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Volume 11, Number 16a April 18, 2005

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FACTORY-BUILT SPORT AIRCRAFT DEBUT...
"This is a day I sometimes thought would never come," EAA President Tom Poberezny said on Friday, under the Florida sun here in Lakeland. Together with a ream of manufacturers, FAA officials, and John and Martha King, Poberezny introduced the first two aircraft to receive their Special-Light Sport Aircraft certification -- the Evektor SportStar and the Flight Design CT. And he said that EAA is working to ensure there will be affordable insurance available for pilots eager to buy and fly. "The goal here is to break down the barriers to getting into flying," Poberezny said. Getting these airplanes approved is only one step along that road, but it's a major one that was a long time coming. More...

...WITH LOTS MORE COMING SOON
Tom Peghiny, president of Flightstar Sportplanes, took his turn at the microphone Friday and listed about a dozen aircraft that are in the works for certification and should be finished by Oshkosh, coming up in late July. Those soon-to-be S-LSAs include the Legend Cub, Rans Coyote and Courier, the ZennAir CH601, a couple of Quicksilver models, and more. Peghiny said he is ready to take orders on the Flight Design CT, which sells for about $85,000, and you can pick it up in about six weeks. Lots of aircraft were on the field ready to sell now as Experimental LSAs, which are far from the traditional homebuilt project -- one manufacturer said you can buy the "kit" 99 percent complete and be flying 24 hours later. More...

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SUN 'N FUN WRAP-UP...
The weather was perfect, the demos, attractions and air-show performers first-rate, but there appeared a muting to the "buzz" this year at Sun 'n Fun, which ends today in Lakeland, Fla. Maybe show-goers are just waiting for yesterday's promises to come true. Presently, the very light jet manufacturers are not yet rolling production models off the line and otherwise exciting alternative engines are still in development and/or making slow headway in a conservative market. That aside, the industry in its present state appeared strong and positive. Most of the manufacturers and suppliers we spoke with say business is good and getting better. Cirrus is looking at expansion, Lancair can't hire people fast enough and Piper will be back at full strength in six weeks. And among those looking forward to a good year is Mooney, which came with statistics to back that up. More...

...ECLIPSE MAKES GRAND ENTRANCE, FLIES SECOND JET...
Although Eclipse Aviation is now considered a long-time exhibitor at Sun 'n Fun, it was an elated CEO Vern Raburn who introduced the first type-conforming Eclipse 500 to the public here on Friday, in its first appearance ever out of Albuquerque. "This is the first fully conforming, pre-production, very light jet," he said emphatically. "This is not a prototype, not a one-off, not a kit you build yourself." The plane flew in powered by the Pratt and Whitney Canada PW601F engines developed for Eclipse after it parted ways with Williams International two years ago, setting back the certification and delivery schedules by a commensurate amount. However, Raburn said those difficulties are behind the company now. "We're really on the way now. It really is coming true." More...

...CESSNA PUTS DOWN ROOTS, EAA BACKS OFF
An indication of Sun 'n Fun's role in the aviation industry is Cessna's decision to set up permanent digs at Lakeland. Through the Cessna Foundation Inc., the company is building a 2,400-sqaure-foot building on the Sun 'n Fun campus, next to the Florida Air Museum. For 50 weeks of the year, Sun 'n Fun will use the building for the educational programs and activities that are funded by the annual fly-in. During the show, the building will become Cessna's headquarters and marketing area. The Cessna Foundation Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit organization that includes educational initiatives in the broad range of aviation-related interests it serves. And while Cessna plants permanent roots in Lakeland, EAA, the organization that many thought ran the show, has become little more than an exhibitor, albeit a huge exhibitor. More...

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LASER TAG, NORAD STYLE, IS NO GAME...
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has unveiled its laser-based warning system designed to prevent innocently errant pilots from being shot down in the hypersensitive restricted airspace surrounding Washington, D.C. Starting in about a month, pilots who stray into the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) will get "illuminated" with alternating blasts of "safe" green and red laser pulses by the Visual Warning System (VWS). As AVweb told you in January, the system is intended to cause pilots to immediately get out of the ADIZ (not press on to investigate the odd flashing lights) and those who don't risk interception and/or personal acquaintance with the firepower available to military pilots. More...

...LASER JUST THE FIRST STEP...
Assuming a pilot who manages to blunder into the most publicized and recognized restricted airspace in the country recognizes the laser signals for what they are and gets out of the ADIZ, his or her troubles are far from over. Attached to the dozen or so lasers are high-powered cameras that will apparently be able to zoom in on an offender and read his or her tail number. Anyone who sees the bright lights can expect a personal introduction to the country's security apparatus. The military hopes the lasers will be able to get the attention of pilots who have so far successfully ignored fighter aircraft near them. More...

...AWARENESS NEEDED
Most of the alphabet groups got an advance look at the system last Thursday and seemed to agree it has merits as long as it's accompanied by a massive educational and public-relations program. "If you didn't know what it meant, you wouldn't know what to do," AOPA spokeswoman Melissa Rudinger told the Post. "It's important to get the education out as wide as you can, not just in this region." Part of that education is the posting of a video of the demonstration by AOPA and EAA and a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions posted by NORAD. EAA spokesman Doug Macnair, who saw the demonstration from inside a Blackhawk helicopter, said pilots illuminated by the lasers will immediately know that something is going on. More...

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ADAM AIRCRAFT GETTING CLOSER
Adam Aircraft's A500 centerline twin is creeping closer -- granted, at a pace far behind its predicted schedule -- to the point where certification seems inevitable, having completed 230 out of the 235 tasks required, spokesman John Hamilton told AVweb at Sun 'n Fun. The fully conforming prototype has acquired 675 flight hours, and customer aircraft numbers 1 and 2 are already under construction. President Joe Walker said the first customer delivery will take place by June, and the company is ready to deliver 25 this year and six a month in 2006. "We've got about a two-year backlog," he said. He expects the A700 twinjet to achieve certification in 2006 and follow the same program: 25 the first year, 72 in the second year. More...

FAA RESISTS CHANGE, PANEL DETERMINES
Maybe it's the 1970s-vintage computers many FAA staffers use, perhaps it's the 1950s-style labor-relations environment (OK, it has been getting better) or maybe the industry it governs is just a bit on the conservative side, but the Government Accountability Office has confirmed something many have long suspected: When it comes to new ideas, the FAA can be a stick in the mud. The GAO assembled a panel of former high-level FAA bureaucrats, economists, academics and industry experts whose report concluded that the FAA is running a jet-age air traffic control system with piston-age thinking, from field staff to those at 800 Independence. "Such resistance is a characteristic of FAA personnel at all levels," the panel concluded. The report formed a backdrop to aviation subcommittee hearings on Thursday, which offered similar laments. More...

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"UNNECESSARY" MEDEVAC HELICOPTER HELPS OUT OPPONENT
A long-simmering dispute over the location of a New Jersey medevac unit took an ironic twist when the unit's helicopter was used to airlift a severely injured employee of the unit's most vocal opponent. Thomas E. Mulrooney suffered severe burns on his face and upper body after being doused in molten plastic at Polycel Structural Foam in Branchburg, N.J. Polycel CEO and local township committeeman Kurt Joerger has been trying to get the medevac unit out of nearby Somerset Airport since it was moved there from Newark's University Hospital on Feb. 4. Joerger, who owns a 175-acre horse farm near the airport, called the move an "unlawful unwarranted and unnecessary intrusion into the rural region that surrounds the airport." Medevac officials hinted that intrusion may have saved Mulrooney's life. More...

HIGHWAY LANDING MAKES THEM HEROES
A well-developed sense of self-preservation, a lucky break in traffic, and likely a well-developed skill-set has won two pilots the accolades of a small community. Two pilots are being given the keys to the city of Roseland, Ind., and are being proclaimed "Citizen Heroes" by the St. Joseph County Red Cross for setting their crippled Pilatus PC12 down on a busy highway without causing any injuries to themselves, their three passengers or anyone on the ground last December. "I don't think either one of us feels like we are heroes," said Craig Miers, who along with co-pilot Sven Slattberg put the big turboprop single down on a section of Highway 933 lined with businesses. More...

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BOOZE CHARGES DROPPED, PILOT WANTS JOB BACK
An AirTran pilot wants his job back after prosecutors dropped charges that he intended to fly an airliner while drunk. In a carefully worded statement, lawyer John Watkins said his client "wasn't in violation of the law." The pilot was arrested Jan. 12 and charged with trying to help fly 60 passengers from Las Vegas to Atlanta. But Clark County District Attorney David Roger told The Associated Press his office couldn't prove the charge. For one thing, Nevada doesn't specify a blood-alcohol limit for pilots and the pilot wasn't in the cockpit when he was arrested. He was in the aircraft galley. More...

AIR FORCE HELPS BOY'S CANCER BATTLE
Well, it's hard to say who got more out of a special day to help a little boy survive cancer and fulfill his already well-developed dream to become a pilot. The folks at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to give five-year-old Evan Moriarty a glimpse of what's in store when he beats the disease and realizes his dream. On Friday, during a tour of the base, Evan got his own flight suit and jacket, plus autographed photos of the Blue Angels, Top Gun star Tom Cruise and former Air National Guard pilot (he has another job, now) George W. Bush. "It's [Evan's] ultimate goal to one day grow up and be a pilot," said his mom, Shana Moriarty. More...

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AVWEB'S SUN 'N FUN 2005 GALLERIES
For those of you who couldn't make it to Sun 'n Fun, we've put together a few galleries to show you what you missed. Enjoy! More...

ON THE FLY...
A T-6 was damaged after it went off a taxiway at Sun 'n Fun...
NAATS President gets status at contract hearings...
Men arrested after asking for cockpit tour...
Be A Pilot program nearing milestone...
Outdoor Channel goes hi-def with GA in July. More...

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Drop us a line. Heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about? If it caught your eye, it will probably interest someone else, too. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. More...

DOC BLUE'S EMEGENCY MEDICAL KIT: DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!
Do you carry a first aid kit in your airplane or car?  AVweb's Brent Blue, M.D., says drug-store first aid kits are packed with stuff that is mostly useless.  Over the years, Dr. Blue has assembled his own traveling medical kit for dealing with on-the-road emergencies, based on his long experience as an emergency room doc, frequent traveler, pilot, outdoorsman, and dad. The kit is on sale by calling (888) 362-7123, or read about what's in Dr. Blue's kit by visiting http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/aeromedi/avflash.

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
COLUMNS
The Pilot's Lounge #86: Oh %$#@! -- I Think I Just Busted A Reg.
Oops, now you've done it. You didn't mean to but you got distracted and then ... So now what? AVweb's Rick Durden, a practicing aviation attorney, has lots of suggestions for how to work with the FAA and, hopefully, make it much less of an issue.

More...

READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
AVmail: April 18, 2005
Reader mail this week about "new" parachutes for airplanes, medical certification, ab-initio training in a high-tech plane 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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SHORT FINAL...
One chilly day last winter, after one of the many snowfalls, the crews were diligently working on keeping the runways clean at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. The ATIS had the usual warning about snow-covered surfaces. As I was taxiing to the runway, I heard the following conversation between the tower and a landing airplane:

Airplane: You guys need to get some snow melters like they have over in Buffalo.

Tower: We do have one. (Pause.) It's called July 4th.

Airplane: I thought that was just a bad day for ice fishing. More...

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