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Volume 18, Number 48b
November 29, 2012
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All 29 aboard an Embraer-E120ER Brasilia turboprop survived a ditching off the Comoros Islands near Mozambique Tuesday; one passenger, a military officer, told Reuters he saw fuel leaking out of the aircraft "like an open tap" after takeoff. The aircraft, a T-tail low wing, was operated by Inter-Iles Air, carrying 25 passengers and four crew. It departed Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport just after 1 p.m. local time and impacted the waters of the Indian Ocean less than 1000 feet from the coast and three miles north of the airport. Local fishermen were on scene and effected rescue of all the aircraft's occupants. Early reports suggest crew members were aware of a problem. More...

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Making It Officialback to top 

Michael Huerta has been working as "acting administrator" in the top job at the FAA since Randy Babbitt's sudden departure following a drunk-driving arrest last December, but now the Republicans in Congress have lifted a block to his confirmation. After Huerta was approved for the FAA job by a Senate committee in July, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, of South Carolina, blocked a final confirmation vote until after the election, so the Republicans could choose their own administrator if they won the White House. With DeMint's objection lifted, the confirmation process can now move forward. More...

The way is now clear for Michael Huerta to become the next FAA administrator. Is he the right person for the job?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers if the FAA made the right call in putting off UAV integration into the air space; click through to see the breakdown of answers. More...

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Flying is better when your noise-canceling headsets perform at their best — and when you don't have an aching head from uncomfortable sunglasses. So we bring you a completely unique pair of sunglasses designed by a pilot specifically for this purpose: to be the best, most comfortable sunglasses to wear with a headset. Flying Eyes: Watch the video review and take advantage of our special introductory price.
Airplanes New and Oldback to top 

The X-47B, designed to fly autonomously as an unmanned strike aircraft and land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, was taken aboard the USS Harry S. Truman Monday at Norfolk naval base, Va., for its first shipboard tests. The aircraft will undergo three weeks of testing, both at Norfolk and along the Atlantic coast, to confirm on-deck handling, control and performance. In a news release, Monday, the Navy did not directly state that the aircraft would undergo flight operations, but that it would "demonstrate seamless integration into carrier flight deck operations." Carrier launches and recoveries of the X-47B are not expected until next year and could mark all new and controversial capabilities for Naval operations. More...

The classic biplane that flew above the savanna in the popular Academy-Award-winning 1985 film "Out of Africa" will go up for auction in February in Paris, Bonhams announced this week. The biplane was featured in several scenes when stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford flew together to explore the beauty and wildlife of the Kenya highlands. The airplane, a 1929 De Havilland 60GMW Gipsy Moth, is in excellent condition and ready to fly, according to Bonhams. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

If you own or operate a GA aircraft, the FAA's annual safety survey needs your data. The survey is the only official source of information about the activities of the GA fleet, including the number of hours flown and the reasons people fly, and this Friday is the deadline for you to participate. The survey covers private aviation activities and Part 135 operations. "Reducing GA fatalities is a top priority of the FAA, and our goal is to reduce the GA fatal accident rate by 10 percent by 2018," said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta. "By taking the time to participate in the FAA's GA survey, owners and operators share valuable data that help the entire GA community." More...

A recent report (PDF) from the Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General found that contract towers are cheaper to operate than FAA towers. The contract towers also had a lower rate of safety incidents compared to similar FAA towers. "On average, a contract tower cost about $1.5 million less to operate than a comparable FAA tower, mainly due to lower staffing and salary levels," according to the OIG. The OIG made several suggestions to the FAA to improve the program, including strengthening financial oversight and implementing voluntary safety reporting systems at the towers. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Embraer flew its all-new midsize Legacy 500 jet for the first time on Tuesday, for an hour and 45 minutes. It's the first jet in its class to use a fly-by-wire control system, according to Embraer. It also features a large cabin for up to 12 passengers with six feet of headroom. Two Honeywell HTF 7500E engines drive the jet at up to Mach .82 for 3,000 miles. The flight was "flawless," the company said. First deliveries are expected in 2014. More...

Avionics companies L-3 and Avidyne will square off in court in February over L-3's claim that Avidyne copied some of its technology in the Entegra glass cockpit system. According to an Avidyne news release, the issue boils down to the method used to calibrate an electronic attitude indicator to correct for the alignment of the device in the aircraft. Avidyne denies the allegation and has countered that attitude indicator calibration was not a new technology. 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 

With the iPad Mini and other compact tablets selling in the thousands, it's only a matter of time before users will demand approach plate displays optimized for tablet aspects and displays rather than awkwardly adapted for 70-year-old paper graphic standards. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli places his bet that it will happen within three years. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

The Collings Foundation's Derek "Otter" Ward sometimes serves as co-pilot aboard the organization's WWII B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress bomber Nine-O-Nine. He describes some of the aircraft's ground and flight characteristics. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" comes to us from reader Sandra Wirth, who found herself making an unplanned stop at Burnet Municipal Airport/Kate Craddock Field (KBMQ) in Burnet, Texas, where she discovered Faulkner's Air Shop:

While on a ferry flight from California to Florida in a Piper Warrior last month, due to a weather system in western Texas, I made an unplanned evening landing at KBMQ. It was after 6:00pm, and I was expecting to find a deserted airport and to have to figure out the fueling and lodging on my own. Instead, the lights were on at Faulkner's Air Shop, and smiling faces greeted me as I entered the building. Dale took care of my fuel needs before I had much chance to think about it and then gave me some phone numbers of nearby motels. When none of [the hotels] would pick me up, Johanna drove me herself.

The next morning, I ended up waiting several hours for some low clouds to clear. Johanna brought me back to the FBO, and I had a comfortable place to relax while the activity of a busy flight school swirled around me. At lunch time, they offered me a ride into town. Meanwhile, Dale towed the aircraft into the shop, serviced the flattened nose strut with nitrogen, and towed it back to the ramp.

They wouldn't accept payment for any of this, nor were there tie-down fees. By the time I was finally able to take off around 2:30pm, I felt I had been given VIP treatment to a level that was far above anything else I experienced on my 2,500-nm journey across the country.

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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