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Volume 11, Number 15a April 11, 2005

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SUN 'N FUN DEBUTS FACTORY-BUILT SPORT PLANES...
In Lakeland, Fla., this week, aviators are gathering for Sun 'n Fun, and the FAA is making the most of it by getting past a huge bump on the rocky road to light sport aviation -- as of Friday, manufacturers that build fixed-wing airplanes can now get airworthiness certificates for them and sell them as special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA). The FAA has signed the final papers that put in place all the necessary procedures, and will start training designated airworthiness representatives, who will conduct inspections to be sure the airplanes are in compliance. Sun 'n Fun opens tomorrow, and those S-LSAs are going to be for sale all over the field. What kind of response they get will be closely watched by many. Is the pent-up demand there? Or is the takeoff point for LSA still somewhere in the future? More...

...WITH FLOCKS OF CONTENDERS...
Among the S-LSAs expected to be on display are the Flight Design CT, an all-composite, high-wing airplane built in Germany and sold in the U.S. by Flight Design of Connecticut. Two Evektor SportStars, a low-wing, all-metal airplane from the Czech Republic, will be there, the ink still wet on their airworthiness certificates. Sport Aircraft International, of Kerrville, Texas, says that by 4 p.m. Friday it already had S-LSA approvals in hand for the two airplanes. Making its debut is the Legend Cub, an LSA-compliant "redefined" Piper Cub lookalike, with a 100-hp Continental engine, a wider cockpit, and other modern touches. More...

...PLUS LANCAIR, AVIAT, CHELTON, SYMPHONY, PIPER, MORE
Plenty of the established certified airplane manufacturers and kitplane companies will be in Lakeland this week also, with new aircraft to show and product updates to boast about. Aviat Aircraft is bringing several new Huskies, showing off the recently STC'd weight-saving MT propeller and a newly modified aileron/flap combination. Lancair President Bing Lantis will announce details of a new "set and forget" climate-control system for the production models Columbia 350 and "world's fastest certified piston single engine" 400, and talk about company expansion initiatives. Chelton Aviation has a new digital autopilot mounted in a Cheetah. Watch your inbox for two special editions of AVweb straight from the show, arriving Wednesday and Friday, with a wrap-up next Monday. More...

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TSA LOSES HEAD, MAY DOWNSIZE...
Admiral David M. Stone, the third person to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the three years of its (somewhat rocky) existence, announced Friday he will step down in June. Officials were mum on the reasons for the departure and plans for a successor. The move could reflect an effort in Washington to diminish the agency's role, according to The Washington Post. The TSA could be limited to just managing airport security screeners, or it could be disbanded altogether. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is currently undertaking a review of the TSA to be completed in May or June, which is expected to lead to major changes. More...

...TO GA DISMAY
General aviation advocacy groups are growing weary of the TSA revolving door. "We need consistent and steady leadership by the individuals that shape our fragile flight environment," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. Each new leader needs to be convinced that GA aircraft are not a threat and educated about the nature and needs of small airports, a frustrating exercise when they keep leaving. Stone had appeared last October at AOPA Expo in Long Beach, Calif., where he showed a willingness to listen to the concerns of GA pilots. He also had worked closely with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) on plans to reopen Reagan Washington National Airport. More...

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NTSB REPORTS PROBABLE CAUSE OF HUGHES RACER REPLICA CRASH
The crash of a Hughes H-1B Racer replica in August 2003 was caused by the loss of a propeller counterweight in flight, the NTSB said in its final report. The pilot then lost control of the airplane during a forced landing attempt and spun into the ground. The crash took place in Yellowstone National Park as pilot James Wright, 53, of Cottage Grove, Ore., who had built the replica, was flying it home from Oshkosh. The propeller was a "highly modified" constant-speed prop with a history of control problems, the safety board said. The NTSB said it found nothing to indicate that Wright, who was killed in the accident, had any physical problems that might have contributed to the crash. Wright was wearing a parachute at the time of the accident. More...

IN-FLIGHT BREAKUP INVESTIGATED IN CESSNA CRASH
Three men from northern California died Thursday morning when their Cessna T210L crashed into a field near Fresno. A witness said he heard an "explosion" and saw debris raining down from the sky at the time of the crash. Other witnesses reported sounds like backfiring and sputtering from the engine. The FAA told The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that one wing was found some distance from the main wreckage, but investigators have not yet determined if there was an in-flight breakup of the aircraft. More...

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SUSPECT PILOT LOCATED IN U.K.
Last week, authorities located a 35-year-old British national who had been the subject of a "special alert (scroll down) issued to flight training providers. The alert included a picture of the man and said he should not be allowed to rent or fly airplanes or take lessons. A flight school in Georgia, where two of the 9/11 hijackers had briefly trained, had reported that the man had tried to have his pilot rating upgraded despite not being qualified. He also became "aggressive" while pushing for his training schedule to be accelerated. Authorities say they now have located the man in the U.K. The matter is still being investigated and he has not been taken into custody, but his name is now on the FAA's "no-fly" list. More...

INDIAN PILOTS HONORED FOR HIGH-ALTITUDE RESCUE
Two Indian air force helicopter pilots visited the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., last week to accept an award for a record-setting high-altitude rescue flight in the Himalayas last May. The two pilots landed their Cheetah helicopter at 23,240 feet on a glacier to rescue three critically hurt mountaineers. Wing Commander S.K. Sharma and co-pilot Flight Lieutenant A.P. Dhanake made the landing despite turbulent conditions and high winds. The helicopter's official service ceiling is about 17,700 feet. India is working on building a beefed-up helicopter that could fly rescue missions above 25,000 feet. More...

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SHUTTLE PREPARES TO LAUNCH, RUSSIANS WORK ON THEIR OWN
Space Shuttle Discovery reached its launch pad Thursday morning, and is getting ready for the first flight in the orbiter program since the loss of Columbia in February 2003. The rollout is one of the last major steps before Discovery's launch, targeted for a May 15 to June 3 window. Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins will lead the seven-person crew. Meanwhile, Russia says it's ready to start building a new space shuttle of its own that would land on ordinary runways and be far cheaper to operate than the U.S shuttle. The Kliper spacecraft, which was unveiled recently at the 2005 World Exposition in Japan, would provide a supply link to the ISS, replacing the Russian Soyuz and the U.S. shuttle. More...

INSURANCE FOR AGING PILOTS
Aging pilots can run into problems with insurance, facing substantial surcharges or even cutoffs. AOPA is working on a study to see if the accident record justifies such actions. "This study is extraordinarily important to pilots, because the answers could very well affect general aviation safety and the cost of flying for everyone," AOPA President Phil Boyer said. "This affects all of us. We're all getting older." AOPA will also fund an independent study to examine what happens to the cognitive and neuro-muscular skills of pilots as they age. "Currently, there is no hard, scientific data to justify the way some insurance companies are treating older pilots," said Boyer. "We're going to find the truth." More...

POWERLINK™ FADEC CERTIFIED ON LIBERTY XL-2; IS IT RIGHT FOR YOUR AIRCRAFT?
Liberty Aerospace is the first certified piston-powered aircraft with PowerLink™ FADEC as standard equipment. PowerLink™ FADEC is now also available for several additional certified and experimental aircraft, including the A-36 Bonanza and VANS RV series. Find out how you can bring your aircraft into the state-of-the-art at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/tcm/fadec/avflash.

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ON THE FLY...
Mooney to add 'airbag' seat restraints in Bravo and Ovation models...
PAMA hopes to declare May 24 Aviation Maintenance Technician Day...
Fla. man whose wife and son died in a crash sued FAA for $30 million...
LSA guru Dan Johnson has a new Web log about sport aviation...
NATA has elected three new members to its board of directors. More...

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READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
AVmail: April 11, 2005
Reader mail this week about airborne cellphone use, privatizing Flight Service, medical certification for recreational pilots and much more. More...

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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CEO of the Cockpit #43: Summit Talks on Aviation
A informal meeting of the minds (such as they are) takes place each year where folks from many walks of life -- but connected by aviation -- discuss the state of the industry and relations among pilots, mechanics, and more. AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit tells the tale.

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AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVFLASH
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...

AVIDYNE'S CMAX™ APPROACH CHARTS TAKE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
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SHORT FINAL...
Sometimes you fly touch-and-go's, sometimes you watch others fly touch-and-go's.
Thrity minutes later, still at the runway's threshold...

Plane: Tower, 01Q.

Tower: 01Q, Tower.

Plane: 01Q has a request.

Tower: Go ahead 01Q.

Plane: 01Q would like to taxi back to the FBO to refuel.

(pause)

Tower: OK 01Q, we'll see if we can't get you out of here today. More...

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