AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 7, Number 29

July 22, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: More Transparent Error-Reporting? back to top 
 
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FAA Changes Policy For Addressing ATC Errors

The FAA says it is ready to change the way it deals with air traffic controllers, and on Monday the agency took what it calls "another step toward a new safety culture," by reducing the emphasis on blame in the reporting of operational errors. "We're moving away from a culture of blame and punishment," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "It's important to note that controllers remain accountable for their actions, but we're moving toward a new era that focuses on why these events occur and what can be done to prevent them." Effective immediately, the names of controllers will not be included in reports sent to FAA headquarters about operational errors, which occur when the proper distance between aircraft is not maintained. "We need quality information in order to identify problems and learn from incidents before they become accidents," Babbitt said. "The best sources of that information are our front-line employees. Our success depends on their willingness to identify safety concerns."

To avoid disrupting operations, controllers will not be automatically removed from their position following an operational error unless it is deemed necessary to remove them. Necessary training will be conducted and disciplinary action taken, if appropriate, the FAA said. Both will be recorded in the controller's record. Removing names on the official report will allow investigators to focus on what happened rather than who was at fault, the FAA said. Another change designed to avoid disruptions allows reports to be filed by the close of the next business day unless the operational error is significant. Reports previously had to be filed within four hours. The reporting changes do not alter the investigation and analysis of operational errors, the FAA said. Relations between the FAA and the controllers union have been rocky for years, but recently the two sides sat down to reopen negotiations. Babbitt said last month that he expects the two sides to reach agreement.

 
Business Aviation Will Help Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis

To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for all. Visit CessnaRise.com.
 
Out with the Thielerts, In with the Lycomings back to top 
 

Lyc-Powered DA42 Certified In Canada

Diamond Aircraft has received supplementary type certification (STC) for its Lycoming-powered DA42 L360 from Transport Canada. The STC allows the production of new aircraft and the retrofit of twins originally equipped with Thielert diesels. The conventionally powered DA42 was a partial response to the problems caused by the insolvency of Thielert last year. The DA42 NG, powered by the Diamond-built Austro diesel, has been certified in Europe and CEO Peter Maurer said the fallout development of the Austro and Lycoming models gives current and future customers more options than ever. "Obviously, Diamond is dedicated to the advancement of GA powerplant technology, specifically the jet-fuel piston engines, however some customers expressed a desire to combine the DA42's proven airframe with familiar and conventional avgas engines," he said. The FAA hasn't signed off on the Lycoming STC but under agreements between Transport Canada and the FAA that's mostly a matter of paperwork.

Maurer said a key part of both the Austro and Lycoming programs was ensuring that existing customers with Thielert-equipped aircraft wouldn't be left behind. "With the frustrations experienced by our customers and ourselves, as a result of the TAE insolvency last year, we took great pains to ensure the retrofitability of existing delivered aircraft and not just the production of new aircraft," Maurer said.

 
Aircraft Spruce at EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2009!
Visit the Aircraft Spruce booths at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in Hangar A (Booths 1022-1029), on July 27 - August 2 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Take advantage of some of your favorite products on sale, complimentary ground shipping (does not apply to hazardous or oversize products) and a helpful staff to answer all your questions. Don't forget to pick up a copy of the new 2009-2010 Aircraft Spruce Catalog! Call 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE or visit AircraftSpruce.com.
 
New Assurances for Airplane Depositors back to top 
 

Stratos Pledges Refundable Deposits

Stratos Aircraft is now taking deposits on its proposed single-engine personal jet but it's pledging to protect the deposit money. The company says its Assurance Deposit Program ensures that deposits are held in an interest-bearing escrow account until "applied to a progress payment that is made after a formal aircraft purchase agreement has been signed," according to a Stratos news release. The deposits are fully refundable up to that point. "Placing a deposit on a long-lead-time item like an aircraft shouldn't cause the consumer discomfort in parting with their hard-earned dollars," said Stratos spokesman Kevin Jordan.

The program was created to give comfort to potential buyers who may be wary of making deposits after position holders of some incipient jet programs have lost theirs in recent years. The deposits will be held in a Wells Fargo escrow account and the company promises they'll be accessible if necessary. "Because people's lives, needs, missions and desires change, Stratos pledges that Assurance Deposit funds are fully refundable at any time until applied to a progress payment – no questions asked," the company news release says. The Bend, Ore., company will be exhibiting a mockup of the jet at EAA AirVenture.

 
3 Airplanes ... 3 Levels ... 1 Edition ... Ice
New for 2009, Cirrus Aircraft shakes the lineup with a new way to spec out your new Cirrus. SR20, SR22, and Turbo models are now available in three well-equipped trim levels - "S," "GS," and "GTS"; Known Ice Protection is ready to go on SR22 and Turbo models; or choose an all-new premium interior and exterior upgrade package dubbed "X-Edition." Visit CirrusAircraft.com for details.
 
Saratoga "NX" Edition Loaded with Features back to top 
 

NexAir Updates Piper's Saratoga

NexAir Avionics, based in Mansfield, Mass., this week introduced the Saratoga NX, a spinner-to-tail modernization of Piper's single-engine six-seater. The NX features an Avidyne Integra Release 9 integrated flight deck and a zero-time factory remanufactured engine. The interior has been spiffed up with added soundproofing, leather seating, a center-console drink cooler, a DVD entertainment system for the back seats, and a fold-down work table. Other new features include AmSafe airbag seatbelts and improved ergonomics.

The result is an airplane that is "better-than-new," says NexAir President David Fetherston, at a fly-away price of less than $400,000. Owners of Saratogas from model years 1980 to 2004 can transform their airplanes into an NX for less than $250,000, he said. New features from LoPresti include a cowling that improves engine cooling, flap gap seals that add knots to cruise speed, and exterior lighting. And it's all wrapped up in a sleek new paint scheme. The program "essentially creates a new aircraft that's better equipped and costs far less than a new or late model version," Fetherston said. Depreciation and insurance costs also are less than for a new airplane. Owners interested in the upgrade can keep their current engines if they're low-time and in good condition, NexAir said. The Saratoga NX will be on display at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh next week, in Booth No. 354. Piper is no longer building the Saratoga.

 
The New Meridian G1000 — Commanding
The new Meridian G1000 with Garmin G1000 avionics and GFC 700 autopilot suite, business jet luxury and turbine simplicity for 30% less than any comparable six-place turbine-powered aircraft. With a panel as commanding as the airplane, and a million dollars less than its closest competitor, "Pilot in Command" means precisely that.

Click here for more information on the new Piper Meridian G1000.
 
The Run-Up to Oshkosh back to top 
 

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo Ready For Oshkosh Launch

In an online news conference on Monday, Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn said the WhiteKnightTwo space launch vehicle is ready to launch and will arrive at Oshkosh for the EAA AirVenture opening airshow at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday July 27. "It's an amazing vehicle," he said. The aircraft, which is the largest aircraft ever built by Scaled Composites, has a wingspan of 140 feet and is capable of lifting 17 tons to altitudes of 50,000 feet and more. So far it has flown 14 times and accumulated about 45 hours of flight time. Besides the plane's initital space-tourism mission, it will also be used for space science and to launch satellites into orbit. "What we're seeing is the dawn of a new industrial revolution in space," Whitehorn said. WhiteKnightTwo will also fly on Tuesday and Thursday, and will remain on static display all week until it heads home to Mojave at roughly 10 a.m. Saturday.

Scaled Composites President Doug Shane said everyone at the company is excited about bringing the aircraft to Oshkosh. "We'll be sending along a large team from Mojave," he said. Whitehorn said the construction of SpaceShipTwo is nearly complete and he expects it to fly for the first time by the end of this year.

 
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: A Few Words About Apollo 11

Now that he's tidied up the mess he made over this global warming thing, Paul Bertorelli has some comments on 40th anniversary of the lunar landing. He's actually old enough to remember that what was most impressive about it is how quickly the program progressed.

Read more on the AVweb Insider blog.

AVweb Insider Blog: U.S. Might Not Lead in Electric Flight

Competition leads to innovation, but it can also lead to secrecy and self-interest that may just slow down the development of new technologies. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, AVweb's Glenn Pew wonders if the fractured race for electric airplane supremacy may actually be slowing development of the necessary technology and costing the U.S. its dominance in this emerging sector.

Read more.

AVweb Insider Blog: Remembering the JFK Jr. Crash

Ten years ago this week, John F. Kennedy Jr. lost control of his Saratoga and plunged into the Atlantic near Martha's Vineyard. Although a tragedy, it could have been a nightmare for GA if AOPA hadn't seized the moment and explained the story to a curious public and media. Former AOPA Communications VP Drew Steketee tells the inside story in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog.

Read more.

 
You and Your Dollars Go Further in a Diamond
When smart pilots compare safety statistics and resale values, plus maintenance, insurance and operating costs, it's clear that investing in a Diamond pays big dividends. Top that off with Diamond's outstanding performance, luxurious interior and cutting-edge technology, and there's no question — you'll go further in a Diamond.
 
AVweb's AirVenture AV8OR Raffle back to top 
 

AVweb and Bendix/King by Honeywell Are Giving Away an AV8OR to Celebrate AirVenture!

Bendix/King by Honeywell is helping us give away another AV8OR handheld MFD unit to celebrate EAA AirVenture Oshkosh! All you have to do is click the image at right to enter your name and e-mail address. And no, we're not going to rent or sell your name, but Bendix/King by Honeywell may send you information on the AV8OR. You may also forward this newsletter to friends and invite them to sign-up for AVweb's EAA AirVenture 2009 coverage and qualify for the AV8OR prize drawing, too. (We won't spam them, either, but we will send them our e-mail news Flashes.)

Deadline for entries is midnight EST on Sunday, August 2, 2009.

Click here to read the contest rules and enter.

(There's nothing to buy. All you need to do is be registered with AVweb.)

 
WingX for iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile Available Now!
WingX, the market leader in mobile aviation, is now on the iPhone! File flight plans and obtain and view legal weather briefings with our unique SMARTAMs feature. View any NACO chart or airport diagram — entire USA stored right on your phone. A/FD, AOPA Directory, Route Planning, FARs, Animated RADAR, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, TFRs, an E6B, and much, much more ... . Click here for details.
 
Who's Where back to top 
 

Who's Where? You Tell Us

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too.

 
International Civil Aviation Organization — ICAO
ICAO documents are now at the AVweb Bookstore in convenient and economical eBook format. ICAO, a division of the United Nations, sets the global standards for international aviation, including communications, airport design, overseas routes, ATC, hazmat transport, and much more. If you are involved with international air transportation, these documents are critical information for your operations and planning departments. Click here for the growing product listing.
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Exclusive Video: Airtex's DIY Aircraft Interiors

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

For 60 years, Airtex has been providing quality aircraft interiors that owners can install themselves. AVweb recently visited the Airtex factory in Fallsington, Pennsylvania to have a look.

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Exclusive Video: How GAMIjectors Are Made

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

GAMIjector calibrated fuel injection nozzles correct the characteristic air/fuel imbalance problems in most Continental engines. Here's how they're made.

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Video Marketplace Spotlight

Classic Cockpits DVDs
Rick Searle Productions takes you behind the stick of some of the world's most incredible classic airplanes — the Douglas DC-3, the PBY Catalina, the de Havilland Vampire, and the Avro Lancaster — in a series of Classic Cockpits DVDs.

Click here to watch the video (and discover other great products) at AVweb's Video Marketplace.

 
Traditional Tactics Need a Fresh Approach
Doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Isn't it time to initiate a digital marketing program with AVweb that will deliver traffic and orders directly to your web site? Discover several new and highly successful marketing options to use in lieu of static print or banner campaigns. Click now for details.
 
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

AVweb's Newstips Address ...

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

 
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

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West

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