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FUTURE OF BIZJETS -- BEST YEAR EVER IN 2006...
Next year, over 800 business jets are expected to ship, a new record,
according to a report by Honeywell that was released on Tuesday. "The
industry is in great shape right now," Charles Park, Honeywell
Aerospace's director of market analysis, told The Wichita Eagle. By 2013, bizjet deliveries
should reach 1,000 a year, Park said. By 2015, the industry will have
added 9,900 new jets worth $156 billion. That's in addition to sales
of 4,500 to 5,500 very light jets, such as the Eclipse 500 and Adam
700, over the next 10 years. Robust sales are expected at this week's
National Business Aviation Association conference in Florida, Park
SWEARINGEN'S NEW BIZJET SELLING...
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation (SSAC), manufacturer of the newly
FAA-certified SJ30-2 twinjet, already has piled up 295 sales,
the company said last week. The orders add up to $1.5 billion. "Orders
are accelerating into the stratosphere," said company spokesman Gene
Comfort. The jet cruises at 487 knots and has a range of 2,512 nm.
SSAC promises to have "exciting and spectacular announcements" to come
this week at the NBAA show in Florida. The FAA officially handed over
the Type Certification for the SJ30-2 yesterday. A full-size SJ30-2 is
on display along with a full-size cockpit and interior.
SPECIAL NBAA COVERAGE STARTS TOMORROW
Despite an 11th-hour diversion from its planned locale -- New Orleans
-- to Orlando, NBAA's 2005 annual meeting will be in full swing by the
time you read this. The association is expecting more than 1,100
exhibitors, 110 aircraft on static display and thousands of attendees
to descend on the Orange County Convention Center for the three-day
event. And AVweb is there, too. An exclusive issue of our
BizAvFlash will arrive in e-mailboxes tomorrow, with expanded NewsWire
coverage coming this weekend. If you're going to Orlando, be sure to
check the NOTAM. More...
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WHO SHOULD PAY...
With the National Business Aviation Association's convention now
underway in Orlando, the head of the Air Transport Association (ATA),
which represents U.S. airlines, told a Canadian audience of airline
industry executives last Monday that business aircraft should pay as
much as airliners to use the National Airspace System. Further, slower
aircraft should be segregated to make the system more efficient.
Speaking to the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) annual
meeting in Montreal, ATA President Jim May said airlines shouldn't be
expected to shoulder an unfair burden of the FAA's funding load in the
new financial formula that would result from the reauthorization of
the Airport and Airways Trust Fund in 2007. More...
USER FEES THE BEST METHOD...
May said a system of user fees is the most equitable way to assess ATC
charges. "The best proxy for use of the system itself is user fees,"
he said. Five days earlier, at AOPA Expo in Tampa, Secretary of
Transportation Norman Mineta said he didn't favor user fees for
general aviation. However, he didn't define GA and that's where he and
May might find some common ground. May said he doesn't believe
non-business flights should be assessed the ATC fees his group is
proposing. "Somewhere you have to draw the line," he said, suggesting
that personal use of aircraft would be exempt from the fees.
FOR ATC NEEDED
May also said the air traffic control system needs operational and
funding independence from the FAA and that likely means some form of
privatization. "We need to establish a level of independence for the
ATC system," he said, citing Canada's transfer of ATC to NAV CANADA, a
private company, as an example. "It's got to have independence of
action and thought," May told AVweb in a later interview. Jim
Gouk, a Canadian member of Parliament, told the meeting Canada would
be happy to help the U.S. make the transition. May also said the U.S.
system needs to be financially independent. More...
OF THE NEXT CESSNA
AVweb has learned that those in attendance at a recent Cessna
dealer's meeting were encouraged to pore over Columbia and Cirrus
aircraft -- but also were introduced to renderings of what could
become Cessna's new aircraft. We're told attendees learned that
the aircraft's basic design would incorporate a strutless high-wing
planform built of composite material. Attendees were told the craft
would be pulled by a 350-hp powerplant with speed, comfort and ...
speed ... as high priorities. Rear-door entry was included in the
design, as was fixed gear -- which would cut down on complexity and
cater to the aerodynamic reality that, while at cruising altitudes,
retractable gear offers precious little advantage over properly faired
fixed gear. Plus, fixed gear generally incurs lower maintenance,
insurance, production cost and weight penalties. More...
FLIGHT ON HOLD, AGAIN
Aviator Gus McLeod had hoped to launch from Maryland this month and
circumnavigate the earth via both poles in his single-engine Firefly
-- but the effort is now on hold at least until spring. A landing-gear
glitch had already caused delays, but now there's a problem with a
thick yellow fluid contaminating the fuel system. "As of now, I do not
know what the contaminant is, nor how it got there," McLeod said last
week. "But its presence in the fuel system and engine requires that I
partially disassemble the aircraft to correct the damage. Although
this process is not difficult, it is very time consuming ...
Fortunately, the Poles are not going anywhere and they will be there
this spring." McLeod made a similar attempt last year and was turned
back over Antarctica by weather and icing problems. More...
FUTURE OF ASIA ... BOEING PLANS TO DOMINATE
Boeing said on Monday it expects that customers in the
Asia-Pacific region will buy 7,200 new aircraft over the next 20
years, at a cost of $770 billion. "The airlines will continue meeting
passenger's demands for more direct nonstop flights to destinations
around the world with longer-range, efficient and comfortable
airplanes," said Boeing spokesman Randy Tinseth. The trends, at least
as Boeing sees them, seem to favor Boeing's new products rather than
large-capacity behemoths like the Airbus A380. Tinseth said the region
will require aircraft in the 200- to-400 seat capacity category, "with
only a few very large ones being needed." More...
WOMEN MEET IN CHINA
"Aviation in China is, of course, growing by leaps and bounds,"
spokeswoman Abby Bried of the International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA)
told AVweb on Tuesday. That's why the group met in Shanghai
last week for its 17th annual conference. "They are in the midst of
creating their aviation markets, from A to Z. And women are very much
a part of it, holding very high-level positions in all aspects of
China's aviation industry," Bried said. About 100 Chinese women
attended the event, together with about 100 IAWA members from around
the world. Speakers at the meeting included FAA Administrator Marion
Blakey, Patti Grace Smith of the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation
office, and many other industry leaders from Russia, Hong Kong, Europe
and China. More...
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LESSON TO HELP PILOTS AVOID FATAL MISTAKES
Pilots in Melbourne, Australia, will undertake a special "Crash Scene Investigation (CSI) style" training
session this Saturday, aimed at teaching them to avoid aircraft
accidents caused by bad weather. "The whole day is one long whodunit
and why," said David Pattie, a safety expert with Australia's Civil
Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The lesson will re-create the
investigation of a real accident that killed three people -- the crash
of a Piper Warrior in 1999, which was caused by deteriorating weather
conditions. "Pilots will unravel what went wrong and how the fatal
accident could have been avoided," Pattie said. More...
ON THE GROUND HIT BY AIRCRAFT
Bystanders are rarely hurt in GA accidents, but recently, two
non-flying women were injured when airplanes crashed into them. Early
Sunday morning, veterinarian Laura Pratt was driving to work near
Houston, Texas, when a Piper PA-34 Seneca trying to land at an airport
hit power lines, then crashed in the road, hitting Pratt's car. The
pilot and his 10-year-old grandson were killed. Pratt was knocked out
by the impact and is recovering from minor injuries. Last Wednesday
afternoon, in Blue Hill, Neb., an ultralight pilot (now criminally
charged) was flying above a high-school football game when he crashed
into the field. Bystander Kathy Seeman suffered a broken shoulder
blade when she was hit by a wing as the aircraft rolled to a stop.
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WISH LIST: 65 MIGS, PLEASE
For those in need of holiday gift ideas, a surplus MiG fighter could
be just the thing. Albania has decided to sell off its aging fleet of
65 Soviet-era jets and resupply with modern helicopters. You can
choose a MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19 or MiG-2, in various states of repair
-- or disrepair -- some of them in flight condition. Military use is
banned, but if you want to turn yours into a weekend toy, or a bar or
lawn decoration, no problem. "If anyone wants to buy them, they are
welcome," Gen. Pellumb Qazimi told Reuters. No prices were made public, but inquiries
are invited. Meanwhile, a California woman is buying a defunct 747
fuselage and turning it into a house. More...
A small cargo aircraft crashed into a Wal-Mart in Manchester,
A V-22 Osprey last month was damaged in a
An ultralight pilot filmed migrating monarch
A bird hit a Cessna bizjet at Austin, forcing an
DARPA gave $6 million to Groen Brothers for
NASA to help industry provide access to low-Earth
orbit and ISS...
$10,000 reward for return of stolen Cessna T210,
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
Say Again? #56: The More Things Change
There is a lot of
new technology coming to aviation and -- amazingly -- to air traffic
control. But that doesn't mean things will get better; nor does it
mean things that already work OK won't get corrupted by the latest and
greatest. AVweb's Don Brown steps back from the bleeding edge of
high-tech in this month's Say Again? column.
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Hmmm "Picture of the Week" returns to familiar territory this
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week. In fact, this is the first week in a long time where five of the
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