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When Diamond Aircraft announced plans to offer a single-engine "personal jet" a few years ago, it's likely no one could predict the
market nerve the Austrian/Canadian company had touched. There are now at least six aircraft in the same general genre under development and a Bend, Ore. company, Stratos Aircraft, entered the running
on Wednesday with a four-place design, the Stratos 714, it says will go 1,500 nm at 400 knots, in sleek looking, $2 million carbon-fiber package pushed by a Williams FJ-44. It also coined a new
acronym for its entry, the VLPJ, or very light personal jet. No other aircraft, certified or announced, can claim to achieve the speed, range and utility that make the Stratos 714 a practical,
owner-flown Very Light Personal Jet (VLPJ).
"No other aircraft, certified or announced, can claim to achieve the speed, range and utility that make the Stratos 714 a practical, owner-flown Very Light Personal Jet (VLPJ)," the company news
release says. It predicts first deliveries in just 18 months, well ahead of Cirrus's Vision SJ50, which is undergoing preliminary flight tests and isn't expected to go to the first customer until
2011. The company will have a booth at EAA AirVenture.
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Light Sport Amphib Takes to the Sky .. and the
The Icon amphibious light sport aircraft flew for the first
time last week, the company announced on Tuesday. It launched from a lake in Southern California. "Everything went as well as an initial test flight possibly could go," said Jon Karkow, lead engineer
and test pilot, who in the past worked on the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer project. "The aircraft flew exceptionally well and met or exceeded our design expectations... I was especially pleased with
the water handling." The company said it expects to continue to test and modify the aircraft for another year or so before building a pre-production prototype for certification purposes. The aircraft
has attracted considerable attention with its nifty electric wing-folding design, which has been demonstrated on a mock-up. The flying prototype features a manual folding wing. Both the prototype and
the mockup will be exhibited at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on July 28.
The Icon is made of carbon fiber and is powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS engine, which can run on either auto gas or avgas. Estimated price for the standard model is $139,000, with deliveries
expected to begin in late 2010.
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The homebuilder community has been waiting anxiously for a few months now to see what the FAA would come up with in its promised
"guidance" for interpreting the rules that guide the construction of amateur-built aircraft. The policy, released on Tuesday, mandates more stringent oversight of amateur-built certification by the
FAA, said EAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, but at first glance, he added, it
seems to contain no shocking surprises. "We urged the FAA to preserve the amateur builder's privilege to design, build, and fly an aircraft of any airworthy design, without limitations on the
aircraft's complexity, power, size, performance, or other specifications," Lawrence said. "We've retained that essential privilege." The FAA policy notice calls for more stringent scrutiny of the
construction process, requiring the amateur builder to provide clear evidence of a hands-on contribution to the project. It also proposes that the FAA may require an amateur builder to fabricate a
minimum of 20 percent of an aircraft and assemble a minimum of 20 percent, and asked for comments on that proposal. EAA will petition the FAA to extend the brief 30-day window that was designated for
a comment period.
The policy is sure to get plenty of attention at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, including an in-depth discussion at an EAA/FAA joint forum at 1 p.m. on opening day, Monday, July 28, in Pavilion 9. EAA
said it will provide more information as the analysis continues and developments ensue. Click here for the full text of
the FAA notice.
Sensenich: Right on the Nose ... Again!
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Raytheon is leading a research team of industry experts that will examine the impact of new classes of aircraft on America's next generation air transport system NextGen. Four new classes of
aircraft, very light jets, super heavy transports, UAVs and supersonic transport will soon enter already overburdened skies.
"In ten to 20 years we expect more than one billion passengers will travel annually by airplane and thousands of new consumer jets will fill the skies," says Andy Zogg, Raytheon's vice president of
airspace management and homeland security. "We are committed to working with NASA and our partners to help address the complex tissues facing the modernization of our air transport system."Raytheon's
research will augment NASA's simulated model of the national airspace system to see how the new aircraft will impact NextGen.
U.S. airlines are already reeling from high fuel prices and a slack economy, and on Wednesday the FAA dropped a $700 million cost
into the mix -- that's the estimate to retrofit about 3,000 airliners with fuel-tank systems intended to prevent explosions like the one that destroyed TWA Flight 800 in 1996. New aircraft will be
required to have the systems. "Our intent today is to close the door on fuel-tank explosions," said FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell at a news conference announcing the new policy. FAA engineers and scientists have developed an inerting system that
works -- "Something early on people said could not be done," said Sturgell. The NTSB, which has listed such systems on its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements since 2002, welcomed the decision. "The NTSB congratulates the DOT and the FAA on this important safety achievement," said NTSB Chairman Mark
"From tragedy we draw knowledge to improve safety and today's announcement represents a significant step toward avoiding future aviation accidents of this nature." The new rule should have gone
further, though, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which represents the FAA's aircraft certification engineers. "NATCA recommends the FAA extend the flammability
requirements adopted today for center wing tanks and other fuel tanks inside the airplane to [include] wing tanks," according to a NATCA news release. TWA Flight 800 was en route from New York to Paris when it exploded and broke apart above the Atlantic Ocean near
Long Island, killing all 230 souls on board.
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A team of searchers is back in the mountains of Nevada this week, hoping to find an answer to the mystery of Steve Fossett's
disappearance. Fossett, a well-known pilot and adventurer, vanished last September while flying near a friend's ranch in a Super Decathlon. An extensive aerial and ground search, plus worldwide efforts using satellite imagery, failed to turn up any trace of Fossett or his airplane, and in February
a court declared him legally dead. The new search team of 12 mountaineers, led by Canadian adventurer Simon Donato, will cover a rugged area on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada where Fossett was
last seen. By traveling on foot, the searchers hope to explore hard-to-reach areas that have not previously been checked. They plan an eight-day search. To follow their progress online, go to their Web site, which is updated daily.
Click here for an AP video about the search. If this search is not successful, another team, led by mountaineer Robert
Hyman, plans a similar effort in August. Hyman plans to lead 15 searchers to scour an area just east of where Donato is looking.
AOPA says that about three-quarters of its members have scaled back their flight time due to the high cost of fuel. In an effort to
take action, AOPA has joined a coalition called Stop Oil Speculation Now (S.O.S. Now). The S.O.S. group sent e-mails to millions of airline customers over the last week, alleging that "normal
market forces are being dangerously amplified by poorly regulated market speculation." AOPA President Phil Boyer acknowledged that for AOPA to join forces with the airlines makes for "strange
bedfellows." However, the S.O.S. effort is drawing support from many quarters, he said, such as labor groups, bus and trucking associations, and members of Congress. "We're all frustrated with these
high prices, and this is a step in the right direction to do something about it," Boyer said. "We hope that it
ultimately creates a national energy policy that Congress can adopt." EAA said it will "continue to explore measures
aimed at containing the cost of personal flight" but stopped short of joining the coalition.
"Speculators buy up large amounts of oil and then sell it to each other again and again," reads the S.O.S. e-mail. "A barrel of oil may trade 20-plus times before it is delivered and used; the
price goes up with each trade and consumers pick up the final tab. Some market experts estimate that current prices reflect as much as $30 to $60 per barrel in unnecessary speculative costs."
Officials in Miami say they are talking with a German aircraft manufacturer, which they would not name, about building a new facility at the Opa-Locka Airport that would create over 400 jobs and serve a "niche aviation market." If the
project materializes, it could launch by the end of this year...
A brand-new, taller control tower for Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wis.,
opened this week, just in time for EAA AirVenture. The tower is twice as tall as the old one...
The FAA this week posted a new online video promoting its NextGen air traffic control
NASA is working on a new fiber-optic-based sensing technology that could help make it possible
for pilots to change the shape of a wing during flight.
EAA AirVenture is almost here! In just over a week, we'll be poking around classic airplanes, asking questions about new technologies, and sharing high fives with fellow aviation
buffs in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. To celebrate the season, last week we asked how you're planning to get to the show.
Reader responses ranged all across the board, although the two largest segments of our readership said they're not going this year (29%) or are flying themselves
For a complete (real-time) breakdown of reader responses, click here. (You may be asked to register and answer if you haven't already participated in this poll.)
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
"Personal jets" are all the rage these days, but this week we want to know how you think they'll fare over the long term.
Our sister magazine, IFR, is asking pilots nationwide how their experience with Lockheed Martin Flight Service has affected the way they do
their preflight prep. We'd love to hear your thoughts on how LockMart is doing these days.
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The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) has highlighted the fact that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is creating three Notices of Proposed Amendment (NPA) covering the introduction of EASA flight crew licensing (FCL) and flight operations. These are
staggered, so that the first appeared in early June, with the others at monthly intervals concluding with Flight Operations on or about July 31.
The three NPAs will be incorporated into legislation and become law no later than April 8, 2012. This date cannot be varied as it is already written into EC legislation. It is not certain, however,
that all sections will have that as a compliance date and some compliance dates may be earlier than others. It seems likely that the EASA documents will come into force on or about April 8, 2009, for
any new business, but compliance time will be allowed for existing business.
For those involved in PPL training, instructors will not need to hold a commercial pilot's license (CPL) nor have passed the CPL theoretical knowledge exams. This is a major change at EASA, which
should bring more instructors into the fold.
There will be no reference to the British IMC rating in the EASA proposals, but a new working group will be set up to work out a form of instrument qualification in recognition of the value of this
rating in northern Europe. This will likely come as a new NPA at some future date, but existing IMC rating holders will be able to enjoy the privileges of their rating until EASA FCL compliance-time
The BBGA Professional Flying Training Committee is currently organizing a series of meetings to which it is inviting members and non-members alike with the intention of helping to simplify the
800-page NPAs into digestible highlights and point out areas that it believes are important to the U.K. industry. Contact here for more information.
BBGA Update on Border Agency Issues
The BBGA is also working on keeping Britain's borders accessible. Late in 2007 the U.K. government announced that it would strengthen the U.K.'s offshore border controls with new passenger-screening
technology. The new U.K. Border Agency has very tight timelines, with implementation scheduled for the end of December.
Immigration offices throughout the U.K. have clear instructions to tighten border security in keeping with these instructions. Arriving passengers must provide information of an external physical
characteristic to verify their identity. All GA flights arriving must present passports to an immigration officer.
The BBGA argues that continued, remote, pre-clearance of international travelers by the U.K. Border Agency on receipt of full and accurate advanced passenger information data is central to the ongoing
success of GA/BA in the UK, and this will continue to drive the British economy. It is up to the users of these facilities receiving remote, pre-clearance services to ensure both timely and accurate
data prior to arrival and departure to avoid any issues.
BBGA has stated clearly to the U.K. Border Agency that proposed significant, additional, agency charges for ad-hoc services at locations and facilities will merely displace industry activity to remote
locations, spreading Border Agency staff over a wider area and ultimately lead to less effective border controls.
Reversing LAPL Name Decision
IAOPA Europe reports that EASA has reversed its decision to rename the Leisure Pilots License into the Light Aircraft Pilot's License, although
the GA industry made it clear during the consultation phase that it was against the name, which may add a negative slant to GA pilots using "recreational" airfields. It was also hoped that a medical
certificate from the family doctor would have been enough to obtain the new license; however, this has been amended to mandate that the family doctor must be a pilot, else the certificate must be
signed by a doctor "... with aero medical knowledge" -- i.e., a CAA doctor.
AOPA World Assembly Resounding Success
Yiouli Kalafati, president of AOPA Hellas was the driving force behind last month's successful World Assembly in Athens. She wrote, "The
24th IAOPA world assembly and the First International General Aviation Expo at Tatoi Airfield were notable success, with participant and visitor numbers well ahead of expectations, specifically:
124 delegates from 26 countries;
Four international aviation organizations;
60 exhibitors representing 108 companies of aviation interest;
20 internationally prominent conference speakers;
First time in the country's aviation history aerobatic pilots took part in the aviation show;
100 aircraft -- 60 of them of foreign registrations -- and visitors from every part of Greece, Europe and Middle East. (A further 45 aircraft cancelled the first five days due to weather
A strong showing for the GA community in Europe, which bodes well for the future.
AOPA Netherlands Call to Action
AOPA Netherlands is asking pilots to sign a petition against Dutch plans to restrict airspace to VFR GA pilots. Holland is demanding the installation of new equipment in GA planes, including Mode-S,
ELTs and 8.33 kHz radios. However, AOPA is fighting the closure of the Rotterdam TMA and the Special Rules Zones around the Schiphol CTR. The petition
will be presented to the Board of Directors of Air Traffic Control Netherlands in September.
Tecnam Takes CAG
Italian manufacturer Tecnam has acquired 88 percent of the Spanish company Composite Aeronautic Group (CAG), which builds Toxo light aircraft.
According to Tecnam, it will double the current production line of two-seater aircraft to 600 per year by the end of 2009. It can then build its new, four-seat, twin-engine P2006T, which is in the
final certification phase.
Terror Threat from Light Aircraft?
Last month a British peer, Lord Carlile, voiced his concerns that light aircraft pose a greater threat to the U.K. populace than previously thought.
He said that he is anxious about the "potential use of light aircraft as vehicle bombs against places of public aggregation." However, he admits, "This is not founded on any particular intelligence,
or on any operation as such. However, I know that some knowledgeable police officers and officials have ongoing concerns about the relative simplicity of terrorism conducted in this way, given the
very large number of private aircraft and small airfields."
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith responded, "The Department for Transport has noted your flagging of the potential for small aircraft to be used as vehicle bombs, and your observation that there is
presently no intelligence to suggest this forms part of terrorist thinking."
She pointed out that police forces are "proactive in providing support to airports hosting general aviation flights and flying schools, and during the year the DfT assisted the police National Counter
Terrorism Security Office in producing a leaflet providing advice to general aviation operators and flying schools on how to deal with suspicious activity and concerns."
Message for Deaf Pilots in the U.K. and Europe
Deaf British pilot John Donovan holds an NPPL and a Silver Gliding Medal and is studying for his assistant instructor's license. There are three levels of gliding instructor's licenses in the U.K. and
the British Gliding Association agreed that John should skip the first and go straight to the second, so he will not have to keep flying with strangers.
Although he will be able to teach anyone, his particular desire is to teach other deaf people to fly, or to teach instructors how to teach deaf people. John's speech is clear and he can hear well with
his hearing aids. He is a fluent signer, and can lipread. I can testify to that, having flown with him as his passenger in the front seat of a tandem trainer. In order to communicate, he places a
small mirror like a car's rear-view mirror on the canopy in front of the passenger. He can then lipread.
John has been out twice to the International Deaf Pilots' Association conventions in America, and is inspired by the achievements of pilots all over the world. He said, "I want to set up a group for
deaf pilots in the U.K." He has contacted the British Disabled Flying Association, who will put him in touch with other deaf aviators and invites any British deaf people who are interested in learning
to fly to contact him.
For more aviation news and information from Europe, read the rest of Liz Moscrop's columns.
Last week, the major airlines sent a letter to their customers blaming oil speculators for high prices. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli thinks they're giving customers the runaround,
asking them to become junior lobbyists and urge Congress to crack down on oil speculators instead of demanding a consistent, practical national energy policy. Read what Paul has to say about this on the AVweb Insider blog.
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Last March, AVweb told you about a close encounter between two private aircraft, a Pilatus PC-12 and a
Beech Premier and an F-16 in an Arizona Military Operating Area (MOA). AOPA has obtained the radar video and audio from the incident, and AVweb Video Editor Glenn
Pew has put them together in an enlightening package.
Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured
on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week." Want to
see your photo on AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
There's nothing quite as satisfying as downloading a couple hundred megabytes' worth of AVweb reader photos and sitting down with a cold iced tea to rifle through them! There's
plenty to see this week, with photos hitting a wide range of interests and coming from all across the globe. (And hey, Australia did someone pepper the countryside with AVweb leaflets?
Not only did we get shots from some of our favorite Aussie regulars this week, but found quite a few new names from the "Land of Wonder" in our box, too.)
This image from Gary Plummer of Burlington, Ontario (Canada) was one of the first we laid eyes upon this week, and it set the tone for all the
photos that were to follow. Despite some stiff competition (and nearly not making it to the Top Five, if you can believe that!), Gary's shot is our "Picture of the Week," and we'll be sending Mr.
Plummer one of those keen AVweb ball caps we're always going on about as thanks for sharing his pics with us.
Jon Butts of Whiteley, Hants (U.K.) submitted this photo shot by Jamie Hunter of Aviacom Photography. Jon was one of six pilots who flew formation recently and allowed Jamie to snap plenty of great shots.
In fact, Jon told us where to find a few more, and we may share those at a later date ... !
Christian Hauser of Gross-Enzersdorf, Lower Austria snapped this photo of an Austrian police 'copter "seemingly closing in on a culprit," but
disillusioned us when he wrote that the pilots were really "just approaching [the] landing pad at Vienna International Airport to disembark a passenger."
Here's a slightly unusual attitude, courtesy of Metamora, Michigan's John von Linsowe. John also gave us a pun we couldn't turn down (brace
yourselves), noting that his son Justin* has "'landed' a great summer job towing banners."
* Apologies if Justin's not your son, John. We didn't write it down in our notes, and we honestly can't remember though we're pretty sure that was a good
We've seen so many sunset photos that our hearts would have long ago hardened to them if not for the incredible vistas that AVweb readers somehow manage to slip into our
submission box every week. This time around, it's Pete Howell of St. Paul, Minnesota who gets the thanks for reminding us to take a moment to savor life's small
As has been par for the course lately, there are far too many great photos to run them all here, so please be sure to check out the bonus pics in our slideshow on the AVweb home page. You'll be glad you did. (And don't forget you can click on those slideshow images to view them at full-size.)
A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater
chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too. ;)
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