AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 8, Number 34

September 8, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Brownback Wants Bizjet Trade Review

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback is calling for an International Trade Commission study on the global competitiveness of the business aviation industry after suggesting Embraer's success in the sector is at least partly the result of help from the Brazilian government. Brownback, who's running for governor of Kansas, issued a statement last week saying the ITC should not only examine Embraer, but should look at the business aircraft industries in Canada, Europe and China to ensure U.S. manufacturers, most of whom are headquartered in his home state, are getting a fair shake on the world market. "For years, Kansas has been leading the way in the general aviation industry, and I know that if everyone plays by the rules, Kansans will easily rise above the competition," he said. It was a report by the ITC in 2004 that triggered the drawn-out battle at the World Trade Organization over alleged subsidies by the European Union to Airbus for the development and manufacture of airliners.

Although he mentions other countries, Brownback seems to be focusing his attention on Brazil and Embraer, which certified its first business jet, the Legacy 600, essentially a conversion of its regional jet. "Embraer is now responsible for about 14 percent of all global sales of business aircraft," Brownback said. "This is an almost unbelievable feat for a company that has been manufacturing business aviation aircraft for a little over seven years." In the past five years, Embraer has introduced or announced at least five business aircraft and has been aggressively marketing them through the economic downturn. "Embraer's activity does not seem possible without heavy and creative government support across the board," Brownback said.

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Emergency Landings I back to top 

Russian Crew Deadsticks Tu-154 Safely

A Russian airline crew may have pulled off an amazing dead-stick landing on Tuesday. According to Russian media, the Alrosa Airlines Tu-154's "power supply, fuel pumps, radio link and navigation equipment failed" and the only available airport was at Izhma, whose only runway is 4,500 feet long. The reports say the crew deadsticked from 35,000 feet, put down on the short runway and overran it by 600 feet. Although the aircraft suffered some damage, all 72 passengers and nine crew were uninjured.

The flight originated in Polyarny, Siberia, and was headed to Moscow. So far there's been no explanation of how virtually everything on the aircraft could shut down, if that's what actually happened. The passengers and crew were put up in a school building while the airline figured out how to get them to Moscow.

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Emergency Landings II back to top 

Pilot Avoids Houses In Henderson, Nevada Crash

One person was killed and at least three were badly injured Monday when a Piper PA32-RT-300 Lance made an emergency landing on a Henderson, Nev., city street after an apparent engine failure. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan told local media that two men and two women were aboard the Lance, which had just departed Henderson's Executive Airport around 8 a.m. on Monday. Pilot Douglas Touchet, 45, of Erath, La., died. His wife and the two others, also from Louisiana, were hurt. The group was apparently heading home after a long weekend in Las Vegas. Henderson is just south of Las Vegas. Police said no one on the ground was injured, perhaps because the pilot pointed the airplane away from houses. "I think we can attribute that to the pilot trying to put it down in a safe place," he said. "You're talking the plane crashed maybe 20 or 30 feet (from the nearest home)," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan said.

The accident left a debris field a block long and one wing came to rest in the backyard of a home, Sheahan said. Witness Robert Sutton told KLAS-TV that the aircraft came to rest inverted and he and he and other residents doused the flames with hoses before righting it to assist the victims trapped inside. The aircraft evidently struck two block walls, a streetlight pole and a tree before landing in the street. "It appeared the way the aircraft was lined up that he did try to land on the road itself. On first blush it looks like he did try to do some kind of maneuver to get down as safely as he could," police Lt. Joe Ojeda told the Las Vegas Sun. Survivors were taken to University Medical Center with life-threatening burns. Their identifies were not released.

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NATA Gives Pilots One Less Thing to Fret Over back to top 

NATA Offers Aircraft Registration Service

After the FAA announced recently that all aircraft owners will have to re-register their aircraft every three years, the National Air Transportation Association went to work on developing an Internet product that will handle that chore for owners. The re-registration program, developed in partnership with AIC Title Service, is available to both members and non-members of NATA, for $45 per aircraft. "The simple-to-use program ... allows for re-registrations to be professionally processed and tracked using a straightforward Web interface," says NATA. The new FAA rule goes into effect Oct. 1.

NATA says its service offers a simple-to-use program that enables re-registrations to be professionally processed and tracked. AIC says it will provide detailed information on the progress of re-registration through an online interface that allows customers to track the status of an entire fleet. Also, AIC says it will hand-deliver each registration to the FAA, "ensuring traceable delivery and avoiding the uncertainty that may come with the FAA-sponsored interface." The new FAA rule requires all aircraft to re-register over the next three years according to a specific schedule pegged to the month of current registration. All aircraft must then renew every three years after that. The FAA will collect a fee of $5 for each registration and each renewal, though AOPA said proposals to hike that fee are already in the works.

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Thinking Outside the Box back to top 

Scrap The First Officer: Ryanair's O'Leary

The airline CEO who suggested introducing pay toilets on his aircraft is now saying the right seat in the cockpit should fly empty. Michael O'Leary, the sometimes controversial and always publicity-hungry head of Ryanair, said he advocated abolishing first officers and since he said it to Bloomberg Business Week, it's now being widely reported. "Really, you only need one pilot. Let's take out the second pilot. Let the bloody computer fly it," were the exact words. And if the lone pilot can't, for some reason, make sure the computer is doing its job, O'Leary suggested he do what his passengers do when they have a problem and that's call a flight attendant, in this case, one that's been trained to land the aircraft. "If the pilot has an emergency, he rings the bell, he calls her in, she could take over." He apparently wasn't asked if it might make as much sense to make the FO push a snack cart when he or she isn't needed to watch the computer.

As tempting as it might have been to ignore O'Leary's bombast, the British Airline Pilots Association felt compelled to respond. "His suggestion is unwise, unsafe and the public will be horrified," the association said in a statement to Sky News. "Are there no lengths to which he will not go to get publicity?" In addition to the pay toilets idea, O'Leary also once suggested selling standing room on his airliners. The European Aviation Safety Agency rejected the idea.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Let's Ditch ELTs

There are much better alternatives to emergency locator transmitters. In his post to the AVweb Insider blog, editor-in-chief Russ Niles focuses on one that's affordable, reliable and readily available: GPS. With better technology at hand, Russ wonder why ELTs are still the law.

Read more and share your comments.

AVweb Insider Blog: Clinging to Skills — Or to the Past?

Paul Bertorelli recently blogged on the state of sim training, and that (plus your letters) got him thinking about the state of the art — and how so many of us insist on teaching skills that technology may have already rendered obsolete. In his latest post to the AVweb Insider, Paul asks if we're being traditionalists — or just getting a jump on becoming the cranky old farts of tomorrow.

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Who's Where back to top 

Carr New CAP Vice Commander

Col. Chuck Carr

Col. Chuck Carr was elected Civil Air Patrol's National Vice Commander. He was the Great Lakes Region Commander and is a longtime member of CAP.

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Norman Mello

Norman Mello has joined ARGUS PROS as Director of Business Aviation. He was formerly at Delta AirElite Business Jets.

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Aviation Consumer Flies a Silver Eagle Turbine-Converted Centurion

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Wanna go fast and climb like hell? That's what the Silver Eagle Conversion of a P210 with a Rolls Royce turbine engine does. Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli recently took a flight demo in the airplane.

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Aircraft Ditching Training with the Editors of Aviation Consumer

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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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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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