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CANCELS THOUSANDS OF FLIGHTS, CAUSES NBAA HEADACHES
political winds to the perfect storm and it tallies up to a little extra
homework for those trying to fly to NBAA's national convention in
Orlando Sunday and Monday. President Barack Obama has a campaign event
in Orlando on Monday, the day before the convention, and his original
travel plans would have resulted in a relatively short disruption as he
flew in and out of MCO on Air Force One. But with Hurricane Sandy
wreaking havoc on the Eastern Seabord, Obama moved his departure to
Orlando to Sunday evening and he will stay through early Monday
afternoon, bringing a TFR with him. Many exhibitors fly in on Sunday and
many attendees arrive on Monday so they need to be aware of the latest NOTAM outlining procedures at Orlando-area
airports. The FAA information is subject to change (the NOTAM was
revised four times by late Sunday) so pilots are advised to ensure they
have the latest information before heading to Florida. Those
inconveniences pale compared to the massive disruption of traffic along
the East Coast. As of early Monday, more than 7,000 airline flights had
been cancelled and all other aviation was grounded in a huge swath of
the eastern part of the U.S. More...
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WANTS EXPANDED MOGAS AVAILABILITY
A California congressman is
urging the FAA to encourage wider availability of mogas at airports to
reduce the use of 100LL. In a (PDF) letter to Acting FAA Administrator Michael
Huerta, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., says airplanes that can use
unleaded automotive fuel should use automotive fuel until an unleaded
replacement for avgas is available. He suggests the FAA become directly
involved in helping airports ensure the availability of high-octane,
ethanol-free unleaded gas. "It is essential for the FAA to develop and
implement, in the near term, measures to facilitate the use of currently
available unleaded fuel in general aviation," he wrote.
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GA HELICOPTER CRASHES PROMPT CALL FOR ACTION
missions are not at the root of a stubbornly persistent helicopter
accident rate and helicopter fatalities," the International Helicopter
Safety Team (IHST) said Wednesday, after four flights in eight days
resulted in seven fatalities. Each of the four accident flights
from Oct. 10 to Oct. 17 appear to have initiated as normal general
aviation/private flights, according to IHST, "but each ended with fatal
results." IHST is made up of industry representatives and the FAA. It is
calling for greater vigilance from pilots flying even "ordinary, mundane
flights," but the organization also has a larger agenda in mind.
GETS EARFUL ON NORFOLK ISLANDING DITCHING
Transport Safety Bureau got a grilling before the Australian Senate this
week over its investigatory work into the 2009 ditching of a Westwind
medical flight off Norfolk Island. The bureau and Australia's Civil
Aviation Safety Authority were castigated by witnesses for taking too
long to complete the report (more than 1000 days), with one witness
terming the investigation flawed and incompetent. According to a web report by The Australian,, the Senate
investigation was initiated following a report by ABC Four Corners that
revealed some 57 regulatory breaches, deficiencies and oversights of the
flight's operator, Pel Air, that CASA was aware of but did not address.
The investigations also revealed that the ATSB made few if any safety
recommendations as a result of the accident. More...
WANTS CHANGES AFTER GULFSTREAM CRASH
The NTSB is seeking
response within 90 days to ten new safety recommendations (five for the
FAA, three for the Flight Test Safety Committee, and two for Gulfstream)
born from the April 2, 2011, fatal crash of an experimental Gulfstream
GVI (G650). The test aircraft went down near Roswell, N.M,. during the
final stages of certification flight testing, killing all four aboard.
The NTSB's findings and recommendations were first released on Oct. 10,
along with an associated NTSB press release that was critical of
Gulfstream. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman called the crash "as much an
absence of leadership as it was of lift." The NTSB is now seeking,
within 90 days, responses from the affected entities that detail actions
taken to implement the recommendations. More...
FLIES TWO LEGS MISSING CONTROL SURFACE
On July 28, a Piaggio
Avanti operated by Avantair flew two legs (one with passengers) without
a left elevator, and now the company has grounded its entire fleet as it
works with the FAA through a safety review. Avantair is based out of St.
Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and operates almost 60
Piaggio Avanti turboprop pusher aircraft in fractional ownership
programs. According to the NTSB, the incident aircraft departed
Camarillo Airport in California, travelled to San Diego, where it picked
up two passengers, and then flew to Henderson Executive Airport in
Nevada. The missing elevator was discovered by airport personnel at
Camarillo, three days later. The pilots did report some
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RALLY INVITATION 'NOT AN ENDORSEMENT': SUN 'N FUN
Republican Party rally featuring vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan
at the Sun 'n Fun facilities on Monday is not an endorsement for the
GOP, according to Sun 'n Fun. Director of Communications Sandy Bridges
said the "Victory Rally," which is expected to draw 2,000 people to
Hangar A, one of the commercial exhibit hangars at Lakeland Linder
Airport, is a private event. "We're not hosting this. They (the
Republican Party) rented it." Bridges said Sun 'n Fun rents facilities
to a wide variety of groups to raise money and create awareness of the
various non-fly-in activities at the airport. "If President Obama had
asked to rent it we would have rented it to him." However, SNF is now
rethinking an e-mail it sent to its distribution list inviting everyone
on the list to attend the rally. More...
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the timing and signature of a sound captured along with video footage
shot from the ground during Felix Baumgartner's record-setting Oct. 14
freefall from 128,000 feet believe it is a sonic boom, Red Bull said
Friday. "The wave form of the sonic boom has been isolated and is
consistent with existing 'sonic boom characteristics' data," the company
said. Four different groups of observers that were present in different
areas local to the jump heard the sound as Baumgartner accelerated
beyond 833 mph in supersonic freefall, according to Red Bull. "Everyone
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SOUNDS ALARM ON PART 145 REVISIONS
The Aircraft Electronics
Association is warning FAA-certified repair stations that they may be
blindsided by a major revision of Part 145. In a podcast
interview with AVweb, AEA spokesman Ric Peri said there seems
to be widespread belief that the proposed rule (PDF) affects only repair stations that work on Part
121 air carrier aircraft. In fact, the rule applies to all Part 145
repair stations and would impose some major changes and expenses on the
more than 4,000 shops it covers. "This proposal applies to all repair
stations regardless of its customer bases," Peri said. AEA staff will
man a booth at NBAA in Orlando starting Tuesday to try to correct the
apparent misconception that is so prevalent that some FAA inspectors
also have the wrong impression of the rule's breadth. Public comments on
the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) close Nov. 19.
CALL TO ACTION FOR REPAIR STATIONS
Electronics Association says some repair stations may be unaware of
sweeping changes proposed by the FAA that will affect them.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with AEA's Ric Peri about what
the proposed rulemaking will mean to all shops regardless of the
aircraft they work on.
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INSIDER BLOG: SAVED BY AN IPAD
So let's get this straight:
The airlines stuff us to turn off cellphone and tablet computers, yet
the pilots up in the pointy end are using them as plate readers? That's
not all. We know of at least two incidents in which iPads have bailed
out crews after complete avionics failures in modern jets. Paul
Bertorelli digs into the contradictions on the AVweb Insider
more and join the conversation. More...
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training, including primary and instrument. In this new video, Redbird's
Roger Sharp tells AVweb what the company has learned in about a
year of intensive research and experimentation in their sophisticated
sim lab. More...
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OF THE WEEK: COULTER FIELD (KCFD, BRYAN, TEXAS)
Makings lemons out of lemonade is the sign of a great
FBO, and this week, reader David Townsend tells us how the FBO at
Coulter Field (KCFD) in Bryan, Texas took the
sting out of an unplanned detour a couple of weeks ago:
On October 19, I was en route to pick up my
son from Texas A&M University when a bomb threat (a hoax) forced the
evacuation of that campus, including closure of the on-campus airport.
Coulter Field is ten miles away, so everyone inbound that afternoon,
including many arriving for the football game the next day, diverted to
Coulter. I've been to Coulter before, and it has a fine runway with
excellent approaches, a generous ramp, and a clean, well-equipped FBO.
This day, the staff really rose to the occasion. It was SRO in the
lounge. Everyone needed information, transportation, and a cookie. We
all got what we needed with a smile, even the LSU
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