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CONTINUE ANTI-GA LOBBYING
When the Air Transport Association,
the lobbying group for the airlines, sent out an e-mail this week griping about all the private jets
that cluttered up the airways during Kentucky Derby weekend, the
National Business Aviation Association was quick to respond. "The ATA's suggestion that GA air
traffic at a well-planned weekend event in a single location was somehow
problematic is simply laughable," said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO.
"The fact is, delays are caused by the airlines over-scheduling flights
365 days a year at big city airports all across the country." The ATA
also took a shot at the rest of us, who aren't flying in private jets
but in our own piston airplanes. "The recreational piston-engine (or
'general aviation') community has been ginned up by the jet-setters to
oppose the small fees proposed, even though these fees would not be
imposed on piston aircraft under any proposal Congress is considering,"
ATA President James May wrote. We had to look up what "ginned up" means, and it's as unflattering as it
sounds -- apparently ATA thinks piston pilots can't think for
themselves. "It's unfortunate that the nation's big airlines have chosen
to focus efforts on attacking general aviation, rather than working
toward solutions for modernizing our air transportation system," said
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WARN OF CROWDED SUMMER SKIES
With the Memorial Day weekend
coming up, the summer travel season kicks into high gear. While GA
pilots have plenty of options and often can avoid the more congested
airports and airspace, air traffic controllers are warning of a
worsening staffing shortage across the country, and increasing fatigue
as fewer controllers work longer shifts. The National Air Traffic
Controllers Association says many facilities will have a greater
proportion of trainees and fewer experienced workers. "The FAA is
considering canceling vacation time for controllers to deal with
short-staffing," NATCA said in a news release on Tuesday, "which will deprive
controllers of the breaks they so desperately need away from this
grueling job." Efforts by the FAA to redesign the airspace in the New
York region are "smoke and mirrors," Phil Barbarello, NATCA's vice
president for the eastern region, said in a news conference on
Wednesday. Pilots are confused by new unpublished procedures, he said,
and "operations are less safe." More...
MANDATES MORE PRECISE TAXI INSTRUCTIONS
Under new FAA
procedures that take effect this week, air traffic controllers must
provide specific taxi routes to pilots, instead of simply OK'ing them to
proceed to a stated destination. Controllers now must name the taxiways
the aircraft should follow at each step along its route. FAA safety
officials developed the new procedure as part of an effort to reduce
runway incursions. A panel of risk-management experts and aviation user
groups analyzed risk factors associated with the new procedures, such as
longer periods of communication between controllers and pilots, and the
increased chance of miscommunication. They concluded that the new
procedure was safe. More...
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EXPANDS OPERATIONS IN FLORIDA
Less than two weeks after
in staff, DayJet on Tuesday said it will expand its network of DayPorts, adding two more
Florida cities, for a total of nine sites. With the addition of
Jacksonville and Sarasota, 62 percent of Florida's population now lives
within 35 miles of a DayPort airport, the company said in a statement on
Tuesday. "Jacksonville and Sarasota are among the nation's leading
business communities for job and economic growth," said Ed Iacobucci,
DayJet president and CEO. "Now it is easier than ever for Floridians to
enjoy our state's great quality of life, conduct business across the
Southeast, and be home in time for dinner with their family." Sarasota
already had a DayJet site with service for five destinations, but the
upgraded site now will offer flights to 45 destinations. Customers must
join the DayJet network, which costs up to $250, then can choose their
fare based on how flexible they can be. More...
SPORT AIRCRAFT SALES REFLECT ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN
piston aircraft showed a slump in the first quarter of this year, down
28 percent compared to the year before, as AVweb recently
reported, and the numbers for light sport aircraft reflect a similar
trend. The data
for 2008 through April show sales off 30 percent compared to a year
ago. The numbers reflect the economic concerns of potential buyers, says
Dan Johnson, of the Light
Aircraft Manufacturers Association. "Personal and sport aircraft
sales react quickly to the slightest perception of economic shakiness,"
says Johnson. But if fuel prices continue to rise, Johnson told
AVweb on Wednesday, the LSAs may gain an advantage in the market.
"Better to be burning three or four gallons per hour, compared to six or
seven or even more," Johnson said. Even with the overall numbers down,
some LSA manufacturers are holding their own or even increasing their
sales. REMOS, of Germany, registered nine LSAs in the U.S.
in the month of April, putting it first for the month, for the first
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GOES TO COURT OVER SANTA MONICA JET RESTRICTIONS
safety concerns, the city of Santa Monica has banned certain jets from
its airport, but the FAA says they have no right to enforce those
restrictions. Now, the matter will be decided in court. On Friday, a
federal judge said the city cannot impose the ban, pending a decision on
its legality. "This is a very important issue," Bill Dunn, AOPA vice
president for airport advocacy, told the Los Angeles Times. "There have not been any
restrictions like this on a jet type in the United States. There have
been other bans, but those were noise-based." The Santa Monica ban is
based on approach speed, and would exclude faster jets such as the
Gulfstream IV, Bombardier Challenger 604 and Cessna Citation X, which
account for about 7 percent of flights at the airport. City officials
say the runway is too short to provide an adequate safety margin,
endangering nearby homes and businesses. More...
LAUNCH OPEN-CONTENT BUILD-YOUR-OWN PROJECT
A pair of New
England balloon pilots have developed what they hope could be a new way
for homebuilders to share design ideas, modeled after "open content" and
"open source" collaborative projects like Wikipedia and Linux. "Closed
content gets fixed in time," says pilot Dan Nachbar, of Amherst, Mass.
"Open content tends to evolve. Good ideas get incorporated, and a lot
more progress can happen much more quickly." Nachbar worked with balloon
Stumpf, of Andover, Vt., to develop the online
project, funded by a grant from the Wolf Aviation
Fund. "We've started with a basic design that's good for first-time
builders," says Stumpf. Along with the plans, new builders can find
construction advice, lists of parts and materials, information about FAA
issues and more. The pilots hope that each builder who uses the plans
will add their ideas and improvements, to create a better product.
Precise/Cirrus Fixed Oxygen
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FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER EARNS PRIVATE CERTIFICATE
Sgt. Ryan Kelly is not one to let anything get in the way of his goals.
After losing his right leg below the knee in Iraq five years ago, Kelly
has since earned his helicopter and helicopter CFI certificates as well
as a degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Now, Kelly is the
first wounded warrior to earn his fixed-wing private pilot certificate
using his Able Flight scholarship. But his dreams don't stop there.
Kelly's next goal is to become an airplane flight instructor and teach
others with disabilities how to fly. "For me, aviation is the great
equalizer," said Kelly. "When I'm flying I can do everything and
anything a person with two legs can do!" More...
MAKES FIRST BACK-TO-BACK WIN AT SAFECON
For a week in early
May Middle Tennessee State University played host to this year's Safety
and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON). This event, which is governed by the
National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA), allows different
universities to compete in 12 aviation events to test their students'
piloting skills. Four events are in the air and eight are on the ground.
Regional competitions in the fall sort out which schools can attend, and
only the top thirty schools are invited to compete. The top-placing
school this year with 465 points was the Golden Eagles Flight Team from
Embry-Riddle's Prescott campus. In second place was the University of
North Dakota Flight Team with 349 points. The Eagles Flight Team from
Embry-Riddle's Daytona campus took third place with 332 total points.
THE FLY ...
A new dealer for Liberty, Liberty Southeast, in
Mooney named Air Touring Ltd. its sales rep for
the UK and Ireland....
Russia's Sukhoi Superjet 100 completed its
first flight on Monday...
A pilot and flight attendant found naked
and drunk were arrested. More...
THE WORLD IN 70 DAYS, WEEK 1: PILOTS COMPLETE FIRST LEG OF
A half-dozen GA aircraft took off
from Quebec City last week for the first leg of a 10-week round-the
world adventure. The pilots, who are flying on an escorted trip
organized by Air
Journey, will visit 22 countries on five continents, logging more
than 24,000 nautical miles. "This is a dream come true!" said Thierry
Pouille, president of Air Journey. "Flying completely around the world
has been a lifelong dream for many pilots, myself included, and now it's
finally happening!" Pouille has been planning the trip, the first of its
kind, for about a year. "We have a very capable group of pilots and
aircraft on this first trip around the world," Pouille said. The group
includes a TBM 700, a Cessna Mustang VLJ, a Pilatus PC-12, a Beechcraft
Duke refitted with PT6 propjet engines, and a similarly modified Cessna
Conquest 441. AVweb will be following the pilots with weekly
updates and pictures from the road. Click through for more about the
first leg of the trip, from Canada to Greenland. More...
NEW Real Pilot
Toddler Overboard ... Power Loss on Takeoff ... Mountain Crash ...
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presentations allow you to watch, listen, and learn as pilots tell their
harrowing tales of survival. The quick thinking and skillful techniques
shown in the ASF Real Pilot Stories
can help make better
pilots of us all.
SURPRISE: GARMIN EFIS OPTION
Although EBACE isn't the usual venue
for major light aircraft announcements, Cirrus rolled one out here in
Geneva nonetheless in the form of a new model called the Cirrus
Perspective, which sports some airframe upgrades butthe real
stunnera new, upgraded version of Garmin's popular G1000 EFIS
system. We went to Duluth last week for an advance look at the
Perspective. (Click through to watch the video.) More...
CAV Aerospace Offers Summer
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OF THE WEEK: ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY AND YOUR AVIATION
Under threat of a looming recession, many companies and
private individual are tightening their belts with regard to aviation
spending. This week, we'd like to know how you're reacting to all this
economic nervousness: Has the state of the economy affected your future
aviation plans? Plus: Results from last week's poll, "Are
diesel engines the wave of the future?" More...
Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of
It's a great time to join the National Aeronautic Association
), the nation's oldest aviation organization. At $39 a year,
membership is a terrific value for any aviation enthusiast!
Members receive the Smithsonian's Air & Space
access to aviation records and much more. To become an NAA member,
sign up online
or call (703) 416-4888
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OF THE WEEK: INDY AERO (KMQJ, MT. COMFORT, IN)
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Indy
Aero at KMQJ in Mt. Comfort, Indiana.
Penny Litz, a volunteer for the American Military Heritage
Foundation, told us how Indy Aero came to her rescue
[T]he AMHF operates a rare Lockheed
twin-engine PV2 Harpoon on the air show circuit. We do not have a hanger
for our aircraft. Recently Indy Aero cleared out their whole maintenance
hanger for a whole weekend so that we could work on replacing an engine
in comfort it is cold in Indiana at no expense to us. They
are very supportive to the community, general aviation and the
weekend-warrior as well as the corporate jet set.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
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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DAILY COVERAGE OF THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS AVIATION CONFERENCE AND EXPO
EBACE 2008 begins Tuesday at PalExpo
convention center in Geneva, and coverage in AVwebBiz will
include original videos, podcasts and details on the latest
announcements daily through Friday. AVweb's Russ Niles ran into
our European correspondent, Liz Moscrop, who's reporting for the Flight
Evening News daily show publication, and she set the scene for what has
become one of Europe's premiere aviation events. Look for daily coverage
in our business aviation newsletter, AVwebBiz. If you don't
already receive Biz (or you're uncertain whether you do or not),
you can add it (or check) by logging into your AVweb
profile here. (Click through for a video.) More...
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