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The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that requires the
replacement of certain ECi "Classic Cast" cylinder assemblies installed on Lycoming 320-, 360-, and 540-series parallel valve engines. The
cylinders are found in more than 1,500 engines in the U.S., and must be replaced within 800 hours of time in service. Replacing all four cylinders on a typical Lycoming 360 would take about 12 hours
and cost about $4,900, the FAA estimates. Ed Salmeron, president of ECi, told AVweb yesterday the AD reflects the intent of a Mandatory Service Bulletin issued by ECi last September. "ECi has
instituted a pro-rated replacement program for parts and labor to be used when the affected cylinders come up for replacement," he said. Cylinders that have more than 800 hours in service may remain
in service for an additional 60 hours before replacement is required, Salmeron said. The AD was proposed in September, and since the FAA received only two comments, it has now finalized the rule,
effective Jan. 31.
The FAA took the action because of the failure of some 30 installed cylinders due to metal fatigue. ECi asked for the AD to allow affected cylinder assemblies to be removed at the normal engine
operating time-between-overhaul, but the FAA stuck with its 800-hour limit. "The failure data records show that a longer operating time for the affected cylinder assemblies would jeopardize aircraft
safety," the FAA said. AOPA said it was satisfied with the final form of the AD. With 30 incidents cited, "there was a clear indication of a problem," spokeswoman Kathleen Vasconcelos told
AVweb. In contrast, AOPA vehemently opposed a recent proposed AD regarding ECi connecting rods, which was
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Airspace Struggles, East And West
This afternoon, the FAA will hold the first of two public meetings on its
proposal to make the ADIZ over the D.C. area into a permanent fixture. The proposal so far has drawn over 19,700 comments, so the agency is sure to have plenty of input. Today's meeting, at the Sheraton Colombia Hotel in Columbia, Md., will run from 1 p.m. until 4, then take a break and resume at 6:30 until no later
than 9 p.m. Next week's session is set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Dulles Airport Marriott, the same hours. If you wanted to make an
oral statement at either session, you had to have your request in by now. Comments can be submitted by e-mail until Feb. 6. You can access the docket online; type in 17005.
The FAA has established a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) to accommodate unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights by
the U.S. Customs Border Patrol near Nogales, Ariz., along the Mexican border. "The unexpected, immediate implementation of this TFR raises concerns that the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security
have not taken into consideration the impact that this kind of TFR has on general aviation," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. "The association staff is meeting this week with the FAA, Homeland Security, and other security officials to take up the issue. ... The
implications of this TFR are alarming." The FAA is expected to issue more TFRs this month, extending the Nogales TFR into New Mexico. "This recent action underscores why general aviation cannot ignore
UAVs. ... It's unacceptable for the FAA to cordon off large areas of civilian airspace in order to protect UAVs that can't avoid other aircraft," Rudinger said. A 15-nautical-mile-wide TFR along the
U.S. southern border, for example, would affect more than 100 airports and nearly 750,000 annual GA flights, AOPA said.
The FAA is working to redesign the airspace in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia area, and has asked for comments on four potential plans that it says would improve safety, reduce delays and handle
growing air traffic. The four alternatives under consideration are Future No Action, Modifications to Existing Airspace, Ocean Routing Airspace, and Integrated Airspace Alternative. A series of 30
public workshops will be held in February, March and April to solicit input from users. Meeting notices will be published and distributed starting this month, and will be posted on the project Web site. Written comments also can be submitted by e-mail.
The airspace redesign involves a 31,000-square-mile, five-state area with a population of 29 million residents. Twenty-one airports are included within the project, with a particular focus placed on
air traffic operations at five major airports: Newark Liberty International Airport and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey; John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York; and
Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania. Airports without significant instrument flight rule operations were not included. The new structure should better match increases in air traffic
levels, new technologies and aircraft types, the FAA said.
The NTSB on Tuesday updated its report on a Cessna Cargomaster that crashed in an
Alabama swamp on an October night in 2002, killing the sole occupant, an ATP-rated pilot with more than 4,500 hours total time and 838 time-in-type. Shortly before the accident, the pilot was advised
of traffic -- a DC-10 at one o'clock and two miles. The pilot responded he was still in IMC. Soon after, the pilot added, "Roger I got him above me right now." Sixteen seconds later came the pilot's
final recorded words, "I needed to deviate, I needed to deviate, I needed to deviate, I needed," and the transmission ended, according to the NTSB's report. Thirty-four mysterious red marks were found
on different parts of the aircraft's wreckage, which was strewn over a 600-foot area. Those marks and wreckage area inspired speculation that the crash was the result of an in-flight collision with an unidentified object. So far, the NTSB disagrees. [more]
The NTSB says its further investigations have "revealed no evidence of an in-flight collision or breakup, or of external contact by a foreign object." The FBI and an independent lab matched 21 of the
34 marks with known materials, some of which had been carried in the aircraft. The report states, "Radar data indicated that the DC-10 was in front of the accident airplane at the time of the pilot's
last transmission and that the airplanes' flight paths did not intersect." Further, "the horizontal distance between the two airplanes was about 1.1 nautical miles, and the vertical distance between
the two airplanes was about 1,600 feet." There is no mention in the report of wake turbulence. A lawyer representing the pilot's two sons told The Washington Post he is not satisfied with the NTSB's conclusions. "I don't think the
board's got it straight," Tony B. Jobe said. "The plot is thickening." The NTSB report says that an analysis of ATC tapes of the pilot's final transmissions revealed no loud impact sounds. Analysis of
the red marks showed they were not consistent with material used in military drones. We have a feeling the results won't convince the conspiracy theorists out there.
When Linden Blue, founder and CEO of Spectrum Aeronautical, announced at
November's NBAA conference that he had a new light bizjet in the works, it was pretty much a surprise. Now, just about two months later, the company has successfully flown the aircraft. The
Spectrum 33 twinjet made its first flight on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Spanish Fork-Springville Airport in Utah. The jet lifted off the 4,500-foot-elevation runway in about 750 feet, the company said, even
though it was using greatly reduced takeoff thrust. It was then repositioned to the Provo, Utah, airport, a landing facility with a considerably longer runway. "The acceleration and climb performance
of the 33 is remarkable," said Bill Davies, Spectrum's chief of flight test. He said the aircraft performed as expected, but pitch control was "not optimum." Spectrum's engineers will modify the jet
to increase pitch control authority at higher speeds, then continue flight testing in about a week. "Provo's longer runway will let us explore handling characteristics beyond what's possible at
Spanish Fork," Davies said. The Spectrum 33 is using a next-generation, carbon-graphite construction process that gives it a roomy cabin at light weight, the company said. It's designed to cruise at
up to 415 knots and fly as far as 2,000 nautical miles while consuming half the fuel of comparable aircraft. "This [first flight] marks an important point in our development program," said Blue.
"Weight reduction is key to boosting fuel efficiency and lowering operating costs." The aircraft was built by a Spectrum Aeronautical and Rocky Mountain Composites joint-design team at the
Springville-Spanish Fork municipal airport, about eight miles southeast of Provo, Utah. FAA Type Certification of the Spectrum 33 is slated for late 2007 or in 2008.
On Monday, a flight instructor and his student died when the Cirrus SR20 they were flying crashed while they were practicing touch and goes at Gen. William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, Calif. The
airplane's ballistic chute was found deployed at the wreckage site, but witnesses quoted in early reports disagreed as to whether it was activated before or after hitting the ground. In practice, low
and slow in the pattern is a dangerous time for something to go wrong and even if chute deployment is attempted, there may not be time for it to help. Depending on attitude and airspeed, it can take
about 300 feet to a maximum of 1,000 feet to fully deploy the chute, Cirrus's Bill King, vice president of business administration, told AVweb on Tuesday. King added that without a chute, most
aircraft require 1,200 to 1,500 feet to recover from a spin. "The Cirrus is the safest airplane in its class on the market today," he said. The NTSB is investigating the crash.
Despite a last-ditch effort to change the minds of Australia's government regulators, GOANA Australian Air Safaris is gone -- shut down as of Dec. 31, after 12 years of providing fly-yourself adventures to pilots from around
the world. Mal Shipton, who owned the company, blamed the indifference of bureaucrats who imposed a complex set of security rules on his operation and refused to listen to those affected by those
rules. "They have stifled the success we had hitherto enjoyed -- all in the name of aviation security," Shipton said on his Web site. "Marjorie and I thank each and every person we have hosted and
trust your memories are as fond as mine of a great 12 years, the best in my life," he said. The "Enhanced Aviation Security Package" that was adopted by the Australian government in March required
many more fees and approvals, for which there are often months-long backlogs, Shipton said.
Among the many challenges of owning an airplane -- financing, taxes, maintenance, etc. -- finding a place to keep it can be one of the toughest. A tiedown is adequate for some, but for security and
protection from the elements, most pilots really want hangar space. There are not enough hangars to go around, and getting new ones built can be a bureaucratic nightmare. To help ease that process,
AOPA's Airport Support Network has published a free, 40-page step-by-step guide. AOPA's new Hangar Development Guide lays out five
crucial steps to success -- determining the need, creating a sound business case, careful planning, actual building and project evaluation. "Building hangars can attract new businesses and generate
additional revenue for the airport," said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports. "A well-executed and successful hangar project can be the key to a financially secure general aviation airport."
AOPA says many projects fail because they neglect the first three planning steps.
It's a pretty big project to undertake in your garage, but Aircraft Investor Resources has the OK from the FAA to sell its EpicLT
turboprop as an experimental amateur-built kit. If your garage is not up to the task, owners will be offered space at an Epic Build Facility with access to tools and materials. "We are pleased with
the FAA's positive support and participation in our program," said CEO Rick Schrameck. "We look forward to expanding our kit offering across North America in an endeavor to broaden the educational
experimental market segment." The six-seat, carbon-fiber LT flies at 350 knots behind a Pratt & Whitney PT-6 and sells for about $1.2 million. Builders must use the Epic Builder Checklist along with
FAA Form 8000-38 as guidelines of tasks they must complete for the kit to be 51 percent compliant.
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As AVweb told
you a couple of years ago, it's possible to listen to AWOS broadcasts via a toll-free telephone number through a company called anyAWOS. The
idea was to have a short commercial message from sponsors to pay for the system but it apparently hasn't worked out that way. In a note on its Web site, anyAWOS has announced that it will be charging
subscription fees for using the system effective Feb. 6. "...anyAWOS is a private business and like any business, it has to make money to survive. We have received no funds from any external source to
date. We have tried various means of subsidizing access to anyAWOS, but so far none has been successful." anyAWOS has also approached the FAA, looking for a subsidy similar to that enjoyed by the
privately operated DUAT service, but so far the FAA has turned the request down. The current "premium" service, free of advertising, costs $5.95 per month.
A Connecticut man pleaded guilty Monday in a New York
court to stealing an airplane last June and flying it while drunk. He will spend less than a year in jail...
Ballistic Recovery Systems has received a Supplemental Type
Certificate from the FAA for a ballistic recovery system for the Symphony SA 160...
GlobalFlyer is expected to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this afternoon, in preparation for a record
long-distance solo sometime in the next few weeks...
FAA notes fire danger from laptop batteries in the cockpit...
A white 1974 Cessna 210L with blue and gray trim, N93160, was stolen last week from Punta Pescadero Airport, Baja California, Mexico. For more info or to report sightings, contact the Aviation
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Fatigue cracks have been found in both wings of the Grumman Mallard that crashed in Florida last month...
AOPA has filled its four new executive vice president slots. Andy Cebula will hold that position for
government affairs and Karen Gebhart for non-dues revenue; previously appointed were Diana Roberts, operations, and Jeff Myers, communications...
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Over 800 pilots from Raytheon-owned business jet operator Flight Options, based in Ohio, are taking steps to be represented by the Teamsters.
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As the Beacon Turns #97: What's Important -- Now?
Part of becoming a good pilot is knowing what to pay attention to at any particular time. There are plenty of things begging to be taken care of, but if you get distracted by the less important ones,
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*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
AVweb revisited a familiar debate, pitting IFR flight against VFR to
find out which our readers prefer.
As we expected, it was a close match, with VFR edging ahead by a
small (but significant) factor. 38% of those who responded
told us they'd take VFR over IFR any time it was available.
Our second largest segment of respondents, 33%, chose IFR.
They agreed with the statement that VFR is just a stepping stone to
higher ratings, and higher ratings (like IFR ratings) make better
Trailing a little ways behind were those of you who thought that IFR
is the quickest, most efficient way to get from Point A to Point B.
19% of you chose IFR because of its cold, unassailable practicality.
And a modest 9% of readers chose VFR because, despite its inherent
limitations, it's the safest way to fly.
SPECIAL NOTE: Thanks to
the readers who notified us of last week's "QOTW" problem.
We've isolated the gremlin and pounded it into submission, and those
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can do so now by
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
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Current POTW Winner |
Past POTW Winners
Welcome to another edition of AVweb's "Picture of the Week" and to
those of you who were traveling or otherwise engaged during the
holidays, welcome back. Now that 2006 is underway, submissions to
our weekly photo contest have resumed their steady climb, with just
under 100 photos coming into consideration this week. Topping the
list is a fly-over photo from Joseph Aldendifer of Corona, California.
Joseph's photo mixes the spectacular skyline of Los Angeles with the
warm and familiar cockpit of a DC-3, and it earns him our top prize an
official AVweb baseball cap. Wear it with pride, Joseph!
Scroll down and enjoy this week's photos but don't forget to
submit your own
pictures. You could win a hat like Joseph's if you're chosen
as a top weekly winner. And even if you don't make it to that
coveted spot, your photo could still be featured here, where it will
bring a smile of delight to a hundred thousand or so of your fellow
Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
Used with permission
of Joseph Aldendifer
This serene moment from Joseph Aldendifer
of Corona, California
reminded us of the magic of flying. The photo was taken at
from a DC-3 rose cockpit as Joseph traveled over Los Angeles.
here to view a large version of this image
Click here for a medium-sized version
AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our
POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up. Click on the links below to view
with permission of Bill Corbett
"Drew with Wings"
of Poquoson, Virginia
shares a fun photo of his grandson, Drew Law
"3 years old and an airport bum." Not many 3-year-olds
could give the whole city of Los Angeles a run for its money,
but that's just what Drew did in this week's "POTW" contest.
The photo was taken by Bill's son Andy at Langley Air Force Base.
Used with permission
of San Diego, California snapped
this photo (of a vintage Douglas AD Skyraider) over
NAS North Island during a flyover promoting a local
air show in 2003. For the sharp-eyed reader, Mitch
confirms that the plane in the background is indeed
Air Force One "President Bush was in town that day."
As the number of submissions
continues to grow, so does our
selection of photos that we simply
must share with you. Here's a sample
of this week's best runners-up:
with permission of Mark A. Lee
"Aircraft Rescue Training at Lambert"
Mark Lee of Columbia, Missouri is
the head of the
University of Missouri's Aircraft Rescue Training Program.
On its own, that sounds like a pretty cool job to us. But when
you mix in some of the adventures Mark's had on the road with
the Missouri D.O.T.'s Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Trainer,
it starts to sound downright glamorous.
Used with permission
of Adam White
"A Quick Peek Through the Trees"
of Nenana, Alaska took this
photo just a few days ago while visiting friends deep
in the Alaskan interior. Adam reports conditions
of -15°F and CAVU, "great day to be flying."
We'd agree with that as long as the heater's working.
To enter next week's contest,
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If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed
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