Only 3,035 Aviators Oppose a New $100 User Fee. Apparently and at last count according to General Aviation News, only 3,035 general aviators are against paying a proposed $100 per flight user fee in the USA as that is how many people have signed a petition to the White House. If you do any flying in the US and you do not like the idea of paying $100 every time you take off, you can sign the petition here.
Cessna Suspends Skycatcher Sales in Europe. Over in Europe, General Aviation News has mentioned that according to a French Cessna dealer, 80 Skycatcher orders have been cancelled in Europe while Cessna officials in the US say the company has temporarily suspended taking orders for the LSA in Europe. The cause? The Skycatcher has not yet gained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification – a process that promises to be lengthy and very expensive…
Cessna Moves Closer to a China JV. In sharp contrast, China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company (CAIGA) and the Shijiazhuang Municipal Government have apparently taken a step closer to an eventual joint venture for the final assembly, sales and customer support for the Cessna Caravan in China for the Chinese market. Cessna aircraft will be manufactured in Kansas and then sent to Shijiazhuang to undergo final assembly before being sold there.
Keep Your Electronic Devices Charged. With pilots having so many different devices that need to stay charged, Sporty’s is now offering the Dual 2.1 Amp Cigarette Lighter Adapter [#7565A – $14.95] that’s ideal for charging an iPad and Stratus at the same time; the Backup Battery [#2126A – $99.95] pack which can increase the endurance of an iPad by 150%; and a 3.5’ iPad/iPhone Charging Cord [#9059A – $8.50 or $5 each for four or more] for just $8.50 – meaning you can leave one at home, in the office, in the car and of course, in the airplane.
Kentucky Derby Specials. Meanwhile, Saturday was the Kentucky Derby and General Aviation News has noted a few Kentucky Derby specials for the 300 or so aircraft from Los Angeles to Dubai that were expected to fly in for the event. Celebrations actually started early at Louisville Executive Aviation with the eighth annual “Out of The Blue” Jet Show, a private aircraft reception showcasing the latest models from jet manufacturers and fractional providers plus the latest offerings from luxury automobile, watercraft and motorcycle dealers. For more information, visit LouisvilleExecutive.com.
Latest FAA Safety Briefing Now Available Online. On a safety note, the latest May/June 2012 issue of the FAA Safety Briefing is now available online with the focus being on extreme weather. Articles include tips on how to detect, prepare for and avoid extreme weather conditions plus highlights several weather-related tools and resources for improving general aviation safety.
Electric Aircraft Update. On a green aviation note, the CAFE Foundation, which is working to advance the technology of efficient flight, held its annual electric aircraft symposium last weekend in Santa Rosa, California. AVweb has a podcast interview with CAFE President Brien Seeley to recap the event’s highlights.
Boeing Hybrid Aircraft: The Sugar Volt. Finally, AVweb also has a short article along with a video about Boeing’s Subsonic Ultra-Green Aircraft Research aircraft, otherwise known as the SUGAR Volt. The proposed aircraft will come with a 70% cut in fuel burn verses similar aircraft today but obviously the design still has a long way to go from paper into an actual aircraft that works the way its envisioned to.