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(WITH CHUTE?) -- PRICE CLIMBS 40 PERCENT Diamond Aircraft
announced Sunday that its D-Jet personal jet will have an introductory
price of $1.38 million -- 40 percent more than the $850,000 figure that
was named when the plane first went into development. Company officials
also told reporters attending the annual Diamondfest at the company's
North American headquarters in London Ontario, Canada, that the price
jump is tied closely to buyers seeking all available options and among
those, the company now intends to offer a whole-plane parachute system
as an option on the 315-knot five-place single-engine jet. The cockpit
will also come adorned with a massive glass panel display -- two 12-inch
PFDs and a central 15-inch MFD. AVweb contributor Rick Durden was there
for the unveiling. Click here to find access to his personal
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FASTER, DECKED-OUT DA40 Diamond also used the event to unveil
a jazzed-up version of the DA40 that might be a competitor for the likes
of Cirrus, Mooney and maybe Columbia (if you don't mind going slower
with Diamond). With a Powerflow exhaust and a new composite three-bladed
Scimitar prop, Diamond's been able to coax a maximum speed of 160 knots
out of the new DA40XL, which is about 30 knots faster than the standard
DA40 and might be enough to make future owners of high-performance
singles to look at the Diamond with its $329,800 price tag, as opposed
to airplanes that are 20 or 30 knots faster but also cost about $150,000
more. And, in these fuel-conscious times, it's worth noting the Diamond
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120, 140, AS LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT? The FAA has turned down a
request by the International Cessna 120/140 Association to allow certain
modified versions of the singles to be flown under the rules governing
light sport aircraft (LSA). The popular taildraggers, in normal
configuration, have a gross weight of 1450 pounds, 130 pounds heavier
than the maximum of 1320 pounds allowed under LSA designation. It's the
only limitation they don't naturally meet. A couple of years ago, the
owners group applied for, and received, a Supplementary Type Certificate
that would allow owners to reduce the gross weight to 1320 pounds in
hopes that the FAA would then allow the aircraft to be flown by those
with Sport Pilot certificates, which have much less stringent medical
requirements. The FAA saw it another way, however, according to a report
in Sport Pilot magazine. More...
CATEGORY GAINING GROUND The fact that owners of standard
category aircraft are actively campaigning to have their planes included
in the LSA movement is an indication that naysayers who predicted
LSA/Sport Pilot would attract the same level of interest as the
recreational certificate (virtually nil) may be looking up crow recipes.
By all accounts the new category, initially spurred by the introduction
of some pretty slick European airplanes, is taking off the way its
promoters predicted (and it doesn't hurt having EAA's PR and lobbying
machine behind it). While the majority of fixed-wing LSAs certified in
the U.S. still arrive from overseas, American companies are catching up.
As we've previously reported, Cessna will unveil its concept for an LSA
next week at EAA AirVenture and some of the better-known U.S. kit
builders are getting into the act. More...
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STANDARD ON SAFETY Groups representing cargo pilots are
calling on the FAA to give fire safety the same priority on cargo
aircraft as in passenger planes. During a two-day hearing into the fire
that destroyed a UPS DC-8 just after it landed in Philadelphia last
February, Shannon Jipsen, a UPS pilot and official with the Independent
Pilots Association, the union representing UPS pilots, said cargo
aircraft should have mandatory fire suppression systems like those in
passenger planes. "We have a double standard here," Jipsen told the
hearings. The Air Line Pilots Association joined the call for better
training for airport firefighters for cargo aircraft fires.
BATTERIES TO BLAME FOR AIRCRAFT FIRES? Although UPS has so
far declined to confirm just what was on board the DC-8, the NTSB probe
is looking at whether lithium ion batteries, of the type used to power
laptop computers, might have caused the fire. Although problems are
statistically rare (339 battery-related fires out of the tens of
millions of batteries in service) they can have spectacular results. An
exploding cellphone battery is blamed for causing $100,000 in damage to
a California home last year and two years ago the FAA banned
non-rechargeable lithium batteries as cargo on passenger planes because
it found that halon, the fire suppressant used in jetliners, couldn't
put out a lithium fire. The rechargeable type most commonly found in
consumer electronics are made differently and are considered safer but,
according to the Chicago Tribune, the FAA said it had "concerns" about
carrying the rechargeable type on airliners. More...
FUEL TANKS -- FIXES NOT ENOUGH Meanwhile, the NTSB says that
earlier fixes aimed at preventing sparks from igniting vapors in
aircraft fuel tanks don't work. In a news release last week, the board
said the wing tank of a Transmile Boeing 727 exploded even though it had
been properly fitted with electrical shields designed to prevent the
electrical arcing that most likely ignited the vapors. An airworthiness
directive required the wiring harness in question to be inspected,
repaired and then wrapped in plastic before being returned to the
conduit in the wing tank. "This accident illustrates that ignition
sources continue to exist and fuel tank explosions continue to occur in
both wing and center wing fuel tanks despite the corrective efforts of
government regulators and industry," the board concluded.
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ETHANOL EXEMPTION SOUGHT Both AOPA and EAA are lobbying
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Clean Air Act. The bills propose making it mandatory for all motor
vehicle gasolines (with a few exceptions for collector cars) to contain
at least 10 percent "renewable fuels" by 2010. About the only viable
alternative fuel now available is ethanol fermented from corn and it
gives airplanes a major hangover. Separate studies by EAA, the FAA and
Cessna have conclusively determined that ethanol damages everything from
engines to fuel systems in airplanes, but the bills, as they stand now,
would require the 10 percent quota for avgas. The groups are also hoping
to get some relief for those with mogas STCs. More...
CRASH CO-PILOT SUES The co-pilot of the Challenger business
jet that crashed at Montrose, Colo., in 2004, killing Teddy Ebersol,
youngest son of NBC Sports head Dick Ebersol, and two others says the
manuals for the jet should have been more specific about the dangers of
flying the Canadair Challenger 601 in icing conditions. Eric Sloan
Wicksell, of Daytona Beach, claims the flight and training manuals for
the plane should have spelled out the icing dangers more explicitly. The
NTSB concluded that the crash, which occurred on takeoff, was most
likely caused by the pilot failing to manually check for ice
contamination on the wings. The pilot, Luis Polanco-Espaillat, and
flight attendant Warren Richardson III, were killed while Ebersol, his
older son Charlie and Wicksell were injured. More...
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PROTECTION BLOATS 787 Boeing engineers say its 787 Dreamliner
is gaining weight as they figure out ways to shed the enormous shock a
lightning strike would bring to the airliner's (nearly) all-composite
composite airframe. Lightning strikes one or two airliners every year
and it's not normally a big deal. The big charge just passes through the
very conductive aluminum. But in a mostly composite airplane like the
Dreamliner, the enormous charge looks for a relatively few conductive
paths, such as hinges, attachment points and wiring, and it can vaporize
or fuse them. The answer is to provide conductive routes through the
composite and that's where the weight gain comes in for the
efficiency-driven design, according to a report in the Seattle
OFFERS LASER "SHIELD" FOR AIRPORTS Northrop Grumman says it
has developed a laser-based system -- a laser "bubble" -- that can knock
just about any kind of airborne threat out of the air within a five-mile
radius of an airport and is effective against shoulder-fired missiles up
to 20 miles away. And, once it starts selling the systems in quantity,
it's predicting a fully-installed price of "only" $25 million to $30
million, which it claims will be popular at airports in countries that
are having neighborhood disputes, such as South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.
"If it goes that [price] path, it's a very large market," Northrop
spokesman Dan Wildt told Reuters. The first systems might cost as much
as $200 million and will be available in about 18 months.
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GROUND A320 American Airlines says it has fixed all the
damage a rampant mouse infestation caused to one of its A320s but not
soon enough for maintenance workers who discovered the rodents.
According to documents obtained by KARE TV in Minneapolis, the first
mouse sighting was in early May and the plane was only cleaned, repaired
and returned to service last week. According to the TV station,
maintenance workers in Los Angeles shot video of the damage (which
included dead mice in emergency oxygen masks and chewed insulation) and
called the FAA's safety hotline. More...
Thursday's editions of AVweb's news, a Cessna display ad was published
without a contrasting border, suggesting it was part of a news story
about the cargo industry. The ad was unrelated to the news story. We
apologize for the oversight. More...
THE FLY... Lawn chair "pilot" immortalized on the
stage... Columbia owners compensated for hail damage delay... No
criminal charges against boy who allegedly buzzed school... Glider
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