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Eclipse Aviation appears to have answered the chicken-and-egg dilemma
revolving around what were likely the biggest obstacles to
very-light-jet ownership: training and insurance. In simultaneous announcements Friday,
the company that hopes to bring the masses a million-dollar jet (well,
pretty close, anyway) has thrown away the notion of in-house training
for neophyte jet jockeys and (timing is everything) found a company
that will insure them. New Eclipse owners will train on the same gear,
and at the same facility, as United Airlines pilots. That was
fundamental to AIG Aviation Inc.'s agreement to insure the Eclipse 500
and for insurance broker Willis Global Aviation to announce tentative
insurance pricing for the mini-jets. More...
TRAINS NEW ECLIPSE PILOTS...
Future Eclipse pilots will use the same simulators as the line pilots
to learn the curriculum, jointly developed by Eclipse and United.
However, they won't get the same instructors. In a separate deal,
United has contracted with Alteon, a Boeing subsidiary, to provide
flight and other instructors for the Eclipse program. The training,
including computer-based study material, is included in the price of
the aircraft, but a mandatory upset-recovery course using an L-19
Albatros will cost the customers $995. However, you won't be finished
spending money there. More...
TAKES ON INSURANCE
It's no coincidence that Eclipse simultaneously announced the revised
training program with the unveiling of an insurance carrier willing to
take on the new jet jockeys. AIG Aviation Inc. lists the training
program as a condition for insuring the 500. "Quality training will be
a critical element to a successful future for very light jets. AIG
Aviation has recognized that the successful completion of the Eclipse
500 type rating and mentor program is the prerequisite to
insurability," said William Lovett, vice president of AIG Aviation
Inc. While we're not insurance experts, the proposed rates announced
Friday seem proportionately in line with other GA insurance. Willis
Global has set estimated costs for insuring an Eclipse based on pilots
with three levels of experience. More...
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Gone are the days when laser eye surgery meant an automatic
disqualification for would-be military pilots. A more sophisticated
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used by Air Force doctors as a "performance enhancement" procedure
designed as "an improvement to the human weapon system." The Air Force
now allows (in fact, seems to encourage) the procedure for pilots who
don't fly high-performance or training aircraft, but does not allow it
for "those whose aircraft have cabin altitudes potentially above
14,000 feet." The new procedure does a better job of precisely
adjusting for the small aberrations on the cornea that can throw off
Col. (Dr.) Robert Smith, the program manager of the Air Force
Warfighter Refractive Surgery Program, performed the first laser
surgery on a pilot in September. "That aviator now has 20/12 vision
(better than 20/20) without glasses and tells me that his night-vision
performance has been tremendously improved," Dr. Smith said. He added
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TEST PILOT HELPS OUT ON AIRLINER
Lt. Col. Scott Neumann, a test pilot and the deputy commander of the
412th Operations Group at Edwards Air Force Base, took the right seat
of a 737 during an emergency diversion of the Los Angeles-bound
airliner last week. The pilot headed for Colorado Springs to get
medical help for the original co-pilot, who apparently suffered a
seizure while in the right seat. (And you thought you had problems
with your medical ...) Neumann -- along with his test-flight
experience on the B-2 Spirit, plus time on at least four other Air
Force aircraft -- was on his way back to California from meetings in
Washington when the co-pilot was stricken. While he was helping other
passengers move the sick co-pilot, a flight attendant with whom he'd
been chatting mentioned his flight experience to the captain. "You'll
do," the captain said to the colonel. More...
CEO UNDER GUN FOR DEGREES
Near as we can tell, Jack Pelton hasn't broken any laws, lied, cheated
or stolen anything or done anything that thousands of people don't do
quite legally every day. But the Cessna CEO's job could still be on
the line after a 60 Minutes segment on his alma mater, Hamilton University. The news program noted that
Pelton was among thousands that have e-mail-order degrees from the
now-defunct university that was, until the state changed its laws,
based in Evanston, Wyo. Pelton had both a bachelor's and master's
degree in aerospace engineering but CBS claims they aren't worth the
paper they're written on. For now, at least, Cessna seems to be
standing by Pelton. More...
GOES FOR MACH 10
Powered by a supersonic combustible ramjet (and an equally powerful
media machine) NASA is turning the spotlight back on itself on Monday.
After a brief (and perhaps unaccustomed) period in the shadows of the
Paul Allen / Burt Rutan / SpaceShipOne show, NASA will grab some
limelight this week by trying to make an "airplane" go faster than
ever before. The X-43A unmanned scramjet will try to hit Mach 10
over the Pacific Ocean off California today. Launch will be about 2
p.m. PST. The X-43 hit Mach 6.83 in a flight last March, setting an
all-time aircraft speed record. More...
NTSB BUTT HEADS OVER INCURSIONS
At the heart of the issue, the NTSB is suggesting the FAA isn't
properly reporting incursions and is calling for installation of
anti-incursion warning systems at major airports, and pressing its
point with a highly publicized -- and well animated -- August near-collision
at LAX recently shown on TV news channels. But a less sensational,
and probably more dangerous incident that was part of the same report
didnt rate the national radar. It has, however, had Cincinnati
media buzzing. The FAA confirms a landing Ameriflight cargo plane and
a departing Comair flight came within 30 feet of each other at a
runway intersection at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) on
Oct. 19. Meanwhile, at Baltimore Washington International (BWI) the
NTSB says pilots have complained of two near collisions. The FAA says
both were false reports, but there are details. More...
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PILOT RISKS PLANES TO FIGHT FEES
In Canada, where aircraft owners pay a $60 yearly fee to the privately
owned airspace manager Nav Canada, an Ontario pilot is fighting the
charges -- and could lose his two homebuilt aircraft because of it.
Otto Stanat says he never uses Nav Canada services because he always
flies from uncontrolled fields and never strays far from home. So, two
years ago he decided not to pay and, with the bill now at more than
$400 (including interest and late-payment charges, plus next year's
charge), Nav Canada is getting impatient. Stanat says Nav Canada has
threatened to seize his airplanes and put liens on his property. "I'm
in a state of depression," Stanat told The Canadian Press. The
Canadian Ultralight Pilots Association claims there are plenty of
recreational pilots who support Stanat. More...
The dream of reviving a timeless aircraft design appears over for
Missouri-based Renaissance Aircraft. The company, which was
planning to produce an updated and souped-up version of the Luscombe
8F, announced Friday that it has abandoned the venture and will pull
out of Cape Girardeau, Mo., within 30 days. The project was dogged
from the start by expensive litigation over the use of the Luscombe
type certificate (Renaissance won, but spent hundreds of thousands of
dollars). With the lawsuit settled last April, owner John Dearden had
hoped to start building airplanes but had trouble finding investors,
according to the Southeast Missourian newspaper. More...
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Crash survivors, pilot who died, got Montana Medals of Valor...
co-pilot rating to be implemented...
Dig for Earhart began on
FAA investigates alcohol charges against pilot, flight
Delta pilots accepted 32.5-percent pay cut...
Web page from the FAA. More...
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As the Beacon Turns #83: TFRs Again & Again
Been caught in
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avoid them. And why do we have to work so hard? Why can't we find them
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