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Volume 11, Number 6
February 6, 2013
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Appreciating Depreciationback to top 

Aviation groups have been quick to react to remarks by President Obama's Press Secretary Jay Carney, who likened the depreciation schedule on business aircraft to a "loophole." Carney included the reference in a question-and-answer session with the White House press corps after remarks by Obama on tackling government debt. Derision of business aviation has been a common theme with the current administration when it discusses its goals to increase tax contributions by the wealthy, but both the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) say the remarks are not only unfair, they're wrong. More...

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"Good," "Evil" Robots Battle for Control of the Skiesback to top 

Charlottesville, Va., says it's the first civic jurisdiction to pass a resolution opposing the use of unmanned aerial systems based on the "serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people" it believes the widespread use of drones presents. The resolution by the Charlottesville city council calls for a two-year moratorium on the use of drones in Virginia and urges the state and the federal government to ban drones from being equipped with weapons in domestic airspace. The resolution came as Obama administration officials were defending drone strike policies against suspected terrorists abroad. The American Civil Liberties Union says nine states are considering legislation to restrict the use of drones. Meanwhile, those who want to use drones for commercial purposes continue to press for laws that will accommodate pilotless aircraft in the National Airspace System. More...

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A Voice in Congressback to top 

With a new Congress now in session in Washington, NBAA this week said now is the time for pilots around the country to contact their elected representatives and ask them to join the general aviation caucuses in the House and Senate. NBAA President Ed Bolen said the bipartisan groups "inform legislative debates by highlighting the value of general aviation in creating jobs, helping companies succeed, connecting communities and supporting humanitarian endeavors." Bolen said the groups helped to pass FAA reauthorization, the pilot's bill of rights, and bonus depreciation for airplane buyers. More...

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Dreamliner's Return to the Air — For Testingback to top 

Boeing has asked the FAA for permission to conduct test flights with a 787, and the FAA is expected to give the OK as early as this week, according to news reports on Tuesday. Boeing has not released any details about the purpose of the tests. The Seattle Times reported that sources said the initial flight tests will gather data on how the airplane's lithium-ion battery is affected by changes in temperature during the flight cycle as well as the impact of vibrations during landing and takeoff. The Times said Boeing may also be investigating a theory that moisture might have gotten inside the battery, contributing to the recent incidents. Meanwhile, Boeing may be facing demands for compensation from its airline customers if the fleet is grounded much longer. More...

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Aero India: Asian Extravaganza This Weekback to top 

The ninth edition of Aero India runs Feb. 6-10 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, near Bangalore, and the growth of the show follows the increasing importance of India as a civilian and military aviation market. Hundreds of exhibitors and a major static display will be featured in the show. Most major manufacturers will be represented and there will be a daily airshow featuring some top acts, including the Russian Knights demo team with their Su-27 jets. While there is worldwide participation at the event, which is one of the largest in Asia, the show is also a chance to show off some of India's indigenous aviation products. More...

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New on AVweb.comback to top 

Following a provocative article in Mother Jones magazine, the UK press went after Innospec, the principal supplier of tetraethyl lead for 100LL. Although some news reports said Innospec would end TEL production by the end of the year, Paul Bertorelli says on the AVweb Insider blog that the announcement is a false alarm. The company is phasing out TEL for automotive use but pledges to continue manufacturing it as long as it's required for avgas. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Peter Lyons
Peter Lyons is the new president of Avionyx, a Costa Rica-based engineering services provider for avionics manufacturers. He founded Aspen Avionics and was its first CEO. He left Aspen last year.

The Nebraska Department of Aeronautics has hired Rob Markise as its chief pilot. Markise was formerly a captain with Air Wisconsin.

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

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

"Pardo's push" of March 10, 1967 was preceded by a similar event. In 1952, fighter ace Robbie Risner pushed fellow flyer Joe Logan 60 miles. The two men were flying F-86 Sabre jets and successfully cleared hostile territory, but Logan bailed out over water, was tangled in his canopy lines, and drowned. Risner was deemed a hero, but by Pardo's account, pilots were not encouraged to partake in similar activities. More...

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.

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Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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