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FEEDBACK LINE INITIATED
The FAA has opened a toll-free line
specifically to gather information on the performance of Lockheed
Martin-managed Flight Service Stations. Dialing the number
(888-358-7782) will allow the caller to record a message describing the
experience he or she had with flight services. AOPA President Phil Boyer
said the phone line was his group's idea after fielding hundreds of
complaints from disgruntled pilots. Pilots can leave messages as long as
three minutes and should provide all the detail they can, along with
contact information for followup by the FAA and Lockheed Martin. Boyer
said the goal is to provide Lockheed Martin with the data it needs to
fix the problems created by the transition to its system. It's an issue
that has FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's attention. More...
AIRVENTURE 2007 BY THE NUMBERS
"This year was the best ever
EAA AirVenture," noted EAA President Tom Poberezny on Sunday afternoon,
just hours before the airshow came to an official close. "I say this
because there was an upbeat attitude this year, plenty of innovation and
technology announcements and several new aircraft unveiled during the
event." He added that the last day "is sad because those who have come
to visit the show really don't want to leave, nor do those running the
show want to see them leave." Preliminary data shows that the numbers
are up this year. There were 2,617 showplanes for judging; broken down
by category this includes 985 homebuilts, 1,014 vintage airplanes, 365
warbirds, 136 ultralights and 117 seaplanes. While no attendee estimate
is yet available, there were 784 exhibitors, 40,000 campers (EAA
spokesman Dick Knapinski joked that all of them were happy ones) and
nearly 900 members of the media representing about 375 outlets.
AIRCRAFT GEARING UP FOR A700 PRODUCTION
Rick Adam, CEO of
Adam Aircraft, provided an update on the A700 very light jet program
status for the press corps here at AirVenture this week. "The first two
A700 prototypes have accumulated over 800 hours of risk-reduction
testing," he said. The interior has been upgraded to include
higher-quality leather seats, new carpet, improved fit and finish around
the windows and a relocated lavatory that provides more aft space in the
cabin. Discussions are under way to partner with an international
training provider, Adam said, and to provide a full-motion simulator in
addition to the computer-based training developed for the A500.
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SPINS OFF TWO WEEKS TO TAXI, ADDS VANS RVS
The Two Weeks to
Taxi program that was launched by Glasair a few years ago to help
builders make progress on their kits has been spun off into a separate
company. Mikael Via, who will be president of both companies, at EAA
AirVenture said the two-week program will now be available for the Vans
RV-10 and RV-7, in addition to the Glasair Sportsman 2+2. Builders can
buy their Vans kit directly from Two Weeks to Taxi, spend two weeks at
the assist center in Arlington, Wash., and take home a substantially
completed aircraft. "It's not ready to fly," said Via, but the builder
should be able to finish it up in a month or so. The program will evolve
to focus on the parts of the project that builders need the most help
with, he said, so the two weeks can be most productive. Easier tasks
that the builder can handle alone will be left for later. The Sportsman
two-week program has been popular, Via said, with 70 airplanes delivered
so far and slots booked up into next year. The Vans program will be
available early next year and reservations are being taken now.
ON THE SCALED COMPOSITES EXPLOSION AT MOJAVE
accident at Scaled Composites, in Mojave, Calif., occurred during a test
of the flow of nitrous oxide through an injector, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Two workers
were killed at the scene and a third died later at a hospital. Three
other workers remain hospitalized with serious injuries, and several
others escaped injury. The testing was part of the development of a new
rocket motor for SpaceShipTwo. The chemical was at room temperature and
under pressure, Burt Rutan, president of Scaled, said at a news
conference. "We felt it was completely safe. We had done a lot of these
[tests] with SpaceShipOne," said Rutan, looking tired and shaken. He
added that "we just dont know" why the explosion occurred. Rutan
said the suspected culprit, nitrous oxide, normally is "not considered a
hazardous material," and said this was the first time in Scaled's
25-year history that anyone has been hurt in a test. The three who died
were Eric Dean Blackwell, 38, of Randsburg; Charles Glen May, 45, of
Mojave; and Todd Ivens, 33, of Tehachapi. The three who were injured
have not been identified. They suffered shrapnel wounds and are in
stable condition. More...
TROUBLE AT SINO SWEARINGEN
Sino Swearingen Aircraft on Friday
laid off 77 employees from the company's Martinsburg, W.Va. and San
Antonio plants this week, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Sino Swearingen Vice President of Marketing and Sales Mark Fairchild
termed the move as a restructuring. After faltering to bring its SJ30
production line up to speed in the year-and-a-half since the business
jet obtained FAA certification, earlier this month the company hired a
new president, Butch Hsu, to turn the company around. The Taiwanese
government has invested more than $600 million in Sino Swearingen and is
currently under heavy political pressure to liquidate its stake. The
company delivered the first SJ30 jet in November, but has so far failed
to ship any more. More...
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SYSTEM GOES ON A CONQUEST
Avidyne and S-TEC this week at
AirVenture said they are working on an FAA STC to retrofit the Alliant
Integrated Flight Deck into Cessna 441 Conquest II twin turboprops. The
Conquest II installation will become the third airframe to offer the
Avidyne Envision avionics and S-TEC IntelliFlight 2100 digital flight
control system package. As with the STCs for the Beechcraft 90- and
200-series King Airs, the Alliant allows the panel to be updated with
state-of-the-art situational awareness and safety tools at a relatively
low cost. "We were approached by a Conquest II owner who had seen the
Alliant package in a King Air and wanted the same high level of
reliability, capabilities and redundancy for his aircraft," said S-TEC
Vice President of Sales and Marketing Greg Plantz. A Conquest II is
currently being retrofitted with the system and the FAA STC paperwork is
being handled at S-TECs headquarters in Mineral Wells, Texas.
CUTS RATES, EXPANDS COVERAGE
Aviation insurance underwriter
Avemco says it's able to loosen its corporate tie and undo the top
button of its shirt when it comes to some new types of airplanes.
Executive Vice President Jim Lauerman said at EAA AirVenture that rates
for Columbia, Cirrus and certain Diamond and homebuilt aircraft will be
reduced, as will the experience requirements for those transitioning to
more advanced and complex aircraft. He said insurance companies
necessarily take a conservative approach to insuring new aircraft until
they have enough data to accurately determine loss rates. In this case,
the loss data wasn't as bad as the company assumed and the rates can be
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TOWER BY 2008 AIRVENTURE?
The FAA says that if contractors
can finish Wittman Field's new air traffic control tower in time, it can
be ready to use it for next year's EAA AirVenture. FAA spokesman Tony
Molinaro said that if they can occupy the building by the end of next
February, that will give technicians enough time to install all the new
gear that is going in the taller, modern facility. However, the EAA
isn't counting on having the new tower. More...
Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but
perhaps the most ungainly looking aircraft at AirVenture (or anywhere
else for that matter) was the people's choice. A 1939 Grumman Duck,
which looks something like a biplane in an unnatural relationship with a
submarine, in the first National Aviation Hall of Fame's Best of the
Best competition. It was chosen over four other lovingly restored
vintage aircraft. It was up against a 1943 Piper L-4H army surveillance
plane, a 1948 T-6 Texan, a 1927 Waco Model 10-T and a 1939 KR-21
Challenger. The Duck, an amphibious surveillance plane, survived the
attack on Pearl Harbor only to sink in a lake in the Bahamas in 1955.
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MOTION TO FLIGHT SIM
A Canadian company has come up with a
nifty way to add motion to your favorite flight simulator. Kelowna,
British Columbia-based Dreamflyer is perfecting a virtual cockpit that
"moves" in concert with control commands. By mounting up to three LCD
screens to a "cockpit" suspended and balanced on a frame, the virtual
pilot uses a realistic control stick to fly the simulator and
simultaneously pitch and roll the cockpit. Sensors and integrated
controls transmit the motion information to the computer so the
simulator software matches the motion. It adds a new dimension to flight
simulators and the potential of the simple, non-motorized rig has been
BLENDED WING BODY FLIES
Boeing's Blended Wing Body (BWB)
research aircraft -- designated the X-48B -- made a 31-minute first
flight last Friday at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air
Force Base in California. The 21-foot wingspan, 500-pound unmanned quasi
flying wing climbed to 7,500 feet during the inaugural jaunt. "We've
successfully passed another milestone in our work to explore and
validate the structural, aerodynamic and operational efficiencies of the
BWB concept," said Boeing Phantom Works Program Manager Bob Liebeck. Up
to 25 flights are planned to gather data in low-speed flight regimes,
after which Boeing will explore the BWB's noise characteristics and
handling characteristics at transonic speeds. More...
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launches Flight Institute program for CFIs ...
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PODCASTING ROUND-UP: OUR COMPLETE AUDIO NEWS FROM EAA AIRVENTURE
It's been a busy year for everyone here in Oshkosh,
Wisconsin. From product roll-outs to the ongoing fight against user
fees, AVweb's audio news team was onhand (with microphones) to
get reactions and exclusive commentary from the industry's biggest
players. In case you missed any of our daily audio coverage, here's a
quick recap of the stories we covered at this year's EAA AirVenture
FLITELite Reinvents Light ... Once
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headset technology a new intercom-powered, hands-free LED
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VIDEO ROUND-UP: COMPLETE VIDEO REPORTING FROM EAA AIRVENTURE
This year, we shot quite a bit of original video at
Oshkosh. While we didn't have time to publish everything we captured, we
did put together a dozen or so videos to give you the flavor of the show
and highlight a couple of interesting products we found in the exhibitor
hangars. Here's a complete list, just in case you missed any of them.
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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
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actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
Heard on ground frequency at
Oakland-Pontiac (Mich.) Airport (KPTK):
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later]: Oakland Ground, this is ground vehicle one. The fight is
over. The hawk won.
Oakland Ground: Yes! Once again, a
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