AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 15, Number 5a

February 2, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: Fueling Economic Recovery back to top 
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The General Aviation Push For Stimulus

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that passed in the House last week "would pump an additional $3 billion toward airport improvements," according to AOPA President Craig Fuller. Of course, the wording of the package is expected to see changes on its course through the Senate. And, the Senate is considering economic stimulus legislation that proposes "a smaller amount of additional AIP funding," according to AOPA. Still, the organization is hopeful that projects that would immediately create jobs are backed by the argument of improving the country's transportation infrastructure and apparent benefits for the long term, and may yet see favor. Under the plan as it is -- before seeing the Senate -- projects that could go to contract within three months of FAA approval would be the targets of additional funding. AOPA will be lobbying the House and Senate to include "bigger investment for airports" as they "resolve the differences in a conference committee."

AVweb learned in March of 2008 that AOPA spent $4.8 million on lobbying efforts in 2007. That worked out to about $10 per member. The hot-button issue of that year, user fees, earned $1.4 million in lobbying efforts drawn from AOPA member dues.

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Cessna Layoffs Continue

Cessna announced a further 2,000 layoffs last week, bringing the company-wide total to 4,600. Most of the layoffs hitting workers in Wichita. However, the company's Bend, Ore., facility (where the Corvalis -- previously Columbia -- series is manufactured) is losing another 120 as part of the latest cuts. That facility is currently producing about one aircraft per week where last year it produced four. Loss of personnel there has cut Cessna's Bend staff to less than half of its former levels. In Kansas, where about 4,000 of the 4,600 can be found, Governor Kathleen Sebelius called the move "devastating." In all, Cessna has trimmed about half of its Bend workforce and about a third from Wichita. At Independence, Kan., the company plans to cut 200 jobs as part of the latest cuts, bringing the employee roster there to about 1,300. According to Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, "Making this decision is difficult for your leadership team and me personally. These actions are necessary to secure our future." According to BizJournals.com, "Cessna's backlog at the end of the fourth quarter was $14.5 billion, up $1.9 billion from the end of 2007," but revenue fell.

Cessna is suffering from a rash of canceled or delayed orders. Its fourth-quarter 2008 revenue dropped by $64 million compared with the same quarter in 2007. Speaking specifically of the layoffs, Pelton said, "These numbers are profound, especially when you look beyond the numbers to the Cessna families that are affected. It's extremely painful for all of us to lose so many of our colleagues and friends." Cessna parent company, Textron, has clear goals laid out by CEO Lewis B. Campbell. "Our priorities this year are clear," Campbell wrote, "maximize cash flow and operating performance in our manufacturing businesses." Textron's stock fell 81 percent last year and 32 percent more, Friday (the most in two decades), when the company posted its fourth-quarter losses. The company is working to align production with lowered demand and taking aggressive steps to lower expenses. That includes reductions in "non-critical product development."

Honda Aircraft Seeks Talent For HondaJet

Full-page ads in the papers of America's most aviation-oriented cities -- Wichita, Savannah and Seattle -- are attempting to draw 100 specialized engineers to the HondaJet headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. Cessna and Boeing may be laying off, but Honda Aircraft Co. is starting to ramp up. The specific technical positions target design and certification specialists from out of town even as Piedmont Triad works to develop an education and recruitment infrastructure. The area appears determined to leverage Honda's investment of $100 million (that will ultimately create 400,000 square feet of facilities) and build on the 3,300 aviation professionals already calling the area home. HondaJet's new hires would bring Honda Aircraft's total employee base to about 500 (averaging $75,000 per year). Conforming HondaJets should be in the air sometime this summer for use in FAA certification testing and Honda hopes to have one in the hands of its first customer by late 2010.

Piedmont Triad International Airport is bolstered by the support of the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, which recognizes the area's aerospace influence as an industry that injects $1 billion into the local economy, annually. FedEx, Cessna, and B/E Aerospace are a large part of that influence, and FedEx, along with Honda has plans to open new facilities at the airport this year.

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Aftershocks of the "Miracle on the Hudson" back to top 

Pilot Passenger Recounts 1549 Drama

An American Airlines pilot who was aboard US Airways Flight 1549 says she heard the "thumps" of what she assumed were bird strikes, smelled burned flesh and braced for an impact that ended up "no worse than a carrier landing." Susan O'Donnell, a Boeing 767 first officer for American, was a "jumpseat passenger" on 1549, seated in first class after identifying herself to the crew. In an account written for the Allied Pilots Association, O'Donnell describes her experiences in detail on that storied flight. "I believed the impact would be violent but survivable, although I did consider the alternative," she wrote.

O'Donnell said her fellow passengers remained calm through the incident, which began with the "thumps" and which she believed would end with an emergency landing back at LaGuardia Airport. "Obviously we weren't returning to LGA, and I could see enough out the window to realize we'd be landing in the river," she said. As the flight attendants repeated the bracing instructions, O'Donnell joined the rest of the passengers in crossing her forearms against the back of the seat in front of her and pressing her head against them."There was a brief hard jolt, a rapid decel and we were stopped. It was much milder than I had anticipated. If the jolt had been turbulence, I would have described it as moderate."

US Airways Ditching Fallout Hits American With Rafts

American Airlines has decided that its possible failure to equip aircraft with enough emergency life rafts means that it will limit the number of passengers it carries on those aircraft until it knows exactly how many rafts it might need. That means American's Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which are configured to hold 236 people (including crew) and fly mostly trans-Atlantic routes, will hold no more than 228 people until the situation is resolved, probably by February. The FAA requires carriers to provide enough rafts to accommodate everyone on the aircraft even if one raft fails, and following a recent review of its own 737 aircraft American decided to investigate other aircraft in the its fleet. The airline added seats to certain 767s when it increased business-class capacity beginning in 2005. American told its employees in a note Tuesday that the safety of passengers had never been in danger, thanks to other available flotation devices available on the aircraft. Of course, survivability for ditching survivors may be improved for those who find themselves rafts when compared to those immersed in cold waters, clutching a seat cushion.

Boeing 767-300s make up almost 10 percent of American's 625 aircraft and crew will need training for the new rafts when they arrive -- they're expected at the end of the month. American's raft review comes just weeks after the Jan. 15 crash of US Airways Flight 1549 that successfully ditched in the Hudson River with no fatalities.

Flight 1549, The Online Game?

The US Airways flight that on Jan. 15 ended in the Hudson River (and otherwise about as successfully as could be imagined) recently became the instantly popular free online video game, "Hero on the Hudson." The game's hosting site was so visited by the weekend that the game was (at least temporarily) unavailable, Saturday. Players were provided with a scenario -- "Both engines are out. The plane is too low and too slow to make it to the airport. You decide to make emergency landing in the river." The game's makers may be traced to Orbs Games Limited, which appears to have its chief executive based in Kiev, Ukraine. The game was not at all flight simulator-like in its representation of flight dynamics, but did offer players control via left and right arrows. Successful ditchings (in the game) are signaled by passengers stepping out on the wings and a banner that declares you a hero. Players who fail to land the jet successfully watch it sink.

New York's Newsday caught up with some of Flight 1549's survivors to enlighten them about the existence of the game and noted mixed reactions. One passenger laughed, another wasn't sure she was ready yet to see the event cast in such a trivial and light-hearted manner. The game was originally hosted at TastyPlay.com, but visits to the site quickly exceeded the parameters of the account and, last we checked, it was unavailable.

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News Briefs back to top 

LSA Made In China

A project titled "the development and industrialization of light aircraft" in China has successfully developed and flown a two-seat light aircraft based on independent research and self-owned intellectual property. The Hunan Sunward Science and Technology Co Ltd. built the aircraft, which is built of composite parts pulled from molds and tooling that allows the company to build all components in-house. General aviation in China is in its budding stages and the production of high-performance manned light aircraft is a step ahead of the industry's current state. The two-seat "LSA" is part of a larger $60 million program that will include 15 UAVs, 70 flying boats and 15 of the newly flight-tested two-seat light aircraft.

Hunan Sunward hopes through development of these aircraft to "completely master the key technologies of design and construction" of light aircraft, and create a blueprint for the design and manufacture of light aircraft subsystems.

Wagstaff Arrest Documents Released

Patty Wagstaff says she "probably did use a few choice words" for Winnebago County Sheriff's deputies when she was arrested on July 31 on a runway at Wittman Regional Airport but she maintains that officers overstepped their bounds during the incident. Local authorities paint a different picture, however, and more details of the incident came to light Sunday. The Oshkosh Northwestern obtained copies of reports by arresting officers and jail personnel, including a video of the booking procedure, through an open records request and what resulted is a she said/he said collection of mutual accusations. The newspaper reports that authorities claim Wagstaff was abusive, hit one deputy on the arm and had to be "wrestled to the ground" on the runway to be cuffed and later had to be "assisted to the ground" to be patted down. Wagstaff told the paper the incident took her by surprise because she was properly credentialed to be driving on the airport, although she took a wrong turn onto the runway. The airport was closed at the time. "I don't think they gave me a chance. They didn't offer me a field sobriety test," she said. "They were just real excited when they got there and I never understood why." But the police say it's Wagstaff who was agitated.

The paper says the reports paint a picture of Wagstaff as an uncooperative prisoner who hurled epithets at most of those involved in the booking process. Wagstaff told the Northwestern she was "not used to being treated that way." The newspaper reported that Wagstaff was taken to a medical center for a blood draw and was subsequently asked for a breath sample, which she refused. The results of the blood test haven't, to our knowledge, been made public. Wagstaff was fined $500 and had her driver's license suspended for eight months in late December when she pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and first-offense drunk driving. She's not done with the court process, however. She's applied to have the driving suspension made retroactive to the date of the offense. EAA AirVenture spokesman Dick Knapinski told the newspaper Wagstaff has been invited to perform in 2009 and Wagstaff said she's looking forward to it. "Everyone in Oshkosh has been so wonderful. The people in stores, restaurants and everywhere couldn't be nicer," Wagstaff told the Northwestern. "It was another reason the whole incident was so shocking to me. The people there are the nicest in the world."

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News Briefs back to top 

Airline Alternative Fuel Trials, General Dynamics' Green Jet Engine

Japan Airlines set out Friday to become the fourth airline in about one year to flight test a biofuel -- this one mixes jatropha oil, algae and camelina (flax) and follows recent flights by Continental (last week), Air New Zealand (December '08) and Virgin Atlantic (February '08). The latest test was scheduled for one hour flown aboard a Boeing 747-300 powered by both jet fuel and the biofuel blend. Continental's flight was similar, flying one engine of a 737-800 on jet fuel and the other on a 50/50 blend of traditional fuel and a jatropha/algae blend. Proponents encouraged by the promise of algae fuels are anxious to convert ponds (enough to cover Belgium) into algae farms, claiming that would provide enough fuel to feed all commercial airlines worldwide. The biofuels are seen as an attractive option for their negligible carbon footprint and sustainability. Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force has awarded $18.5 million to a division of General Dynamics to develop an engine built with parts that do not corrode, that will not use or release hazardous materials and generally offer a low emissions and noise signature.

The push in development of biofuels continues with a recent $25 million contract awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to SAIC. The company is being tasked to lead a team in development of "an integrated process for producing JP-8 from algae at a cost target of $3/gal." That doesn't appear to be coming soon. The two-phase program aims to conclude with the design and operation of a pre-pilot scale production facility. But another project that involves Boeing, Honeywell, and CFM hopes to see biofuel production levels in the hundreds of millions of gallons per year by 2012.

AOPA: FAA Better Defines Known Icing

The FAA has released a new letter of interpretation intended to better define "flight into known icing conditions" that, according to AOPA, "could benefit many GA pilots." According to the FAA, while known icing conditions are "not defined by regulation," the term has been "used in legal proceedings involving violations of FAA safety regulations." Where regulations already require that pilots not operate an aircraft in a "careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life of property of another," the letter now states that with regard to icing, "reasonable and prudent" decision-making will be considered. Specifically, if the available information "indicates to a reasonable and prudent pilot that he or she will be operating the aircraft under conditions that will cause ice to adhere to the aircraft along the proposed route and altitude of flight, then known icing conditions likely exist." AOPA's interpretation of the letter is that the FAA will now judge each encounter with ice by whether a "reasonable and prudent" pilot would have taken similar actions when faced with similar available information and circumstances. AOPA believes that the specific wording describes a break from its previous interpretation of the FAA's position that any situation of below-freezing temperatures and visible moisture would constitute known icing conditions.

The FAA's stated goal within its new letter is to encourage proper flight planning that avoids "unwarranted risk-taking." According to AOPA government affairs chief of staff, Randy Kenagy, the letter's wording "brings us much closer to an operationally prudent definition" of known icing.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVmail: February 2, 2009

Each week, we run a sampling of the letters received to our editorial inbox here in AVmail. One letter that's particularly relevant, informative, or otherwise compelling will headline this section as our "Letter of the Week," and we'll send the author an official AVweb baseball cap as a "thank you" for interacting with us (and the rest of our readership). Send us your comments and questions using this form. Please include your mailing address in your e-mail (just in case your letter is our "Letter of the Week"); by the same token, please let us know if your message is not intended for publication.

Letter of the Week: Bizjet Benefits? Ask Obama

Why have I not seen it mentioned that President Obama made extensive use of private (chartered) aircraft during his very long Presidential campaign? He found this means of transportation very beneficial, even indispensable, during the two years he was on the campaign trail. So why does he consider this an inappropriate tool for corporations? It would be interesting to know exactly how many flights he made during this period and his reasons for using private aviation.

Jim Oeffinger

Bizjet Excesses

Your picture in the Jan. 29 issue of hundreds of bizjets at the last Super Bowl site demonstrates why the public and many GA pilots object to them. All too often they are used for non-business uses and, I suspect, written off as a business expense to avoid taxes.

Just check the Aspen and Eagle, Colorado airports. That's not business going on there — it's skiing. With teleconferencing now an easy way to communicate these days, business travel is becoming less and less necessary for the corporate biggies. Their excesses have gotten the USA into this economic mess, and now we who actually work hard for a dollar are saying, "Enough is enough!"

Gary Justus

The Stimulus We Need

I would just like to ask Cessna why they have to be part of the problem with our country. Why would they have a plane made in China (or parts of it) when we have people in this country able to build them? Cessna is laying people off yet [they] have products being made in China. That is why this country is in the trouble it is in. Our jobs should be kept here in America where they belong. "Make in America" — that is the stimulus that we need.

Ron Briggs

Good News, Please

I appreciate your news and keeping us all up to date in what's going on in the industry, but in times like these it would be good to hear "the glass is half full" rather than half empty. It would be greatly appreciated if you could find some "good news" to report if possible.

Thanks for listening, and have a great 2009.

Robert Randall

AVweb Replies:

There is no good or bad news, just news — and we try to cover it all, Robert.

Russ Niles

The LSA Experience

I've seen a lot of coverage on S-LSA from the aircraft OEM viewpoint. How about something from the users and owners in the areas of warranty coverage and issues, aircraft quality, operating costs, availability of parts and support, accuracy and usability of the POH and Maintenance Manual (especially maintenance procedures and parts books)? How about something from the insurance companies on how they define (interpret) compliance with the ASTM Standards, especially in the area of the owner or mechanic maintaining the aircraft in the original "as-built" configuration?

Richard Norris

Counting Jets

In the news item "Emirates Air May Turn Crisis into Opportunity," it says Emirates has 58 Airbus A380s. They might have that many on order, but the total world fleet is nowhere near 58 yet, and Emirates certainly doesn't have that many.

Jeff Rankin-Lowe

AVweb Replies:

Right you are, Jeff (and all the others who wrote): Emirates has 23 A380s in service and has ordered 58.

Russ Niles

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AVweb Insider Blog: BizAv, Meet Darwin

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Airborne Canadians

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It's the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada, and the Toronto Aerospace Museum is marking the milestone with a name change and a major expansion that will celebrate the role of Canadians in some of the greatest technological accomplishments of mankind, including the U.S. space program. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Susan Douglas of the soon-to-be-called Canadian Air and Space Museum.

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

Exclusive Video from U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2009: Chairman Bob Wood on This Year's Expo

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As the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2009 gets underway in Sebring, Florida, Chairman Bob Wood talks with Aviation Safety Editor-in-Chief Jeb Burnside. A quick preview of this year's show tells attendees what to expect and what they don't want to miss at the nation's premier sport pilot gathering.

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Exclusive Video from U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2009: Flight Design's Tom Peghiny

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The nation's showcase for light sport aircraft and the Sport Pilot program (U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2009) kicks off in Sebring, Florida today. Tom Peghiny from Flight Design joins Aviation Consumer Editor-in-Chief Paul Bertorelli to discuss the company's presence at the show and the state of LSA.

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Exclusive Video from U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2009: Cessna Skycatcher's Journey to Market

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Kitplanes Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook talks with Neal Willford, Cessna Aircraft's project engineer on the 162 SkyCatcher. Neal was kind enough to share the inside scoop on the SkyCatcher's journey to market.

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Exclusive Video from U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2009: LSA Engine Overview

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New to the world of LSA? One of the things you'll discover is that your engine choice makes a big difference, in terms of both weight and performance. For an overview of the three top choices in the light sport segment, Marc Cook, Editor-in-Chief of Kitplanes magazine, visits Rotax, Jabiru, and Continental on the grounds of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: Peak Aviation Center (COS, Colorado Springs, CO)

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We appreciate your opinions and recommendations, so please continue to tell us about great FBOs you visit throughout North America by clicking here and filling out our nomination form.

Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Peak Aviation Center at KCOS in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Out of all the great FBO stories you've submitted in the last couple of weeks, this one knocked a bit of the winter chill from our hearts and reminded us of why we love certain small FBOs. AVweb reader Nick Ruemker calls Peak "one of the best FBO operations I have encountered":

The service is always top-notch, and the staff is always prepared to help in any way possible. The owner, Pat Carlile, even took his own time to do a checkout with me. It didn't even seem to bother him that the only time I could do the checkout was at nearly 8 p.m., [when] it was pitch black. However, the service and hospitality are by no means the most impressive part of this operation.

Pat has founded an organization which both gives back to the local community and serves the general aviation community. It is called High Hopes For Teens, and their mission is to assist special needs, physically disabled, and disadvantaged children as well as children with parents killed or wounded in combat. It is a non-profit organization funded from a very small FBO. They teach these kids about aviation and how to fly. ... This is a program that can change these children's lives and keep them out of trouble, all the while giving them the opportunity that many of them would never have been able to dream of without Peak Aviation Center.

Pat, as well as his co-owner and director, Allen Mathews, are a true inspiration of what flying has given many of us and an excellent example of how we should all strive to give back to this wonderful community. I hope you will look at their link and spread the word about this wonderful organization.

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"

This comes from a search-and-rescue pilot at Canadian Forces Base, Bagotville, Québec. It allegedly happened late one night during bad weather, as heard over the tower radio:

First Voice (helicopter pilot):
"Roger, I'm holding at 3,000 over the beacon."

Second Voice (panicky):
"No, you can't be doing that — I'm holding at 3,000 over that beacon!"

[Brief pause.]

First Voice (again):
"You idiot — you're my co-pilot."

Jerry Blalock
Carmichael, California

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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
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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