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SHORTAGE STUDY URGED
A blue-chip organization of industry
groups and businesses has collectively asked that the Government
Accountability Office be directed to study what many regard as a serious
looming pilot shortage. The group says a confluence of factors appears
to be lining up that will make pilots in short supply. It wants the GAO
to determine if a shortage actually will occur and, if so, study the
mechanics of the shortage and estimate its impact not only on the
aviation industry but the economy as a whole. "It is hoped that such a
study will shed some light on this potentially devastating issue that
can be considered by congressional leaders to better understand the
extent of the problem as well as the potential ramifications to the
industry, service to cities and jobs," the request, directed at the
House Subcommittee on Aviation, says. More...
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ACTION ON REGIONAL JET ENGINE FIRES
A bleed valve
installation on some 300 General Electric turbofans powering Bombardier
CRJ700/900 and Embraer 170/175 regional jets has caused two engine
fires, prompting an Airworthiness Directive (AD) Thursday. The offending
part is a specific operability bleed valve installed on certain GE
CF34-8C and CF34-8E series turbofan engines. Failure of the valve ring
lock fuel fittings can cause fuel leaks in the engine and uncontrolled
fire resulting in damage to the aircraft. Of three failures reported,
all occurred in CF34-8C engines and two led to fires without injury. The
FAA estimates fleet-wide repair costs to total more than $7 million.
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ACTS ON ELT STRAPS
The FAA has banned the use of Velcro-type
straps to secure emergency locator transmitters designed and built after
Nov. 26 of this year. The new rule came two years after a high-profile
crash that killed Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and four others. The ELT
aboard the Otter they were on came loose on impact and detached from the
antenna. Rescuers found it on the floor in the back of plane, activated
but unable to transmit because it wasn't connected to the antenna. "In
this case, the airplane was equipped with a functioning 406 megahertz
ELT, which can be a tremendous aid to search and rescue operations,"
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said following the board's preliminary
investigation. "But this vital life-saving technology won't do anyone
any good if it doesn't stay connected to the antenna." The NTSB
recommended the FAA review the safety standards for ELT straps and this
TSO may have been the result. More...
The FAA has banned the future use of
Velcro-type fasteners for ELTs in light of the investigation into the
2010 crash that killed Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and four others. There
are other issues surrounding the boxes we all have to keep in our
aircraft, however, and AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with ACK Avionics
CEO Mike Akatiff.
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EFFICIENT AIRCRAFT READY FOR OSH?
John McGinnis' grass-roots
Synergy five-place efficient aircraft project has attracted critical
attention as well as tens of thousands of donated dollars, and now a
flying prototype may be coming to AirVenture 2013, but challenges
remain. McGinnis told AVweb Thursday that his successful
kickstarter.com campaign had attracted about $80,000 to the project. It
was "a huge amount of money" that he interpreted as "a mandate from the
public," he said. But it was also a small step for a project that
McGinnis hopes to ultimately guide to certification. McGinnis is
currently optimistic that his current pace could deliver to AirVenture
Oshkosh 2013 a flying proof-of-concept prototype that will conclusively
demonstrate the "stellar performance for this configuration." But there
are many potential bottlenecks in the way. More...
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IN TO THE AIRPORT
Drop zone pilots
often pride themselves in rapid turnaround times but this guy takes it
to a new level. In this undated LiveLeak video the unidentified pilot
takes about two minutes to get from what looks like a minimum of 12,000
feet to the runway centerline. We'll let the video do the talking for
how he accomplishes that. If you're in a rush, skip ahead to about the
two-minute mark to see how it all ends up More...
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INSIDER BLOG: FLY-BY-WIRE FANTASIES
When Boeing built the
last B-52H in 1962, they couldn't have imagined the design would still
be in service nearly 100 years after it first appeared. On the AVweb
Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli wonders if experiencing the same lack
of imagination when playing it forward to technologies like fly-by-wire
controls that might open up entirely new designs for general aviation.
Or maybe it's just easier not to think about it and be happy with what
we've got. Read
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DECEMBER 17, 2012
Letter of the Week: Plenty of Pilots,
Not Enough Money
I almost laughed at the article
to get the GAO involved in the alleged pilot shortage. This would be
nothing but another attempt by the airlines to ensure they can get new
pilots and pay them the slave wages they do now.
If salaries were
liveable and not below poverty level, the airlines would have no problem
getting the pilots they need. In the U.S., there never has been, is not
now, and never will be a shortage of pilots only pilots willing
to work for nothing. It is time to let the free market dictate whether
there is a pilot shortage or not.
If the airlines cannot afford to
pay pilots a reasonable wage, then let them go out of business so that
someone who actually knows how to run a profitable airline can do so.
This would also mean the days of $99 fares from New York to Florida will
be over, since that is not a money-making fare. What should be changed
are the bankruptcy laws so there would be a limit to how many times
Chapter 11 can be used to stay in business. It should be only once,
since if you need to go bankrupt again you should be
And yes, I am a professional pilot who has been
through a pay cut and a lay-off.
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FK'S COMET BIPLANE
FK Lightplanes has
significant presence in Europe but almost none in the U.S. They'd like
to change that with a sporty little aerobatic biplane called the FK-12
Comet. Right now, it's got a Rotax 912, but it will soon have a fully
aerobatic Lycoming AEIO-233, making it one of only a couple of light
sports approved for aerobatics and the only biplane. AVweb
recently took a spin in the Comet with Hansen Air Group's Mitch Hansen.
Here's a video report. More...
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OF THE WEEK: COOK AVIATION (KBMG, BLOOMINGTON,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Cook
Aviation at Monroe County Airport (KBMG) in Bloomington,
AVweb reader Paul Johnson told us about
Cook recently and how they've worked with him to make some memorable
As a student pilot,
I've had the pleasure of visiting Cook Aviation twice on cross-country
flights. My daughter and grandson live in Bloomington, so it's an added
benefit to visit them. Both times, the folks at Cook have been extremely
friendly and helpful. The first time, they loaned us a very nice
Cadillac, and more recently [they] offered me a newer SUV.
my last visit, I had hoped to have my grandson and a couple of his
playmates meet us at the airport to see Grandpa's plane. I called Cook
to see if that would be a problem and was assured that they would work
with us to have our group of toddlers visit safely. They followed
through, and the kids had a blast. I earned some "cool grandpa" points
with that vist, along with my solo cross-country check-off.
top it off, their fuel prices are much less than home. There's no
question that when we come back to Bloomington to visit, we'll be coming
back to Cook. And did I mention the fresh baked
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commuter airline flying Twin Otters. It was near Christmas, and as the
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