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AIRVENTURE COVERAGE STARTS MONDAY
When your AVwebFlash
arrives as usual on Monday, it will signal the launch of AVweb's
expanded coverage of EAA AirVenture 2006:
- Cessna LSA update visit the
AVweb.com homepage Monday for an update on Cessna's LSA concept,
unveiled that day at 9:30 a.m.
- AVwebFlash check your inbox
for issues sent Monday, July 24, Wednesday, July 26, and Friday, July
28, with a wrap-up on Monday, July 31.
- AVweb Audio podcasts: listen
to three in-depth interviews from the field: Tuesday, July 25; Thursday,
July 27; and Saturday, July 29. Access the files (or subscribe) via AVweb.com.
- Meet the Editors if you're at the
show, stop by and say hello. Also, Michael Maya Charles, author of
AVweb's monthly column "As the Beacon Turns," will appear at EAA
AirVenture on Wednesday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sporty's Pavilion
talking about his award-winning new book, "Artful Flying."
More than 10,000 airplanes and 700,000 people are expected to attend.
Don't miss the news. More...
SETS TIME FOR "LSA CONCEPT" UNVEILING
Cessna will roll out
its brand-new, never-before-seen proof-of-concept Light Sport Aircraft
at 9:30 Monday morning, right in the center of AeroShell Square. Later
that day, company bigwigs will hold a news conference to address
Cessna's activity regarding the LSA market, plans to create a new line
of propeller aircraft (the rumored "Cirrus-killer" project?), and an
update on the FAA certification progress for the six-seat Citation
Mustang bizjet. AVweb will be there. Watch our home page for a special
news update late Monday with photos of the new LSA, and catch our
Tuesday podcast for an in-depth on-the-scene audio report of all the
events, plus exclusive interviews. More...
GPSMAP 496 DEBUTS AT OSH
Try as it might, Garmin
couldnt keep the cat in the bag. The company had hoped to embargo
news of its new GPSMAP 496 until EAA AirVenture. But as it always seems
to, the news leaked out into cyberspace and Garmin threw in the towel on
Wednesday, with a press release on its Web site. The new 496 is a
follow-on product to the wildly successful GPSMAP 396, the first
portable GPS to feature datalinked weather from WxWorx. Other features
include detailed taxi maps for airports, AOPAs Airport Directory
data, a faster processor and higher resolution in depicted terrain data.
All this comes at a price, of course: $2,795 suggested retail, making it
(possibly) the most expensive portable ever. And AVweb will be giving
one away, next week. More...
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WARNINGS INADEQUATE, NTSB SAYS
The NTSB said last week its
investigation into 11 recent aircraft accidents -- 10 involving apparent
controlled flight into terrain and one involving a midair collision --
has raised "serious concern" about the FAA's effectiveness in ensuring
that air traffic controllers properly respond to imminently hazardous
situations. In several of the accidents, alert systems provided timely
warning of impending conflicts with terrain and aircraft, but
controllers did not provide safety alerts to pilots. In other accidents,
the alert systems themselves were ineffective. Some accidents occurred
when, in the absence of automated alerts, controllers did not use
available information to identify and warn pilots of hazardous
situations, the NTSB said. More...
NEEDED IN SYSTEMS AND TRAINING
The NTSB wants the FAA to
redesign the minimum safe altitude warning and conflict-alert systems to
ensure they reliably capture and direct controller attention to
potentially hazardous situations. Software changes should be implemented
at all ATC facilities providing those services. Modifications also are
needed to minimize false alarms. The FAA should also review the systems
that are in place to verify that software configuration and parameters
are consistent with local air traffic procedures, and that the warnings
are provided to the relevant controllers. More training for controllers
is also needed, the NTSB said. More...
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PREFERRED TO AIRLINE UNCERTAINTY
Despite their emotional
attachment to their jobs, furloughed airline pilots are turning down
requests to return to the cockpit, says a recent report in The
Washington Post. About 8,300 pilots have been laid off by the major
carriers. Some have been on furlough for four or five years, since the
post-9/11 turmoil hit the industry. United Air Lines and union officials
told the Post that two to four pilots say "no" for every one who opts to
come back. It's about the same at Delta, and other airlines don't even
want to talk about it. More rehiring is expected over the next year or
so, but pilots seem cautious about recommitting to the uncertainty of
airline life. "Pilots watch the news, too," Duane Woerth, president of
the Air Line Pilots Association, told The Post. "Every single time there
is some international incident, oil jumps five bucks a barrel. ...
[Pilots] just don't want to get caught in that whipsaw."
WHERE ARE THE PILOTS?
Some of those who turn down the
airlines have found flying jobs elsewhere, The Post says. They're in
corporate flight departments, or working for low-cost and regional
carriers. Those jobs may pay less but offer more stability, and some
pilots prefer the lifestyle or the choices of where to live. Other
laid-off pilots have taken high-paying jobs offshore with airlines in
Asia, the Middle East and South America. Some joined the military. But
others found new careers in another field. "The industry was basically
in shambles, so I decided to do something different," Milind Limaye told
the Post. "I wouldn't go back." Limaye, laid off from American in 2003,
went back to college and just finished his first year of medical school.
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SETS RECORDS CROSSING THE POND
Determined to get to
Farnborough, England, for the big European air show this week, Sino
Swearingen fueled up its new SJ30 light jet in San Antonio, Texas, on
Saturday, made a quick fuel stop in Goose Bay, Labrador, then zipped on
across the North Atlantic. It was the first time a "VLJ" (the jet can
seat one pilot, plus six passengers) made the ocean crossing nonstop,
the company said (some may argue the VLJ classification). Total flight
time from Texas was 10 hours and 24 minutes, covering 4,600 nm. Average
ground speed was 442 knots. Altitudes ranged from 41,000 to 47,000 feet,
but cabin altitudes never exceeded 1,000 feet, the company said. That
low cabin pressure makes a difference, says John Siemens, pilot in
command on the flight. More...
TO FLY AGAIN
Development of the Sport-Jet will continue,
despite a recent crash that left the lone prototype with substantial
damage, the company said on Tuesday. That aircraft had already flown 25
hours, testing more than 95 percent of the projected performance
envelope. "We discovered that the integrity of the aircraft and its
systems were proved. We can and will move forward confidently,"
Excel-Jet President Bob Bornhofen said in a statement. Preliminary
investigation by the NTSB revealed no mechanical failures with the jet,
he said. The jet cartwheeled down the runway shortly after liftoff. The
company statement said wake turbulence was the likely cause. The two
pilots on board escaped without serious injury. More...
Teledyne-Continental Motors Celebrates 100 Years of
is celebrating 100 years of aviation powerplant innovation this year at
AirVenture. Stop by the TCM Pavilion
near the main entrance and
help them mark this milestone. TCM will be holding daily drawings for
those who fly Continental engines, so don't miss out on the fun. Go online for more information
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OFFERS NEW WEATHER GEAR
Honeywell will introduce a new
datalink weather receiver, the KDR 610, at next week's AirVenture show,
the company said yesterday. The 610, which is expected to be available
later this year, will provide real-time weather information via XM
satellite radio. It adds to Honeywell's current line of general aviation
weather receivers by providing satellite-radio weather at any altitude,
including on the ground, anywhere in the continental United States, the
company said. It's designed to interface with the Bendix/King KMD 250,
KMD 550 and KMD 850 multi-function displays (MFDs). It will enable the
pilot to overlay the active flight plan on all graphical weather images,
pan and zoom into specific areas of interest and gather more detailed
TO OFFER LSA "SEAL OF APPROVAL"
If the new Light Sport
Aircraft rules leave it up to manufacturers to certify that their
airplanes comply with the required standards, how much confidence should
buyers place in those products? They can go by company reputation and
their own personal assessment, but soon they'll have another option as
well. The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) is offering to
audit manufacturers and verify that they are in compliance with their
stated quality-assurance standards. If the standards are being met, the
manufacturer can put a sticker on every aircraft to show that it's been
checked by a third party. LAMA will unveil more details about the
program next week at AirVenture. More...
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GPS SYSTEM HACKED
When the Europeans who are working to
develop their own GPS system stalled on a promise to release the signal
code to U.S. researchers, a team at Cornell University decided to figure
it out for themselves. "Even Europeans were being frustrated," said Mark
Psiaki, leader of the Cornell engineering team. "Then it dawned on me:
Maybe we can pull these things off the air, just with an antenna and
lots of signal processing." He did just that, and published his results
in the June issue of GPS World. But while the U.S. system is
taxpayer-funded and its signal is free, the Europeans intend to sell the
signals from their Galileo satellites to recoup some of the $4 billion
cost. Psiaki says it won't work to try to copyright the data.
AIRPLANE FLIES ON AA BATTERIES
It never got more than 17 feet
off the ground, and 59 seconds plus 391 meters later it was back on the
pavement. (The time matches Orville and Wilbur's third attempt on Dec.
17, 1903; the distance is better by about 214 meters.) Sunday, a team of
engineers and students at the Tokyo Institute of Technology flew the
first manned airplane powered by conventional dry-cell batteries. The
airplane has one seat, a 102-foot wingspan, and carries 160 AA "Oxyride"
batteries, which last longer and are more powerful than regular
alkalines. The 116-pound pilot weighed nearly as much as the aircraft.
"As it soared five meters, people on the ground looked so small to me,"
said pilot Tomohiro Kamiya. "I did not expect it to take off so
beautifully. I realized again how powerful it could be." The project has
been underway since January. More...
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AVweb's news included a story about mice found aboard an American
Airlines aircraft. In that story and headline, the aircraft was
misidentified. The actual aircraft involved was a Boeing 767, registered
N320AA to American Airlines (... reportedly now among the cleanest in
the fleet). AVweb apologizes for the error and its longevity on our Web
site -- a function of some errant architecture supporting our newly
redesigned homepage. A thank you to all the readers who wrote in to let
us know, and for your patience with some of AVweb's popular features as
we put our new hardware and software through obedience training.
Belvoir Media Group is seeking an aviation
writer/editor to staff the expansion of its Sarasota-based print
magazine division, including Aviation Consumer, Aviation Safety, IFR,
IFR Refresher and Light Plane Maintenance. We're looking for someone
with a proven track record in writing, reporting and editing. Electronic
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LA Center lost power Tuesday, LaGuardia,
Two-cylinder, four-stroke 60-hp HKS 700E met ASTM standard for
The pilot of an Ohio police helicopter died just before takeoff...
A Hawker Hunter M-58 crashed Sunday at an Oregon air show, the pilot
Baron Tayler is flying a powered parachute across the U.S. this
Cessna Mustang on track for certification later this year...
Two pilots set a flight record in Wisc. and raised $12,120 for
A new Thunderbolt Engine now flying in Michael Goulian's Extra 300SHP.
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AVweb's podcast schedule will change for the duration of AirVenture
Oshkosh, 2006 -- expect new installments Tuesday, Thursday, and
Check AVweb.com tomorrow for our latest in-depth audio interview. Or
visit our podcast directory to find exclusive interviews featuring TCM
president Bryan Lewis, NATCA president John Carr, New Piper CEO Jim
Bass, Hal Shevers for Sporty's Pilot Shop, Light Sport guru Dan Johnson,
Excel Jet's Bob Bornhofen, Adam Aircraft's Joe Walker, FAA administrator
Marion Blakey, Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier and more. AVweb's Podcast
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OF THE WEEK: CHRISTIANSEN JET CENTER, TULSA, OK
FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Christiansen
Jet Center, Tulsa at
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Offering up Christiansen, Phil Hanson told us, "Tremendous t-storm
blew into Tulsa, and they put my Skylane in their hanger among the
Citations, Pilatus', etc. Staff is always very friendly and helpful."
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OF THE WEEK
There are only a couple of
days before AirVenture as we write this and the excitement is
starting to set in. We're looking forward to big announcements from a
number of major players this year, and (as in years past) we'll be
scattered all over the show grounds taking pictures, talking to
attendees, conducting interviews, and generally being nosy. This means
that next week will be another "no 'POTW'" week unless we
miraculously find the time to go through all your submissions and pull
out a few to share. (Hey, we're just leaving the possibility open, all
right?) But we don't want you slacking off while we're having fun at the
show: Please continue to submit photos just like it were any other week;
your pics will automatically be entered into consideration for our next
regularly-scheduled installment of "POTW" on August 3. In the meantime,
why don't you kick back and enjoy this week's winning photos with us?
First up is top spot winner (and soon-to-be AVweb hat-wearer) Captain
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