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FAA introduces new guidelines for upset training
The FAA released two proposed advisory circulars last week — AC 120-UPRT and AC 120-109A — to establish new guidelines for pilot upset training. These draft rules were developed as part of the qualification, service and use of crewmembers and aircraft dispatchers final rule published on November 12 last year.
AC 120-UPRT provides recommended practices for academic and flight simulation devices training, while AC 120-109A focuses on training, testing and checking of pilots to ensure they are responding correctly to both impending and full stalls.
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Scott Ernest will lead Textron's merged Cessna and Beechcraft division
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Textron has closed its acquisition of Beechcraft Corp. and will merge Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft to form a new segment called Textron Aviation.
Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker will remain distinct brands, Textron said.
Scott Ernest, Cessna CEO, will lead the merged company, Textron Aviation.
Related story: Textron completes acquisition of Beechcraft
Pi in the sky: The makings of an aerial feat
By Julie Bernhard
You didn't have to be a math geek to appreciate the recent happenings at SXSW. As part of a kickoff to everyone's favorite holiday — Pi Day (3/14) — five aircraft took the sky on Pi Day Eve in an attempt to spell out the infinite mathematical constant above the Austin, Texas, skyline. The skywriting was part of a public art project produced and executed by Los Angeles-based aerial advertiser, AirSign, and California artist, ISHKY. And the execution of this project was no simple equation.
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Have you checked your data?
By H. Dean Chamberlain
Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
As flying evolves, we constantly add items to our list of things to do before we can go flying. We have to check weather. We have to check our paperwork — current medical, current flight review, required number of takeoff and landings if we want to be pilot in command and carry passengers, instrument currency, and the list goes on. With the advent of global positioning (GPS), we now have to add other pieces of information to our list of things to check. We now have to ask Flight Service for GPS Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) if we plan on using GPS in flight. Please note: Flight Service does not provide GPS NOTAMs without being asked. Add Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) availability along your route and destination to your required list of information if you are planning on flying a GPS approach, for example.
But if you are using an FAA-approved, installed instrument flight rules (IFR) capable GPS in your aircraft, when was the last time you reviewed your data service provider's notification process to verify the accuracy of the service provider's data? Have you ever checked with your data service provider?
IFA pilot quiz — Biggest, best
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Biggest, best, fastest, first — all adjectives that are used by pilots all the time. Test yourself to see how many of these you can answer correctly.
1. What was the most widely used twin-engine transport in the Pacific Theater during WWII?
a. Cessna Bamboo Bomber
2. What was the most produced U.S. light bomber during WWII?
b. Martin 404
a. Douglas A-20
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Martin A-26
c. Boeing B-1
Eclipse Aerospace delivers 1st 550
The first Eclipse 550 customer has left the Eclipse Aerospace factory in Albuquerque, N.M., as the manufacturer delivered the first modified version of the original very light jet, the Eclipse 500. The delivery was achieved less than two years after production restarted, but about six months later than the company had hoped when it achieved the full production certificate for the assembly facility almost exactly one year ago.
Retiring workforce could hurt aviation industry, lawmakers are told
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U.S. aerospace and aviation industry leaders warned lawmakers that a coming wave of retirements in an aging workforce could hurt both sectors and create safety issues unless the government helps more young people qualify for those jobs.
Boeing Co., for instance, expects a large percentage of its U.S. workers to retire in a few years and does not see a ready pool of replacements, said Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief operating officer.
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Open skies for tech firms in aviation market
Aviation technology firms are entering the Indian market in a big way, tying up with airlines like Air India, IndiGo and GoAir to provide critical components to enhance flight safety and run their businesses.
At India Aviation Show, Air India signed a MoU with major U.S. firm Honeywell to upgrade the landing and takeoff gears of its Boeing 777 fleet, while the two no-frill carriers joined Geneva-based Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques for developing business technology solutions.
Here's why pilots can turn off a plane's communication systems
One of the more mysterious elements of the missing Malaysia plane story is the fact that someone on board shut down the 777's Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System.
If the motive behind the plane's disappearance is indeed criminal, it begs the question: Why can these systems be turned off at all?
The answer is simple — for safety reasons.
New TBM 900 features improved performance, comfort
Daher-Socata unveiled its latest upgrade for the TBM series, the TBM 900. Retaining the same Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D engine rated at 850 shaft horsepower, the new model has improved performance based on aerodynamic optimization of the airframe and the engine air intake configuration. It also comes with a new five-blade composite propeller and a redesigned spinner.
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