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Volume 18, Number 45b
November 8, 2012
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AVflash! More Cuts at Restructuring Beechcraftback to top 

A letter sent by Hawker Beechcraft to its employees Wednesday informed them that the company would be cutting workers and closing specific facilities, resulting in job losses for more than 400 employees. Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark., Mesa, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas, will "begin the process of closing," shedding some 240 jobs in the process. Hawker Beechcraft Corporation in Wichita, Kan., and Little Rock, Ark., will lose an additional 170 people to the cuts. Workers will begin receiving notices this Friday, Nov. 9. Some will be "required to work during all or some of the 60-day Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN) period based on business needs," according to the letter. More...

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The Scope of the Superstormback to top 

Aviators have been helping out with the recovery from last week's storm in multiple ways, including relief flights, evacuations, and more. And a handful of pilots working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been flying at 5,000 feet above the coastline where the storm hit hardest, creating a high-resolution mosaic of the damage. NOAA's Twin Otters and King Airs are equipped with specialized remote-sensing cameras that have captured thousands of photographs at a resolution of 17 centimeters per pixel. Photos now posted on NOAA's website with a "before and after" scrolling feature reveal the damage to some of the hardest-hit areas, including Atlantic City and Seaside Heights in New Jersey, Ocean City, Md., and parts of Delaware. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

The FAA needs to do a better job of making sure first responders to general aviation accidents are informed about explosive devices in aircraft, the NTSB said last week. In a safety recommendation letter (PDF), the safety board cited several incidents when a GA aircraft crashed and emergency workers were unaware that ejection seats or ballistic parachutes in the airplane contained explosives. Placards on the aircraft are inadequate, the NTSB said, because they may be missing, or responders might not notice them, or they may be damaged, lost or burned in a crash. The board said a better solution would be for the FAA to require information about explosives to be included in each aircraft's registration data. First responders should then be informed that they can easily find this information online. More...

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Tuck 'Em in for Taxiback to top 

Boeing's next commercial twinjet, the 777X, might come with folding wings to ease maneuvering around jetways, according to a story this week in the Seattle Times. The longer wings, with a span of about 233 feet, would allow for a more fuel-efficient design, and would fold upward about 10 feet from the wingtip, an unnamed Boeing engineer told the Times. Boeing would not officially confirm the story, but the company has considered the use of folding wings in the past. The original model of the 777 offered a folding wing hinged about 21 feet from the wingtip as an option, but there were no takers. More...

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This real-world, two-day operational safety management seminar focuses on the four pillars of SMS: Safety Policy, Risk Management, Safety Assurance and Safety Promotion. 18,000-hour pilot J.R. Russell and guest speaker David Soucie (former FAA official and author) show you SMS applications and case studies from the inside out. "Operationally relevant," says corporate pilot-safety officer Gary Tucker. Stay at Denver's great Inverness Conference Center, where rooms and meals are included — networking, too. Click here for details.
At the Moviesback to top 

It's not often that Hollywood releases a major film with an airline pilot as its main character, and since the pilot at the center of Flight has a major substance-abuse problem, the Air Line Pilots Association has issued a statement to reassure viewers. "Fiction on a movie screen doesn't represent a profession in the real world," said ALPA. "The more than 50,000 ALPA pilots in the United States and Canada embody the highest possible standards of training and professionalism. … a thrilling tale should not be mistaken for the true story of extraordinary safety and professionalism among airline pilots." The film has won mostly positive reviews from critics and an 80-percent audience rating on the Rotten Tomatoes film-review site. More...

If you were hoping for an exciting aviation movie going into the holiday season, this ain't it — although it's got a riveting crash sequence the kids will love. Otherwise, it's a dark character study into the downward spiral of alcoholism and addiction. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli reports that anyone who's had experience with addiction may have trouble watching this film. If you go, don't forget the Prozac. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Student pilot William Davis was on final approach to land at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas, on Saturday, when his Skyhawk collided with an SUV that was crossing the airport. Davis's wife, Kandy, was filming his descent and caught the collision on video. The collision knocked off part of the Skyhawk's landing gear, but Davis was able to land and wasn't hurt. The two people in the car, a couple on their way to the airport diner, were treated for minor injuries. The road crosses the airport perpendicular to the runway, just a few feet from the runway end, and is marked with "Stop" painted on the surface. The audio of airport manager Glen Hyde is caught on Kandy Davis's camera, asking the driver, "Why did you pull out in front of an airplane?" More...

Business aviation analysts generally rely on the general economy as a barometer of the health of the industry but the prolonged downturn in many segments of bizav have generated some creative thinking in that area. Now Corporate Jet Investor has plotted attendance at the annual National Business Aviation Association convention against some key indicators in the bizjet market and found some almost parallel lines on the resulting charts. In his analysis, Corporate Jet Investor's Alasdair Whyte noted that the 2012 convention, which wrapped in Orlando last week, had the third lowest attendance (25,250) in the last 10 years, although part of the reason could have been Superstorm Sandy and a presidential TFR on the eve of the convention. However, broadening the sample to include 10 years of attendance figures, the website found some interesting coincidences. More...

Paul Bertorelli chimes in with two reflections on this year's NBAA Convention on the AVweb Insider blog: At NBAA, Cessna showed off a new mockup of — something. But for the second time this year, they've shown something at a show and declined to let news organizations photograph it. Does this make any sense? We don't think so. Meanwhile, Hawker Beechcraft announced that its new direction will emphasize turboprops and pistons, but jets appear not to be on the agenda. Understandably, current HBC jet owners are finding that not their liking. This is gonna be one giant fence to mend. Read more and join the conversation. More...


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Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering™ releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains. The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your family is invited to personalize the release to create an individualized memorial event. Optional video of the release serves as a lasting memorial. Contact Aerial Tribute to book an eternal flight, either as an advanced arrangement for yourself or as an arrangement for a loved one. Click here for a video overview.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Paul Bertorelli's been digging up old World War II training films again. On the AVweb Insider blog, he wonders at the simplicity of flying 70 years ago, when a 10-second weather briefing was just fine. Wouldn't it be great to get that back? Read more and join the conversation. More...

Flight planning software, devices, and services are evolving at a furious rate. Are you keeping up?

Plus: Back before NBAA, we asked AVweb readers what advice they had for Jack Pelton about the EAA's direction; click through to see a breakdown of their answers. More...

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

BrainteasersBest-laid plans can evaporate in the twinkling of a failed fuel pump. Contemplating a dead prop on the nose is no time to kick yourself for going past TBO. Time to act and ace this quiz!

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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Sunglasses are a must-have for pilots, but when you shove the temples under a headset for several hours, the pain isn't far behind. A new product called Flying Eyes solves that problem. In this video by Larry Anglisano and Marc Gunther, AVweb takes a close look at this product. More...

Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Connell Flying Service at Decorah Municipal Airport (KDEH) in Decorah, Iowa.

AVweb reader John Hanson discovered the FBO after an unscheduled stopover:

My wife and I had a change of itinerary caused by the Hurricane Sandy weather system and ended up in Decorah for the night. The FBO [owner], Mike Connell, offered us a free tie-down and courtesy car for the night. After a wonderful overnight at a great historic Decorah hotel, the Winnishiek, we returned the next morning to depart. It had been cold overnight, and mostly due to my poor starting technique, I ran the old battery down trying to get the 182 started. Mike heard the problem and came out with jumper cables without our even having to ask. He got us started and on our way quickly. He had a smile on his face the whole time and wouldn't take a penny for his efforts. Truly an FBO from the old school! Not only will I recommend DEH to everyone I know; my wife and I will certainly return for a weekender sometime!

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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