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CHANGES PLANS, GPS GROUP UNIMPRESSED
proposed a new plan that would use frequencies that are controlled by
the satellite company Inmarsat Plc and not use those closest to GPS
frequencies, hoping to avoid most interference issues. The company's
original plan had been to launch its service (which supports wireless
communications) using frequencies that neighbor those of GPS. But tests
mandated by the FCC found that such use could lead to interference
problems for GPS users. That possibility led players in the GPS industry
to form a coalition that spoke out against the plan. The Coalition to
Save Our GPS is not satisfied with LightSquared's latest proposal.
"LightSquared's supposed solution is nothing but a 'Hail Mary' move,"
said coalition spokesman Jim Kirkland. "Confining its operation to the
lower MSS band still interferes with many critical GPS receivers in
addition to the precision receivers that even LightSquared concedes will
be affected." LightSquared's new proposal involves using a band of
frequencies belonging to Inmarsat that is farther from GPS. The new plan
is actually just an acceleration of the old one and the company says "a
limited number of high-precision GPS receivers" could still be affected
by interference. More...
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BROKER TACKLING BIZJET PERCEPTION
Perception is everything in
the business jet industry these days and a European charter and leasing
broker says changing those perceptions is her formula for success.
Gabriella Somerville started UK-based ConnectJets in 2009 during the
depths of the financial and identity crisis that gripped the industry.
In a podcast
interview with AVweb, she said the company was founded on the
principles of value, efficiency and convenience to counter the bad press
that had turned private aviation into a symbol of excess for the wealthy
minority. "It's basically coming down to changing our verbiage,"
Somerville, who worked with Sir Richard Branson in the creation of
Virgin Airlines, told AVweb. "[We're] getting away from things
like luxury and talking about [private aviation] as a smart, efficient
business tool." More...
ARE A GOOD THING, RIGHT?
Gabriella Somerville has
built a charter and leasing brokerage during the recession based on the
premise that private aviation makes sense, even if it is also a luxury.
She spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles. More...
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TO MAKE BIZJET
Russian planemaker Sukhoi will make a
business-jet version of its SuperJet 100 regional airliner. The company
announced the new aircraft Tuesday at the Paris Air Show and said market
demand was behind the decision. It expects to be able to sell up to 100
of the $50 million business jets over the next 20 years. The list price
for a passenger version of the plane is $31 million. The SuperJet bizjet
will be in the same size category as Embraer's Lineage 1000 business jet
but that's not the only arena in which the two companies will clash.
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DOWN IN RUSSIA, 44 KILLED
It was just before midnight and
foggy on Monday night when a Tupolev 134 on approach to the Petrozavodsk
Airport in northwestern Russia hit trees and power lines, crashed and
burned, killing 44 people. There were eight survivors, according to The
Associated Press, who were rescued from the wreck by local citizens. The
air traffic controller on duty said the pilot continued the approach
beyond the point where he should have initiated a "second run,"
according to the AP. The runway lights went out when the airplane hit
power lines, at which point the controller said he instructed the crew
to abort the landing, but it was already too late. More...
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SELLS BA609 TILTROTOR
Bell Helicopter announced at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday that it
will sell off its BA609 civilian tiltrotor to AgustaWestland, which has
been a partner in the program. Bell will continue to supply engineering
services and key components for the aircraft. The decision will free up
R&D resources for the V-22 Osprey and other projects, both military and
commercial, said Bell CEO John Garrison, including the development of
next-generation tiltrotor technologies. No terms were disclosed for the
sale. "They [AgustaWestland] are going to take it over and do what they
think is best for it," Bill Schroeder, a Bell spokesman, told the Star-Telegram, of Fort Worth, Texas. Two 609s now
are flying, one in the U.S. and one in Italy, and have logged almost 600
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GALLERY: PARIS AIR SHOW 2011 (DAY ONE)
The Paris Air Show is in full swing this
week, and AVweb
is monitoring the show for news and
announcements. Plus, we're taking in the sights at Le Bourget, as you'll
see from this gallery of photos snapped during the opening hours of the
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INSIDER BLOG: RISK AT SEA WOULD YOU DO THIS?
footage put together by PBS shows what it's like to recover aircraft in
challenging sea conditions at night, no less. Operations like
this ratchet up the risk, raising the basic judgement question: Is the
gain worth the potential pain? If you're a Navy pilot, you don't get a
vote. In his latest installment to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul
Bertorelli examines how risk judgements in military flying are far
different than in the civil world. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: B-17 DOWN NOT MANY LEFT
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...
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specialist for Paramount Aviation Resources Group. He was formerly the
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OVERSEES PIPERJET PRODUCTION
Michael Dow is Piper's pick as chief of
production for Piper's new Altaire light jet. He was formerly at Aurora
Flight Sciences as group manager of manufacturing, engineering and
NEW HAWKER BEECHCRAFT VP
Jay Gibson is Hawker Beechcraft's new VP
for special mission aircraft. He was formerly the company's VP of
finance and contracts for its government business organization. More...
WHERE? YOU TELL US
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.
LOW PASS VIDEO
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...
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