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TO CREATE AERONAUTICAL CHART CARTEL? If your FBO doesn't sell
$5,000 worth of charts annually, it might not be selling any charts to
anyone after Oct. 5, 2009 -- that's when the FAA and National
Aeronautical Navigation Services (formerly NACO) new Chart Agent
criteria take effect. Proponents claim the new criteria will help reduce
costs and increase efficiency; opponents fear it may for all practical
purposes make spontaneous chart purchases at small airports (and
spontaneous trips) a thing of the past. At present some smaller FBOs
rely on discounted pricing from the FAA and returns for credit for
expired charts to make selling charts financially feasible. Under the
new program, businesses that don't sell $5,000 worth of charts annually
would either be cut out of the distribution network -- and no longer
sell charts -- or be forced to rely on the graces of a select group of
high-volume private chart distributors that meet the target sales
volume. According to the FAA, only 293 of 1790 independent chart
distributors currently meet the mark. And, for some, that raises serious
Business Aviation Will Help
Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis
To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep
flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even
stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that
surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for
FRANCE INVESTIGATION ENTERS NEXT PHASE Multiple submarines
remain in the search for sunken debris, but they will no longer be
actively "listening" for emergency signals from the recorders aboard Air
France Flight 447. It's been more than 40 days since the Airbus
A330-220, with 228 aboard, crashed in the Atlantic ocean while en route
out of Rio de Janeiro for Paris -- the aircraft's flight data and
cockpit voice recorders are designed to emit signal for 30 days. "All is
not lost," Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, director of Air France-KLM, told the
Le Figaro last week. Brazil's military last month called off the search
for floating debris and bodies, having recovered 51 bodies (including
that of one of the flight's pilots), some 640 pieces of aircraft
wreckage and not a single inflated life vest. Examination of wreckage
has led investigators to believe the aircraft broke up after striking
the water in a fairly flat attitude at high speed and on track with its
RELEASES PROBABLE CAUSE OF FOSSETT CRASH -- DOWNDRAFT The
NTSB has determined downdrafts were the probable cause of the fatal
September 3, 2007, crash near Mammoth Lakes, Calif., of a Bellanca
8KCAB-180 piloted by Steve Fossett. The Board determined the aircraft
inadvertently encountered descending air that exceeded the climb
capabilities of the Bellanca, which was flying over mountainous terrain
at a high density altitude. Fossett's disappearance initiated a
month-long search that involved the Civil Air Patrol, state and county
authorities, Fossett's friends and an unknown number of private citizens
who participated online by scanning the latest satellite imagery of the
search area. But it was not until a hiker found some of the pilot's
personal affects on October 7, 2008, that an approximation of the
wreckage's whereabouts was determined. An aerial search based on the
findings discovered the wreckage about half a mile away at an elevation
of approximately 10,000 feet. Fossett was a pioneering aviator and set
records for distance and speed flown in numerous aircraft types. He was
also the first person to fly solo around the world in a balloon.
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AND ADVENTURE FOR SLING LSA PROMOTERS Two men plan to fly
their Rotax-912S-powered, aluminum-constructed and modified D6 Sling
light sport airplane (not as modified) around the world, carrying up to
118 gallons in each wing for the longer legs, including at least one
over-ocean stretch of more than 2,000 nautical miles. Mike Blyth and
James Pitman hope to begin the journey at Johannesburg, South Africa
this week (they're aiming for Thursday) and they expect to make a stop
at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The complicated task of preparation entails
more than aircraft modifications as evidenced by "delays in
documentation and flying permits" that have (at the time of this
writing) set the departure date back (but just one day) to Thursday.
Their final preparations have involved autopilot and propeller
adjustments and inoculations as recommended for the multitude of
countries they plan to greet along their way. More...
PERFORMER CLANTON, RACER MILLER KILLED IN CRASHES It's been a
tough week for performance pilots. Chandy Clanton, three-time member of
the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team and several time EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh performer, was killed Friday in her Edge 540 ahead of
the Wingnuts Flying Circus in Tarkio, Mo. She was 36 years old. On
Thursday, Reno Air Races pilot Gary Miller died when his SNJ named
Mystical Powers crashed and burned near Kiowa, Colo. Clanton was
scheduled to fly in the Missouri show and was also scheduled to fly this
year at AirVenture. More...
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FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFT BURGLARIZED Three aircraft and two
helicopters operated by regional firefighters at the Grand Junction
Interagency Air Center in Colorado were grounded Friday morning after it
was found that burglars had entered the aircraft and stolen equipment.
"Tens of thousands of dollars" worth of pilot gear and equipment is
missing from the facility, according to The Grand Junction News. The
aircraft were temporarily grounded, inspected for vandalism or sabotage
and "almost all" were then cleared for service by Friday night, the
paper reported. The criminals had to contend with an
access-code-protected front gate and/or a barbed-wire fence that
surrounds the facility, which is itself within the grounds of Grand
Junction Regional Airport. The center, managed jointly by BLM and U.S.
Forest Service in conjuction with the National Park Service and State
Forest Service, coordinates air tankers, smoke jumpers and other fire
support services for operations in western Colorado and eastern Utah.
THROWS BLADE, LOSES DOOR IN FLIGHT "It was like an explosion
going off inside the plane," a passenger of a Great Barrier Airlines
Trislander told the New Zealand Herald, after the aircraft's right
engine threw at least one blade into the side of the aircraft as it
carried 11, with an empty seat in the cabin ... where the blade hit.
When the propeller blade hit, it scattered debris throughout the cabin
and took off a right side door, leaving a gaping hole in the aircraft
through which the hub-less engine could (in theory) be clearly seen. The
event occurred last Sunday and somewhere out there someone may have
in-flight pictures -- one passenger had the wherewithal to take out his
camera and another claims to have had steady enough hands to take some
shots as the aircraft returned to Claris. Passengers told the Herald
they'd noticed the engine wobbling during the takeoff roll at Claris
Airfield on a flight that would otherwise have ended in Auckland. One
passenger told the Herald "there were engineers working on that engine"
on the same aircraft when he had flown on it days earlier.
Sensenich Expands Its
Revolutionary Line of Propellers for Light Sport and Experimental
Lighter in weight, easier to navigate and less expensive to fly,
Sensenich's composite props are also stronger than similar
props. Their carbon construction allows the propeller's weight to
aerodynamically optimize flight and minimize its susceptibility to
harmonic vibration damage. Pitch-adjustable, their built-in stops ensure
selection of the most efficient pitch. Check 'em out in booths 4145-4147
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Although a first flight
for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will have to wait until engineering fixes
strengthening the wing attachments, that doesn't mean the aircraft has
to sit idle. Engineers and test pilots got to run it up and down the
runway at Paine Field last Tuesday in its first taxi tests. The aircraft
reached speeds of about 100 knots in at least one run and the brakes
were tested. They apparently work. More...
AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2009, A DISPLAYS EXTRAVAGANZA The
collection of aircraft set for display at this year's (July 27 to August
2) EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow does not scream recession or
depression and could prove to be among the best gatherings the group has
put together. Aside from the roughly 2,500 showplanes expected annually,
the 2009 collection will include the space-tourist-launching Virgin
Galactic VMS Mothership "Eve"; Airbus' A380 -- the world's largest
airliner; an Avro Lancaster WWII bomber; a 1909 Wright B Flyer replica;
a rare Japanese "Zero" and Messerschmitt ME109 will add to more familiar
flock of warbirds; and possible appearances from the dawn of a new age
-- electric flight -- are hoped for, if not expected. The show will
celebrate anniversaries of the Cessna 150 (50th), the T-28 (60th) and
the Pietenpol homebuilt (80th) among others. More...
BREAKS POLICY, OFFERS MONEY FOR GUITAR A Canadian country band has
struck a chord with anyone who has watched the way some United Air Lines
baggage handlers load the airplane in a viral video on YouTube. Sons of
Maxwell, of Halifax, was on its way to a gig in Nebraska last year when
rough handling in plain view of the the alarmed passengers
snapped the neck off band leader Dave Carroll's $3,500 Taylor guitar.
After a year of appeals for compensation, the video is the result
and it has more than 1,300,000 views. United has apologized, and Taylor
Guitars has offered to fix the instrument. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: UNITED BREAKS POLICY AND FAITH WITH
EMPLOYEES By now, most everyone has seen Dave Carroll's video
for "United Breaks Guitars" and empathized with the plight of the
passenger who can't get any satisfaction from the major airlines. Now
may be a good time to extend some of that empathy to "kind Ms. Irlweg"
and the rest of United's policy-enforcing employees, Russ Niles says in
the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog.
INSIDER BLOG: AIRPLANES AND GLOBAL WARMING You knew we would
have to talk about this sooner or later. Like most of us, Paul
Bertorelli concedes he hasn't the first clue about rationalizing
airplane ownership with climate change but that didn't stop him
from sharing his thought on the AVweb Insider blog. Log in and
add your own opinion to the mix. More...
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OFFERS GROUP MEMBERSHIPS For decades, the National
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of thousands of flight instructors, but many of those instructors work
for businesses or schools that don't necessarily share that affiliation.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with NAFI's Jason Blair about the
organization's group program, which launches today. More...
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reader Marcelaine Lewis has this week's top FBO, Duffy's Aircraft at Marshfield (Wis.) Municipal
Airport (KMFI). Marcelaine writes:
If you're well enough to fly, yet sick enough to need to go to
the Marshfield Clinic, Duffy and Jeff Gaier will greet you on the ramp
with a smile, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and "hometown
hospitality." If your clinic appointment is short, they will even
let you use the courtesy car. (And if you have to spend the night,
within a short walking distance is the Clearwaters Hotel, owned by
another aviation enthusiast.)
My instructor and I were flying around today
(July 8, 2009) and had an interesting exchange with ATC. I don't know if
you'll include it in the "Short Final," but we got a chuckle out of
We were doing maneuvers under the hood in a BE-76 Duchess.
My instructor had failed my left engine, and I was just getting ready to
restart when Whiteman Approach came on and told a Columbia that they had
traffic to their 10 o'clock. (That traffic was us.)
ATC then came
on and told us, "Mule Flight 106, traffic is 1 o'clock, a Columbia a
couple miles out." (I can't remember how many for sure.)
instructor replied that we were looking for traffic and then decided
that we should make a turn to the west. On the radio, he told Whiteman
approach of our impending turn.
Whiteman came back, advising,
"Mule Flight 106, keep an eye out for that traffic. They are moving
about double your rate of speed." (Vyse is 85 kts on a
My instructor came back and said, "We're a little slow
because we're running on one engine right now."
Whiteman came back
with, "We thought something was going on. We just saw a car on highway
50 going faster than you are."
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