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This week in Atlanta, Ga., the National Business Aviation Association's annual expo has drawn record crowds, and jets are the topic of the day -- new designs coming on line, millions more in
investment, supersonic options for the future, upgraded interiors, new avionics, and lots more. You can read all about it in AVweb's on-site daily coverage.
Our exclusive podcasts feature one-on-one interviews with DayJet's Ed Iacobucci on the future of air taxis, Cessna's Roger Whyte about
how his company might integrate with Columbia aircraft, Piper's Bob Kromer on PiperJet's to-be or not-to-be G1000 avionics, Jeppesen's Andy McDowell on RNP, and L-3's Larry Riddle on the SmartDeck
AVweb videos feature an overview of Cessna news, an update with Spectrum CEO Linden Blue on the progress of his company's development
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Search crews looking for adventurer Steve Fossett, who vanished while on a pleasure flight more than three weeks ago, now are working with fresh leads provided by the U.S. Air Force, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. An analysis of radar and satellite images has picked up
what might be the track that Fossett flew. "It gives us an idea, if it's him, what direction he was going," Gary Derks, the state official in charge of the search, told the AP. Derks said the new
search area stretches about 100 miles to the southeast from the Flying M Ranch, where Fossett took off on Sept. 3, crossing remote areas of Nevada and approaching Death Valley National Park in
California. "There's nothing definite, nothing concrete," Derks said. "These are just some hits that we want to track."
Ground crews are being sent to scour the area, and search planes will fly over this weekend, Derks said. "If he's there, he's going to be hard to see," Derks said. "That's why we're sending in the
ground search-and-rescue crews, too."
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Pilots flying in the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Central or South America will soon have to find a source for aeronautical information other than the U.S. government, AOPA said this week. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which now publishes charts for those
regions, will stop publishing them in October. AOPA has been lobbying the FAA to take over that chore, but so far the FAA has not made any commitment. "The FAA has a legal responsibility for providing
the navigation products to ensure safety and efficiency," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. The existing NGA Caribbean chart is good until Oct. 25. Thierry Pouille,
owner of Air Journey, who guides groups of pilots on flights in the Caribbean region, says the loss of these charts would have an impact.
"Locally produced charts are usually available, but they are often more expensive and may not be updated very frequently," he told AVweb on Wednesday. The NGA also publishes en route charts,
supplemental flight information, and instrument approach procedures. The loss of this public information will adversely affect security and safety and have a negative economic impact on civil
aviation, AOPA says.
All pilot and mechanic training for Adam Aircraft's A500 twin and the A700 very light jet will be provided by SAFERjett, Adam announced on Monday. SAFERjett is building a new
training facility at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, set to open late next year. "Adam Aircraft chose SAFERjett because it was founded by aviation professionals with operational experience in developing
and implementing complex training programs and they are on the ground floor in creating a center of excellence when it comes to very light jet (VLJ) training," said Adam Aircraft President Duncan
Koerbel. The training center will feature a full-motion simulator and computer-based training programs. Besides training to fly the aircraft, owners will learn resource management for single-pilot
flying and operations.
Flight department and fleet operators will be trained in crew resource management. "SAFERjett is born and bred for the VLJ market and we're excited to bring their world-class training techniques
for our innovative aircraft to our customers," said Koerbel.
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» Visit Lightspeed Aviation in booths 439 & 441 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
Hundreds of friends and relatives of Paul MacCready gathered last Saturday at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, for a memorial to the inventor, who died last month at age 81.
MacCready, a CalTech graduate, founded AeroVironment Inc. and was an innovator in human-powered and solar-powered flight. He designed the
"Gossamer Condor," the first successful human-powered airplane, which now hangs in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. A later version of the aircraft flew 22 miles across the English Channel. In
recent years, AeroVironment developed high-altitude, solar-powered autonomous aircraft.
In 2001, the 247-foot wingspan Helios reached 96,863 feet, over two miles higher than any airplane had ever sustained level flight. The aircraft could theoretically fly in the thin atmosphere of
The failure of a telephone line to Memphis Center on Tuesday morning crippled the facility, grounded dozens of flights and caused widespread delays in air traffic across the country. Without the phone
line, controllers were unable to use most of their radio frequencies and some of their radar feeds as well, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). They were also
unable to make automated handoffs of flights to adjacent airspace sectors. Controllers, according to NATCA, "were thrust into an immensely chaotic situation in which they had to use
personal cell phones to talk to other air traffic control facilities." By 1:30 p.m., the Center's 100,000 square miles of airspace had been completely cleared, the FAA said.
Displays of airborne traffic for a time this afternoon showed a giant hole with Memphis at the epicenter. It was a "bizarre sight," said NATCA spokesman Doug Church. Operations were back to normal
by about 3:30, the FAA said.
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While the suit-and-tie segment of general aviation is busy wheeling and dealing this week in Atlanta see AVweb's extensive NBAA coverage for all
those details another big event is preparing to launch in Columbus, Ohio, as warbird pilots and admirers from around the world gather to celebrate history and honor those who made it. The
unique Gathering of Mustangs & Legends starts Friday with open rehearsal flights by 100 P-51 Mustangs. Over the weekend, the organizers promise
nonstop action, from the opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. until gates close at 6 each day. In addition to meeting an incredible number of Mustangs, the pilots and crew who flew and maintained them, and
the USAF Demo Teams and performers, visitors can explore historical exhibits from the Tuskegee Airmen, Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), Rickenbacker International Airport and the USAF.
Forecasters predict perfect weather for the weekend, with sunny skies and cool breezes, so a big crowd is expected. Premium seats are sold out, but general admission tickets can still be bought
online or at the gate.
Sukhoi rolled out the first copy of its Superjet 100 on Wednesday, the first aircraft designed and produced in
post-Soviet Russia. The regional jet can carry up to 103 passengers, and the company promises it will deliver comfort and efficiency. France and Italy also participated in the project. "Sukhoi
Superjet 100 is a child of thousands of people around the globe, committed to the project's success with their hearts and souls," said Sukhoi CEO Mikhail Pogosyan. "It took us all six and a half years
to get here, overcoming skepticism and finding our way ... Have a look at the aircraft -- I'm sure it was worth it." The aircraft will now begin flight tests.
Sukhoi is based in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, near Russia's eastern coast. Sukhoi said it has 73 firm orders in hand for the aircraft, most of them going to replace aging aircraft flown by Russian
airlines. The company hopes to compete with Embraer and Bombardier in the global market for regional jets.
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» Visit Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. in booth 520 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
Epic Aircraft will partner with Indian billionaire Dr. Vijay Mallya, CEO Rick Schrameck announced at the National Business Aviation Association expo in Atlanta, Ga., on Wednesday morning. The deal
provides Epic with plenty of cash to accelerate the process of bringing its growing line of aircraft, including several light-jet models, to the certified market. "Epic was really looking for a
strategic partner, not just an investor," Schrameck said. "Dr. Mallya now has a significant interest in our company, and we will immediately benefit from his relationships with a variety of
companies, including Airbus and Pratt & Whitney." Mallya owns and operates Kingfisher Airlines, which is one of Airbus's biggest customers.
For more details and analysis on this story, see AVweb's on-site report from Atlanta, by
business-aviation editor Jeb Burnside.
The U.S. District Court in Philadelphia certified a 49-state class action suit against Lycoming concerning a mandatory retirement on crankshafts in certain engines. A California court
earlier approved a class action in that state ... .
The National Air Transportation Association has published a report on the
recent federal proposal to require passenger and crew manifests for international GA flights ... .
Boeing on Monday delivered the first production EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy ... .
First-time author Jane Gardner Birch was chosen by the National Aviation Hall of
Fame for a $20,000 award for her book about her father's flying experiences in World War II ... .
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» Visit the AOPA Air Safety Foundation in booths 739 & 741 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
If there's one thing we cay with certainty about the 2007 NBAA Convention and Trade Show, it's this: Business aviation is healthy and keeping (very) busy. If you don't believe us, check out these
three exclusive videos we put together while gathering news reports for AVweb at the show.
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» Visit Lockheed Martin in booth 203 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
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participated in this poll.)
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
With NBAA's annual convention wrapping up, there's no denying that very
light jets are the hottest segment of business aviation growth. With
this in mind, many say it's only a matter of time before the big jet
makers start offering scaled-back aircraft for the VLJ and mid-size
Is it inevitable that Airbus and Boeing will enter the small- and
medium-sized business jet market?
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Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation, European-American Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Sabena Airline Training Academy, Utah Valley State College, and Utah
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» Visit Diamond Aircraft in booth 121 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
The Civil Air Patrol's Brent Ludlow spent quite a few hours there during the last two weeks as part of the search for missing aviator Steve
Fossett. Ludlow spoke highly of both FBO operators and the airport's Taildragger Restaurant:
You all made us welcome and promptly responded to anything we needed. You helped all of us in the Civil Air Patrol to do our job, and I hope everyone flying through there stops to enjoy the
hospitality that we have seen.
Congratulations to the folks at Minden-Tahoe and Brent, watch your e-mail. We'll be in touch about sending you an official AVweb ball cap.
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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» Visit Bennett Avionics in booth 1246 at the AOPA Expo Next 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." Want to see your photo on AVweb.com?
Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
With the 2007 NBAA Convention in full swing as we type
this, we were a little worried that "Picture of the Week" submissions
would drop off this week but, much to our delight, they actually
picked up while we've been at the show! And since we're a bit
crunched for time, let's dive right in.
But first, a quick update on last week's "POTW": Eagle-eyed AVweb reader Kevin Kearney points
out that the "Aluminum Overcast" in last week's top
photo was actually
the Yankee Air Museum's B-17 Yankee Lady "participating in an
event at TEB on 9/15 and 9/16." Good call, Kevin and thanks for
We start off with a Red Bull Air Racer doing the very thing we asking
Michael Goulian about in this week's
exclusive AVweb video namely, hitting one of those
hard-to-miss pylons at the air race courtesy of
Tolga Ercan from Santa Monica, California.
Our almost-obligatory sunset
sign-off comes from Gerald Benson
of Alva, Oklahoma this week and features pilot Kyle Franklin
calling it a day after practicing routines for the Oklahoma
Festival of Flight.
Big thanks to everyone who made time to submit pictures this
week. There'll be more to see in the "POTW" slideshow on AVweb's
home page late in
the day Thursday.
We'll see you back here next week. In the meantime,
please remember to
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,
send us an e-mail.
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