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Pilot chat rooms are lighting up with speculation over the involvement of an apparent ADIZ violation in the crash of a Piper PA-46 near Tipton Airport in Maryland that killed two people last
Thursday. The airplane appears to be a JetProp conversion, although the FAA registry lists it as a piston-powered Malibu. So far, the authorities are only saying that the aircraft, owned by Daniel L.
Eberhardt, the CEO of a plastic recycling company in Illinois, crashed shortly after takeoff and burned in a wooded area near the airport. However, the recording of an exchange between the pilot of the aircraft and air traffic control indicates the aircraft had been ordered to land "immediately" after allegedly violating the
Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Tipton has a 3,000-foot runway that was once an army airfield. It is well within the ADIZ
and is bordered by part of Fort Meade, the National Security Agency and a wildlife refuge. The federal government closed the airport in 1995 but it was transferred to local authorities and reopened in
1999. According to The Baltimore Sun, the airport has become a popular GA destination for people doing business in the Washington area.
On the ATC recording, which was obtained from LiveATC.net, a pilot using the registration number (N9130N) of the accident airplane
asks for an in-flight IFR clearance. The controller responds by asking the pilot if his transponder is set to 1200, to which the pilot replies in the affirmative. "You're violating the ADIZ, you need
to land at Tipton immediately," the controller says. All aircraft operating in the ADIZ are required to transmit a discrete transponder code, which is obtained either before takeoff or when getting
clearance into the zone. Under the FAA's zero-tolerance policy for ADIZ violations, the pilot was facing disciplinary action of some sort for the error but the controller offered some hope that all
that unpleasantness might be avoided. The detailed investigation of the accident is almost certain to probe whether the pilot, in reaching for that dangled carrot, lost control of the aircraft.
Tipton has a 3,000-foot runway that was once an army airfield. It is well within the ADIZ and is bordered by part of Fort Meade, the National
Security Agency and a wildlife refuge. The federal government closed the airport in 1995 but it was transferred to local authorities and reopened in 1999. According to The Baltimore Sun, the
airport has become a popular GA destination for people doing business in the Washington area.
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The HondaJet has been on sale for less than a week and the Honda Aircraft Company says it's already looking at boosting
production of the twinjet, which won't be certified until 2010. In a news release, Honda said it took deposits
on more than 100 orders for the $3.65 million plane during the three-day National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando last week. "Due to this overwhelming response, we are now
considering an increase in our production plan to meet the needs of our customers," said Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino. At EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh in July, Honda announced plans to proceed
with commercial development of the jet, but it didn't give price details or timelines at the time. Fujino said that in addition to the individual orders, negotiations are underway with potential fleet
customers, although details of those possible future deals weren't revealed.
One of the major selling points of the HondaJet is the company's claim that the aircraft will be up to 35 percent more fuel
efficient than comparable aircraft. The efficiency comes from the clean-sheet engine design Honda created in a collaboration with GE and from the unique placement of the engines on wing-mounted
pylons. Honda says the engine arrangement reduces drag and improves airflow. It also makes the HondaJet more comfortable, the company claims. Fuselage-mounted engines require a lot of structural,
electrical and plumbing gear behind the cabin bulkhead, thus robbing the fuselage of space that could be used for creature comforts. Honda says its cabin is bigger than some "light jets" and the
engine arrangement allows for a "full privacy" lavatory at the back. The only other VLJs offering a private potty are the Adam A700 and Embraer Phenom 100. The lavatory can be replaced by an eighth
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There are plenty of CEOs who do more than handle the purse strings. Many of them also sit in the left seat of the company plane and
AOPA has taken direct aim at them in its latest offensive in the fight against user fees. In a recent edition
of Chief Executive magazine, privatization champion Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation wrote a column on his contention that user fees
are the most equitable way to fund the aviation system and that airlines should control it. AOPA president Phil Boyer said in a news release that AOPA asked for equal space to rebut Poole but was
denied, so the organization bought a full-page ad. Boyer said Poole may have misjudged his audience when he
wrote: "Don't let your chauffeurs -- the corporate flight department -- speak for you."
User fees were also a hot topic at the recent National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando.
The heads of every major aviation alphabet group took the stage in a forum on user fees, all of them denouncing
what they claim is the clear intention of the airlines to assume control of the airspace. EAA President Tom Poberezny said the divide-and-conquer tactic employed by user-fee advocates, who claim that
only business aircraft will be hit by fees, has no credibility with the small-airplane crowd. "And even though they tell us that they are not interested in user fees for other general aviation
aircraft, we know they will come after the rest of general aviation next," Poberezny told the forum. The funding structure of the FAA is up for reauthorization next year and the current system of
ticket taxes on airlines and fuel taxes for GA aircraft will expire. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told the forum that in 1997, the last time the funding reauthorization came up, so-called legacy
carriers tried to manipulate the system to squeeze out budget carriers. Apparently they've agreed to let bygones be bygones for the next round. "This time, it's circle the wagons at the airlines and
come after general aviation," Bolen said.
A made-in-the-U.S. light sport aircraft (LSA) that has many of the design and technology features of the European models that
still dominate the sector took its first flight in Peyton, Colo., last week. The mockup of the Nexaer LS-1 turned heads at EAA AirVenture a couple of years ago with its
swooping fuselage and big glass area. Although it will be restricted to 120 knots like other LSAs, the all-composite LS-1 looks like it could go faster and might go head-to-head with the sporty
designs that have landed in the U.S. from offshore (mainly Eastern Europe) since the category was approved two years ago. "Today we took a small step, but we're celebrating a great accomplishment,"
said CEO Paul Klahn.
It was a small step, too. The aircraft flew only a few feet off the ground, directly above the runway, for its first departure from terra firma. Klahn said that as soon as
they've assessed the flight characteristics, the full test program will begin, with ASTM (consensus standard) compliance slated for about a year from now. The Nexaer is unique in that it will be
offered with five engine options -- Jabiru 2200 or 3300, Rotax 912, Continental O-200 or Lycoming O-235 -- that range from 80 hp to 120 hp.
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Well, we'll agree with Steve Chambers that there are few things scarier than a plane crash scene. But neighbors and complete strangers by
the hundreds are converging on his West Hills, Calif., home for a look at what that might be like. Chambers, with
help from a few buddies and an undetermined amount of beer, isn't disappointing them. With a good-sized section of a Gulfstream III bizjet as its centerpiece, and replicas of severed body parts for
the dramatic touch, Chambers' Halloween display is the talk of Southern California. "It caught my eye. I thought a plane had crashed, and when I spoke to the owner he advised me that he was setting up
a Halloween display," Greg Andrachick, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, told the Los Angeles Daily News.
Chambers, an apprentice aircraft mechanic, said his family has
always done some kind of Halloween decoration. This year his job was his inspiration. He dragged the GIII parts home from work and put his macabre mind to work. "I thought this would be scary. I have
dead bodies. I'll have strobe lights. So far, I've had a lot of people saying it's good. Only one person, out of everybody, drove by and flipped us off."
With its meteoric stock price increases and recent acquisitions such as YouTube, it's generally assumed that Google can buy
just about anything. But could it really pluck a treasure from the National Air and Space Museum and use it as a bauble in the lobby of its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters? The answer, thankfully,
is no. Internet tech sites were buzzing Saturday with rumors that Google had purchased SpaceShipOne to hang in Building 43 at its headquarters. Even the rumor-prone geek sites were a bit
sheepish about running with the "news," but they also weren't about to be caught flat-footed with this juicy bit of technogossip like most apparently were with the YouTube takeover. So, in the
interests of good journalism (and just in case it was true), AVweb e-mailed SpaceShipOne designer, builder and project engineer Burt Rutan, who seemed a little puzzled by the inquiry.
thing I know about this is that a replica of SS1 has been purchased from the X-Prize folk so Google can hang it in their lobby," Rutan wrote. TechCrunch, the blog that originated the rumor, also reported the news on Saturday and showed photos
and a video of the replica being installed at Google's facility. It also offered a link to SpaceToys, a California
company (where else?) that will rent or sell a full-scale replica of SpaceShipOne to anyone who wants one.
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Air-taxi provider SATSair last Tuesday said it is soon expanding service to include Florida as part of the company's growth plan.
Additionally, SATSair placed an order with Cirrus Design for 50 Cirrus SR22s and options on 50 more. "We're excited about expanding our fleet and service area to include Florida," said SATSair
President and CEO Steve Hanvey. "The decision was customer-driven. We've had a tremendous interest level from people living in Florida; so starting November 1, we can now provide point-to-point,
on-demand service to them at over 100 airports throughout the state."
Deliveries are already underway, and by early next year SATSair will have its first 50 aircraft from this order. To facilitate
the expansion, the air taxi is hiring pilots, mechanics and customer service reps across the eastern U.S., including more than 300 in South Carolina and Florida. "In addition to the initial 10
aircraft we will be placing in Florida right away, we will be increasing aircraft in key parts of our established service area to meet growing demand," said Hanvey.
Firewall Forward Technologies of Loveland, Colo., is now supplying modified camshafts for Lycoming 320-, 360- and
540-series engines it says dramatically reduce premature cam and lifter failures. The Centrilube cam distributes oil directly to the lifter face from holes drilled in the cam lobes. The result is
increased lubrication, reduced temperature and less wear. Similar technology has been used in high-performance automotive and marine engines for decades. Customers can either buy a cam from Firewall
Forward or have their existing cam STC modified. The cam modification was the culmination of seven years of research, including a three-year trial in the TIO-540-E1C4 engines of a Beech Duke. After
thousands of hours of heavy use, Firewall Forward says cam and lifter failure was reduced from 35 percent to 1.3 percent. The cam is available to FBOs in the U.S. and European approval is
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In AVweb's Wednesday, Oct. 18 special issue we inadvertently mischaracterized Caterpillar President and U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Chairman Gerald Sheehan's aviation user-fee remarks at the National Business Aviation Association convention opening session. Sheehan tells AVweb, "I specifically pointed out that a debate over
who pays -- and how much -- is premature. We must first convince the Congress and the public that the need for [aviation] infrastructure improvements is critical. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce does not
oppose transportation user fees, but has not yet taken a position on user fees in this instance. My remarks focused on the principles that the industry and Congress [need] to consider as FAA
reauthorization legislation moves forward next year." For more on this, read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's recommendations to
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