Is there a Light Sport Aircraft in every pilot's future? Today - Friday, May 25 - AVweb talks with Dan Johnson, Light Sport Aircraft marketing consultant to EAA and LAMA (the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association). How many designs are presently approved? What sort of aircraft are they? How many made-in-America designs are there? Are any changes to regulations in the works? What's next for the Sport Pilot Tour? Listen in for answers to these questions and a preview of what to expect at the LSA mall at AirVenture, Oshkosh, 2006.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for specific ECi parts in Lycoming engines, legislation in Congress may favor air traffic controllers as a contract deadline looms, virtual controllers stage a fly-in for a departed friend, a student pilot solos at 91, light sport aircraft show their range, a Canadian flight academy will train Chinese pilots, Lancair's first customer-built ES-P pressurized fixed-gear four place flies, and art again proves it's held in the eye of the beholder. Hear these stories and more in today's podcast.
Your first personal jet. Today - Friday, May 18 - AVweb talks with Excel Jet's Bob Bornhofen, who explains the difference between his company's Sport Jet and the emerging field of Very Light Jets. From the standpoint of performance, to cost, to insurance friendliness, you may like what you're about to hear. But is certification in the works? Listen carefully ... .
The FAA's 2007 budget may introduce "tough medicine" for GA that would cut funding to 2,500 airports; the DOT Inspector General wants a closer look at Lockheed's management of Flight Services following a half-billion dollar reduction in projected savings; RNP technology eases complex instrument approaches; English meets challenges as official language of flight; virtual radar for your pilot; a Sun 'n Fun crash widow settles her lawsuit; a Top Gun belly-lands a perfectly functional F-86; a Tornado nearly obliterates a glider; jumbo jets may become fire bombers; and new airplanes are coming from far-off lands. Hear these stories and more in today's podcast.
Today Joe Walker, president of Adam Aircraft, talks about progress at his company and with its A700 jet. Adam offered the first VLJ to fly on its production engines and the first to offer a functioning, separate lavatory. The A700 jet shares parts with the certified (with restrictions) Adam A500 piston-twin, which is also working toward expanding its flight envelope. That relationship is working to facilitate certification and may one day provide a natural (and more readily insurable) progression for aspiring light jet pilots.
The FAA has requested payment for services - to set up and staff a temporary tower for a small fly-in; alcohol is making its way into auto fuel, causing concern for STC'd mogas users and some 100LL users; AirVenture '06 is almost here; air travel is expanding exponentially, and so is the pilot-job market; a "hero" pilot is indicted; a teenage airplane thief has had his day in court; the price-gap in aircraft vs. car travel may be narrowing; and much more.
Today, AOPA president Phil Boyer. Hear what the voice of more than 400,000 pilots thinks about the potential for user fees in the U.S. There is a national trend; there is a worldwide pattern; and if you think general aviation in America is safe from user fees, AOPA president Phil Boyer would have you think again. Today in AVweb's podcast, the voice that speaks for general aviation in Washington speaks directly to you.
Record first quarter GA billing and shipments, VLJ news about the Spectrum 33 and Adam A700, the NTSB's early report on aviation icon Scott Crossfield's crash, AOPA on the FAA funding hoax, an upcoming coast-to-coast powered parachute attempt, professional pilots investigated for landing below minimums, and much more.
The Mooney Acclaim. Mooney CEO Gretchen Jahn chats with AVweb about the company's new 280hp twin-turbo, dual-intercooled Teledyne-Continental TSIO-55-powered, 236-knot hot rod. Also, hear an update on the current state of VLJs, including progress on the Aerion supersonic bizjet project, the ongoing FAA/NATCA/your-tax-dollars-at-work struggle, plus a new push for V-6 power in aircraft that won't need to depend on 100LL. It's all there in AVweb's Friday podcast.
Hear more details about the crash that last Wednesday killed famed test pilot Scott Crossfield. And while life goes on as usual for the FAA and NATCA, AVweb speaks with FAA spokesman Geoffrey Basye about the possibility of continued negotiations. In other headlines: The TSA and DHS have sent out a warning for bizjet owners; Diamond aircraft puts more air under its prototype VLJ; a smoke hood recall effects all owners; Airbus operators get advice about blacked-out cockpit displays and more.