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Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to
aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation
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comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also
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AERONAV MEETING: RADICALLY HIGHER PRICES FOR DIGITAL CHARTING
The FAA's AeroNav charting division told
vendors on Tuesday that it proposes to charge end users of digital
charting producers about $150 a year to close a $5 million shortfall in
its budget due to declining paper chart sales. The new fee, if adopted,
would presumably more than double the cost of some popular iPad and
Droid applications such as ForeFlight and WingX. Plus, vendors selling
through Apple's application channels would face additional charges. "To
me, it's pretty clear that these prices are a non-starter. I know pilots
aren't going to pay $150 for these products without screaming about it,"
one vendor told us.
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The second annual USCAS
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future of business aviation, learn about the latest developments in
light jets, explore the air taxi market, discuss different business
models, enhance our knowledge about the U.S. market, learn about
regional infrastructure development, and network with leading experts as
well as business aircraft operators. USCAS will debate the growth of
business aviation and future opportunities in the U.S.
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ALLEN TEAM UP FOR "STRATOLAUNCH"
Aircraft designer Burt Rutan
has teamed up again with investor Paul Allen -- who bankrolled Rutan's
winning entry in the 2004 X Prize -- to build what they say will be the
world's largest airplane, "Stratolaunch," capable of launching payloads
into space. The composite aircraft, weighing 1.2 million pounds, with a
385-foot wingspan, resembles an upsized WhiteKnight, with twin fuselages
joined by a long wing and a carrier mechanism in the middle. Plans call
for six jet engines like those used on 747s, and booster rocket engines
from Elon Musk's SpaceX. Test flights are planned for 2015.
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OFFERS FCC A DEAL
LightSquared has offered to give up control
of part of the frequency spectrum it owns in exchange for unconditional
use of another part of the L-band frequency for its controversial
proposed broadband network. In a proposal to the FCC (PDF), LightSquared says it will
cede veto power over the use of half of its spectrum to government
agencies that form the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and
Timing Executive Committee if the FCC will remove conditions on its use
of the other half for its nationwide 4G wholesale broadband network. The
principal condition of its license with the FCC is that it prove the
broadband signals don't disrupt GPS communications. LightSquared says
there are only minor and easily overcome interference issues in the
lower half of the 20-Mhz swath of spectrum it owns but the GPS industry
says interference is a problem across the whole sliver of spectrum.
LightSquared says it will also limit the power of its signals in the
lower band to further mitigate interference if the FCC goes for its
deal. Meanwhile the start-up broadband provider reacted aggressively to
leaked reports earlier this week that suggested GPS interference remains
a major concern. More...
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BIZJET SALES TO RECOVER NEXT YEAR
A recent report from Forecast International predicts that
2012 will see a turnaround in the business-jet market, with modest
growth expected, ending a three-year trend of declining sales. The
recovery will be slow, according to analyst Raymond Jaworowski. The
improvement in 2012 will be "minor," he said, and "more substantial
growth in build rates will have to wait until 2013." The production
total in 2008 of 1,313 business jets may not be seen again until 2018.
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BEECH SEEKS BREAK FROM LENDERS
Hawker Beechcraft is looking
for a break from the holders of a $182 million revolving line of credit
as it grapples with the rough economy. According to Bloomberg, the Wichita planemaker, jointly owned by
Goldman Sachs and Onex Corp., is close to violating the terms of the
loan agreement in which its cash flow must grow. Hawker Beech has been
hard hit by the collapse of the light jet market. Although the lenders
could theoretically call the loan if the cash flow issue isn't resolved,
financial experts quoted by Bloomberg say that doesn't make any sense.
PROPOSES STALL-RECOVERY CHANGE
Pilots of transport-category
airplanes should be taught to reduce the angle of attack as their first
response to a stall warning, the FAA said on Tuesday. In a new proposed advisory circular, the FAA says it aims to
provide "best practices and guidance for training, testing, and checking
for pilots to ensure correct and consistent response to unexpected stall
warnings, and/or stick pusher activations." The AC is an apparent
response to the Colgan
Air and Air
France crashes, in which the pilots' reaction to stall warnings was
part of the accident chain. Jet pilots have often been trained to use
power as the initial means of recovery, to minimize altitude loss.
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F-106 CORN FIELD BOMBER, CONVAIR DELTA DART
an unusual story. The jet you're looking at is an F-106 Delta Dart. A
storied interceptor in its day, it was built to exceed an Air Force
requirement for 1.9 mach and continuous flight at 57,000 feet. It did
both. And in December 1959, it set a speed record, of 1,525 mph, or
about 2.3 mach, while flying at 40,000 feet. Its pilot at the time,
Major Joseph Rogers, claimed the record might not be accurate. He was
still accelerating, he said, at the time. But this particular jet is
famous for a different reason. More...
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