Number Of Laser Events Around The Country Continues To
In a continuing effort to combat the growing problem of lasers
directed at aircraft, the FAA has created a new website to make it
easier for pilots and the public to report laser incidents and
obtain information on the subject, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt
Laser Armor Designed To Protect Aircrews From Blinding
In response to the increasing number of incidents in which laser
beams are directed at aircraft cockpits, Night Flight Concepts has
unveiled new optical systems for laser defense offer equipment and
training options to help aviation organizations defend against
Calgary International To Augment Surface Radar With
NAV CANADA, the Air Navigation Service Provider for Canada, is
deploying Saab Sensis Corporation’s multilateration system
for surface surveillance, including VeeLo NextGen vehicle locators,
at Calgary International Airport for improved all-weather surface
Providing Software For Students To Use During Training
When the next Able Flight scholarship winners prepare for a
flight, they'll have the option of doing so with ForeFlight's
Mobile HD software. ForeFlight, a leading provider of aviation
software for pilots, is the newest sponsor of Able Flight's unique
flight training program for people with physical disabilities.
Underwater Training Cut Short By Late-Season Storm
Due to the predicted path of Hurricane Rina, the 15th NASA
Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, ended earlier
than planned. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) operates the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory and the agency
determined Rina posed a risk to the safety of the mission taking
place near Key Largo, Florida.
Virgin Galactic's chief pilot says that its new
timetable for the first commercial suborbital flights have been
pushed to 2013, and the operation will ramp up more slowly than
originally projected. Chief Pilot David Mackay said in an interview
with the Wall Street Journal that "we would certainly like
to be in commercial operation by then."
Agreement Between Broward County, Dania Beach Awaits FAA
Broward County, FL and the community of Dania Beach have reached
a settlement over a long-simmering dispute over the extension of
the south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (KFLL) International
Airport. The Broward County Commission approved the agreement on a
7-0 vote earlier this week, with two members not present at the
Medical Helicopter Collided With Cessna 172 On New Year's
A preliminary hearing was held this week in a civil lawsuit
filed against a medical helicopter operator stemming from an
accident December 31st, 2010, in which two people on board a Cessna
172 were fatally injured.
Donor Gifts Enable Purchase Of Flight Simulator For Relief
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has acquired a new high-tech
flight simulator, providing another tool to help prepare its pilots
for the challenging conditions they face when flying in remote
parts of the world. With funds raised by the MAF Ministry
Advocates—a volunteer group—supplemented by a matching
grant, MAF purchased the RedBird SD flight training device for
AerCap Holdings said Monday that it has signed a new $400
million credit facility with a ten year term to provide long term
financing for 12 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The aircraft will be
leased to American Airlines and form part of AerCap's previously
announced transaction with American Airlines for the purchase and
leaseback of 35 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) held a forum
Tuesday for airline interests in Canada to meet and discuss how to
get Canadians to celebrate their airlines. At the center of the
discussion was how to convince the Canadian government to stop
treating airlines like a "cash cow."
Babbitt Takes Only A Few Questions... And Pretty
Much Repeats The Party Line
The 'Meet The Boss' event at Oshkosh, where pilots of all types
can actually face down the FAA Administrator and ask questions, has
been a staple of this annual gathering. This year, though, was a
bit of a non-starter in that the time for questions was cut short
by EAA President Rod Hightower's own questions and when we finally
got the chance to confront the Administrator, there were scant
minutes left to question him while the few answers we received were
very much like those we had heard in the past.
Thirty Aviation Organizations Voice Opposition To Tax
A united aviation industry coalition of nearly 30 organizations
is opposing proposed tax increases, which would lead to significant
job loss across all sectors of the industry and the nation. The
coalition of airlines, general aviation, manufacturers, consumer
organizations and labor groups is sending a unified message to
Congress to reject the proposed taxes.
Light Sport Manufacturers Must Comply With New Standards By
On July 29, 2011, the FAA announced in the Federal Register the
availability of ASTM International standard F2746–09,
Specification for Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) for Light
Sport Airplane, as well as ASTM F2245-10c, Specification for Design
and Performance of a Light Sport Airplane. Manufacturers of fixed
wing light sport aircraft are required to revise their POHs for new
production airplanes in accordance with these new standards by no
later than Nov.12, 2011.
EASA has certified the 155 hp Centurion 2.0s power pack for
retrofit into the Diamond DA40 TDI. The engine can be installed as
a direct replacement for the Centurion 1.7 or Centurion 2.0 (both
135 hp mills) under the DA40s existing cowling.
Shifts Procedure To A Maintenance Task Which Can Be Performed
By The Pilot
The FAA has proposed an amendment to maintenance regulations
that would remove the task of updating databases used in
self-contained, front-panel or pedestal-mounted navigation
equipment from the "preventative maintenance" category.
Pilot Failed to Retract The Landing Gear On The Amphib
The NTSB has released its probable cause report in a floatplane
accident which occurred August 1st, 2010, in which a 64-year-old
ATP rated pilot was fatally injured. A passenger on board the
aircraft survived the accident.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has sent a personal
letter to the chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on
Aviation, Maria Cantwell (D-WA), asking for a hearing to evaluate
progress implementing aviation safety reforms. He also asks that
the hearing examine the implications of newly released emails that
were not available during the initial crash investigation.
"U.S. airlines, general aviation and aviation
manufacturing companies and their respective employees face intense
competition from the rest of the world. Our policymakers should be
focused on increasing U.S. international competitiveness rather
than viewing the industry as a collection agency." Source:
ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.