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May 14, 2004

DA42: First G1000 Certification, Too!

Garmin G1000 Approved For DA-42 In Europe

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., says its G1000 integrated avionics system has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in the Diamond DA42 Twin Star. The Type Certificate (TC) was presented to Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH for its DA42, which features the G1000 as standard equipment, during a special ceremony this morning at the 2004 Berlin Air Show (ILA), commemorating the first new aircraft certification granted by EASA.

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Florida TV Station Touts GA Airport Threat

Says Leesburg Municipal Is Unsecured

In yet another broadcast news story touting the homeland security threat posed to the general population by GA airports, Daytona Beach (FL) NBC affiliate WESH aired a news story Wednesday citing Leesburg (FL) Regional Airport and the theft of an aircraft from Embry-Riddle University. The AOPA said, as has been the case with similar reports recently, this one was chock-full of errors.

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SpaceShipOne Flies Again!

This Time, To 212,000 Feet

Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne flew again on Thursday, this time reaching an altitude of 212,000 feet in its third powered flight test to date.

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WESH-TV GA Story: AOPA's Take

AOPA Interjects Facts Into Florida TV Station's Story On GA Airport Security

It could have been a typical fear-mongering ratings grabber of a story about death raining down from the skies in "small airplanes," but AOPA was able to interject some reason and perspective into an Orlando TV station's GA airport security story.

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Klyde Morris 05.14.04

Klyde Figures Out The General Media's GamePlan

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The WESH Anti-GA Rant: An Opposing Viewpoint From The Aviation Media

ANN's E-I-C Counters WESH's Hysteria and Errant Reporting (As Sent To WESH)

It sure is a shame when suggestion takes the place of good research in regional journalism. The facts, if they had been properly researched, would show that GA airplanes make very poor weapons. Their payload is limited, the range likewise and their targeting capabilities are (at best) poor. As already demonstrated, far better targeting and payload capabilities exist with the use of a simple utility (ground) vehicle.

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GA Airport Security Stories Make For Great TV Ratings -- And Headaches

AOPA: Don't Make It Easy For Reporters

In recent weeks, AOPA has contacted television stations across the country after being alerted (usually by members) that they were working on stories about "lax" security at general aviation airports. The wave of stories is no coincidence: It's the May "sweeps" period, that time of the year when stations will do anything to get the best possible ratings. Big ratings mean big bucks because those ratings determine how much they can charge for advertisers to run commercials. But those ratings can also give GA a lot of headaches.

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More Pilots Working

But Fewer Hired Than In March

Airlines hired 851 pilots in April, down slightly from the 975 hired in March which was the best month since  9/11.  This remains well above the 395 pilots hired per month in 2003. According to AIR, Inc.'s figures, the industry is only 1,559 pilots away from reaching the 4,743 hired in 2003.

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A Kick In The Glass: A First Look at the Cirrus Design SR22-G2 (Part Four)

An Evolutionary Step Forward For A Revolutionary Airplane

The mechanical aspect of controlling the SR22 is pretty slick. Mechanical forces are modest, and there is little mechanical breakaway. The physical range of control input seems about right. Right from the start, aerodynamic feedback allows you to read the bird like a dime novel. There is a fairly linear and perceptible force gradient in pitch that is a joy to work with, while roll pressures and responses allow for excellent response and some slightly surprising roll rates…

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Tampa's Executive Airport To Close

Field Would Be Plowed Under

It wasn't unexpected. For the past several years, Tampa Bay Executive Airport (FL) has been in trouble. But now, its owner says the airport will close October 1st. He's already talking with buyers about what will happen next.

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GAMA Adds Socata And Pilatus As New Members

Both Send Representatives To GAMA Board

The Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomes EADS Socata and Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd. as the newest members of the trade association.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4205  Issued:  05/13/2004 17:22  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  WITTMANN AZ. 

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Wisconsin TFR: 05/14/04

NOTAM:  4/4174  Issued:  05/12/2004 19:31  Effective:  05/14/2004 18:25 - 05/14/2004 22:15  State:  WI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  MEQUON, WISCONSIN, MAY 14, 2004. 

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Alaska TFR: TFN

Biorka Island TFR Continues

NOTAM:  4/4192  Issued:  05/13/2004 00:49  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  BIORKA ISLAND, ALASKA.  

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Florida TFR: 05/14/04

NOTAM:  4/4204  Issued:  05/13/2004 17:18  Effective:  05/14/2004 14:45 - 05/14/2004 17:55  State:  FL  Facility:  ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, MAY 14, 2004. 

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Florida TFR: 05/14/04

NOTAM:  4/4203  Issued:  05/13/2004 17:17  Effective:  05/14/2004 18:00 - 05/14/2004 23:45  State:  FL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  ORLANDO, FLORIDA, MAY 14, 2004. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.14.04)

"It followed the all-too-familiar TV ratings period model — over-the-top on-air promos to get viewers to watch and the actual story that attempted to be balanced. And thanks to AOPA's efforts to inform the reporter, the story was more balanced than it might have been otherwise." Source: AOPA Executive Vice President of Communications Jeff Myers, talking about yet another GA-bashing television news story. Orlando TV station WESH Wednesday aired a story zeroing in on the theft of two GA aircraft, suggesting that it's all too easy for someone to walk onto the tarmac, jump in an unlocked aircraft and take-off.

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ANA Unveils President George HW Bush Award

Inaugural Award to be Presented on Former President's 80th Birthday

In a tribute to America's 41st president, the Association of Naval Aviation (ANA) will present its inaugural President George H. W. Bush Award on his 80th birthday at the 29th Annual Convention finale, the ANA/Naval Aviation Ball Saturday, June 12, 2004.

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Husband and Wife Team Write an Ultralight Book

By ANN Contributor Jon Thornburgh According to FAA statistics only six percent of the licensed pilots in the United States are women.  In the ultralight community less than one percent of the pilots are women.  So it's very unusual to come across a woman who not only is an ultralight pilot but also an ultra-light instructor. Not only does Carol Carpenter fly ultralights, she has also co-authored an ultralight book with her husband, Brian.

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Now They're REALLY Famous

FAA Headquarters Buildings Named After Wright Brothers

Two downtown Washington (DC) office buildings housing the US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be named after the inventors of powered, sustained, controlled flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright.

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Certified: Diamond DA42 Twin Star

EASA Type Certification Awarded

ANN just got early word that Diamond's new twin, the DA42 Twin Star, received its EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification early, Thursday, May 13th. The type certificate was received by Christian Dries, CEO of Diamond Aircraft, at the Berlin International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA 2004) only 2 1/2 years after launch of the program and 18 months after first flight.

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