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» Visit Teledyne-Continental Motors (TCM) in
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2007 SHOW MOVES AT JET SPEED
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.
CLUES REVIVE FOSSETT SEARCH
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."
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FEDERAL CHARTS FOR CARIBBEAN AND HAWAII MAY VANISH
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. More...
AIRCRAFT CHOOSES TRAINING VENDOR
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.
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» Visit Lightspeed Aviation in booths 439 & 441 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
INNOVATOR PAUL MACCREADY REMEMBERED
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. More...
AIRSPACE CLOSED DURING EQUIPMENT FAILURE
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.
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& LEGENDS GATHER IN OHIO
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.
UNVEILS FIRST NEW AIRLINER SINCE SOVIET ERA
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. More...
Aircraft Spruce Is Proud
Sponsor of the Georgia Air Show on October 13th &
Come join Aircraft Spruce
in Peachtree City, GA at Falcon Field
beginning at 9:00am. Enjoy an aviation experience in a festival setting.
In addition to breathtaking aerial performances, you'll enjoy arts,
crafts, a kids' zone, food, and beverages at family-friendly prices.
Adult admission: $13.00; child: $5.00. Purchase your tickets at the
"will call" store in Peachtree or
visit Aircraft Spruce
For more information, call 1-877-4-SPRUCE
» Visit Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. in booth
520 at the AOPA Expo Next
EPIC DAY FOR EPIC AIRCRAFT
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
THE FLY ...
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NATA reacts to DHS plan to change
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Boeing delivered the
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» Visit the AOPA Air Safety Foundation in booths
739 & 741 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
AFSS Is Up to Speed. And Gaining
The new automated flight services system is here. Revolutionizing flight
service operations. Reducing legacy sites. Bringing 15 upgraded sites
and three hubs online. Retaining 1,200 specialists. Marrying local needs
with national information sources. The result: ever-improving levels of
performance. And a future of efficient, effective service that give
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» Visit Lockheed Martin in booth 203 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
OF THE WEEK: TECHNOLOGY MADE MICROCHIPS SMALLER ARE BIZJETS
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 markets. Is it inevitable that Airbus and
Boeing will enter the small- and medium-sized business jet market? Tell
us what you think. Plus: Do AVweb readers consider a
pilot's license an indispensible element of "the right stuff" for NASA
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 State
University have all selected the G1000-equipped Diamond DA40
value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet
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» Visit Diamond Aircraft in booth 121 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
OF THE WEEK: HUTT AVIATION/SOAR MINDEN (KMEV, MINDEN-TAHOE AIRPORT,
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Hutt
Aviation & Soar Minden at Tahoe-Minden Airport (KMEV) in Minden,
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
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
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.
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!
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» Visit Bennett Avionics in booth 1246 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
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." 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.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,
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» Visit Aviation Supplies & Academics
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» Visit Avidyne in booths 838, 840, & 842 at the AOPA Expo Next Week!
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