AVwebBiz - Volume 8, Number 39

October 13, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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European Parliament Voting On Pilot Bill

The European Parliament is expected to vote today or Thursday on whether to essentially cancel some of the privileges of pilots holding FAA certificates in European Union countries. Proposed regulatory changes put forth by the European Aviation Safety Agency would also make it more difficult to operate American-registered aircraft in Europe. In a special edition podcast interview with AVweb, Emmanuel Davidson, vice president of AOPA in France, said the proposals put forth by EASA "represent the greatest threat to general aviation in Europe in the last decade" and virtually all pilot groups and many companies and industry groups are trying to get it derailed. One of the difficulties with that is the measures are hidden in a larger bill of changes deemed positive by most in GA in Europe and the American issues will have to be separated from them.

Davidson said the most serious impact of the EASA proposal would be to effectively negate the FAA IFR rating that most IFR-rated pilots in Europe fly with. An FAA IFR rating is considerably less onerous to obtain than a European one because the European requirements are the same as those required for an ATP. Davidson estimates the average private pilot, with a job and family, would take more than a year to do the ground school and the rating would cost about $30,000.

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Jets, Jobs, Joy in Piperville back to top 

Work Starts On PiperJet Factory

Piper Aircraft has hired a contractor to renovate a 75,000-square-foot building at its Vero Beach headquarters that will become the PiperJet factory. The news is welcome in Vero Beach, where there have been persistent rumors that the company was planning to move. It was purchased by the government of Brunei 18 months ago and now has a presence in that country. The recent announcement of a European sales office further fueled speculation but the announcement of the factory work may quell those fears, even if repeated assurances from Piper brass haven't. "We're committed to Vero Beach for the long haul," Piper VP Randy Groom told TCPalm.

Design work will begin immediately and construction should be complete next year. Among the major improvements is to air condition the whole building. The newspaper also said Piper has been working on the aircraft itself and will announce specific improvements at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta next week.

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Ask the FAA — And Get Some Rest back to top 

FAA Open To "Clarifying Questions" On Duty Regs

The FAA said on Tuesday it will accept written requests for clarification of its proposed new pilot duty-time rules until Oct. 15, and will respond to them by Oct. 22. The FAA said the question period is its response to "numerous requests" from stakeholders for some kind of forum to get answers to questions and technical clarifications before the end of the comment period on Nov. 15. For example, the FAA said, one commenter noted that in at least one instance, the new regulations refer back to the existing regulations, which would no longer exist if the new regulations are adopted. The FAA said "it makes sense to provide additional clarity where commenters believe the draft regulatory text is unclear or omits pertinent information."

The FAA said it hopes to provide greater technical clarity so interested parties can "focus on the policy implications of the proposal without spending undue amounts of time trying to figure out how the rule, if implemented, would be implemented or interact with other regulatory requirements." The complex new rules, years in the making, run 145 pages long, and address flight, duty and rest time for crews operating under Part 121. The FAA says the new rules are based on scientific research about fatigue and performance. One commenter, Atlas Air, asked the FAA to extend its comment period, arguing that 60 days is "unreasonable" and "unfair" for analysis of the "extraordinarily complex" proposal. The new rules, if adopted, would impose "serious operational constraints" on cargo carriers, Atlas Air said.

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Aviation Safety: Some Good News from the FAA back to top 

FAA: Runway Incursions Down By Half

The number of runway incursions has dropped by half for the second year in a row, the FAA says. The number of serious incursions at U.S. airports dropped from 12 in 2009 to six in 2010 (on FAA's fiscal calendar, 2010 ended on Sept. 30). Half of the incidents involved commercial aircraft, and the other half were general aviation events. The numbers are down drastically from 2000, when 67 serious incursions occurred. To improve those numbers, the FAA has upgraded the signage and markings at airports, improved pilot training on runway conflicts, and installed new technology at some major airports. The FAA said it has also conducted extensive outreach and training for GA pilots. At a news conference last week at Boston's Logan Airport, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said the ultimate goal is zero runway incursions.

"I'm confident that the right combination of education and technology will help us get there," Babbitt said. Logan has recently completed a 90-day test of a new Runway Status Lights system. The system employs a network of red lights embedded in the airfield pavement to give direct warnings to pilots when it is unsafe to enter, cross or proceed down a runway. Pilots must stop when the red lights are illuminated and may not continue without clearance from air traffic control. The new technology is also being used at Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Diego and Los Angeles. The systems are scheduled to be installed at another 23 airports beginning next year.

The six incursions cited by the FAA for fiscal year 2010 were:

  1. At Livermore Municipal Airport, in California, on October 24, 2009, a Cessna C152 was instructed to taxi into position and hold on Runway 25R. A Quicki Q200 (an Experimental) was previously cleared to land on Runway 25R. The Q200 landed over the C152 holding on the runway by less than 100 feet vertical and touched down approximately 200 feet down the runway.
  2. At Charleston AFB, S.C., on December 18, 2009, a Cessna C525 did not hold short as instructed and conflicted with a Canadair CRJ2 on departure roll. The CRF2 maneuvered to pass behind the C525. Closest proximity reported was estimated at 20 feet.
  3. At Chino Airport, in California, on January 20, 2010, a Piper PA22 was cleared to land on Runway 8R but instead landed on intersecting Runway 3 without clearance. The aircraft continued down the runway through the Runway 8L intersection and under a Aerospatiale AS50 helicopter cleared for Runway 8L. The AS50 overflew the PA22 by 50 vertical feet, the closest proximity reported.
  4. At Garden City Regional, in Kansas, on March 18, 2010, an airport maintenance vehicle, in pursuit of an animal, entered Runway 35 at Taxiway Charlie without authorization and conflicted with a Cessna C560 Citation. A direct overflight occurred as the truck crossed the runway in pursuit of animal. Closest proximity reported was 50 feet vertical.
  5. At Phoenix Sky Harbor International, on March 19, 2010, a Cessna C208 was cleared to land on Runway 25L. A Boeing 737 was cleared to take off on Runway 25R. The C208 flew over the 737 and landed on Runway 25R instead of 25L as cleared. Closest proximity reported was 50 to 100 feet vertical.
  6. At William Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas, on April 28, 2010, a Boeing B737 was cleared for departure on Runway 12R. A controller then cleared a Bell 06 helicopter for north departure from the south ramp with no restrictions. Normally helicopters depart towards the arrival end of Runway 4 and turn north over mid-field and continue northbound. The helicopter departed towards the departure end of Runway 12R, turned southeast crossing over Taxiway November then turned north passing Taxiway Quebec and started to cross Runway 12R when the pilot observed the B737 and turned back toward the southwest. Closest reported proximity was 100 feet vertically and 125 feet laterally.

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Who's Where back to top 

McNary Joins HBC as VP

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Heidi McNary is Hawker Beechcraft's new vice president and chief technical officer. She was formerly chief operating officer and executive vice president of sales and marketing at DeCrane Aerospace.

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NBAA Next Week, AVweb Is There

The business aviation world is collectively shining its shoes and pressing its suits for the largest convention dealing specifically with bizav. The National Business Aviation Association Meeting and Convention will be held at the Georgia World Congress convention center from Oct. 19-21 and AVweb will be there to provide a full package of news, video and audio reports on the big show, which, despite the economy, is still a big show. This one is shaping up to be a battle of the heavyweights.

Bombardier Aerospace has let it be known that it considers itself the dominant player in the large business jet sector and it will answer the challenge put forth by Gulfstream and its G650, an ultra-long-range aircraft with a projected top speed of .925 Mach. Bombardier will announce a new aircraft (or an upgrade of an existing one) that is expected to give the G a run for its money. AVweb is also aware of several new product announcements from other companies and will be offering the most comprehensive coverage of those developments. Our special show editions will run Oct. 19, 20 and 21.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: FAA's EMS Regs — Overdue?

Normally, we're the first to squawk about heavy-handed and unnecessary FAA regulation, but the agency's proposed rules to tighten down EMS operations is probably a good thing, especially if it gets the industry thinking out how these services are used and, unfortunately, overused. Paul Bertorelli has more thoughts on the AVweb Insider blog.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Here's an Idea — Why Not Practice?

Paul Bertorelli has been blogging about instructing and maintaining proficiency in a taildragger. But the NTSB's accident data shows many pilots can't land anything, much less something with a wheel at the back. The solution is simple, says Paul on the AVweb Insider blog: Don't get an instructor; go practice — and do it regularly.

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AOPA France's Emmanuel Davidson: What the EASA Rules Really Mean for FAA-Certificated Pilots

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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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