AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 42

October 15, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: Controller Training Under Fire back to top 
 

Controller 'Training' Scrutinized

The FAA says it's "looking into" whether the training of a developmental controller in Florida was accomplished at the expense of three airlines and their passengers aboard four airliners. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association alleged Tuesday that a supervisor ordered on-duty controllers at the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center to re-route a Delta Boeing 757, a Virgin Boeing 747 and two Southwest Boeing 737s to generate more traffic for a trainee undergoing a "skills check." NATCA says the aircraft were diverted by up to 100 miles and into the path of thunderstorms but the FAA says the longest diversion was about 50 miles and not into thunderstorms.

Regardless of the details, the FAA does seem to be putting the incident under a microscope. Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen confirmed to AVweb that four flights were involved and stressed that flight safety was not affected by whatever happened. The FAA will determine whether experienced controllers were directed to re-route air carrier flights to generate additional traffic for the trainee, who was undergoing a skills check," Bergen said in a statement. "The FAA's has strict training guidelines which do not permit re-routing flights nor inconveniencing pilots or the flying public.

 
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Advent of the Windowless Cockpit? back to top 
 

Glass To Replace Cockpit Windows?

NASA is working with Gulfstream to test a "fly-by-cam" system in which the pilot of a supersonic business jet would land the aircraft using a video feed from an HD camera. According to The Register the system is aimed at solving one of the vexing issues facing development of the speedy bizjets in that their design almost inevitably dicates a high angle of attack for landing and the long pointy nose of such aircraft obscures the forward view. Concorde designers solved the problem with the intensely complicated drooping nose but that's not likely practical for business jet-sized aircraft. So, the researchers are trying to convince the FAA that a camera in the nose is a replacement for the view out the windshield and they're inviting FAA pilots to test the theory themselves.

NASA and Gulfstream have been flying an F-18 with a camera set up for the pilot in the back seat to use for landing. A safety pilot with an unimpeded view sits in the front but so far he or she has been a passenger in the successful landing experiments. The FAA will reportedly get its chance to fly the system before the end of the year.

 
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India Aviation 2008 in Begumpet back to top 
 

Major BizAv Show Launched In India

Begumpet, the former international airport at Hyderabad, India has been named the permanent host for a biennial business aviation show that organizers say will attract 12,000 delegates daily for the next three days. The arrival of an Airbus A380 on Thursday is being touted as the highlight of India Aviation 2008, which, a week on the heels of the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando, has attracted a laundry list of business aviation companies, along with all the major airliner manufacturers. Boeing is using the show to announce the sale of a total of 110 aircraft to Air India and Jet Airways and flew in a 777ER to punctuate the announcement. And while the show is aimed at the business of aviation, the public will also get a chance to add their oohs and aahs.

The first three days of the show are for registered participants but the last day is being thrown open to the public with reduced ticket prices. As many as 30,000 people are expected on Saturday. A new international airport opened in Hyderabad earlier this year and Begumbet was quickly tapped as an ideal show site for the troubled, but still growing Indian aviation sector.

 
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Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007, Cessna delivered 1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $16 billion. The global fleet of more than 5,200 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at Cessna.com.
 
NTSB Final Report on Skytyper Crash back to top 
 

NTSB Blames FAA In Pilot's Death

A pilot who died last year while practicing formation aerobatics prior to an air show should have been restricted from such flying by his FAA medical examiner, the NTSB said in its final report on the accident. Jan Wildbergh, 74, who had flown with the Geico Skytypers since 1986, died in September 2007. According to the NTSB, after completing their practice, the five-ship team executed a "pop up break" to return for landing. Wildbergh, however, flying a North American SN J-2, continued straight ahead in a slight descent, with the wings level and in a slight nose-down attitude, until the airplane hit the ground and erupted in flames. The NTSB said Wildbergh had an extensive history of heart problems and was taking medication, and the FAA medical examiner "clearly had sufficient information to justify restricting the pilot from commercial and/or aerobatic flight." Wildbergh had visited his cardiologist three days prior to the accident, complaining of multiple episodes of atrial fibrillation over the previous three months with fatigue and shortness of breath, the NTSB said.

At the time of the accident, Wildbergh had completed over 15 minutes of high-performance flight, including nearly two minutes of increased G-loading (up to 2.9 G), and had just completed the longest sustained-G maneuver of the show (30 seconds of 2G loading), the NTSB said. Wildbergh's widow, Rosemary, told Newsday she is "disappointed" with the NTSB report. "The NTSB didn't review the aircraft as much as they reviewed Jan's previous medical history," she said. "I can't imagine Jan getting into a plane if he felt unable to fly." The FAA's aviation medical office is reviewing the case, an FAA spokesperson told Newsday.

 
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Portable Electronics Acquitted ... This Time back to top 
 

Qantas Dive Traced To Computer Glitch

The abrupt dive of a Qantas A330-300 last week that injured scores of passengers wasn't caused by a passenger's electronic device, but by an internal breakdown in the Airbus's flight-control computer system, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Tuesday. The aircraft was flying at FL 370 en route from Singapore to Perth when the Inertial Reference System malfunctioned, which resulted in the autopilot automatically disconnecting, the ATSB said. However, the faulty unit continued to feed false information to the flight-control computers, which even with autopilot off, still command the control surfaces. Very high, random and incorrect values of the angle of attack led the computers to command a nose-down aircraft movement. The crew was able to recover within seconds, with a maximum altitude loss of 650 feet and a maximum pitch down of about 8.5 degrees, the ATSB said. Airbus told the ATSB it has never heard of a similar malfunction, but all operators of aircraft that use the system have been informed of the incident and provided guidance for a crew response to minimize the effect of any similar failure. The ATSB said its investigation is continuing.

A Preliminary Factual Report will be released within a month, the agency said. More than 70 passengers were hurt in the incident, with 14 treated for broken bones, concussions, and lacerations. The crew made an emergency landing at an air force base near Perth.

 
Attention, Turboprop Operators! Reserve October 28-30 on Your Calendars
Turboprop Expo 2008, October 28-30 in Scottsdale, AZ, will offer specialized programs including seminar tracks for airframe and turboprop engine topics as well as operational and ownership information. Dr. David Strahle will present his informative and acclaimed seminar: Understanding Nexrad Imagery. Enjoy the relaxing surroundings of a classic resort and network with industry leaders at Turboprop Expo 2008. For more information and to register, visit online.
 
New on AVweb back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: If Oil Is Cheaper, Why Isn't Avgas?

It probably is; you just haven't noticed. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider Blog, Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli discusses why avgas prices are less volatile than those at the corner service station.

Read more.

 
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

AVweb's NBAA Convention 2008 Video Round-Up

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Who's Where back to top 
 

Jennifer Mitchell New Mooney Rep

Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Mitchell, a Long Beach, Calif. imaging business owner, recently featured in a Mooney Airplane Corp. advertisement, has joined the company as a sales representative. Mitchell uses her Mooney Ovation 2GX to fly all over California on business.


David Olson Interim CEO At Shadin

Shadin Avionics has announced that David Olson has been named Interim CEO of the company following the resignation of Allan Kramer Oct. 8. Olson has extensive management experience in the aerospace and defense industry in the U.S. and internationally.


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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

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

The AVwebBiz 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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Contributors
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