In contrast to AOPA Expo General Session meetings over the
previous two days, Saturday's opening meeting was much less a
rallying cry to arms... and more an update on the state of your
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
See Piper At AOPA
Expo Display Area 1120 and Static Display
Piper BLEW THE DOORS OFF NBAA 2006 with the
announcement of their innovative new PiperJet. We've known
about this for a while, but we'll admit to having been quite
pleasantly surprised at how nice it seems to be turning out. What
we're speaking of, of course, is Piper's massive NBAA
announcement... their long-awaited, if unconventional, entry into
the jet business.
Representative Hal Rogers Honored With Hartranft Award
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association paid tribute to US
Congressman Harold ‘Hal’ Rogers (R-Ken.) for his
dedication to general aviation (GA), awarding him the prestigious
J.B. Doc” Hartranft Award for 2006 at the AOPA Expo closing
banquet Saturday night.
Given Annually To Individuals Who Contribute To Aviation
Felix Maguire is the 2006 recipient of the Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association’s (AOPA) Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual
Award, given annually to a private citizen for the greatest
selfless commitment to general aviation (GA) by a private
ANN was among the first to hear that attendance at this year's
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Expo in Palm Springs had set
a record, with over 12,000 people in attendance over the past three
days. But AOPA President Phil Boyer kept the final numbers under
his hat until Saturday night's closing banquet.
See The Amazing Avidyne
at AOPA Expo Booths 1511!
Avidyne and S-TEC are showing off the first
certified large-screen integrated flight deck for retrofit
installation in GA aircraft. The new Alliant flight deck
transforms the proven King Air 200 into an aircraft with the
state-of-the-art Envision integrated flight deck and S-TEC’s
IntelliFlight 2100 digital autopilot.
Visit Diamond Aircraft (and
See The D-Jet Mockup!)
At AOPA Expo Booth 810, and Aircraft Display Area
Diamond Aircraft is hosting its largest AOPA EXPO
display ever, at the Palm Springs Convention Center this week. At
10:00am Thursday, November 9, Diamond’s lineup will
participate in the Parade of Planes, taxiing through the streets of
There is a new software package coming soon for FBO managers...
and FBO Revolution is promising to do just that... revolutionize
the way aviation businesses utilize technology to automate their
Generally we want to choose a flight instructor who will get us
through the requirements of a certificate or rating in the least
amount of time... to reach our goal, and to save some money.
There's one instance I feel, however, where we should insist on
just a little more time than the bare minimum needed to qualify for
This seems like it should be on David Letterman’s Stupid
Pet Tricks... but let’s face it, if you’re talking your
four-legged buddy flying with you and the sound annoys you (and is
damaging)... imagine how your buddy feels.
A hypersonic aircraft design that improves its supersonic
lift-to-drag ratio by producing a lifting surface built out of the
shock waves being generated by its own flight, a technique known as
“The bottom line is that we are going for a paradigm
shift by creating a whole new sub-category of LSA.”
Source: Scott Belliveau, a member of the design
team at Nexaer. The company's prototype entry into the light sport
aircraft segment turned plenty of heads at AOPA Expo 2006, with its
distinctive fuselage shape and automotive-influenced cockpit