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SALES ON HOLD IN EUROPE
Cessna has run into delays certifying
its Skycatcher light sport aircraft in Europe, according to the Wichita
Business Journal, and has returned deposits to some of its European
customers. A Cessna spokesman said no new orders will be taken in Europe
until it has worked out a plan for securing certification from the
European Aviation Safety Agency. As an LSA, the Skycatcher doesn't
require an FAA type certificate or production certificate for U.S.
sales, but the closest EASA equivalent would require the aircraft to
have both, according to the Business Journal. Cessna said it is working
with EASA to find an "economical solution." More...
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BREWING OVER FAA FATIGUE RULES
A bill filed in the House last
week aims to extend the FAA's new airline fatigue rules to cover cargo
pilots, but the effort is already drawing opposition from the cargo
industry. The new FAA rules, scheduled to take effect in January 2014,
stipulate that pilots must get at least 10 hours of off-duty time
between flights, and can't fly more than five consecutive night shifts.
The bill to change that, called the Safe Skies Act (PDF), was filed by U.S. Reps. Chip Cravaack,
R-Minn., and Tim Bishop, D-N.Y. FedEx told The Hill that it would be a bad idea to impose the
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airbags and whole-airframe parachutes reduce risk factors in aviation
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PREPARES FOR MORE SUPERSONIC TESTS
Aerion Corp., which has
been working to bring a supersonic business jet to market, is preparing
to launch another series of supersonic flight tests this summer, the
company said last week. Designers are fabricating a device
representative of the Aerion wing, with a 40-inch vertical span and an
80-inch chord, which will fly in the centerline position beneath NASA's
F-15B research aircraft. The flights will launch from Dryden Flight
Research Center in California in June or July. The tests will measure
the design's supersonic boundary layer transition properties, the
company said. More...
KICKSTART FOR SYNERGY
The team working to build a prototype
of the Synergy aircraft design announced
recently they would seek support via the crowd-funding source
Kickstarter, but this week, designer John McGinnis said that effort has
stalled. "For reasons that do not make any sense to us, Kickstarter has
declined our project," his team posted on Facebook this week.
Kickstarter allowed them to appeal the decision, but responded that the
project "is not the best fit for Kickstarter, as it does not fit our
creative arts focus." The attempt to raise funds via Kickstarter, "like
the [Synergy] technology itself, may not fit comfortably into some
peoples' pre-labeled boxes of status quo thinking," McGinnis told
AVweb in an email on Tuesday. However, he added, "Above all, this
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LAYOFFS AT HAWKER BEECHCRAFT
Hawker Beechcraft has issued
layoff notices to 350 employees, the Wichita Eagle reported on Tuesday. The company,
which has been struggling with more than $2 billion in debt, said in a
letter to employees (PDF) that "market conditions are requiring us to
adjust our overall production cadence to help ensure the company will
compete effectively in the future." The notices provide a 60-day warning
to workers before they are out of a job. "We are in the process of
synchronizing our production line by making changes to previously
planned schedules and resizing our work force," according to the letter.
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INSIDER BLOG: AERO 2012 -- SMALLER, BUT PLENTY OF NEW
This year, for the first time, Aero Friedrichshafen
became an annual show, and as a result, it was a bit smaller than usual,
according to veteran exhibitors. But on the AVweb Insider blog,
Paul Bertorelli's summary reports on plenty of new stuff, including the
Cirrus jet announcement, the stunning Pipistrel Panthera and more LSAs,
ultralights and autogyros than we could even count. Attendance at Aero
hovers around the 33,000 mark, but it's a potent audience of people who
are seriously interested in aviation. More...
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ADDITIONS AT YINGLING
Yingling Aviation has added two senior
staff. Keri Jenkins is the new aviation records and document
administrator. She was formerly at CAMP Systems. Ron Williams is a new
customer and administrative specialist. He was an aviation lawyer at
Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP and is the chairman of the board of the
Kansas Aviation Museum. More...
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AVWEB'S AERO ENGINE TOUR
At Aero 2012 in
Friedrichshafen, the German Fliegermagazin has sponsored an
engaging display of aircraft powerplants ranging from tiny electric
engines to a new turbofan from a French company called Price Induction.
AVweb video contributor and Fliegermagazin editor Thomas
Borchert shows us three of the most interesting engines in the
MESSERSCHMIDT BF 109 SIMULATOR
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