AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 7, Number 32

August 19, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: Midair Prompts FAA Review of Hudson back to top 

FAA Panel To Review Hudson Operations

The FAA has convened a New York Airspace Working Group that will review current operating procedures in the VFR corridor over the Hudson and East Rivers and recommend safety improvements to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt by the end of next week. FAA air traffic and safety experts will make up the panel. They will solicit comments from helicopter and aircraft operators and review air traffic and pilot procedures. They will also review and analyze a variety of proposals to change the operating procedures in the VFR corridors. "We strongly encourage pilots to use standard practices in that area now, but it may make sense to require them," Babbitt said. "We've heard a lot of other good ideas about improving safety there and I'm looking for a quick, but thorough review by the safety experts." AOPA and EAA have sent a joint letter to Babbitt urging a restrained response to the Aug. 8 midair collision that prompted the review.

"Acting precipitously, without all the facts, may have unintended consequences while failing to improve safety or prevent future problems," reads the letter, which is signed by both EAA President Tom Poberezny and AOPA President Craig Fuller. EAA and AOPA especially took issue with depictions of the corridor as the "Wild West," noting that hundreds of aircraft safely use the Hudson corridor every day, and the recent midair was the first such accident in nearly 50 years. Airspace such as the Hudson River Class B exclusion zone has recommended procedures, a designated CTAF, right-of-way rules, and defined vertical and lateral boundaries, AOPA said. A Notam published on Aug. 11 advises pilots who fly in the corridor to turn on their lights, use special radio frequencies, announce when they enter the airspace and fly at 140 knots or less. Fuller also said he was pleased with the FAA's "measured approach" to making any changes. "AOPA looks forward to taking part in the discussion," he said.

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NTSB Responds to NATCA with Clarification back to top 

NTSB Clarifies Role Of Teterboro Controller

The NTSB has clarified a section of a press release issued last Friday in which it said the Teterboro controller working a Piper PA32 had a radar contact on the sightseeing helicopter with which it would collide in time to warn the Piper pilot of the possible conflict. The board has issued a statement agreeing with the position put forth by National Air Traffic Controllers Association spokesman Ray Adams in a podcast with AVweb on Monday. But the board has also removed NATCA as an official party to the investigation, saying that by publicly raising the issue of the apparent misstatement, the union violated an agreement signed by all participants in NTSB investigations to let the board handle the press. "Among the rules parties agree to is that they will not reveal investigative information being learned through that process, nor publicly comment on it," the board said. "Parties agree that only the NTSB will release factual information on the progress of the investigation and discuss the progress of the investigation with the public, including the news media."

In the podcast, Adams said the NTSB was given ample opportunity to correct the Friday statement without a fuss but, after initially agreeing to do so, refused. NTSB spokesman Terry Williams told AVweb on Sunday that the board "[stood] by the information we put out on Friday." As the AVweb interview was appearing in subscribers' inboxes, NATCA issued a news release and also held a teleconference on the issue. NATCA spokesman Doug Church said the union's main goal was to correct the record. "That it has now gotten us kicked off the investigation is unfortunate but we will always speak out to correct the record in a matter as gravely serious as this one," he said.

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New FAA Regs Aim to Boost Safety Infrastructure back to top 

FAA Proposes Safety Management Systems

The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) that would require a broad spectrum of aviation businesses, from repair stations to airlines, to implement formal "safety management systems" that document the safety procedures throughout the operation. The International Civil Aviation Organization defines an SMS as "systematic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures." However, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) calls it an "overarching, regulatory 'blanket' to your business" that it says even the FAA admits is a major administrative and operational burden. The AEA is urging members to comment on the NPRM but not before they attend a seminar on its potential impact. The AEA is afraid members will inadvertently signal support for the proposal if they don't get the straight goods from the meetings.

At the heart of the SMS is a formalized decision-making process that business owners would "use to plan, organize, direct and control their normal, day-to-day business processes." However, the FAA is quick to point out that in no way does an SMS substitute for or override all the paper trails it already requires to ensure compliance with its own regulations. "Therefore, the FAA is proposing a significant additional burden without any financial, administration or administrative benefit to AEA members," the AEA said in a news release.

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Phenom 300 Certification Could Be Close back to top 

Phenom 300 Program On Track

Embraer says it's on track to certify its Phenom 300 light jet by the end of the year. The fifth prototype flew for the first time on Aug. 8 and it's likely to become a familiar sight on the airshow and trade show circuit since it has the fully developed BMW-designed interior. Its predecessors are going through the usual indignities of the certification program, being subjected to cold, heat, electromagnetic radiation and generally being wrung out. No. 5 gets a more genteel assignment. "With this fifth aircraft, we will validate the robustness of the Phenom 300 under normal operating conditions and the superior comfort of its interior, which was designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA," said Mauricio Almieda, Embraer's VP of executive jet programs.

The fifth aircraft was displayed at the Latin America Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The aircraft is now being used for "maturity tests," including assessment of its single-point refueling system, externally serviced lavatory and low-altitude pressurized cabin.

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News Briefs back to top 

Jetpod Entrepreneur Killed In Test Flight

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Michael Dacre, 53, was killed on Sunday in Malaysia as he was attempting to fly the prototype of the Jetpod, a jet-powered STOL aircraft. Dacre, who had designed the airplane, was the managing director of Avcen, the London-based company that was developing it. The Star, of Malaysia, reported that Dacre taxied down the runway three times before taking off, but then at about 600 feet the aircraft suddenly shot vertically into the sky, veered left, crashed to the ground and exploded. The company's promotional materials describe the Jetpod as an eight-place, very quiet twin-engine jet that would be capable of speeds up to 350 mph and could land or take off in about 400 feet. Dacre envisioned several possible roles for the airplane, including medevac, personal transport, and air taxi. The jet could also be used by the military for reconnaissance and would be able to operate from aircraft carriers without the need for a catapult or arrestor gear, according to a company video posted online. The company planned to start production by 2011.

The Avcen Web site has been taken down and replaced by a statement expressing sadness at the loss of Dacre and a desire to continue the development of the aircraft. "Our day of success and accomplishment also turned out to be a day of tragedy," reads the statement. "Mike had a dedicated passion to the project and as a world-class aviator was extremely well respected in the world of aviation. ... His team here at Avcen will work together to live his dream making the Jetpod a successful member in the family of aviation."

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These Readers Know Exactly Where They Stand back to top 

Announcing the Winners of Our EAA AirVenture AV8OR Handheld GPS Drawing

The results are in. From the thousands of AVweb readers (new and old) who entered our drawing during the lead-up to EAA AirVenture, we've picked three at random to receive brand-new AV8OR handheld GPS units from Bendix/King by Honeywell. The winners are:

  • Brian Mitchell
    Pittsfield, ME
  • Ted Lebens
    Eagen, MN
  • Warren Jagodnik
    Burke, VA

Many thanks to everyone who took a moment to enter the drawing, and a warm welcome to anyone who registered with AVweb for the first time to participate.

If you'd like one of these handy devices for yourself, you'll have one more chance to take one home during our AOPA Expo drawing later in the fall — or you read more about it at the Bendix/King by Honeywell Web site, as well as find a dealer and purchase one for yourself.

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

Exclusive Video: Loss of Control in an F-16 Fighter, Test Pilot on Yaw Departure

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

At Edwards Air Force Base, they still test F-16 fighters, because each software upgrade and each new weapons package introduces new parameters. Experimental test pilots need to identify the aircraft's performance limits, and they need to know how it will perform before their brothers- and sisters-in-arms take upgraded Vipers into combat. This is one of those tests, and Air Force pilot Desmond Brophy walks us through it step-by-step.

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Hudson River Collision Moment-of-Impact Footage from NBC News

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Obtained by NBC news, this video shot by an Italian tourist shows the moment of impact between a Piper Saratoga and a Eurocopter over the Hudson River. The accident killed all nine aboard the two aircraft.

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Who's Where back to top 

Gardner Joins Becker Avionics

Brett Gardner has joined Becker Avionics as its new Director of Sales and Marketing. Gardner has extensive experience in the helicopter sector and was most recently a Major on voluntary assignment as an Army Reserve Company Commander with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

Thress VP Customer Service At Cessna

Brad Thress

Brad Thress has been named Vice President of Customer Service at Cessna. He joined Cessna in 1992 and was most recently VP of Component Operations.

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.

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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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