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Volume 11, Number 24b June 16, 2005

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ADAM ON THE A500'S TYPE CERTIFICATE...
Adam Aircraft CEO Rick Adam hosted a live Web seminar on Tuesday, with an update on the status of his company's A500 centerline twin and the A700 light jet. The just-shy-of-$900,000 (in 2003 dollars) A500 piston twin received its FAA Type Certificate (TC) in May, and "We're all thrilled here," Adam said. The first customer delivery is set to take place at Oshkosh, in late July. At this time, the TC comes with substantial restrictions for the aircraft -- daytime VFR only, no baggage, maximum of three occupants, avoidance of icing conditions, a 12,500-foot operational ceiling, and a (presently) very short airframe life limit, for example. However, all the testing has been completed, Adam said, and it's just a matter of getting all the paperwork through the FAA. A chunk of that will be done in July and the rest in September, he said (though the icing program will come later), at which point the restrictions will be removed, and customer aircraft will be retrofitted and upgraded. More...

...WORKING TOWARD THE ADVERTISED PRODUCT...
The icing test program, however, is slated for next winter. And the July and September dates for TC amendments depend on getting all the necessary interaction with the FAA completed. "The FAA budget cutbacks are putting stress on manufacturers," President Joe Walker said in a follow-up call with AVweb yesterday. Inspectors are not always available to do the required work. For example, "Last week, we had to fly the airplane to Boston, because the FAA staff we needed to work with didn't have the budget to come to Denver," he said. The initial TC also limits the airframe to 250 hours total. Walker said the company will start further fatigue testing in August that would push the limit up. More...

...AS A700 JET FOLLOWS ALONG
The company is shifting now from development mode to manufacturing mode, Adam said. That means adding staff and working to fill orders. The company is ready to build about one airplane a month, but it has the capacity now to build up to six a month. Orders are in for 71 airplanes. Development is continuing with the A700 twinjet, Adam said, and the prototype now has logged 259 hours. They are working with the FAA to develop a certification plan for the jet, and once that's done, they can start to work through it. They are hoping for certification in 2006. Adam has 50 orders for the jet. More...

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JUDGMENT AND PERFORMANCE...
A DC-3 with two pilots and one passenger aboard made an emergency landing, clipping trees and sliding 100 yards on a street in a residential neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday, without impacting homes or (directly) injuring anyone one the ground. After the left engine caught fire shortly after takeoff the crew decided they wouldn't be able to return the airplane and its 3,200 pounds of granite cargo to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, or make the beach. The crew told The Associated Press they decided "to drop the nose and take what [they] could get." They aimed for "the biggest, widest spot" of a (previously) tree-abundant and quiet section of Northeast 56th Street, hoping the trees would help dissipate energy during the crash. The results were impressive. More...

...A CRASH DOMINO EFFECT...
In a bizarre turn of events, two airplanes crashed on the same runway in northern Kenya last week. First, at about 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, a Hawker-Siddeley 748 cargo plane landed with its gear up, and left wreckage strewn on the Lokichokio airport's only runway. The airport was closed. About an hour later, a Hercules L-100 cargo plane from Angola arrived at Lokichokio, and it was turned away. The pilot responded that he didn't have enough fuel to get to another airport, and would attempt to land on the portion of the runway that was clear of debris. The pilot landed hard, bending the airframe, and the Herc rolled forward into the debris field. Wreckage of both aircraft was then strewn across the whole runway. Nobody was hurt, but the airport had to be closed for two days. More...

...AND THE HIGH PRICE OF A GOOD TIME
"Aw [expletive] we're gonna hit houses, dude." The NTSB has released new information -- including cockpit voice excerpts (see NewsWire) -- related to the Oct. 14 fatal crash of a Pinnacle Airlines regional jet. The pilots were flying an empty Bombardier CL-600-2B19 and hoping to "have a little fun" when they decided to climb to the jet's maximum altitude at FL410, according to transcripts from the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) that the NTSB released this week. The two were ferrying the 50-seat jet from Little Rock, Ark., to Minneapolis on Oct. 14. A controller questioned the jet's model and altitude told the pilots, "I've never seen you guys up at 41 there." The crew responded, "Yeah, we're actually ... we don't have any passengers on board, so we decided to have a little fun and come up here.'' Minutes later, the pilots told controllers first that one and later that both engines had failed. More...

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PARIS AIR SHOW -- LIGHT JETS, NEW CONCORDE

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While the Paris Air Show, held every other June at Le Bourget, is mainly about big airliners and beefy military aircraft, there's a fair amount of news there for the lighter, GA end of the industry. Among the latest out of Paris this week, Grob, a German light-plane manufacturer, introduced the first test model of its new "utility jet," a 10-seater built to operate from unimproved runways. The jet has a roomy, quick-change cabin that can also accommodate cargo loads up to about 2,500 pounds. Aviation Technology Group introduced the Javelin Mk-20, the military-trainer version of its two-seat very-high-performance Javelin Executive Jet. The prototype of the civilian version has recently started taxi tests. And then there's talk of a 300-pax supersonic successor to the Concorde... More...

BAZILLIONAIRES IN SPACE -- AN UPDATE
Blue Origin, the space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has released some details about its future plans, as it works with the FAA to gain approvals to develop its site in Culberson County, Texas. The company's reusable launch vehicle (RLV) would carry three or more passengers to 325,000 feet, propelled by hydrogen peroxide and kerosene. The RLV would be operated by an onboard computer system, with no ground control, and it would launch vertically from a concrete pad and land vertically in an area nearby. Blue Origin intends to perform unmanned RLV test flights from the proposed facility beginning, at the earliest, in the third quarter of 2006. More...

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FLYING CARS CREEPING CLOSER
A team of engineers got a lot of attention when they bolted some wings onto a $100,000 Panoz Esperante sports car and got it (briefly) off the ground, for a Monster Garage episode that aired this week. But meanwhile, the real flying car may be quietly under development in the garages of a few homebuilders, in the form of road-worthy gyrocopters. Sean Cooper, of Concord, Calif., says he's gotten the OK from the state to drive his gyrocopter on the roads -- but only if he takes off the rotor first, which is (currently) about a 20-minute job. Still, Cooper told SiliconBeat.com he has driven the gyro to the airport, which is just a few blocks away from his home, then flew to San Jose, took off the rotor, and drove to his office ... very slowly. More...

SIKORSKY'S QUEST FOR A HI-SPEED HELI
Helicopters can perform amazing vertical feats, but their Achilles' heel has always been forward speeds limited by the retreating blades' ability to create lift. Usually, the machines max out at about 170 knots. Efforts to increase forward speed have previously resulted in degraded hover performance. While Bell inches its Bell/Agusta 609 tiltroter's nacelles toward full airplane mode, Sikorsky Aircraft announced this month it plans to build and test a demonstrator for a new class of helicopters that will cruise at 250 knots (Bell's 609 aims for 275) while meeting or exceeding all the usual vertical flight capabilities of rotorcraft and without using tilting rotors on wingtips. The demonstrator will feature a coaxial design (two counter-rotating rotors on the same vertical axis) and a pusher prop to supply auxiliary propulsion. Sikorsky plans to build and fly its X2 Technology Demonstrator helicopter at its Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary by the end of 2006. More...

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ULTRALIGHT PILOTS SEEK MORE TIME FOR LSA TRANSITION
The U.S. Ultralight Association (USUA) on Tuesday asked the FAA to give ultralight pilots and instructors two extra years to transition to the Sport Pilot rules and for ultralight aircraft to transition into Light Sport Aircraft. The USUA also asked that the training exemptions that allow the use of two-seat ultralights for training purposes also be extended for two years. "This additional time is necessary to allow the industry sufficient time to develop to the point where it can take advantage of the benefits of the Sport Pilot rule," according to the petition. The changes would move the deadlines back to Jan. 31, 2009, for transitioning pilots, and would allow the use of two-seat ultralights for training until Jan. 31, 2012. More...

GORDON BAXTER DIES AT 81
While his hometown media in southeast Texas remembered Gordon Baxter as a "local icon" and "legendary radio talk-show host," he was known to aviators around the world as the author of "Bax Seat," his well-loved column that ran on the back page of Flying Magazine from 1971 to 1998. Baxter wrote about airplanes, the people who fly them, the airports where they live, the romance and adventure of it all. "We'll all miss him," Flying Senior Editor Tom Benenson told AVweb on Tuesday. "He was always a gentleman and always knew how to tell a story. ... I enjoyed his work from almost the time I could read." Baxter died Saturday in Beaumont, at age 81, leaving behind his wife, nine children, 16 grandkids, and 11 books. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Two-seat Viperjet mkII first flight on Sunday, in Pasco, Wash....
Female BA pilots won right to reduced hours to care for children...
Musketeer N2358Z was stolen from Elk Grove, Calif., last week...
A NASA astronaut made history Tuesday, testifying from orbit...
Ada (Okla.) Air Expo, June 24-25, warbirds and more...
New DVD of Glastar's Sportsman 2 + 2 available free by e-mail. More...

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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
BRAINTEASERS
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Welcome, Sport Pilots, to aviation -- an exclusive club open to anyone who dreams far above the madding crowd's ignoble ground life. Before you touch the heavens, however, review some old- and new school-terms.

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Chicken Wings
The cartoon adventures of Chuck and the rest of the Roost-Air FBO continue this week as Chuck gets in trouble again with ATC. A new strip every week!

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AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
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