AVwebBiz - Volume 7, Number 45

November 18, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: TSA Puts Repair Stations on Security Duty back to top 

TSA Rule Targets Repair Stations

The Transportation Security Administration has prepared new regulations governing security procedures at repair stations. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) (PDF) will require repair stations to establish security protocols to guard against unauthorized access to the facility, aircraft and parts. The new rules would affect 4,227 FAA-certificated shops in the U.S. and 694 in other countries that work on U.S. aircraft. There will be a 60-day comment period on the rule.

In announcing the proposed NPRM, TSA Office of Security Operations Assistant Administrator Lee Kair said the rule will augment existing FAA security rules in place at certificated repair stations. "By enhancing repair station security, this rulemaking guards against the potential threat of an aircraft being destroyed or used as a weapon," he said. The rule, if adopted, will require strict access control and implementation of security awareness training programs and, of course, allow for TSA inspections and audits.

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Latest Cessna Citation Comes to Life back to top 

Cessna Rolls Out Production CJ4

Cessna rolled out the first production CJ4 Monday, keeping a schedule that will see certification and first deliveries of the aircraft by early 2010. The CJ4 is Cessna's first new design in several years and incorporates FADEC-equipped Williams FJ44-4A engines, a Collins Pro Line 21 four-screen panel, ADS-B out and all sorts of electronic conveniences. The aircraft seats eight and has a Collins Venue cabin management system with BluRay DVD, HD monitors and XM Radio. Cessna also got some good news from the other end of the product line, Monday.

While it's usually the manufacturer that announces fleet deals, the University of North Dakota's aviation program got the word out about its purchase of six new Cessna 172 Skyhawks. The school has added a total of 44 new Skyhawks in the last 18 months and UND spokesman Don Dubuque told AVweb it's important that this kind of announcement gets attention. "I hope this is good information for an industry that needs positive news on big sales," Dubuque said. The news from UND isn't too shabby, either. The school will log 125,000 training hours this year on a fleet of more than 140 aircraft.

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The Report from Dubai back to top 

Dubai Air Show Upbeat

The Dubai Air Show is under way and while it's a much different experience than the outpouring of cash that marked the 2007 show, organizers and exhibitors are reporting an upbeat atmosphere. In 2007, manufacturers wrote a staggering $100 billion in orders. At this year's show, exhibitors appear happy to be hanging on to what was left of the fat order books they amassed two years ago. "Everybody is talking about new orders, nobody is talking about delays and cancellations," John Leahy, chief operating officer of Airbus, told reporters. "Nine months ago, there was talk of delaying deliveries, we have not heard any of that this air show." Airbus is taking its share of what orders there are, including one from Air Austral, which is based on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, for two A380s in all-economy configuration and seating 840 passengers. Boeing got some welcome news from Ethihad Airlines at the show.

The Abu Dhabi flag carrier said it was fine with accepting the first of its 35 Boeing 787s in 2014, a year later than promised. Emirates, which has $55 billion worth of airplanes on order, is considering buying more, namely Boeing 777s and A330s, but no figures were discussed. Dubai is typically dominated by airline business, but all the business aircraft manufacturers and hundreds of systems and parts makers attend, and one of the most aviation-friendly U.S. politicians is also there, drumming up business for his state. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the expansion of three Georgia companies (Star Navigation Systems Group, Zodiac Services Americas LLC and Jetaire Group), which are all adding staff and plant capacity. "Each of these three announcements illustrate a key aspect of our economic development strategy," Perdue said.

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New York, New Jersey — New Airspace back to top 

FAA's New Hudson River Rules Take Effect Thursday

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On Monday, the FAA issued its final version of new flight rules for the VFR corridor above New Yor's Hudson River. The new rules, which take effect on Thursday, Nov. 19, create two separate levels for VFR traffic, with the aim to prevent another midair like the one in August that killed nine people. Also, while it was reported early in the day on Monday that FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said the agency had fired an air traffic controller and a surpervisor on duty at the time of the crash, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown later said that was not accurate. The two remain on paid leave and no final detemination about their fate has been made, Brown told Bloomberg News.

The new rules separate low-altitude flights above the Hudson from aircraft that are transiting the airspace. Click here for the FAA's news release and two graphics showing the current flight plan and the new one that goes into effect this week.

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News Briefs back to top 

Emergency AD Affects TCM Lifters

Anyone who's bought a new Continental engine, had theirs rebuilt or had top end work done since June 19, 2009 could be affected by an emergency AD requiring replacement of the hydraulic lifters installed in those engines. There have been at least three cases in which the lifters wore out in as little as five hours. Teledyne Continental Motors issued a mandatory service bulletin (PDF) Nov. 3 and the FAA issued the emergency AD after assessing the MSB. The AD includes part numbers 657913, 657915, or 657916, in Model 240, 360, 470 and 520 engines. Although 550-series engines are not mentioned in the AD, there are reports that they are also affected. The lifter problems have also delayed rebuilds that were on the bench when the problems became known.

AVweb heard from at least two owners whose rebuilds were stopped because lifters weren't available. New lifters are apparently in the pipeline now.

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News Briefs back to top 

Textron Subsidiary To Develop Carter Rotor Technology

The Carter Copter folks have been developing their unique rotary aircraft technology for years, powering through setbacks and making slow progress, and this week they announced their first customer agreement. Carter's deal gives 40-year exclusive use of their technology for unmanned aircraft systems to AAI Corp., a subsidiary of Textron Inc. Textron is no stranger to aviation -- the corporation also owns Bell Helicopter, Cessna, and Lycoming Engines. In a news release, AAI said it will provide guidance, support and resources to Carter for continued development of its Slowed Rotor/Compound (SR/C) technology. Their goal is to build an unmanned, turbine-powered aircraft that could deliver 3,000 pounds of cargo across 1,300 nm at 250 knots, or that could be deployed for surveillance missions with up to 24 hours' endurance.

Carter's SR/C technology is a fixed- and rotary-wing hybrid that delivers high speed, long endurance and off-airport vertical/short takeoff and landing capability at low cost, said AAI. "These features are well suited for unmanned aircraft that serve multiple mission roles," said AAI. Carter President Jay Carter Jr. said the deal is a turning point for his company. "As an R&D company we have been focused on developing and defining our technology and the systems that would enhance its capability. We now have a viable SR/C platform that has the ability to compete in both manned and unmanned sectors with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and high-speed flight, and a trusted partner in AAI. This partnership enables us to combine the unique capabilities of SR/C technology with AAI's unmanned expertise."

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Who's Where back to top 

Groom Aviation Sales Launched

Blair SullivanAndy Biller

Groom Aviation has created Groom Aviation Sales to enhance its Beechcraft-oriented business. King Air sales experts Blair Sullivan and Andy Biller have joined the new company, which will specialize in Beech products but handle all types of aircraft.

Cords Joins StandardAero

Rob Cords

Rob Cords has been appointed StandardAero's senior vice president of strategy, business development and customer support. He was formerly at the Oliver Wyman Group, where he was an associate partner in the aviation, aerospace and defense practice.

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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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