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Volume 11, Number 10a March 7, 2005

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MISRIGGED (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...

...LONG 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. More...

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GLOBALFLYER'S LEGACY…
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...

...RECORD-SETTING TRIVIA...
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. More...

...AND 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 Piccard. More...

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172 GETS GLASS
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 172. More...

WARNING: 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...

LANCAIR COLUMBIA 400 — NOW CERTIFIED TO FL250
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THREE 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...

SURVEILLANCE GEAR BOOSTS CAP ROLE
It'll undoubtedly be handy in a search, but the digital camera/computer combination now being tested on some Civil Air Patrol (CAP) aircraft can do a lot more than pinpoint wreckage. In fact, the hyperspectral enhanced reconnaissance system is the same basic hardware used by military patrol aircraft, but it's been scaled down to fit in a Gippsland GA-8 Airvan, an Australian utility aircraft picked for the duty because of its large capacity and modest purchase price ($400,000) and operating costs. A belly-mounted camera supplies images to the large-screen computer console installed in the boxy airplane's passenger/cargo area. The result is a view of the world below and memory that human eyes and brainpower can't match. More...

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TETERBORO 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...

PIMP YOUR PLANE?
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 sweeping the cable channels these days, the producers of a television program that usually turns run-down cars into glittering icons of boulevard excess is now setting its sights a little higher. The company that transforms beaters into beauty for the MTV program "Pimp My Ride" is looking for planes to, er, pimp. West Coast Customs spokesman Tito Arteaga said they're talking to an owner and letting their imaginations run wild. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Porsche closed its airplane engine division...
Hot air balloon New Mexico's state aircraft...
Airport fire truck a waste, says town...
Delta pilot arrested for allegedly being drunk. More...

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Drop us a line. Heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about? If it caught your eye, it will probably interest someone else, too. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. More...

ASA MEETS THE NEEDS OF SPORT PILOTS
ASA and Sport Pilot expert Paul Hamilton have introduced a new line of products dedicated to the Sport Pilot — the "Freedom to Fly" series. The Sport Pilot airman certificate provides a simple path to a pilot certificate and to a variety of aircraft that people can own and/or operate inexpensively. Now more people will be able to experience the freedom to fly.  Learn about all your flying options and what is right for you with the Sport Pilot DVD. Gain FAA certification with the Sport Pilot Test Prep book or Prepware. Learn whether to fly with the Weather to Fly DVD. Meet the pilot record-keeping requirements in the beautiful and useful Sport Pilot Logbook.  For complete details about this new series of Sport Pilot products, visit ASA's web site at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/asadirect/avflash.

READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
AVmail: March 7, 2005
Reader mail this week about lying to the FAA, growing military airspace, more NTSB accidents and much more. More...

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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As the Beacon Turns #87: What Customer Service?
For too long pilots and wannabe pilots have put up with mediocre (or worse) customer service from some aviation businesses, who are relying on our dogged enthusiasm to keep us coming back. AVweb's Michael Maya Charles says that we have no chance for growing GA unless we change that attitude. More...

SCOPED OUT NEW AVIONICS & FOUND THEM WAY ABOVE YOUR BUDGET?
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GAMIJECTORS CAN CUT AIRCRAFT FUEL BILLS BY 20 PERCENT!!
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SHORT FINAL...
As heard over the Palomar Tower Freq. back in 1981, from a female controller to a distinguished elder gentleman pilot (and friend)...

Palomar Tower: Tiger Moth on the right downwind, say your intentions.

Tiger Moth: Strictly honorable Ma'am, strictly honorable. More...

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