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1981 LEARJET 35A

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En route from TRK to RHV recently in Centurion 7RR, I found myself on the same center frequency as Bonanza -- 5JJ! I was really tempted to tell center, "7 Romeo Romeo would like to connect with 5 Juliet Juliet." But I didn't want to start a feud, so I bit my tongue and said nothing. -- Rick Tavan

Airbus Orders Checks of A400M Software

Airbus is ordering engine software checks on A400M military aircraft after one of the four-engine turboprops crashed in Seville, Spain on May 9 during a test flight, killing four of the six on board. According to a Reuters report, Airbus found data from the crash indicating a possible problem with the installation of the system that runs the engines. The company issued an alert to military agencies using the carrier aircraft, asking them to check the "electronic control units" that control the engines.

Gyrocopter Pilot Pleads Not Guilty To Charges For Capitol Landing (Updated)

Doug Hughes, the Florida mail carrier who landed his gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol last month, pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday to six felony and misdemeanor charges including illegally flying an aircraft and breaching Washington, D.C., restricted airspace. A grand jury indicted Hughes on the charges stemming from his April 15 flight, which he had openly planned as a protest of government corruption, The Associated Press reported. After his arrest outside the Capitol, he was placed under house arrest and has been banned from operating any aircraft.

Dynon Updates Skyview, Lowers Price For Pocket Panel

Dynon Avionics, the maker of experimental and light-sport panels, has lowered the price of its all-digital D2 Pocket Panel to $1095. Designed to serve as an instrument backup for certified or non-certified aircraft, the D2 features a true artificial horizon with responsive and accurate pitch and roll. AHRS sensors also provide a turn rate indicator and slip/skid ball. An internal GPS receiver provides ground speed, altitude, vertical speed, and ground track.

Emergency AD Issued For Avidyne IFDs

The FAA this week issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive for Avidyne Integrated Flight Display units due to cases of incorrect course indications during RNAV approaches where the final fix is not aligned with the final approach course. The AD affects some software versions of 10- and 12-inch R9 displays and the IFD540. It requires adding to the Limitations Section of the airplane flight manual or flight manual supplement to state: "Flying a full procedure (non Vector-to-Final) GPS approach, with a course change at the Final Approach Fix (FAF), is prohibited," and "Flying a GPS approach, with a Direct-To or with an Omni-Bearing Selector (OBS) leg to the FAF, is prohibited."

New This Week

AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found an engine upgrade for the Cessna Caravan, scholarship awards from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and The Racing Aces, and an upcoming convention for unmanned aerial systems hosted by NASA.

Hydrogen Power For UAVs In The Works

Horizon Unmanned Systems, a drone company based in Singapore, says it has developed micro fuel cells powered by hydrogen that will enable small multi-rotor drones to fly for up to four hours, instead of the 20 to 30 minutes that's typical with lithium batteries. The prototype Hycopter stores compressed hydrogen fuel inside its tubular structure, saving on weight, and the company says the energy generated by a quarter pound of hydrogen is equal to about 6.6 pounds of lithium batteries.

ATO Independence Gains Momentum

The move to separate the air traffic control function from the FAA is gaining momentum and it now appears that Congress is seriously considering a stand-alone air traffic organization that, by definition, would be independently funded.

AOPA Fly-Ins Are Back

AOPA last year launched a series of regional fly-ins to replace the annual Summit, and this year they're doing it again. The season launched last weekend with a fly-in to Salinas, California, and continues June 6 at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland. A pilot information packet with the fly-in procedures for Frederick is posted online.

The Weekender: Wings and Wheels For All

The Weekender can't get enough of wings and wheels, and there's plenty of both on SocialFlight. In Bluefield, West Virginia, on Saturday, the second annual Wings & Wheels Car Show/Fly-In will take place at Mercer County Airport. In its first year the event had more than 100 cars registered and 250 free airplane rides went to kids.

FAA To Form Panel On Airline Medical Screenings

The FAA is forming a working group to examine the medical certification of pilots and other airline workers in reaction to the Germanwings pilot who crashed an A320 in the Alps to commit suicide, killing all aboard. According to a Bloomberg report on Wednesday, the panel will include U.S. and international representatives of the air carrier industry, aviation regulators and doctors.

At EBACE: Aerion Opens Order Book

You can now place your order for an Aerion supersonic business jet at a price of $120 million, the company announced this week at the European Business Aviation Convention & Expo in Geneva. "This is another step forward for Aerion," said chairman Robert Bass. The company hopes to sign up 50 launch customers who will get special pricing and other benefits.

CarterCopter Moves Into Production Phase

Carter Aviation Technologies, which has been working for years to develop the technology in its rotorcraft, announced this week the company is now moving out of the flight-test phase and will focus on moving the CarterCopter into production. "The time has come, and some would say overdue, to shift gears and focus on getting the technology into the marketplace," said CEO Jay Carter, in a news release. The company said it will continue to fly its technology demonstrator at public airshows.

EBACE Launches With Cessna, Honda Updates

The HondaJet is making its European debut this week, at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, in Geneva. The stop is part of a "world tour" for the twin-engine jet, which is getting close to certification and first deliveries in North Carolina. The tour began in Japan, where more than 10,000 people had a chance to see the jet up close, and after EBACE, the jet will continue on a two-week demo tour with stops in the U.K., Poland and Germany.

First Flight For Gulfstream G500

Gulfstream's all-new wide-cabin G500 business jet has completed its first flight, the company announced on Monday. The airplane launched on Monday morning at 10:39 a.m. from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, and flew for about two and a quarter hours, with a crew of two pilots and a flight-test engineer. The crew tested all the primary flight-control systems, evaluated handling qualities throughout the flight regime, climbed to 15,000 feet, and performed a simulated approach and go-around.

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