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CIRRUS TO ISSUE SB ON BRAKE OVERHEATING, FIRES
Cirrus Design plans to issue a Service Bulletin on all its aircraft in response to a spate of brake fires (the most recent of which occurred Dec. 9) that have caused serious damage to at least five aircraft. The SB will call for the installation of color-changing temperature sensors on the brake components so that pilots can tell -- during the preflight -- if the brakes have been previously overheated. Cirrus spokesman Ian Bentley said overheating can cause failure of an O-ring. Failure of the O-ring allows flammable brake fluid to leak onto potentially hot parts. If they're hot enough, the brake fluid ignites and causes a stubborn fire that can really make a mess of a low-wing plastic airplane. More...

IMPROPER BRAKE USE TO BLAME, SAYS CIRRUS
Bentley said Cirrus has studied the incidents extensively and determined there are no design or equipment faults at work, and for Cirrus this leaves only "operator error" as the cause. Unlike many aircraft pilots may be transitioning from, Cirruses have a free castering nosewheel and are steered only with differential braking, plus some positive or negative contribution from the rudder (dependant on relative wind). Bentley said some pilots may have a tendency to overuse the brakes to compensate for excessive power settings or may simply be riding the brakes. Last June, the company e-mailed all its customers (click here for a pdf version) with an owner service advisory that warned them not to overtax the brakes, which Cirrus also says are more than adequate for an airplane with the performance and weight of a Cirrus. More...

COMPANY LOOKS AT PREVENTION FIRST
Bentley said Cirrus is doing everything it can to prevent brake-related fires. "We do take these things very seriously," he said. In most cases, he said, the fires have occurred on club or rental aircraft that see a lot of different pilots (the most recent incident was an exception). Cirrus believes the heat sensors will be most beneficial in those cases because they'll give pilots an indication of whether the brakes have been abused by those before them. And, although Cirrus says the factory-installed brakes are a common installation on aircraft of similar size and exceed design standards, the company will be offering -- as retrofit kits only -- higher-capacity brakes. More...

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POWERED PARACHUTES RILE PEOPLE WITH GUNS
The manager of a small airport near St. Louis says he just wants to "try to open up the lines of communication" between local hunters and pilots since a recent confrontation between the two. Tracy Smith, manager of St. Charles County Smartt Airport, said he'll look into allegations that an unidentified man pointed a rifle or shotgun at one of two powered parachutes setting up to land at the field earlier this month. Although he hasn't heard about the alleged incident, Smith said he is aware of some discontent by hunters who claim low-flying aircraft are scaring away (but have not yet become) their quarry. More...

THREATS MADE, SAY PILOTS
The pilots in question (we know who they are but have decided not to identify them) claim they were on final approach to the south of the airport, over private property next to a conservation area, when a man standing on a levee pointed a gun at the lead aircraft. "As I was flying over this field at low altitude I noticed a guy standing on a levee about 150 yards in front of me pointing a shotgun or rifle right at me," the pilot of the lead aircraft wrote in an e-mail forwarded to AVweb. The pilot hit the power and turned out of potential harm's way with his flying buddy watching in amazement from about 1,000 feet back. According to the pilot, the confrontation wasn't over, however. The pilots said the man with the gun then met them at the airport and threatened to shoot them if they flew over his property again. More...

PILOTS OPERATE LEGALLY, SAFELY, SAYS MANAGER
Smith said he's spoken with the parachute pilots about the hunters' concerns and is convinced they are doing everything possible to avoid trouble. He said he's worked closely with them to design safe operating procedures that keep them from conflict with regular aircraft and to his knowledge they've been completely cooperative. The pilots have not chosen to take a literal stance on the procedures and regs and used them as justification for harassing the neighbors, "But they have to come in and land," he said. Since the gun-pointing incident, at least one of the pilots said he's started climbing steeply on takeoff and is avoiding all areas that might cause trouble. When he returns, he said he drops directly into the airport from altitude. More...

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MUSTANG GAINS ON ECLIPSE
While development of Cessna's Mustang entry-level jet appears to be slightly ahead of schedule, Eclipse Aviation has announced another delay in getting its revolution-starting very light jet (VLJ) to market. The FAA granted Cessna Type Inspection Authority last week, several weeks earlier than scheduled. TIA signifies the time when the flight hours accumulated on the test aircraft start counting toward certification. Cessna is now saying first deliveries will be late in 2006. Eclipse has been going through active certification for some time but it's a supplier's certification problems that are forcing a delay, according to Eclipse. The new best guess for first deliveries of the Eclipse 500 is now sometime in the second quarter of 2006 (instead of in the first quarter, as previously planned). More...

NATCA-COMMISSIONED REPORT RAPS USER FEES
A report commissioned by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says a user-fee-based system of revenue generation for the FAA could actually hurt the airlines that are campaigning for it. The report, written by Darryl Jenkins, a visiting professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, says that the FAA could actually miss revenue that the current taxation system captures if it goes to a user-fee system. Airline ticket prices are on the rise because of increasing fuel prices and taxes currently assessed on the tickets are rising accordingly. He said all indications are that revenue raised from tickets and fuel taxes will increase in coming years, rather than decrease as the FAA seems to believe. More...

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CHALK'S GROUNDS FLEET, PAYS VICTIMS’ FAMILIES
Chalk's Ocean Airways has grounded its remaining Grumman Mallards after it was revealed that undetected fatigue and stress cracks existed in the wing spar of one of its airplanes prior to the crash a week ago. All 20 people aboard died when the turboprob-powered amphib went down near Miami after the right wing separated shortly after takeoff. Although fatigue cracks were found, NTSB Acting-Chairman Mark Rosenker said not all the cracks in the spar were caused by age. He also said they would have been hard to spot without a dye penetration test and that he presently believes Chalk's didn't know about the cracks. More...

AIRVENTURE SHOW PILOTS TO MEET WITH FANS
EAA AirVenture will offer air show fans the chance to meet and greet their favorite pilots during the 2006 version of the big event. In a news release, EAA President Tom Poberezny said that at various times during the show, which runs July 24 to July 30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, pilots will be set up in booths on AeroSell Square, in the heart of the exhibit area. "EAA AirVenture attendees have often asked us for ways to meet their favorite air show pilots in person," Poberezny said. "EAA will host these popular air show pilots and their airplanes, as well as other aviation personalities, at AeroShell Square, which is the true crossroads of the event." More...

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SUIT LAUNCHED IN MIDWAY CRASH
A Chicago law firm that specializes in aviation-related suits has announced it's launching an action against both Southwest Airlines and the city of Chicago over an accident earlier this month at Midway Airport (which is owned by the city). The Nolan Group is representing Bonnie James, a passenger on the Boeing 737-700, which skidded off a runway and onto a road while landing in a snowstorm. Attorney Donald J. Nolan said the flight should have been diverted and he also pointed out the absence of a runway overrun arresting system at Midway. "What makes this accident even worse is that runway overruns such as this are preventable with technology already in place at similar urban airports," Nolan said in a statement. More...

PLANE HITS TRUCK, TRUCK'S INSURANCE PAYS
The legal definition of a four-letter word (and not any of those you might be thinking) determined a Michigan truck owner's insurance must pay to replace an airplane that hit the truck while the pilot was trying to land it on a grass strip near Cedar Springs in 2003. According to the Insurance JournalKevin Gould was legally driving the truck, owned by Dean Wall, on a road when the two-place Cessna "bounced "off the truck and flipped over. No one was injured in the accident and the owner of the airplane filed a claim against Wall's insurance company. So far, the $18,000 claim has been upheld by two Michigan courts. The crux of the case has been the definition of the word upon. More...

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ON THE FLY...
AOPA is running five different television ads...
ATG (Javelin personal jets) announced new members to its board...
The FAA has awarded type certification to the King Air C90GT...
Cirrus is opening a sales center in China. More...

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COLUMNS
The Pilot's Lounge #95: Amazing! There Are TFRs That Make Sense
Turns out there is a procedure in place to allow general aviation aircraft to provide relief in disaster areas, and the folks who created and manage the procedure know what they are doing. AVweb's Rick Durden is already helping plan for the next disasters with this month's column from The Pilot's Lounge.

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READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES ...
AVmail: December 26, 2005
Reader mail this week about what you want in your airplane, in your record books, in your restricted airspace and more. More...

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SHORT FINAL...
A slow day at the FSS?

I'm a student at Daniel Webster College, and one particularly nasty winter morning last year I was calling the briefer before my 7AM flight...

Me: Good morning this is N---DW, I'd like a standard VFR brief for the Nashua area and ...

Briefer (cutting me off): You're not going anywhere this morning except back to bed.

(pause)

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