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SPARK PLUGS PROMPT BULLETIN
Tornado Alley Turbo has issued a
mandatory service bulletin (PDF) and asked the FAA to issue an airworthiness
directive for the owners of up to 950 Cirrus SR22TN aircraft that have
Champion RHB32S fine wire spark plugs, and the list of affected aircraft
could grow to include other types with those plugs installed. TAT says
it has been gathering evidence that indicates those plugs are
experiencing an unusually high rate of cracked ceramic insulators.
Cracked insulators can cause detonation problems that can result in
severe engine damage. TAT says it's aware of at least two forced
landings and one non-injury accident that may have been caused by the
damaged spark plugs. TAT President George Braly said that while the
initial MSB applies only to turbonormalized Cirruses, TAT systems have
been installed in other aircraft types and anyone with a TAT system
should check their aircraft's plugs. More...
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LICENSE MEDICAL EXPANSION PROPOSED
EAA and AOPA are jointly
proposing a plan to the FAA to allow so-called "driver's license
medicals" to be used for some pilots who now must maintain a minimum
third-class medical. In a joint announcement at AOPA Summit on Saturday,
AOPA President Craig Fuller and EAA President Rod Hightower said the
proposal will be submitted early next year and will allow pilots flying
purely for recreation to use a valid driver's license as proof of
medical fitness. The standard, which now applies only to sport pilot
certificates, would expand to cover all FAA certificates up to and
including ATP. There would be limits, however, on the aircraft that
could be flown and on flight conditions. More...
Sebring Regional Airport
Hosts U.S. Sport Aviation Expo!
The LSA show is January 19-22, 2012
features conventional aircraft, kitplanes, powered parachutes, trikes,
gyros, amphibians, and innovative designs such as electrically powered
aircraft 150+ aircraft on display. If it exists in the
recreational aviation market, it will be at Expo! Over 12,500 aviation
enthusiasts attended last year for demonstration flights, EAA forums,
and what's new in the LSA market.
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DROP-IN REPLACEMENT: CLARIFICATION
story last week about the Unleaded Avgas Transition team's
deliberations, we reported that the committee increasingly believes a
direct drop-in unleaded replacement isn't likely. But one reader wrote
to ask about the recently approved 100VLL, which the FAA announced as an
approved fuel in SAIB NE-11-55. Isn't this a direct drop-in? Yes, it is,
but it's also not an unleaded fuel, but one that contains about 19
percent less lead than 100LL. It still meets exactly the same octane
requirements as 100LL and fits right into ASTM D-910, the current
industry avgas specification. The 100VLL spec was developed at the
request of industry groups as a potential alternative to 100LL for use
in areas where airports may represent point sources of lead emissions
that exceed emerging national air quality standards. Until the EPA
completes its research on lead endangerment, it's unclear if 100VLL will
have any role in future fuel supplies. More...
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SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT DOWN
All 19 people aboard a sightseeing
flight returning from Mt. Everest died when the Buddha Air Beech 1900D
they were on crashed on approach to Tribhuvan International Airport in
Kathmandu. The aircraft clipped a hilltop house in heavy rain and fog
about six miles from the airport. There were at least two Americans on
board. One person survived the crash but died later in hospital. The
crash has prompted comment in some quarters about the safety standards
for Nepalese carriers, but according to the airline's website, Buddha Air
operates one of the most modern fleets in that part of the world.
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CHINA -- LAND OF GA OPPORTUNITY?
We've been hearing a lot
about how China will be the next big thing in general aviation but it's
still in its infancy. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with
Yinjie Zhang of AOPA China about the realities and the
possibilities at AOPA Summit in Hartford. More...
CANADIAN AIR MUSEUM FIGHTS FOR ITS LIFE
Air and Space Museum got an eviction notice from an arm of the Canadian
federal government last week and has abruptly closed, calling into
question the future of a priceless collection of artifacts and archives,
not to mention the building itself, the original de Havilland Canada
factory and birthplace of such iconic aircraft as the Beaver, Otter and
Twin Otter. The Crown corporation that runs the site has made a deal
with a private developer to put up four hockey rinks on the site.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Ian McDougall, the volunteer
chairman of the museum (who also loves hockey) about the fight that is
about to ensue. More...
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BRISTELL LSA MAKES ITS DEBUT
AVweb found a new LSA at AOPA Summit last week.
It's called the Bristell, and its main selling point is a super-wide
cabin. Here's Mary Grady's video report on the new model.
OF THE WEEK: ATLANTIC AVIATION (KGPT, GULFPORT,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Atlantic Aviation at Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport (KGPT) in Gulfport,
AVweb reader John Hunt gave this
location a stellar recommendation:
Incredible service! You would think I was pulling up in a G450
the way they treated us. We were met at the line by two extremely
professional folks with a rental car, all paperwork filed out.
Additionally, when it was time to leave, all my bills were in order, the
plane was fueled, and they returned our rental car. I'd fly out of my
way to use the services of Atlantic at KGPT!
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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