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COMMITTEE REPORT RELEASED
The Unleaded Avgas
Transition-Advanced Rulemaking Committee (ARC)'s report on its
recommended path to a suitable replacement for 100LL has been released
to the public by the FAA (two months after the stakeholders committee
completed the report) and as
we reported in May it will be, under the committee's
recommendations, at least 11 years before such a fuel (or fuels) is
approved and the committee is also warning it could take longer than
that. Total cost could reach $73 million with $60 million having to be
approved by Congress. Despite the many pitfalls outlined in the report,
the authors try to strike a hopeful tone. "We are in fact very
encouraged that a satisfactory solution will be deployed in a timely
manner and none of us will see our aircraft or our operations
significantly compromised. The summary of the report is here (PDF). The full report is here (large PDF) and the appendices are here (PDF). More...
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As the wildfire begins in earnest
in 2012, the Forest Service is operating with roughly half of the
aircraft it had only a decade ago, stirring some controversy about
aviation firefighting resources. Earlier this month, President Obama
signed a bill to add larger tankers to the Forest Service's aerial
firefighting fleet and, separately, four Air Force C-130s have now been
scheduled to join the fight against an active blaze in Colorado. Aside
from those aircraft, at least four more Air National Guard aircraft are
equipped and ready to go. But, as the Forest Service told Philly.com
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INDIA PILOTS LAUNCH HUNGER STRIKE
Eleven Air India pilots
started a hunger strike this week to protest disparities in pay and
career advancement for former union members. About 400 pilots have been
on strike since May. They were members of the India Pilots Guild, which
has been de-recognized by the government. The airline has refused to
reinstate about 100 pilots who held offices in the union. "They have the
right to go on hunger strike. It will be good for their health,"
Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told IBNLive. More...
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REVERSES COURSE ON OXYGEN
Last year, the FAA ordered airlines
emergency oxygen generators that supply decompression masks in
lavatories, citing terrorism concerns. This week, the FAA reversed that
order, and gave the airlines three years to restore the systems. The
change affects about 5,500 airplanes, the FAA said, and will cost about
$45 million. The FAA noted that while "no specific designs" are
currently available that would meet the FAA's safety criteria, "airframe
manufacturers and aftermarket modifiers are working on acceptable
designs, and we expect that there will be more than one solution
POST SUPERJET CRASH
Fallout from the May 9 crash of Russia's
first completely new post-Soviet era passenger jet may bring changes to
how Sukhoi pilots are prepared for display flights, RiaNovosti reported,
Wednesday. Last month's crash destroyed a Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100
airliner, killing all 44 passengers aboard when the demo flight impacted
a mountain slope near its departure point at Jakarta, Indonesia. Mikhail
Pogosyan, head of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation, announced last
week that the investigation has yet found no faults with the aircraft.
And Sukhoi has now said it will consider the recommendations of
Indonesia's National Transport Security Committee (NTSC) regarding
flight operations. More...
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TAKES A SUMMER TOUR
Nine lucky young flight instructors have
scored a pretty great summer job, thanks to a tour Cessna is sponsoring
to promote its Skycatcher light sport aircraft. The CFIs left Cessna's
facility in Independence, Kan., on Saturday, flying Skycatchers with
identical custom paint jobs. For five weeks, they'll take part in
fly-ins, airshows and Cessna events around the country, giving rides and
blogging as they go, and promoting the brand via Facebook, Twitter, and
YouTube. The strategy aims to "introduce [the airplane] to the flying
public," said Tracy Leopold, Cessna business leader for the Skycatcher.
"We have found that once people experience flight in a Skycatcher, their
interest in the product increases." More...
ON THE HORIZON
EAA AirVenture is coming up fast, with opening
day set for Monday, July 23, and EAA said this week visitors already
have started to arrive in the camping areas. The current Notam,
essential reading for pilots who are flying in, has been posted on the
site. The website also offers discounts on advance ticket sales,
through this Saturday. AirVenture provides the usual packed schedule,
with top airshow performers flying every afternoon plus Saturday night,
and entertainment every evening. Programs for teachers and families aim
to draw new enthusiasts into the fold. Up to 200 Piper Cubs are expected
to fly in to the show, creating a "field of yellow" to celebrate the
iconic airplane's 75th anniversary. And of course, everyone with a new
product or upgrade or idea will be there to share it with the aviation
COMING UP AT AIRVENTURE
EAA spokesman Dick
Knapinski, veteran of a quarter-century's worth of AirVenture
extravaganzas, updates AVweb's Mary Grady with a look at what to
expect from the 2012 edition, just a few weeks away. More...
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TO BUILD JETS IN CHINA
In Rio de Janeiro last week, political
leaders from Brazil and China signed an agreement that will allow
Embraer to start building business jets in China. The deal creates a
partnership between Embraer and the Aviation Industry Corporation of
China (AVIC) to build Legacy 600 and 650 jets using a facility already
in place in Harbin, China. The new operation is expected to produce
about 20 jets a year for the Chinese market. The first Embraer jet to be
built in China is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.
RELAXES MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Australia's Civil Aviation
Safety Authority (CASA) has announced liberalized flight medical
standards for private and recreational pilots that include a 3,200-pound
maximum weight for aircraft and allow pilots to register their medical
fitness online. In a newsletter to Australian pilots, John McCormick,
CASA's director of aviation safety, said the idea is to make it easier
for pilots to maintain medicals without sacrificing safety. "Having
robust medical standards is a key element of aviation safety and this
initiative ensures safety standards remain high while making the system
simpler," McCormick said. Pilots will still have to get regular medical
assessments (every two year for those 65 or younger, every year after
that) but they're based mostly on driver's license standards and can be
done by their family doctor. Australia requires all drivers to
self-declare medical fitness to maintain their licenses. After being
signed off by the GP, the pilot registers his or her medical fitness
online and keeps the printed copy with him or her while flying.
Australia's new rules have some significant differences from those being
considered by the FAA. By the way, the deadline for comments on the
joint EAA/AOPA third-class medical exemption proposal is July 2. To find
out how to comment, look here (PDF). More...
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OF THE WEEK: WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR PILOT'S LICENSE?
back, AVweb reader Marc Santacroce suggested a great poll
question. "I can't find any recent survey ... that asked how pilots got
their licenses," he wrote. With flight training on our brain, that's our
questio to you this week. (Military pilots, you get the week off; for
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Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb
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ANA 767 HARD LANDING CREASES FUSELAGE
An All Nippon
Airways Boeing 767-300 carrying 193 passengers was damaged during a hard
landing at Tokyo Narita airport, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The ANA jet
touched down on Runway 16R. Airport weather reports show winds at 230
and 16 knots gusting to 29 at that time, suggesting a potential
crosswind component of more than 27 knots. However that may have
affected the pilots and aircraft, security camera footage shows the
airliner came down first on the right main, then on the nosewheel alone,
before porpoising into a second impact that appears to impart visible
flex on the airliner's forward fuselage. No injuries were reported, but
an early post-flight inspection clearly showed buckling and creases in
the fuselage skin forward of the wing root. Japan's transportation
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OF THE WEEK: LAREDO AERO CENTER (KLRD, LAREDO,
Summer is here, local air shows are in full swing, and
AVweb readers are logging some serious flying time. At least,
that's the way it looks from the number of great FBOs we've heard about
in the last seven days. It was tough choosing one nomination, but our
latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Laredo Aero
Center at Laredo International Airport (KLRD) in (you guessed
it) Laredo, Texas.
Jimmy Harrison brought Aero Center to
our attention with his praise:
The people who operate Aero Center are absolutely fabulous.
This includes the line handlers, the refuelers and the ops desk
personnel. I have stopped here several times and am always delighted
with their excellent service and can-do attitude.
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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