AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 13, Number 24b

June 14, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
PowerLink™ FADEC Certified on Liberty XL-2; Is It Right for Your Aircraft?
Liberty Aerospace is the first certified piston-powered aircraft with PowerLink™ FADEC as standard equipment. PowerLink™ FADEC is now also available for several additional certified and experimental aircraft, including the A-36 Bonanza and VANS RV series. Find out how you can bring your aircraft into the state-of-the-art online.
 
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Cape Air Grounds Cessna 402 Fleet

Cape Air, a local airline based in Hyannis, Mass., on Tuesday voluntarily grounded 34 of its 49 Cessna 402 piston twins that fly in New England, the Caribbean and Florida after experiencing three engine failures in three weeks. Two failures occurred in late May, and the third on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Boston Globe. All three airplanes landed safely with the remaining working engine. "Several recent engine abnormalities have led us to examine the wear-rate in one of the engine components," the company said in a "Travel Alert" posted on its Web site. "To eliminate any risk this could create, replacement parts will be installed in every airplane and we have brought in colleagues from the engine manufacturer and the FAA to support our effort." The airline said it is grounding the aircraft as a "conservative yet wise precaution" and expects to have them all flying again in about two weeks. Company spokeswoman Michelle Haynes told the Cape Cod Times it was premature to comment on how much the repairs would cost and whether the engine manufacturer, Continental Teledyne, would pay the costs. "The unusual wear pattern on these parts has to be fixed," Haynes told the Times. "It's a tough decision, but it's the only decision." The FAA told AVweb, "The engine manufacturer identified the problem and the carrier elected to voluntarily remove aircraft from service. Boston FSDO, Engine Directorate and the Atlanta ACO (which oversees Teledyne of Mobile, Alabama) are working with the carrier and monitoring the work and also providing any other assitance they can, No additional notifications have been undertaken by FAA at this time. The carrier is notifying FAA as the work is done."

NTSB Investigating SFO Runway Incursion

Two airliners came within about 50 feet of colliding at a runway intersection at San Francisco International Airport two weeks ago, the NTSB said on Monday. At about 1:30 p.m. on May 26, the tower air traffic controller cleared SkyWest Airlines Flight 5741, an Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia, to land on Runway 28R. "Forgetting about the arrival airplane, the same controller then cleared Republic Airlines Flight 4912, an Embraer 170 departing for Los Angeles, to take off from Runway 1L, which intersects Runway 28R," the NTSB said in a news release. After the SkyWest airliner touched down, the Airport Movement Area Safety System (AMASS) alerted and the air traffic controller transmitted, "Hold, Hold, Hold" to the SkyWest flight crew. The SkyWest crew applied maximum braking and stopped in the middle of Runway 1L. As this was occurring, the captain of the Republic Airlines flight took control of the aircraft from the first officer, realized the aircraft was traveling too fast to stop, and initiated an immediate takeoff. According to the SkyWest crew, the Republic aircraft overflew theirs by 30 to 50 feet. The FAA has categorized the incident as an operational error, the NTSB said. Both aircraft were operating as scheduled passenger flights under Part 121 and were operating on instrument flight plans. There were no reported injuries to occupants and no reported damage to either aircraft. Following the incident, the controller was decertified, required to complete additional training, and recertified by SFO management, the NTSB said.

FAA Reminds Pilots To Communicate Clearly

Miscommunications are a major cause of runway incursions, the FAA said in a safety notice issued this week. Statistics show that incursions this year are higher than last year, with 139 incursions so far in FY2007, compared to 117 in the same period the year before. The incursions included incidents such as crossing hold-short lines without clearance from ATC, landing or departing without ATC clearance, and departing from the wrong runway. To avoid such incidents, the FAA suggests that pilots review proper radio technique. Also, the FAA reminds pilots that a “Taxi To” clearance authorizes the aircraft to cross all runways and taxiways which the taxi route intersects. But this clearance does not authorize the aircraft to enter or cross the assigned takeoff runway at any point. The FAA now requires that pilots read back all "hold short" instructions. More details are listed in a brief safety reminder posted online by the FAA.

 
Aircraft Spruce at the 2007 Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In
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AOPA Urges Pilots To Report FSS Problems

AOPA is asking pilots to continue reporting their experiences with Lockheed Martin's Flight Service Station (FSS) system, noting that the this feedback provides an important cross-check on the data supplied by Lockheed to the FAA and other overseers. "On a day when Lockheed Martin reported that the longest hold time for the entire system was four minutes, we had a member report of a 20-minute hold," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "And their system averages seem to be much better than what our members say are their real-time experiences. We encouraged the [Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General] to resolve that apparent discrepancy." Boyer said the OIG will receive a copy of every complaint that pilots send to AOPA. FSS performance data can determine whether or not Lockheed Martin qualifies for cash bonuses from the FAA. If performance continues to be poor, the company could lose again in the next quarter. "Millions of extra dollars are a powerful motivator for getting things right," AOPA said.

Eclipse VLJ Production, Improvements And Training Update

Eclipse Aircraft says its Avio NG avionics package for the Eclipse 500 very light jet is progressing through testing at a pace that is slightly behind schedule, but the system has been flown on one jet. A second Avio NG-equipped 500 will fly later this month. The company believes it has identified and resolved a pitot/AOA system icing problem discovered in testing that resulted in loss of pitot pressure in both the left and right primary flight displays. A new system design has been submitted to the FAA for certification this month. Affected customers can seek retrofits in July. A new design intended to address fatigue cracks found in the outer layer of the windshield and side window has led to increased inspection and replacement intervals (inspection every 300 flights and replacement at 1,500 and 600 flights for windshield and side windows, respectively). The certification for the new window designs begins this month. Physical modifications to the aircraft for enhanced performance continue and certification for those is expected "soon." The first aircraft to incorporate all enhanced performance packages (S/N 39) is still in the production phase. Retrofits of previously completed aircraft will be scheduled beginning in July. Following an announcement at EBACE of a European order for 180 aircraft (120 firm and 60 options), Eclipse Aviation now says its single certified flight training device will soon be installed at Albuquerque, N.M. Training sessions are expected to begin this July, when the company's new training facility at Albuquerque Double Eagle II airport is slated to open. The company aims to wipe out the training backlog "by the end of summer."

 
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FAA Issues "Flight Plan" For Next Five Years

The FAA on Wednesday released its 2008-2012 Draft FAA Flight Plan, a to-do list of the agency's latest goals. The document is now available online for review and the FAA invites comment. "Simply put, we need to overhaul our aviation system," the document states, and it provides a "roadmap" to achieve that over the next five years. The FAA says its plan will boost capacity, increase safety and diminish aviation's impact on the environment. The document also ties the success of the next-generation airspace system to changes in the agency's funding mechanism -- meaning user fees. "We continue to push for a dedicated link between our revenues and the costs to provide service. Without a steady, dependable stream of revenue, our budget will continue to fluctuate," the document reads. The draft sets out goals for the deployment of ADS-B, data-link communications, airport surface surveillance and continuous-descent arrivals.

NBAA: Don't Blame GA For Delays

When the air traffic system clogged up along the East Coast last Friday, a spokesman for the Air Transport Association told the media that general aviation is a significant cause of delays. "Nothing could be further from the truth," says Dan Hubbard, spokesman for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). "Almost all delays are caused by weather and the commercial airlines themselves." He added that the number of turbine business aircraft in the U.S., which the airlines blame for system congestion, is deceptive because the figure overlooks the fact that turbine business aircraft average only about 370 flight hours per year -- less than 10 percent of the average flight hours logged by an airliner. Patrick Forrey, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, agrees: "Severe weather accounts for over 70 percent of delays, which are exacerbated by the hub-and-spoke operation, and the rest is either airline staffing woes, air traffic controller staffing shortages or the airlines' own operations." Hubbard said the "deceptions and finger-pointing" by the airlines are drowning out meaningful discussion about how best to strengthen the national airspace system for all users.

 
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Liberty XL2 Certified In Europe

Liberty Aerospace has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for both VFR and IFR ratings of the Liberty XL2, the company announced on Wednesday. The company now plans to develop new overseas markets. “As Liberty’s global expansion continues I am confident that our aircraft’s unique mix of economy, affordability and modern technology will appeal to the world wide GA market,” company spokesman Keith Markley said in a news release. The aircraft also has recently been certified in Indonesia and China.

The company hopes the airplane's fuel economy and low maintenance costs will appeal to European buyers. This summer, the first Liberty XL2 aircraft to be registered in Europe will fly across Europe from north to south -- from North Cape in Norway to Greece -- and from east to west -- Portugal to Poland -- to demonstrate its capability as a reliable cross-country aircraft. The two-seat XL2 is built with a carbon-fiber fuselage and modular construction, and is powered by a piston engine equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC). Liberty Aerospace is based in Florida.

Hawker Beechcraft To Celebrate At Oshkosh

Hawker Beechcraft plans to mark the 60th anniversary of the Bonanza and the 75th anniversary of Beechcraft next month at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. The events begin with the Bonanzas-to-Oshkosh arrival on Saturday, before the show starts. At least 100 Bonanzas and Barons of all models will gather at Rockford, Ill., to fly in formation to Oshkosh, arriving about 1 p.m. The flight includes Bonanzas from almost all 40 models, including a 2007 special-edition 60th anniversary Bonanza G36 flown by CEO Jim Schuster. On Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m., Hawker Beechcraft will host a “Beech Party” in the North 40 aircraft parking area, where hundreds of Barons and Bonanzas will be parked. Food, entertainment, special guests and Hawker Beechcraft’s own house band, “The Sons of Beech,” will be on hand. Throughout the week, special Beechcraft displays will be on exhibit at various venues on the field. Hawker Beechcraft, which is based in Wichita, Kan., recently released its first earnings report since transitioning to new ownership. The report showed first-quarter sales increased about 32 percent over the same period last year. "The pistons continue to be an important part of our product lineup," Hawker Beechcraft spokesperson Jackie Berger told AVweb.

 
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Experimental Balloonists Gather In Amherst

About 17 homebuilt hot-air balloons and 50-some pilots and friends gathered in Amherst, Mass., recently for the third annual Experimental Lighter-than-Air (XLTA) fly-in. The event is hosted by Dan Nachbar, who has been developing an unusual "personal blimp" that he calls Alberto, which has attracted considerable attention. The craft is designed for pure pleasure flying, and Nachbar has petitioned the FAA to review its requirement that he must have an airship pilot's certificate to carry passengers. "We argued (very reasonably in my own humble opinion) that the FAA's airship rating is focused on managing a pressurized, helium aircraft and that it is kind of silly to require it for Alberto because it is neither pressurized nor uses helium," says Nachbar. The FAA says it has reviewed his request and made a decision, but is not ready to reveal that decision yet, Nachbar said. Pictures of the blimp and the other aircraft, including "mass ascension" photos, can be found at the XLTA Web site.

High-Tech Turns Cessnas Into Aerial Photo Platforms

Traditionally, creating aerial photographs for mapping has been a pretty complex exercise, involving loads of expensive equipment, big stable aircraft and a highly trained crew. But now the John Deere company has developed a simple digital system that can be strapped on to any small single-engine airplane and flown by any commercial pilot. The system is intended to provide farmers with detailed, real-time information about the condition of their crops. Eight digital cameras are packaged into a small pod that is strapped on to a fixed-landing-gear strut. Two cables run into the cockpit, where a computer provides the pilot with a flight plan. "The pilot concentrates on altitude and flight aircraft position relative to the ground to get as consistent an image as possible," John Deere spokesman Jeff Keiser told the Farm & Ranch Guide. "The computer manages the camera system, the aperture and the exposure." The pilot flies a grid about 8,000 feet above the field and, after landing, downloads the information to the John Deere Web site. "By using global positioning satellites (GPS) to match images to specific areas in the field, the resulting processed images highlight areas that may indicate potential issues which could affect crops and impact yields," says John Deere's Terry Brown. "The OptiGro System is among the first to integrate the new technologies of digital imaging, computer analysis, GPS, variable rate systems and the Internet."

 
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Is the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration!
It's aviation's family reunion, bringing together the innovation, passion, and pride of every facet of flight. Join EAA at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 23-29 for the people, airplanes, and knowledge that are unmatched anywhere else in the world. For aviators, nowhere else has the magic of "Oshkosh." Be part of it this year! For more information, click here. For more information, click here.
 
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On The Fly

AOPA has launched a new Web site with info to help pilots on the career track...

Japan may enter the regional-jet market with a Mitsubishi RJ with 70 to 90 seats. A mock-up will be shown at this summer's Paris Air Show...

The Jet Center of Dallas FBO at Dallas Executive Airport (RBD) has expanded and renovated. Services for pilots include a WSI Weather and flight planning station, wireless Internet, Chrysler 300 courtesy car (with navigation system), snooze room and exercise room...

F-16s forced a small airplane to land near Kansas City after a controller reported that the pilot made "suspicious" comments. The pilot was interviewed and released, and federal agents called the report a misunderstanding...

EADS Socata this week named Jean-Michel Léonard as new chairman and CEO...

Carroll County Regional Airport in Maryland will expand to accommodate corporate jet traffic, despite local opposition to the plan...

The Perlan glider that less than a year ago lifted Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson into the world record books will be on display on AeroShell Square this year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007.

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Quiz #121

BRAINTEASERS

Quiz #121: Stress -- Deal With It
Stress accompanies flight -- Don't Panic! Some stress is good, some not so. Recently, while checking out in a stubby-winged Thorp T-18, the Brainteaser author stressed himself and the airplane. Share the humiliation and test your stress limits.

 
DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
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AVweb Audio News

AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's podcast, you'll hear AOPA's Randy Kenagy on the FAA flap over IFR-certified GPS receivers. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn; Xwind's Brad Whitsitt; BoGo Light's Mark Bent; DayJet's Ed Iacobucci; Pogo Jet's Cameron Burr; Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia; Air Journey's Thierry Pouille; Epic Aircraft's Rick Schrameck; Cessna's Jack Pelton; Embraer's Ernest Edwards; LAMA's Dan Johnson; Piper's Jim Bass; AOPA's Andrew Cebula; Hawker Beechcraft's Jim Schuster; and Avfuel's Craig Sincock. In Monday's podcast, hear Rick Schrameck of Epic Aircraft talk about the first flight of his company's very light jet. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.

 
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If you live near or in one of these states — California, Massachusetts, Georgia, New Mexico, and Oklahoma — Mike Busch will be offering his acclaimed Savvy Owner Seminar. In one information-packed weekend, you will learn how to have a safer, more reliable aircraft while saving thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after year. For complete details (and to reserve your space), click here.
 
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Question of the Week: Commercial Hiring Requirements at Regional Airlines

This Week's Question | Previous Week's Answers

PREVIOUS RESULTS ***

Last week, AVweb solicited reader opinions on the FAA's revamped, internet-based WINGS program.

The largest segment of those readers who chose to answer our question were on the fence about "WINGS 2.0":  34% of you said you might try one or two of the online courses before making up your minds.  By contrast, another 27% of you applauded the change, saying it's time WINGS was brought into the Information Age.

A complete breakdown of the responses can be viewed here.
(You may be asked to register an answer, if you haven't already.)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***

Regional airlines are currently struggling to fill new-hire classes, and some are being hired as first officers with the bare minimum of a commercial license with multi-engine and instrument ratings, meaning they could have as little as 250 hours TT.

What should be the minimum qualifications for a regional airline new-hire pilot?

Click here to answer.


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Use this form to send "QOTW" comments to our AVmail Editor.

 
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FBO Of The Week: Indianapolis Aviation

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

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Indianapolis Aviation at KUMP in Indianapolis, Ind.

AVweb reader Bill Johnson said the FBO staff is not only helpful, but honest, too.

"If your travels take you to Indianapolis the best airport is UMP. Phylis Denny and Larry Schmaltz run Indianapolis Aviation. Customer service is excellent and the facilities are great. Before I could call them with a question on my fuel bill, they called me to tell me they had found a discrepancy in my favor. If I'm in Indy, you'll find my plane at Indianapolis Aviation at UMP."

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: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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 photo on AVweb.com?  Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.

*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***

A quick look at our calendar confirms that air show season is in full swing!  With EAA AirVenture only a month away, we're starting to get photos from regional fly-ins and exhibitions all over the country.  Keeping that in mind, we couldn't resist John Gardner's 2-year-old son Brady comparing the scale on a Blue Angel memento to the real thing.  Congrats, John — we'll be sending you and Brady a set of matching AVweb caps.  (They're adjustable to fit any size head!)

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copyright © John Gardner
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Age 2.5, Mach 2.5

John Gardner of McLoud, Oklahoma took this week's winning photo last weekend at Tinker Air Force Base.  "This is my 2-and-a-half-year-old son Brady," writes John.  "In his mind, he was right up there with the pilot in the cockpit.  I wish the photo could capture the sound effects he was making."

 

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Used with permission of Jeff A. Randall

Midnight Lights

Here's one for the controllers in our audience, courtesy of Texan Jeff Randall.  An unidentified controller at Abilene ATC watches over the runway mid-shift in this great photo that very nearly made Jeff a two-time "POTW" winner.

Curiously enough, there were several ATC pics in our submission box this week.  (You'll find a couple of others in today's new home page slideshow.)

 

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copyright © Mark Smith
Used with permission

High-Flyin' Hornet

Mark Smith of Werribee, Victoria (Australia) gets this week's "most breath-taking" award.  He snapped this Royal Australian Air Force FA-18 from the back of a C-130.

 

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Used with permission of Bruce Hansen

Coffee Flying

Bruce Hansen of Ukarumpa in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea tells us, "This is a typical day at Owena, a 13%-sloped strip in the Highlands ... .  Coffee is bound for the world market."

If there's one thing the "POTW" Office enjoys as much as a good airplane photo, it's a great cup of joe.  Thanks for giving us a bit more appreciation for the trip, Bruce — !

 

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Used with permission of Colby Morgan

Godspeed, STS-117

Colby Morgan of Greenwood, Arkansas was one of several readers who caught the Space Shuttle Atlantis's lift-off and sent us photos.  After all the time, the space shuttle never fails to excite us.

(Colby's shot was taken from Veteran's Park in Titusville, Florida.)


Want more?  By the time you read this, we'll have freshened up the online "POTW" gallery on AVweb's home page with a dozen or so bonus pictures that don't appear here.  Go!  Check 'em out!

To enter next week's contest, click here.

A quick note for submitters:  If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week!  That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too.  ;)

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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Meet the AVwebFlash Team

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).

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