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Volume 14, Number 37a
September 8, 2008
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Top News: Boeing Crash, Jet Pack Updatesback to top 
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The investigation into why a British Airways Boeing 777 on Jan. 17 crashed (with no fatalities) short of the runway at London's Heathrow airport has determined "that there are two possible scenarios" that match the data collected from the flight -- both involve ice in the fuel system. The Air Accidents Investigation Board (AAIB) has found that of all flights flown with similar equipment (about 140,000), less than 0.2 percent had been subjected to fuel temperatures at or below the minus 34 degrees centigrade recorded for the accident aircraft. The accident aircraft is also noted for operating in those temperatures at very low fuel flows, but within certified operational limits. As a result, Boeing 777 pilots will be required to cycle the thrust of their engines (maximum thrust for 10 seconds prior to descent) to clear the system of ice before landing and vary their altitudes en route when fuel in the main tank is below 10 degrees Celsius for more than three hours. There are rules for low-temperature ground operations, too. All instructions apply to 220 777s worldwide. This short-term fix aims to address concerns while the exact root of the problem is further investigated and (for now) acts in place of retooling the Rolls-Royce Trent 800 fuel feed systems on the jets. For the accident itself, the AAIB has detailed its two most likely causal scenarios. More...

Saturday at the Hiller Aviation Museum's Jet Pack Show in San Carlos, Calif., scientists, inventors and pilots taught visitors about research and progress in the field of modern jet packs. Organizers claim the event was the largest collection of jet packs ever assembled in one place for display. Modern players like Jet Pack International, Thunderbolt Aerosystems, and Solotrek mixed with research experts that included former Bell president Hugh Neeson. The recently famous Martin JetPack, which flies on two ducted fans powered by a single engine and was publicly debuted at AirVenture Oshkosh this year, was not in attendance. Flight times for current jet packs are most often counted in seconds, but Jet Pack International is one company offering a model that it says can fly for 9 minutes and can be had for $200,000 (flight training included). A 20-second 130-decibel demonstration flight made an instant celebrity of pilot Eric Scott who has already acquired the experience of some 700 flights over 16 years. Jet Pack International may be hoping for more celebrity -- the company has been working on a reality television show based on its search for new pilots. More...

Lycoming® — The Engines of Choice
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Meeting the Demand for On-Demand Flightsback to top 

People in southern California who are short on time or patience or both may find salvation in Miwok Airways, a start-up short hop air service flying on-demand operations to and from 40 local airports, beginning this fall. Four Cirrus SR22s operated through contract with charter companies will be used to cover a stretch of SoCal from Oxnard to San Diego with service to begin before November. The cost for a one-way trip from San Diego to L.A. (including the airports of your choice) chimes in at about $110 with seats filled and $338 with two seats empty (cautious planners should count on the higher price). Flights could cost as little as $82 on short trips with full seats. The longest available flight will run between Oxnard and Palm Springs. Miwok has partnered with Enterprise Rent-a-Car to offer special rates on car rentals where available.

Related Content:
Miwok Airways' Gad Barnea discusses on-demand flight services in an AVweb podcast interview


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Airplane-Building — Small-Scale and Large-Scaleback to top 

Some of the most popular general aviation aircraft designs available today (the Cirrus SR20 and SR22, the Cessna 350 and 400, the Liberty XL2 and others) trace a major part of their roots back to the experimental aviation segment. The argument could be made that if you like innovative certified brand new general aviation aircraft, you should care about the FAA's proposed changes to the 51% rule. The FAA's goal is to better control businesses like builder assist centers that may significantly reduce a builder's actual involvement in the building process. While older kits previously approved by the FAA may be excluded from new regulation, new kits like the Furio -- that could usher in new streamlined methods of production, design and applied aerodynamics -- could potentially be stifled by new regulation. EAA believes the current regulations, if enforced, would be sufficient to meet the FAA's goal. It also believes that by regulating specific amounts of fabrication and assembly required of homebuilders the FAA would place on them an undue burden. Your comments on the FAA's proposal are welcome before the comment period ends later this month:


Boeing has reportedly halted production of 737, 747, 767 and 777 aircraft as 27,000 members of the Machinists union rejected Boeing's most recent benefits and pay raise offers. Boeing intends to keep its plants open, expecting non-machinists union workers to report in but with production stopped in Everett and Renton, Wash. Analysts expect Boeing could lose up to $3 billion per month and losses to trickle down. Suppliers will be directly affected and, depending on the duration of the impasse, airlines could see delayed deliveries and development of the 787 Dreamliner could be further delayed beyond current plans to fly it by December and deliver it in the third quarter of 2009. Airbus could theoretically step in to fill the void for needy carriers, but for some airlines it's not quite that simple. The strike represents the first time the union has taken such action in consecutive contract cycles (previously in 2005) and the shortest period between strikes. The 2005 strike lasted about 24 days and delayed delivery of more than 24 aircraft. Workers say salary increases under the latest proposal would be eroded by changes that increase health-insurance premiums. The company earned $13 billion in net profits over the past five years. Boeing says it is open to further discussion but has no date (as of Sunday) for future negotiations. More...

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Safety & Securityback to top 

The FAA has been ordered to pay fees and other expenses incurred by two ATP-rated Learjet pilots, whose certificates the agency had ordered suspended, according to Aviation Law Experts LLC, acting on behalf of the pilots. A Chief Administrative Law Judge of the NTSB found that "the agency proceeded on a weak and tenuous basis with a flawed investigation bereft of any meaningful evidence" and further showed a "lack of substantial justification" ... "not having a reasonable basis in both law and fact." According to legal counsel for the pilots, the case involved both FSDO-approved removal of a divan from a Learjet 60 (that FAA inspectors at another location later deemed in violation of regulations), and the alleged violation of operating the same jet without a functioning ELT battery (which defending attorney, Greg Winton, successfully argued was inapplicable per the regulations). The FAA filed a complaint against two pilots involved and consolidated those cases, then further sought a $9,900 civil penalty against the owner of the aircraft. Initiated on March 21, 2008, the FAA withdrew all charges against the pilots on June 20, 2008. Details follow. More...

Commercial pilot Erica Simpson, 32, was flying a Cassutt IIIM "Little Lynn" Saturday in preparation for the weeklong event that begins today (Monday), when the wings apparently failed, the aircraft crashed and Simpson was killed. Reno's Air Races run this year from Sept. 10 through 14 with about 150 pilots competing for $1 million in prize money. Qualifying begins Monday. Simpson competed in the Race's Biplane Class in 2006, missed last year's races when three pilots were killed, and this year intended to fly in the Formula One Class. The near-term misfortunes at Reno now account for four of the 19 fatalities attributed to the event in the last 45 years. Critics say that fatalities threaten the future of the sport making it far less appealing as a destination for local field trips and spectators who prefer to see a demonstration of inspirational skill and excitement. A press release issued by Mike Houghton, President and CEO of the National Championship Air Races and airshow, stated that Simpson "was a highly skilled pilot and fierce competitor, but more importantly she was a friend." Houghton told The Associated Press, "in every competition there is risk, and ours is the same." He added, "If you did away with the risk, you'd have checkers and Ping-Pong." Race officials would not speculate on the cause of the accident and the NTSB will investigate. A tribute for Simpson is planned for the opening ceremonies of the races. More...

Life Insurance Premiums Continue to Decrease in 2008!
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News Briefsback to top 

Intended to explore the possibilities of high-speed flight and high-efficiency hover beyond the capabilities of aircraft like the V-22 Osprey, DARPA's Disc-Rotor Compound Helicopter program may ultimately develop a helicopter-like aircraft with a rotating circular wing and retractable blades. Boeing Thursday was announced as the expected recipient of a Sole Source contract for ongoing development of the program, beginning with small-scale model testing, and will be supported with $3 million in 2008 and $6 million in '09. According to an unclassified DARPA report, "the enabling technologies are disc-rotor configuration, circulation control, seamless reversible transition between hover and wing borne flight, and loading/center-of-pressure control." Following wind-tunnel tests of scale models, a full-scale demonstrator aircraft would be built to establish the concept's feasibility with hopes of evolving it into an aircraft capable of cruise speeds in the 300-400 knot range. That aircraft could provide vertical takeoff and landing plus hover capability for troop and cargo insertion. More...

Cirrus lays off 100 workers ...
Airplane thief gets four years ...
Emirates grounds A380. More...

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

Dr. Blue Says, "Be Smart — Carry a PLB!"
Flying, hiking, camping, riding your ATV or bike — accidents happen that can become a life-threatening situation. Be prepared with a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). It's as easy as pushing a button. PLBs from Aeromedix.com include the ACR MicroFix 406 MHz for pilots when you're enjoying activities in unpopulated areas. Click now to visit Aeromedix.com for complete details.
New on AVwebback to top 

If you think spot-landings within 100 feet of the required spot are a challenge, try it without power on approach. And do it within 20 feet of the mark. AVweb's Rick Durden can do it now. More...

We all agree the real learning happens when you take it into the clouds, but no one says the guy in the right seat has to be a CFI. More...

In the latest installment of our aviation blog, AVweb Insider, Aviation Consumer's Rick Durden explains why the new Piper Matrix is a surprise best seller. (Cirrus has a lot to do with it.) More...

"A Celebration"
Celebrating their 45th anniversary this September, the National Championship Air Races are the last head-to-head air racing event left on Earth and are the favorite among aviation enthusiasts, worldwide. The event features six high-speed racing classes and a static aircraft show, and this year the USAF Thunderbirds and F-22 Demonstration Team will highlight a fleet of world-class aviation demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races or to purchase tickets, call (775) 972-6633, or visit AirRace.org.
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

There's been a lot of buzz about air taxis in recent years and how they're the next big thing in business transportation. California entrepreneur Gad Barnea sees the market a little differently, however, and had taken a slightly different approach with his shorthaul service, called Miwok Airways. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Barnea about why flying passengers around Southern California in Cirrus SR22s makes sense. More...

New! Jeppesen Avionics Knowledge Library — Garmin G1000 IFR Training
The Jeppesen Garmin G1000 — IFR Procedures training is an advanced, extensive computer-based training program developed with Garmin teaching skills to master the operation of and confidently fly the G1000 in IFR conditions. Learn: How to pull up and fly instrument procedures; how to load and activate approaches including RNAV and GPS; all the new WAAS-enabled approaches; and how to perform course reversals, fly holding patterns, and execute missed approaches. Call Jeppesen at (303) 328-4274, or visit online for more information!
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

"You're gonna love this," wrote AVweb reader Scott Evans by way of introduction to this week's featured viral video. "We've all heard of dead-stick landings — now check out this dead-stick take-off!" We're not sure what the backstory is on this clip — is that actually Bob Hoover narrating? — but it's worth a look. (Click through to watch.) More...

This year at EAA AirVenture we brought you fourteen video reports over the course of seven days. We realize the news was flying fast and furious during the show, so just in case you missed any of our reports, you can catch them all here. (Click through to watch.) More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


Traveling AVweb readers have recommended many FBOs to us this week. If you'd like to see your favorite FBO spotlighted here next Monday, recommend them using our online form.

Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to McDonald-Gregory Aviation at Danville-Boyle County Airport in Danville, Kentucky.

AVweb reader Richard Grindal made an unscheduled visit last week:

Far from home and way out of my comfort zone — and experiencing engine trouble — I precautionary-landed on Monday, September 5 (Labor Day). The owner of the FBO arranged a car and called the mechanic that night. With an overnight and the chief mechanic dropping everthing (including work on a Cessna 414) to work on my lowly experimental Cub, I was quickly on my way again — thankful for the hospitality and expertise on the mechanic work, as well as the reasonable price for everything. Thanks again to Tim and Shane!

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!


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The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 

Overheard in IFR 
Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

Into Tampa, Florida at night, I overheard the controller misspeak to the airliner ahead of me in the line-up for landing:

"Airline 123, you're number three of two — wait, that's number two of three. Sorry."

"That's okay, five out of three pilots have dyslexia, anvway."

Travis Eddleman
via mail-e


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More AVweb for Your Inboxback to top 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Mariano Rosales
Jeff van West

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