TO INVESTIGATE AIRSHOW SAFETY
The NTSB will hold a hearing
next month to gather information about the safety of air races and
airshows, the board said on Friday. During a one-day meeting on Jan. 10,
the board will hear from regulators, aviation organizations, industry
groups, and airport authorities to learn about safety practices,
procedures and protocols. The board also will gather information about
the safety regulations and oversight in the planning and execution of
these events. In September, a pilot and 10 spectators were killed in an
accident at the Reno Air Races, and several performers died in U.S.
airshow accidents over the last season. More...
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|Ambitious FAA Grapples with Safety, Privacy
AIMS TO CUT COMMERCIAL ACCIDENTS BY HALF
The FAA's Commercial
Aviation Safety Team said last week it will expand its proactive
accident-reduction efforts with the goal of cutting the already-low
fatality rate in U.S. commercial aviation 50 percent by 2025. The team
also will start to include general aviation, helicopter operators, and
the military in its programs. In addition to analyzing past accidents
and their causes, CAST works to collect data on current aviation
operations and incidents to identify emerging and changing risks and
prevent accidents. More...
MISSES DEADLINE ON FATIGUE RULES
Another deadline passed
Wednesday without the FAA acting to finalize new rules aimed at pilot
fatigue, and that brought ire from family members of the victims of
Continental Flight 3407. The concerned parties have organized into the
Families of Continental Flight 3407, an action group formed in
remembrance of relatives lost to that
2009 crash, and to see through what they believe are necessary
preventive changes in regulation. The FAA's original deadline for the
pilot fatigue rules was Aug. 1. It was later moved to Nov. 30. The
agency says it is "working aggressively" to complete the new final
version of the fatigue rules "as well as separate rules that address
pilot qualifications and training." The agency has met organized
opposition in the past. Comments from one of the family members suggest
he believes there may be more corrupt motives in the mix.
The FAA announced Friday that it will no longer
require operators to provide a valid security concern -- or any other
requirement -- to participate in a specific program that prevents IFR
flight information from being displayed online. Those who want to enroll
aircraft in the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program for
the sake of privacy, or any other reason, may now do so simply by
properly asking. The National Business Aviation Association,
Experimental Aircraft Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association all fought for that outcome and welcomed the change.
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BLOCK SAFETY RULE CHANGE
Pilot unions concerned that
international safety standards are lacking when it comes to regulation
of lithium batteries have (at least temporarily) lost out to industry
and foreign government interests. A deal struck as part of the talks on
long-term funding for the FAA blocks new battery shipment rules proposed
by the Obama administration and reverts to what the pilot unions believe
are inadequate international standards. Industries that ship products
containing lithium batteries supported the provision that blocks the new
rules. Top figures at both the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and
the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have voiced clear concern.
ADDS INSPECTIONS FOR AGING AIRCRAFT
Cessna has launched an
initiative to educate owners about new required inspections for the
145,000 single-engine aircraft in the 100- and 200-series that were
built between 1946 and 1986. The supplemental procedures will be added
into the service manuals this month for aircraft in the 100 series and
in April for the 200 series. The added inspections mainly require checks
of areas where corrosion and fatigue damage can occur. "The new
inspection requirements we've developed are very simple, and are based
on visual inspection that can be done quickly by a trained inspector
during an annual inspection," said Beth Gamble, Cessna's principal
engineer for airframe structures. More...
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For more than 25 years, operators have relied on the Caravan
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payload capabilities from its 675-horsepower engine. And when you
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FORCE CUTS BACK ON DEMO FLIGHTS
The U.S. Air Force will scale
back single-ship demo flights for next year's airshow season, the Air
Combat Command announced last week. "We face significant fiscal
constraints," the ACC said in a statement (PDF). Those constraints require "tough decisions,"
and the ACC said it will scale back from sponsoring six single-ship demo
teams to just one. The F-22 demo team will perform at up to 20 events.
The A-10, F-16, and F-15 demos will not fly. The Air Force will continue
to support a full season for the Thunderbirds airshow team.
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FUNDS BIOFUEL PUSH
The FAA will award $7.7 million to eight
companies developing alternative fuels (biofuel), the agency announced
Thursday, seeking a test product by next year. The companies will
receive guidance from the FAA to develop an approved drop-in jet fuel
alternative derived from sustainable sources for use in current systems
and current infrastructure. Source matter will include alcohols,
biomass, sugars and organic oils. The contracts themselves direct the
companies to research quality control and long-term mechanical effects
of burning biofuels in jet engines. Biofuel has already helped drive
airliners and passengers across the United States as part of
traditional/biofuel blends. Feasibility is one thing. Affordability and
profitability wield their influence in the far more important arena of
practical application, where real challenges remain. More...
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JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 1)
summer, Jeppesen rolled out its iPad-based Mobile FliteDeck, a complete
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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...
JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 3)
Jeppesen has switched strongly to delivery of charts
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heavy lifting. In this video, the final of three, AVweb's Paul
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PROPOSED MEDICAL CHANGES -- THE IMPACT ON LSA
EAA and AOPA
are working to craft a proposal to the FAA that would expand the
aircraft models available to those who want to fly without a third class
medical. How will that affect the LSA industry? AVweb's Mary
Grady talks with Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft
Manufacturers Association (LAMA), to find out.
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OF THE WEEK: U.S. AVIATION (KDTO, DENTON, TX)
AVweb reader Ron Huckins has our latest
top-notch FBO recommendation this week -- U.S.
Aviation at Denton Municipal Airport (KDTO) in Denton, Texas.
Ron recently made the switch to USA. for his regular trips to the area
and was surprised to discover that he's been missing out on a great
I have been traveling to
Denton, Texas from Wichita, Kansas about two to three times a month! I
had been using the other FBO until I found out that U.S. Aviation has
better service and excellent 100LL fuel prices at full service
cheaper than the other FBO that is self-service! [U.S.] even offered to
hangar my "old dog" 1958 Cessna 310 at no charge.
And this will be important again when I fly my 1951
Cessna 195 that is polished and would like it in a hangar. Darren, the
line manager, was there late on Sunday afternoon working for one of his
crew that called in sick! Now is that not a great guy to work with?!
Even had decent prices on rental cars and if you are a Hertz Gold
Member, it is even better! Thanks, U.S. Aviation at Denton! I will be
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Realizing that I had not practiced an engine-out
approach in too long, I decided to "fail" my Lycoming while doing
touch-and-goes at Jacksonville's Herlong
"Cherokee 69T. Simulated engine-out and
[After a few moments, I saw that I would be
"Cherokee 69T again,
simulating getting my engine back on!"
(The next try was
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