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FAA RULES FAULTED BY NTSB IN HUDSON MIDAIR
An air traffic controller
distracted by a "nonpertinent" phone call while on duty was the main
factor causing an August 2009 midair above the Hudson River in New York,
the NTSB said on Tuesday. All nine people on board a Piper Lance and a
tour helicopter were killed. The board also faulted the FAA's
see-and-avoid rules in the Hudson corridor. It was not possible for the
helicopter pilot to see the Lance approaching from behind, the board
said, and investigators showed that it would have been difficult for the
Lance pilot to see the helicopter against the city skyline until it was
too late to react. The controller failed to notice when the Lance pilot
read back the wrong frequency, and as a result, controllers were unable
to reach the pilot in time to warn about the conflict.
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GULFSTREAM SEEING RECOVERY
Bombardier and Gulfstream are both
seeing positive signs that the big business jet market is improving,
although they measure it a little differently. In interviews with Business Jet Traveler, officials with both companies
offered cautious optimism that the pain is easing in their business.
Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin said the market "is starting to see signs
of recovery as shown by the significant reduction in business aircraft
order cancellations." New orders are outpacing cancellations but Guy
Hachey, president of the aerospace division said he'd hoped the recovery
would be farther along by now. General Dynamics CEO Jay Johnson is also
seeing stability. More...
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BIZJET USE UP SUBSTANTIALLY
Use of mid-sized business jets
has jumped substantially in the last year, perhaps signifying that
corporate air travel is rebounding. Use of Part 91 mid-sized jets was up
8.1 percent in August 2010 compared to August 2009 and Part 135
operations jumped 12.9 percent, according to figures tallied by Aviation
Research Group US (ARGUS). ARGUS counts serial-number-specific
arrivals and departures of all IFR flight plans filed in each time
period to arrive at the results. It considers mid-sized jets as those
weighing from 20,000 to 41,000 pounds. Other classes of business jets
didn't have as strong a showing and Part 135 and fractional operations
remain challenged, according to the figures. More...
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OF BUSINESS JETS CONFERENCE NOV. 10-11
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this year's meeting adds topics and generally builds on the themes that
have been discussed in previous years. The conference will be held Nov.
10-11 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Centre in
London's Kensington district. Representatives from companies and
organizations from all sectors of the business aircraft industry will
speak on a breadth of topics of interest to those who own and operate
business aircraft. More...
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FAA FAIL TO AGREE ON AIRSPACE FOR UAVS
The U.S. Air Force
said this week it has unmanned aerial vehicles ready to deploy in North
Dakota, but is being held back by the FAA's reluctance to open airspace
access for the aircraft. The military has asked for an area 35 miles
wide by 45 miles long to be designated for UAV training. "We have six
... Predators in the state right now in boxes, waiting to be opened up
and put into the sky," Brigadier General Leon Rice said at a hearing on
Monday, according to Minnesota Public Radio. "Our limiting factor now is
the training airspace for the crews." Hank Krakowski, chief operating
officer for the FAA's Air Traffic Organization, said the airspace
accommodation must be done "deliberatively." The agency is concerned
about allowing the unmanned aircraft to use the same airspace as
civilian aircraft, he said. "These are unusual vehicles to enter in to
the national airspace system; they were designed for typically the war
theater," Krakowski said. More...
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NO, THE LITTLE ONE PULLS THE BIG ONE
video comes from an airport security camera, believed to be at New
York's JFK, where a 747 got momentarily loose from the crew and pushed a
tug across the ramp. Yeah, we know it's supposed to work the
other way around. More...
TURBOCHARGED SPORTSMAN TC
Aviation's Mikael Via introduces the new turbocharged,
carbon-fiber-bodied Sportsman TC to Kitplanes editor-in-chief Mar
Cook at EAA AirVenture 2010. More...
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