AVwebBiz - Volume 9, Number 13

April 6, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! New Day Dawns at Sun 'n Fun back to top 
 
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Cessna Sells 30 Airplanes At Sun 'n Fun

Cessna says it took 30 orders for propeller-driven aircraft at Sun 'n Fun and fingers are crossed that the long-awaited recovery may actually be taking hold. In a news release, the company said it sold 16 new Corvalis TTX high-performance singles, which were introduced at the show. It also sold 13 high-wing piston singles and one Caravan. "The opening days of Sun 'n Fun were very positive, and while the storm on Thursday interrupted that mood somewhat, the exhibitors and the crowds bounced back to finish the show strong," said Mark Paolucci, Cessna's senior vice president of Sales and Marketing.

At least one of the announcements has been in the works for some time. University of North Dakota firmed up its intention to buy five Cessna 172s. Cessna said the new Corvalis created a buzz at the show that resulted in a steady stream of people through the Cessna display.

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Garmin Magic Days at JA Air Center
Garmin has drawn back the curtain on some new and exciting avionics technology. You are invited to be amongst the first to see and touch this revolutionary equipment during Garmin Magic Days at JA Air Center: Monday, April 11 at 3pm and 6pm and Tuesday, April 12 at 6pm. Please RSVP to magic@jaair.com for one of the three formal presentations.

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Private Planes' Travels Remain Private — For Now back to top 
 

FAA Bill Maintains Privacy Program

The House version of the FAA reauthorization bill passed last Friday contains an amendment that would maintain the Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program and allow aircraft owners to prevent Internet tracking of their aircraft's movements. The amendment, if it survives the conference stage of the legislative process in which the Senate and House merge their versions of the authorization bill, could trump a proposed rule by the FAA to permit N-number blocking only if a "valid security risk" exists. As we reported last month, the FAA rule, whose comment period closed Monday, would require those asking to block their aircraft registrations to prove "a verifiable threat to person, property or company, including a threat of death, kidnapping or serious bodily harm against an individual, a recent history of violent terrorist activity in the geographic area in which the transportation is provided, or a threat against a company." NBAA mounted a furious lobbying effort and it apparently bore fruit with House heavyweight John Mica, R-Fla.

According to The Republican, Mica, head of the House Transportation Committee, said his amendment provides "privacy protections for airspace users," and the amended reauthorization bill passed 251-168. No Democrats spoke against the amendment. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood apparently spearheaded the FAA proposed rule and told the House Appropriations Committee last week that some business aircraft owners, like drug dealers and college athletic recruiters, are abusing the BARR program. "When I find out that there are people that are taking advantage of it for no other reason than they don't want somebody to find out where they're flying, I say that doesn't work," LaHood said.

 
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New Mexico's Lame Duck Jet back to top 
 

New Mexico Citation On The Block

A key plank in the election platform of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will likely be nailed down in a couple weeks as the state gets rid of the Citation Bravo that was operated by the governor's office. The plane became a focal point of Martinez's campaign and she called it an "ultimate symbol of waste and excess." It's not clear how the governor is getting around the sparsely populated state, which has relatively few airports with airline service.

The aircraft was bought when Gov. Bill Richardson was in office in 2005. It was purchased new at a price of $5.5 million. Although used business jet prices are recovering as inventories drop, the taxpayers of New Mexico will likely take a bath on the sale. Six companies are bidding for the right to sell the plane.

 
AeroExpo UK || 17-19 June 2011 || Sywell, UK
AeroExpo UK
... is the dedicated General Aviation exhibition in 2011, showcasing everything from ultralights through to turboprops and jets. Whether you are interested in learning to fly or are already a pilot and want to view the latest products available, AeroExpo UK has it covered!

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Missing Flight Located back to top 
 

Air France Flight 447 Wreckage Found

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The final resting place of Air France Flight 447, the Airbus 330-203 that was carrying 228 people out of Rio for Paris, when it crashed June 1, 2009, has been located in the deep sea, several hundred miles off Brazil's northeastern coast. BEA, the French investigative agency, Monday showed pictures of the aircraft's landing gear, two engines and a panel of fuselage. Investigators say bodies are also present at the site, some 3,900 meters below the surface of the Atlantic, and may be recovered. At the time of this report, the aircraft's flight recorders had not been located.

As of Monday, "most" of the fuselage had been located, according to France's minister overseeing the environment and transport, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, who said recovery could begin late this month. The aircraft crashed at night in severe weather after sending 24 automated messages showing onboard faults and system failures. BEA is working with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in the search.

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Emergencies and Landings back to top 
 

NYPD, FAA Investigating New York Beach Landing

According to New York news outlets, a Piper Cherokee landed on Rockaway Beach Monday evening after the pilot claimed to have "teensy weensy" roughness in his engine. The landing prompted an immediate response by NYPD air and ground units who reported that the three people aboard were not injured. However, a recording of the event captured by LiveATC.net reveals that the pilot asked if he could land on the beach, and when a JFK controller said he could not, the pilot shortly reported both a sick passenger and the rough engine. You can hear the recording here (MP3). The aircraft had taken off from Farmingdale on Long Island, but its destination was unknown. According to NBC News, the landing occurred at Beach 56th St. and Shorefront Parkway.

The route is commonly flown by traffic transiting the New York area from Long Island and across New York Bay to the New Jersey shore. Aircraft typically fly the shoreline over Rockaway south of Kennedy Airport, whose tower provides traffic advisories. The FAA's New York FSDO is investigating the incident, according to FAA spokesman Jim Peters. The aircraft was impounded by the NYPD and the FAA plans to examine it for any evidence of mechanical anomalies. One news picture revealed that it was up to its wheel pants and saltwater.

The pilot was identified by New York area news outlets as James Maloney, 24. The two passengers were Clark Oler, 22, and Chelsea Protter, 21. The FAA says it appears that Maloney is a relatively recently certificated pilot. His currency and experience aren't known.

United Flight Lands with Smoke, Dark Panel

United Airlines, the FAA and NTSB are looking into an incident Monday in which a United Airlines Airbus A320 departed New Orleans and immediately declared an emergency due to smoke in the cockpit. As the situation progressed, the crew reported that it lost all power to its flight instrument, although the comm radios continued to function. The flight was en route from New Orleans to San Francisco when the incident occurred. The pilot told controllers: "Flight 497 we need to vector back to the airport. We have a smoke issue with the airplane." Shortly thereafter, the crew declared an emergency and landed at New Orleans, possibly with impaired braking and steering, since the aircraft exited the runway and got its nosewheel buried in mud. The emergency slides were deployed and all 105 passengers and crew exited safely.

It's not clear if smoke in the cockpit was so dense that the crew couldn't seen to navigate visually or if they were just too far from the airport to navigate back without vectors. The pilot told ATC that he had lost all instruments. Controllers got the airplane back on a heading toward New Orleans' Louis Armstrong Airport and cleared it to land. Most of the passengers were placed on later flights and arrived in San Francisco Monday afternoon.

 
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Did You Miss Sun 'n Fun Last Week? back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Sun 'n Fun 2011 — Green Shoots

In the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli has a novel idea for discussing Sun 'n Fun: Let's banish the word recovery and just talk about what we liked — which was plenty, actually. Frankly, there was more new stuff and market vitality than anyone expected.

Read more and join the conversation.

Sun 'n Fun 2011: News Coverage Round-Up

AVweb was on hand for EAA's annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida from March 29 to April 3, 2011. Click here for a handy index to all our coverage from the show, including podcasts, videos, and (yes) the storm.

 
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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.

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Timothy Cole

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