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
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
AOPA Interjects Facts Into Florida TV Station's Story On GA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
"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.
Inaugural Award to be Presented on Former President's 80th
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.
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.
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.
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.