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TARGETED BY TERRORISTS?
Aw, it's probably nothing. But, then again, it must be something.
Unarmed Civil Air Patrol (yes, CAP) sentries sprouted around the
control tower at Wittman Regional Airport Sunday in response to some
kind of increased security posture at EAA AirVenture. EAA media
relations man, Dick Knapinski later told reporters a threat of some
kind had specifically named Oshkosh. And so, the grassy compound that
surrounds the tower and is a favorite vantage point for air show
spectators Sunday was off limits. AVweb staff were also told of
security dog patrols going through the hangars and exhibits and there
were definitely more federal folks (TSA, Customs, FAA security)
patrolling the grounds in ATVs and on foot (at least it sure looked
that way to us). More...
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Alan Klapmeier is the first to admit it's probably a temporary thing
(there are significant technicalities involved), but the CEO of Cirrus
Design also doesn't mind enjoying the distinction of running the top
selling GA aircraft company in the world. Cirrus knocked off Cessna
for top spot in sales in the second quarter according to stats
compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. This week,
Cirrus sold its 350th new plane of '04, pushing the company to an
average of 40 planes produced per month. Those numbers are more than
200% better than the same period in 2003 and more than 100 aircraft
over the company's year-to-date target. "We think the aviation world
is looking pretty good," said Klapmeier, whose company sold 129
airplanes in the second quarter. More...
IS OVER, SAYS GAMA
Meanwhile, GAMA is calling the miserable slump the industry has
experienced over the past two years, "over." Although piston sales
dropped by about four percent overall (likely attributable to
airframes awaiting certification of the Garmin G1000) GAMA President
Ed Bolen said all segments should end the year on the plus side. "The
recovery is well under way and should continue through the balance of
the year," he said. A key factor in the recovery will go before
Congress in the fall. Bonus depreciation on capital assets purchased
by companies ends at the end of the year but a bill to extend the time
limit for aircraft (because of their long build time) for a year has
been passed by the Senate and House. More...
NOT AN AIR SHOW WITHOUT AN AIR SHOW
Speaking of different, awesome and amazing (choose your adjective),
AirVenture 2004 visitors have been willing spectators to an airshow
routine that can only be described as NASCAR on steroids with
(intentional) explosions. In August of 2002, airshow veterans Jimmy
Franklin, Jim LeRoy, Bobby Younkin and Les Shockley came up with a
concept called the "X-Team Masters of Disaster." We do not know
whether large quantities of beer were involved in this brainstorming
session, but the Masters of Disaster seems like something dreamed up
by good friends who also happen to be great sticks with a tremendous
history of air show performances. The routine opens with the warning
that 90% of the act is unchoreographed, and is followed with a
recorded message talking of the time when "machines roamed the earth
unencumbered... opposed only by the annihilation known as the FAA."
What comes next is pure, unadulterated, stand-up-and-scream mayhem ...
even for the normally been-there, seen-that Oshkosh crowd.
AHEAD TO RENO WITH RED BULL
If you think there is nothing new under the sun in air racing, time to
think again. Red Bull (the energy drink) is putting some new fizz in
the fun. The company has announced the debut of the new Red Bull Air
Race -- a race combining low and fast racing with aerobatic manuevers
-- during the Reno Air Races in September (apparently hundreds of
miles per hour sixty feet off the ground wasn't interesting enough).
Four American pilots, with aerobatic ace Kirby Chambliss taking the
lead, will square off against four European champions with the goal of
being the fastest to make it through a tight, pylon-marked course ...
while completing a set of pre-determined aerobatic maneuvers such as
vertical rolls, knife-edge passes, half rolls and a spot touch-and-go
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Aircraft designer Burt Rutan and his lead astronaut, Mike Melvill,
arrived on the field Thursday in a Beech Starship, and drew an
overflow crowd that night to AirVenture's Theater in the Woods, where
they showed for the first time the cockpit video from Melvill's
SpaceShipOne flight in June. The two told the story of their
spectacular supersonic flight above the atmosphere, showing clips from
a Discovery Channel documentary that will be released later this year.
The 18-minute video featured shots from cameras attached to the tails
of both the spaceship and the White Knight carrier aircraft, and
inside the cockpit with Melvill. More...
THE X PRIZE GOES TO...
Rutan said his plans are in place to win the $10 million Ansari X
Prize in early October. He will launch on Septermber 29, and fly again
five days later, allowing enough time to make three attempts if
necessary within the required two-week time frame. The X Prize
Foundation is selling tickets to the event for $20 each, at their Web site.
"We expect 100,000 people at Mojave," X Prize director Peter Diamandis
said at a Saturday press conference at Oshkosh. Diamandis said the
launch will be broadcast live on the Internet, around the world. He
also said that Rutan's team has left open the possibility of taking
passengers on their second flight. There is a list of prospective
Bruce Bohannon figures he missed setting an altitude record by about
three feet on Saturday ... that's how much the tall Texan plans to add
to the wingspan of his already highly modified RV-4 to take another
crack at the absolute altitude record for piston aircraft, likely in
October. Bohannon coaxed the Flyin' Tiger to 45,500 feet over EAA
AirVenture, 4,500 feet of his goal of 50,000 feet and half a mile shy
of the current record, held by an Air Force B-29. It was also more
than 2,000 feet lower than Flyin' Tiger's own best performance and
that had Bohannon perplexed. "I was more shocked than anyone," he
said. "We had more power and a lighter airplane." More...
NEW ENTRY TAKES AIM AT KING
Narco is high on a new digital transponder that they say is better and
cheaper than a popular manual unit sold by a major competitor named
after royalty. Narco's new AT165 Transponder was TSOed by the FAA just
last week. It all happened so fast that the company had no time to
issue a press release or do the manufacturer dog-and-pony at
AirVenture. But word is getting around and the new transponder is
featured prominently on the
company's Web site. The unit features a one-touch code entry knob,
multiple timers with alarm output, and altitude display with visual
and audible altitude hold warning. The new unit will be sold by both
NARCO and its dealers and will retail for $1450-$1475.
NEW LOOK, NEW ATTITUDE, NEW OPTIONS
"We have already taken more orders this year than we sold last year,"
Mooney Airplane Company (MAC) Managing Director Tom Gray told the
media. For those who don't make it to OSH but are still interested in
a Mooney, the new Garmin G1000 panel and a list of comfort and
performance upgrades will be available even after the show has ended.
Anyone who buys a plane during the show will reap the reward of up to
two years of free fuel. There are currently five Mooney models
available, ranging from fast to faster -- the Ovation, Bravo DX and GX
and the Ovation 2 DX and GX. A stock Ovation DX flew 978 nautical
miles from Kerrville to Oshkosh non-stop at an average speed of 191.5
knots. A new Bravo DX was faster. More...
OFFERS ADDITIONAL PERKS
The Avidyne FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck, a system that
comes chock full of workload-reducing items will be available to you
and your new Piper. The new glass cockpit is an option in the entire
PA-28 line, which includes the Warrior, Archer and Arrow, making
cockpits in the smaller birds as advanced as those in the much pricier
Saratogas and Piper 6X and 6XT. The FlightMax Entegra system contains
two 10.4-inch displays, including an EXP5000 primary flight display
(air data and altitude/heading reference) and an EX5000 multi-function
display (moving map, flight plan info, terrain contours and engine
indication system). More...
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GETS PAPERWORK, LOOKS TO U.S. MARKET
Gippsland Aeronautics officials are seriously considering shifting
some of the manufacturing on their Oz-built GA8 Airvan to the U.S.
Right now the company is spending $20 -- $30 thousand dollars to ship
the "virtually 100% American parts" to Australia where they are put
together, then take the plane apart, containerize it and send it back
to customers in the U.S. "Just doesn't make economic sense to do it
that way," Gippsland CEO George Morgan told AVweb. Gippsland is
pushing the plane as the intelligent (and FAA certified) alternative
to a big Cessna, claiming double the useful load and space as the
Cessna 182 and 206, but the same operational cost. More...
IN A (SORT-OF) LIGHT SPORT AIRPLANE
The scariest moment -- so far -- for round-the-world flyer Matevz
Lenarcic was when he looked out from the cockpit of his little
Pipistrel Sinus motorglider to see a pair of Russian MiGs. "The
communications are not so good in Russia," he told AVweb at Oshkosh on
Saturday, in a bit of polite understatement. Despite two years of
preparation, Lenarcic has been dealing with lots of paperwork hassles
and various communication glitches as he travels around the globe from
his home country of Slovenia. "But the world is very beautiful," he
said, "and flying in a little airplane is the way to see it." The
little motorglider, built in Slovenia, has been modified for the trip,
but in its standard form would qualify as a Light Sport Aircraft.
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