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GLIMPSE INTO CESSNA'S CRYSTAL BALL
Anytime Cessna Chairman,
President and CEO Jack Pelton reveals what's on his mind, you can be
sure that plenty of people will be paying close attention. Last Friday,
he delivered a lengthy speech at the University of Northern
Colorado in which he outlined what he sees as the assets and obstacles
to growth in the GA industry. Topping the list of obstacles are user
fees. Defeating the FAA's proposal is "critical to the future
well-being" of the GA industry, Pelton said. If user fees are imposed,
"instead of growing to meet the global demand and retaining our national
leadership in general aviation, we will retreat and ultimately lose out
to Japan, to Brazil, to Canada." More...
PILOTS PERFORM BETTER, STUDY FINDS
Researchers studying the
impact of aging on performance found that older pilots performed better
over time than younger pilots, the American Academy of Neurology reported on Monday.
The results show that expert knowledge may offset the impact of old age.
The report is sure to be warmly embraced by those now lobbying for a
change in FAA rules to raise the mandatory retirement age for airline
pilots from 60 to 65. "These findings show the advantageous effect of
prior experience and specialized expertise on older adults' skilled
cognitive performances," said researcher Joy Taylor of the Stanford/VA
Aging Clinical Research Center in California. More...
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NEW JETS MAKING PROGRESS, GOING ON TOUR
The Phenom 100 and
Phenom 300 executive-jet programs are moving forward on schedule,
Embraer said Tuesday. Final assembly of the Phenom 100
prototype is ready to start within the next few weeks at the company's
main plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The jet will be powered by two Pratt &
Whitney Canada PW617F turbofan engines, which are now being tested and
are expected to be certified by the end of this year. First flight of
the Phenom 100 very light jet is expected by mid-year, with
certification and first deliveries set for mid-2008. The Phenom 300
light-jet program is also advancing on schedule, Embraer said. Mock-ups
of both jets are now on tour, with stops scheduled in North America and
WORKING TO IMPROVE WINTER STORM FORECASTS
Pilots depend on
accurate weather forecasts, and many of those forecasts originate with
NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This week,
NOAA is launching an effort to improve the accuracy of forecasts
released 24 to 96 hours before a winter storm. A high-altitude
Gulfstream IV jet will fly out of Honolulu to acquire atmospheric data
from severe winter storms that originate over the Pacific Ocean. The jet
will fly extended patterns over the north Pacific and drop
meteorological instruments into developing winter cyclones and
snowstorms. Data from these instruments will be used in NOAA's most
sophisticated forecasting models to improve warnings of severe weather
BLAMED FOR CRACKED WINDSHIELDS AT DIA
debris was at first dismissed as a cause for the 14 cracked aircraft
week at Denver International Airport, investigators now are saying
FOD, or foreign-object debris, was indeed to blame. Microscopic analysis
showed fine particles caused pitting that in turn caused cracking, NTSB
investigator Jennifer Kaiser told the Denver Post. The runways had been sanded during
recent snowstorms, and it's suspected that the winds, gusting up to 48
mph, drove the fine sand particles into the windshields. The fractures
affected six passenger jets as they were taking off, seven on the
airport surface, and one at 19,000 feet. The NTSB offered no explanation
regarding that high-altitude incident. More...
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UNEARTHS MORE DETAILS
If you think you've heard it all when
it comes to air-taxi concepts, think again. West Palm Beach, Fla.-based
Earthjet is adding
its own twist by using a franchise business model for per-seat Part 135
service, in addition to conceptually designing the roughly 14,000-pound
light jet to be used by the franchisees. "We believe the franchise model
is a very effective way to structure an air-taxi service. Essentially,
Earthjet will provide pilot and business training to franchise owners to
ensure consistency of service," company President and CEO Dean Rotchin
told AVweb. As for the air-taxi aircraft, Earthjet presented a
conceptual design package that includes performance data and supplier
bids to several "leading" aircraft manufacturers, and two are interested
in building the six-seat (in air-taxi configuration) jet.
EMERGENCY HANDLING REDUX
According to the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association, an ABC News story -- cited in Monday's AVwebFlash -- regarding a controller's
emergency handling on Aug. 31 of an American Airlines jetliner at
Dallas-Fort Worth Airport "left out huge gaps." NATCA Dallas TRACON
representative Mike Conely maintains that it was the "operational
supervisor in charge's" decision, not that of the controller heard on
the tapes, to require the low-on-fuel Boeing 757 to land on Runway 31R
instead of the requested Runway 17C. An FAA Quality Assurance Review
obtained by AVweb states that the supervisor "advised" the
controller to clear the airplane to 31R, which corresponded with the
general flow of traffic that day. However, Conely says "advised" is code
for "required," insisting that if the controller had issued other
instructions to the crew then he would have faced actions for
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INSTRUCTOR DENIED COMPENSATION FOR 9/11 ARREST
instructor who was held in a British prison without bail for five months
awaiting extradition to the U.S. on suspicion that he had trained some
9/11 hijackers doesn't qualify for compensation, a British court has
ruled. The court said that since the U.S. eventually abandoned its case
against Lofti Raissi, he was never "exonerated," and thus the case can't
qualify as a "miscarriage of justice." Raissi has said that he and his
family were "traumatized" by his time in prison, and he has abandoned
his ambition to become an airline pilot. Raissi's lawyer says there was
"not a shred of evidence" to support the accusations against his client.
FLYING WING JOINS SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION
pioneering solar-electric flying wing that set several altitude records,
has become the fourth AeroVironment aircraft to land in the permanent
collection of the Smithsonian Institution. The flying wing, which spans
121 feet, is now on display in the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport.
Pathfinder-Plus set a world altitude record for propeller-powered
aircraft by climbing to more than 80,000 feet in 1998. The technology
used in Pathfinder-Plus led to the development of Helios, which holds
the current world altitude record for propeller-driven aircraft in level
flight of 96,863 feet, set during a flight above Hawaii in 2001.
FAA Enforcement Actions Are on the
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TESTING NEW CERTIFICATION TRACK FOR AIRLINE PILOTS
nothing new about ab initio training programs that start flight students
off from zero time with the goal of an airline job. But ICAO, the
International Civil Aviation Organization, is now developing that track
into a completely separate certification path, with a drastic cut in the
required flight time to get to the right seat in a passenger jet. Alteon Training, a Boeing subsidiary, announced
this week that it's launching a "beta test" of a training program for
the ICAO Multi-Crew Pilot License in Brisbane, Australia. "The world's
airlines will need more than 17,000 pilots each year for the next 20
years to fill the seats of the airplanes on order," said Marsha Bell, a
spokeswoman for Alteon. "The world needs a better training solution for
those pilots." More...
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for you, but with a few caveats. First, it's for IFR flights only, and
you have to file the flight plan via the fboweb service, though later
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foolproof, but an easy double-checking system is built in. You can edit
the information after each flight. More...
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Piaggio will announce a new jet design by the end of
Cirrus and Jeppesen join on training...
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Systems cockpit software now includes approach charts...
landed on a freeway in Oregon and taxied for two miles...
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AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new
in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's
podcast, you'll find an interview with Eclipse's Vern Raburn on
aviation user fees. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews
with B-29 restoration program manager Cliff Gaston; NBAA's Ed Bolen;
Alaska pilot Cable Wells; NATCA's Paul Rinaldi; AOPA's Kathleen
Vascouselos; Maule Air's Mikel Boorom; Professsional Aviation
Maintenance Association president Brian Finnegan; aviation forecaster
Richard Aboulafia; NORAD; Bill Lear, Jr.; and NATA President Jim Coyne.
podcast, Aviation Safety's Paul Bertorelli examines an August
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OF THE WEEK: WHAT LIES AT THE ROOT OF AIRPORT
What's the biggest source of problems at your local
airport? Everyone's situation (and opinion) is a little different, but
this week, AVweb wants to hear which of four major issues is the
biggest in your area.
Plus: Results of last week's
Question on rising avgas taxes and how they might affect your GA flying.
OF THE WEEK: EXECUTIVE FLIGHT CENTER
AVweb's "FBO of the Week"
ribbon goes to Executive Flight Center at KMDQ in
AVweb reader Breck Hopkins said the
personnel at the FBO made his literally messy situation
"Executive offered the best and most helpful service I
have experienced in 49 years of GA travel. I had a bird strike en route,
and though it was frigid and gusty, they cheerfully spent more than a
half hour scrubbing the remains off the windshield and wing. We met
someone there to look at an airplane, and they offered to put the
airplane in a hangar to make the inspection more comfortable, shuttled
us back and forth to the hangar and let us use the crew car. The
facilities are first rate, too. I will go out of my way to stop at
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!
OF THE WEEK
Each week, we go through dozens (and
sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to
share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on
AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded
an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week."
Bud Struck of Garrison, New York, takes his
this week's top honor with a photo his two-year-old son Tomas.
Bud writes, "I'm doing an A&P course at the Teterboro School of
Aeronautics, and while studying the AC-43.13, my two-year-old son Tomas
comes up and starts taking apart (and putting back together) his toy
airplane. So I put the book on his lap and took the shot. ... It's only
a little bit set up!"
Busch, eat your heart out. More...
THE AVWEBFLASH TEAM
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Contributing Editor Mary
and Editor In Chief Chad
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