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BOOST FOR LSA EFFORT...
EAA and the Light Aircraft
Manufacturers Association (LAMA) have forged an agreement to help
each other expand the new sport-flying community. The collaboration
grew from the two groups' work together in the EAA Sport Pilot Tour, which started earlier this
month to bring sport aircraft and information to various locations
throughout the country. Under the new plan, enthusiasts who purchase
an aircraft or a minimum order of products from any LAMA member
company will get a free one-year membership or renewal in EAA, LAMA
said. "Joining with EAA is an excellent match for our organization,
since EAA has been at the forefront of the sport pilot/light-sport
movement for more than a decade," said Larry Burke, LAMA president.
"LSA MALL" SET FOR OSHKOSH
Under the new agreement, EAA will showcase LAMA members through its
events, programs and publications, promoting the wide array of
aircraft available through those manufacturers. A number of LAMA
companies will stage their aircraft in a special "light-sport-aircraft
mall" at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, July 25-31. Further EAA/LAMA
joint initiatives will be introduced later this year, EAA said. "EAA
and LAMA share a common goal of opening the world of flight to
everyone who wants to participate," said Rick Larsen, EAA vice
president of marketing. "Together our two organizations will provide
support and unparalleled resources so people can thoroughly experience
and enjoy this facet of flying." More...
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PILOT, MECHANIC FAULTED FOR "RECKLESS" FLIGHT...
A pilot who made an emergency landing on a California freeway in April 2004 won some consideration in an appeal
before an NTSB judge in Denver last week. In October, the FAA had
ordered a six-month suspension for "reckless" behavior, but the NTSB
reduced it to five months. The pilot and his passenger were unharmed
in the landing, but the rented Piper Cherokee's wing sliced through a
van, nearly severing the leg of an 11-year-old girl. The mechanic who
worked on the airplane before the flight also lost his certificate,
for 250 days, reduced from the FAA's 330-day penalty. Investigators
found that the mechanic didn't fix the rented aircraft properly, and
the pilot knew it was having engine trouble but chose to fly anyway,
according to The Monterey Herald. More...
PASSENGER SUES PILOT FOR 100M POUNDS...
A 24-year-old woman who had hoped for a modeling career but was
crippled in a plane crash in 2002 has sued the pilot for 100 million
pounds in a British court, The Times of India reported Monday. The woman, who
is originally from Italy but was going to school in London, accepted a
ride in a private aircraft with a friend of a friend for a holiday to
St. Tropez, in the south of France. The pilot landed too far down the
runway, braked hard and skidded off the runway. He was unhurt but the
young woman's back was broken. He was convicted of negligence in a
French court and fined, but has appealed the verdict.
UKRAINE PILOTS GET JAIL TIME FOR AIR SHOW CRASH
When a low-level maneuver went awry during an air show near Lviv,
Ukraine, in 2002, the two pilots safely ejected from their Sukhoi
Su-27 fighter jet, but the uncontrolled jet crashed into the crowd,
killing 77 people in the world's worst-ever air show disaster. Last
week, a military court sentenced the jet's pilot to 14 years in
prison, with eight years for the co-pilot, CNN reported. An investigation found the pilots
had tried to complete a maneuver at too low an altitude. Three other
military personnel involved with the show also got prison terms. More
than two dozen children were among the victims of the crash.
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AIRPLANE STRAYS OVER U.S. CAPITOL
They've tried NOTAMs and ground-based laser warning systems to warn
airplanes off, and they've scared pilots who stray with fighter-jet
escorts and license suspensions, but nonetheless, another small
aircraft wandered into the ADIZ over Washington, D.C., early last
night, causing yet another evacuation of the U.S. Capitol. The scare
lasted only a few minutes, then was called off, according to news
reports last night, and evacuation at the White House was just getting
underway when the all-clear was sounded. The airplane was detected 33
miles southeast of Reagan Washington National Airport, according to
MSNBC. U.S. fighter planes and Border Patrol helicopters were launched
at 6:18 p.m. and escorted the airplane to the Winchester Regional
Airport in Virginia. More...
HEIR KILLED IN WYOMING CRASH
John Walton, 58, a multi-billionaire and heir to the Wal-Mart fortune, died Monday afternoon when the
small aircraft he was flying crashed in a field of sagebrush in Grand
Teton National Park, in Wyoming, shortly after takeoff from Jackson
Hole Airport. He was alone in the aircraft. A witness told park
rangers that the aircraft circled, then dived steeply to the ground.
The location was in line with an approach for landing. Investigator
Aaron Sauer from the NTSB regional office in Denver was dispatched to
the scene on Tuesday, and he determined that the aircraft was a CGS Hawk Arrow,
an experimental, kitbuilt airplane. "Consequently, the NTSB will
conduct a typical field investigation of this accident," the NTSB
said. Early reports had identified the aircraft as an ultralight, and
said only the National Park Service would investigate.
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PROPOSAL FOR CALIFORNIA AIRSPACE RAISES GA CONCERN
The FAA has published a "Notice to All Concerned" about the U.S. Navy's
proposal to expand Military Operations Area and Air Traffic Control
Assigned Airspace in central California. The FAA notice aims to
determine the effects the proposed changes would have upon the safe
and efficient use of the airspace by all users. The proposal has been
carefully monitored by GA advocacy groups for over a year, and it has
raised serious concerns. The Navy's proposed design includes a GA transition corridor, but in spite of that, AOPA
spokesman Chris Dancy told AVwebyesterday, most IFR traffic in
the area would have to be rerouted around the lower portions of the
MOA. "IFR aircraft navigating by way of RNAV will be impacted the
most, since the MOAs will prohibit those aircraft from flying 'IFR
Direct' in much of the area between Fresno and points west along the
coast," Dancy said. More...
ADDS A SECOND SHIFT
Can you take a classic light-airplane design, update it with a new
glass cockpit and other high-tech tweaks, and find a market for it?
Some observers thought it a risky venture, but it's proving to pay off
for Mooney Airplane Co. In response to high demand for its new
Ovation2 GX and Bravo GX airplanes, Mooney has added a second shift at its manufacturing plant in
Kerrville, Texas, for the first time in 20 years, and hired 50 new
workers. "The demand for the airplanes has been caused by the new
Garmin G-1000 glass-panel avionics suite, the new three-bladed
propeller, Mooney's obvious recovery from its financial problems, and
a general improvement in the economy and the general aviation
industry," J. Nelson Happy, president of parent company Mooney
Aerospace Group, told The San Antonio Business Journal.
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SPORT PLANES ON THE WAY
If you're in the market for a new light-sport aircraft (LSA), the
choices are proliferating practically by the day. Last week, Spectrum
Aircraft of Florida announced it will bring to the market two new
single-engine LSAs from designs that were previously sold as kits. The
Aeroprakt A-20 "Vista Cruiser" and A-22 "Varlet" subassemblies will be
built in Ukraine, with final assembly taking place in the U.S. Also,
Sportsplanes.com said this week it is marketing a new LSA, the Nexaer LS1, built in Colorado Springs. The
two-seat composite aircraft cruises at 120 knots and has a useful load
of 600 pounds. The first prototype is scheduled to make its debut at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 25-31. More...
SIX RIGHT" BRINGS SMALL AIRPORT TO BIG SCREEN
A documentary film about Van Nuys
Airport, in California, "One Six Right," held its world premiere last
Saturday night in Hollywood. "We had about 900 people in the theater,
and the response was overwhelmingly positive," filmmaker Brian
Terwilliger told AVweb yesterday. The high-definition film aims
to inspire people, he said. "I want it to give people a whole new
appreciation for these little planes and little airports," he told The Los Angeles Daily News. Terwilliger learned to
fly at Van Nuys 10 years ago. He raised $2 million to complete the
73-minute film and worked on it for five years. More...
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HOUSE" GOES FOR AIRPLANE THEME
When the staff at Discovery Channel's "Monster House" set out to remodel a home for an
aviation-oriented family, they didn't attach wings to it ... but they
did the next-best thing, planting half a 727 in the backyard. The
"Airplane House," in Simi Valley, Calif., also incorporates 100
airplane parts in the interior décor, including the fan from a
turbine engine, an engine cowling, and a bar set on top of landing
gear. Homeowners Mark and Debbie Penikas (he's been flying since age
5) were sequestered in a trailer off-site while the work was done, and
they and their two sons were satisfied with the changes, The Los Angeles Daily News reported. The program
is scheduled to air on September 9. More...
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Vickers Vimy may
depart across the Atlantic this week...
More airline flights
lasting 15 hours and more...
China can't train pilots fast enough,
some jobs go to foreign pilots. More...
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Welcome back to "Picture of the Week" the section of the site
we spend way too much time putting together because, well, we like
looking at airplanes.And we got to look at some pretty sharp aircraft
this week most of 'em warbirds and bi-planes, for some reason.
(Hey, we're not complaining!) This week's top honors go to George Mock
of Ontario, Canada, who'll be receiving an official AVweb baseball cap
in the mail. Submit your photos to our next contest, and you could win
one of these hats for yourself. At the very least, you'll know the
AVweb staff spent an evening ogling your plane instead of going home
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