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INVESTIGATING ANTI-TRUST ISSUES IN SUPERIOR SALE
Did the U.S.
Department of Justice nix Lycoming's bid to buy the assets of bankrupt
Superior Air Parts? Sources in the engine business tell us this may be
the case. Several have been contacted by Department of Justice
investigators looking into the details of Lycoming's bid to buy
Superior, which filed for bankruptcy in early January. Lycoming
submitted a bid of $11.5 million through a bankruptcy court, which
rejected the offer last week. A second offer from Continental was also
rejected. Two engine shops told us that DOJ lawyers contacted them last
month inquiring about competitive conditions in the aircraft engine and
parts business and one of those investigators mentioned a possible
Hart-Scott-Rodino Act probe. More...
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TO PAY ATTENTION TO PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS
ignore the safety briefing when flying commercial, convinced that the
only useful action to take in the event of an emergency is to call your
loved ones (flagrantly disobeying the no-cellphone rule) and say
goodbye. But a series of recent crashes -- the ditching in the Hudson
and the Turkish Airlines accident in Amsterdam, for example -- have
reminded us that in fact many accidents are survivable, and it might be
a good idea to pay attention after all. And it turns out that there is
much that passengers can do to save themselves and others in the event
of an emergency. British Airways knows this, and has trained over 9,000
frequent flyers in Flight Safety Awareness courses at its simulator
center in West London. CNN's business-travel reporters tried out the
course recently, and found the simulated evacuation "unsettling --
almost frightening." CNN lists the main lessons that passengers should
remember -- know where the exit rows are, be sure to know how to open
the door if you are sitting next to one, avoid wearing high heels and
other restrictive clothing, and assume the brace position when told --
and "ignore Internet rumors that the brace position guarantees to break
your neck and back to make death as painless as possible." The position
has been proven to minimize injury, says CNN. More...
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LOSES F-82 TO AIR FORCE, BUT WILL PURSUE APPEAL
A rare F-82
Twin Mustang that has long been operated by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is now being
dismantled in Midland, Texas, for shipping to the National Museum of the
Air Force (USAFM) in Dayton, Ohio. The CAF has operated the airplane
since the 1960s, but its right to do so has been in
dispute since 2002, when the CAF said it was going to trade the
airplane and the Air Force said it couldn't. A judge ruled in September
that the Air Force owns the airplane, but CAF has been pursuing an
appeal. This week, the CAF said it had offered to drop the appeal if the
Air Force would allow the F-82 to remain on static display in Midland,
but that proposal was rejected, leaving the CAF no choice but to hand
over the airplane. "I had great hopes that this would be an amicable way
to agree to disagree, yet still concede to the USAFM's policy to not fly
the F-82, which has supposedly been their concern," said Stephan Brown,
president and CEO of the CAF. "This decision to reject our proposal is
confusing and disappointing." The response to the CAF proposal by the
director of Air Force History and Museum Policies and Programs states:
"After a robust and thorough discussion, the voting members of the
Heritage Board unanimously decided that, based on the history of this
matter and the precedential import of the judicial determination
concerning the ownership of the F-82 to the National Museum of the
United States Air Force and the other Armed Services, the offer of
settlement could not be accepted." Brown said the CAF will now move
forward with the appeal process. More...
SMUGGLERS TURN TO ULTRALIGHTS
An ultralight aircraft might
not seem the ideal transport for a drug smuggler trying to move
contraband across the U.S.-Mexico border -- they can't carry much
weight, and flying an overloaded little trike low and slow above dark
terrain at night seems like a recipe for disaster. But officials in
Arizona know of three such attempts in recent months, The Associated Press reported this week, and all of
them ended badly for the pilot. One pilot was killed when the aircraft
crashed into a field, another smuggler hit power lines and was
paralyzed, and the third flier was caught and arrested. Officials said
ultralights were more commonly used about 20 years ago, before smugglers
upgraded to bigger airplanes that could carry more bales of marijuana.
Officials say the ultralights seem to be coming back because of
increased vigilance along the border, which drives smugglers to attempt
new strategies. The small aircraft are hard to spot on radar, and they
are cheap and easy to fly. Officials were unsure if the recent uptick
represents a trend. "If the cartels feel they're successful, they'll go
with it," Rick Crocker, a deputy special agent with Immigration and
Customs Enforcement in Tucson, told the AP. "If we can shut it down,
they'll go with other means." More...
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TECHNOLOGIES TO CUT 11,600 JOBS
United Technologies, the parent company of Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky, said this
week it will eliminate 11,600 jobs worldwide, or about 5 percent of its
workforce. "The outlook for commercial aerospace and global construction
markets has continued to deteriorate since UTC's December investor
meeting and the economic recovery previously anticipated in the second
half of 2009 now appears unlikely," said CEO Louis Chenevert in a news
release on Tuesday. "In 2008, UTC anticipated slowing economies for
2009, although not at the severity which has since developed. ...
Employment reductions will total approximately 18,000 or slightly more
than 8 percent over the two years. These difficult actions will allow us
to continue outperforming peers." The company, based in Hartford, Conn.,
also owns aerospace manufacturer Hamilton
Sundstrand and several non-aviation businesses. More...
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CONGRESSMAN RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT LASP
Those in the GA
community opposed to the intrusive Large Aircraft Security Proposal
(LASP) proposed by the Transportation Security Administration gained
some important support, AOPA said on Monday, when U.S. Rep. Bennie G.
Thompson, D-Miss., asked the TSA to delay implementation of the program.
Congressman Thompson chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security,
which has jurisdiction over the TSA. In written comments on the proposed
rule, submitted last week, Thompson told the TSA that several critical
elements of its plan "appear to be problematic, infeasible, or overly
burdensome to industry." He urged the TSA to delay implementation of the
proposed regulations until the new TSA leadership has a chance to review
the NPRM and discuss it with Congress and industry stakeholders.
"Chairman Thompson understands the negative impact the LASP would have
on general aviation," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of
government affairs. "We hope the TSA will stop its plans for the program
and address the grave concerns being expressed by the Committee on
Homeland Security and so many others who have spoken out against LASP."
OWNERS WANT ASSETS
The spokesman for a group of Eclipse 500
owners says plans by New Eclipse listen
to the New Eclipse podcast here and one other unnamed group
trying to resurrect the failed company are "predatory" on existing
owners because of the costs proposed to finish the aircraft already
flying. Randall Sanada, of Jet Alliance, told The Associated Press the Eclipse Owners Group hopes
to buy the company assets that would allow owners to arrange for their
own upgrades and maintenance and the other bids, one of which has not
been made public, want to take advantage of the owners. "The idea in
both of these plans is to exploit the captive market that the Eclipse
customers represent," he said. (Click
here for a podcast analysis of the Eclipse situation.)
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COMPANIES FORGE AHEAD, DESPITE ECONOMY
Every crisis is an
opportunity for somebody, and as the economic news continues to sour,
plenty of aviation entrepreneurs are finding ways to adapt to the new
markets. This week, Revolution Air, a charter broker based in New York,
said it has seen an increase in corporate charter flights from companies
receiving government assistance. "It's no secret that corporate flight
departments are currently beingregarded as luxury items for businesses,
which is rather unfortunate given their necessity in today's worldwide
competitive corporate environment," said company President Ron
Goldstein. When commercial flights are not an option for time or
security reasons, Goldstein's charters offer a cost-effective solution.
He added that he is seeing a trend to use charters for business travel
only and executives are switching to commercial travel for skiing and
golf trips. In Europe, new air-taxi startup Blink, which
launched in June 2008 with a fleet of Citation Mustangs, has also seen
growth in demand as corporations downsize from larger jets. The company
promises the benefits of personal air travel at prices competitive with
commercial business class and up to 50 percent cheaper than other
corporate jet services. In Boston, Mass., Eclipse 500 operator Linear Air said revenue in February grew 131 percent
over the year before, and it is now adding flights between several East
Coast airports and the Bahamas. "While the fractionals, major airlines,
and even low-cost airlines reported serious declines in February, demand
for our unique low-cost personal air service more than doubled in New
England," said CEO Bill Herp. The company also operates a fleet of
Cessna Grand Caravans. And Hopscotch Air, an air-taxi service based in New
York, is moving forward with plans to launch a fleet of Cirrus SR-22s
next month. The company promises airline-competitive prices for personal
service to convenient airports. More...
GA AERO SHOW OFFERS EXPANDED SPACE, FRESH IDEAS
Friedrichshafen, Europe's biggest general aviation trade show, is
coming up April 2 to 5. This is the first year of the show's switch to
an annual event -- in the past it was held every other year -- and also
the first year since AERO and EAA announced they would engage in a
"strategic relationship" to promote the show. About 570 exhibitors will
be on hand, and the crowds are expected to exceed the 2007 total of over
45,000. Exhibit space has expanded from seven halls to 11, featuring a
wide variety of GA aircraft and interests, from gliders and ultralights
to model airplanes, skydiving and corporate jets. A new Helicopter
Hangar will display rotary aircraft and gyrocopters. An E-Flight Expo,
billed as a trade show within the show, will showcase aircraft with
electrical propulsion, new solar technologies and other innovative
propulsion concepts. A hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered trike, a solar-powered
motorglider, and other unique aircraft are expected to be on display.
The AERO show is also the place where Europe's GA community can discuss
issues of common interest, such as fuel supplies, environmental
concerns, and the health of the industry. On Thursday and Friday,
exhibitors will offer demo flights, and on the weekend, an air show will
feature fly-bys and aerobatic performers. More...
THE FLY ...
Citing two thrust rollback events on 777s, NTSB
wants the redesign of a Rolls-Royce engine component...
received an FAA award for its Universal Access Transceiver digital radio
A proposed AD for some Piper airplanes aims to prevent the
nose baggage door from opening in flight...
A final AD for the
Pilatus PC-12 addresses a possible problem with the elevator control
Pilots now can fly in to Sporty's Pilot Shop and orders
will be delivered to their airplane, 24 hours a day. More...
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Eur-Avia Cannes 2009
Announces the Conference Program, to Include:
Buying new or second-hand aircraft; security round-up for 2008;
technology to help the pilot; how to renovate and modernize your
aircraft and interiors; external paintwork; avionics; engine
improvements; and interior comfort. This Third International Exhibition
will open its doors from April 30 to May 2, 2009 on the International
Airport of Cannes Mandelieu (LFMD).
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OF THE WEEK: GRIFFING FLYING SERVICE (KSKY, SANDUSKY,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Griffing
Flying Service, a family-owned FBO at Griffing-Sandusky Airport
(KSKY) in Sandusky, Ohio.
AVweb reader Joe E. Greene
rents a hangar at Griffing and had plenty of nice things to say about
They offer charter services to local
Lake Erie islands, including also have two King Airs and other aircraft.
They continue to struggle with the existing economy, [but] are very
profesional and dedicated.
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
We're not sure what brought on the flood
of vintage photos our readers have been submitting (maybe it was some
begging we forgot that we did?), but we're certainly enjoying them!
Jeremy James of Banbury, Oxon (UK)
brightened our day with this photo of his mother, Mrs. V. James, doing
her part during World War II. According to Jeremy, she "drove a tea
truck supplying RAF air fields near London during the Battle of Britain
in 1940. Here she is on the wing of a Spitfire, with pilots in between
sorties at Biggin Hill. And yes," writes Jeremy, "she is still with us
at 95." A tip of the hat and a long-deserved "good show" to Mrs. J.!
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