AVwebBiz - Volume 7, Number 26

July 1, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: NBAA, AOPA Speak Out on Safety Regs back to top 

GA Needs A Voice In Security Plans, Alphabets Say

Both the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and AOPA said this week that current proposals now in play in Washington are good news for general aviation. One bill introduced in the House would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to create a rulemaking committee including GA industry stakeholders, which would have input into new security measures that affect the industry. "This legislation shows that Congress understands that we can accomplish more good if we work together rather than separately," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. The committee would address proposals such as the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), which has been widely opposed by GA operators and pilots. After receiving more than 7,000 comments on its proposed LASP rule, most of them in opposition, the TSA has said it will issue a new NPRM before issuing a final rule.

AOPA also noted that a House funding bill that passed last week addresses several issues of interest to GA. The bill urges the TSA to work with GA stakeholders before issuing security mandates and provides $275,000 to train GA pilots regarding security measures. The House bill also includes funding for the Loran system, AOPA said, and directs the Coast Guard to provide a plan for upgrading the system to enhanced Loran, known as eLoran. The land-based navigation system is not used much anymore, but it could provide a backup in case of a GPS failure.

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Could All This Safety Be a Little Dangerous? back to top 

Safety Rules Increasing Some Accidents: Study

A 28-year study of helicopter sightseeing accidents in Hawaii suggests that rules enacted in 1994 to reduce accidents did reduce the overall number by 47 percent. However, the rules did nothing to address the main cause of accidents (mechanical failure) and may have inadvertently led to an increase in the deadliest type of accidents (weather-related CFIT). In fact, researchers with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy recommend the FAA rescind the section of the rule that sets minimum altitude for sightseeing operations at 1,500 feet AGL because it can force pilots to fly in clouds that they could easily and safely duck under. The Hawaii Helicopter Operators Association identified the potential risk and actually took the FAA to court to try and reverse the rule but lost, according to a report in Science Daily. Before the rules were enacted, only 5 percent of accidents were weather-related but in the 14 years since they've jumped to 32 percent of mishaps.

Study co-author Dennis Shanahan told Science Daily that the 1994 rules dealt only with operations and should have included measures to address mechanical failures. "This is an oversight, as many of these problems could be prevented through better mechanic training, closer FAA oversight, and increased emphasis from management on proper and thorough maintenance procedures," he said. The most common mechanical fault is loss of power. The study looked at 59 accidents over 28 years and compared those that occurred before the rules were enacted against those that occurred after they were imposed. In those 28 years, 55 people died in helicopter sightseeing accidents.

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Court Report back to top 

Parts Fraud Case Revealed

Jerry Comeaux, 69, the proprietor of Quality Aircraft Support in Greenville, S.C., pleaded no contest to fraudulently repairing aircraft parts without FAA credentials and is being forced to pay $403,000 to customers who paid more than $2.5 million for them. Before Comeaux copped the plea, prosecutors told a U.S. District Court in Greenville that some of the parts weren't airworthy. Other charges against Comeaux and his wife Vicky, which included money laundering, wire fraud and mail fraud, were dropped in exchange for the no-contest plea. Customers included firms that repaired commercial and military aircraft and centered on Comeaux's lack of credentials to certify the airworthiness of the repaired parts.

Comeaux surrendered his air agency certificate number in 1996 but was repairing parts until authorities came in with a search warrant in late 2008. They found that he drew up his own forms that were similar to the FAA forms used to accompany parts to verify their airworthiness. His own forms omitted reference to the FAA but were "substantially similar" to the correct forms. That means everything that went out of the shop was an unapproved part in the eyes of the FAA.

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Greener Skies back to top 

Alternative Fuels Move Closer, As Aviation Escapes Emissions Control

The FAA said last week it has reached a "major milestone" in its efforts to help the aviation industry develop sustainable alternative fuels, and this week, the U.S. House exempted aircraft from a major bill that will impose greenhouse-gas emissions standards. The House bill, which was passed last Friday, still must be approved in the Senate and signed by the president before it becomes law. The Senate, however, is not expected to push for limits on aviation emissions, according to Helicopter Association International. Meanwhile, the FAA said an international panel of experts is working to create new guidelines that will allow for the approval of alternative commercial jet fuels. A number of new alternative fuels could be approved within the next few years, according to FAA's Nancy LoBueand, acting assistant administrator for the environment. She said the approval of new fuels will help lower aviation's carbon footprint.

New guidelines have been worked out by a subcommittee of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International that set out criteria for ensuring the quality of alternative fuels for use in aviation, the FAA said. Once approved by the full ASTM committee later this year, operators will be allowed to use synthetic fuels in combination with conventional jet fuel up to a 50 percent blend. The FAA said it will oversee the process to ensure that any new fuel specification meets or exceeds current standards for safety and performance.

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News Briefs back to top 

Teen Survives Yemenia Crash

Officials searching for an Yemenia Airways A310 that crashed near the archipelago of Comoros early Tuesday have found a 14-year-old girl who survived the accident. She was swimming amidst debris and bodies and is believed to be the only survivor. She is reported to be conscious and stable in hospital. The aircraft was carrying 142 passengers and 11 crew and reportedly went down after an aborted landing attempt at Moroni Airport. Two French military aircraft and a ship departed the Indian Ocean islands of Mayotte and Reunion early Tuesday to assist in search and recovery. Weather in the area at the time of the crash was stormy, with high seas. The aircraft was enroute from Sana'a in Yemen to the Comoros Islands, off the coast of Tanzania. Comoros is about halfway between Madagascar and Africa.

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Who's Where back to top 

Becker Joins First Aviation

Millie Becker

Millie Becker is the new vice president for business development at First Aviation Services at Teterboro Airport. She was formerly a marketing executive at Landmark Aviation.

Payne at Wilson Aircraft

Mike Payne

Mike Payne has joined Wilson Aircraft of Aurora, Ontario as vice president of aircraft sales. Payne has 30 years of experience in aircraft sales in Canada and was most recently the Canadian rep for Embraer Executive Aircraft.

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New on AVweb back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Air Shows and the $6 Hot Dog

As every business struggles in the current economy — especially aviation businesses — it can no longer be business as usual at the big air shows. In the latest installmment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that the place to start is giving show goers a little break on the price of lunch at these shows. A little consideration could go a long way.

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

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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:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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