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OSH, GA SQUARES OFF AGAINST THE AIRLINES Alphabet groups and
two industry leaders declared war against the Air Transport Association
(ATA), which represents most U.S. Airlines, in the latest chapter in
GA's effort to prevent the imposition of user fees on general aviation.
EAA President Tom Poberezny spoke yesterday to a large audience at
AirVenture, declared the airlines as the "enemy" and referred to the
gathering of GA leaders at Tuesday's forum as "the opening salvo in the
united front" against the FAA's apparent determination to impose
fee-for-service charges for a variety of aviation services.
RESISTANCE, DIVIDE AND CONQUER? At the Tuesday forum, AOPA
President Phil Boyer said his group, which represents more than 400,000
pilots, will be lending its considerable political clout to the effort,
even though he's been told it's not his fight. He said that at debate
between himself and Airline Transport Association President Jim May. May
said piston-powered aircraft would be exempt from the user fees (which
in speculated form hit a mark closer to business jets) and the vast
majority of AOPA members unaffected. Boyer said he didn't take the bait
and AOPA will continue to fight fees that, at least for now, shouldn't
affect most pilots, but would be a firm step in an unwelcome direction.
FUEL TAX, AND WHAT'S "REALLY" GOING ON Through the current
system of fuel taxes, GA contributes about $500 million to the FAA. The
ATA is looking for about $2 billion in relief with its proposal. If only
turbine-powered, non-scheduled aircraft are left footing that bill, it
means business jet owners could be faced with up to $100,000 in extra
fees each year, according to the math done by the National Business
Aviation Association (NBAA). "This is a very serious, very immediate
threat," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. Cirrus and Cessna leaders were
not at a loss for words, either. More...
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TO GO ON THE MARKET If you missed yesterday's AVweb homepage
update, the HondaJet's flight toward certification has begun. An
enthusiastic Michimasa Fujino gave the news to a crowd of reporters
yesterday morning at EAA AirVenture. Under dazzling lights that bathed
the jet in a brilliant glow, Fujino, who designed the airplane and has
shepherded its creation, announced that Honda is now committed to take
the jet to the marketplace. Honda will form a new company based in the
United States to see the project through to certification and
production. But they won't go it alone -- Honda is teaming up with Piper
Aircraft to provide a global sales and service network. Certification is
expected in three to four years. Honda will start taking orders later
this year. More...
SPECS The seven-seat jet has reached 43,000 feet and 412
knots so far in 240 hours of flight testing, and is expected to have a
range of over 1,000 nautical miles, according to Honda's preliminary
figures. Final specifications, as well as a price point, will be
forthcoming later this year. The two GE-Honda HF118 turbofan engines are
mounted on pylons extending vertically from the inboard section of the
wings. The company says the result is better outside and inside for
aerodynamics and ergonomics, respectively. The jet's distinctive
features, which include a "natural laminar-flow" wing and nose, "help it
achieve far better fuel efficiency, larger cabin and luggage space and
higher cruise speed than conventional aircraft in its class," according
to the company's news release. More...
TO PLAY ROLE FOR HONDA Piper Aircraft President James Bass
said the new arrangement signals the launch of "a significant and
meaningful relationship" between the two companies. The synergy will
extend through sales and service to engineering collaborations and
beyond, he said. No merger or takeover is in the works, however, and
Bass said the arrangement won't affect Piper's plans to develop a jet of
its own. There is plenty of room in the market for a Piper jet that
wouldn't be going to head to head with Honda, he said. Does that mean
Piper would offer a smaller, more personal-size jet? "You could make
that assumption," Bass said. More...
Oregon Aero Fixes What Hurts at Oshkosh
2006 Oregon Aero, Inc. has built its business upon refusing to accept
that common discomforts in the cockpit and on the ground are
unavoidable. If you experience headaches from your headset or helmet,
backaches from your seat, or aching feet and joints from walking the
AirVenture grounds, come to Building C. Oregon Aero has a variety
of solutions to fix what hurts. Learn how Oregon Aero solves the problem
of pain online.
Visit Oregon Aero at EAA
AirVenture Booths #3137-3141
NEXT-GENERATION FLYBY "It will set new standards in
performance, comfort and safety, and will be backed by Cessna's
worldwide sales, distribution, training and service infrastructure,"
said Cessna CEO and president, Jack Pelton of the company's "Next
Generation Piston Aircraft" (NGP). The design's surprise appearance came
during Monday's unveiling of Cessna's concept LSA (which was expected).
The un-announced arrival of Cessna's NGP, however, simply dropped jaws.
A close look shows fixed tricycle gear, a cantilever forward-swept wing,
front and back access doors plus a baggage door, and subtle compound
curves. With the introduction of two brand new aircraft designs -- the
proof-of-concept LSA, and the forward-swept wing five-place(?)
piston-single -- Cessna has re-entered the race and put its money where
its mouth is. More...
LSA UNVEILED The proposed Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) made its
debut at AirVenture Oshkosh Monday to an eager sun-drenched crowd. LSA's
are defined by a maximum gross weight of 1,320 pounds, maximum
level-flight speed of 120 knots, and no more than two seats ... so that
much was no surprise. Cessna's uncommitted proof-of-concept offering
features a strutted high wing spanning 30 feet and side-by-side seating
in a cabin with a maximum width of 48 inches (hop into your local Cessna
152 and add six inches). The cockpit is accessed via upward opening
doors and sports large windows and dual control sticks.
Avidyne TAS600 Because Two Antennas Are
Better than One!
Whether you're flying in a busy terminal area, navigating a long
cross-country, or hovering over a city, seeing and avoiding traffic
requires having the right information in real time. Avidyne's
TAS600 Traffic Advisory Systems, with dual-antenna technology, provides
significantly improved signal coverage and target tracking, enabling
faster updates and enhanced performance over single-antenna systems, for
maximum safety. Starting at $9,990, Avidyne's TAS600 Series makes
premium performance, active-surveillance traffic alerting affordable for
virtually every general aviation aircraft. Visit Avidyne at
AirVenture or online.
AIRCRAFT ENGINE Aircraft Engine Services, which hopes to
begin selling the REV 220 and REV 300 V-6 aircraft engines next year,
says the mills will tolerate a nip of ethanol. AES head Luc de Gaspe
Beaubien said the engines, which are finishing certification testing at
their manufacturer, Rotax, in Austria, will be certified to burn
automotive gasoline with 10 percent ethanol content (matching current
trends). There are currently no aviation engines permitted to use
ethanol/blended gasoline. De Gaspe Beaubien also told a press conference
that the engines are performing well and he expects 2007 to be the
watershed year for them. More...
DIAMONDS GET YOU POINT2POINT Point2Point Airways, a
next-generation air-taxi/charter company based in North Dakota,
announced yesterday at Oshkosh that they've placed an order for up to
100 airplanes from Diamond Aircraft. "We aim to be the world's first
personal airline," said Point2Point CEO John Boehle. Diamond will
deliver 10 of its DA42 TwinStars starting next month. Boehle also holds
delivery options for the D-Jet, due to make its public debut here at
AirVenture later today. The TwinStar is the right size and has the right
capabilities to meet the growing needs of his company, Boehle said.
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at our EAA AirVenture Booth, #2088-2089 (Oshkosh, WI). Call (800)
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sell your used GPS at our booth. Flying to the show? PITSTOP for fuel at our Dekalb Taylor
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TURBO FOR THE FLIGHT LEVELS Although the Cirrus SR22 is no
slouch in the cruise speed arena, it still trails Columbia's 400 by 40
knots or so, especially when the Columbia hits the high teens. The
Cirrus answer to this appeared at OSH in the form the new SR22-GTS
Turbo, which promises to deliver 200-knot cruise speed in the low flight
levels. Cirrus expects the turbo SR22 to be available sometime this
fall, for an add on price of $59,800, bringing the total price for a
typically equipped new SR22 to $509,795 -- a price that includes a new
lighter Hartzell composite prop. But that's not the only new twist.
VISION, PICK YOUR PRICE: $69,375 OR $9995 Kollsman
Commercial Aviation Systems arrived at Oshkosh with a forward-looking
infra red (FLIR) camera poking out the top of a C-Model Mooney. The
GAViS (General Aviation Vision System) lets pilots see through haze,
smoke, light fog, mist, and night by seeing differential heat. This is a
simpler version of their million-dollar, enhanced-vision system used on
Gulfstream jets. "The main thing is night ops, night VFR ops," said Exec
Vice President Randy Moore. At $69,375 -- and that's the show special --
you'll pay a lot for that safety. Forward Vision just announced that the
next 100 customers for its FLIR can get the entire system for $9995, and
with extra features. More...
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EAA PHOTO FLIGHTS Ever wonder where the EAA gets pictures of
all those pretty airplanes for their calendars and magazines? Well, if
you come to Airventure with a showpiece, you might find out. David
Hirschman, the new editor of Sport Aviation, has the pleasure of walking
around the show and leaving notes for airplane owners saying the EAA
would like to photograph their airplane. The note invites the owner to a
briefing where they learn how to fly in formation with an EAA photo
plane. (You're invited to ride along later this week, via podcast.)
THE WORLD: THE LONG WAY Barely a year after its official
introduction, Diamond's DA42 diesel TwinStar is making a name for itself
as a mega long distance flyer. Two were flown into AirVenture, from
Germany, one across and the Atlantic and, get this, the other eastbound
across the Pacific. We'll have an interview with the three Swedish
pilots who navigated their TwinStar around the world as part of
tommorow's podcast. More...
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Aircraft Spruce Canada to Open in
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., the world's largest supplier of
experimental and certificated aircraft parts, has announced the opening
Aircraft Spruce Canada. Scheduled to open in Toronto
early-September, Aircraft Spruce Canada will provide aircraft builders
and owners throughout Canada with the full range of Aircraft Spruce
products at competitive prices and shipping rates. Orders placed with
Aircraft Spruce Canada will be shipped via UPS, FedEx, or postal service
to Canadian customers, and a retail store will be open at the Toronto
facility in early Fall 2006. Contact Aircraft Spruce Canada at
1-877-4-SPRUCE. Orders can also be placed online.
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Now: Check AVweb's podcast index
for special off-day reports you may have missed. And watch for more
'casts this Thursday and Saturday.
AVweb's podcasts feature exclusive interviews with industry gurus, like:
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 index, is online, now. You'll hear
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The 2006 New Piper Mirage Offers Serious
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Power Flow's Short Stack Approved for Pipers
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