AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 8, Number 14

April 7, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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NTSB Follows Accident Trail to Tire Maintenance back to top 
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NTSB: Neglected Tires Started Learjet's Fatal Accident Chain

The operator of a chartered Learjet 60 failed to properly maintain its tires, starting a chain of events that ended with a deadly crash in Columbia, S.C., in September 2008, the NTSB said on Tuesday. All four of the main gear tires were severely underinflated, which compromised their integrity. The first tire failed about 1.5 seconds after the airplane reached V-1, the maximum speed at which the takeoff could be safely aborted. The captain's decision to then attempt a high-speed rejected takeoff "went against standard operating procedures and training," the NTSB said. Making things worse, the tire failure damaged a sensor, which caused the jet's thrust reversers to return to the stowed position. While the captain was trying to stop the airplane by commanding reverse thrust, forward thrust was being provided at near-takeoff power because the thrust reversers were stowed, contributing to the severity of the accident. "This entirely avoidable crash should reinforce to everyone in the aviation community that there are no small maintenance items because every time a plane takes off, lives are on the line," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman.

After the airplane left the departure end of Runway 11, it struck airport lights, crashed through a perimeter fence, crossed a roadway and came to rest on a berm. The captain, the first officer, and two passengers were killed; two other passengers were seriously injured. The Safety Board also found that neither the FAA nor Learjet adequately reviewed the airplane's design after a similar uncommanded forward thrust accident that occurred during a landing in Alabama in 2001. As a result of its investigation, the safety board made 14 recommendations to the FAA, suggesting changes in maintenance procedures, pilot training, and manufacturers' methods of safety analysis.

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Paying the Piper back to top 

U.K. Group Calls For BizAv Fuel Tax

A British environmental group says business aircraft should pay a fuel tax currently charged airline passengers. The Air Passenger Duty is part of every airline ticket but the Campaign for Better Transport says business aviation passengers don't pay it even though they have a much larger environmental footprint than the average airline passenger. Although bizav is a soft target for the environmental movement, pronouncements such as this might carry a bit more weight as the U.K. heads to the polls May 6.

In the organization's aviation blog, the writers call on the government to close the "loophole" and note that 67,000 fuel tax-free business aviation flights occurred last year. EasyJet, Britain's largest budget carrier, is jumping into the fray and commissioned a study last year, that, to no one's surprise, found the majority of its passengers think private operations should be subject to the tax. The Campaign for Better Transport says the tax should be imposed for environmental reasons, claiming that business aircraft passengers create as much as 30 times the pollution, per capita, as airline pax. "Charging fuel duty on these ultra-polluting aircraft wouldn't raise enormous sums of money, but it would make sure that all flights were held accountable for the damage they cause to the environment," the group says.

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Talk of the Town back to top 

HondaJet Speculation Continues

A leading market analyst says it doesn't really matter why Honda is joining the business jet market, the fact that it will start delivering aircraft in less than two years should be enough to give existing airframers pause. The Gerson Lehrman Group says critical observations about the HondaJet's quirky engine-over-wing design and the lack of scalability of the aircraft are similar to those heard when Honda introduced the Civic 35 years ago. "The Detroit automotive establishment said that Honda would never be successful," the analysis says. "Honda in fact went on to make the Civic the best selling subcompact in the industry." No one doubts the company's ability to follow through with the HondaJet program but there are two schools of thought on the "real" motive behind it.

There are those who say Honda simply wants a piece of the whole pie, starting with the HondaJet and creating new models as it identifies markets for them. Others say engines are at the heart of the aerospace venture and the partnership with GE is a match made in OEM supply heaven, from both technical and finance perspectives. Gerson Lehrman notes the scalability of the HF120 engine, which Honda/GE claims will be 30 percent more efficient than anything comparable. Whatever the motivation, Gerson Lehrman says Honda will make a go of it. "Executive boardrooms in Montreal, Savannah, Merignac, Sao Paolo and Wichita should take notice that Honda has arrived," the company says.

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Paying the Piper, Part II: Staying Airworthy back to top 

FAA AD Targets Thielert Engines

As if they didn't have enough troubles already dealing with excessive costs and a manufacturer in bankruptcy, owners of Thielert diesel engines now must cope with a proposed new Airworthiness Directive that could cost them another $1,600. The FAA posted the proposed AD on Monday, citing a problem with an oil separator that could fail, leading to an in-flight power loss or possible shutdown due to excessive gas pressure. The problem was found in servicing, and the FAA didn't note any cases of actual failure. About 250 of the Thielert engines have been installed in Diamond twins, some Piper Cherokees, and Cessna 172s in the U.S. Owners must take care of the problem within 110 flight hours of the effective date of the AD. Comments will be accepted on the proposal until May 20.

The Thielert engines proved to be expensive to maintain, and service was slow and difficult. Some of the fleet has been effectively grounded. Diamond, based in Austria, recently reintroduced its twin-engine DA42 with a choice of its own Austro diesel engines or a traditional Lycoming IO-360. Owners of the Thielert versions can trade them in for new engines, but at a cost of over $100,000.

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Customs Comes to Stewart International back to top 

New York's Fourth Airport Gets Customs

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New York City's "fourth" airport, Stewart International, is getting a temporary Customs and Border Protection facility as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey looks for ways to expand service. Stewart International is a former air base about 60 miles north of the city in the Hudson Valley. It has the runways to handle any size aircraft but airline service is limited to a few flights to mainly Northeast destinations. The Port Authority hopes the availability of Customs service will attract overseas charter service.

The Customs station will be set up in the current baggage claims area but plans call for a permanent facility by 2012. The Port Authority is already in discussions with charter operators with an eye to bringing shopping and spring break tourists to the city. The facility will only be staffed when flights are scheduled to arrive but could lead to a regularly staffed inspection station as traffic warrants.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Aviation Reporting — Bad to the Bone

There are plenty of examples of bad aviation reporting in the mainstream media, but AVweb's Mary Grady came across one of the worst recently — a mish-mash of inaccuracy made worse by bad timing and a poor understanding of airplane stalls. Mary shares the details on the AVweb Insider blog.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Better to Treat Depressed Pilots

The FAA's relaxation of rules for depressed pilots already generating discussion among aviators — and especially those aviators who work in medicine. Dr. Brent Blue joins us on the AVweb Insider blog with his take on the decision.

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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 

Exclusive Video: A Humorous But-Not-That-Gentle Look at Flying Traffic Patterns

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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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