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ANNOUNCES NEW BUSINESS AVFLASH
For nearly two years, AVweb has reported on the latest business aviation
news with our monthly BizAv
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business aviation coverage, beginning this week we're happy to announce
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for the service. Business AVflash will offer a new spin on business
aviation reporting, with a strong focus on general aviation business
developments that are of critical interest to our readers. Aside from
breaking news, we'll also publish profiles on the companies, the
products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business of
aviation. Of course, AVweb will continue to add its unique flavor to the
reporting and writing in Business AVflash. Our new business news service
will follow the same format we've offered in the past -- specifically
our familiar e-mailed bulletin and our expanded, illustrated coverage
available at the click of a link to the AVweb site. This option allows you to
read the entire scoop online or just the abbreviated version at an
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MORE RUNWAY INCURSIONS?
A new system that can keep track of just about anything moving around an
airport has been certified by the FAA but its remarkable capabilities
are being eclipsed by the speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness with
which it was deployed. The Airport Surface Detection Equipment system
went live at General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee a few weeks ago and not
only was it within its $27 million budget and delivered in just over
three years, it works so well that other airports are skipping the
lineup for an FAA-funded system (33 systems are planned over the next
four years) and paying to install it themselves immediately. Not bad for
a system which, according to The Washington Post, the FAA didn't even
want and had to be forced into pursuing. More...
HOW IT WORKS
The system uses a combination of radio signals and radar to give tower
controllers a comprehensive view of what is on the field and where it's
going. This "multilateration" technology is a big step up from previous
systems and is a "needed safety improvement," according to the
Department of Transportation's Inspector General Ken Mead. Vehicles and
aircraft are equipped with radio transponders that report to sensors
placed strategically around the field. Anything larger than a minivan
that doesn't have a transponder is picked up by radar. The system
constantly gathers all the information from both systems and funnels it
into a computer that creates a screen display for controllers, which
shows them the accurate location of every moving object on the field.
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Cessna appears to be in no hurry to fill its third "leadership" vacancy
in 16 months. Last week, longtime Cessna exec Charlie Johnson announced
he was retiring for undisclosed personal reasons, although he told The
Wichita Eagle his recent health problems played a role. Johnson, 60, has
worked for Cessna for 24 years and took over leadership of Cessna in
March when longtime chairman Russ Meyer assumed a non-executive position
after filling in for CEO Gary Hay. Senior VP Jack Pelton has been
running things since August when Johnson went on sick leave and no
changes are currently planned. "Jack's doing a fine job with the senior
leadership team," said spokeswoman Marilyn Richwine. More...
WHO ARE THEY REALLY STOPPING?
The FAA is looking at revising its enforcement policy for pilots who
bust TFRs and the Washington ADIZ. Agency officials told a recent
meeting of the GA Coalition that federal security agencies are not in
favor of a flexible system of enforcement that takes mitigating factors
into consideration. In fact, according to EAA's account of the meeting,
the Secret Service initially wanted criminal charges laid against
wayward pilots. Coalition Chairman Tom Poberezny urged the FAA to adopt
a uniform policy that allows remedial action, counseling and even
amnesty for pilots who mistakenly enter restricted airspace. The meeting
attendees were told that almost 2,800 violations have been recorded so
far, about half of them in the Washington ADIZ and Camp David TFRs.
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HELICOPTERS COLLIDE AT ROBINSON
Authorities are investigating the fatal midair collision of two Robinson
helicopters at the company's home airport in Torrance, Calif., Thursday.
Two people died in an R-44 that was taking off when it collided with an
R-22 that was landing. The pilot of the R-22 was taken to hospital with
leg and head injuries. FAA spokesman Donn Walker said the aircraft were
less than 200 feet above the ground when they contacted. Witnesses told
NBC the R-44 plummeted straight down to the runway and exploded while
the R-22 crashed in a nearby cornfield. The R-44 was on a training
flight. The company did not immediately comment. More...
THEFT SPARKS SECURITY CONCERNS
If you think it couldn't happen to you at your small, safe,
everyone-knows-everyone-else local airport, Albert Paul, of Bergen
County, N.J., would beg to differ. Nearby Lakewood Municipal Airport is
planning to install a perimeter fence and a security gate after Paul's
Cessna was hot-wired and flown halfway across the country to Minnesota,
via Canada, last August. Richard DeMartini was arrested a month later
after the plane was found at Springfield Municipal Airport near his
Minnesota home. It had been only slightly damaged. More...
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DIESEL OFFERS 2,400-HOUR WARRANTY
A European engine manufacturer says owners can count on at least 2,400
hours of service from their product even though the FAA says each engine
must be replaced (not overhauled) after 1,000 hours. The FAA certified
Thielert's 135-horsepower diesel last week but set a 1,000-hour initial
Time Before Replacement (TBR); Thielert countered. Each engine comes
with a 2,400-hour prorated warranty, meaning a replacement for any
engine timed out at 1,000 hours should only cost a fraction of the
$19,000 initial purchase cost. Thielert spokesman Sebastian Wentzler
told AVweb they're working on a "life extension program" to establish
engine life at 2,400 hours and, with about 10,000 hours total on the
engines overseas, inspection intervals of the engine components have
already been increased. More...
PILOTS DON'T NEED TOUGHER STANDARDS
Canadian commercial pilots are trained to handle everything the vast
(and often forbidding) country can throw at them and don't need special
training for Northern flying, says a Transport Canada official. Michel
Gaudreau was responding to the findings of a coroner's inquest into a
crash that ultimately killed four people in the Northwest Territories
almost two years ago. The jury recommended special training and even a
probation period for inexperienced pilots tackling the often
unpredictable conditions in the North. It also recommended
new-generation ELTs be on board all aircraft flying in the North.
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Crowd greeted Concorde's last landing at Boeing Field...
said he'd support a trip to Mars...
Quentin Tarantino said he might
make an airplane disaster flick...
Burbank Airport may be named after
Instrument flying, jet airliner pioneer Raymond D. Kelly
died at 102. More...
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to Gary Thayer, this week's
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mail this week about ATC privatization, the Enola Gay exhibit, sharing
the airspace with mini-jets and more.
Overheard recently -- while I was literally on short final, in
Tower: Cessna XXX, you said you were at taxiway Alpha One? Alpha
Cessna XXX: Uh... We're holding at Alpha Three.
One plus Two equals Three. More...
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