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NATA PRESIDENT PLEDGES COOPERATION
The National Air Transport
Association's new president is pledging close cooperation with NBAA,
AOPA and other aviation organizations as he settles into the job. Tom
Hendricks, a former Delta Air Lines chief pilot, came to NATA from Airlines
For America (A4A and formerly known as the Air Transport
Association) and although his group is oriented toward jet-fuel-burning
enterprises, he said in a
podcast interview there is plenty of common ground between his and
others' aviation groups. More...
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ODEGAARD KILLED IN PRACTICE
Experienced warbird and airshow
pilot Bob Odegaard was killed Friday when his Super Corsair reportedly
failed to recover from an aerobatic maneuver and crashed in Valley City,
N.D. Odegaard was practicing for an airshow scheduled for Saturday. The
show was cancelled. Odegaard owned an FBO in Kindred, N.D., but was
perhaps best known for his warbird work. More...
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The NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour is headed
for retirement at the California Science Center and new details about
the Shuttle's trip from Kennedy Space Center to LAX could create
widespread photo opportunities. Endeavor is scheduled to leave Kennedy
at dawn on Sept. 17, atop a modified 747 transport. It will fly over
Florida's Space Coast, NASA's Stennis Space Center near St. Louis and
Endeavor's assembly plant in New Orleans. It will head next to points in
Texas, including Clear Lake and Galveston, before putting down at
Ellington Field near Johnson Space Center, outside of Houston. The next
leg is scheduled to begin Sept. 19, carrying the vehicle to Biggs Army
Airfield in El Paso, Texas, followed by low-level flyovers at White
Sands Test facility near Las Cruces, N.M. Its final stop of the day will
be at Edwards Air Force base in the Mojave Desert. Sept. 20, for
Endeavour, begins and ends in California. More...
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G650 HITS POSITIVE MARKET
Marketed as the "most
technologically advanced" business aircraft with the largest, "most
comfortable" cabin in its class, Gulfstream's G650 has earned its type
certificate and is entering a business jet market that has seen a
half-year surge. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
last month released figures for the first six months of 2012, finding
that business jet deliveries are up 13.1% year over year. Some analysts
cited improvements as high as 20 percent with an even higher resurgence
in Europe. The fly-by-wire G650 will enter that market as Gulfstream's
standard-bearer for performance, range, speed and comfort. It has not
reached this place without challengers and adversity. More...
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SERVICE: AIRPLANE! FUNNIEST FILM TODAY
Lovefilm, a European
film subscription service with two million members, says its research
has found that the 1980 movie Airplane! produces three laughs per
minute, making it, by the company's accounting, the funniest movie of
our time. Lovefilm's members are based in the UK, Germany, Sweden,
Denmark and Norway. The company created a list of ten comedies collected
from the votes of those members. Airplane! then beat out nine other
films including The Hangover and Monty Python's Life of Brian as
measured by laugh counts among a Lovefilm member audience. Airplane! has
previously been recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress. But
according to Lovefilm, by the measure of actual votes in its survey,
Airplane! lost out. More...
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BY BRAINWAVE (WITH VIDEO)
A Chinese team of
researchers has developed a system for controlling a quadcopter using
brain signals and has suggested that further development could create a
system that allows disabled pilots to act as pilot in command of their
own aircraft. And there could be other applications. The system works by
using an electroencephalography (EEG) headset that picks up brain
activity and relays the data via Bluetooth to a laptop. The computer
translates the information into flight commands and sends the signals
wirelessly to the quadcopter. The team's headset is commercially
available and limited in its abilities so, for now, commands are
limited, creative, and not especially intuitive. Though not specifically
addressed, the concept might sooner bring additional functionality to
able-bodied pilots, as well. (Video after the jump.) More...
Drones are a fact of life and since art imitates life
it's perhaps no surprise that the capabilities that make them so useful
can also use them to create something like what Ars Electronica
Futurelab did at the Cloud in the Net festival in Linz, Austria, earlier
this month. The company used 49 Hummingbird quadrotor UAVs, each
carrying a variety of lights. The control system synchronized the flight
patterns and light displays to create some pretty amazing 2D and 3D
presentations. According to CNET, the quadrotor display is just the beginning
for the aerial expression of ideas, art and even sculpture, assuming the
authorities permit it. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: NO TIME? NO KIDDING
Cost is a big reason that
many owners have reduced their flying hours. But so is lack of time. No
surprise there, either, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider
blog. You probably don't know anyone who's working fewer hours than they
did a decade ago, and neither do we. Modern life puts so many demands on
the 24-hour day that flying gets bumped to the bottom of the to-do list.
Plus, some additional thoughts on the passing of Neil Armstrong. Read
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OF THE WEEK: GTO AVIATION (KM33, GALLATIN,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to GTO
Aviation at Sumner County Regional Airport (M33) in Gallatin,
AVweb reader Ronald Goro explains how GTO
has worked tirelessly to promote aviation at their
GTO Aviation is a
relatively new FBO at Sumner County Airport. In the last year, they have
done more for the area and promoted aviation to its fullest. They have
put on a Warbirds Aviation Day a big sucsess and also an
RV Aircraft fly-in. Lots of great-looking planes.
[they held] an all-Tennessee fly-in, [which drew] lots of vendors as
well as new and old aircraft, light sports, and biplane rides. At all of
these events, gas prices are very cheap like, $4.99 a
The EAA has their great breakfast at all the events,
and lunch is usually catered. They also have two bands going. It is just
a great friendly atmosphere all the time, and anyone can check out all
the planes and really get close to aviation like the old days. Hopefully
it will just keep on growing.
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One day I took a friend's son up for a flight in my
Cessna 150. As we flew around the area, I explained, "One of the things
we have to do is look out for other airplanes."
As I was scanning
the skies, I found a plane off in the distance and pointed it out to the
young boy. "Do you see the plane over there?" I asked.
replied. "Is it one of ours?"
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