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Volume 11, Number 26b June 30, 2005

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ANOTHER 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. More...

...WITH "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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CONSEQUENCES: 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...

...CRIPPLED 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. More...

...AS 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. More...

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ANOTHER 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...

WAL-MART 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. More...

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NAVY 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...

MOONEY 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. More...

OREGON AERO — FROM AERONCA CHAMP TO ZENITH ZODIAK
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MORE 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...

"ONE 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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"MONSTER 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...

ON THE FLY...
AOPA Expo 2005 set for Tampa, Fla., Nov. 3-5...
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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DA40 DIAMOND STAR A FLEET FAVORITE
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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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This month AVweb's survey of the latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you a Bluetooth headset, leather flight bags, GPS training courses and much more.

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, AVweb wants to know how you feel about the relationship between an instrument rating and a pilot's safety. Does an instrument rating make for a safer pilot? PLUS: Answers to last week's question, "Why do you fly?" More...

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AVWEB'S 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 to our wives and children. More...

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