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SINGLE-ENGINE TWIN-BOOM PUSHER
While the big-name airplanes
in Aeroshell Square grabbed a lot of attention in Oshkosh last week --
Cessna's proposed LSA, Eclipse's newly certified VLJ (appearing in
DayJet livery by the end of the week), and the soon-to-be-marketed
HondaJet, to name a few -- plenty of interesting projects were on
display around the fringes of the field as well. One of those was the
prototype of the Ion aircraft, a sharp-looking little composite pusher
with a twin tail-boom and tandem seating. "There was a lot of interest,
it went even a little too well, we were kind of scared by all the
attention," Vulcan Aircraft's Steve Schultz told AVweb after the show.
"We haven't even flown it yet." And why not? The design seems pretty
much ready to go. More...
NUMBERS IN FOR AIRVENTURE
Officials at EAA started early on
to tell the media not to expect attendance this year to match 2005, when
the spectacular show featured SpaceShipOne, Global Flyer, and lots more,
and on Tuesday they confirmed that prediction. Estimated attendance was
625,000, a decrease of about 10 percent from last year. Nonetheless,
said EAA President Tom Poberezny, "EAA AirVenture 2006 was a tremendous
event." This year's show featured more new aviation announcements than
any EAA fly-in in history. Also, said Poberezny, there were many new
activities, such as movie premieres and the Beach Boys concert. He also
cited other factors that may have affected attendance.
KILLED IN TAXI ACCIDENT
It is not the first incident of its
kind and EAA has not yet expressed motivation to change procedures at
AirVenture prior to hearing the NTSB's conclusions about a fatal
accident, Sunday. Shortly after noon as the air show came to a close, a
passenger in an RV-6 homebuilt was killed when a Grumman TBM Avenger ran
into it from behind while taxiing at the Oshkosh airport. Both the
Avenger (a very large WWII taildragger with limited forward visibility)
and the RV were in line for departure at Wittman Field, on the taxiway
on the east side of the airport's main runway, 18-36. The propeller of
the Avenger sliced into the RV and passenger Gary Palmer, 63, of Nepean,
Ontario, was killed. Palmer was president of EAA Chapter 245 in Ottawa.
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for a good-sized corporate flight department but that didn't mean he
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Cardinal and the immense sense of freedom and independence it fostered
gave him a mission in life. He started Able to Aviation, a non-profit
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THE DISABLED WITH CONTROL
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to the pedals, enabling the full range of movement and combinations for
air and ground handling. The device is STC'd and, with some practice,
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on the bar allowing simultaneous control, engine and instrument
adjustments. Kaler said that once pilots are qualified, they fly with no
restrictions. He said flight is a powerful motivator and tonic for the
disabled. "Learning to fly inspires hope by getting someone out of the
wheelchair and into the pilot's seat," Kaler said. "It provides
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the liberating sense that they are out of their wheelchair."
DOLLARS AND SENSE
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own transportation costs. Cessna has recently become a major corporate
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organization through discounts on hotel rooms, meals, etc. Able to
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LSA: UNDER $100K, OR NOT AT ALL?
proof-of-concept design was "mobbed every day," at AirVenture, Jack
Pelton, Cessna CEO, told The Wichita Eagle. "I can't tell you how many
have said, 'I'll write you a check today.' It's been unbelievable." With
many still waiting for a new $40,000 airplane, Pelton said the trick
would be to produce Cessna's LSA offering for under $100,000. "If we can
do that, I think the market is very much there," adding that even that
won't be easy. "As you dissect the cost, if you do business as usual,
we'll never make the price point," Pelton said. "We're going to have to
look at every possible place to be competitive." From what we heard in
AVweb's audio news segment with Pelton, that very much means Europe,
too. He said current estimates suggest Cessna could sell 600 LSAs per
LEADERSHIP FOR NATCA
Pat Forrey will be the new president of
the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) starting Sept.
1, replacing John Carr, who took office in September 2000. Forrey has
worked as an air traffic controller at Cleveland Air Route Traffic
Control Center for 18 years. The election campaign spanned a contentious
time for the organization, as the leadership tried fruitlessly to
negotiate a complicated contract with the FAA. Forrey said he will
develop strategic long-term plans for the organization and engage
diplomatically with the FAA, Congress, industry groups, and others. "My
philosophy has many facets, but the main premise is this: Dialogue is
imperative to solving problems," says Forrey in a statement on his Web
site. The FAA issued a statement on Monday congratulating Forrey for his
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SALES BREAKING RECORDS THIS YEAR
general-aviation aircraft totaled 1,843 units in the first six months of
this year, a 19-percent increase over the same period last year, the
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced last week at
AirVenture. "This is the highest recorded billings for the first half of
a year in general aviation's history," said Pete Bunce, president of
GAMA. "With our manufacturers' current backlog, we are confident that
this trend will continue throughout the remainder of 2006." Industry
billings totaled $8.8 billion, a 35-percent rise over last year. The
biggest increase was in business-jet sales, which rose 28 percent to 415
units, but the overall upward trend was evident in all aircraft
segments, GAMA said. More...
AIRCRAFT SALES GROWING
Over in the Light Sport Aircraft
segment of GA, sales also have been brisk. Just a year ago at
AirVenture, the first 14 approved aircraft were on display. This year,
the number of LSA-approved aircraft was up to 38, a pace of two new
airplanes a month. "I think that pace will start to slacken a little,"
Dan Johnson, director of the LSA Mall, told AVweb at the show. He
estimates that by next year, the Mall will host 48 different aircraft.
This year, about 500 LSAs have been delivered so far in the U.S., and
about 500 more will be in pilots' hands by the end of the year, Johnson
said. With many manufacturers working now to ramp up production
capacity, deliveries for 2007 could easily total 1,500 or even 2,000,
Johnson said. More...
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SPECTRUM 33 WAS MISRIGGED
In its preliminary report, the NTSB
says the controls of the Spectrum 33 (very) light-jet prototype that
crashed on July 25 in Spanish Fork, Utah, just short of its 50th flight,
were misrigged. "Specifically, the linkage was connected such that left
roll input from the side sticks would have deflected the ailerons to
produce right roll of the airplane," the report says. The jet entered a
right roll almost immediately after takeoff. The roll continued to about
90 degrees right wing-down when the right wingtip impacted the ground.
The two crewmen on board were killed. More...
NEWEST FLIGHT SIMULATOR
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Ultralight, and a DG808 sailplane with a tow plane. Flight Simulator X
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Find exclusive interviews featuring Cessna's Jack Pelton on his
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Piper CEO Jim Bass, Hal Shevers for Sporty's Pilot Shop, Light Sport
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The Savvy Aviator #34: Is This Engine Airworthy?
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assess whether a piston aircraft engine is airworthy? Compression tests
and oil consumption are only part of the story ... a smaller part than
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OF THE WEEK: CESSNA'S LSA AND YOU
AVweb wants to know how
news of a Light Sport Aircraft from Cessna is affecting our readers. Are
you reconsidering the Pilot revoltion? Or is LSA something that just
doesn't affect you? PLUS: Results of last week's Question, "What's Your
Reason to Attend AirVenture?" More...
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OF THE WEEK
Team AVweb has survived
another hectic (but fun!) trip to EAA AirVenture. Big thanks to all the
"POTW" submitters past and present who stopped by the booth to say
"hello." It's always nice to place a face with the name! And as much fun
as we had cruising
were anxious to dive into the "POTW" submission pile and see what you
were up to while we were traveling. As it turns out, you've been busy!
We received almost 150 submissions over the past two weeks and had a
tough time narrowing it down to 10 or 20 pics to contend for this week's
top prize. When all was said and done, we couldn't resist awarding this
week's AVweb baseball cap or rather, a matched set of AVweb caps
to father-and-son duo Greg and Brad
Palmer of Palatine, Illinois. Though we didn't meet them at
the show (that we know of), we think the Palmers captured the spirit of
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