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JAVELIN WAITING ON FUNDS
ATG, which hopes to one day see
production of its tandem-seat twin-turbofan executive Javelin jet,
announced yesterday that it will halt the jet's development. "Due to
circumstances beyond ATG's control, it is unlikely that adequate funding
can be secured in a timely manner," the company said through an e-mail
Tuesday. It seems a 12-month search to secure funding for the
high-performance business jet/military trainer has come up short, and
the company says plans for its future will be decided "after proper
communication with our strategic business partner." More...
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REGIONAL FLY-INS ARE DOING OKAY
Despite the recent decision
by organizers of the Texas Fly-In (aka the Southwest Regional Fly-In) to
next year's event, no other regional fly-ins are expected to fold, EAA
spokesman Dick Knapinski told AVweb on Tuesday. He said that in
the past, the regional fly-ins -- which are individually managed events
with various kinds of ties to EAA, but not run by EAA -- have been
helped by EAA to get insurance. They could apply for policies "under our
umbrella," Knapinski said, though they paid for coverage themselves.
That model has now become unworkable, and EAA is working with the
regional fly-ins to help them negotiate their own individual coverage
with insurers. More...
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TOWER CAUSES CONFUSION
Despite a NOTAM, a remark in the ATIS
and signs in the terminal building, a few pilots including some
locals have attempted to land at the Easton/Newman Field Airport
(ESN), in Maryland, without a clearance from the new control tower,
which opened Nov. 15. Airport Manager Mike Henry told AVweb that
controllers monitor the airport's common traffic advisory frequency to
herd approaching aircraft that are not talking to the tower, which does
not yet have a radar feed from the Potomac TRACON. Henry said a pilot
based at ESN recently landed on Runway 15 while the tower was working
traffic on Runway 4. Fortunately there was no incursion, but the pilot
did get an official slap on the wrist, according to controllers.
WILL APPOINT "AIRSPACE CZAR" FOR NEW YORK
Secretary Mary Peters announced on Wednesday that she will appoint an
aviation "czar" to coordinate regional airspace issues and address the
problems of congestion and delays in New York's busy airspace. The czar
will serve as director of the newly created New York Integration Office.
Some new measures will be put in place now and others are in the works
for next summer. "These new measures will cut delays, protect consumer
choice, support New York's economy, and allow for new flights as we
bring new capacity online," Peters said. The strategies will include new
takeoff patterns at Newark and Philadelphia International Airport, a cap
on operations per hour at JFK International Airport and allowing shorter
flights to operate at lower altitudes to open more room for long-haul
flights at higher altitudes. More...
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RUTAN SAFE AFTER EMERGENCY LANDING
Dick Rutan has
piloted many challenging flights, including going around the world
nonstop in his brother's Voyager aircraft, but this Tuesday he had a
close call while flying one of the simplest airplanes around -- a Cessna
150. "It was sudden, catastrophic and inexplicable," Rutan told The Associated Press. A cylinder blew, and "the
engine was totally destroyed." Rutan, who was flying by himself from
Mojave to Palm Springs to attend a memorial service for a friend, landed
safely on a small road near Victorville about 9:30 a.m. Rutan said he
was flying at about 1,000 feet when the engine died -- the AP said it
was "fortunate" that he was so close to the ground, but pilots reading
the story would likely wish for more altitude when the engine fails.
AFSS Is Up to Speed. And Gaining
The new automated flight services system is here. Revolutionizing flight
service operations. Reducing legacy sites. Bringing 15 upgraded sites
and three hubs online. Retaining 1,200 specialists. Marrying local needs
with national information sources. The result: ever-improving levels of
performance. And a future of efficient, effective service that give
general aviation pilots more flexibility than they've ever thought
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HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBERS
The National Aviation Hall
of Fame has named its Class of 2008, honoring four individuals for their
aviation achievements. The 2008 class of inductees includes Col.
Clarence "Bud" Anderson, USAF (Ret.), veteran WWII triple ace and
experimental test pilot; Herbert Kelleher, co-founder, former CEO, and
Executive Chairman of Southwest Airlines; the late William A. Moffett,
architect of naval military aviation; and Sean D. Tucker, champion
aerobatic air show performer and instructor. The new members are
selected by the NAHF Board of Nominations, a voting body comprising over
130 air and space professionals nationwide. More...
VIDEO TAKES YOU TO EAA'S WRIGHT MEMORIAL EVENT
pioneer Burt Rutan has been known to speculate that it won't be long
before flying is practically obsolete, since computers will be able to
deliver a virtual-reality experience that would satisfy many of the
needs that now require travel. We can all get a taste of that today,
since those of us who were unable to attend EAA's fifth annual EAA
Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner in the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh,
Wis., last Friday, can now watch the entire hour-and-a-half speaking
program with a click of the mouse. Rutan, the scheduled speaker,
was unable to attend due to illness, but astronaut Brian Binnie from
Scaled Composites filled in. More...
Make Plans Now to Attend a 2008 Savvy Aviator
Mike Busch has completed his very successful Savvy Owner Seminars
for 2007. In 2008, he'll be conducting four more in Austin, Chicago, Las
Vegas, and Norfolk. Sign up for one of these classes and learn how to
save thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after year. Do it
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|Meanwhile, On the Other Side of the World ...||back to
FLYING IN FOREIGN LANDS
While general aviation is a great
tool for personal transportation and business, it can also open up a
world of adventure. For Peter Claeys, regional director for Cirrus in
China and Southeast Asia, flying a Cirrus SR22 into airports where no
Cirrus has gone before is just part of his job. "My role for Cirrus is
to develop the business in China," he said, seeking out good sites for
new sales and service centers. On some of those trips, he took along as
copilot Jim Fallows, a writer for The Atlantic Monthly who is currently
based in Beijing. Fallows has posted some stories and pictures from
their flights at his blog, well worth a look. More...
ZEALAND AIR SPORTS EVENT WILL STREAM ONLINE
Next week in New
Zealand, the first Air Sports Live event will feature 10 different
competitions, including paragliding, skydiving, helicopters and hot air
ballooning, all set against a spectacular alpine backdrop. Event
organizers promise "high-adrenalin viewing," with skydivers competing in
a race around pylons, helicopter pilots performing "phenomenal stunts"
and dramatic high-G aerobatics. If you can't be in New Zealand for this
extravaganza, you can watch many of the competitions via online video.
Some of the videos are pay-per-view, but still cheaper than an airline
ticket to the antipodes. This week, glider competitions are under way,
and next week, the 10-sport event will run Dec. 27 and 28.
Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation,
European-American Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Sabena
Airline Training Academy, Utah Valley State College, and Utah State
University have all selected the G1000-equipped Diamond DA40
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MAINE TO GERMANY SO LONG, CONNIES
Lockheed Constellation, with its graceful curves and triple tail,
represents a golden age of flight to many aviators, but now the U.S.
will lose three of the remaining fleet to a buyer in Europe, The
Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Maurice Roundy, of
Auburn, Maine, tried for years to restore at least one of the
Starliners to airworthiness. He kept two of them on his property near
the airport and the third was kept at Fantasy of Flight, Kermit Weeks'
aviation museum in Polk City, Fla. The airplanes were sold Tuesday at
auction for $748,000, the AP said. The buyer was a division of the
German airline Lufthansa, which once flew the Connies. Intentions for
the aircraft were not announced but the group has restored aircraft to
airworthy status in the past. More...
THE FLY ...
USAF C-17 flew coast to coast on synthetic fuel
"Living Legends of Aviation" honored at in Beverly Hills, Jan.
24, 2008 ...
Nepal Airlines suspends international ops, both 757s
down for maintenance ...
Canada will keep its Aurora fleet flying
through at least 2020. More...
Collier Trophy Collectible Medallion Series 3
's Collier Trophy Centennial Medallion Series 3
available for gift-giving or for your own collection, along with Series
1 and 2. A commemorative card encases a heavy metal medallion showing
the Collier Trophy on one side and an image of the F-22 Raptor on the
reverse. Series 1 reverse shows SpaceShipOne, and Series 2 reverse shows
the Eclipse 500.
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Perfect Cause IRS & FAA Approved!
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helping children learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics
by building real airplanes is in need of aircraft donations. Any
aircraft, or aircraft component, is valuable to a high school program.
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OF THE WEEK: THE FUTURE OF FLYING
It's a safe bet that
(almost) all AVweb readers are big proponents of the GA
lifestyle, but is that really where the future of aviation lies? As 2008
approaches, are we closer than ever to Jetsons-style aircraft for
the everyman or is flying getting so complicated and expensive
that it's best left to the professionals? What is aviation's next
frontier? Plus: Find out how AVweb readers responded to
last week's Question, Is overall aviation safety headed for a
OF THE WEEK: FLIGHTSTAR AT WILLARD AIRPORT (CMI) (SAVOY,
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Flightstar at Willard Airport (CMI) in Savoy,
AVweb reader Geoffrey Morsell recently
dealt with some "winter weather" in that area and heaps praise on the
team at Flightstar for helping him cope:
I arrived at
CMI just prior to a week-long freezing rain event. We were scheduled to
be in CMI for three days, and as luck would have it the forecast was
correct; during our stay everything was coated with ice! On the morning
of our scheduled departure, I called to request the aircraft be placed
in a heated hanger to remove the ice coating. To my surprise, the CSR
informed me that the plane had been put in a heated hanger several days
ago in anticipation of our depature!
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actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
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Here's a Gift Idea for the Pilot on Your List
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original pilot's hat, made of comfortable, washable 100% cotton.
1/2"-longer bill and no button on the top so you can wear your
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
With wint'ry weather, twinkly lights,
and holiday cheer all around us, nothing made us happier than finding an
electronic submission box stuffed to overflowing with holiday-themed
photos this week. There's no postcard that could sum up the season
better than this week's winning photo "taken on Lake Hood in
Anchorage, Alaska at night in freezing fog with 1/4-mile visibility"
from Charlie Owen of Havana,
Kansas. So, from Charlie to all of you, via your friends at
AVweb: Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.
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