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PROBLEM GROUNDS ECLIPSE 500 TEST FLEET
president and CEO Vern Raburn yesterday confirmed in a memo to customers
that the Eclipse 500 test fleet has been grounded for the past two weeks
or so because of a problem with the aft wing attach bolt bushing. Raburn
told AVweb that the problem was discovered during a routine
inspection and in no way could have led to wing separation or failure.
According to Eclipse, the aft wing attach bolt -- one of four wing
attach bolts, two of which carry the main load -- primarily prevents
forward and aft wing flexing during hard landings. The snafu centered
around improperly installed bushings, which "migrated and caused the
hole to become elongated," though ever so slightly -- about a tenth of
an inch, Raburn says. Still, that was enough for Eclipse to voluntarily
ground the test fleet. Moreover, Eclipse says the problem does not
affect production airplanes. More...
500 WINDSCREEN CRACKS ALSO A CONCERN
The memo to customers
also identifies another problem seen in the test fleet -- windscreen
cracking in the patch holes, where the windscreen attaches to the
airframe. Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn said the cracks
are only on the outer layer, so they aren't posing any pressurization
problems (at least not yet). "However, it is a fatigue issue," he told
AVweb, "and they're occurring much sooner than they should." In
the short-term, Eclipse will require future operators to conduct a
100-cycle visual inspection to check for any windscreen cracks. Longer
term, the company is working on an improved windscreen mounting method,
which will be retrofitted to the fleet at Eclipse's cost.
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WANTS MORE TRAINING FOR AIR-TAXI CREWS
The NTSB on Tuesday
released the latest version of its "Most
Wanted" list of aviation safety improvements. New to the list this
year is a request for the FAA to mandate that crews who fly for
on-demand air-taxi operators regulated under Part 135 must be trained in
crew resource management (CRM). The training should include a review of
accidents and offer instruction in skills and techniques for effective
crew coordination. The board said several recent investigations of fatal
Part 135 accidents showed the operator didn't have a CRM program, or if
it did, it fell short of the training required for Part 121 crews.
CONCERNS INCLUDE ICING, FATIGUE, RUNWAY INCURSIONS
also cited runway incursions, which have been cited every year since the
lists inception in 1990. "These incidents continue to occur with
alarming frequency," the NTSB said. "The FAA indicates that during
fiscal year 2005 there were 327 incursions, and during 2006 there were
330. A system introduced by the FAA provides warning to air traffic
controllers, but not to the flight crews, a fact that severely reduces
the amount of time that pilots have to react to an impending incursion."
The NTSB wants the FAA to implement a safety system that would provide
direct warning to flight crews. Also among the board's concerns were
pilot fatigue and icing. More...
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DENIES PILOTS' REQUEST TO GO HOME
A federal judge in Brazil
said on Monday that the two U.S. pilots who were
flying a Legacy jet involved in a midair collision in September still
cannot leave the country. The pilots -- Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino,
both from New York -- have been in seclusion in a hotel in Rio de
Janeiro while the investigation continues into the accident, in which
all 154 people on board a Gol Airlines 737 were killed. Reporter Joe
Sharkey, who was a passenger on the Legacy jet, wrote in his blog
that last week it seemed the pilots might be released, as the
investigation's focus appeared to be shifting to air traffic control.
ATC DELAYS CONTINUE
The Legacy was flying straight and level
before the collision, Sharkey says, and adds, "The Legacy pilots' skill
and courage saved my butt." He says a lawyer for the pilots will appeal
the judge's decision on the grounds that of all the professionals
involved in the accident, only the pilots are being detained. This
"discriminatory treatment" will be challenged under the principle of
habeas corpus, because authorities have presented no evidence against
the pilots to warrant their extended detention, Sharkey notes. The
Legacy safely made an emergency landing after the collision and all
seven people aboard were unharmed. Meanwhile, flight delays continue across the country as air
traffic controllers stick with their "work to rule" campaign.
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KILLS V6 PROGRAM
The new V-6 engine that was promoted at
Oshkosh last summer as the REV will be shelved, BRP-Rotax said this week. BRP-Rotax, based in
Austria, said it will complete the certification of the engine next
month, but then will not proceed with bringing it to market. The company
will continue to offer its 912 and 914 models for recreational aircraft.
"We have come a long way with the V6 engine and are proud of what we
have accomplished," said Gerd Ohrnberger, general manager of BRP-Rotax.
"However, when BRP was sold three years ago, management decided to
concentrate the company's core activities on powersports products.
Today's announcement will ensure that BRP-Rotax's human and financial
resources continue to contribute to our company's mainstream activities
and its growth." More...
DENIES FRAUD ALLEGATIONS
Thielert, a German company that builds diesel
aircraft engines, has rebutted accusations alleging that some of its
financial reports were fraudulent. The allegations first surfaced in
October, and briefly deflated the company's stock price by 40 percent,
Thielert says. At that time, the company said its balance sheets had
been approved by auditors and also passed an additional stringent review
before its initial public offering. CEO Frank Thielert comments: "We are
confident that our good products and excellent market position will
enable us to press ahead ... We will do everything in our power to
defuse the allegations as quickly as possible." More...
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FLIGHT: VETERANS AIRLIFT COMMAND
Wounded veterans returning
from Iraq and Afghanistan have many challenges ahead, but finding
transportation shouldn't be one of them. That's the view of a new
nonprofit group, Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), which is recruiting
volunteer pilots and aircraft owners to lend air support to recovering
soldiers and their families. The group recently flew its first mission,
bringing an injured Marine from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., to
his home in Florida. Walt Fricke, founder and CEO of VAC, called on
father and son Billy and Christopher Ball to pilot the first mission.
They flew their Cirrus from Jacksonville, Fla., to pick up Cpl.
Christopher Brink. The trip home to Florida, which would have required
13 hours and three layovers on commercial flights, took only three hours
in the Cirrus. More...
GARMIN AUTOPILOT APPROVED FOR MOONEY COCKPITS
Acclaim, Ovation2 GX and Ovation3 can now be equipped with Garmin's new
GFC 700 autopilot, Mooney said this week. The FAA has certified the
installation on all three models. The GFC 700 is a three-axis, fully
digital, dual-channel, fail-passive Automatic Flight Control System.
"The GFC 700 marks the first time single-engine piston pilots will have
the option of flying with a completely integrated cockpit -- where all
of the elements of the avionics panel are designed to communicate with
each other for the purpose of reducing pilot workload and enhancing
safety of flight," said David Copeland, Mooney's vice president of sales
and marketing. More...
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AMPHIBIAN LSA CERTIFIED
The Freedom amphibian, built by
Spanish manufacturer Colyaer, was approved last week as a Special Light
Sport Aircraft. The airplane, which is built of carbon fiber, Kevlar,
Nomex and epoxy, won recognition earlier this year at Sun 'n Fun, where
it was named best composite seaplane. It also won a takeoff award,
averaging six to eight seconds to skip into the air. Its three-bladed
pusher prop is powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912, and its 40-foot wingspan
brings a reported 20:1 glide ratio. It's been tested in seas as high as
one foot, and the retractable landing gear is designed to tolerate
unimproved fields. The FAA's rule against reconfiguring the landing gear
in flight remains in force. More...
STAFFING A FACTOR IN FATAL CRASHES, SAYS NATCA
crashes this year might have been affected by FAA staff changes, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
said yesterday. In one incident, a local radar facility was closed
for the night when a twin-engine Beech Baron crashed on approach in Lawrenceville,
Ill., last month, killing the pilot. NATCA says local approach
controllers should have been guiding the aircraft, but instead the
flight was being handled by the Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control
Center. An accident in April at the Bloomington, Ind., airport, in which
five people aboard a Cessna U206G were killed, also
resulted from the reduced quality of air traffic services available to
the pilot, NATCA said. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown told AVweb
yesterday that the NTSB has not yet determined a probable cause for
either of those two accidents. She added that many airports have
transferred their approach control radar services over to a center
during times of low activity. More...
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Piaggio promises style, performance in jet design to
launch next year...
Bell/Agusta flew the second prototype of its
BA609 tilt-rotor aircraft...
A 172 pilot made a safe emergency
landing in a riverside park in Brooklyn...
join in suit opposing "airport to nowhere" in Fla...
A Manitoba man
was badly hurt when he was struck by the propeller of a Cessna
Swiss company Aviace on Monday dropped its lawsuit against
Eclipse...A 1978 Cessna T210M Centurion II, N6991B, has been reported
stolen from El Gallito, Mexico. More...
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AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new
in-depth interview each Friday. In Friday's
podcast, you'll find an interview with Cessna chairman, president
and CEO Jack Pelton, covering the company's light sport aircraft and
next-generation piston family. And AVweb's podcast index
includes interviews with Spectrum Aeronautical chairman Linden Blue,
Adam Aircraft chairman Rick Adam and New Piper CEO Jim Bass. In Monday's news
summary, hear about how the elections will affect the user-fee push;
the FAA takes a hard stand on preserving airports; AOPA Expo sets record
attendance in Palm Springs; Foxjet revived after being on the shelf for
nearly 30 years; the Aviation Safety Reporting System celebrates 30
years; and more. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you
won't find anywhere else. More...
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OF THE WEEK: FLYING INTO IMC
This week, AVweb wants to know
how much risk our instrument-rated pilots shoulder. Tell us: Do you ever
fly single-engine piston airplanes into solid IMC? Plus: Will the
shift of power from Republicans to Democrats in both houses of Congress
affect the push for user fees? Find out what AVweb readers thought of
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OF THE WEEK: MONTGOMERY AVIATION
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Montgomery Aviation at KTYQ in Indianapolis,
AVweb reader Justin Klump simply said that the FBO is
tops and deserves to be highlighted in AVweb.
Aviation is a first class facility operated by first class people. You
are always greeted with a smile. They are definitely deserving of the
FBO Of The Week award."
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OF THE WEEK
So, is it Helicopter Week on the Discovery Channel
or something? Nearly every submission in this week's
"POTW" file has rotors from military choppers all the
way to gyrocopters. We love a good coincidental theme as much as
anyone -- gives us a picture of what AVweb readers are interested in
this week, y'know -- but come on, seriously, did you guys stage
this? Out of 108 entries received this week, 66 feature rotored
aircraft, and another 12 were taken from the seats of gyrocopters.
Nevertheless, our top photo this week comes from James Lawrence of Old Chatham, New York --
and while it doesn't feature any helicopters, it mayjust rekindle an old
debate ... . More...
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