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Volume 12, Number 15b
April 13, 2006
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The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

Lycoming 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. More...

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 million. More...

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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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...

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. More...

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Offshore oil 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...

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...

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The Thirty 3G Headset, known for supreme comfort and hearing protection, offers 28-30dB of Active Noise Reduction (ANR) and weighs in at just 16 ounces. Integrates cell phone/music adapter with patch cords, auto shut-off, treble/bass controls, stereo/mono capabilities, independent volume controls, and up to 30 hours of ANR with only two AA batteries. Get the quietest headset ever made! Retail-priced at $599, the Thirty 3G comes with a padded LightSPEED headset bag and a five-year warranty. Order today by contacting a LightSPEED dealer, calling (800) 332-2421 during business hours (PST), or going online.

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...

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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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. More...

Canada's 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...

Skydancer Pilots Fight Fatigue With Oregon Aero(R) Seat Cushion Systems
Comfortable seats are more than a luxury when they help pilots fight fatigue, according to Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, aerobatic pilots of the Oregon AeroSM SkyDancer -- "The comfort of the seats is very important to combat the fatigue factor. The less fatigue we feel, the safer we are in the decision-making process." Let Oregon Aero turn your aircraft seat into a painless, safer flying experience with a Custom Seat Cushion System Upgrade. Click here for complete details.

It appears the Relentless NXT Reno racer was destroyed...
Floor plan of Air Force One revealed for the first time...
Liberty Aerospace received FAA Production Certificate for XL2...
Improved descent procedures could save fuel, reduce noise...
Air & Space Museum received record $15 million from Boeing...
PHX will spend $9 million to acquire museum aircraft...
The Ninety-Nines annual convention in Washington, D.C., July 5-9. More...

AVweb audio presents information you won't find anywhere else.Visit AVweb.com tomorrow for candid comments collected at Sun 'n Fun from Cirrus' chief, Alan Klapmeier.

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In Aircraft Insurance, There Is an Option -- Go Direct to Avemco
Many insurance agents say they represent "all the markets," implying once you call them you needn't bother with any other aircraft insurance provider. What these agents don't tell you is that there is an option -- Avemco. Avemco is the ONLY direct writer of general aviation insurance in the country and the only insurance company you can contact directly to purchase insurance. You always have an option with Avemco, offering mid-term premium discounts, storage options, credits for training, same-day service, and multiple payment options. Call (888) 241-7891 or go online.

The Savvy Aviator #30: The Mechanic's Signature
It's illegal to fly after maintenance until a mechanic signs a maintenance-record entry approving the aircraft for return to service. So what do you do if the mechanic says, "I can't sign it off"? More...

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The AOPA Aircraft Financing Plan Could Make Your Dream a Reality!
Have you been fantasizing about flying the skies in your dream plane? Check out AOPA's easy aircraft financing program. The program offers a variety of rate and fee options, easily customized to suit your needs. Whether you are purchasing for the first time or are an experienced aircraft owner, let AOPA's team of experts assist you with all of the details of your aircraft loan. Pre-qualification can take as little as minutes! To apply, call (800) 62-PLANE or go online.

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" contest is sponsored by Aviation Safety magazine, the monthly journal of risk management and accident prevention.

Thanks to all the pilots and AVweb readers who took time to nominate their favorite FBOs in our "FBO of the Week" contest. Today's ribbon finds its target in Florida.

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to MILLION AIR, NEW ORLEANS at NEW in New Orleans, LA.


Keep those nominations coming.

Click here to nominate your favorite FBO and here for complete contest rules

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBO's in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday! More...

ASO -- A Better Way to Sell Your Aircraft Share
Finding aircraft share buyers can be almost impossible. FBO bulletin board flyers are too limited, and ads in national publications are too broad. There's a better way with ASO's Partnership Ads. List your share on ASO, the most trusted place for aircraft sales, where interested buyers have the ability to search geographically to easily find your partnership listing. For a limited time, select Partnership Ads are complimentary. To get your share in front of potential buyers tomorrow, call (888) 992-9276 today or visit online.

What have you heard? There might be something to it. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, don't be shy. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. Our best stories start with you. More...

Bring Digital Audio Technology to Your Aircraft
With the flying season just around the corner, owners of retractable-gear aircraft can add an extra margin of safety by installing a P2 Audio Advisory System. Just like the new jets, the system combines audio and visual advisories for landing gear position, Vne overspeed, stall warning, and output for a Hobbs meter. Digital voice technology actually speaks to the pilot via headset and/or speaker: "GEAR IS DOWN FOR LANDING"; "OVERSPEED"; "CHECK GEAR"; and "STALL." Regularly priced at $1,795, these systems are now available for $1,295. Learn more online.

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. More...

Attention, Cessna Owners
Do you need to modernize your old, tired RT359A or RT459A transponder? Narco Avionics proudly announces the availability of their all-new AT165/C and AT165/C Value Series digital display transponders. The AT165/C and AT165/C Value Series are designed as direct slide-in plug & play replacement transponders for the old ARC units. Both units feature instant VFR recall with quick and easy one-knob code entry. The AT165/C also features pressure altitude display with hold alert, along with three independent timers with audible alert. For more information, visit Narco Avionics online.

As you may have noticed, Team AVweb is back in the saddle following our annual excursion to Sun 'n Fun. We enjoyed taking in the sights and gawking at the new jets and gizmos, but there's something we missed last week — reader-submitted photos! Thankfully, there was a healthy crop waiting for us on the AVweb server when we returned home. Instead of a single week's entries, we had two weeks' worth of pics on our server. And to our eternal delight, the best photos from the two weeks we've been gone ... are all centered around the number two! Christian Goetze of San Francisco, California kicks off the theme. In the process, he and photographer Melinda Green earn two brand-new official AVweb baseball caps, as winners of this week's "POTW" contest. To win one of these hats for yourself, all you have to do is submit your aviation photos -- and, you know, win the top slot. But hey -- you can do it, right? More...



Attention, Cessna Owners and Pilots!
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See What ATC Sees & Then See What They Do with the Information
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Flying Magazine Explores "Making the Leap from Pistons to Jets" in the April issue. Plus a review of Cessna's new Citation CJ1+ and 2+ jets; the best aviation movies; Richard Collins analyzes the NTSB's study of weather-related accidents; and much more. Don't miss an issue. Order online at big savings!

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IFR's May Issue Makes IFR-Rated Pilots Re-Think Their Flying
"Procedure Turn Follies" -- sometimes regs fly in the face of common sense; "Seeing It All Wrong" -- living with visual illusions; "Center Needs Tools Too" -- ARTCC's computing tools; "Heads Up and Locked" -- building fail-safes into your gear-up plan; "A Scud-Running Rating" -- consistently bridging the gap between MDA and pavement, especially circling or side-stepping. Plus: Explaining a crash to the NTSB, the future of position and hold, flight planning for the joy of it, getting your antenna wires crossed, flying too far off shore, and seeing how lesser bureaucrats get no respect. Order your IFR subscription online.


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