AVwebBiz - Volume 8, Number 21

June 2, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! More TCM Lifters on Recall back to top 
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TCM Lifter AD Expanded

The FAA on Monday expanded its recall of faulty hydraulic lifters on Teledyne Continental general aviation engines to include the TCM 346 series and R-RM IO-240-A  reciprocating engines. Excessive wear on the lifters can result in loss of engine power, the FAA said, with at least one instance of damage after just one hour in service. The Airworthiness Directive is effective June 16, at which point all affected aircraft must be grounded until the work is done. No special flight permits will be approved, the FAA said. The AD went straight to final rule without any advance notice or comment period because an unsafe condition exists, the FAA said. However, comments will be accepted until Aug. 2.

Several thousand aircraft were affected by the original AD, which was effective last November. TCM said "an issue" with a vendor component was the cause of the defect.

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Eye on China back to top 
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Gulfstream Makes Move In China

Gulfstream is making an aggressive expansion move in China by signing an agreement with Deer Jet to look after the burgeoning fleet of Gulfstream aircraft in the country. Deer Jet already has 13 Gulfstreams and is looking to add 10 more. Gulfstream will provide Deer Jet with a maintenance team that includes a mechanic, avionics tech and quality control specialist as well as provide access to interior technicians and a field service representative. "The business-jet market in China is expanding rapidly, and we are committed to staying ahead of that growth with an expanding product support infrastructure," said Mark Burns, Gulfstream's president of product support.

The latest estimates predict China's business aircraft fleet will grow faster than anywhere else. But there are now only about 30 corporate jets registered to operate on the Chinese mainland. The Chinese government is said to be poised to significantly relax regulations that make it difficult to make the most of the flexibility and convenience that private aircraft travel can offer.

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Meanwhile, Mexican Companies Eye the U.S. back to top 

Mexico Courts American Aerospace

The number of Mexican aerospace companies has tripled to more than 300 in the last six years and it's not stopping there. The Mexican business magazine Mexico Now is sponsoring a daylong aerospace industry conference -- in Philadelphia -- June 24 and it's clearly aimed at OEMs who might be thinking of moving some of their production there. So far dozens of established companies, including Cessna, Bombardier, Hawker Beechcraft and Pratt & Whitney, have built factories in Mexico or are contracting with Mexican companies. "The main objective of this seminar is to obtain detailed and privileged information about the current and future conditions and trends of the aerospace Industry in offshore manufacturing operations," said conference spokesman Sergio Omel.

The conference runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue and will feature speakers from the Mexican aerospace industry as well as representatives from companies that now do business in Mexico who will relate their experiences. The conference also promises to "objectively analyze the present and future business conditions of the aerospace industry in Mexico."

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Future Fuels: Here Comes the Sun? back to top 

Solar Impulse Flies On Pure Sunlight

"Finally we can say we are flying a solar plane," pilot Andre Borschberg, CEO of the Solar Impulse project, wrote in his blog last Friday. The 12,000 solar cells on the wings of the one-of-a-kind aircraft for the first time produced more energy than the aircraft was consuming, providing thrust for the engines with enough power left over to start charging the batteries. "At this precise moment," Borschberg wrote, "the fulfillment of a dream -- to fly solely on solar power, day and night -- came one step closer to reality." The flight was the first time the aircraft was powered solely by solar energy. Borschberg flew twice last Friday, on the first circuit using up the energy that had been stored in the batteries overnight; on the second flight he activated the solar cells for the first time and began to recharge the batteries.

"Never before in my 40 years as a pilot have I experienced anything like this," Borschberg wrote. The aircraft flew at Payerne Airfield in Switzerland. The project was launched seven years ago by Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Their ultimate goal is to fly the aircraft around the world on solar power alone in 2012. They plan to fly five hops in quick succession, weather permitting.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Ghosts of Merlins Past — A V-Block Engine

As the season for new engines seems to be in full flight, Paul Bertorelli's latest post to the AVweb Insider blog addresses an intriguing new engine design from Adept Airmotive, a South African startup. The initial numbers sound good but, of course, the company has a long road ahead of it.

Click here to read Paul's thoughts and add your own comments — and you'll want to hear this podcast interview with Adept principal Richard Schulz.

AVweb Insider Blog: ADS-B Rule — Big Bucks, Paltry Benefit

Somewhere out there, someone must be thrilled the with FAA's final rule on the implementation of ADS-B in the NextGen airspace over the U.S. That someone isn't IFR magazine editor-in-chief Jeff Van West, who confesses to more than a little disappointment in the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog.

Click here to read his opinions, then chime in with your own in our comments section.

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

Got a Turbonormalized Cirrus? Aviation Consumer Wants You

Actually, Aviation Consumer wants a little bit of your engine data for a research product we're doing. If you don't mind sending us a sample data file, contact Paul Bertorelli at avconsumer@comcast.net.

Contact us before sending anything. Thanks.

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

Kim Prout Gives Kitplanes a Tour of His Europa Monowheel

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

Kim Prout's homebuilt Europa Monowheel is one of the highest-time examples in the U.S. and amply shows off the superb combination of agility and utility in this exclusive vide from the editors of Kitplanes magazine.

If you enjoy this video, be sure to look for other homebuilt content in our sister magazine, Kitplanes.

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IFR Magazine Shares GPS Tricks for VOR Clearances

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Handling clearances with that panel-mount GPS is a snap — until they throw some rogue radial off a VOR into the mix. IFR editor Jeff Van West unlocks the insider techniques that make clearances like this just another day plying the airways.

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

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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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