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Volume 8, Number 25
June 30, 2010
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AVflash! FAA Reauthorization Delayed (Again)back to top 
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Labor politics continues to prevent passage of the FAA's funding reauthorization. The Senate passed its version of the bill some time ago but the House remains stalled on a provision that would make it easier for FedEx employees to unionize. The House voted Tuesday to extend the current funding authorization of the FAA for a month. It was due to run out on Friday. The one-month extension of the current reauthorization might suggest the matter is inching to the upper priority levels in the House, at least one Capitol Hill publication suggests there's little interest in reconciling the differences between the House and Senate bills. More...

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Re-Examining Icingback to top 

The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (big PDF) that would impose extra icing certification requirements on Part 25 (transport category) aircraft that weigh less than 60,000 pounds and would also amend rules for larger aircraft. The rule has been in the making since the 1994 icing-related crash of an ATR 72 in Roselawn, Ind. For smaller aircraft, the rule focuses particularly on ice caused by supercooled large droplets, which can coat surfaces beyond the normal ice protection systems on existing aircraft. "These regulations will help ensure future aircraft can operate safely in some of the toughest icing conditions," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in statement. More...

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Today: New Runway Clearance Rulesback to top 

If you're talking to air traffic controllers this week, you're going to hear some new directions from ground control: starting Wednesday, June 30, "taxi to" will no longer be used when issuing taxi instructions to an assigned takeoff runway. Controllers are now required to issue explicit instructions to cross or hold short of each runway that intersects a taxi route. Instructions to cross multiple runways will not be issued; you will be cleared to cross each runway one at a time. This applies even to inactive or closed runways. The only exception: At airports where the taxi route between runway centerlines is less than 1,000 feet apart,multiple runway crossings may be issued, but only after ATC has received approval to do so. In effect, every hold line now is considered a "stop sign." More...

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The Load Road to the Top of the TSAback to top 

The Senate has unanimously confirmed John Pistole, President Barack Obama's nominee, as the next head of the Transportation Security Administration. The post has been vacant for about a year and a half, and two previous nominees failed to win confirmation. Pistole, a former deputy director at the FBI, was seen as "bulletproof" when his nomination was announced and apparently that was the case. He faces multiple challenges. The TSA has had four administrators in the last eight years. Rep. John Mica, head of the House Transportation Committee, this week described the agency as an "out-of-control bureaucracy." Union leaders already have asked for meetings to press for collective bargaining rights for TSA employees. GA leaders welcomed the new administrator. More...

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Late Addition to Oshkosh Guest List?back to top 

There's a chance the Boeing 787 will make its airshow debut at this year's AirVenture Oshkosh. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski has confirmed that Boeing has been invited to show off its latest design and is considering the idea. "The Boeing folks have an open invitation to join us, and we have had discussions about them attending," Knapinski said Tuesday. He noted that the participation of the Dreamliner and its extent will depend on the aggressive flight-test schedule Boeing has set for the aircraft. The schedule hit a minor setback last week when "workmanship issues" were discovered in the horizontal stabilizers of the five test aircraft. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Michael Trevino
Michael Trevino has been named Director of Global Commercial Aerospace Sales by Donaldson Aerospace and Defense. Donaldson makes filtration products, and Trevino was most recently its director of sales for Donaldson Valencia.

Stephanie Curtice
Stephanie Curtice is the new person in charge of membership, development, event coordination and marketing at the Wichita Aero Club. Curtice was raised in Wichita and has held various public relations posts.

Vince JimenezMark White
Vince Jimenez and Mark White have been named Regional Product Support Sales Managers for General Dynamics Aviation Services. Both will work out of the Lincoln, CA facility, and both are longtime General Dynamics employees.

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

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. More...

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

Cirrus is out with a new version of the SR22, the SR22T, with a TSIO-550-K groundboosted turbo system. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a demo flight in the new airplane with Cirrus's Matt Bergwall. More...

AVweb's Glenn Pew finds some of the web's most popular footage and takes a look behind the visual and auditory phenomena created when machines "break" the speed of sound. More...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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