Also: Wichita Loses Skycatchers, NextGen, AeroNav's First Kill,
Quiet Jets, Obama At Boeing, Onex Approved, TFR Bust Goes to Pot...
and SO MUCH MORE!
Is the worst of the recession over... at least as far as the
aviation world is concerned? Hard to say... and though GAMA
pronounced that 2011 was to be the turn-around year, we were sadly
disappointed. Hopefully, though, the current doldrums may be the
worst of it... Watching the trends in 2012, especially with
trouble afoot for so much of GA, is going to be interesting. Hey --
remember that F-16 that went off the runway at Oshkosh this year...
we now know what happened and fog INSIDE the cockpit is being named
Diamond Aircraft has released its 2011 delivery numbers with a
strong showing in Q4 continuing the positive trend and offering
encouragement for future growth. Against a backdrop of
industry-wide flat deliveries in 2011 over 2010, Diamond has
registered a 33% improvement with 185 units delivered in 2011 vs
139 units delivered in 2010.
The US Air Force has concluded its investigation into last
summer's incident at EAA AirVenture, in which an F-16 overran
runway 36 and headed 300 feet off into the grass. The report says
the jet's environmental control system caused fogging that obscured
the pilot's vision, and resisted his efforts to clear the
FAA Responds To NTSB Recommendation To Avoid Mid-Airs
Many aircraft radar transponders have a button which immediately
sets the squawk code to 1200, the standard code for VFR traffic not
in communication with air traffic control. But the FAA believes
it's important for other traffic to know whether your blip is a
powered aircraft, so the code 1202 has now been designated the
standard for gliders, effective March 7.
Final Rule Leads To Confusion, Possible Unintended Violations
A new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) usurps the FAA’s authority to regulate
airspace and could leave pilots unintentionally violating a
restricted zone that does not appear on any current aeronautical
charts, according to two of the nation's largest pilot advocacy
groups. In response, the EAA and AOPA have jointly sent a letter to
the two federal agencies urging no enforcement action will be taken
until proper coordination and education with the aviation community
Airline Says It's 'Business As Usual' As Negotiations Will
After nine months of face to face bargaining, the membership of
the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,
the largest union at Air Canada, has voted to reject a proposed
Major Milestones Completed On Schedule As Program Prepares For
Preliminary Design Review
February 24th marked the first anniversary of the Boeing KC-46
Tanker program receiving a U.S. Air Force contract to build the
next-generation aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A. Over the past
year, the program has completed key milestones in support of the
design and development phase on or ahead of schedule, and is now
preparing for a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in March.
Policy Driven Not By Airworthiness, But Missile Defense
Israel's Transportation Ministry has ordered two domestic
airlines to stop using ATR turboprops within two years, but the
order has nothing to do with any airworthiness issue. Instead, the
government warns Arkia and Israir that the planes "cannot be fitted
with anti-missile systems," according to a report in the Yedioth
Ahronoth daily newspaper.
Pilot Reportedly Avoided A Field Where Children Were
A 1968 Beech 58 Baron went down in an elementary school
playground in Cypress, TX about 1900 CST Thursday night. The pilot,
who was the only person on board the airplane, suffered serious
injuries, according to the FAA preliminary report.