AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 7, Number 37

September 23, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: Epic Owners Petition Court back to top 

More Legal Action Against Epic

The legal battles over the remnants of Epic Air are mounting and a picture of what went on behind the slick scale models and almost-instant prototypes churned out by the company is getting clearer with each filing. As AVweb told you in July and August the company is closed and there are about 12 unfinished builders' aircraft in the locked building at the Bend, Ore., airport. The latest filing was made by owner Doug King and documents obtained by AVweb make serious allegations about the conduct of company principals. In an affadavit sworn by Chief Financial Officer David Clark, he estimates Epic owes builders about $15 million in parts and has no money to meet those obligations.

King's main motion is to have the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings moved from Nevada (where the parent company, Aircraft Investor Resources, is formally registered) to Bend, arguing that's where all the meaningful assets of the company are located, along with all the witnesses who might be needed to testify. But he includes affidavits from General Manager David Hice and Clark, who describe a chaotic financial environment over which CEO Rick Schrameck ruled exclusively.

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Aspen Weather Now Ready for the Cockpit back to top 

Aspen MFDs, Weather Get TSO

Aspen Avionics got a technical standard order (TSO) from the FAA last week on the MFD and weather functions on its glass panel retrofits, which were featured in an AVweb podcast at EAA AirVenture 2008. With the FAA approval, Aspen can start filling orders. "Pent up demand for our MFD and Weather Receiver products is strong, and we are providing an aggressive sales promotion, the Custom Glass Rebate, to make our already affordable products even more attractive to aircraft owners," said Aspen Avionics Vice President of Sales and Customer Support, Mark Ferrari.

The MFD is an additional capability for the Evolution PFD and the increased utility can be added as needs demand or budgets allow. The EFD500 MFD offers glass capability to a standard cockpit while the EFD1000 has the redundancy necessary to allow removal of steam gauges. Both MFDs offer moving maps, terrain awareness and, with the necessary sensors, traffic displays, Stormscope WX-500 and XM WX weather products. The EWR50 weather setup provides a comprehensive suite of XM WX Satellite Weather aviation products integrated on the displays. The EFD500 MFD has a list price of $4,995, and the EFD1000 MFD has a list price of $7,995. The EWR50 Weather Receiver is listed at $2,495.

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NBAA Expands Electronic Toolkit for Business Travel back to top 

NBAA Offers eAPIS Service

NBAA members can now subscribe to a service that streamlines the electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) and allows more convenient flexibility when plans suddenly change. The system was developed in partnership with ARINC Direct Business Aviation Solutions and has been approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Since last May, all international flights to and from the U.S. must be preceded by an electronically filed APIS report that details passenger information. NBAA says its system offers some improvements over the CBP-hosted system that are worth the $25 charge for each international flight.

Perhaps the biggest timesaver is the ability to store crew and other personnel information on ARINC's secure server rather than having to input it on the CPB page every time. Also, if the screen suddenly goes blank, ARINC operates a 24-hour help center. Confirmations can be distributed to an address list and the system also automatically compensates for time zones and looks up airport identifiers.

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Air Traffic Controllers Name New President back to top 

Rinaldi To Lead NATCA

Paul Rinaldi will be the next president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association after a runoff vote. Rinaldi narrowly beat former Executive Vice President Ruth Marlin with a 53 percent majority in the vote. Rinaldi gathered a total of 5,023 votes. He will take over as president from Patrick Forrey on Oct. 19. "We've had a difficult last three years, but we've persevered. I look forward to ensuring that our members always have a voice and, just as important, that the FAA always listens."

The runoff was hotly contested, with former NATCA President John Carr vigorously promoting Marlin (his former second-in-command); on his blog The Main Bang he apologized to Marlin if "her association with me damaged her chances for election." There were 9,446 ballots cast in the runoff race, more than 2,500 more than in the initial election.

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FAA: Check Those EQ3 Cylinders on Your TCM back to top 

FAA Requires Inspections For Some TCM Cylinders

The FAA on Tuesday issued an airworthiness directive that affects certain Teledyne Continental Motors reciprocating engines with TCM EQ3 cylinders installed. The AD applies to engines in the O-470, IO-470, TSIO-470, IO-520, TSIO-520, IO-550, and IOF-550 series, which are found in a variety of GA airplanes, including many Beech and Cessna models. TCM shipped engines with EQ3 cylinders and shipped individual EQ3 cylinders from Nov. 1, 2007, through Jan. 30, 2009. Also, TCM produced a group of about 300 EQ3 cylinders in August and September of 2006. The AD requires initial and repetitive visual inspections of TCM EQ3 cylinders for cracks. The EQ3 cylinders must be identified and initially inspected within 20 flight hours after Oct. 7, 2009, the effective date of the AD. Also, the AD requires that the cylinders must be removed from service within 1,300 hours total time of operation. This AD results from reports of 35 EQ3 cylinders found cracked, the FAA said.

Cracks in the cylinder head can cause engine failure or fire in the engine compartment, the FAA said. TCM investigated the cause of the cracks and found that their EQ3 configuration cylinder-head casting tool used in manufacturing created an area of reduced wall thickness, which can result in a crack in the area between the upper spark plug bore and the fuel injector/primer nozzle bore during operation. The FAA published the directive as a final rule, without any prior notice or opportunity for public comment. However, "relevant data, views, or arguments regarding this AD" are welcome, says the FAA. Instructions for filing comments can be found in the full text of the AD.

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News Briefs back to top 

"What's An Airplane Doing At A Boat Show?"

Getting lots of attention from potential new pilots, hopefully. Mark Bennett, New England regional sales rep for Cirrus Aircraft, parked himself outside the entrance to the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show last weekend, one of the largest events of its kind in the country. Bennett brought along a full-scale mockup of a Cirrus SR-22 and invited all comers to climb aboard and check it out. The mock-up is an actual aircraft off the production line, only lacking an engine. The wings have been altered to make them easily removable, so the mock-up can travel up and down the East Coast on a truck, helping the sales staff troll for new customers at a variety of non-standard venues. "This airplane has been to boat shows, car dealer's showrooms, in hotel lobbies, you name it," says Bennett. All in all, the airplane and its fully equipped cockpit host about 25,000 potential buyers per year.

"We don't expect to actually make sales at these events," Bennett said. "But we are gathering leads, and we take interested prospects up for a flight [in Bennett's fully functional Cirrus, parked at a nearby airport]. And we're introducing new people to the idea of using a general aviation aircraft for business and for personal use." Last week's visit to Newport was the second year that Cirrus has exhibited at the show, Bennett said. "Last year, the most-asked question was, 'What's an airplane doing at a boat show?' But this year, we're hearing less of that. I think people are kind of starting to get it."

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Randy Babbitt — Flying Public Is the Customer, Not the Airlines

He's got that exactly right, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog — and it's nice to hear someone actually say it. After a decade of psychobabble business speak, maybe Babbitt gets that the FAA's job is oversight and regulation on the public's behalf.

Read more.

AVweb Insider Blog: USA Today Blows It on Airport Funding

USA Today writer Thomas Frank apparently thinks airport funding should go to the 139 "well-known" airports that handle commercial traffic. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Russ Niles points out the danger in that thinking: "Let's hope he doesn't have a heart attack somewhere else."

Read more.

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

Exclusive Video: Aviation Consumer's DA42 NG Flight Trial

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With its new Austro engines, the new DA42 NG is a strong performer and a bit more economical than the previous version of this aircraft. AVweb editorial director Paul Bertorelli took a spin in one last month, and here's his report.

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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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