When it comes to pilot technology, how much is too much? | Japanese team to vie for human-propelled plane record | Epic Aircraft looks to expand in Ore.
December 10, 2012
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When it comes to pilot technology, how much is too much?
Blogger Scott Spangler says that to master the art of flying, a pilot has to use all five senses, and technology, while helpful, is only as good as the pilot using it. "Technology can be a wonderful tool, but seduced by its reliable perfections, too often people, not just pilots, surrender their responsibilities to it," he writes. Jetwhine.com (12/10)
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Japanese team to vie for human-propelled plane record
Japan-based Team Aeroscepsy has announced its bid to beat the human-propelled plane record with an aircraft built out of polystyrene (plastic-like foam) and powered by a professional cyclist. The aircraft, named Gokurakutombo, weighs 81 pounds but its wingspan is half of a Boeing 747. The flight is planned to be 75 miles long and takes four hours. Fast Company online (12/10)
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Epic Aircraft looks to expand in Ore.
Kit-plane manufacturer Epic Aircraft is looking to expand its operations to the former Cessna Aircraft space at Bend Municipal Airport in Oregon. Epic hopes to take its production beyond kit planes to include Federal Aviation Administration certified aircraft. The Herald (Everett, Wash.)/The Associated Press (12/8)
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AIG will sell 80.1% of leasing unit to Chinese investors
A group of investors from China have agreed to acquire 80.1% of the plane-leasing unit from American International Group in a deal worth $4.23 billion. The acquisition sets a record for the largest Chinese purchase of a U.S. company. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/10)
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WWII fighter plane is recovered from Lake Michigan
The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation sponsored the recovery of an FM-2 "Wildcat" fighter plane that crashed into Lake Michigan during a training mission on Dec. 28, 1944. The plane had sunk to almost 200 feet. WMAQ-TV (Chicago)/The Associated Press (12/7)
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County approves master plan for improvements at Aspen airport
After two years of public input and review, a plan outlining future facilities at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Colorado was approved by county commissioners. The plan includes a new terminal and reconfiguration of the existing fixed-base operator that serves private aircraft, as well as the addition of a second FBO. The Aspen Times (Colo.) (12/6)
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Congressman pledges to bring back helicopter noise bill
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., plans to reintroduce the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Relief Act, requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate helicopter flight paths, minimum altitudes and other operations in Los Angeles. Residents have complained to the FAA about low-flying aircraft and excessive noise. Law enforcement, military and emergency aircraft would be exempt from any new regulations. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (12/7)
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Vision Systems introduces new products
Vision Systems introduced two new cabin products for business jets. VisiConnect provides in-flight Internet connectivity with speeds up to 864 kbps. Smart Up is a tablet support arm integrated in the passenger's armrest. According to the company, Embraer has adopted Smart Up for its Phenom 300 jet. AIN Online (12/10)
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Dissatisfied with commercial flight, reporter learns to fly
Dissatisfied with the hassle of commercial flight, reporter Conor Makem jumps at the opportunity to learn to fly and weighs the pros and cons of both. "Now that we're flying, it becomes clear, I have both the window and the aisle seat on the Cessna. Advantage: flight school," he writes. Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.) (free registration) (12/9)
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FCC urges FAA to widen in-flight mobile device use
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a letter Thursday to the Federal Aviation Administration encouraging it to expand the permitted use of electronic devices on flights. When the FAA formed a group to look into the issue earlier this year, it said it would not allow fliers to talk on phones during flights. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/6), CNET (12/6)
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