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Regardless of its name, the soon-to-be-former PiperSport will continue to be a part of the LSA market according to the head of the company that brings them into the U.S. Piper announced earlier
this week that it was dropping the PiperSport, citing a difference in business goals with its manufacturer, Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW). Although Piper branded what used to the the SportCruiser, the
airplane will continue to be sold without Piper's involvement. In an exclusive podcast interview with AVweb on the eve of the U.S. Sport
Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL, U.S. Sport Aircraft CEO Don Ayres said it's "business as usual" despite the parting of ways between Piper and CZAW. "Aircraft will continue to be sold and supported," he
Piper's sudden departure a week before the biggest sport aviation show in the U.S. will leave some awkward reminders for those attending Sebring. The show aircraft are emblazoned with the Piper
logo, as are all the tents and promotional material at the booth. But Ayres is unfazed. "Piper said they would continue to support us through Sebring and for another 90 days," he said. As the
PiperSport, 45 aircraft were sold but Ayres said he's not concerned about the name brand departure. "I've sold five airplanes since the announcement," he said. Piper and CZAW are expected to make a
joint statement at Sebring but Ayres said he doesn't expect them to say anything different from what has been publicly released.
The sixth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo runs Thursday through Sunday this week, in Sebring, Fla., offering the year's first big
aviation event. The expo features forums and exhibits, but the main attraction is the easy access to sport airplanes and demo flights, along with a first look at the latest new models and accessories.
After the event, several of the LSA manufacturers and distributors will stage a "road show," flying their demo aircraft to six airports throughout Florida. "We wanted to create an intimate atmosphere
for purchasers to see planes, without the noise of a show," said Bill Canino, of SportairUSA. Other participants in the tour include American Legend Aircraft, Flight Design Southeast, Rans Aircraft,
and Sportplanes Florida.
The group will visit Naples, Tamiami, Orlando, Spruce Creek, Leeward Air Ranch, and Tallahassee, from Tuesday the 25th to Sunday the 30th. Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. For
more details, download this PDF. Last year's LSA Expo drew a positive response from AVweb's editorial director Paul Bertorelli --
"It's small, contained and intimate," he wrote. "You can walk right out on the flightline and right up to the runway ... And you can actually, like, fly real airplanes." Click here to read his full report from the 2010 event, and click here for
the round-up of video reports.
Dan Johnson, one of the Expo organizers, spoke about this year's show recently with AVweb's Mary Grady; click here for the podcast.
AVweb staff will be reporting from the show grounds starting Friday.
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Carter Aviation has completed the first phase of flight testing for its Personal Air Vehicle, a four-seat aircraft that combines fixed-wing and rotary components, the company announced this week.
The test crew flew the first traffic pattern in the PAV in December, and on Jan. 5, they completed a 36-minute flight. The initial phase of the flight-test regimen is focused on refining the
flight-control systems for the PAV's gyro performance capabilities, including vertical takeoff and landing, the company said. In the next phase of testing, Carter will add a 45-foot wing section to
the aircraft. Carter, which is based in Wichita Falls, Texas, debuted the aircraft at EAA AirVenture in
The PAV features automated computer controls that greatly reduce pilot workload, the company said. The company also said it expects to relocate to a new facility near the Wichita Valley airport
soon and complete four new aircraft by the end of the year. Carter President Jay Carter Jr. said, "This is an exciting time for us. Our first aircraft proved the viability of our technology. This
aircraft translates that technology into a viable consumer product." Carter Aviation also has been working with AAI, an operating unit of Textron Systems, along with several other companies including
Bell Helicopter and Terrafugia, in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Transformer program. The team is
working to develop Slowed Rotor/Compound technology, which aims to expand VTOL capability for small aircraft. AAI and Carter also entered into an exclusive licensing agreement in 2009, under which AAI
intends to incorporate SR/C technology into unmanned aircraft designs.
Local pilots are concerned that a proposal to test drones in a central Oregon military operations area will effectively close that airspace to private aircraft, but proponents say the concerns are
overblown. The pilots say the MOA falls along a popular route between Bend and points in Idaho, and is also used by AirLink Critical Care Transport air ambulance service. Economic Development for
Central Oregon (EDCO), the group supporting the proposal says complexities brought forward during introduction of the proposal may have led some to misinterpret the group's intent. Unmanned aircraft
are currently prohibited from flying in the area and similar testing is usually contained within restricted airspace. EDCO says that while it does want use of the airspace, it plans to consider the
So far, EDCO says that the public response has delivered feedback that will improve a future version of the proposal. The chairman of EDCO, Collins Hemingway, has said that going forward, "We're
just going to say, 'This is what we want to do, figure out how to make it work,'" according to local news service, KVAL. Pilots are seeking to avoid the need for significant deviations, longer flight
times, higher fuel burns, and general inconvenience.
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Passengers and airlines have become too complacent about the use of electronic devices on board aircraft, according to an article in Tuesday's New York Times. One report filed by a pilot with NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System told of an
incident in which the navigation equipment on a Boeing 737 failed after takeoff, but came back online after a flight attendant told a passenger to turn off a handheld GPS device. However, it wasn't
clear how the GPS device might have had an effect, or if it was pure coincidence. The links may be difficult to prove, but engineer Bill Strauss told the Times the growing use of such devices aloft is
"worrisome." They may be harmless much of the time, but a combination of rare events -- the kind of "accident chain" that causes many aviation accidents -- could have disastrous results.
For example, consider a hypothetical instance with an aging airplane, a cellphone or battery that's damaged or malfunctioning, and avionics that are more susceptible to interference because gaskets
have failed. "And boom, that's where you get interference," Strauss said. "It would be a perfect storm that would combine to create an aviation accident." At least nine other ASRS reports in the last
10 years have cited possible safety issues due to use of consumer electronics, according to the Times. However, FAA spokesman Les Dorr told the Times there is "not enough evidence to warrant a change"
in the current rules regarding the use of portable electronic
devices. The FAA says (PDF) the aircraft operator or pilot-in-command may allow the devices
if they have determined they don't affect the operation of onboard systems.
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On Friday night, Hollywood notables and famous aviators will mingle at the 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation awards event, in
Beverly Hills, Calif. Actors John Travolta, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks and Kurt Russell are scheduled to participate, as well as aviation legends including Sean D. Tucker, Capt. "Sully"
Sullenberger and Bob Hoover. Among those receiving awards for their contributions to aviation are Capt. James Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 mission; U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, a former U.S.
Air Force pilot; Clay Jones, CEO of Rockwell Collins; and Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters. The event will be held at the Beverly Hilton. It is produced by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a nonprofit
group that works to inspire young children, ages 5 to 11, to take an interest in aviation and excel academically.
The "Living Legends of Aviation" is a group of 70 aviation entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, record breakers and astronauts, as well as celebrities who fly. The group meets once a year
to recognize those who have advanced aviation and to induct new members. Other celebrities and well-known aviators attending the event include Cliff Robertson, Clint Eastwood, Clay Lacy, Kermit Weeks
and Tom Selleck. Tickets for the event are made available to the public every year; for this week's event, the cost is $800 each, or $250 for the cocktail event or after-party only. The event is sold
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An unusually generous tax break aimed squarely at general aviation aircraft manufacturers and their business customers is now in effect and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is
advising those with aircraft acquisition plans to act within its fairly broad parameters. In a podcast interview, GAMA spokesman Paul Feldman
suggested the bonus depreciation measure signed into law by President Barack Obama in December might be a rare tax break that may not be repeated anytime soon. "I would act on it," he said.
In case you missed it, the measure allows a 100-percent depreciation write-off for new aircraft and many parts and modifications in 2011. It also recognizes the long production cycle of aircraft
and will allow 2012 deliveries of aircraft ordered in 2011. Feldman said the impact of bonus depreciation is considerable and OEMs report as much as half their business is directly related to measures
like this when they're in force.
Waco Classic, of Battle Creek, Mich., is adding to its product line with the reintroduction of the Great Lakes Model
2T-1A-1/2, a fully aerobatic 180-hp biplane, which has been out of production since 1980. The two-seat airplane is smaller than Waco's YMF-5D biplane, with simpler avionics and systems. Several
changes have been made from the 1980 model, the company said this week, such as using aluminum instead of wood for the spar, upgrading the brakes and updating the avionics. Preliminary prices are set
at $219,000 for the Touring model, with a Lycoming IO-360-B1F6 engine, and $239,000 for the higher-performance Sport model, with a Lycoming AEIO-360-B1F6 engine.
The open-cockpit airplane cruises at 105 knots and comes with an optional pilot canopy. The Great Lakes is a good choice for pilots and flight schools who want aerobatic capabilities plus docile
handling, the company said. The airplane will debut at the Sun 'n Fun show in Lakeland, Fla., in April. Production will start in late summer, and first deliveries are expected early next year, the
company said. About 20 new staffers will be hired with the expectation that sales will run about 10 to 12 airplanes per year.
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The LSA market continues to evolve and go through changes many predicted in concept, if not in detail. With the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring this week, we're asking you if light sport has raised the profile and appeal of general aviation as a whole.
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We've just passed the 38th anniversary of one of the most remembered crashes in aviation history, Uruguayan Flight 571 in the Andes Mountains in 1972. It's an epic story of survival, and a new
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The aircraft formerly known as the PiperSport will continue to delight its existing and future owners, regardless of its nameplate, according to Don Ayres, CEO of U.S. Sport Aircraft, the
company that imports and assembles the airplane in the U.S. He spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles on the eve of U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida Wednesday.
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AVweb reader Bud Beaty is a frequent visitor to Baytown Airport (KHPY) in Baytown, Texas and to hear him
tell it, there's no better FBO in America to be our latest "FBO of the Week":
The manager (Charlie) is a corporate pilot (Citation V), and he knows how pilots and passengers should be treated. His lovely wife Kathy and all his great employees treat their customers like
royalty. We don't ask for anything they take care of our every need automatically including an overnight crew-truck for the pilot. Charlie has spared no expense transforming HPY ... into a
showcase FBO, completely gutting and rebuilding a new FBO, building new hangars, expanding/renovating the runway, and implementing (through the FAA) two GPS approaches. All the while, he has kept the
fuel prices the lowest in the area and among the lowest in the nation. They have one price (and that is for self-service), yet they always provide full service at this price. Charlie has also
expanded the airport operating hours and published his personal cell phone number as the after-hours contact number. It is truly a joy to visit HPY.
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida hasn't gotten underway yet but that didn't stop us from prowling the grounds and snapping a few photos of the LSA vendors moving into their
booths and setting up displays.
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