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PUSHES JET PRODUCTION TO MID-2013
The first PiperJets should
be rolling off the production line and into owners' hands around the
middle of 2013, company spokesman Mark Miller told AVweb on
Wednesday. The company had previously announced a target date of 2011 to
2012, but Miller said a new analysis has enabled the staff to better
assess the market and pinpoint a completion date. PiperJet position
holders were notified of the delay this week. (Sample letter in PDF
format.) Miller said the project is healthy and the company's new
owner, Imprimis, which took over in May, has been providing
an influx of resources and capital for the jet. "We're in the process of
hiring 50 new engineers to work on the project," Miller said. Piper had
announced at NBAA last week that the jet will
feature the new Garmin G3000 touchscreen-controlled three-screen
integrated flight deck. More...
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JET REVIVAL IN THE WORKS
The type certificate for the MS760 Paris Jet, a
four-seat twin-engine light jet originally certified in France, has been
bought by new owners who will license it to MS760 Corp., based in
Florida. The company plans to provide engineering, sales and other
related services for the MS760 platform. MS760 Corp. has already
acquired the manufacturer's drawings and tooling, spare parts and a
fleet of over 30 MS760 aircraft. They plan to offer avionics upgrades,
as well as a turbofan engine option. Additionally, a new two-ship
airshow team, led by Capt. Dale "Snort" Snodgrass, USN (Ret), will
showcase the aerobatic and precision flight capabilities of the MS760,
which is certified in the U.S. in the "Utility" category. The Paris Jet
was designed, manufactured and originally certified in France by
aviation pioneer Morane-Saulnier (now Socata). The jet cruises at about
350 knots and has a range of 1,000 miles. More...
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DEFENDS NORTHWEST PILOTS
The Delta branch of the Air Line
Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the union that represents the pilots of Delta
Air Lines, has issued a statement concerning the NTSB investigation into
Northwest Flight 188, in which two pilots flew past their destination
and did not respond to messages from ATC and dispatch. "To date, all
crew statements related to this case have been voluntary," said Lee
Moak, chairman of the Delta branch. "We are disappointed that these
voluntary statements are being used without regard for the breach of
trust and confidence their use will cause." Taking disciplinary action
against the crew, Moak said, could cause pilots to question the
integrity of voluntary safety programs. "The continued viability of
these programs themselves will be placed at risk. That will, in turn,
cause irreparable harm to the safety of our nation's aviation system,"
Moak said. More...
CONTROLLERS CONTRIBUTED TO PILOT'S POOR DECISIONS
this week found the pilot at fault in a fatal medevac flight in Maryland
in September 2008, but cited a lack of help from air traffic controllers
as a contributing factor. The Aerospatiale helicopter, operated by the
Maryland State Police, descended too quickly while on a nonprecision
instrument approach in fog, and hit the ground. The pilot, a paramedic,
a volunteer, and one of the two teenage car-crash victims on board were
killed. The safety board said inadequate handling by controllers at the
Potomac Tracon and the Reagan National Airport tower contributed to an
increased workload on the pilot. The flight had originated at night in
VMC, but on the way to the hospital the pilot encountered IMC and
diverted to Andrews Air Force Base. The board said the pilot likely
became preoccupied with looking for the ground while on final approach,
after failing to intercept the ILS glideslope. The pilot's limited
recent instrument flight experience and a lack of adherence to effective
risk management procedures of the Maryland State Police contributed to
the crash, the NTSB said. More...
Three Things You Should
Never Say to ATC
Listen as two ATC pros share tips on better communication with ATC.
Avoid these common mistakes and make your interactions more efficient
and accurate. This is a sample from PilotWorkshops
' Tip of the
Click here for this quick tip
787 LINE GOES TO SOUTH CAROLINA
Boeing confirmed months of
speculation Wednesday by announcing a second 787 assembly plant will be
built in North Charleston, S.C. instead of the traditional home of its
commercial aircraft in Washington State. The Puget Sound Business
Journal reported that tax breaks and $170 million in low-interest bonds
were approved by the South Carolina legislature this week while
politicians in Washington State tried to resurrect negotiations between
Boeing and the Machinists Union, which had broken down and scuppered
Washington's chances for the plant. Boeing was demanding a no-strike
clause from the union. "This is obviously a very disappointing day for
all Washingtonians," Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement. The
announcement caused some in Washington to wonder if enough had been done
to keep the 787 a purely Evergreen State product. More...
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FUN IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA
Two unique events for pilots are
coming up -- in Texas, the Flying Musicians Association hosts a fly-in music fest
on Saturday, Nov. 7, and in Florida, Fantasy of Flight offers Roar 'n
Soar, a weekend full of racing machines for land, sea, and air, Nov. 7
and 8. The MusicFest runs all day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Spinks Airport (KFWS), in Fort Worth, Texas.
Admission is free ($10 per carload for parking), and the event features
five music venues with over 20 acts, a play area for kids, free Young
Eagle flights, a pancake breakfast, "bodacious bbq" and an FAA Wings
seminar. Performances range from jazz to country to folk to "open
jam/anything goes." The Fantasy of Flight event will feature aerial
demos of rare vintage aircraft from Kermit Weeks' unique collection, as
well as speedboats, a car show, large-scale RC aircraft demos and tandem
flights in hang gliders towed aloft by an ultralight. More...
Got a Minute?
Watch School Daze, an important Pilot Safety Announcement from
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Watch this quick PSA to be reminded of the importance of the basic
maneuvering lessons you learned in ground school.
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REVOKES CERTIFICATES OF NORDO NORTHWEST PILOTS
The FAA has
revoked the certificates of two Northwest Airlines pilots who overflew
their destination airport last week while en route from San Diego to
Minneapolis, the agency announced on Tuesday. The pilots were out of
contact with air traffic controllers for an extended period of time and
told NTSB investigators they were distracted while the first officer was
showing the captain how to use a new crew scheduling procedure on their
laptops. Air traffic controllers and airline officials repeatedly tried
to reach them through radio and data contact, without success.
NORTHWEST PILOTS DISTRACTED BY LAPTOPS
Two Northwest pilots
who overflew their destination and went silent for over an hour last
week were working on their laptops, in violation of company policy, the
NTSB said on Monday. The first officer was showing
the captain how to use a new crew flight scheduling procedure, and both
pilots said they lost track of time. During their discussion, they did
not monitor the airplane or notice calls from ATC. Neither pilot was
wearing a headset, but both said they heard conversation on the radio.
Also, neither pilot noticed messages that were sent by company
dispatchers. Neither pilot was aware of the airplane's position until a
flight attendant called about five minutes before they were scheduled to
land and asked for an ETA. The captain said at that point, he looked at
his primary flight display and realized they had passed their
destination, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). They then
made contact with ATC and were given vectors back to MSP. The flight had
originated in San Diego. More...
WHITCOMB, REVOLUTIONARY AIRCRAFT DESIGNER, DEAD AT
Engineer Richard Whitcomb, whose innovative ideas are
incorporated in the design of most aircraft flying today, died in
Newport News, Va., on Oct. 13. Whitcomb "was the most important
aerodynamic contributor in the second half of the century of flight,"
according to historian Tom Crouch, of the Smithsonian Air & Space
Museum. Whitcomb won the Collier Trophy in 1954 for his development of
the "transonic area rule," which reduces the shock wave drag that occurs
near the speed of sound. "We built airplane models with
Coke-bottle-shaped fuselages and lo and behold the drag of the wing just
disappeared," said Whitcomb. "The wind tunnel showed it worked
perfectly." In the 1960s, Whitcomb's supercritical wing design was
revolutionary, according to NASA. The airfoil design was flatter on
the top and rounder on the bottom with a downward curve on the trailing
edge. That shape delayed the onset of drag, increasing the fuel
efficiency of aircraft flying close to the speed of sound.
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
OCTOBER 29, 2009
Letter of the Week: Safety or
Yes, the pilots of NW 188 made a mistake. However, it
is a shame that we are so focused on blame and punishment. What ever
happened to "learning from our mistakes"? Given their experience (and
especially their most recent experience) and previous records, I can
think of no other flight crew I would rather have in the cockpit the
next time I fly.
I know they would be on top of their game because
they know it can happen to them. But, no, I'll be riding with a low
time, marginally qualified crew who may have never seen ice and doesn't
know what to do if it is encountered, or a crew that can't tell they are
lined up on the wrong runway, while these two highly experienced pilots
are looking for a new career. Is it about safety or about
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OF THE WEEK: MONTGOMERY AVIATION, INC. (KTYQ, ZIONSVILLE,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Montgomery Aviation at Indianapolis Executive
Airport (KTYQ) in Zionsville, Indiana.
James Shobert does a lot of flying in the area and told us how
Montgomery never forgets the little guys while serving all those
I fly several
aircraft in and out of KTYQ, but most often an LSA used to commute to
work. [Montgomery] give[s] me the same service as they do someone flying
a Lear or King Air. They really focus on customer
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
The advent of
PhotoShop has ushered in a golden age of artificial lens flares
but sometimes you just need to see natural light bent around by glass,
and this week's top shot from Richard
Lawrence of Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) is just what the doctor
ordered. Richard took this great shot at the 2009 Classic Air Rally at
Ottawa's Canada Aviation Museum. More...
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