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Volume 11, Number 25b June 23, 2005

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CHASING CONCORDE: SUPERSONIC RACE HEATS UP, AGAIN…
Imagine a supersonic airliner that flies almost three times faster than Concorde did, uses less fuel and is much quieter. Well, that's what engineers in a cooperative effort between French and Japanese aerospace industry associations envision as the next incarnation of supersonic travel. "Three-year research activities are planned for technologies related to composite material structure, reduction of jet engine noise and other areas which can overcome the difficulties unique to supersonic flight," said a Japanese government statement. The collaboration between France's Aerospace Industries Association and the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies was announced at the Paris Air Show. More...

...MARKET PROVEN FOR SUPERSONIC BIZJET...
And while supersonic travel for the masses (relatively speaking) is getting a fresh look, Mach 1 or better for the privileged few is looking increasingly viable. Reno-based Aerion says there are enough deep-pocketed (and time-short) customers for its Mach 1.6 (over the ocean) bizjet that it can move forward with the project and potentially have aircraft in service by 2011. Before Aerion can tackle the sound barrier, however, it has to overcome the significant regulatory, technological and financial challenges of launching such a project. It's looking for "risk-sharing partners" among suppliers and manufacturers to get the plane to certification and production. More...

...WHILE NASA AND RUTAN TEST SPACE DRONE
And while others dream of fast airplanes, a test bed for future innovations in that direction took flight in a unique collaboration between government and the private sector in Mojave, Calif., Tuesday. As AVweb told you last month, NASA and one of its most high-profile critics, Burt Rutan, have teamed up (along with the Defense Department and Boeing) to test the X-37 space drone. Those tests took flight on Tuesday as Rutan's White Knight, the mothership for SpaceShipOne in last October's successful completion of the Ansari X Prize competition, carried the X-37 aloft for the first time. More...

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COMPANIES TACKLE BLUETOOTH "WIRELESS" HEADSETS...
The wireless wave has hit the cockpit with at least two manufacturers now offering headsets that aren't tethered to the panel. Both use Bluetooth technology to free you from cords that inevitably get tangled in shoulder straps, wrapped around the yoke or otherwise get in your way. But that's where the similarity ends for these out-of-the-gate headsets from Panther Electronics and Peltor. Panther's is an earpiece (in your ear) system that claims 46 dB of passive noise reduction and weighs only 1.5 ounces. Peltor's is a conventional (over your ear) headset that claims 25 dB of passive noise reduction. More...

...INSIDE AND OUT
Convenience always comes at a price but, for the Panther models anyway (Peltor's Web site doesn't list prices), the cost is in line with many other top-of-the-line headsets, ranging from $464 to $777. Panther's earpiece can also be used with cellphones while Peltor says its device works up to 50 feet from the adapter/transmitter, meaning you can start monitoring traffic or get the ATIS before strapping in ... so long as the radio is on. Both manufacturers claim crystal-clear reception and transmission. The companies say their wireless headsets are compatible with a wide range of radio models (read: check their compatibility lists). More...

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ECLIPSE DENIES REPORT OF RUSSIAN PLAN(E)S
Eclipse Aviation is strongly denying a report in at least two Russian publications that it intends to build airplanes there. The stories, one in the Izvestia Daily and one in MosNews quoting the Izvestia report (our Russian's a little rusty and we couldn't find an English version of Izvestia), claim to quote the president of Aviastar, which makes Tupolev airliners, as saying that the plant will be up and running as early as next year. "We will be able to re-equip the plant in six months," Aviastar's Victor Mikhailov is quoted as saying. Despite the matter-of-fact nature of the stories and the widespread use of attributed quotes, Eclipse claims there's not a shred of truth to the reports. "This story is completely false," Eclipse spokesman Andrew Broom told AVweb. "Eclipse Aviation is not and never has been in any discussions or negotiations with anyone relating to Eclipse 500 final assembly or producing sub-assemblies for the Eclipse 500 in Russia." More...

ONE MORE DRUNKEN JOYRIDE
Security workers at Westchester County (New York) airport watched early Wednesday as beer cans fell from the cabin of a stolen C-172 as the 20-year-old student pilot and his two 16-year-old passengers extricated themselves from the cabin following a 4:15 a.m. taxiway arrival. While the 20-year-old does not hold a valid pilot's certificate he did manage a blood alcohol level of .15, according to the New York Times, and so nearly doubled the legal limit (for piloting an automobile). Authorities collected the "pilot" and charged him with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and possession of the aircraft stolen from a Danbury Municipal (Connecticut) airport flight school. Authorities believe the student pilot may have had at least seven hours of flight instruction. More...

HOUSE COMMITTEE WANTS FAA FUNDING BOOST
Congress appears to be loosening the purse strings for the cash-strapped FAA. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development has approved $14.4 billion in spending for the FAA for the 2006 fiscal year. That's up $877 million (about 6 percent) over last year. Whether it's enough to quell the numerous funding-related issues that cropped up during the past six months or so is another matter but initial reaction seems hopeful. The National Business Aviation Association notes that $25 million has been allocated to hire 600 new air traffic controllers while the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is cheering the restoration of staffing and budget levels in the seemingly always manpower-short Aircraft Certification Service. More...

LANCAIR COLUMBIA 400 — NOW CERTIFIED TO FL250
The Columbia 400's twin turbochargers can now be put to full effect with the aircraft's recent certification to 25,000 feet.  With the added altitude to play with, the Columbia 400 gives pilots even more flexibility than before.  Set the throttle to 80% power and cruise at 235 knots — that's faster than any other piston-powered aircraft in production today. Or ease the power back and increase range to standard-setting levels.  A company official recently flew an unmodified Columbia 400 non-stop from Bend, Oregon to Fort Worth, Texas (a distance of more than 1,300 nm) while averaging 200 kts.  Find out what a Columbia 400 can do for you. http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/lancair/avflash

RECOMMENDATIONS FOLLOW 737'S MISSED-RUNWAY LANDING
Canada's Transportation Safety Board suggests poor lighting, tired pilots and the wrong autopilot selection were behind a near-disaster at Edmonton International Airport on Feb. 25, 2004. The TSB, which investigates, but does not pass judgment on, aircraft mishaps, said in its report that the crew of the First Air Boeing 737 landed beside the runway instead of on it, in part because they had only runway edge lighting for guidance in deteriorating visibility. The plane ran beside the pavement for 1,600 feet before the pilots steered it back on the runway, taking out a runway light, four taxiway lights and a sign along the way. No one was hurt but the plane was damaged. More...

AOPA HOLDS HANDS-ON LSA DAY
There was a get-acquainted session of sorts at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md., earlier this week and those who shook hands and traded business cards hope that GA will be stronger because of it. Airplanes that are, or will soon be, registered as Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) were flown to Frederick so that AOPA staffers could meet the people, kick the tires and fly the airplanes that some say will revolutionize (and revitalize) GA. The event was coordinated in cooperation with the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association. LSA airplanes can be flown by those who qualify for a Sport Pilot certificate, which only requires a driver's license as proof of medical fitness for those who have not been denied medicals in the past. More...

A NEW RELEASE OF THE BEST AVIATION WEATHER SERVICE FOR CELL PHONES
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RECORDS WITH AND AGAINST THE WIND
There's nothing like a good tailwind to help you get in the record books. But what's interesting about this speed record was that a record was set in both directions. The National Aeronautic Association has formally recognized the March 20 round trip, by David Riggs and Jeff Acord, from Los Angeles to Phoenix in an L-39 "Wild Child" as record-setting on both legs -- even though the return trip took 60 percent longer than the outbound portion. The still-air maximum speed of the former single-engine two-seat subsonic Soviet bloc trainer/fighter is about 450 mph but Riggs and Accord made the eastbound hop at 561.2 mph in a time of 39 minutes, 58 seconds. On the way back, against the wind, it took them 1:01:24 at a speed of 365.3 mph. Looks like an average speed of 463.25 mph (and we don't know if that's a record). More...

DIABETIC PILOT INSPIRES YOUTH
There are not many low-level-approved aerobatic pilots who didn't start flying until they were in their mid-30s but Michael Hunter had a good reason for starting late. As an insulin-dependent diabetic, he wasn't allowed in the cockpit -- any cockpit -- until the FAA relaxed its medical regulations in 1997. Hunter, now 41, is on the show circuit in his Laser 230 but he needs some high-tech help to ensure his blood sugar is correct during the rigors of a performance. An on-board system continuously checks his glucose levels and administers insulin every three minutes. Hunter is using his profile to encourage young diabetics to pursue their dreams through Flight for Diabetes, the group he started to inspire young people. More...

LAKE AIRCRAFT IS LOOKING FOR A NEW OWNER DURING AIRVENTURE!
The Lake Aircraft series is the only FAA-certified single-engine amphibious airplane being produced in the world today.  The complete line of Lake Aircraft inventory and tooling — with FAA Type Certificate, STCs, engineering data, documentation, historical information, fleet support inventory, and manufacturing capacity — will be sold at auction during AirVenture 2005.  The auction will be held at 4:30pm July 27 at the EAA Aviation Center's Vette Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The inventory (in its entirety) will be sold as a comprehensive package to one able buyer for the purpose of resuming full production capacity. For additional information and a complete list of assets to be conveyed, call Higgenbotham Auctioneers at (800) 257-4161, or visit their web site (Higgenbotham.com) at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/hig/avflash.

ON THE FLY...
HondaJet to be debuted at AirVenture...
U-2 pilot died in Middle East crash...
EADS picked Mobile as tanker building site...
EAA and FAA run online survey on Sport Pilot...
Liberty XL2 got IFR type inspection authorization. More...

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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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Say Again? #51: Lost Communications -- NORDO -- Part 2
You've made it almost all the way to your destination, in the clouds and lost comm ... what now? How do you get down, and how does ATC figure out what you're going to do once you decide? AVweb's Don Brown is as confused by the rules as you are.

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PILOT GETAWAYS — YOUR FLIGHT PLAN FOR ADVENTURE
Pilot Getaways starts their May/June adventure in Ashland, Wisconsin (Lake Superior's hometown); stops for horses and history in Saratoga Springs, New York; lands in peaceful Priest Lake, Idaho; spends some time on the beach in Marathon, Florida (Heart of the Keys); enjoys fly-in dining at the Outrigger Restaurant in Palacios, Texas; and makes a final touchdown in Oroville, California for some lakeside activities. Plus, this issue reviews "Choosing a Propeller." With your subscription to Pilot Getaways, you too can plan your flying adventure. Order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/getaways/avflash.

AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, it's the beginning of summertime. We could burden you with deep-reaching thoughts, or we can give you a question to set you free. So here goes: There are as many reasons as there are shades of blue, but if you had to pick between these ... why fly? PLUS: Results of last week's question on pilots, life insurance, and aircraft insurance. More...

SEE CLEARLY METHOD IMPROVES & STRENGTHENS VISION NATURALLY
The See Clearly Method does this without the risk or expense of laser surgery.  Developed by award-winning optometrists and research scientists, the See Clearly Method is based on the same principles and techniques used by thousands of pilots in WWII.  As one pilot states, "I never thought it was possible to actually improve your vision, but it worked. I tell other pilots that this is an effective way to improve your vision, naturally."  Call (800) 881-7934 for a no-cost informational video, or visit http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/seeclear/avflash.

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Submissions dipped just a tiny bit this week — but quality certainly didn't. Of 52 pictures submitted to this week's "POTW" contest, 37 were in our "final contender" pile. The happy side effect is a fantastic crop of pictures to share with AVweb readers. As always, our first-place winner (Lee Wonnacott of Crystal, Michigan) takes home an official AVweb baseball cap for his efforts. To get a shot at the top spot (and one of those nifty caps), don't forget to submit your own photos. More...

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