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COALITION SAYS NO IMMEDIATE THREAT TO SUPPLY
say avgas will continue to be available despite an escalation of Friends
of the Earth's efforts to force the EPA to deal with the last remaining
leaded fuel. "Despite the lawsuit, the near-term availability of leaded
aviation fuel is not threatened in any way," the GA Avgas Coalition said
in a joint statement. "Members of industry, along with the FAA and EPA,
will continue our diligent efforts toward a high-octane unleaded
alternative to leaded avgas, with safety of flight as our foremost
consideration." Friends of the Earth (FOE) filed
a lawsuit against the EPA last week, alleging the agency hasn't
moved quickly enough on a petition filed in 2006 to eliminate leaded
fuel. The Avgas Coalition, which represents all the major GA
associations, suggested FOE is taking a simplistic approach to a complex
problem and also noted that while the suit names the EPA, it's the FAA
that sets aviation fuel standards. "Although EPA is charged with
establishing aircraft emissions standards, it must consult with the FAA
and cannot establish standards that would adversely affect safety," the
coalition said. "If the EPA does set new lead emissions standards for
aircraft, the FAA would have responsibility for implementation and would
have to explore the establishment of new fuel specifications."
100LL EPA LAWSUIT
An environmental group, Friends of
the Earth, is suing the EPA hoping to set regulations for lead emissions
from aircraft engines. AVweb's Glenn Pew speaks with the group's
lawyer, Marianne Engelman Lado. More...
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FLIES NEW CITATION M2
Less than six months since it was
announced, a prototype of Cessna's new eight-place (including two crew)
Citation M2 has successfully flown, Friday, March 9. The timeline was
helped along by the jet's extensive mechanical similarities to the CJ1+,
and pilots will need the same C525 type rating to fly it. There will, of
course, be some differences in training. The roughly $4.2 million M2 has
a maximum cruise of 400 KTAS and a range of 1,300 nautical miles,
according to Cessna, and will reach 41,000 feet in under 25 minutes.
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|Ready for the Future? The FAA's Getting There||back to
FAA MEDICAL FORM TO MOVE ONLINE
The FAA Thursday issued
notice that it intends to discontinue the paper application form used to
apply for FAA medical certification. The agency will on Oct. 1, 2012,
switch to its online FAA Form 8500-8 application, otherwise known as
"FAA MedXpress." That virtual form was introduced in 2007 and "has
evolved considerably, streamlining FAA medical certification into a much
more efficient and seamless process," says the FAA. Within that framing,
the paper form many pilots are used to has been deemed redundant and
obsolete, and it will be going away this fall. More...
SEEKING COMMENT ON UAS (DRONE) TEST SITES
The FAA plans to
identify six test ranges "to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)
in to the National Airspace System" and it is seeking pilot input. The
FAA says it will also host webinars for further exchange of information
between the agency and the public. The sites will be used to help
develop certification standards and traffic requirements for unmanned
flight operations applicable to both civil and public unmanned systems.
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ACTIONS, MULTIPLE STCs CITED IN SKYMASTER CRASH
The NTSB says
a high-speed pitch-up "consistent with an ostentatious display" snapped
the wing of a Cessna 337 and resulted in the deaths of all five people
onboard at Farmingdale, N.J., on Feb. 15, 2010. The board also said data recovered from the Skymaster's GPS
showed the aircraft was going about 160 knots when witnesses reported it
pitched up steeply. The aircraft was placarded with a maximum
maneuvering speed of 135 knots. But while the pilot's "failure to adhere
to the airplane's operating limitations" was the official cause of the
crash, the NTSB also said a lack of oversight by the FAA on the
interaction of multiple STCs on the crash plane may have played a role.
WALKER MISSED TRANSFER CUE: NTSB
The NTSB says pilots
involved in the fatal
fall of a wing walker at an airshow in Michigan last August both
told them he mistimed his transfer from a biplane to a helicopter. Todd
Green died after falling about 150 feet during his routine at the
Selfridge Air Force Base airshow on Aug. 21. He was trying to transfer
from the wing of a Stearman to the skid of a Hughes 269C helicopter when
he fell. According to the pilots' testimony to the NTSB, Green tried to
make the transfer before the helicopter was in position and before being
given the cue to make the move. More...
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SOOTHES AIRBUS FEARS
The Chinese government says the
country's airlines are free to choose the airliners they need despite
suggestions by Airbus that they might be discouraged from buying the
European products. Last week Airbus said it was afraid the burgeoning
Chinese market would shun its products to protest the European Union's
new carbon tax on foreign carriers serving Europe. China is one of 27
countries, including the U.S. and Canada, who have loudly protested the
tax. But China's government says there's no mix of politics and business
in this case. More...
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ATTENDANT'S ALLEGED SCREAMING INCIDENT CAUGHT ON TAPE
flight attendant on American Airlines flight 2332, a loaded MD-80 out of
Dallas for Chicago Friday morning, launched into an intense tirade that
culminated in her being restrained and the aircraft returning to the
gate. As the event unfolded, the flight attendant's agitation grew until
she was being held down and screaming "Get outta the plane! Get outta
the plane!" Click
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ROTAX'S NEW 912IS
This week, Rotax
rolled out its new 912iS light aircraft engine at its Gunskirchen,
Austria factory. AVweb was there, and here's a full video report
on the new engine, which features dual electronic fuel injection, dual
ignition, and power options. The engine will be ready for volume
shipments as early as May of 2012. More...
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OF THE WEEK: CAPE AVIATION (CAPE GIRARDEAU,
AVweb reader Ed Abrams received
outstanding service on his visit to our latest "FBO of the Week"
Cape Aviation at Cape Girardeau Regional
Airport (CGI) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri:
We diverted to this airport because of the
weather. Winds were 220 at 23 gusting to 36 on landing. Line crew came
out and tied the plane down before we got out of the plane, then loaned
us a courtesy car for the night to get to the hotel. When we arrived at
the airport the following morning, they brought the plane into the
hangar to deice. Line crew also cleaned the windows after
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next Monday! More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
MARCH 12, 2012
Letter of the Week: Of Glass and
Regarding the safety
analysis of glass vs. steam panels: As an examiner for general
aviation pilot certification, I get to see a multitude of different
setups in many cockpits, from all analog instruments with simple radios
to Garmin 430/530 multifunctional displays and the full glass panels of
G1000 and such. There is no question in my mind that situational
awareness information at your fingertips plus weather pictures with
continual updates are far superior to what we used to have just
our minds for the total picture and flight service for oral updates and
the few airplanes with radar to show in a narrow band what is in front
However, having said all this, I find that many private
pilots (as well as some instrument rating applicants) have little
knowledge and understanding of how to fly their aircraft on pitch
attitudes, power settings, and trim. It's a constant chase of airspeed,
power settings that never stay at one place, and trim wheels that keep
Given that analog instruments give us a rate of
change that is easier to interpret than the displays on glass panels
hence the vector noodles and rate of change arrows I would
lay the problem at our flight instructors' feet to teach our students
how to fly our aircraft on pitch, power, and trim! It is so much easier
and gets the pilots' heads outside the cockpit, where [they] need to
Click through to read the
rest of this week's letters. More...
A few years ago, during the Annual Air
Spectacular at a usually very quiet Baldonnel Military Air
ATC (to US military Grumman A10 Warthog on
finals for a fly-by and demo) :
crossing the active runway."
"Do you want me to take him out?"
Paddy Kilduff More...
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