|Volume 9, Number 29b||July 17,
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FIGHT FOR RIGHTS (AMID SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS)...
The NTSB this week released
its preliminary report about the crash of a
Cessna 172 that ran out of fuel while awaiting clearance into the Washington,
D.C., ADIZ on June 29. According to the report, the pilot told the
NTSB he filed two flight plans, for his outbound and return flights, but
did not activate the second flight plan before heading back to Martin
State Airport, which is inside the ADIZ. In early media reports of the
incident, the pilot said he had filed a flight plan, but ATC couldn't
find it. In the NTSB report, the pilot said he was instructed by Potomac
Approach Control to contact the Leesburg FSS to file a flight plan, and
made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the FSS.
ANGST OVER RESTRICTIONS RANKLES...
The accident in the ADIZ had raised hackles all across GA. The National
Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the National Business
Aviation Association, Inc (NBAA) have long fought (with
some success) to restore GA and non-scheduled carrier access to
D.C.-area airports affected by TFRs, particularly DCA. AOPA, very
shortly after the ADIZ fuel-exhaustion incident, made available an online form to
collect stories from pilots about their real-life problems dealing with
the flight restrictions, and recently used the TFR card as a rallying
point at a
pilot town meeting in Wichita.Complaints pile up about the
administration of the D.C. ADIZ and the proliferation of presidential
TFRs, which to some appear better at persecuting the inexpert than
protecting the innocent. While last month's fuel-exhaustion episode
regrouped the troops, it may also have created a rather awkward (and
temporary) poster boy. And the fight goes on. More...
MICHIGAN TAKES ONE STEP FORWARD
Well, maybe it's not so much a step forward, but a step backward that's
been foiled. On Tuesday, Michigan's state Senate voted to repeal a
law that required anyone seeking flight training to undergo a
criminal history background check, AOPA reported. "Lawmakers have
recognized that in their haste to deal with the security lapses of
September 11, 2001, they went too far," said Boyer. "All that's needed
to close this sorry chapter is Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm's
signature." The background-check law will be replaced with a new law
that requires flight schools to restrict access to aircraft and ignition
keys for pre-solo students. More...
GA ENGINE: BOMBARDIER LIFTS THE COVERS...
Canadian conglomerate Bombardier
-- maker of the popular Rotax line of
aircraft engines -- released details this week on its plans to take
on Continental and Lycoming with a new generation of high-output piston
engines. As we reported in our May
15 NewsWire, Bombardiers new designs will be six-cylinder,
120-degree V configurations, with the normally aspirated V220 delivering
220 horsepower while the turbocharged variant, the V300T, will offer 300
horsepower. Both models have single overhead cams, in the style of
modern automotive engines, and both are liquid-cooled, sporting a small
radiator attached to the engine mount and presumably requiring its own
inlet somewhere in the cowling. More...
REVEALS LOTS OF TRICKS
As expected, the new Bombardier powerplants will be single-lever designs
-- just a throttle, no mixture or prop control -- with full authority
digital control overseeing variable advance timing, fuel injection and
prop speed. Speaking of prop speed, it will be unusually low -- 2000 RPM
geared down through what Bombardier calls a PSRU, or propeller speed
reduction unit. Bombardier claims that this will allow lower prop tip
speeds and far less noise, to the extent that pilots will no longer need
expensive noise-canceling headsets, a claim well believe when we
hear it. With the variable timing and knock sensing, Bombardier says the
engine will be capable of burning avgas or mogas or any blend. By
aircraft engine standards, engine RPM will be quite high, 4000 to 6000
RPM, leading to some concern about fuel economy. More...
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6.5-MACH, 150-POUND SCRAMJET SUCCESS...
That's right, 6.5 Mach from a 150-pound engine. Try that with your
300-plus-pound Lycoming ... then again, don't. Airplanes of the future
could be powered with engines derived from the hypersonic scramjet that
completed a series of successful ground tests at 6.5 Mach. "The
engine performed exceptionally well," program manager Joaquin Castro
said in a news release Monday. Weighing less than 150 pounds, the P&W
burned standard JP-7 hydrocarbon fuel, which it uses in an
"endothermic/regeneratively cooled cycle." Translation: the fuel
cools the engines interior walls before being introduced to the
combustion chamber (sounds familiar, doesn't it?). It seems that one of
the only things the workings of your engine and Pratt & Whitneys GDE-1 have in
common is that they use fuel to help cool internal parts.
PLASTICS MOLD YOUR ENGINE'S FUTURE
New engine designs are intriguing, but sometimes it's new materials that
drive technological advances. Superior Air
Parts, of Coppell, Texas, announced this week it has successfully
completed testing of its new composite sump/induction system built with
Ryton, a resin product
made by Chevron Phillips. The new Ryton sump will reduce the weight of
the XP-360 Engine (TM) by eight pounds (half the weight of the old-style
aluminum sump), Superior said in a news release. Ryton is a
polyphenylene sulfide resin product and provides a lighter-weight
alternative to metals that are resistant to corrosion and all fluids
associated with piston engines, the company said. More...
PILOTS! INSURANCE APPLICATION SIMPLIFIED! Avemco Insurance
Company announces the launch of the "Avemco Aviator Series", an
initiative created to simplify the process non-owner pilots use to
secure insurance protection for rented or borrowed aircraft. By
completing a short, one-page enrollment form, applicants can obtain
bodily injury, property damage, and aircraft damage liability (hull)
insurance tailored to their specific needs. For complete details stop by
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PIPER POISED FOR NEW BEGINNING
At a press conference in Manhattan, New Piper Aircraft Inc. President
and CEO Chuck Shuma Friday
announced that American
Capital Strategies Ltd. (ACAS) has purchased the $137 million
company's secured bank debt, representing a roughly $95 million
investment. ACAS first invested in New Piper in 1998 and details to be
hammered out this week may confirm that the recent investment will make
them Piper's new majority shareholder. Re-capitalization will occur
shortly and there may be other changes (watch this space). With the
change in financial structure, New Piper, which has gone from 1300 to
700 employees as a result of the economic downturn, expects to bring
"new products and innovations into the market" ... first in the form of
upgraded avionics suites and improved ergonomics for their current
designs. The company also is turning a fresh eye to Light Sport
Aircraft manufacturers (Liberty Aerospace, Piper's
neighbor, was mentioned by name) and may pursue partnerships of
some kind if the aircraft can be produced for a price its market will
STAFFER PLEADS GUILTY IN BOGUS-PARTS SCAM
On the heels of a federal
agency's report critical of the FAA's oversight of maintenance and
repair stations, a former 20-year FAA airworthiness representative
pleaded guilty last week to selling bogus aircraft parts. The court said
the sales caused losses of $2.2 million to the FAA and the airlines.
Daniel Booker, 63, of California, bought used or surplus parts and
falsified the serial numbers, data plates, and documentation to make it
appear that the parts met the airlines' specifications, the Associated
Press reported. No accidents have been traced to the falsified parts.
Booker will be sentenced in January, and could get life in prison.
DETECTOR TO BE TESTED IN DENVER
Flight Safety Technologies
(FST), of Mystic, Conn., said this week it will test its Socrates Wake Vortex
Detection and Tracking technology at the Denver International
Airport this summer. The patented detection system projects low-power
laser beams across a given space onto a reflector device, which reflects
the beams back to a receiver. The Socrates system then measures changes
in the laser beams, which reveal the existence of turbulence. The
Socrates test is scheduled to start on August 18, and testing is planned
to continue through mid-September. FST says the system has the potential
to provide pilots with advance warning of the nature and location of
wake vortices. More...
ONCE WERE TWO IRISH-BORN FLYERS....
...who flew round the
world in a Piper. They landed in Limerick, and yelled, "Hey! We did
it! And we raised a few bucks to fight cancer." OK, they landed at
Shannon Airport, not Limerick, but pilot Paul Ryan hails from there, and
we couldn't resist a rhyme in his honor. Last Thursday, Ryan, 33, and
Alan MacMahon, 29, returned to Ireland in their Cherokee Six, well ahead
of schedule, after 10 weeks of flying. The circumnavigation was the
first by Irish pilots in a single-engine airplane, and raised money for
the Marie Keating
Foundation, which provides support for breast-cancer patients. "It
was great to be back home again, but we both felt a little sad to know
the flight was now over," the pilots wrote in their online diary.
COMPANY APPEALS DECISION TO NIX TURBINES NEAR AIRPORT
In April, the Zoning Board in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, sided with
local pilots and said they were uncomfortable with a plan to install
eight 387-foot-tall wind turbines within two miles of a runway at Somerset
County Airport. But last week, the issue was being argued again in a
county courtroom, as the wind-power developer began its appeal. The
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reported that Stonycreek Windpower said
that because the FAA did not object to the turbines, that should put to
rest any local safety concerns. The other side argued that the zoning
board is entitled to consider a wide array of facts, and not to simply
confirm the FAA's opinion. More...
AND DOWNS FOR DAYTON'S CENTENNIAL EVENT
Dayton's 17-day celebration of the Wright brothers, has run into some
disappointments since its grand opening over the July 4 weekend. Several
events, including a gas-balloon race, were cancelled due to rain and
thunderstorms, and crowds at Celebration Central have been
disappointing, the Dayton Daily News reported this week. At least three
vendors have pulled out because of the sparse attendance, according to
the Daily News. But attendance improved after the weather got nicer and
ticket prices were slashed from $20 to $10. Local newspapers also
carried free admission coupons. More...
RYAN ANNOUNCES NEW
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THE PILOT WHO HAS EVERYTHING
If you've ever admired a vintage aircraft and declared it a work of art,
a Los Angeles company shares that view -- and has found a way to create
new works of art from old airplane parts destined for the scrap heap. MotoArt recycles vintage propellers,
cowlings, and more to build unique household furnishings and sculptures.
Among the products for sale: desks built from a DC-9 wing or DC-6
cowling, chairs recycled from DC-3s and B-29s, tables fashioned from
various nose and jet spinners, and DC-9 service carts modified into
portable bars. A new limited-edition product line is debuted every
Airline pilots now can apply
online for TSA weapons training...
The FAA unveiled its
DC-3, N34, which will fly in Centennial events...
Hartzell Propeller got FAA and
Canada STCs for new prop on DA40...
Garmin will unveil its G1000
integrated avionics system at Oshkosh...
Bellanca-Champion Club schedule of OSH events is online.
AVweb's AVscoop Award...
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AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE
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We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, Chuck Forsberg, of Portland, Ore. His photo, captures the
serene atmsophere as another day dawns at the Arlington Fly-In. This
event is one of the most popular in the country and certainly boasts one
of the scenic settings to have such an event. Great picture, Chuck!
Your AVweb hat is on the way.
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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE
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We received over 300 responses to our question last week on flying
during the July 4th holiday weekend. Nearly a third (31 percent) of
those responding indicated they did fly during the holiday weekend but
strictly within their local area. Following behind, 28 percent did not
fly due to money, time and other personal issues, while only 2 percent
did not fly due to TFRs and other flight restrictions.
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