|Volume 9, Number 20b||May 15, 2003|
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb.com.
ALPHABET GROUPS PUSH FOR MEIGS REVIVAL...
It may have faded from the headlines (in the mainstream press, anyway) but the fight to reopen Meigs Field (CGX) is far from over. Just this week, three aviation organizations rallied their members to keep the pressure on Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. On its Web site, EAA notified the flying public that The Friends of Meigs Field and the Meigs Action Coalition are in need of support from "EAA members and aviation enthusiasts who want to see Meigs Field preserved." NBAA and AOPA also advised their members of pending legislation that could be crafted to reopen Meigs. More...
...WHILE NEWSPAPER QUESTIONS DISNEY TFR
Aside from the Meigs issue, EAA also notified its members of a newspaper article that challenges the logic used to enforce a TFR over the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Orlando Sentinel published a story on May 11 that questions the need to have flight restrictions over the Disney complex and the alleged behind-the-scenes pressure used by park officials to get the TFR in place. The paper also questions the need to have security at the Disney theme parks on par with such sites as federal research labs, weapons depots, and nuclear military installations. More...
BOMBARDIER'S NEW ENGINES EMERGE...
Is the aviation world about to be set on its ear with the introduction of new piston powerplants? It would appear so. Although Bombardier/Rotax continues to be coy about what its plans are, AVweb has learned that it will announce at Oshkosh the introduction of at least two new certified aircraft engines, the V220 and the V300T. Although Bombardier officials refuse to confirm the specifics, we believe these engines are four- and six-cylinder V designs with single overhead cams and FADEC-controlled fuel and ignition systems designed to run primarily on low-octane gasoline. They sound like evolutions of the Rotax 936 the company had on the test stand a few years ago. (Multi-fuel might be an option.) More...
...TURBOCHARGED MODEL LIKELY...
The larger variant of the new engine is probably turbocharged; even we can surmise what that "T" means. We dont know if they're fuel injected but we cant see how any cutting-edge engine technology that hopes to deliver both performance and efficiency would be carbureted. The engines were developed in Rotax's Gunskirchen, Austria, plant during the past five years. More...
...BOMBARDIER BIG ENOUGH TO CHALLENGE TEXTRON
Bombardier is a Canadian company based in Quebec and is a conglomerate with a business breadth somewhat similar to another big player in the piston-engine world, Textron, whose Lycoming division currently owns the OEM market for light aircraft engines. The company's aerospace segments build the Lear and Challenger jet lines and oversee the Flexjet fractional ownership business. Bombardier also makes equipment for the mass-transit industry and has a well-established foothold in the recreational and marine industries, the primary market for its Rotax piston-engine line. (It also owns Evinrude and Johnson, the outboard motor makers.) More...
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FAA SAYS PAX ARE FATTER
The FAA has recognized the growing girth of Americans by revising weight-and-balance estimates used for loading aircraft. Under current guidelines, an adult passenger flying in winter is estimated to weigh 185 pounds, including clothing and carry-on luggage, while the same passenger is calculated at 180 pounds during summer travel. Recently, the FAA ordered 15 airlines to check passenger weights. The survey showed that passengers and their bags generally are heavier than the estimates by 20.63 pounds, carry-on bags were higher by 5.72 pounds and domestic checked bags by 3.81 pounds. After reviewing the results of its survey, the FAA released new guidelines on Monday, adding 10 pounds to its estimate for passengers and five pounds to luggage. In addition, checked bags now will be estimated to weigh 30 pounds rather than 25. The new guidelines come as the NTSB released more information on the crash of a Beech 1900D airliner in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this year, in which it was suggested that weight-and-balance issues may have been a factor. More...
WICHITA LENDS BOMBARDIER A HELPING HAND
The Wichita City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an incentives package for Bombardier Aerospace's plant in Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports that Bombardier's rent of city-owned land will be chopped by $36,000 a year. According to the newspaper, the city also agreed to split with county officials the $550,000 bill for repaving Learjet Way near the plant. The city aid comes after federal and state officials stretched eligibility requirements for unemployment benefit extensions to laid-off aerospace workers at Wichita plants. More...
COAST GUARD ADDS TO AIR PATROL FLEET
A European flavor has been added to the aircraft fleet patrolling the U.S. coastline. The Coast Guard has ordered two EADS CASA CN235-300M Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The new aircraft, made by the same European consortium that makes Airbus jetliners, are the first in a multiyear, multi-aircraft acquisition in the Integrated Deepwater System's (IDS) modernization program for the Coast Guard. The IDS Program is aimed at modernizing and replacing the Coast Guard's aging surface and air fleet. More...
CIRRUS KEEPS GROWING
While most of the aircraft manufacturing industry struggles to remain aloft, Cirrus Design claims to be on a growing sales trend. The company boasts 800 employees and an equal amount of aircraft. The company recently released some data to support this claim. Cirrus says its has experienced an increase in production for the SR20 Version 2.0 and optional ice protection and primary flight display (PFD). Over 800 aircraft are in the Cirrus fleet, with over 500 customer-owned SR22s. More...
PIPER PA-23 FINAL RULE COMING SOON
Apache owners take note: A new FAA final rule is going into effect next month. This amendment adopts a new Airworthiness Directive (AD) that applies to certain New Piper Aircraft Inc. model PA-23, PA-23-160, PA-23-235, PA-23-250, and PA-E23-250 airplanes that do not incorporate a certain design flap control torque tube or torque tube assembly. This AD, which goes into effect on June 23, requires owners/operators to repetitively inspect the flap control torque tube for cracks, corrosion, wear, or elongation of the attachment bolt holes (referred to as damage), and requires the replacement of any damaged torque tube with either an improved design flap control torque tube or flap control torque tube assembly. More...
EX-ANSETT PILOTS SUE FOR TRAINING WAGES
While Ansett Airlines is no more, the labor issues it once dealt with are still very much a present-day issue. Thirty-six pilots of the defunct Australian carrier are suing the company's administrators for more than $716,000, claiming they should have been paid wages for training in January 2002 as preparation for the aborted takeover by Tesna, a company that agreed to pay almost $300 million for Ansett's business but withdrew just days before scheduled completion. The angry ex-Ansett aviators are demanding they be paid for the time they spent training to fly Airbus A320 aircraft. More...
SURVIVOR RECOUNTS HORRORS OF RECENT CONGO ACCIDENT
On Monday, AVweb reported on an incident in which a Russian-made airliner's cargo door opened in flight. We still don't know how many people were sucked from the aircraft to their deaths but the Associated Press found some passengers who managed to hang on through the decompression. The AP said Congo police Lt. Ilunga Mambaza described a scene of panic in the hold of the plane, crammed with people and cargo, when the bay door in the rear suddenly opened for no reason. Mambaza latched onto a truck in the jet's cargo hold as the door blew open. More...
ON THE FLY...
Family won settlement for land used for runway expansion...
AOPA Pilot Facility opened at the Wright Brothers National Memorial...
Boeing asks the public for help in naming its new 7E7...
The FAA held a career-awareness program for school kids...
The CAP will host major educational event March 24 -- 27, 2004. More...
AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 120 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, Harold Prior, of Hannibal, N.Y. His photo, titled "Playing in the dandelions," features the Tyler 11, an experimental, one-of-a-kind airplane designed and built by Chuck Tyler. This all-wood airframe is powered by a VW engine with reduction drive, and boasts a propeller hand-carved from Cherry wood. Great picture, Harold! Your AVweb hat is on the way.
To check out the winning picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to http://www.avweb.com/potw.
AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
We received over 300 responses to our question last week on the Centennial Of Flight Celebration. The vast majority (69 percent) of those responding indicated the Wright Brothers' work should be celebrated via this yearlong project. Only 1 percent felt it is an all-around bad idea to commercialize this historic event. In addition, 11 percent indicated this celebration should have more of a global perspective.
To check out the complete results, including comments, go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
This week, we would like to know your thoughts on GA glass cockpit packages. Thanks to Austin D. Nixon for suggesting this week's topic. Please go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw to respond.
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BIZAV, May 15, 2003
AVweb's expanded coverage of business/corporate aviation continues with a review of EBACE 2003, analysis of the cyclical nature of aerospace work, a report on Bombardier's new GA engine, the BizAv AD watch and more.
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