AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 14, Number 39a

September 22, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
Smart Safety ... Leave Anxiety Out of Your Flight Plan
As a Cirrus owner, you join a lifestyle that takes safety very seriously. Whether flying for pleasure or business, you always fly smart and safe. Cirrus Perspective by Garmin is designed to help by giving you more time and information to make better decisions, reduce workload, and improve your overall flying experience. Cirrus Perspective adds more ability to experience the Cirrus lifestyle fully and leave anxiety out of your flight plan. For complete features, go online.
 
Top News: DayJet Suspends Operations back to top 
 

Eclipse Statement On DayJet

Eclipse Aviation responded Saturday to an announcement that its largest customer, startup on-demand air taxi hopeful DayJet, ceased all commercial operations as of Friday. In keeping with its recent public relations trend, Eclipse's release on the subject concluded with the statement, "Eclipse will not be releasing any further information or conducting interviews surrounding this media alert." In its release, Eclipse did not address allegations by DayJet that its demise was partly the "result of Eclipse Aviation's failure to install missing equipment or functionality or repair agreed technical discrepancies in accordance with the terms of DayJet's aircraft purchase contract." Eclipse did not respond to AVweb's email request for comment on that allegation.

Eclipse did say in its release that it still has hundreds of orders to fill and DayJet's failure will provide upward mobility for those position holders who'd previously been further down the line. Eclipse said of DayJet, the company "was able to fulfill the demonstrated growing demand for this new market," but was "unable to raise the capital it required to continue its operations." In 2007 DayJet said it had firm orders for 239 Eclipse 500s and options for 70 more. Financial arrangements between DayJet and Eclipse were never very clear. Both companies have made reference to the current state of the U.S. capital markets as an unfortunate and very negative force in the DayJet equation.In 2007, DayJet announced its plans to start air service with Eclipse 500's by the end of June of that year. By May of 2008, DayJet had cut its fleet by more than half, cut its staff by more than one third and was seeking $50 million in funding. Friday, September 19, DayJet announced it had suspended commercial operations.

 
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Cessna 162 Crash Update back to top 
 

Skycatcher Was In 'Unrecoverable Spin'

The FAA says the Cessna 162 Skycatcher LSA prototype "entered an unrecoverable spin" before crashing last Thursday. The pilot of the test aircraft was able to parachute to safety but was unhurt. There was no word what caused the spin but the aircraft was on a test flight. The aircraft was apparently intact after crashing in trees near Douglass, Kansas, about 30 miles from Wichita. More details are expected from Cessna on Monday. Early reports quoted witnesses as saying they heard a loud pop and then saw sparks and the plane spiraling down. The pilot landed in a field about 400 yards from the aircraft. The aircraft involved was the non-conforming prototype and had about 150 hours on it.

The prototype first flew on March 8, and Cessna is planning on delivering the first customer aircraft in the first half of 2009. What the crash does to that schedule is unclear. There are close to 1,000 orders for the aircraft, which will be built in China and reassembled in three plants in the U.S.

 
JA Air Center Announces First Installation of a Dual Garmin G600 PFD/MFD LCD Display
JA Air Center has installed the first Dual Garmin G600 PFD/MFD LCD display in a certified aircraft, an A36 Bonanza. The aircraft is also equipped with dual GNS530Ws, GDL69A XM Weather, GWX68 Radar, L-3 Skywatch, and WX500 Stormscope. The Garmin G600 combination PFD/MFD is designed to take the space of the basic six-pack and fully integrates all primary flight, navigation, terrain, traffic, and weather. For more information, go online.

Call JA Air Center at (800) 323-5966 to speak with a Garmin expert about the G600.
 
BizJets: The Good & The Bad back to top 
 

PiperJet's Sizzle Draws Buyers For Piston Models

Piper's version of the VLJ is still at least two years shy of deliveries, but while customers wait, the company is enticing them with step-up deals from the company's piston and turboprop offerings. "We're seeing a trend," says Bob Kromer, Piper's sales VP. "Some customers are saying I want a jet in 2012, but I want a Matrix now or I want a Meridian now." At a press demonstration of the PiperJet at Piper's Vero Beach, Fla., factory Thursday Kromer said the company has 203 firm orders for the $2.2 million single-engine jet, with first deliveries planned for 2011.

The press demo culminated a week of sales and promotional activities leading into two major shows, NBAA in Orlando and AOPA's Expo in San Jose, Calif., where the PiperJet will be on display. Reporters were treated to several flybys of PiperJet, the prototype of which is now 55 hours into a 200-hour initial test program. The PiperJet is capable of a 360-knot high cruise at 35,000 feet, but the biggest surprise is how quiet it is from the outside. During a go-around demo, we were able to converse normally with a Piper representative while the jet transitioned to climb power. Piper CEO Jim Bass told reporters the jet is being financed with a combination of internal and investment capital and customer deposits, with the total tab expected to come to $100 million to reach certification and production approval. When asked if Piper is worried about capital sources given the current turmoil in the financial markets, he said "if you're not worried, you don't have a pulse. It's very troubling." But, he added, Piper still sees strong demand for its increasingly higher-end aircraft, including the new Matrix, the Meridian and now the PiperJet. "We'll have to see how the deposit structure goes before we know how much outside capital is required," Bass added. In any case, Piper is gearing up its 80-acre facility in Vero Beach to begin building the jet. For more, hear this podcast with Piper's Bob Kromer.

Consultant: Worldwide Demand Can't Shield Bizjet Market

"All this talk about the "BRIC" countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and other emerging markets significantly minimizing the next downturn is overblown," according to aviation consulting practice Brian Foley Associates. While high fuel prices and a stuttering economy may have impacted general aviation sales dropping shipments below recent highs, the 30-40% discount offered to foreign buyers thanks to a plummeting dollar helped lift a balloon of worldwide business jet deliveries. Foley's company expects that balloon will eventually settle back down into a deeper, longer trough than generally expected. While International deliveries will still be up, Foley predicts they will settle 24% below a 2010 peak. This assessment challenges industry hopes that increased worldwide demand will insulate manufacturers from nationally localized economic disturbances. In Foley's words, "The OEMs are fat, dumb and happy with their current order backlogs and are oblivious to how quickly things will change."

Foley points to falling world stock market indicators most recently in Russia and China that along with Brazil and India were not long ago grouped as emerging markets for business aviation. According to the company, the "perfect storm for new business jet sales" has passed and the factors that brought it about will prove difficult to follow.

 
Cessna Caravan
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News Briefs back to top 
 

NTSB Cites Medical Falsification In Fatal Crash Investigation

The most recent application for a second-class medical certificate of a 74-year-old airshow pilot with a history of heart-related problems who crashed and died last year during practice for an airshow was approved by a physician who flew with him in airshows, according to the NTSB. Prior to that, in 2005, the FAA had denied Geico Skytyper pilot Jan Wildberghs's medical application because it found he had a "history of falsification of multiple previous examinations." That falsification references applications in 2003 through 2005 on which the pilot failed to note his history of heart trouble and withheld from the FAA relevant information (including abnormally fast heart rhythms, tightness in his chest and shortness of breath). According to the NTSB, those symptoms would likely have kept him from qualifying for a medical certificate. Pilots who flew with the now-deceased pilot said he had nodded off during the preflight and looked pale. The pilot was killed when four others broke from formation to turn for landing, but witnesses saw his aircraft continue flying in a shallow descent until it impacted the ground and was destroyed by fire.

Upon autopsy, two drugs were found in the pilot's body. One drug helped prevent blood clots, and the other may have been used to slow the pilot's heart rate. The NTSB's investigation also found a letter from the pilot's cardiologist to his primary care physician stating that the pilot may need to give up recreational flying due to his "aggressive" style of flying and performance in air shows.

B-2 Upgrades Under Way

The B-2 Stealth Bomber has been flying for almost 20 years, according to Dave Mazure, vice president of long-range strike, Northrop, and it's never had a computer processor upgrade -- now, the Air Force wants to change that. Together with Northrop Grumman, the Air Force hopes to introduce new technology, including a new digital "active electronically scanned array" radar currently in testing, according to the Air Force Times; replacement of tube-based cockpit displays with nine flat-panel screens; and an upgrade to computer processing units, disc drives and fiber optics cables. Upgrading communications systems will require cutting holes in the B-2's fuselage to internally mount two 300-pound satellite dishes. The aircraft's current X-band radar frequency has already been sold to a commercial user. By the end of 2010, the B-2's radar upgrade should be complete on six bombers with fleet-wide approval expected in 2013 ... ensuring it will be approximately five years old when it's introduced to the fleet. The program is expected to cost more than $1.14 billion.

CAFE Foundation's Aviation Green Prize

NASA's Centennial Challenge for aviation operated by the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency Foundation (CAFE Foundation) is seeking an eco-friendly, 100-mpg, 100-mph aircraft and its designer(s), to which it plans to offer a big green pile of money ($600,000 in 2009). But before that it's seeking comments on the yet unofficial rules draft (PDF) before Oct. 3. As currently written, tossing your hat into the ring won't come cheap. The CAFE program will require a minimum $4000 registration fee that rises to $6000 for late applicants. According to the Challenge's guidelines, "the maximum purse will be awarded to the one team whose vehicle demonstrates the fastest average speed greater than or equal to 100 mph" during a timed flight over a 200-statute-mile closed race course "while also exceeding 100 mpg." If no one wins, things get more interesting in 2010.

If no team in 2009 meets those requirements, smaller sums up to $65,000 will be determined for Honorable Achievement. The rest of the prize money will roll over (and be added to) 2010's purse of $500,000. The Challenge intends to encourage the development of myriad new technologies including breakthroughs in batteries, motors, fuel cells, ultra-capacitors, and quiet propulsion, as well as the affordability of small aircraft.

 
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Quotes reprinted with permission: Professional Pilot, 2007 Headset Preference Survey, 12/07; Aviation Consumer, 8/07.
 
New on AVweb back to top 
 

Leading Edge #22: Night VFR Risk Management

The airplane may not know it's dark, but the pilot does, and the accident record shows it. AVweb's Thomas P. Turner helps reduce the risk of night flight.

Click here to read.

A Pilot's History: Chap. 11 -- Being a Corporate Pilot

Ready for a more-stable job, Carl Moesly gets an offer from one of the richest men in America. And then Carl wraps up his Pilot's History with Chapter 12.

Click here for the full story.

 
Sensenich: Right on the Nose ... Again!
For more than 75 years, Sensenich has been the industry's fixed-pitch prop leader. No surprise Sensenich leads the way again with new composite propellers for light sport and homebuilt aircraft. Proven on 5,000 airboats over the last eight years, plus Rotax- and Jabiru-powered planes, the new lightweight, precision composite props are now available for Continental- and Lycoming-powered planes. Call (717) 569-0435, or click here to learn more.
 
Commentary & Opinion back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Why Don't You Have an Engine Monitor?

In the era of $6 and higher gas, there's no reason not to have one of these devices. It will help with leaning and provide all-important engine maintenance cues. Read all about monitors on the AVweb Insider Blog, in an article from Light Plane Maintenance by editor Kim Santerre.

Read more.

AVweb Insider Blog: Fresh Hell for Eclipse — A Poster Child for FAA Mismanagement

In 2006, the FAA wasn't moving quickly enough to certify Eclipse's EA500, so the company pressured the agency from the top to move faster. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli says that will ultimately slow certification projects for everyone, and you can read his rationale in the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog.

Read more.

 
Dr. Blue Says, "Be Smart — Carry a PLB!"
Flying, hiking, camping, riding your ATV or bike — accidents happen that can become a life-threatening situation. Be prepared with a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). It's as easy as pushing a button. PLBs from Aeromedix.com include the ACR MicroFix 406 MHz for pilots when you're enjoying activities in unpopulated areas. Click now to visit Aeromedix.com for complete details.
 
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

Which Deicing System Do You Prefer?

With winter weather coming, now's a good time to think about the three main deicing systems out there: pneumatic boots, TKS and electro-thermal. Sister publication Aviation Consumer is conducting a survey on what pilots think about them. Even if you have experience with only two of the three, we'd like to hear from you.

Send a note to aviation_safety@hotmail.com to share your experiences.

(The results will appear in a future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information, click here.)

Help AVwebBiz Spread Your NBAA News

The world's most important business aviation event, the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention, is coming up Oct. 6-8 in Orlando and there will be hundreds of product announcements and updates. AVweb will be there with daily coverage of the events, news conferences and announcements that make this show so important but if your company has something more than 100,000 business aviation decision-makers need to know about, we're encouraging you to let us know in advance. That way we can give your news the full attention it deserves and make sure it's released in a timely fashion during our coverage. Don't worry. We'll strictly observe all embargos. Send your advance material to rniles@avweb.com and thanks for your help in making our coverage the most comprehensive available.

AVweb's Newstips Address ...

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. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

 
New! Jeppesen Avionics Knowledge Library — Garmin G1000 IFR Training
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Enhancing Efficiency with Savvy Aviator Mike Busch and Aviation Safety Magazine

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In this time of volatile aviation fuel prices, knowing how to fly your airplane at peak efficiency can mean money in the bank. AVweb co-founder and Savvy Aviator Mike Busch talks with Aviation Safety magazine Editor-In-Chief Jeb Burnside about flight planning and about fuel-saving ways to fly.

To read the full article — and others like it — subscribe to Aviation Safety.

Click here to listen. (16.6 MB, 18:11)

Video of the Week: Blue Eagle Westland Lynx Helicopter Aerobatics

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AVweb reader Sean Dodd is our tour guide to the London skies this week. Sean recommended a flip-flopping, breathtaking video of the Blue Eagle Westland Lynx helicopter putting on a solo show at the London Red Bull Air Races last summer:

(You can find a few photos here.)


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Don't forget to send us links to any interesting videos you find out there. If you're impressed by it, there's a good chance other AVweb readers will be too. And if we use a video you recommend on AVweb, we'll send out an official AVweb baseball cap as a "thank you."

 
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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: University of Central Missouri FBO (Skyhaven Airport, KRCM, Warrensburg, MO)

Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to an FBO at Warrensburg, Missouri's Skyhaven Airport (KRCM) run by the Department of Aviation at the University of Central Missouri

AVweb reader Ryan Sanders gave the location his hearty recommendation:

I cannot say enough about this FBO. I get great service every time I come into Warrensburg. Although students run the University's FBO, they really are a great bunch. All ... are extremely passionate about aviation, and they pass this on to their customers. They are quick on fuel, and the prices are the best in the Midwest.

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!

 
AVweb Bookstore Features Downloadable Jeppesen Training Manuals
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The Lighter Side of Flight back to top 
 

Short Final

Overheard in IFR Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

While cruising at flight level, we heard the following between an American Airlines airliner and Miami Center:

Airliner:
"Center, American XXXX looking for higher."

Miami Center (female voice):
"Didn't hear you check in."

Airliner:
"First time I've heard your voice. I must've forgotten."

Miami Center
"That happens when you're over twenty-six or -seven."

Airliner:
"I hope you're talking thousands of feet."

Center:
"No. Age.

"Sorry."

Jarred Whitfield
Des Moines, Iowa

 
Don't Purchase or Sell an Aircraft Without the Used Aircraft Guide
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More AVweb for Your Inbox back to top 
 

AVwebBiz: AVweb's Business Aviation Newsletter

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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

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.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Mariano Rosales
Jeff van West

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