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Volume 10, Number 29
August 8, 2012
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
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AVflash! Getting Ready for UAVs in the Airspaceback to top 

Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta was long on optimism but short on specifics in a pointed Q & A session at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The FAA is under congressional order to integrate most UAVs into the national airspace system by 2015 (2014 for UAVs weighing less than 55 pounds) and Huerta told a room full of people with a lot riding on those deadline the agency will get it done. "I am very optimistic that we will get there," Huerta said. "Rest assured that the FAA will fulfill its statutory obligations to integrate unmanned aircraft systems." Just how it's going to crunch that deadline is not something Huerta wanted to elaborate on, however. More... || Intelligent Apps for 
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Unplanned R & Dback to top 

The crash of a decades-old Bell 414 helicopter in Texas on Tuesday could have an impact on the development of Bell's latest high-tech helicopter, the 525 Relentless. The 414 is a technology demonstrator for Bell's Xworx development center in Arlington, Texas, and was apparently testing gear for the Relentless when it went down about 30 miles from Arlington. Both pilots escaped injury after making an emergency landing in a cotton field after reporting tail rotor problems. The aircraft flipped on its side on landing. More...

'The Aviators' || Weekly on PBS - Also on 
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The award-winning hit television series airing across the US weekly on PBS (contact your local station), in Canada on Travel+Escape, and overseas on Discovery. The Aviators covers all-things aviation, as our pilot/hosts take you flying with the Blue Angels, on $100 hamburger runs, or exploring aircraft from warbirds to airliners. Seasons 1 and 2 now on iTunes and Hulu. Season 3 coming this fall ... and premiering at AirVenture 2012!

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Icon A5 Will Have Cirrus DNAback to top 

Cirrus Aircraft will build "a significant portion" of the composite airframe components for the Icon A5 light sport aircraft, the two companies announced on Monday. Cirrus will add up to 60 jobs over the next 18 months or so to handle the extra work, Cirrus spokesman Todd Simmons told AVweb. "It could be even more," Simmons said. Composite component production will begin by the end of this year at the Cirrus facility in Grand Forks, N.D., and the first production aircraft will be completed next summer, according to the news release. Icon expects the effort to produce about 50 airframes in the first 12 months, and about 250 to 300 in the second 12 months, Icon spokesperson Amy Julian told AVweb. More...

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More Losses at Hawkerback to top 

Another 170 workers at Hawker Beechcraft have been told their jobs will gone in 60 days, the Wichita Eagle reported last week. The jobs will be lost from across the ranks at the company's facility in Little Rock, Ark. "The company continues to evaluate and balance production rates throughout a difficult and rapidly changing environment," Hawker said in a letter to employees. "Over the last several months, we have worked to appropriately size our business, primarily in Wichita. Today, we are faced with additional challenging decisions that involve further resizing our work force." More...

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Soft Landing for Emergency Helicopterback to top 

A medical helicopter broke a skid in flight when it hit a cellphone tower early Sunday morning, but the crew landed safely at San Antonio International Airport after firefighters built a pile of mattresses to take the place of the missing skid. The Bell 407 helicopter, with three crew and a patient on board, was headed for the San Antonio Military Medical Center about 3:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. "[The pilot] knew if he landed, that he would crash," firefighter Kevin Campbell told the San Antonio Express-News. "He suggested mattresses, and I told Engine 23 to grab three or four mattresses from the dorm." They also brought 45-pound weights from the firehouse gym to hold the mattresses down. Campbell said the helicopter crew hovered for a short time before attempting the landing. "It was tense for a little bit," he said. But the helicopter landed safely, and nobody was hurt. "It worked great," Campbell said. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Del Denny
Del Denny is the new director of operations at WYVERN. He was the former auditor.

Bill Ross
Bill Ross is now the manager of Continental Motors Inc.'s factory service center in Fairhope, AL. He has been with Continental for 11 years.

Jeremy Prost
Jeremy Prost is Piper's new sales manager in Asia. He was formerly with Diamond Aircraft's Chinese operations.

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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New on AVweb.comback to top 

We all like to flap our lips about the imaginary light, cheap and efficient turbine that's hovering somewhere out there over the horizon. Except that it isn't. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli examines the reason: We just like piston engines. It's that simple. (Plus an extra bonus thought: Do you have the guts to hog up all the overhead space in an airliner? He doesn't.) Read more and join the conversation. More...

The year's mostly eagerly anticipated fly-in and trade show, EAA AirVenture took place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 23 to July 29, 2012. Click here for an all-in-one-place index to coverage from the show — including podcasts, videos, blogs, and photo galleries. More...

Light Plane Maintenance || Practical 
Maintenance Advice for Mechanics and Pilots
Is Your A&P Keeping Secrets?
Learn to recognize maintenance issues and take action before they turn into something big. Light Plane Maintenance shows you how.

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

It was only a matter of time before someone stuffed a full-up EFIS into a portable box the size of drink coaster. It didn't exactly take Dynon very long to get around to it, either. In this video, AVweb takes a tour of the new D1 Pocket Panel, and while it's not really a full EFIS, it's close enough — a clever combination of MEMS gyro and GPS aiding. 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 


AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

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