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Volume 12, Number 21b
May 25, 2006
 
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Outlook Bright For BizJet Sales, Analysts Say back to top 
 

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The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

BUSINESS AVIATION: RECORD ORDERS FOR 2006
"These are great times," according to the Teal Group, a research firm that released its annual business-aviation outlook last week at the Berlin Air Show. "High corporate profits and high commodity prices, coupled with emerging market growth, have produced a likely all-time market high this year -- 901 planes worth $13.6 billion -- with further growth likely into 2007," said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst for the group. Over the next decade, 10,087 bizjets worth $141.1 billion will be sold, the group said. By comparison, in the last 10 years, that total was 5,857 jets. The analysis also foresaw an 85-percent likelihood that a supersonic business jet will reach the market before 2020. More...

VLJ MARKET SEEN AS DICEY
"We remain air-taxi agnostics," said Aboulafia, "although we do forecast a market for 2,310 very light jets [over the next 10 years], including 620 Cessna Citation Mustangs." The arguments against mass adaptation of VLJs are "daunting," says the report. They're too small for business flyers and too expensive for piston pilots who want to upgrade. The success of the air-taxi concept is "unlikely," the report says, because it depends on the emergence of a market that is too thin, and faces the logistical hurdles of scheduling point-to-point service without excessive deadhead legs that would eat up any profits. The VLJ market isn't likely to exceed 250 airplanes per year, says Teal. Eclipse alone needs to produce 500 per year just to break even, the report says. More...

BUT AIR-TAXI AND LIGHT-JET PROPONENTS ABOUND
Despite those "daunting" obstacles to the success of the VLJ sector, millions of dollars have been invested and thousands of aircraft are on order. The faithful are abundant, and next month, they will gather in St. Petersburg, Fla., to examine the industry as it is poised for launch. A day-long "Flight School" will be hosted by Esther Dyson, an emerging-technologies analyst and the organizer of PC Forum. The event will bring together start-up air-taxi operators, established charter carriers, aircraft makers, regulators, financiers and others to explore the emerging air-taxi marketplace. Speakers will include Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn, NASA's Bruce Holmes, Rick Adam of Adam Aircraft, DayJet CEO Ed Iacobucci, Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier and more. More...

 
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The Future of Sport Aircraft back to top 
 

LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT SALES CONTINUE TO EXPAND
For the great-big bizjet world, 901 airplanes is a lot, but the newly emerging Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) sector could flit right past there by next year. "I'm forecasting at least 1,000 unit sales during 2007," LSA marketing consultant Dan Johnson told AVweb yesterday. "That would be deliveries." Many manufacturers have been ramping up to meet demand, and that effort should begin to start showing up in a greater supply by late this year. Then buyers can get them quicker, flight schools can get them online for training, and the sector can continue to grow, Johnson said. Hear more of our discussion with Johnson about the maturing of the LSA sector, and what's ahead for Oshkosh and beyond, in AVweb's Friday podcast. More...

SPORT PILOTS, NEW LSAS COMING TO OSHKOSH
At least a few new LSA models will be on display at EAA AirVenture in late July. The Nexaer may be flying by then, Johnson said. Also, the Ion aircraft will be there, Steve Schultz, of Minnesota, told AVweb on Tuesday. "We've had the engine on and off the plane a few times -- we should be doing the (hopefully) final install up in Arlington [Wash.] in a few weeks. We'll be at Oshkosh with the plane whether it's flying or not. It would just be a lot easier to fly it there instead of pulling it cross country." The Ion is a sleek little two-seat composite twin-boom pusher designed to LSA specs. Its two-level tandem seating arrangement gives an unobstructed view to both pilot and passenger. Schultz developed the design on computers, and for the last year has been sleeping on floors in Oregon, working to finish up the actual prototype. More...

LIGHT PLANES NOT JUST FOR FUN
Light sport aircraft were designed to provide easy, fun flying for the masses, but inevitably, creative thinkers are finding other ways to put them to use. In California, police chief Jim Bueermann is trying to convince the city of Redlands that a Flight Design CTSW would be an asset to his department. The aircraft could be bought using department funds and would be flown by volunteers, Bueermann said. Aerial support could mean the difference between "suspects being captured or escaping, vehicular pursuits ending successfully or tragically ... or officers engaged in foot pursuits avoiding injury or death," he told the Redlands Daily Facts. City officials were interested but wary. More...

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

DOT ON PRIVATIZATION -- AVIATION INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SALE?
More private investment is needed to maintain the nation's transportation infrastructure, including airports, Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta said Tuesday at the NASDAQ market in New York. Airline delays are robbing the economy of $9.7 billion each year, Mineta said, and congestion represents "a looming threat to our economic prosperity." Mineta's plan does not propose any changes in federally owned and operated facilities such as towers, FAA spokesman Geoffrey Basye told AVweb. "However, some states and local governments have considered accepting private-sector investments in airports," Basye said. Mineta's plan focuses mainly on surface congestion, but does propose several ways to enhance aviation capacity. More...

SOME CONTROLLERS NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP, NTSB SAYS
The NTSB says that fatigued air traffic controllers caused two near misses at O'Hare International Airport, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday. The incidents reveal a recurring pattern of fatigue, and officials should "emphasize the importance of sleep management," the NTSB said. On March 21, two airliners were cleared to take off from intersecting runways, and came within 100 feet of each other before stopping. Two days later, an airplane was cleared to taxi across a runway where another jet was on its takeoff roll. They missed by 600 feet. In one case, the controller had just four hours of sleep the night before, and in the other case, a trainee controller had an untreated sleep disorder, authorities said. More...

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

NTSB BLAMES CONTROLLER, CREW, FOR AIR AMBULANCE CRASH
The NTSB determined on Tuesday that errors by the flight crew and an air traffic controller led to the crash of a Learjet 35A near San Diego in October 2004. The jet was being operated as an air ambulance. Both pilots and all three medical crewmembers were killed. The board determined that the probable cause of the accident was the flight crew's failure to maintain terrain clearance during a VFR departure at night, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. But the air traffic controller shared the blame, the NTSB said. The controller provided the flight crew with a heading and told them to maintain VFR and expect an IFR clearance above 5,000 feet. The captain acknowledged the heading instructions; however, the heading issued by the controller resulted in a flight track that allowed the airplane to continue directly toward the mountains. More...

FLYING WITHOUT AIRPLANES
Airplanes, of course, aren't the only ways to get aloft, and creative minds are always inventing new ways to defy gravity. One of the stranger flight modes we've seen is the one chosen by John Ninomiya, who gathers a cluster of small helium balloons together, straps himself in, and takes off. To ascend, he drops sand or water ballast; to descend, the balloons are cut away or popped, one by one. "Even after you've done it many times before, there's still something a bit unreal to it," Ninomiya says. "You wonder: Am I really doing this?" He'll be flying the colorful balloons at festivals around the country this summer. Another ancient way to fly that persists around the edges of aviation today is with wings that flap. More...

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

SPORT-JET FLIGHT TESTS VERIFY PERFORMANCE GOALS, COMPANY SAYS
Excel-Jet president and aircraft designer Bob Bornhofen said on Monday that the first eight hours of flight tests for the Sport-Jet validate his preliminary performance estimates, and he believes the jet may exceed initial projections. "Even at lower altitudes, we are indicating 195 KIAS," Bornhofen said. "This figure comes while there is still plenty of available thrust left." Based on these results, the airplane should easily reach its target of 340 knots TAS at 25,000 feet, he said. On takeoff, ground rolls have been less than 1,800 feet, with rotation in under 12 seconds, Bornhofen said, even at the Colorado Springs airport, with a density altitude of nearly 7,000 feet. More...

GLOBAL MARKET NEEDS AVIATION WORKERS
In India, airlines are finding it difficult not only to find experienced captains for their jets -- even low-time pilots straight out of school, to fill the right seat, are scarce. A recent effort to fill 239 vacancies turned up only 31 qualified candidates, according to the Times of India. In Oklahoma, a growing aerospace industry can't find skilled workers to drive rivets and repair aircraft. "What we have here is somewhat of an epidemic," Victor Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, told The Daily Oklahoman. "But it's a man-made epidemic that can be solved." In India, the growing civil aviation sector is draining experienced pilots from the military, but that supply is not enough. More...

 
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News in Brief back to top 
 

ON THE FLY...
Two F-16s collided above the Aegean Sea on Tuesday...
FAA says controllers lose $700 million if they retire early...
NTSB blames unspecified loss of control for Learjet crash...
A P-51 lost its glass canopy in flight over Germany last week...
Dozens of witnesses see UFO crash into sea off of South Africa...
Armenian A320 data recorders recovered...
Australians paying millions to fix runway damaged by Air Force One...
National Geographic News last week wrote about Lighthawk. More...

PODCASTS
Coming, Friday: Interested in Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft? Check AVweb.com tomorrow.
Online Now: You'll hear things you won't find anywhere else. Find exclusive interviews featuring Excel Jet's Bob Bornhofen, Adam Aircraft's Joe Walker, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier and more. AVweb's Podcast index, is available online -- pick and choose your 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. More...

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Features back to top 
 

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
COLUMNS
Say Again? #63: A Phrase That Fits
The FAA is trying to be a "customer service" organization -- which is all well and good unless some customers get quick service and others get 40-mile backtrack because of how they filed their flight plan. AVweb's Don Brown worries about this and other safety issues in his Say Again column.

More...

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: AIATC

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to AIATC at KAAF, Apalachicola, Fla.

BILL JOHNSON wrote in to say, "I HAVE BEEN GOING TO APALACHICOLA FOR SEVERAL YEARS. THE AVWEB FBO OF THE WEEK PROGRAM PROMPTED ME TO REALIZE JUST HOW WELL WE ARE TREATED AT AIATC. BILL RUIC AND HIS STAFF ARE FRIENDLY, EAGER TO HELP WITH ANYTHING AND PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT OVERALL EXPERIENCE."

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!

More...

 
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Join AOPA: The Real-Time Flight Planner Is Worth the Dues Alone!
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Question of the Week back to top 
 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK
According to the manufacturers, thousands of Very Light Jets have already been ordered. This week, we invite you to speculate on what that means: Does the market really exist for thousands of Very Light Jets? PLUS: Results of last week's question on diesel airplane engines. More...

 
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Picture of the Week back to top 
 

PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Summer is just around the corner, and "Picture of the Week" submissions are on the rise! Of the several dozen photos we received from AVweb readers this week, we've managed to whittle the list down to eight favorites — headlined by a spectacular photo from Austrian reader Florian Trojer. As usual, we'll be sending Florian an official AVweb baseball cap for submitting this week's number one photo. Our other top contributors won't receive hats (alas!), but they do get a hearty "thank you" for brightening our day. Click through to view the cream of this week's crop! More...

 


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Light Plane Maintenance Cranks Up Another Informative Issue
Light Plane Maintenance's June issue highlights: "Owner Inspections" -- optimizing your visual inspections; "Servicing Fuel Strainers"; "Landing Gear Alignment" -- check it with basic tools; "Leak Checking" -- turbo induction leak check; and "TCM Fuel Injection" -- looking at the system as well as the pertinent references. Order your subscription online.

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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

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