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BATTERY TESTS COMPLETE
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says
Boeing "has completed all required tests and analysis" of fixes for
battery problems suffered by its 787 Dreamliner, The Wall Street Journal
reported Tuesday, but no decision had yet been made to clear the jet for
flight. Huerta also noted that the FAA has not yet determined whether it
will allow the airliner to fly over-water routes beyond three hours'
flight time from a suitable landing site. Regulators grounded the jet in
mid-January after two of the jets experienced battery fires. The events
have levied new scrutiny on the FAA's certification process.
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DISCUSSES SAFETY ISSUES SURROUNDING TOWER CLOSURES
the FAA is backtracking on an earlier directive that forbade at least
some of its FAA Safety Team (FAAST) representatives from talking about
pending tower closures. On Wednesday the FAAST Safety Team issued a
general note of advice about operating at non-towered airports (the
FAAST Team doesn't like the term "uncontrolled") and touched on all the
points covered by myriad other sources on the topic since the closures
became a real possibility. Closures of 149 towers were supposed to start
April 7 but on April 5 the FAA
delayed that until at least June 15 citing the spate of legal
challenges to the closures. Also on April 5, a regional FAAST assistant
manager on the East Coast told his safety team that any discussion of
tower closures was off limits. More...
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EXTENDS BIOFUELS PROJECT
The USDA is extending for five years
a 2010-2012 program that joins the FAA with partners from the commercial
aviation segment to develop biofuels for the aviation industry.
Participants include the USDA, the FAA, Boeing and a trade group called
Airlines for America. The program will focus on evaluating feedstock and
supply chains with the goal of creating a viable domestically produced
drop-in replacement for Jet-A derived from renewable sources. As
for production, the USDA says the coalition hopes to support
the annual production of one billion gallons of drop-in aviation biofuel
by 2018. The program is not without its critics. More...
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INTRODUCES 2013 TBM MODEL
Daher-Socata brought the newest
model of its popular TBM 850 turboprop to Sun 'n Fun last week. The 2013
Elite version features integrated electronic solid-state standby
instruments by L-3 Avionics, the Trilogy ESI-2000, to replace the
previous electro-mechanical instrument version. The unit has an internal
battery and a 4-by-3-inch active matrix liquid crystal display. Interior
enhancements include a new perforated seatback design that improves
comfort on hot days, the company said. The company is also offering a
special interior upgrade package, and an extended maintenance program
good for five years or 1,000 hours. More...
HELPING KIDS THROUGH AVIATION
Wounded military veterans --
even those with wounds that aren't visible -- get far less attention
than they deserve and their families get even less. Jack Howell, a
retired Marine colonel, is actively doing something about that. He's
established a non-profit called Teens-N-Flight whose sole goal is to offer cost-free
flight training to the children of soldiers killed or wounded in combat.
In an interview at Sun 'n Fun last week, Howell told us the country has
been slow to recognize that post traumatic stress disorder doesn't
affect just the military members themselves, but also the families and
especially the children. "I really want to use aviation as a conduit for
these kids to help them overcome their PTSD," Howell says. "The wizards
in Congress have finally acknowledged that the entire family suffers
from PTSD, but there's no funding to do anything. Well, I'm not waiting.
I've been doing this five years now," he adds. More...
HELPING KIDS WITH FLYING
Retired Marine Col. Jack
Howell didn't wait for the government to look after the needs of the
children of war veterans. He talked to AVweb's Paul Bertorelli
about how aviation can help them cope with the changes war brings to
their lives. More...
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FLIGHT DESIGN ADDS DELUXE MODEL
It's been 25 years since
Flight Design started delivering airplanes, and they celebrated with a
sold-out special edition. AVweb's Mary Grady talked to Flight
Design's John Gilmore about the new model based on the
limited-edition aircraft. More...
WORLD OF WARPLANES PREVIEW
This is no flight simulator. Fight
for your life and work your way from a piston fighter to a jet in the
game previewed at Sun 'n Fun. AVweb's Mary Grady found out more
about the game's pending release. More...
EASES PROCESS FOR SOME MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS
The FAA has
expanded the list of medical conditions that can be evaluated by an
aviation medical examiner instead of requiring a special issuance and an
FAA review, EAA reported last week. Under a new FAA policy,
applicants with arthritis, glaucoma, hypertension, pre-diabetes and
several other common conditions are eligible for the simplified process.
Further diagnoses are expected to be announced in the coming months, EAA
said. Dr. Greg Pinnell of the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council will
explain the changes in an online webinar scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. Central
Time. The webinar is free to all; you need not be an EAA member. The
video will be archived on EAA's site for later viewing. Meanwhile,
the leaders of both EAA and AOPA have said recently that a proposal
last year to the FAA that would have eliminated the third-class medical
requirement for many private pilots has stalled. More...
COMPANIES EXPLORE ASIAN MARKETS AT ABACE
industry is eager to push into emerging markets, and that's evident this
week with robust attendance at the Asian Business Aviation Conference &
Exhibition, taking place in Shanghai Tuesday through Thursday.
Organizers said they had registered a record 6,284 people to attend the
event, with more than 180 exhibitors on site and 34 aircraft on static
display. "The record numbers signify the excitement surrounding business
aviation in the region," said NBAA in a statement. Cessna officials
announced at the show on Monday they expect to be ready to start
building jets and turboprops in China by the end of this year, though it
may take longer for the government to approve the start of operations.
EXTENDS TBOS, CERTIFIES DIESEL
For years, we've heard that
the technology exists to extend engine TBOs beyond the normal 2000-hour
recommendation and now Continental has done just that. It recently
announced that it will extend the TBOs on many of its popular engines by
200 hours and, for frequently flown engines, by 400 hours. According to
the company's Bill Ross, who we interviewed at Sun 'n Fun, this might
not immediately mean much to Part 91 operators who aren't required to
adhere to published TBOs, but for for-hire operators who are, the cost
savings amount to as much as a 20 percent of the overhaul price, a
substantial savings. More...
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OF THE WEEK: KIMBLE COUNTY AIRPORT (KJCT, JUNCTION,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Kimble
County Airport (KJCT) in Junction, Texas.
reader Sid Tolchin learned the value of a friendly face on his
recent stopover at JCT:
During a long flight in a small experimental plane from San
Diego to New Orleans, almost any out-of-the-ordinary stop is a pleasure.
This one was different. Billy Davis lives on the airport and was outside
in gusting winds to help me tie down. He suggested I stay because of the
weather and the lateness of the day before proceeding to New Orleans.
After being certain that the aircraft was safely parked, he called the
motel, recommended a good place to eat, and drove me to the Best
Western, where they honored his recommendation with a discount. The
short trip was filled with his stories.
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