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The EAA this week published a list of CFIs authorized to offer training in experimental aircraft, as the NTSB requested in a study released in May. The study showed that experimental amateur-built aircraft have a fatal accident rate 3 to 4 times higher than the rest of the
general aviation fleet, and four recommendations were made to EAA, in addition to 12 directed at the FAA. EAA's CFI list is categorized by
state and lists each instructor with contact information, location, and the types of experimental aircraft they can instruct in. "Proper transition training is an essential first step toward safe
operation of experimental aircraft," EAA said.
EAA said that in response to the other NTSB recommendations, it has already created a Type Club Coalition that includes kit manufacturers, type clubs, and pilot and owner groups, with a website
that will go public next week. EAA also has developed transition-training resources and created incentives to encourage builders and buyers of used homebuilts to complete the training. "Significant
progress" has been made on the other two recommendations, EAA said -- to encourage flight-test training for those who test E-AB aircraft, and to work with the industry to develop standard procedures
for recording flight-test data.
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The state of New Jersey confirmed Wednesday that six automotive gas stations received and sold leaded aviation fuel to drivers before the mistake was discovered and the sales were shut down. The
fuel was delivered by eight tankers between Dec. 5 and Dec. 7 to six gas stations owned by the same company. In a statement from the Division of Consumer Affairs, the fuel was not directly identified
as 100LL. The agency said the fuel was "rated at 104.7 octane compared to 93 octane for super unleaded," and contained "a small amount of lead." It was mistakenly sold to motorists as super unleaded.
According to the agency, it "should not cause damage to vehicles engines."
By Wednesday it was not yet clear how the mistaken deliveries occurred. The affected stations are Delta, 88 Route 36 South, Keyport; Getty, 1292 Route 22 East, North Plainfield; Express Fuel, 2482
South Broad Street, Trenton; Lukoil, 218 Parker Avenue, Manasquan; Lukoil, 2239 North Avenue, Scotch Plains; and Pasmel, 2515 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, N.J.. All of the stations are owned by
Pasmel Property. The company reportedly plans to remove 80,000 gallons of potentially affected fuel from tanks at the stations and clean its dispensing systems before Weights and Measures will allow
those stations to reopen. Consumer Affairs asked affected drivers to monitor their vehicles and file a complaint with the agency if concerned. The full news release from the Division of Consumer
Affairs is available here.
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A California climatologist says the Arctic Circle should be off limits to high-flying jets because their emissions are likely a major factor in the rapid melting of the polar ice cap. Mark
Jacobson, a professor of civil engineering at Stanford University, told the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation he believes black soot particles from jet engines are creating an unnaturally warm layer in the atmosphere over the Arctic and that might be causing the ice to melt below.
Arctic icepack levels were at their lowest ever this past summer and global warming has been getting the blame, but Jacobsen's theory suggests it's more localized. "One of the effects of the aircraft
is they emit a lot of soot into the upper atmosphere and the sunlight is absorbed by that soot, and the air heats up, so you get this kind of elevated, heated air layer where the aircraft fly,"
Jacobson said. Jacobson also says he doesn't expect the skies to empty over the Arctic anytime soon.
Transcontinental flights have been using polar routes for decades, but the development of longer-range aircraft and the decision by Russia in 1998 to allow overflights of its territory have turned
the Arctic into a busy place. More than 50,000 flights a year are conducted north of the 60th parallel. It's estimated the world's airlines save $100 million a year in fuel costs by taking the
northern shortcut. Jacobson said avoiding the Arctic would result in more fuel being burned but he said the overall impact on the environment would be less than continuing the flights.
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Military investigators say a sticky piston in the fuel control mechanism of a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 was likely the root cause of a spectacular crash of the jet during rehearsal for an
airshow in Lethbridge, Alberta, in July of 2010. The pilot, Capt. Brian Bews, ejected from the aircraft less than 300 feet above the ground and suffered three compressed vertebrae, but has since gone
back to work. The crash was caught from multiple angles by video and still photographers. Bews was practicing the high alpha maneuver in which the aircraft flies at its lowest possible forward speed
using a combination of engine power and an extreme angle of attack. To resume normal flight, the pilot applies full power and afterburner to climb out and that's when things went wrong.
"The engine malfunction was likely the result of a stuck ratio boost piston in the right engine main fuel control that prevented the engine from advancing above flight idle when maximum afterburner
was selected," says the RCAF report. "The large thrust imbalance between the left and the right engines caused the aircraft to depart controlled flight and the aircraft was unrecoverable within the
altitude available." There was a brisk wind blowing and it pushed Bews away from the exploding wreckage but his leg tangled in the shroud lines and he wasn't able to release the canopy when he landed.
He was dragged a few hundred yards before members of the Canadian Army Skyhawks parachute team chased after him in a vehicle and were able to collapse the chute and give him first aid. The RCAF says
it's improving airshow training and modifying the engine controls to prevent a recurrence of the malfunction.
Newly released footage of the non-fatal F-18 crash at a Virginia Beach
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Mayfair Mews Apartments where the jet crashed through two buildings on April 6 after a malfunction led the crew to eject. The footage shows the fighter, the explosion on impact and the aftermath,
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A bankruptcy court on Tuesday reversed an earlier decision and said Hawker Beechcraft can go ahead and sell the last 20 of its Hawker 4000 business jets, the Wichita Eagle has reported. Current owners of the jets have protested the sell-off,
asking the court to slow down the process to help preserve the value of the fleet. Three weeks ago, the court said the company
shouldn't rush to sell off the airplanes at deep discounts. The judge now says the sales can proceed, but Hawker must report each sale and the purchase price to the court, according to the Eagle.
Hawker has said it would sell the jets, which had a sticker price of about $20 million, at about one-third of that price. The company told the court it wants to sell the airplanes quickly before
new, more efficient competitors from Cessna and Embraer reach the market. Hawker has said it plans to abandon its jet line and emerge from bankruptcy with its piston and turboprop lines intact. This
week, Hawker is in Dubai at the Middle East Business Aviation expo, showing its line of King Air twin turboprops. AVweb's editor-in-chief Russ Niles spoke with aviation analyst Richard
Aboulafia on Monday about the Hawker bankruptcy and the company's future; click here to listen to that podcast interview.
New aviation weather forecasts are helping pilots to avoid storms over remote regions of the world's oceans, NASA said this week. A prototype system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric
Research, in Boulder, Colo., and funded by NASA, combines satellite data and computer weather models to produce eight-hour forecast maps, which are updated every three hours. NASA said development of
the forecasts was spurred in part by the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which encountered a complex of thunderstorms over the Atlantic Ocean.
"These new forecasts can help fill an important gap in our aviation system," said NCAR's Cathy Kessinger, lead researcher on the project. "Pilots have had limited information about atmospheric
conditions as they fly over the ocean, where conditions can be severe. By providing them with a picture of where significant storms will be during an eight-hour period, the system can contribute to
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Epic Aircraft is planning to expand its Bend, Ore., operation as it goes for certification of the LT single-engine turboprop. The Associated Press reported the kit builder is negotiating with Cessna to
buy the building Cessna abandoned two years ago when it consolidated manufacturing of its Corvalis high-performance singles in Wichita. The Bend City Council has approved transfer of the land lease
from Cessna to Epic. Epic CEO Doug King said the expansion is needed because of growth in the kit business and because of the certification effort. "We expect to hire 40 to 80 new staff in 2013," he
said in an email to the Bend Bulletin. "Our commitment to Bend continues."
Epic was on the verge of collapsing until a group of aircraft owners with partly built kitplanes banded together to win control of the enterprise. Since then, most have finished their aircraft and
the company is now building parts for new kits. Earlier this year, Epic was acquired by Engineering LLC, a Russian firm that announced the
certification bid. Epic has job postings on its website relating to the certification bid.
Piper Aircraft has not attained all the benchmarks that were set when the state of Florida invested $6.6 million in the company's expansion four years ago, but given the state of the economy since
then, the state has agreed to not seek payback from the company. As long as Piper stays in Florida and meets certain employment obligations for the next four years, the debt will be forgiven, Piper
said this week. The company also received $4 million from the county, but a similar compromise to avoid repayment is expected to be finalized by next week.
Alan Polackwich, attorney for the county, told TCPalm.com the agreement is a
compromise. "This recognizes that they didn't do everything [called for in the 2008 agreement], but they did do quite a bit." Piper said it now employs more than 650 full-time-equivalent workers in
Vero Beach, and has invested more than $100 million in the Vero Beach operations. "Following a worldwide economic recession in general aviation, Piper is managing to emerge as a strong company with a
backlog and a global presence in the aerospace industry," said Piper CEO Simon Caldecott. "As the largest manufacturing exporter in Indian River County, we are gratified that the state has recognized
our ongoing contributions to Florida, Indian River County and Vero Beach."
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Last week, in a nod to downtrodden cell phone users everywhere, the FCC asked the FAA to allow phone use on take-off and landing. But hold the phone, so to speak, says Paul Bertorelli on the
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The iPad, and tablets in general, have gained wide acceptance among pilots. But if you find the iPad a tad too large for the cockpit, the new iPad Mini may address that complaint.
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