AVwebFlash - Volume 18, Number 35b

August 30, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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FAA: Pilots, How to Use Your Bill of Rights! back to top 
 

FAA Advises Pilots To Protect Rights

Under the recently passed Pilot's Bill of Rights, airmen under investigation by the FAA have the right to request air traffic data such as recordings from control towers and flight service stations, and the FAA said this week it has posted information and links online to facilitate that process. Since air traffic data are stored for only short periods -- usually about 5 to 45 days -- it's important for airmen to submit their request "expeditiously," the FAA said. The FAA website provides details and an email address that airmen can use to make the request.

The FAA notice posted on Tuesday also advises pilots how they should go about asking for the data. "It is important for the individual to provide as much detail as possible regarding the air traffic data being sought," the FAA said. "Such things about the aircraft operation as the local time of day, the heading of the aircraft, and its altitude will increase the chances that the appropriate data can be located, retrieved, preserved, and transmitted in accordance with the requirements of the Pilot's Bill of Rights." The PBR, which became law on Aug. 3, requires the FAA to notify an individual who is the subject of an investigation relating to the approval, denial, suspension, modification or revocation of an airman certificate that he or she is entitled to access or otherwise obtain air traffic data. However, the FAA said it may delay in providing such notification if it is determined that such notification "may threaten the integrity of an investigation."

 
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Electronics and Passengers back to top 
 

FAA To Study Electronics Use Aloft

The FAA said on Monday it will form a working group to study whether it might be OK to allow airline passengers to use personal electronic devices during flights. "We're looking for information to help air carriers and operators decide if they can allow more widespread use of electronic devices in today's aircraft," said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "We also want solid safety data to make sure tomorrow's aircraft designs are protected from interference." The government-industry group will examine a variety of issues, including the testing methods aircraft operators use to determine which new technologies passengers can safely use aboard aircraft and when they can use them.

The FAA policies regarding passenger devices were first established in the 1960s, the agency said, when studies showed that portable FM receivers could interfere with VOR navigation signals. More recently, the FAA has been concerned about potential interference with fly-by-wire controls and electronic cockpit displays. The FAA provides guidance about the use of the devices, but has left it up to the airlines to set and enforce their own rules. The new working group will be established this fall and will meet for six months, the FAA said. The group is seeking comments (PDF) from aircraft operators, flight crews, passengers and manufacturers of personal electronic devices within the next 60 days. The FAA added that the group will not address the use of cellphones in flight.

 
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A New Way to Fly a C-182 back to top 
 

Pilot To Fly Cessna On Fuel From Melted Plastic

British pilot Jeremy Roswell hopes this November to fly 10,000 miles from Sydney to London in a diesel Cessna 182 burning petroleum fuel processed from waste plastics. The fuel has been developed by Cynar Plc, an Irish company that uses a process called pyrolysis to melt down plastic trash into a petroleum distillate. That product can be separated into various fuels, including a viable aviation fuel, according to the company, which says it has already tested its fuel in cars. Roswell's flight will require more than 1,000 gallons of the fuel to make his flight. And Cynar will require roughly five tons of plastic garbage to make Roswell's fuel. The company says its plastic waste diesel fuel is cleaner than conventional Jet A, its production process is cleaner, still, and it estimates a low cost per gallon in production. That said, it has expressed awareness of some potential limitations.

According to Cynar, its pyrolysis technique, which melts plastics in an anaerobic environment, creates no emissions, and a report published in November 2011 put the cost to produce one gallon of Cyn-Diesel at $1.50. As an aviation fuel, "It'll need testing and trials, but for a diesel engine not going beyond 8,000 feet, it should be fine," Cynar CEO Michael Murray told BusinessGreen.com. Roswell plans to cruise at 5,000 feet, flying roughly 13 hours each day. He will attempt to fit the 10,000-mile trip into a six-day adventure with stops at Darwin, Christmas Island, Sri Lanka, Jordan, and Malta. Roswell told the company his objective is to prove the viability of synthetic fuel made from plastic waste "and by doing so replace the need to use fossil fuels from conventional sources." According to Cynar, there are 26 million tons of plastics feeding U.S. landfills each year, backed by another 15 million tons headed each year to landfills in Europe. Says Murray, "I think [the fuel] can be a viable alternative if the industry adopts diesel-type engines." One plant that already exists in Ireland can process 20 tons of sorted plastics per day, producing 1.5 million gallons of fuel, according to the report titled, "Converting End of Life Plastic into Diesel The Cynar Experience" (PDF).

 
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A Long Way to Fly a J-3 back to top 
 

Cub Pilot Aims To Fly To 48 States

When Jared Calvert, a 25-year-old pilot from Texas, decided to tour the 48 contiguous U.S. states in his Piper Cub early this year, his plan was to not have a plan. "I wanted to take off and just go," he said. After several years of working to restore a Piper J-3 Cub that had been sitting in a barn since 1950, he launched his trip, planning to stay at least one night in each state. But just 19 states into his journey, the Cub engine failed on a climb-out in Ohio, and the airplane hit trees and landed upside-down, a total wreck. Calvert was able to extricate himself from the wreckage and call for help, but the most painful part, he says, was the loss of that unique aircraft. This week, Calvert is back in the air, recovered from his injuries, and resuming his trip with a Cub loaned from a friend.

Calvert said he's bought back the wreckage of the "Barn Cub" from the insurance company, and hopes to someday fly it again. But for now he's on his way to the northern states, then down the West Coast and back to Texas before winter. Calvert spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about his trip, why he's doing it, and what he's learned from the experience; click here to listen to the podcast.

 
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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Week back to top 
 

Survey Shows Costs Limit Flying

An MIT student's grad school thesis, which relied in part on information gathered from AVweb readers, confirms that cost is a major factor in the decline of general aviation activity. It has also revealed something that hasn't shown up in other studies but may be related to economics. In her research, Kamala Shetty, who wrote the thesis as part of her quest for a Masters of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT's International Center for Air Transportation, found that people feel they don't have the time to fly. "An interesting result of the survey that was not clearly evident in the data indicated that available free time has also been a major factor in a ffecting activity levels," Shetty wrote in the thesis. AVweb facilitated the study, which was done under the supervision of Prof. R. John Hansman, by inviting readers to take part in a survey of flight activity and related issues. More than 1,250 AVweb subscribers took part.

The survey also asked our readers to crystal-ball general aviation and their responses hit some familiar themes. "In the responses of the surveyed pilots, increasing costs, increased regulation, lack of public understanding of the role of general aviation, and the declining pilot population stand out as the biggest challenges that general aviation faces," the thesis concludes. Readers also said they'd like less cumbersome regulations, better availability of rental aircraft and lower costs. Fuel costs, in particular, figured as a major factor affecting flight activity and almost 80 percent of pilots said they'd quit flying if fuel prices hit $8 a gallon, which is less than the price of avgas in many countries with active general aviation.

Click here to download the report as a PDF.

Nextant Cracks European Market

Nextant Aerospace has delivered its first 400XT to a European buyer, a private owner in the Czech Republic. The aircraft will be managed by Time Air, a major Czech charter and management company. "The 400XT is particularly well-suited to the European market, since its 2,003-nautical mile (3,709-km) range enables travelers to reach destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa with nonstop flights," said Nextant spokesman Jay Heublein. That pushes the total deliveries of the "remanufactured" version of the Hawker 400 series bizjet. The European delivery comes a few weeks after a 10-aircraft order was placed by Asia Pacific Jets in Singapore.

The company has 80 orders for the aircraft and will be boosting production to 36 a year in 2013 to meet demand. Nextant takes the legacy Hawker and replaces or zero-times every time-constrained piece of equipment on the aircraft. Replacing the original engines with new Williams FJ44-3AP engines gives it a major boost in performance and efficiency. The new panel is Collins Pro Line 21. The aircraft was introduced at last year's NBAA convention in Las Vegas, where AVweb shot this video.

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

Question of the Week: No Time to Fly

An MIT grad student's thesis says that one of the factors limiting flight hours is a lack of time by pilots.

Do you have enough time to fly?
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Have You Recently Redone Your Bird? Tell Us back to top 
 

AVweb's Refurbished Airplane of the Month

New airplanes sales may be a little soft, but we're seeing plenty of refurb work--everything from new panels, to fresh paint to full-up interiors. We would like to feature some of these airplanes in the pages of AVweb and spotlight the owners and shops doing the work. If you have photos of your restored aircraft--single, twin or turbine--send them along to us, and if we select your airplane as refurb of the month, we'll contact you for more information.

 
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: 'Galloping Ghost' -- NTSB Nails It

The NTSB set just the right tone in this week's hearing on the Galloping Ghost accident at Reno last year. The investigation was competent, thorough and done quickly enough to have an impact on this year's event. Unfortunately, it also revealed an airplane being flown beyond its structural limits and one that appeared not to have been flutter-tested. Paul Bertorelli watched the proceedings Monday and shares his thoughts on the AVweb Insider blog.

Read more and join the conversation.

Video: Reno Crash Video Shows Trim Tab Loss After Pitch-Up

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

The NTSB released a spectator video of the September 16, 2011 crash of Jimmy Leeward's modified P-51 at the National Championship Air Races in Reno. The board is meeting August 26 to determine a probable cause.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: Apalachicola/Franklin County Regional Airport (KAAF, Florida)

Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Apalachicola/Franklin County Regional Airport (KAAF) in Apalachicola, Florida.

AVweb reader Ray Mozingo told us the FBO staff checked all the boxes in making their recent visit a pleasant stopover:

Flew down for a weekend of fishing. The FBO met us when we landed and helped us unload and get to the terminal. Offered us hanger space if we needed. Got plane fueled while we were loading and getting flight plan. Looking forward to going back and meeting with them again! Went out of their way to be helpful.

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

 
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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

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