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Volume 10, Number 42a -- October 11, 2004

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GOOD NEW THINGS...
To balance the all-too-common overload of gloom and doom in the news, today we have a roundup of positive new things happening in the aviation world. For starters, Shiloh Airport, a pretty little field in Rockingham County, N.C. (which describes itself as "a pilots' airport run by pilots") is about to become the home of Opus Aircraft, a brand-new factory for building Light Sport Aircraft. Partners Frank Auman Jr. and Tony Dawson, local businessmen with aviation interests, plan to build the ARV Super 2, a British design first developed in the 1980s, the Triad Area Business Journal reported over the weekend. They'll hire 10 to 20 workers and build up to 50 airplanes a year to start, the Business Journal said. More...

...SATELLITE WX, BETTER THAN SHOCK JOCKS...
While Howard Stern's jump to a satellite station (provided by Sirius Radio) got all the media hype last week, over in Duluth, Minn., the aviation world got its own boost into the satellite age via XM Radio. Cirrus Design announced on Thursday that its satellite datalink weather option is now a reality. Dr. Robert Segal of Las Cruces, N.M., became the first customer to take delivery of fully integrated satellite datalink weather in a Cirrus SR22-G2. The recently certified XM weather datalink is a $7,490 factory-installed option, and users can subscribe to receive real-time information services such as NEXRAD, METARs, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, TFRs and lightning updates. The data feeds into the Avidyne multifunction display. More...

...ADAM AIRCRAFT ASSURES INSURANCE TO ADAMJET PILOTS -- WITH A CATCH
Meanwhile, at Adam Aircraft, in Englewood, Colo., good news has been on a roll. First there was the recent word that the Williams engine for their AdamJet was FAA-certified and good to go. Then the company received Type Inspection Authorization from the FAA for its A500 Centerline Twin, a major milestone on the road to getting the all-important Type Certificate. And last Friday, the company made two announcements: Adam Aircraft will guarantee insurance to fly the A700 jet for pilots who first buy and fly the A500 twin (that's the catch), and the FAA has accepted Adam's A700 Transition Training Syllabus under its FAA-Industry Training Standard (FITS) program. More...

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THE NEXT CHALLENGES FOR THE NEXT STEP TOWARD SPACE...
Last week on Capitol Hill, the nascent "alternative space industry" barely deflected a potential meltdown -- a bill that was written to help boost space tourism came within hours of being passed with a new provision that some say would have killed the whole idea. In its original form, the legislation would have allowed paying passengers to fly into space as long as they were fully informed about the risks and signed a consent form. But during House-Senate negotiations, the bill was amended to charge the FAA with responsibility for the "safety of crew and spaceflight participants." More...

...WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?...
While lots of companies are eager to develop new space technologies, they won't get far without financial backing. One source of that money, paradoxically, may be NASA. "NASA has just received close to 4,000 proposals for advanced technologies for space exploration from private companies, and they will be giving away something like $600 million over the next year or so for new concepts, new ideas and new technologies," Jerry Grey, director for aerospace policy at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, told NPR on Friday. Meanwhile, Walt Anderson, CEO of Orbital Recovery Corp., warned the annual conference of the Space Frontier Foundation on Saturday that fledgling U.S. companies may lose out to entrepreneurs around the globe if the U.S. doesn't get the regulatory climate right. More...

...AS STUDY SHOWS THE MARKET EXISTS
Futron Corp., whose space-tourism market study has been frequently cited by the alternative-space entrepreneurs, recently released the entire 79-page study to the public domain. The study, originally published in 2002, is based on a poll of affluent Americans. The poll gauged the level of interest in, and willingness to pay for, space tourism experiences among those people with the means to afford such flights. Futron used the poll results to generate a 20-year forecast for consumer demand for orbital and suborbital space tourism. Among Futron's findings: The overall space tourism market could generate revenues in excess of $1 billion per year by 2021; suborbital space tourism has the potential for 15,000 passengers and $700 million in revenues per year by 2021; and orbital space tourism could attract 60 passengers and $300 million in revenues per year by 2021. More...

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MICHIGAN'S YANKEE AIR MUSEUM DESTROYED IN FIRE
The Yankee Air Museum's 50,000-square-foot hangar, at Willow Run Airport near Ypsilanti, Mich., burned to the ground Saturday evening, destroying at least four airplanes and countless aviation artifacts. The crew of a B-25D who had just returned from a flight were able to save the airplane and the museum's two other flying classics -- a C-47 and a B-17G. The hangar, which is owned by the Wayne County Airport Authority, has been cited in the past for fire and structural safety concerns, according to the Detroit News. A 2001 report, commissioned by the museum, said the 63-year-old building lacked a fire-suppression system and proper fire exits. No one was hurt in the fire and the cause has not yet been determined. More...

MORE EYES IN THE SKY ABOVE U.S.-CANADA BORDER
More aircraft will be patrolling the border between the Northeastern U.S. and Canada, now that a new Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Center has opened in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on the site of a former Air Force base. (All of North America can now sleep a little easier.) The center is the second of five new branches planned for the northern border. The first, located in Bellingham, Wash., opened in August. The other three are tentatively planned for Michigan, North Dakota and Montana. Charles Stallworth, director of Air and Marine operations, told the Associated Press the five bases will enable agents to respond anywhere along the 4,000-mile border within an hour. Two prop planes, two helicopters and 40 people will be based at the new facility, the Associated Press said. More...

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FAA BEEFS UP MAINTENANCE OVERSIGHT
The FAA is increasing efforts to study airline maintenance mistakes and find ways to prevent them, The Charlotte Observer reported on Thursday. Such errors have been blamed for contributing to the crashes of commuter planes in Charlotte, N.C., and Cape Cod, Mass., last year. Two new inspectors who specialize in maintenance "human factors" have been hired by the FAA, the Observer said. Bill Johnson and Jay Hines will study how human factors such as fatigue and poor communication among mechanics can cause maintenance mistakes. Former NTSB member John Goglia told the Observer he is encouraged by the FAA's effort, but there is a long way to go to achieve results. More...

IN NEW ZEALAND, CHARGING FOR AIRSPACE
The Maori, New Zealand's native people, triggered an uproar last week when they said they may start charging fees for the use of airspace above Lake Taupo, a popular tourist destination on the North Island. The fees would apply not only to floatplane landings, but overflights ... bungee jumping ... and bridges across the rivers that flow into the lake. In 1992, the Maori and the government signed a "deed of settlement" giving ownership of Lake Taupo and its waters to the tribe. That deed gives the tribe half of all fishing license money and revenue from ramp, marina and mooring charges, which generates about $1 million (NZ) for the Maori. More...

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AIRLINE PILOTS: THE ROMANCE IS GONE
As the legacy airlines struggle to avoid bankruptcy, several are duking it out with their workers, slashing pay and benefits. In the process, some airline pilots are speaking out about the frustrations of their jobs -- it seems it's just not as much fun as it used to be. To squeeze out more productivity, airlines are scheduling quick turnarounds and bunking the crews in cheap, boring hotels close to the airports. Security rules restrict their contact with passengers, they have to go through tedious security checks like everyone else. "It is pretty demeaning to stand there with four stripes on your uniform and take off your shoes," US Airways Capt. Jeffrey Duisik told The Charlotte Observer. (There are minds that wonder why a pilot would need a weapon to take an airplane down.) More...

BALLOONISTS WRAP UP ANNUAL FIESTA
The world's biggest lighter-than-air flying event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, wrapped up its 33rd annual edition yesterday in Albuquerque, N.M. For nine days, 750 balloons from all over the world participated in activities ranging from mass ascensions with all the balloons taking off together, to special-shape rodeos, to balloon glows with acres of tethered balloons lighting up the immense park after dusk. Wind and rain caused some delays and cancelled a few events. Yesterday morning, a balloon (the head of Smokey The Bear) got tangled in a radio tower, but the occupants were able to climb down (about 700 feet) safely. In the America's Challenge gas-balloon race, several teams landed early due to thunderstorms, but the first-place team, Richard Abruzzo and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, flew about 600 miles. More...

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ON THE FLY...
U.S. House bill extends bonus-depreciation tax break for GA aircraft...
Bombardier to lay off 2,000 workers in Montreal and Belfast...
Kirby Chambliss took fourth win at U.S. Aerobatic Championships...
Boeing's 7E7 consolidates systems to slim down by thousands of pounds...
Wires cut in cockpit of Malaysian Airlines Airbus A330...
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Approach: Roger, N1234. How about Tuesday afternoon?

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LTW: Standby while we check our fuel, N1234. More...

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