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NEW Bose A20 Aviation Headset
Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to
aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
Now the Bose A20 Aviation Headset sets an entirely new standard,
providing significantly greater noise reduction than currently
available. It also features an improved level of comfort, clear audio,
audio input and priority switching.
WANT 100-OCTANE: FUEL SURVEY
With 100LL threatened by
environmental regulation, what do owners think should replace it? An
unleaded 100-octane equivalent fuel is the most popular choice,
according to a recent survey of more than 3100 AVweb readers. Moreover,
many owners also want mogas as a second choice, offering some downside
protection against escalating fuel prices that have already curtailed
flying for many. More...
2nd Annual Summit in Iceland
with No-Charge Admission for Airlines
Following the success of this event in 2010, the 2nd Annual European
Aviation Asset Management Summit
will explore the latest
developments in aviation asset management in Europe as well as the
future of asset management services. The event will provide the platform
for high-level debate and exchange of ideas and information, as well as
extensive networking opportunities for aviation executives from Europe
and around the world networking opportunities with airlines,
leasing and finance companies.
Click here to learn more and
|In the Spotlight: Bizjets' Role in Trying Times||back to
AIRCRAFT TO THE RESCUE
In the wake of airline chaos in the
burgeoning number of trouble spots around the world, private aviation is
filling a void and British company Air Partner,
which can arrange aircraft that can carry up to 650 people, has been
especially busy evacuating expatriates from places they and their
families would rather not be. As
we reported in February, evacuations began with the political crises
in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt and in recent weeks Mother Nature has
shifted the focus to New Zealand and Japan. "In a period when
far-reaching and unprecedented political upheaval has coincided with
devastating natural disasters ... Air Partner has been working around
the clock to organize humanitarian aid flights and to evacuate more than
12,000 people from across the world in just six weeks," the company said
in a news release. More...
FOR AVIATORS HELPING IN JAPAN
Relief organizations and
business aircraft operators working in the aftermath of Japan's
earthquake and tsunami need to navigate a maze of airspace restrictions
and airport closures, a challenge that is made a little easier with a list of
resources and updates compiled this week by the National Business
Aviation Association. Tokyo International Airport is closed to general
aviation traffic until Friday, but many other airports are open, NBAA
said. Rumors that Japan plans to close all of its airports "have not
been confirmed with Japanese authorities," the FAA told NBAA on Tuesday.
NBAA-sponsored volunteer aviation group that coordinates disaster
response, is working to make space available on GA passenger and cargo
jets to Japan. The group is also assisting with transportation of small
search-and-rescue teams and medical assessment teams. More...
The Only General Aviation
Exhibition in France
The Cannes AirShow
brings together the leading protagonists in
general and business aviation to allow a demanding clientèle
discovery of the latest developments and industry innovations in a
geographically logical and appealing setting. This professional
exhibition is designed for owners and pilots, whether passionate fans or
professionals, in general and business aviation throughout Europe,
Africa, and Russia offering visitors a large and representative
palette of the aeronautics industry. The Cannes AirShow is southern
Europe's leading exhibition in general and business aviation.
Click here for details and registration
CITES FATIGUE, POOR TRAINING IN FATAL CRASH
Pilot error was
to blame for the crash
of a Hawker Beechcraft 125-800A in July 2008, the NTSB said on Tuesday.
The airplane, operated by East Coast Jets, crashed when the crew
attempted a go-around after landing on a wet runway at Owatonna Degner
Regional Airport, in Minnesota. Both pilots and all six passengers were
killed. The captain's decision to attempt the go around late in the
landing roll with insufficient runway remaining was the probable cause
of the accident, the NTSB found. Contributing factors were poor crew
coordination and lack of cockpit discipline; fatigue, which likely
impaired both pilots' performance; and the FAA's failure to require crew
resource management training and standard operating procedures for Part
135 operators. More...
Meet the New Reletex
It's finally here Reletex
, the new version of the
highly-touted ReliefBand that is so effective for motion sickness. Worn
on the wrist, the Reletex
produces a small neuromodulating
current which stops peristaltic waves in the stomach, ceasing nausea and
vomiting without drugs or side effects. Reletex
is available in
60- and 150-hour versions. O.K. for student pilots and nausea during
Reletex exclusively at
Aeromedix.com the answer for nausea and vomiting!
RIDES JET STREAM TO RECORD
Thanks to the jet
stream and the Cirrus SR22T's ability to find it, the speed record
between Ontario, Calif., and Phoenix was shattered in late December by
Airshares Elite pilot Justin Beitler. The Cirrus caught a big kick from
the shift in the jet stream to average 271.2 knots on the trip (normal
cruise is about 170). The previous record was 207 knots in a Mooney M20K
set by Lee White and Larry Randlett in 2000. "The XM weather system
helped me find the best winds, and the efficient turbocharged engine
allowed me to cruise on less than 17 gallons per hour at over 270
knots," said Beitler. "At that speed, our offices in L.A. and Phoenix
are only an hour and eleven minutes apart." As the video Beitler
prepared shows, the jet stream brought as many challenges as benefits.
Trade Up to the Lightspeed
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Lightspeed Zulu features Full-Function Bluetooth connectivity,
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CABIN CONCEPT FROM AIRBUS
Club seating and couches are the
epitome of business aircraft luxury, unless you want to play mahjong.
With the Asian market predicted to be the most important for all types
of aviation in coming years, business aircraft designers are making sure
customers there actually like the ride. At the recent Asian Aerospace
Expo and Congress in Hong Kong, Airbus unveiled cabin designs on its big
business jets aimed squarely at the Asian market. Instead of the long,
low couches and pairs of facing reclining chairs, the interior looks
more like a games room than a lobby. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: FIRE IN FLIGHT GIVE IT A THOUGHT
flight is such a universally horrible thing to think about that most of
us probably just don't think about it much. But two recent
accidents highlight how important it is to spend some time taking basic
precautions. In the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog,
Paul Bertorelli (again) stresses why you need a Halon extinguisher and
why you need to keep it close in the cockpit. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: ENGINE DESIGN NO TALENT
If there's a
single motorhead bone in your body, you've heard this complaint before.
Have Lycoming and Continental, through a lack of innovation, put us in
this mess we're in over avgas? Or should fickle buyers share the blame
instead of decrying the death of engine innovation? AVweb's Paul
Bertorelli has met with enough engineers, policy-makers and complainers
to have an opinion on the subject and he's happy to share it in
the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog.
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One of our sister
aviation publications is looking for an associate editor. If you are a
savvy, motivated layout master and wordsmith, they would love to hear
from you. (Click through for a job description and application
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airworthiness, maintenance, inspections, and rules. Denny
, an FAA Safety Inspector, will walk you through a
pre-purchase inspection step by step without worrying if you are buying
a hangar queen. Know where to find the tools to research the aircraft
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A LOOK INSIDE THE CESSNA FACTORY
ever-growing global competition, Cessna has to find way to make
airplanes more efficiently. In this video, Terry Clark explains how the
company has done that at the company's Independence, Kansas plant.
BELL 407AH HELICOPTER UNVEILED
Helicopters bypassed the usual military procurement procedure and
adapted a 407 for "law enforcement and paramilitary" use. With a
3,000-round-per-minute machine gun, a rocket launcher and FLIR, it's a
potent adaptation of a proven airframe that's already attracting
WORLD'S FASTEST HELICOPTER PILOT
Bredenbeck took the Sikorsky X2 technology demonstrator to 250 knots and
beyond last September. He spoke with AVweb about the aircraft,
the program, and what it's like to go that fast in a helicopter in this
interview at the 2011 HAI Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida.
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