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G1000 PROBLEM AFFECTS GA DELIVERIES
A problem with a
component of the Garmin G1000 glass panel, a popular choice for avionics
in many general aviation aircraft, has stalled production and delayed
deliveries at factories around the country as Garmin searches for a fix.
The problem stems from a sudden increase in failure rates in recent
flight tests of new GRS 77 AHRS (Attitude Heading Reference System)
units used in G1000 installations, Garmin said on Tuesday. A component
failure in the GRS 77 results in a loss of attitude information on the
primary flight display. "After communication with Garmin's OEM partners
and the FAA, it was determined that in all G1000 installations,
continued safe flight can be conducted with the stand-by attitude
indicator and other available instruments," the company said in a
statement. "If pilots should experience a failure of the GRS 77 AHRS,
they should follow standard procedures and refer to the standby attitude
LAYS OFF 300, CITES GARMIN G1000 ISSUE
At Columbia Aircraft
in Bend, Ore., the company announced on Monday that it would halt its
production line and lay off about 300 workers until problems with Garmin
G1000s could be resolved. Although Garmin says the AHRS problem does not
require limitations on use of the aircraft, Columbia spokesman Randy
Bolinger told AVweb that, nonetheless, "the FAA will not allow us
to complete Certificates of Airworthiness with a known defect. The FAA
will allow us to certify the aircraft already on the assembly line for
VFR only." Columbia said in its statement that the production line will
"grind to a halt" until a fix is found and parts shipments are restored.
SNAFU ALSO AFFECTS OTHER AIRFRAMERS
At Cessna Aircraft in
Wichita, Kan., production has continued despite the G1000 problems,
Director of Corporate Communications Doug Oliver told AVweb on
Tuesday. "We anticipate a resolution from Garmin literally any minute,"
he said. However, deliveries of single-engine piston aircraft are
suspended until the issue is resolved. "Mustang deliveries were
originally suspended as well," Oliver said, "but due to its lower
production rate its avionics systems were installed some time ago,
before the suspect batch was produced. This has, of course, been
confirmed through testing and approved by the FAA." Oliver said he
doesn't anticipate any impact on production at Cessna. At Diamond
Aircraft, spokeswoman Heike Larson told AVweb that production
will continue. More...
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FIRM FIRST WITH PART 135 ECLIPSE VLJ
North American Jet
Charter Group at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, Ill., on Tuesday
received FAA approval as the first U.S. Part 135 very light jet (VLJ)
operator using an Eclipse 500. Operations are expected to begin
Wednesday under the company moniker Q, for Quintessential
Traveler service that offers an air limo at half the traditional charter
rate, according to North American Jet. "Today begins a new chapter in
aviation history," said North American Jet Charter Group President Ken
Ross. "With the operating efficiency of a VLJ like the Eclipse, the
flexibility and productivity benefits previously available only to
company presidents and CEOs are now available to virtually any business
traveler." Pricing has initially been based on one-way fares with no
daily minimums for aircraft usage or overnight charges. North American
Jet claims that up to three travelers will enjoy all the benefits of
first-class travel on their Eclipse 500s for about the same rate as a
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ADIZ "SPEED RING" IS CONFUSING, SAYS AOPA
certain GPS receivers to navigate the complex airspace around
Washington, D.C., have been receiving images that make the airspace look
even more confusing than it is, AOPA said this week. A new VFR speed-limitation
ring, with a radius of 60 nm around the Washington, D.C., Air Defense
Identification Zone (ADIZ), is set to become active as of Aug. 30. But
the speed zone is already being depicted on some in-flight displays with
graphics similar to that of a temporary flight restriction (TFR), AOPA
said. The association has contacted Garmin, Honeywell and Avidyne about
the problem and is working to have the speed-ring depiction removed
until the zone becomes active. More...
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UPGRADES S-33, ACCELERATES S-40 SCHEDULE
Independence very light jet, under development by Spectrum
Aeronautical, will be powered by a Williams International FJ33-4A-19
engine instead of the previously planned FJ33-4A-15, the company said on
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efficiency," said Spectrum Chairman Linden Blue. "The Independence
already had the highest thrust-to-weight ratio of any business jet, and
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REMINDS PILOTS: KNOW THE TAXI RULES
continue to rank among the most persistent hazards in civil aviation,
the FAA says, and to increase awareness the agency has published an InFO, or Information for Flight Operators, alert.
Awareness of pertinent FAA regulations and a clear understanding of
every taxi clearance are essential defenses for pilots against
incursions, the FAA alert says. For example, FAA regulations state that
clearance to "taxi to" the takeoff runway is not a clearance to cross
that runway. Other relevant regulations are reviewed in the InFO alert.
The FAA suggests that pilots and instructors should be sure that they
clearly understand regulations regarding taxi clearances and the meaning
of taxi clearances issued by ground controllers. More...
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AWARDS "PERSONAL AIR VEHICLE" PRIZES
NASA over the weekend
awarded $250,000 to participants in the Personal Air Vehicle
competition, which promotes the use of personal aircraft for fast,
safe, efficient, affordable, environmentally friendly and comfortable
on-demand transportation. Four teams competed at the Charles M. Schulz
Sonoma County Airport in California. The $100,000 Vantage Prize went to
Vance Turner of Rescue, Calif., owner of a modified short-wing Pipistrel
piloted by Michael Coates of Australia. The Pipistrel also won top
prizes for efficiency and short-runway performance, and second place for
speed, for another $60,000 in prize money. Coates told CNet
News the airplane is the "Prius of airplanes" because it can go as
fast as 170 mph and get 50 mpg. More...
EYING LARGER AIRCRAFT MARKET
About 500 light sport aircraft
are produced each year in the Czech Republic, and the industry there now
is researching a possible move into the production of larger aircraft
with as many as 15 seats, the Czech News Agency reported this week. A three-year
project is underway that seeks to boost production efficiency. "Forty
organisations from 14 European countries are working on the project, and
11 participants are from the Czech Republic," said Vlastimil Havelka,
secretary of the Czech Association of Aviation Manufacturers. The
three-year CESAR (Cost-Effective Small AiRcraft) project aims to cut
costs for manufacturers and shorten the time required for a new airplane
to launch. More...
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OF MUSTANGS" GAINS MOMENTUM
A once-in-a-lifetime aviation
event is in the works for next month, when up to 100 Mustangs will fly
into Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, for the "Gathering of Mustangs
and Legends." The last such gathering took place in Florida in 1999.
This year's event is billed as "The Final Round-up," as it might be the
last chance for many of the original Mustang pilots and crew from World
War II to attend. About 50 such "legends" are expected at the event,
including Aces, crew chiefs, WASPs and others who were part of the P-51
family. The event will take place Sept. 27 to 30. Besides Mustangs, the
show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the F-22 Raptor, the
Red Baron Stearman squadron, air show pilots Patty Wagstaff and Mike
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SUCCUMBS TO REASON
It's not often we can report that a pilot
complained to the FAA about an unreasonable regulation, and -- a mere
nine months later -- the pilot came away saying, "We asked the FAA to be
reasonable -- and they were." But that's what happened to Dan Nachbar, a
pilot in Amherst, Mass., who built his own small experimental blimp and
wanted to take passengers for rides. The FAA's way to do that would have
been for Nachbar to get an FAA airship pilot certificate. But since that
rating presumes that the airship floats via helium, while Nachbar's
depends on hot air, he thought the training would be "utterly
pointless." He explained to the FAA that his certificates to fly both
hot-air balloons and powered aircraft should qualify him to act as
captain aboard Alberto, his homebuilt blimp. The FAA mulled it over and
eventually agreed, and Nachbar can now take passengers aloft in his
"aerial yacht." More...
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AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new
in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's
podcast, you'll hear ConocoPhillips' Gabe Giordano on aircraft
engine oil. And AVweb's podcast
index includes interviews with Lycoming's Ian Walsh; Avidyne's Paul
Hathaway; Aerion Corp's Brian Barents; BusinessJetSEATS Alfred Rapetti;
EAA's Dick Knapinski; AOPA's Andrew Cebula; Cirrus Design's Alan
Klapmeier; NBAA's Harry Houkes; Reason Foundation's Robert Poole;
SATSair's Sheldon Early; Epic Aircraft's Rick Schrameck; AOPA's Randy
Kenagy; 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; and Cessna's Jack Pelton. In Monday's
podcast, EADS Socata's Jean-Michel Léonard talks about future
plans at his company. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things
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OF THE WEEK: WAS NASA'S PERSONAL AIR VEHICLE CHALLENGE A GOOD USE OF
NASA's first Personal Air Vehicle Challenge concluded
this past weekend, with the full $250,000 in prize money awarded in
various amounts to the four contestants. The entered airplanes were
modified versions of certified and experimental models, but none
incorporated any truly groundbreaking technology, nor will any of them
lead to a personal air vehicle for the masses. Do you think this money
was well spent? Plus: Last week, we asked how many of you have
chosen to fly non-ATA airlines because of ATA members' widespread
support of user fees. Click through to find out how your fellow readers
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OF THE WEEK: MCMINNVILLE COUNTY
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to McMinnville County at KRNC in McMinnville,
AVweb reader Jerry Trachtman said the county-run
facility's staff went above and beyond:
my home base of Melbourne, Fla., to Oshkosh, I stopped for fuel at
McMinnville, Tenn. (RNC), based upon availability of low-priced avgas
(lowest price within 100 miles). Due to thunderstorms, I could not
depart as planned and had to spend the night. Without hesitation, the
FBO staff gave me their only crew car for the overnight, and pointed me
in the right direction. My early departure the next morning was met with
a top cowl latch on my Piper Lance popping open on takeoff roll. I
aborted the takeoff and sought help with the FBO's mechanic, who was at
work early before any other staff had arrived. He repaired the latch,
sent me on my way and refused compensation. This FBO demonstrated
service above and beyond the call of duty."
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
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."
dive into this week's photo submissions, a quick word of thanks to all
the AVweb readers who stepped up to the plate over the last seven
days. Of 64 submissions we received this week, 55 of them could very
well have found their way into this morning's issue of
AVwebFlash. The bar has been set high this week, and that means a
stellar mix of photos right here and in our home page slideshow. Michael J. Gallagher of Peoria, Illinois
kicks off the festivities. Once you've seen these babies, keep the magic
alive and send
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