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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.
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 based on a single incident of failure. More...
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PUBLIC MEETINGS START TODAY IN MARYLAND
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. More...
PILOTS DEAL WITH NEW UAV TFR
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." More...
FACES AIRSPACE OVERHAUL
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
ON UFO MIDAIR, OR WAKE TURBULENCE, OR...?
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
FLIGHT FOR SPECTRUM 33 LIGHT JET
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. More...
AND SLOW DANGEROUS, EVEN WITH A CHUTE
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
FLIGHT TOURS NO MORE
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. More...
PUBLISHES GUIDE TO HANGAR DEVELOPMENT
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.
YOUR OWN TURBOPROP
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. More...
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TELEPHONE SERVICE TO SWITCH TO PAY-ONLY
&publicatiAs 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."
A Conn. man pleaded guilty to stealing an airplane and flying
BRS got STC for Symphony SA 160...
to land at Kennedy Space Center today...
FAA notes fire danger from
laptop batteries in the cockpit...
A 1974 Cessna 210L, N93160,
stolen last week in Baja California...
Fatigue cracks found in both
wings of Mallard that crashed in Fla....
AOPA appointed four new
executive vice presidents...
Check out sectionals online at this
Over 800 jet pilots in Ohio taking steps
to join Teamsters. More...
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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, your safety margin will plunmet. AVweb's Michael Maya
Charles reminds us to watch our priorities.
When it comes to ice detection, knowing where to
look is half the battle. Click through for a free clip from our experts. More...
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
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
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