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|NTSB Follows Accident Trail to Tire Maintenance||back to
NEGLECTED TIRES STARTED LEARJET'S FATAL ACCIDENT CHAIN
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.
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GROUP CALLS FOR BIZAV FUEL TAX
A British environmental group
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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
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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.
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|Paying the Piper, Part II: Staying Airworthy||back to
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.
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YORK'S FOURTH AIRPORT GETS CUSTOMS
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.
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