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Volume 11, Number 43b October 27, 2005

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CIRRUS TALKS JETS...
Cirrus Design spokeswoman Kate Dougherty says the company has "not been shy" about prospects for a personal jet but we have to wonder if navel-gazing is giving way to a nuts-and-bolts (or fiberglass-and-epoxy) reality, since middle managers are now talking to reporters about the company's future jet-fuel needs in Duluth. In what strikes us as an offhand remark to a writer from the Duluth News Tribune concerning controversy over the replacement of Cirrus Design's home-airport fuel dealer, Cirrus's Executive Vice President of Business Administration, Bill King, says Cirrus, which maintains its own avgas facility, may well be a customer of the new FBO "because 100 LL won't be our only fuel in the future." More...

...BONANZA WINS OVER SR-22 IN MINNESOTA BID...
Perhaps of more immediate concern (irritation might be a better word) to Cirrus is how to get more respect at home. It was revealed last week that the Minnesota Department of Transportation recently bought a brand-new $727,000 Beech Bonanza to replace the 27-year-old Bonanza it had been using for airport safety inspections. A top-of-the-line Cirrus SR-22, fully decked out with just about every type of electronics available in light aircraft -- and built at Cirrus Design's headquarters on the field at Minnesota's own Duluth International Airport -- comes in almost $300,000 less at $434,000. That interesting collection of facts prompted charges by several Minnesota politicians that the bidding rules were set to ensure only the larger Bonanza fit the requirements. "Everything went wrong and I think they rigged the bid," Sen. Wes Skoglund told WCCO-TV. "We bought an inferior product." More...

...AS UNIVERSITY WELCOMES CIRRUS TRAINING FLEET
Of course, losing a single sale to your home state is a lot easier to take when the rest of the world can't seem to get enough of your airplane and some customers buy them by the dozen. Western Michigan University's College of Aviation was so excited about the arrival of the first of its 30 SR20s and SR22s it invited the local media to share in the oohs and aahs. "Everybody in the college has been buzzing about it," senior Brian Swintal told the Kalamazoo Gazette. That buzz was undoubtedly heard in Wichita, since the Cirrus aircraft are replacing a fleet of 39 Cessna 172s. More...

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FAA KIND OF ADMITS IT WAS WRONG...
Faced with overwhelming evidence, it seems even the FAA can admit it's wrong ... sort of. In September, AVweb brought you the strange tale of Arizona pilot Dale Mooneyham, who was facing the FAA's wrath for alleged violations in the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on the same day that he was actually flying his G-model Mooney from Chandler, Ariz., to Tucson to visit his ailing parents. Thanks to his devotion to Mom and Dad, Mooneyham was able to assemble fuel receipts and tower tapes in a veritable mountain of evidence showing that he and his Mooney were indeed in Arizona on the day of the alleged ADIZ bust. As Mooneyham speculated, it was some kind of error that (virtually) placed his plane near Washington. Although he didn't hear that from the FAA, they did send him a letter. More...

...COMMENT ON ADIZ PERMANENCE BY TUESDAY
Mooneyham told AVweb it was a lucky thing he decided to fly to Tucson that day because it provided irrefutable evidence of his airplane's whereabouts. "What if I hadn't flown that day? How would I have proven that the airplane didn't leave Arizona?" he wondered. Those questions may be pertinent for all pilots as the future of GA access to the airspace around Washington, D.C., faces its toughest test. On Nov. 2, the comment period closes on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would make the D.C. ADIZ permanent. Making a comment (docket number 17005) on the proposed rule is straightforward and takes only a few minutes but could have a lasting impact on the right to fly in that area ... and perhaps others. More...

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WEATHER SMILES ON AOPA EXPO
Although it's one of the biggest aviation extravaganzas anywhere, AOPA Expois getting competition for attention from the weather. However, according to the 10-day forecast from Intellicast, there doesn't appear to be much to worry about as thousands (including one very un-hurricane-savvy AVweb reporter) descend on Tampa for AOPA's big show starting next Thursday. So far, the weather calls for sun and temperatures in the low 80s (isn't that why God created Florida?) and we can't think of a more pleasant thing than looking at, flying and writing about airplanes for three days. Our AOPA wrap-up will appear in the Nov. 7 edition of AVweb's NewsWire and AVflash. More...

HOT AIR BALLOON RECORD EYED
An Indian adventurer hopes to take hot air ballooning to new heights in November. Vijaypat Singhania, an Indian clothing magnate, plans to pilot the balloon from Mumbai to a height of 70,000 feet. The current record is 64,900 feet. And it's not just a matter of packing some extra propane. "This is a very complex and dramatic undertaking. The higher you go in a balloon, the less air there is to fill it," Flight Director Alan Noble told New Kerala.com. "You can encounter a myriad of other problems. It's also very demanding physically." A custom-built balloon is being used in the attempt. More...

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ECLIPSE MOVES ITS TAIL
The tail section of the Eclipse 500 will be built in Grand Prairie, Texas, from parts made in England. Grand Prairie-based Hampson Aerospace, a subsidiary of U.K.-based Hampson Industries PLC, has won the exclusive contract to build the tail sections, which will be shipped to Eclipse's final assembly facility in Albuquerque. Hampson manager Scott Wargo said the tail might be just the beginning for the Grand Prairie plant, which will hire 135 people for the Eclipse contract. "We are in other business negotiations as well," he said, adding that "there's going to be a lot of other work." More...

RESTRICTIONS HAMPER FLEDGLING GA MARKET
As we consider the impediments of TFRs and the potential impact of newly permanent restricted airspace around Washington, a little perspective might lift your spirits ... if not the rules. In China, there are 200 private pilots and thousands who'd like to be if not for government regulations so restrictive that even legally licensed aviators are lucky to actually get airborne. "The application process is complicated," said Li Linhai, who became China's first private aircraft owner in 2003. Since then he's been able to fly his aircraft twice. The government apparently sees the potential for GA. "The potential demand is huge as many people evinced interest in buying planes at the business aviation fair held in Shanghai two months ago," Guo Youhu, an official with China's civil aviation branch, told the Shanghai Daily. But the wheels of government grind slowly and even Guo admitted his agency is the problem. More...

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AUSSIES SLOW TO SIGN UP FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC LICENSES
Australian pilots are being urged to "get their skates on" and get their applications in for credentials that become mandatory on Jan. 1. Officials are now worried they won't be able to process the last-minute influx of applications before the deadline. Only about half of Australia's 30,000 pilots have applied for either an aviation security identification card or a photographic license. There are two options. Those flying into security-controlled airports need a police- and security-agency background check while others can get by with the photo license alone. "There's still half out there who have got to get their skates on and start deciding which one they need and put in the application," Peter Gibson, of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, told The Australian. More...

ALASKA TACKLES NATIVE PILOT DEVELOPMENT
A Bethel, Alaska, flight school is tackling an apparent shortage of home-grown pilots in the state. Yuut Yaqungviat LLCsays its graduates save charter and air taxi operators money because they're happy to work full-time. Flight school director William Johnson told the Alaska Journal of Commerce that many operators hire pilots from "outside" to fly two weeks on and two weeks off. The pilots usually head to their southern homes during their time off. Johnson said Alaska residents consider the $50,000 paid to part-time pilots to be good money and suggest they're willing to work regular hours. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Pennsylvania plans statewide ADS-B coverage...
Beer company apologizes to carriers for "bad taste" ads...
"Father of the Boeing 747" interviewed online...
Radio interference hits three air nav sites in Japan...
Cernan, Crossfield and Hoover to present NBAA award. More...

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
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. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part. More...

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SPECIAL AVIDYNE AND RYAN JOINT PROMOTION ENDS OCTOBER 31!
In a joint promotion, Avidyne and Ryan International will give customers rebates from $1,500 to $2,000 when they purchase an Avidyne FlightMax EX500 Multi-Function Display (MFD) with Ryan's 9900BX Traffic Alerting System (TAS). There are four combinations of these fantastic avionics savings. Promotion ends October 31, 2005! For more information (and to order), go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avidyne/ryan/avflash.

AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
You can get a new Bonanza for $700,000. Diamond hopes to (one day) offer you its single-engine jet for "well under" $1 million. What if, when little jets (and their engines) are mass produced, prices fall? What price point would allow you to buy? PLUS: Results of last week's question on Docket #17005 — the proposal to make the D.C. ADIZ a permanent feature of Eastern U.S. airspace. More...

DON'T WISH YOUR AIRPLANE HAD ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES
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AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
We're always amused when a theme crops up in any given batch of "Picture of the Week" entries. Since (presumably), our dozens of submitters aren't in cahoots, it's interesting to note when a large percentage of our photo entries share a similar feature. Some weeks, for example, we'll get a selection that's heavy on warbirds — or hot-air balloons — or (yes, it's happened) pilots in funny hats. This week, there was only one clear theme — almost every picture we considered for the top spot left us asking, "Now what's the story on that?" Some we could figure out, but others left us guessing — and making up our own fantastic back stories. You'll see what we mean when you dive into this week's top submissions — but first, take a gander at our Official-AVweb-baseball-hat-winning photo from Jeffrey Burke of San Francisco. Ironically, his winning submission is the only one that didn't inspire us to concoct a tale ... . More...

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