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|Mind the Gap Between Ages 60 and 65,
FIGHT FOR PILOTS HURT BY NEW AGE 65 RULE
Now that U.S.
airline pilots can fly to age 65, litigation is now moving forward to
overturn wording in the 2007 law that also specifically barred some
3,000 pilots forced into retirement before age 60 from being rehired
with their prior pay, position and benefits. Congress last year passed
the Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act that raised the mandatory
retirement age for pilots to a more internationally recognized age of
65, but wording in the law excluded some 3,000 veteran pilots forced to
retire between November 23, 2006, and December 17, 2007, from being
rehired at their previously held seniority levels. George Washington
University law professor Jonathan Turley has brought a motion to have
the U.S. Court of Appeals determine the constitutionality of the
congressional law before it can be used to dismiss petitions filed on
behalf of those pilots forced into retirement. "That motion allows the
court to review the law faster than it would have otherwise," according
to a posting to LegalTimes.com blog. More...
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SOUND BARRIER-BREAKING, LONGEST-EVER SKYDIVE
permitting, 64-year-old Michel Fournier may already have climbed into
his pressurized gondola and been carried for more than two hours by his
650-foot balloon to 130,000 feet (close to 25 miles high) above the
earth -- where he may already have stepped out. Fournier said over the
weekend that he would, Monday, somewhere over sparse and nearly
lake-less Saskatoon, Canada, attempt the highest-ever parachute jump
and, himself, move faster than the speed of sound ... weather
permitting. Prior to the jump, reports indicated the fall could take
more than 15 minutes (including time under canopy) and would take
Fournier faster and farther than any previous skydiver, setting records
for altitude in a balloon, fastest freefall, duration of freefall, and
altitude to initiate freefall. Before the weekend, Col. Joseph
Kittinger, Jr.'s record jump of 102,800 feet -- set Aug. 16, 1960 --
held top honors, literally. Reporters were told over the weekend
Fournier expected to exceed the speed of sound while trailing a
stabilizing drogue chute as he fell through 117,000 feet, accelerating
to a maximum speed close to 1.68 Mach. En route, Fournier would pass
through temperatures expected to be as cold as negative 115 degrees
Centigrade, opening his parachute more than seven minutes after
beginning his fall. More...
Cirrus Perspective by
Garmin: A New Beginning for General Aviation
As a pilot, you sit in a cockpit and experience the world in ways others
can only imagine. As leaders in technology and innovation, Cirrus
sat in the cockpit together and imagined how to
redesign the flying experience. Together they have re-imagined the
pilot-airplane interface, and as a result, revolutionized general
aviation. See the result at
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BIOFUELS, THIS TIME FROM AIRBUS
Virgin Atlantic and Boeing
first flew a commercial airliner on biofuel earlier this year, followed
by Continental Airline's announcement that Continental would fly a
demonstration flight in 2009, and now Airbus with Honeywell,
International Aero Engines and JetBlue have announced an alternative
fuel partnership. The new partnership will work to develop renewable
energy technology that converts non-food-crop vegetation and algae-based
oils into a direct Jet-A substitute. Current biomass fuel sources have
unimpressive energy yields when compared with fossil fuels, but change
may be coming. "Airbus believes that second-generation bio-jet fuel
could provide up to 30 percent of all commercial aviation jet fuel by
2030," according to Sebastien Remy, head of Alternative Fuels Research
Programs for Airbus. Better still, the company expects that the new
biofuel will be a drop-in replacement (no fuel system or engine
modifications required) for kerosene or Jet-A burning engines.
AIR PARTS CYLINDERS, THE PROPOSED AD
The FAA has issued a
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for specific Superior Air Parts
(SAP) cylinder assemblies that may be installed in up to 8,000 aircraft
here in the U.S. The engines in question are Teledyne Continental Motors
(TCM) IO-520, TSIO-520 and IO-550 models. Specific SAP cylinders
(identified by part number) installed in those engines may be prone to
cracks near the exhaust valve, potentially leading to separation of the
cylinder head, structural damage, immediate engine failure, and fire in
the engine compartment. The proposed airworthiness directive would
require initial and repetitive compression checks for those cylinders
that also have acquired more than 750 hours time in service. Some 24
failures have so far been reported to the FAA, half of them by SAP. All
of those failures occurred in cylinders with more than 823 hours time
since new. The FAA is seeking comments before June 11. Find the
additional information you need, here. More...
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L-3 Communications Avionics
Systems (L-3 Avionics) Thursday received TSO authorization and STC
approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for the SmartDeck "glass
cockpit" integrated flight controls and display system. The system is
currently the only one available in the light aircraft market, according
to the L-3, that includes a standard dedicated 4 x 5.25-inch display for
flight plan management and communication information. The third screen
also frees up space on the system's main PFD and MFD screens. It's
designed to maximize ease of use with a menu structure that aims "to
support pilot functions in 'three clicks or less,'" and make flying
"safer, easier and more fun." For Cirrus, which just rolled out its
"Perspective" package with enhanced Garmin G1000 capabilities, L-3's
package now becomes an option for Cirrus SR22 G2 owners who can now opt
for L-3's SmartDeck via STC for retrofit. The two companies are also
working together to customize the SmartDeck for Cirrus' the-Jet.
747 CARGO JET RUNS OFF RUNWAY AT BRUSSELS
A Kalitta Air
Boeing 747 cargo jet carrying 76 tons of cargo Sunday crashed following
an aborted takeoff at Brussels airport that split the fuselage and
(according to some early reports) left four of the five crew members
with minor injuries. The aircraft did not catch fire (and may have
retained much of the fuel that would have carried it to Bahrain). It ran
off the end of Runway 22 and came to rest roughly 300 yards off the end
of the runway and 500 yards from homes. The pilot reportedly told rescue
authorities he heard a loud noise while on takeoff roll at 1130 GMT, but
few details were available prior to our deadline. No obvious cause of
the accident was immediately evident. The weather was clear following
light rains. More...
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REPLICA 1908 WRIGHT FLYER DISPLAYED
A painstakingly precise
hand-crafted duplicate of the original 1908 Wright Flyer is scheduled to
make an appearance today (Monday) at the National Memorial Parade in
Washington, D.C. Produced by Ken Hyde's "Wright Experience," the
aircraft replicates the Flyer first flown at Fort Myer in September
1908. The original aircraft was seen by the Wrights as their first
practical, marketable design, according to Hyde, and won the first U.S.
government competition leading to government purchase of an airplane.
"This is the plane that made it happen; the plane that made flying a
practical and commercial reality," said Hyde, who added his company "is
honored to have brought it back to life in this reproduction." Following
its parade appearance, the replica aircraft will be prepared as an
airworthy, flyable aircraft and will again be on public display to
commemorate the Centennial of Orville Wright's inaugural flights of
1908, beginning September 6, of this year. It will then move to the
National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles
International Airport, where it will serve one year as an interactive
educational exhibit. More...
AIRSHIP'S CHANNEL CROSSING
"Crossing the Channel with a
pedal-powered airship is both totally unnecessary and a very eloquent
statement on human nature," said Stephane Rousson, the 39-year-old man
who plans to do it if only the winds (and his stamina) will cooperate.
Rousson is hoping for a near-windless day to facilitate his attempt next
month. His airship, Zeppy, is a helium-filled, slightly heavier-than-air
craft propelled by two tilting propellers and powered by Rousson,
himself. The flight plan would call for a flight of about 34 miles from
Lydd in Kent to Wissant, a French Coastal village, at an altitude of
about 100 feet. Rousson has 30 hours of experience flying the craft,
which he acquired from his father Jean-Marc and Luc Geiser, who together
designed and built it. Rousson's father has since passed and did not
live to see the aircraft's maiden flight. Now history may witness
witness its next. More...
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FOR MOONEY: STRONG SALES IN EUROPE
Like other U.S.
manufactories benefitting from the weak dollar, Mooney is enjoying
strong sales in Europe, with buyers divided between business and
pleasure flyers. Mooney CEO Dennis Ferguson says that's good
news, but he also notes that one challenge the company continues to face
is controlling production costs. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli
interviewed Ferguson in Kerrville last week. More...
PODCAST EXTRA! AVIATION CONSUMER MAGAZINE DEMOS THE EVOLUTION
EFIS FROM ASPEN AVIONICS
For those of us not in the market
for a $600,000 new airplane, Aspen Avionics is now shipping the
Evolution EFIS for the aftermarket. Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, sent Larry Anglisano to
investigate. Larry and the AC team few the system in a Cirrus
SR22 and found that the company has done its engineering homework,
calling the Evolution EFIS "very impressive technology that's practical
to install and affordable to buy." In this enhanced podcast, hear (and
see) how the Evolution works. More...
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OF THE WEEK: MIDWEST NATIONAL AIR CENTER (KGPH, MOSBY,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Midwest National Air Center at KGPH in Mosby,
AVweb reader Robert Parker recommended the
FBO, citing the owner's eerie prescience:
knew before we landed that we'd been fighting fierce headwinds the
previous four hours. He met us at the plane,then towed the plane to the
SS fuel pump, fueled it with my card (at prices quite below the national
average), parked it back in front of the FBO, then drove out to buy
batteries for our headsets so my wife and I could relax before flying
the final four-hour leg home!
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
While on a trip in a Grumman Cheetah
from Marathon, Florida Keys to Exuma in the Bahamas, I ran into a large
area of clouds hanging over Andros Island. They'd been classified as
benign when I'd received my weather briefing about an hour and a half
earlier. I penetrated with a warning from Miami
"Grumman XXXXX, I show a
large area of weather ahead of you. How would you like to
"My Stormscope shows it's
not active. I'll continue on course."
[a few minutes
"Grumman XXXXX, say
"It's a little
bumpy, but other than that it's fine."
[a few minutes
later, after it suddenly turned
"Miami Center, Grumman XXXXX,
experiencing ... severe ... turbulence. Request ...
[I went up and down at about 2000 feet per minute.
The Stormscope lit up all around us. We were tossed on our
"Grumman XXXXX, unable
lower at this time. I'll have to call Nassau to get
I righted the airplane. Everything flew around the
cockpit. I saw a hole and aimed for it.
[a few minutes
"Miami Center, Grumman XXXXX,
we're out of the weather now. Sorry about the deviation, but I could not
hold altitude or course."
a problem, I understand."
A passing airliner overheard
"Miami, Airliner XXXX, that
guy that penetrated the weather over Andros what kind of airplane
did he say he was flying?"
"Like a big
"No, like a little
"A Cheetah? Wow, he's
got a lot of balls."
I'm sorry, sir, you broke up. Say
"I said, he's got a lot of
"Airliner XXXX, I'm
sorry, sir, you are coming in broken up again. I believe you said (ahem)
that he was a very brave man?"
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