AVwebBiz - Volume 8, Number 11

March 17, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Flying to Philly = Flying into the Near Future back to top 

ADS-B Goes Live In Philadelphia

Pilots of properly equipped aircraft flying through the Philadelphia area can get a glimpse of the future of flight now that ADS-B service has been switched on there. The FAA activated the system on Feb. 26 but didn't announce it until Tuesday. Aircraft with a universal access transceiver can display weather and aeronautical information on their cockpit displays, as well as traffic advisories. Those with a 1090 MHz Extended Squitter (1090 ES) can only get the traffic. The FAA is warning that the information available is advisory only and not a substitute for official sources of weather and NOTAMs or looking out the window.

Like any new and complex system, there are bound to be bugs and the FAA is hoping pilots will pay special attention to the functionality of the system and report any problems. ADS-B is the foundation technology of the NextGen airspace modernization program.

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"Go East, Investors"? back to top 

India Bizjet Market Coming Alive

India may be the market to lead business aviation out of the doldrums according to a report in the Mint, an Indian publication that lists the Wall Street Journal as a "partner." According to the report, Indian corporations are ready to buy, and that has drawn the attention of all the major players. "Ever since this new year, there is lot of buzz in the Indian business aviation scene," said Karan Singh, vice-president of the Business Aviation Association of India. "Indian companies could conclude many deals before this month-end and the sector is expecting a year-on-year growth of 15-20 percent," he told Mint last week.

India's economy is booming compared to many others and industrial output increased 16.7 percent last month alone. That's got CEOs looking skyward again and Mint says "a raft" of aircraft deals were signed at last month's India Aviation 2010 show in Hyderabad. There's plenty of room for growth in general aviation in India. There are now 257 fixed-wing private aircraft and 258 helicopters registered in the country.

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Safety & Security back to top 

Canada Boosts BizAv Oversight

The Canadian government is clawing back safety oversight and administration of the business aircraft industry in response to criticism by the country's Transportation Safety Board. As AVweb reported in November, the TSB cited lack of oversight of a business jet operator's Safety Management System as a contributing factor in a runway accident involving a Bombardier Global 5000 in Fox Harbour, Nova Scotia in 2007. Since 2005, SMS oversight of some operators has been handled by the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) and the TSB said it regarded the government's lack of involvement in that process as a "serious problem." The government apparently took that advice to heart on Tuesday and brought those functions back under Transport Canada's responsibility.

Transport Minister John Baird made the announcement in Ottawa on Tuesday but he'd hinted it was coming in December. "I do not support outsourcing safety testing or safety monitoring to the private sector. I think it is an important core responsibility of government and my department," he said in a statement in the House of Commons at the time. The government won't take over the functions until April of 2011 to allow for a transition period.

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NORDO NWA Pilots Headed Back to the Cockpit? back to top 

Northwest's Wandering Crew May Fly Again

The two Northwest Airlines pilots who flew off course for over an hour last October while working on their laptops have lost all their FAA certificates, but now they have a chance to get them back. Capt. Timothy Cheney and First Officer Richard Cole reached an agreement with the FAA on Monday that will allow them to apply for new certificates as soon as Aug. 29. Under the deal, they agreed to drop their appeals of the FAA's revocation "in the interest of avoiding further publicity." The agreement requires the pilots to re-take all of their knowledge and practical tests, and allows them to begin immediately logging time toward their ratings. The pilots did not admit to any wrongdoing. Officials at Delta Air Lines, which has taken over Northwest, said the two pilots remain suspended with pay until the airline completes its own investigation.

Northwest Airlines Flight 188 went NORDO (no radio communications) for 77 minutes while flying from San Diego to Minneapolis on Oct. 21. The flight overflew Minneapolis by more than 100 miles before re-establishing radio contact with air traffic controllers and landing at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. There were no injuries to the passengers and crew aboard. The NTSB investigation is ongoing.

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News Briefs back to top 

Beach Jogger Killed In Lancair Emergency Landing

The pilot of a Lancair that was spewing oil made an emergency landing on a beach in Hilton Head, S.C., about 6 p.m. on Monday and a 38-year-old man who was jogging along the shore was struck from behind and killed. The pilot of the Lancair IV-P, an experimental airplane, was en route from Orlando, Fla., to Norfolk, Va., with one passenger on board at about 13,000 feet, when the engine began to leak oil, obscuring the windshield. At some point the propeller was lost -- some reports said it came off in flight, others said during the landing. The two men on board the airplane, who were not identified, were not harmed. News photos show the intact Lancair in the water up to its belly. The jogger, who was listening to an iPod, was identified by the Associated Press as Robert Jones of Woodstock, Ga.

The pilot and passenger were reportedly returning to Chesapeake, Va., after a day trip. The Lancair IV-P is a four-seat airplane with a pressurized cabin and retractable gear.

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Who's Where back to top 

Saland's Role Expanded

Woody Saland

Woody Saland, formerly Dassault Falcon's manager of technical programs, is now the manager of technical programs and pilot operations and training. He's been with Dassault for five years.

Who's Where? You Tell Us

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

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Drone Wars — It's Getting Scary Out There

In general aviation, we tend to focus on our insular little world of plodding, incremental progress. But while we're not looking, developments in drone technology are on an exponential curve. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that this has wider implications than many of us imagine.

Click here to read why Paul is of two minds on the robotic flight revolution.

AVweb Insider Blog: EFIS Safety Study — Hardly a Surprise

So glass cockpits don't necessarily improve safety? No surprise there, says Paul Bertorelli in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog. Maybe we should be grateful the NTSB study didn't connect EFIS to an uptick in accident rates.

Click here to read Paul's comments and add your own.

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversary back to top 

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

Exclusive Video: A Slip/Skid Lesson from Aviation Safety Magazine

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

If you're a pilot, do you know what the rudder is for? In this short video, Aviation Safety editor-in-chief Jeb Burnside shows the most basic of flying skills: How to keep a turn coordinated.

If you enjoy this video, be sure to check out our sister publication, Aviation Safety magazine.

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Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

American Legend has made a name for itself in the LSA market with well-made Cub clones. At U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring in January, it showed a new amphib LSA that attracted lots of eyeballs. Last week, AVweb flew the amphib, and here's our video report on this new product. It's not just fun to fly; it's insanely fun to fly.

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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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