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ON "THE JET" FROM CIRRUS DESIGN
Cirrus Executive Vice
President of Marketing and Sales John Bingham told AVweb that the
name "the jet" derives from this repeated question: "When will you guys
be doing the jet?" So the name stuck. Cirrus' jet program
was launched in June and yesterday at the NBAA show Cirrus announced
that it selected the 1,900-pound-thrust Williams FJ33-4A-19 turbofan,
but stopped short of offering details on the jet's configuration.
Bingham did confirm that it will have an emergency recovery parachute
and retractable gear, fly up to 25,000 feet and cruise at more than 300
knots. He added that the jet will have a "large comfortable cabin," but
declined to say how many seats will be installed. More...
BAROMETER: BIZAV IS BOOMING
Attendance at the National
Business Aviation Association annual convention this week in Orlando
reached 31,919 attendees by midday yesterday, the second day of the
show. This second-day sum is already more than 10 percent higher than
the final three-day total for the 2005 show, also held in Orlando. The
tally also surpasses the previous attendance record for the show, which
was 31,665 in Las Vegas in 1998. The final 2006 attendance numbers will
be announced after the show closes later today. More...
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PERFORMER NANCY LYNN DIES AFTER CRASH
Nancy Lynn, 50,
an aerobatics instructor and performer who lived in Annapolis, Md., died
in a Virginia hospital this weekend after an air show accident in her
Extra 300L. Lynn was performing at Culpeper Regional Airport while her
son, Pete, 18, narrated the show from the announcer's stand. The Extra's
left wingtip hit the ground, and the aircraft flipped, crashed and
caught fire. The airport manager, Frank Bossio, suffered burns to his
hands when he attempted to turn the plane on its side. Rescuers were
able to cut Lynn from the cockpit and took her to a hospital, as Pete
returned to the announcer's stand to reassure the crowd before going to
join her. She died later that night. More...
MAY SLASH FLIGHT TIME FOR CO-PILOTS
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said on
Tuesday that it plans to introduce a new multi-crew pilot license.
The license would be issued to pilots who train specifically to become a
first officer in an air-transport operation, and would require just 240
hours of total time, with 70 hours of that in an actual aircraft, and
only 10 hours solo. Current rules require at least 1,500 hours total
time. The change would be allowed under new international rules due to
take effect in November. CASA says the aim of the rule change is to
improve air safety, but Australia's aviation community already is
speaking out against it. More...
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MOCKUP TO VISIT FLORIDA
Floridians who didn't make it to
AirVenture last summer in Oshkosh, Wis., will have a chance soon to
check out the one and only mock-up of Diamond's D-Jet. The mock-up will
Aviation (E-AA) in Naples, Fla., the first (and so far the only) Diamond Brilliance Flight Center in the U.S. E-AA
offers Diamond flight training exclusively, with a fleet of two DA20
Eclipse two-seaters, seven DA40 Diamond Star four-seaters with G1000
glass cockpits, and one DA42 Twin Star. E-AA also has the only Diamond
Elite Twin Star simulator in the U.S. The D-Jet mock-up will visit the
flight school on Sunday, Oct. 29, and the public is invited to come by
and check it out. More...
FINALIZES CIRRUS BRAKE-FIX AD
The FAA has finalized its airworthiness directive (AD) on some Cirrus brakes.
Cirrus Design argued that the best fix to avoid overheated brakes (or
brake fires) is to taxi more slowly. The FAA agreed but said it will
nonetheless also require maintenance and hardware upgrades as proposed.
The AD applies to some 2,135 Cirrus SR20 and SR22 airplanes. It requires
replacement of O-ring seals or brake calipers as well as modifications
to landing-gear wheel fairings to allow for temperature monitoring, plus
changes to the Pilot's Operating Handbook. The AD results from several
reports of the castering-nosewheel airplanes experiencing main gear
brake fires and two airplanes losing directional control, the FAA says.
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MAY REQUIRE CUTS IN AIRPLANE EMISSIONS
In Europe, where the
threats of global warming and air pollution are taken much more
seriously than in some other parts of the world, the contributions of
aviation to rising carbon-dioxide levels are coming under scrutiny. The
U.K. aims to cut its carbon emissions 60 percent by 2050, but a new report released this week says that can't
happen without including aviation, which is not addressed under current
schemes. About 5.5 percent of U.K. carbon emissions are from aircraft,
but that percentage will rise to about 25 percent by 2050. Richard
Branson, of Virgin Airlines, has said that airlines could cut their emissions by 25 percent right now by
implementing new procedures, such as taxiing less and carrying less
TEAM HEADS FOR EUROPE
It's a dream many aviators share -- to
fuel up their airplane and head east, and keep going until they land
again at their home airport, having circled the earth. Right now, three
aviators from New Zealand are in the midst of living just that dream,
flying a Cessna 421. "Our intentions are to travel across the world and
film it, while educating ourselves on the various local cultures and
people we will discover," they write at their Web
site. "We will also be looking for the effect aviation has had on
the places we will visit." They launched on Sept. 14 and as of Tuesday
had reached Narsarsuaq, Greenland. They expect the entire trip to take
about four months. More...
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EXPANDS PERSONAL AIR VEHICLE CHALLENGE
NASA has expanded its
original one-year, $250,000 Personal Air Vehicle Challenge to a five-year set of
competitions with rewards of up to $550,000 per year. The competition's
goal is to stimulate the development of Personal Air Vehicles (PAVs)
that will be viable for the consumer market. The vehicles must have two
to six seats, be easy to fly, quiet, safe, fuel-efficient, and capable
of coping with most weather variables. NASA hopes that PAVs can help to
relieve surface gridlock and save fuel while giving travelers more
James Fallows offers comments on the recent fatal
crash in New York...
Brazil midair raises questions about air
traffic control procedures...
A Texas museum is trying to raise
$15,000 to save an F-14 Tomcat...
The Washington Post looks at the
dangers of in-flight fires...
In China, hundreds apply for
flight-crew training slots...
In Oregon, aviation companies can't
find trainees for skilled work...
A 1945 C-82 made its final flight,
bound for a museum in Maryland. More...
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
Say Again? #68: ATC Programming
Does your local,
stuck-in-the-past, traditionalist pilot complain about how difficult it
is to use the latest glass cockpits and how "Real pilots should be able
to fly with just needle, ball and airspeed"? ATC has its own technical
and safety issues any time a new software version comes out, says
AVweb's Don Brown. More...
AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth
interview each Friday. Check AVweb's audio news index and get your news straight from the
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...
Garmin 396 vs. Flight Cheetah with XM Weather
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OF THE WEEK: HILL AIRCRAFT
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Hill Aircraft at KFTY in Atlanta,
AVweb reader Brett Justus offered comments and a few
reasons to stop by.
"I visit 20-30 FBOs a week. Hill has the best
service I've experienced, ever. Came in late at night in chilly rain
after a long day of flying. They had the fuel truck and my rental car at
the plane in minutes. Rental car GPS was programmed with instructions to
my Hotel. I was on my way to a warm room and comfy bed within a few
minutes of landing!"
Keep those nominations
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actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
If You Think "Bargains" Are Something
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OF THE WEEK
Happy days are here again at
least as far as "Picture of the Week" is concerned! The number of photos
we receive each week is definitely on the rise, and it's getting
increasingly tough to pick a single winner. This week, we had to throw
some very tasty fish back into the virtual sea just to make room (and
time) to share some of our favorites. We've said it before, and we'll
say it again just because you don't see your photo here, don't
think it goes unappreciated. We gawk at each and every photo you send
us. We're talking to you, Vicente Garza and Josh Cawthra and the dozen
or so other contributors who shall go un-name-checked this week! (Thanks
for the great photos!)
Ooh, it's hard to pick a winnerthis week
but we don't think you'll be able to find fault with us ifwe
award the top honor this week to Charles
C.White of Truckee, California. Maintenance
(especiallymaintenance under duress) was a running theme in this week's
entries, sowe couldn't resist picking Charles's photo to kick off our
latestinstallment of "POTW." Like all top-spot winners, Charles will
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