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ECLIPSE 500 DELIVERY DAYS AWAY?
On Sept. 30, Eclipse Aviation
was awarded full certification for its groundbreaking Eclipse 500 jet,
and the first customer delivery was expected within days ... and then it
was expected amid fanfare at the National Business Aviation Association
convention in Orlando last week ... and now the word (per The New
York Times) is, "as early as this week." Eclipse Aviation spokesman
Andrew Broom told AVweb yesterday that no delivery date has been
committed to as yet, but he expects it to happen within "the next week
or two." The first customer copy will go to David Crowe, owner of Magnum
Aviation, an FBO in California. More...
STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS
Although the Eclipse 500 is fully certified for day and night, single-pilot,
VFR, IFR and RVSM operations, some systems are still evolving. The Avio
avionics system will be supplemented by Garmin 496 handheld units to
provide operators with GPS functionality until the Avio system can take
over that function, Broom said. Early copies will also feature the
original small tip tanks; the 500 will be retrofitted with larger tanks
when they become available next year, Broom said. Flight into known
icing should be approved next year, too, he added. Eclipse was also in
the news this week for filing a lawsuit against two former employees who
have opened their own avionics company. More...
Adam Aircraft Designs &
Manufactures the A700 AdamJet & A500 Centerline Piston
's A700 features twin Williams FJ-33 engines,
state-of-the-art avionics, and comfortable seating for eight (or seven
with an aft lavatory). The A700 is currently undergoing flight test and
development. Adam Aircraft
's A500 centerline piston twin has been
Type Certified by the FAA and offers superior safety, range, and
performance, along with the pressurized comfort of a roomy six-seat
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OFFERS ONLINE CARAVAN PROGRAM
A seminar in Caravan safety
awareness is now available online, Cessna announced last week, and will soon become mandatory
for pilots who fly the Caravan in icing conditions. The Caravan Cold
Weather Operations course is a series of five self-paced training
modules that should take about two to three hours to complete. Cessna
will issue a certificate of completion to pilots who pass the online
exams. In addition, Cessna will continue to offer its Safety Awareness
live seminar for Caravan operators throughout cities in North America.
Both the seminar and online training are free to all participants.
GETS A BLACK BOX
Alaka'i Technologies Tuesday announced a
comprehensive all-digital flight data monitoring and recording system
for Cirrus piston-engine aircraft that records at least 51 flight and
engine parameters, consumes less than eight watts of energy and weighs
less than four pounds. All data is recorded on a solid-state, physically
protected disk that is "always on," providing a record of every flight
and "permanent storage" for 10,000 hours. The company says it expects
STC approval in February 2007, and it will license one or more Cirrus
service facilities to install (in about 12 hours' labor) the $5,000
system. "Passenger-for-hire companies will want to put these on board to
protect charter service in the event of an accident and to reduce
insurance premiums," Alaka'i President Brian Morrison told the MetroWest
Daily News. SATSair may be ready to prove him right. More...
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OUT FOR AIRSPACE CHANGES IN ATLANTA
The Class B airspace over Atlanta has been lowered in
some sectors, from 6,000 to 5,000 feet. The changes aren't really a big
deal for VFR pilots, says
AOPA, but the procedure used by the FAA to implement them has raised
some eyebrows. "The FAA failed to follow the standard process of
consulting with airspace users before making a change," said Heidi
Williams, AOPA's director of air traffic services. "We've been assured
that future changes will go through the [public review] process so that
users have a chance to participate." More...
QUIET-SUPERSONIC TECHNOLOGY PASSES FLIGHT TEST
mitigator mounted on the nose of a NASA F-15B worked as expected during
its first airborne test, successfully flying at Mach 1.2 last Friday, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said this week. The Quiet
Spike, which is made of composite materials, extends 24 feet from the
nose of the aircraft. It creates three small shock waves that travel in
parallel to each other all the way to the ground, producing less noise
than typical shock waves that build up at the front of supersonic jets.
Gulfstream, in collaboration with the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, has been
flight-testing the structural integrity of the retractable spike since
Certified on Liberty XL-2; Is It Right for Your
is the first certified piston-powered aircraft
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Find out how you can bring your aircraft into the state-of-the-art
REPRIMANDS JETBLUE FOR PILOT RESEARCH PROJECT
Some pilots for
spent extra hours flying -- beyond the FAA limit of eight hours per day
-- as part of an experiment to see if pilots could work longer without
affecting safety, according to a recent article in The Wall Street
Journal. The experiments took place on regular trips with paying
passengers on board. This week, the FAA reprimanded the company for conducting the
experiments without the proper permission. The airline says they got an
OK from officials at their regional FAA office, but the FAA says they
should have gone to headquarters in Washington. The tests took place on
about 50 flights in May 2005 on mostly coast-to-coast trips. Twenty-nine
pilots each flew up to 11 hours a day. The passengers were not told
about the experiment. More...
FRESH TWIST ON THE PROBLEM OF FLIGHT
As aeronautics, Dave
Clews' attempt to fly in a rubber-band-powered aircraft was a dismal
failure. As art, though, Clews achieved precisely his goal. "It was
spectacular," he said. "Everything I hoped it would be, apart from
actually flying." The airplane, with a 20-foot wingspan and a cockpit
for one, was built to resemble the tiny balsa-wood gliders that Clews
fondly remembers from his childhood. A 200-foot-long bungee cord
provided power, and the wings were built of pine and covered in fabric.
Clews said his balsa models could fly over 100 feet, so if you scale
that up, his human-size version should have been able to fly over 2,000
feet. Instead, the aircraft moved just six feet along the runway ...
backward. Clews was not flagged. "We are taking a step in the right
direction just by moving," he said. "I mean, technically it is a step in
the wrong direction I suppose, but at least it's a step."
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TESTS ADVANCED HOVER CAPABILITY
A new system being tested by
Sikorsky Aircraft will make it possible for pilots to lock in and fly
point-in-space approaches, hands-off, and hover for rescues, the company
said in a news release on Tuesday. "This system does a fully
coupled approach, hover and departure. A nighttime, IFR rescue in icing
conditions is now possible, military or civilian," said test pilot Ron
Doeppner. The tests were completed flying an S-92 helicopter. The system
can fly automated approaches to a set position "hooked" by a search
radar, flight management system waypoint, thermal imager or digital map.
AVIATION FACES EVICTION, CHAPTER 11
In the last couple of
Aviation moved to Brownsville, Texas, and earned Special Light Sport
Aircraft approval to manufacture its Taylor Sport airplane. But now the
company is being evicted from its manufacturing facility at the airport
and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company listed 23 creditors
that are seeking a combined $847,400, The Brownsville Herald reported last week.
Taylorcraft President Harry Ingram said he hopes to work things out and
stay at the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport, which
is operated by the city. More...
Garmin 396 vs. Flight Cheetah with XM Weather
How does the Garmin 396 really compare to the
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PLANS LASTING DYNASTY
With the lawsuit between it and
Farnborough Aircraft resolved by mediation in July, Epic Aircraft is now
fully focused on developing the Dynasty turboprop single on its own, as
well as a derivative Elite Jet with Republic of Georgia-based Tbilisi
Aircraft Manufacturing. The two aircraft will be completely certified at
the Canadian Center for Aircraft Certification in Calgary, with
approvals for the $1.9 million turboprop and $2.235 million twinjet
expected in the first and third quarters of 2008, respectively. Epic CEO
Rick Schrameck told AVweb that the turboprop fleet has logged
more than 1,100 hours, while the Elite Jet is scheduled to make its
first flight early next year. More...
US A PICTURE...
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The 2006 New Piper Mirage Offers Serious
Avidyne's Flightmax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck is standard equipment
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The CVR from the B737 that crashed in Brazil last
month is found...
PartsBase will run live auctions on eBay to sell
The FAA is allowing a 30-story tower to be built
close to PHX...
Boeing has added a swing-open tail to its 747 Large
Moller Skycar received 95 bids on second try at
Fractional provider Avantair ordered 20 Phenom 100
jets from Embraer...
Learjet workers in Wichita are back on the job
after a 22-day strike...
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OF THE WEEK: USER FEES, MID-TERM ELECTIONS, AND YOUR
Mid-term elections are coming up in just a few days.
With this in mind, AVweb would like to hear how much weight our
U.S. readers are putting on their respective candidates' stance on
aviation user fees. To what extent will aviation user fees affect your
vote on November 7? Tell us!
Plus: Results of last
week's Question regarding the VFR Corridor in New York City.
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
The Savvy Aviator #37: Scope That Jug!
Pulling a cylinder
without first borescoping it is a lot like performing major surgery
without first getting a CT or MRI. If your A&P doesn't have a borescope
or doesn't know how to use one, you'd be wise to educate him ... or find
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. Check AVweb's audio news index to hear the news straight from the
Find exclusive interviews featuring Adam Aircraft
chairman Rick Adam, 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 and Dale Klapmeier and more.
AVweb's Podcast index, is online, now. You'll hear
things you won't find anywhere else. More...
Pilot Journey Isn't Just for Students &
Instructors; There's Something for Everyone
You know Pilot Journey
's Discovery Flight
converting leads to students. However, all pilots can find something at
: Pilot e-mail accounts, pilot eCards; a pilot
cruise with seminars; AvCareers, where position wanted and positions
available are listed; and much more.
Pilot Journey is the pilot's
OF THE WEEK: CUTTER AVIATION
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Cutter Aviation at KPHX in Phoenix,
AVweb readers Dale Morgan and Greg Ostro praised the
friendly service they've received at the Phoenix Sky Harbor
"They are the nicest group of people," Morgan writes.
Apparently Ostro agrees: "They distinguish themselves with
professionalism and courtesy."
Keep those nominations
coming.For complete contest rules, click here.
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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OF THE WEEK
Autumn is settling upon us here in the
States, but that doesn't mean we're slowing down as the weather gets
cooler. If anything, we're gearing up for a lively winter! We're not the
only ones, either "Picture of the Week" contributors have come
alive in the last few weeks, flooding our submission box with their
photos. From a wide array of heart-stopping, eye-popping
reader-submitted photos, we've once again chosen the best of the best to
share with our readers. Topping our list is Gary Emch of Lakemoor, Illinois, who
snapped this photo (at just the right moment!) during the 2005 Lake in
the Hills Air Show at Crystal Lake, Illinois. "It made me proud to
take such a fine picture of an aircraft that meant a lot to my
father," writes Gary, whose dad flew a T-28 in the U.S.
As submitter of this week's top photo, Gary should start
watching his mailbox. We'll be sending him an official AVweb baseball
hat later in the week, along with a word of congratulations (and thanks)
for sharing his photo with us. If you'd like to see your photo here (and
maybe win one of those spiffy hats!), send it in!
We'd love to see it. More...
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