AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 8, Number 27

July 14, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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NTSB: Captain Could Have Averted Denver Crash

The captain of a Continental 737 that ran off a Denver runway in December 2008 as winds gusted up to 45 knots probably could have kept it on the runway if he had applied enough rudder at the right time, the NTSB said in its final report on the accident on Tuesday. However, the board also said that if the crew had been given better wind information before trying to take off on Runway 34R, they might have delayed departure or requested a different runway. Air traffic controllers provided all the weather data that was required, telling the crew winds were from 270 degrees at 27 knots, but information from sensors located in the center of the airfield showed gusts as high as 40 knots. If the crew had been better trained in crosswind techniques, that also might have helped, the board said. Nobody was killed in the accident, but the captain and five of the 110 passengers were hurt. The board also said better seats in the cockpit would help to reduce crew injuries.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman praised the flight attendants for evacuating passengers quickly, before fire reached the cabin. "This accident was nothing less than the holiday miracle," she said. The board noted that in reacting to the crosswind, the captain tried using inappropriate controls to steer the aircraft, including the control yoke, which contributed up to four seconds delay. When he called for a rejected takeoff it was too late.

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Business World Heads Back to Iraq back to top 

Aviation Returns To Baghdad

One of the fastest-growing business jet destinations wasn't much more than a smoking hole a few years ago, but Baghdad is back. According to Business Week, Lufthansa will start scheduled service next week and Royal Jet, which operates 11 corporate aircraft, is reporting brisk business carrying oil executives and other business leaders to the calmer and gentler Iraqi capital. "The constantly improving security situation combined with ongoing reconstruction and investment has created ideal conditions for private aviation into and out of the country," John Morgan, Royal Jet's vice president for commercial operations, told Business Week.

The dissolution of Iraqi Airways by the government as a tactic in a dispute with Kuwait created a gap in airline service and several Middle Eastern carriers jumped into the market earlier this year. Lufthansa will be the first airline from outside the region to return. British Airways and Air France/KLM are pondering resumption of service. The Iraqi government is dissolving Iraqi Airways to prevent Kuwait from seizing aircraft in foreign countries where it has filed suit to get compensation for 10 Kuwaiti Airlines aircraft plundered by Iraqi forces in the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Iraqi Airways remains in business on domestic routes and flying to a few countries where there is no legal action waiting for it.

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Lots of Competitors, Lots of Airplanes back to top 

170 Citations In Special Olympics Airlift

More than 170 Cessna Citations from all over the U.S. will land at Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday to deliver 2,000 competitors to the Special Olympics U.S. National Games. This is the sixth time Cessna has organized the gigantic Citation Special Olympics Airlift and this year's effort is chaired by Citation owner Harrison Ford. The airlift is a logistical challenge as flights have to be coordinated to ensure smooth flow into Lincoln. It will take 15 hours to recover all the aircraft, which will be carrying between three and seven athletes apiece. Then they'll do it all over again a week later when they fly back to Lincoln to pick up the athletes. It's clearly a labor of love for Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, who is in the thick of the organization and execution of the event.

The airlift began in 1985 with two Citations carrying a delegation from Cessna's home state of Kansas. Two years later, 132 Citations were involved and this year's will be among the biggest yet.

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Chinese GA: Still a Tough Nut to Crack back to top 

China Making Progress Toward GA-Friendly Skies

Changes are expected soon that would make China much more open to general aviation, according to China Daily. "There will be progress in opening up the low-altitude airspace in the later half of this year, and many local governments have expressed interest in investment," said Wang Xia, vice president of the General Aviation School at Civil Aviation University of China. The skies have gradually become more open to private, low-altitude aircraft, but only if operators comply with a complex and time-consuming approval process that involves several different government agencies. To become a private pilot, applicants must pass a series of tests and physical exams, and spend about $20,000. There are only about 1,000 private pilots in China, according to China Daily. Meanwhile, officials are investigating corruption in China's aviation industry, the Canadian Press reports.

Several officials have been fired, and investigations continue into bribery and influence peddling involving individuals in both industry and government, according to the CP. "In China, aviation is a semi-militarized industry, not a completely commercial one," said Zhang Qihuai, a law professor at the Logistics College of the Chinese Air Force. "It attracts huge amounts of money and power ... This has been a terrible problem for a while." One aviation official, who had not been targeted in the probe, threw himself in front of a train last week.

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From Artful Flying to Flying back to top 

Former AVweb Writer New Flying Editor

There's been a change at the top of Flying magazine but the new editor-in-chief is a familiar name to longtime AVweb readers. Michael Maya Charles has replaced Mac McLellan at Flying. Maya Charles wrote more than 100 As the Beacon Turns columns for AVweb before he left us in 2006 to devote more time to his other writing exploits. According to a news release from Bonnier Publications, which bought Flying from Hatchett-Fillipacci a couple of years ago, Maya Charles also wrote for Flying and AOPA. The release did not mention McLellan's circumstances. McLellan was editor-in-chief of Flying for 20 years and had been with the magazine since 1980.

Maya Charles recently retired as a captain for FedEx, was the author of the book Artful Flying and wrote occasional blogs. "We have hired one of the most experienced pilots in the magazine business to lead Flying into the next decade," said editorial director David Ritchie. "Michael has more than 22,000 hours of flying time in more than 200 aircraft types and has made a living as a professional pilot for 38 years – as a flight instructor, charter pilot, corporate pilot and airline pilot. He's a certified airframe and powerplant mechanic, has owned airplanes since he was 19, and flies his two current airplanes from his airpark home in Colorado." Maya Charles said his mandate at Flying is to create an "engaging magazine that inspires and educates pilots in all market segments, and of all experience levels."

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Who's Where back to top 

Promotions at Cessna (corrected)

Bill CollierPeter Wilkinson

Cessna has announced that Peter Wilkinson will head the company's McCauley Propeller Systems operations as general manager, and Bill Collier will take over turbine and propeller aircraft parts distribution. Wilkinson has been with Cessna since 1997, and Collier joined the company in 2005.

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New on AVweb back to top 

Canadian Military Flight Training: A Ride-Along in the CT-156 Harvard II

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To many people, it's just a joke about funny Canadian place names, but Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is the center of the universe for young military officers from all over the world who want to become military pilots. Under the auspices of 15 Wing Moose Jaw, the Canadian Forces and Bombardier are in a joint venture to train Canada's next generation of pilots and also new pilots from as far away as Singapore. AVweb's Russ Niles went for a ride in the CT-156 Harvard II (the Canadian version of the Texan II used by the U.S. Air Force) and spoke with flight instructor Capt. Zack Charbonneau.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Jack Pelton Speaks; Let's All Listen

Last week, Jack Pelton ate into his vacation to visit General Aviation Modifications, Inc.'s test cell in Ada, Oklahoma for a look at G100UL, a proposed avgas replacement. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli suggests that his involvement — and unambiguous report on what he saw — may represent an inflection point in what has basically been a defeatist effort to find an avgas replacement. The first step in succeeding is the belief that you can.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Pushing the Envelope

It's a complicated, scary world, full of challenges that compound one on top of another faster than we can keep up — but then again, we may be better at keeping up than we give ourselves credit. When a technological problem is at its worst, the pressure to innovate often gives rise to surprising solutions — and that thought gives AVweb editor Mary Grady a little hope when it comes to the giant hurdles facing aviation.

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! 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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