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Volume 12, Number 41a
October 9, 2006
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Marketing With A Twist?back to top 
Sponsor Announcement

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...

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? More...

Get PIC's "Best Class" Rates With Only 250 Total Hours!
Now, through the Pilot Insurance Center (PIC), a private instrument-current pilot with as low as 250 total hours may qualify for PIC's "Best Class" rates. Pilot Insurance Center works closely with leading insurers to develop life insurance policies specifically designed for pilots. All insurance products offer full coverage with no aviation exclusions and are provided by A+ rated (A.M. Best) insurance companies. Compare and save. For a quote, call PIC at (800) 380-8376, or visit online.
Up To Four Years Of Losses "Covered"back to top 

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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Study Sees More "Agile" Aviation Systemback to top 

Researchers at 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...

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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News Briefsback to top 

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 Brazil. More...

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 litigation. More...

Cessna Offers to Cover $15,000 in Fuel Costs
From now until October 31st, Cessna is stepping in to cover the cost of your fuel! With the purchase of a new Skylane or Turbo Skylane from a participating dealer, Cessna will provide a $15,000 Multi-Service fuel card. To find out more about the program, contact your Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representative or call 1-800-622-7495. Offer expires on October 31, 2006. Complete program details online.
News Briefsback to top 

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...

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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News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

The application 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...

New VFLITE™ Computer-Based Training for Your GPSMap 496!
Learn at your own pace, while practicing procedures at the comfort and safety of your computer, with the new VFLITE GPSMap 496 Interactive Guide. Featuring scenario-based guided simulation, you'll learn how to get the most from your 496 the quick, easy, and safe way. The ideal solution for both initial and recurrent GPS training, VFLITE programs are also available for the Garmin® GNS 530/430; GPSMap 396, 296 & 196; as well as Lowrance® AirMap 2000C, 1000 & 500 portables. Windows and Mac compatible. Order now and receive complimentary domestic shipping!
News in Briefback to top 

70 TBMs converged on Coeur d'Alene...
Northwest pilots say shortage prompted cancellations...
Air Canada pilots tried to block shareholder payout...
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.


Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of Flight
It's a great time to join the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the nation's oldest aviation organization. At $39 a year, NAA membership is a terrific value for any aviation enthusiast! Members receive the Smithsonian's Air & Space and NAA's Aero magazines, plus access to aviation records, product discounts, and much more. Call (703) 527-0226 to become an NAA member, or sign up online.
Your Favorite FBO'sback to top 

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Dixie Chopper Air at K4I7 in Greencastle, IN.

AVweb reader Bruce Cameron offered comments and a few reasons to stop by.

"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?."

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!


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Featuresback to top 


The Pilot's Lounge #105: Flying In To AirVenture -- It's Time To Slap Around The Bozos
Another summer in Oshkosh has come and gone -- and good riddance, say many. AVweb's Rick Durden heard some sad and frustrating stories while in the virtual lounge at EAA's AirVenture 2006. More...

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Visit AVweb's Sponsors Companies at the 2006 NBAA Convention
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VOTWback to top 

New and 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...

No Cute Cartoons, No Fancy Covers. IFR Magazine Brings You the Hard Facts
IFR magazine has insightful facts to polish your proficiency, updates on changing regs, and articles that help keep your decision-making skills sharp in the demanding IFR environment. Order your subscription online for savings from the regular rate.
The Lighter Side Of Flightback to top 

A few years ago I was getting an IFR clearance from ground control. When I called for clearance I had a brain fart and forgot where we were going. The conversation went like this:

Me: Ground, lear 1234 looking for clearance to ....... ummmmm .... that airport we're going to.

Ground: Lear 252RP cleared to that airport your goint to via radar vectors...

Don't worry. It came back to me eventually. More...



WingX 2.0 Now Available — With NACO Approach Charts, SmartTaxi™, Online Weather, and Podcasts!
Hilton Software LLC has just released WingX 2.0 for the Pocket PC — now with approach charts, weather images, podcasts, N-number search, helicopter W&B, and SmartTaxi™ to help prevent runway incursions. Of course, this is in addition to WingX's great Weight and Balance, Route Planning, FARs, color-coded weather reports, and superb E6B capabilities. Excellent A/FD with auto-dial. WingX is now GPS-enabled! Learn more and download WingX at HiltonSoftware.com

Flight Explorer for Professionals Goes Beyond "Flight Tracking"
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Pilots Comment After Reading IFR: A Structured Approach:
"The GPS chapter alone is worth getting the book. It's the best instrument flying book I have ever read," states Fred Scott. "If one book could help you make the leap from a bit player to a skilled conductor of instrument flight, this is probably it," reads a November 2003 AOPA Pilot review. With the help of this book, you will establish your personal standard of IFR operating practices, including incorporation of checklists, flows, callouts, briefings, and the "fly by the numbers" method of aircraft control. Order online.

Sundowner, Musketeer Owners: Power Flow Is Now FAA-Approved
Power Flow Tuned Exhaust System is now FAA-approved for the Beechcraft 23 series with Lycoming O-320 & O-360 engines. More RPM, better climb, saves fuel at current speeds. First shipments by February 2007. $400.00 pre-production discount ends 12/31/06. Place your deposit now. Complete details online.

Names Behind the Newsback to top 

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