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FUEL COMMITTEE: 11-YEAR TIMELINE FOR AVGAS
Although it hasn't released the final report to
the public, the FAA's unleaded avgas transition rulemaking committee
(UAT-ARC), will recommend a fuel approvals process stretching out as
long as 11 years and will be asking Congress for at least $60 million to
fund the project, plus as much as $13 million from the industry. The
report is now being reviewed by the Department of Transportation and
sources told AVweb that it could be released "within a few
weeks." Because the FAA insisted on keeping a tight lid on the process,
none of the sources AVweb spoke to regarding the report agreed to
be quoted. However, those we did speak to expressed satisfaction that
the ARC's recommendations, if adopted in some form, will ignite
meaningful progress in finding a replacement fuel for leaded avgas. "The
snowball is starting to turn down the hill. There's some momentum here
that's never been there before and I think it's a big positive," said
Lycoming general manager Michael Kraft in this
podcast recorded at Aero in Friedrichshafen. "What it does is to
give anyone coming to market with a fuel a risk management plan.
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PILOT DEVIATION RULES SURPRISE PILOTS
The Airline Pilots
Association is advising members (PDF)
to voluntarily report to the FAA
Aviation Safety Action Program even the most minor deviation from
ATC instructions, regardless of their origin (ie equipment failure or
even weather deviations) or risk being written up for a pilot deviation
(PD). Although airline pilots are more likely to run afoul of a new FAA
internal reporting policy for deviations, it applies to all aircraft
under active control and the consequences can include FAA enforcement
and a note on a pilot's permanent record. While the intent of the policy
shift appears to be to encourage pilots to self report deviations (doing
so triggers enforcement "incentives" that reduce the consequences) ALPA
says pilots who have been assured by controllers that the transgression
is a minor one not worthy of FAA attention have found out later that
they've been written up. AVweb received this information over the
weekend and neither the FAA nor the National Air Traffic Controllers
Association was able to offer comment in time for the story to appear in
this issue of AVwebFlash. We hope to follow up later this week.
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"ERRORS" ON FATIGUE RULES EXEMPTION
attorneys representing the FAA Thursday said the agency made "errors" in
enacting pilot fatigue rules that exempt cargo carriers and the issue
would be revisited. FAA officials originally estimated that
including cargo carriers in new pilot rest rules would cost the industry
$214 million over ten years. Based at least in part on that cost
estimate, the FAA exempted cargo pilots from the rules. Attorneys
representing the FAA now say errors in the cost calculation are
"sufficient" to review those calculations. The decision to revisit the
issue is concurrent with a lawsuit brought against the FAA by the UPS
pilots union. And the FAA's attorneys have made a request regarding that
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ASIAN SKY TEAM UP IN ASIA
Avpro, one of the world's largest
business jet brokerages, has teamed with Asian Sky Group, one of the
most experienced Asian aviation consultant groups, to allow both
companies to better serve the expanding Asian market. The announcement
was made at EBACE in Geneva. Avpro handles about 90 aircraft
transactions a year for a diverse clientele and the partnership with
Asian Sky will leverage that broad experience to better serve Asian
clientele. "Given the rapidly diversifying demand for business aviation
aircraft and services throughout China and across the Asia-Pacific
region, this strategic partnership with Asian Sky Group allows Avpro to
significantly increase its presence in these critical markets at this
exciting time," said Chris Ellis, Managing Partner of Avpro, Inc. Asian
Sky Managing Director Jay Shaw said Avpro will open opportunities for
Asian Sky's existing and future clients. "With Avpro as a partner Asian
Sky Group will be able to provide them with the best possible
opportunities in the marketplace," Shaw said. More...
CHINA CAN BE A GOOD PLACE TO DO BUSINESS
Holdings, a large U.S. multi-national company, has several aviation
business investments in China, and one of them just made a strategic
partnership with Avpro, a large business jet broker, to better serve its
customer base. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Seacor's chairman of
the board, Charles Fabrikant, about the opportunities in the
Chinese aviation business.
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POLEHINKE, SOLE SURVIVOR
On August 27, 2006, Comair Flight
5191 crashed during an attempted takeoff from the wrong runway at
Lexington's Blue Grass Airport, killing all 49 aboard save the co-pilot,
James Polehinke, who has now become the subject of a documentary. A
Chicago filmmaker will feature Polehinke in the movie "Sole Survivor,"
which creates accounts of the lives of people who became sole survivors
of commuter aircraft crashes. It will be released this fall. Polehinke
was at the controls of Comair's CRJ-100 as it sped into the grass off
the end of the airport's shorter, narrower Runway 26. It had been
cleared for the twice-as-wide and twice-as-long Runway 22. Polehinke
awoke from a coma after the crash to learn he had facial fractures, a
complex fracture of the pelvis, two fractures of the spine, and broken
bones in his left leg, right foot and right hand. The film may show that
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CUP RACE IS A GO
The EAA does not want its name associated
with the event that has in the past been publicized as the EAA
AirVenture Cup Race, but organizers Friday announced the race will go
on. Organizers say they understand that EAA's present position is that
all references to EAA be removed from all materials associated with the
race. However, EAA will "continue providing support to race volunteers,"
according to organizers. And the race, which organizers say was founded
by EAA and with direct support by Tom Poberezny, will now continue as
scheduled with help from another organization. More...
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RED BULL'S LATEST AERIAL BALLET
Red Bull Wednesday
shared video of one of its latest sponsored adventures -- five wingsuit
skydivers joining up with and maintaining formation with two sailplanes
in a dive over Austria. The team flew two aerobatic LET L-13 Blanik
sailplanes and just to complicate things, the lead flew inverted and one
skydiver formed up in between the inverted and upright glider. The
skydivers and gliders came together in formation at roughly 12,000 feet.
The sailplanes wore wingtip-mounted smoke canisters and one skydiver
wore one on an ankle. The trick of the task was mating airspeed and
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OF THE WEEK: WALKER AVIATION (KTMA, TIFTON, GA)
AVweb reader Ralph Hoover had a longer
delay than he'd planned at Tifton, Georgia's Henry Tift Myers Airport
(KTMA) recently -- but what could have been a major delay served as
opportunity to discover the helpful, efficient staff at our latest "FBO
of the Week," Walker Aviation. Ralph tells the tale of our
latest blue ribbon FBO:
wife landed at Tifton on our trip from Florida. While taxiing back to
the ramp, the nose wheel tire on our RV-7 went flat. While my wife was
arranging a rental car and hotel, Robbie Fender improvised a dolly and
towed us back to the hangar. He then made tools available so I was able
to disassemble and find the hole in the tube. The Western Auto in town
was locked when we arrived but reopened to sell us a $2.00 patch kit.
The next morning, with the assistance of Josh Hulett, we reassembled the
nose wheel and were on our way. Both employees of Mr. Clark Walker were
polite, friendly, and very helpful to us. We highly recommend Walker
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next Monday! More...
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