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The 59th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention starts tomorrow, some
version of the PiperJet is there (under wraps), a SATSair (Cirrus' recently acquired air taxi company) SR20 is on static display, HondaJet is on site, and AVweb will be there with daily
coverage delivered to your inbox on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Exhibit floor and static display space at the convention is sold out in advance for the first time ever, with some 1,150 exhibitors
and more than 115 aircraft on the grounds at the Orlando Executive Airport. On tap are new bizjets from Cessna, Raytheon, Gulfstream and Spectrum Aeronautical, as well as details on the personal jets
from Cirrus Designs and Piper. News is already flowing from the soon-to-start show: Bombardier today announced Canadian certification for its Challenger 605, Pilatus said it chose the Honeywell Apex
avionics for the next-gen PC-12 and Honeywell released its bizjet forecast calling for delivery of 12,000 new jets worth $195 billion over the next 10 years. Additionally, the alphabet groups will
gather at the show to rally efforts to beat back the airlines' calls for new user fees to be placed on general and business aviation. If you cant make it to Orlando for NBAA, then
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After about 36 hours of defending general aviation in the wake of the Cory Lidle crash on Wednesday, AOPA President Phil
Boyer found something good to say about the FAA's imposition of flight restrictions in the narrow East
River VFR corridor from which Lidle and his instructor Tyler Stanger strayed when Lidle's Cirrus SR20 hit an apartment building. "Considering all of the possible overreactions to the Lidle accident
being demanded by some, the FAA's safety response is reasonable," AOPA President Phil Boyer said in a statement. "This provides some breathing room while the NTSB gathers the facts and arrives at an
accident cause determination."
The TFR doesn't ban light aircraft from the Hudson River corridor or the East River. It requires those flying fixed-wing land aircraft to contact La Guardia tower
(126.05) for authorization to enter the corridor and to remain under active control while in that area. (The corridor previously had its own self-announce frequency.) Seaplanes landing and taking off
from the Skyports Inc. New York base are exempt, as are helicopters. And while Boyer seems hopeful the restrictions may be relaxed after the investigation reveals more details about the cause of the
crash, the TFR itself offers no such optimism.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has distinguished himself amid a chorus of panic-button-pushing politicians by,
in diplomatic terms, urging them to get a grip. Bloomberg, a pilot who's been in a couple of emergencies himself, was among the first on the scene of the crash (he lives in the neighborhood) and
identified parts of the aircraft to rule out involvement of a helicopter. When the smoke had cleared, he told reporters he considered [pre-TFR] New York airspace safe. "We have very few accidents for
an awful lot of traffic," he said. "Every time you have an automobile accident, you're not going to go and close the streets or prohibit people from driving." Bloomberg was effectively drowned out
(and pushed to the end of most news stories) by the I-told-you-so invective of state and federal politicians. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who's tried various ways of ridding New York airspace of
helicopters and small aircraft, set the tone. "A smart terrorist could load up a small, little plane with biological, chemical or even nuclear material and fly up the Hudson or East rivers, no
questions asked," said Schumer, D-N.Y. "I hope this will be a wake-up call to the FAA to re-examine flight patterns, which, amazingly enough, they haven't done since 9/11." New York Gov. George Pataki
also jumped in, saying the federal government needs "to take a much tougher line" with GA flights over the city, but he didn't say just what that line should be. Even former Mayor Rudy Giuliani got
into the act, telling Republicans in New Hampshire (where he was putting out feelers for a potential presidential bid) that he agreed with Pataki.
The tragedy played perfectly into Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's long-standing belief that GA traffic should be
banned over his city's downtown area and he wasted little time exploiting it. "Remember: a single- or two-engine plane can kill as many people as possible if they want to," he told reporters in a news
conference filled with similar comments directed at small aircraft and the supposed dangers they pose. It was all more than AOPA President Phil Boyer could take. In a rare signed editorial on the AOPA
site, he accused Daley and other naysaying politicians of "pandering to uninformed public fears, posturing from the soapbox of demagoguery, screaming security for your own political ends." ABC News
may be adding planks to that soapbox through an online poll that asks for viewers' opinions on the VFR corridor. New York-area
pilots, fearing the results of the poll will be "naturally skewed" according to one e-mail we received on the topic are, well, attempting to skew the results. "Please help change the poll if you feel
strongly about it," the correspondent urges. "Get out and vote."
Lidle and Stanger were evidently trying to follow the rules of the corridor when they crashed (who was flying still
hasn't been determined). The corridor ends at the point where the aircraft went into a left turn and pilots are required to make a relatively tight (2,000-foot) U-turn to avoid going into airspace
controlled by the La Guardia Airport tower, or breaching the sides of the corridor by wandering over Manhattan or Queens. Media reports on Friday suggested pilot inexperience may have been a factor.
The plane was relatively new to Lidle (and his 88-hour total time) and Stanger -- Cirrus told The Washington Post that Stanger had not taken the company's five-day instructor course " that the company
requires for those who teach students how to fly its airplanes." Some analysts suggested gusty winds blowing between the Manhattan skyscrapers contributed to the accident, but winds were out of the
east and Manhattan's skyscrapers were to the aircraft's west. It will likely be a year before any official causes are determined.
Lidle, whose baseball season ended when his New York Yankees were
eliminated from further play a week ago, was planning to fly the Cirrus back to his home in California. He invited Stanger, his flight instructor from California, to join him. A memorial service for
Lidle will be held in Covina, Calif., on Tuesday. Lidle's family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Stanger's family.
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A news item in AVwebFlash has resulted in a major boost to a fundraising campaign that may put what was once
the world's only flying B-29 back in the air. Texas inventor and industrialist Joe Jamieson has pledged $2 million toward a $3
million project to install more reliable engines in Fifi, owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force. The plane has suffered
engine problems since she rolled off the Boeing assembly line. The aircraft has Wright R-3350-57AM engines and last June, after discovering metal shavings in the oil, the CAF decided, for safety
reasons, to ground the big bomber until more reliable engines could be installed. Jamieson, a former military and transport pilot, develops safety-related equipment for the transportation industry, so
the donation is a good fit for him.
"New engines for the B-29 make its operation safer, so it is therefore reasonable for Mr. Jamieson to pledge some money to help make it happen," said Raeleen
Behr, public relations specialist for Jamieson's company, American Automation Technologies Inc. The CAF already has the engines but getting them ready for installation is a major project. Technicians
will combine R-3350-95W and R-3350-26WD engines, resulting in custom-built engines for the aircraft. While Jamieson's pledge has provided a major kick-start to the campaign, CAF spokesman Rusty
McInturff noted that $1 million is still needed. "We still have a long way to go, and every donation is important, regardless of the amount," he said.
Cessna's proof-of-concept entry into the light sport aircraft category flew for the first time last Friday (the
13th). The 33-minute flight originated at McConnell Air Force Base and ended at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita. The plane was put through various flight maneuvers and got up to a speed of more than
110 knots, according to a company news release. The aircraft, which is mostly aluminum, was unveiled at EAA AirVenture last July. It was announced in January. And, although comparisons to the
discontinued 152 are inevitable, Cessna appears to be making an effort to draw distinctions. Perhaps the greatest departure from standard Cessna design is the incorporation of dual control sticks,
rather than yokes. The LSA also sports a Rotax 912 engine, which is about 150 pounds lighter than the closest comparable mill from Cessna's sister company, Lycoming. The LSA also has a free-castering
nosewheel and, although it's about 200 pounds lighter than a 152, its cockpit is about six inches wider. Cessna CEO Jack Pelton says the LSA market is the fastest-growing sector in aviation and could
be a crucial factor in reigniting interest in personal aviation. "An important part of our thought process in looking at LSA is the value in terms of new pilot starts," Pelton said in the release. The
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The NTSB says pilots and air traffic controllers need to cooperate better to keep
airplanes from flying into extreme weather. In a safety alert issued last week, the NTSB says avoiding thunderstorms is mainly the pilot's responsibility but air traffic controller training and
briefings "have not been sufficient to ensure that pilots receive the weather advisories needed to support good in-flight weather avoidance decisions." The alert cited four fatal accidents in which
the aircraft involved were flying IFR and under ATC control when they hit the weather. Among the accidents cited was the one that killed former test pilot Scott Crossfield in Georgia last April.h
The NTSB safety alert acknowledges that the primary responsibility of ATC is to maintain separation, but that it has the secondary
role of monitoring and warning pilots about hazardous flight conditions. The alert notes that the quality of information is bound to be inconsistent because of the wide variations in equipment
available to controllers. Some see the world in black and white via decades-old analog stations while others can see remarkable detail in a storm's behavior as reflected by radar returns from water
droplets. Pilots are urged to never assume that controllers are watching the weather ahead for them and controllers are reminded that pilots can't necessarily see what they're up against.
The Bluewater Network (a division of Friends of the Earth) has filed a petition with the EPA calling for the reduction or elimination of lead from aviation's
gasoline. The group says leaded fuel threatens the health of airport workers, pilots, passengers and communities next to airports. It also claims that 70 percent of aircraft can use unleaded
automotive fuel and the remaining 30 percent can use ethanol-based fuels. It didn't say where this information came from but the authors of the petition, David Zizmor and Damir Kouliev, seem pretty
convinced of their data. "Safe unleaded alternatives to aviation gasoline already exist," said Zizmor.
While it's true that aircraft engines will run on unleaded car gas, they are more prone to
problems like vapor lock. Ethanol-based fuels are specifically banned for use in aircraft because the alcohol can damage rubber seals and other engine parts. EAA is currently fighting to ensure that
ethanol-free fuels remain available in states that are considering (or have passed) laws requiring a percentage (usually 10) of ethanol in automotive fuels for oil conservation and environmental
reasons. The Bluewater Network says there's no excuse for the EPA not to banish lead from avgas, noting the effects of lead on health and
the environment are serious and well-documented.
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Things are moving fast in the very light jet and air taxi business but a company called Earthjet seems to have arrived on the scene in a split second. In a news release issued last Friday, the company says it's guiding the
development of a "purpose-designed" air taxi aircraft with a stand-up cabin and a fully loaded range of 1,000 miles. It says the plane will be certified and built by an unnamed established aerospace
company and provide an unheard-of level of service and convenience for customers -- at "airline prices." Although the aircraft hasn't been built, the company is set up to take reservations on the point-to-point service. It's also offering franchises for sale. The office was closed Sunday
when we tried to reach someone for comment. According to Earthjet's Web site, passengers will pay from $375 to $975 for flights that take off and land at airports of their choice. The reservations
site (online and toll-free number) is already set up but not functional yet. A disclaimer says the company is still waiting for FAA and international approval for its "proposed" service.
Comair is claiming that the FAA was at least partly responsible for the crash of one of its regional jets in
Lexington, Ky., that killed 49 people, according to The Associated Press. In a suit
filed on Friday, the airline claims that signs and lighting that would have led the pilots of the aircraft to the correct runway were missing because of a construction project. It claims that other
aircraft had made the same mistake recently and had been redirected by air traffic controllers. And it also notes in its suit that the Lexington tower was manned by a single controller when it should
have been staffed by a minimum of two. The controller on duty had his back turned to the runway, doing paperwork, when Flight 5191 lined up on a 3,500-foot general aviation runway instead of the
7,000-foot runway it should have been on.
The airliner smashed through a fence and was briefly airborne before hitting trees and burning in a field about a mile from the end of the short runway.
Comair President Don Borhorst said the suit is aimed at spreading financial responsibility for the crash among all the parties it feels are responsible for it. He said the airline is committed to
reaching a fair compensation package for the families of the victims. In addition to the FAA, the airline is suing the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport.
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Pilots of a Legacy business jet that collided with a Boeing 737 over Brazil two weeks ago say the aircraft's transponder was working at the time of the crash. Brazilian authorities are claiming
the transponder signal disappeared just before the crash...
One of the Groen Brothers, Jay, has died of cancer. Groen, who with his brother David founded their autorotation aircraft company in 1986, died Oct. 9. The company is currently working on a
military transport version of its autogyro design...
PHI Inc., a Louisiana helicopter company, is continuing operations despite a strike by about half of its more than 500 pilots. The company serves Gulf oil platforms as well as medevac
Members of several aviation organizations met with new Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters in Washington last Friday. EAA's Doug Macnair said Peters appears eager to work with general
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"On a clear, crisp day, after a particular strong Southern California winter storm dropped the Jet Stream well south and at a low altitude, I flew my Mooney 231 from Santa Monica, California, to
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