AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 8, Number 32

August 25, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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FAA To Revise NMAC Investigations

The FAA is planning to bring pilots and air traffic controllers together to share information after near midair collisions to help develop better strategies for prevention, according to a report in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal. United Airlines is expected to be the first airline to participate in the project. Currently, pilot and controller reports are analyzed independently. The FAA will also consider possible changes in training for air-traffic controllers and will explore new ways to encourage controllers and their supervisors to report mistakes voluntarily and avoid punishment, according to the Journal. A series of recent close encounters prompted an FAA review of the current procedures.

Two incidents in May at Houston's Hobby Airport both involved Southwest 737s, one in conflict with a news helicopter and the other involving a single-engine Cessna; a United A319 on approach to Washington's Reagan National Airport in June narrowly avoided hitting a Gulfstream business jet; and a Southwest 737 on approach to Burbank, Calif., in April reportedly came within 200 feet of a Cessna 172 practicing touch-and-goes.

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Aviation Safety: Bahama Islands back to top 

Six Safe In Bahamas Ditching

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Six people, including a pregnant woman and two children, were rescued virtually unhurt from the wreckage of their Piper Aztec in the water off Grand Bahama Island Monday. With nothing more than a few scrapes and bumps between them, all six were found clinging to the tail section of the twin, which went down on a short flight from Walter's Cay to Grand Bahama. Jamie Rose, of the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association, told the Associated Press that the aircraft lost an engine and was ditched about three miles from shore.

"[The occupants] were still pretty shell shocked," Rose said. "Once we got them on the boat, and we started running toward shore, they were saying, 'We just survived a plane crash.'" All of those aboard were Bahamian and the pregnant woman was six months along.

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Aviation Safety: China back to top 

RJ Crashes In China, 42 Survive

An Embraer 190 regional jet operated by Henan Airlines crashed in northeast China about 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday, killing at least 42 of the 96 people on board, according to early reports. The jet reportedly ran off the end of the runway and burst into flames at Yichun Airport, a small airport that opened last year. Three of the survivors were reported to be in critical condition. China has been working to expand its aviation sector and improve safety, building new airports and opening more airspace to civilian use. The last major civil accident was in 2004, when a CRJ200 operated by China Eastern Airlines crashed into a frozen lake shortly after takeoff, killing all 53 on board.

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Arizona's Other Legislative Concern: Flight Schools back to top 

Arizona Considering Flight School Fees?

Arizona may be planning to take a chapter out of California's regulatory textbook and that could lead to significant extra costs for flight schools. National Association of Flight Instructors President Jason Blair says Arizona officials are meeting Thursday to discuss the regulation of flight instructors and flight schools. A similar meeting by California officials some time ago that lead to AB48, a hugely unpopular measure that will require flight schools to pay significant registration fees and prove financial viability through a debt-to-equity formula. The California law could lead to school closures and increased training costs and Blair says NAFI is afraid the same thing will happen in Arizona. "As a state that has a significant number of flight training providers, we're concerned about the chilling effect those fees may have on those businesses," Blair said. "We're encouraging our members in that state to get involved in this issue, so we don't have a repeat of the California situation." California legislators say the move is needed to protect flight students from unscrupulous operators but some aviation businesses have dismissed it as a ploy to raise revenue.

Specifically, the Thursday meeting will be held by the Arizona State Board for Private and Postsecondary Education and it will be held in Conference Room B-1, 1400 West Washington St., in Phoenix. The meeting is to discuss the "Question of Regulation of Certain Classifications of Airplane Pilot and Instructors under Part 61 of the CFR." Blair says NAFI is keeping an eye on the proceedings and will report back on them.

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Something to See Before Summer's Over back to top 

Johnson's JetStar On Display

The U.S. government has paid $261,000 to pull a long-retired Lockheed JetStar from an Arizona boneyard and repaint it for static display. As you might have guessed this isn't just any JetStar, nor is it just any paint job. The JetStar was used to shuttle former President Lyndon Johnson between Washington and his ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The shiny new-looking 13-seat aircraft will be put on permanent display at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park at Johnson's ranch near Stonewall, Texas. The official dedication is Aug. 27.

The $261,000 tab for getting the four-engine bizjet ready for display included hauling it out of the military's Tucson boneyard, restoring the exterior, disassembling it for transport and then reassembling it at the ranch. Ross Whitlock, superintendent of the historical site, said the old jet is an important artifact in that it helped Johnson "conduct the business of the country" while he was at home in Texas. The jet flew him back and forth to Washington numerous times and was also used by staff to visit Central America and the Caribbean.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Harsh Realities — Chinese Interests Buy Superior Airparts

The first (and understandable) reaction is to decry another sellout of an American business. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli says he gets that — but for those who reach for the emotional high notes about how awful such deals are, here's a question: What's the alternative when no Western buyers come forth?

Read more and chime in with your own thoughts at the blog.

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Who's Where back to top 

Garrett to REBTECH as VP

Jim Garrett

Jim Garrett is the new vice president of operations at REBTECH, which specializes in night vision conversions for aircraft and helicopters. Garrett has worked in the field for 40 years.

Brown Takes Over Gulfstream in Mexicali

Randy Brown

Randy Brown has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Gulfstream's Mexicali site, which makes various subassemblies and components for Gulfstream aircraft. Brown has been with Gulfstream since 2006 as senior manager of production operations in Savannah.

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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 

Aircraft Ditching Training with the Editors of Aviation Consumer

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

Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West got water up his nose as he practiced exiting an aircraft that has sunk and flipped over. It was quite a ride.

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Aviation Consumer Reviews Avidyne's DFC 90 Digital Autopilot

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Avidyne has a slide-in replacement for the STEC-55X autopilots common to Cirrus SR20s and SR22s. Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West took it up for a flight to the claims of improved performance and new safety features.

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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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