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CONFIRMS LEGACY FLEW STRAIGHT AND LEVEL
The NTSB yesterday
released "factual information" on the progress of the
Brazilian government's investigation into the Sept. 29 midair collision
between a Boeing 737-800 operated by Gol Airlines of Brazil and an
Embraer Legacy 600 business jet owned by Excelaire of New York. The
report says flight data recorder information from the Legacy jet
confirms that it was flying straight and level and at a steady speed up
to the time of the collision, debunking rumors that the pilots had
indulged in "abnormal maneuvers." There was no indication of any TCAS
alert onboard either airplane, no evidence of pre-collision visual
acquisition by any flight crewmember on either aircraft, and no evidence
of evasive action taken by either crew. More...
RADIO AND RADAR CONTACT SPORADIC
The NTSB reports very
detailed information about the interactions between both flight crews
and ATC throughout the flight. In the last two-way communication, the
Legacy crew reported that it was at FL370. ATC acknowledged and
instructed the crew to "ident." Radar indicates that the ident was
observed. After that, radar contact was sporadic and both the crew and
controllers attempted radio contact, but they never connected.
Controllers never asked the jet crew to change altitude, and the crew
never requested an altitude change. Examination of the wreckage
indicates that the left winglet of the Legacy (which includes a metal
spar) likely contacted the left wing leading edge of the 737. The impact
resulted in damage to a major portion of the left wing structure and
lower skin, ultimately rendering the 737 uncontrollable.
GROUPS CALL FOR RELEASE OF PILOTS
U.S. airline pilot groups
and the Flight Safety Foundation recently began calling for the release
of the two American pilots, Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, flying the
Embraer Legacy that was involved in the Brazilian midair accident. Now
the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and National Business
Aviation Association have joined in that chorus. On Tuesday, NBAA
President and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter to Brazilian President Luiz
Inácio Lula da Silva calling for the immediate return of the
pilots. "It is our understanding that the pilots and their attorneys
have fully cooperated with investigators from your government. Yet,
despite their cooperation, the pilots are being held in contravention of
internationally recognized practices and with no date certain for their
release," Bolen wrote. More...
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AIRCRAFT OFFERS SNEAK PEEK OF HONDAJET BIRTHPLACE
Honda Aircraft for the first time hosted a group of outsiders -- in this
case about 25 journalists -- at its Greensboro (N.C.) Piedmont Triad
Airport facility, where the company designed, developed, tested, built
and has flown the HondaJet very light jet (VLJ). The complex houses a
small group of engineers, flight-test personnel and company executives
in a setting that allows, and encourages, employee interaction. "This
small building is filled with very sophisticated technological abilities
and big dreams," noted CEO Michimasa Fujino, who is unarguably the
father of the HondaJet. He began work on Honda's aircraft program some
20 years ago as a "pure home-grown effort," which not only included the
airframe but also the turbofan engines. (Click on "more" link to see
AVweb's video footage of the HondaJet.) More...
SALES RACK UP, SETTING UP DEALERSHIPS
On the sales front, the
HondaJet backlog stands at more than 100 aircraft, even though first
deliveries of the $3.65 million twinjet won't start until 2010. However,
Honda Aircraft GM of Sales and Marketing Doug Danuser told AVweb
that this count includes only individual orders and that there is
significant interest (and most likely some orders already placed) from
fleet operators, a group that includes fractional and air-taxi
operators. Danuser comes from Honda's Acura luxury auto group, and it
shows in Honda Aircraft's approach to sales and service.
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BEATS OUT ECLIPSE IN FIRST VLJ DELIVERY
On Wednesday, Cessna
delivered the first Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ) following the
receipt of the FAA production certificate for the aircrafts
Independence, Kan. assembly line. The Mustang became the first
FAA-certified VLJ on Sept. 8, and this delivery marks another first in
the emerging VLJ class. Last month the six-seat, $2.65 million jet
received FAA approval for flight into known icing. Cessna said Mustang
Management Group (MMG) of Fresno, Calif., took delivery of the first
Mustang and will lease back the aircraft for 10 months as a
demonstrator. MMG then plans to use the Mustang in its Scott Aviation
subsidiary for flight training. More...
RESHUFFLES PRODUCTION LINE
Out in Oregon, Columbia Aircraft
is working to rebalance its production line as it regroups following
last June's hailstorm, and the process could result in some workers
seeing a cut in hours over the next month or two, Vice President Ron
Wright told AVweb on Tuesday. When about 20 percent of the crew
was redeployed to repair the 66 airplanes damaged by hail, the
production line got out of balance, Wright said. "We ended up with not
enough of some parts, and too many of others." With the hail repairs
complete, managers have been working to redeploy workers and get back to
building five to six aircraft a week, after cutting back to four. But
there are limits to that strategy, Wright said, because the workers all
have different skills and are not interchangeable. More...
Mark Your Calendars! LoPresti's
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NOTICES MISLEAD OWNERS, REPORTS NBAA
The National Business
Aviation Association (NBAA) and Edward H. Kammerer of law firm Edwards Angell Palmer &
Dodge say letters or e-mails from a company called International
Aircraft Registry (IAR) in Oklahoma City are misleading and can be
disregarded. Apparently, the communication from the company informs
aircraft owners that they have not registered their aircraft in
compliance with the Cape Town Convention, allegedly putting their lien
and/or title position at stake. According to NBAA spokesman Dan Hubbard,
NBAA has received reports of mailings sent to Members related to
registering aircraft to the Cape Town International Registry (CTIR), an
international aircraft registry that went into effect on March 1, 2006.
[Those] with ownership or international interests in aircraft assets
that have been in place since before the effective date of the CTIR --
March 1, 2006 -- are grandfathered, and therefore are not required to
register those assets. More...
YOUR (LOPRESTI) FURY GOING FOR CHRISTMAS
announced that position holders for its two-place 215-mph-on-10.5-gph
cross-country and aerobatic Fury aircraft will now have first dibs on
special pricing for the first 60 Furys produced ... but there's a twist.
The company says it has the names of 615 individuals who ordered 615
aircraft; however, through years of difficulty in bringing the aircraft
to market, some of those names have moved on to new addresses and the
company has lost touch. "To fulfill a promise" LoPresti is reaching out
to those 615 individuals and will "start taking orders Monday morning."
The first 60 from that 615 will secure their aircraft at a reserve price
only available to the previous position holders. The company plans to
build the aircraft at its yet to be built Belen, N.M., facility
(groundbreaking is set for January). But that's not all.
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AFSS SYSTEM FACES GROWING PAINS
Despite occasional complaints
from pilots about long hold times, Lockheed Martin's new Automated
Flight Service Stations are working pretty well overall, according to
Program Manager Dan Courain. "At times, when the weather is bad, there
have been some long wait times," Courain told AVweb on Tuesday.
"We're limited in staffing. We try to offload the calls but sometimes we
do get behind." Overall, the average wait time is just 19 seconds, he
said, but about 2 percent of callers hang up without getting through.
New technology that will come on line early next year should resolve the
sporadic back-up issues, Courain said. AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy told
AVweb that when pilots do complain, Lockheed Martin has been
"very responsive." More...
ANNOUNCES DELIVERY FORECAST
Embraer's market outlook sees demand for 11,115
business jets over the next 10 years. With most pundits predicting boom
years ahead for business aviation that figure may come as little
surprise, but it's the very light jet (VLJ) market where analysts are
most at odds. That said, the company is projecting delivery of 2,715 of
its VLJs between 2008 and 2016, and lists current orders at more than
340. The number includes both the six-seat Phenom 100 and the eight-seat
Phenom 300. More...
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HAWKER 4000 FINALLY EARNS ITS WINGS
Better late than never.
On Tuesday, Raytheon Aircraft Company said it finally received FAA type
certification (TC) for its Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet. The
approval is some five-and-a-half years later than originally planned and
couldnt come at a better time on May 31 Raytheon missed the
FAAs five-year limit for certification of the Hawker 4000 and had
to apply for, and was granted, an extension to December 31. However, the
extension also means that the Hawker 4000 must comply with Part 25
amendments adopted between May 31, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2001, notably more
restrictive fuel-tank and hydraulic regulations. More...
OKS HONEYWELL'S NEW RADAR
The FAA last week approved a new
onboard radar system by Honeywell that helps airline pilots detect
turbulence and wind shear in the air mass directly ahead of them. The
new RDR-4000 radar's patented 3-D scanning technology
introduces new capabilities, Honeywell said. It scans ahead of the
aircraft from the nose out to 320 nautical miles, and from the ground to
60,000 feet, or more than 1.5 million cubic miles. It includes a unique
vertical profile view of weather ahead of the aircraft that can be
presented simultaneously with the normal radar view. It suppresses
ground clutter and automatically compensates for the curvature of the
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Diamond's Twin Star DA42 got its TC from Transport
Canada this week...
Avantair plans to expand, growing its Avanti
P.180 fleet to 40...
New Sport Aircraft directory at Dan Johnson's
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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 Cirrus Design cofounder and
CEO Alan Klapmeier, who addresses the rash of fatal accidents in October
involving Cirrus pistons. And AVweb's podcast index
includes interviews with Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton,
Spectrum Aeronautical chairman Linden Blue, Adam Aircraft chairman Rick
Adam and New Piper CEO Jim Bass. In Monday's news
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OF THE WEEK: LOCKHEED MARTIN'S AFSS REPORT CARD
recently reported on the triumphs and tribulations of AFSS
privatization. Program Manager Dan Courain says Lockheed Martin is
doing well, but what do AVweb readers think? Rate their performance in
today's "Question of the Week." Plus: How many AVweb pilots said
they'd be willing to fly a single-engine piston into IMC conditions last
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OF THE WEEK: NORTH ALABAMA AVIATION
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to North Alabama Aviation at KDCU in Decatur,
AVweb reader Stan Poelstra was literally floored by
the FBOs low fuel price and high level of service.
stopped here twice. The first time, on the way to Florida, the FBO owner
lowered the price of fuel of the self serve while I was fueling to
$3.25. He said he just got the new quote so he would give it to me. On
the way back two weeks later, the price was the same but it was so windy
one could hardly stand up, so my wife and I stayed over night. They gave
us the use of the courtesy car that afternoon and overnight. No charge,
just lots of smiles and thank yous for stopping.
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OF THE WEEK: THANKSGIVING DAY EDITION
It's Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S.
time to reflect on the blessings of the year and spend a little
time appreciating the good things that have come our way. "Picture of
the Week" may not be a national institution, but you'd be hard pressed
to find a web feature today that's more thankful for its loyal readers
(and contributors) than this one. So, before we delve into this week's
crop of photos, let us say "thank you" to everyone reading today's AVweb
news. Without your pictures, your encouragement, your financial support
(through shopping with our sponsors), and your constant readership
through the years, we wouldn't be here to look at airplane photos and
have a bit of fun with you every Thursday morning.
"kick things off" has never been more appropriately used in a "POTW"
column than it is here, with this photo Christian Hauser of Vienna, Austria.
"Boeing's chief type test pilot Ricardo Traven lets the Hornet thunder
off for one of the displays at RIAT 2006," writes Chris. "Really a
mighty machine!" Thanks for participating,
Christian! As the submitter of this week's lead photo, you'll be getting
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