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Volume 9, Number 25bJune 19, 2003

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The Paris Air Show opened over the weekend at Le Bourget, delighting crowds of spectators with fighter planes zooming overhead, and bringing a bout of nostalgia as an Air France Concorde made its last landing, destined for the airport's aviation museum. Unmanned aerial vehicles, many of them freshly tested in warfare in Iraq, are getting lots of exposure and interest. An assortment of vintage aircraft are assembled for static and aerial displays, including a replica of the Blériot XI, the first aircraft to cross the English Channel; a Piper Cub; a DC-3; and a B-17. But the World War II-era Flying Fortress is the only U.S. aircraft that spectators will get to see take to the air. The current crop of the U.S. arsenal stayed on the ground. More...

The dearth of U.S. military presence, plus the impact of a slow economy, reflect the continuing stress on the industry. Overall, exhibit space is down by 5 percent over the last show, in 2001, and aircraft on static display are down from 226 to 206. American exhibitors number 200, down from 350 last time. The U.S. military presence is cut severely -- only six military aircraft are on the field, and none of them will fly. High-ranking military officials are not attending for their own reasons, and many U.S. corporations have cut back for economic reasons, for a reduction of about 20 percent since the last show. Raytheon is there with its T-6B trainer, but Cessna stayed away altogether. More...

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Despite all the handwringing and bickering and grandstanding, dealmaking is the Paris show's raison d'être, and it goes on apace this week. Airbus Industrie announced at the show on Monday that it had scored a record-setting $12.5 billion order for 41 jets from Emirates Airline, the fastest-growing airline in the Middle East. Airbus also said that in 2003, for the first time, its larger order roster would translate into more deliveries than Boeing -- 300 vs. 280 aircraft. The A380, the world's largest commercial aircraft, will in 2005 debut at the next Paris Air Show and start deliveries the following year, Airbus says. Emirates' order includes 21 of the double-decker, 555-seat A380s. More...

Boeing may be behind for the moment in the neck-and-neck race with Airbus, but it's busily in the running. And that run appears to be well worth the effort -- in Paris on Monday, Boeing released its 2003 Market Outlook, forecasting a market of $5.2 trillion for new commercial airplanes and aviation services over the next 20 years. Boeing estimates the world fleet will more than double to 34,000 jets by 2022. Also at Paris, Boeing officials touted their newly christened 7E7 Dreamliner. The company expressed confidence that the fuel-efficient 200-seat jet constructed of composites combining titanium and graphite is just what the market really wants. Boeing expects to sell 3,000 of the aircraft, which should be ready for delivery in 2008. More...

GARMIN'S 196 GPS HAS THE MOST UTILITY AMONG AVIATION HANDHELDS! WAAS-capable, the Garmin 196 has advanced mapping and logbook capabilities offering more utility as a cross-platform navigator than any aviation portable on the market. On land the GPSMAP 196 can navigate along roads or waterways. For details on the 196 and other Garmin GPS models, go online at

It's not often that an aviation issue is front and center in a political tug of war between the White House and Congress but that's what's shaping up in September with the FAA Reauthorization Bill. The administration has threatened to veto the bill if the final version contains language that would outlaw the privatization of air traffic controllers and possibly flight services and technical personal in the system. But Wally Pike, the president of the National Association of Air Traffic Specialists, which represents FSS employees, said he believes the White House will fold under political and public pressure and withdraw the veto threat. "We know we have bipartisan support and we don't think [the privatization section of the bill] is likely to be changed," said Pike. "We just don't feel like a veto is likely." More...

Foiled and frustrated at every turn, the Friends of Meigs (FOM) soldier on, and this week the organization sent out a plea for supporters to contribute to the next round of legal efforts. The group is drafting an appeal to the Illinois state Supreme Court. "I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this appeal to efforts to preserve Meigs Field," FOM President Rachel Goodstein wrote in a letter to supporters, posted online Monday. "As things currently stand, there is nothing preventing the City of Chicago ... from further demolition of the airport. ... We need to move quickly, and we need to raise funds in order to do so." The legal effort is expected to cost about $100,000. More...

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The flying cars we all know and love share many attributes: They climb jauntily above traffic jams, park easily in a garage, and they're (so far) imaginary. UrbanAero's X-Hawk concept of the flying car is more like a flying truck -- a utilitarian VTOL powered-lift ducted-fan vehicle designed for ambulance chores, powerline maintenance, bridge inspection, and other such mundane but useful tasks. It's also imaginary, so far, but in recent weeks, the project has been busy, adding the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to its design team for its medevac version of the X-Hawk, and presenting an overview of the project at the meeting of the American Helicopter Society. A prototype design has been built and is being used for ground and hover tests. More...

Money is tight all over, and the Civil Air Patrol is feeling its share of the pinch. Case in point, Alaska's wing went into a tizzy recently, expecting a total shutdown, before the state government came through in the breach with a half-million dollars late last week. On Monday, the national CAP organization announced a new strategy to supplement its operating expenses -- corporate sponsorship. CAP Corporate Partners will be able to use the Civil Air Patrol name and corporate partner mark in advertising, marketing and promotions as well as in merchandising and licensing rights. More...

Dean Borgman, president of Sikorsky, told Reuters on Monday that he thinks the U.S. has too many helicopter makers, and he's interested in consolidation with other companies. In an interview at the Paris Air Show, Borgman said there probably would have been consolidation already, if not for the fact that the main players are part of larger corporations. For example, Bell Helicopter is a subsidiary of Textron, and Sikorsky is owned by United Technologies. Sikorsky unveiled its newest military helicopter, the H-92 Superhawk, at Le Bourget on Tuesday, and a Superhawk variant is contending for a contract with the U.S. Marine Corps' elite helicopter squadron, which provides service to the president. More...

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The FAA last week issued an amendment to an existing Airworthiness Directive for McCauley Propeller Systems 1A103/TCM series propellers, which calls for inspections of the propeller hub with a dye-penetrant procedure to check for cracks. The amendment clarifies some details of the inspection procedure and relaxes the replacement requirements. The original AD was intended to prevent propeller separation due to hub fatigue cracking, which can result in loss of control of the airplane. The new AD is effective July 17. The FAA estimates that approximately 3,000 propellers installed on airplanes of U.S. registry will be affected by this AD. More...

How to make money in the airplane biz has challenged generations, but one young entrepreneur in Boston has come up with a new take. The Boston Globe reports that an 18-year-old business student at Babson College started his own airline, complete with a Web site, called Mainline Airways, offering leather seats with personal TVs, affordable first class, and round trips from LA to Honolulu for under $200. The only trouble was, no such airline ever existed. Last week, the Massachusetts attorney general suggested to freshman Luke Thompson that he would be wise to cease and desist -- and he should also refrain from withdrawing any money from his bank accounts. More...

A 182 and 172 collided off Florida Tuesday, three dead, two missing...
EAA Ultralight Council named Carla Larsh its new chairwoman...
Four killed, one hurt when skydiving plane crashed in Jeannette, Pa....
Last commercial flight departed Naples (Fla.) Airport Saturday...
Four-day safety seminars set for two Australia locations next month...
Tower frequency changed for Rockies EAA Fly-In to 120.525...
California man won suit for damage to his boat by chunks of "blue ice." More...

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We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, Drew Coats, of Woodlands, Texas. His photo, titled "Gorgeous WACO" perfectly describes this great looking airplane. Sort of fitting for the year-long celebration of powered flight, don't you think? Great picture Drew! Your AVweb hat is on the way.

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We received over 500 responses to our question last week on factory-built versus kit aircraft. The largest group (31 percent) of those responding said a factory aircraft was best, as they don't have time to construct. Nearly a third (28 percent) of those responding cited several reasons for constructing a kit aircraft, including the fun of building and flying one's own machine and the educational aspect of learning the inner workings of an airplane.

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New Articles and Features on AVweb

GPS and Beyond: The SatNav Transition
Delays in implementing various aspects of the GPS system have left many in a quandary about why and perhaps when to move to the next generation of WAAS-capable avionics, and where LAAS fits in the big picture. This article offers some guidance for both VFR and IFR operators who may be considering the purchase of new SatNav avionics.

Quiz #69 -- Talk The Talk
Whether you're talking on a busy air traffic control (ATC) frequency or some sleepy uncontrolled airport's CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency), how you sound determines how others will treat you. When the phraseology is flying fast do you sing like a 747 captain or squawk like Donald Duck? See how you'd treat these snatches of aviation verbiage.

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Reader mail this week about kit vs. production aircraft, the "real" birthplace of flight, insurance and more.

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