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AIRCRAFT UPDATE: ADAM ZIPS ALONG...
With the first flight of its A700 twinjet this summer, Adam Aircraft leapfrogged to the
front of the small-jet race, and according to yesterday's online
conference with CEO Rick Adam, the company is making steady progress on
both its twinjet and the piston A500 design. FAA certification and first
customer deliveries of the A500 piston twin are on course for first
quarter 2004, with the A700 to follow by the end of the year. Since the
A700 design follows so closely on the piston plane, that helps a lot to
move the certification process along, Adam said. The A500 program is now
finishing up work on serial number 3, which is a fully conforming
aircraft. Number 3 has been taxi-tested four times, and its first flight
is expected in the next week or so. The company is paying keen attention
to owner/pilot concerns and is working very closely with insurers to
both pave and smooth the road. More...
OMF HALTS PRODUCTION IN QUEBEC
OMFAircraft, manufacturer of
the two-seat Symphony 160 (with plans to introduce a diesel version and
later a four-place), has laid off its production workers and halted the
production line at its Quebec manufacturing plant, the company said
yesterday in a statement, but added that the halt is expected to be
temporary. The Quebec plant opened less than two months ago. "GmbH (the
German parent company) is experiencing financial challenges," the
company said, and "the new North American company, OMF Aircraft, is also
experiencing challenges as it starts up its operations." The flow of
parts to OMF Aircraft has been interrupted, so the workforce has been
cut from 23 down to eight. The staff still on board are the management
team and product support personnel. The company said it hopes to resolve
its financing issues soon and then recall its workers about eight weeks
later. "Product support continues to be a priority," the company said.
SWEET DEAL TURNS SOUR...
In the latest of a long series of bad days for Boeing, on Tuesday the
Pentagon said it will put on hold the manufacturer's lucrative but
controversial $20 billion deal
to sell 80 KC-767 airborne refueling planes to the Air Force and lease
them 20 more. The contract was presumably a done deal when President
Bush signed a bill on Nov. 24 that authorized the Defense Department to
move forward, but the contract has not yet been finalized. Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been an outspoken opponent of the deal, is
calling for the entire contract to be reassessed. More...
CONDIT STEPS DOWN
The Pentagon's action followed Monday's news that CEO
Phil Condit would step down, after 38 years at the company. And just
last week, Boeing
fired CFO Mike Sears and Darleen Druyun, a vice president in the
missile unit, for alleged ethical misconduct. Druyun and Sears
improperly discussed Druyun's future at Boeing while she was still
employed by the Air Force and in a position to influence decisions about
the tanker contract, Boeing said. Harry Stonecipher, the former CEO of
McDonnell Douglas who led the merger with Boeing in 1997 and retired as
Boeing's president last year, was named the new CEO. More...
CRASH MAY BRING CHANGE...
The NTSB on Tuesday issued several safety
recommendations, stemming from the board's final
report on the 2002 crash that killed Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone
and seven others. The board suggests that the FAA should enhance its
oversight of on-demand charter operations, require that such operators
who use dual-pilot crews train them in crew resource management, and
investigate whether it would be feasible to require low-airspeed alert
systems in airplanes used for commercial operations. In its final
report, the NTSB found the probable cause of the Wellstone crash to be
the failure of the flight crew to maintain adequate airspeed on approach
and entering a stall from which they did not recover. More...
MORE TRAINING AND NEW ALERT SYSTEMS
Specifically, the NTSB recommended that the FAA should require en route
inspections and observe ground training, flight training, and
proficiency checks at all Part 135 on-demand charter operations, just as
they do at Part 121 and Part 135 commuter operations. Also, the FAA
should require that Part 135 on-demand charter operators that conduct
dual-pilot operations establish and implement an FAA-approved crew
resource management training program. The FAA also should convene a
panel of specialists in aircraft design, aviation operations, and
aviation human factors, including representatives from NASA, to
determine if it would be feasible to require low-airspeed alert systems
in airplanes engaged in commercial operations under Parts 121 and 135.
PROPOSES NEW NOISE STANDARDS BY 2006
In a Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking published Monday, the FAA proposed that Stage
4 noise standards for all new designs for transport category aircraft
and subsonic jets should take effect as of Jan. 1, 2006. "This noise
standard would ensure that the latest available noise reduction
technology is incorporated into new aircraft designs," the NPRM says.
The Stage 4 standard is intended to provide uniform noise certification
standards for Stage 4 airplanes certificated in the United States and
those airplanes that meet the new International Civil Aviation
Organization Annex 16 Chapter 4 noise standard, the FAA said.
WOULD PRIVATIZE RUSSIAN AVIATION
summer, Russia's government asked the country's aviation industry to
come up with a plan to grow more competitive, and this week, The
Moscow Times reported that it has seen a draft of that plan. The
draft calls for privatization of the industry as well as consolidation,
and would create a consortium known as the Unified Aircraft Building
Co., which would be similar to EADS,
the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. The consortium would
emerge by 2007 and would include such manufacturers as Sukhoi, MiG,
Irkut, Ilyushin and Tupolev. About 75 percent of the industry would be
controlled by private capital, the Times said, with the state holding on
to 25 percent, and the consortium could ultimately claim about 10
percent of the global aerospace market. Under the proposed timeline, a
consortium of Sukhoi, MiG, Ilyushin, Irkut and Tupolev would be created
next year. More...
PILOT LANDS IN ANTARCTICA
British pilot Polly Vacher landed her single-engine Piper Warrior in
Antarctica on Monday, about halfway through her solo flight circling the
globe via both poles. Vacher, 59, left Scotland in May, headed north
across the pole, then flew across Alaska, North America and South
America en route to the Antarctic peninsula. She plans to fly to McMurdo research
station sometime this week, then return home via New Zealand,
Australia, Asia and Europe, finishing up next March. The trip is raising
money for World Wings, an
English aviation organization that provides flight training to the
disabled. In 2001, Vacher flew around the world, raising $317,600 for
the group. More...
REDESIGN DA40 PANEL TO OPTIMIZE FORM AND FUNCTION Diamond's DA40
is the platform for the first certified installation of Garmin's new
integrated glass panel. The G1000 offers better situational awareness by
rolling the functions of conventional panel-mounted instruments into two
10-inch sunlight-readable displays, including digital audio, a
WAAS-capable IFR GPS, VHF navigation with ILS and VHF communication,
8.33-kHz-channel spacing, Mode S, solid-state attitude and heading, a
digital air data computer and optional weather and terrain data all
hooked up to a Bendix/King KAP two-axis autopilot. The jet-style,
laser-etched polycarbonate overlay adds the final high-tech touch. For
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TICKETS SCARCE, AS TEST FLIGHTS RESUME
The National Park Service (NPS) will stop selling tickets
online for the First
Flight Centennial celebration, set for Dec. 12-17, this Sunday, Dec.
7, at 10 p.m. EST. Tickets for the 16th and 17th have already sold out,
and the rest are going fast. Recently, tickets have appeared for sale on
eBay and in newspaper classified ads, drawing bids for hundreds of
dollars, according to Monday's Virginian-Pilot.
Ticket sales are limited to 35,000 for each day of the event, held at
the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
Meanwhile, the Wright Experience team at Kitty Hawk have completed
repairs to their 1903 Flyer reproduction and have resumed
flight training in preparation for the Dec. 17 event.
ISLAND REVISES AVIATION TAX
The state of Rhode Island has issued a revised
aircraft-use-tax regulation, after an
emergency regulation issued in April raised concerns among aviation
advocates when it apparently tried to impose a 7-percent "use tax" on
transient aircraft, which the state Tax Division said was not its
intent. After some discussion with aviation groups about the rule's lack
of clarity, the state agreed to revise it. The new regulation, which
takes effect Dec. 11, tries to make it clear that nonresidents of Rhode
Island are not affected by the rule. However, residents of the state who
buy aircraft outside the state and hangar them at out-of-state airports
will be subject to the tax if they fly into Rhode Island and stay
FLIGHT SYSTEM REQUIRES UPGRADE
Systems, maker of a certified synthetic-vision wonder-box (that may
represent the first generation of the kind of instruments that will
usher the SATS program into reality)
issued a Service Bulletin last month requiring owners to upgrade their
software to prevent the FlightLogic EFIS from giving "hazardously
misleading guidance into non-protected areas in certain departure and
missed approach procedures." The bulletin describes how to recognize
when misleading guidance is being displayed and describes procedures for
continued safe operation. The system should not be relied on for certain
procedures, defined in the Service Bulletin, until the Service Bulletin
is complied with. More...
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MINI-ROUTE NOW OPEN 24/7
The FAA has made the VFR transition "mini-route" across the east end of
Los Angeles International (LAX) available anytime, as of yesterday, AOPA
reported this week. Since the establishment of the route by the FAA in
June 2002, internal logistical problems at the tower had restricted its
availability, AOPA said, and it was open only four to eight hours per
day. The transition is now available 24 hours a day, weather and traffic
configuration permitting, for all aircraft regardless of their departure
or arrival points, the FAA said in a Letter to Airmen.
Near midair of 737 and two small aircraft in Australia yesterday...
Vandals suspected in damage to airliners at Malaysia
You're invited to opening day at Udvar-Hazy Center, Dec.
TSA now has GA advisory committee report on security posted
Concorde fans spent $1.3 million for artifacts at BA
Ten airplanes that changed aviation selected by
Cozy hit two houses and crashed on Long Island, N.Y., pilot
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You can successfully fly hundreds of
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but all that Zen-like aero-bliss can turn to grief if you don't
understand the operating rules in the airport environment. Have fun
navigating the following scenarios. More...
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
We received over 200 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, Richard Sugden, of Jackson, Wyo. His picture titled "L39 Sunset"
helps top off a unique pattern of in-flight views this week. The winning
photo captures the L-39, being leased by the Test Ops squadron at
Edwards AFB, over the flight line at the EDW air show several weeks ago.
The picture was shot from a T-38. Great picture, Richard! Your AVweb hat
is on the way.
To check out the winning picture, or to enter next
week's contest, go to http://www.avweb.com/potw
QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
We received over 200 responses to our question last week on the passage
of the FAA Reauthorization Bill. We asked our readers to pick out what
they felt where the major benefits to the recently passed FAA bill and
23 percent thought the allotted money to keep the FAA operating was the
main issue. Only 5 percent felt the return of general aviation
operations to Ronald Reagan National Airport was key, while 12 percent
thought all of the issues we listed were equally important.
out the complete results or respond to this week's question, go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw
week, we would like to know your thoughts on flying during the
Thanksgiving holiday weekend. More...
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