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TO THE SHOW WE GO
There's nothing like a Wisconsin summer but the AVweb crew is
spending next week there, anyway. We'll have a full contingent of
alternately sweaty, rain-soaked, windblown and sunburned writers,
editors and other important folks on the ground -- and in the air -- at
EAA AirVenture starting today. We'll be there for the duration doing
what you've come to expect from us in event coverage -- comprehensive,
credible and interesting reports on the big show and who and what makes
it tick. But, you know, we get some of our best ideas from readers and
we'll be making it easy for you to let us know what's on your mind. Stop
by our booth (#1007-1008 in Hangar A) just about anytime during the show
and you'll come face to face with one of the writers or editors who
helps put this publication together twice each week, 52 weeks a year, to
more than 130,000 subscribers, free of charge. And if you're in a
shopping mood, we'll be happy to refer you to the many sponsors that make it all possible. We're
altering our production schedule somewhat to accommodate the huge amount
of material we'll have to cover at the show. Certain to help is the
forecast (cough) of blue skies and highs in the mid-70s throughout most
of the week. Watch for AVflash in your inbox on Wednesday and Friday as
well as next Monday, crammed with everything we can find out for you.
Then, check out the Web site for even more. And pass the sunscreen ...
and the cheese curds. More...
BRINGS THE TWINSTAR...
We're always ready for surprises (like the arrival of the AdamJet last
year) but so far, among the most anticipated first appearances expected
at this year's show may be the North American debut of Diamond's
TwinStar. The little four-place twin, with a 135-horsepower Thielert
diesel on each side, made the 4508-nm trip from the company's German
headquarters to its North American headquarters in London, Ontario, in a
little less than 28 hours, burning 312 gallons of Jet-A. That works out
to an average speed of 161 knots with an average fuel burn of 11.2 gph.
The company says the aircraft fought tough headwinds on the last leg.
There are plenty of other firsts (and exciting aircraft) on tap.
CHASES A B-29 RECORD IN AN RV-4...
What does a (modified) RV-4 have in common with a B-29? If Bruce Bohannon has his way,
they'll both have held the record for the highest altitude reached by a
piston-powered aircraft. Bohannon and his Exxon Flyin' Tiger are headed
for 50,000 feet at this year's show, trying to beat the 47,910 feet hit
by U.S. Air Force Maj. Finley F. Ross in the pressurized comfort of a
B-29 in 1946. Bohannon will face the bone-numbing cold and
engine-threatening thin air with a leather jacket, a pair of jeans and
an hour or so of pre-breathing on pure oxygen (to flush the nitrogen
from his body and prevent the bends). He'll leave Wittman Regional
Airport at noon on July 30. More...
SPORT PILOT BUZZ TURNS LITERAL...
And, of course, get ready for a torrent of information, seminars and
hangar talk about the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft rule (which,
incidentally, will be published in the Federal Register on AirVenture's
opening day, July 27, wink, wink). EAA has been the driving force behind
the entirely new class of aircraft and pilot certificate. And, although
it's been nine years of tough slogging to create the rule, in many ways
the real work is just beginning. Integrating the new system into the
tried-and-true will be a years-long process that begins this week.
DEFENDS FAA'S 9/11 PERFORMANCE
The former head of the FAA has defended herself and the agency against
allegations in the 9/11 Commission's final report that she did nothing
to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks despite an increasing amount of
intelligence traffic. The commission said Jane Garvey didn't pay "much
attention" to her agency's intelligence unit in the days and months
leading up to 9/11. "She was unaware of a great amount of hijacking
threat information from her own intelligence unit, which, in turn, was
not deeply involved in the agency's policymaking process," the report
said. But Garvey told The Boston Globe she disagreed with the way the
commission characterized the agency's performance before and after the
attacks and that she was in the loop on intelligence matters.
The report also slams the agency for its handling of the crisis itself.
It describes the FAA's communications as being in disarray as the planes
started crashing into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It also
suggests that a fourth aircraft, Flight 93, would have reached its
intended target of either the White House or Capitol building had it not
been for passengers battling to seize control of the plane from the
hijackers. The plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. FAA
spokesperson Laura Brown told the Globe that some of the problems were
linked to failures by other agencies and that many of the contributing
circumstances have now been addressed. More...
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TFR, WRONG PILOT
... And we're betting a Kentucky
governor would agree that fortunately, they're not shooting ... yet.
Police detained (upon landing) Arlington, Texas, pilot Del Hinton, his
wife, daughter and a friend for more than an hour on Saturday before
Hinton finally convinced them (with a call to Flight Services) his plane
couldn't have been the one that violated the TFR over President Bush's
Crawford ranch. Authorities swooped down on the family, which was
returning from a trip to a Shreveport casino (not that it's anybody's
business), as Hinton taxied into his hangar. While they questioned the
bewildered (and, we speculate, increasingly unimpressed) Hinton party,
the "real" suspect (apparently of similar threat level) drove away.
TFR OR ... ?
Boston is off-limits to most GA aircraft starting today for the
Democratic National Convention but if you're headed that way, anyway, it
might pay to give the 30-nm TFR more than "a few" miles berth. A writer
to AVweb says the graphic depiction and written narrative of the
TFR don't line up and there's a 1.5-mile discrepancy between them. We
couldn't reach anyone at the FAA to confirm our reader's analysis but it
seems like a good precaution to not tempt fate (or NORAD) on this one.
Think it might be easier to just drive? Think again. Of course, no one's
saying you won't be detained for an hour of questioning regardless of
route, method of transportation, or merit badges. More...
STEP RIGHT UP FOR CESSNA'S OSHKOSH
This year at AirVenture, come see Cessna's
Greatest Show Off Earth, featuring the entire line of Cessna aircraft
with new features that will simply astound you. You'll even have the
chance to win a WxWorx receiver with an XM WX Satellite Weather
subscription, or a Delphi XM Roady2 satellite radio receiver. Make
sure you don't miss any of the excitement under the Cessna big
top, AirVenture Booth #143-56. For more
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VEHICLE GOING COMMERCIAL
Travelers between Juneau, Skagway and Haines, Alaska, will soon have the
option of "flying" without ever leaving the ground (effect). Pacific
Seaflight is planning to launch its eight-passenger "wing in ground
effect" vehicle in time to take passengers next summer. The
Australian-designed Flightship FS8 Dragon Commuter (scroll down for
English) is now being built in Florida and is preparing for some serious
culture shock. The craft will whisk patrons at 85 knots skimming eight
feet above the frigid Pacific. It'll cover the distance between Juneau
and Haines in 55 minutes for a one-way fare of about $60, said company
president Linus Romey. More...
TRAINING OVER A (PORK) BARREL?
Colleges hoping for a slice of $7 million allocated for air traffic
controller training in the proposed FAA budget are concerned about a
stipulation that will exclude them and could end up closing their
programs, while putting a bottleneck in the controller training and
replacement process. The extra money, aimed at forestalling (or at least
muting public pressure about) a looming controller shortage can only be
used by the FAA's controller academy in Oklahoma City. The fact that the
provision was presented by Rep. Ernest Istock (R-Okla.), who represents
Oklahoma City, was not lost on officials of the University of North
Dakota and 13 other institutions that offer basic controller training.
|COMPLIMENTARY STUFF & NEW PRODUCTS AT LIGHTSPEED'S
Get out your show map and put a big dot on
Booth #2023 in Hangar B 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.
DIFFERENT TAKE ON TAWS
With the opening of AirVenture tomorrow, expect new electronics goodies
to pad your panel, including some interesting variations on GPS. For
instance, recently formed Aspen Avionics has come out with a panel-mounted
(experimental only) terrain-awareness display that fits in the hole
vacated by your VSI. The AT300 plugs into your GPS, shows aircraft
position and "offers a high-resolution color LCD moving map display that
includes both top-view and side-view terrain presentations" -- plus
vertical speed information supplied by the aircraft's air-pressure line
to the old VSI. Aspen Avionics is marketing the product to the general
aviation experimental driver as a cost-effective alternative to a full
TAWS system. More...
FOR A MYSTERY
He was hoping to spot dinner but fisherman Cory Fladeboe instead may
have served up the solution to a 46-year-old mystery. Fladeboe was
fishing for walleye on Green Lake in Minnesota when he got frustrated
with his poor luck. He stuck his underwater camera over the side, hoping
to see where he should be casting his line. Instead, the wreck of a
high-wing airplane filled the screen. Officials believe it might be an
Army Cessna L-19 Birddog that went down in the lake on Oct. 15, 1958.
Air Force spent $2.6 billion on planes that can't be used in
FAA withdrew costly Cessna wing spar AD...
What every cockpit needs -- a guitar...
ANA pilot, flight attendants, reprimanded for passenger cockpit
Cessna projected increase in jet sales...
Mysterious lights thought to be from thunderstorm discharges.
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DA42 TWIN STAR CERTIFICATION: LOTS OF
Diamond's DA42 Twin Star marks some significant
milestones: First Aircraft Type Certification by the European Aviation
Safety Agency (EASA); first piston aircraft to incorporate new
propulsion, avionics, and airframe technology; first modern
jet-fuel/diesel-powered twin-engine aircraft; and first certified
application of the fully integrated Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. See for
yourself visit Diamond during AirVenture at
Combo L or online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/diamond/avflash.
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Controller: You're all a quarter-inch long and green to
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FLOW DEBUTS C-172N WEIGHT INCREASE STC & AN EXHAUST SHINE KIT
at AirVenture. Cessna 172N owners, you can now increase the
gross weight of your aircraft by 100 pounds with this new STC. To meet
the STC's requirements, your aircraft must have complied with Cessna's
oil cooler relocation from the firewall to the engine baffle and the
installation of a cowl cooling lip, and flaps have to be limited to a
maximum of 30 degrees. Best of all, the introductory STC cost is only
$300.00. (This gross weight STC does not require the installation of the
Power Flow Exhaust.) For more information, go see the Power Flow
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BROWN INTRODUCES NEW BOOK, YOU CAN FLY, DURING
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|AVWEB IS GEARING UP
FOR AIRVENTURE 2004 IN OSHKOSH!
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