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Volume 17, Number 31b
August 4, 2011
 
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FIRST FLIGHT FOR KOREAN GA AIRPLANE
The KAI KC-100, a four-seat general aviation aircraft that is the first of its kind to be designed and built in South Korea, is now in flight testing, the company announced recently. The airplane, called the Naraon, aims to be 10 percent more fuel-efficient than others in its class, with a top speed of about 210 knots and a range of about 1,000 nm, which is enough to reach most major cities in Japan and China from South Korea. It's expected to be FAA certified and will sell for about $575,000. The first flight took place on July 20, the company said. The airplane is expected to be available in the market in mid-2013. More...

ICON A5 FLIES WITH NEW WING, RC VERSION INTRODUCED
Icon this week announced the first flight of its A5 amphibious LSA with the new spin-resistant wing that will go on the production model. The flight took place last Thursday, following "many months … [of] development and fabrication," according to the company's Facebook page. The airplane will remain wings-level in a stall, the company said, helping the pilot to maintain control. The wing also is without flaps, which Icon said will simplify operations and increase safety for new pilots. Deliveries are set to start in the fourth quarter of next year. Those who can't wait can now order an RC model of the A5, ready to start shipping next month. More...

 
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All Eyes on the FAA as Congress Takes a Breakback to top 
 
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DOT, FAA FURIOUS OVER CONGRESSIONAL INACTION
Congress adjourned on Tuesday night without taking action to fully fund the FAA, leaving 4,000 workers on furlough, and officials were not happy. "It's a sad day for America," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, according to CNN. "I've been around this business a long time. I've never seen anything like this," Babbitt said. "And I find it appalling, candidly." He added that some of the furloughed workers will leave to find other jobs, setting back airport construction projects for months. President Barack Obama described the shutdown as "another Washington-inflicted wound on America," and called on Congress to break the impasse. Various issues have stalled efforts to reauthorize FAA funding, including disputes over subsidies to rural airports and language that would make it easier for workers to unionize. The failure to act before the recess means another five-week delay before FAA funding is addressed.

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FAA: CONTROLLERS CAN RETURN TO COCKPITS
Until 2001, air traffic controllers were welcome to ride jump-seat in airline cockpits under a program that aimed to familiarize them with flight-crew procedures. This week, the FAA said it is reviving that program. "This [Flight Deck Training] gives our new generation of air traffic controllers a chance to see and hear what the pilot is experiencing so they know exactly what is happening on the other end of the microphone," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "As a pilot, I think this important training will give controllers a richer picture of the airspace system." The program aims to improve safety by giving air traffic controllers a greater understanding of the pilots' experience and workload in the cockpit. Controllers can take up to two trips per year, and cannot take the training in conjunction with any leave. More...

 
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The Truth About Dan Cooper?back to top 
 

"D.B. COOPER WAS MY UNCLE"
An Oklahoma woman who was eight years old when the man popularly known as D.B. Cooper made his famous 1971 hijacking has come forward to say she is the man's niece, that he was really L.D. Cooper, and he's been dead since 1999. D.B. Cooper is the name that has stuck with a man who identified himself as Dan Cooper when he hijacked a Boeing 727 on Thanksgiving-eve, 40 years ago. He ultimately left the aircraft with $200,000 in cash and a parachute after opening the rear airstair. At the time, the aircraft was flying at night through weather en route from Seattle for Reno at approximately 10,000 feet as directed by the hijacker. He was never found. Marla Cooper says she's working on a book on the subject and her memories have come rushing back over the past few years. More...

 
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Another Hurdle for F-35 Joint Strike Fighterback to top 
 

F-35 TESTING SUSPENDED
Officials have ceased all flight and ground operations for the Joint Strike Fighter after the integrated power package (IPP) on a U.S. Air Force variant test aircraft failed, Tuesday, during a ground maintenance run at Edwards Air Force Base. No injuries were reported as a result of the unit's failure and developers are working to source the cause. The particular aircraft is an AF-4, which is a conventional takeoff and landing version of the multi-role aircraft. The IPP combines functions performed by an auxiliary power unit, emergency power system and environmental controls. It's failure isn't the only electrical problem to ground F-35s this year. More...

 
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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 
 

GA GROUPS FILE PROTESTS OVER LIGHTSQUARED
AOPA, GAMA, and Garmin added their comments to a roster of more than 2,700 on Monday to protest FCC plans that would allow LightSquared to broadcast over frequencies that would interfere with GPS signals. Garmin said the "laws of physics prevent the results LightSquared desires," adding that "no workable filters currently exist" that would eliminate the problems with LightSquared interference. AOPA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association issued a joint commentary, strongly urging the FCC to rescind the conditional waiver it granted to LightSquared. "The evidence is clear: LightSquared's proposal puts the entire GPS system at risk," said AOPA President Craig Fuller in a news release. A recent FAA report also showed that the LightSquared plan would cost the aviation sector $70 billion over the next 10 years, and would "severely impact" NextGen. More...

VENDORS REPORT ROBUST SALES AT AIRVENTURE
Reports are trickling in that visitors to EAA AirVenture last week were in a buying mood. Piper Aircraft spokesman Jackie Carlon told EAA the show was "fantastic." Leads were up 90 percent over the year before, according to Carlon, and the company sold two twin-engine Seminole trainers, two Meridian turboprops, and took two orders for the Altaire jet. FlightDesign took 40 orders for its new four-seat fully certified C4 airplane, which isn't even flying yet. "These orders reported are real product requests with money changing hands," said company spokesman John Gilmore. According to Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturing Association, other LSA manufacturers saw an uptick in sales, with a half dozen companies reporting two to six orders, and Icon taking about 50 deposits on delivery positions for its amphibious LSA. More...

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WHAT HAPPENED TO D. B. COOPER?
A woman in Oklahoma says D. B. Cooper, the name associated with the man who hijacked a Boeing 727 40 years ago and parachuted out the airstair door, was her uncle and he died in 1999. What do you think?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers about renewed interest in user fees (and the new wrinkles in this latest proposal). Click through to see the breakdown of answers. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: HOW AVIATION GOT THE SHORT STICK THIS TIME
The debt deal may have avoided default, but the FAA is still without authorization for the same bloody minded, no-compromise reasoning. This time, the snit is over Essential Air Service. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli notes that Congress adjourned until after Labor Day with this issue left on the table and thousands without jobs as a result. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: ECLIPSE — THE INSIDE STORY
Our AirVenture coverage included a podcast interview with Dennis Maxwell, whose new book, The Great Eclipse, details the most costly business failure in general aviation history: The bankruptcy of Eclipse Aviation. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli reviews the book and offers his own views on Eclipse's demise. Read more and join the conversation. More...

 
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EAA AirVenture 2011 Round-Upback to top 
 

EAA AIRVENTURE 2011: COMPLETE COVERAGE ROUND-UP

Click here for all our news stories from AirVenture — both for 2011 and previous years. And our AVwebAudio newsletter has the complete run-down of this year's multimedia coverage:


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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: METRO NORTH FLIGHT SUPPORT (NEWTON AIRPORT, NEWTON, KS)

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Metro North Flight Support at Newton Airport (KEWK) in Newton, Kansas.

AVweb reader Andy Hill explains how Metro North made into our short list with a perk that's often overlooking — service for furry pax:

They are pet-friendly and will make sure your dog has water before they fuel your plane! That's why we will stop there again! Oh, and they have really clean bathrooms for humans, too.

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!

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