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Volume 14, Number 30a
July 21, 2008
"The-Jet" Has a New Name: Cirrus Vision SJ50
Cirrus Vision SJ50 is the official name of Cirrus Design's single-engine personal jet. Cirrus Vision has unsurpassed interior space, single-engine fuel efficiency, flexible seating for seven, state-of-the-art avionics and flight systems, and safety hallmarks including the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™). Sporting a V-tail design, Cirrus Vision is technologically advanced yet engineered to be simple to fly, allowing owner-pilots more lifestyle pursuits. Go online for complete details.

» See the Cirrus Vision SJ50 for yourself at booths 15-22 (Combo P) at EAA AirVenture
Top News: Frightening Experience for Skydiver, Pilotback to top 
Sponsor Announcement

A British soldier and jump instructor participating in a parachute competition in Germany got hung up on the landing gear of his jump aircraft, reportedly a Britten-Norman Islander, and was rescued by the only person left on the aircraft -- its pilot. The aircraft was 3,000 feet above the Joint Service Parachute Centre at Bad Lippspringe when five soldiers successfully departed the aircraft. The sixth, the instructor, suffered a partially deployed chute that caught his rigging on the aircraft's gear. The aircraft's civilian pilot became aware of the situation and left his seat to cutting snagged lines until he parachutist fell free of his aircraft and deployed his reserve. The pilot's excursion left him out of the cockpit for approximately 30 seconds, according to initial reports. Claiming he was only doing his job, the pilot has so far asked to remain anonymous. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence told the Daily Mail, "The pilot showed significant bravery and skill. We are unaware of a rescue like this happening before." Initial reports did not indicate the type of aircraft involved in the incident. More...

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» Find the Pilot Insurance Center (PIC) plan that's right for you at booth 2066 at EAA AirVenture
Technology Watchback to top 

It's the economy, stupid. Bombardier's pre-Farnborough assertion that its Pratt & Whitney geared-turbofan-powered CSeries 100-149 seat regional jets (due in 2013) could be 20 percent more efficient than rival aircraft has rival aircraft manufacturer Embraer saying "not so fast." Embraer (the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world) has spun the argument to operating costs and says its 110-seat E195 would only fall behind a CSeries C-110 by 3 or 4 percent in 2013 -- after the E195 undergoes improvements. Speaking of the CSeries, Embraer CEO Frederico Curado said in an interview with the Montreal Gazette, "We're not making any assertion that the airplane will not deliver what it promises, nothing like that. We are assuming that it will." He then went on to add, "But we are disputing the figures they are promising, this 15 to 20 percent thing is really unreal." Curado believes that the Pratt's efficiencies exist, but are compromised by their attachment to an airframe in the real world. Bombardier says it has taken those considerations into account and stands behind its math. More...

Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS), maker of whole-aircraft parachute systems, Friday announced that its new 5000-series canopy complies with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. BRS has submitted to the FAA its plan for 5000 series Part 23 certification testing. This BRS system can support heavier piston airframes and higher-weight-category very light jets. It's not yet certified and the system's precise operating limitations have yet to be announced, but the system marks another step forward for the company (and, arguably, the rest of us) and makes inroads into the arena of "heavier aircraft." First applications of 5000-series recovery systems may include Diamond's D-Jet and the Lancair Evolution, according to BRS' financial statements for early 2008. The company has since 1981 delivered more than 29,000 parachute systems to aircraft owners worldwide, 3,500 of which reside on FAA-certificated aircraft including Cirrus Design's SR20 and SR22 aircraft. The company says its systems "have been credited with saving the lives of 213 pilots and passengers." More...

Epic Aircraft, maker of turbine-powered kit and to-be-certified aircraft, says that its six-plus-two-seat twin Williams FJ-33-4 powered Elite jet has in test flights consistently logged cruise speeds "in excess of 385 KTAS." The company says that makes the Elite "the undisputed fastest very light jet in the world." For those who are interested in both apples and oranges, the claim doesn't yet make the Elite a certified option and Honda is expected to chime in with its 420-knot (and certified) eight-seat HondaJet sometime near 2010. Epic's Web site says that "current estimates point to certification of the 6-8 seat Elite in the next two and a half years." The aircraft falls in line with Epic's standing commitment to "take off with all the seats occupied, full fuel and luggage." Let the 1330 pounds of available payload after fuel be your ruler for that equation. Epic delivered well on its early promises of bringing aircraft from design to market and was rewarded for the work. More...

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Purchase by August 16, 2008 and receive a complimentary pair of Bose in-ear headphones ($99.95 value). Learn more and order.

Quotes reprinted with permission: Professional Pilot, 2007 Headset Preference Survey, 12/07; Aviation Consumer, 8/07.

» Try out the Headset X™ and other Bose Corporation products at booths 171-176 at EAA AirVenture
Meanwhile, Back at the Airport ...back to top 

The FAA is providing detailed pilot training for easier access and improved safety to Teterboro through a presentation that basically serves as pre-packaged local pilot experience available online, free of charge. We might hope to eventually see these for every airport, but Teterboro Airport is a 13-mile drive from the Empire State Building and that proximity makes it one of the busiest (and most expensive) general aviation airports in the country. The Teterboro Airport Flight Crew Briefing offers interactive graphics and a voiced briefing that presents pilots with an overview of the airport layout, its normal operations and relevant regulations, along with airport-specific safety and security procedures. Included are runway incursion hot spots and an interface that allows clickable access to the nuances of each one. Pilots are also given access to a review of frequently used air traffic control procedures, including common departures, and are briefed on the most common errors flight crews make while accessing the airport. More...

If easy is relative and "expedited access" run by the TSA are the guidelines, then the agency's crewPASS test program, launched Friday and expected to last two months, may ultimately provide easier access to secure areas for properly credentialed commercial flight deck crew members. The system employs a crew member database that provides transportation security officers with a picture and other information with which they may cross-check airline-issued identification and other ID provided by flight deck crew. Through what some may see as a better application of backwards thinking, crew members will enter secure areas via the exit lane of each area's corresponding checkpoints. And in conjunction with the new measures, "Flight deck crew members who utilize this program will be subject to random screening, observation by behavior detection officers and other layers of security." More...

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» Sell your used portable GPS to JA Air Center at booths 2088-2089 at EAA AirVenture
Honor and Heritageback to top 

The National Aviation Hall of Fame Saturday conducted its 47th annual enshrinement in Dayton, Ohio, and along with an airline man, a WWII triple-ace and military commander, active air show pilot and general aviation ambassador Sean D. Tucker was on the list. Dr. Peter Diamandis and his X Prize Foundation were also honored, being awarded the "Spirit of Flight Award." As for enshrinees, Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson flew the P-51B "Old Crow" while assigned to the 357th Fighter Group. The 357th was credited with shooting down a record 609 1/2 enemy aircraft in only 15 months and produced 42 aces. Fellow military man, the late William A. Moffett, the "father of naval aviation," was also enshrined as was Herbert D. Kelleher, founder and retired chairman of Southwest Airlines. More...

If you want to win a vintage 1957 Cessna 172, your chances are one in 2,500 (as of Saturday). The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas, Saturday announced the new contest along with the winner of its prior and first annual "Win Your Own Plane" raffle. Joe Montano of Pearland, Texas, won a 1947 Cessna 140 over the weekend. The 172 is up next. The museum's press release notes that, "The winner [of the 172] will be announced at the Museum's July 2009 Wings & Wheels open-house, or a sooner Wings & Wheels if all tickets have been sold." Both promotions are part of a fundraising program created by the museum. "At the museum, we meet people every day who have always dreamed of flying. This contest will give one lucky winner the chance to realize that dream," said museum president Drew Coats. Funds acquired through the promotion support day-to-day operations and museum expansion. We don't have a horse in this race, but will note that there are more than 110,000 people reading this right now and we'll remind you that no more than 2,500 tickets will be sold at $50 each. Translation: If you're interested, you might want to hurry up ... but there's one catch. More...

Cessna Caravan
Introducing the perfect union of brains and brawn. With more than 10 million fleet hours under its heavy-lifting wings, the Cessna Caravan now has brains to match. The standard Garmin G1000® glass cockpit combined with the WAAS-certified GFC700 automated flight control system integrates all primary flight, engine and sensor data to provide intuitive, at-a-glance situational awareness and precise flight guidance and control. For complete information, go online.

» Visit Cessna Aircraft (makers of the Caravan) at booths 143-156 at EAA AirVenture
News Briefsback to top 

AVweb European correspondent Liz Moscrop was at the big show for most of last week and filed reports on some of the major announcements. More...

Kalitta Boeing 747 Bogota crash rumored result of dual engine failure ...
Xerion engine monitor approved for all light Cessnas and Pipers ...
CASA moves to facilitate influx of experienced aircraft engineers ...
A passenger tried to open the door of a 767 flying at 35,000 feet ...
B-52 crashes off Guam, crew's fate unknown. More...

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» Ask about the advantages of AOPA Insurance Agency in person at booths 164-166 at EAA AirVenture
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

AVMAIL: JULY 21, 2008
Reader mail this week about lead, oil speculators, balloon flights and much more. More...

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

Jeppesen NavSuite
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» Explore your destinations with Jeppesen at booths 1019-1021 (Combo B) at EAA AirVenture
New on AVwebback to top 

You too can be a test pilot ... and test your airplane (and yourself) so you have more options when it isn't just a "normal" takeoff. More...

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. More...

Envision® Integrated Flight Deck Available for Retrofit Installation in Select Cessna 300-Series Aircraft!
Avidyne has added the popular Cessna 320/335/340 piston-engine twins to the growing list of Envision® Integrated Flight Deck–approved aircraft. The big-glass Envision system is the industry's easiest-to-use integrated flight deck, providing state-of-the-art situational awareness and safety, with a highly-reliable all-solid-state ADAHRS, a full-featured moving map, electronic approach charts, color lightning, traffic avoidance, and satellite datalink weather. Click here for more information.

» See Avidyne's state-of-the-art technologies in action at booths 2098-2101 (Combo E) at EAA AirVenture
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Just throw your name into the hat for a chance to win a backseat ride in one of the Aeroshell T-6s at EAA AirVenture next week. No need to buy anything; just let us know you're interested, and we'll enter you in the drawing. Meanwhile, for more details on the team, listen to this podcast with team leader Alan Henley, who aptly describes the T-6 show as "satisfying all of the senses." More...

A Sterling Boeing 737 ended up in an unnatural position (for a 737) at the airport in Malaga, Spain on Saturaday after a strange encounter with the airport bridge. For some reason, the bridge went up and caught the aircraft under its open door. Early reports didn't have a damage estimate. Thanks to AVweb reader Robert Reid, who turned us on to the video and also referred us to this incredible photo from Robert Campbell. (Click through to watch.) More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to TAC Air at GMU in Greenville, South Carolina.

AVweb reader John Hey hadn't stopped at GMU for six months, but he tells us "they still remembered me":

Great, cheerful, and competent service — even though I had just saved $30 using their self-service pump. Call ahead, and they get you a great discount on the nice Phoenix Motel one block away with the best free full Southern breakfast ever!

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


While on tower freq for VGT (North Las Vegas), I overheard the following:

Cessna 1234N:
"Tower, this is Cessna 1234N, 10 miles northwest with yankee, inbound full stop."

"Cessna 1234N, tower. Continue inbound. Report 4-mile final for runway 12 right."

Cessna 1234N:
"Tower, Cessna 1234N reporting 4-mile final."

"Cessna 1234N cleared for landing. Runway 12 right. Say type, Cessna."

Cessna 1234N:
"Tower, 1234N is a Cessna 152 Heavy!"

"Cessna 1234N, roger!"

(And before the mike keyed off, there was substantial chuckling in the background.)

J. Brandon
via e-mail


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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

Features Editor
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