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NO WARRANTY SUPPORT FOR DIAMOND DIESELS
Owners of Diamond
aircraft with Thielert diesels are getting bad news this week. Thielert
says it won't support warranty claims and any owners who need parts and
services to keep their airplanes flying will have to pay upfront. As
we've reported on AVweb, Thielert declared bankruptcy two weeks ago and
is now undergoing financial restructuring. In the meantime, the company
pledged to continue building and shipping engines and parts, but buyers
will have to pre-pay and await delivery. One DA42 owner has already
contacted us expressing unhappiness about this policy. Diamond told us
Wednesday that it doesn't yet know if it will step into the breech and
support owners who have warranty claims. "We're relatively early into
this, we're still making a lot of decisions on how to handle this. I
can't give you an answer on that right now," said Heike Larson,
Diamond's VP of sales. Meanwhile, Diamond predicts it will have its own
line of Austro four-cylinder diesels certified in Europe by this summer
and plans to unveil the powerplant at the Berlin Airshow in two weeks.
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TO BUILD PHENOMS IN FLORIDA
Embraer will build a $51 million
plant in Melbourne, Fla. to assemble Phenom 100 and 300 models. The
announcement was made Tuesday afternoon in Melbourne, According to TCPalm.com, the Brazilian planemaker could break
ground within weeks on a 15-acre site at Melbourne International
Airport. The plant would employ about 200. Flight testing would also be
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Aerion says it's racking up orders for its
supersonic business jet at the rate of "a billion [dollars] every two
months. In an email to media in advance of next week's EBACE business
aviation show in Geneva, company spokesman Jeff Miller said the order
book for the $80 million jet is now at more than 40 and represents more
than $3 billion in advance orders since the company began taking orders
earlier this year. Although Aerion won't be having a formal news
conference at EBACE, all of its chief executives will be there and
available for questions from media and those who want to fly really
AIRCRAFT INTRODUCES THE FANJET
For the homebuilder who likes
to go fast, Viper Aircraft has just released the newest member to their
personal jet family, the Viper FanJet. This new aircraft is 17% larger
than the existing model, the Mk II. This increase in space allows for
pilots over 6' 5" tall to comfortably fit in the pressurized cabin, 25
cubic feet of cargo space, and the ability to utilize a turbofan engine
for better fuel economy. The standard power plant for the FanJet is the
Pratt & Whitney JT-15-4D turbofan engine. Compared to the MKII's J-85
engine, the company says the JT-15 burns less than half the fuel while
still providing over 2900 pounds of thrust. At economy cruise and full
fuel this engine will provide a 1500 nautical mile range. "This is
definitely a multi-purpose airplane," Viper Aircraft VP Dan Hanchette
told AVweb. "With full fuel and economy cruise this is a great
cross country airplane. But load the aircraft with only 1 1/2 hours
worth of fuel and the FanJet will retain the same power-to-weight ratio
as the MKII giving you a very capable, high-performance aircraft."
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PILOTS NEED BETTER INFORMATION ABOUT TURBOCHARGER
The emergency procedures provided to pilots for
coping with turbocharger failures in flight are inadequate, the NTSB said this week, and the FAA should require
manufacturers to revise pilot operating handbooks. In a fatal crash in
May 2004, the NTSB says, the turbocharger failed on a Cessna T206H, and
investigators found that in-flight emergency procedures in the POH did
not provide a way to assess the difference between an engine and a
turbocharger failure. The POH also did not provide any clear guidance
about how to handle such a failure once a pilot identified the problem.
Manufacturers of aircraft equipped with turbochargers still have not
voluntarily improved emergency procedures for turbocharger failures, and
accidents and incidents continue to occur, the NTSB says.
SAYS EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELICOPTERS NEED SAFETY
Three men died last weekend when an emergency
medical-services helicopter crashed near Madison, Wis., and this week
the FAA responded with an update on its work to address safety concerns about
such flights. The NTSB
reported on the helicopter emergency medical services fleet in 2006,
and asked the FAA to impose stricter requirements on all such operators.
"While the FAA has not ruled out proposing new or changing existing
rules, the agency has prompted significant short-term safety gains that
do not require rulemaking," the FAA said in a statement on Tuesday. The
agency said it is focusing on better training for flight crews;
encouraging the use of technology such as night-vision goggles, radar
altimeters, and terrain awareness and warning systems (though such
systems don't work optimally in helicopters, the FAA says); and more
detailed, airline-type FAA oversight for operators. "Safety improvements
are needed," the FAA said. More...
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TO SAVE FUEL? AOPA HAS POINTERS
Prices at the pump are sure
to rise with summer here, and AOPA this week has some suggestions about how to minimize the pain. Three
simple techniques can result in "significant savings," AOPA says:
leaning the fuel, economy cruise settings, and gradual descents. Such
efforts can save hundreds of dollars in fuel costs, AOPA says.
Meanwhile, a report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows that
carbon-dioxide emissions from aviation overall have decreased since 1995. That conclusion is already
being disputed, though -- a blogger at Wired.com says the data doesn't include fuel burned
for international flights. More...
MAINTENANCE-MANAGEMENT SERVICE OFFERED FOR GA OWNERS
of high-performance GA aircraft who want their airplanes perfectly
maintained but don't want to spend the time to oversee every detail now
have another option -- they can hire a professional to manage their
airplane, for a modest annual fee. Mike Busch, a general aviation
maintenance expert, announced on Monday the launch of Savvy Aircraft Maintenance
Management (SAMM), a new company providing professionally managed
maintenance for owner-flown aircraft. The service will cover
high-performance single-engine airplanes to cabin-class twins and very
light jets. "Professional maintenance management has long been the norm
for corporate jets, but has never been available for owner-flown
aircraft until now," Busch said. Annual fees range from $500 to $1,000
for most piston aircraft. SAMM assigns an account manager to act as the
owner's advocate and ensure that the aircraft receives the best possible
maintenance at the lowest possible cost. More...
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STATE STUDENTS SUE LENDER
When Silver State Helicopters,
which operated flight schools in 17 states, closed
its doors in February, hundreds of students who had paid thousands
of dollars up front were left high and dry. Now, a California law firm
representing two of those students has filed suit against KeyBank, which
loaned them the money to give to Silver State. The school required
students to pay the full $69,900 tuition before training started, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Wednesday, and
it provided access to "preferred" private lenders, such as KeyBank. The
law firm, Pinnacle Law Group in San Francisco, alleges that the bank and the flight school worked
together to "ensnare" the students. Further, the bank "intentionally
omitted" a federally required consumer protection clause from its loan
documents, Pinnacle says. More...
MAY PATROL HIGH ARCTIC
With ice floes melting in the Arctic
Ocean, maritime traffic is increasing across the Northwest Passage -- a
fuel-saving shortcut between Asia and Europe. To ease security concerns
about all that traffic, the U.S. Air Force wants to step up deployment
of unmanned aerial vehicles in the vast Arctic region. "There's some
extensive work that has to be done with the Federal Aviation
Administration and Transport Canada," Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart told
The Associated Press, "to ensure that we use these
systems in a way that doesn't provide a challenge for our general
aviation friends." He said air traffic congestion in the region is a
problem, and UAV operators must be trained to navigate in the North's
heavily wooded terrain. Gen. Renuart commands the North American
Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which commemorated its 50th
anniversary this week. More...
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MIGRATION COMING UP IN JULY
Lots of type clubs have a fly-in
over the summer, but the one for Cirrus owners, the annual Migration to
their factory in Duluth, Minn., has achieved a certain standout quality.
Maybe it's because last year, the migrants were the first to get a sneak
look at Cirrus's new personal jet mockup. Or maybe it's just that the
Migration has become more than just a social gathering and qualifies as
a bona-fide event, complete with seminars, exhibits, factory tours,
parties, a banquet, activities for the whole family (including tennis,
golf, and fishing on Lake Superior), and renowned aviation guest
speakers. This year, Rod Machado will be there, to give a talk on
single-pilot flying strategies. The fly-in will run from July 10 to July
THE FLY ...
New flight patterns at Newark are confusing
pilots, controllers say...
New Learjet 85 will have PWC Pw307b
engines, Bombardier says...
The 2008 Milton Caniff "Spirit of
Flight" Award goes to the X Prize Foundation...
AeroLEDs now offers
AeroSUNLite aircraft lights, smaller and less expensive...
Beechcraft's Hawker 750 has received EASA certification...
discussions about DayJet continue in the blogosphere. More...
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WILL BE AT EBACE
One of the most respected shows for business
aircraft is the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in
Geneva and AVweb will be there to capture all the announcements
and inside stories of the event. Exhibitors, now is the time to flood
our inbox at email@example.com
with what you're planning for the show. Coverage begins Tuesday May 20
and runs through Friday May 23. If you don't want to miss it, but sure
to add our business aviation newsletter, AVwebBiz, to your
AVweb e-mail subscriptions. (Log in here and click on
"Update E-Mail Subscriptions.") More...
Make Plans Now to Attend a 2008 Savvy Aviator
Mike will be conducting Savvy Aviator Seminars
in Las Vegas, NV;
Rapid City, SD; and Santa Maria, CA. Sign up for one of these classes
and learn how to save thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year
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AVweb founder Mike Busch has been selected by the FAA and
supporting aviation organizations as the National Maintenance
Technician of the Year. Busch will be presented his award at a
ceremony during EAA AirVenture.
OF THE WEEK: ARE AIRCRAFT ENGINES GOING DIESEL?
designs, new fuels, and better engineering, aircraft engines can be the
most dynamic segment of the aviation business. Diesels have garnered a
lot of attention lately, and we'd like to know whether you think this is
a genuine shift in thinking or just a fad. Plus: Did AVweb
readers see a future for air taxi operations when we asked them last
VIDEO: PATTY WAGSTAFF INTERVIEW AND FLIGHT
Ride along with Patty Wagstaff as she
flies her airshow routine at Sun 'n Fun 2008, courtesy of AVweb's
Glenn Pew. Or, if you're easily queasy, just close your eyes and
listen to our post-flight interview with Patty about how it feels to fly
the maneuvers and what it's like to perform. Special thanks to our
friends at Bose Corporation and Aircraft Spruce & Supply Co., whose
good people stepped up when we needed them and helped make this video
happen. And very special thanks to Patty's main sponsor, Cirrus Design,
maker of the airplanes that changed the industry. (Click through to
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OF THE WEEK: QUALITY AVIATION (KFBL, FARIBAULT, MN)
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Quality
Aviation at KFBL in Faribault, Minnesota.
reader Rick Lemon made a day stop at Quality while touring a
nearby college with his daughter and wife:
Quality] met me at the plane and provided a courtesy car for the day.
The car itself was fun a recycled police car, so you couldn't
open the back seat door or the window from inside. While I was gone, a
thunderstorm blew in and Jerry put my plane in a hangar to avoid any
possible hail damage. He refueled the plane even though it's advertised
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
With storms sweeping the country, we've
spent a lot of time indoors this week. At least our readers have been
kind enough to send us a few video
clips original photos to brighten our days. Seems the least we can
do to return the favor, for all the rest of you who don't get the
pleasure of rifling through our submission boxes. This week's top photo
arrived over the information superhighway from veteran submitter Gavin Conroy of Blenheim, Marlborough (New
Zealand), and we immediately knew it would be our "Picture of the Week."
(There's something fun about a photo you can flip in all directions and
still enjoy it!) More...
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