China’s Aviation Buying Spree Creates Frustration. According to a recent report in the Wichita Eagle, the purchase of cash-strapped Cirrus Aircraft underscores China’s plans to expand into the aviation industry the fastest way possible. Naturally, this is creating some frustration in American aviation circles.
Fears Over Chinese Investment Are ‘Irrational’. On the other hand and in a recent report by Flight International, top executives at major general aviation manufacturers Cessna, Cirrus and Piper said they are not worried by the increasing number of attempts by Chinese aircraft makers to purchase general aviation companies in the USA. Flight International had quizzed a number of GA movers and shakers at the recent Sun ’n Fun air show for their thoughts about the recent acquisition moves by Chinese aircraft makers.
Royal Navy Retires the Last HMS Ark Royal. On a different note, the Aero Experience blog has noted that the Fifth and final iteration of the HMS Ark Royal was recently retired from Royal Navy service on March 11, 2011. The blog gives a short history of the various HMS Ark Royals over the centuries with the last four being air craft carriers.
New UK Tax on Wealthy Private Aircraft Passengers. On another UK aviation note, the Aviation Weblog has mentioned that UK chancellor George Osborne has stated that he will target rich travelers who depart from UK airports with higher taxes as most private jet flights are now exempt from the country’s Airport Passenger Duty tax (ranging from from 12 pounds to 170 pounds per passenger and based on the distance flown). However, the chancellor also said that he would delay an increase in existing tax rates until next year after a hefty duty rise that took effect last November.
New Aviation Social Networking Site Launched. Meanwhile, General Aviation News has noted that ATN Publishing and Westfield Flight Academy have launched a new website called FabulousFlying.com where those involved in aviation can share their airborne memories, photos and videos as well as find each other when flying to different destinations.
Version 5 Software Update for the iFly 70. Meanwhile, Adventure Pilot has recently released its Version 5 Software Update that will provide iFly 700 users with new features such as autopilot support, airspace alerts and a better airport information page. For more information, visit www.iFlyGPS.com.
What the Future of Aviation Looks Like. Finally, Aviatrix, the blogger behind the Cockpit Conversation blog, has posted a few pictures from a book entitled the Perils of Flight that was originally published in France back in 1911. In the book, the artist Xaudaro mocked aviation by cartooning the following implausible activities involving airplanes. According to one commenter, a few copies of the book are also available on Amazon.com – unless Aviatrix’s readers have purchased them already. Certainly the book’s illustrations would look great on the walls of a home or office owned by pilot!