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|Shifting Landscape Moves Data Away from Pilots||back to
TO CHARGE COMPANIES FOR ONLINE CHARTS, NO ACCESS FOR
The days of inexpensive navigation and chart apps
for your mobile devices appear to be numbered with the FAA's
announcement that it will begin charging for downloads that were
previously free starting April 5, 2012. A story in the December issue of
our sister publication Aviation Consumer says the Aeronautical Navigational Products Directorate
(Aeronav), which currently makes the latest charts and other
navigational products available online for free, says it has to recover
the costs associated with developing and hosting the products. That
means charging fees to companies for those downloads and no longer
allowing individuals access them at all. As of April 5, only those with
distribution contracts with Aeronav will be able to download the data.
The most noticeable impact will likely be on the small but increasingly
popular industry segment (like ForeFlight and WingX) that develops
flight-related apps for iPads and other consumer electronics. It will
also have an impact on websites like RunwayFinder that use the data for
their online products, some of which are currently available for free.
How much impact isn't known because the FAA hasn't announced what it
intends to charge for the data. Affected companies have been invited to
a meeting Dec. 13 in Washington to hear details of the FAA's proposal
and offer input to the final pricing structure and the distribution
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ACTS ON UNCOMMANDED INFLIGHT ENGINE SHUTDOWNS
The FAA plans
to impose mandatory fixes for nearly 700 GE turbofan engines Monday
because the engines are unacceptably prone to uncommanded inflight
shutdown due to ice and a 2007 fix didn't work. Government and industry
experts have documented single or dual-engine shutdowns of GE's popular
CF6-80C2B engines on more than 100 Boeing and Airbus jets from the
mid-1990s through 2008, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The
figures far exceed the expected inflight single-aircraft,
multiple-engine shutdown rate of about one in one billion. Following the
FAA directive issued in 2007, at least 10 uncommanded inflight shutdowns
have been reported. On Monday, the FAA will formally propose a new fix.
WITNESS FAILURE, ATC NOTIFIES PILOTS
On March 3, 2011, a Dash
8 operated by Flybe between Exeter and Newcastle, UK, dropped a right
main wheel on takeoff right in front of window-seated passengers, but it
was Air Traffic Control that notified the crew, according to an AAIB
report. The precise chronology of the event is not known, but passengers
seated next to the high-wing's landing gear clearly saw the wheel fall
shortly after takeoff. Tower controllers also witnessed something fall
from the aircraft and alerted the pilot. The pilot then directed cabin
crew to investigate. At that time passengers told the senior flight
attendant what they'd seen. With confirmation, the pilot issued a
Mayday, turned back to Exeter and prepared for landing while at least
one passenger took pictures of the landing gear. More...
IMPLICATES CONTROL SYSTEM IN A330 DIVE
Transport Safety Bureau stated that pilots flying a loaded Airbus A330
from Singapore to Perth Tuesday received system messages about the jet's
elevator control system before the jet violently pitched over, injuring
74 passengers of 313 passengers and crew. According to the ATSB's Julian
Walsh, an "irregularity" in the system affected the aircraft's elevator
control. The flight's pilots say they received messages in the cockpit
that something was wrong with the system. (Those messages presumably
came from the aircraft's own systems but that point has not yet been
made clear by investigators.) Then, while cruising at 37,000 feet, the
jet pitched up, climbed 300 feet and sharply nosed over. After recovery,
the aircraft dove again. More...
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CHANGES, ECONOMY KILL AIRBUS A340
Production of the Airbus
A340 four-engine commercial jetliner has ended, making it Airbus'
shortest-lived production model. The aircraft entered service in
1993, but soon began losing favor with carriers due to the economic
factors associated with feeding fuel to and maintaining four engines.
Demand for the A340 also took a major hit with the expansion of extended
operations or ETOPS. As regulators increased the amount of time
twin-engine aircraft were allowed to fly away from suitable landing
sites under more lenient ETOPS regulations, four-engine aircraft
lost a key competitive edge. And, Thursday, Airbus confirmed that it had
sold zero A340s over the past two years. Meanwhile, some twin-engine
jets from competing manufactures have done quite well.
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RUTAN'S NEXT PROJECT
It's just natural to adapt to one's
environment and when you're Burt Rutan in Idaho with too much time on
your hands, that means designing an airplane to take advantage of the
circumstances. "Going out and exploring little lakes and rivers in a
STOL seaplane is a fantasy, I think, for a pilot," the legendary
designer told EAA. "So having something that would be a
high-speed boat, a very efficient boat for Lake Coeur d'Alene, and then
convert into a seaplane to go to the rivers and small lakes and
elsewhere is what I'm trying to do." Rutan admitted he's bored since
retiring earlier this year from Scaled Composites, the Mojave-based
aircraft and spacecraft design company he founded. And if Rutan's
inspiration for what he calls 372-3 is any indication, this could be one
of his most innovative designs yet. More...
FUND DEADLINE DEC. 15
Deadline for proposals for the Wolf
Aviation Fund is coming up Dec. 15 and organizers are urging those
with project ideas to get cracking on their applications. The idea of
the Wolf Fund is to provide small grants to folks who have ideas that
foster and promote GA. In the past, grants have been awarded for
everything from helping disadvantaged youth in Alaska learn about
building airplanes to encouraging Chinese women to learn to fly. The
application process isn't complicated or necessarily time-consuming but
there are things applicants need to know, so the first step is reading
that page. More...
Legal Aspects of Leasing and
to be Debated in the Middle East
The successful Legal Aviation Workshop (LAW) on Aircraft Leasing and
is returning to Dubai in 2012 in order to address legal
issues and answer critical questions. The workshop will cover themes
such as Principles of Contract Law, Operating Leases ("Dry"),
Aircraft Finance, Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance
("Wet") Leases, and Aviation Insurance. A practical exercise
is included in order for the participants to debate the results of the
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ON PLANES? MAYBE
Whether it's all just a publicity stunt or
it's been Michael O'Leary's dirty little secret, the flamboyant owner of
Ryanair certainly knows how to stimulate headline writers. The Irish
entrepreneur's latest media bombshell is the suggestion that his
no-frills airliners stream, among other things, porn to the handheld
devices of passengers. He's also thinking about games, gambling and more
wholesome fare like movies but it's the prospect of catching a glimpse
of something creating heat besides the engines that has tweaked the
Times, titillated the Telegraph and seared the Sun. "I'm not talking
about having it on screens on the back of seats for everyone to see," he
told the Sun. "It would be on handheld devices. Hotels around the world
have it, so why wouldn't we?" Perhaps the Sun reporter didn't mention
that hotels have doors with locks on them, too, but the problem with
quoting O'Leary is that it's impossible to tell when he's serious.
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SHOPPING FOR A USED AIRPLANE WITH A ROTAX?
As LSAs make more
inroads in new airplane sales, they're also coming up on the used
market. The Rotax 912 and 914 have proven to be reliable, durable
engines, but they have a couple of tender spots. For one, they don't
like to be overheated and if run on fuel that's of too-low octane, they
can detonate, leading to crankshaft issues. In this podcast, Dean
Vogel of Lockwood Aviation Supply tells Aviation Consumer's
Paul Bertorelli what to look for when asking for a pre-buy on a
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NOVEMBER 14, 2011
Letter of the Week: Laser Tag
was on approach to Ontario, Canada one night in a Pilatus PC-12 with all
the lights on. For those of you that have never seen a PC-12 with all
the various lights on, it is a wondrous sight. From the ground, I'm sure
that a non-aviation person would mistake it for a much larger
Shortly after turning final, I was hit by an intense
light. I immediately reported it to the tower, and, as luck would have
it, there was an Ontario PD helicopter flying close by in contact with
the tower. The tower relayed the location of the light to them, and they
raced off to look for the source. To me, this is a perfect example of
how serious the authorities take this very real threat. I'm happy that
the FAA takes
this problem seriously and know that the more the public knows about
the threat, the better off we will be.
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PREMIER EDITION DIAMOND DA40 FLIGHT TRIAL
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JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 1)
summer, Jeppesen rolled out its iPad-based Mobile FliteDeck, a complete
chart manager system for owners who already subscribe to Jeppesen's
electronic charting products. In this video, AVweb launches the
first of three Product Minutes to review the new app. More...
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OF THE WEEK: YELVINGTON JET AVIATION, INC. (DAYTONA BEACH,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Yelvington Jet Aviation
Inc. at Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB) in Daytona
AVweb reader Dave Gillespie
nominated the FBO and shared his outstanding experience if memory of the
FBO's manager, Mike Fuller:
We landed our helicopter and were met by a beautiful young lady
marshaller, then picked up by FBO manager Mike Fuller and
delivered to the front door to a waiting Suburban, whereupon we were
given an escort around the airport to the entry gate by two Daytona
Beach motorcycle policmen! We were even given a cell to call for our
return trip. Mike's courteous and exceptional service was the best I've
ever seen in over 35 years flying. He will be missed. He was
unfortunatly killed last weekend in a T-34 accident. The FBO community
and aviation as a whole has lost one of the best. Godspeed,
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...
I heard this going into Los Angeles International
Airport on SoCal approach
"Airliner 123, turn right,
heading 180, for spacing."
180. Airliner 123. What's up?"
computers have the ability to suggest a specific vector to help us get
the required spacing. So the computer says you gotta go south for a
"Oh. Well, our computer says that
direct to the airport for the visual will work."
"Yeah, but my computer trumps your
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