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HalogenGuides Jets, which calls itself the
"Insider's Guide to Private Aviation," is reporting that Cessna is
working on development of a supersonic business jet. Cessna spokesman
Doug Oliver declined comment. "We generally dont discuss what we
may or may not be doing in the world of advanced design," he said.
However, the Web site, which also offers insight on real estate and
travel, seems pretty sure that a Cessna SSBJ is on the horizon. In an
analysis of the current SSBJ market, the Web site says, "An intriguing
third player has emerged with the news that business jet stalwart Cessna
has entered the ring with a design of its own. Little is known about
Cessna's plans at the moment, but the fact that such a reputable private
aviation brand is developing a supersonic jet ought to lend some
credence to the movement." More...
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AND AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP
Friedrichshafen, a general aviation show in Germany, has been
growing in recent years -- as shown by its recent decision to switch
from an every-other-year schedule to an annual event -- and this week,
AERO organizers announced a new strategic relationship with EAA.
"We're convinced that this will lead to more aviation enthusiasm and
additional value for our common customers on both sides of the pond,"
said AERO Friedrichshafen project manager Thomas Grunewald. Both
organizations aim to expand their global reach, he said. "We've seen
that their show and our AirVenture show attract the same kindred spirits,"
EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski told AVweb on Wednesday. "This is a
way for us to reach out to the general aviation community in Europe, and
also for AERO Friedrichshafen to add more visibility at our events."
DEMAND TURNS JET MARKET UPSIDE-DOWN
Used jets are selling for
higher prices than new jets in today's hot marketplace, says a report
this week in The Wall Street Journal. For example, a Gulfstream
G450 from the factory sells for about $40 million, but used ones are
selling for $44 million and up. "That's because you can fly it next
month, instead of the first quarter of 2013," Matthew Hartnett, a
Gulfstream sales executive, told the Journal. The topsy-turvy market is
also attracting speculators who will buy up delivery slots then sell
them at a profit a year or two later. "If you need a plane in six months
you have to go and buy a position from someone," Paolo Carmassi,
president for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for Honeywell
Aerospace, told the Journal. "And there are people who are making a
business out of selling their positions." More...
ANNOUNCES AUTO-GAS APPROVAL PROGRAM
concerns about the immediate and long-term availability of
aviation-grade 100LL fuel, Lycoming Engines announced this week that it is working to get
approval for the use of unleaded automotive gasoline for its
standard-compression-ratio O-360 and IO-360 product lines. Ian Walsh,
general manager for Lycoming Engines, told AVweb the approval
will not require any modification to the engines, the fuel will not need
any additives or special treatment, and there will be no degradation in
engine performance. "It's essentially a paperwork drill, to make this
happen," he said. He expects to have approval from the FAA by this fall,
but owners cannot implement the change until the airplane also gets
certified. That is up to the manufacturers, Walsh said, and he could not
estimate how long that would take, but said it is also essentially a
paperwork issue. The engines will require a specific type of unleaded 93
AKI automotive gas, designated as Euro Norm EN228 (in Europe) or ASTM
D4814 (in the U.S.). This fuel is not difficult to find, Walsh said, but
users must verify that they are getting that particular type -- not just
any unleaded auto gas will do. More...
OFFERS NEW BUYERS FREE FUEL FOR A YEAR
Economic jitters and
rising fuel costs have had an impact
on piston aircraft sales, and this week Diamond Aircraft came up
with a way to try to fight back -- the company is offering a year's
worth of free fuel, plus free maintenance, insurance, and training for
buyers of a new DA40 XLS. "We are very excited about this offer," said Fred Ahles, president of Premier
Aircraft Sales, the Diamond distributor in Florida. "The DA40 XLS has
always been a very economical plane to operate -- typically costing less
than $1,000 per month -- and with this special offer, there are few
costs beyond the monthly payments for the entire first year of
ownership." The company says it hopes the offer will appeal to "the
fiscally responsible left-brain pilot." More...
NEW Real Pilot
Toddler Overboard ... Power Loss on Takeoff ... Mountain Crash ...
Vacuum Failure in IMC
Each Real Pilot Story
on the AOPA Air Safety Foundation
web site is a true account of a good flight gone bad. These multimedia
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.
DIES IN ANGEL FLIGHT CRASH IN IOWA
Angel Flight Central,
based in Kansas City, Mo., has flown over 10,000 charitable missions to
help people in need of medical care. But on Tuesday, one of those
missions ended tragically when a two-year-old girl was killed. The child
had traveled with her mother from their home in Georgia to Iowa City for
treatment of the child's clubfoot. About 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the TBM 850
charity flight took off from Iowa City Airport to return home. Witnesses
said the airplane "turned sideways" shortly after takeoff and quickly
descended, skimmed across a highway, hit a ditch, skidded about 100
yards, hit a light post that sheared off a wing, and came to rest in a
parking lot. The weather was reportedly overcast and raining, with winds
gusting up to 36 mph. The mother and the pilot were injured in the
A PLANE THAT WON'T FLY? BUILD-A-PLANE KIDS NEED IT
seem reasonable that with some pilots parking their airplanes due to
high fuel costs, Build A Plane would see an influx of donations for
their program, which collects unwanted aircraft and gives them to
schools (and gives the donor a tax deduction). But in fact, the
nonprofit group is facing a critical shortage of aircraft donations,
according to Lyn Freeman, founder of the organization -- almost 200
schools are on a waiting list. "When schools have to wait that long to
receive an airplane, sometimes they move on to a different area of
interest, away from aviation," Freeman said this week. "We can't afford
to have that happen, so we really, really need more aircraft donations."
Build A Plane has helped kids at over 70 schools learn science,
technology, engineering and mathematics by building real airplanes.
Precise/Cirrus Fixed Oxygen
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Because every SR22 deserves the best, we have acquired STCs for the G2
and G3 Models. The Precise Flight Certified Fixed Oxygen System
unique in its clean and simple integration into the aircraft, is making
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AT SCALED COMPOSITES
Scaled Composites, based in Mojave, Calif.,
announced on Wednesday that Douglas Shane has been appointed president
and will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations of the company.
Company founder Burt Rutan is named chief technology officer and
chairman emeritus. "I suggested this change to our organizational
structure because I want to focus on developing our talented, innovative
team and ensuring we continue to provide our customers the creative
technical approaches that only Scaled offers," said Rutan. "I am
successfully recovering from about eight months of significant heart
health challenges, and with this move look forward to many more years of
fun here at Scaled." Doug Shane was previously vice president.
SPACE MUSEUM OPENS IN OREGON
The Evergreen Aviation Museum, known as the home of
Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose flying boat and a rare SR-71 Blackbird, will
open a new space facility this Friday. The new museum will feature Titan
missiles, a replica Lunar Module and Lunar Rover, and the Russian Photon
Space Capsule. The new 120,000-square-foot building is a twin to the
original museum. Interactive exhibits and simulators will be used to
tell the story of spaceflight. The museum also plans to host a series of
educational programs and space camps, and will offer programs for local
high schoolers. The museum is located about 20 miles southwest of
Portland, Ore., at the McMinnville Airport. More...
CAV Aerospace Offers Summer
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WARNS PILOTS OF RESTRICTED AIRSPACE NEAR SATURDAY'S
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to attend AOPA's Fly-In and Open House in Frederick, Md., this Saturday
should be aware that the FAA plans to expand a nearby P-40 prohibited
area during the fly-in time frame. The area will grow from a 3-nm radius
to 5 nm. Pilots flying in the ring from 5 nm to 10 nm must be on an
active IFR or VFR flight plan, maintain positive radio contact with ATC,
and use an ATC-assigned discrete transponder code. Pilots who violate
the airspace can expect to be intercepted by the U.S. Air Force and
questioned by the U.S. Secret Service, and can expect enforcement action
by the FAA, AOPA says. "By all means, come to Fly-In," said AOPA
President Phil Boyer, "but be very thorough in your pre-flight planning.
Our goal is zero airspace incursions in spite of the challenges thrown
our way." More...
THE FLY ...
The FAA is developing new trans-Atlantic routes
that would reduce fuel burn...
Forbes examines the aviation world in
a special report online...
Cessna's Citation XLS+ bizjet now
The NTSB wants the FAA to do a better job of
keeping airport diagrams accurate. More...
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Make Plans Now to Attend a 2008 Savvy Aviator
Mike Busch will be conducting Savvy Aviator Seminars
City, SD and Santa Maria, CA. Sign up for one of these classes and learn
how to save thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after year.
Do it before your next annual inspection!
For complete details and to reserve your
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AVweb founder Mike Busch has been selected by the FAA and
supporting aviation organizations as the National Maintenance
Technician of the Year. Busch will be presented his award at a
ceremony during EAA AirVenture.
OF THE WEEK: LANDMARK AVIATION (KLAL, LAKELAND, FL)
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the Lakeland Florida location of Landmark
AVweb reader Alec Thigpen
recommended the FBO, telling us how manager Stephen Leidigh helped him
(and others) during the very busy week of Sun 'n
[O]n a busy Saturday of Sun 'n Fun, [Stephen made
time] to personally take us to our plane on a somewhat distant parking
area when we were unable to get a SNF shuttle to come get us. He also
took another group to their airplane as well. The facilities were
perfect for all of our needs, and there was a fuel discount during the
week of the show as well. Their friendliness was quite nice and not all
that common at many FBOs when things get
Kudos to the folks at Landmark!
Keep those nominations
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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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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Last week's coffers were filled to
overflowing with great photos, the coin of the realm in the
"POTW" kingdom but that doesn't mean you folks can take
a week off. The number of submissions to our contest are just now
starting to creep back into familiar summertime territory, so don't give
up on us now. Keep those photos
coming, O.K.? And in the meantime, we'll treat you to the best of
this week's submissions, starting with a night-time fireworks display
from Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs,
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