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|We've Seen the Solo Concept But What about the
500 UPDATE: OH YEAH, THAT OTHER AIRPLANE
Eclipse held its
second press conference of the week at EAA AirVenture on Wednesday
morning to talk about the Eclipse 500 very light jet program, but CEO
Vern Raburn is clearly still enamored of his brand-new single-engine
Eclipse Concept Jet. "The response to the ECJ has just been
spectacular," he said, in opening the conference. "It has far, far, far
exceeded our expectations." The most common reaction from pilots who
climb into the cockpit of the mockup, he said, is, "They say, 'This is
the airplane I always wanted.' It elicits a very emotional response.
It's staggering." Raburn then went on to update the progress on the
Eclipse 500 twinjet. New copies of the 500 now on the assembly line will
be delivered with a new color weather radar system made by Japan Radio
Company, instead of the now-former Honeywell system. The JRC system will
be more accurate and more reliable, he said. Also, Raburn said S/N 00038
will be auctioned off online via eBay, and whoever places the winning
bid can take the jet home the next week, as soon as they deliver the
check. Bidders must place a refundable deposit of $5,000. The auction
opens at July 30 at 11 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. on August 10 (Eastern
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|General Aviation Woes Amid the AirVenture Fun||back to
IN AIRLINES' SIGHTS
General aviation groups are expecting an
expensive and vicious campaign of misinformation from the country's
major airlines as the bills addressing FAA reauthorization move closer
to resolution. "Airlines are attacking general aviation," National
Business Aviation Association President Ed Bolen told a packed house at
a forum on the impact of user fees proposed in the Senate bill currently
under consideration. "We are the enemy as far as they're concerned."
Bolen was joined by EAA President Tom Poberezny, General Aviation
Manufacturers Association President Pete Bunce and AOPA President Phil
Boyer. Those attending were urged to contact their Congressmen and
senators to try and ensure the final version of the bill, which varies
widely between the Senate and the House, emerges with no apparatus to
collect user fees. In the Senate bill, a $25 "modernization surcharge'
is included for IFR flights by turbine aircraft, along with major cuts
in taxes for airlines. The House bill increases taxes for all aviation
sectors but doesn't allow for a billable fee, a crucial difference in
the minds of the GA leaders. More...
AEROSPACE TURBOCHARGERS RECALLED
Kelly Aerospace announced
this week that it is recalling about 200 faulty turbochargers
manufactured in March 2007 because of out-of-balance turbine wheels.
Sources told AVweb this week that at least three of the turbine
wheels have separated from the turbocharger shaft and one resulted in an
emergency landing in Reno, Nev. The affected turbochargers were
installed on Cirrus SR22s, Columbia 400 and Mooney Acclaim aircraft, all
using Continental engines. The Cirrus aircraft have turbonormalizing
systems provided by Tornado Alley Turbo of Ada, Okla. Tornado Alley told
us it has already replaced or will soon replace the defective
turbochargers from its own stock. For more information, see the Service Bulletin. More...
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IMPROVES LSA OFFERING
Cubcrafters has launched a
next-generation version of its popular SportCub with the introduction of
the SportCub S2 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Although it retains the
character and presence of a J-3 Cub, the S2 is a fully modernized
version of the venerable two-seater. It's also 25-pounds lighter than
its predecessor, allowing for installation of optional gear while
keeping within the 890-pound empty weight limit of the LSA category.
Among the new features available on the S2 are electric trim, full glass
panels, airbag seatbelts and tire options up to a massive 31-inch Tundra
tire. Flaps, which used to be optional, are now standard.
GA PROVIDERS JOIN FORCES
"We want to ensure that as our
segment of the industry grows, that customers are protected," said David
Lee, president of AirShares Elite, as he announced the formation of a
new industry group, called the Professionally Managed Aircraft Association, at
AirVenture on Wednesday. "We want to establish optimal, not minimal,
standards for safety and customer service." Lee has joined with Jeff
Cullen of PlaneSmart! Aviation and Andrew DeMond of iFly to create the
new association. All three provide fractional ownership of technically
advanced aircraft. "We're all competitors," said Lee, "but we are
joining together to establish a code of conduct, education and consumer
advocacy. We also are reaching out to aircraft manufacturers." Their
companies make aircraft ownership available to many more pilots, Lee
said, and provide a key component in the growth of the GA industry
overall. All are welcome to apply to join the association, he said.
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YEAR AT OSHKOSH: SPACESHIPTWO?
Virgin Galactic President Wil
Whitehorn can't guarantee it, but if at all possible SpaceShipTwo will
be here at EAA AirVenture next summer. "But if not next year, definitely
in 2009," he said. Speaking at a forum on Tuesday morning, he said the
ship is under construction at Scaled Composites in Mojave, Calif., and
will start test flights early next year. It will carry six paying
passengers and two pilots some 62 miles above the earth, so the craft
will be much larger than SpaceShip One. A larger version of White
Knight, the airplane that carries the spaceship to altitude, is also
under construction and will start test flights next April. Alex Tai, who
is developing the training program for future passengers, said the
spaceship's controls and systems will be kept as simple as possible. He
added that the two pilots will really fly the ship, not just be "Spam in
a can" while the aircraft flies itself. More...
FOUNDATION GRANT GOES TO ENGINE INNOVATOR
Pilots of older
aircraft worry about the future availability of 100LL avgas, and
environmentalists are not happy with the ecological impact of leaded
fuel. To satisfy both concerns, inventor Tom Ehresman of Colorado is
working on an engine modification that would allow avgas-burning engines
to convert to diesel or Jet-A. That is just the kind of innovation the
Lindbergh Foundation seeks to support -- new aviation technology that
preserves the health of our natural environment. The grant of $10,580
reflects the amount that Charles Lindbergh spent to build the Spirit of
St. Louis. Ehresman hopes the award will help to attract more investors,
and if he has the financial support, he could have a working prototype
in two or three years. The retrofit kit could go to market for about
$6,000 or so, he estimated. More...
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|More Manufacturer Announcements from Oshkosh||back to
JOINS LIGHT AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION (LAMA)
Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton has joined the board of
directors of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association after serving
for several years as a behind-the-scenes advisor. Cessna Vice President
of Marketing Tom Aniello said Cessna is at the table to help, not
dictate. "It's not our intention to come in and dominate," he said.
Pelton was unable to attend the LAMA press conference at EAA AirVenture.
Cessna's announcement of a light sport aircraft just before AirVenture,
followed by Cirrus's announcement that it, too, would join the fray, has
changed the dynamics of the the LSA sector overnight, and LAMA Chairman
Dan Johnson said having two mainstream general aviation players enter
the market will have a profound effect on its future. More...
What Is a Skidded Turn
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LAMA CHAIRMAN DAN JOHNSON DISCUSSES THE LSA MARKET WITH AVIATION
Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, takes a hard look at the
Light Sport Aircraft sector in this month's issue. Is it time to buy?
What about parts and service? Some of those answers came from Dan
Johnson, chairman of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association and a
leading expert on this new aircraft category. We caught up with him at
EAA AirVenture after Cirrus and Cessna both announced their entry into
the Light Sport market, as Johnson talks about the impact of those
announcements on the industry. More...
VIDEO! AVIATION CONSUMER VACUUM PUMP REVIEW: WET VS.
Are wet vacuum pumps as good as their owners seem to say
they are? Aviation Consumer recently set out to find the answer
to that question. In this video product review, you can get a look at
the inside of a wet pump and decide for yourself if the claims are true.
(Click through to watch.) More...
Wishes Do Come
Ever wish you could fly every approach like it was sunny and VFR?
OF THE WEEK: ECLIPSE'S NEW SOLO JET HIP OR HYPE?
week at Oshkosh, Eclipse revealed a big surprise a four-place
single-engine jet with a sexy v-tail and sleek good looks. So,
AVweb readers what do you think? (Answer this week's poll
to let us know.) Plus: What letter grade (A, B,
C, D or F) did FAA Admin Marion Blakey receive from
AVweb readers in response to last week's question?
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OF THE WEEK: TAC AIR (KAPA, DENVER, COLORADO)
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to TAC Air at KAPA in Denver,
AVweb reader Scott Brooksby raves about the
service at TAC Air:
"These guys were great; their
self-serve fuel prices were great, and they loaned us a crewcar to go to
dinner. When we first arrived, they took us to our hotel. When we left
two days later, they had the airplane near their door, ready to go.
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!
AOPA Member Pilots: Share
Your Love of Flying!
If you're an AOPA
member pilot, you're encouraged to become an
AOPA Project Pilot Mentor
! It's an easy and fun way for
experienced pilots to help students get started and earn their ticket to
fly. It requires very little time and could be the extra boost an
aspiring pilot needs. So join the team at AOPA
and help secure
the future of GA.
Go online to become an AOPA Project Pilot
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(AOPA) in booths 164-166 at AirVenture
Attention, LSA Builders & ROTAX 912 Engine
, the industry's leader in aviation supplies, software, and
publications, offers the ROTAX Engine Introduction
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with the ROTAX engine. This DVD also provides an introduction to the
specific concepts important to maintaining the ROTAX 912.
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