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Volume 12, Number 23b
June 8, 2006
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.
FAA's Contract To Be Imposed On Controllers back to top 
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

"Under the terms of our statute, the FAA’s proposed change takes effect as of today, and we will begin the process of implementing our proposal," said FAA Administrator Marion Blakey on Monday, setting in motion a new era in the long history of FAA relations with its air traffic controllers. Not since the days of the strike under President Reagan has the situation been so tense. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) wanted the FAA to wait until a bill in Congress was voted on -- a bill that would have suspended the deadline and sent both parties back to the bargaining table. Last night that vote was held ... and fell short of the required two-thirds tally by nine votes. Even if the bill had passed, pointed quotes from the White House suggest President Bush would have vetoed it. More...

Despite last night's disappointment, NATCA President John Carr noted that "a clear bipartisan majority" of the U.S. representatives voted in favor of the union's position that the contract negotiations should be reopened. "We hope the FAA has received that message," Carr said in a statement sent to AVweb last night. "NATCA will continue to pursue a legislative solution to this critical problem. We remain encouraged by the expressions of support from both sides of the aisle and in both Houses and we are confident that additional legislative avenues remain open. We're looking forward to pursuing all remaining avenues aggressively." Meanwhile, the FAA will move forward to impose the contract as it stands. More...

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Light Sport Market Shake-up back to top 

With few recent mutterings regarding progress on its "Cirrus killer" design, Cessna is now (also?) studying the feasibility of developing and producing a light sport aircraft (LSA). The company said Tuesday in a news release it will display a full-scale proof-of-concept aircraft at EAA AirVenture next month at Oshkosh. "As the world's largest producer of single-engine piston airplanes, we believe we could bring unique capabilities to this exciting market," said Cessna CEO Jack Pelton. "Our extensive sales and service network could provide an important market advantage, which, in concert with our design and manufacturing experience, could make this an attractive extension of our product line," he said. No word yet on an attractive (or otherwise) pricing -- the decision to build, or not to build, will be made early in 2007. More...

AOPA says pilot numbers -- and new pilot starts -- are dwindling. The light sport aircraft category is the highest growth sector of general aviation, Cessna said. But that's not the only attraction of the market. "An important part of our thought process in looking at LSA is the value in terms of new pilot starts," added Pelton. "Experience has shown that Cessna brand loyalty is a powerful force in our success, and we believe this new category of aircraft could provide a conduit for new pilots to grow through the Cessna product line in the years ahead." Pelton said the company will evaluate through the year a spectrum of issues associated with entering the sector to determine if there is a favorable business case. More...

Bags from Zuluworks Zuluworks Adds Three New Bags to Its Line-Up!
Introducing the Oryx Roller Office, the Topi Shoulder Pack, and the Mongoose Essentials Bag. Whether you're just going up for a quick spin or setting out on a week-long adventure, Zuluworks has all your bag needs covered. Prices starting at $29.95. To see the complete line and order direct, visit the Zuluworks web site.
FAA Sets Timetable For Return Of Capstone Services back to top 

Next Thursday, air traffic controllers in Anchorage can resume the use of ADS-B information to separate traffic in the remote Bethel, Aniak, and St. Mary's areas of southern Alaska, the FAA says. The service was discontinued last month while the FAA reviewed its separation standards. The FAA now says ADS-B targets will be separated from each other by a minimum of five nautical miles. But non-radar separation standards will be applied between an ADS-B target and a radar target. That is, the "procedural" methods now being used, as if there were no target on the scopes, will remain in place. On July 15, the FAA will begin an operational evaluation to determine what minimum separation standard it will accept between an ADS-B target and a radar target. More...

Rick Thompson, NATCA's regional representative in Alaska, told AVweb that before last month, controllers had been working on the understanding that ADS-B and radar returns were to be treated the same. But recent communications from the FAA had referred to a "mixed environment" and it became clear that not everyone was on the same page. Controllers asked for clarification, and that's when the FAA made the decision to suspend the program pending a review of the standards. Safety advocate Felix Maguire expressed concern that due to structural changes in the FAA, decisions that affect Alaska now are made in Seattle or L.A. or D.C. But the underlying problem "is a breakdown in the collaboration and collegiality that we established and fostered between the FAA and aviation industry over the past 10 years," he told AVweb last week. More...

Meanwhile, ADS-B is also being used in Australia, a place similar to Alaska in its dependence on small aircraft for transport across huge, empty areas. But Dick Smith, a prominent businessman and former chairman of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, has raised questions about the security of the system. Smith said that a hacker using inexpensive gear could create false aircraft returns to appear on a controller's screen, creating "total chaos in the air traffic control system," The Australian reported on Tuesday. Smith said he learned about the susceptibility from FAA officials. FAA spokeswoman Tammy Jones told AVweb on Tuesday that the Washington office had given out no such information. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

Just in time for summer, it's Batman meets James Bond ... not at the movies, but up in the skies. A German company, ESG, introduced its prototype of a jet-powered wing that will enable parachutists to fly over 100 miles from the airplane to a landing site. Designed for the military, the system enables paratroopers with a new degree of versatility. The wing is now being tested sans jet engines, but still has a glide distance of about 25 miles with jumps from 32,000 feet. It also enables jumpers to operate at night and in bad weather, using a stabilization system to deal with adverse wind conditions, ESG said. And the next version of the system will have even more capability. More...

Jack Francis, 61, was flying his Cessna 185 with his wife and another couple on board on Sunday afternoon, heading home to Park Valley, Utah, from Jackpot, Nev., when his heart began to fail. He was still 80 miles from his destination airport and knew he physically couldn't make it. So Francis put the Cessna down safely on a highway. The aircraft ran off the pavement and hit a fence, but the three passengers were unhurt. Francis died later that day. "He basically saved these other three peoples' lives by landing the plane on the highway," Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Derek Jensen told the Salt Lake Tribune. More...

LightSPEED's LightFlight Mach 1 Headset Hear the Difference with a LightSPEED Headset
"The audio quality exceeds any headset I've tried," states Bing Lantis, President of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing. The Mach 1 integrates tiny high-fidelity speakers, giving pilots the best quality sound. Get the rich sound of a concert hall with the Mach 1 or the Thirty 3G. Fly with crystal clarity and full sound, plus improved intelligibility of radio and intercom audio. To order, contact a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-2421 (PST business hours). View the 60-second video clip!
News Briefs back to top 

The safety record of general aviation in New Zealand has come under scrutiny, with questions raised about the 2003 crash of a Piper Chieftain that killed eight people, including the pilot. Two others were seriously hurt. The official report on the accident was completed by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission last year, and concluded that pilot error was the most likely cause. But a report filed last week by coroner Richard McElrea cited the Civil Aviation Authority's inadequate oversight of the small charter company as a major factor. "One man, one aircraft and one part-time assistant were not a safe critical mass and the safety process of the CAA should have detected that and prevented the flight in question," McElrea said. The pilot had been cited in 20 prior incidents. On Tuesday, CAA chairman Ron Tannock vowed that the report would be heeded and changes are in the works. More...

It's the largest peacetime airlift in the world, according to Cessna. Coming up July 1, 400 Citation jets from around the country will fly into the Des Moines International Airport, carrying athletes and coaches to the 2006 Special Olympics USA National Games. A Citation will land or take off every 60 to 90 seconds during a 12-hour period. "All the work leads up to that moment when a Citation door opens and an athlete steps out smiling from ear to ear," said Jack Pelton, Cessna CEO. The fleet will return on July 8 to carry the Olympians home. The first Citation Special Olympics Airlift took place in 1987 with about 130 jets. More...

Stop Squirming in Your Seat -- Upgrade to First Class!
Oregon Aero, Inc. has the solution to uncomfortable seating for any aircraft -- Portable Universal SoftSeatTM Cushion Systems. The cushion design shifts your hips and pelvis into the proper, pain-free position. Visco-elastic foam "reads" body temperature and pressure to prevent painful hot spots. Select the Portable SoftSeatTM Cushion to fit your aircraft online at Oregon Aero or call (800) 888-6910.
News Briefs back to top 

2020 is not that far off, only 14 years away, and air traffic above Europe is expected to double by then. Eurocontrol, the agency that manages Europe's airspace, is working on plans to cope. Those plans include not only upgrades to hardware and software, but a rethinking of the system's administrative structure. A Single-Sky vision mandates that airspace sectors will be determined by traffic flows rather than international borders. The change would create additional capacity and improve efficiency, Eurocontrol says. The Europeans also are experimenting with ADS-B technology. By 2020, the system should be able to operate with fewer ATC centers, according to Defense Daily. More...

When the idea of fractional ownership for single-engine piston aircraft was introduced, it was greeted with plenty of skepticism. But now it's an accepted part of the GA landscape, and continuing to grow. Aviation Consumer's June issue analyzed the financial difference between single ownership and fractional, and found that for pilots who fly from about 50 to 250 hours per year, fractional plans can work. Pilots also appreciate having fewer worries. "The number one benefit we heard from fractional owners was the pleasure of not dealing with the details of ownership," the article said. Of course, the big operators like AirShares Elite and OurPlane aren't the only option for the part-time owner. Flying clubs have been around for decades, and AOPA recently added a flying-club section to its Web site. More...

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News in Brief back to top 

Cirrus owners raised $105,000 to support the Red Tail Project...
Concerns raised that Opa Locka, Fla., temporary tower is unsafe...
Sky Arrow 600 LSA now available in a disabled-pilot version...
LABACE, set for August in Brazil, seeking new date and venue...
AirCell won rights to air-to-ground wireless broadband. More...

Check AVweb.com tomorrow for the podcast link at the top of the page.
Online Now: Exclusive interviews featuring New Piper's Jim Bass, 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 pleasure, 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...

What have you heard? There might be something to it. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. Our best stories start with your tips. More...

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Features back to top 

The Savvy Aviator #32: 2006 Aging GA Aircraft Summit
The average GA airplane is now more than 35 years old. The FAA believes this represents a significant threat to safety, but most owner associations and type clubs disagree.


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FAA Enforcement Actions Are on the Rise!
Legal claims for airspace incursions have increased over 150% -- all requiring legal counsel. The AOPA Legal Services Plan provides protection in a variety of situations where you might need legal support. Plus, the Plan gives you unlimited consultation on most aviation matters covered by the Plan, annual review of key aviation documents, and one no-cost half-hour consultation with an AOPA Legal Services Plan panel attorney regarding aviation-related matters not otherwise covered. Spend $29 today and get aviation legal protection on your side all year. Call (800) USA-AOPA [(800) 872-8672] or go online.
Your Favorite FBO's back to top 


Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to LEBANON AVIATION SERVICES at KLBO, Lebanon, MO.


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


Avidyne Introduces Large-Format Version of MHAS6000
Avidyne has a large-format version of the MHAS6000 Multi-Hazard Avoidance System featuring the Avidyne FlightMax(R) EX5000 Multi-Function Display (MFD) and TAS600 Series active surveillance traffic system. It joins the FlightMax EX500 version as a comprehensive situational awareness package available immediately for retrofit installation in most general aviation aircraft with savings of up to $3,000 over individual system purchases. For complete details, go online.
QOTW back to top 

2006 has been full of exciting announcements, innovations, and power struggles. This week, AVweb wants to know which of the hottest happenings in general aviation is at the top of your watch list. PLUS: Results from last week's question about the Lycoming crankshaft failure in a Cessna 172S over St. Augustine. More...

Savvy Owner Seminar Comes to Sporty's Pilot Shop, Batavia, Ohio!
If you live within flying distance to Clermont County Airport (I-69 in Batavia, Ohio), plan to attend Mike Busch's Savvy Owner Seminar on June 24-25. In addition to the usual information-packed syllabus, you'll have a chance to shop at Sporty's and meet its founder, Hal Shevers. Go online for more information and a complete schedule.
POTW back to top 

We'd like to kick off this installment of "Picture of the Week" with a hearty thank you to all those who took time to re-submit their pictures after last week's server issues. Many of you mentioned re-submitting in your comments, and some photos we recognized from the mangled remnants of your first attempt. Between the new submissions and re-submits, we received well over 100 "POTW" entries this week. Choosing a winner was tough, and it became even tougher once we narrowed it down to the Top Three. An eye-catching pic from Ralph Finch and Dan Kluepfel of Davis, California eventually emerged as our top pick — but only after we changed our minds 30 or 40 times carefully considered all the candidates.

As this week's winning contributors, Ralph and Dan will receive official AVweb baseball caps — sporting the site's logo — to shade their eyes this summer. We'd love to see your photos — and maybe even send you a hat of your own. To enter the weekly contest, submit your photos here. More...



Tired of the High Cost of Fuel? GAMIjectors Are the Answer!
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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.

Worried About Busting A Reg? You Should Be!
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Gas Prices Keeping You Grounded? Share Expenses on Your Next Flight!
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Flying's June Issue Takes Flight in the TBM 850
Flying editors say nothing goes as fast and as far for the money as the TBM 850. Also covered in this issue: a walk through Sporty's immense catalog; Bonanza vs. Baron; training for rescue; and much more. Order your subscription at an online savings.

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 Mary Grady (bio).

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