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ECLIPSE POWERS UP
The first truly new Eclipse aircraft to
come out of the factory in Albuquerque in almost five years has been
powered up and will be delivered to the customer in the fall. The
Eclipse 550 is an updated version of the Eclipse 500, of which 260 were
built before the company collapsed in 2008. The 550 uses the same
airframe and PW610F engines but includes modernized flight systems and
optional features like enhanced or synthetic vision, autothrottles,
satellite phones and anti-skid brakes. Eclipse Aerospace CEO Mason
Holland said the milestone achievement sets the stage for a measured
return to aircraft production by the company. "This event is another key
signal to the world that we continue on our methodical and well-executed
plan to reintroduce production and delivery of the Eclipse 550 Jet this
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JET CRASHED ON GO-AROUND
A Hawker Beechcraft Premier I jet
that crashed into a house on Sunday had made two attempts to land, the
NTSB said Monday afternoon. The airplane hit two houses before crashing
into a third near South Bend [Ind.] Regional Airport. The owner of the
aircraft, Wesley Caves, 58, of Tulsa, Okla., and his friend Steve Davis,
60, were in the cockpit when it crashed, and both were killed. Both men
were certified pilots, and it was not clear which one was flying the
airplane, the safety board said. Two passengers and a resident of one of
the houses were injured but are expected to survive. NTSB spokesman
Peter Knudson told AVweb the jet was on an IFR flight plan and
departed Tulsa for South Bend in VFR conditions. More...
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DECISIONS DELAYED TILL FRIDAY
The FAA was expected to
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cuts, but now that announcement has been delayed until Friday, March 22.
The FAA plans to eliminate funding for 189 contract towers at small
airports, but operators of those airports were invited to make a case to
the FAA why those measures would "adversely affect the national
interest." Last Friday, FAA chief operating officer J. David Grizzle
said the FAA has "received a very large number of responses" and needs
more time to "review comprehensively the submission on behalf of each
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OVERRIDE BEECHCRAFT APPEAL OF LAS CONTRACT
The Pentagon and
Obama administration invoked a rarely used power in overriding a
congressional review of Beechcraft's second appeal of the loss of a
contract to the U.S. Air Force. Citing "unusual and compelling
circumstances," the Pentagon told Embraer to get going on supplying 20
Super Tucano light air support aircraft to the Afghanistan Air Force and
ignore Beechcraft's appeal. The Air Force picked the Super Tucano for a
second time over the Beechcraft AT6B in January after the former Hawker
Beechcraft successfully appealed the first contract award. Beechcraft
protested the latest contract award to the Government Accountability
Office but the Pentagon action stopped that process cold. Beechcraft
says it's considering its options and has issued a statement critical of
the Pentagon's action, calling it "misguided." More...
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CARMAKER EYES GA
A Chinese automaker says it will jump into
the general aviation business as the country gets ready to liberalize
its airspace to allow personal flight. According to China Daily, Beijing Automotive Group
(BAIC) Chairman Xu Heyi told the ongoing session of the 12th National
People's Congress that his company will soon begin research and
development to "build reliable general aviation aircraft." The report
also says China will open airspace below 1,000 meters to private
aircraft this May. More...
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TOTAL ECLIPSE FLIGHT DEMO
Eclipse is touring
the country with its Total Eclipse, a factory re-do of the original
EA500. But the airplane is a good stand-in for new production airplanes,
which will be called Eclipse 550s. AVweb recently took a flight
demo in a Total Eclipse and prepared this video report.
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