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FROM SEBRING, THE U.S. SPORT AVIATION EXPO
Exhibitors were plentiful and crowds were too, as the second annual U.S. Sport
Aviation Expo wrapped up yesterday under sunny skies in Sebring,
Fla. Visitors got to check out more than 100 light-sport aircraft on
the field, and EAA
issued over 75 new student sport-pilot certificates. "There's a
30-knot wind here today, so not too many demo flights," EAA's Ron
Wagner told AVweb on Saturday. "But the first two days, there
was a lot of flying going on. We're getting a really knowledgeable
audience, a lot of them are here trying to decide what to buy. What
we're seeing is a really vibrant new segment of aviation coming
alive." There are now 24 LSAs on the market, with Taylorcraft's Taylor
Sport the latest to be certified, just last week. "And now here we are
in the midst of this really exciting event, and some of these
manufacturers have already sold out their 2006 production," Wagner
THE LSA FAITHFUL, AND THEY'RE BUYING
No official crowd estimates were available, but overall, Thursday and
Friday were strong, EAA's marketing consultant Dan Johnson
told AVweb. RANS founder Randy Schlitter was there with two
airplanes (an S-6 and an S-7) and said he could have sold each one of
them several times over if he didn't prefer to take them home himself.
Saturday was a little slow due to the weather -- stiff winds plus
temperatures in the 60s, cold by Florida standards. Johnson said
exhibitors were satisfied with the attendance. "The parking lots are
pretty full, and every time you look at an airplane, there are people
around every one," he said. Johnson also noted that a bizjet flew in
and unloaded some top Cessna officials who evidently came to check out
the LSA scene. Also flying in was Advanced Aero's inverted V-tail
airplane, a single-seat prototype that flew for the first time
just last month. More...
The EAA Sport Pilot Tour will continue in 2006 with nine more stops,
the next one Feb. 18 in Phoenix, Ariz., Johnson said. EAA's Ron Wagner
expressed enthusiastic support for the tour, saying that manufacturers
sold about one airplane apiece at each of the six events last year.
The rest of this year's stops will be announced later this month,
Johnson said. It's also getting easier to find sport-pilot training.
Last week, EAA reported that there are now more than 320 flight
instructors in the U.S. ready to take on sport pilot students, and you
can find one near you via their online database. The list also includes those who
can instruct in amateur-built aircraft, powered parachutes and other
less-common types. More...
THE GROUND AT SEBRING, TIM KERN, FOR AVWEB
See AVweb's NewsWire For More LSA Expo Coverage...
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LANDS SAFELY IN TREE BENEATH CHUTE
SR22 with three people on board landed gently in a grove of trees
adjacent to a road near Childersburg, Ala., about 4 p.m. Friday after
the pilot deployed the ballistic parachute. All three walked away from
the airplane unhurt. The pilot, Kerwin Day, is a certified flight
instructor and ATP-rated pilot with over 12,000 hours. He reported
that he had control difficulties while attempting to maneuver through
an area of in-cloud icing conditions, according to a news release from BRS, the maker of the chute
system. The airplane was not equipped with an icing protection system.
Day said that while trying to climb to a higher altitude to escape the
icing, the airplane began to shake and entered into a stall; it then
turned sharply and Day experienced a total loss of control.
CHUTE RELEASE: HOW IT FELT
"I pulled the chute and got a sudden jolt against the seatbelt," Day
told BRS. "The nose pitched down and very quickly leveled itself and
in less than a minute we were on the ground." All three exited the
airplane, and a call was placed to 911. The Childersburg Fire
Department responded, and the group was taken to the fire station.
Later, as the three drove back to Atlanta by car, they spoke with BRS
via cellphone from a barbeque restaurant, happy and relieved. "This is
how we think any aircraft incident should come to a close, with
somebody getting on a cellphone and calling home," Bill King, the vice
president of business administration for Cirrus, told NBC-13 News. More...
The airplane had departed from Birmingham, Ala., headed for Orlando.
NTSB investigator Corky Smith told The Daily Home that the pilot filed an IFR flight
plan and obtained a DUATS weather briefing before departure. The
aircraft entered the clouds at an altitude of 5,000 feet, and at 7,000
feet began taking on ice. At about 8,000 feet, while climbing out of
the clouds, the buffet began followed by the spin to the left. The
pilot reduced power and applied opposite rudder, but the aircraft did
not respond. He then informed ATC before pulling the ballistic
parachute. The happenings resulted in a pilot report of unusual text:
PIREP: MGM UUA /OV SCD 270004/TM 2200/FL090/TP SR22/IC SVR ICG
077-090/RM ACFT WAS DESCENDING BY PARACHUTE DUE TO SEVRE ICG BUILDUP.
SPEAK OUT AGAINST D.C. ADIZ
On Thursday, federal officials held their first public meeting with
pilots from the Washington, D.C., area who will have to live with the
government's proposed permanent Air Defense Identification Zone
(ADIZ). Over 30 speakers took a turn during the six-hour-long meeting,
recounting their personal experiences with operational nightmares,
safety hazards, and economic loss, AOPA reported on Friday. The 11-member panel
seemed "unresponsive," AOPA said, but the FAA says they are paying
attention. "We will look at all the comments and consider the many
creative recommendations we have," an FAA spokeswoman told AOPA.
SUE OVER DEATHS OF JET PILOTS
The families of two pilots who died in the crash of a Pinnacle
Airlines CJR-200 regional jet after both engines failed shortly after
it attained 41,000 feet filed suit last week in Florida. The suit
alleges that heat damage in the engine caused by a faulty oil pump was
one factor that made it impossible for the pilots to restart the
engines. Named in the suit are the aircraft manufacturer, an airline,
three part makers and a maintenance company, The Associated Press reported last week. The two
pilots took the airplane up to FL410 during a repositioning flight in
October 2004. A controller who questioned the
jet's model and altitude told the pilots, "I've never seen you guys up
at 41 there." The crew responded, "Yeah, we're actually ... we don't
have any passengers on board, so we decided to have a little fun and
come up here." More...
WALK AWAY FROM DITCHING IN RIVER
At 20 years old, Benjamin Sharp, of Rolling Hill, Calif., already has
600 hours of flight time. So when the engine quit in the Piper
Cherokee he was flying on Friday afternoon, all that training kicked
in. "We popped out of the clouds and I looked around, checking my
options," Sharp told the Curry Coastal Pilot. "It was an automatic process.
It was instinctual. We were in a ravine with no place to land. The
water was the only option." He told his passenger, 19-year-old Adam
Castle, to open the door before they touched down in the North Fork of
the Chetco River. Once afloat, the two climbed out across the wing to
a nearby gravel bar, then found a house and called 911.
After almost 30 years of flying passengers across North American
skies, a Boeing 737 sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island in British
Columbia, Canada Saturday, to the cheers of hundreds of onlookers. The
retired Air Canada jet became British Columbia's seventh artificial
reef and, long after it carried millions of winter-weary Canadian
tourists to Florida, it will become a tourist attraction itself. The
100-foot airframe was winched from a barge and lowered into Stuart
Channel, near Chemainus. Within minutes divers reported a level
landing on the ocean floor 88.5 feet below and the jet's four-year
journey from wreck to reef was complete. More...
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FUNDED SERVICE FLIES SR22S FOR YOU
A small air-taxi service in North Dakota is ramping up operations,
thanks to an injection of federal funds under the U.S. Dept. of
Transportation Small Community Air Service Development grant program.
A contract signed earlier this month released $1.25 million to launch
Airways. The company must match the funds with its own money.
Point2Point says it will provide affordable, customized air travel to
businesses in Bismarck and other communities in the region. The
company has two Cirrus SR22 aircraft and plans to have 5 to 10
airplanes operating by the end of this year, company spokesman John
Boehle told AVweb last week. Boehle says the company will sell
blocks of time similar to bizjet programs ... but these are at roughly
$350 an hour. More...
RESTRUCTURES AERONAUTICS RESEARCH
NASA has overhauled and restructured its aeronautics
research program, Lisa Porter, NASA's associate administrator of
the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, announced last week.
"NASA is returning to long-term investment in cutting-edge fundamental
research in traditional aeronautics disciplines," Porter said. The key
goals will include working to master the science of subsonic (rotary
and fixed wing), supersonic, and hypersonic flight, and to directly
address the needs of the next-generation air transportation system.
The new programs include fundamental aeronautics, airspace systems,
aviation safety and the aeronautics test program. More...
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AIRLINE DEATHS DOUBLE IN 2005
The number of people who died in airliner crashes worldwide more than
doubled last year, Flight International magazine reported last week.
In 2005, 1,050 people died in 34 fatal accidents, the highest number
of fatalities since 2000. In 2004, there were 464 deaths. None of the
fatal crashes involved major world airlines, and many involved older
aircraft flown by airlines in countries with poor safety records
compared with the rest of the world. Nigeria had two fatal crashes in
which 225 people died, and Sudan saw three fatal accidents, all
involving old Soviet-built aircraft. "It was a disappointing 12 months
given the outstanding safety performance in the previous two years,"
said David Learmount, Flight International's operations and safety
Columbia Aircraft off on 30-stop road tour...
RunwayFinder has sectionals online...
Beach-buzzing pilot sentenced
to 240 hours community service...
New runway approach lights CVG
extend across Interstate 275...
AD requires cable inspection in
some American Champion aircraft...
EAA's Young Eagles program has
now flown over 1.2 million kids...
GlobalFlyer has landed safely at
Kennedy Space Center...
Three aircraft came too close over Dallas
on Nov. 2. More...
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CEO of the Cockpit #53: Snow Day
A snow day may be a day
off from work or school, but if you're an airline pilot it probably
means delays and de-icing. AVweb's Kevin Garrison has had many snow
days -- some of them even involved throwing snowballs in
When it comes to ice detection,
knowing where to look is half the battle. Click through for a free clip from our experts.
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