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JET DELIVERS (A COASTER)
Perhaps the biggest question among
those who received the so-called "grey box" on Cirrus' plans for
"the-jet" revolves not around the engine, the design or the performance
(none of which were addressed in detail). What's up with the coaster?
The centerpiece of the marketing package is a heavy cast-metal drink
coaster emblazoned with the Cirrus logo. There's also a letter from CEO
Alan Klapmeier and an "initial position holding deposit" form, which,
when accompanied by a check for $100,000, puts the recipient among the
first in line to buy a "the-jet." More...
TARGET MARKET: EVERY PILOT
While other entrants in the
burgeoning mini-jet market have listed the air taxi business as a major
component of their plans, Cirrus' initial marketing push appears to
choose the road not taken. The grey box is clearly aimed at those who
want a jet of their very own, largely for the fun of it. "The personal
jet follows the Cirrus philosophy path to grow and enhance the entire
personal aviation industry," says one of the cards in the marketing kit.
"A personal jet is about more than power, it's about empowering you to
live the dream of the jet lifestyle." So when will we see it?
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AIRPORTS COMPENSATION PLAN
The Department of Transportation
is proposing to compensate general aviation
businesses at five Washington-area facilities for reductions in revenue
directly resulting from government actions in the wake of 9/11. GA
operators, suppliers and service providers at Washington Reagan National
Airport, College Park, Potomac Airfield, Washington Executive/Hyde Field
and Washington South Capitol St. Heliport are eligible for the money,
which was approved by Congress in 2005. There's a total of $17 million
in the kitty but the businesses will have to prove, in auditable form,
they deserve every penny. More...
David Wartofsky, the enigmatic owner of Potomac
Airfield, told AVweb the money proposed should cover the
justifiable losses of the businesses but actually extracting it from the
government could be an agonizing process. He said the bureaucrats
charged with assessing and approving the claims may not have the skills
and experience needed to accomplish the work, even though they are
trying their best to do the right thing. "You've got dentists coming in
to do brain surgery, with predictable results," he said. Wartofsky said
the government is especially cautious because of the potential precedent
being set in paying for the results of what some might consider
questionable decisions. Wartofsky believes that when the checks are
finally issued, they will come with strings attached. More...
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RESEARCHERS TACKLE AIRSPACE MODERNIZATION
Purdue University say it's not necessarily a lack of capacity that is
bogging down air transportation, it's the plodding pace of change. So
they've developed a mathematical model that might help the FAA design a
system that can respond more quickly to changes, thereby maintaining or
adding capacity without huge capital infusions. "Improving agility, we
found, requires not so much that you build a brand new runway at every
large airport," said Daniel DeLaurentis, an assistant professor of
aeronautics and astronautics, told Innovations Report. "You need to be able to add
capacity in a variety of other quicker ways. One of the problems in the
current system is that it takes so long to develop new capacity at a
major airport that by the time the capacity is available, the demand has
already changed." More...
MODEL MIMICS OPERATIONS
How it all works seems pretty
esoteric to the uninitiated so DeLaurentis tried to bring it down to a
level mere mortals can understand. "You can almost think of it as a
video game where the service providers are adding flights and
subtracting flights and doing the best they can to satisfy changing
demand, and the FAA is trying to catch up and add the capacity necessary
to meet the needs of the airlines," DeLaurentis said. "One of the
findings was that if the infrastructure providers were not able to keep
pace with demand, the service providers would stagnate. They would be
unable to add the flights that they needed. Yet, such agility or
responsiveness is critical." More...
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DENY WRONGDOING IN BRAZIL CRASH
U.S. bizjet pilots John
Lepore and Jan Paladino are denying accusations they caused a collision
with a GOL Boeing 737, in which the airliner crashed and killed all 154
people on board (not 155 reported earlier). The pilots have been openly
accused of turning off their transponder so they could perform "pilot
tricks" without detection by air traffic controllers. Ralph Michieli, a
spokesman for ExcelAir, which owns the Embraer Legacy 600 involved,
called the allegations "untruthful, absurd and insulting" in an
interview with the Brazilian Web site Folha Online. Lepore and Paladino
were quoted as saying they did not turn off the transponder and that
they were flying at the proper altitude, assertions that have made
Brazilian authorities "furious," according to news reports out of
CRASH PROMPTS SUIT
The family of a Canadian pilot killed when
her Cessna Caravan crashed in downtown Winnipeg last year is claiming
$25 million in damages from Cessna and Goodrich. The suit filed on
behalf of the family of Nancy Chase-Allen by the Nolan Law Group, of
Chicago, alleges Cessna is misrepresenting the ability of the Caravan to
safely fly in icing conditions. "The Cessna Caravan is presently being
marketed as a safe and secure aircraft for winter operations, a
contention disputed by Nolan Law Group," the law firm said in a news
release. Operation of the Caravan in icing conditions attracted
attention and produced action from the FAA earlier this year. We were unable to reach Cessna on
the weekend but the company does not normally comment on pending
Cessna Offers to Cover $15,000 in Fuel
From now until October 31st, Cessna is stepping in to cover the cost of
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Sen. Jim Inhofe says he knew there were
problems with the rudder of an RV-8 he was flying as he approached Jones
Riverside Airport in Tulsa, on a flight from Duncan, Okla., last week.
He was right. The taildragger groundlooped and was substantially damaged
but Inhofe and his passenger, long-time aide Danny Finnerty, were
unhurt. Inhofe told reporters he noticed problems with the rudder on
takeoff from Duncan but couldn't see what the problems were. He asked to
land on the main runway at Tulsa, rather than the one normally used by
GA aircraft and "prepared for the rough landing," according to an
Associated Press report. The FAA is investigating. More...
SKYCAR FOR SALE
Paul Moller finally has his Skycar for sale but don't expect the skies and
carports of the nation to fill up with them anytime soon. The brains
behind what could be the longest-lived aircraft development program in
history is selling the original prototype of the vehicle on eBay. We
couldn't find a listing on Sunday. He's expecting to get $4 million. The
prototype has slipped the surly bonds on its own power in an unmanned,
tethered flight. But anyone hoping to use it for the morning commute is
likely to be disappointed. "Potential buyers are cautioned that this is
a prototype model and considered an experimental aircraft," says a
Moller news release. More...
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USED FOR AIR FORCE FLIGHT SCREENING
The first 11 of 44
Diamond DA-20 C1 two-seat trainers have been delivered to Doss Aviation,
in Pueblo, Colo., for use in a flight screening program for the U.S. Air
Force. The program takes potential candidates for military flight
training and ensures they have the right stuff to continue. These types
of programs cut the failure rate in later training by half. Doss
President Frank Hunter said the low acquisition, maintenance and
insurance costs for the Diamond made it the logical choice. Those
candidates who move on from the screening program will get their first
taste of military flight training in the same aircraft.
AVIATION FUND DEADLINE NEARS
deadline for funding from the Wolf Aviation Fund is Nov. 15 and
organizations with projects worthy of consideration are urged to get
them in soon. Last year, there were 130 proposals and funding was
approved for 45. The fund will consider application for any project
"supporting or promoting general aviation" so the types of projects
funded are as diverse as the industry itself. In most cases, only
partial funding is provided to be used as leverage in approaching other
organizations for money. More...
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70 TBMs converged on Coeur
Northwest pilots say shortage prompted
Air Canada pilots tried to block shareholder
Kirby Chambliss took top honors at Red Bull's air race in
San Fran., Saturday. More...
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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. More...
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OF THE WEEK: DIXIE CHOPPER AIR
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Dixie Chopper Air at K4I7 in Greencastle,
AVweb reader Bruce Cameron offered comments and a few
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"Stopped twice in the last month (X-C in my
Bonanza Coast to Coast R/T) Excellent service and prices, Great
restaurant and 12 guest suites overlooking the runway. What else could a
pilot/passengers ask for?."
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OF THE WEEK: RC MODEL AIRPLANE INDOOR AEROBATICS
interesting videos continue to trickle in through reader
recommendations. Thank you very much! This week, lest we forget to
include it in our new "Video of the Week" feature, we showcase
an amazing clip that ran at our AirVenture booth in Oshkosh this summer.
Many AVweb readers stopped to speculate with us on what was going on in
this clip and we discovered just how many of you are Radio
Control airplane buffs! If you've never been to an R.C. meet or have no
interest in these tiny aircraft, this is just the clip to show you why
so many people are fascinated by them. More...
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