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Volume 13, Number 24b
June 14, 2007
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.
Top Newsback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

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. More...

Aircraft Spruce at the 2007 Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In
Aircraft Spruce will be at the Golden West EAA Fly-In located in Marysville, California. Visit Aircraft Spruce at booths 26 & 27 for special show pricing. Complimentary shipping available on show orders (doesn't apply to oversize or hazardous goods). For more information, call Aircraft Spruce at 1-877-4-SPRUCE, or visit Aircraft Spruce online.
News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

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." More...

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News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

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." More...

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News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

GA Averages FIVE Accidents Every Day — Learn Why!
Search the AOPA Air Safety Foundation Accident Database to learn about the causes and outcomes of almost every fixed-wing general aviation accident since 1983. Search by keyword, state, aircraft make and model, weather conditions, and more. You'll gain invaluable knowledge about flying safely by learning from others' mistakes. Visit the ASF Accident Database now and get started.
News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

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.
News In Briefback to top 

New AOPA site helps pilots on the career track...
Japan may enter regional-jet market with a Mitsubishi RJ...
The Jet Center of Dallas FBO at RBD has expanded and renovated...
F-16s forced a small airplane to land near Kansas City...
EADS Socata named Jean-Michel Léonard as new chairman and CEO...
Carroll County Regional Airport (Md.) will expand...
The glider flown to break world altitude record will be at Oshkosh.

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QUIZ #121

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
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation, European-American Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Sabena Airline Training Academy, Utah Valley State College, and Utah State University have all selected the G1000-equipped DA40 Diamond Star. For value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet favorite. Go online for information on all Diamond Aircraft.
AVweb Audio News -- Are You Listening?back to top 


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.


Mike Busch Is Coming to a Town Near You!
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.
Question Of The Weekback to top 

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. Plus: Click through to find out how AVweb readers felt about the FAA's new internet-based WINGS revamp. More...

Attention, Cessna Owners and Pilots!
Join the fastest-growing and best association for Cessna Flyers — the Cessna Flyer Association (CFA), since 2004 providing same-day parts locating, faster answers to technical questions, an informative monthly magazine, online forums, national and regional events, an annual gatheringseminars, member discounts, and more for only $39 yearly. The CFA is located in the Blue Hangar on the Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) in Waupaca, Wisconsin, just 35 nm NW of Oshkosh. For more info, visit CessnaFlyer.org.
FBO Of The Weekback to top 


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!


IFR, the Magazine for the Accomplished Pilot
IFR magazine presents readers with monthly doses of straightforward, irreverent, pull-no-punches articles and advice, and hair-pulling, pencil-breaking, skill-sharpening quizzes — all to add to your confidence and renewed proficiency for today's flying in the complex IFR system. Order your subscription online for savings from the regular rate.
Pictures Of The Weekback to top 

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." 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!) More...

Names Behind The Newsback 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).

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