AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 8, Number 3

January 20, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: Wait for Cessna 162 Extended back to top 
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Skycatcher Deliveries Delayed

Cessna is telling 162 Skycatcher position holders that their order will be delayed six to 10 months because of design changes that resulted from the flight test program. "We did find a few things during our flight tests," Cessna spokesman Doug Oliver told AVweb. Most of the changes were needed to fix spin recovery issues. Cessna lost two aircraft to unrecoverable spins, although the pilot in each instance was uninjured. Oliver said the rudder needs more surface area and the elevator and aileron travel needs to be increased on each aircraft and that work is currently being done after the aircraft are finished by the factory in China. Eventually, the design changes will be integrated into primary production but in the meantime it's causing delays as Yingling Aviation, which is reassembling the crated aircraft in Wichita, makes the modifications.

Oliver said all the computer modeling and wind tunnel testing each Cessna design undergoes can't precisely duplicate real world conditions. "It is important to remember that these aircraft, as with all Cessna aircraft, are designed to be in service for decades, so we prefer to take a little extra time now to ensure its long-term success," Oliver said. Cessna has the first production model Skycatcher on display at the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., which starts Thursday. The first Skycatcher is owned by Rose Pelton, the wife of Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, and she's currently taking her Sport Pilot certificate on the aircraft. And yes, this one has the mods....

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Mitsubishi Crash Update back to top 

MU-2 Down In Ohio

The aircraft was registered to Mitts Corp., of Gainseville, and was approaching Lorain County Airport in Elyria, Ohio, when it went down. It's not clear what stage of flight it was in. On board and believed dead were two pilots and two passengers. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries issued a statement within hours of the crash, pointing out that it was the first fatal accident in almost four years for the aircraft.

A spate of accidents before that prompted the FAA to issue a Special Federal Air Regulation in 2008 mandating type-specific training for MU-2 pilots. The MU-2's safety record was analyzed by the FAA in 2005 and found to be comparable to other twin-engine turboprops but its unique design requires different flying techniques, particularly in emergency situations. The MU-2's flaps extend for the full length of the wing, and it doesn't have ailerons. Roll control comes from highly effective spoilers.

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American, Delta Vie for Japan Air Routes back to top 

Airlines Fight Over JAL's Carcass

Early predictions give Delta Air Lines the edge over American Airlines in the forthcoming tug of war over increased access to Asian routes now flown by Japan Airlines. JAL was scheduled to declare bankruptcy at 3 p.m. Tuesday and is a member of the Oneworld Alliance, an international codeshare group with airlines like American, Qantas and British Airways. However, rival SkyTeam Alliance, which includes Delta, KLM and Air France, is trying to lure JAL away so its members can capitalize on the extensive network of routes in Asia, one of fastest-growing areas for airline travel. Meanwhile, the JAL bankruptcy will become Japan's largest as the company walks away from $16.5 billion in debt.

The bankruptcy is expected to put a chill on investments in Japan because it had widely been assumed that JAL was simply too large to be allowed to fail and that the Japanese government would prop it up. However, the fortunes of Japan's flag carrier have sagged in recent years, with maintenance issues tarnishing its reputation and politically important but financially difficult domestic routes sucking revenue from the more profitable international flights. About 60 percent of shares are held by individuals and they are expected to lose everything if, as expected, the stock is delisted by the Japanese Stock Exchange.

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787 Moves to Next Phase back to top 

Dreamliner Ready For Second Test Phase

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has reached the end of its initial airworthiness test phase, the company said last week, which means more crew members and engineers now can fly in the cabin and additional aircraft will be added to the program. "This is an important step forward," said Scott Fancher, general manager of the 787 program at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are very pleased ... The pilots have told me the results we are seeing in flight match their expectations and the simulations we've run." The 787 has flown 15 times and accumulated about 60 hours since the first launch in mid-December. Pilots took the airplane to 30,000 feet and speeds up to Mach 0.65. Initial stall tests and other dynamic maneuvers have been run, as well as an extensive check-out of the airplane's systems. In the next phase of testing, the team will expand the flight envelope to altitudes above 40,000 feet and up to Mach 0.85.

Most of the flights have been flown by Dreamliner No. 1. Dreamliner No. 2 has flown only twice, and was sent back to Everett, Wash., last week to have particulates and debris removed from its fuel tanks. "We've refined the manufacturing inspections to make sure it doesn't happen again," Boeing spokesman Scott Lefeber told the Seattle Times. The program has suffered a number of delays and setbacks. First flight was originally scheduled for 2007, then was rescheduled about five times. First delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of this year, the company says.

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Air Shows on the Horizon back to top 

Bahrain, Singapore Aviation Events Coming Up

Two big aviation events are coming up on the calendar -- the Singapore Airshow, Feb. 2 to 7, is the biggest show of its kind in Asia, and this week the first Bahrain International Airshow launches. The three-day Bahrain show is produced by the same folks who put on the well-known Farnborough event in Great Britain. The inaugural trade show at Sakhir Airfield will focus on civil, defense, and business aviation, and aims to promote networking among companies that operate in the region. Static displays and flight demos will showcase products. Companies sign up for "ultra-luxurious hospitality space" in fully equipped chalets where buyers and sellers can meet. The Singapore Airshow, which first launched in 2008, is back for its second edition. The show welcomes the trade for four days, then opens up to the public for the weekend, with airshows scheduled for both days.

This year's airshow will feature the F-111 strike aircraft operated by the Royal Australian Air Force, making its last performance in Asia. And the A-10 Thunderbolt II, operated by the U.S. Air Force, will make its Asian show debut. The Singapore Airshow also features a series of high-level conferences dedicated to leading players in the global aviation industry -- the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit and the Asia-Pacific Security Conference. Click here for more info.

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

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

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Airlifts, Haitian Relief, and How to Help

Paul Bertorelli has a couple of posts on the AVweb Insider blog about aviation lending a helping hand with Haitian earthquake relief. Click here and then click here to see how you may be able to do more good at this stage by dropping a little cash out of your wallet than by dropping supplies over Haiti.

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversary 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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