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Volume 10, Number 42b -- October 14, 2004

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IT'S OVER, IT'S REALLY OVER
You expect the companies, associations and dignitaries attending something like the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention to be upbeat and positive but there seems to be more substance behind that sentiment this time around. On the eve of the big show in Las Vegas, Honeywell released its 2004 Business Aviation Outlook and, in Honeywell's view, the light at the end of the tunnel should get positively blinding in the coming year. "Next year, virtually all (bizjet manufacturers) are increasing production," Honeywell spokesman Jim Potts told The Wichita Eagle. The NBAA's newly minted president, Ed Bolen, was a little more circumspect but he clearly agreed with Honeywell's assessment. More...

...WHILE SUPERSONIC PLANS ARE UNVEILED...
Although all the major companies have shiny new hardware to show off and projects to announce, likely the biggest buzz surrounds the plan by a Reno company to build a supersonic bizjet. As AVweb reported a few weeks ago, rumors of Aerion Corp.'s ambitious initiative have been circulating for some time but the official announcement came Monday in Las Vegas. Fundamental to the development of the Mach 1.6 aircraft is the acquisition of the rights to "natural laminar flow" wing design. The wing was developed during the 1990s by a company called Affordable Supersonic Executive Transport Group (Asset Group) and tested by NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). More...

...AND PARKING PROBLEMS BRING US DOWN TO EARTH
And while those attending NBAA are filled with breathless optimism about the future of business aviation, there are more than a few would-be attendees who couldn't make the show because of some problems with the here and now. Quite simply, Las Vegas' three local bizjet-capable airports are full. Anyone who hoped to use the flexibility and versatility that are the hallmarks of business aviation and fly to the show on the spur of the moment is out of luck. "There is nothing more useless than a plane and pilot with no airport access at the other end," said AVweb reader and Citation pilot Patric Barry, who tried, and failed, to get to the show earlier this week. More...

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ECLIPSE BOOSTS (FUTURE) PRODUCTION
They're more than a year away from delivering their first airplane but Eclipse Aviation is already making plans to boost production. The Albuquerque company announced earlier this week that it plans to hit the ground running and build 260 planes in its first year of production (2006) and 880 in its second year, up from 140 and 500, respectively. Not only will it make quicker work of the 2,100-order backlog, it also means that if you order an Eclipse today, you'll get it in February of 2008, instead of September of that year. The company also announced that it has selected all of its 65 suppliers and is 25 percent through the FAA certification process. More...

...AS ADAM ROLLS OUT FIRST CUSTOMER A500
Meanwhile, Adam Aircraft is also getting ready for full-scale production of its push/pull piston twin. The first revenue-producing version of the A500 rolled out of the factory in Englewood, Colo., Oct. 10. "Although this is our sixth rollout, it is really special because it's the first customer airplane," said CEO Rick Adam. The unidentified buyer can't fly his new plane away just yet, however. Adam is still awaiting full type certification for the A500, but that's expected within weeks. Once the FAA stamp of approval is received, the company intends to shift its 300-member workforce into high gear and make 40 airplanes in 2005. More...

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GA DIGS INTO PORK BARREL
The horse-trading that characterizes the political game in Washington has trotted out hundreds of millions in financial perks for GA. In order to coax senators and representatives into voting for an unpopular bill aimed at ending export subsidies deemed illegal by the World Trade Organization, proponents of the legislation offered $137 billion in tax breaks and other concessions for everything from the tobacco industry to the makers of bows and arrows. GA's political backers had their hands out, too. Perhaps most notable was the inclusion of $247 million, over five years, to help out the producers of business jets and small planes. More...

CESSNA TO REHIRE 600
Cessna is hiring about 600 workers over the next year as it gets ready for a return to business as usual. The Wichita-based plane-maker has laid off thousands of people in the last couple of years but renewed optimism and a fattened order book have it looking for staff. The company has so far this year already hired 400 people. In fact, company marketing VP Roger Whyte is calling the downturn over. He told The Wichita Eagle that sales have been good for more than a year and the order backlog is growing. The company is also updating a couple of its older-model aircraft. More...

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SELF-STARTING CESSNA KILLS MECHANIC
Authorities are investigating how an airplane mechanic was killed after an unoccupied Cessna 172 "started on its own" and crashed into another aircraft at the airport in Grand Junction, Colo. Dana Brewer, manager of Monument Aircraft Services, said the mechanic, who he declined to identify, was struck in the chest by the 172's propeller, which broke off when it hit the other plane. Although the FAA and NTSB have been notified, airport spokesman Charlie Novinskie said the incident is being treated as an industrial accident. More...

A STUDENT'S-EYE VIEW OF MEIGS
It's not often that GA topics rate an editorial in the mainstream press, let alone in a college newspaper, but even the editor of the Columbia Chronicle, the student newspaper at Chicago's Columbia College, was moved enough by the ongoing saga of Meigs Field to put fingers to keyboard. Now, Managing Editor Kristen Menke doesn't say much that hasn't already been said about the destruction of Meigs and the FAA's intention to fine the city as much as $4.5 million but she does use it as a launching point for, shall we say, a broader and more entertaining discussion of Mayor Richard Daley's management style. More...

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CESSNAS STICK TOGETHER IN CRASH
Two Cessnas became a biplane near Cincinnati on Sunday, but the results could have been a lot worse. In fact, all three occupants of the two planes, a 172 and a 152, survived the ensuing crash-landing with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. Both planes were reportedly doing touch-and-goes at Cincinnati West Airport when the landing gear of one of the planes hit the top of the wing of the other. "They seemed to lock up and flat-spin down to the ground," flight instructor Tim Bayne, who witnessed the accident, told the Cincinnati Inquirer. More...

SPORT PILOTS IN ARLINGTON BRACE FOR NASCAR INVASION
Pilots who frequent a Washington State airport known as an incubator of grass-roots aviation say it's on the verge of losing its innocence. Arlington Airport (among the first to have dedicated facilities for ultralights and sure to be a Sport Pilot hotbed) could soon be filled periodically with the Gulfstreams, Challengers, Citations and Hawkers of the rich and famous as they converge on a new NASCAR track planned next door. "Arlington is a rural, recreational, general aviation airport and that's gonna change and that's too bad," pilot Bruce Angell told The Seattle Times. In fact, the proximity of the airport is a key factor in International Speedway Corp.'s preference for the Arlington site. More...

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ON THE FLY...
F-16 launched flares to get the attention of errant pilot over Minneapolis...
Road moved after Maule's aborted takeoff...
Arrival procedures have been released for AOPA Expo, Oct. 21 to Oct. 23 in Long Beach. More...

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
Would you rather go to a large aviation event, like EAA AirVenture, the NBAA convention, or AOPA Expo, or read about it online? Plus, see the (exceptionally large) results of last week's question on controllers and the impending controller shortage. More...

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AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Lots of good "POTW" submissions this week, so we're going to keep the chatter short and get straight to the gawking. Congratulations to Eric Cobb, who takes home a spiffy new AVweb baseball cap for this week's winning photo. More...

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