AVwebBiz - Volume 9, Number 14

April 13, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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A380 Hits RJ At JFK (With Audio and Video)

All the usual agencies are now fully engaged in the investigation of the wing-tip-to-tail collision of an Air France A380 and a Comair CRJ 700 at Kennedy Airport in New York Monday evening. The likely focus of the investigation will be the position of the RJ and who decided it should be there. Judging by the departing A380's brisk pace down the taxiway, the crew evidently didn't anticipate any interference on the way to the runway. The Comair flight had just arrived from Boston and was stationary. What happened next is one of the reasons passengers are supposed to keep their seatbelts on until the ground crew person crosses his or her arms.

The A380 looked to be traveling at least 20 mph when the left wing tip hit the tail of the RJ. The impact spun the smaller jet nearly 90 degrees and rocked the plane from side to side. No major injuries were reported due to the collision. Photos show a torn up wing tip on the A380 but the RJ is likely in for a thorough inspection.

Click for video, audio, and photos.

GPS Coalition Addresses House Committee

The Coalition To Save Our GPS has added members and is taking its fight to prevent the potential jamming of GPS signals by a proposed wireless broadband network to Washington. The coalition, which now counts all major aviation groups and GPS manufacturers along with marine and agriculture interests among its members, submitted a statement to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the widely feared impact of LightSquared's plan to erect 40,000 transmission towers to distribute wireless broadband to rural areas. As we reported in February, it's not the service itself that has the GPS group worried, it's the frequency band that's been allocated.

The frequencies allocated by the Federal Communications Commission (1525-1559 Mhz) to LightSquared are adjacent to those (1559-1610 MHz) used by satellites to send timing signals to GPS receivers. LightSquared has been granted the use of the frequencies with the condition that its signals don't stray into the GPS band but the coalition says the sheer power of the broadband transmitters will overwhelm the weak signals that reach the ground from space. "LightSquared's proposal to build 40,000 terrestrial base stations operating at one billion times the power levels of GPS signals as received on Earth represents a tectonic change in the use of the L band," the coalition said in its statement. The FCC has made rural broadband a priority and LightSquared's service is a major component of a plan to ensure virtually universal access to fast Internet throughout the country. The coalition says that while everyone wants fast Internet, it shouldn't come at the expense of GPS, which has become an industry (not mention a strategic military necessity) unto its own in the last 30 years.

 
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Europe Gathers in Friedrichshafen back to top 
 

Aero Opens April 13

Aero Friedrichshafen, Europe's largest general aviation show and one of the largest in the world, opens April 13 in the picturesque town on the German shore of Lake Constance. Organizers say there are more than 550 exhibitors from 26 countries filling more than 800,000 square feet of exhibit space in 11 halls. The show runs through April 16. The world's major light aircraft OEMs will all be there and the show is always a showcase of the latest in Light Sport type aircraft and gliders. Aero was one of the first shows to embrace electric aircraft and that tradition continues this year.

Erik Lindbergh will be on hand to give out the first Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize and there are expected to be a lot of component manufacturers showing electric motors, batteries, panels and fuel cells at the show. Prince Albert of Monaco is involved with the electric aircraft area and Aero will also host descendants of aviation dynasties like the Sikorskys, Piccards, Dorniers and Dassaults to encourage the pioneering spirit of aviation in innovation and technology.

 
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Did You Buy a Pilatus in 2010? You Weren't Alone ... back to top 
 

Pilatus Has Best Year Ever

There are exceptions to every rule and while most of the aviation industry endured a brutal year in 2010, Swiss-based Pilatus says it had it's best year ever. The company said revenues and profits were up by 11 percent over the previous year ($730 million and $98 million respectively) and it took $400 million in new orders. It also delivered its 1,000th PC-12; the year's deliveries included repeat orders from early customers like Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service, which took its 33rd PC-12, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which added three PC-12s to its fleet. The new deliveries are all the NG model with Honeywell glass panels and other improvements.

Although the PC-12 is the aircraft normally associated with Pilatus, it's big in the military training market (the Hawker Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is actually a modified Pilatus design) and the Swiss company's PC-21 is the latest trainer to hit the market. The United Arab Emirates bought 25 in late 2009, which was the largest order in the company's history, and the Swiss air force is also flying the type. To keep up with demand, the company grew its workforce by 5 percent in 2010 to 1395 employees and everyone got a bonus equal to 150 percent of their monthly salary.

 
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Meanwhile, in California ... back to top 
 

Santa Monica Amendment In Reauthorization Bill

While many would accept a U.S. Court of Appeals decision as the final word on most issues, the friction between Santa Monica Airport and its tightly packed neighbors seems to find new ways to flare up. Two months ago the court affirmed the contract between the city of Santa Monica and the FAA which prevents the city from banning any type of "aeronautical use" from SMO because of the grant money it's accepted from the FAA. The latest wrinkle is an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill inserted just before House passage of its version a couple of weeks ago by Rep. Henry Waxman. The amendment would require the FAA to enter "good faith" negotiations with Santa Monica to address safety concerns the city and some residents feel are raised by business jet traffic at the airport. "The amendment I offer today is simple and straightforward," Waxman is quoted by the Lookout News as saying in his address to the House. "It urges the FAA to continue its discussion with the City of Santa Monica to identify a meaningful solution to address serious safety concerns at the Santa Monica Airport."

The amendment will have to make it through the Senate/House negotiations on a final form for the reauthorization bill and even then it's not a certainty. The White House has said it will veto the combined bill if it contains any language restricting union organization or bargaining rights, which are contained in other amendments. Even if the bill survives with the Santa Monica amendment, that won't be enough for at least one anti-airport group in the city. In a letter to the editor in the Santa Monica Dispatch, Martin Rubin, Director of Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution, called the amendment "weak" and says it fails to address the broad range of concerns about the airport, including environmental impact.

Van Nuys In Decline

Van Nuys Airport, the generally accepted "busiest" GA airport in the U.S. has fallen on hard times. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, not only did VNY lose the title for the the most general aviation operations to Phoenix's Deer Valley more than three years ago, there now seems to be concern about the future viability of the iconic airport. There were 337,000 operations at VNY last year, a 40 percent reduction from the high of 607,000 in 1999. "If I was a doctor and Van Nuys was a patient, I'd be calling the family over, and calling for a priest," said Cessna 210 owner George Hulett. "But if better management can come in soon, it could survive." In fact everyone interviewed for the story, including 50-year lessee Clay Lacy, said airport owner/operator Los Angeles World Airports is to blame for mismanaging the facility into its current state. Lacy said LAWA's answer to declining revenues has been to raise rents and that's forcing more businesses to look elsewhere.

"We're talking with them now, but there's no real effort to resolve it," said Lacy, founder of Clay Lacy Aviation. "They want to raise rents 50 percent or more, but it doesn't make sense, because nobody is really making it." Others point to LAWA's lack of attendance at major trade shows to promote the airport and a bias toward jets when light aircraft have historically been the airport's mainstay. At one time there were six flight schools on the field but the last one closed last year. Lacy said that from an economic point of view, the jets are more lucrative but others argue that the bottom end of the market is where new people and money are attracted to aviation.

 
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Who's Where back to top 
 

Wooten to Cutter

R. D. Wooten

R. D. Wooten is Cutter Aviation's new regional aircraft sales manager for the Southwest. He was previously at TBM.


Lewis Joins Jet Source

Cal Lewis

Cal Lewis is the new Maintenance Manager 145 for Jet Source and responsible for the company's FAA-approved airframe and engine maintenance business.


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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: A New York State of Reality

The young pilot who landed his Warrior on Rockaway Beach in New York said he got the idea from a television program about flying in Alaska. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli takes a quick look at why that's wrong on so many levels.

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Video: Martin Jetpack — Latest Tests

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

Development of the Martin Jetpack is continuing in New Zealand, and the latest publicly released video shows it reaching new heights. However, that's a mannequin onboard and not a human pilot.

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The Franklins: How to Help back to top 
 

ICAS Foundation's Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund

Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund || Click to Donate via the ICAS Foundation

The aviation community is coming together to help Kyle and Amanda Franklin get back on their feet and eventually back in the air after their mishap at Air Fiesta at the Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport. If you'd like to contribute, click on the banner at right to visit the ICAS Foundation web site.

 
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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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