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|Top News: FAA Pushing Safety & Rest Initiatives||back to
ASKS UNIONS, REGIONAL AIRLINES TO MAKE CHANGES
Administrator Randy Babbitt said on Wednesday a new rule establishing flight and
rest rules for pilots at regional airlines will be drafted by Sept. 1,
and called on the airlines and unions to make changes in hiring and
safety practices by the end of July. "We know that the airline industry
is committed to operate at the highest level of safety," Babbitt said.
"Now is the time to push these initiatives forward." The FAA wants
airlines to obtain all available FAA records before hiring pilots, and
all carriers who don't have Flight Operations Quality Assurance and
Aviation Safety Action Programs in place should implement them
immediately. Also, airlines that have contractual relationships with
regionals should ensure that the regionals follow the same standard of
safety. By July 15, the FAA will establish an Aviation Rulemaking
Committee (ARC) comprising representatives from the FAA, labor and
industry, which will develop recommendations for the new FAA rule
regarding flight time and rest standards. More...
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AVIATION MOVES FORWARD
Last week it was the SkySpark
project flying fast on batteries, this week we heard that the first
electric-powered airplane has flown in China, and on Wednesday Bye
Energy announced that it has received a grant from the Wolf Aviation
Fund to research electric motors for small GA aircraft. It's getting
easier to believe the age of gasoline is on its last legs -- and while
that may not be the case just yet, we do expect to see a lot of new
emissions-free technology on display at EAA AirVenture next
month. One of those displays will be the new airplane from China, the Yuneec International E430, which flew for the first
time on June 12. It has since flown at least two more times, and is now
being shipped to the U.S. so it can be ready to fly at Oshkosh. Test
pilot Shun Xun said the E430 has plenty of power and the ride is
exceptionally quiet and smooth. Takeoff speed was 40 mph and top flight
speed was about 93 mph. More...
IMPULSE UNVEILING SET FOR FRIDAY
Solar Impulse, an
airplane designed to fly around the world on solar power, will be
unveiled tomorrow, Friday, June 26, at Dubendorf airfield near Zurich,
Switzerland. The aircraft has a wingspan of 210 feet and weighs about
3,500 pounds. It's powered by four 10-hp electric motors and carries
more than 11,000 solar cells on the wing and the horizontal stabilizer.
"The design of the aircraft, pure and futuristic, will itself be the
symbol of the spirit of the project in the sky," says the company Web
site. The project has been in the works since 2003, and organizers hope
to launch the round-the-world flight in 2012. Five flight legs are
planned, each lasting three to four days, "which is considered to be the
maximum a single pilot can endure," according to the Web site.
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several different groups use the "Angel Flight" term and not all of them
have the same rules. David Prutzman, the president of Angel Flight
East, wrote to let us know that his organization reviews its
policies, pilot requirements and safety recommendations on an ongoing
basis and has recently implemented several changes as a result of those
reviews. However, the group is maintaining its previously published
requirements for pilot qualifications and aircraft TBO. Aviators should
check with their particular volunteer group, whether it is some form of
Angel Flight or any other organization, for details on requirements and
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overhauled its YMF-5C biplane, adding many new features and upgrades,
and is now introducing the YMF-5D. "This new model of aircraft delivers
greater performance than ever before," the company said in a news
release. It has more horsepower, thanks to a new Jacobs R755-A2 300-hp
engine, and the weight of the aircraft is lower, due to design changes
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LATEST DREAMLINER SETBACK
Boeing said on Tuesday that first flight of the 787
Dreamliner will be postponed again, due to a need to reinforce an area
within the side-of-body section of the aircraft, and it will be several
weeks before a new first flight or delivery date will be announced.
Boeing officials had said as recently as last week at the Paris Air Show
that the Dreamliner's first flight would take place by the end of this
month, and deliveries would start by next March. The need to modify the
aircraft raised questions about whether the computer models
that are used to design aircraft and predict performance are adequate,
especially when using advanced composite materials, but officials at
Boeing said the process is working as it should: Computer models predict
how the design will behave, but extensive real-world testing is always
required to validate those predictions and, if necessary, modify the
models. The aircraft will require structural reinforcements at about 36
points near the area where the wing joins the fuselage, Boeing officials
said, but the changes will not significantly impact weight or
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EVOLUTION IN GEAR-UP MISHAP
Lancair International says serial
number 01 of its Evolution Turbine kit speedster will be back on tour
within a week after a gear up landing at Northeast Georgia Regional
Airport, near Winder, Ga. In a news release Monday, Lancair said the
aircraft suffered "minor" damage to its rudder and tail cone in the
mishap and technicians were dispatched immediately with all the tools
and supplies needed to get the plane fixed and back in the air. "True to
the nature of high strength composites the damage is expected to be
fully repaired in three to five days, the company said. Company pilot
Bob Jeffrey was flying at the time.
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NEW YORK REGION AIRSPACE REDESIGN WINS IN COURT
plan to redesign the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia region
airspace cleared a key legal barrier last week when a court struck down
a group of legal challenges, the FAA
said on Monday. A federal appeals court ruled on June 10 that the
FAA can continue to move ahead as planned. Challenges had been filed by
several state and local governments in the region, as well as a citizens
group, claiming that the FAA didn't properly perform an environmental
impact study of the changes in air traffic patterns that would result
from the redesign. The court disagreed. "The FAA's environmental impact
analysis was procedurally sound and substantively reasonable," the court
wrote in its decision. The FAA says the redesign will help reduce delays
by about 20 percent, and NBAA agrees. "This is welcome news for
everyone," Steve Brown, NBAA's vice president for operations,
told AVweb on Tuesday. "This redesign is absolutely a good thing
for airspace users. It will make traffic flow more efficiently, with
fewer delays. It will save fuel and increase capacity." The redesign
will be completed in 2012, the FAA said. More...
WILLIAMS, FOUNDER OF WILLIAMS INTL., DIES AT AGE 88
B. Williams, founder and chairman of turbine engine company Williams
International, of Walled Lake, Mich., died on Monday at the age of
88, the company announced in a news release on Tuesday. The small,
efficient fanjet engines that Dr. Williams developed and patented were
crucial to the development of very light jets and today are widely used
on general aviation jet aircraft. The first Williams International jet
engine, the FJ44-1A, was certified by the FAA in 1992, and since then,
4,000 FJ44 engines have entered service. Dr. Williams was inspired by a
"lifelong dream of making jet travel safe, convenient, and affordable,"
the company said. He left a secure career at Chrysler Corp. in 1955 and
started his own company with limited funds. Besides VLJs and bizjets,
Williams engines have powered cruise missiles, the X-Jet flying platform, the V-Jet II designed by Scaled Composites that flew in
1997, and military drones. Dr. Williams was the recipient of many awards
for innovation, including the Collier Trophy, the Wright Brothers
Memorial Trophy, and the National Medal of Technology. He was also
inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National
Aviation Hall of Fame. More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
JUNE 25, 2009
Letter of the Week: Age 65
Regarding your article "APA
Uses Continental 61 to Support Age 60 Rule": Scott Shankland's
comments are biased and not founded in fact or reality. The referenced
pilot could have just as easily been under age 60 and died of a heart
attack. Many do. The causes related to heart attacks are tied to
genetics and physical fitness, not age. Depending on the individual, one
may live a very long life without anyheart condition. It is not related
In your article, you stated the FAA had changed the age 60
limit to age 65. Not true. Congress made the change after we lobbied
them for more than a decade.
Also, I'd like to know why you
interviewed a pro-age 60 pilot but failed to give equal coverage to
pro-age 65 pilots?
Actually, we did not ask for age 65 as the new
retirement age for airline pilots in the legislation. In fact, we asked
for, and got written into the legislation, that pilots could retire at
their individual social security retirement age. Thus, there would have
been no fixed age for retirement we believe a fixed age is wrong.
However, Sen. Stevens came out of conference one day about four years
ago and said he could not get consensus so he was changing the age limit
to match the ICAO's standard of age 65. That's how we ended up with age
65 not because we asked for it.
Click through to read the rest of this week's
OF THE WEEK: IS THIS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF ELECTRIC
Positive announcements from SkySpark
and the Yuneec
E430 have a lot of people wondering if electric-powered airplanes
are ready to make the leap from high-tech concept to everyday reality.
This week, we'd like to know where you think the technology is
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers
if they would still recommend a job in the airline industry to young
people shopping around for a career; click through to see how they
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OF THE WEEK: IDEAL AVIATION (ST. LOUIS AIRPORT, CAHOKIA,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Ideal Aviation at St. Louis Downtown Airport
(KCPS) in Cahokia, Illinois.
To explain why Ideal is so great, we
need to invoke a couple of very similar acronyms: First up is NIFA, the
National Intercollegiate Flying Association, which held their 2009
SAFECON event in May, and second is NAFI, the National Association of
Flight Instructors, whose Executive Director Jason Blair visited
Ideal during SAFECON. Jason writes:
During the last two weeks in May, Ideal got "bombed" by over
100 aircraft from 30 university flight schools from all over the
country. Ideal allowed the [SAFECON] competitors to park their aircraft
across their ramp, and provided fuel and maintenance services to schools
that required it. (Western Michigan University brought 2 Cirrus SR-20
aircraft to the event, one of which suffered a small alternator issue
during the course of the week. The mechanic from Ideal had the issue
rectified, and the aircraft tested and returned to service within a
matter of hours.)
When I arrived to attend the final banquet,
not only was a ramp space waiting for me in front of the building, but I
didn't even have to put my plane in it. I parked in front of the door,
and their capable line staff put my plane into a spot later and fueled
it for me.
Ideal Aviation showed a great amount of patience,
support, and help, to all of the students, advisors, and coaches who
attended the 2009 SAFECON event. They deserve a huge round of applause
for their amazing efforts during a time in which they were swarmed ...
not only the company owners and reception employees, but the two line
gentleman that choreographed a safe, efficient, and safe ramp
environment, as well.
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
happy days are here again, as "Picture of the Week" submissions returned
to their usual summer high point this week! Bad news for those of you in
heated competition for the high-quality AVweb-branded baseball
cap we give away to the top photo each week, but great news for
the rest of us. Congrats to Phil
Dietro of Victorville, California, whose photo come out on
top in a very competitive week. More...
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