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LEFT HANGING BY SILVER STATE CLOSURE
Shocked by the downfall
of Silver State Helicopters, the Nevada based flight school that
declared bankruptcy earlier this week, former students and employees are
telling AVweb that the company made promises to them that it
couldnt keep. Silver State Helicopters abruptly shut down
operations at its 34 nationwide locations on Sunday afternoon, leaving
more than 800 employees without jobs and more than 2,500 flight students
saddled with millions in debt. Company president and founder Jerry
Airola has yet to speak publicly on the event, but a statement released
by the company alleges that a rapid, unprecedented downturn in the
U.S. credit markets curtailed the availability of student loans
for the companys students and resulted in a sharp and sudden
downturn in new student enrolment. Tony and Heather Sullivan told
AVweb they were at a Super Bowl party when they got the news. Heather
was employed as a receptionist and flight dispatcher at Silver
States Houston facility, where her husband was a student. To date
Tony has logged just 81 of the 200 hours he signed up to receive, and
said he does not know how he is going to complete his training. Tony,
who works full time as a human resources manager for a construction
company, said he has an outstanding loan through American Education
Services (AES) for approximately $70,000, the cost of the 18-month
program designed to get students through their private, commercial,
instrument and initial flight instructor certificates.
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NOMINEE STURGELL TO FACE SENATE HEARING THIS WEEK
three months have gone by since President Bush nominated Bobby Sturgell
to take over Marion Blakey's job as head of the FAA, but the Senate
needs to confirm that choice, and so far they haven't taken action. This
Thursday, Sturgell will at least get a hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Transportation. His nomination has been controversial, with
most of the established user groups (including NBAA, AOPA, and EAA) willing to work with him, but an assortment of noisy
advocacy groups, as well as NATCA, vehemently opposed. Senators in the Northeast
have been lobbied heavily by constituents who are unhappy with the FAA's
ongoing redesign of busy airspace in the region and opposed to Sturgell.
WE GO AGAIN - FAA BUDGET BACK IN PLAY
Transportation Department this week released the latest version of its
request, including user-fee-based funding for the FAA, and reaction
has been swift. "What part of 'NO!' doesnt the White House
understand?" asked AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Once again, the
Bush administration wants huge new taxes and user fees imposed on
general aviation, and it wants to slash and burn the Airport Improvement
Program." Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, agreed.
"Despite Congress saying 'no' to the Administration's proposal to scrap
the current funding mechanism for a less efficient one that imposes user
fees, they have once again launched an effort to complete a FAA
reauthorization bill by proposing the exact same failed plan," he said.
DOT Secretary Mary Peters insisted the system needs to change.
"Traditional approaches are not capable of producing the results we need
to keep America's economy growing," she said. More...
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RELEASES SPECS FOR NEW CITATION COLUMBUS LARGE-CABIN
Cessna Aircraft Company revealed details of its recently announced
large-cabin jet at a press conference in Washington on Wednesday. The
intercontinental aircraft will be called the Model 850 Citation
Columbus. The jet is designed for intercontinental travel, Cessna said,
with a target range of 4,000 nautical miles at Mach .80 carrying eight
passengers. The ship will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW810
engines. A Rockwell Collins integrated flight deck will go in the
cockpit. The airframe will be all aluminum. Columbus will be Cessna's
largest business jet. "This provides the perfect platform at the top end
of our product line for customers looking for more space, more range,
more economy and more capability," said Jack Pelton, chairman, president
and CEO of Cessna. "This aircraft will be Cessnas greatest
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STANDS FAST ON AVIATOR TAX BILLS, DESPITE PROTESTS
in a "state of confusion" when it comes to imposing onerous tax bills on
out-of-state aviators, say the folks at AOPA, who have been trying to
reason with officials there. "There is a fundamental fairness issue
here," says AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Greg Pecoraro. He
has met with Maine officials several times in an effort to help pilots
who have been hit with tax bills of tens of thousands of dollars after
flying their airplanes into the state. "Maine Revenue Services is
misapplying the law," Pecoraro said, after a Jan. 10 meeting failed to
achieve resolution. Maine
officials have levied a "use tax" on out-of-state pilots who fly
their airplanes into the state within 12 months of buying them, if they
didn't pay a sales tax elsewhere. Since some states exempt aircraft from
sales tax, dozens of pilots have been assessed taxes, fees, penalties
and interest. AOPA will be back in Maine on Feb. 26 for a legislative
hearing on a bill that would fix the problem, AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy
told AVweb this week. More...
PILOTS WORKING TO PREVENT ETHANOL MANDATE
A new law that
requires 10 percent ethanol in all auto fuel sold in Oregon is worrying
pilots in the state. State officials said the law does not apply to
aircraft fuels, but there is no mandate that ethanol-free fuel must be
made available. "The fuel distributors we've talked to have all agreed
that they would be willing to provide ethanol-free premium to airports,
[but] they also say that it must be economical for them to do so,"
Oregon pilot Dennis Douglas told AVweb. Since they would have to
import the fuel from out of state, and only a small percentage of
aircraft in Oregon use autofuel, economic viability is problematic. For
now, ethanol-free gas is still available in most counties, but the
phased-in law will be implemented statewide by the end of this year.
Pilots now are lobbying the state legislature to amend the law to exempt
premium autofuel from the ethanol provisions for the next five years, so
pilots can continue to buy fuel at gas stations. More...
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'N FUN TO FEATURE MORE LSAS, NEW SPLASH-IN SITE,
While it's still deep winter in much of the
country, this year's edition of Sun 'n Fun is right around the corner,
with spring not far behind. This week, the FAA published the NOTAM with instructions for those who plan to fly in
to Lakeland, Fla., for the show, which runs April 8 to 13. The amphibian
"Splash-In," scheduled for April 10 and 11, is moving
to a new site this year, at the lake adjoining Kermit Weeks' Fantasy of
Flight museum in Polk City. Also new this year, the Light Sport Aircraft
folks are excited about their expanded display area right inside the
entrance gate. "We'll have room for about 20 airplanes," Dan Johnson,
chairman of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, told
AVweb this week. The site will have a welcome area, shade tents,
engine displays, and lots of comfortable space for buyers and sellers to
meet and interact, he said. This year's show will also feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. More...
CHALLENGE OFFERS $300,000 IN GA PRIZES
NASA and the CAFE
Foundation will host a $300,000 General Aviation Technology Challenge this August in
Santa Rosa, Calif., to determine which small aircraft are most advanced
in a number of measures that include fuel efficiency, quietness and safe
handling. The idea is to encourage the development of GA aircraft that
can fill the personal transportation needs of the future. Brien Seeley,
president of the CAFE Foundation, told AVweb this week that this
year's event will especially emphasize environmentally friendly
technologies, and will introduce a new $50,000 Green Prize. The use of
biofuel will be encouraged. The competition is open to experimental and
production aircraft as well as light sport aircraft. More...
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THE FLY ...
Final FAA rule out for pilots of Mitsubishi
Search continues for missing Japanese balloonist in north
European Union will invest $3.2 billion for cleaner,
greener aircraft ...
11th annual Commercial Space Transportation
Conference held this week ...
Robinson built 823 civil helicopters
last year, the most ever ...
EAA's new online searchable calendar
aims to list all U.S. aviation events ...
NTSB prelim out for
helicopter that crashed on freeway in L.A. More...
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Build A Plane Relaunches Its eBay Auction
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supports this no-cost program. There are lots of new items that will
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OF THE WEEK: WHICH IS MORE LIKELY TO GROUND YOU FUEL PRICES OR
In the past, we've asked about many factors that
might limit (or even prohibit) you from flying recreationally. This
week, AVweb reader Matt Bentson put the same question to us
pretty directly, and we're passing the buck along to our
readership: Which is more likely to ground you first rising
fuel prices or the added expense of user fees? Plus: A report on
last week's poll about government subsidies for ADS-B avionics upgrades.
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OF THE WEEK: AMERICAN AVIATION WEST (KPGA IN PAGE, AZ)
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to American
Aviation West at KPGA in Page, Arizona.
AVweb reader Scott A. Hauert, "These folks embody the
spirit of aviators helping aviators" and after hearing his story,
we tend to agree.
Scott arrived early the morning for what he'd
planned as a three-day stay in Page. "Bob, the Chief Pilot, could not
have been more helpful if he had to," writes Scott. "He opened the FBO
an hour early so we could stay on [a tight] schedule." When mechanical
troubles reared their head, Scott became worried he wouldn't be able to
get back, so Bob stayed late ("the same day he picked us up early") to
let him back into the hangar. And when Scott had to leave bright and
early the following morning, "one of the linemen picked us
Now that's what we call first-rate service!
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
The winter chill continues to keep many
of our contributors locked indoors watching the Discovery Channel
instead of snapping photos for us in the great outdoors.
Nevertheless, a few dedicated souls have decided to spend their evenings
curled up by the fire going through last summer's flying photos.
Our hat's off the them literally, in the case of our weekly photo
contest winner, semi-regular contributor Don
Parsons, who'll be receiving a sharp AVweb baseball
cap in the mail in just a few short days. More...
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