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UNVEILS TURBOPROP SINGLE AT AERO
As the 21st Aero opens in
Friedrichshafen, Germany, an early peek by AVweb on Tuesday
suggests there will be plenty new to look at and even some surprises. At
the top of a list is a new turboprop from Diamond called the DA50
Turbine, some new models from established Italian aircraft maker Tecnam
and a surprise flying appearance by Pipistrel's sleek Panthera
retractable single, which proved to be the hit of Aero last year. We
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IMPULSE FLIES, AS ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT EXPERTS GATHER
Impulse, the one-of-a-kind solar-powered airplane from Switzerland, flew
above the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Tuesday as the crew
prepares for a flight across the U.S. next month. The aircraft took off
from Moffett Field about 7 a.m. with Bertrand Piccard at the controls
and flew above the bridge at about 3,500 feet. Another flight above the
Bay Bridge was planned for later in the day. As the crew continues to
prepare for the cross-country trip, experts in the development of
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AFFECTED BY ATC DELAYS
Although airline flight delays due to
sequester measures have grabbed the headlines, business aviation is also
being affected by reduced staffing levels at air traffic control
facilities. An aircraft management company on the East Coast told
AVweb that a planned flight from the Baltimore area to South
Carolina was scrubbed because air traffic control problems effectively
ground stopped it. "The pilot was told that ATC was not accepting any
departures over GVE or DAILY," a representative of the company told
AVweb. "No estimate of when departures would be available was
given, and no optional routing was offered." Meanwhile Dallas/Fort Worth
Airport is the latest to report major traffic headaches, according to
the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. More...
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DELAYS WILL WORSEN SAYS NATCA REP
A senior controller at one
of the West Coast's busiest facilities says sequester-related issues and
delays will only get worse as increasing demand meets diminished
capacity throughout the system. For the third straight day since
one-day-in-10 furloughs have been in place for air traffic controllers,
significant delays have been reported at major airports all over the
U.S., and Scott Conde, the president of the National Air Traffic
Controllers Association at Oakland Center in California, said the true
impact has been barely felt. "This is just the tip of the iceberg," he
said in a podcast interview. Conde said the sequester-related staffing
cuts came between Easter and summer, normally the time when staffing is
at its maximum and there's a slight lull in air traffic. Once summer
vacations further diminish the ranks of controllers and traffic
increases, the delays will almost certainly be much worse. He also
expects the stress and long hours experienced by controllers will also
start to take their toll, adding to the existing problems.
FLIGHT DELAYS 'TIP OF THE ICEBERG'
Scott Conde, a
senior controller at Oakland Center in California says that delays
resulting from controller furloughs are just getting started. He told
AVweb's Russ Niles that when summer vacations hit, the situation
will be much worse. More...
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TRAINERS LAID OFF DUE TO SEQUESTER
About 300 contract
workers, most of whom provide training for air traffic controllers at
the FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, have been
laid off due to federal budget cuts. The workers are employed by
Raytheon and subcontractor ISG, according to local news reports. "This
is something that is happening because of the terrible position we are
in with the federal government and sequestration," ISG president Gerald
Williams told The Oklahoman. Spokesmen for the training center and for
Raytheon declined to comment. Some of the workers were told the
furloughs would be temporary. More...
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HOPES TO SELL JET BUSINESS THIS SUMMER
Beechcraft hopes to
sell off the now-dormant Hawker jet assets within three months and is
dealing with several potential buyers. During a speech to the Wichita
Aero Club Monday, Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said the company has
non-disclosure agreements with an unspecified number of interested
parties and is, of course, not saying who they are. An online "data
room" for qualified purchasers has been set up. Beechcraft dumped the
jet line as part of its restructuring and emergence from Chapter 11
bankruptcy, a process Boisture said has set up the new company to
prosper even in difficult times. "We have come out clearly and cleanly
as Beechcraft," Boisture is quoted by the Wichita Eagle as saying. "We've got
ourselves on a good foundation now." Boisture said. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: FAA BUDGET CUTS -- GO FOR THE PAPER CLIPS
you're a student of the First Amendment's right of redress, aviation
gave you a good week last week, with a lawsuit to stop the FAA from
furloughing controllers. But if you're a deficit hawk? Not so much. On
the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli observes that by the time
all the special interests get their piece of the pie, the FAA will be
back where it started: no budget cuts at all. Maybe those people who say
we're doomed have a point. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: JACK HOWELL'S WORTHY CAUSE
stress disorder is well-known for soldiers returning from combat, but
less known is that it affects the children of soldiers killed or wounded
in battle. Jack Howell is doing something about that, offering free
flight training for the offspring of wounded or deceased military
members. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli explains why
he sent Jack some money and why you should, too. Read
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shortly after its first flight. At Sun 'n Fun in April 2013, the
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REFURBISHED AIRPLANE OF THE MONTH
New airplanes sales may be
a little soft, but we're seeing plenty of refurb work -- everything from
new panels to fresh paint to full-up interiors. We would like to feature
some of these airplanes in the pages of AVweb and spotlight the
owners and shops doing the work. If you have photos of your restored
aircraft -- single, twin or turbine -- send
them along to us, and if we select your airplane as refurb of the
month, we'll contact you for more information. More...
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include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be
permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too.
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