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LANDS SAFELY AFTER CRANK FAILURE
The 2005 Cessna 172S that
shed its propeller while climbing out from St. Augustine (Fla.) Airport
last Tuesday had a crankshaft failure, the NTSB said
in its preliminary report. The airplane total time at the
time of the incident was 399.3 hours. A pilot had landed the airplane at
St. Augustine on Monday, reportedly after the engine began to run rough.
On Tuesday, a commercial pilot checked the airplane over and tried
several run-ups, finding no discrepancies. The pilot took off at about 1
p.m. in VFR conditions, to ferry the airplane to New Smyrna Beach, the
NTSB said. During the initial climb at 500 feet, the engine rpm
decreased from 2,390 to 2,200. The pilot advised the tower controller of
the loss of power and had turned to return to the airport when he heard
a loud noise and the engine and engine cowling began to vibrate. He put
it down safely on a taxiway. More...
Although recent Airworthiness
Directives and Service Bulletins have addressed problems with crankshafts in Lycoming engines, none
of them applied to this particular airplane, Lycoming spokeswoman Daria
Fish told AVweb yesterday. "Whether the fracture of the
crankshaft at that location was secondary to some other cause is not
known yet," Fish said. Further, "the reported fracture here does not
involve the portion of the crankshaft which was the subject of prior
incidents." Fish said the information she has received so far indicates
that after the initial reports of rough running, the airplane was
checked by a mechanic and flown again, and continued to run rough.
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D-JET TO DEBUT AT OSHKOSH
Aircraft has officially confirmed plans
AVweb told you about last year -- that the single-engine
D-Jet will make its public debut this July at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh. The five-place (four-passenger) jet flew for the first time
in April and has been in flight testing since then. Goals put the price
below $900,000, max range at 1,351 nm, ceiling below 25,001 feet, cruise
at 315 KTAS, and all while fitting in and out of 2,500-foot strips.
"During my test flights, I was thoroughly impressed by the D-Jet's
performance and feel. It is everything you would expect in a personal
jet," said Diamond CEO Christian Dries. The D-Jet will arrive at the
show on Wednesday, July 26, and taxi onto AeroShell Square, where
Diamond executives will conduct a 10:30 a.m. briefing. Later that
afternoon, at about 2 p.m., the Diamond Jet will provide a flight
demonstration as a prelude to the air show. More...
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NEW AT NEW PIPER ... A JET?
New Piper has been
busy the last year or so dealing with hurricanes, union conflicts and
more, but now is ready to think about the future. "We're very, very
diligently working" on new product designs, says New Piper CEO Jim Bass,
who joined the company just last September. He said he's not ready to
announce any plans yet, but when he does, he'll have a well-formulated
program with target dates, and Piper will "by golly" meet those dates.
Plans for a very light jet will be announced later this year, he said.
Meanwhile, the company continues to work on enhancements to its current
product line, with efforts underway to improve fuel payload, speed,
range, avionics and ergonomics. For more from our interview with Bass,
including where the company will tend to focus its efforts in the
future, check out AVweb's podcast, available online tomorrow.
AIRCRAFT SEEKING CASH
Tiger Aircraft has plenty of orders,
but until new financing comes through, there is not much activity at the
factory. "We've cut back, but we're still there," company spokesman Mat
Goodman told AVweb on Tuesday. "Things are about the same. We're
still working on a financing deal." Goodman said he hopes to have more
news soon. The plant, in Martinsburg, W.V., opened in 2002, ready to
build copies of the sporty touring aircraft first made by Grumman in the
1970s. Last December, eight of the 28 employees were laid off. Company
President Gene Criss said then that he was working on some new products
and hoped to eventually have a workforce of 50 or more.
ENGINE OK'D FOR MORE PA28S
Thielert Aircraft Engines of
Germany said on Monday it has obtained supplemental type
certification (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency to
integrate its jet-fuel/diesel piston engines into additional Piper PA28
series aircraft. Two years ago, Thielert incorporated the Centurion 1.7
in the Piper PA28-161 as a rebuilt engine. Now, STCs for the Piper
series PA28-140, -150, -160, -180 and -151 have been added. To this end,
the Piper PA28-160 and -180 were reduced in weight to 2,152 pounds. "The
Piper PA28 is one of the most popular aircraft in general aviation,
after the Cessna 172. With these new certifications we now cover almost
all series of these two aircraft models," said Frank Thielert, CEO and
founder of the company. More...
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IS TICKING ON FAA/ATC DISPUTE
June 5 is the deadline for
Congress to act on the FAA's proposed contract for air traffic
controllers, and unless something happens between now and then, that
proposal will become the new contract. The National Air Traffic
Controllers Association (NATCA) is far from giving up that something
will happen. Several bills are in the works in the halls of Congress that
would derail the FAA's plan, and the NATCA lobbying effort is at full
force. John Carr, president of NATCA, says a majority of Congress "wants
the FAA to restore fairness and accountability to the bargaining
process." They have until Monday to act on that conviction. And if they
OIL SEARCHING FOR HELICOPTERS, PILOTS
With oil prices surging
worldwide, rig operators in the North Sea are ramping up production, and
running up against a shortage of helicopters and pilots to fly them.
Bristow Helicopters, based in Aberdeen, has 10 new helicopters on order
and is looking for more. "We have already had to turn down business
because we did not have the assets available," Bristow manager Mike
Duncan told The Scotsman. "It not just ourselves at Bristow that
are in this situation -- it is an industry-wide problem. It is not just
a question of getting the physical airframe; we've got to get the crew
to fly them and the engineers to maintain them." It takes up to two
years to get a new aircraft delivered, and five years or more to train
pilots from scratch. More...
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THE HOT MARKET FOR HELI'S, TOO
Meanwhile, the global economy
is growing, and that adds to the growing heli demand. Bell Helicopter
plans to open a pilot training facility in India next year and will also
start to offer fractional ownership plans there. "We expect the Indian
market for helicopters to grow to $4.3 billion over the next 20 years,
with 40 percent of the demand from the civilian sector," Bob
Fitzpatrick, Bell's senior vice president for business development, told a group of Indian journalists who recently
visited Bell's Texas facilities. Of the 120 helicopters now flying in
India, 70 of them are Bell products. "This figure will grow to 81
aircraft by the first quarter of 2007, and we want to be aggressive in
India as it is going to be a big market," Fitzpatrick said. India's Army
Aviation Corps is ready to buy 197 helicopters, and Bell is competing
with Eurocopter for the contract. More...
GROUPS SEEK VOLUNTEER GEEKS
The Air Care Alliance,
a nationwide league of volunteer flying groups, is gearing up to bring
its membership into the computer age. Many members already are using the
latest technologies, the ACA says, but others are still working with
pre-digital systems. At its recent convention in Oklahoma City, the ACA
introduced a new initiative to find, adapt and disseminate "smart
technology" solutions for its members. The group is soliciting savvy
volunteers who'd like to join its Technology Committee, whose purpose
will be to look for current and emerging hardware, software and
Web-enabled technologies that would benefit members. Interested? Contact
your local volunteer flying group by June 15 to submit your name.
The 2006 New Piper Mirage Offers Serious
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AIRLINES FIGHT, CHILDREN WIN
WestJet, Canada's biggest
low-cost airline, "unreservedly apologizes" to Air Canada for an episode
of industrial espionage, in a joint
statement released on Monday. WestJet, the fast-growing low-cost
airline, admitted that it snooped in Air Canada's computer files, using
a password provided by a former employee. "This conduct was both
unethical and unacceptable and WestJet accepts full responsibility for
such misconduct," the statement reads. To settle their dispute, WestJet
agreed to pay Air Canada's investigation and litigation costs of $5.5
million and will donate $10 million to children's charities.
CUB OF A FIGHTER
When pilots think of fighter aircraft, the
first thing to come to mind is not likely a little two-seat taildragger.
Legend announced on Tuesday that its Cub Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)
is now available as the Legend Combat, painted in military regalia for
like-minded sport pilots. The new design is reminiscent of the historic
Piper L-4, L-18 and L-21 models, the company says, which were used as
military liaison aircraft in World War II. The Combat, built in Sulphur
Springs, Texas, comes with standard features including modern
instruments and electrical system, doors on both sides of the fuselage,
an aircraft electrical system with starter, fuel storage in wing tanks,
and the 100-hp Continental O200 engine, the company said.
In Aircraft Insurance, There Is an Option --
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A rocket-powered F-104 Starfighter will try to
break land speed record...
Eclipse said it's "on track" for FAA
certification by end of June...
A 1975 Schweizer sailplane crashed
into a house near Pittsburgh...
Politics may have factored in
collision of Greek and Turkish F-16s...
A Piper Warrior hit an SUV on
Friday near Oxnard, two hurt...
Volcanic ash above Mount St. Helens
rose to 20,000 feet...
A lawsuit alleges NavCanada contributed to a
fatal crash in Vancouver. More...
Friday: New aircraft from New Piper? Check AVweb.com tomorrow and
look for the podcast link at the top of the page.
Exclusive interviews featuring Excel Jet's Bob Bornhofen, Adam
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Alan Klapmeier and more. AVweb's Podcast index, is available online -- pick and
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OF THE WEEK: CROTTS AIRCRAFT
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IF YOU NEED A FUEL STOP, OR JUST A CUP OF COFFEE, IN THE MIDWEST ,THIS
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Savvy Owner Seminar Comes to Sporty's Pilot
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Shevers. Go online for more information and a complete
OF THE WEEK
According the NTSB, last week's Cessna 172S
incident in St. Augustine included crankshaft
failure -- and the engine was a Lycoming. This week, AVweb wants to
know how you react to the news. PLUS: Results of last week's poll
on the predictions for a robust VLJ market. More...
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OF THE WEEK
AVweb experienced some server problems over
the weekend, and many "POTW" submissions were lost. Some came through
mangled or partially submitted, but many have disappeared into the
cyber-aether. (Which is why our "POTW" selection this week is a bit
smaller than usual.) We apologize for the inconvenience, but if you've
submitted a photo for consideration during the last seven days (and you
don't see it in this week's winners), then please take a few moments to
realize it's a hassle for some of you, but -- well, quite frankly, we
really like looking at your pictures every week and can't help
but feel like we've missed some really good ones this week. (We were
able to make out a few tail fins and the tops of some heads in many of
the mangled shots.)
Thankfully, the pictures
that did come through were stellar. We'd put Kevin Orr's winning photo up against
anyone's, from any week! For those of you astounded at Kevin's luck in
getting such a terrific shot, consider this: He didn't even have to
leave his driveway to do it. Not a bad day's work, Kevin. We're cutting
you a check for one official AVweb "POTW" baseball hat even as you read
this -- watch your mailbox!
Remember: Kevin won this
week's hat because he took time to submit his photo.
We'd love to see yours! More...
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