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WANTS CARAVAN ICING RESTRICTIONS
The NTSB says the fatal crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada last October "calls into serious question the
certification of the Cessna 208 for flight into known icing
conditions." A Jan. 17 letter from the board offers what may be
the most scathing indictment yet of the popular turboprop's
capabilities in ice. In that letter, the board told FAA Administrator
Marion Blakey the aircraft shouldn't be allowed to fly in anything but
"light" forecast ice and, that at the first sign of ice, pilots should
keep airspeed at 120 knots or higher, even if it means descending. The
board further recommends that the autopilot be shut off in icing
conditions so pilots can detect differences in control forces that
might indicate pre-stall conditions. "The Safety Board is very
concerned about deficiencies in the cold weather operational
procedures used by Cessna 208 pilots and the performance of the
airplane in icing conditions," the board told Blakey.
ACCIDENT FUELS CONCERNS
In November, a Grand Caravan was on approach to Domodedovo
International Airport in Moscow when it dove to the ground from almost
5,000 feet. The difference with this flight was that Russian air regs
required the Caravan to carry both cockpit voice and flight data
recorders and investigators have been able to piece together the final
moments of the flight in disturbing detail. The pilot reported "light"
icing to Moscow tower (the CVR records the two pilots talking between
themselves about "severe" icing) as they leveled off near their
assigned altitude of 4,900 feet. The data recorder shows the airspeed
dropping to 102 knots (the spec sheet stall speed is 61 knots) before the
aircraft stalls and spirals earthward (hitting speeds of 226 knots in
the dive). The POH establishes a minimum speed of 105 knots during
icing conditions but the NTSB says, for now, that's cutting it too
TAKES ACTION (BUT NOT WHAT THE NTSB SUGGESTS)
The FAA has been monitoring Caravan winter performance and issued an
Airworthiness Directive last March requiring pilots to run their hand
over the top surface of the wing to check for ice within five minutes
of a departure in icing conditions. On Feb. 22, another AD will be adopted, augmenting the earlier
AD and adding some new requirements. The cost of compliance for many
Caravan owners will be at least $10,000. To make the tactile check
easier for the pilot, the AD requires installation of a handle on the
wing so the pilot can hang from the handle while running his or her
other hand along the upper surface. The AD will also require de-icing
boots on the cargo pod and landing gear fairings of aircraft destined
for use in icing conditions and there will be some changes required in
the Pilot's Operating Handbook section on flying in ice. Not all
Caravans will be affected, however. More...
SAYS CARAVAN IS SAFE IN ICE
Cessna is standing by its airplane. Spokeswoman Bree Cox told
AVweb the approximately 1,500 Caravans have accumulated more
than eight million flight hours with a 99.8 percent dispatch record.
"The Caravan was certified by Cessna for flight into known icing to
FAA standards and, if operated in accordance with our Pilot's
Operating Handbook, is capable of safe flight in known icing," she
said in an e-mail to AVweb. She said Cessna officials are
studying the NTSB recommendations and preparations are underway to
ensure parts are available for compliance with the AD. The icing issue
has also kept Cessna's legal department hopping. More...
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FOR THE MASSES ALMOST READY (STILL)
A Pennsylvania company that says it can sell homebuilders a new
turbine engine for about the same money as a certified piston engine
of similar horsepower hopes to be fulfilling that elusive dream next
month. This time, that means February (truth be told, we heard
something very similar in August of '05 ... before that, in December of '04 ... and in April of '04, too). Charlie Sullivan, Innodyn's director
of business development, this week told AVweb that the company
is awaiting the arrival of a sophisticated dynamometer and a balancing
machine to perform final tests on engines that are ready for shipment.
What customers are waiting for are 188-pound turbines that put out 165
to 255 horsepower, with a TBO of 5,000 hours and price tag of between
$26,500 and $34,500 (see AVweb's December "04 coverage for earlier
details). Sullivan said he knows it sounds too good to be true to many
people and that's why he's not anxious to make firm promises that the
nature of groundbreaking technology can sometimes make difficult to
CUSTOMERS STAND BEHIND COMPANY
Although delivery dates have been pushed back (the company told
AVweb a year ago that it hoped to be shipping within a month)
at least one customer remains confident he'll (one day) have an
Innodyn turbine pulling his RV-10. Dave Talley said the company called
him last month to arrange delivery of his engine but he asked them to
hang on to it since he doesn't even have the airframe kit, yet. Talley
said the phone call indicates to him that the company is, indeed,
finally ready to ship. "I think they're the real deal," he said. Even
though the turbine will likely use more fuel, Innodyn says fuel burn
is a lot better than most people expect, but, this time, gave no
numbers (we've previously been told 7 gph per 100 hp) and said
that the extra cost will be more than offset by the anticipated lower
maintenance costs. More...
REGS TURN AUSSIE PILOTS POLITICAL
The Australian Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is reportedly so
upset with new security regulations on GA in that country, it's
considering running candidates for the country's Senate in the next
federal election. According to the Daily Mercury newspaper, AOPA
Australia believes that up to 1,500 pilots will be grounded by the new
regulations and the government has already warned members that anyone
who flies without going through the recently mandated background
checks is breaking the law. But even those who will likely clear the
checks are at risk because of a massive backlog in the issuance of new
Aviation Security Identification Cards. More...
PURSE FOR SAILPLANE RACE
While we don't know how much it costs to get a sailplane to New
Zealand, the winner of a next week's Community Trust Gliding Grand
Prix should hopefully cover expenses with the $10,000 NZD in prize
money. According to event organizers, it'll be the biggest prize ever
handed out in the sport, which will see the 11 pilots from nine
countries covering a variety of courses over nine days of racing. The
winner is also guaranteed a spot in next year's competition. Glider-
and helicopter-mounted cameras along with state-of-the-art 3D animated graphics will bring the aerial action
to the audience. The event takes place at Omarama from Jan. 21 to Jan.
29. Meanwhile, U.S. soaring pilots are getting ready for their big
CESSNA JUST AN RC
Police and ambulance vehicles rushed to the scene of a reported plane
crash in the Vancouver, British Columbia suburb of Surrey last Sunday
but were relieved to find that it was only someone's dreams that had
been shattered. According to the Vancouver Sun, a woman and her young
son called 911 after they saw the 1.5-meter radio-controlled model of
a Cessna go down in a field next to one of Surrey's busiest streets.
The field is often used by RC enthusiasts. From there, the case of
mistaken identity took on a life of its own. Media outlets monitoring
the police and ambulance radio channels began broadcasting bulletins
about the "crash." More...
COMPLAIN OF FATIGUE, MANAGEMENT OF REGS
If you're tired of hearing about airline problems, pilots say they are
quite literally tired of living them. The Air Line Pilots Association
says fatigue complaints are on the rise as airlines try to squeeze as
much value out of their pilots' time as regulations will allow. Pilots
on domestic flights are limited to eight hours of stick time a day but
the length of their "duty day," which includes preflight and
post-flight duties (aside from travel to and from locations for rest),
is growing, claims ALPA President Duane Woerth. "It used to be 80
percent of the industry had a 14 hour duty day. But now most of that
is gone. It's just gone," Woerth told reporters. And now JetBlue is
pushing for a longer flying day as well. More...
AIRLINES VS. HOSPITAL
Statistics show you're a lot safer in a U.S. airlner than in a U.S.
hospital and a consulting firm says medicine can learn a lot from
aviation. Lifewings Partners LLC, made up of military and
commercial pilots, along with active doctors, teaches healthcare
providers the principles of aviation crew resource management with the
goal of reducing the number of potentially life-threatening errors
that happen in hospitals. According to a news release issued by
Lifewings, 34 percent of critically ill patients in U.S. hospitals
experienced mistakes in their medical care. It's the highest rate
among developed countries. By contrast, the FAA published in 1996 that
if you flew on "one flight at random each day, [you] would, on
average, go for 21,000 years before perishing in a fatal crash."
FACES MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES
A Hawaiian pilot is facing a string of criminal charges, including
manslaughter, in the crash of his sightseeing helicopter off Kauai
last September. Glen Lampton, the flight's pilot, was one of three who
survived the crash a few hundred yards off Ke'e Beach, near Ha'ena.
Three other passengers died. Lampton was to be arraigned Tuesday on
three counts of manslaughter, two counts of second-degree reckless
endangering, one count of falsifying records and one count of
tampering with evidence. He was indicted by a grand jury last month.
According to the NTSB report, the Heli USA
helicopter took off for the scheduled 45-minute flight early on the
afternoon of Sept. 23 and encountered bad weather about halfway into
the flight. More...
AVWEBFLASH - AVWEB'S 2006 E-NEWSLETTER
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The changeover will be seamless and require no action
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Cessna 120 destroyed by pickup truck...
Indian Air Force pilots
Hawker 4000 certification delayed.
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