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AGAIN -- LYCOMING UPDATES ITS SERVICE BULLETIN
Tuesday issued a revision to its "this is the last one" Service Bulletin
-- SB 569A adds another 404 crankshafts to its list.
The change reflects an omission from the original list, not a change to
the total number of crankshafts affected, Lycoming said. (Affected
owners made newly aware may dismiss that distinction.) "If you
previously checked the list and did not find your crankshaft listed, you
must re-check the list to verify whether your crankshaft is covered,"
the company said. Owners also can call Lycoming Service at
1-800-258-3279 (U.S.) or 1-570-327-7046 to find out if their crankshaft
is affected. Lycoming is offering replacement crankshaft kits to owners
for $2,000. Lycoming says this is a 90%-discounted price.
WOULD BE OUT $32 MILLION
When Lycoming originally announced
in late February that owners of more than 5,000 aircraft must "retire"
their crankshafts -- at the owner's expense -- within three years, a bit
of resistance seemed inevitable to the casual observer, even if it
wasn't acknowledged by Lycoming. AOPA made its resistance official this
week with a letter to the FAA asking it to reject Lycoming's
plan. "The wholesale replacement of these crankshafts is unwarranted and
an unacceptable expense to aircraft owners," AOPA's Luis Gutierrez,
director of regulatory and certification policy, told the FAA. "AOPA
does not believe this action is in accordance with good risk-management
practices ... there is no engineering data or clearly defined safety
concern to support such action." AOPA estimated the cost to owners at about $32
FAR, CRANK-REPLACEMENT NOT MANDATORY
As things stand, Service
Bulletin 569A is not mandatory for Part 91 owners who don't use their
aircraft in commercial service, AOPA said. But Lycoming has made clear
it would like the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Directive based on the
SB, as often happens, and then it would be mandatory for all owners.
AOPA has asked the FAA to utilize its airworthiness-concern process and
solicit input from mechanics and owners before going along with Lycoming
on this one. "How does Lycoming or the FAA know with any certainty that
this particular group of crankshafts suffers from the same manufacturing
defects as those already covered by ADs?" questioned Gutierrez. "There
have been no failures, no service difficulty reports." The common thread
is a prior Lycoming contractor, which did produce other-batch
crankshafts that failed in service, and with which Lycoming will meet
again in court on appeal. More...
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DESIGN CLAIMS DOUBLED EFFICIENCY
A new design for an internal-combustion
engine, which debuted in Detroit last week at the Society of
Automotive Engineers World Congress, will double the fuel efficiency of
today's engines, according to its inventors. The Scuderi Group, based in
West Springfield, Mass., has several patents on the engine. Extensive
virtual-design work has been done, and the first diesel and gasoline
prototypes are in the works and should be completed by early next year,
according to the company. The engine tosses out the conventional
four-stroke cylinder and replaces it with a pair of cylinders. Fuel is
compressed in a compression cylinder and transferred to a power cylinder
through a gas passage. This split-cycle technology enables each cylinder
to be independently optimized to perform its separate and distinct
tasks, the company says. More...
ENGINES BENEFIT ALSO
Diesel engines especially stand to
benefit from the technology, the Scuderi Group says, because the engine
wouldn't need turbocharging, injectors, or exhaust treatment. So far,
the design has attracted some $8 million in investment, including $1.2
million in government funding, the company said. Besides the efficiency
gains, the engine would reduce toxic emissions by up to 80 percent. The
technology is based on the research and inventions of the late Carmelo
Scuderi (1925-2002), an engineer who developed new technology used for
recycling the refrigerant chemicals that deplete the ozone layer.
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WAR, OIL -- COMMERCIAL HELI PILOTS IN DEMAND
companies along the Gulf Coast are facing a critical shortage of
helicopter pilots, the Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, La., reported on
Sunday. Pay for pilots is going up, but many face long hours and
mandatory overtime. Michael Suldo, whose company provides offshore
aviation services, said 20 of his pilots have been deployed to Iraq. At
the same time, the large cohort of Vietnam-era helicopter pilots is
getting to an age where many are retiring or losing their medicals.
Post-hurricane reconstruction work has created more jobs. Suldo has
partnered with a local flight school with an old plan -- to train pilots
from the ground up, then offer them jobs after a stint building time as
instructors. Training hasn't gotten any cheaper, but for over 70
students now enrolled, school owner Joe Sheeran says there are more than
enough jobs to go around. More...
A GOODYEAR BLIMP FOR A DAY
If flying in a Goodyear blimp is
on your list of must-dos in life, this could be your chance. Goodyear
has launched a new blimp and is holding a contest to find a name for it. The winner
gets to have the blimp fly to his or her hometown and do their bidding
for a day. Hopefuls can submit their name proposals online through
April 30. Traditionally, blimps were named after sailboats that won the
America's Cup race, but in recent years, the options have widened. Names
included Spirit of America, Spirit of Akron, and Eagle. The company has
built more than 300 airships since 1925, and currently operates three
blimps that travel the country as "aerial ambassadors." (No, we didn't
hunt down the other 297-plus.) More...
LightSPEED's Thirty 3G Headset: Top Features Deliver
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GPS IS NOT ENOUGH
Sectionals, GPS, and moving maps are all
well and good, but sometimes what a pilot needs is a good old-fashioned
street map -- especially if you're flying at low level over urban areas,
trying to find a fleeing bad guy or a person in distress or a house on
fire. A company called AeroComputers has developed a system called
UltiChart to meet just that need, but it's not cheap, running from
$30,000 to $60,000 apiece. "We make very sophisticated equipment smart,"
company president Mark Gassaway told the Ventura County Star. "We're taking technology and
making it useful for a very difficult environment." The system comprises
a database and a camera, and with the flick of a switch can show the
pilot the helicopter's location on a street map. More...
20,000 FPM, JUST GET OUT OF THE WAY
The FAA has given a group
of high schoolers clearance to launch a home-built rocket up to 17,500
feet on May 13 ... so if you're flying in the area, watch out. The
rocket can climb at 20,000 feet per minute while making a lot of noise,
but somehow it's "a hobby that doesn't get a lot of recognition,"
according to high school senior Joe Skitka, of Lower Dauphin, Pa. Skitka
and his classmates have built a 20-foot-tall, 110-pound rocket, and plan
to launch it to 10,000 feet sometime next month (hopefully, the 13th),
The Patriot- News reported on Monday. Skitka and
friends raised $4,000 for the project by washing cars and selling 600
T-shirts with slogans such as "Got rockets?" and "I've got a big
rocket." According to Skitka, "Absolutely no adults help us in building
the rockets or the organization of the club." More...
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JET IN THE MAINSTREAM
The non-aviation press might not pay
much heed to small airplanes most of the time, but one emerging
exception to that is the two-seat Javelin Jet. Latest to notice it is Forbes Magazine. "In full sun on the runway at
Centennial, surrounded by multimillion-dollar business jets, the Javelin
stopped me cold," writes Taylor Antrim in the April issue. With the
prototype still early in flight testing, Antrim didn't get to fly one,
but he did try out the simulator, and that was close enough. "This
novice pilot lifted off, executed some pretty wicked rolls and loops,
flew inverted and even landed twice in a row. ... The Javelin simulator
is probably the greatest video game on the planet -- and not
surprisingly, it's ATG's most persuasive sales tool," he wrote.
CRASH REPORT CITES ICING, OVERLOAD, FATIGUE
Transportation Safety Board released its final report this week on a Caravan crash in which
10 people died in January 2004. Investigators found that the aircraft
was over gross by at least 15 percent on takeoff, freezing participation
was falling, and ice was visible on the leading edge of the wing. The
aircraft climbed out at a shallow angle and stalled less than two miles
out, most likely when the flaps were retracted. The Caravan impacted the
frozen surface of a lake and sank. There were no survivors. The pilot's
lack of appreciation for the known hazards associated with the
overweight condition of the aircraft, ice contamination, and the weather
conditions was inconsistent with his previous practices, the safety
board said. His decision to take off was likely affected by some
combination of stress and fatigue. More...
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It appears the Relentless NXT Reno racer was
Floor plan of Air Force One revealed for the first
Liberty Aerospace received FAA Production Certificate for
Improved descent procedures could save fuel, reduce
Air & Space Museum received record $15 million from
PHX will spend $9 million to acquire museum
The Ninety-Nines annual convention in Washington, D.C.,
July 5-9. More...
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#30: The Mechanic's Signature
It's illegal to fly after
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the aircraft for return to service. So what do you do if the mechanic
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OF THE WEEK: MILLION AIR, NEW ORLEANS
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OF THE WEEK
Lycoming engines -- again. This week, AVweb wants
to know if owners should have to pay to replace suspect crankshafts
built into their engines. PLUS: Results of our pre-Sun-'n-Fun question
about expensive missile defense initiatives for airliners.
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OF THE WEEK
As you may have noticed,
Team AVweb is back in the saddle following our annual excursion to Sun
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