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PILOT RULE GETS ON THE STEP
On Friday, the federal Office of Management and Budget signed off on the
Sport Aircraft proposed rule, sending it off to the FAA for its
final prep before publication in the Federal Register, expected later
this week. The OMB approval was the final hurdle for the rule, more than
10 years in the making. "We are extremely pleased," said Tom Poberezny,
EAA president. "It has
long been a goal of the aviation community and provides the first
rulemaking package specifically written for recreational flying."
Officials from EAA , the FAA and other groups will host briefings and
distribute information about the rule during AirVenture Oshkosh,
starting next week. A large sport pilot pavilion will be located at the
center of the AirVenture grounds. More...
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ENTERS U.S. AVIATION MARKET
Honda Motor Co. announced on Thursday that it has established a new
U.S. subsidiary, Honda Aero Inc., to focus on the aviation engine
this year, a Japanese newspaper reported that Honda and Teledyne
Continental Motors were close to a deal to produce piston engines for
light aircraft, and all eyes turned to the
225-hp, gas- and 100LL-burning engine the companies have shown at
air shows for the past year. But Honda apparently sees more immediate
promise in the new-designs-laden, engine-hungry, very-light-jet market
and its forged-in-February alliance with General Electric Co.. Honda and GE are
now jointly pursuing commercialization of Honda's HF118 jet engine. More...
ANNOUNCES ENGINE-RESEARCH INITIATIVE...
In addition, Honda said Thursday that it has established the Wako Nishi
R&D Center in Japan, dedicated to the research and development of
aviation engines. Honda said it will accelerate research and development
efforts at the new center, in anticipation of mass production of the
HF118 engine. The new center will also take over the development of
piston aircraft engines, currently conducted at other Honda research
centers. The Wako Research Center, also in Japan, will continue research
and development efforts for the HondaJet, an experimental prototype aircraft
currently undergoing test flights in North Carolina. More...
HONDA SEEKS PROPERTY, LEARJET FALLS INTO QUESTION
Honda said it does not have a site yet for the new company in the U.S.
but plans to be up and running by the end of this year. Where the new
company will go is sure to be a subject of intense speculation. Last
Friday, the rumor mill was already churning, as The Montreal Gazette reported that Bombardier is
ready to sell its Learjet division, in Wichita, and Honda was interested
in the property. Bombardier officials said the Learjet division is not
for sale. More...
PULLS OUT OF COMMANDER DEAL
A deal that was put together earlier this year to save Commander
Aircraft Co. from bankruptcy has fallen through, the Oklahoman reported last week. "Our company's future
is uncertain, and new aircraft production will continue to be suspended
indefinitely," Commander CEO Wirt Walker said in a news release. On
Thursday, Tiger Aircraft, of West Virginia, withdrew its $2.8
million offer to buy out 80 percent of Aviation General, Commander's
parent company. Walker said Tiger's "default" was a shock and will
prompt "a big lawsuit." Tiger President Gene Criss told the Oklahoman
his company didn't default on anything. More...
NEW INVESTORS SOUGHT
Walker said Commander will try to line up new investors, according to
the Oklahoman. Commander filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December 2002. Walker told
AVweb in January 2003 that the company owed about $3.7 million to
investors, but operations were "pretty neat and tidy ... [the company]
is not overburdened by debt, we just got caught in a cash crunch." He
said two years of a weak economy had taken a toll. Tiger and Aviation
General struck a deal in February of this year, in which
Tiger was to pay about $2.8 million in exchange for 80-percent ownership
of Aviation General, which has been the parent company of Commander
since 1998. More...
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week scrapped its
plan to initiate its Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System,
known as CAPPS II ... after spending more than $100 million to plan for
it (ah, the power of taxation). The system was widely criticized for
trampling on the rights of ordinary citizens while being easily
circumvented by anyone with a terrorist agenda (which may sound familiar
to GA pilots frustrated by proliferating TFRs). The TSA also announced
last week that Deputy Administrator Stephen McHale will step down from
his post later this month. McHale served as deputy of the agency since
January 2002 and was in charge of the transfer of the TSA from the
Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security in
March 2003. More...
The days of "turn off your cellphones" while flying commercial seem to
be numbered, but that doesn't mean the big "OK" is right around the
corner for cellphone use in your airborne GA cockpit. Last month, ARINC and Telenor ASA said they would
soon have a system ready that would safely link cellphones to airliners'
satellite-based phone systems. And last week, Qualcomm tested a similar system aloft in an
American Airlines jet, with members of the media invited on board to
give it a try. Reporters were given phones with code division multiple
access, or CDMA, technology. Connections from the plane were generally
good, the Associated Press reported, although some calls were dropped.
(Madness, who would stand for such a thing?) Sound quality was about the
same as a cell call on the ground, but with a one-second delay that made
conversation awkward. Text messaging is also available with the system.
The technology will take a couple of years to mature, Qualcomm said.
PILOTS FLYING VINTAGE LUSCOMBES TO OSHKOSH
Two 17-year-old pilots from Boulder, Colo., are en route to Oshkosh,
Wisc., this week, taking their time getting there in their 1946 and 1947
Luscombes, and giving lots of rides to kids along the way. Scooter
Mainero and Heather McRoberts left home on July 11, equipped for camping
out under the wing, and they're eager to offer lots of free flights to
children along the way. "I really wanted to see more kids in aviation,"
McRoberts told the Columbus Telegram last week, as the pair passed
through Ohio. "It's one the best feelings we could have, and we're
having a lot of fun doing it," Mainero said, about the chance to get
others involved in flying. More...
PAPERWORK GLITCH COULD TRIP UP WARBIRD PILOTS
A bottleneck in processing paperwork at the FAA could affect pilots who
fly warbirds and some turbine-powered experimental aircraft. Pilots are
required to carry papers from the FAA to show they're qualified to fly
and instruct in the airplanes, which have no standard type ratings. A
program due to expire July 31 allows pilots to exchange those papers,
called Letters of Authorization (LOA) and Letters of Operational
Authority (LOOA), for new airman certificates that list Authorized
Experimental Aircraft Ratings just like any other rating. But the FAA
has gotten behind on the processing, so not all pilots who have applied
will have their new certificates by the deadline. The FAA says it won't
extend the deadline, but will add a 90-day grace period when it's OK for
the pilots to fly as long as they have applied. More...
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BUGGED AT PALM BEACH
First it was the pigeons, cooing and roosting and making a smelly mess
of the tower at Palm Beach International Airport. But when the pigeons
were banished, the tiny mites that feed on them got hungry, and
discovered 38 warm-blooded controllers right downstairs. "When they're
crawling on you, and you can't see them, it kind of gives you the
heebie-jeebies," controller Douglas Faucher told the Sun-Sentinel. "We don't need the distraction when
we're trying to perform our duties." The tiny mites, as wide as the
period at the end of this sentence, are practically invisible, but they
bite ... and then there's the pesticides. More...
AIR SHOW OPENS TODAY
The biennial Farnborough Air Show opens outside London today,
with Airbus and Boeing competing to show off their latest designs and to
battle for orders. A record number of U.S. companies will be there,
including a healthy contingent from the U.S. government and the
military, who spurned last year's Paris Air Show over political
differences with the French. Bell will be pushing its revamped V-22
Osprey tiltrotor, and Raytheon Aircraft Co. will unveil a new version of
its T-6 military trainer. Bombardier will have five aircraft on display,
and is expected to announce that it will start building bigger
airplanes, with 120 and more seats. Drones are also expected to attract
a lot of attention this year, with an announcement expected for a
British government contract worth $1.5 billion to build a fleet of
unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. More...
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Southwest CEO James Parker resigned unexpectedly on Thursday...
Prince Charles' plane may have come close to a midair in March...
A proposed AD requires aileron inspections for some Cessna models...
Three small airplanes met F-16s in TFR near Milwaukee last week...
Air Force says C-5A Galaxies good for another 25 years of service...
Boeing to hire 3,000 aviation workers by the end of the year.
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Motor Head #1:
GA Engine Technology -- Are We Getting the Shaft?
It's easy to be embarrassed by the state of the general aviation
technology when we have to admit to our non-pilot friends that our
engines use such quaint items as magnetos and (gasp!) carburetors. Many
pilots and aircraft owners wish they could, for instance, take their
bleeding-edge-tech motorcycle engine and strap it into the airframe.
Farfetched? AVweb's newest columnist, Marc Cook, has some thoughts about
this kind of thing, and he'll share them each month in his Motor Head
Online RVSM Course
In preparation for next year's implementation of reduced vertical
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Climbing through 800' past the departure end in my Cherokee, I heard the
tower clear a Cheyenne for takeoff. As I waited for tower to call me out
to the Cheyenne for the inevitible pass, I craned my neck around hoping
to get a visual. When neither occured, I voiced my concern...
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Tower: Oh it's a BIG, PRETTY plane; with wings and wheels,
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