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AVGAS ISSUE MOVING TO FRONT BURNER
A notice from the
Environmental Protection Agency concerning the future of 100LL is
expected to be published within the next few weeks, EAA's Doug Macnair,
vice president for government relations, told AVweb on Tuesday.
The advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, or ANPRM, has already gone
through the Office and Management of Budget, and publication in the
Federal Register is the next step. According to the EPA Web site, the notice's regulatory review has
been concluded and publication is projected for sometime this month.
"This action will describe the lead inventory related to use of leaded
avgas, air quality and exposure information, additional information the
Agency is collecting related to the impact of lead emissions from
piston-engine aircraft on air quality and will request comments on this
information," according to the EPA Web site. The ANPRM is not expected
to set a final date for the end of 100LL, but will likely seek input
from the industry and the public to develop a transition plan so the
fuel can be phased out, Macnair said. More...
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"SUBDUED" BY AIR MARSHAL
Wednesday night, a man with
diplomatic ties was reportedly subdued by a federal air marshal after he
tried to light something on fire aboard United Flight 663, a Boeing 757
inbound to Denver from Washington Reagan, according to early reports.
Later reports suggested the man may simply have been trying to sneak a
smoke before landing. ABC reported that the suspect, Mohammed al Modadi,
held a position as 3rd secretary and vice-counsul at the Qatar embassy
in Washington and that the FBI said the position gave Modadi "full
diplomat immunity." Two F-16 fighters were scrambled from Buckley Air
Force Base to meet the flight as it flew its final 40 miles to a landing
at Denver. The aircraft landed safely. More...
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BLENDED WING BODY PASSES CONTROLLABILITY TEST
April 6 that its X-48B blended wing body remotely piloted scale model
successfully met the challenges of low-speed controllability tests,
bringing the quieter, more-efficient transport closer to full-scale
reality. The most recent tests of the 8.5 percent scale (21-foot
wingspan) 500-pound airplane follow some 80 previous flights and prove
its flight computer can handle deliberate excursions from
controllability at low speeds. The program is part of NASA's new
Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project. The project's
manager, Fay Collier, said, "The team has proven the ability to fly
tailless aircraft to the edge of the low-speed envelope, safely."
Compared with conventional airliners, NASA believes similar manta
ray-shaped aircraft could one day provide operators with higher volume
for passengers or cargo, a lower fuel burn and lower noise signature.
Tests with the X-48B will continue later this year, as will tests of the
X-48C, which has an even lower noise profile than the X-48B.
IMPULSE FIRST "REAL" FLIGHT TOPS 3,000 FEET
solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, which aims to fly around the world
in 2012, was flown Wednesday over Switzerland by test pilot Markus
Scherdel to an altitude of 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) in a successful
test flight. The aircraft's previous flight was limited to a 350-meter
flight flown about one meter above the ground. On April 7, the 1600-kg
aircraft stayed aloft for nearly 1.5 hours driven by four electric
motors fueled (this time) by batteries alone. The motors generate a
maximum output of 10 hp. The aircraft left the ground at about 28 knots,
climbed to altitude and executed basic maneuvers designed to simulate
the aircraft's first approach. Scherdel said the aircraft "behaved just
as the flight simulator told us" and "the aircraft's controllability
matches our expectations." The project plans to see its first day-night
flight this summer and hopes that flight will last a full 36 hours flown
on solar and battery power. There will be more testing, first.
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SAYS FAA SEARCH & RESCUE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
The FAA needs to
do a better job co-ordinating its search and rescue responsibilities,
the NTSB said recently, to ensure that survivors of aviation accidents
get help as quickly as possible. "The whole process needs to get nailed
down a lot tighter than it is," NTSB radar expert Scott Dunham told the
Associated Press. In a letter (PDF) to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, the safety
board cited several cases when information readily available to FAA
staffers was not communicated to the Air Force Rescue Coordination
Center as quickly or as clearly as it should have been. In one of
several cases cited by the NTSB, a 2007 accident in Georgia, the pilot
survived the crash of his Piper Tomahawk and activated an emergency
transponder code. Due to miscommunications between the FAA and AFRCC, no
search was launched until after the pilot's family reported him missing
the following day. When the wreck was found, the pilot was dead. Four
other cases cited, from 2006 to 2008, all involved general aviation
NEGLECTED TIRES STARTED LEARJET'S FATAL ACCIDENT CHAIN
operator of a chartered Learjet 60 failed to properly maintain its
tires, starting a chain of events that ended with a deadly crash in
Columbia, S.C., in September 2008, the NTSB
said on Tuesday. All four of the main gear tires were severely
underinflated, which compromised their integrity. The first tire failed
about 1.5 seconds after the airplane reached V-1, the maximum speed at
which the takeoff could be safely aborted. The captain's decision to
then attempt a high-speed rejected takeoff "went against standard
operating procedures and training," the NTSB said. Making things worse,
the tire failure damaged a sensor, which caused the jet's thrust
reversers to return to the stowed position. While the captain was trying
to stop the airplane by commanding reverse thrust, forward thrust was
being provided at near-takeoff power because the thrust reversers were
stowed, contributing to the severity of the accident. "This entirely
avoidable crash should reinforce to everyone in the aviation community
that there are no small maintenance items because every time a plane
takes off, lives are on the line," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman.
AD TARGETS THIELERT ENGINES
As if they didn't have enough
troubles already dealing with excessive costs and a manufacturer in
bankruptcy, owners of Thielert diesel engines now must cope with a
proposed new Airworthiness Directive that could cost them another
$1,600. The FAA posted the proposed AD on Monday, citing a problem with
an oil separator that could fail, leading to an in-flight power loss or
possible shutdown due to excessive gas pressure. The problem was found
in servicing, and the FAA didn't note any cases of actual failure. About
250 of the Thielert engines have been installed in Diamond twins, some
Piper Cherokees, and Cessna 172s in the U.S. Owners must take care of
the problem within 110 flight hours of the effective date of the AD.
Comments will be accepted on the proposal until May 20.
AT ANGEL FLIGHT NORTHEAST
Trouble has been brewing for a
while in the administration of Angel Flight Northeast, but now the
organization's survival appears at risk, according to a Boston Globe story. The story details a conflict
between the nonprofit organization's board of directors and Lawrence
Camerlin, the group's founder and executive director. After Camerlin
hired his daughter as a community outreach worker, he later fired a
director who had raised questions about her duties and pay. The daughter
was eventually taken off the payroll, but in January, Camerlin fired the
entire board. He told the Globe he did so after the directors raised the
possibility of lawsuits. "We felt they were in violation of their
fiduciary responsibilities," he said. "They wouldn't give us information
about claims likely to be filed against us." The directors were stunned,
according to the Globe. Although the group is continuing to organize
charitable flights, donors now are skittish about funding the group and
both sides have complained to authorities that the other side acted
improperly, the Globe reported. More...
FOUNDATION AUCTION OFFERS AVIATION ITEMS
An aerobatic flight
with the legendary Sean Tucker or a ride with Kermit Weeks in his P-51
are two of the unique experiences available to bidders in this year's Lindbergh
Foundation online fundraising auction. Other prizes include a 10-day
African safari, a day at King Schools with John and Martha King,
aviation gear from Garmin and Forward Vision, and a bronze sculpture
donated by Erik Lindbergh. Bidders can send in bids via e-mail until Tuesday, April 13. On
the 14th, a live auction will be held at the foundation's annual award
celebration at Sun 'n Fun, in Lakeland, Fla. The highest price from the
online bidders will be announced at the live auction, and if no higher
bid is received, the online bidder will win. More...
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YORK'S FOURTH AIRPORT GETS CUSTOMS
New York City's "fourth"
airport, Stewart International, is getting a temporary Customs and
Border Protection facility as the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey looks for ways to expand service. Stewart International is a former air base about 60
miles north of the city in the Hudson Valley. It has the runways to
handle any size aircraft but airline service is limited to a few flights
to mainly Northeast destinations. The Port Authority hopes the
availability of Customs service will attract overseas charter service.
GROUP CALLS FOR BIZAV FUEL TAX
A British environmental group
says business aircraft should pay a fuel tax currently charged airline
passengers. The Air Passenger Duty is part of every airline ticket but
the Campaign for Better Transport says business aviation
passengers don't pay it even though they have a much larger
environmental footprint than the average airline passenger. Although
bizav is a soft target for the environmental movement, pronouncements
such as this might carry a bit more weight as the U.K. heads to the
polls May 6. More...
AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
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Wednesday morning, AVwebBiz focuses on the companies, the
products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business
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entries is 11:59pm Zulu time April 9, 2010.
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Congratulations to Colleen Keller of San
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OF THE WEEK: EMPORIA-GREENSVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT (KEMV, EMPORIA,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport (KEMV)
in Emporia, Virginia.
Laura Hoover made a routine stop at
the airport "late on a Saturday afternoon to get our Virginia Aviation
Ambassadors passbook stamped." The service she and her passengers
experienced, however, was anything but routine:
We were greeted by FBO manager Melvin Vick.
When we were about to depart, we found we had a very flat main gear
tire. Melvin offered tools and help even though it was closing time,
recommended a place to get dinner, gave us the crew car, and met us back
at the airport after dinner with more tools to try to get the tire off.
We used the crew car overnight to go to a hotel, and the next morning
Melvin met us again to lend a hand. The FBO is spotlessly clean and and
has everything pilots need. We highly recommended it!
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
OF THE WEEK: ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND AVIATORS
Last week, the FAA
decided to relax
the rules on anti-depression medications. What do you think? Do you
support the FAA's decision to allow special issuance certificates for
pilots (undergoing treatment) with well-controlled clinical
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb
readers if they'll be attending either of the major U.S. summer aviation
shows (Sun 'n Fun and AirVenture), just local air shows, or some
combination of the two; click through to see how they answered.
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Some weeks, picking
a single photo is downright painful. Martin
Traverso of Menlo Park, California landed in our top spot
today, but only after numerous second guesses and at least two coin
flips. Despite stiff competition among the top three photos, this one
dutifully noses ahead and yes, it is currently our desktop
wallpaper image. More...
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