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Volume 12, Number 7b
February 16, 2006
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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. has acquired all existing inventory, tooling, and drawings for the prefabricated metal parts used for the Cozy Mark IV aircraft. As the owner of the design rights for the Cozy Mark IV and the source for plans and kits, Aircraft Spruce wants to ensure that builders will continue to have a source for these metal parts. Call 1-877-4-SPRUCE or visit online.
Aircraft Sales Up In All Sectors back to top 
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The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

All the numbers show that 2005 was a great year for airplane sales, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported on Monday. Billings rose to $15.1 billion, up 27.2 percent over 2004. U.S. manufacturers shipped 2,857 airplanes, an increase of 21.3 percent. Worldwide shipments of GA aircraft totaled 3,580 units, up 20.8 percent. GAMA President Peter Bunce says he expects more of the same for 2006. "Our industry has experienced an absolutely phenomenal, phenomenal success in the past year," he told The Wichita Eagle. "We want to keep that momentum going." An expanding global market and the emerging market of very light jets should provide that momentum, he said. More...

The piston market grew an additional 20 percent over the 20-year peak reached in 2004, with 2,465 units shipped. Turboprop shipments grew 14 percent. GAMA credits innovations in performance and comfort for keeping the turboprop segment competitive. The bizjet sector grew 27 percent, with 750 units shipped, just 34 fewer than the record of 784 in 2001. Exports from the U.S. grew 67 percent, representing 19 percent of all aircraft built in the country. "All manufacturers are seeing new markets emerge around the globe," GAMA said. Jobs at GAMA member companies grew by 6 percent. But one statistic fell -- there were 3 percent fewer private pilots than in 2004. More...

Teledyne-Continental Motors PowerlinkTM FADEC Certified on Liberty XL-2; Is It Right for Your Aircraft?
Liberty Aerospace is the first certified piston-powered aircraft with PowerLinkTM FADEC as standard equipment. PowerLinkTM FADEC is now also available for several additional certified and experimental aircraft, including the A-36 Bonanza and VANS RV series. Find out how you can bring your aircraft into the state-of-the-art online.
Investigative Efforts Must Be Prioritized back to top 

Mark Rosenker, acting chairman of the NTSB, spoke to the GA world on Tuesday at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) meeting, and made use of the occasion to respond to a recent story in The Washington Post. The Post reported last week that NTSB investigators have been going to fewer accident scenes every year since 2001, showing up at less than half of the crashes involving small aircraft. Rosenker told the GAMA audience on Tuesday, "While it is true that we do not launch on all fatal and serious injury accidents, I must reiterate that we shall continue to lead an investigation into every single one of the nearly 1,800 general aviation accidents that occur each year in the country." More...

"Whether we launch to the scene or not, we will conduct all of the research, interviews, and follow-up examinations necessary to perform an appropriate investigation," Rosenker said. "We will write the final report, and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of every single accident, no matter how small. This is our mandate, and we are sticking to it." Rosenker said the NTSB has been on-site at 62 percent of fatal accidents over the last three years, a drop from 75 percent previously. "I assure you that this 13-point drop involved fatal accidents that had known circumstances and no safety payback," he said. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

Virgin America, the U.S. stepchild of Richard Branson's Virgin brand, has started hiring pilots for its base in San Francisco. The new airline is looking for six experienced pilots right now to help with starting up, then will hire more than 100 pilots later this year to staff its fleet of 33 Airbus 320-family jets. At least 5,000 hours are required, and a type rating wouldn't hurt. Branson also is interested in getting into the air-taxi business with a fleet of Eclipse jets, Andrew Broom, public relations manager at Eclipse, confirmed for AVweb, yesterday. Meanwhile, NetJets says it will hire 450 pilots in 2006. Last year, NetJets pilots represented by the Teamsters achieved a new labor agreement with substantial increases in salaries. NetJets' new hires will be based at Columbus, Teterboro, West Palm Beach, Los Angeles and Dallas. More...

Under new rules to be introduced later this year by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the minimum flight time for commercial pilots in Europe would be cut from 145 hours to 70, while simulator time would increase from 90 to 170 hours. The British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA) is protesting the change. "Simulators may be amazingly realistic but you always know you will be going home at the end of the day," Martin Alder, spokesman for BALPA, told The London Times. "There is no substitute for the unpredictability of real flying." Lufthansa, which has invested heavily in new simulators, has pressured ICAO to make the changes, according to The Times. More...

Sino Swearingen's SJ30-2 Business Jet The SJ30-2 Is the World's Fastest Light Business Jet
Not only is it fast; it has intercontinental range -- 560 mph and over 2800 sm range. The SJ30-2 is the most advanced light business jet in the sky today -- the perfect package of speed, range, and good looks. Click here for details.
News Briefs back to top 

Meanwhile, in the U.K., a documentary on Ryanair by Channel Four accuses the airline of requiring pilots to work excessive hours, even when they are fatigued. Ryanair has denied and disputed all of the filmmakers' allegations. The program, Dispatches, aired Monday night. Two undercover reporters posed as cabin crew and spent five months secretly filming Ryanair's training program and flights. The reporters claimed to reveal inadequate safety and security checks, dirty airplanes, exhausted cabin crew and pilots complaining about the number of hours they have to fly. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said the allegations were unfounded. More...

U. S. Rep Tom Reynolds, of New York, called last week for an investigation into pilot fatigue and a fresh look at rules regarding duty time. "Not since 1940 have flight-and-duty-time rules for pilots been updated," said Reynolds. "That simply is unacceptable." Reynolds cited a recent NTSB report on a fatal crash in Kirksville, Mo., in October 2004, which found that pilot fatigue was a contributing factor. The pilots had been on duty for over 14 hours on the day of the crash. Reynolds said he also wants to review the rules regarding the use of Terrain Avoidance Warning Systems. No such system was required for the fatal flight. One of the 13 who died aboard Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 was a New York resident. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

A New Zealand pilot was in court this week on fraud charges related to lying about having ditched his Cessna 185 in July 2004, according to the New Zealand Herald. Howard Jamison, 46, had reported that he took off from Timaru Airport and was flying offshore when the airplane's engine surged and stopped. He said he dead-sticked into the water, and was able to remove part of the airplane floor, which he rode into shore as the airplane sank. Jamison submitted an accident report and insurance claim, but the wreckage was never found. The Cessna was reportedly found last month, undamaged, stored in a shipping container. Jamison has said that if found guilty, he may sell his three other aircraft if necessary to repay the insurance of NZ$258,000. More...

A Glasair II two-seat kitplane crashed into a house in a suburban neighborhood outside Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday afternoon. The airplane's owner, Patrick O'Brien, 49, of San Clemente, was killed, along with James McIsaac, 43, of Roseville, who was also a pilot. Chris Musil, 19, who lived in the house with his father, was killed. According to The Sacramento Bee, McIsaac lived in the neighborhood, and his wife and mother were watching when the aircraft suddenly dove into the house, which was quickly engulfed in flames. Witnesses said the aircraft was flying low over the neighborhood and performing aerobatics just before the crash. Spokesmen from EAA and Glasair were interviewed in the local press. More...

When It Comes to Aircraft Insurance, the Choice Is Easy
The AOPA Insurance Agency is the only agency that offers the built-in expertise of AOPA's 66+ years' commitment to general aviation, and the only aircraft insurance agency qualified to carry the AOPA name. More than 405,000 pilots trust AOPA for their aviation needs, so when it comes to aircraft insurance, why call anyone else? One call to the AOPA Insurance Agency, and you'll have multiple quotes from major A-rated underwriters in minutes. Call AOPA Insurance Agency for a complimentary quote at (800) 622-2672, or go online.
News Briefs back to top 

LiftPort Group, a consortium of companies working together to develop a space elevator, said on Monday it has successfully completed a second round of tests of its high-altitude platform. The tests, which required an FAA waiver to use the airspace, were completed earlier this month in Arizona. LiftPort says it launched an observation and communication platform to over 5,000 feet and maintained it in a stationary position for more than six hours, using an arrangement of high-altitude balloons. A ribbon attached from the platform to the ground supported robotic lifters that climbed as high as 1,500 feet. LiftPort says the technology can eventually be used to create a space elevator that would be anchored to an offshore sea platform near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. More...

L-39 warbirds confiscated in Alaska by the FBI...
Boeing on Monday delivered its 5,000th 737, to Southwest Airlines...
An IPO at Eclipse Aviation? Not this year...
Jeppesen NavData Alert for Minneapolis Class B Airspace...
Two federal air marshals face drug charges...
PM Tony Blair on board a DC-8 during aborted takeoff in South Africa...
A rainbow-painted Lear Jet is flying children for Make A Wish...
A flying motorcycle takes to the air on TV news video. More...

Oregon Aero -- It Feels Like Flying!
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Newstips back to top 

What have you heard? There might be something to it. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, don't be shy. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. Our best stories start with you. More...

Don't Buy an Aircraft without Checking with CS&A's Insurance Pros!
Check with CS&A's insurance professionals for complete insurance packages with the best coverage and prices in the industry. Get a no-cost quote from CS&A's top aviation professionals by calling (800) 761-2557, or go online.
Features back to top 

The Making of the World's Largest Skydive
The world's most experienced skydivers recently met in Thailand to build a record, 400-way formation. What did it take? The resources of an entire air force, 300 tons of Jet-A, a trainload of oxygen bottles and the determined endurance of a marathon runner, according to AVweb's Editorial Director (and skydiver) Paul Bertorelli.

The Savvy Aviator #28: Be Prepared
The most exasperating aircraft mechanicals invariably occur between Friday night and Sunday afternoon when you're hundreds of miles from home. The difference between a minor annoyance and major trauma often hinges on whether you're prepared.

Non-towered pattern entry. Dick Taylor explains the not-so-common knowledge that keeps you safer in the pattern at a non-towered airport. This is one case where the simplest approach isn't always the best. Click through to learn.


Attention, Piper Owners and Pilots!
The Piper Flyer Association (PFA) provides parts locating, tech support, a monthly member magazine, online forums, national and regional events, an annual convention, seminars, and more. With a one-year membership for $39, access the needed information to expand your knowledge and get more enjoyment from owning and flying your Piper aircraft. The PFA is located on the Waupaca Municipal Airport in Wisconsin, just 35 miles NW of Oshkosh. For more information, and to request a sample copy of the magazine, click here.
AVwebBiz back to top 

HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVweb's NO-COST twice monthly Business AVflash? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash also focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the Business of Aviation. Business AVflash is a must read. Watch for a Business AVflash regular feature, TSA WATCH: GA IN THE "SPOTLIGHT". Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/ More...

Pilots Know They Need to Protect & Improve Their Eyes
As a pilot, Brian Grote knows that visual acuity is an asset he can't afford to lose. After years of declining vision, he's finally found an all-natural supplement that may help protect and improve the health of his eyes for years to come. Click here to find out more about Claroxan, an all-natural supplement for your eyes.
QOTW back to top 

This week, AVweb wants to know if being paid to fly is still the dream job it once was. You may get the chance soon — but do you want it? PLUS: Results of last week's question on mid-air collisions. More...

Tired of the High Cost of Fuel? GAMIjectors Are the Answer!
Don't be grounded by sky-high gas prices. Install GAMIjectors, and you could see up to a 20% cut in your aircraft's fuel bill. Balanced fuel/air ratios make your aircraft's engine run smoother, cooler, and more efficiently. Call 888-FLY-GAMI, or order a kit online for your Continental or Lycoming engine.
POTW back to top 

What's got soaring jets, majestic mountains, tropical beaches, and adorable children? O.K., it's a trick question. We all know the answer is the latest installment of AVweb's "Picture of the Week" contest. We'll kick things off with a photo from this week's winner, David Coggin of Altus, Oklahoma. More...



Get Award-Winning VFLITETM Computer-Based Training for Your GPS
Don't train in the cockpit! Discover the safe way to get the full power of your GNS 530/430, GPSMap and AirMap navigators. The new VFLITE GNS 530/430 Advanced Training CD-ROM is FAA FITS-accepted and helps you reach a higher level of understanding on complex procedures. Recommended by Garmin(R) and Lowrance(R), VFLITE programs are the ideal solution for both initial and recurrent training. Prices start at $49.95. Windows and Mac compatible. Click here for free demos and more information.

Don't Wish Your Airplane Had All the Bells and Whistles
Bennett Avionics makes that wish affordable! Used avionics is Bennett Avionics' only business. Bennett stocks a complete line of used avionics that will add tremendous capability to your aircraft at a price that makes sense. Bennett also purchases used avionics equipment and will work out an exchange for newer electronics. Bennett Avionics is your one-stop used avionics specialist. Call the Bennett Avionics specialists at (860) 653-7295, or go online.

Avidyne's New TAS600 Systems Deliver Active-Surveillance Traffic Awareness Protection Under $10,000
With pricing starting at $9,990, Avidyne's new TAS600 systems set a new price-performance standard for active-surveillance traffic capability and make important safety systems affordable for owners of light GA aircraft. TAS600 systems show standard TAS symbology on display systems from 15 different manufacturers, including Avidyne's Entegra and EX500/5000 MFDs; Garmin's G1000, MX20, and 400/500-series; as well as displays from Honeywell, Collins, Chelton, Sandel, and others. Click here for complete details.

Stop Wondering -- Or Worrying -- Where Your Friends and Family Are!
Do you have friends or family flying in tonight? A business colleague coming in for a meeting? Will your partner get back before you need the airplane? Find out where in the air they are with the AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer. AVweb subscribers can sign up for Flight Explorer at the special price of $9.95 a month. Sign up.

Discover Why Homebuilders Are the Hottest Segment in General Aviation Today
Subscribe to Kitplanes magazine and catch the building excitement. Each issue is packed with flight reviews; building, buying, and flying guidance; and more. And each subscription includes the Kitplanes hands-on, three-issue directory listing over 100 of the latest kits and plans. Order now.

Pilots Comment After Reading IFR: A Structured Approach:
"The GPS chapter alone is worth getting the book. It's the best instrument flying book I have ever read," states Fred Scott. "If one book could help you make the leap from a bit player to a skilled conductor of instrument flight, this is probably it," reads a November 2003 AOPA Pilot review. With the help of this book, you will establish your personal standard of IFR operating practices, including incorporation of checklists, flows, callouts, briefings, and the "fly by the numbers" method of aircraft control. Order online.

Attention, Mechanics! Software for Your Hardware!
John Schwaner's The Mechanic's Toolbox + Engineering Manual Companion has been a mainstay of mechanics for years. John has revised and updated this publication and put it on CD. The Mechanic's Toolbox Program contains everything from: Ohm's Law for Mechanics, Torque Wrench Extension Calculator, Pressure Conversions, and Velocity Computing to a Palm operating system including Alternator Charging System Checker, Hose Shop, Starter Analyzer, Metals ID using Field Methods, and more. This is immense! Complete details and to order.

Have You Ever Wondered Why Some Pilots Seem to Have It Together?
Ever wonder why you lack confidence? Take a look at Instructional Methods for Flight Instructors, and Ways to Improve the Precision, Safety and Confidence of Rated Pilots, wherein Gordon Henrie takes lessons from fifty years of flying and tells you HOW to be more capable and confident in your own flying -- and how to teach more effectively. This is not a question-and-answer book, but will help you rout out bad habits. Order online.

Aviation Safety March Issue Highlights:
"Sequencing Yourself" -- here's why and how separation works; "Getting Organized" -- no gadgets will help the pilot who isn't thinking ahead; "When to Use the Gear" -- thinking through landing gear questions; "Learning to Lean" -- save stopping, money, and repair bills; "Fighting Flutter" -- why and what to do about it; "Night Shift" -- when you should (and shouldn't) launch at night. Plus: A summary of the FAA's recent airworthiness and maintenance information bulletins. If any of these articles hit your safety button, you need to order Aviation Safety now!

Names Behind The News back to top 

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