Vol. 9, Issue 02a
Monday, January 6, 2003
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LYCOMING GETS READY FOR REPAIRS...
Almost half the crankshafts needed to fix engines caught in the Lycoming recall have been forged and have passed a rigorous quality-control process, a company spokesman told AVweb this week. Sue Bishop, manager of corporate communications for Lycoming's parent company, Textron, said there now are 559 shiny new cranks waiting for installation. "We're just waiting for final approval from the FAA," said Bishop. "We hope to have that in the next week," and then, "we should be able to do about 30 a day." More...
...NEW PROCESSES, MORE TRAINING...
The crankshafts were recalled via Service Bulletins 552 and 553 in August and September, after several failed. The failures were traced to improper heat treatment during the forging process at Interstate Forging in Navisota, Texas ... a problem that previously plagued Lycoming's -360 series. The faulty temperature control caused the metal to become weak and brittle. Bishop said the replacement cranks have been through a multi-stage system of checks and tests to ensure they are up to standard. More...
...EXACT NUMBER STILL UNKNOWN
Lycoming still doesn't know exactly how many crankshafts will have to be replaced. All 950 engines covered under SB 552 must be redone -- but SB 553 called for core sampling the crankshafts of 736 more engines to see if they needed replacing. As of last week, 372 tests had been completed and 260 engines were returned to service. More...
AVIATION WORLD'S FAIR OFFICIALLY DEFUNCT
The company that almost brought you an Aviation World's Fair in Newport News, Va., this year is hoping to salvage some of the effort in France in June. Tom Kallman, president of Aviation World's Fair Inc., in an open letter posted on the World's Fair Web site, said he's hoping to stage some special events and take heritage aircraft and displays to Paris. Kallman said his company decided to cancel the World's Fair after it was unable to find a suitable site to replace Newport News. More...
AND THE WINNER IS ... AIRBUS OR BOEING?
Airbus may sell more airliners than Boeing in the next year but that doesn't necessarily have Boeing execs jumping off ledges. What they might lose in civilian business should be more than made up in defense contracts born of the war on terrorism and the future effects of that war on its European archrival. In 2002, Boeing delivered about 80 more airliners than Airbus (down from a 200-plane gap in 2001) and the companies are predicting that Airbus will build 300 planes to Boeing's 275 to 285, according to a Reuters report last week. More...
TIME PULLS CONTROVERSIAL AD
GA may not be a threat to nuclear power plants but its supporters can certainly get the attention of TIME Magazine. TIME decided last week to pull a self-promotion ad that some of us who fly took exception to -- and let the magazine editors know about. The ad depicted two light aircraft tied down, with a nuclear power plant looming in the background. The caption read: "Remember when only environmentalists would have been alarmed by this photo? Join the conversation." More...
GLIDER PILOTS PLUG SECURITY
While it might be considered unlikely that gliders will be used to rain terror from the skies, the Soaring Society of America is trying to minimize even the remote chance that the perception exists. And along they way, the group has prepared a thoughtful and comprehensive guide to everyday security that could apply to almost any aviation environment. "The promotion of responsible flying and enlightened security conscientiousness (sic) will help in assuaging public fears of general aviation," says the group's Secure Our Aviation Resources (SOAR) program guide. More...
PRE-SUN 'N FUN RACES SET
Seen the Unlimiteds growl around the pylons at Reno and got the itch? Well, Sun 'n Fun might be the place to scratch it. The 21st running of the Sun 100/Sun 60 Air Races will be held the week before the annual EAA Fly-In at Linder Regional Airport at Lakeland, Fla., April 6-13. The Sun 100 will run April 3 and is for homebuilt aircraft while the Sun 60 is for certificated aircraft and runs April 4. Basic entry requirements are an airworthy aircraft, a current pilot's certificate and proof of $1 million in liability insurance. More...
SOUND-PROOFING NOISE COMPLAINTS
It's possible that in some remote part of the country, $74,000 will get you a decent place to live. In Key West, it gets you a quieter place to live -- if your house is currently beside the airport. Best of all, the federal government will pick up the tab. Up to 300 houses ringing the airport are in line for the sound-insulation treatment, which stops noise complaints via specially designed doors, windows and insulation that cut the noise level by 8 to 11 decibels. (They're designed to keep the noise out, but likely will reduce complaints from inside, too.) More...
ANOTHER REASON TO ALWAYS AIM FOR THE CENTERLINE
We can only imagine the contents of the cockpit voice recorder after the crew of this United Airlines A-319 touched the nose gear down at O'Hare International Airport (ORD) in late November. According to the NTSB preliminary report, the plane had taken off from O'Hare on a flight to Los Angeles with 77 passengers and five crew aboard, and the crew was unable to retract the nose gear. The plane returned to O'Hare and when the nose gear touched it was rotated 90-degrees to the direction of travel. More...
THE PASSING OF A WAR ACE
Joe Foss, one of the U.S.'s greatest World War II flying aces, died last week at age 87. Foss shot down 26 Japanese aircraft during the Battle for Guadalcanal. Of their service branch, only fellow Marine Gregory "Pappy" Boyington shot down more planes, with 28 victories -- but historians argue that since six of his silhouettes came as a volunteer for the Flying Tigers in China before the U.S. joined the war, the real honor may be due Foss. Foss never let the second-place standing keep him from rising to the top in his civilian endeavors. He became governor of his native South Dakota in the 1950s, was the first commissioner of the American Football League and president of the National Rifle Association. A memorial service will be held Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz. More...
Owners of potentially troublesome Hartzell propellers should soon be able to replace them with upgraded versions. Hartzell recently gained certification for its MV series propellers and their installation will eliminate the need for extensive periodic inspections and testing of the older model props. If this means you, see the full Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. More...
ON THE FLY...
Frankfurt motorglider pilot threatened building attack...
National Aviation Hall of Fame opens Thursday at Wright-Patterson...
Two Lufthansa pilots tested positive for alcohol, left their jobs...
There were no U.S. airline fatalities in the U.S. in 2002...
More from our "Employee Relations" file...
(Two company DH8's on final into Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.)
Controller: CO1234, your traffic is company DH8, at your 11 o'clock, 3,000.
CO1234: Roger Saskatoon, have company DH8 in sight, too close for missiles, going to guns.
Controller: Roger ... please avoid hitting the tower.
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Pelican's Perch #64 -- Where Should I Run My Engine? (Part 2 -- The Climb)
Last month, AVweb's John Deakin started a discussion of where to run an engine during a typical flight. With so much detail needed, he ended the column just as we took off! Now he's back to talk about the climb,and as usual he has real-world data to back up his explanation.
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