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Volume 11, Number 10b March 10, 2005

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SPACE TOURS FROM FLORIDA IN 2006?
Aera Corp., of Temeculah, Calif., announced on Monday that it has signed a "Commercial Space Operations Support Agreement" with the U.S. Air Force that will allow it to launch its seven-seat rocket-powered spacecraft from a launch pad and land it horizontally on a runway, both at Cape Canaveral. Aera said it will unveil its spaceship, Altairis, this spring at the Planetarium in New York City, in an event the company is calling "The Altairis Adventure Rollout," and will be flying paying passengers into space by the end of next year. Virgin Galactic, which is building a fleet of spacecraft based on Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne, has said it expects to be flying in 2007. More...

...WITH A "SIMPLE" ROCKET DESIGN...
Aera Corp., formerly American Astronautics, competed for the X Prize with plans for a ship that sounds much like Altairis, but the company never got enough capital together to make it happen. Company founder Bill Sprague told MSNBC that the success of SpaceShipOne has meant an infusion of venture capital that has encouraged him to move forward. The ship will use off-the-shelf technology, he said. Aera has not yet released details of its plans, but the X Prize spacecraft consisted of a capsule that would ride atop a booster rocket to about 119,000 feet, then separate and coast into space. The booster returns to the spaceport, and the capsule deploys a parafoil to slow its descent, then glides back to the spaceport for a landing cushioned by pressurized bags. More...

...AND SOON, ORBITAL VACATIONS
Aera Corp. also says that three-day orbital vacations should be available within a few years. By the time they get there, Bigelow Aerospace, of North Las Vegas, Nev., may well be ready with orbiting hotels where those passengers can stay. Bigelow expects to launch its Genesis Pathfinder spacecraft early next year, Space.com reported on Tuesday. The launch will be a shakeout of systems to be used on a full-scale inflatable space structure dubbed the Nautilus, which is aiming to be ready for commercial use by January 2010. Start saving your pennies now, because the estimated price for visitors is about $8 million apiece. More...

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FIRST FLIGHT FOR ALEKTO TWIN AND NEW DIESELS...
When the TT62 Alekto from High Performance Aircraft made its first flight last month, in Liechtenstein, it was also the first flight for Thielert's new Centurion 4.0 V8 diesel FADEC engines. "For both companies, it represents another important milestone in the introduction of the state-of-the-art technology into general aviation," Thielert said in a news release last week. The TT62 is a five-seater all-composite aircraft. The two engines are installed inside the fuselage behind the cockpit. They power two five-blade propellers connected to the fuselage via pylons. More...

...AS JAVELIN JET NEARS LAUNCH
Construction of the Javelin jet demonstrator prototype is undergoing final assembly and it will be ready for its first flight soon, Aviation Technology Group (ATG) said Monday. In the last couple of weeks, the main landing gear and the rudder pedals were installed. Wing flaps and ailerons are awaiting final installation. Technicians have completed bench testing of avionics in preparation for instrument panel installation and final avionics functional testing. They have also successfully integrated the avionics and aircraft instrumentation in preparation for preliminary engine runs. About a month after the first flight, ATG says it will unveil the Javelin prototype to the world. More...

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NEW PIPER BACK TO FULL PRODUCTION
New Piper was hit hard by the hurricanes that stormed through Vero Beach, Fla., last fall (not to mention hand-me-down crankshaft complications compliments of Lycoming ... or Interstate ... depending on whom you talk to) but the company is back to full production and all of its laid-off workers have been recalled, spokesman Mark Miller told AVweb yesterday. "We're on track to deliver more airplanes this year than we did in either 2004 or 2003," he said. The sprawling 80-acre site sustained heavy damage to several buildings, but the main tooling and assembly equipment was spared and moved into intact space. The company lost some staffers due to attrition during its recovery, so it now is hiring and hopes to gradually build back up to a full workforce of about 1,000, Miller said. So far the staff is up to about 830. More...

CONGRESS PRESSURES TSA ON DC AIRSPACE
TSA chief David Stone took some heat last week from a congressional panel for being late with a report on reopening Washington's airports to GA traffic. During a budget hearing on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) asked about the status of a progress report on the airports (Reagan Washington National and the three small GA fields known as the "DC-3") that was due on March 1. Stone said a draft of the report had been submitted to the Department of Homeland Security but the recent changes in leadership there had meant a delay. Another TSA report that's supposed to provide updates on the need for the ADIZ around Washington is already months overdue, according to AOPA. More...

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AIRBUS RETURNS TO CUBA AFTER PARTIAL RUDDER LOSS
An Air Transat Airbus 310 was about 30 minutes into a flight from Cuba to Quebec City on Saturday when the rudder became partially detached. The airplane returned safely to Cuba. Three other Airbus airplanes were grounded for inspection but returned to service after no problems were found. Reports that the Airbus was denied permission to land in Florida by U.S. air traffic controllers seem to have been false. U.S. controllers said they were never told about an emergency, and Air Transat said the crew chose to return to Cuba because they had maintenance crew there and were never refused permission to land in Florida. More...

NAVAJO NATION DECIDES AIRPLANE-BUILDING TOO RISKY
The Navajo Nation has opted out of a partnership with Utilicraft Aerospace to build a new twin-prop freight hauler. The project was announced in December, but then two state agencies in New Mexico reviewed the proposal and warned the tribe to proceed with extreme caution before putting any money into the project, IndianCountry.com reported on Tuesday. The tribe decided it would take too long to see a return on its investment, and backed out of the $34 million deal. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. said the memorandum of understanding agreed to in December had noted that the deal would have to clear such hurdles before being finalized. More...

AVEMCO TEAMS WITH PILOT INSURANCE CENTER (PIC) TO OFFER LIFE INSURANCE
Avemco, the only direct writer of property and casualty insurance for general aviation in the U.S., is sponsoring a Term Life Insurance Program underwritten by well-respected insurance companies that have products tailored to general aviation pilots.  The Avemco Program will be administered by the Pilot Insurance Center, using PIC's unique criteria.  This collaborative effort will make life insurance more widely available to pilots at the best possible rates.  For more information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avemco/avflash.

FAA CALLS BA'S ENGINE-OUT TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHT "RECKLESS"
FAA officials said on Monday they plan to charge British Airways with "careless and reckless operation of an aircraft," because the airline flew a 747 from Los Angeles to London with one of its four engines shut down, the International Herald Tribune reported on Monday. A British Airways spokesman said the flight crew did nothing wrong. "The 747 is fully certificated to operate on three engines. There is no requirement to land," said Steve Shelterline. The 747 ran low on fuel as it crossed the Atlantic at a lower-than-usual altitude, declared an emergency and landed in Manchester. More...

FAA WEB SITE UPGRADED
For years, the FAA has been building up stacks of useful information on its Web site, but trying to find that information (if you even knew it was there to be found) could be cumbersome. A fresh new redesign that went online last week aims to make it easier for pilots to find the info they need. The home page has a list of links for pilots that lead to graphic TFRS, NOTAMs, weather, and a downloadable pilot certificate application. A couple of clicks on the "aircraft" tab will take GA pilots to links about registering an aircraft and flying a vintage or surplus military aircraft, as well as an outline of information available from the Small Airplane Directorate. More...

TWIN COMMANDER AIRCRAFT, LLC SEEKS COMPANY PRESIDENT
Twin Commander Aircraft, LLC is seeking a new, dynamic company leader to succeed the retiring president.  This CEO position reports to a corporate Executive Vice President and has full P&L responsibility for the company. In addition to leading a dedicated in-house engineering, parts, customer service, and support staff in Arlington, Washington, the President manages contractual relationships with a key group of 22 independent factory-authorized service centers worldwide.  The ideal candidate must have a senior-level management background in general aviation, experience with the Twin Commander Aircraft product line, and the ability and enthusiasm to take this legendary aircraft product line to new levels of performance and growth.  Contact:
   J. Stevens, HR Dept.
   Precision Aerospace Services, LLC

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ON THE FLY...
New GPS arrival procedures in place for AirVenture at Oshkosh in July...
Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher resigned...
First flight of Boeing's Worldliner, a long-range version of the 777...
NTSB wants modifications to Honeywell FMSs to prevent errors...
Register online for 2005 Air Care Conference, April 29-30 in N.C....
The FAA will spend $500,000 to study safety barriers at TEB. More...

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AVIDYNE'S CMAX™ APPROACH CHARTS TAKE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
WHAT'S NEW
What's New for March 2005
This month AVweb's survey of the latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you a book on night flying, a density altitude thermometer, vortex generators for Stinsons and much more. More...

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HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVweb's NO-COST twice monthly Business AVflash? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash also focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the Business of Aviation. Business AVflash is a must read. Watch for a Business AVflash regular feature, TSA WATCH: GA IN THE "SPOTLIGHT". Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/ More...

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, one AVweb reader wants to know if you've ever had a near-mid-air and didn't report it. PLUS: Results of last week's question on the spread of MOAs. More...

CHICAGO BIZAV AIRPORT RFP
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AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
This was a light week for "POTW" submissions, but almost every entry this week was a serious contender for one of our top three spots. So, despite a slight drop in submissions, we're going to run an astonishing seven pictures this week — headlined by a colorful, exciting air show pic from Bob Harrington. Bob, like all our weekly winners, will receive an official AVweb baseball cap to keep his eyes shaded during this summer's air shows. To get an AVweb cap of your own, submit your photo to our contest! More...

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