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COMMITTEE ADDRESSES "FUTURE OF AVIATION"
Secretary Ray LaHood last week hosted the first meeting of a new
advisory committee on the future of the country's aviation industry.
"This is not going to be just another advisory committee," LaHood said
in his blog post. "I am not commissioning some report to
fill space on my bookshelf. This committee will make a
difference." The group includes representatives from airports, air
carriers, management, labor, manufacturers, general aviation and
consumer groups, who are to address the industry's challenges and map
the way forward. "This country has an aviation system that is losing
billions of dollars, shedding jobs, and using an aging infrastructure,"
said LaHood. "It's time to get to work fixing it." More...
Three Things You Should
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INJURIES IN WESTWIND DITCHING
The crew, a medical team, the
patient and the patient's spouse aboard a medical evacuation flight from
Samoa to Australia were uninjured after the Pel-Air Westwind jet ditched
in the open ocean in weather that prompted the pilot to ditch rather
than trying for the airport at Norfolk Island. In a news release Pel-Air Chairman John Sharp said
weather deteriorated as the aircraft commander, Capt. Dominic James,
made several tries to get on the pavement. for a scheduled fuel stop at
Norfolk, As his fuel dwindled he made the hard decision and it worked
out. "They performed an intricate landing on water in darkness resulting
in the evacuation of everyone safely and quickly," he said.
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OLYMPICS A TRIAL FOR CANADIAN AVIATORS
When the 2010 Winter
Olympics launch in Vancouver next February, it will keep many local GA
operators grounded for up to eight weeks, with losses of up to $5
million, CanWest News reported on Tuesday. "We don't dispute
the fact there is an issue of security, we just find this is very long,"
said John McKenna, CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada, which
represents about 200 operators. Flight schools will have to ground
students, passengers for charter flights and floatplanes will be
diverted to sites with security gates, sightseeing and banner-towing
flights will be restricted, and more. About two dozen small airports are
affected, including several just across the border in the U.S. The
restrictions will last from Jan. 29 to March 24, to accommodate both the
Olympic and Paralympic Games, and will be enforced by U.S. and Canadian
fighter jets. The ATA is asking the government to compensate the
affected businesses. But meanwhile, the operators of the Official
Olympics Airport at Vancouver are thrilled that they can expect an
additional 231,000 passengers during the event. More...
There's no more dangerous type of word in
journalism than the superlative and since aviation is full of the
biggest, fastest, oldest, and coolest things on the planet you'd think
we'd know better. Our inbox filled Tuesday with readers pointing out
that Buffalo Airways does not operate the last C-46 Commandos as our Monday
story on the Ice Pilots NWT television series incorrectly
stated. By far the majority pointed to the four workhorses toiling
for Fairbanks-based Everts Air as cargo and fuel haulers. Interestingly,
we didn't hear from anyone at Everts but we got dozens of emails from
their friends and airport neighbors. A quick check of the FAA registry
turns up 25 C-46s but it's not clear how many are airworthy. We also
heard that there might be some Commandos working in South America,
perhaps even in passenger service. More...
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GE PLAN BIOFUEL FLIGHT
Embraer and General Electric will
flight-test a renewable jet fuel by early 2012, the companies said on
Wednesday. They plan to use a renewable biofuel made from sugar cane,
developed by Amyris Biotechnologies, which is based in California
and operates a subsidiary in Brazil. The test will be flown using a jet
owned and operated by Azul Linhas Aereas, a new Brazilian airline. The
goal is to accelerate the introduction of a renewable jet fuel with
significantly lower carbon emissions and to provide a long-term
sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived jet fuel, Embraer said in a
news release. More...
GETS IO-390 STC FOR LEGACY MOONEYS
Owners of older Mooneys
now have a new option when it's time for an engine overhaul. Lycoming
recently received the FAA OK to replace the original IO-360 Lycoming
engine in Mooney M20E, M20F and M20J models with a new or remanufactured
IO-390-A3A6 engine. The engine provides more horsepower as well as
improved climb and cruise performance, while maintaining the same
footprint as the IO-360 engine, Lycoming says. The new STC shows the
company's commitment to legacy aircraft, says Dennis Racine, Lycoming
director of marketing and program management. About 50 service centers
across the country have been authorized to complete the installations.
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FINDS FAULT WITH LANGEWIESCHE BOOK
US Airways Capt. Chesley
Sullenberger said the new book Fly By Wire, by William
Langewiesche, "greatly overstates how much it mattered" that the Airbus
A320 he ditched in the Hudson had some automated systems, according to
The New York Times. Sullenberger told the Times,
"There are some situations where the automation will protect a pilot,
but at the same time a highly automated airplane makes possible other
types of errors, so it's a mixed blessing. And greater knowledge is
required to fly a highly automated aircraft." He added, "Others in the
industry knowledgeable about these technical issues know there are
misstatements of fact in 'Fly by Wire.'" Langewiesche said he was
mystified by Sullenberger's reaction, according to the Times. "There
have been some characterizations of the book that are wrong," he said.
He added that he didn't think the role of fly-by-wire was "critical" to
the outcome, "but it was functioning, it's part of the story."
NEW HUDSON RIVER RULES TAKE EFFECT THURSDAY
On Monday, the
FAA issued its final version of new flight rules for the VFR corridor
above New York's Hudson River. The new rules, which take effect on
Thursday, Nov. 19, create two separate levels for VFR traffic, with the
aim to prevent another midair like the one in August that killed nine
people. Also, while it was reported early in the day on Monday that FAA
Administrator Randy Babbitt said the agency had fired an air traffic
controller and a surpervisor on duty at the time of the crash, FAA
spokeswoman Laura Brown later said that was not accurate. The two remain
on paid leave and no final detemination about their fate has been made,
Brown told Bloomberg News. More...
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SUBSIDIARY TO DEVELOP CARTER ROTOR TECHNOLOGY
Copter folks have been developing their unique rotary aircraft
technology for years, powering through setbacks and making slow
progress, and this week they announced their first customer agreement. Carter's
deal gives 40-year exclusive use of their technology for unmanned
aircraft systems to AAI Corp., a subsidiary of Textron Inc. Textron is
no stranger to aviation -- the corporation also owns Bell Helicopter,
Cessna, and Lycoming Engines. In a news release, AAI said it will provide guidance, support and
resources to Carter for continued development of its Slowed
Rotor/Compound (SR/C) technology. Their goal is to build an unmanned,
turbine-powered aircraft that could deliver 3,000 pounds of cargo across
1,300 nm at 250 knots, or that could be deployed for surveillance
missions with up to 24 hours' endurance More...
AD AFFECTS TCM LIFTERS
Anyone who's bought a new Continental
engine, had theirs rebuilt or had top end work done since June 19, 2009
could be affected by an emergency AD requiring replacement of the hydraulic
lifters installed in those engines. There have been at least three cases
in which the lifters wore out in as little as five hours. Teledyne
Continental Motors issued a mandatory service bulletin (PDF)
Nov. 3 and the FAA issued the emergency AD after assessing the MSB. The
AD includes part numbers 657913, 657915, or 657916, in Model 240, 360,
470 and 520 engines. Although 550-series engines are not mentioned in
the AD, there are reports that they are also affected. The lifter
problems have also delayed rebuilds that were on the bench when the
problems became known. More...
AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
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business aviation newsletter, AVwebBiz?
Wednesday morning, AVwebBiz focuses on the companies, the
products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business
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RULE TARGETS REPAIR STATIONS
The Transportation Security
Administration has prepared new regulations governing security
procedures at repair stations. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
(PDF) will require repair stations to establish
security protocols to guard against unauthorized access to the facility,
aircraft and parts. The new rules would affect 4,227 FAA-certificated
shops in the U.S. and 694 in other countries that work on U.S. aircraft.
There will be a 60-day comment period on the rule. More...
OF THE WEEK: REPAIR STATIONS AS A SECURITY CONCERN
plans to impose stricter security requirements on FAA-certificated
repair stations in the U.S. and in other countries. This week, we'd like
readers to gauge the security threat posed by repair
Plus: Last week, we asked if some historic
aircraft are just too rare and historically precious to be flown by
groups like the Commemoraitve Air Force; click through to find out where
AVweb readers stand on the issue. More...
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VIDEO: PRODUCT MINUTES NEW PRODUCTS AT AOPA SUMMIT
Our cup did runneth over AOPA
Summit last week, but we managed some time to shoot another brief video
on cool products we saw, including a Cirrus engine modification from
Next Dimension, Flightline Systems' new AuRACLE Engine Monitor for
legacy twins, a nifty flashlight that's really a glove, and a new Cessna
210 inspection guide from the Cessna Pilots Association.
OF THE WEEK: KANSAS AIR CENTER (MANHATTAN REGIONAL AIRPORT, KMHK,
Our latest "FBO
of the Week" ribbon goes to the facilities at Kansas
Air Center at Manhattan Regional Airport (KMHK) in Manhattan,
AVweb reader Wade Logan explained how KAC
exceeded his expectations from start to finish while he was in
As I pulled into
the ramp, I was immediately greeted by three line technicians: The first
parked me, the second cleaned my windscreen before I even was out of the
plane, and the third had a placed a purple K-State Wildcat rug at my
door. The facility was top-notch (exceptionally clean), and the fuel
prices are the lowest I have come across in a long while. The
founder/owner is extremely courteous, and I even saw him cleaning some
Keep those nominations
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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