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Volume 10, Number 33a -- August 9, 2004

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SPORT PILOT ERA, YEAR ONE
When the brand-new and infinitely complex Sport Pilot rules debuted with lots of fanfare at Oshkosh late last month, the frequent reaction on the ground was, well, we'll wait and see. But EAA, having invested years of time and effort, isn't waiting -- they are up to their elbows in sorting through all the details, and re-disseminating the rule in digestible bites. On Friday, they published an updated list of "Likely Candidates for Light-Sport Aircraft," showing scores of fixed-wing birds, weight-shift trikes and powered parachutes that Sport Pilots can fly. However, just because an aircraft qualifies as a Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) doesn't mean the manufacturer will choose to go through the necessary procedures to comply with the Light Sport regs. EAA said it will update the list as manufacturers announce their intentions, one way or the other. More...

...WITH LAKELAND AS THE NEXT WAYPOINT...
So will they or won't they? "I expect that multiple manufacturers will choose to enter this market," Paul Fiduccia, president of the Small Aircraft Manufacturers Association, told AVweb on Saturday. "Many manufacturers will be reviewing the rule and the final ASTM standard, when it comes out, and they will be evaluating their aircraft for manufacturability, and maybe make revisions." So when will you be able to go out and buy a new ready-to-fly Sport Plane? Fiduccia says April 2005, at Sun 'n Fun, is a realistic target. "I believe there is a substantial market out there," he said, that will attract manufacturers, but that remains uncertain. "It's a big experiment we're involved in here," he said. "We won't know until we do it." More...

...WILL ANY BE MADE IN AMERICA?
Many aircraft that have been flying as factory-builts for years overseas -- such as the Flightstar CT in Europe and some Jabiru models in Australia -- meet the LSA criteria, and the procedure for them to get LSA-certified is fairly straightforward, as long as they are already certified in their home country. Foreign-built aircraft have an advantage in the way liability is structured, Fiduccia said. Also, some U.S. manufacturers who want to start selling factory-built sport planes may choose to build those airplanes abroad. "It just makes more sense," Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft, told AVweb at Oshkosh. "It's a relatively low-volume, high labor business. It's expensive to do that in the U.S. 'Offshore outsourcing' will help to make Light-Sport Aircraft affordable." More...

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NBAA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced on Thursday that it has chosen Ed Bolen as its new president and CEO. Bolen currently is president and CEO of the General Aviation and Manufacturers Association (GAMA). "Ed is held in high regard by leaders across the political spectrum for the many valuable contributions he has made to the aviation industry," said NBAA search committee director Kenneth Emerick. "His selection from more than 50 outstanding candidates underscores the board's belief that he is the right person to build on NBAA's proud history, and lead it into the future." Bolen takes the place of ex-president Shelley Longmuir, who left the position on April 1 after only nine months on the job. More...

...MEANWHILE, OVER AT GAMA...
As the NBAA wraps up its search effort, GAMA must ramp up to find a replacement for Bolen. (Maybe the NBAA can FedEx them those 49 other resumes they have on file.) For now, Ron Swanda, GAMA's senior vice president of operations, will manage the association's day-to-day affairs. Bolen had been with GAMA since 1995, starting out as senior vice president and general counsel, and took over as CEO in 1996. "Ed Bolen has been a tremendously effective leader," said GAMA Chairman Clay Jones in a news release last Thursday. "While GAMA will miss Ed's leadership, we are pleased that he will continue to serve the general aviation community in his new role." More...

...AND AOPA WEIGHS IN
Bolen is no stranger to the GA world, and his selection to head the NBAA brought a positive response from AOPA. AOPA prez Phil Boyer told AVweb that he's worked closely with Bolen for years, and thinks the NBAA made a good choice. "Ed's Capitol Hill staff experience and his background representing the general aviation manufacturers have produced an outstanding and very capable advocate for aviation," Boyer said. "He has built an excellent reputation, and I respect him tremendously. It will be a pleasure to work even closer with him in his new assignment." More...

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CONGRESS TELLS FAA TO AVOID FSS USER FEES
Last week was the deadline for bids to outsource the FSS system, and Congress told the FAA to ensure that pilots continue to get the best possible flight briefing and en route information services without user fees, AOPA said on Friday. The House Appropriations Committee told the FAA to have specific, comprehensive customer-service standards to maintain the quality of pilot briefings. AOPA said its legislative affairs staff worked with the committee to add the FSS service directive to a report that accompanies next year's funding bill for the FAA. The bill has been approved by the committee and now goes to the full House and Senate. More...

FAA GIVES BOEING ATC CONTRACT
The FAA last week awarded Boeing Co. the second phase of the Global Communications, Navigation and Surveillance System contract, Government Computer News (GCN) reported on Friday. Boeing will develop networks for surveillance data, weather and aeronautical information, GCN said. The aim of the project is to allow for safe and secure increases in air traffic capacity. Network-enabled ATC aims to give users and air traffic managers a common operating picture that will encourage collaborative decision-making and provide for more rapid response to unexpected events, such as aviation weather and security threats, according to GCN. More...

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A DEADLY WEEK IN TEXAS SKIES
When two people died in the crash of a Piper PA-32 in the Texas Hill Country on Saturday night, they were the 19th and 20th Texans to die in small-aircraft crashes in just a week. That's likely a coincidence, Jim Burnett, former NTSB chairman, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. But the hot weather could be a factor, he said. "I would say there is a risk to all planes when you have 100-degree temperatures," Burnett said. "If you have a plane that's been dinged up a little bit or not performing at top capacity or is heavily loaded, it could be a factor." The string of crashes included a father and son returning from Oshkosh in an RV-4; More...

CANADIAN TEAM SETS LAUNCH DATE FOR X PRIZE
It seems we have a race for space ... the underdog da Vinci Project, from Canada, rolled out their Wild Fire spacecraft last Thursday in Toronto, and while they were at it, they said they plan to launch for the $10 million X Prize on Oct. 2 (the Paul G. Allen / Burt Rutan SpaceShipOne will make a first attempt Sept. 29). The project, which has depended on a volunteer workforce numbering in the hundreds, also announced it has secured major sponsorship from GoldenPalace.com, an online casino. Their plan is to carry a three-seat rocket-powered capsule to 80,000 feet beneath a helium balloon, disengage, light the fires, ride the rocket into space, and fall back to earth beneath a parachute. Yup. More...

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EAA AIRVENTURE 2004 STATS -- GOOD, BUT NOT GREAT
On Saturday, EAA released its preliminary figures from this year's AirVenture fly-in. The estimated attendance figures show a 10- to 12-percent decrease from last year's total of 770,000 for the centennial event (not at all obvious to us), but the number of commercial exhibitors held almost steady -- with 802, compared to the 2003 record of 807. "A near-record number of vendors throughout the grounds reported brisk sales and interest, while visitor surveys show their experiences were overwhelmingly positive," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. EAA cited weather (rain, thunderstorms ... that we did notice), economic factors and other (unspecified) reasons for the drop in attendance. More than 10,000 airplanes, including nearly 2,500 show planes, made the trek to Oshkosh this year. More...

"LARA CROFT" EARNS HER WINGS
Tomb Raider film star Angelina Jolie has been taking flying lessons in Santa Monica, Calif., it was reported last week. Jolie, who moonlights as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, says she wants to be a pilot because she plans to retire from show business in a few years and work to deliver aid to refugees around the world. Jolie also said she's eager to impress her three-year-old son, Maddox. "Every time Mad sees a plane he's amazed," she said, according to Crienglish.com. "If I could actually fly a plane by the time he's four, I'll be like Superman to him." You know, we had a poll recently about whether flight instructors are overpaid ... More...

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ON THE FLY...
Two pilots died in a midair in New Jersey on Saturday....
Extra's EA-500 six-seat single-engine turboprop certified by EASA...
A hot-air balloon hit powerlines in Canada, no injuries...
TSA reminds GA pilots to be alert, and follow GA security guidelines. More...

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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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The Pilot's Lounge #77: FBO Professionalism; An Oxymoron?
Who was it said you can't get good help anymore? With unemployment higher than usual, you'd think FBOs would be able to hire (and train and hold on to) professional, customer-service-oriented staff. AVweb's Rick Durden thinks any FBO that doesn't strive for professionalism will soon go out of business. Oh, wait a minute ...

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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...

BONUS PICTURE OF THE WEEK GALLERY ...
As promised Thursday, we're presenting a bonus edition of "Picture of the Week" — partly to catch up with all the great photos you sent us during AirVenture, and partly because we love looking at airplane pictures! So kick back and enjoy this special bonus edition of "PotW" — but don't forget to send us your amateur aviation photos! More...

MIKE BUSCH ANNOUNCES SPECIAL NEW YORK SEMINAR ON OCTOBER 2-3 ...
If you're an aircraft owner in the northeast U.S. and missed Mike's terrific Savvy Owner Seminars in Memphis and Harrisburg, you now have another chance. A group of aircraft owners in the Albany, N.Y. area have persuaded Mike to fly out and conduct a seminar for them on the weekend of October 2-3. Since this is a special "group purchase," the cost per attendee should be substantially lower than usual. With the agreement of the Albany group, this seminar is now open to any aircraft owner who wishes to attend. Other seminars are scheduled for Seattle (Aug. 21-22); Denver (Sept. 18-19); and Long Beach, CA (Oct. 24-25). To register, get seminar schedules and details, or receive Mike's no-cost monthly e-newsletter, visit http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/savvy/avflash.

SHORT FINAL...
Overheard by passenger on United flight SNA to ORD...

Fedex ###: Fedex ### with you at FL230.

Kansas City Area Control: Fedex ###, roger. How long to climb to FL310?

Fedex ###: Roger, just a minute...

(brief silence)

Unknown 1: I gotta get me one o' whatever he's flyin'.

Unknown 2: ...must be outta Cape Kennedy. More...

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