AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 7, Number 34

September 2, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Flight Training: FAA's More Modern Model? back to top 
 

FAA Proposes Changes In Flight Training

Under new rules proposed by the FAA this week, flight schools would be excused from the requirement to have a ground school space if they offer Internet-based ground-school training, and students would be allowed to apply for both a private pilot certificate and an instrument rating at the same time. The agency also said it would like to change its definition of "complex airplane" to include airplanes equipped with FADEC engines. Another change would require pilots of single-pilot-certified light jets to pass a proficiency check. The FAA also said it would like to make it easier to issue U.S. certificates to foreign pilots. "Because of changing technology in aviation, the results of successful research, and an international agreement, the FAA has determined these proposed changes to the pilot, flight instructor, and pilot school certification rules are necessary," the FAA said in its proposal. The changes will help to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, the FAA said.

The proposal also would change the requirements for commercial pilot applicants, both single-engine and multiengine, to replace the current 10 hours of complex airplane aeronautical experience with 10 hours of advanced instrument training. Fewer single-engine aircraft are being produced with retractable landing gear, the FAA said, but more have technologically advanced cockpits. "Many pilot schools have complained about the necessity to keep 30-year old Cessna 172RGs and Piper Arrows in inventory, which are less technically advanced airplanes, for the sole purpose of providing 10 hours of complex airplane training," the FAA said. Furthermore, the FAA said, most commercial pilot applicants are simultaneously applying for the instrument-airplane rating, so this proposal would reduce training costs and align the rules with current training and certification practices. For more details, click here to go to the full text of the FAA's notice of proposed rulemaking.

 
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.
 
New Economy Changes the Equation for Fractionals back to top 
 

Fractional Market Shaking Out

A business aviation analyst says fractional ownership companies will have to charge more for operating costs to make up for the loss of revenue due to the lack of fleet expansion. Brian Foley says fractionals used to make a lot of their money by paying discounted fleet prices for aircraft and then charging customers full retail. But he says the economic turndown has slowed or stalled expansion and the revenue shortfall has to come from somewhere if companies are to survive. "With fleet size very nearly constant, the emphasis must be on making the operational side profitable -- or changing the business model altogether," he said.

Foley says the failure of Jet Republic last week likely won't be the last, particularly among startups who are trying to break into the business when times are tough. But he said the good news for companies that weather the economic storm is that the bad publicity that surrounded business aviation earlier this year will likely continue to drive customers to fractionals and charters and that rationalization will mean a bigger piece of the pie for those that survive. "We're predicting double-digit percentage gains in year-over-year fractional flight activity (operations) later this year, which will be a healthy sign the slump has bottomed out and turned the corner," he said.

 
New from Lightspeed: You Can Now Stream Full-Quality Music to Your Zulu from Your iPhone 3.0 with No Patch Cords!
One of the long-awaited features the iPhone 3.0 update brings to the iPhone 3G or 3GS and the second generation iPod touch is Bluetooth's Advanced Audio Distribution Profile. This is a match made in heaven for the Zulu, because that profile comes built in — just let the music play! For more information, go to LightspeedAviation.com and click on "newsletter."
 
Cessna Citation's Little Innovation back to top 
 

Citation X Sprouts Winglets

The world's fastest business jet just got a little faster and more efficient. Cessna has delivered the first Citation X with elliptical winglets. The winglet kit was developed by Winglet Technology LLC in collaboration with Cessna and received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA in June. "The patented Elliptical Winglet shape ensures the lift distribution closely matches optimum lift distribution along the span of the wing, which reduces the induced drag of the aircraft," Cessna says in a news release. "The resulting drag reduction enhances operational performance for the Citation X including decreased fuel consumption, increased speed and increased range."

The winglets come with new LED anti-collision and marker lights and add a touch of panache to the already fast-looking airplane. All nine Cessna Service Centers will be able to do the installation and spares will be handled through Cessna's own parts distribution organization.

 
Individualization
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Caravan Welcomes High-Tech EVS to the Cockpit back to top 
 

Enhanced Vision For Caravans

There are few aircraft that work in more diverse and often difficult environments than the Cessna Caravan and the option of an enhanced vision system should be welcome news to operators. One Sky Aviation, of Anchorage, recently received supplementary type certificate approval for installation of Forward Vision's EVS 100 and 600 enhanced vision systems, which use a combination of visible and infrared light to give a clear black-and-white image of the outside world in darkness and increases visual range in fog, smoke and precipitation. The STCs on the Cessna 208 and 208B brings to 162 the number of aircraft that can be equipped with the system. One Sky co-owner Cary Foster said the Anchorage FAA worked in cooperation with his firm to develop the STC.

"As an STC developer, pilot, and long-time EVS operator, I can attest to the enhanced level of situational awareness associated with the use of these products," Foster said. Max Viz makes the infrared cameras and Forward Vision adapts them for installation in aircraft.

 
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"Operators Need to Use Every Safety Tool Available" back to top 
 

NTSB Issues New Recommendations For Helicopter EMS Safety

The FAA needs to do more to regulate helicopter emergency medical services, the NTSB said on Tuesday, and operators also need to improve their training and procedures. "The pressure on HEMS operators to conduct their flights quickly in all sorts of environments makes these types of operations inherently more risky than other types of commercial flight operations," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. "Operators need to use every available safety tool to conduct these flights and to determine when the risk of flying is just too great." The board said the FAA should mandate better pilot training, improve its data collection and monitoring, develop a low-altitude airspace infrastructure, and require crews to be trained to use night-vision systems. The agency should also require the use of autopilots during single-pilot HEMS operations. Operators should work to improve pilot training and upgrade their equipment, the NTSB said.

The NTSB also made recommendations to two other agencies that are involved with HEMS -- the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Systems. CMMS should consider linking Medicare reimbursements to patient transport safety standards, the board said. And FICEMS should look for better ways to integrate HEMS into local and regional emergency medical systems and ensure that in each case, the most appropriate emergency transportation mode is selected for victims of trauma. HEMS operations include an estimated 750 helicopters, 20 operators, and 60 hospital-based programs. They transport seriously ill patients and donor organs 24 hours a day in a variety of environmental conditions. For the HEMS industry, 2008 was the deadliest year on record with 12 accidents and 29 fatalities. In response to this increase in fatal accidents, the NTSB placed the issue of HEMS operations on its "Most Wanted List" of aviation safety improvements. The FAA is working on a new rule proposal that is expected to be released early next year. Click here for more details about the board's recommendations.

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

Aviation Consumer's Rotax Aircraft Engine Survey

Do you own or operate an aircraft equipped with a Rotax engine? Our sister magazine, Aviation Consumer, wants to hear from you about its reliability, maintenance costs, factory and field support, and about your overall satisfaction with the engine.

Please take a moment to complete this survey and share your operational experience!

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AVweb's Newstips Address ...

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: NTSB's Hudson Corridor Recommendations? Mixed

Once again, says resident blogger Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider, the NTSB jumps the gun on the Hudson corridor midair by issuing a round of recommendations before the accident probe is completed. Although the recommendations make sense (mostly), they also won't fix the problem, because there is no problem to fix.

Read more.

AVweb Insider Blog: Batteries Should Go by Ship, Not Airplane

ALPA would like the FAA to ban lithium batteries from being shipped by air. They're right, says AVweb's Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog — though he doesn't understand why the industry won't just refuse to carry them.

Read more.

 
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 
 

Abbott Running ExecuJet FBOs

Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott has been appointed the Group FBO Director for ExecuJet. He's been with ExecuJet for three years and was formerly the regional manager for the Western Cape in South Africa.


Smoll at Spokane Turbine Center

Ken Smoll

Ken Smoll is the new director of training at Spokane Turbine Center. He was formerly with Cessna, where he ran the Garmin G1000 customer training program.


Who's Where? You Tell Us

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Aircraft Ownership and Partnership
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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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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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