AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 14, Number 48a

November 24, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: Security & Privacy back to top 
 

FAA Employee Steals Cessna 210 ... And 214 Other Things?

Working with a government computer system that allows federal agencies to trade between them their resources, a field technician with the FAA in San Diego allegedly took home some 215 government owned items, including a Cessna 210. Court papers made available Thursday indicate investigators are still trying to discern how widespread the problem was. "There is a great concern about who knew what about this" Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings told The Associated Press, "about whether it's something that was systemic." The employee is said to have given the aircraft to his half-brother (along with a yacht that the relative took to Canada, where it remains) who even managed to get insurance for the government-owned aircraft. With that insurance, the relative received a payment of $45,000 after the aircraft was damaged in a 2007 storm while parked at an airport in Louisiana. Prosecutors allege the 210 was obtained from the Forest Service, a 44-foot Navy yacht from the ROTC, another boat previously used by the Border Patrol, a Chevrolet K2500 truck from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ... and the list goes on.

Investigators, tipped off by another employee, allowed the criminal activity to continue as they built their case, but questions still remain as to how the alleged offender physically acquired the items. "It's not like UPS shows up with a boat on your doorstep," said Jennings.

AOPA: Expect Info Shared From Your Medical Application

Changes on your application for a medical certificate will lead to more information collected by your AME that can be shared with other federal agencies, all with the blessing of changes made to the Privacy Act Statement covering the application, according to AOPA. The information sharing is intended to provide other federal agencies with access to your responses for the purpose of checking the accuracy and completeness of other information available to those agencies. For example, pilots seeking a medical from their doctor will respond to a new question that inquires about whether or not they receive medical disability benefits, and other agencies may use that information to help discover Social Security fraud.

Other changes on the form consist mainly of modification to the language in an effort to make the wording more accurately reflect the methods of testing involved. The changes can be tacked onto recent requirements for pilots to disclose arrests (not just convictions) involving alcohol-related driving offenses. The modifications are largely a consequence of fraud investigations and AOPA states that the new forms are arriving at your AME's office.

 
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Future AVweb Headlines in the Making back to top 
 

President Bush Executive Order Pushes NextGen To Obama

With a Nov. 18 executive order published Thursday, President George W. Bush has dictated policy designed to drive "effective implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)" and sets its first deadline "not later than 60 days after the date of this order," or roughly when President-elect Barack Obama takes office. (That point is not lost on AOPA.) The 60-day deadline is for establishment of a DOT support staff. It is followed 120 days later by a second deadline that dictates establishment of an advisory committee to provide advice concerning implementation of policy to the Secretary of Transportation. As for the policy itself, the order states, "it is the policy of the United States to establish and maintain" an air transport system that meets the present and future "needs" of the Unites States. However, executive orders of an outgoing President can be reviewed by the incoming administration and President-elect Obama's "can be expected to review" and "may rescind or replace" this or other Bush administration orders at its discretion, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

AOPA is positioning itself to work with the incoming administration to identify the real benefits of NextGen for general aviation -- and this angle may be the key behind whether Joe the pilot wants to pay for avionics upgrades or make do with what he and the national infrastructure already has in place. NextGen relies on a combination of ground, cockpit and satellite-based hardware and technology to bring an infusion of situational and traffic awareness, safety, flexibility and autonomy to pilots in the cockpit. At this time, however, AOPA contends that even industry insiders are "are not entirely clear what NextGen entails." We understand it has something to do with the future of air traffic control.

Boeing Warns Layoffs May Be Coming

An expected downturn in orders for both its civilian and military aircraft has led Boeing to announce it may take action beyond hiring freezes and normal attrition and reduce the size of its workforce through layoffs in 2009. Working under an order backlog recently estimated near $349 billion that could span five years of production and form a bridge over current economic woes may curb potential cuts. But a recent analysis by the Teal Group predicts that Boeing's production will likely decrease after 2010, and may slide by as much as 15 percent by 2013.

Airline revenues have dropped substantially with a decrease in passenger traffic that harkens back to the 2003 SARS flu outbreak, according to the International Air Transport Association. Funding for Boeing's development programs, like the delayed 787 Dreamliner, could drive cost-cutting efforts amid an order slowdown and the uncertain variables of a global credit crunch could translate into layoffs later next year. Boeing has added more than 24,000 jobs in Washington since 2004, according to the Seattle Times, and took in nearly $1 billion in profit for the first quarter of 2008. Still, the company's near future, like most of ours, depends on the depth and breadth of the economic downturn.

 
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Reacting to Economic Anxiety back to top 
 

Automakers Highlight Economics Of BizJets

It may have been about potential job losses, but by attaching that motive to CEOs with multimillion dollar salaries flying by private jet to seek a $25 billion infusion for companies hemorrhaging cash under their own leadership, the focus has instead shifted to the loss of some jets ... at least for now. And so, a few days after the cap-in-hand CEOs of Ford, Chrysler and GM were blasted in Congressional hearings for each using their company's corporate jet to fly to Washington for the same hearing comes word that their hangars have some empty slots and may have more free spaces in the future.

For the record, GM says that while it's in the process of returning two of the five business jets it currently operates, it already got rid of two more back in September as a result of cost-cutting, and that the timing of the latest cuts is coincidental with last week's congressional meetings. Over at Ford, news broke over the weekend that company is "exploring" the idea of selling the five jets it owns as part of its transformation plan. The company told The Wall Street Journal it has sold four aircraft already, since 2005. Chrysler, which is a private company, was mum on aircraft over the early part of the weekend, but its CEO had already publicly offered to work for $1 a year. The CEOs of Chrysler, Ford and GM (companies currently contending with the lowest total auto sales figures in 17 years, according to Bloomberg news) were blasted by government officials for their individual use of business jets to appear before Congress seeking money that would most likely need to be printed, or borrowed, before it could be delivered.

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Liberty Joins Incentive Rush

As the year end approaches, aircraft manufacturers keep rolling out incentives and reminding prospective owners that the bonus tax depreciation applying to light aircraft will end on Dec. 31. To sweeten the pot, Liberty Aerospace is offering free fuel, free scheduled maintenance (125 hours worth for both) and free insurance for those who buy a Liberty two-place before the end of the year. It's also offering five hours of free training and matching deposits made on competing aircraft (up to $5,000) for those who pick a Liberty instead. LSA manufacturers continue to offer incentives, as well, the latest being the manufacturers of Sport Hornet LRS.

Ed Downs, president of parent company Kindred Spirits Enterprises said he's offering incentives similar to those being presented by bigger companies and throwing in free delivery of finished aircraft. Downs said financing is also available.

 
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Under Investigation back to top 
 

"Belligerent" First Officer Investigation Report

As we reported in January, the co-pilot aboard an Air Canada Boeing 767 l carrying 146 passengers out of Toronto for London had to be physically removed from the cockpit, mid-flight. A report released last week by the Air Accident Investigation Unit has shed new light on the incident, saying that slowly mounting warning signs, from the co-pilot's late arrival to his "harried" appearance, were ultimately followed by ignored protocols, "rambling and disjointed" speech and "belligerent and uncooperative" behavior that led the captain to action.

Beyond the flight's mid-ocean point and with weather that suggested a potential CAT III Autoland approach at Heathrow, the captain called for crew assistance to "secure the First Officer away from the flight controls" and "remove him from the cockpit." Alone on the flight deck, the pilot contacted via data-link the company flight dispatch, made a PAN radio call, and diverted to Shannon, which was reporting better weather. He then sought assistance from anyone onboard who might be able to help with what had become a single-pilot flight with a medical emergency. As it was, a flight attendant held a commercial pilot certificate with a multi-engine rating and a non-current instrument rating, and that crew member was put to work in the right seat. She was "not out of place" in the cockpit, the 18,000-hour captain later told investigators, and the two successfully managed the remainder of the flight to a safe landing in VFR conditions at Shannon.

Meanwhile, back in the cabin, the co-pilot was, according to earlier media reports, bound, seated and sedated under the watchful eye of two doctors who were among the passengers aboard the flight. Upon landing, he was met by a doctor and assessed before transfer to a regional hospital for treatment. He was later joined by his wife and remained under hospital care for 11 days before on Feb. 8 being flown by Air Ambulance home to Canada, "where his care continued."

CIA Missionary Plane Shootdown Draws OIG Blowback

An internal report by the CIA's inspector general accuses agency officials of withholding information and obstructing inquiries regarding the investigation of a 2001 fatal downing of an aircraft thought to be carrying narcotics that was in fact carrying missionaries over Peru. Three aboard the stricken aircraft were injured when it crashed into the Amazon River. Two aboard, a woman and her infant daughter, were killed. The aircraft was attacked by a Peruvian air force fighter operating with CIA surveillance aircraft. The report itself states that the "routine disregard of the required intercept procedures" removed adequate safeguards to protect against the loss of innocent life; that violation of procedures was "sustained and significant" and that the agency denied Congress and other authorities including the Department of Justice access to those findings. Plus, the agency's counsel advised managers to avoid writing on the subject to avoid "legal scrutiny." Among the report's conclusions are that those intercept procedures were presidentially mandated and that "no one" involved in making changes to them had the authority to do so. According to the report, "In many cases, suspect aircraft were shot down within two to three minutes of being sighted by the Peruvian fighter -- without being properly identified, without being given the required warnings to land, and without being given time to respond." Not a single Peruvian pilot interviewed for the report said he had once attempted to visually signal a target aircraft to warn it had been intercepted.

Participants in the interdiction program told the Office of the Inspector General that "performing the required procedures would have taken time and might have resulted in the escape of the target aircraft," and that "it was easier to shoot the aircraft down than to force it down." The full classified report was reportedly delivered to CIA director Michael Hayden and passed on to the Justice Department, which in 2005 declined to pursue any prosecutions. The program, initiated by the Clinton administration in 1994 and continued for a time under the Bush administration, has since ended.

 
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Onward and Upward back to top 
 

Eclipse Gets EASA Certification

Eclipse Aviation got some long-awaited good news on Friday with the announcement that the European Aviation Safety Agency has certified the private use of the Eclipse 500 twinjet. The decision allows the company to sell aircraft in 37 European countries for private use. In a news release, the company said it hopes to have commercial certification (EU-OPS 1) in time for air taxi companies to start operations in 2009. Eclipse spokeswoman Alana McCarraher told AVweb the mood at the company's Albuquerque headquarters is upbeat after a tough couple of weeks in which employee paychecks were delayed due to a financial crunch. "We're just all celebrating, today," she said.

McCarraher said the EASA certification is not directly tied to the company's securing its next round of $200 million to $300 million in financing. "It can't hurt, though," she said. The EASA certification comes with conditions. European aircraft will have to be equipped with the full Avio NG 1.5 avionics suite (which the FAA certified Friday) and they'll also have to come with a third attitude indicator and dual Mode S diversity transponders. McCarraher said the European certification should translate to more sales. "We expect more orders to come from this," she said.

Three Major Airports Open New Runways

Late last week, Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare and Seattle-Tacoma international airports each opened new runways, adding to 11 already opened during the Bush administration's tenure. The new runway at Dulles is its first addition since 1962 and brings the airport's total to four. At O'Hare, the new runway is just a part of a modernization project designed to provide the airport with eight runways in parallel configurations (it previously operated six intersected runways of seven total). In Seattle, the airport's third runway will allow for two-abreast landings in inclement weather.

For now, the third runway at Dulles is serviced by one taxiway -- making it, for now, the screaming last choice of any operator. Still, each additional runway is touted for its ability to increase safety and efficiency at its respective airport, and is praised for its ability to cut delays system-wide (from coast to coast). But for true nationwide improvement at least one glaring bottleneck remains as a problem that may never be resolved. The geographic realities of the New York metropolitan area make new runways at LaGuardia, Newark, and JFK unlikely, and may leave it with the distinction of being the epicenter of aviation delays in the U.S. Unfortunately, even if the land problem were resolved, some observers believe local opposition to airport expansion could prove a taller, perhaps insurmountable hurdle.

Embry-Riddle Expands Via Perpetual Trust

The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust has pledged $2 million toward construction of a similarly named aviation maintenance facility to be built at Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus and part of a larger $125 million facilities development project. The Emil Buehler Aviation Maintenance Science building will serve students as a part of the James Hagedorn Aviation Complex and "will be the finest aviation maintenance training facility in the nation," according to Embry-Riddle President Dr. John P. Johnson.

Designed to help train student technicians and managers, the larger facility will house labs for aircraft systems, composites, turbines, avionics and more, along with classrooms. "Emil Buehler dedicated his life to the advance of aviation and his trust exists mainly to support general aviation," said George Weaver, co-trustee of the trust. "We hope this gift will help as many people as possible learn to fly and develop an interest in general aviation."

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

How's Your Turbo-Normalized Cirrus SR22 Working Out?

Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, would like to know. The magazine is conducting a survey of owners on their experiences running the SR22's engine lean of peak.

If you'd like to participate, contact the editor directly at avconsumer@comcast.net.

(The results will appear in a future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information, click here.)

AVweb's Newstips Address ...

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. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

 
Between Wheels Up and Wheels Down, There Is One Important Word: How
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: From the Week's News — A Black Eye for Biz Aviation?

The CEOs of Ford, GM and Chrysler did the business aviation segment no favors with their high profile trips to Washington in separate bizjets to ask Congress for bailout money. Our inveterate bloggers Paul Bertorelli and Jeff Van West hash over the fallout on the AVweb Insider. Check out their takes on the news, and feel free to add your own two cents in the comments.

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 
 

Understanding Oil Analysis, with Blackstone Labs

File Size 9.6 MB / Running Time 10:31

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In an earlier podcast, we spoke to Blackstone Labs about the optimum interval between oil changes. Today, Blackstone's Kristin Huff returns to demystify the process of oil analysis.

Click here to listen. (9.6 MB, 10:31)

 
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Video of the Week: Warbirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover

Recommend a Video | VOTW Archive

We didn't discover this week's "VOTW" in time for Veterans' Day, but somehow we think our readership will appreciate it anyway. Thanks to AVweb reader Ian Herron, who dropped a link in our submission box and drew attention to one of the best homemade music videos we've seen lately. Featuring a breath-taking locale, great airplanes, and the timeless voice of Dame Vera Lynn, this one's a must-see:


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Don't forget to send us links to any interesting videos you find out there. If you're impressed by it, there's a good chance other AVweb readers will be too. And if we use a video you recommend on AVweb, we'll send out an official AVweb baseball cap as a "thank you."

Oh, and for those who may have missed it: We've seen the one-wing landing video that's been circulating, and you can read our comments (and watch the video if you're not one of the dozens who've e-mailed it to us) on the AVweb Insider blog.

AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 Video Round-Up

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

At the 2008 AOPA Expo, our video team brought you exclusive interviews with outgoing AOPA president Phil Boyer and the incoming president, Craig Fuller — plus a demo flight with Cirrus Design's new EVS system and an in-depth profile of Garmin's hot GPSMap 696. If you missed any of those, you can watch all eight of our show videos right here. Just use the arrows at the right and left sides of the player to choose your video.

Video coverage of AOPA Expo 2008 has been brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation, WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather, and Bose Corporation. (Videos by Glenn Pew.)

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: Palmetto Aviation Repair/Golden Isles Aviation (St. Simons Island, GA)

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This week, we stretch the definition of "FBO of the Week" just a tiny bit to allow for a nomination we couldn't resist. AVweb reader Abbott de Rham couldn't say enough about his experience at Palmetto Aviation Repair on St. Simons Island, Georgia (SSI). While he gives high marks to the local FBO (Golden Isles Aviation), it was his diehard praise of the team of PAR that made this nomination stand out.

We tried trimming Abbott's story down a bit, but the feeling of warmth and (quite appropriate) Southern hospitality is best appreciated in his blow-by-blow account of the visit:

It is May 22nd, the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, and I am over 800 miles from my Vermont home base. My family has travelled South in our 1957 182A, landing at a small island along the Georgia coast about 25 miles north of St. Simons Island. It is late in the day, and the upper hinge of the pilot door has broken. I am able to get a hinge dropped-shipped from Cessna for overnight delivery. (Thank you, Cessna, for supporting a 51-year-old aircraft.) I call Palmetto Aviation Repair at SSI and talk to Dan Lynch, the A&P on duty. The part will not arrive until later in the day on Friday. Door disassembly and structural riveting will be required. The owner is already away for the holiday weekend, and everyone else in the area is ... heading for the exits. Dan graciously offers to do the repair on Saturday and calls Chuck McKenney, an A&P with years of structural repair experience. Chuck also volunteers to come in on Saturday to lend his expertise. We have never met, and this is all arranged on the phone. Already this feels right. The hinge arrives Friday, and first thing Saturday morning I pull up to the Palmetto Aviation Hangar. Dan is there, and we begin disassembly and door removal. Chuck shows up for removing rivets and installing the the new hinge. It is my first experience watching pros buck rivets in very tight spaces. By the end of the morning and less than 48 hours from a broken hinge, the plane is back together with its new parts. I take them out to lunch at the local landmark — Barbara Jean's Restaurant.

Jim Barta is the owner and also a pilot. Upon hearing about [our] being stranded and then rescued by Dan and Chuck, he insists on picking up the tab for lunch! On Tuesday, I fly back to SSI to settle up with Kirk Ramsey, the owner of Palmetto Aviation Repair. The total bill for Dan and Chuck's labor plus tools and rivets was embarrassingly low, to the point I added more — against Kirk's objections. Quality work, outside of regular hours, at on honest price — you can't ask for more.

What could have been a complete disaster turned into a great experience. Kirk gets praise for hiring good people, supporting them, and pricing work more than fairly considering the circumstances. Chuck said yes to being called in on a holiday weekend when he had better things to do. At the center of this story is Dan, who went far above the call of duty to open the shop on Saturday, come into work to help out a guy he did not know, and to round up the additional expertise to ensure the job was done perfectly. Because of these guys, my vacation was barely interrupted, I've made new friends, and I've found a top-notch shop for when I travel down South a few times each year.

The FBO, Golden Isle Aviation, is great too — but this story is about the amazing service of Palmetto Aviation Repair. Travelers up and down the coast as well, as full and part-time residents of the area should know there is [a] top-notch shop with great people located at SSI on St. Simons Island.

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 Flight back to top 
 

Short Final

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

Heard this somewhere over Kansas:

Center:
"Airline 312, traffic. Eleven o'clock, three miles, FL 310 Citation, westbound."

Airline 312:
"We got `em on the pig finder."

N700AN:
"Kansas City Center, Cheyenne Zero Alpha November. Request."

Center:
"Go ahead."

N700AN:
"Was that a 'Papa-India-Golf finder'?"

ATC:
"It's a TCAS."

Anonymous Voice:
"That's called a 'Foxtrot-India-Sierra-Hotel finder.'"

Airline 312:
"Yeah, but we're over Kansas."

Lance S. Ferguson, M.D.
Lexington, Kentucky

 
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.

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