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Airports are getting more creative at finding ways to make money, USA Today reported this week. At Houston's Bush International Airport, for example, some empty
spaces are being put to work growing high-grade hay to sell to local ranchers. Other airports are developing golf courses, hotels, office parks, and residential developments. In Miami, the county shut
down the Opa Locka West GA airfield after it was damaged by hurricanes, and will mine limestone rocks at the site. The quarry is expected to generate $300 million to $600 million, which will go to the
aviation department. The advantages are that airport operators can keep costs low and thus more competitive, and also can supplement the sometimes volatile aviation revenues. Paula Hochstetler, an
airport consultant, told USA Today that assessing risk will be increasingly important as airport agencies begin to broaden their interests beyond traditional functions. "They have to be deliberate and
have good business sense that it doesn't place the airport in jeopardy," Hochstetler said.
Meanwhile, the FAA is under fire for wasting money in a project that was designed to fast-track its contracting
process by using pre-qualified vendors. The project has been shut down after costing the agency tens of millions of dollars in overruns, The Washington Post reported last weekend. The FAA awarded 114 contracts under the
system, with a potential value of about $543 million, according to a recent report by the
Transportation Department Office of Inspector General. The report found problems with the project's structure, its implementation, and its cost analysis. The investigation was requested by Iowa
Sen. Charles Grassley. "It's just outrageous how the FAA was not looking out for the taxpayers' dollars," Grassley told the Post. "Three words would sum this up: absolutely no accountability."
For years, pilots have complained that it's not the skies that are crowded -- it's the runways. The FAA is
catching up a bit with a slew of new airports and expansion projects. St. George, Utah, one of the nation's fastest-growing metro areas, will get a new $17-million airport, the FAA said this week. "Aviation is about more than just airplanes -- it's about
providing the kind of economic connections communities need to thrive," FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said.
On Tuesday, Blakey said the FAA will commission six airfield projects, including four new runways, a runway extension, and an airfield reconfiguration, by the fall of 2008. These projects will
accommodate almost 300,000 additional annual operations, decrease the average delay per operation by two minutes, and will cost the FAA about $2.4 billion. Since 1999, 12 new runways have opened among
the 35 busiest airports, Blakey said.
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Mooney Aerospace Group announced on Tuesday that CEO Gretchen Jahn is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
Jahn's resignation will be effective Oct. 1, but she will remain with the company as an advisor to oversee the (235-plus knot turbo) Acclaim certification. Jahn led during a dynamic time for Mooney,
when exciting new products hit the market and the company rebounded from a period of change and upheaval. "I have a passion for getting companies up and running. It has been exciting to participate in
this process at Mooney," Jahn said in a news release. "We have accomplished many goals over my two years here, including increasing deliveries from 36 deliveries in 2004 to 85 deliveries in 2005,
dramatically increasing brand recognition and order backlog, revitalizing customer support, and introducing two new aircraft." In April, the company unveiled the turbo-normalized Acclaim, which has a
maximum cruise speed of 237 knots. Less than 60 days later, Mooney also announced the Ovation3, a 310-horsepower variant of its popular M20 design that Mooney says is the fastest in its class.
"Gretchen has made a significant contribution to Mooney's revitalization and we wish her well," said Steven Karol, chairman of the board for Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd.
Dennis Ferguson was named on Tuesday as the new CEO. He was
previously president of Airshow Inc., an avionics manufacturing company. Prior to that, he was a vice president at Dynatech/Acterna Corporation. He introduced lean manufacturing practices that reduced
manufacturing costs and increased product quality, Mooney said in a news release. "Dennis brings a strong background in the aviation industry and experience in transitioning a small, entrepreneurial
company into a significant force in the marketplace," said Steven Karol, chairman of the board. "Mooney is ready to take the next step in its revitalization, having improved its market share,
operational efficiencies and brand recognition over the past three years."
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The Honda Aircraft Company will start accepting orders for its HondaJet VLJ next month at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention, Oct. 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. A full-scale
interior mock-up will be on display in the exhibit hall. Honda created the aircraft subsidiary in August to handle the development, production and sales of HondaJet, and will pursue FAA type
certification and production certification in the U.S. Honda's goal is to complete certification of the jet in three to four years, and deliver the first customer copy in 2010. The jet's attributes
include fuel efficiency, large cabin and luggage space, and higher cruise speed than conventional aircraft in its class, says Honda. Innovations include a patented over-the-wing engine-mount, a
natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and an advanced all-composite fuselage structure. The jet is expected to sell for about $3 million.
Efforts to check on and monitor foreign students at U.S. flight schools have been marked by
"confusion and misinterpretations" among the various government agencies involved, according to an internal Homeland Security document obtained by ABC News. ABC says the FAA is investigating reports that "dozens" of foreign students at U.S. flight schools
have incomplete paperwork and/or background checks. The Transportation Security Administration says it's revising its vetting process. The FAA told ABC News it couldn't comment because of an open
investigation on the issue. AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy says flight instructors must be sure they're aware of and in compliance with the parts of the alien flight-training rule that apply to them.
"AOPA has used and continues to use every communications avenue available to the association to make sure flight instructors know what they need to know about the rule," he said. If you're due for a
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Pilots who stumble into the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) above Washington, D.C., now will be
intercepted by helicopters flown by the U.S. Coast Guard, which takes over the job from Customs and Border Protection. The
change was made official on Monday. "The Coast Guard is fully ready to [provide] air defense in the National Capitol Region," said Rear Adm. David Pekoske at a ceremony. Coast Guard crews will fly
orange HH-65C Dolphin helicopters. The Dolphins will be equipped with civilian-frequency VHF radios plus electronic signboards so they can communicate with pilots who might be having radio problems,
AOPA said. "Our concern about any change is that the enforcement agency understand general aviation and not be
'trigger happy,'" said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "We worked with the Department of Homeland Security as this transfer was contemplated, and we strongly
expressed the need for Coast Guard pilots to have the training and experience to safely intercept GA aircraft that inadvertently violate the ADIZ and to escort them to an appropriate landing place."
The Coast Guard helicopters will be based at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in the center of the Washington, D.C., ADIZ.
Here's another new way to fly, not quite a flying club or fractional deal, but something else altogether.
Called an "exclusive transport club," V International is now open in the U.K., offering members access to a fleet
of luxury vehicles that includes the Diamond DA42 Twin Star, the Diamond DA40, and the Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, plus a Bentley, a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a Porsche, and a few
high-performance boats, too. Members pay about $66,000 for the first year, which gets up to 50 driving days and 6,000 miles plus 50 flying hours and 50 boat days. The company, started by a team of
managers from Diamond Aircraft, has plans to expand across Europe and around the world. All vehicles can be reserved via an online system. The pitch goes like this: "Wouldn't it be great not having to
think about annual insurance costs, maintenance, storage, cleaning, taxing, licensing and how much money we will lose when we sell? So -- we came up with the idea for V-International. All of the
things we want but without the hassle and cost of ownership."
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The NTSB on Monday released a factual
report from its on-the-scene investigation into the Comair crash that killed 49 people in Lexington, Ky., last month. The Comair crew was cleared to 7,001-by-150-foot Runway 22. The flight data
recorder shows the crew stopped near the end of Runway 26 for about 45 seconds before the flight was cleared for takeoff. Six seconds later, the airplane started to taxi onto 3,500-by-75-foot Runway
26. It took about 36 seconds for the airplane to taxi onto the runway and complete the turn before power was increased to initiate the takeoff. The airplane accelerated to about 137 knots, ran off the
end of the shorter runway through the airport perimeter fence, and impacted trees on an adjacent horse farm. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire.
of both pilots found no illicit substances or alcohol, but an over-the-the counter decongestant, pseudoephedrine, was detected at a low level in the first officer's blood. Earlier reports said the
captain had taxied the airplane into position, then handed it over to First Officer James Polehinke for takeoff. Polehinke was the sole survivor of the crash. He remains hospitalized in serious
condition. His family says he has communicated with them but remembers nothing about the crash. His left leg has been amputated and he will require further surgeries, a hospital spokesman said.
Now you can take a step beyond your desktop flight simulator, and fly an actual remote-control aircraft equipped
with a head-movement-synchonized camera and a virtual-reality headset that makes you feel like you're right in the cockpit. At least, you can fly this way if you are willing to spend the time and
money tinkering with complicated and delicate gear to make it work. Denis Gratton, of Québec, Canada, has done just that, and has the videos to prove it. (You can watch them online here and here... they
are pretty great.) How much does it cost to build a system like this? "It's hard to tell how much it cost, I prefer not to know it," Gratton told AVweb in an e-mail. He says others are starting
to join in his hobby, and he expects the costs will come down within a year or so.
Putting the system together is complex, he said. "Transmitting video signal in the air from a moving plane is
hard, I will lose the video signal if I don't take care of many things ... the metallic parts on the planes will block the waves, so I replace them. The planes must be reliable. It's a real plane that
can hurt someone, so the planes must be safe." Gratton says what is unique about his system is that he doesn't just use the onboard camera to record video, but actually flies the airplane from takeoff
to landing with the VR headset. "Perhaps I'm the first to fly like this, so I invented a new way of flying, but I didn't invent new equipment," he said. He took existing components and modified and
integrated them into a compact unit. For more info about the system, check out this online discussion and Gratton's Web site.
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Monday's online version of your AVwebflash newsletter was originally published with video content that began to play when the page was opened -- whether readers wanted it to, or not. That presentation
was not how AVweb intends to present video content. Readers should expect future video content to play only when they "press play." (If you like the expanded content of the online version, don't be
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Our most recent "Questions of the Week" have centered around airplane
shopping and buying. Last week, we asked which factor (from our
list) is the most important in your personal decision to by a new
Always responsible, AVweb readers named safety the most
important factor in their purchase, with nearly 25% of respondents
rating it at the top of their lists. The second most important
factor, getting 17% of respondents' votes, was economy another
practical consideration we can't deny.
14% of you chose speed as the most important factor one
which, we suppose, could be either a practical consideration or simply a
11% ranked comfort as the number one variable in making a
And 12% of you told us that your top consideration was something we
Curious about the other factors we offered as choices or what
the other 25% of respondents chose? Click here
for detailed results of last week's QOTW poll.
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
This week's Question comes from an AVweb reader, who writes:
Since de-regulation more than 25 years ago, the U.S. has seen
airlines soar and sink. Mostly sink. September 11 didn't help. Delays
caused by airport caused by airport capacity don't help. The
impending air traffic controller shortage surely won't help. The
legacy major air carriers haven't seen sustainable profit in a very
Would you like to see some form of government regulation for
the airlines in hopes of bringing a more stable path for them to
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"Stiff competition" is the order of the day in our latest installment
of "Picture of the Week." Not only do the number of
contributions continue to rise as we enter fall here in the U.S., but
the quality of photos seems to be on the rise, as well. Not
that quality has ever been a problem when it comes to picking "POTW"
contenders, but the last few weeks have been chock-full of great-looking
photos that we simply couldn't find a way to squeeze in. Rest
assured, we've saved plenty of them to our hard drives and turned them
into lovely wallpapers so
keep sending 'em!
Even those that don't make it into our weekly round-up are ogled and
appreciated by the AVwebbers who go through 'em.
Robbie Culver of Waukegan, Illinois
is a familiar name at "POTW" headquarters. Robbie's signature has
shown up on several contenders over the last year or so (most notably
last week), but he's never sent us the right photo on the right week to
win one of our coveted "Picture of the Week" AVweb hats. This
week, circumstance and an awesome photo come together to push
Robbie's latest submission to the top of our pile.
Congrats, Mr. Culver it's always fun to see your name on the back of
our photo submissions, and it's about time you won an AVweb hat.
You've earned it!
(Oh, that's Brenda Culver and Kevin Hultsch jumping out of
a Bell 422 helicopter in the photo.)
AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for
our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up. Due to privacy issues,
AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos.
Someone's Treasured "Pot of Gold" at the End of the Rainbow
Ken Price of Muskegon, Michigan
snapped several shots of this incredible rainbow last week. "So
bright it almost hurt my eyes," writes Ken and the photos came out
great. We had a hard time choosing just one, but we finally
settled on this one, which seemed to capture the spirit of "POTW" best.
This picture was taken Friday night, September 8, 2006 at the Oceana NAS, VA air show. The planes look like regular T-6 Texans but are different. They
are actually SNJ-2s. The SNJ-2 is the only model with the enlarged 180-gallon fuel tank, allowing the skytypers to operate for over four hours,
skytyping messages throughout the day.
Larry Portman of Garland, Texas
rented a C-206 with the intention of landing at this um, somewhat
intimidating-looking airstrip on Milford Sound, New Zealand.
Weather let Larry and crew off the hook "we were advised that the
winds were too dangerous," he writes, and "we had to settle for this
view from 2,500' instead!"
A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the
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If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed
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