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SEEKS RESULTS ON RUNWAY SAFETY ISSUES
Progress on reducing
runway incursions is impeded by a lack of leadership in the FAA as well
as technology challenges, a Congressional committee was told by Gerald
Dillingham, of the Government Accountability Office, on Wednesday.
Dillingham's report also cited NTSB concerns about air traffic
controller fatigue, which may result from regularly working overtime.
The House Subcommittee on Aviation convened the hearing to discuss how runway safety can be
improved. AOPA President Phil Boyer said his group will commit to
expanding programs to educate pilots in 2008, but the FAA also needs to
do more to make runway safety "a national priority." The FAA said it is
expediting its certification process to get better equipment into
cockpits faster. "We are actively working on an application from
Jeppesen [for a GPS moving-map system], and we expect they will complete
certification soon," the FAA said in a fact sheet released on Tuesday. More...
SALES SLIP SLIGHTLY
Piston single sales continue to buck the
trend in a generally robust general aviation industry. The General
Aviation Manufacturers Association released its annual statistics (PDF) on aircraft deliveries, and piston aircraft
sales were down slightly at 2,675, compared to 2,755 in 2006. Business
jets simply blew away other sectors in all aspects. "Aside from the
record set for year-end billings, the industry also experienced an
all-time high in business jet shipments, delivering over 1,000 units for
the first time in history," GAMA reported. In fact, business jets
accounted for more than 25 percent of the impressive total of 4,272
aircraft sold in 2007, with 1,186 delivered. More...
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EMPLOYEES HOPEFUL, INDUSTRY LESS SO
There appears to be
little optimism among aviation industry leaders that Adam Aircraft will
be resurrected. Sources speaking on condition of anonymity have told
AVweb that the prevailing opinion is that the company will fold. Adam
officials are expected to reach a decision on the future by the end of
this week after suspending operations on Monday. Hours after being sent
home, employees gathered JD's Bait Shop Sports Grill were relatively
upbeat. According to the Denver Post, rather than crying in their beers, the
20 or so Adam employees there expressed hope that someone with money
will see the company they way they do. "We're all here tonight because
we love this company," quality control worker Ray Romero told the Post.
"We want to be there, but there's no money. We're a privately funded
company. We have a beautiful product." More...
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REWARDS EFFORTS TO REDUCE AVIATION'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
FAA is presenting its 2007 Excellence in Aviation Research Awards to
Professor Ian Waitz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and to
a U.S. Air Force fuel research team. "Aviation needs to continue to get
greener," said FAA spokesman Dan Elwell. "Dr. Waitz and the Air Force
team are taking the steps to put a big dent in aviations
environmental footprint. Their work is going to make a difference across
the face of our entire planet." Waitz and his research team are working
on ways to reduce air and noise pollution from aviation. The U.S. Air
Force team has developed a synthetic fuel blend for the B-52 fleet. The
blended fuel has less exhaust smoke and fewer particulate emissions than
standard fuel. More...
BEECHCRAFT TYPE CERTIFIES HAWKER 750
Corporation announced on Tuesday that the FAA has awarded type
certification to its newest aircraft, the light-midsize Hawker 750. The Hawker 750 has the same fuselage and
wings as the midsize Hawker 800 series, providing the largest cabin in
the light-midsize aircraft segment, the company says. The new model aims
to reach new customers for the company, and is already sold out through
2010. "This aircraft has the perfect combination of reliability and
operating efficiency, while incorporating a large luxurious cabin with
internal and external baggage areas," said Brad Hatt, president,
Commercial Aircraft. The 750, which can carry up to eight passengers,
has a 2,116-nm NBAA IFR range. More...
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WEATHER GURUS SEEK INDUSTRY INPUT
How will operators use the
advanced weather information and tools promised by the Next Generation
Air Transportation System (NextGen)? The Joint Planning and Development
Office (JPDO) hosted a conference in Washington, D.C., this week
to collect ideas on the matter from various government and industry
subject matter experts. More than 200 people attended.
MODIFICATIONS OFFERS MOONEY UPGRADES
changes for Mooney aircraft by Midwest Modifications have been granted STC
(Supplemental Type Certificate) approval from the FAA, the company
announced on Tuesday. One STC allows the company to modify the 280-hp
turbocharged engine of the Mooney Acclaim to increase the maximum power
to 310 hp. With this change, Midwest says, the Mooney Acclaim and
Acclaim Type S versions will take off with a shorter roll, climb at a
higher rate and reach top speed faster. Midwest Modifications also won
FAA approval to install the Hartzell composite propeller for three
Mooney models -- M20R, S, and TN. The composite propeller is about 16
pounds lighter than the metal prop and offers a boost in climb
performance, the company said. More...
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STUFF FILM FESTIVAL DEBUTS IN DAYTON
The National Aviation
Hall of Fame will host the First Annual Reel Stuff Film Festival of
Aviation on April 24-26 in Dayton, Ohio. The series of eight classic and
contemporary Hollywood productions and documentary films will celebrate
aviation history and the passion for flight. Each movie will be
introduced by an actor, producer, aerial coordinator or cinematographer
associated with its production, and an audience question-and-answer
session will follow. Actor Cliff Robertson will introduce the 1964 drama
"633 Squadron," and aviator Clay Lacy will introduce the 1986 hit "Top
Gun" and the 2005 IMAX film "Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag." Lacy
was a pioneer in developing the air-to-air cinematic techniques used in
both films. More...
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Red Bull Air Races will add Detroit to U.S.
Diamond Aircraft got production authority for DA40-TDI
King Schools gave away a Cessna 172S this week to
NASA has scholarships in aeronautics to give
away to deserving students. More...
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OLYMPICS KICKSTARTS BIZAV GROWTH
National Business Aviation Association
President Ed Bolen opened the third Asian Business Association
Conference and Exhibition today in Hong Kong by telling delegates the
economic growth in the region makes aviation a natural partner for
success. "There is no doubt that the future is bright for business
aviation in Asia. China, in particular, as one of the fastest growing
economies in the world and fueled by the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
brings exciting opportunities for business aviation growth," he told the
opening session. Attendees and exhibitors are shivering in an
unseasonably cold Hong Kong for the show. ABACE is smaller than last
year, but is demonstrating that it still has value for manufacturers and
regional operators. About 50 exhibitors and 800 registered attendees
have flown in from all over the world and there is obviously brisk
business afoot, with customer demonstrations and tours going on all day.
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OF THE WEEK: NORTH LAS VEGAS AIRPORT (VGT, LAS VEGAS,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) in Las Vegas,
AVweb's own Mike Busch has nominated these folks
before, pointing out that "the same customer service people have been
working there for as long as I can remember (zero turnover), so they
really know what they're doing." In addition, Mike tells us, "The
facility is very nice, and the avgas prices are always extremely
competitive (particularly at the self-serve island close to the GA
terminal). There's a regular shuttle service that runs between the GA
terminal and the hotels on the Strip."
So why is Mike so eager to
have us make VGT's FBO our "FBO of the Week"? Well, there's
About my only complaint is that there's a
restaurant up on the second floor of the terminal building with a lovely
view of the airport, but they seem to have a hard time keeping it open.
It has changed hands a number of times and keeps going out of business,
which is a bummer. Maybe if VGT [is] the "FBO of the Week," it'll get so
much new business that they can keep the restaurant
One can only hope! Congrats to the folks at VGT
for running such a tight operation. (Mike, bring us back a
those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
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OF THE WEEK: THE FUTURE OF ADAM AIRCRAFT
Aircraft's decision to suspend operations on Monday, there have been
quite a few long faces among fans of very light jets. This week, we'd
like to hear your prediction for Adam's future: Will the company (or its
products) be resurrected? Plus: Rising fuel prices vs. the threat
of user fees in the last seven days, which did AVweb
readers say had a better chance of grounding them? More...
US ABOUT YOUR INTERIOR SHOP
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
The number of submissions to our weekly
photo contest may have crept up again this week but the quality
skyrocketed! With so many gorgeous photos in our submission box, we're
jumping straight to the goods. (Watch for an extra-large batch of bonus
pics in this week's slideshow on our home
page.) With a scene so evocative we can hardly believe it was taken "in
the backyard of a client's house," Justin
Heitman of Airlie Beach, Queensland (Australia) claims the
top spot today. Justin and crew were "on the way to a helicopter safari
with 11 helicopters traveling through Tasmania" when he snapped this on
his Nikon. More...
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