AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 12, Number 49b

December 7, 2006

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Winter Flying Dangers back to top 

Canadian Safety Board Urges Light-Icing Limit For Caravans

"This Cessna [Caravan] should not take off into anything more than light icing -- period," said Wendy Tadros, chair of Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB), at a news conference on Wednesday. "We think it would be safer if a Cessna 208 pilot never took off during anything but light icing conditions." The TSB asked both Transport Canada and the FAA to go further than current recommendations that tell pilots to fly out of moderate and severe icing conditions. The recommendation accompanied the release of the final report on the October 2005 crash of a Cessna Caravan that encountered icing shortly after takeoff. The pilot tried to return to the airport, but didn't make it, and was killed. Although the airplane was 288 pounds overweight, the safety board said the main problem was icing. Cessna did not return AVweb's calls seeking comment before press time.

NTSB: Use Caution On Wet Runways

The FAA's rulemaking process takes a long time, and NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker says airlines shouldn't wait for a rule to be finalized before they adopt more conservative stopping-distance estimates for contaminated runways. "We think airlines should voluntarily adopt the procedures contained in the FAA's OpSpec (operations specification) now, as we are entering another winter flying season," Rosenker said on Wednesday. The FAA's OpSpec recommends that crews should add a 15-percent safety factor and make other changes in the calculations. The FAA has recommended that airlines comply with the OpSpec now, but the changes won't be mandatory until a final rule is published. The OpSpec was prompted by the runway overrun by a Southwest Airlines 737 in December 2005. The aircraft landed at Chicago Midway Airport during a snowstorm, failed to stop on the runway, rolled through a blast fence and perimeter fence and came to rest on a roadway after striking two vehicles. A six-year-old boy in one of the automobiles was killed. The thrust reversers did not deploy until 18 seconds after touchdown. If the landing estimate had been calculated with that taken into account, the result would have shown the runway to be too short, the NTSB says.

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Eclipse Chimes In On Performance And Deliveries back to top 

Eclipse To Modify All Model 500s To Boost Performance

When it became clear during development of the Eclipse 500 very light jet that it wouldn't quite be able to meet its projected speed and range targets, the depositors were offered refunds. But the company also said it would continue working on aerodynamic improvements. On Tuesday, Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn said a series of modifications have improved performance to 370 ktas and an NBAA IFR range of 1,125 nm (with 100-nm alternate). And, despite an earlier announcement that the first 100 Eclipse 500s would meet a lower standard -- 360 knots and 1,055 nm -- all of those twinjets now will be upgraded to meet the new performance numbers, Raburn said. A handful of changes, from bigger tip tanks to slicker aerodynamics, have resulted in the improvements. The new tip tanks will add 25 gallons of fuel. Changes to reduce drag on the airframe include a new tail fairing, main landing-gear fairings and covers over the control-surface hinges. The elevator and rudders have been extended to eliminate gurney tabs that added significant drag. This change also improved the control forces, Eclipse said in a letter to customers. The Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) software will be changed to improve thrust at cruise altitudes from 25,000 feet through the certified max altitude of 41,000 feet. This won't increase the 900-pound-thrust rating of the Pratt & Whitney PW610F turbofans, but results in more thrust at typical jet cruise altitudes, the letter said.

Eclipse Offers Partial Rebate For Late Delivery

After some customers balked recently at being asked for a "six-month" deposit -- expressing concern that delivery of their jets appears to be more than six months away -- Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn this week announced a rebate plan for late deliveries. "For customers with a scheduled delivery date on or before September 30, 2007, we will reduce your final payment due at delivery by 0.5 percent per month (a 6-percent annual interest rate) of the additional payment we are asking you to pay now," Raburn said in a letter to customers. The six-month deposit will bring each customer's cumulative deposit up to 60 percent of the full aircraft purchase price. Eclipse has a one-month grace period before the rebate kicks in. Thus, if the scheduled delivery month is April 2007 and the actual delivery is June 3, 2007, the buyer will be entitled to one month of the 0.5 percent offset deducted from the final payment amount.

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News Briefs back to top 

Brazil Allowing U.S. Pilots To Return Home

The two U.S. pilots who have been held in Rio de Janeiro since a fatal midair collision in September will be allowed to go home, a Brazilian court said on Tuesday. The pilots -- Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, both of New York -- will have their passports returned to them and can leave the country in 72 hours, after being further debriefed by police, the court said. The two must agree to return to Brazil for any further inquiry and judicial action. "Restricting the freedom of movement for foreigners is not backed by the domestic legal system," the court's statement said, according to Reuters. Brazil is still investigating the crash, which was the worst in the country's history. The pilots were flying an Embraer Legacy jet above the Amazon on Sept. 29 when it collided with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800. All 154 people on board the 737 were killed. The Legacy made a safe emergency landing with all seven people aboard unharmed. Public opinion in Brazil seems to be shifting away from blaming the pilots to focus on concerns with air traffic control, Reuters said.

NTSB Investigating First Frax Cirrus Accident

The NTSB has finished its on-scene investigation of a Cirrus SR22 that crashed Thursday night while on approach to Runway 18R at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Killed in the crash of N665CD was George Vrana, the sole-occupant pilot and a partner with accounting firm Ernst & Young. Notably, the event marks the first accident at AirShares Elite, which managed the airplane under its fractional program. According to the NTSB, the Cirrus's recovery parachute and rocket separated from the aircraft, most likely during the impact sequence, yielding no early clue as to whether the pilot tried to deploy the emergency system before the single-engine airplane crashed seven miles from the airport. The Safety Board has examined the airplane's engine and is still interviewing witnesses and gathering ATC communications and radar data. A preliminary report is expected to be issued later this week. "First and foremost, we lost a fellow pilot, a friend and a member of our AirShares family," AirShares Elite said in a statement. "Our sincerest condolences are with the friends and family of the pilot. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the accident, and...we are fully cooperating with them in their investigation." An AirShares Elite spokeswoman further added that safety and training are the company's top priorities, with all existing customers required to undergo annual recurrent pilot training. New customers are subject to the company's recently approved FAA/Industry Training Standard (FITS) program. AirShares Elite said there are 50 Cirrus airplanes and 240 owners in its fractional aircraft program.

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News Briefs back to top 

Stunning Number Of TFR Violations Since 9/11

According to data obtained from the FAA by AOPA, there have been 6,658 Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) violations between Sept. 11, 2001, and the end of last month. Broken down even further, 1,632 of these infringements are presidential TFR busts and another 3,254 are due to "Washington, D.C. security-related" breaches, AOPA said. Some 2,672 of the Washington violations are related to pilots straying into the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) surrounding the nation's capital. The good news is that Washington ADIZ busts are trending downward, an AOPA spokesman told AVweb. Late last year, the FAA introduced a D.C. ADIZ training course, which might account for the decline in these violations. In July, the FAA issued an NPRM mandating this training for entry to the D.C. ADIZ airspace, but the agency has not yet codified this requirement. The comment period for this NPRM ended Sept. 5. Depending on individual circumstances, TFR violations can result in anything from a warning letter to certificate suspension. In more serious TFR incursions, violators can be forced down by the military and dealt with on the ground by Secret Service agents.

More Than Just Runway Repaired At Venice Municipal

"This doesn't happen that often," AOPA President Phil Boyer said Tuesday morning at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen a refurbished Runway 13/31 at Venice (Fla.) Municipal Airport. According to FAA Regional Administrator Doug Murphy, the FAA picked up all but $200,000 of the $4 million tab to repair the 5,000-foot runway. "The runway refurb was done with complete cooperation between local, state and federal officials, as well as the airport users," Boyer added. But just a decade ago this cordial relationship between airport and community was nowhere to be found. In fact, the FAA twice cut off federal funding due to spats with previous local leaders. Now Venice Mayor R. Fred Hammett calls the Gulf Coast airport "a lifeline for our community." The FAA's Murphy said the project is "a shining example" of people working together at all levels. Next year, the FAA is expected to chip in another $2.5 million to resurface Runway 4/22 and enable other airport upgrades, including construction of more T-hangars. There are currently long waiting lists for T-hangars at the uncontrolled airport, which sees about 164,000 operations per year.

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News Briefs back to top 

UND Flight Students Crash In Minnesota

Two teenage freshmen students attending the University of North Dakota (UND) were killed Friday in the crash of a 1971 Cessna 172L not owned by the school. The aircraft departed Crookston Municipal Airport (Minn.) at roughly 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of closed pattern work, which was expected to last an hour, according to a friend (and fellow student) who spoke with the students before the flight. The plane's wreckage was discovered at 1:40 a.m. in a field about one mile southwest of the airport. Lowell Miller, manager of the Crookston airport, told The Associated Press that high winds and sporadic snowfall were present at the time of the flight. Jacob Rueth, 18, was the flight's pilot and a pre-commercial aviation major at UND. FAA records indicate he had been a certificated private pilot since July. Jacob Sunblad, 19, was a pre-flight education major at UND. Sunblad was in pilot training but did not yet hold a private certificate. The aircraft was owned by Crookston Aviation Service. The FAA, the NTSB and Cessna have sent representatives to participate in the investigation.

Helicopter Departs For Flight Across North And South Poles

Two helicopter pilots, Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill, took off from Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday on the first leg of a flight that will take them to both the North and South Poles. If they succeed, it will be a first. The two will fly their Bell 407 helicopter through 34 countries and cover more than 36,000 miles in about six months. From Texas, they will head south to Mexico and South America, and are scheduled to reach the South Pole on Jan. 9. They head back across South America and along the U.S. West Coast to Alaska and Canada, reaching the North Pole on April 13. They plan to return via Russia, Europe and across the North Atlantic, reaching Fort Worth on May 23. You can follow their flight at their Web site, polarfirst.com. The same team attempted a similar flight in 2003, but crashed in Antarctica. Both pilots suffered serious injuries. The mission includes an educational outreach program in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society. Main sponsors are Bell Helicopter and Shell Aviation.

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News Briefs back to top 

Virgin Atlantic To Test Clean-Air Strategy

Virgin Atlantic is making good on recent promises from CEO Richard Branson to cut emissions of carbon dioxide. Driven by intense consumer concern about global warming in the U.K. and the rest of Europe, Branson has committed billions to research for new biofuels, but also said he'd work to cut consumption right away by reducing waste. The airline will carry out tests with its Boeing 747s throughout December at London Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. The idea is to create a holding area for airliners close to the runway that they can be towed to, so they don't use so much fuel taxiing from the gate and then holding on the taxiway. A longer, more detailed trial is then expected to take place in the first quarter of 2007. Teams from Virgin Atlantic are holding talks with airport officials at San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York JFK about similar trials. The changes should also reduce noise levels and result in "dramatically cleaner air on the ground," Virgin said.

AVweb Now Has Daily GA News Coverage

You can now get the latest general aviation news from AVweb -- the world's premier independent aviation news source -- as it happens at AVweb.com. Or sign up for our news feed and have the most recent headlines pushed directly to your RSS-based news reader. Either way, you'll be able to read the same concise, but comprehensive, news stories that you've come to expect from AVweb. And for major breaking general aviation news, AVweb will send out news alerts via e-mail to keep subscribers informed. Don’t worry -- you'll also continue to receive AVwebFlash every Monday and Thursday.

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News In Brief back to top 

On The Fly

Adam Aircraft has hired two new executives to manage flight test and engineering programs...

A computer system at Miami Center was down for about an hour on Wednesday, and four aircraft in the flight levels "almost" violated FAA separation rules, The Associated Press reported...

Brazil shut down three major airports on Tuesday when an air traffic control communications system failed; many travelers were stranded in terminals overnight...

Leonard Greene, inventor of the stall-warning device and founder of the Corporate Angel Network, died last week at age 88 in New York…

The EAA is holding a ceremony today at the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh to observe the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The observance -- which starts at 7:55 a.m., the same time the attacks began on Dec. 7, 1941 -- is sponsored by the Military Veterans Museum of Oshkosh.

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New On AVweb back to top 

New Articles and Features on AVweb


Say Again? #70: Speaking Freely
AVweb's Don Brown is freed from the confines of the FAA and can speak his mind -- and he's got a lot on his mind, what with massive retirements in ATC, user fees, restructuring and more.

AVweb Audio News

AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's podcast, you'll find an interview with Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with Honda Aircraft's Jeffrey Smith; Cirrus Design cofounder and CEO Alan Klapmeier; Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton; Spectrum Aeronautical chairman Linden Blue; and Adam Aircraft chairman Rick Adam. In Monday's news summary, hear about how Lexington Airport denies any liability for the Comair crash, the age-60 commission deadlocked on extending the retirement age for airline pilots, rules for maintenance facilities and technicians could get more strict, a bomber that crashed some 62 years ago was unearthed and more. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.

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Question Of The Week back to top 

Question of the Week: Local Governments and Local Airports

This Week's Question | Last Week's Results


Last week, we asked if you were planning to add WAAS to your Garmin IFR GPS receiver(s) when the upgrade becomes available.

Being the tech-savvy group you are, a large chunk of AVweb readers (42% of those who responded) said yes without hesitation.

At the other end of the spectrum, 24% of AVweb readers don't (yet) have an upgradeable GPS but are willing to consider WAAS when they get one.

What about the rest of the readers who participated in last week's poll?
For a complete breakdown of answers, click here.


How do your local government officials view the airport in your community?

Click here to answer.

Have an idea for a new QOTW? Send your suggestions to qotw@avweb.com.

This address is only for suggested QOTW questions, and not for QOTW answers or comments.
Use this form to send QOTW comments to our AVmail Editor.

A Savvy Owner Seminar Is Coming to an Airport Near You in 2007!
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FBO Of The Week back to top 

FBO Of The Week: TAC Air KTYS

Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to TAC Air at KTYS in Knoxville, Tenn.

AVweb reader David Stone said he literally got a warm reception from the facility's staff upon his departure.

"I showed up Wednesday before Thanksgiving with my wife and two sons. TAC Air had crew waiting with a luggage cart and even unloaded the plane. What wins my nomination, though, is TAC Air employees pulling the plane into a heated hanger Saturday morning after I called to have the plane pulled out front. The plane was covered in frost, and they saved me an hour and did not charge me a dime."

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

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Picture Of The Week back to top 

Picture of the Week

Submit a Photo | Rules | Tips | Questions | Past Winners

Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings.  The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week."

Want to see your photos featured?  Submit them here!


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copyright © Mike Shore Photo, Inc.
Used with permission

Mike Goulian, CAP232, Somewhere in Nevada

Wing-walking, air-splitting jet take-offs, and parachuting dominated this week's reader submissions, but after the dust had settled, we had to award this week's highest honor to Mike Shore of Austin, Texas.

Not only is Mike the second Texan in a row to win an Official AVweb Baseball Cap®, but he also managed to capture the spirit of this week's theme — excitement!

AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up.  Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.

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Used with permission of Wayne Dippold

I Feel the Need ...

By not completing the thought, Wayne Dippold of Depew, New York formed a strong psychic bond with AVweb this week:  We're finishing his sentences, and he's predicting our heart-stopping theme for the current edition of "POTW."


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copyright © Tim Adams
Used with permission

Three Generations: The Kazian Family of Wing Walkers

Tim Adams of Minooka, Illinois snapped this shot at what he describes as "a one-time-only event" in Janesville, Wisconsin.


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Used with permission of Jim Murphy


Jim Murphy of Norton, Massachusetts didn't have a super-sized version of this photo, but we're glad he submitted it.  The photo, Jim tells us, was taken "by a passenger on break-out on top."  The vertical lines seen here are the propeller frozen in time by the camera.


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Used with permission of Brendan Searle

Kirby #1

What's more adrenalin-inducing than an air race?  That would have to be an air race sponsored by Red Bull! 

Brendan Searle of Kaleen, Australia was on hand for the Red Bull Air Race in Perth and snapped this pic of U.S. champion Kirby Chambliss doing his thing.


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copyright © Larry Raulston
Used with permission

Pure Excitement

Larry Raulston of Neosho, Missouri writes:

"This Waco flies out of the airport that is approximately 200 yards from where I work. When we hear that big radial engine, my boss knows I'll be distracted for a while."


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John-Francis Mergen

Thinking of Spring Break

John-Francis Mergen of Baltimore, Maryland and Daniel Pupko of Grand Forks, North Dakota were on the same wavelength this week.  Faced with dropping temps, both AVweb readers cast their mind's eyes back to the warm and pleasant days of summer.

It was a tough call, but we decided to run John-Francis's photo instead of Daniel's — if only because it was taken during spring break, and the one thing we miss even more than summer weather is summer vacation!

Stay warm, fellas.


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copyright © Matthew Byczek
Used with permission

Wisconsin State Capitol

It's been a while since we ran a no-planes-in-sight overhead view of a government building*, but this shot of the Wisconsin Capitol was too nice of a postcard to pass up!

Matthew Byczek of Waunakee, Wisconsin writes, "I was out flying in early November, on my way back to MSN from the west. ATC vectored me for a 'city tour,' which gave me this great shot of the state capitol. I was looking around and suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I see what you see in the picture. Luckily I had my camera with me and I got this great shot."

* Yes, that really is a significant sub-genre of "POTW" submissions!


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copyright © John Rippinger
Used with permission

Snowbirds & Lima Lima

John Rippinger of the Lima Lima Flight Team (and of Schaumburg, Illinois if you're more of a geography buff than an aerobatics fan) has a habit of sending us cockpit photos we can't resist.  This week, he's back — with a set of colors any air show fan will recognize immediately.

"The Snowbirds had no problem with us taxiing over and lining up for the shot," according to John.

Hankering for more reader-submitted photos?  Watch the home page at AVweb.com this week, and keep your eyes peeled for photos that you didn't see here!

To enter next week's contest, click here.

A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.



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Names Behind the News back to top 

AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

Today's issue was written by Contributing Editors Mary Grady (bio) and Glenn Pew (bio) and Editor In Chief Chad Trautvetter.

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