AVflash Vol. 9, Issue 08b Thursday, February 20, 2003
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News Coverage At http://www.avweb.com/newswire/9_08b/complete/182872-1.html.
ECLIPSE PICKS PRATT AND WHITNEY CANADA...
As AVweb speculated two months ago, the Eclipse 500 and Cessna Mustang will use derivatives of the same engine. Eclipse Aviation announced Wednesday that Pratt and Whitney Canada (PWC) will build the engines for the five-place 500. The announcement comes three months after Eclipse terminated a contract with Williams International to supply power to the mini-jet. A month later, Cessna announced PWC would build the Model 615, a small engine developing 1350 pounds of thrust, for the Mustang. Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn told AVweb Wednesday the engine for his company's airplane will be designated the 610, a smaller version of the same engine, developing 900 pounds of thrust. More...
...ECLIPSE CUSTOMERS TRADING POSITIONS...
Raburn insisted that the engine switch has made most of those who have shelled out more than $150,000 to reserve an Eclipse even more loyal to the program. But for those who are having second thoughts, the company has given them two ways to bow out. Because the company failed to meet its schedule and price guarantees, any Eclipse position-holder is entitled to a full refund of the deposit. But the company is also allowing customers to sell their positions, either on the open market or amongst themselves, until March 7. Raburn said about 5 percent of the reserved spots on about 1,500 aircraft are available, but he predicts they'll all be snapped up before the deadline. More...
...SAFIRE GOES WITH WILLIAMS
Eclipse wasn't the only manufacturer making engine noise on Wednesday. Safire Aircraft announced its personal jet will be powered by the Williams FJ33, and may be the first personal jet to hit the market. Safire notes that the engine, which is a derivative of the FJ44 used in some other business jets, will be certified by the end of the year and that the first prototype will fly in early 2004, allowing first customer deliveries early in 2006. "Immediate availability of FJ33 for our aircraft flight test certification programs coupled with anticipated FAA engine certification in December 2003 provides Safire with a significant first-to-market advantage," said Safire CEO Camilo Salomon. More...
TSA GROUNDINGS APPEALED...
The Transportation Security Administration has suspended the airman certificates of two Saudi Arabian Airlines pilots and restored the flying privileges of two others. The Saudi Press Agency said airline lawyers are appealing the suspensions of Moen Hassan Zarie and Tarek Hassan Jifry under the recently announced rule that allows the TSA to order the FAA to suspend airman certificates if it believes those holding them pose a security threat. The airline was apparently able to convince TSA authorities that Nabil Mohammed Adawi and Khaled Fahd Al-Olayan were not security risks, and their certificates were returned Jan. 22, the Arab News reported last Saturday. Zarie and Jifry continue their battle. More...
...SAUDIS TO ISSUE THEIR OWN LICENSES
The loss of flight privileges in the U.S. can apparently ground a pilot in other countries because many countries issue pilots' licenses based on whether applicants are qualified to fly in the U.S. The Saudi government has apparently decided to sidestep that practice and, according the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, will start issuing its own licenses within a month. The Saudis believe the homegrown licenses will be valid in all other countries, including the U.S. Other Arab countries are doing the same, the paper said. FAA officials were not immediately available to comment. More...
AUSSIES SEND WHYALLA ENGINES HOME FOR INVESTIGATION
As AVweb reported late last year, Australia's Transport Safety Bureau's (ATSB) investigation into the May 2000 crash of a Whyalla Airlines Piper Chieftain could tie directly to Lycoming's massive recall of potentially defective crankshafts. The ATSB's report on the crash concluded that the Chieftain's two Lycoming TSIO-JT2B engines failed "dependently," meaning that the failure of the left engine caused the pilot to select a higher power setting on the right engine, which subsequently failed. Now, the agency has filed a controversial application to have the engines of the crashed aircraft returned to Australia after being tested in the U.S. More...
TWO MEN FLEE AFTER TRYING TO BUY CROP-DUSTER
It could be viewed as an awfully suspicious incident, an elaborate hoax, or a simple misunderstanding, but the community of Beverly, Mass., is buzzing over the attempt by two men to buy a crop-duster at the local airport. It's being taken seriously enough that the Massachusetts State Police are investigating the incident, which occurred Feb. 11. The police won't talk about it but witnesses claim the men, who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent, went to Aviators of New England and asked the owner if they could buy the ag plane parked outside. When questioned by the flight school's owner, Richard Little, the men jumped in a pickup truck with Massachusetts plates and left the airport. Little then called the police. More...
DIAMOND TWIN PUSHES ECONOMY ENVELOPE
Diamond Aircraft continues to turn heads with a piston twin that appears to put the fuel-economy figures of the most miserly singles and the performance data of the most spirited high-performance piston aircraft to shame. The company released test data on its DA42 Twin Star earlier this week. The all-composite, diesel-powered aircraft ripped along at 201 knots TAS on 80-percent power at 18,000 feet. But perhaps even more startling was that at max economy setting, it held a respectable 110 knots IAS using just three gallons per hour of Jet A or diesel. That's far less than a Cessna 152 would use at the same speed. More...
ARMING CARGO PILOTS, PART II
Cargo pilots might soon be able to carry firearms in the cockpit. Congress is currently working on legislation to close a gap in the Homeland Security Act that excludes cargo pilots from carrying firearms aboard their aircraft. If passed, the new wording would allow 10,000 cargo pilots to train and carry weapons in the cockpit after undergoing background checks. When it was originally drafted, the Homeland Security Act allowed all pilots to arm themselves, but it was later amended to permit only airline pilots flying passenger routes to receive the training and subsequent permission to carry firearms, much to the dismay of professional pilot organizations and unions. More...
FAMILY'S PRIVATE AIR SHOW DRAWS FIRE
It's OK to show off to your relatives, but when it involves low-level aerobatics in an F-15, it might be best to let others in town know. The impromptu display by the F-15 included at least four low-flying passes, loops and barrel rolls over Geneseo, a town of 6,400 in western Illinois. At the controls was Maj. Whitney Sieben of the Oregon Air National Guard, a Geneseo native. He said he was putting on the show for his grandmother. More...
ON THE FLY...
A major snowstorm closed airports and affected operations across the East...
Creditors prepare to dissect United Air Lines, if it does not survive Ch. 11...
A Russian airliner carrying 270 passengers crashed in southern Iran on Wednesday...
National Aviation Hall of Fame giving "human" look into aviation history...
Cirrus made first delivery of SR22 to New Zealand...
Adam Aircraft's #2 production A500 flew for the first time last week...
About 10 percent of Air France flights were cancelled by pilot strike...
The first U-2 weapons inspection flight over Iraq took place on Monday.
AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, Dan Dominguez, of Newark, CA. His photo, titled "10,000ft sunrise over Bali", captures one of many beautiful sunrises enjoyed by Dan and his other crew members. This picture was taken on an educational and record setting around the world flight in 2000, entitled "World Flight 2000". Great picture Dan! Your AVweb hat is on the way. To check out the winning picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to http://www.avweb.com/potw.
AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 500 responses to our question last week on the new D.C.-area ADIZ. The vast majority (76 percent) of our respondents felt this ADIZ is a useless idea, as the terrorists will always find a way to carry out their attacks. Only a few (3 percent) of those responding felt this is a necessary step to protect our nation's capital. A slightly larger group (5 percent) were not sure if this is a good security measure or not. To check out the complete results, please go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
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AVweb's AVscoop Award...
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to Cynthia Wendt, this
week's AVscoop winner. Submit news tips via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Rules and information are at
New Articles and Features on AVweb
Bizav:February 20, 2003
AVweb's expanded coverage of business/corporate aviation continues with the
FAA changing charter rules, the evolution of the Dassault jet line, Cessna
Citations making the headlines, the BizAv AD watch and more.
For 35 years, Howard Fenton's been telling airplane owners about the health
of their engines by analyzing their oil. Howard has spotted everything from
broken piston rings to excessive bearing wear to worn valve guides. Once he
tracked down an airplane he was convinced was about to throw a jug -- and
it was. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Howard
about additives, what your oil's trying to tell you, and how your oil can
help you get to TBO.
Reader feedback on AVweb's news coverage and feature articles:
Reader mail this week about the Washington ADIZ, solutions to GPS jamming,
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AVEMCO WEB SITE MANNED BY INSURANCE SPECIALISTS FOR QUICK ANSWERS
Avemco, the only direct writer of personal and business general aviation aircraft insurance in the U.S., offers a Web site that is manned by aviation insurance specialists during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST. They can provide quick answers to aviation insurance questions, policy information for current Avemco customers, and pilot eligibility criteria for aircraft visitors who may be considering purchasing. Go online.
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