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Volume 12, Number 18a
May 1, 2006
 

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Happy Days Are Here Again back to top 
 
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

AIRCRAFT BILLINGS REACH RECORD
Ah, it's great to be in the aviation business ... at least for now. Virtually every economic indicator is soaring out of sight as companies revel in record numbers of orders and shipments. "All segments of the general aviation manufacturing industry are continuing to increase at strong levels," said Pete Bunce, president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, in a news release announcing that billings hit $4 billion in the first quarter of 2006, up a staggering 40 percent over the $2.9 billion recorded in the same period last year … which prompted dancing in the streets at that time. "Based on the encouraging market activity throughout the industry in this first quarter, and the exciting new technologies and products on the horizon, it is hard to not get excited about the future of general aviation," said Bunce. Far be it from us to pluck the bloom from this particular rose but it's worth mentioning that when times are a little tougher the industry folks hasten to mention that aviation is cyclical and recent history adds credence to that perspective. More...

PISTON SINGLES LEAD CHARGE
Through the sine-wave track of change in the industry's fortunes in recent years, sales of piston singles have traditionally been the bright spot (sometimes more of a glimmer) and 2006 is no exception. The total number of piston single shipments in the first three months of the year was 597, up from 434 in 2005 for a whopping increase of 37.6 percent. Bizjets weren't far behind, percentage-wise. There were 189 shipments in January, February and March, up 36 percent over Q1 in 2005. Only turboprop shipments were stagnant. There were 59 compared to 57 in the same period last year. More...

CIRRUS CONTINUES TO LEAD
Cirrus was once again at the head of the pack and, as with virtually all of its competitors, it's moving more high-priced models than economy versions of its aircraft. Cirrus shipped 124 of its top-of-the-line SR22 aircraft compared to just 35 of its (relatively speaking) more plain SR20. The company didn't ship any of its bottom-of-the-line SRV models. Cessna shipped more four-place aircraft in total than Cirrus (169) but shipments were divided into four models. The 172S was the most popular with 53 shipments while the 172 was a close second at 51. Turbo 182s out-shipped the normally aspirated version 37-28. Columbia shipped 46 of its speedy 400 models but none of the 350. And while Diamond's DA40 continues to lead its shipments (46), the twin-diesel DA42 showed strongly with 27 deliveries. More...

 
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New Jet Development back to top 
 

SPECTRUM READIES FOR CERTIFICATION
The graphite-epoxy structured 10-seater design-prototype Spectrum 33 is in early flight-testing and aiming for a 415-knot cruise at 45,000 feet. It intends to provide range capabilities reaching 2,000 nautical miles. In a complicated process like certification, it may be helpful for all involved to know the basic ground rules and that was the impetus behind a workshop held by Spectrum Aeronautical recently. The Utah company hopes to certify its Spectrum 33 business jet, which it claims is lighter and more fuel-efficient than comparable aircraft in the next couple of years, and invited certification experts from the FAA to conduct the seminar, which focused on achieving Part 21 standards. In a news release, Jon Adams, the company's director of certification, said Spectrum views the FAA "as a partner" in the certification process. More...

ADAM JET REACHES MILESTONE
Adam Aircraft is no stranger to the certification process and it continues to make progress with its six-seat, plus lavatory, A700. Test pilots took an A700 to 41,000 feet and accelerated briefly to 340 knots true last week. 41,000 is the jet's planned maximum operating altitude. The company says the plane was still climbing at 1,000 fpm through 39,000 feet. According to the company news release, the plane performed flawlessly. Other tests toward certification, including inflation of the fuselage to 26.7 psi and other static component tests, have been accelerated. They're slated for completion June 30. Meanwhile, rumor has it that the latest homebuilt jet may fly to Oshkosh. More...

 
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NTSB Says Wreckage Suggests In-Flight Breakup back to top 
 

CROSSFIELD'S 210A LIKELY PULLED TO PIECES BY STORM
An NTSB early report says most of the lifting surfaces on Scott Crossfield's Cessna 210A were found about a mile away from the wreckage of the rest of the plane, suggesting the Category 6 thunderstorm the veteran test pilot had the misfortune of encountering on April 19 was just too much for the aircraft. Moments after Crossfield asked air traffic control for a diversion around weather, the plane disappeared from radar screens. The body of the 84-year-old aviation icon, who was the first to fly at Mach 2, was found with the main wreckage about four miles from Ludville, Ga. The slight damage to nearby trees suggests the main wreckage fell almost vertically and created a crater four feet deep. More...

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

FAA FUNDING CRISIS A HOAX(?): AOPA
AOPA President Phil Boyer says the FAA's justification for imposing user fees is just hot air. Boyer told the American Association of Airport Executives meeting in San Diego last week that, far from going broke, the Airport and Airways Trust Fund is awash in cash and will have billions in the bank in coming years. AOPA says it crunched the numbers using White House estimates and, using its most conservative forecast, predicts the trust fund will have a $4.3 billion surplus by 2011. By its most liberal interpretation, the surplus could reach $9.3 billion. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey says the trust fund, which is derived from a percentage tax on airline tickets, is a declining source of revenue and she wants a revenue stream that's based on the cost of services provided (definition: user fees). More...

BILL AIMS TO FIX FUEL TAX QUAGMIRE
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) say legislation aimed at solving a mythical problem has caused some real concerns for fuel dealers and, believe it or not, has resulted in taxes on jet fuel being pumped into a trust fund for highway improvements. New legislation (S.2666, which has not yet been posted on the Library of Congress Web site) has been proposed by Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) that will put a stop to the bizarre arrangement until 2007 when all aviation fuel taxes expire and must be reauthorized, anyway. Last October, new rules went into effect that were designed to discourage the use of jet fuel, with its slightly lower taxes, in car and truck engines. More...

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

NATCA TURNS ON CHARM, TURNS UP HEAT ON FAA
National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr has offered to meet personally with FAA Administrator Marion Blakey to try to achieve a negotiated settlement in the current contract impasse. Last week, Blakey rejected the union's call for a return to the bargaining table, saying the two sides are too far apart on money issues. In a letter to Blakey on Friday, Carr says he'll deliver on earlier promises to get the talks moving on key issues. "I am offering to meet you unconditionally at the bargaining table, and at that meeting I will direct my negotiating team to bring you real and significant progress," he wrote. The text of Carr's letter was released shortly after a NATCA news release claimed majority support in the House for bill that would virtually disarm the FAA's impasse strategy. More...

"ONLY" FLYING HAVOC FOR SALE
The "only" airworthy example of a World War II workhorse is being sold by a broker that specializes in warbirds. More than 2,800 Douglas A-20G Havocs were built but the only one in flying condition has been part of a private collection since 1991. The collection is being split up and Courtesy Aircraft is in charge of the sale. This aircraft was owned at one time by Paul Mantz, a movie and racing pilot. According to Courtesy Aircraft's press release, Howard Hughes is believed to have flown the plane. The company is also selling a Grumman 8F-2 Bearcat and a Grumman FM-2 Wildcat from the same collection. More...

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

RYANAIR ACCUSED OF LANDING BELOW MINIMUMS
The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating complaints that several airplanes owned by budget carrier Ryanair landed at Stansted Airport near London when visibility was below minimums. According to the Scotsman newspaper, dozens of flights diverted from Stansted when thick fog settled on the airport and the runway lights went out. However several flights (the number isn't specified) "landed anyway to avoid costly delays," the newspaper reported. The newspaper also quotes an anonymous "insider" as saying the complaint was lodged by a rival carrier, also unnamed. Ryanair denied any safety breaches. More...

COAST TO COAST IN A POWERED PARACHUTE
A Pennsylvania man is planning an epic transcontinental journey by powered parachute that includes a carrier takeoff and landing. Baron Tayler plans to take off from the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego on May 10 for a two-month trip to Charleston Harbor, S.C., where he'll land on the deck of the USS Yorktown. He'll cover 3,600 miles and stop at least 53 times on the trip. Tayler was the first to get a sport pilot certificate for powered parachutes and part of the reason for the trip is to educate the public on some of their unique capabilities. More...

 
Columbia Simplifies Buying & Selling All Aircraft Brands
Selling an aircraft can be a challenging odyssey. Aircraft owners need to: locate a broker with national resources to sell for top dollar; select and utilize the most effective advertising; access no-cost, no-obligation finance pre-qualification; consult aviation tax experts; and obtain insurance quotes with higher liability limits. Columbia Aircraft has created a tool to assist pilots and aircraft owners of all brands. Check out their web site.
 
News in Brief back to top 
 

ON THE FLY...
Teledyne Continental Motors is giving away a free engine...
Eight of 16 surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders gathered last week...
A UAV patrolling the Mexican border crashed April 25...
Seawind says its amphib has cleared a major certification hurdle...
A New York fractional ownership company says it will offer Eclipse 500s. More...

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
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...

 
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AVweb Audio back to top 
 

PODCASTS
Online Now: Take today's news with you via AVweb's downloadable podcasts. Find exclusive interviews featuring Scott Crossfield, Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, and more. AVweb's Podcast index, is available online -- pick and choose your particular interets, or subscribe free to AVweb's podcasts and receive them automatically for listening on your computer, iPod, or while traveling with any MP3 player. You'll hear things you won't find anywhere else. More...

 
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Features back to top 
 

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
COLUMNS
Probable Cause #5: Improper Procedure
A pilot salvaging an approach ended up in a stall and spin when turning from base to final. Did good IFR conditions cause him to drop his guard? This week's Probable Cause column presents some ideas. This report first appeared in AVweb's sister publication, IFR Refresher.

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WHAT'S NEW
What's New For May 2006
This month AVweb's survey of the latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you logbook software, an airspace & weather review DVD, virtual radar and much more.

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READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES ...
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Reader mail this week about Nav Canada user fees and the Alaska midair collision, plus many about Chuck Yeager and Scott Crossfield. More...

AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVFLASH
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...

 
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Your Favorite FBO's back to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: SILVER WINGS

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to SILVER WINGS at KLEW, Auburn, Maine.

SCOTT D HIGGINS wrote in to say, "SILVER WINGS IS BRAND NEW AND REALLY STRIVING TO BUILD A CUSTOMER BASE. OWNER AND PILOT DOUG POHL HAS PULLED OUT ALL THE STOPS TO MAKE THIS THE FINEST IN THE STATE. NOT ONLY THE NICEST FACILITIES BUT THE FUEL PRICES ARE THE LOWEST IN MAINE."

Keep those nominations coming.

Click here to nominate your favorite FBO and here for complete contest rules

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

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See What ATC Sees & Then See What They Do with the Information
The AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer is the PC-based graphical aircraft situation display that gives you a real-time picture of all IFR aircraft in-flight over the U.S. and Canada. Whether you're tracking a friend or want to learn more about the system in action, Flight Explorer has the information you want for just $9.95 a month. Subscribe online

Husband in Trouble; Wakes Wife While Reading & Laughing!
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IFR Refresher's May Issue Highlights:
"Birth of a T-Storm" -- technology has done much in the battle to conquer weather, but with thunderstorms, pilots are still at Mother Nature's mercy; "Performance Procedures" -- with Required Navigation Performance (RNP) standards, GPS approaches are taken to the next level; "RNAV (RNP) to Palm Springs" -- weaving your way through requires special training and equipment; "Beyond the Rules" -- a Part 135 Caravan pilot tries the approach, breaking more than just regulations; "Filing the Proper Plan" -- there's a right way and a wrong way to file IFR; and "Finding the Runway Quiz: Visibility." Don't miss an issue; order your IFR Refresher subscription online.

 
The Lighter Side Of Flight back to top 
 

SHORT FINAL...
Oh, the years gone by...

Many years ago when I was a student pilot flying a C-120, (if you can remember when flight schools used C-120s, you may be older than I am), I groundlooped in front of the tower at BFI. Here's the exchange, as I remember it:

Tower: Cessna triple 7, are you experiencing difficulties?

Me: No.

(pause)

...not now that I've got the sonofa**** stopped.

Tower: [Through laughter] Triple seven, taxi to the ramp. More...

 
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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