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Volume 13, Number 32b
August 9, 2007

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.
Click to view the full workshop.
Top Newsback to top 

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. More...

"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." More...

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. More...

Aircraft Spruce at the 2007 Camarillo Air Show
Aircraft Spruce will be at the Camarillo Air Show in Camarillo, California on August 18th and 19th. Gates open at 8:00am. Visit Aircraft Spruce for special show pricing. Complimentary shipping available on show orders. (Doesn't apply to oversize or hazardous goods.) For more information, call 1-877-4-SPRUCE or visit Aircraft Spruce online.
News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

Introducing Zulu ... From LightSPEED
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News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

If Brokers Say They Cover the Whole Market, Why Can't They Get a Quote from Us?
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News In Briefback to top 

FAA has been sued by a regional airline whose certificate was yanked...
FAA chief Marion Blakey spoke on PBS NewsHour, video is online...
Scaled Composites fund will help families of explosion victims...
Aurora Flight Sciences will sell DA42s outfitted for sensor gear...
Satellite TVs interfere with radar systems on B-2 bombers...
An Idaho airport is named in honor of WWII ace Pappy Boyington...
CubCrafters named Blake Maygra director of all new aircraft production. More...

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New Columns and Featuresback to top 

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.


Attention, LSA Builders & ROTAX 912 Engine Operators
ASA, the industry's leader in aviation supplies, software, and publications, offers the ROTAX Engine Introduction DVD with tips and techniques for trouble-free operation of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) with the ROTAX engine. This DVD also provides an introduction to the specific concepts important to maintaining the ROTAX 912. Go online for complete details and bonus features!
AVweb Audio News -- Are You Listeningback to top 


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.


If You Think "Bargains" Are Something Alien to Aviation — Think Again!
Spending hard-earned money on your aircraft and its avionics can be expensive. But don't think good deals aren't available in today's marketplace. Bennett Avionics provides pilots with quality avionics to meet their needs and maintain their budget. Before you buy anywhere else, check out Bennett Avionics at (860) 653-7295 or online. You'll be glad you did!
Question Of The Weekback to top 

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? Plus: Of all the big news to come out of Oshkosh this year, which did our readers deem the biggest announcement of AirVenture 2007? More...

Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of Flight
It's a great time to join the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the nation's oldest aviation organization. At $39 a year, NAA membership is a terrific value for any aviation enthusiast! Members receive the Smithsonian's Air & Space and NAA's Aero magazines, plus access to aviation records, product discounts, and much more. Call (703) 527-0226 to become an NAA member, or sign up online.
FBO Of The Weekback to top 


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!


Mike Busch Is Coming to a Town Near You!
If you live near or in one of these states — California, Massachusetts, Georgia, New Mexico, and Oklahoma — Mike Busch will be offering his acclaimed Savvy Owner Seminar. In one information-packed weekend, you will learn how to have a safer, more reliable aircraft while saving thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after year. For complete details (and to reserve your space), click here.
Pictures Of The Weekback to top 

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." A big thanks to today's "Picture of the Week" winner George Pariza and all the other AirVenture photographers 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! More...

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Names Behind The Newsback to top 


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