Did any of You notice where the funds will come from? Quote...
"At the same time, the Washington-based Airports Council International-North America, an airport trade group, said its response to the legislation was “bittersweet.”
“We are very disappointed that the Airport Improvement Program was used to pay for this fix, as these funds were paid by passengers to maintain and enhance airport runways and taxiways, not fund FAA operations,” said David Edwards, chief executive officer of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District in South Carolina and chairman of the trade group."
I would be a pay-check that these $$$$s will NEVER be returned to the airport improvement fund. So for short term pain relief we will suffer deeper ills in air transportation system for the long term.
To paraphrase President Reagan's famous scarcastic quote: "I'm from the Congress and here to help"
Embraer has ~100 A-29 Super Tucanos already flying for various 3rd world air forces… many flying actual combat missions. All Beech has are a few dozen AT-6 [trainers flying with under wing store stations for light weapons delivery training, such as practice bombs and rockets, small gun pods, etc].
MIL light-attack/COIN aircraft are a totally different aircraft breed than the trainers many are derived from. Special systems for: tactical missions and defense/countermeasures are added; as-well-as hardened/redundant aircraft systems [electrical, electronic, fuel, hydraulic, weapons delivery etc]. Then there is the element of structures that have to be toughened for useful fatigue life and battle damage durability… essential traits for aircraft that WIL get shot/hit by various air defense ordnance.
External [and maybe internal] carriage for various bombs [dumb and smart], rockets [dumb and smart], cannon and machine guns, chaff-flare, NAPs, external fuel tanks, etc... all of which h
Round the world flight is a whole different animal than what this guy must have in mind.
CONUS-to-Hawaii-to-Guam is all USA-to-USA-to-USA clearances: no international clearances involved... and minimal over-flight of foreign territory [primarily island nations].
250-Gallons of AvGas = ~1500# of gasoline
400-gallons of AvGas [max capacity?] = ~2400# of gasoline
Whew... blowing a tire on takeoff would make for a bad day.
I hope he flew this with NAA and/or the FAI sanction: then it can be actually be recorded as a record flight... otherwise, it's just an interesting personal achievement.
NOTE. I think a Long-Eze [or another similar Rutan acft] may have flown a longer non-stop leg (AK to FL ?).
NOTE. Flying over-water as the last leg of a 4340NM looooong flight is way gutsy: he obviously had confidence in his performance!
Regards, Wil Taylor
Fighter pilots must be extremely disciplined in their actions. This double [supersonic] fly-over was NO mistake; and was probably [99.999%] NOT authorized by any sane BAF commander. The state of Brazil owns these aircraft and has trained, authorized and ENTRUSTED the pilots to fly them as prescribed by their orders. For this reason alone these pilots should be permanently removed from the cockpit ["grounded"] and should face military discipline [IE: courts marshall or command administrative action].
Fighter pilots must be extremely disciplined in their actions. This double [supersonic] fly-over was NO mistake; and was probably [99.999%] NOT authorized by any sane BAF commander. The state of Brazil owns these aircraft and has trained and authorized the pilots to fly them as prescribed by their orders. For this reason alone these pilots should be permanently removed from the cockpits and be courts marshalled.