AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 14, Number 30a

July 21, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
"The-Jet" Has a New Name: Cirrus Vision SJ50
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Pilot Leaves Controls To Rescue Tangled SkyDiver

A British soldier and jump instructor participating in a parachute competition in Germany got hung up on the landing gear of his jump aircraft, reportedly a Britten-Norman Islander, and was rescued by the only person left on the aircraft -- its pilot. The aircraft was 3,000 feet above the Joint Service Parachute Centre at Bad Lippspringe when five soldiers successfully departed the aircraft. The sixth, the instructor, suffered a partially deployed chute that caught his rigging on the aircraft's gear. The aircraft's civilian pilot became aware of the situation and left his seat, cutting snagged lines until the parachutist fell free of his aircraft and deployed his reserve. The pilot's excursion left him out of the cockpit for approximately 30 seconds, according to initial reports. Claiming he was only doing his job, the pilot has so far asked to remain anonymous. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence told the Daily Mail, "The pilot showed significant bravery and skill. We are unaware of a rescue like this happening before."

Initial reports did not indicate the type of aircraft involved in the incident.

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Technology Watch back to top 

Embraer Challenges Geared Turbofan Efficiency Claims

It's the economy, stupid. Bombardier's pre-Farnborough assertion that its Pratt & Whitney geared-turbofan-powered CSeries 100-149 seat regional jets (due in 2013) could be 20 percent more efficient than rival aircraft has rival aircraft manufacturer Embraer saying "not so fast." Embraer (the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world) has spun the argument to operating costs and says its 110-seat E195 would only fall behind a CSeries C-110 by 3 or 4 percent in 2013 -- after the E195 undergoes improvements. Speaking of the CSeries, Embraer CEO Frederico Curado said in an interview with the Montreal Gazette, "We're not making any assertion that the airplane will not deliver what it promises, nothing like that. We are assuming that it will." He then went on to add, "But we are disputing the figures they are promising, this 15 to 20 percent thing is really unreal." Curado believes that the Pratt's efficiencies exist, but are compromised by their attachment to an airframe in the real world. Bombardier says it has taken those considerations into account.

In the end, Curado estimates that laboratory figures showing 15-percent efficiency improvements will translate to 9 percent in a real-world application and his company's E195 will make up about 4 percent through design improvements. Bombardier is aware of Curado's concerns and is standing by its efficiency claims.

BRS Announces Possible VLJ Parachute

Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS), maker of whole-aircraft parachute systems, Friday announced that its new 5000-series canopy complies with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. BRS has submitted to the FAA its plan for 5000 series Part 23 certification testing. This BRS system can support heavier piston airframes and higher-weight-category very light jets. It's not yet certified and the system's precise operating limitations have yet to be announced, but the system marks another step forward for the company (and, arguably, the rest of us) and makes inroads into the arena of "heavier aircraft." First applications of 5000-series recovery systems may include Diamond's D-Jet and the Lancair Evolution, according to BRS' financial statements for early 2008. The company has since 1981 delivered more than 29,000 parachute systems to aircraft owners worldwide, 3,500 of which reside on FAA-certificated aircraft including Cirrus Design's SR20 and SR22 aircraft. The company says its systems "have been credited with saving the lives of 213 pilots and passengers."

Epic Elite Cruises Past 385 Knots

Epic Aircraft, maker of turbine-powered kit and to-be-certified aircraft, says that its six-plus-two-seat twin Williams FJ-33-4 powered Elite jet has in test flights consistently logged cruise speeds "in excess of 385 KTAS." The company says that makes the Elite "the undisputed fastest very light jet in the world." For those who are interested in both apples and oranges, the claim doesn't yet make the Elite a certified option and Honda is expected to chime in with its 420-knot (and certified) eight-seat HondaJet sometime near 2010. Epic's Web site says that "current estimates point to certification of the 6-8 seat Elite in the next two and a half years." The aircraft falls in line with Epic's standing commitment to "take off with all the seats occupied, full fuel and luggage." Let the 1330 pounds of available payload after fuel be your ruler for that equation. Epic delivered well on its early promises of bringing aircraft from design to market and was rewarded for the work.

The company says debuts of its Elite twin-jet and Victory four-plus-one-seat single-engine jet (not yet slated for certification) earned more than $60 million in gross sales. Pricing and availability are offered by Epic in response to online inquiries. Recent news reports have place Epic's certification plans in both Canada and Georgia (the one overseas) with final plans to be determined.

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Meanwhile, Back at the Airport ... back to top 

TEB Airport Guide/Safety Package, Good Stuff From The FAA

The FAA is providing detailed pilot training for easier access and improved safety to Teterboro through a presentation that basically serves as pre-packaged local pilot experience available online, free of charge. We might hope to eventually see these for every airport, but Teterboro Airport is a 13-mile drive from the Empire State Building and that proximity makes it one of the busiest (and most expensive) general aviation airports in the country. The Teterboro Airport Flight Crew Briefing offers interactive graphics and a voiced briefing that presents pilots with an overview of the airport layout, its normal operations and relevant regulations, along with airport-specific safety and security procedures. Included are runway incursion hot spots and an interface that allows clickable access to the nuances of each one. Pilots are also given access to a review of frequently used air traffic control procedures, including common departures, and are briefed on the most common errors flight crews make while accessing the airport.

The presentation even details what the Air Charter Safety Foundation calls Teterboro's "best practices for aircraft lighting configurations and taxi procedures." Funded by the FAA and produced by the National Air Transportation Association, it's available online — and again, it's free.

TSA Goes Easy(er) On Flight Crews ... Sort Of

If easy is relative and "expedited access" run by the TSA are the guidelines, then the agency's crewPASS test program, launched Friday and expected to last two months, may ultimately provide easier access to secure areas for properly credentialed commercial flight deck crew members. The system employs a crew member database that provides transportation security officers with a picture and other information with which they may cross-check airline-issued identification and other ID provided by flight deck crew. Through what some may see as a better application of backwards thinking, crew members will enter secure areas via the exit lane of each area's corresponding checkpoints. And in conjunction with the new measures, "Flight deck crew members who utilize this program will be subject to random screening, observation by behavior detection officers and other layers of security."

The program will be tested at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Pittsburgh International and Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan airports. The test is being conducted in cooperation with the Air Line Pilots Association and is limited to uniformed flight deck crew members. It will last 60 days, after which time "a full evaluation will be made."

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Honor and Heritage back to top 

National Aviation Hall Of Fame Weekend Enshrinees

The National Aviation Hall of Fame Saturday conducted its 47th annual enshrinements in Dayton, Ohio, and along with an airline man, a WWII triple-ace and military commander, active air show pilot and general aviation ambassador Sean D. Tucker was on the list. Dr. Peter Diamandis and his X Prize Foundation were also honored, being awarded the "Spirit of Flight Award." As for enshrinees, Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson flew the P-51B "Old Crow" while assigned to the 357th Fighter Group. The 357th was credited with shooting down a record 609 1/2 enemy aircraft in only 15 months and produced 42 aces. Fellow military man, the late William A. Moffett, the "father of naval aviation," was also enshrined as was Herbert D. Kelleher, founder and retired chairman of Southwest Airlines.

The list of recognized presenters included Rear Admiral John W. "Bill" Goodwin, USN, Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet and Col. Joe Kittinger, USAF (Ret) and 1997 enshrinee. Tucker also flew in the Dayton Air Show over the weekend.

Win A Vintage 172, Or Support 1940 Air Terminal Museum

If you want to win a vintage 1957 Cessna 172, your chances are one in 2,500 (as of Saturday). The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas, Saturday announced the new contest along with the winner of its prior and first annual "Win Your Own Plane" raffle. Joe Montano of Pearland, Texas, won a 1947 Cessna 140 over the weekend. The 172 is up next. The museum's press release notes that, "The winner [of the 172] will be announced at the Museum's July 2009 Wings & Wheels open-house, or a sooner Wings & Wheels if all tickets have been sold." Both promotions are part of a fundraising program created by the museum. "At the museum, we meet people every day who have always dreamed of flying. This contest will give one lucky winner the chance to realize that dream," said museum president Drew Coats. Funds acquired through the promotion support day-to-day operations and museum expansion. We don't have a horse in this race, but will note that there are more than 110,000 people reading this right now and we'll remind you that no more than 2,500 tickets will be sold at $50 each. Translation: If you're interested, you might want to hurry up -- but there's one catch.

The museum isn't open on Mondays and they can't sell raffle tickets to e-mail requests. We spoke with them Saturday and they're looking forward to your voicemails and calls, which they'll field on Tuesday. The number is (713) 454-1940. E-mail info@1940airterminal.org for more details.

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News Briefs back to top 

News From The Farnborough International Airshow

AVweb European correspondent Liz Moscrop was at the big show for most of last week and filed reports on some of the major announcements.

Click here for an assortment of news from the show.

On the Fly ...

The crew survived the July 7 crash of a Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200 cargo jet that lost power shortly after takeoff in Bogota, but the aircraft was burned and two on the ground were killed. It was the second 747 crash for Kalitta in six weeks, the previous on took place in Brussels, May 25. Now rumors have emerged that the crew of the Bogota flight said the aircraft lost power of the outboard starboard engine after rotation, followed by failure of the outboard port engine as the crew was preparing to follow standard procedures for single-engine failure during takeoff. Loss of an engine during takeoff is central to the Brussels investigation.

Xerion Avionix LLC has earned FAA approval for installation of the AuRACLE CRM series engine management systems into all 4 and 6-cylinder Cessna and Piper aircraft via STC. (AVweb has a short video on this product here.)

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has moved to cut red tape that hinders experienced overseas aircraft engineers from joining the Australian aviation industry. Procedures for qualification of eligible engineers have been streamlined to boost the numbers of licensed aircraft maintenance engineers in that country. For more, click here.

A First Choice Boeing 767 out of Gatwick for Cuba with 268 aboard landed in Bermuda after one allegedly unruly passenger reportedly lunged for the door as crewmembers attempted to defuse an altercation.

At least two crew members have been recovered after the crash of USAF B-52 off Guam early Monday, but it's not clear from initial reports whether they survived. Four others are presumably missing. The aircraft was to fly over a parade marking the anniversary of the liberation of Guam in the Second World War. The plane was from Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, La.

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 

AVmail: July 21, 2008

Reader mail this week about lead, oil speculators, balloon flights and much more.

Click here to read this week's letters to the editor.

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New on AVweb back to top 

Leading Edge #20: Choosing Your Takeoff

You too can be a test pilot ... and test your airplane (and yourself) so you have more options when it isn't just a "normal" takeoff.

Click here to read.

AVweb Insider Blog: Raise the #@!$% Fares (Part II)

Last week, the major airlines sent a letter to their customers blaming oil speculators for high prices. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli thinks they're giving customers the runaround, asking them to become junior lobbyists and urge Congress to crack down on oil speculators instead of demanding a consistent, practical national energy policy. Read what Paul has to say about this on the AVweb Insider blog.

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Want to Fly with the Aeroshell T-6 Aerobatic Team? Here's How ...

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Just throw your name into the hat for a chance to win a backseat ride in one of the Aeroshell T-6s at EAA AirVenture next week. No need to buy anything; just let us know you're interested, and we'll enter you in the drawing. Meanwhile, for more details on the team, listen to this podcast with team leader Alan Henley, who aptly describes the T-6 show as "satisfying all of the senses."

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Video of the Week: Sometimes You Just Have a Bad Day

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A Sterling Boeing 737 ended up in an unnatural position (for a 737) at the airport in Malaga, Spain on Saturaday after a strange encounter with the airport bridge. For some reason, the bridge went up and caught the aircraft under its open door. Early reports didn't have a damage estimate.

Thanks to AVweb reader Robert Reid, who turned us on to the video and also referred us to this incredible photo from Robert Campbell.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: TAC Air (KGMU, Greenville, SC)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to TAC Air at GMU in Greenville, South Carolina.

AVweb reader John Hey hadn't stopped at GMU for six months, but he tells us "they still remembered me":

Great, cheerful, and competent service — even though I had just saved $30 using their self-service pump. Call ahead, and they get you a great discount on the nice Phoenix Motel one block away with the best free full Southern breakfast ever!

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

The Lighter Side of Flight back to top 

Short Final

While on tower freq for VGT (North Las Vegas), I overheard the following:

Cessna 1234N:
"Tower, this is Cessna 1234N, 10 miles northwest with yankee, inbound full stop."

"Cessna 1234N, tower. Continue inbound. Report 4-mile final for runway 12 right."

Cessna 1234N:
"Tower, Cessna 1234N reporting 4-mile final."

"Cessna 1234N cleared for landing. Runway 12 right. Say type, Cessna."

Cessna 1234N:
"Tower, 1234N is a Cessna 152 Heavy!"

"Cessna 1234N, roger!"

(And before the mike keyed off, there was substantial chuckling in the background.)

J. Brandon
via e-mail

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

Features Editor
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