next?||back to
EXECS LOOK TO FUTURE
The recent past hasn't been all that
pleasant for the business and commercial aircraft sectors, so a group of
leading industry execs is looking to the future. Representatives of
manufacturers, brokers and operators will debate the topic "Preparing
For The Future" at the Aircraft
Interiors Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 14-16. Among the topics
to be discussed are whether the recent uptick in orders signals an end
to the downturn. There's also the interesting question of whether the
absence of consolidation of manufacturers during the downturn was a good
thing or a bad thing. More...
Communications and IT in
Aviation: Innovation and Renovation
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|Where Luxury, Business and Technology Intersect||back to
BOY TOYS" SHOWCASES BIZAV
Although business aviation in much
of the world has been downplaying the luxury aspect and emphasizing
efficiency and productivity, a major exhibition in Abu Dhabi next
February embraces the undeniable comforts that come with private air
travel. Most of the major business aviation companies are expected to
take part in Big Boy Toys, which runs from Feb. 2-5, 2011, at the
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. Although an exhibitors' list isn't
available on the website, Al Bawaba, a Middle Eastern news agency, says the
show is "expected to attract top aviation customers across the globe."
In addition to kicking the tires on the latest that aviation has to
offer, attendees can shop for high-end marine, automotive and
electronics products and maybe even book their favorite superstar for a
private concert. Meanwhile, the publication says the market for business
aircraft looks rosy in the region and that bodes well for the show.
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SIMULATOR TRAINING FLAWED
Problems stemming from simulator
training have been cited as contributing factors in airline accidents
that caused more than half of the 522 fatalities over the last decade,
according to a USA Today analysis published on Tuesday. Most
recently, the NTSB cited deficient simulator training as a contributing
factor in its final report on a December 2008 accident in Denver, in
which six people were severely hurt when a Continental 737 ran off a
Denver runway. Simulated crosswind training in the airline industry is
"inadequate," the NTSB reported, due to "deficient simulator wind gust
modeling." Simulators are not able to provide pilots with "realistic
gusty crosswind training," the NTSB said. USA Today noted that
simulators also were cited in the NTSB reports on last year's fatal
Colgan Air crash and the November 2001 crash of an American Airlines
A300 in which 265 people died. More...
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new G650 recently reached Mach 0.995 on a test flight, which the company
says establishes the business jet as the world's fastest civil aircraft.
That title that has long been held by Cessna's Citation X, which flies
at Mach 0.92. Gulfstream said the G650 achieved the maximum speed during
flutter testing, when the test crew took Serial Number 6001 into a dive,
pitching the nose 16 to 18 degrees below the horizon. During the dive,
flutter exciters introduced a range of vibration frequencies to the
wing, tail and flight control surfaces to ensure the aircraft naturally
dampened out the oscillations without input from the pilots. "The
airplane is very predictable," said test pilot Tom Horne. "It's very
easy to control and to get precise control at those speeds."
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Drew McEwen is the new Director of Sales,
Americas for Piper Aircraft. McEwen had a 28-year career in sales at
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BACK AT SOCATA
Stephane Mayer, who was CEO of EADS Socata
before it was sold to DAHER, has now been hired in his old role by the
new company. He spent the interim as CEO of ATR, a turboprop regional
airliner manufacturer. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: UP AGAINST THE FENCE, MARTHA
The Santa Barbara
police chief had the decency and class to apologize to John and Martha
King after holding them at gunpoint over the weekend following an
erroneous stolen aircraft report. Unfortunately, as Paul Bertorelli
reports on the AVweb Insider blog, pilots are uniquely vulnerable
to this sort of thing and we wonder how many agencies would
bother with the apology, much less the extra mile to avoid these things
in the first place. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: HOW THE FAA ACTS COUNTER TO SAFETY
LEDs are a
terrific technology to replace old, failure-prone landing light bulbs.
And the fact that you can leave them on constantly means the aircraft is
more conspicuous, thus reducing the collision risk. Yet the FAA has so
complicated the unnecessary approval process for these products that the
market has been nearly strangled. In the latest installment of our
AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli explains the details. Click
here to read more. More...
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