AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 7, Number 44

November 11, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: TSB Has Its Eye on SMS back to top 

SMS Oversight Cited In Canadian Crash

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As the FAA gets ready to implement mandatory safety management systems (SMSs), Canadian authorities are warning SMSs need proper oversight if they're to do their job of improving flight safety. The Canadian Transportation Safety Board cited insufficient oversight of a private operator's SMS in its final report on a landing accident that injured 10 people aboard a Bombardier Global 5000 at Fox Harbour, N.S., two years ago. Transport Canada has required SMS plans for commercial carriers for years but delegated oversight of SMS implementation for some operators to the Canadian Business Aviation Association in 2003. The TSB said in its report that CBAA's implementation of SMS criteria is flawed and Transport Canada failed to recognize that before the Nova Scotia accident. "This is a serious problem," said Kathy Fox, board member for the TSB. "Safety can be compromised when SMS plans are vague, deadlines are flexible, and critical oversight is lacking. Without proper milestones or auditing, SMS cannot function properly and the risks increase." The flawed SMS process is a thread throughout the TSB's findings, which determined the pilots ducked under the standard approach and, because they were used to flying smaller aircraft into the field, misjudged the touchdown and hit the ground seven feet before the pavement.

The impact collapsed the right gear and the aircraft skidded off the runway, stopping about 1,000 feet from the touchdown point and close to some neighboring houses. The TSB says the pilots intentionally fudged the approach to maximize the rollout room on the 4885-foot runway, which is part of a golf resort owned by Ron Joyce, who was on the plane. Although they'd flown into Fox Harbour many times on smaller Challenger 604s, the pilots had only recently started flying the Global 5000. The TSB says they didn't realize that the Abbreviated Precision Approach Path Indicator (APAPI) used at Fox Harbour didn't work properly with aircraft as large as the Global 5000 because of the greater distance between the ground and the pilot's eyes, known as the Eye Wheel Height (EWH).

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet for BizAv back to top 

Report Says China Cutting Bizjet Fees

An investment analyst claims China has drastically cut taxes and fees for business aircraft but others say they'd like to hear that from the Chinese before they start ramping up production for the long-anticipated market. The New York Times is reporting that Morgan Stanley aerospace industry analyst Heidi Wood is claiming that Chinese authorities have made a series of moves to open up business aviation in the country. In her report, Wood says a $4,400 fee for each flight plan has been eliminated and a combined total of 23 percent in taxes and import duties has been reduced to a single tax of six percent on business aircraft effective in January. "This change was just announced in September, but made so quietly that true results have yet to be seen," Wood said in the report. "And yet the Chinese market has already begun to respond. Shortly after this announcement five new Gulfstream G650/G550s were ordered by Chinese customers." Business jet manufacturers say Wood's report is premature, but she's standing behind it.

"There are numerous issues and hurdles beyond regulatory, including the need to build infrastructure," she told the Times. "However, as we've been best able to assess, the changes have been approved and the resulting changes can now get under way." Jason Liao, Bombardier's sales rep in Asia and vice chairman of the Asian Business Aviation Association said tax reductions have been recommended by the Civil Aviation Administration of China but the central government has not approved them yet, according to Chinese officials he's spoken with. Cessna's Doug Oliver was also skeptical. "We are hearing rumblings of changes," he told the Times, "but we're not aware of anything concrete just yet."

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Alcohol & Aviation back to top 

Police Arrest Suspected Drunk Pilot

United Air Lines says it has suspended a 51-year-old pilot after he was arrested in London for allegedly reporting for work drunk Monday. A spokesman for the London Metropolitan Police told Reuters the pilot was released on bail pending completion of alcohol tests. The pilot was arrested at Heathrow Airport but it's not clear whether he was on board or was stopped before getting on the aircraft or whether he was the aircraft commander.

The pilot was among 11 crew and 124 passengers scheduled to take a Boeing 767 from Heathrow to Chicago as Flight 949. The flight had to be cancelled and the passengers got to Chicago on other flights. United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said the airline is cooperating with the London police and conducting its own investigation. "United's alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry, and we have no tolerance for violation of this well-established policy," she said.

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Pressure Mounts on FAA Bill as the Senate Waits back to top 

Senators Push For FAA Bill ASAP

Thirty-five senators have signed on to a letter (PDF) calling for the passage of a long-term FAA funding bill before the end of the year, AOPA said on Tuesday. The letter was circulated by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who is a pilot, and received bipartisan support from both Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "From rural America to our largest cities, the entire country will benefit from what the FAA bill will provide," the letter says, adding that the bill would create a safer and more efficient aviation system, while providing good jobs in construction and technology. The FAA has been operating on short-term funding resolutions since its last authorization bill expired in September 2007. "We're pleased to see that members of the Senate have taken the initiative to voice the necessity of passing an FAA funding bill this year," said AOPA President Craig Fuller. AOPA supports the Senate bill, Fuller said, which would fund the FAA through aviation fuel taxes, ticket taxes, and a contribution from the general fund, with no new user fees.

If the Senate bill passes, the next step would be to go to a conference committee to work out differences with the House version. The final bill would then go to the White House for presidential approval.

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Aviation Safety back to top 

'Miracle On The Hudson,' Animated

The NTSB in June released an animation of the short flight of US Airways Flight 1549, which ditched in the Hudson in January, but now a private company has posted online its own animated rendering of the data that is like watching a movie of the event. K3 Resources, a Denver-based company that specializes in technical animation and accident reconstruction, took on the project at first as a marketing promotion, but Kas Osterbhur, a vice-president of engineering who is also a flight instructor, got intrigued with the project and invested about 200 hours in it. "The human brain is an amazing computer but it doesn't do very well at reading gigabytes of raw data," Osterbhur told EAA. "My goal is to bring together as much information into one place as possible, usually in a graphic way, and allow that human computer to do its job."

The resulting HD seven-minute animation combines an in-cockpit view, an overview of the airplane in flight above New York City, the ATC audio, the in-cockpit discussion as released in the NTSB transcript, and a reconstruction of the altimeter and rate-of-climb indications. The K3 Web site also includes an extensive analysis of the available data and additional animations showing weather and the radar tracks of birds and airplanes.

Younkin Hurt In Crash

Air show performer Matt Younkin is in hospital in Arkansas after being involved in an accident at Siloam Springs. 4029 TV News said the aircraft piloted by Younkin went down about 3 p.m. local time and he was pulled from the wreckage by witnesses. There was no word on his condition at our deadline.

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New on AVweb back to top 

AOPA Summit 2009 Complete Coverage Round-Up

A complete recap of our podcasts, videos, blogs, and news reports from the 2009 AOPA Summit in Tampa, Florida.

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Who's Where back to top 

Juber Joins Platinum Aviation Service

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Glenn Juber is the new Director of Maintenance at Platinum Aviation Service at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport. He was previously Director of Maintenance for Flight Level in Norwood, Conn.

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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
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Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

Features Editor
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Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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