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|AVflash! User Fee Battle Lands at the
OPPOSE USER FEE
Opposition to a $100-per-operation user fee
for business and commercial aircraft continues to mount among lawmakers.
Last week, Republican members of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee sent a letter to the Congressional Joint
Committee on Deficit Reduction saying the fee proposed by the
administration is arbitrary and could hurt the aviation industry. "The
president's proposed $100 per flight fee is an arbitrary number with no
basis for its establishment," John Mica, R-Fla., said in the letter to
deficit reduction committee. He said the current method of taxing
aviation through fuel consumption is efficient and should be maintained.
The National Business Aviation Association heartily endorsed Mica's
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FRANCE 447 FINAL WORDS TRANSCRIPT LEAK
A book titled "Erreurs
de Pilotage" (Pilot Error) by French flight instructor Jean-Pierre
Otelli provides a transcript of the last two minutes captured by Air
France Flight 447's cockpit voice recorder, as the jet crashed at night
into the ocean off Brazil in June, 2009, killing all 228 aboard. The BEA
says disclosure of the transcript is a violation of European regulations
and is also ethically improper. "Any attempt at interpretation at this
stage is partial," the BEA said as part of a statement that also warned
that the disclosure could be "harmful to all concerned." Air France has
called the newly published information "unverifiable" and says it
"impairs the memory of the crew and passengers who lost their lives." At
this time, the information is widely available from numerous sources.
AVweb has made some of it available after the jump.
AA JACKSON HOLE OVERRUN TRANSCRIPT RELEASED
appeared to show that the thrust reversers of American Airlines Flight
2253 were slow to deploy before the 757-200 slid off the runway at
Jackson Hole Wyoming last December -- now we know the crew thought so,
too. The NTSB Friday released a transcript of the flight's cockpit voice
recorder. The airliner had touched down safely under a 1,000 foot
overcast with a broken layer at 400 and 3/4 mile visibility in light
snow. At the moment the wheels touched, the flight's captain said "very
good." Twenty-seven seconds later, the first officer (who had flown the
landing) expressed his opinion of how events had developed since then by
stating, "we're screwed." He then told the tower why: "and American ah
twenty two fifty three is goin' off the end of the runway."
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CARDS USELESS IN RENO CRASH PROBE
Video memory cards and
equipment recovered from the wreckage of Jimmy Leeward's P-51 at the
National Championship Air Races last month in Reno were too badly
damaged to be of any help in the investigation of the crash, the NTSB
said Friday. However, a card retrieved from flight data equipment and
telemetry received by the ground crew of the Galloping Ghost are still
being examined as investigators piece together the five seconds between
a normal home-stretch pylon turn and a high-speed dive that ended with a
horrific crash that killed 11, including Leeward, and injured scores of
others. "NTSB investigators continue to review the dozens of videos and
hundreds of photographs provided to them by spectators at the air race,"
the board said in a news release. More...
INTERNAL EMAILS IN COLGAN CRASH TROUBLING
A lawyer for
families of those killed in the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight
3407 says that the carrier's internal emails prove it "chose profit over
safety." The Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 crash killed 50, after the aircraft
stalled at night in freezing conditions over Clarence Center, N.Y.
Colgan emails sent between supervisors six months prior to the crash
include exchanges about the man who would later fly as captain of the
accident aircraft, Marvin D. Renslow. "Renslow had a problem upgrading,"
states one supervisor. Another adds, "Anyone that does not meet the mins
and had problems in training is not ready to handle the Q." A response
to that email states, "He is already off the list." Attorneys for the
families say Renslow was promoted one month later. The crash came five
months after that. Colgan is standing by its actions. More...
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CAN DELETE CHARTS, PLATES
Those who use iPads for charts and
approach plates are advised to pre-flight their devices before counting
on them for navigation, thanks to Apple's latest operating system
upgrade. iOS5 includes a file management feature that might be handy if
you're downloading a movie, but could be inconvenient at the very least
if it messes with your navigation-app databases. In an explanation on its website, flight-planning app
provider ForeFlight says iOS5 will randomly delete data to make room for
new files and that could include your charts and approach plates. The
iPad does display a "cleaning" symbol by the app icon that it's busily
deleting data from but that can be easy to miss. ForeFlight recommends
several strategies to keep you from discovering that the latest
Transformers has pre-empted the information you now need for your
COMPOSITE DIAMOND FLEET RAVAGED BY HAIL
A hail event at Murfreesboro Municipal
Airport may have damaged up to 22 of 25 Diamond trainers operated by
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and left the school's entire
fleet grounded, temporarily putting a stop to flight instruction for
hundreds of students. MTSU has roughly 400 students studying in its
professional pilot concentrations and it operates one of the largest
fleets of Diamond trainers in the country. Diamond is sending experts
from Canada to inspect potentially hidden (and apparent) physical damage
to the Diamonds' composite skins. Dr. Wayne Dornan, chairman of the
school's Aerospace Department, told AVweb
Thursday that the
DA-40s operated by MTSU carry glass cockpits, some with synthetic
vision, and cost roughly $365,000 each, new. MTSU's aircraft weren't the
only ones to suffer. The airport was hosting a regional competition and
aircraft from other schools were also damaged. More...
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OCTOBER 24, 2011
Letter of the Week: Single-Engine Jets
blog about the future of Piper's jet: Single-engine jets? Heaven
forbid! Why, for that much money, you can have a
In my worthless opinion, it's all about cabin
comfort and access to the technology at a price that the potential buyer
can afford. In an age in which people (albeit fewer than in the
industry's heyday) are willing to pony up three quarters of a million
dollars for an unpressurized high performance single, there's a real
market out there for a low-seven-figure "personal" aircraft that is
pressurized, can fly above much of the worst weather, has enough speed
and range to cover half of the country in one hop and is
Arguably, jet engines are the most reliable
component of a jet aircraft (the avionics companies would do most of the
arguing). They're also unarguably the most expensive component.
Single-engine jets are defensible, rational, and cost-efficient. (Ask
the USAF.) This is a market niche that is just begging to be filled if
the product is compelling. So far, Cirrus is the only product that looks
like a winner.
Click through to read
the full letter and others from our readers. More...
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helping airlines to select the best pilots and advising job seekers on
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OF THE WEEK: KISSIMMEE JET CENTER (KISM, FLORIDA)
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
a location that's had the honor in the past Kissimmee Jet Center at Kissimmee Gateway
Airport (KISM) in Florida.
AVweb reader John Wilson
explains why KJC is his destination of choice:
Small and friendly with service and prices
that can't be beat, Kissimmee Jet Center is our spot when in the Orlando
area! We call ahead, our rental car is sitting at a pre-assigned tiedown
spot, [and] a staff member is right there to get us on our way. ...
[When we return, it's] to a plane fueled with the lowest-cost gas
around. How much better can you get?
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...
My son and I took advantage of a beautiful
October day to fly to Blairstown, New Jersey and catch the fall foliage.
Sipping a Coke and watching the arrivals and departures, we saw a bright
orange Grumman Tiger taxi in. From it emerged a man and a woman; the
woman seemed to be carrying a big fur hat in her arms. As they
approached, I realized it was a cat!
your cat flying?"
The Woman from the Tiger:
she loves it."
I shook my head in amazement.
Woman from the Tiger:
"And she's not just a cat she's a
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