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WINDS DOWN, AS THE INDUSTRY WINDS UP...
The weather threatened through most of the week, but then the economy
has threatened throughout the year, and neither seemed to make a dent in
the celebration of general aviation and 100 years of innovation in
powered flight at AirVenture 2003. Honda, with a new GA engine, told us
quite clearly they believe "the long-term GA economy is on the rise" and
they plan to be there. Adam aircraft stunned all by Thursday bringing
the first flying, smaller small jet to AirVenture, beating Eclipse,
Cessna and more. Diamond is proving diesel power with their
ultra-efficient, head-turning TwinStar and will soon have a jet, too.
OMF added a BRS full-plane parachute and training incentives. Cirrus,
which has always had a BRS, is putting out two $189K - $389K planes per
day, now fully glass-paneled. The industry is looking good.
AND AIRSIDETV PUT YOU ON THE FLIGHT LINE
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of AirVenture 2003, thanks to our AirVenture partner AirsideTV, brings AVweb readers
flight displays including the Marine AV-8 Harrier and a flight
performance from Patty Wagstaff. You'll see FAA Administrator Marion
Blakey at the certificate-signing ceremony for the Wright Flyer replica,
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TALKS TO BLAKEY ABOUT PRIVATIZATION...
The head of the FAA continues to insist that what most of us define as
air traffic control will remain a government function, regardless of
suggestions to the contrary by union officials and at least one senior
senator. "There are absolutely no plans to privatize air traffic control
as we know it," Administrator Marion Blakey told AVweb in an
exclusive, if brief, private interview at EAA AirVenture. Blakey's
jammed Oshkosh schedule precluded in-depth treatment of the issues but
she did take a few minutes to discuss the privatization issue and give
us a hint of what's to come to improve GA safety. Last Friday, a
congressional consensus committee gave final structure to the FAA
Reauthorization Bill, which sets the agency's spending for coming years.
PUTS EMPHASIS ON GA SAFETY
Blakey told AVweb the FAA will soon publish 300 Wide Area
Augmentation System (WAAS) approaches to airports around the country
that currently don't have instrument approaches. She called it a
significant step toward the major goal of her term to improve GA's
safety record. "Now, the average private pilot is going to have very
accurate vertical as well as horizontal [position data]," she said. WAAS
uses a system of ground-station relays to correct errors inherent in the
satellite signals, thus boosting the accuracy of GPS position data to
the point that it can be used for ILS-like approaches and non-precision
approaches with vertical guidance to high minumums. Most of the
available "WAAS capable" GPS systems are not yet certified for the
vertical component of the WAAS data so can't be used for WAAS
approaches. Blakey said other initiatives are on the way to help us fly
more safely. More...
MATTITUCK SERVICES A BRAND NEW ENGINE FOR EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT
DEBUTS AT AIRVENTURE 2003 Teledyne Mattituck Services is
everywhere at AirVenture 2003 showing off its new TMX 360 four-cylinder
engine for experimental aircraft. You can find Mattituck at the
Continental Motors Pavilion, inside Exhibit Hangar C and at the Exxon
Flying Tiger exhibit adjacent to the FAA building. The new powerplant is
available today with PowerLink FADEC installed for about the price
of a good quality overhaul. Mattituck personnel are on hand to discuss
the nuances and applications of this new mill as well as their full line
of legendary overhauls and factory-backed engine installation program.
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Well, there's nothing like making an entrance. To the clap of thunder
and the drumbeat of torrential rain, Adam Aircraft's brand-new (15 hours
TT) A700 jet landed at EAA AirVenture on Thursday, four days after
making its initial flight. The appearance so surprised Oshkosh crowds
that Adam put a sign on the nose asserting that yes, the airplane really
did fly to the show from Denver. "People keep asking if it's a real
airplane," said Adam spokesman John Hamilton. He said the trip from
Denver (at 25,000 feet, 220 knots and wheels down) was uneventful and
bolstered earlier data that the plane is stable and predictable in the
jet configuration. The surprise appearance by the A700, the only flying
example of the vaunted mini-jet craze at Oshkosh, gave the aviation
media some welcome news, which has been in something of a holding
pattern in this sector in recent months. More...
ENGINE CHOICE LOOMS
Diamond had nothing new to report on its D-Jet but that might change in
the next month or so. A spokesman said the engine will be selected for
its "well under $1 million" five-place jet "within 30 days." Since it's
widely acknowledged that there are only two realistic choices, the
announcement, when it comes, might be a little anti-climactic. The field
has been narrowed to the Williams FJ-33 (chosen by Adam and Javelin) and
the Pratt and Whitney Canada PW-600 series (Cessna Mustang and Eclipse).
Diamond joins Cessna and Javelin in a group that hasn't built any
prototypes yet, although first flight for the D-Jet is expected in 2004.
OWN VTOL, HOLD YOUR BREATH IF YOU LIKE
It's a dream that has eluded aircraft designers for almost a century but
a California engineer and A&P mechanic says his strange-looking craft
will end the quest. "Real freedom of flight is when you don't have to
use an airport," said AMV Aircraft owner and designer Atilla Melkuti. A
six-foot vaned fan under the belly would provide lift for vertical
takeoffs. After the aircraft transitioned 26 degrees forward the
fuselage and wing lifting surfaces would take over. With a turbocharged
450-horsepower Mazda rotary engine, Melkuti predicts a 5,000-fpm climb
for the 900-pound aircraft (gross 1800), 280-mph maximum speed (250 mph
at 60-percent power) at 10 gph. First test flight is set for August.
Melkuti's friend Imre Nagy has a different dream, one that has also been
tried many times but never really caught on. More...
FLEW THE GLASS-PANELED SR22
What's not to like? We dropped the thing into a 2,450- by 20-foot strip
(watch the streaming video) after a short jaunt at 170 knots with
four full seats and 70 gallons of fuel. Then, still rolling, we tested
the 310-hp Continental and climbed out at 1,000 feet per minute
somewhere near 100 knots while spotting -- over the cowl -- traffic at
our one o'clock and low. Great fun ... and we didn't have to pay for it.
Paying customers, of course, get to keep the airplane. Our brief tour
impressed us with excellent visibility, dreamy avionics,
ultra-comfortable seating, and ergonomics that could make your
ground-bound friends think they're in a fine touring sedan. What else
should you expect for $389,000? More...
RUNWAY INCURSIONS DROP, OSH HAS ITS OWN PROBLEMS
On Friday at 12:53 p.m. a Van's RV and a Lancair experimental aircraft
made contact as they both rolled out on Runway 27 at OSH. We know the
time, because we heard it. Last year, across the nation, there were 339
incursions recorded by the FAA, down 17 percent from previous years. Of
course, normal operations at EAA AirVenture, with several aircraft using
the same runway at any given time, would qualify as incursions at any
other airport. Two pilots who witnessed the accident at OSH told AVweb
that the RV was rolling out on the right side of 27 when it turned left
and made contact with a Lancair. Both aircraft spun off the runway into
the grass. We do have pictures of the results. More...
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FIGHTS BBJS, SINGLES DIG DEEP TO LAND
How big is too big? For the people who run Teterboro Airport in New
Jersey -- by some standards the busiest GA airport in the country -- the
limit is 100,000 pounds, regardless of what the FAA says. The Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey says it will fight FAA pressure to
allow larger aircraft into the airport, which now caters to bizjets,
charters and well-to-do pistons. At the same time, landing fees for the
little guys may be disproportionately going through the roof. The Port
Authority has maintained the 100,000-pound ban for 30 years. The landing
fees may not be a ban, but may also serve a similar function.
WARS YIELD NEW ENGINE TECHNOLOGY
Give some bright kids a few bucks and a junkyard and what can they come
up with? "You just wait," says Al Janiszewski, who, a few weeks ago, was
Col. Al Janiszewski and watching in amazement as a collection of
wet-behind-the-ears military researchers revolutionized aircraft
propulsion, promising zero to Mach 4 on regular gas and with great fuel
economy. Until six weeks ago, Janiszewski headed the propulsion
directorate of the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force
Base. What brought him to Oshkosh is a collection of automotive engine
parts, electronics, belts and pulleys forming a successful pulse jet.
COPTER TO GO FASTER TURNING ROTOR SLOWER
Later this year, the CarterCopter will be ready to break the Mu-1
barrier, company prez Jay Carter Jr. said at AirVenture last week. And
just to show he has confidence, he plans to do it at Texas Motor
Speedway in front of thousands of spectators, on November 22. Achieving
Mu-1 means the gyroplane will be able to achieve greater forward speeds
by slowing down its rotor and reducing its aerodynamic drag. Mu refers
to the ratio of the aircraft's forward speed to the rotor's tip speed,
which varies at a wider margin between the advancing and retreating
blades as the vehicle's forward airspeed increases. The challenge in
achieving Mu-1, according to Carter Copter, is to maintain rotor
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While flying through Colorado Springs Class C the other day, I heard the
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localizer. Is there a problem?"
Approach: "The box is actually sitting right behind me. Theyre
doing an upgrade and it should be back in service this Winter."
United 1234: "We cant hold that long."
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