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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
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
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...
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.
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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...
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...
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...
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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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...
TSA asks GA to be alert during inauguration week...
its new Web site for AirVenture...
China GA Forum set for March 16-18 in Shaanxi Province...
reported stolen from Falcon Field, Mesa, Ariz....
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.
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N1234: All I have on board is my wife ... and she's
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N1234: Yep, she's got her headset on and is punching the
heck out of me. Cleared to land runway 6, N1234.
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