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Volume 9, Number 23
June 15, 2011
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Diamond Aircraft is recalling workers and rapidly accelerating its D-JET personal jet program thanks to an investment from an unnamed source. The money will also enable resumption of the flight test program and the construction of one more test aircraft as the company works toward certification. The amount of the investment was not immediately disclosed but Diamond was turned down by the Canadian government for a $35 million loan that would have formed a share of the $90 million needed to finish the project. While the D-JET was being developed exclusively by Diamond's London, Ontario facility, that has changed with the recent announcement. More...

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Business and Governmentback to top 

Aircraft operators who want to block their registration data from being displayed to the public in real-time flight-tracking websites must provide the FAA with documentation showing more than a "speculative or abstract fear," the FAA told NBAA this week. "A generalized, non-specific security concern is unlikely to be found valid," the FAA wrote, in response to questions from NBAA about how operators can document a "certified security concern" to block their aircraft information. Previously, the FAA allowed operators to opt out of the public information display via the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. On June 3, the FAA said it would change that policy, effective in 30 days. More...

The Canadian government says it will pass a law ending a strike by Air Canada ticket agents if the airline and its employees can't reach a contract settlement. The 4,500 members of the Canadian Autoworkers Union walked off the job at kiosks and call centers at midnight Tuesday and within 12 hours, the government had issued the ultimatum. "They've got a duty to Canadians to get a deal done, and when they can't get a deal done and it ends up having an impact either on Canadians in general or on the economy, then that's the role of the government and we've clearly stated our intention," Labour Minister Lisa Raitt told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. However, union leaders say the unprecedented speed with which the government intervened is massive interference in the bargaining process and smacks of "collusion." More...

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If It's Summer, Then It Must Be Parisback to top 

Boeing executives say they'll let Airbus take center stage on its home turf at next week's Paris Air Show although some industry watchers say Boeing will have to respond somehow to its arch rival's aggressive move against its bread-and-butter 737. With a lot of winking and nudging, Airbus has apparently let it be known that it expects to land a record number of orders for its re-engined A320 single-aisle airliner. Dubbed the A320neo, the aircraft will be considerably more fuel efficient than the latest 737s. Boeing is now weighing whether to make expensive mods to the existing airframe or start with clean sheet and Boeing CEO James McNerney Jr. has said no such announcement will be made in Paris. Centerpiece of the Boeing display will be the new 747-8. Boeing is also cutting back its defense presence at the big show. Meanwhile, the rest of the industry will be looking for concrete signs of a recovery as showgoers stroll the ramps at Le Bourget. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

Dassault says it has a fix for the runaway trim problem that grounded the fleet of Falcon 7X business jets three weeks ago. The company announced earlier this week it developed a combination software and hardware mod for its flagship aircraft that will address the glitch. It's tested and validated the fix and is now waiting for European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to start implementing it. The approval is said to be imminent. More...

Legislatures in 29 states have passed resolutions in support of aviation, the Alliance for Aviation Across America said this week. The resolutions reflect the efforts of aviation advocates to educate officials about the value of the industry, said Selena Shilad, executive director of the nonprofit group. The Alliance comprises about 5,700 members, including both groups and individuals, and besides lobbying state governments, has been active in Washington in support of the General Aviation Caucus in both the House and Senate. The efforts help to ensure that government officials are informed about GA issues such as avgas availability and the security of the GPS system, members of the group said at a news conference on Tuesday. More...

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AVflash Extra! Top Aviation Storiesback to top 

The Liberty Belle, a B-17 Flying Fortress operated by the Liberty Foundation of Florida, was destroyed by fire after the crew made an emergency landing in a cornfield in Illinois about 10 a.m. Monday morning. All seven people on board escaped without injury, according to the NTSB, but the airplane was a total loss. The B-17 had taken off from Aurora Municipal Airport near Oswego, Ill., and the pilot reported a fire on board shortly after takeoff. Several residents reported seeing the plane flying low with smoke and flames coming from it. "[The pilot] attempted to make a return to the airport, but couldn't make it so he put it down in a cornfield," local fire chief Marty Kunkel told the Beacon News. The field was about three to four miles southeast of the airport, the NTSB said. More...

A Goodyear A-60+ blimp caught fire in Germany on Sunday evening as the pilot tried to land; the three passengers were able to leap to safety, but the pilot was killed. Witnesses said they heard a loud engine noise and smelled fuel as the blimp hovered about six feet above the ground at Reichelsheim Airfield, according to The Sun. The pilot, Mike Nerandzic, 53, of Australia, yelled at the passengers to leap out of the cabin. As they left the aircraft, it shot up into the air about 150 feet and exploded, then crashed into a field where it was consumed by flames, according to online news reports. The passengers were reporters for local news outlets on a photo-taking flight. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Larry Alexandre
Larry Alexandre is the new president of Heli-One, a subsidiary of CHC Helicopters specializing in offshore oil platform work. Alexandre was previously CEO of Sagem Avionics.

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

This week we learned that the Liberty Belle, a restored B-17 owned by the Liberty Foundation, burned after an off-field landing in Illinois, although everyone escaped alive. Is it just too risky to continue flying these things? Shouldn't we preserve them for posterity? Yes, we should preserve them, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog — but if they can fly, they should. Leave the museum pieces right where they are. As sad as it is to lose one, it would be even sadder to stop flying these rare treasures while it's possible to do so. Read more and join the conversation. More...

A recent ASTM conferred technical approval on specs for aviation biofuels. That means we've got a bright new future with these fuels, right? Sure we do, says Paul Bertorelli with an eyeroll in the latest installment of the AVweb Insider. Read his latest blog post for some thoughts on why new-fuel boosters always neglect market (and technical) realities. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

Video of an extremely low, low pass is making the rounds on the internet and we thought we'd share. The aircraft appears to be an Argentinean FMA IA 63 Pampa or something similar. It also appears to be flying about three feet off the ground. The picture at right is a screen capture from in-cockpit footage that shows people running out of the way ahead of the jet. More...

There are only a few LSAs that qualify for true STOL status, and Eastman's CH750 is one of them. With full-span flaperons and leading-edge slats, it won't win any beauty contests, but it could excel at some short landing contests. In this video, Aviation Consumer editor Paul Bertorelli takes a spin with Eastman's Gary Webster. 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.

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