AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 13, Number 37b

September 13, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVweb Exclusive back to top 
 

Seawind Pulling the Plug?

Seawind Aircraft has written at least some of its business associates to say that the company is closing and there will be no resumption of the long effort to certify the unique amphib. As AVweb reported last month, the Seawind certification test aircraft crashed during a test flight near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Glenn Holmes, the experienced and well known Canadian test pilot, died in the crash. Canadian authorities are still investigating. Early indications from Seawind President Dick Silva were that the project would resume after results of the investigation were known and the company's Web site still says that and has job opportunities listed. However, a Sept. 7 letter sent to some businesses associated with Seawind paints a much different picture. We were unable to reach Silva for comment.

In the letter, Silva says financial backers pulled out after the crash. "The financing negotiations needed to complete the project were terminated and, as a result, the factory [in St. Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec] has been closed," he wrote. Silva also says the Kimberton, Pa. head office is also being wound up. "I regret the project cannot go forward. We had hoped for a long and prosperous relationship," he wrote.

 
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Marion Blakey's Last Day as FAA Administrator back to top 
 

Blakey Takes Parting Shot at Airlines

Marion Blakey made her last speech as FAA administrator on Tuesday, before the Washington, D.C., Aero Club. And it held at least one surprise -- she put the blame for airline delays squarely on airline scheduling practices that are "out of line with reality." The airline industry has waged a campaign trying to blame general aviation aircraft for congestion and delays. "If the airlines don't address this [scheduling issue] voluntarily, don't be surprised when the government steps in," Blakey said. Thursday is the last day of her five-year term. Former FAA Deputy Administrator Barbara Barrett has been widely speculated to be a likely successor, but an interim administrator may be named until a new appointment is complete.

Blakey has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, a move criticized by some as ethically dubious, though no specific allegations have been made that Blakey acted improperly. Blakey told USA Today that she has not taken a direct role in any regulatory action that would affect the AIA, and she was "taken aback and a little appalled, frankly" that ethical issues would be raised.

 
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The Search for Steve Fossett back to top 
 

Search for Fossett Continues into Second Week

With dozens of aircraft scouring the Nevada desert, and thousands of Internet volunteers perusing fresh satellite images for a clue, the hunt goes on for missing adventurer Steve Fossett. Hundreds of airplanes are heading to nearby Reno for this week's air races, raising concern that ad hoc searchers might go looking in the desert -- and perhaps end up lost themselves. "I'd just ask [the pilots] to give us a wide berth," Nevada Civil Air Patrol Maj. Cynthia Ryan told reporters on Monday. "Don't try to fly in and assist unannounced." But more trained searchers are needed. Mark Marshall, who is coordinating flight operations from Barron Hilton's Flying M Ranch, where Fossett took off on Sept. 3, has posted a request online looking for turbine helicopters and experienced mountain pilots.

Additional trained SAR observers are also needed. "You will need to make your own way to the ranch," Marshall wrote. "Accommodation is still tight, so you will need a tent and sleeping bag or similar -- and a commitment to stay for some time if necessary."

Go here to help.

 
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Crankshaft Class Action Suit Moves Forward back to top 
 

California Court Approves Lycoming Class Action

A California judge has approved the class for a class action suit filed by owners of aircraft with Lycoming engines who will be required to replace, at their own cost, the crankshafts, by Feb. 21, 2009, in those engines because they might be flawed. Under Mandatory Service Bulletin 569a (PDF), Lycoming is selling the crankshaft kits at the reduced cost of $2,000 but labor is up to the owner. That's in stark contrast to an earlier crankshaft recall in which the replacement was not only free, but owners were given credit for aircraft rental and other expenses related to the loss of use of their aircraft. Senior Judge Lawrence Karlton approved the class action after the original plaintiff, Richard Bristow, found a couple of other owners who met the "typicality" standards of a class action. Bristow's Mooney is owned by his corporation and the judge wanted personally owned aircraft to be represented. Ronald Brown and Dana Pope, whose own names are on the registrations, stepped forward and now anyone in California with an affected crank is covered by the suit if they want to be. Bristow's attorney, Robert Mills, says he's hoping the California decision will influence a Pennsylvania court to allow a nationwide class action that was filed there. Lycoming's offices were closed at this writing and we'll be contacting them for comment Wednesday.

Mills said he filed the suits separately because California has liberal class action laws. At the same, time, however, about 12 percent of the cranks affected are in California. He said the California suit is also important because it captures both corporate and privately owned aircraft. Mills said he's pleased by the decision and hopes it will help affected owners. "The certification of a class action is a big step forward in the quest by affected aircraft owners to hold the manufacturer accountable for the damages incurred." he said.

Customs Seeks New Rules for GA

Pilots of private aircraft that cross the U.S. border in either direction would be required to submit a roster listing everyone on board to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, if a new rule proposed this week (PDF) is made final. Under the proposed rule, the information must be received by the CBP no later than 60 minutes before an arriving private aircraft departs from a foreign location and no later than 60 minutes before a private aircraft departs a U.S. airport for a foreign destination. The CBP wants to check those rosters against its no-fly list. Yes, says AOPA, "This applies to short trips across the border with your family or friends in your Cessna 172." The rosters must be submitted electronically, so pilots departing from remote airports without Internet access would have to land at another airport with Internet service and complete the information before entering or leaving the United States. "That's not practical," says AOPA.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told Congress last week that the new rule would allow inspectors more time to fully pre-screen travelers and crews and take necessary actions to resolve threats, whether that means denying entry into U.S. airspace, re-routing an aircraft, or meeting the aircraft upon arrival. Currently, passenger manifests are required upon arrival in the U.S. There are no current requirements to submit information about passengers before leaving the country. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted for 60 days.

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

Reno Air Races Roaring This Week

The Reno Air Races, a one-of-a-kind flying event with powerful airplanes racing around pylons at speeds up to 500 mph, opened on Wednesday in Nevada. The popularity of the races have grown in recent years, with up to 200,000 visitors expected by the end of the event on Sunday. Along with the races, daily air shows feature top performers like the Canadian Snowbirds jet team and aerobatic flyers Mike Goulian and Greg Poe. This year, the race Web site will feature daily videos and podcasts for the first time. On Tuesday, a pilot from California was killed during a practice flight when his engine failed shortly after takeoff from the Reno Stead Airport. Steve Dari, from Lemon Grove, Calif., was flying a Rose Peregrine biplane, and it nosed over in an attempted off-airport landing.

Steve Fossett, who is still missing in Nevada, was scheduled to participate in the Air Races this week as a judge, and also as a competitor in the10th annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational race, which features members of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Helicopter Hits Boat During Photo Shoot, Two Lost

Two men were killed Tuesday morning when a helicopter crashed into the sea while filming video near Sarasota, Fla. A third person in the helicopter was seriously hurt. The group was working on a project for Powerboat magazine. The boat was also damaged, but the two people on board escaped unhurt, according to The Associated Press. It was not clear if the helicopter hit the boat, or if it hit the water and debris caused the boat damage. Executives at the magazine told the AP they had several staffers and freelancers working in the area and were uncertain who was in the helicopter at the time of the accident.

"One witness said the helicopter came close to the water and somehow flipped," Sarasota County sheriff's Lt. Chuck Lesaltato told the Bradenton Herald.

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

Cessna Makes Emergency Landing on Warehouse Roof

Three people walked away from the emergency landing of a Cessna Cardinal on the roof of a warehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday. And it appears that in this case, hitting power lines actually helped. Pilot Larry Ross and passengers James and Joanne Keisler had just taken off from Owens Field in Columbia when the engine failed. With little wiggle room, they headed for the first flat surface. "We hit the power line and dropped right onto the roof," Keisler told WLTX News. The three had some bumps and bruises but were not seriously hurt. Keisler credited Ross with the successful outcome. "Larry did a great job. I told him I would fly with him anytime," Keisler said.

As of Monday, the plane remained on the roof as insurance adjusters and authorities figured out what to do next. The plane poked a hole in the roof and leaked some fuel but judging by the photos it doesn't appear to be badly damaged.

Wright Trophy Goes to Astronaut Eugene Cernan

The National Aeronautic Association announced on Wednesday that retired Navy Captain Eugene Cernan is the winner of the 2007 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. The trophy, presented annually, is awarded "…to a living American for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States." Previous winners include Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorski, Juan Trippe, and Neil Armstrong. Cernan was selected for the trophy due to his extraordinary lifetime of achievement as an astronaut, naval aviator, and ambassador for aerospace. One of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in 1963, he flew in space three times, spent three days on the lunar surface as commander of Apollo 17, and became known as the "last man on the moon."

Cernan will receive the trophy at the Aero Club of Washington’s Wright Memorial Dinner on Dec. 14. Cernan also is known for his eloquence, and is featured in the new film release, "In the Shadow of the Moon."

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

Warnings About Airborne Volcanic Ash Improved

Running into volcanic ash aloft might not be high on your list of things to worry about, but a bunch of folks working for our federal agencies are very aware of the dangers and are finding better ways to track dangerous ash plumes so aviators can keep their distance. "The risks include degraded engine performance, flameouts, loss of visibility, failure of critical navigational and operational instruments and loss of life," said Steven Osterdahl, director of en route and oceanic operations in the FAA's Western Service Area. On Wednesday, Osterdahl and others said their new effort, "National Volcanic Ash Operations Plan for Aviation," will improve the safety of flight. The plan sets new interagency standards for warnings and forecasts, and outlines the roles of the various agencies in the aftermath of an eruption.

"The United States is one of the most volcanically rich countries in the world, with 169 active and dormant volcanoes," said U.S. Geological Survey Director Mark Myers. The plan aims to ensure that hazardous ash clouds will be detected, tracked and forecasted and that the aviation community will be properly warned of the hazards.

Bombardier: Some Q-400 Turboprops Should Be Grounded

Bombardier said on Wednesday that some older Q-400 turboprops -- those with 10,000 or more cycles on the landing gear -- should not be flown until inspections are completed. The advisory follows two recent incidents in Europe in which the landing gear failed on landing. A Scandinavian Airlines aircraft was damaged when it skidded off a runway in Lithuania early Wednesday, though none of the passengers or crew were hurt. In an incident on Sunday, an SAS aircraft caught fire after its right landing gear collapsed during an emergency landing in Denmark, and five people on board suffered minor injuries. The advisory affects about 60 aircraft, and led to the cancellation of some 200 flights worldwide.

Horizon Air, based in Seattle, cancelled more than 100 flights. "Our teams are working around the clock, in conjunction with Bombardier, to complete the necessary inspections and return the affected aircraft to service as quickly as possible," said Jeff Pinneo, Horizon president and CEO.

 
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AVweb Gears Up for NBAA — With Your Help back to top 
 

AVweb Has NBAA Covered

As we make our coverage plans for the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention in Atlanta at the end of the month, we're trying to make sure we don't miss anything new, innovative or just plain newsworthy. If your company or organization has a story to tell, make sure that the uniquely qualified audience that AVwebBiz and AVwebFlash serves gets your message. Please email your advance press releases and news conference times, along with contact information to Editor-in-Chief Russ Niles at rniles@avweb.com.

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New on AVweb back to top 
 

Across the Pond #8: Crossing Two Ponds

Air racing, rule making and basing herself across not one, but two ponds have meant for an interesting month for AVweb's Euro-correspondent, Liz Moscrop.

Click here for the full story.

Question of the Week: The Search for Steve Fossett

This Week's Question | Previous Week's Answers

PREVIOUS RESULTS ***

Last week, we reported on the NTSB's recommendation to the FAA that all airplanes be equipped with 406MHz emergency locator transmitters, preferably by February of 2009, and asked our readers what they think of a possible FAA-mandated upgrade.

Over half of those who responded said yes to such a measure, with the caveat that there should be a reasonable time period for people to make the transition.

For a complete breakdown of the responses, click here.
(You may be asked to register and answer, if you haven't already participated in this poll.)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***

The search for Steve Fossett has been on everyone's mind this week.  We realize this will stir a lot of reactions (and maybe some emotions), but based on the e-mails we've seen, we're curious what you think of the search.  In your opinion, how has it been handled?

Click here to answer.


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

 
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Your Favorites FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: Atlantic Aviation (PWA, Oklahoma City, OK)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Atlantic Aviation at Wiley Post (PWA) in Oklahoma City, Ok.

AVweb reader Bill Johnson gives the FBO a stellar recommendation:

If your travels take you to Oklahoma City, the best airport is Wiley Post and Atlantic Aviation. Their facities are excellent, open 24/7 -- and more friendly, considerate people you will not find. On a recent trip to visit my ailing mother, Allison and her team not only got me where I needed to go, they made arrangements to pick me up and even checked to make certain everything was O.K. If Im in Oak City, Im at Atlantic Aviation at PWA.

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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Reader-Submitted Photos back to top 
 

Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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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 ***

The days are getting shorter, and summer lumbers toward its natural end — but considering the number of gorgeous sunset photos we received this week from AVweb readers, we can live with that.

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Used with permission of Philip Clifton

Blue Angels: The Next Generation

Philip Clifton of Hixson, Tennessee burned through the film at the Naval Air Station Oceana's recent air show, but, in his words, "somehow none of them have the magic of this kid in a blue flight suit and garrison cap talking to one of his idols."

We couldn't agree more, Philip — and to prove it, we'll be sending a cap your way in the next couple of days.  (Just tell all your friends that we're as cool as the Blue Angels, and we'll call it even, eh?)

 

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copyright © Donald Reid
Used with permission

Jim LeRoy at Lumberton 2007

With the Reno Air Races getting underway, amazing turns and aerobatic mastery have been chief in our thoughts — and so has the recent loss of air show pilot Jim LeRoy.

Donald Reid of Bumpass, Virginia joined the growing crowd of AVweb readers who have sent photo tributes this week.

 

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Used with permission of Steve Kessinger

A Second First Solo

"Sometimes you have to get a second first solo," writes Boeing 777 co-pilot Steve Kessinger of Bellingham, Washington.  Steve's second time was in this Nieuport 11 replica bi-plane, and he was more than happy to pose for a photo after "rediscovering real flying."

 

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Used with permission of
James L. Hamilton III

Almost Home

James L. Hamilton III of Sparks, Nevada serves up our favorite sunset photo this week — snapped "30 minutes out from Reno, Nevada."

 

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copyright © Daniel Valovich
Used with permission

Young Eagle Fly-By

No, not the "fresh-faced youngster" type of Young Eagle — the other one.  (And judging by how close he is, we'd better that ADS-B thing working real quick.)

Thanks to Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas for flying us out this week.


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 or send us an e-mail.

 
Fly Somewhere! Use AVweb's Calendar of Events
The skies are blue; you and your plane are ready. Check out AVweb's Calendar of Events for an event near you.

If you have an event you want folks to know about, post it at no cost on AVweb's Calendar of Events.
 
Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

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

The AVwebFlash team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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