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AIR SHOW REGS WORRY EAA...
Proposed revisions to air show regulations could not only make the
shows a lot less interesting, they could make the photos in magazines
and newspapers a lot more pedestrian. EAA has responded to FAA Draft
Order 8700.1, Chapter 49, with a shopping list of requests to
eliminate rule changes that don't seem to help achieve the stated goal
of improving safety. "For example, a proposed rule mandates that
flight directions during air shows 'shall be in one direction only,'"
an EAA news release quotes the revisions as stating. EAA spokesman
Earl Lawrence says the rules could take substantial sizzle out of air
show routines, especially warbird flybys. "What might seem to be minor
changes could have substantial negative operational and financial
implications on air show operations without a corresponding increase
in safety," he said. Another rule would require credentialed
photographers to shoot from behind the fence, just like the paying
customers, which Lawrence says fixes a non-existent problem.
AIR SHOW MAY BE OVER...
Although unnecessary regulations can hamper air shows, it's usually
economics that kills them and that may be the case of a large Canadian
show which might, unfortunately, be remembered for the deaths of two
of the best aerobatic pilots anywhere. The Saskatchewan Air Show, in
Moose Jaw, ended July 10 when Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin
collided while performing their Masters of Disaster routine. Franklin
and Younkin died instantly and the third airborne member of the team,
Jim LeRoy, landed safely. Last Friday, Moose Jaw Mayor Al Schwinghamer
said the air show committee has been disbanded and the show cancelled
for 2006 and possibly forever. He said the fatal crash wasn't a factor
in the decision. More...
YOUNKIN, FRANKLIN, X-TEAM FLIES ON
The Masters of Disaster are gone forever but the show must go on. The
X-team, of which Younkin and Franklin were members, offered a
replacement show called Tribute to the Masters to its bookings for the
balance of last summer. It's now getting geared up for a return to the
spectacular performance that had been thrilling air show audiences.
According to the X-team Web site, the Masters of Disasters name has
been retired out of respect for Franklin and Younkin and the new
routine will be called Masters of the Xtreme. It will also feature
three aircraft, a jet truck and pyrotechnics. More...
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SALES LEVEL OFF...
After a year of steady increases, sales of GA aircraft leveled off in
the third quarter of 2005. According to stats released by the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association, sales in Q3 were even with or down slightly
from the second quarter of 2005 but they're still up considerably over
the same period last year. Worldwide, a total of 573 light singles
were sold between July and September, down slightly from the 605 sold
in the previous three months, but the year-to-date total is up more
than 25 percent over last year, to 1,685. "Our industry is very
satisfied with the positive numbers so far this year," said GAMA
President Pete Bunce. More...
CESSNA, NECK AND NECK
The battle between Cirrus and Cessna continues to be neck and neck.
Although Cirrus has delivered more four-place piston aircraft overall
this year (447 to Cessna's 424) Cessna had a strong third quarter and
sold 173 aircraft compared to Cirrus's 152. Columbia (formerly Lancair
Certified) is experiencing a healthy surge in sales. It sold 40
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quarter. Mooney held even at 23 out the door. More...
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SWEARINGEN BIZJET GETS TC
Sino Swearingen has received almost unlimited type certification for
its SJ30-2 business
jet but there are still a few details to be looked after before
the planes can actually be sold. Although it has full approval for day
and night VFR and IFR operations, the FAA still has to sign off on the
speedy jet's deicing system and interior before the production line
can gear up. Chief Financial Officer Kelly Simmons told the San
Antonio Business Journal that both certifications are expected in two
months and the first of 280 SJ30-2s on order should be in a customer's
hands in early 2006. Although Sino-Swearingen is based in San Antonio
and has a plant in Martinsville, Va., its financial roots are in the
Far East. More...
STRIPPED WHILE PARKED
A Cedar Falls, Iowa, man who local media reports say is an officer of
his local EAA chapter has been charged with systematically stripping
parts from a disabled Piper Seneca to be used in his own homebuilt
project. John M. Norcero was arrested last Tuesday and charged with
first-degree theft. The Seneca, owned by Jerry Dwyer, of Clear Lake,
has been sitting at the Waterloo Airport since it landed there after
an engine failure about five years ago. Dwyer told the Waterloo-Cedar
Falls Courier he noticed an engine and prop missing in August of 2004.
Now, both engines, the landing gear, instrument panel, autopilot and
seats are gone. "It's just sitting there on the ground ... flat on its
belly," Dwyer said. More...
TAKEOFF GOES WRONG
There's no law against taking an airplane off from a road (just like
there's no law against running out of fuel and having to land on the
road in the first place) but sometimes it's just not a good idea. Many
of the townsfolk of Baker, La., were watching (and at least one had a video camera) last
Wednesday when Michael Simon attempted to take off from a road in his
Cessna 210. On the roll, the plane grazed a truck-trailer before
striking a wing on the back of a fire-rescue truck and careening into
a ditch. Simon came through without a scratch but the same cannot be
said for the 210. A "lapse in communication" is blamed for Simon's
trying to take off before police and fire officials, who blocked the
road, were completely ready. More...
MISS MEMO ON NEW AIR ROUTES
What if they opened up 15 new air routes and didn't tell the
controllers? That's the scenario facing East Coast controllers as the
FAA tries to clear up the congestion going into Florida, according to
the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). In a news
release, NATCA claims that controllers in Boston, New York and
Washington, through whose airspace the sun-seekers must pass, haven't
been briefed on the Florida Airspace Optimization Project and blames
the FAA for cutting off the lines of communication. "This is yet
another casualty of the FAA's foolish decision to cut off all
collaboration with controllers," said NATCA spokesman Jim Marinitti.
However, those controllers who did know about the plan weren't very
keen on it. More...
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SNATCHED FROM CRASH WRECKAGE
An Arizona doctor faces charges for allegedly loading the body of his
non-certificated son in a pickup truck and taking it home after his
son crashed at Casa Grande Municipal Airport last Saturday. Dr. Mark
Lundell, who with another son witnessed the plane go down, is accused
of removing the body of Jacob Lundell, 21, from the wreckage of the
family's 1961 Nord (a French trainer). According to the NTSB's preliminary report, the plane crashed short
of the runway while doing touch and goes. When rescue personnel and
investigators arrived, they found the blood-soaked wreckage and some
brain matter but no body. Officials traced Lundell's Paradise Valley
address from the plane's N-number and sent local police to the house.
WEIGHS IN ON ADIZ
An influential Oklahoma senator is accusing the FAA of breaking the
law in its administration of the Washington Air Defense Identification
Zone (ADIZ). As part of his effort to block creation of a permanent
ADIZ, Republican Sen. James Inhofe told AOPA that the FAA has ignored
a requirement included in its current reauthorization that requires
the agency to justify the existence of the ADIZ every 60 days. "To my
knowledge, we are still waiting for these justifications," he said.
Inhofe, a GA pilot, said the ADIZ is riddled with problems that need
to be addressed and he's vigorously opposing making it permanent. You
may not be a senator, but your voice can be heard. Take a moment to write a brief comment (docket number 17005) on the
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will set
the restricted airspace in stone. The deadline for comments is Tuesday
and by Saturday almost 14,000 people had let their feelings be known. More...
Air racers outran hurricane...
NTSB issues report today on
Teterboro Challenger crash...
Sporty's donated $50,000 to Boy
Scouts hurricane effort...
Delta's Song finally plays out.
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