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DCA BE RE-OPENED TO GA?
Yesterday's field hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives'
Subcommittee on Aviation may be the beginning of the end for the
ongoing ban of non-scheduled operations from the Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport (DCA). The hearing, held in a hangar at the
airport's mostly deserted Signature Flight Support facility, allowed the
general and business aviation trade associations to once again tell
Congress about the many problems arising from the federal government's
dealings with the industry in the two-and-one-half years since Sept. 11,
2001. It was also an opportunity for David M. Stone, the TSA's acting
administrator, to tell Congress that his agency "is devising a security
plan that will allow general aviation and charter operations to resume
at DCA." Stone told the panel that his agency planned to present such a
plan to an interagency working group as early as within two weeks.
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One of the more interesting reminders to come from the testimony
presented at yesterday's field hearing on non-scheduled access to DCA
involved three provisions in the FAA's reauthorization bill, which was enacted on Dec.
12, 2003. Among other things, that bill authorized up to $100
million in federal funds to be used "to reimburse ... general aviation
entities for the security costs incurred and revenue foregone" resulting
from federally imposed security-based restrictions. Two other things the
bill did were to mandate that the Secretary of Homeland Security
"develop and implement a security plan to permit general aviation
aircraft to land and take off at Ronald Reagan Washington National
Airport" and to require the FAA to submit, within 30 days after the bill
was enacted, "a report containing an explanation of the need for" the
Washington ADIZ. Based on TSA Acting Administrator David M. Stone's
statement that a plan was in the works, that action could come sooner,
rather than later. More...
CESSNA AD: WHAT YA GONNA DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU?
Got an older Sabreliner, JetStar, Learjet, Citation or GI you're still
flying? How about an MU-2, Metro II or early Hawker? If so, then the
ongoing drama among owners of 400-series Cessnas, the FAA and Cessna
itself bears watching closely, especially if your type is no longer in
production. As AVweb has reported, the FAA on May 15, 2003,
proposed a complicated, costly Airworthiness Directive (AD) targeting
the heavier twin Cessnas (not the 300-series airplanes, yet) for wing
spar strap modifications on about 700 relatively high-time Cessna 401,
402, 411 and 414 aircraft. Earlier this month, the FAA held an
unprecedented two-day public meeting, bringing together various
interested parties to discuss the proposed AD. If adopted, the AD could
force operators to incur compliance costs estimated as high as $70,000
per airplane, an amount approaching what an individual airplane may be
worth. Aside from the expense associated with the proposed AD, the FAA's
actions in this saga thus far suggest there may be dark days ahead for
anyone with an "older" aircraft on which someone, somewhere has
identified a potentially unsafe condition. More...
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KEEPS RACKING UP THE MILES, AND AWARDS
Like a traveling salesman punch-drunk on racking up enough
frequent-flyer miles to receive first-class upgrades for life,
Gulfstream keeps setting distance records with its G550 uber-bizjet.
And, in the bargain, it also won an award. The most recent distance
records were established on March 8, when a G550 took off from Dulles
International Airport in Washington, D.C., and landed 7 hours and 24
minutes later at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany. Three days later,
the G550 took off again, this time from Rotterdam Airport in the
Netherlands, and landed 7 hours and 27 minutes later at Dulles.
Gulfstream is awaiting official recognition by the National Aeronautic
Association (NAA) for the resulting speed records. More...
HASSLE-FREE AUTO BUYING FOR THE AVIATION
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Next to the purchase of your home and airplane, this is the most
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professionals. Teamed with Consumer Guide's Personal Auto
Advisors (PAA), Crewcar provides shoppers with a free integrated phone
and electronic concierge-level buying service that offers outstanding
service and value no matter the geography. The service is provided
gratis and meets all the Consumer Guide dealership network
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TO ACTUALLY START BUILDING JETS; PLEDGES "TRANSPARENCY"
Eclipse Aviation Corp.'s push to certificate its Eclipse 500 light-light
bizjet is scheduled to take a giant leap forward this week when the
company intends to open its new Friction Stir Weld Center. The
97,000-square-foot facility will eventually house 70 employees and will
be used to assemble the Eclipse 500's aluminum fuselage using the
friction stir welding process. Eclipse plans to begin building seven
pre-production models of its twin-engine, six-seat business jet. Three
of the seven aircraft will be used for FAA certification tests, two will
be used as beta testers -- logging flight time to uncover
post-production issues before they make it into the delivered fleet --
and the remaining pair will be used for static testing. The Eclipse 500,
to be priced at $1 million, "will be one of the most highly tested
general aviation airplanes in history," according to company
spokesperson Andrew Broom. More...
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individualized budget via the "My Aircraft" selection. This allows you
to input operating numbers for any type of aircraft. There are six
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Helicopter; Jet; and Full (which includes all four aircraft databases).
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STARSHIPS BECOMING MUSEUM PIECES
What a difference 20 years makes. It was late 1983, at that year's NBAA
annual meeting, that Beech brought down the house with a flyover of a
scaled version of its proposed all-composite turbopusher, the Starship
2000. Last year, Beech's new owner Raytheon announced
it would scrap the 40-odd airframes it was leasing and developed a
buy-back program for the 10 or so copies in private hands. Still,
the one-of-a-kind airplanes remain popular -- with museums. Several
aviation museums have requested and/or have received a donated Starship.
WATCH: GA IN THE "SPOTLIGHT"
With this installment of our twice-monthly special coverage devoted to
business aviation, AVweb inaugurates a new feature, "TSA Watch."
This feature, which will appear as the last news item in each BizAVflash
and Business Aviation NewsWire published by AVweb, is designed to
highlight the latest observed action -- or inaction -- by the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) involving general and
business aviation. Don't worry about our having enough material: Kind of
like watching the TCAS display on a Friday-evening approach into TEB,
it's a target-rich environment. More...
... the next issue of AVweb's BizAVflash will be e-mailed to you
on March 31. More...
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WingX lets you do route planning with wind calculations; it'll even tell
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OF FIRE, AN EVAC-U8 ESCAPE HOOD FROM AEROMEDIX CAN SAVE
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