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Volume 11, Number 3a -- January 17, 2005

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AIRPLANES UPDATE: ATG JAVELIN...
Aviation Technology Group (ATG) --owner of the hottest looking mock-up in town -- says it expects to roll out and fly its two-seat, twin-engine Javelin Jet prototype in the first quarter of this year. "Not long after, we will host an event where the Javelin will break records in the VLJ [very-light jet] category," CEO George Bye said mysteriously, in a recent company update. "This is a very exciting time ... and it's just the tip of the iceberg of what is to come." ATG has been building up its high-level staff, hiring former Cessna president Charlie Johnson to oversee manufacturing and flight ops, and also adding Horst Bergmann, former Jeppesen president, as right-hand-man to Bye. The company also announced late last year it has entered an agreement with Israel Aircraft Industries for the design, development and manufacture of an Advanced Jet Trainer for military use, based on the Javelin Jet design. More...

...A NEW TWINPROP FROM GERMANY...
"But what the general aviation needs most is this: It must be cheaper!" So says the English version of the German Web site of High Performance Aircraft (HPA), which is working on a shaft-driven twin-prop five-seat business aircraft. The TT62 Alekto ran its first taxi test last month -- you can watch it online. The composite airplane is driven by two Thielert 310-hp diesel FADEC engines, which will be installed centerline-ish, inside the fuselage, behind the cabin. The two five-bladed props then extend on pylons aft of the wing. "By this, excellent aerodynamic properties of the engine installation is realized -- there is no need of direct air-exposure of the liquid-cooled engines!" the Web site says. More...

...GINORMOUS A380 ROLLS OUT, WHILE (MUCH SMALLER) QUEST LOGS TIME
In the world of big airplanes -- and we mean realllly big -- tomorrow in France, Airbus will roll out with great fanfare (5,000 guests are expected) its brand-new A380, the world's biggest airliner, with capacity for 550 to 1,000 passengers. The superjumbo so far has cost $12 billion to develop. Airbus has orders for 139 of the aircraft, which is expected to fly in March. A much more affordable and differently tasked contender, Quest Aircraft's new Kodiak STOL 10-place turboprop prototype, has completed 50 flights and 40 hours in its test regime, the company said last week. "Performance of the Kodiak in most areas has exceeded our projections," said Tom Hamilton, chief technical officer. The Idaho company plans to debut the Kodiak at the Alaska Airmen's Trade Show in Anchorage, Alaska, May 14-15. More...

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HELP FOR SPORT PILOT HOPEFULS...
The FAA's Sport Pilot knowledge-test question bank has been posted for about two months, and now test-prep guides are reaching the market to help prospective pilots ace the exam. ASA is ready with its Sport Pilot Test Prep, in software format or book form, with all the FAA questions, answers and explanations arranged by subject matter. Demand reportedly has been so great that the publisher can't keep up, but orders in now should be filled by the end of the month. Gleim also has a selection, from software to books to an online ground school, as well as a study guide for the practical test and a syllabus with lesson plans for ground and flight training. King Schools is working on a Sport Pilot course in partnership with EAA. More...

... AS FAA ISSUES FIRST SPORT PILOT CERTIFICATES
The FAA last week issued the first certification of an ultralight trainer (a Maxair Drifter) as an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA), and also awarded the first weight-shift (trike) ratings, EAA has reported. The events took place in Sebring, Fla., where the staff of the FAA's Light-Sport Aviation Branch had arrived from Oklahoma City to prepare for this week's first sport pilot examiner training course. The staffers set to work flying at the Sebring Airport. Larry Clymer checked out in an Air Creation GTE and added a private pilot weight-shift rating to his pilot credentials, becoming the first to hold that rating. More...

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UPDATE ON TSA'S CFI RULE
Yes, tomorrow is the deadline for CFIs to complete online security-awareness training. If you're an active CFI, you're required to do it, but don't worry that men in black suits will come knocking at your door to follow up. Several CFIs told AVweb that course-takers can expect to spend more time than advertised -- from one hour up to three hours -- mainly because of slow download times. Others said that FAA officials at local FSDOs had no information about the course or the TSA requirements, and that it was a waste of time. "Don't get me wrong, I agree that it is a good idea to raise awareness," one reader wrote. "But the TSA should have raised our awareness that our awareness needed raising." According to AOPA, officials at the Transportation Security Administration say they want to focus on compliance, not enforcement. More...

ARMED AIRTRAN PILOT ACCUSED OF DRUNKENNESS, FIRED
Add guns to drinking, and you have worries, but add flying too, and you have potential disaster. Thus when a federal security screener at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, Nev., smelled alcohol on an armed AirTran pilot last Wednesday, police quickly descended. They questioned him, gave him a breath test and removed him from the cockpit. Oliver Paul Reason Jr., 37, was fired from his flying job and also suspended from his duties as a federal flight deck officer. Tracy Price, an airline pilot and an advocate for guns in the cockpit, told reporters the greatest danger is not a drunk pilot with a gun, but a drunk pilot with an airplane. "The issue is making sure a pilot who is irresponsible with alcohol is never, ever given access to an airplane," said Price. More...

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PENNSYLVANIA PILOT FORFEITS AIRPLANE
In Pennsylvania, a pilot who was accused of flying drunk last year has lost his airplane. The Cherokee was sold for $34,000, and now a judge has decreed that the proceeds belong to the district attorney's office. Asst. D.A. James Staerk argued pilot John Salamone's actions were "egregious" and warranted forfeiture of the airplane, and the court agreed. Salamone was convicted of risking a catastrophe and endangering others after flying recklessly for four hours in January 2004. His arrest prompted the state legislature to propose a new law against drunken flying, after prosecutors (and the public) were aghast to find that no such law existed. More...

MEDEVAC FLIGHTS UNDER SCRUTINY MAY GO HI-TECH
The pilots often fly in conditions similar to what caused the accident to which they're responding, but thirty-seven people died in 12 crashes during medical-evacuation flights last year, and the FAA and NTSB now are working on recommendations to improve the safety record. Night flying and weather have been cited as the most common causes. One step that's expected is that the FAA may require pilots to fly with night-vision goggles after dark. "I think the FAA is a little late getting on board," rescue pilot Will Eldredge told the Channel 3 News in Idaho Falls, Idaho, last week. "People have been pushing for goggles for many, many years." Eldredge said the goggles amplify existing light -- starlight, moonlight or city lights -- as much as 2,000 to 3,500 times. More...

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HIRING RULES FOR CONTROLLERS EASED
College graduates with training in air traffic control now can get hired by the FAA even if more than two years have elapsed since they graduated, the FAA said last week. The change in policy is expected to give the agency more flexibility in reaching controller candidates as it prepares to hire and train 12,500 air traffic controllers over the next 10 years. "We want to leave the door open as long as possible," said FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. "By extending the hiring period, we can tap a valuable source of potential new controllers and be fair to those who have already invested in their aviation careers." The FAA has said it will hire 1,249 controllers in fiscal year 2006. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) was glad to hear of the policy change. More...

ON THE FLY...
TSA asks GA to be alert during inauguration week...
EAA unveiled its new Web site for AirVenture...
China GA Forum set for March 16-18 in Shaanxi Province...
A C-182 reported stolen from Falcon Field, Mesa, Ariz....
X Prize Foundation has named three new board members...
A new spaceport in the works in west Texas...
Albatrosses can fly for weeks and for thousands of miles nonstop...
Concorde program, "Supersonic Dream," tomorrow night at 8 on PBS. More...

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SHORT FINAL...
Short runway, shorter fuse, and usually carrying substantially less animated cargo...

Tower: Understand you're without cargo today. If you're light, cleared for runway 6.

N1234: All I have on board is my wife ... and she's heavy, but not THAT heavy.

(pause)

Tower: Roger N1234, and she's flying with you, now?

N1234: Yep, she's got her headset on and is punching the heck out of me. Cleared to land runway 6, N1234.

Tower: Copy. We'll roll the trucks. More...

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