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VLJs To Become A Thing Of The Past?

by John M. White |

It appears that the credit crunch created by our legislators in Washington, DC is reaching into the aviation industry now as well.  AAI Acquisitions, who purchased Adam Aircraft, has announced that it has put certification of the A700 vlj on hold for the time being, putting an end to the hope that hundreds of new workers would be hired in Centennial, CO. Adam-a700

Eclipse  In another development Forecast International, an aerospace think tank, opines that Eclipse Aviation will likely cease operations after the first of the year for lack of money as well.  The think tank believes that price increases coupled with cancelled orders and the current economic conditions make it highly unlikely that Eclipse will be able to get the operating capital it needs in order to continue operations.

It seems that just when things start to go right for aviation something happens to dampen it, and the development of all the new vljs seems to be taking the same path.  Combine that with the lack of student starts, the high cost of flight training and the money drain on the economy and the outlook for general aviation looks gloomy at best.

Add to that the fact that there are half the student pilots there were just a few years ago during boom times and another crisis may be looming - a crisis in pilots.  At EAA AirVenture this year it was announced that the pilot ranks consist mainly of 50-something white guys and that there need to be concerted efforts to bring more youth into the pilot ranks, and soon.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


"High Flight"

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor even eagle flew.
And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space...
...put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

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