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TWIST IN PA-46 CRASH
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,
though 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). More...
VIOLATION WARNING PRECEDED CRASH
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. More...
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PRODUCTION INCREASES EYED
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. More...
OFFERS MORE (ROOM) AND LESS (FUEL)
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. More...
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RHETORIC TURNED UP
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." More...
LSA TAKES A SHORT HOP
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
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DISPLAY PLANE SCARY
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. More...
GOOGLE RUMOR PUT TO REST
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. More...
Cessna Offers to Cover $15,000 in Fuel
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BUYS MORE SR22S, EXPANDS TO FLORIDA
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." More...
FORWARD OFFERS CAM MOD
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. More...
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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." More...
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OF THE WEEK: CUTTER AVIATION
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CEO of the Cockpit #63: Flyboyz
Nobody's made a
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of the Cockpit. And no modern, special-effects-filled, multiplex pablum
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This month AVweb's survey of the latest products
and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you an
aircraft engine calendar, a weight & balance visualizer, a cargo/pilot
bag and more. More...
AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth
interview each Friday. In Friday's
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chairman Rick Adam and New Piper CEO Jim Bass, recorded live at the
recent NBAA Convention in Orlando. And in Monday's news
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president Bryan Lewis, NATCA president John Carr, New 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 and Dale Klapmeier and more. Plus: Listen in
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OF THE WEEK: PORTUGUESE PILOT OPTS FOR A GO-AROUND
back to AVweb's latest showcase of the funny, interesting, and downright
mind-blowing "Video of the Week"! This week's clip
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Don't forget to
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(Plus, we like watching videos.) More...
An oldie, but a goodie...
I was behind a Grob
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for takeoff, with a Shorts Skyvan on final. This is what happened
Tower: Grob 123, sit tight. I'll get you off
just as soon as I get my shorts
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