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|AVflash! Phoenix Crash Draws Attention to
REDESIGN FACTOR IN CRASH?
he Thanksgiving Eve
crash of a Turbo Commander near Phoenix could reignite debate over a
controversial 2007 airspace redesign that substantially changed
procedures for VFR aircraft flying in the area of the crash. To make
more room for airliners approaching Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the FAA
lowered the floor of the Class B airspace east of Phoenix from 8,000
feet to 5,000 feet and extended it to 25 miles from the airport. The
edge of that zone is within two miles of the Superstition Mountains
where the Turbo Commander hit a cliff on a mountain that rises to about
5,000 feet Wednesday, killing all six people aboard, including three
children. Although the NTSB is nowhere near to establishing a cause for
Wednesday's crash, the airspace changes were called "overly complex" and
the area of the Superstition Mountains was specifically mentioned in a
2006 letter from AOPA (PDF) to the FAA recommending major changes to the
proposed airspace redesign. More...
EVE CRASH CLAIMS SIX
The pilot of a Turbo Commander that hit
a cliff near Phoenix Thursday was an acknowledged expert on the type and
familiar with the area. Shawn Perry, his three children Morgan, 9,
Logan, 8 and Luke, 6, and Perry's colleagues at Ponderosa Aviation,
Russell Hardy, 31 and Joseph Hardwick, 22, died when their AC690
aircraft hit a cliff about 400 feet below a ridge in the Superstition
Mountains Wednesday evening. Local media report that Perry picked up the
children in Mesa from his ex-wife and was taking them to his home in
Safford, in the southeastern part of the state, for Thanksgiving. The
aircraft exploded on impact and started a brush fire. More...
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|Are You Ready for ADS-B? Is the FAA? Is Anyone?||back to
ON ADS-B MANDATE
The FAA requires that you fly with ADS-B Out
by 2020, but one member of a rulemaking committee last week told
AVweb he expects many pilots and operators will opt to also equip
with ADS-B In (which is not mandated) within the next few years.
FreeFlight Systems' president and CEO, Tim Taylor, confirmed that the
aviation rulemaking committee (formed by the FAA to examine all aspects
of ADS-B In) found that the FAA had not yet made a valid business case
to mandate ADS-B In. But Taylor believes benefits provided by ADS-B In,
its availability and the mandate for ADS-B Out will drive roughly 40
percent of the flying community to equip for both parts of the system as
early as 2014. More...
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|Rossy: Another Day, Another Mind-Blowing
ROSSY MEETS TED AND FORMS UP WITH JET TEAM (VIDEO)
TED, a nonprofit
"devoted to ideas worth spreading," has released a video interview of
JetMan Yves Rossy, and Rossy himself has generated yet another flight
video after joining with two Breitling Jet Team L-39C Albatros jets for
a formation flight. Where the new formation video showcases Rossy's
in-flight control, the TED video helps to explain it. Rossy flies
strapped to a two-meter wing powered by four microturbines. The engines
together generate roughly 200 pounds of thrust and burn their entire
fuel supply in less than ten minutes. The wing has no control surfaces.
The TED video also provides candid insight into Rossy's failed attempt
to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. The 52-year-old pilot has successfully
flown his rig cross the English Channel and a section of the Grand
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|An Ounce of Legislation Is Worth a Pound of
BAGGAGE LEGISLATION FACES BLOWBACK
Senator Mary Landrieu,
D-La., appears to be taking some heat from online commenters after
introducing legislation that would prohibit airlines from charging a fee
for a passenger's first checked bag. The proposed legislation is called
the Airline Passenger BASICS, or Basic Airline Standards to Improve
Customer Satisfaction Act. Among other things, it would require airlines
to tell passengers -- prior to their arrival at the airport -- about
potential fees and any restrictions on weight size and number of bags.
It would also prohibit fees for carry-on bags below a certain size. DOT
statistics show that baggage fees account for about $7.7 billion in net
earnings for airlines. Subtracting that figure would have amounted to a
multibillion loss for airlines through most of the past three years.
While there are some practical arguments for the legislation, some
people have responded negatively. More...
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LIFE FOR OLD TWIN OTTERS
There is new life available for old
Twin Otters in the form of an STC obtained by a California aircraft
modification company. IKHANA Aircraft Services at Van Nuys has received
FAA approval to remanufacture the fuselages of timed-out DHC-6-100, 200
and 300 aircraft. Twin Otters, which were built in Toronto from 1965 to
1988, are among the hardest-working types in their category, and many
have reached or are getting close to the 66,000-hour/132,000-cycle life
limit. IKHANA's program zero times an existing fuselage and gives it
another full life limit. "This is not a standard aircraft refurbishment
but an option for re-creating value by remanufacturing a previously
timed out asset," the company said in a news release. As we
reported in 2008, demand for Twin Otters is such that Viking Air, of
Victoria, B.C., has resumed production under the original type
ADDRESSES TCM TURBO ENGINE PROBLEMS
Owners of certain new and
rebuilt turbocharger-equipped Continental 520 and 550 series engines
should be aware of a mandatory service bulletin (PDF)
issued last week that will ground some airplanes immediately. There have
been five instances where the starter adapter on engines produced since
the beginning of 2011 have failed due to misalignment of parts within
the adapter. Failure of the part causes the engine to ship all its oil
overboard followed by catastrophic engine failure. More...
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DROP ABORTED, "PILOT" VOWS RETURN
Thanksgiving feels like the
right time to confirm that the town of Yellville, Arkansas, this year
did break with tradition and did not punctuate its October Turkey Trot
Festival by dropping live turkeys from an airplane ... though it may
next year. According to the Arkansas Times blog, the drop was
effectively discouraged when the FAA promised to send observers and to
enforce FAR 91.15. (The regulation prohibits pilots from
dropping any object from an aircraft that "creates a hazard to persons
or property.") An effort by PETA also offered a $5,000 reward for the
identity of the "phantom pilot" responsible for the drop flight. And so,
the 2011 Yellville Turkey Trot Festival turkey drop didn't happen. Other
popular festival events, the Miss Drumsticks Competition, for example,
went on without a hitch. And the phantom pilot, or someone posing as
that pilot, has vowed to return, according to the Arkansas Times.
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INSIDER BLOG: CESSNA'S SKYCATCHER PRICE HIKE
This one will
cause ripples in the industry because it puts the Skycatcher near the
top of the price tier, which is bound to cause some erosion in the
company's order book. But in his latest post to the AVweb Insider
blog, Paul Bertorelli notes that Cessna's price hike should come as no
surprise. Cessna did essentially the same thing when sales hit the skids
30 years ago, which explains, more than anything else, why Cessna has
remained a profitable aircraft company. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: D. B. COOPER REDUX
Does anybody really care
what happened to D.B. Cooper? Probably not, but today's 40th anniversary
of the hijacking and jump finds continuing speculation. Paul Bertorelli
thought he's chime in, too -- especially given the video reconstruction
pilot skydiver Dan Gryder put together this week. (If you've ever
wondered what $200,000 in small bills looks like, Gryder's will give you
an idea.) Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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OF THE WEEK: LANDMARK AVIATION (KAVL, ASHEVILLE, NORTH
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" is one that
held that honor back
in 2010 -- Landmark Aviation at Asheville Regional Airport
(KAVL) in Asheville, North Carolina.
AVweb reader Edwin
Nass recommended the FBO this time:
The desk and line staff were very friendly
and helpful and attentive to our needs. They offered assistance in the
return of our rental car, getting our luggage to the aircraft, and [in]
securing the aircraft for the duration of our stay.
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...
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HOW'S THAT GLASS PANEL WORKING OUT?
Our sister publication, Aviation
Consumer, is conducting a survey on owner experiences with early
model EFIS systems such as the Garmin G1000 and Avidyne Entegra
installed in OEM aircraft no newer that 2007. The magazine is interested
in finding out how these systems have held up in the field. For this
survey, we're interested only in OEM aircraft, not experimentals or LSAs
and not aftermarket glass. Click here to take the survey. More...
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...
JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 2)
Jeppesen's new Mobile FliteDeck is a route-based app
that compiles approach plates and procedures from Jeppesen's charting
materials. In this video, part two of three, Paul Bertorelli takes a
look at how its route functions work. More...
While working local Control (tower) as a newly
minted Air Force controller in the '60s, I often got requests from local
pilots for practice DF steers, [our location] having one of the last DFs
in the area. The DF console was located on the opposite side of the
tower from Local, and I had a number of T-33s trying to land when the
following exchange occurred:
AF123. Request practice DF steer."
on account of traffic."
"Then how about a real
Of course, I issued the steer.
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