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LEGAL ACTION AGAINST EPIC The legal battles over the remnants
of Epic Air are mounting and a picture of what went on behind the slick
scale models and almost-instant prototypes churned out by the company is
getting clearer with each filing. As AVweb told you in July
the company is closed and there are about 12 unfinished builders'
aircraft in the locked building at the Bend, Ore., airport. The latest
filing was made by owner Doug King and documents obtained by
AVweb make serious allegations about the conduct of company
principals. In an affadavit sworn by Chief Financial Officer David
Clark, he estimates Epic owes builders about $15 million in parts and
has no money to meet those obligations.
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MFDs, WEATHER GET TSO Aspen Avionics got a technical standard
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NBAA Expands Electronic Toolkit for Business
OFFERS eAPIS SERVICE NBAA members can now subscribe to a service that streamlines the electronic Advance
Passenger Information System (eAPIS) and allows more convenient
flexibility when plans suddenly change. The system was developed in
partnership with ARINC Direct Business Aviation Solutions and has been
approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Since last May, all
international flights to and from the U.S. must be preceded by an
electronically filed APIS report that details passenger information.
NBAA says its system offers some improvements over the CBP-hosted system
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TO LEAD NATCA Paul Rinaldi will be the next president of the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association after a runoff vote.
Rinaldi narrowly beat former Executive Vice President Ruth Marlin with a
53 percent majority in the vote. Rinaldi gathered a total of 5,023
votes. He will take over as president from Patrick Forrey on Oct. 19.
"We've had a difficult last three years, but we've persevered. I look
forward to ensuring that our members always have a voice and, just as
important, that the FAA always listens. More...
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REQUIRES INSPECTIONS FOR SOME TCM CYLINDERS The FAA on
Tuesday issued an airworthiness directive that affects certain
Teledyne Continental Motors reciprocating engines with TCM EQ3 cylinders
installed. The AD applies to engines in the O-470, IO-470, TSIO-470,
IO-520, TSIO-520, IO-550, and IOF-550 series, which are found in a
variety of GA airplanes, including many Beech and Cessna models. TCM
shipped engines with EQ3 cylinders and shipped individual EQ3 cylinders
from Nov. 1, 2007, through Jan. 30, 2009. Also, TCM produced a group of
about 300 EQ3 cylinders in August and September of 2006. The AD requires
initial and repetitive visual inspections of TCM EQ3 cylinders for
cracks. The EQ3 cylinders must be identified and initially inspected
within 20 flight hours after Oct. 7, 2009, the effective date of the AD.
Also, the AD requires that the cylinders must be removed from service
within 1,300 hours total time of operation. This AD results from reports
of 35 EQ3 cylinders found cracked, the FAA said. More...
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AN AIRPLANE DOING AT A BOAT SHOW?" Getting lots of attention
from potential new pilots, hopefully. Mark Bennett, New England regional
sales rep for Cirrus Aircraft, parked himself outside the entrance to
the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show last weekend, one of the
largest events of its kind in the country. Bennett brought along a
full-scale mockup of a Cirrus SR-22 and invited all comers to climb
aboard and check it out. The mock-up is an actual aircraft off the
production line, only lacking an engine. The wings have been altered to
make them easily removable, so the mock-up can travel up and down the
East Coast on a truck, helping the sales staff troll for new customers
at a variety of non-standard venues. "This airplane has been to boat
shows, car dealer's showrooms, in hotel lobbies, you name it," says
Bennett. All in all, the airplane and its fully equipped cockpit host
about 25,000 potential buyers per year. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: USA TODAY BLOWS IT ON AIRPORT
FUNDING USA Today writer Thomas Frank apparently
thinks airport funding should go to the 139 "well-known" airports that
handle commercial traffic. In the latest installment of our AVweb
Insider blog, Russ Niles points out the danger in that thinking:
"Let's hope he doesn't have a heart attack somewhere else."
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