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Volume 10, Number 47a -- November 15, 2004

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MINI-JET OBSTACLES OVERCOME
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...

...UNITED 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...

...AIG 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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MILITARY LAUDS NEW(ISH) LASER EYE SURGERY
Gone are the days when laser eye surgery meant an automatic disqualification for would-be military pilots. A more sophisticated version we told you about in May 2003, called wavefront-guided LASIK, is now being 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 vision. More...

...AND IT WORKS
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 that the surgery gives military pilots "the competitive edge in their work environment." More improvements are on the way. New technology allows even more customized treatment with the potential for even bigger vision improvements. X-ray vision is next. (OK, maybe not.) More...

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MILITARY 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...

CESSNA 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...

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NASA 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...

FAA, 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 didn’t 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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CANADIAN 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...

LUSCOMBE PLANT CLOSES
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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ON THE FLY...
Crash survivors, pilot who died, got Montana Medals of Valor...
New co-pilot rating to be implemented...
Dig for Earhart began on Tinian...
FAA investigates alcohol charges against pilot, flight attendant...
Delta pilots accepted 32.5-percent pay cut...
Handy Web page from the FAA. More...

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As the Beacon Turns #83: TFRs Again & Again
Been caught in a TFR yet? It may be just a matter of time, unless you work hard to avoid them. And why do we have to work so hard? Why can't we find them all in one, easy step? AVweb's Michael Maya Charles has hints in this month's As The Beacon Turns. More...

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SHORT FINAL...
I flew a Piper Arrow recently from Anoka, Minnesota, to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Somewhere near the Pittsburg Class Bravo airspace we were getting traffic advisories...

Approach: Baron N###, traffic is a Piper Arrow at 11 o'clock, 2 miles.

his response.......

Thanks, Pittsburg, we already have him on the fishfinder. More...

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