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'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?
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.
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.
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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...
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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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...
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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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...
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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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...
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."
Mooney to add 'airbag' seat restraints in Bravo and Ovation
PAMA hopes to declare May 24 Aviation Maintenance
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
NATA has elected three new members to its board
of directors. More...
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