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LOOKING GOOD AGAIN If there can be any good news out of a
terror scare like the one last week in Britain, it's that those who can
afford alternatives to the airlines start thinking that way again.
Industry observers expect increased interest in the full range of
business aircraft in the wake of the discovery of an alleged plot to
sneak peroxide-based explosives on up to 10 airliners flying between
Britain and the U.S. The fallout of enhanced security has considerably
ratcheted up the inconvenience factor for airline passengers, delaying
and canceling flights and creating massive lineups, any of which is
bound to push the time-is-money limits of those more endowed with the
latter than the former. The added impetus comes at a time when business
jet sales are already on pace to set a sales record. More...
DO VLJS FIGURE IN? As they say, timing is everything and the
heightened interest in personal air travel that will likely result from
the latest developments coupled with recent and very public
announcements -- particularly from Eclipse (with its provisional
certification) and Honda (with its plans to certify the HondaJet) --
could have an impact on the burgeoning very light jet sector. Critics of
the phenomenon have said the air taxi industry, on which so many of the
predicted 3,000-plus sales of VLJs will depend, just won't offer enough
in terms of convenience and frequency to lure the type of traffic needed
to make it fly. Whether being able to take your toothpaste along in the
cabin (or waiting while security agents fill garbage cans with your
shaving cream, makeup, contact lens solution, denture cream, suntan
lotion, etc.) will make the unfamiliar and more expensive air taxi
process more appealing remains to be seen. More...
NOT AFFECTED -- YET? As British authorities were swooping
down on the suspects, AOPA was announcing an updated Airport Watch
program, which it developed with the TSA. As AOPA's Chris Dancy told
AVweb in our Friday audio news interview, the revised program
stresses each pilot's role in prevention and protection of his or her
aircraft from use for nefarious purposes. Dancy also told AVweb
it's vital that pilots remember to report any suspicious activity,
something that might spike in the wake of the British arrests.
Meanwhile, EAA is reassuring pilots that, in practical terms, nothing
has changed since last week. More...
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FATIGUE PREDICTION As the FAA wrestles with how to address
the issue of keeping aging aircraft in the air (and also wrestling with
the groups representing those flying old airplanes), the answer, as it
so often does, may come from the military. A military-funded research
project, called Prognosis, at Carnegie Mellon University is attempting
to predict metal fatigue by studying how cyclical stress affects the
crystalline structure of metal. "Once you've got this three-dimensional
picture of a structure inside a metal along with the impurities, you can
then run an engineering model where you apply a cyclic stress and figure
out where in this microstructure the stress or strain will concentrate,"
researcher Dr. Anthony Rollett told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
INVITED TO ALASKA While aviation groups and politicians in
the Lower 48 worry about the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles,
Alaska officials can't get enough of them. John Madden, who's in charge
of homeland security for the Alaska area (and has not recently hosted
televised football), told a Senate commerce committee hearing the skies
over Alaska should be filled with UAVs because its wide-open airspace is
an ideal testing area for all the ideas governments and companies are
coming up with to use them for. "Only in Alaska can we test the full
range of potential missions of UAS without immediately confronting the
complex airspace found in most of the rest of the country," he
testified. Madden told the senators UAVs could be used to help in search
and rescue, scientific projects, pipeline patrol and a host of other
missions that will test their capabilities. More...
AND RESCUE PROPOSED As the military uses its UAVs, it finds
ever more uses for them and sometimes that involves flying them over
civilian airspace. The FAA and the Air Force now have a protocol
agreement on allowing the use of UAVs when lives could be at stake.
"Now, we have a process to receive approval to fly Predators within
hours as opposed to weeks," Tom Thibodeau, a civilian consultant to the
Air Force's Air Combat Command, told Blackanthem Military News.
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PEOPLE'S TURBINE MAKES ANOTHER SHOWING Our last update on the 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 was this past January. Innodyn LLC announced last week that the first
customer-delivered turbine engine had flown in that customer's RV-8
(renamed an RV-8T). Innodyn didn't name the customer, nor did it provide
much detail about this "first" flight, but says more information will be
posted by the customer himself. "The turbine worked great, and we were
up about 15 minutes and reached an altitude of about 9,000 ft," Innodyn
quotes its customer as saying. Further flights from the customer's home
base in Colorado are planned. A photo of the turbine-equipped RV and
"additional images, video, and comments from the builder/owner will be
posted in the near future," according to Innodyn. More...
WANTS LANDING DISTANCE ORDER DELAYED Fallout from a Southwest
737 accident in Chicago last winter continues. The
National Air Transportation Association says the FAA is fudging the
regulatory process and creating confusion and uncertainty with its new
requirement that the operators of jet-powered aircraft do detailed
stopping-distance calculations just before landing. It wants the agency
to delay implementation of the orders for at least 60 days to deal with
the concerns. In a letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, NATA
says the new requirements are being issued through "operation
specifications" or "management specifications" instead of going through
the formal rulemaking process, with its opportunity for public comment.
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PILOTS "TOO TIRED TO FLY" Security delays at the airport
can't be helping, and a British study has concluded that most British
short-haul airline pilots are running on empty at the end of their
shifts, according to a report in The Scotsman. The study,
done by the University of Central England, says one of the 160 pilots
interviewed reported being so tired at the end of one day that he
couldn't drive home without pulling off the road and taking a nap first.
The pilots told researchers that airlines are forcing them to work
longer days by getting them to fly in the "discretionary hours" that are
supposed to be set aside for coping with weather and equipment delays.
About 80 percent say they've flown when they believe their judgment has
been impaired by fatigue. However, the British government and at least
two airlines seem to think the researchers found an unusually
bleary-eyed bunch of pilots. More...
NEW ULTRALIGHT ENGINE Not all the innovation is taking place
in the very light jet and other ivory-tower sectors of aviation. One of
the great things about EAA AirVenture is that recognition is given those
whose more homegrown tinkering can result in technological advances for
those whose flying is a little less complex than some. Take, for
example, the Custom Power Plant Award winner at the 2006 fly-in -- the
Big Twin. Valley Engineering, of Rolla, Mo., has come up with
what appears to be a viable four-cycle alternative to the noisy, smoky
two-cycle engines in the 30- to 50-hp range that power a lot of
ultralights. The company adapted a 990-cc V-Twin motorcycle engine for
aircraft use and came up with a package that weighs a maximum of 117
lbs. (depending on configuration) and puts out a maximum of 38 hp.
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TO PATROL BORDER The Civil Air Patrol has been pressed into
service to conduct "reconnaissance" missions along the border between
Arizona and Mexico. Three CAP Cessna 182s and pilots from Nevada will
head south to fly the missions, which will be in support of government
border-patrol efforts. The CAP crews have no authority to try and stop
anyone trying to sneak across the border but they will be acting as eyes
and ears for the feds. CAP volunteers often have lengthy military and
law enforcement experience. The duty will rotate among Nevada CAP units,
which have a total of 450 volunteers and 10 aircraft between them.
MUSTANG COMEBACK? A Canadian company is considering resuming
production of the kit-built Thunder Mustang, a three-quarter scale replica of
the P-51 that's been turning heads at the Reno Air Races. The original
company closed its doors several years ago but Mike Paller says it
wasn't because of the airplane. Paller said there is demand for the
$285,000 kit-built plane, which is actually faster than a real P-51
(when flown below 10,000 feet). He's working to acquire the tooling and
intellectual property from the existing owners in Oregon and hopes to
resume production in Abbotsford, B.C., where he flew it in front of tens
of thousands attending the Abbotsford International Airshow on the
weekend. The Thunder Mustang is powered by a Falconer V-12
engine that puts out 640 hp, normally aspirated. More...
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BENEFIT FLYING AWARDS The National Aeronautic Association and
the Air Care Alliance have chosen the 2006 Public Benefit Flying Award Winners. Ted
Ruscitti, of Sewickley, Penn., gets the Distinguished Volunteer Pilot
award for his many efforts in public benefit flying from 9/11 to
Hurricane Katrina. Distinguished Volunteer Award goes to Jubel Caldwell,
the director of maintenance for Med+Flight in Texas. The Teamwork Award
went to Remote Area Medical and Wings of Hope for their joint projects
in 40 countries. Thomas Holcom, of Kansas City, Mo., gets the individual
award for organizing cooperation between volunteer groups. Air traffic
controllers in general and Continental Airlines will both receive the
Champion of Public Benefit Flying Award. Presentations will be made
Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room of the Capitol
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The Power Flow Tuned Exhaust System is now standard equipment on
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