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ACT ON POTENTIAL LEADED-FUEL RULEMAKING
A grassroots movement
by aircraft type groups is brewing to get the word out about the threat
of the EPA's proposed rulemaking that could lead to new
regulations regarding the use of leaded aviation fuel. Jonathan Sisk
president of the Malibu Mirage Owners and Pilots Association (MMOPA)
wrote a letter to AVweb (published in today's
AVmail), trying to enlist Piper PA-46 owner operators to mount a
campaign to raise awareness. According to Sisk, "What is clear is that
while lower-performance engines will run fine on 94UL, higher
performance engines such as those used in the PA46 Malibu, Matrix, and
Mirage will not." Sisk believes that fuels of less than 100 octane
affect the PA-46 fleet's performance "instantly and adversely" and "in a
dramatic way." He is calling on pilots to spread awareness of "the
critical nature of this threat," and encouraging them to write to groups
like ASTM, FAA, DOT, EPA and AOPA. Other groups are apparently getting
into the fray, too and Tom Turner, executive director of the American
Bonanza Society told AVweb there will be more developments in the coming
week. Meanwhile alphabet groups are asking for more time to comment on
the EPA's rule. More...
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PILOTS GO ON STRIKE
Spirit Airlines has cancelled all its
flights through Tuesday because of a pilots' strike. The "ultra low-cost
carrier" said passengers booked on the cancelled flights can get a
credit for the full value of the flight plus a $100 bonus credit. Cash
refunds are also available and travel insurance may be available in some
cases. Wages appear to be the major issue and, of course, the company
and the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents the pilots, have
different ways of looking at the events that led to the picket action.
PILOT TEXTING WHILE LANDING?
Claims that a Jetstar airlines
pilot was texting on his cellphone before aborting what might have
become a gear-up landing at Singapore are being investigated by
authorities, according to local news sources. SkyNews.com and TheAustralian.com are among the news agencies that
Friday reported the unsourced "texting" allegations and unconfirmed
gear-up approach. According to the news agencies, a pilot for the
airline "is being investigated" over the claims. However, that was not
validated by Jetstar or the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which
declined comment on those specific issues. Investigators Friday said the
jet had descended to about 700 feet when the an incorrect configuration
warning was triggered, prompting the pilots to abort the landing prior
to a subsequent successful attempt. One investigator did offer a few
details, but not much. More...
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
BOEING'S 787 SPURS HIRING
Boeing has started to recruit for a
new 787 manufacturing facility that will eventually employ about 3,800
people and work toward the goal of producing a record 10 airplanes per
month. The facility at Charleston, S.C., is set to open in 2011 with
1,000 workers. Boeing hopes it will help set a production rate of 10
aircraft per month, which the company says would be "the highest
twin-aisle production rate in history." The company has won more than
860 orders for the 787 Dreamliner and expects the South Carolina plant
to turn out completed jets by early 2012. Jobs at the new facility,
which will perform final assembly, will include structural
manufacturing, fastener installation and inspections. Positions do have
minimum requirements and applications do have due dates coming up soon.
PUTS 300HP ROTARY ENGINE ON HOLD
In development for a decade,
Mistral Engines said Wednesday that it was on track to win FAA
certification by early 2011 for its 300hp, G-300 rotary, but must now
put those plans on hold. The company says it needs a cash infusion and
until "adequate financing" is secured, the company's board of directors
has voted to suspend development, effective immediately. Mistral sees
its rotary as an efficient, vibration-free and fuel-flexible
liquid-cooled solution that could bridge the current "performance,
reliability and cost gap" between current piston and turbine engines.
The company says its G-300 can run "on any type of autogas or avgas" and
targets a 3,000-hour TBO. Mistral says it is also "well along" in
development of a Jet-A1-burning version with more plans in the works.
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NO. 3 A TRAINING PLANE
Deliveries of the PiperSport LSA began
officially at this year's Sun 'n Fun and it didn't take long for one to
find its way into a training fleet. PiperSport serial no. 3 was
delivered to First Landings Aviation at Apopka Airport in Orlando
recently and became the first PiperSport to be used for flying lessons.
First Landings specializes in sport pilot training and the low-wing
PiperSport complements the high-wing Remos G3 already used by the
company. First Landings even managed to beat Piper to the punch in
putting the PiperSport, which is made in the Czech Republic and was
formerly known as a the Sportcruiser, into revenue service. Piper will
soon open a flight school in Brunei, whose government is the principal
investor in the company. More...
International Summit on
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well as extensive networking opportunities for aviation executives from
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and aviation professionals with an interest in aircraft repossession.
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AWARD SHARED BY TWO MEN WHO HELPED BRING APOLLO 13
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Friday, the Aero Club New England bestowed its Godfrey L. Cabot award to
Joe Gavin and Gene Kranz. Gavin was the Director of the Lunar Module
Program for Grumman, and Kranz was the Flight Director for the Apollo
missions. (He was the guy in the vest played by Ed Harris in the film
.) Gavin spoke briefly, making some good quips about
developing "a flying machine we couldn't flight test" and how working to
get the crew of Apollo 13 back alive was "the longest time without
sleeping I've ever faced." But it was Kranz's presentation that stole
the show. More...
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JUNE 14, 2010
Letter of the Week: The No-Lead
Finding a viable replacement fuel for leaded avgas looms
as a catastrophic threat to high-performance piston aircraft owners, and
PA-46 aircraft in particular.
engines will run fine on 94UL, higher performance engines such as those
used in the PA46 Malibu, Matrix, and Mirage will not.
greatest concern is that we run the risk of this decision being
primarily influenced by the engine manufacturers with limited input from
current avgas users that is, us, owners of high performance
piston aircraft. Unfortunately, individual aircraft owners seem unaware
of the threat this issue represents and, to this point, have been mostly
What can you do? Look for opportunities to
awaken general aviation pilots to the critical nature of this threat.
Write your own letters. Express your concerns to those groups with
political access and influence, such as AOPA and EAA. This is not just a
President, MMOPA Board of
Click through to read the entirety of Mr. Sisk's
letter and more from AVweb's readers.
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OF THE WEEK: CATTARAUGUS COUNTY-OLEAN AIRPORT (KOLE, OLEAN,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the crew at Cattaraugus
County-Olean Airport (KOLE) in Olean, New
AVweb reader Hella Comat told us why she'll be
We attended an
event at Olean this past weekend, and I can't say enough about the
friendliness and helpfulness of the staff and volunteers at KOLE. The
airport is a beautiful spot on a hill above town, and we were offered
rides into town and back the next morning. Getting gas was a breeze, and
the attendants were most helpful. If I'm in the area, I'd land here for
sure, if only to say thanks again for the hospitality!
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...
CONSUMER REVIEWS THE IPAD WARTS AND ALL
Could it really
be? Is the iPad the ultimate cockpit EFB (electronic flight bag) that
we've all been waiting for? Find out in this review by AVweb and
Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli. It has potential so
much potential ... . More...
Traditional Tactics Need a
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YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN AV8OR
Win an AV8OR handheld GPS (from Bendix/King
by Honeywell) as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary! All you have to
do is click here to enter your name and e-mail address.
(You only have to enter once, and you'll be entered in our prize
drawings for the entire year so if you've already entered, you're
And no, we're not
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invite them to sign up for AVweb so they can qualify for our 15
Grand Giveaways prize drawings, too. (We won't spam them, either
but we hope they will sign up for our newsletters.)
entries is 11:59pm Zulu time June 18, 2010.
Click here to read the contest rules and
Congratulations to William R. Smith of
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
As Denny Cunningham can tell you,
Chicago area controllers have a rep for irreverent humor on the air.
This latest installment of the Top Twenty Actual Transmissions Heard in
the O'Hare Tracon comes courtesy of IntentionallyLeftBlank, the
newsletter of O'Hare's National Air Traffic Controllers
"American Two Twenty: eneey,
meeny, miney, mo, how do you hear my radio?"
Courtesy of the Top Twenty Actual
Transmissions Heard in the O'Hare Tracon, from
IntentionallyLeftBlank, the newsletter of O'Hare's National Air
Traffic Controllers Association. More...
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