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BIG NEWS: BIG SCREEN 696 DEBUTS AT EXPO
Since early summer
we've heard rumblings that Garmin would soon debut a new portable
navigator and the company said today it will roll out the GPSMap 695 and
696 at AOPA Expo next week in San Jose, California. These new products
end Garmin's longish product intro drought with a pair of large-screen
navigators that have Electronic Flight Bag functions but aren't really
EFBs. The 695/696 are tablet-size products (5.7 by 7.7 by 2 inches) with
the basic functionality of the popular GPSMap 496 navigator. The new
products add one intriguing function we can't wait to see: electronic
charts and expanded weather capability. More...
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GRIM ON ECLIPSE FUTURE
Two recent reports by analysts in the
aviation industry conclude that Eclipse Aviation may not be able to
survive, and both predict an end to production by sometime next year.
"With numerous lawsuits from suppliers and customers, Eclipse faces the
prospect of involuntary or voluntary bankruptcy," says Teal
Group analyst Richard Aboulafia in a recent report (PDF)
on the company's prospects. "Our forecast calls for production to end in
2009." This week, a study by Forecast International reached a similar conclusion.
"We believe that the company will be able to push production out into
early 2009 but will be forced to cease production within the first
quarter of 2009," said analyst Douglas Royce. The report estimates that
only about 12 Eclipse 500s will be produced in early 2009, and "even
this forecast may prove too optimistic," said Royce. The Forecast
International report, which will be issued in December, cites the
current crisis in the credit markets as a factor. Eclipse has said that
it needs to find $200 million to $300 million in new equity investment.
"Under the circumstances, Forecast International believes that securing
new funding, while still possible, is unlikely," said Royce. "Forecast
International has cut its forecast for the Eclipse 500 accordingly."
Eclipse did not respond to AVweb's requests for comment on the
AAI Acquisitions says it still plans to
certify the A700 very light jet but the "unprecedented" global economic
situation has forced the company to sit tight for now. In a statement, the company said it will come up with a
new schedule for certification after things have settled down. "Flight
test and other development activity have been suspended," the statement
said. "AAIA's workforce is being pared to a size necessary to sustain
the company while a new schedule and strategic plan are developed."
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WANTS SAFER MEDICAL FLIGHTS
The NTSB this week issued its
annual list of "Most Wanted Safety Improvements," and topping the
list for aviation: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Flights, making the
list for the first time. "Although the Board has issued recommendations
to improve EMS safety, the FAA has not implemented the changes," the
NTSB said. "In the last 11 months, there have been nine EMS
accidents, resulting in 35 fatalities." The board also wants to improve
runway safety by implementing better information and alerts, and
requiring pilots to calculate landing distances based on current
information. Other items on the list were better practices for flying in
icing conditions, crew resource management training, and crew member
fatigue. The board would also like to see widespread use of image
recorders in cockpits, even in smaller aircraft that are not now
required to have recording devices, to help in post-accident analyses.
SETS HIGHER SAFETY GOALS FOR GA
The FAA released its latest
Flight Plan on Tuesday,
in which the agency sets out its goals and priorities for the next four
years, from 2009 to 2013. Reducing general aviation accidents is one of
the agency's top objectives. According to the report, the last
three-year period was the safest ever recorded in the history of GA.
Over the next 10 years, the FAA aims to reduce GA fatal accidents to no
more than one per 100,000 flight hours. Improved technology and
infrastructure will help to achieve that goal, the FAA says.
Infrastructure enhancements will include 500 new WAAS approaches to be
published by mid-2010. GA pilots also can expect to find more unmanned
aircraft systems in the national airspace. About 40 experimental
certificates for such operations have already been awarded, and the
report says the FAA will continue to develop policies, procedures and
approval processes to help meet the demand. More...
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pieces of ground equipment coming in contact with aircraft on ramps and
taxiways all over the country but an incident at O'Hare International
Airport a couple of weeks back was out of the ordinary. As the
accompanying photos show, a Skywest Regional Jet and an airport service
truck were in a head-on collision. More...
AVIATION FUND SEEKS GRANT PROPOSALS TO PROMOTE GA
deadline is nearing to apply for support from the Wolf Aviation Fund,
which provides funding for innovative projects that promote and support
general aviation. Proposals must be submitted by Nov. 15. The fund
provides grants once each year, of a few hundred dollars to a maximum of
$10,000. Proposals are easy to prepare, and most of the funding goes to
smaller projects. Last year, for example, the fund supported airport
outreach events, the publication of a special aeronautical chart showing
Idaho's backcountry landing strips, aviation career days at a library in
California, the Able Flight Cross Country Tour, and many more worthy
programs. "Last year, there were many good ideas that could not receive
help due to limited funds," says Rol Murrow, director of the fund. He
added that many proposals were offered partial support as challenge
grants so the recipients then could seek additional funding. "This
approach has proven quite successful," Murrow said. Go to the fund's Web site for
complete instructions. The Foundation is working to increase the support
available for projects, he added, and potential donors are invited to
contact the fund by e-mail. More...
STARTS PASSENGER FLIGHTS OVER BAY AREA
Airship Ventures is
now up and running with its German-built Zeppelin,
offering sightseeing flights to the general public in an airship, the
first time such flights have been available in the U.S. in about seven
decades. The company started media flights this week from Moffett Field,
just south of San Francisco, and will start passenger operations on
Friday. The ship will also fly from Oakland International Airport and
from Charles Schultz Airport in the Napa Valley. The Zeppelin is almost
250 feet long. Large windows offer a 360-degree view, and the cabin
seats up to 12 passengers, who are free to move around during the
flight. The airship flies low and slow, topping out at about 1,200 feet
AGL and 35 to 40 mph. Hour-long tours run about $500 per seat. The ship
can also be chartered by the hour. More...
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BULL AIR RACE GOES LIVE ONLINE
This Sunday, Nov. 2, for the
first time, a Red Bull Air Race will be broadcast live over the
Internet. The race, to be held in Perth, Australia, is the final event
in this year's series. The Red Bull Race is known for spectacular
settings -- the Perth race course is set along the banks of the Swan
River -- and for high-speed, high-G maneuvers. Over 300,000 people are
expected to be there to cheer the pilots on. "It's going to be a very
difficult, fast, twisting and turning track which will require a refined
race line," said Drew Searle, one of the race organizers. "This should
result in a track that's much more about pilot judgment than just pure
speed." Going into this weekend's final race, Hannes Arch, of Austria,
in his second year of competition, has a strong lead after a fast rise
from behind early in the season. Britain's Paul Bonhomme holds
second-place overall and U.S. pilot Kirby Chambliss starts the race in
third. Click here to go to the live webcast. Remember, the
race is live on Sunday, Australian time -- your local time may vary.
AIRVENTURE 2009 IS NOT SO FAR OFF
It may still be over nine
months away, but it's not too soon for the folks in Oshkosh -- or for
aviators around the world -- to be planning and working and thinking
about EAA AirVenture
2009. The date has already been set -- July 27 to Aug. 2 -- and so
far several highlights have been announced. WhiteKnightTwo, the carrier
ship for the new SpaceShipTwo space tourism vehicle, is expected to fly
in; participants from the five visits of British Airways' Concorde to
Oshkosh are planning a reunion; and aviation's humanitarian role around
the world will be recognized. Special programs saluting international
aviation anniversaries and homebuilt aircraft are also being developed.
Comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, who is also an experienced
helicopter builder and pilot, drew a crowd of about 10,000 last summer,
and he'll be back next year, with a show on Saturday, Aug. 1. More
special guests and events will be announced as the schedule fills up.
THE FLY ...
AOPA Expo is coming up next week, Nov. 6 to 8, in
San Jose, Calif....
Bell Helicopter will lay off 500 workers, due to
the loss of a defense contract...
Boeing and its striking machinists
union have reached a tentative agreement...
S-TEC has the FAA OK to
add WAAS upgrades to Alliant integrated avionics...
The Polar First
pilots, who flew around the world via both poles in a helicopter, have a
new book out about their adventure. More...
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UPHOLDS FAA AUTHORITY
A Connecticut court has rejected yet
another bid by a civic government to chip away at the virtually absolute
authority of the FAA in aviation matters. According to Stratford, Conn.,
lawyer Paul Lange, the town of East Haven was trying to block the Tweed
New Haven Airport Authority from proceeding with an FAA-funded runway
safety area project. The airport doesn't meet FAA standards for overruns
and the FAA is paying 95 percent of the cost of bringing it into
compliance. All of the work will take place on land already owned by the
airport. In her decision, Judge Janet C. Hall said "the regulation of
taxiways and runways is preempted by federal law," meaning East Haven
can't pass any ordinance that would prevent the FAA from going about its
business, which, in this case, is aviation safety. More...
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OF THE WEEK: WESTERN AVIATION SERVICES (TJBQ, AGUADILLA, PUERTO
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Western Aviation Services (WAS) at Rafael
Hernandez Airport (TJBQ) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Almost all of
this week's nominations came from pilots who experienced Hurricane Omar
evacuations firsthand and made it through with the help of outstanding
FBOs and careful planning but the fact that Western Aviation was
nominated by a group of some 30 pilots at various airports ("TJSJ, TJIG,
TJAB, TSTT, TSTX, and others," according to the form) made it stand
above the rest. So did AVweb reader A.B. Ravelo's rundown
of everything the team at WAS did for the GA community. Here are some of
the highlights of A.B.'s account:
The panic button hit
all regional aviation as the storm had projected winds of 105 mph. ...
Mr. Ruben Hernandez, owner of Western Aviation Services, and his team
went into high gear and offered hangar facilities free of cost to
over 60 aircraft and ramp facilities to another 20. BQN controllers saw
over 100 flights in less than four hours, as King Airs lined up on the
downwind for Runway 8, behind C-150s and others. Overnight, the storm's
easterly track pushed it out of range, and it became a non-event.
However, the Good Samaritan spirit of WAS and their staff are ... [the
reason why] the folks at WAS are your first friends when traveling into
the Caribbean USA.
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Congrats to semi-regular contibutor
Doug Gaudette of Xenia, Ohio. Not
only will Doug soon be wearing a brand-new AVweb cap for his
contribution to "POTW," but he's actually the one doing his
gyroplane solo! We can almost hear the deep breath when he writes in his
comment, "Now for the tough stuff ... ." More...
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