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Thielert shares dropped
to a record low of 3.65 Euros (its traded as high as 25.22) on the German stock market Tuesday on news the company was delaying the release of its financial statements. The company, which
supplies diesel aircraft engines to Diamond and Cessna, as well as for STC applications, has some major accounting work to do after a Hamburg court, on March 6, nullified its financial statements for
the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. The court ruled the company had breached valuation provisions. Thielert is appealing the decision. An earlier action against the company nullified all the resolutions
made at last Augusts shareholders meeting. AVweb found out about the situation after close of business in Germany and has not been able to contact company officials. A message left at the
companys North American subsidiary, Superior Air Parts, was not returned by our deadline. The companys two biggest customers, however, say its business as usual.
Diamond Aircraft, which uses Thielerts in its DA40 single and DA42 twin continues to receive inventory and support from the company. We have no information beyond what is published,
said Diamond CEO Peter Maurer. We have been a long-time customer of TAE, we are their highest volume OEM customer and continue to receive and install TAE engines in our DA40-tdi and DA42
aircraft. Cessna has started putting diesels in 172s and spokeswoman Pia Bergqvist said the company is monitoring the situation, but theres been no change in business between the two.
We have good relationship with Thielert, she said. This does not affect our relationship.
When the gunshot is coming from the cockpit, theres a lot to figure out and thats undoubtedly why we dont know exactly what happened aboard US Airways Flight 1536 from Denver to
Charlotte on Saturday. But pictures obtained by the Associated Press show what appears to be a bullet hole next to the captain's sidestick and an exit hole in the skin below the side window. The so-far unidentified captain of the
flight is on leave while the airline, the FAA, the TSA and quite likely the FBI look into his alleged faux pas. .
The shot was fired as the A319 approached Charlotte and it appears the bullet breached the pressure vessel. The FAA says its inspecting the aircraft to make sure its fit to fly.
Its also worth noting that no one else on board was aware of the shot.
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It seems that Maine is
not the only state eager to slap visiting pilots with a "use tax" on their aircraft. Florida also has such a law on the books, and has used it in the past to collect thousands of dollars from aircraft
owners. With Sun 'n Fun coming up next month, the show organizers have obtained assurances from state officials that visiting pilots will not be harassed. But to be sure there is no confusion, EAA and AOPA have asked the state
to impose a moratorium on collecting the tax until the law can be clarified. "Florida revenue officials have admitted that the law is ambiguous for aircraft," says EAA President Tom Poberezny in a
letter to Florida Governor Charlie Crist. "So it does not make sense to enforce a law that could put visitors to the state in such an uncertain situation." The 6-percent "use tax" can be assessed if
an aircraft is less than six months old when flown into the state and the owner did not pay at least a 6 percent sales tax on it elsewhere.
There are bills pending in both houses of the Florida legislature to address the situation, EAA says, but those bills are currently in committee and face an uncertain legislative timeline for final
Kemper Aviation, based at Palm Beach County Park airport near Lantana, Fla., has voluntarily given up its Part 141 flight
school certificate, the Sun-Sentinel reported on Wednesday. Three
airplanes from the school have crashed in the last five months, killing eight people. The school suspended
all of its flight training operations after the last crash, on March 13, in which a co-owner of the company died. The FAA is continuing its investigation into the school, which could still offer
flight training under Part 61, but only for U.S. citizens. Most of Kemper's students are from India.
In January, The Palm Beach Post interviewed a
half-dozen current and former flight instructors who shared safety concerns about the flight school.
The FAA said on Tuesday that small airports
around the country must upgrade their taxiway markings by March 31, 2010. The upgrades previously were voluntary. The agency also plans to mandate a change in how taxi clearances are issued. More
explicit instructions are needed, the FAA says, and the U.S. should adopt international phraseology such as "line-up and wait" instead of the familiar "position and hold." New rules about clearances
will be issued by June. Airline flight crews will be required to view new online safety information about incursions by May. A new working group, the Runway Safety Council, comprising representatives
from government and industry, will launch by the end of this month. The FAA also announced that it has certified Jeppesens Airport Moving Map cockpit display.
FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell also announced on Tuesday that the FAA will sponsor a first-ever symposium dedicated solely to the issue of pilot fatigue June 17-19 in the Washington, D.C.,
The Air Force flew supersonic on synthetic fuel for the first time last week. A B-1B Lancer burning a 50/50 blend of synthetic and petroleum fuel launched from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and flew the
supersonic test above the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Air Force officials said their goal is to develop a
clean-burning, domestically produced fuel by 2011 that can be used by all aircraft in their fleet. Each time the price of oil goes up $10 per barrel, it costs the Air Force an extra $600 million.
Synthetic fuel costs about $30 to $50 less per barrel than its petroleum counterpart, for substantial savings.
The synthetic fuel can be produced from domestically available hydrocarbon products like natural gas, coal and shale, and then gasified and converted into liquid fuel. "There was no noticeable
difference flying with this fuel," said Capt. Rick Fournier, the B-1B flight mission commander. "I would have no problem flying an aircraft using this fuel in peacetime or combat." The fuel has
previously been tested in the B-52 Stratofortress and the C-17 Globemaster III.
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Hazmat specialists and emergency crews were ready and waiting when an Alitalia cargo flight bound from Milan to Miami diverted into Boston
last Tuesday night. The MD-11's four crewmembers had donned oxygen masks as the cockpit filled with a noxious odor, and radioed ahead that they were concerned the fumes might be toxic or flammable.
After a safe landing, the cargo was checked and investigators found the source of the problem -- four pallets loaded with five tons of minced onions. The onions were offloaded and shipped to Florida
by truck, according to the Boston Herald.
All pilots know that eight hours bottle-to-throttle is an absolute minimum rule, but luckily there is no rule about how soon after
landing you can tip back a cold one. Taking advantage of pilots' affection for a tasty brew, some folks in Redlands, Calif., have opened up a microbrewery right next to the airport, in the former
headquarters of a missionary flying group. The brewery is named Hangar 24, in honor of a favorite hangout of the owner, Ben Cook,
who started brewing beer at home and sharing it with airport friends after the day's flying was done. The beer labels and logo designs feature vintage aircraft and wooden propellers.
The beer can be bought only when you're in the local Redlands area, but anyone can shop at the Web site for an aviation-themed T-shirt or beer glass.
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The aviation infrastructure in China is about to take a big leap forward with the addition of 97 airports, including a second
international airport in Beijing. As of now, the country has only 147 airports, so the goal is to reach 244 in the next 12 years. (By comparison, the U.S.A., with less than one-quarter the population
of China, has more than 5,000 public-use airports and 555 that are certificated for air-carrier operations.) The increase will mean that by 2020, 82 percent of China's population will be living within
a 90-minute drive of an airport, compared to 61 percent today. The project will cost $64 billion, China
A major new terminal recently opened in Beijing, in preparation for the arrival of the Olympic Games in August. And this week, a new terminal and cargo facility opened at Shanghai's Pudong
International Airport, with the aim to become the cargo hub of Asia by 2010, according to The Associated Press.
A mix-up over where to land led to a KLM crew extending its downwind leg a bit -- by about 1,500 miles. It seems the crew, which had launched from Amsterdam,
was expecting to land at its usual destination near the city of Hyderabad, in the south of India, but that airport had been closed just hours before. A brand-new airport had opened nearby, but when
controllers directed the crew to land there, they declined, saying they hadn't heard about any new airport and weren't authorized by their airline to go there. They flew on to Delhi, but were not
allowed to land, so flew on to Mumbai (Bombay) where they finally set down, with their 233 passengers.
The new airport had delayed its opening by a week. Officials said all airlines had been notified.
An F-15 pilot who was hurt when the airplane broke up in flight has sued Boeing, alleging "gross indifference" to the safety of flight crews...
Sales of Light Sport Aircraft have slowed, perhaps reflecting economic uncertainty, says Dan Johnson of bydanjohnson.com...
EAA is working to reverse an FAA decision that prohibits first flights in homebuilt aircraft from the
Placerville, Calif., airport...
Two Russian Tu-95 bombers that flew close to U.S. airspace near Alaska were escorted away by NATO
jets early Wednesday...
A Montana college student pilot spent a cold night on a mountain near Billings after taking a wrong turn on a cross country. Andrew Sheffer was walking out through waist-deep snow when he
was found by rescuers.
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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has once again delayed announcing a formal light sport aircraft category, dubbed the European Light Aircraft or ELA. The agency is currently reviewing a
notice of proposed amendment for initial airworthiness prepared by the MDM.032 working group. (See details in my column from last November.)
The proposal is that aircraft will be split by weight into two categories. ELA I will refer to aircraft below 1000 kg (1200 lb), meaning that manufacturers of two-seat aircraft weighing up to 750 kg
(900 lb) with stall speeds of 45 kt or less could bypass traditional design-organization approval processes and use ASTM standards to replace certification. This effectively means they could start to
sell their products at home, as well as in the U.S. ELA II applies to aircraft (excluding rotorcraft) up to 2000 kg (4400 lb).
EASA says that it will hold a workshop on initial airworthiness at Aero Expo in Prague on April 25. The next MDM.032 meeting is July 1 and 2 in Paris.
ADS-B Technology For European Airports?
Eurocontrol is to look at the possibility of implementing automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) in 70 airfields across Europe. ADS-B is a cheaper alternative to the emerging Mode-S
transponder technology, which is being rolled out across the region.
Eurocontrol has announced that Spain's Malaga and Gerona airports are under consideration for ADS-B, but Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Scandinavia, Turkey, Ukraine, and
the U.K. are also tipped as having possible sites under consideration. According to Eurocontrol, most of the airports they are looking at lack surveillance-based air traffic control and to install
radar would be difficult and costly. ADS-B would allow controllers to handle air traffic more efficiently.
UK CAA Safety Awards Postponed
The U.K. CAA is to postpone its 2007 General Aviation Safety Awards. Apparently there are so few suitable nominations that the CAA has decided to carry to the 2007 nominations forward and add them to
those for 2008. The GA Safety Awards are an annual event that honors good airmanship.
IAOPA Successes in Europe
IAOPA continues to show its merit in several pieces of good news this month. European IAOPA reports that
AOPA-Germany's court victory that has given every German pilot a fuel-tax rebate on flying for business-related activities could have a far-reaching impact on the wider aviation community in Europe.
AOPA-Germany's lawyer and tax expert Prof. Gustav Real took German customs to court and defended a pilot who had been refused a fuel-tax rebate. The pilot won and had his claim paid in full.
AOPA-Germany is now lobbying politicians to extend the concession to private flying. Several other European AOPAs are now consulting with tax experts in their own countries to see if similar rebates
can be won.
Meanwhile, AOPA-Denmark is continuing to battle for the Danish GA industry. The country currently charges no value added tax (VAT) on aircraft imports, which means that many aircraft coming into
Europe are routed via Denmark and noted as VAT paid when transferred on to other countries in the EU. The European Commission (EC) would like to raise this VAT to 25 percent, which would decimate the
industry. Last month the Danish tax minister presented the latest draft of a VAT law amendment in Denmark, which postpones any change until Jan. 1, 2009.
Finally, IAOPA-Europe, along with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is staging a peace rally to the Middle East in September. The rally will take in 18 countries Sep.
1-15 and will involve participants from Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Greece as well as other European countries. Details here.
BBGA Battles Unfair Duty
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) has presented its latest in the fight against unfair penalties on GA in the country. The
British government has presented a paper called "Aviation Duty: A Consultation," the result of the commitment made by prime minister Gordon Brown last year to end air passenger duty (APD) and bring in
a per-plane tax. This move would be highly disadvantageous for GA operators in the country, because previously aircraft less than 10,000 kg and 20 seats have not been subject to APD. Key areas of
All fixed-wing aircraft over 5700 kg would be subject to a new duty levied per U.K. takeoff, regardless of how many people are on board;
The duty would be calculated in some way based on MTOW and first-leg length;
The new tax is expected to raise £600 million more per year for the treasury than APD;
All aircraft under 5700 kg and all helicopters will have to pay duty on fuel instead of the duty on takeoffs;
Any aircraft over 5700 kg already paying duty on fuel (under existing regulations that come into force from Nov. 1, 2008, all "private pleasure flying" and all avgas) will be required to pay the
new duty on take-offs as well as the fuel duty; and
The method of collecting the duty on takeoff's has not been decided, but is likely to be the departure airports.
The BBGA is challenging the legality of the document under EU law, pointing out that many operators will be forced to close up shop and move abroad. They also highlight that the costs (operator and
government-admin combined) associated with collecting this tax from GA/BA users far outweigh the income derived. Other unfair points they raise are that airlines pay APD and also receive enormously
preferential treatment in terms of slot allocation. Also, as business and general aviation gets pushed out of U.K. airports by scheduled traffic, flights will frequently have two takeoffs per
As fly-in season starts in earnest, the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, U.K., has announced its annual series of Bonus Days for private pilots, kicking off with a Safety Day on April 12. This will
entail informal presentations and chats. Steve McKie of National Air Traffic Services (NATS) will also be on hand to talk about airspace Infringements and show radar replays of controlled-airspace
infringements. The themed Bonus Days throughout the year offer a half-price landing fee of £7 ($14) and discounted admission (also £7) to the museum facilities. Phone for PPR and briefing
(01223 833376) and visit their Web site for more details.
Fifth Aircraft for Team Guinot
The world's only formation wingwalking team, Team Guinot, has added a fifth Boeing Stearman biplane to create a five-ship formation display,
launching on the U.K. circuit this summer. There has been a growing demand for wingwalking displays and the team has also added a v-formation to its repertoire.
Call for Nominations
You may have read on AVweb earlier this month that the U.K. Distinguished Flying Cross was given to a female aviator for the first
time. On that note, I am writing a book that puts together the Top 100 female aviators of all time. I've already had several nominations -- it's a topic that is causing heated debate. I'd
appreciate your input.
For more aviation news and information from Europe, read the rest of Liz Moscrop's columns.
We're wasting fuel in the name of safety, and it's time we started sharpening our flying habits to save money and the environment. So says Belvoir Aviation Group Editor Paul
Bertorelli is his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog.
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The Lockheed U-2 has been in service for over 50 years. It has been at the center of some of the most tense moments in America's history. AVweb's Glenn Pew takes you inside the cockpit on a guided tour with an active U-2 pilot.
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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Blue Diamond Aviation at Russellville Municipal Airport (M22) in
AVweb reader Robby Bendall calls the FBO "a welcome stop for anyone," recounting how he and a friend have made it their base of operations while airplane shopping:
Cm. Sgt. Harry Mattox has done an excellant job of building a good small town FBO and flight traing center. Recently a friend and I have been working on the purchase of his first airplane, a 172 that
has been sitting for two years. He has welcomed us with open arms and has gone out of his way to help. We have used his facilities on and off since January of this year, and it and looks like we are
about to finish up. Harry has auto-dispensed Jet A and 100LL, [plentiful] hangar space, and the nicest small town terminal with a courtesy car. Smiles abound.
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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured
on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week." Want to
see your photo on AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
AVweb readers served up an incredible batch of original photos this week, stuffing our "POTW" contest box with stunning images snapped at hangars, airports, fly-ins,
and backyards across the globe. (Want to see your photos here? Try submitting them via this form. Even if your photos aren't featured, we'll be more than
happy to drool over your plane and jealously fantasize about the places you visited this year while we were sitting in a dark little room looking at airplane pictures.)
John Schuster of Christiansted in the Virgin Islands grabbed a few shots of Air Force One landing at Los Angeles but it's this perspective
that left us saying, "Now there's something you don't see every day."
Jerry M. O'Neill (of Cheshire, Connecticut) takes us back to the flight line, where this week's edition started. This time it's Mather Field at
Rancho Cordova, California, but you'll forgive us if we close our eyes and pretend we're already at Linder Airport in Lakeland, Florida. (We've got a touch of Sun 'n Fun fever, folks.)
A quick note for submitters: If you've got several
photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit
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