Aircraft Spruce West Holds Their Annual Super
Sale on October 7th Aircraft Spruce will be holding their annual Super Sale in
Corona, CA on Saturday, October 7th from 7:00am 3:00pm.
Vendors will be on site demonstrating their products. Raffle prizes will
be given away hourly. Seminars will include Garmin, Zaon Flight, and the
FAA. Numerous discounts, hot dogs, and lots of fun! Complimentary
shuttle service available throughout the day from the Corona Airport
(AJO). For more information, please call 1-877-4-SPRUCE or visit online for complete details.
SEEK ALTERNATE INCOME 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.
RUNWAYS AND AIRPORTS 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. More...
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CEO GRETCHEN JAHN STEPS DOWN 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." More...
FERGUSON NAMED MOONEY CEO 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. More...
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WILL GO ON SALE NEXT MONTH 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. More...
PERSIST ABOUT FOREIGN FLIGHT STUDENTS 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. More...
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GUARD TAKES OVER ADIZ PATROL 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. More...
LAMBORGHINI WITH YOUR DIAMOND 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. More...
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COMAIR PILOTS HAD 45 SECONDS 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. A series of surgeries continue for
first Officer James Polehinke, the sole survivor of the crash, who has
already lost his left leg to amputation. More...
OF FUEL PRICES? VIRTUAL FLIGHT GETS REAL 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 impressive videos to prove it. (See AVweb's NewsWire for
links to the videos.) 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.
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ABOUT VIDEO CONTENT Monday's online version of your
AVwebflash e-mail 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 afraid to click through.) More...
THE FLY... A blimp landed in trees near Boston after a rudder
failed... Scottsdale, Ariz., has banned helicopters in residential
areas... Rocket launch at New Mexico's spaceport failed to reach
altitude... Spiders on a plane lead to lawsuit... Four people
saved in the first BRS deployment in Jamaica... The NTSB wants
controllers to be clear when they issue a runway change.
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NEWS Audio news, plus a new in-depth interview are posted
online each Monday and Friday. Check AVweb's audio news index to hear the news directly from the
Find exclusive interviews featuring Cessna's Jack Pelton
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Walker, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier
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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 long
time. 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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OF THE WEEK "Stiff competition" is the order of the
day in our latest installmentof "Picture of the Week." Not only do
the number ofcontributions continue to rise as we enter fall here
in the U.S., butthe quality of photos seems to be on the rise, as
well. Notthat quality has ever been a problem when it comes to
picking "POTW"contenders, but the last few weeks have been chock-full of
great-lookingphotos that we simply couldn't find a way to squeeze
in. Restassured, we've saved plenty of them to our hard drives and
turned theminto lovely wallpapers sokeep sending
'em! Even those that don't make it into our weekly round-up are
ogled andappreciated by the AVwebbers who go through
Robbie Culver of
Waukegan is afamiliar name at "POTW" headquarters. Robbie's
signature has shownup on several contenders over the last year or so
(most notably lastweek), but he's never sent us the right photo on the
right week to winone of our coveted "Picture of the Week" AVweb
hats. This week,circumstance and an awesome photo come
together to push Robbie'slatest 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! More...
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Flying Takes a Sneak Peek at the New
Cessnas in the October Issue Plus: an Oshkosh photo tour, a report on the roomy and hefty
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