Volume 3, Number 12 July 13, 2005

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DAVID 1, GOLIATH 0
Each season, the FAA considers adopting a reservation system for IFR operations into such popular destinations as Nantucket, Mass., Aspen, Colo., and other airports with limited facilities and acceptance rates but with high demand. Those restrictions have rarely, if ever, been implemented to restrict or prohibit VFR-only flights. And it appears they won't again, even though the airport management at Sun Valley, Idaho, would like that. At issue is access to the airport serving an annual retreat for well-heeled businesspeople and their jets, all of whom want to use the community's Friedman Memorial Airport. That creates congestion, according to the airport managers, and is something they'd like to avoid. So, they asked the FAA to restrict operations at the airport to IFR aircraft only; the FAA said "no." More...

THE BOSE® AVIATION HEADSET X DELIVERS AN UNMATCHED COMBINATION
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SWEARINGEN SJ30 NEARING CERTIFICATION?
If all continues to go as well as the company is saying, San Antonio, Texas-based Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. (SSAC) may soon have an FAA-certified bizjet on its hands. The company announced last month that the FAA had issued two additional Type Inspection Authorizations (TIAs) for the company's SJ30-2 jet, which it hopes to finally certify before the end of 2005. The SSAC's certification flight test program for the new jet presently has three conforming aircraft in flight-test operation, "flying day and night missions virtually every day," according to the company. Of the three flying test articles, one aircraft is being used for testing systems development and certification, the second is for performance and aerodynamic certifications, while the third is testing the autopilot and avionics systems. More...

ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME YOU CHOSE SOMETHING EXTRA?
Pilot-inspired, German-engineered, and internationally renowned — that's the difference in Extra Aircraft's EA-500. Extra's certified, Rolls Royce-powered, 6-seat turboprop EA-500 is in a class all by itself. The only new-technology cabin-class airplane, the EA-500 averages 220 kts, gets 11 mpg, and costs less than $200/hr to operate. Find out more about Extra's EA-500 at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/extra/biz.
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SECOND FALCON 7X JOINS FLIGHT TEST PROGRAM
Dassault Falcon Jet's 7X program last week also passed a major milestone as the second prototype made its first flight from the company's facility at Bordeaux-Merignac, France. Test pilots Philippe Deleume and Jean-Louis Dumas were at the controls for the maiden flight, which lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. Typical for a first flight, the crew cycled landing gear and performed airborne acceleration/deceleration tests. The fly-by-wire system was tested in all its modes, and flight systems were operated in both manual and automatic modes. The airplane, s/n 02, will be used primarily for systems certification; it was ferried to the company's flight-test center in Istres, France. "The second aircraft is responding and flying exactly as the first," said Deleume, Falcon's chief test pilot. More...

ATTENTION, BARON AND CESSNA 310 OWNERS — NEWS FROM McCAULEY!
A new STC has been approved to McCauley Propeller Systems for installation of a new three-bladed propeller.  Replace your old threaded propellers with the new Blackmac propeller.  The Blackmac provides operators with an average weight savings of 10 pounds, longer TBOs, and fewer ADs than other propellers available today.  The Blackmac also comes with a standard three-year warranty.  For more information and an authorized service center near you, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/mccauley/biz.

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FOURTH ECLIPSE 500 JOINS TEST FLEET
Another milestone: Eclipse Aviation this week put its fourth certification prototype in the air, one the company is calling the first of two of its "beta test jets." The aircraft, N505EA, powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW610F turbofan engines, took off from the Albuquerque International Sunport for a 43-minute flight. While aloft, the latest example of the Eclipse 500 very light jet climbed to 15,000 feet and accelerated to 160 knots airspeed. This airframe and another beta aircraft will be "tested under accelerated usage conditions to ensure superior reliability and functionality prior to first customer deliveries," according to Eclipse. “We remain the only VLJ manufacturer with multiple FAA-conforming jets in flight testing,” said Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn. That may be, but Eclipse admitted in a press release that the aircraft only "completed a majority of [its] scheduled test points" on the maiden flight. More...

LAKE AIRCRAFT IS LOOKING FOR A NEW OWNER DURING AIRVENTURE!
The Lake Aircraft series is the only FAA-certified single-engine amphibious airplane being produced in the world today.  The complete line of Lake Aircraft inventory and tooling — with FAA Type Certificate, STCs, engineering data, documentation, historical information, fleet support inventory, and manufacturing capacity — will be sold at auction during AirVenture 2005.  The auction will be held at 4:30pm July 27 at the EAA Aviation Center's Vette Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The inventory (in its entirety) will be sold as a comprehensive package to one able buyer for the purpose of resuming full production capacity. For additional information and a complete list of assets to be conveyed, call Higgenbotham Auctioneers at (800) 257-4161, or visit their web site (Higgenbotham.com) at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/hig/biz.

GULFSTREAM G350 ENTERS SERVICE
Gulfstream Aerospace late last month delivered the first example of its G350 bizjet to an unnamed owner. “Just two months ago, we delivered the first large-cabin, long-range G450 and now we’re delivering its sister ship, the G350,” said Bryan Moss, president of Gulfstream. The G350 and the G450 share the same size cabin and baggage compartment, electrical and environmental control systems, engines, aerodynamic enhancements to the exterior, new thrust reversers and the PlaneView cockpit. The G350 business jet was first announced on Feb. 23, 2004. On Nov. 1, 2004, it was certified by the FAA and, on March 30, 2005, it received validation from the European Aviation Safety Agency. More...

TAXING MATTERS
It's summer in Washington, D.C., and, with the steamy, dreamy days of August fast approaching, both houses of Congress are looking forward to bailing out and heading off into the wild blue yonder. In addition to all the nasty, time-consuming tasks they will probably leave behind -- like Supreme Court nominees, for instance -- the business aviation industry is hoping two tax-related provisions in the huge, expensive highway-funding bill will fall onto the taxiway like so much blue ice. According to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), an existing limitation on the deductibility of business expenses for entertainment use of employer-provided aircraft enacted last fall would be expanded by the Senate's version of the highway bill. Another provision would change procedures for paying the fuel tax on jet fuel. More...

A NEW RELEASE OF THE BEST AVIATION WEATHER SERVICE FOR CELL PHONES
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UAE OPERATOR GETS ETOPS-120 PAPERS FOR BBJS
While the 737-derived Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) isn't the best choice for every operator, one thing it does offer, in large quantities, is reliability. So it should come as no surprise that Royal Jet, the United Arab Emirates-based charter operator, announced last week it had obtained ETOPS-120 certification of its two BBJs. The extended-range twin-engine operation performance standard references International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rules permitting newer twin-engine aircraft to operate over water, desert and remote polar routes that place them more than an hour from a suitable emergency or diversion airport. More...

SHUTTLE FACILITY FOR RENT?
Psst, buddy; want to borrow NASA's shuttle landing facility? Get in line -- the agency says it is considering adopting a policy and developing the plans and procedures appropriate to allow access to and use of the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at John F. Kennedy Space Center by other government agencies and their contractors, university research and technology programs, and commercial users. NASA wants to know if uses such as research and technology demonstration flights, flights supporting microgravity experiments and commercial space flight research would be of interest. More...

WINGS TO ADVENTURE TV FEATURES
BUSH PLANES, MUSEUMS, AND AVIATION REBELS

The hottest (and only) new television series about general aviation, Wings to Adventure goes off-road this week, featuring bush planes. The Maul and the famous DeHaviland Beaver strut their aerial stuff in Texas and in the Pacific Northwest. There's also a tour of aviation museums in the Dallas area and a visit to the hangar of aviation raconteur Reb Stimson. Shot in incredible high definition video, "WTA" airs Sunday at 2:30pm Eastern on the Outdoor Channel. Dish and DirecTV subscribers can add the Outdoor Channel for $1.99 a month. Ask for it "a la carte." For more information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/outdoor/biz.

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LANCAIR COLUMBIA 400 — NOW CERTIFIED TO FL250
The Columbia 400's twin turbochargers can now be put to full effect with the aircraft's recent certification to 25,000 feet. With the added altitude to play with, the Columbia 400 gives pilots even more flexibility than before. Set the throttle to 80% power and cruise at 235 knots — that's faster than any other piston-powered aircraft in production today. Or ease the power back and increase range to standard-setting levels. A company official recently flew an unmodified Columbia 400 non-stop from Bend, Oregon to Fort Worth, Texas (a distance of more than 1,300 nm) while averaging 200 kts. Find out what a Columbia 400 can do for you at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/lancair/biz.
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