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Volume 10, Number 14
April 11, 2012
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AVflash! Safety Revisited: The Reno Air Racesback to top 

The NTSB is still working to complete its investigation of last year's fatal crash at the Reno Air Races, but on Tuesday, board chairman Deborah Hersman announced a half dozen safety recommendations that she hopes the race organizers will implement before the races resume in September. "We believe these recommendations can go a long way toward preventing future accidents," she said at a news conference at the Reno airport. The suggestions to race organizers include changes to the course design and layout, improvements to the methods used to track and resolve discrepancies found during pre-race aircraft inspections, required pilot training in G-force tolerance, and better ramp safety, such as keeping fuel trucks farther from the race area and improving the placement of barriers. Hersman also emphasized that pilots should document that highly modified aircraft have been exposed to realistic race conditions -- high speeds and high g-loads -- before the race. More...

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Korean Air Flight Escorted to the Groundback to top 

As North Korea gets ready to launch a rocket generally acknowledged to be an ICBM, NORAD was taking no chances Tuesday when a bomb threat involving a South Korean airliner in the air off the west coast of Canada was phoned in. F-15 fighters from Portland intercepted the Korean Airlines Boeing 777 off British Columbia and escorted the plane to a Royal Canadian Air Force base at Comox on Vancouver Island. The aircraft, carrying 149 passengers, took off from Vancouver for Seoul at 2:35 p.m. PDT and was on the ground in Comox at 5:23 p.m. Comox is about 50 miles from Vancouver. "Wing emergency personnel are responding to the location and are securing the aircraft in accordance with normal procedures. All emergency services on the Wing have been activated," said RCAF spokesman Lt. Trevor Reid. More...

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The Brazilians Are Comingback to top 

News that Boeing and Embraer will cooperate on future unspecified development projects is part of a much larger package of cooperation between Brazil and the U.S. to help the emerging South American country modernize and expand its air transportation system. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced Monday an interagency effort that will allow U.S. businesses to create new opportunities in Brazil's burgeoning aviation sector. Embraer and Boeing are among the six initial participants in the U.S.-Brazil Aviation Partnership. "We are excited to work together to support the growth of Brazil's dynamic aviation sector and deepen our commercial engagement with Brazil," said USTDA Director Leocadia Zak. Other government departments taking part in the project are the State Department, TSA and FAA, and Brazilian opportunities will be on display later this year. More...

Boeing and Embraer will "work together to benefit their customers, their companies and the global aviation industry," the two companies announced on Monday. The companies didn't offer any details about what this cooperation would produce, but said they will work together to develop commercial aircraft features that enhance safety and efficiency and to develop sustainable aviation biofuels. They will also look for other areas to work together "to bring mutual benefit and value to customers." The announcement was made on the same day that the governments of Brazil and the U.S. agreed to expand cooperation on civil aviation matters. More...

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Bringing the Mountain to Youback to top 

PlaneFinder, an online matchmaking service for on-demand charter operators and potential customers, has turned the tables on the usual arrangement for bringing the two together. Customers can still shop for available flights but now aircraft operators can also shop for available customers. "Customers can anonymously post their travel plans and charter companies have access to search through the database and find passengers for their aircraft," said Managing Director Justin Beitler. More...

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A Major in Computer Science with a Minor in Airbus?back to top 

The Florida Institute of Technology says it's the first post-secondary institution to graduate students with type ratings in modern jet airliners. Juan Villa-Navarro and Sidney Callaghan completed the Jet Transition and Commercial Type Rating course as part of their bachelor's degree program at the Melbourne campus. They both earned type ratings in the A320. Type ratings are also available in Boeing 737NG. "The courses will prepare them well and provide all the ratings necessary to go directly to a major airline. This represents the gold standard in collegiate flight training," said Ken Stackpoole, vice president for Aviation Programs and dean of the College of Aeronautics. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Michelle Fawcett
Michelle Fawcett has joined TAS Aircraft Sales. She was most recently program manager for Cirrus Certified Pre-Owned Aircraft.

Tom Huff
Tom Huff is the new aviation safety officer at Gulfstream. He was formerly the commander of the Naval Test Wing in Patuxent River, where he also served as chief test pilot.

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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Show Coverage Recapsback to top 

Did you catch our podcast and video interviews from the 55th Annual Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Washington, DC April 3-6, 2012? If not, click here for Friday's AVwebAudio recapping our media coverage of the show. More...

AVweb attended the 38th annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida from March 27 to April 1, 2012 — and brought back an assortment of news and interviews. Click here for a handy index to all our coverage from the show, including podcasts, videos, and blogs. More...

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

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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