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Volume 10, Number 16a -- April 12, 2004

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SUN 'N FUN IS READY TO GO
Watch for two Special Editions of AVflash in your e-mail inbox this week only, arriving on Wednesday and Friday, brimful of fresh news. Plus links to lots more content on our Web site, including photo galleries packed with bright sunny pix of airplanes of all sorts. The 30th annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In opens tomorrow in Lakeland, Fla., bringing with it the start of the air show season and seven full days of aviation in all its diverse forms. Pilots packing up to fly there can find the arrival procedures posted online, and visitors can check a five-day forecast for the area at the WSI Web site. AVweb staffers are converging in Lakeland now to cover all the latest new airplanes and products, the fly-bys and the demo flights, and deliver it direct to your computer screen. More...

WIN A TRIP TO GREECE AND USE OF A NEW PIPER FOR A TWO-WEEK ISLES TOUR
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...WITH ALL THE LATEST STUFF...
Sun 'n Fun is traditionally when the industry trots out its new and in-the-works models, gizmos and gadgets, knowing that pilots who have been cooped up all winter can't wait to get out and fly -- and buy. This week, Lancair will make the most of the spotlight, hosting a public ceremony to accept the FAA's certification of its quick new turbocharged "fastest certified piston-engine aircraft," the Columbia 400. Liberty Aerospace will show off its newly certified XL2 two-seater. Adam Aircraft's A500 twin-engine piston aircraft and the new Adam Aircraft A700 personal jet will both make an appearance. OMF plans to offer an update on the progress of its new aircraft in development -- the Jet-A/diesel-powered Symphony 135D and the four-place Symphony 250. More...

...PLUS STARS AND SPECTACLES
But Sun 'n Fun is not all about technological tourism -- there are plenty of people to see and daily air shows to watch and hands-on workshops to take part in. Speakers at the Florida Air Museum will include Bob Hoover and Paul Tibbetts. Forums include updates on the Sport Pilot rule; plus how to buy, build, restore, fly and/or take care of your airplane. Perpetual workshops offer advice on welding, woodworking, composites and more. On Thursday and Friday, seaplanes will splash in at nearby Lake Parker, and on Sunday morning, hot-air balloons will gather to launch from the field. More...

YOU + AVEMCO'S SAFETY REWARDS PROGRAM = GENERAL AVIATION HEALTH
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TWO CHUTES DEPLOYED, TWO CIRRUS "SAVES"
Two pilots activated the ballistic chutes in their Cirrus aircraft late last week and landed safely, one in Canada and the second in south Florida. The two incidents were the second and third time that pilots have deployed the chute; the first was in October 2002. "The CAP [Cirrus Airframe Parachute] system has done its job," Cirrus Design spokesman Randy Bolinger told AVweb Saturday. "They all survived." On Saturday, Jeffrey Ippoliti, 41, of Celebration, Fla., deployed the chute in his SR22 shortly after takeoff from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, landing just six miles north. And Thursday night, Canadian pilot Albert Kolk, 67, and his three passengers walked away after deploying the chute of their SR20 above rugged terrain in British Columbia. More...

...AS SR22 LANDS IN FLORIDA TREES...
Early news reports about Saturday's incident in Florida say the pilot experienced "mechanical difficulties" or an "engine failure" shortly after taking off about 10 a.m., bound for Palm Beach. Cirrus spokesman Bolinger said that preliminary sketchy reports were that the airplane was being picked up after maintenance, and there was a low overcast and instrument meteorological conditions at the time. The airplane settled in trees in Hampton Pines Park and was slightly damaged on the way down. "It was amazing," park attendant Humberto Alvarez told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Alvarez said he heard a bang and looked up to see the airplane floating to the ground. "I thought I was dreaming. I said, 'What the heck is that?'" More...

...AND CANADIAN SR20 FLOATS 9,000 FEET TO A TOUCHDOWN
On Friday, Canadian pilot Albert Kolk was flying on autopilot late Thursday night when "for some reason one wing dropped and it started to get out of control," he told the Calgary Herald. Unable to recover and losing altitude, he pulled the chute at about 9,000 feet. "We came down safe and sound and just stepped out of the plane," Kolk said. "It did substantial damage to my plane, but nobody got hurt. ... It's amazing." Bolinger, citing local news reports, said he understood that the aircraft had encountered severe turbulence over the mountains. Bolinger also said Cirrus has sent representatives to both sites to aid in the crash investigations. More...

RYAN INTERNATIONAL OFFERS 9900B TCAD AT NEW LOW PRICE OF $7,990
The 9900B TCAD (Traffic Collision Alerting Device) bridges the gap between TIS (Traffic Information System) and TAS (Traffic Advisory System). It provides real-time information that operates in any type of radar environment and is unaffected by the limitations of TIS, which operates only in select approach radar sites. The 9900B will interface with many manufacturers' Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) and offers a cost-effective upgrade path to the 9900BX (TAS) system. For more details, go by Ryan's Sun 'n Fun Booth (#D-071-072) or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ryan/avflash.

FAA LICENSES MOJAVE SPACEPORT, SCALED'S SPACESHIPONE FLIES AGAIN
At somewhere around Mach 2 and 105,000 feet, Scaled Composite's SpaceShipOne last Thursday took Peter Siebold to a place where civilian pilots have never gone before. The test flight launched just one day after the FAA's announcement that it had granted its first-ever license for suborbital manned rocket flight to Scaled Composites, of Mojave, Calif. The license was issued April 1 by the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation for a sequence of flights spanning a one-year period. The FAA license is required for U.S. contenders in the X PRIZE competition. The X PRIZE foundation will award $10 million to the first company or organization to launch a vehicle capable of carrying three people to a height of 62.5 miles, return them safely to Earth, and repeat the flight with the same vehicle within two weeks. More...

...AS X PRIZE SEEMS IN REACH...
Last week's events brought aircraft designer Burt Rutan another step closer not only to capturing the X PRIZE , but to realizing his dream of creating a commercial space-tourism industry. "We look to the future, hopefully within ten years, when ordinary people, for the cost of a luxury cruise, can experience a rocket flight into the black sky above the earth's atmosphere, enjoy a few minutes of weightless excitement, then feel the thunderous deceleration of the aerodynamic drag on entry," Rutan wrote last year when he unveiled the program. "I strongly feel that, if we are successful, our program will mark the beginning of a renaissance for manned space flight." More...

...BUT COULD CANADIANS COME FROM BEHIND?
The da Vinci Project, an X PRIZE contender based in Toronto, Canada, announced last week that it is ready to launch a test flight later this year, and will announce a date by the end of this month. Computer designer-turned-astronaut Brian Feeney told AFP News, "We are going for it, it's getting exciting." Feeney said the competition is turning into a "David and Goliath" race as his team, funded by a host of smaller sponsors, goes up against Rutan and his billionaire backer. Feeney plans to fly to about 80,000 feet in a 15-foot-long Wildfire rocket strapped to the world's largest helium balloon. At altitude, he will fire the twin rocket engines and blast into stratospheric sub-orbit for five minutes, then float down to a landing via parachute. More...

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FAA NOW OFFERS 12-HOUR ICING FORECAST ONLINE
The FAA on Thursday unveiled a new Web-based product that offers warning to pilots about icing hazards up to 12 hours in advance. The Forecast Icing Tool provides a high-tech color weather map and/or a flight-route display of icing potential at flight levels from 3,000 to 18,000 feet. The user can view freezing-level graphics with forecast times at three-, six-, nine-, and twelve-hour intervals to plan safe routes of travel, the FAA said. "One of the best ways to manage the effects of bad weather is to avoid it altogether," said FAA Administrator Marion Blakey in a news release. "With information provided by this automated tool, pilots flying aircraft under 18,000 feet can make critical flight decisions." More...

TROUBLE IN DETROIT'S STARS, NATCA SAYS
The FAA's controversial Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) was the subject of a complaint from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) last week, as glitches plague the system in the Detroit Terminal Radar Approach Control room where it was installed last month. But what really got NATCA rankled was that the FAA is testing its potential fixes with live traffic in the field, instead of trying them first in a lab setting. That's "an inexplicable and unnecessarily risky decision that is putting controllers and the flying public in jeopardy," NATCA said in a news release. But FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro told The Detroit News, "We feel the controller's union claims are really wildly overstated." More...

COMPLIMENTARY STUFF & NEW PRODUCTS AT LIGHTSPEED'S SUN 'N FUN BOOTH
Get out your show map and put a big dot on Booth #D-051-053 to remind yourself to stop by LightSPEED's booth for your complimentary promotional gift. Sure, you'll have to demo a headset first, but do you really need another excuse to sit in our egg-ceptional listening booth? How about this — all LightSPEED headsets are now equipped with cell/satellite phone jacks! That should do it. See you at the show! The new cell/satellite jack feature is also available online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/avflash.

PARASTARS CONVENTION LEADS OFF SPRING FLY-IN SEASON
The annual Parastars convention of powered paraglider pilots was held on and above the grounds of Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, over Easter weekend. The three-day event attracted over 140 pilots of these slowest ultralight vehicles from all over the United States and beyond. A wide array of dealers and parts vendors intent on supplying the growing market these machines are scratching out were also in attendance. This fourth installment of the Parastars Convention remains an entirely volunteer get-together, staffed by the pilots themselves. More...

KEEP OUT, AND THAT MEANS YOU
A Piper Arrow was intercepted by an F-16 fighter jet near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, on Friday, and escorted to a landing at San Marcos Municipal Airport (about 100 miles south), News 8 Austin reported. The airplane was searched, and the pilot and his passenger were questioned by the Secret Service and later released. The F-16 pilot reportedly fired flares at the Arrow, but they were either unnoticed or ignored. Recently, when Mr. Bush visited Cleveland, Ohio, at least 10 GA aircraft stumbled into the 30-mile no-fly zone that was in force during his three-hour visit. One flyer was intercepted by a jet and escorted to a nearby airport to land. Bruce Anderson, an Ohio pilot, told the Akron Beacon Journal he thinks such large restrictions are not necessary. "Once they take away our freedoms," he said, "they don't give them back." More...

FLIGHTMAX EX500 WITH INTEGRATED DATALINK-TRAINING SOFTWARE NOW AVAILABLE
Avidyne's FlightMax EX500 provides the best value MFD/Datalink solution available for G.A. And it's the easiest to use. To prove it, Avidyne has put together a new FlightMax EX500 trainer which allows you to "fly" user-defined flight plans and retrieve "datalinked" graphical weather and TFRs all along the route — and randomly access virtually all pages and functions of the EX500, just as you would on the real product. See the FlightMax EX500 at Sun 'n Fun Booth #D-043-044, or download your no-cost EX500 Training Software at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avidyne/avflash.

ON THE FLY...
Airplane distress call Friday night a false alarm, Coast Guard said...
National Aviation Hall of Fame plans $29 million in new projects...
Slate magazine suggests travelers avoid single-engine aircraft...
Boeing ready to sell Wichita plant, which has 8,500 aviation jobs...
Adam Aircraft's FITS syllabus for A500 twin has won FAA approval. More...

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Reader mail this week about Sport Pilot, shooting at crop dusters, provocative Questions of the Week and more. More...

IN CASE OF FIRE, AN EVAC-U8 ESCAPE HOOD FROM AEROMEDIX CAN SAVE LIVES
Whether it's smoke in the cockpit or a fire in your home, hotel, or office building, the EVAC-U8 escape hood provides 15 minutes of breathable air to help you get to safety. The patented EVAC-U8 has a canopy made of DuPont Kapton that protects your head, face, and eyes from temperatures up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit, plus an active air-purifying filter to remove carbon monoxide and other toxic gases. Priced at $64.95 each, or less if you order a 4-pack or 10-pack. Call 1-888-362-7123, or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/aeromedi/avflash.

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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ATIS
Sharing the Air With Skydivers
As the weather warms, skydiving operations are cranking up. Here's how to co-exist peacefully with parachute jumpers and avoid encounters of the too-close-for-comfort kind.

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COLUMNS
CEO of the Cockpit #31: Goodbye, B727
Boeing's ancient three-hole jet is still around, although you're more likely to see it hauling cargo and mail than actual passengers, at least in North America. But AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit spent many a noisy hour in the front end of the 727, and has some advice for any pilots jumping into that seat.

More...

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BUSINESS AVFLASH
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVweb’s NO-COST twice monthly Business AVflash? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash also focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the Business of Aviation. Business AVflash is a must read. Watch for a Business AVflash regular feature, TSA WATCH: GA IN THE "SPOTLIGHT". Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/ More...

SHORT FINAL...
A Cessna 182 and a Christen Eagle were on parallel approach for 28L and 28R, respectively, at FCM...

Tower: Cessna XXX, do you have traffic?

Cessna: Cessna XXX has the traffic, he's right beside me.

Tower: Eagle XXX, traffic is a Cessna 182 on parallel for 28L, Eagle XXX is cleared for landing, Runway 28R.

Christen Eagle: Roger, Eagle XXX has traffic, cleared to land Runway 28R.

Cessna: Tower, Cessna XXX here, can you let me know when ...

(pause)

.... "the Eagle has landed"?

(several seconds of silence)

Unidentified voice: Smart @ss. More...

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WHICH SIX-PLACE RETRACTABLE HAS THE BEST SAFETY RECORD?
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