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'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...
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.
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
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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...
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...
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...
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LICENSES MOJAVE SPACEPORT, SCALED'S SPACESHIPONE FLIES
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...
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...
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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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."
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."
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Get out your show map and put a big dot on Booth
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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
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
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
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Airplane distress call Friday night a false alarm, Coast Guard
National Aviation Hall of Fame plans $29 million in new
Slate magazine suggests travelers avoid single-engine
Boeing ready to sell Wichita plant, which has 8,500
Adam Aircraft's FITS syllabus for A500 twin has won
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Sharing the Air
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.
CEO of the
Cockpit #31: Goodbye, B727
Boeing's ancient three-hole jet is still around, although you're more
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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.
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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
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