AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 12, Number 40b

October 5, 2006

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Got Jet? back to top 

Cirrus Taking Jet Orders

Cirrus is planning to build a single-engine jet that will cruise faster than 300 knots, up to 25,000 feet, with a range of 1,000 nm and cost less than $1 million. In an interview with AVweb Wednesday, Cirrus VP of sales John Bingham said about 1,500 people worldwide (many of them Cirrus owners) will receive a package this week that will give them some of the goods on the aircraft, called the-jet (that's what they said). No pictures are being distributed but Bingham said the plane is "very, very unique" in an appealing way. If they break the $1 million price barrier, they'll be the first, but Bingham said that, based on the company's track record, he's confident the figure will stand. He's not saying how much less than $1 million it will be. It will have a full airframe parachute but Bingham wouldn't say how many people it will seat. "It has a very large comfortable interior," he said. The company will formally announce the-jet at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando (Oct. 17-19) but there will be no aircraft or mock-up there. The engine manufacturer will be announced at NBAA.

Cirrus has been musing about a jet for several years and admitted its intention to go ahead with one about a year ago. Central to the jet's design is that it be an easy transition from piston-powered Cirruses, Bingham said. Even without the photo, those receiving the package this week are being asked to put down a deposit of $100,000. Bingham wouldn't say when the company hopes to start production.

Piper To Unveil Jet

As we reported from EAA AirVenture in July, Piper will unveil its entry in the VLJ market at the NBAA convention a week and a half away, too. CEO Jim Bass recently told last month's annual convention of Meridian owners that the jet will be a step up for them. Since the Meridian is a $2 million, six-place airplane, it seems likely the jet will be larger, fly higher and faster (otherwise, why bother?) so it will not be aimed at the same market as Diamond's D-Jet (mockup only will be at NBAA) or the Cirrus. However, Piper, which will be doing sales and service for the $4 million HondaJet, isn't likely to compete directly in that market, either, which is on the high end of the VLJ market.

Speculation on the Piper jet is that it will be a big single, but what single? The Honda/GE collaboration seems like a good bet, especially if it delivers the kind of efficiency the engine maker, which is a separate entity from the Honda airframe manufacturer, is promising. The 30-percent gains being bandied about would give Piper performance and consumption numbers like the D-Jet but with six or more people on board and 10,000 feet higher. Whether that would justify its higher price remains to be seen.

Eclipse Gears Up

With a type certificate (announced Sept. 30) that allows operation everywhere except in known icing and over water, Eclipse Aviation can now begin tackling its order backlog for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. There should be more about this at the National Business Aviation Association convention (Oct. 17, 18, 19) but, according to Sharecast, a financial markets Web site, Eclipse is aiming for "an annualised level of 750 planes by the end of 2007" and is reporting an order book of 2,500 aircraft. Eclipse has never released much about its business operation (it's privately held and doesn't have to) but some of its suppliers are publicly traded and are obliged to tell shareholders what's going on as it relates to Eclipse. Among the publicly traded companies is Hampson Industries (identified in the Sharecast report), which is making the empennage and "flight critical advanced composite structures" for the plane. Hampson stock rose sharply on news of the certification.

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.
NBAA Talking Tough back to top 

User Fee Discussion Planned For Convention

The political gears will be turning in earnest at this year's NBAA convention as GA groups resume their unified posture against a user fee system currently under consideration by the FAA. NBAA President Ed Bolen, General Aviation Manufacturers Association President Pete Bunce, EAA President Tom Poberezny, National Air Transportation Association President Jim Coyne and AOPA's government specialist Andy Cebula will be on a panel to discuss what Bolen maintains is a brazen attempt by the airline industry to not only dump $2 billion of its costs on GA, but to gain effective control of the National Airspace System in the bargain. The airlines, through their lobby group, the Air Transport Association (ATA), claim they're subsidizing GA.

The logic, according to the ATA, is that the airlines collect taxes on behalf of the government for air traffic control and other services that are disproportionate to the number of flights airlines have using the system. They're lobbying hard for a user-pay format in which every airplane, regardless of size and location, pays the same fee for using the system. GA advocates say the air traffic control system is built around the needs of the airlines and GA traffic has little or no impact on the costs to run the system.

VLJ Wildcard Debated

There appears to have been a change of tune in the FAA's attitude toward very light jets (VLJs). Earlier this year, the agency was using the potential influx of hundreds of VLJs to justify its move toward a user-pay system. But top officials seem to be now downplaying the impact of VLJs. According to a news release issued by NBAA last week, both FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and associate director for aviation safety Nicholas Sabatini have apparently abandoned that tack. "The system is in place today to accommodate the entry of new aircraft into the National Airspace System. ... This is nothing new for the FAA. It is our day-to-day business," Sabatini is quoted as telling the Senate Commerce Committee. However, the ATA still seems to believe that VLJs pose some sort of threat to the system, something the NBAA is vigorously refuting.

In a statement, NBAA President Ed Bolen called the ATA stance "fear mongering" and accused the ATA of manipulating the issue as "part of their broader strategy to pay less for air traffic services even as they try to seize control of the system." NBAA's latest salvo was made possible by an unnamed ATA official's comment to Bloomberg News that VLJs will be a "significant burden" on the system and would interfere with airline operations.

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Mysterious Midair back to top 

U.S. Pilots May Face Charges In Brazil Midair

Brazilian authorities are contemplating manslaughter charges against two U.S. pilots after details of their aircraft's collision with a GOL Airlines Boeing 737 emerge. The U.S. pilots were able to land their Embraer Legacy 600, which sustained visible damage to a winglet and horizontal stabilizer, at an air force base after the collision at 37,000 feet over the Amazon. The 737 crashed, killing all 155 aboard. Reports out of Brazil Wednesday said authorities in that country are alleging that the Legacy's transponder was turned off (foiling collision-avoidance systems on both aircraft) and the crew did not comply with an air traffic control directive to descend to 36,000 feet. Authorities seized the passports of the American pilots, Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino, as the investigation continues.

The Legacy was new and was being flown from the factory to New York for delivery to its new owner, ExcelAire Service. Jose Carlos Periera, the head of Brazil's airport authority, told Reuters it's not known why the transponder wasn't working but suggested it had been deliberately turned off. "It's very unlikely that a plane leaves the factory with that problem," he said. The NTSB is assisting with the investigation.

Times Writer On Board Midair Jet

Joe Sharkey, a weekly business travel columnist for The New York Times, was on the Legacy as part of his research for a freelance assignment. He told NBC's Today Show that the plane was jolted and then recovered and flew normally. "It was more like a car that hits a pothole rather than 'boom!'" he said. Then he looked out the window and saw that the winglet was shorn off. The plane also suffered some damage to its tail. It's not clear where it struck the 737, which reportedly spiraled into the ground. When the wing started peeling back, Sharkey said he and the four other passengers (executives from Embraer and a charter company called ExcelAire) were afraid the aircraft would crash. His written account was made available through The New York Times. However, the pilots spotted a remote military airstrip and were able to land safely. No one aboard the Legacy was injured. It was hours later that Sharkey learned the bizjet had collided with the much-larger 737 and said he thought: "We should not be the ones walking away from this."

Adam Aircraft Designs & Manufactures the A700 AdamJet & A500 Centerline Piston Twin
Adam Aircraft's A700 features twin Williams FJ-33 engines, state-of-the-art avionics, and comfortable seating for eight (or seven with an aft lavatory). The A700 is currently undergoing flight test and development. Adam Aircraft's A500 centerline piston twin has been Type Certified by the FAA, and offers superior safety, range, and performance, along with the pressurized comfort of a roomy six-seat interior. For complete details on both aircraft, go online.
News Briefs back to top 

Homebuilt Fatalities Drop

While aviation safety has generally improved over the years, it appears the homebuilt sector is making the biggest gains. Granted, it had the farthest to go, but stats released by EAA this week seem to show it's getting there. In a news release, EAA says the number of fatal homebuilt crashes from Oct. 1, 2005, to Sept. 30, 2006 (49) is 21 percent lower than in the previous year. "This is excellent news, especially since the number of homebuilt aircraft continues to rise each year," said Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. "While one fatality is always one too many, the trend continues toward increasing safety by those who build and fly homebuilt aircraft."

While better kits and more reliable engines undoubtedly have a lot to do with the safety improvements, EAA says education also plays a role. For one thing, along with the quality improvements in homebuilts has come increasing complexity. EAA technical advisors are available in most areas. Builders sometimes put together airplanes that are much different from the aircraft they're used to flying and there are flight advisors available to help builders learn to fly their creations safely. "Among all the programs that EAA administers to benefit its members and all recreational aviators, those that enhance safety are the top priority," Lawrence said.

"Invisible" Drones Proposed

If the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) now in the air are such a danger to other aircraft that they have to fly in restricted airspace, how potentially dangerous would an "invisible" drone be? That's not likely one of the factors being considered as VeraTech, a Minnesota company, continues work on an aircraft that uses the principle of "persistence of vision" to make the drone appear to be nothing more than a blur against the sky. (Persistence of vision is described as what makes spinning propellers seem to disappear before our eyes.) VeraTech's plan is to make the entire aircraft spin fast enough that the human eye can't get a clear picture of it. As you might expect, it's a strange-looking contraption with a Y shape and the engines mounted at the end of each branch. The center of gravity is just behind the crotch of the Y and there's a single wing sticking out from there. The thing rotates about the center of gravity and there are now flying models being tested. VeraTech says cameras could be mounted on the drones and provide panoramic images, after decoding by a computer.

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News Briefs back to top 

Warbird In eBay Flap

An Australian court is being asked to rule whether a man who placed a last-minute bid on a vintage airplane presented on eBay should be its rightful new owner. Peter Smythe says Dr. Vin Thomas didn't abide by the rules of eBay when he sold the plane, a 1946 Wirraway (a variation of the T-6 built under license in Australia) to someone who didn't bid through eBay. Thomas had a reserve price of $150,000 on the aircraft and Smythe matched it with just 20 seconds left in the sale term. But Thomas had already sold the plane to someone who saw the eBay listing but contacted him privately and offered $250,000. Smythe says the whole entrepreneurial foundation of eBay is at stake in the case.

The judge in the suit apparently agrees that something isn't right. He's ordered the airplane remain in its hangar until the dispute is settled. Thomas insists he's done nothing wrong. eBay isn't commenting directly on this case but it has billed Thomas for $2,000 it says it's owed for fees and commissions resulting from the sale, indicating it believed the sale was completed through its Web site. There are only five flying Wirraways. They differ from T-6s and Harvards in that they have a rounded tail and an air scoop on the cowl. They're also set up to carry weapons and bombs.

New DOT Secretary In Alphabets' Sights

Mary Peters, the new Secretary of Transportation, hadn't even been officially put on the job before AOPA President Phil Boyer had had a "frank discussion" with her. "Mary Peters reached out to me before the Senate vote, and we began the dialogue on the future funding of the FAA and AOPA's opposition to user fees," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "I'm sure that will be just the first of our many frank discussions of issues important to AOPA members and GA pilots." Peters was confirmed by the Senate but hasn't been sworn in yet but there are plenty of people who want to talk to her. Pete Bunce, of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, noted "There is important work to be done in the coming months and years," and he said Peters should be able to handle the job.

Peters is the former federal highway administrator but she also spent three years as head of Arizona's department of transportation and that included running the aviation system. "Ms. Peters brings to the DOT a tremendous background in transportation issues and we look forward to working with her to promote general aviation safety and enhance our industry's ability to grow the U.S. economy," Bunce said.

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News in Brief back to top 

Boeing Pouncing On Stumbling Airbus

Analysts say Boeing may have to speed up production of Boeing 747s in light of the latest production delay of the Airbus A380. Airbus recently told customers the program has been delayed another 10 months and customer patience is wearing thin. Emirates, which has 45 of the 555-passenger jets on order, says it's considering "all options" and Virgin Atlantic is threatening to cancel its six-plane order. Singapore Airlines wants compensation for the delay. And all this makes the tried and true Jumbo, which is going through a makeover aiming to make it 21 percent more efficient, an appealing alternative.

But while Boeing's marketing department is having a field day, there's some question as to whether all this opportunity could actually turn into increased sales. According to Bloomberg News' analysis, Boeing got into trouble trying to boost production in the 1990s and it doesn't want to repeat the error. It may turn away business instead. "In this hot market, it would be easy to be consumed by the desire to sell everything that people want to buy, and push our production system to the point where we could break it,'' Scott Carson, who runs the commercial jet division, said at a Wings Club meeting in Seattle Sept. 27.

On The Fly...

Eleven pilots have been chosen to represent the U.S. at the World Aerobatic Championships next year. Out of 97 competitors, the winners were: Debby Rihn-Harvey, from La Porte, Texas; Michael Racy, of Tucson, Ariz.; David Martin, from Graford, Texas; Melissa Andrzejewski, from Auburn, Calif.; Robert Armstrong, from Athens, Ga.; Chandy Clanton, from Lincoln, Neb.; Dan Clark, from Houston, Texas; Vicki Cruse, from Camarillo, Calif.; Zach Heffley, from Fort Worth, Texas; Allyson Parker-Lauck, from Nut Tree, Calif.; and Goode Thomas (alternate). from Rock Hill, S.C....

Quest Aircraft has earned Type Inspection Authorization for its Kodiak bush plane. It's an important step toward full certification and production of the turboprop single, which can take off in less than 700 feet with a useful load of 3475 lbs. and a gross weight of 6450 lbs....

Raytheon has won a contract (worth a potential $185 million) to modernize radar installations that are the backbone of the air traffic control system. The company will replace old equipment that still uses vacuum tubes with digital systems. The first ($32 million) phase will cover four sites but up to 68 will eventually be converted.

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The 2006 New Piper Mirage Offers Serious Sophistication
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Features back to top 

New Articles and Features on AVweb


Quiz #112: Take a Commercial Break
The transition from Private to Commercial pilot begins when you give yourself an "F." Subpart F of FAR Part 61 clears you to fly for hire. So get your Lazy-8 off the couch and ace this quiz.

Audio News

Audio news, plus a new in-depth interview are posted online each Monday and Friday. Check AVweb's audio news index to hear news directly from the newsmakers.

Find exclusive interviews featuring Cessna's Jack Pelton on his company's LSA, 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 things you won't find anywhere else.

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Your Favorite FBO's back to top 

FBO of the Week: Regent Aviation

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Regent Aviation at KRST in Rochester, MN.

AVweb reader Mervyn R. Broadway offered excellent marks and simple praise for the service and facilities.

"This has to be the best FBO I've visited in years."

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
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AVwebBiz back to top 

AVweb's Business AVflash

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Avidyne TAS600 — Because Two Antennas Are Better than One!
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QOTW back to top 

Question of the Week: How Many IMC Hours Do You Log Each Year?

This Week's Question | Last Week's Results


Last week, an AVweb reader wondered whether increased government regulation might actually be good for the major airlines, suggesting that it could provide a more stable path to profit and viability.

AVweb readers on the whole seemed to disagree.  A full 36% of those who responded to last week's question felt the basic premise was flawed — and another 34% disagreed outright.  The result was a very tight three-way split among AVweb readership — those who agreed that government regulation could help, those who disagree entirely, and those who think we were barking up the wrong tree with our question.

View real-time results and breakdowns of last week's QOTW poll here.


Instrument-rated pilots: How many hours of time, in actual IMC, do you log each year?

Click here to answer.

Have an idea for a new QOTW? Send your suggestions to qotw@avweb.com.

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Use this form to send QOTW comments to our AVmail Editor.

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POTW back to top 

Picture of the Week

Submit a Photo | Rules | Tips | Questions | Past POTW Winners

Welcome to AVweb's "Picture of the Week"!  Longtime readers are no doubt aware that we enjoy this feature as much (maybe even more?) than our readers — and we love to play our own little games with the photos you submit to our informal contest  each week.  One of our favorite games is spotting the themes in reader submissions for a given week.  Sometimes there will be a lot of sunset photo, or lots of photos of twin engine planes, or lots of air show photos.  This week, we could help noticing a very simple (but powerful) theme that doesn't crop up all that often: scale.  Most of the photos we get tend to linger over airplanes in close-up, intense detail — but this week, we had several photos that pushed the airplane a little further back, to show us the awesome majesty of the landscapes you were flying over (or through).


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Used with permission of Gert Coetzee

EAF Over Table Mountain

Picking a top photo was tough this week, but when all was said and done, we thought this image from Gert Coetzee of Cape Town, South Africa captured all the wonder and scale that seemed to be a prominent theme of this week's submissions.  We were tempted to make it a four-way tie, but in the end, Cert takes home an official AVweb baseball cap as this week's "POTW" winner!

Oh, yeah, in the photo:  That's Graham Chamberlain over Table Mountain.

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.

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copyright © Josh Cawthra
Used with permission

Smoke On

Josh Cawthra of Mobile, Alabama was a serious contender for that hat, as well.  He sent us two photos of Skip Stewart doing his thing at a local air show in Alabaster, Alabama, but this was our favorite.


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Used with permission of Ryan Johnson

Early Morning ...

Ryan Johnson of Denair, California didn't give us much background on this photo — but does he really need to?

(This one got turned into a watermark image and went straight into service as the background image for one of our desktop applications at POTW HQ.  Sharp!)


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Used with permission of Peter Braswell

... and Late Evening Reflections

Would you believe this Stearman photo from Peter Braswell of Chesterfield, Virginia was so good it almost didn't make it in to the competition?  We were so captivated by it, we saved the image directly to our "keep this one" folder and almost forgot to copy it into the competition folder!

According to Peter, the photo was snapped at a recent EAA Regional Fly-In in Virginia.



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Used with permission of
Wesley Alan Taylor

Helio Missionary Aircraft Demo

Wesley Alan Taylor of Johnson City, Tennessee was another submitter who provided us with a great sense of scale and background this week.  (He also used another of this week's recurring motifs:  fog!)

The photo was taken during a demonstration flight at Hensley Airpark in Chuckey, Tennessee last week.


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Photo by Theresa Koskella
Used with permission of Tom Staggs

Long-EZ Breaks Away Over Mt. Baker

As much as we love peeking into people's cockpits, we enjoy a good underbelly shot from time to time, too.  Fortunately, Tom Staggs of Redmond, Washington was on hand this week with a dynamic shot taken by photographer Theresa Koskella.

Tom's the one in the cockpit, along with navigator Sean Staggs.
Ken Koskella
flew the photo plane, another Long-EZ.


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Used with permission of John W. Taylor

Sanyo Eclipse of the Sun

(Oooh, now we've got that song stuck in our heads.)

The Sanyo Airship stayed overnight in Cape Girardeau, Missouri a couple of weeks ago.  John Taylor saw it off the next morning, taking this photo as the Sanyo team headed south.


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copyright © Brian Emch/
Wings of Fury Aviation Photography
Used with permission of Brian Emch


Brian Emch of Lancaster, California writes:

Taken in [the] evening of the last day of the Reno Air Races last month. These two boys had already been warned once by security not to go out to the A-10, which had just been towed out. This time around, they got chewed out pretty good. But that's why there's a fence, people!



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Used with permission of Honey Whittier

Tower Sunset

Honey Whittier of Glendale, Arizona took this tower photo as her 16-year-old son was preparing for his solo.

Strangely, it arrived during the same week as another great ATC tower photo — also shot in Arizona!  We were torn as to which photo to run, but (fortunately for us), we noticed that our other was from someone who'd been featured in recent months and decided to give Honey a bit of the spotlight.

(Honey and Christopher:  Both of you are welcome to send us photos anytime!)


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Used with permission of Peter H. Grimm

(Insert Witty Sign Post Joke Here)

Rather than close on a skyline photo this week, we thought we'd leave you with a photo that had us both smiling and scratching our heads.  Not that it's particularly confusing, but — well, we just couldn't decide on a punchline!

Thanks to Peter Grimm of Minden, Nevada for brightening our afternoon.

Keep 'em coming, and we'll see you here next Thursday!

A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.



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Names Behind the News back to top 

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