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COMING TO AIRVENTURE?
EAA has reportedly confirmed that it's
talking with "Jetman" Yves Rossy to perform at AirVenture 2013. AOPA Online
reported that the talks, which will include Rossy's sponsor
Breitling, are under way but the performance is far from a sure thing.
"Our people have talked with him and his group. Nothing is confirmed,"
EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski wrote in a comment section of the AOPA
blog. Among the considerations is FAA approval, which is likely to be a
little more complicated than the nod the agency gave to Rossy's flight
over the Grand Canyon last May. More...
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URGES MAINTENANCE OF MANUAL FLIGHT SKILLS
autothrottles commonly used on modern aircraft are useful tools but may
have already led to degraded piloting skills, according to the FAA,
which earlier this month released a safety alert to encourage manual
flight operations. In a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) the FAA said
flight operations data has identified "an increase in manual handling
errors." And, says the FAA, continuous use of automated systems "could
lead to degradation of the pilot's ability to quickly recover the
aircraft from an undesired state." The FAA's SAFO encourages operators
to "take an integrated approach by incorporating emphasis of manual
flight operations into both line operations and training." The SAFO also
offers guidance on operational policies. More...
UK HELI CRASH INVOLVED FALSE CERTIFICATION
A UK court has
found former British flight instructor Ian King guilty of fraudulently
obtaining a private pilot helicopter license in 2008 for a man who was
killed along with his wife weeks later in the UK while flying a Gazelle.
The court was advised that King, a former Army captain, had two prior
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) convictions. King pled not guilty to the
charge of making a false representation with intent to deceive the CAA.
The jury disagreed. The judge in the case told King his actions involved
"a breach of trust" and "a disregard on your part for the safety
requirements" imposed by the CAA, BrigHouseEcho.com.uk reported
Thursday. King's sentencing is set for Feb. 4. The judge was not coy
about what King should expect. More...
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TO REVIEW 787 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Boeing has sourced multiple
problems with its 787 Dreamliner to faulty circuit boards and Friday the
FAA announced it is launching a review of the jet's electrical systems,
including the outsourced manufacture and installation of components.
Aside from incorporating new technologies, production of the 787
involves a much more outsourced process than its other jets. Boeing not
only had outside companies produce parts, but those companies also
played a role in the design of parts and systems. Boeing says that three
of four incidents suffered by 787 aircraft have been traced to one batch
of circuit boards produced by a subcontractor in Mexico. Boeing will now
be working with the FAA on a review of the 787's entire electrical
system. The FAA's announcement follows on the heels of highly publicized
recent incidents involving the jet. More...
'DEFECTIVE' BOEING PART CAUSED F-15 BREAKUP
published in a Pentagon inspector general (IG) report to Congress last
month discloses that Boeing has agreed to pay the Air Force $1 million
to replace "defective" parts that in 2007 caused the in-flight breakup
of an F-15 (AVweb
video). The pilot in that event was able to eject and survived with
injuries that included a dislocated shoulder and shattered bone in his
arm. A joint investigation determined that Boeing-supplied longerons for
the jet varied from 0.039 to 0.073 inches thick where the contract
specification called for a thickness of 0.1 inch. While the IG report
was critical of Boeing, the $1 million agreement is substantially less
than the cost of the jet that was lost. More...
VALVE ISSUE GROUNDS JAL 787
Japan Airlines says a mysterious
series of fuel valve malfunctions will keep one of its Boeing 787s out
of service indefinitely as engineers track the problem. According to Reuters, the aircraft dumped about 40
gallons of fuel on the ramp at Boston Logan Airport after a transfer
valve linking the belly tank and a wing tank opened uncommanded. Fuel
from the belly filled the wing, which then overflowed through a vent.
The aircraft returned to Tokyo for further tests and while on the ramp
in Japan a valve used to defuel the aircraft opened and spilled fuel on
the ground. More...
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CERTIFIES NEW CARAVAN, STARTS M2 PRODUCTION
The FAA has
certified the upgraded Cessna Grand Caravan EX and deliveries are
already under way. The core of the upgrade is a much more powerful (867
shaft horsepower) Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine in place of
the 675-horsepower Pratt that powers the standard models. The effect on
performance is substantial. Cessna was hoping for 20 percent better
climb rate but it turned out to be 38 percent. The souped-up Caravan is
expected to be especially popular for float operators and those who do a
lot of high and hot operations. In recent years several companies have
obtained STCs to replace the original Caravan engines with more powerful
mills. Meanwhile, Cessna has also started production of a brand-new
airplane, the M2 business jet. More...
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FOR SHOOTING AT AIRPLANE
An Alabama man has been placed on
probation for a year and may have to take anger management lessons after
he admitted shooting at a neighbor's biplane as it was about to land on
the neighbor's home strip last June. Jason Allen McCay, 36, of Hayden,
Ala., admitted to investigators that he fired at the Stearman "to scare
the people on board it." At his sentencing hearing last week, the
unidentified judge questioned the sincerity of McCay's apology over the
incident but nevertheless agreed with his lawyer that jail time wasn't
necessary. It will be up to his probation officer whether he has to take
anger management or cognitive therapy sessions to curb his impulsive
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JANUARY 14, 2013
Letter of the Week: A Different
Regarding the item
on angle of attack indicators: I'm all for improving flight safety,
but in my opinion the AOA indicators that measure air pressure
differential at locations other than on the upper wing camber are, while
cleverly conceived, not much more than glorified stall-warning horns.
They are not accurate enough to dependably help prevent stall/spin
This is because, aerodynamically, such an AOA is a very
imprecise substitute for one that can sense or measure the solely
important factor of boundary layer flowing over the wing, which is the
only long-ago-proven, dependable way to detect a stalling wing. (If you
have any doubts about this, watch any of the 1930s-era wind-tunnel
research videos illustrating this fact.)
Further, I believe that
relying on the average aircraft owner to self-calibrate one of these
"differential" AOA units by a trial-and-error sequence of stalling the
aircraft is too demanding and the best results too imprecise to depend
on. I see a false sense of security, and I would neither install one nor
rely on one.
Instead, let's get back to the drawing board using
the best of today's technology in materials and electronics to develop a
robust and marketable solution to this problem once and for
here to read the rest of this week's letters. More...
OF THE WEEK: WALNUT RIDGE REGIONAL AIRPORT (KARG,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO
at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (KARG) in
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.
AVweb reader Harry Shannon
recommended told us how the fuel prices caught his attention but the
service brought him back to Walnut Ridge a second time:
Moving a Caravan amphib from Florida to
Washington state, good fuel prices prompted a stop at Walnut Ridge. The
service was great, leading to a planned stop on the return trip to
Florida. As often happens, our plans lag a bit, and we found ourselves
heading for Walnut Ridge arriving near midnight. A call ahead had
arranged for an open FBO. [We were] personally met by the airport
manager, who also transported us to local lodging, picked us up the next
morning, and gave us an extra discount on fuel because it was our second
Keep those nominations
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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...
FLIGHT DESIGN DELIVERS THE ROTAX 912 IS
After rolling it out
last spring, Rotax is now delivering its new fuel-injected, electronic
engine, the 912 iS. Flight Design is now delivering a new variant called
the CTLSi that features the new engine. The 912 iS builds on the basic
912 S, but in place of carburetors, it has dual-injector port-type
common-rail fuel injection and electronic ignition, powered by a pair of
alternators. AVweb recently flew a new CTLSi demo aircraft, and
in this brief product video, we run through our findings.
This happened some years
ago when I was wrenching as an A&P tech at the old TallMantz aviation
hangar at John Wayne Orange County Airport in Southern California. The
airport is a very busy airport with a tight mix of air carrier and
recreational aircraft, causing occasional high stress moments for all.
Radio traffic can be fun to listen to when it gets busy and tight.
An American 757 was on short final to 19R
when sequencing got a little crossed up, and a light twin pulled out on
the runway to begin its take-off roll. The female tower controller
issued a go-around command, and assertive she was.
(very clearly) :
"American XXX, go around, go
American XXX (clearly irritated)
"We seem to run into this at this airport often. Do you
realize this costs over 3,000 dollars every time it
Tower (without emotion or hesitation)
"Roger, American XXX, that will be a 3,000-dollar
A ramp up of turbofan power could be heard in
the distance as the aircraft began to climb. I thought, "Wow, she's
awesome!" with a chuckle.
Robert Reed More...
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