March 2, 2001
On Capitol Hill
Airport Support Network
2001 Bonanza Sweepstakes
FAA CERTIFIES TURBO SKYLANE It's official. Cessna completed certification of its turbocharged Skylane, the T182T, last Friday. The 235-horsepower Textron Lycoming engine promises slightly better performance than its predecessor, the T182, produced until 1983. "We have listened to our customers and are pleased to provide them with an increase in power, rate of climb, and takeoff performance," said Cessna spokeswoman Christina Taylor. A three-blade propeller comes standard, as does a Honeywell Bendix/King avionics stack, including a single nav/com and two-axis autopilot. Avionics options include the new Bendix/King KLN 94 GPS and KMD 550 multifunction display, and BF Goodrich WX-500 Stormscope. Cessna expects deliveries to begin by the end of this month. The base price is $281,600. For more, see the Web site AMD OFFE RS LIGHTER CH2000 Aircraft Manufacturing and Development Company Inc. is offering a lighter version of the certified Alarus CH2000. The change will allow owners to fly it with full fuel while carrying two 200-pound pilots. It was made possible by using a lighter propeller, smaller battery at the firewall, lighter alternator, and a 25-useable-gallon fuselage fuel tank. The lighter airplane will remain in the Utility category and will have the same airframe as the standard CH2000. For more, see the Web site.
FAA LOOKS FOR SOURCE OF ATC INTERFERENCE FAA officials are conducting flights over central Florida to locate three transmitters that have caused interference with air traffic control communications. The problem has affected airline and other high-altitude traffic in the area. A Beech King Air operated by the FAA, which is primarily used for checking navigation devices, pinpointed one of the transmitters recently, using moving maps and computers. Specially equipped ground vehicles operated by the Federal Communications Commission can then locate the address of the transmissions. All three sources of interference are described as voice communications, and may not be intentional. One of the sources appears to be a malfunctioning radio used by a truck driving school. For daily news updates, see AOPA Online.
AOPA AUTO INSURANCE OFFERS AVIATION PERKS An innovative auto insurance program for AOPA members provides aviation-related enhancements. (Not yet available in all states.) The program will waive up to $250 of the deductible for a loss to a covered vehicle that is parked in an aiport parking lot, while you are operating an aircraft that you own, rent, or lease for pleasure. The program also provides transportation expense reimbursement (up to $900) when your aircraft malfunctions and leaves you stranded away from home. This new program is underwritten by the member companies of American International Group INC. (AIG). For more information, see AOPA Online or call the AIG companies toll-free 877/659-2446; use keycode HALXXX or extension 4597 to obtain a quote. Changing your mailing or e-mail addresses? Click here to update.
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A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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