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SEQUESTRATION WOULD AFFECT ATC
If Congress doesn't act before
next Friday, March 1, the automatic spending cuts that would take effect
would result in cutbacks for air traffic controllers, President Obama
said on Tuesday. The FAA budget could be cut by $600 million, and
controllers would likely be furloughed for one day per pay period
through the end of September, according to Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood. "The result will be felt across the country, as the volume of
travel must be decreased," he said in a letter to the Senate
appropriations committee last week. Aviation safety staff also would
have to cut their hours on the job, with impacts on airlines, airplane
manufacturers, and pilots that need their services, LaHood said.
FAA LAGGING ON REGIONAL SAFETY EFFORT
The FAA is not doing
enough to ensure that regional airlines meet the same level of safety as
the major carriers they are affiliated with, according to a report from
the Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General, released
last week. After the 2009 crash of a Colgan Air Q400, which was operated
as a Continental Connection flight, the FAA and the Transportation
Department initiated an industry-wide "Call
to Action" to ensure a common level of safety between code-sharing
partners. However, the OIG report found that the FAA doesn't have any
specific procedures in place to make that happen. The FAA needs to do
more to review code-share agreements and to ensure that major airlines
share their safety practices with their regional partners, the report concluded. More...
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MAINTENANCE RULE COMMENTS EXTENDED
The FAA has extended the
comment period by a month for a controversial new rule it says is aimed
at ensuring contract maintenance companies do their work to the
standards set by their customers. The proposed rule would require air carriers to ensure
maintenance done to their airplanes by third parties is done according
to the requirements laid out in their own maintenance manuals. The rule
primarily targets scheduled carriers but it also affects a lot of
smaller operations, and it was at the request of the Regional Air Cargo
Carriers Association that the comment period was extended.
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BRINGS PILOTS, RECRUITERS TOGETHER
ATP Flight School has
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airlines find pilots. PilotPool.com allows pilots who want to join the
airlines to register and keep their qualifications updated so that they
may be considered by airline recruiters monitoring their progress and
that of others registered on the site. As the pilots reach significant
milestones in training and experience, the recruiters are notified. "As
a provider of training to over 4,200 pilots every year, we know it is
important to help our customers get contact with potential employers,"
said Vice President Jim Koziarski. "At the same time, we know how
important it is for airlines to access data on pilot supply and training
pipeline. PilotPool.com brings these two sides together."
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POLLS CREW ON AIR RAGE
An Eastern Michigan University
undergrad has launched a survey on a topic that gets plenty of
media attention (especially if celebrities are involved) but, as far as
he's been able to determine, has never been independently studied.
Robert Chapin says the survey is designed to poll flight crew members on
the incidence of air rage. "Your participation in this study will help
us to better understand the effects of passenger misconduct," Chapin
says in his preamble to the survey. More...
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CORPORATION EMERGES FROM BANKRUPTCY
A leaner and financially
fit Beechcraft Corporation has emerged from bankruptcy protection with
an eye to launching new products and supporting the existing fleet. In a podcast
interview with AVweb in advance of today's announcement,
Beechcraft spokesman Shawn Vick said the new company has more than $600
million in capital to work with and encouraging signs from the market
that its chosen path to future profitability is being met with optimism.
"We are moving into the market as Beechcraft Corporation and expect 2013
to be a very good year for this business," he said. More...
BEECHCRAFT EMERGES FROM CHAPTER 11
A trimmed down Beechcraft
has come out of bankruptcy protection after nine months, and company
officials say they're properly financed and organized to grow the
business. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Beechcraft's Shawn
Vick in this extended special edition podcast (15
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both been promoted from sales associates to sales directors. Atkinson
will look after the Chicago area and Shyne the Midwest. More...
CONFIRMED AS PIPER VP
Jack Mill is the new vice president of
engineering at Piper Aircraft. He had been doing the job as an interim
position for several months. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: AIRLINE MERGERS -- WHY BOTHER?
If they had a
history of offering customers more choices and more competition and even
helping the airline companies themselves, we would say, "Why not?" But
the coming merger between American Airlines and US Airways promises
little of that, according to Purdue University's Airline Quality Rating
project. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli looks at some
of AQR's numbers and agrees with the organization's view that this
merger will be a fiasco, at best. Read
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AUDIO AUTHORITY'S FLEXIBLE POWER UNIT
More owners and
pilots would probably invest in ground power units for starting and
running avionics in the hangar if the things were just more flexible.
One that is comes from Audio Authority, which, besides being a GPU, also
doubles as a battery tender. In this video, Aviation Consumer's
Larry Anglisano gives us the lowdown on this versatile unit.
YVES ROSSY'S JETMAN SCHOOL (WITHOUT THE JETS)
A video released
Feb. 8, 2013, by Jetman Yves Rossy suggests the skydiving innovator may
be on the verge of marketing an unpowered version of his strapped-on
wing and opening a school to teach people how to fly it. Rossy has
piloted another version of the wing with four micro-turbines attached to
its underside delivering power. He has flown that version across the
English Channel and a section of the Grand Canyon. Rossy describes the
unpowered version by saying it can achieve a "glide angle" of 4.5.
English is not Rossy's first language and a glide angle of 4.5 would
translate to a glide ratio of roughly 13:1 -- substantially better than
a Cessna 172. It's possible that Rossy's use of the term instead
indicates the wing's glide ratio. Rossy says he's flown his gliding wing
in excess of 150 mph, he has demonstrated aerobatics while flying it and
believes there is much more potential for his unique brand of flight.
Rossy is meticulous in his flight preparations, studying terrain, angles
of flight and walking portions of the route when able. It is not yet
known if his apparently proposed school will train the same pre-flight
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