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EXPO 2006: FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
AOPA's annual Expo opens
today in Palm Springs, Calif., with a sold-out exhibit hall and a
jam-packed schedule of events. With the theme "AOPA looks to the
future," the three-day show highlights technological advances and
regulatory issues that will affect GA in the years ahead. FAA
Administrator Marion Blakey will address attendees tomorrow, and other
sessions will feature AOPA President Phil Boyer and top industry
leaders. Expect lots of talk about user fees and what this week's
election returns might have regarding this agenda. More...
AIRPLANES ON DISPLAY AT EXPO
Some 108 aircraft taxied down
blocked-off streets yesterday morning during the "airplane parade" and
are now on display outside the Palm Springs Convention Center. At the
static display, visitors can expect a first look at the brand-new
Dynasty Jetprop, but don't look for the three Eclipse 500s that are
supposed to be on display. Eclipse said it is upgrading the aircraft
with performance modifications and couldn't get them to Expo as planned,
meaning attendees will have to settle for a mockup on the convention
floor. Diamond Aircraft says it is hosting its largest AOPA Expo display
ever, and is promising a "special announcement" at a press conference
later today. Columbia Aircraft is there, ready to hand over the
keys to its 500th aircraft. In the LSA area, Cessna is showing its
brand-new LSA prototype, which flew for the first time just last month.
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ALLEGES MALFUNCTION, MISTAKES
Lawyers for the relatives of 10
victims of September's midair crash in Brazil filed suit this week in a U.S. court against
ExcelAire, the owner of the Embraer Legacy jet that collided with a
Boeing 737, and also named Honeywell, the manufacturer of the Legacy's
transponder. "The pilots of the ExcelAire jet were flying at an
incorrect altitude at the time of the collision and the ExcelAire jet's
transponder ... was not functioning at the time of the collision," the
lawsuit states. The suit alleges that the transponder stopped operating
before the collision, which also disabled the Traffic Collision
Avoidance System (TCAS), and that the Legacy jet was flying at the
incorrect altitude. More...
Both companies were quick to respond.
"Honeywell is not aware of any evidence that indicates that its
transponder on the Embraer Legacy was not functioning as designed or
that Honeywell was responsible for the accident," Honeywell spokesman
Paul Loughran told AVweb on Tuesday. "The National Transportation
Safety Board and the Brazilian authorities are still investigating the
tragic crash and have not yet determined a probable cause." Honeywell's
statement added that the company had not yet been served with the
complaint filed in federal court in New York and could not comment on
specific allegations in that lawsuit. ExcelAire also said
the lawsuit is premature. The facts surrounding the accident have not
yet been fully investigated and established in a comprehensive accident
investigation, according to Robert Torricella, a Miami-based aviation
attorney representing the ExcelAire pilots. More...
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IN CONGRESS WILL AFFECT GA, SAYS AOPA
On Tuesday, voters
changed the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives, and
apparently the Senate, from Republican to Democratic, and this will have
a positive impact for pilots, says AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Now we can be
assured of a fair hearing from people who understand aviation and aren't
beholden to the White House," Boyer said. Aviation user fees have been
strongly pushed by the Bush administration. But the power shift in the
House will most likely put Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., in charge of the
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and he is a long-time
friend to GA, AOPA said yesterday. More...
AIRCRAFT" DEBUTS LOUDLY
Plans for a quiet, energy-efficient
airliner that could be flying in less than 25 years were unveiled Monday afternoon by researchers from
Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT). The design uses technology that should be ready to fly by 2030.
Besides reducing noise around airports, the airplane would require about
25 percent less fuel. It would use a flying-wing design, eliminate flaps
and slats, simplify the landing gear, improve its aerodynamics and mount
the engines above the fuselage to screen the noise from the ground.
Variable-size jet nozzles would allow for slower jet propulsion during
takeoff and climb for low noise, and would be optimized for maximum
efficiency during cruise. More...
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BONANZAS LAND ON SAME RUNWAY, AT SAME TIME
afternoon, pilot Robert Johnson had just touched down in his Bonanza at
the Los Alamos County Airport in New Mexico when his passenger noticed
an ominous-looking shadow just ahead. Another Bonanza, on short final,
was trying to land on the same runway, and crashed into
the top of Johnson's airplane. Unhurt, Johnson struggled to maintain
control as the two entangled aircraft rolled down the runway and coasted
to a stop. The pilot of the second airplane, who also was uninjured,
said he'd mistakenly been tuned to the wrong radio frequency, and the
first Bonanza was not visible to him as he flew the approach. Johnson
and his passenger were unable to open the doors or windows and had to be
extricated from the cockpit by rescue workers. A similar accident
occurred in Florida in December 1999. More...
LEARNED IN PAST MIDAIRS
The NTSB has determined that in two
midair collisions involving GA aircraft, the failure of the pilots to
see and avoid was the main cause of the accident. However, in both cases
failures of air traffic control were cited as contributing causes. In
2002, three people died when a Mooney and a Beech Duchess collided while on
downwind for Runway 24 at Palomar, in Carlsbad, Calif. In August 2005, a
Cessna 150 and a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver collided
in Renton, Wash. A student and instructor in the 150 were killed. In the
two cases, a controller either gave inadequate information or missed a
chance to avert the crash, the NTSB said. More...
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COSTA RICA WITH LIGHTHAWK
LightHawk has been working for 25 years to provide
free flights to conservation groups in the fight to protect the
environment. Now the group is organizing a special fundraising airborne
eco-tour of Costa Rica for February 2007. LightHawk adventurers will
visit the beautiful Osa Peninsula and go flying above some of the most
spectacular scenery in the world, while receiving an unparalleled
education in the environmental issues facing the area. The tour group
will stay in the Iguana Lodge, meet LightHawk's local conservation
partners and get the full briefing on how they are working to protect
this incredible region. Ready to go? More...
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Popular Science lists HondaJet and D-Jet as best new
FedEx canceled its order for 10 Airbus A380s to go
with Boeing's 777...
Skydivers prevented a tower from being built at
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Precise Flight got STC for fixed oxygen system
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DayJet launch delayed to spring 2007, citing
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NASA offers free online courses about icing
A skydiver who died was using a chute that was too
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AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new
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CEO Jim Bass, recorded live at the recent NBAA Convention in Orlando. In
summary, hear about how ATC transcripts might vindicate Legacy
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OF THE WEEK
The November elections are behind us, and now
AVweb wants to know if you think the power shift will affect the hot
issue of user fees. Could the shift of control from the Republicans to
the Democrats in the House of Representatives, and most likely the
Senate, will thwart the push for aviation user fees in the next FAA
reauthorization bill? Plus: Results of last week's question on
airplane emergency recovery parachutes. More...
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OF THE WEEK: CAROLINA AIR CENTER
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Carolina Air Center at KHXD in Hilton Head,
AVweb reader Matt Thompson complimented the FBO staff
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" I stopped here three times in nine days in two different
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superb. While many resort facilities really roll out the red carpet for
the jet set, Carolina Air Center gave me the same service I have
received when arriving in much larger corporate aircraft. It was a
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FBO on the field. Many thanks for this excellent level of
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OF THE WEEK
The AOPA Expo gets underway today, so let's
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box over the last seven days. Richard
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of skydiver Jennifer Jennings (on
her first jump) and instructor Larry
Portman. "A perfect view of a perfect day!"
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