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Volume 12, Number 13b
March 30, 2006
Trade-A-Plane: The Aviation Marketplace Since 
1937 Use Trade-A-Plane's New Search Feature to Search the Entire Site — up to 10,000 ads — or just specific portions from the advertiser and product indices. It's your choice. It's that easy! Call Trade-A-Plane at (800) 337-5263, or go online to "Buy, Sell, Fly!"

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The Defense Rests back to top 
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is calling on her colleagues to reignite programs to equip airliners with anti-missile systems. Boxer told The Associated Press in an interview that the Bush administration's apparent abandonment of the initiative is a mistake. "We are being irresponsible by not moving forward on this today," said Boxer. Congress has appropriated more than $200 million for development of suitable systems (that, for instance, don't drop white-hot magnesium on suburbs) and at least two companies say they have systems that work, according to the AP report. However, the Bush administration asked for only $4.9 million for the program in its latest budget, a signal to some that it's been shot down politically. More...

Although it (probably) hasn't happened on U.S. soil, missile attacks are a disturbingly common cause of commercial aircraft crashes elsewhere. There have been 24 commercial planes officially downed by shoulder-fired missiles in the last 20 years, killing about 500 people, according to The Associated Press. That figure does not include TWA 800 (July '96), EgyptAir 990 (Oct. '99), or AA 587 (Nov. '01). In each of those cases, a jumbo jet and all aboard were lost near (or on) the south shore of Long Island, N.Y. Each event spawned its own missile theories -- and some came with scores of eyewitnesses. All ultimately were attributed by the NTSB to other causes. Boxer says the U.S. should have received a wake-up call last November when an American Airlines pilot reported seeing a rocket fly past just after crossing the shoreline on departure from LAX. "American 612, can you verify whether you saw a flare or a rocket?" radioed an air traffic controller recorded on the ATC tapes. "It looked more like a rocket to me," the pilot at first responded. More...

The most recent attack was on a DHL cargo plane in 2003. The missile hit the A310's left wing as it took off from Baghdad. The explosion and fire destroyed the aircraft's hydraulic system, eliminating any cockpit-initiated use of the control surfaces. The crew, using differential thrust only, managed to haul the airliner into a pretty respectable approach and landing and all of them walked away (see AVweb's NewsWire for the PowerPoint presentation). A year earlier, an attack on an Israeli airliner in Africa prompted action by the Israeli government. More...

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China Woos U.S. Aircraft Manufacturers back to top 

With Diamond already establishing partnerships in China, a published report says Cirrus and Cessna have both been approached by the Chinese government to jointly produce existing models or to develop new aircraft for the Chinese market. According to Flight International, Xian General Aircraft Research Institute (XGARI) is in active discussions with Cirrus and Cessna to help satisfy what the Chinese government appears to believe is a burgeoning market there. "It's a nearly empty market in China. Only 350 [GA] aircraft are flying. We need more," XGARI President Li Daming told Flight International. "The market demand is urgent. We welcome a Western manufacturer to do joint design or joint manufacturing." However, Cirrus told AVweb yesterday that you shouldn't anytime soon count on a groundbreaking in China for a Cirrus factory. More...

China is also predicting a boom in light jets although it seems to want that market to itself. China's First Aircraft Design Institute is examining the feasibility of an indigenously designed and built aircraft but it has to decide whether turboprops or jets will be in greater demand. There's not much current market data available. There are only three privately owned bizjets in all of China, a Beechcraft Premier 1 owned by a chemical company and two Citations owned by an air conditioning company. However, more are reportedly on order and, according to Flight International, a study done by Embraer suggests there's immediate potential for more than 500 sales. However, China doesn't make it easy to buy a private jet. More...

China's fledgling GA industry got off the ground in 2004 with the first flight of the Sky Car, a six-place low-wing with a price tag of about $450,000. The plane still hasn't been certified and project-managing Nanjing Light Aircraft says that without the paperwork it's been unable to generate any sales. "Over a dozen customers are interested and have intent to buy, but no contract yet," Nanjing spokeswoman Yu Enfeng told Flight International. "Without an airworthiness certificate we can't sign contracts with customers." (A novel concept.) Certification is expected in August. 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.

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News Briefs back to top 

The name may have changed but the airplane remains the same as Quartz Mountain Aerospace (formerly Luscombe Aircraft Corp.) rolled out the Model 11E for the TV cameras at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City earlier this week. The revival version of the 11E, which has a modern engine, avionics and other gear, has been around for years and is fully certified but there's never been enough financial backing to get into full production. Quartz Mountain is hoping that its partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education will give it part of the boost needed to get into production. The state-funded agency is essentially training a labor force for the aircraft company in a facility next to the Quartz Mountain factory in Altus, Okla. The first graduating class is already working there. But it takes more than government-sponsored training to get an airplane into production. More...

Automated Flight Service Station employees, who now work for Lockheed Martin, will likely continue to be represented by the National Association of Air Traffic Specialists (NAATS) following a deal reached between the two earlier this week. NAATS and Lockheed Martin have agreed to allow the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a secret-ballot vote among flight service station employees to see if they want to continue being unionized. According to a news release issued by NAATS, Lockheed Martin has agreed to respect the outcome of the vote and begin contract negotiations if the workers embrace the union. NAATS President Kate Breen said the settlement could prevent years of expensive legal wrangling. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

It was the perfect crime, right up until someone found, high and dry, the airplane that Howard Jamison claimed was under water somewhere off the coast of New Zealand. As AVweb told you in February, the Ashburton skydive operator was charged after the plane was found. Last week Jamison admitted to concocting an elaborate scheme to claim a $258,000 NZD insurance settlement aimed at getting him back on his feet financially. He pleaded guilty in court to two charges of using a document to obtain pecuniary advantage, according to a story in NZ Lawyer. Now, he faces a possible jail term and will likely have to sell off all of his assets, including the Cessna 185 he "ditched" in a storage container. More...

With winds howling at more than 70 mph and his rescue basket tangled in a tree, Coast Guard Lt. David Johnston battled the elements as crewmen freed the cable and then went looking for more people to rescue in the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina last Aug. 29. Flying an HH-65B helicopter in conditions few of us could fathom, Johnston and his crew rescued a total of 43 people around Port Sulphur, La., as the trailing edge of Katrina blew through. For his efforts that day and for days afterward, Johnston was among three pilots from the Coast Guard's New Orleans Air Station awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross earlier this week. Johnston, of Olympia, Wash., and his crewmates were the leading edge of a massive rescue operation that would eventually see 33,000 people evacuated by air and boat by the Coast Guard. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

If you think service with a smile is a rare commodity in airlines today, we can only imagine how hard it would be for Comair flight attendants to keep a positive attitude at these rates. The Delta-owned regional carrier is asking a bankruptcy court to allow a pay reduction of more than $10,000 annually, leaving the average Comair attendant with a salary of less than $18,000. The attendants have threatened to strike and bankruptcy judge Adlai Hardin has recommended the two sides negotiate a deal rather than have him rule on it. It's all part of a restructuring bid put forth by the wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta that the parent company's CFO says may be rewarded by an attempt to sell the regional carrier. "If Comair is able to restructure, we will explore the possibility of monetization," Edward Bastian told the court. More...

He soared over Mt. Everest in a hang glider, crossed the Mediterranean in one and set myriad aviation records, but died in what appears to be the most ironic circumstances at an air show in Italy. Angelo D'Arrigo, also known as the Human Condor, was the passenger in a Sky Arrow 650 TNT that crashed on approach, according to witnesses, and dove into an olive grove beside the airport at Comiso. The plane was flown by retired Italian Air Force Gen. Giulio De Marchis, described as an experienced pilot. Sky Arrow spokeswoman Arabella Bortolotti said the accident shocked those who knew the victims. "It's mind boggling to think that two of Italy's best pilots were aboard," she told ANSA.it. More...

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News in Brief back to top 

Blakey confirmed visit to Sun 'n Fun…
Meigs anniversary marked…
Long Beach Airport tries flashing PAPIs to prevent incursions...
Second World War Ace Pierre Clostermann died…

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...

Earlier this week:
AVweb's first audio newscast
FBO of the Week: Preferred Jet Center
GA groups seek to influence the FAA about older airplanes
...bombs targeting contract tower workers, scramjet testing, ATC controller Don Brown's observations on the consequences of FAA policies and more. More...

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Features back to top 

Say Again? #61: It's Here!
Some of Don Brown's predictions about safety compromises caused by lack of ATC staffing are starting to come true. And if the number of planes increases (see VLJs) before the number of controllers does, we might see a hurricane of accidents and the FAA may replace FEMA as the agency of ill repute.


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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" contest is sponsored by Aviation Safety magazine, the monthly journal of risk management and accident prevention.

This week's FBO of the Week ribbon belongs to Preferred Jet Center at KRYY in Atlanta, Georgia.

John Austin wrote us to say, "I fly a 206 but am treated like I came in a jet!" ... "they bring my rental car out on the ramp, assist with my luggage" ... and when there for a brief visit "have been generous with a courtesy car."

Keep those nominations coming. AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBO's in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday! More...

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AVwebBiz back to top 

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When It Comes to Aircraft Insurance, the Choice Is Easy
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QOTW back to top 

This week, AVweb wants to know how you feel about expensive missile defense initiatives. PLUS: Results of last week's question about new taxi-and-hold procedures. More...

DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University CAPT, Empire Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, and Utah Valley State College — all have selected the G1000-equipped DA40 Diamond Star. For value, efficiency, and safety, the DA40 is the fleet favorite. For more information, click here.

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POTW back to top 

We have a slightly shorter installment of "Picture of the Week" for you today, as we're preparing for next week's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. As usual, we'll be skipping "POTW" next week in favor of bringing you all the sights (and some of the sounds) of the air show that kicks off the spring season in our neck of the woods. If you plan on attending the show, please remember to visit with our sponsors and thank them helping us pay the bills. And while you're at, keep your eyes peeled for AVweb staffers. We're hoping to meet lots of you at the show and hear what you have to say about us. If you're not attending the show, don't forget to upload your photos for our next "POTW" contest! Your entries will be safe and sound on our server until we return from the show and resume the "POTW" festivities on April 12. With two weeks' worth of submissions to choose from, we hope to have a spectacular week. Speaking of which, this week's selections aren't half bad, either! Trey Carroll of Knightstown, Indiana takes the top honor this week, with a photo of the spectacular WWII-era Corsair soaring across the skies of the 21st Century. As usual, we'll be sending Trey an official AVweb baseball hat to commemorate his top-notch photo. More...



Going to Sun 'n Fun? Plan on Visiting AVweb's Sponsors!
Our sponsors help us bring you the news -- twice a week -- at no cost to you. Please stop by their Sun 'n Fun booths to say "thank you" for their support. Click here for a list of AVweb sponsors attending the show and where to find them.

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Attention, Cessna Owners
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Bring Digital Audio Technology to Your Aircraft
With the flying season just around the corner, owners of retractable-gear aircraft can add an extra margin of safety by installing a P2 Audio Advisory System. Just like the new jets, the system combines audio and visual advisories for landing gear position, Vne overspeed, stall warning, and output for a Hobbs meter. Digital voice technology actually speaks to the pilot via headset and/or speaker: "GEAR IS DOWN FOR LANDING"; "OVERSPEED"; "CHECK GEAR"; and "STALL." Regularly priced at $1,795, these systems are now available for $1,295. Learn more online.

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Flying Magazine Explores "Making the Leap from Pistons to Jets" in the April issue. Plus a review of Cessna's new Citation CJ1+ and 2+ jets; the best aviation movies; Richard Collins analyzes the NTSB's study of weather-related accidents; and much more. Don't miss an issue. Order online at big savings!
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Names Behind The News back to top 

AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

Today's issue was written by news writer Russ Niles (bio).

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