"It Don't Think It Will Break Anybody's Piggy Bank"
By Annette Kurman
You gotta give Ms. Blakey credit. It must have taken courage to
speak before a crowd of more than 850 general aviation enthusiasts,
most of whom were wearing "NO! on user fees" buttons and
Service Limited To Capabilities Of Cell Phones, Radio To
The New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) has lacked tower
operations since August 2005... when Hurricane Katrina knocked the
service out. Still, the little general aviation airport, long
preferred by executives, politicians and even celebrities because
of its lack of commercial crowds and easy access to downtown, saw
the highest number of flights since the hurricane in April --
4,000, according to the Associated Press.
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 07.26.07 1305 OSHKOSH (CDT)
TIME: The ADIZ isn't gone, but it is smaller. In what will
be her last "Meet The Administrator" forum as the head of the FAA,
Marion Blakey sought to placate general aviation pilots -- smarting
over the past several months from her apparent position reversal on
user fees -- by dropping a bombshell: the Washington Air Defense
Identification Zone (ADIZ) will soon be a lot smaller.
Most Ambitious Agency Pilot Safety Program To Date
Pilots who understand the importance of staying proficient are
likely to be familiar with the FAA Pilot Proficiency Award Program,
or "Wings" as it is more commonly known. For decades, this program
and others like it have aimed to increase General Aviation safety
by recognizing and rewarding pilots who undergo regular recurrent
Avidyne Corporation announced this week at AirVenture 2007 the
Release 7.0 software upgrade for Entegra EXP5000 Primary Flight
Displays (PFDs) and EX5000 Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) that will
add support for WAAS instrument approach procedures.
Aeromedical factors are often glossed over by most pilots
studying for their checkrides. While usually not the most
exciting topic, medical factors will eventually be incredibly
important to each of us, especially as we grow older.
The Diamond Aviators Association (the DAA), a new aircraft
owners group endorsed by Diamond Aircraft Industries, will
celebrate its official launch on Friday evening, July 27, during
the 2007 EAA AirVenture Exhibition in Oshkosh, WI.
The Last One Built, And One of Two Still In The
At the close of World War II, three young Boeing aeronautical
engineers decided to pool their resources and talents, and strike
out on their own. Ben Anderson, Marvin Greenwood, and Lomis
Slaughter, all originally from Houston, set out to build the
perfect small airplane. They returned to Houston to set up shop,
and located their operation at Sam Houston Airport, hoping to take
advantage of the anticipated post-war surge in private
Project To Focus on Eliminating Leaded Aviation Fuel With
Direct Injection Igniter Fuel Nozzle
A bevy of "names that you know" were on hand for the
announcement Wednesday of Thomas Ehresman as the winner for the
2007 Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant for his research into a new
direct injection igniter fuel nozzle that would eliminate the need
for leaded aviation fuel.
Initial Wind Tunnel Testing Complete, Something New Waiting In
Piper Aircraft held a Wednesday afternoon press conference, as
the rain began to fall at EAA AirVenture 2007. Focus was on the
PiperJet, with mention given to Piper's other models, and hints
toward a new product to be unveiled later this year.
Upcoming Security Training Presented At AirVenture
Approximately two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) solicited proposals for the development of a training program
for improving security awareness and preparedness at general
aviation airports. Via competitive proposals, in 2005, a $750,000
grant was awarded to Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in
This week at Oshkosh 2007, Avemco's Executive Vice President Jim
Lauerman announced changes with the company's underwriting
standards and risk management approach. He provided updates on previous announcements made
at Lakeland earlier this year, and also announced new changes.
Rotor Leasing, a company that restores ex-military Gazelle and
Dauphin helicopters, made its first public appearance at AirVenture
this week. The company, which just purchased four Dauphins, plans
to sell three of the four helicopters. Rotor Leasing's first
completely restored Dauphin is at their display.
The future of General Aviation may very well be at Oshkosh next
year... and if Sandy Munro and his company -- Munro &
Associates -- has anything to say about it, they'll point to their
concept of a ducted-fan aircraft powered by an automotive