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(NEW) CESSNAS GROUNDED
If you've recently taken delivery of a new Cessna 172 or 182, check
the serial number against a list in an Emergency Airworthiness Directive issued Friday. A
few dozen of the brand-new airplanes are grounded until they can be
inspected for potential control rigging problems. "The FAA has been
notified that inadequate or incorrect flight controls rigging may
exist on recently produced Cessna Models 172R, 172S, 182T and T182T,"
the Emergency AD reads. It should be stressed that the affected
airplanes are grounded. No ferry permits or repositioning flights will
be allowed. More...
LIST OF DEFECTS
What's perhaps most disturbing about this AD is the breadth of defects
discovered by Cessna technicians. Normally an AD focuses on a specific
part or system in an airplane but this one identifies a Pandora's box
of potentially serious issues. According to the AD, Cessna found
misrigged and misaligned control surfaces, a missing bolt on a flap
push/pull rod, cables chafing fuel lines (resulting in damaged fuel
lines), cables routed outside cotter pins, crossed cables, cables
routed outside of pulleys, cables rubbing on bulkheads and center
consoles, unpinned or improperly pinned barrels on control cables and
a bent flap bell crank. These are new aircraft, remember.
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Well, by now Steve Fossett has had that well-deserved sleep, meal and
shower, the media hordes have left Salina and GlobalFlyer is sitting
in a hangar, awaiting what will likely be its final flight (to the Air
and Space Museum, via Oshkosh, it's been speculated). But what,
besides some fleeting drama and a line in the record books, did the
first solo, nonstop round-the-world flight leave as a lasting legacy?
According to at least one aviation theorist, it might pave the way for
single-pilot operations on long-distance flights. "It took years to go
from three to two pilots in the cockpit and now imagine going from two
to one and doing it with every bit as much safety and precision of
flying, " Bruce Holmes, a NASA aeronautics researcher, told the
Houston Chronicle. "If he can do it, why can't we make it something
that more and more pilots could do one day, rather than just a few
elitists, romanticists and aviation enthusiasts?" More...
For the record, Fossett came perilously close to not claiming the
record -- aside from the lost(?) 2,600 lbs of fuel (typo'd in a
previous issue as gallons). The requirement for setting the record was
that Fossett cross all longitudinal lines and cover a distance equal
to that of either the Tropic of Cancer or Tropic of Capricorn, or
19,863 nautical miles. Somehow, Fossett's irregular route through
North America, Europe and Asia carried him only 17 nm farther than the
record distance. He did it in 67 hours, 1 minute and 46 seconds
(bouncing the landing on arrival, but if you've ever seen an albatross
land ...). That made his average ground speed 296.6 knots.
ROUND THE WORLD ON SOLAR POWER
What's next for Fossett and his well-heeled buddies? There's
apparently something in the works and it will be announced in a few
months, but we have to wonder if it's as ambitious as Bertrand
Piccard's plan. As AVweb
told you a couple of years ago, the Swiss psychiatrist (no
relation to Jean-Luc) thinks he'll be the first to circumnavigate the
world in a solar-powered aircraft called the Solar
Impulse. The technical challenges he faces make GlobalFlyer's fuel
problems seem trivial. " Our greatest problem is managing to store
enough solar energy during the day to be able to fly at night," said
You could call it glass for the masses. Joining multiple modern
manufacturers producing glass-paneled aircraft in similar price
ranges, Cessna has won FAA certification of
the Garmin G1000 in the 172S. Cessna previously had the glass
panel certified on 206 and 182 models. It will be offered as an option
on the 172S and Cessna says deliveries are "imminent." As on the other
Cessna singles, the 172S's G1000 panel will consist of two 10.4-inch
high-definition LCD displays that will show all primary flight,
navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather and sensor data.
There's also an economy version of the system in the works for the
GARMIN SOFTWARE PROBLEM
Garmin has issued
an alert (PDF file) warning owners of recently delivered new and
repaired GPS units not to use them for DME arc procedures. The main
software (versions 5.03 and 4.03) installed in Garmin 500- and
400-series units shipped new or shipped after repair between Feb. 11
and March 2 apparently has glitches that could give incorrect
navigational information and/or an incorrect depiction on the moving
map display while flying DME arc procedures. The immediate fix is to
revert to the previous software package, which lacks features of the
new program. New full-feature corrected software should be available
by March 31. More...
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ENGINES (OUT OF FOUR) OK FOR BA
It would make an interesting slogan: "BA, now flying on three of four
engines -- and perhaps getting you there." A lot of people (including
the FAA) are wondering if financial considerations have trumped
safety, after flying long distances over the arctic and water in a
Boeing 747-400 with a bad engine has apparently become an acceptable
practice for British Airways. Twice in a week, the same plane lost the
same engine early in a long flight and the flights headed for their
destinations rather than the closest suitable runway (one flight
reached its destination of London). The trend began days after a new
European Union rule came into effect guaranteeing compensation for
passengers facing long delays or cancellations. The airline denied any
link between the new rule and the engine-out procedure. "The plane is
as safe on three engines as on four," Capt. Doug Brown, BA's senior
manager in charge of the 747 fleet, told reporters. "It was really a
customer service issue, not a safety issue." FAA spokesman Greg Martin
told AVweb the agency is looking into one of the incidents,
which began in Los Angeles. More...
GEAR BOOSTS CAP ROLE
It'll undoubtedly be handy in a search, but the digital
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(CAP) aircraft can do a lot more than pinpoint wreckage. In fact, the
hyperspectral enhanced reconnaissance system is the same basic
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to fit in a Gippsland GA-8 Airvan, an Australian utility
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CRASH CHARTER SHUT DOWN
The FAA has shut down the Florida charter company whose Challenger
bizjet ran off the runway at Teterboro Airport last month. The agency
ordered Platinum Jet Management to "cease and desist" all operations
on Thursday after allegedly discovering the company doesn't have the
necessary paperwork to provide the crew and airplane for hire. But the
company says the charges are bogus and part of a "witch hunt."
Platinum spokesman Mike Moulis told Miami/Fort Lauderdale's Local 10
news the FAA "has no clue what's going on with this investigation" and
has unfairly targeted the charter company. More...
So, is your pride and joy giving you a little less of each? From the
dull spinner to the flaking paint on the rudder, has your airplane
seen better days? Well, in keeping with the makeover craze that's
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program that usually turns run-down cars into glittering icons of
boulevard excess is now setting its sights a little higher. The
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spokesman Tito Arteaga said they're talking to an owner and letting
their imaginations run wild. More...
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Porsche closed its airplane engine division...
Hot air balloon New
Mexico's state aircraft...
Airport fire truck a waste, says
Delta pilot arrested for allegedly being drunk.
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Reader mail this week about lying to the FAA,
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Palomar Tower: Tiger Moth on the right
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