AVflash Vol. 9, Issue 11b Thurs., March 13, 2003
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FLIGHT SCHOOLS FIGHT TO ADAPT...
Western Michigan University (WMU) -- which has held contracts with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Emirates Airlines and European Pilot Selection and Training, and is one of the largest aviation colleges in the U.S. -- is giving up on its foreign pilot training program. At WMU, foreign enrollment has declined from a peak of 126 in 1999 to 26 this year. The University will instead offer an accelerated program for both international and domestic students. Robert Aardema, interim dean of the College of Aviation, said in a statement Monday, "...we've looked at our staffing levels and, with our domestic enrollment growing rapidly, we integrated our domestic and international faculty and staff." More...
...AS FOREIGN ENROLLMENT PLUMMETS
The new Certified Accelerated Pilot Training program, which will be open to both foreign and domestic students, follows a 13-month intensive training model. The program is FAA-certified and the FAA's European equivalent is expected to offer its approval as well, the university said. As the university continues to scrutinize its aviation programs and adapt to a changing aviation environment, one option under consideration, according to a report this week in the Kalamazoo Gazette, is privatization of the flight-training portion of the university's program. "It has the potential to be less costly to the student," interim Dean Aardema told the Gazette. More...
ECLIPSE DIGS IN...
Vern Raburn, the CEO of Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque, is not one to give up when the going gets tough, according to a report in Tuesday's edition of New Mexico Business Weekly. Says Raburn: "If you are going to engage in something that is difficult, you have to be attuned from the very first day that ultimately you are going to do this until you die trying." Although the company has chosen a Pratt & Whitney engine to replace the Williams jet, which Eclipse says failed to live up to expectations, the glitch has set back the company's delivery schedule by two years (to 2006), and has the local economy waiting for some 2,500 high-paying aviation jobs to materialize. More...
...AS SMALL-JET RACE HEATS UP
While Eclipse works to redesign its program, other manufacturers are hot on the trail. Diamond Aircraft, of Canada, plans to build a single-jet five-passenger aircraft, with a powerplant yet to be determined. Diamond plans to deliver its D-Jet by 2006 with a price tag "well under U.S. $1 million." Adam Aircraft, of Colorado, also using Williams engines, plans to start delivering its $2 million A700 bizjet late next year. Safire Aircraft, in Florida, has chosen a larger model of the Williams engine, the FJ-33, to power its light jet, and plans to fly it next year. Cessna's contender, the Citation Mustang, will run on Pratt & Whitneys and sell for about $3 million. Then there's Honda. More...
REPORT: WAR WOULD CAUSE LOSS OF 70,000 AIRLINE JOBS
The Air Transport Association released a report on Tuesday that predicts a war in Iraq would precipitate an economic freefall in the U.S. -- with the airlines leading the plunge. According to the report, "Airlines In Crisis: The Perfect Economic Storm," economic damage could be so severe that "there is serious risk of chaotic industry bankruptcies and liquidations" and "the prospect of a forced nationalization of the industry is not unrealistic." Jobs lost, already topping 100,000, would increase by an additional 70,000 to 98,000, the report said. More...
ABOVE AND BEYOND: WOMEN IN AVIATION HISTORY
This year's Centennial of Flight collided with Women's History Month, and one result is a 29-minute film from ArtReach-International called "Above and Beyond: 100 Years of Women in Aviation." The film debuted this week at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, near Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, and will be shown there twice daily through March, and also at the Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference in Cincinnati, later this month. WAI will salute 100 influential women from the first 100 years of aviation. Honorees, past and current, include: Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins and Martha King, co-owner of King Schools. More...
SINO SWEARINGEN LAUNCHES SECOND LIGHT-JET TEST AIRCRAFT
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp., of San Antonio, Texas, announced last week it has launched a second copy of its SJ30-2 twinjet as part of its FAA flight-test certification program. Sino Swearingen says the SJ30-2 seven-seat twinjet will have a range of up to 2,500 nautical miles, cruise speeds in excess of Mach .80, a maximum certified altitude of 49,000 feet, and will be certified for single-pilot operation. During last week's flight, several tests were conducted, including handling, stability, control, powering each engine back to idle, turns, banks and general maneuvering. The company said all the tests went well. More...
FAA USE OF DESIGNEES UNDER MICROSCOPE
The General Accounting Office will investigate the FAA's practice of using private contractors and designees to inspect and certify airlines' planes and aircraft alterations, USA Today reported Monday. The probe was requested last week by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) of the House Aviation Subcommittee, who asked the GAO to study the FAA's inspection designee program. DeFazio cited several recent reports that raised questions about the number of designees -- more than 20,000 -- and the FAA's oversight of the program. More...
THE 1903 WRIGHT FLYER, UNVEILED
Yes, it seems a little late in the game to unveil an airplane that first flew 100 years ago -- but this is a brand-new painstaking reproduction of the Wrights' famous flyer, ready to meet the public. With spring kicking into gear, Sun 'n Fun just around the corner, and the aviation show season about to rev up, EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk is gearing up. Next Tuesday morning, at Reagan Washington National Airport, the very aircraft that will fly at Kill Devil Hills on Dec. 17, 2003, to re-enact the Wright brothers' first flight, will be revealed. More...
HOW'S LYCOMING DOING WITH REPLACEMENT ENGINES?
Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, is tracking customer satisfaction with Lycoming's efforts to get owners impacted by its recent crankshaft recalls back in the air. If you were affected by the recall and would like to participate in the survey, contact Aviation Consumer at email@example.com.
ON THE FLY...
CAP will receive NAA's Frank G. Brewer Aerospace Education Trophy...
TSA seized 1,101 firearms, 1.4 million knives, more, in first year...
BA Concorde returned to Barbados after takeoff with engine trouble...
FAA will hold Aviation Forecast Conference March 18-19 in Washington...
Flyers in a poll chose Tampa Intl. as the nation's best airport.
AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
We received over 50 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, Erin Hutchins, of Grand Rapids, MN. As we begin to prepare for the pleasures of spring, Erins picture reminds us of the uniqueness of winter flying. She photographed this 1946 ski equipped Champ sitting on frozen lake at minus 20F temperature. Great picture, Erin! Your AVweb hat is on the way.
To check out the winning picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to http://www.avweb.com/potw/.
AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
We received over 1,200 responses to our question last week on crosswind landing techniques. About one third (29 percent) of those responding prefer to hold a crab during final approach and just before the flare. On the other hand, 26 percent prefer slipping the aircraft on final approach.
To check out the complete results go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw/.
This week we would like to know your thoughts on the effects of war on the GA industry. Please go to firstname.lastname@example.org to respond.
Please remember that the email address is ONLY for suggested QOTW questions, and NOT for QOTW answers.
AVweb's AVscoop Award...
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to Sean Duncan, this week's AVscoop winner. Submit news tips via email to email@example.com. Rules and information are at http://www.avweb.com/contact/newstips.html.
New Articles and Features on AVweb
Wooden It Be Lovely? -- Part Five: Details, Details
In this installment of his series documenting construction of a Pietenpol homebuilt, AVweb's Matt Paxton discusses things big and small -- attaching the empennage, control sticks, and instrument panel. Now in the fourth year of construction, Matt has some expected and unexpected hurdles to overcome.
Pilot Life Insurance -- The State of the Industry
Has it been a while since your last life insurance review? Does your life insurance policy have an exception for an accident in a small plane? AVweb's Kevin Lane-Cummings reports that changes in the live insurance industry make now a good time to update that policy.
Reader feedback on AVweb's news coverage and feature articles:
Reader mail this week about Jeppesen's databases, military night flight, airwave congestion in D.C. and more.
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ASA offers aviation textbooks, books for pilots, books for mechanics, FAA test-prep guides, checkride essentials, FAA publication reprints, and a vast array of pilot supplies. Pilots from student to ATP, CFIs, flight engineers, and maintenance technicians will all find what they need in ASA's big online catalog.
WE GOOFED! FLYING MACHINE PHOTOS FREE WALLPAPER IS UP ON THEIR SITE!
It's a FREE download. Dave Higdon (yes, you know him as an AVweb special projects editor) has assembled a gallery of images from his lifetime love affair with all things airborne. Dave hopes these photographs speak to your aviation dreams and passions. Take a look!
ST. PATTY'S DAY SPECIAL FROM KLYDE MORRIS
Klyde Morris isn't Irish, but he knows how to catch those of you that are with a St. Patty's Day March special. With any purchase from his Web site you will receive a FREE autographed Klyde Morris poster, suitable for framing, of course.
DON'T WAIT TILL THE SUN STARTS TO BAKE YOUR AIRCRAFT'S INTERIOR.
Kennon Covers is offering a spring discount of $15 on a full set of their sun shields. Now is the time to order and save. Offer ends April 30.
MOUNTAINSCOPE FROM PCAVIONICS IS THE BEST NAVIGATION DEVICE SINCE GPS!
With 17 percent of general aviation fatalities caused by controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), MountainScope is a safety essential. Its display gives situational awareness of your surroundings in plan and 3-D views with pictorial warnings of dangerous obstacles or terrain. Terrain elevation points at 90-meter intervals provide the basis of the topo and 3-D map displays to the viewer. Overlaid onto the terrain are familiar aviation charting symbols to provide guidance to the closest airports and navaids in case of emergency or disorientation. Flight Planning and Track Logging are additional features. For a FREE demonstration go online.
FOR THE SMALL FLYER IN ANY FAMILY: A DREAMFLYER SPECIAL OFFER
Order "Flying and Learning: Basics for Every Pilot," a book for all levels of pilot skill, and receive one of four children's books -- while supplies last. For an in-depth AVweb review of "Flying and Learning" go online.
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SUN 'N FUN GOERS -- ATTENTION! WHY WALK IF YOU CAN PEDDLE?
Get to those Sun 'n Fun evening activities with the folding 17-pound HANDYBike. This German-engineered, all-aluminum, racing-inspired bike folds so small that one for each passenger can be carried in a Cessna 172. Order in time for a speedy delivery. It is available online.
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Whether it's smoke in the cockpit or a fire in your hotel or office building, the EVAC-U8 is an escape device that gives you 15 minutes of breathable air to help you get to safety. The patented EVAC-U8 smoke hood has a Kapton hood that resists 800 degrees to protect your head, plus an air-purifying filter that removes carbon monoxide and other toxic gases. Order the EVAC-U8 smoke hood and other medical and safety products online.
RYAN OFFERS ACTIVE 9900BX TAS WITH AUDIBLE POSITION ALERTING & FREE OFFER
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APRIL ISSUE OF AVIATION SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS:
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