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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.
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...
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."
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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Two pilots died in a midair in New Jersey on Saturday....
EA-500 six-seat single-engine turboprop certified by EASA...
hot-air balloon hit powerlines in Canada, no injuries...
reminds GA pilots to be alert, and follow GA security guidelines.
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The Pilot's Lounge #77: FBO
Professionalism; An Oxymoron?
Who was it said you can't get
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FBOs would be able to hire (and train and hold on to) professional,
customer-service-oriented staff. AVweb's Rick Durden thinks any FBO
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Oh, wait a minute ...
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK GALLERY ...
As promised Thursday, we're presenting a bonus edition of "Picture of
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MIKE BUSCH ANNOUNCES SPECIAL NEW YORK SEMINAR ON OCTOBER
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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
Fedex ###: Roger, just a minute...
Unknown 1: I gotta get me one o' whatever he's flyin'.
Unknown 2: ...must be outta Cape Kennedy. More...
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