AVwebFlash - Volume 13, Number 32b

August 9, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff

Mastering ILS
Mastering ILS Approaches: Position & Airspeed
This online refresher covers: Strategies for maintaining positional awareness and airspeed during an ILS approach; the importance of using "raw data" to back up your GPS and MFD; and a common mistake pilots make at DA and what you can do to ensure a smooth transition to landing.
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Top News back to top 

Adam Aircraft No Longer Adam's Family

On Monday, Adam Aircraft's board of directors named John D. Wolf as chairman and CEO, replacing company founder Rick Adam in the position. Wolf, along with company president Duncan Koerbel, joined Adam Aircraft in February to help with A700 type certification and to build up manufacturing capabilities at the company. According to Adam Aircraft's board, Wolf's 39 years of experience in the aerospace industry and Koerbel's 24 years of experience in certification and manufacturing were part of the transition initiated earlier this year. "This new leadership change helps move the company from a start up to what will become one of the country's premier developer and manufacturer of Part 23 aircraft," the company said. "Rick's entrepreneurial spirit and vision was the driving force that put Adam Aircraft on the map. We are indebted to his efforts over the past nine years as he grew the company from one employee to over 700 employees currently working at Adam Aircraft. We wish him the best as he pursues his next entrepreneurial adventure." Wolf said the company is "moving consistently toward a complete A700 Type Certificate in 2008 … The company is going to move to high rate production of the A500, be ready to accelerate deliveries of Adam's substantial backlog of A700 [very light jets], and provide comprehensive customer support to our customers." Rick Adam remains as an investor in the aircraft manufacturer.

NATCA Disputes Traffic-Separation Claims

"Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom are using next-generation precise satellite systems that permit much less than the normal three miles separation between planes," wrote a columnist in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, citing David Castelveter, a spokesman for the Air Transport Association, as the source of that information. But on Wednesday, Doug Church, spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said that information is incorrect. "There are only four places in the world where aircraft are allowed to legally be closer than three miles," Church said in a statement sent to AVweb on Wednesday. "London Heathrow, but only during the daytime in good weather within 15 miles of landing; the United States at most major airports within 10 miles of landing; one terminal area in Sweden; and in Mr. Castelveter's imagination." Whether reducing separation between aircraft en route would have any impact on flight delays and airport congestion -- or on safety -- is unclear.

DayJet Facilitates Its Debt, Pre-Operational Growth

DayJet -- the "per-seat on-demand" air taxi that plans to begin service later this month in Florida using Eclipse 500s – on Tuesday announced it "has closed debt facilities totaling $140 million" for the acquisition of its very light jet fleet. Perhaps shedding some light on the company's previously and widely reported "orders" from Eclipse, the company stated, "The facilities include senior debt on the aircraft and financing of pre-delivery deposits." DayJet has so far raised more than $200 million pre-operational dollars in anticipation of services yet to be provided with aircraft yet to be delivered for a VLJ air-taxi market yet to be proven in practice. Securing debt facilities allows DayJet to continue its "uninterrupted growth" in anticipation of providing services when it launches commercial operations "in the coming weeks."

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Cessna SkyCatcher -- Two Weeks Old, 720 Sold

It seems that Cessna has found a big hole in the airplane market ready for a two-seat all-aluminum high-wing airplane. In the first two weeks after introducing SkyCatcher at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, the company has taken in 720 orders, adding up to about $75 million in sales. "It has been very exciting to hear the overwhelmingly positive response from our customers, many of whom had waited to purchase a light sport aircraft until Cessna launched the SkyCatcher," Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton said on Wednesday. "We look forward to providing another safe, reliable and fun airplane to a new generation of pilots." The SkyCatcher features an exclusive Garmin glass cockpit -- the G300 -- and a 100-hp Teledyne Continental O-200D engine designed for light sport aircraft. Pelton talked with AVweb's Russ Niles about the SkyCatcher and other Cessna projects at Oshkosh. If you missed that podcast, listen now in the AVweb archives.

Cirrus SRS S/N 001 Auctioned To Benefit Young Eagles

Cirrus held an auction at EAA's annual Gathering of Eagles fundraising dinner during AirVenture to sell the first copy of its new SRS light sport aircraft, with the proceeds going to support the Young Eagles program. Sporty's founder and Chairman Hal Shevers was the highest bidder, with a winning bid of $170,000. "I am committed to bringing new people into aviation," said Shevers. "This airplane represents a great entry point for aircraft ownership. Of course, the purchase benefits the Young Eagles, a vital program that Sporty's has long supported." Since its inception in 1992 and through the generosity of pilots volunteering their time and aircraft, EAA's Young Eagles program has provided flights in general aviation aircraft to more than 1.3 million youth between the ages of eight and 17. Sporty's will take delivery of the airplane at AirVenture 2008. At AirVenture, Cirrus introduced its LSA, which will be built in partnership with Fk Lightplanes of Germany. The all-composite SRS will be equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System and glass avionics (system to be determined).

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News Briefs back to top 

Tower Reopens At New Orleans Lakefront Airport

The control tower at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, which has been closed since Hurricane Katrina damaged it in 2005, is now back in operation. General aviation groups had lobbied for the tower to re-open, saying the airport was getting busier and several close calls already had caused concern about safety. Three controllers and one supervisor now are staffing the tower, with more controllers to start training soon. "With the tower now operational, traffic is expected to climb rapidly, and business operators requiring a tower now will be able to return to Lakefront," the National Business Aviation Association said on Monday. The tower will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The airport is closer to downtown than the region's main Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport, and is popular with GA pilots and business flyers. Controllers initially will work with radios and cell phones until the tower's radar equipment is replaced, according to the Associated Press. The tower should be fully operational by early next year. A new tower also opened this week at Stennis International Airport, near Biloxi, Miss. Local officials said the airport improvements will speed the region's continuing Katrina recovery.

Federal Board Dismisses NATCA Charges Against FAA

The Federal Labor Relations Authority has dismissed charges by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) that the FAA engaged in unfair labor practices related to negotiating and implementing the 2006 air traffic controller contract, the FAA said on Monday. "This decision validates our new contract, which is saving taxpayers $1.9 billion over five years," said FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. NATCA President Patrick Forrey, in a statement sent to AVweb on Tuesday, said the FAA's news release was "at best factually inaccurate and at worst intentionally misleading." NATCA will submit an appeal, he said, and he expects the dispute will eventually be heard by a bipartisan three-member board of the Labor Relations Authority, which so far has not weighed in on the issue. The FAA said the Authority's decision "affirms that the FAA followed the process enacted by Congress for resolving bargaining impasses." Forrey said NATCA is lobbying for the FAA reauthorization bill now in Congress to include language that would send both sides back to the bargaining table. "Right now, the massive exodus of controllers is eroding the safety foundation of the system and delaying flights," he said.

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News Briefs back to top 

Virgin America Launches, First Flight Delayed

Virgin America got a tough introduction to flying in the U.S. airspace system on Wednesday morning -- the airline's very first flight, scheduled to launch from New York Kennedy Airport at 9:59 a.m., was delayed almost an hour by thunderstorms. Virgin America, in which Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group has a 25-percent stake, has entered the U.S. market with promises of better customer service and lower fares. The airline's 10 Airbus A320s feature leather seats, mood lighting and personal video screens for each passenger. The airline is offering round-trip fares of $278 between New York and San Francisco, with more routes to be added soon. Branson took a seat on the inaugural flight, with festivities planned for the landing of the first two flights in San Francisco -- one from New York and one from Los Angeles.

Unmanned Airship Gets FAA OK

The FAA has granted an experimental airworthiness certificate for an unmanned, remotely operated airship, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced on Monday. The Skybus 30K airship prototype, which has a volume of 30,000 cubic feet, has been tested at the Loring Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Center in Limestone, Maine, under a contract with the Naval Air Systems Command. The prototype has a 300-pound payload and can carry sensors for operations such as border patrol, port security, search and rescue, wildlife management and sports-event monitoring. The aircraft is operated from a ground-control station. The FAA certificate allows for operation in the Class G airspace near Limestone, Skybus spokesman Tom Hampton told AVweb on Wednesday. The ship can travel at up to 35 knots and remain airborne for 30 to 40 hours. It has faint visual, radar, infrared and acoustic signatures, according to SAIC. It carries a transponder and also has aircraft identification strobes and standard aircraft markings to aid in collision avoidance, Hampton said. Also, a Notice to Airmen is filed when the ship is scheduled to fly.

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Four Airplanes To Compete For NASA Efficiency Prize

This weekend in Sonoma, Calif., four airplanes will compete for $250,000 in prize money from NASA, which will be awarded for qualities that are sought after for the personal air vehicle (PAV) of the future. The PAV Challenge offers prizes for quiet operation, ease of handling, short-runway performance, fuel efficiency, and speed. The goal of the competition is to encourage the development of aircraft that can provide reliable, everyday transportation for the masses with ease and efficiency. The four aircraft in the competition include a modified RV-4, two Slovenian-built Pipistrels, and a Cessna 172. The contest is run for NASA by the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation. "The intent of the PAV Challenge is to encourage innovation in the amateur and sporting aviation communities to help enhance the general aviation transportation system," said Dr. J. Victor Lebacqz, NASA's Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. "This prize competition is a great follow-on to previous NASA investments in small aircraft and complements existing industry consortia in general aviation." NASA has predicted that the technologies targeted by this competition will have a quick and positive impact on the general aviation industry and on public air travel.

Aeroscraft To Build Corporate Airship

If an ordinary bizjet is too small for your corporate needs, you can always buy an airliner and reconfigure the interior. But if that won't do, you now have another option -- buy yourself an Aeroscraft ML866 airship, which will have 5,000 square feet of interior cabin space. This "office in the sky" can be equipped with computers, videoconferencing capability, high-tech communications and personal staterooms. It can operate from just about any open space, no airport needed. Worldwide Aeros Corp., based in California, said on Tuesday it will officially announce the new airship project at the NBAA Convention next month in Atlanta. The Aeroscraft will use both buoyant and dynamic lift to generate "unique operational capabilities beyond what is available from any other air platform today," the company said. "We are coming to the NBAA show because we have reached a level where we can solicit input from the customer community to ensure the Aeroscraft will change the way executives travel and do business outside of the office," Aeros Vice President Fred Edworthy said in a news release. Wherever you need to go, though, you'd best not be in a big hurry -- the ML866 offers 120 knots top speed. Aeros builds the FAA-certified Aeros 40D Sky Dragon Airships.

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News In Brief back to top 

On The Fly

The FAA has been sued by St. Louis-based regional airline RegionsAir, which claims federal inspectors improperly grounded the airline after a dispute over pilot-training procedures...

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey spoke about NextGen and crowded-airspace issues on PBS NewsHour on Tuesday. Video, audio and transcript are posted online...

Scaled Composites has established a fund to help the families of those hurt and killed in an explosion at its Mojave, Calif., facility last month...

Aurora Flight Sciences, of Manassas, Va., said it will now sell Diamond DA42s outfitted to carry aerial sensor gear...

Satellite TV signals are interfering with radar systems on B-2 bombers, says GovExec.com...

An Idaho airport has been named in honor of World War II fighter ace Pappy Boyington...

CubCrafters has named Blake Maygra director of all new aircraft production.

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New Columns and Features back to top 

Quiz #123: IFR Update

Quiz #123: IFR Update
Home from Oshkosh, your head is filled with Sean Tucker acrobatics in the fourth dimension. But darkening skies delay your dreams of airshow stardom as you pause to demonstrate your IFR savvy with a quiz.

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AVweb Audio News

AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's podcast, you'll hear you'll hear Avidyne's Paul Hathaway on future avionics requirements. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with Arion Corp's Brian Barents; BusinessJetSEATS Alfred Rapetti; EAA's Dick Knapinski; AOPA's Andrew Cebula; Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier; NBAA's Harry Houkes; Reason Foundation's Robert Poole; SATSair's Sheldon Early; Epic Aircraft's Rick Schrameck; AOPA's Randy Kenagy; Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn; Xwind's Brad Whitsitt; BoGo Light's Mark Bent; DayJet's Ed Iacobucci; Pogo Jet's Cameron Burr; Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia; Air Journey's Thierry Pouille; Epic Aircraft's Rick Schrameck; Cessna's Jack Pelton; Embraer's Ernest Edwards and LAMA's Dan Johnson. In Monday's podcast, Lycoming's Ian Walsh talks about "green" engine initiatives at his company. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.

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Question Of The Week back to top 

Question of the Week: Is the User-Fee Debate Affecting Your Commercial Flight Choices?

This Week's Question | Previous Week's Answers


EAA AirVenture saw no shortage of big announcements in '07, and last week we asked readers to pick the biggest single announcement to come out of Oshkosh this year.

Opinions varied widely, and a full 13% of respondents told us they considered the show's biggest news to be something we didn't list.  Eclipse's concept jet and the FAA's reduction of the Washington, D.C. ADIZ took turns as leader early in the week, but when all was said and done, Cessna's announcement of the 162 SkyCatcher led the pack, garnering 29% of the total votes in our poll.

You can view a complete breakdown of the responses here.
(You may be asked to register and answer, if you haven't already participated in this poll.)


Last week, Delta Air Lines was the latest Air Transport Association member to toe the group's pro-user-fee line when it sent an e-mail to customers blaming general aviation for delays.  Have the repeated attacks on general aviation from ATA and its individual members influenced what airline you fly?

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FBO Of The Week: Corporate Wings

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Corporate Wings at KCHS in Charleston, S.C.

AVweb reader Val Nasano said the FBO's staff really delivers:

"I have been using Corporate Wings CHS since I started traveling to Charleston on business in 2006. I receive the same royal treatment in my C182 each time I taxi in as any bizjet or large corporate client. Last trip in, the crew at Corporate Wings went above and beyond. I always rent a car through the FBO and when I ended up with a flat tire on the side of the interstate at 9 p.m., I called the FBO for the number of roadside assistance. Not only did they call the car rental company for me, one of their lineman went out on his own, located our car and changed the flat for us so we could get off the busy highway in the dark. I can't say enough about this crew. I nominate them for FBO of the year!"

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is 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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Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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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."  Want to see your photo on AVweb.com?  Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.


A big thanks to "Picture of the Week" photog George Pariza and all the other AirVenture attendees who spent the week emptying out their digital cameras and sending us photos from North America's premier GA spectacle.  Since we returned, we've been receiving upward of 100 entries for our contest each week.  Please — keep 'em coming!

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Used with permission of George Pariza

Opening Day at Oshkosh

It's funny how many times we've seen air show formations buzz over the main gate to AirVenture, but this week's top photo (from George Pariza of Ocala, Florida) reminds us not to overlook the incredible because we've seen it before.  George's spot-on  timing made this a "POTW" we couldn't resist!


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Used with permission of Aaron Wypyszynski

The True Joy of Flight

Need a closer look at the inimitable Sean Tucker thrilling fans and press alike?

Aaron Wypyszynski of West Lafayette, Indiana has one for you — taken after the first performance of the Collaborators at Oshkosh.  The "highlight of hte act," according to Aaron, "was Tucker's 15+second torque roll followed by a 10+second tail slide while being circled by the other three members" of the team.


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Used with permission of Stuart Taylor

A Beautiful Bird

Stuart Taylor of Austin, Texas submitted a photo taken at last year's air show — "the beautiful P-51A that was lost at Oshkosh this year."


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Suyapa V. Villalobos

Sunset Over Cessna Base Camp at OSH

Even our favorite sunset photo from this batch was taken at Oshkosh!  Suyapa Villalobos of Teaneck, New Jersey was camped out with his fellow Cessna flyers when airplanes and nature conspired to create the perfect air-show sunset.


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One Lucky Kid

Believe it or not, we even received a couple dozen photos that had absolutely nothing to do with Oshkosh!

In this blast from the past, Lt. Robert Alexander of the Army Air Corps poses next to a P-39 named after his wife (Phyllis).  Over the next 60 years, Lt. Alexander would rack up 25,000 flight hours as the owner of an aircraft brokerage and keep flying until he was 85 years old.  (He's 88 now.)

Oh, and somewhere along the way he begat a grandson who submitted this photo, one J. Alexander of Columbus, Ohio.

Want more?  You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow gallery on AVweb's home page!

To enter next week's contest, click here.

A quick note for submitters:  If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week!  That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too.  ;)

A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or or send us an e-mail.

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Meet the AVwebFlash Team

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