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'N FUN PROMISES LIVELY START TO SHOW SEASON
For the next
week, Lakeland, Fla., will be the center of the aviation universe, as
the little airport becomes the busiest field in the world, with more
than 40,000 takeoffs and landings expected during Sun 'n Fun.
Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will thunder in, and they will fly
again Thursday through Sunday. Each afternoon the skies will fill with
aerobatic performers and flight demonstrations of new and unusual
aircraft, with a night airshow on Friday. More than 450 educational
forums, seminars and workshops will take place during the week, and more
than 500 exhibitors will display aircraft of all kinds and other
products and services of interest to aviators. Among the guests who will
be giving talks are Jeff Skiles, first officer in the "Miracle on the
Hudson" ditching (click
here to view Paul Bertorelli's recent interview with Skiles), and
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. AVweb staffers are already on
site, ready to bring you daily reports, videos, and podcasts with all
the latest news from the field. More...
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CRASH FIGURES IMPROVE, BUT GA RATES WORSEN
preliminary statistics for 2009 show an overall decrease in aviation
accidents and fatalities, and "best in decades" figures for on-demand
Part 135 operations, but accident and fatality rates for general
aviation are up. General aviation's accident rate increased from 6.86 to
7.2 per 100,000 flight hours from 2008 to 2009, and its fatal accident
rate increased from 1.21 to 1.33. The rate increases were "due to the
decrease in total flight hours," according to the NTSB. GA
dropped from 22.8 million hours in 2008 to about 20.46 million hours in
2009. General aviation is responsible for the lion's share of civil
aviation accidents, accounting for 1,566 of 1,658 in 2008 and 1,474 of
1,551 in 2009. Of 566 total civil aviation fatalities in 2008, GA was
responsible for 494. For 2009, the NTSB's preliminary figures list 534
fatalities, of which GA accounts for 474. Total fatal general aviation
accidents fell slightly from 2008 to 2009, posting 275 and 272,
REVEALS TRAVELS OF "BLOCKED" AIRCRAFT
ProPublica, the news
organization that won a court case in February to force the FAA to
release aircraft tracking information previously kept secret, has
released the results of its investigation in a story published on its own Web site and on the front
page of Friday's USA Today. ProPublica said the aircraft operators
who requested secrecy could do so for any reason, and the system could
be used by corporations and government agencies to avoid scrutiny and
bad publicity. "The owners don't have to meet any test to keep their
flights secret," says the article. "They merely submit a request to the
National Business Aviation Association, a trade group that lobbied to
set up the program on the grounds that secrecy is justified to protect
business deals and the security of executives." ProPublica said its
investigation showed that a televangelist had flown his "tax-exempt jet"
to Maui, and several "owners of newspapers that have fought for access
to public records" also had corporate jets in the program. Among those
media companies is Gannett, which owns USA Today. More...
Keeping Our Airspace
Over 14,000 strong, the members of the National Air Traffic
are aviation safety professionals whose
skill and professionalism help keep our National Airspace System moving
safely and efficiently.
Find out more at NATCA.org
and read about our annual Archie League Medal of Safety award winners,
many of whom assisted general aviation pilots who needed help to land
DA42 NG, FAA/EASA CERTIFIED
Diamond Aircraft's twin-engine
DA42 NG, powered by two 170-hp Austro AE-300 turbo-diesel engines,
Friday received FAA certification and is approved for both IFR and FIKI
(flight into known icing) operations. The aircraft offers single level
power, plus improved performance, increased gross weight and better fuel
efficiency than its predecessor, the DA42 TDI, according to Diamond. It
also offers potential buyers an alternative to the Lycoming-powered
version and a diesel power replacement possibility for those flying the
aircraft with now-bankrupt TAE's engines. Diamond is presently setting
up service and support infrastructure for the NG in North America and
"will shortly be announcing the details of an all-inclusive maintenance
program" for NG owners. Attendees can expect to see the DA42 NG decked
out in its Garmin GFC 700 autopilot and G1000 avionics trimmings at Sun
'n Fun, April 13-18. More...
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EPIC DEAL BETWEEN BUILDERS GROUP, CHINESE COMPANY
to either come to terms or see the remains of Epic Aircraft go to a
third party, a Chinese aviation company and a group of Epic LT builders
have sealed a deal. China Aviation and the LT Builders Group together
will pay $4.3 million for Epic's assets. The builders will retain the
rights to sell the LT single-engine turboprops in the North American
market, while the Chinese have rights to the rest of the world. Douglas
King, a member of the LT Builders Group, said they plan to reopen the
Epic facility in Bend, Ore., and continue with kit production and
builder assistance. "We intend to run it honest and straight, according
to the law, be good neighbors here in Bend," King told Kitplanes editor Marc Cook. "We're going to do what
and not over-promise. We are going to work really hard at
producing high-quality airplanes." More...
WORKING TO STREAMLINE SKYCATCHER PRODUCTION
Cessna is working
to accelerate deliveries of its 162 Skycatcher and iron out
production-line inefficiencies caused by the addition of airframe
modifications that resulted from spin testing, the Wichita Eagle reported Friday. Currently, Cessna has
its Skycatchers produced by Shenyang Aircraft Corp. in China. Those
aircraft are then shipped to Yingling Aviation for reassembly. From
there, aircraft go to Cessna for modifications borne from the spin test
program, and then they go back to Yingling for flight tests and
delivery. Shenyang is expected to build a new facility in 2011, which
will eventually produce the Skycatcher light sport aircraft with the
modifications incorporated directly into the production line. For now,
Cessna says Skycatcher output in 2010 will improve, but they're not
saying by how much. More...
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OF THE WEEK: CENTRAL JET SERVICE (MARSHALL, TX)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Central Jet Service at Harrison County
Airport (KASL) in Marshall, Texas.
AVweb reader James M.
Knox described Central Jet as "just your ordinary small town FBO at
a small airport except that these fine folks simply fall all over
you to be helpful. With more and more FBOs populated by tired attendants
who may or may not acknowledge your existence when you arrive, these
people are a breath of fresh air."
Keep those nominations
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
I was on my way to a fly-in at KMPV last Saturday,
VFR on flight following with Boston Center. It was quite busy. Over 60
planes from all over New England were converging (some IFR, some VFR)
when I heard one pilot check on by asking whether that was the correct
frequency and, "Do you control this airspace?"
the very helpful, friendly, and very busy controller replied, "In your
location, I own from the surface up to God."
I wonder how high
that goes. Is that Class G airspace?
Jim Quinn More...
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