AVwebBiz - Volume 9, Number 21

June 1, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! Scott Ernest to Helm Cessna back to top 
 

A New CEO For Cessna

Just a few weeks after CEO Jack Pelton left the company, Cessna has a new leader, Scott Ernest, who was formerly with GE Aviation. "Scott is a talented global business leader who has strong expertise in the aviation industry," said Scott Donnelly, CEO of Textron, Cessna's parent company. "Accelerating Cessna's new product and service development, strengthening its manufacturing and sourcing operations, and intensifying its global expansion efforts are key to moving Cessna forward. Scott brings an extensive track record of success in these areas along with a reputation as an outstanding leader. I am confident that he is the ideal person to position Cessna for growth as the business jet market gains momentum."

Ernest spent 29 years at General Electric, where he most recently served as vice president and general manager of the global supply chain for GE Aviation. He has a master's degree in engineering from the University of Cincinnati. AOPA President Craig Fuller released a statement welcoming Ernest to his new role. "Cessna has long been a leader in the general aviation manufacturing community, and I am confident we will have many opportunities to collaborate as we address the challenges and seize the opportunities facing general aviation today and into the future," Fuller said.

 
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Chinese GA No "Free-for-All" back to top 
 

China Sets Out Airspace Plan

Chinese authorities say that while more airspace will be opened for general aviation, pilots can't expect the "free-for-all" atmosphere of the U.S. and, in some ways, flying will be more strictly controlled than it is now. "Authorities will be stricter with the issuing of pilot licenses and assess the qualification of the aircraft and capabilities of those pilots who want to fly low altitude," Cai Jun, head of the air traffic control department under the general headquarters of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, told People's Daily. "A system to punish violators will ensure those who fly outside of pre-established boundaries will be punished," he said. The goal is to prevent the "haphazard and even dangerous flying" that occurs in the U.S. and other countries and to "try to learn from the mistakes in the U.S. To that end, there won't be much, if any, uncontrolled airspace in China, the report says.

Low-altitude airspace, up to about 3,000 feet, will be split three ways. "Restricted" will be near airports and all aircraft will be under direct control of ATC. There will be "Monitored" airspace where traffic will be visible to ATC which can "issue warnings when necessary." There is also "Report" airspace which may be as close as the Chinese will get to uncontrolled airspace but the report does not say where or how much of this airspace will be included in the mix. Flight plans will be required for all flights, however. GA access to Chinese airspace is currently by application only and it takes a minimum of several days to get the necessary permission. Implementation of the new system will be phased in over the next five to 10 years.

 
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Speaking of Free-for-Alls ... back to top 
 

Congress Extends FAA Funding One Month

While aviation advocates continue to lobby for a stable, long-term FAA funding plan, Congress last week agreed to extend current funding for the agency through June 30. The bill is now awaiting President Obama's signature. The obstacles to creating a long-term funding plan, according to U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, are two "poison-pill" provisions that Republicans in the House have refused to remove from their version of the bill. Those provisions call for $4 billion in funding cuts, which Costello says would hurt the U.S. economy and reduce aviation safety, and the repeal of an existing law that protects collective bargaining rights for some airline workers. Both houses of Congress have approved funding bills this year, but their differences must now be reconciled before a final version can become law.

The FAA has been operating under a series of short-time extensions since 2007. "So despite assurances from our friends on the Republican side of the aisle that we would not have another FAA extension, Congress must now enact the 19th short-term extension," Costello told The Hill. "If the House Republicans continue to insist on these controversial poison-pill provisions, the enactment of a long-term bill this year is in serious jeopardy, and we will be back here on the floor for more extensions in the future." One side effect of the failure to reach a long-term solution may be a little extra time for NBAA's lobbying effort to overturn recent changes to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. The Transportation Department said last week it will now allow private aircraft owners to block their data from public traffic-tracking websites only for security reasons, not for privacy or business concerns. NBAA is lobbying House members who are working on the final bill to include language to preserve the BARR program in its present form.

 
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Aviation Safety back to top 
 

Falcon 7X Fleet Remains Grounded

It's been almost a week since the worldwide fleet of Falcon 7X aircraft was grounded and there is still no word on when there will be a fix to the runaway pitch trim fault that led to the emergency AD. A 7X crew experienced the malfunction May 25 while on descent. The crew was able to regain control and land the aircraft uneventfully. There are 112 aircraft affected and the fleet has accumulated 70,000 flight hours. This is the first reported incidence of pitch trim problems, the company said last week. As might be expected, there were some high-profile disruptions caused by the grounding.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was using one of his office's 7Xs to attend the G-8 Summit at Deauville in northern France when the AD was issued. He had to get by with a military Falcon 900 for the trip home. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan also has two 7Xs but he also has a G550 for backup.

 
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An Apple in the Cockpit Keeps the Paper Away back to top 
 

Alaska Airlines OK's iPad For Cockpit

Alaska Airlines is now giving iPads to all of its pilots to replace 25 pounds of flight manuals. "We've been exploring the idea of an electronic flight bag for several years, but never found a device we really liked," said Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines' vice president of flight operations. "When the iPad hit the market, we took one look at it and said this is the perfect fit." By mid-June, all of the airline's pilots will have iPads. The airline is also exploring using the iPad to replace paper aeronautical charts. The airline said the iPad will eventually eliminate up to 50 pounds of paper per cockpit, saving on fuel costs and reducing back and muscle injuries to overloaded pilots.

The airline's decision follows a successful trial by 100 line and instructor pilots and Air Line Pilots Association representatives, who evaluated the feasibility of using iPads as electronic flight bags this past winter and spring. The iPads contain an app called GoodReader that is loaded with PDF versions of 41 flight, systems and performance manuals, reference cards, and other materials. The electronic manuals include hyperlinks and color graphics, enabling pilots to find information faster and easier, the airline said. Updating can now be accomplished with one tap on the iPad screen instead of the labor-intensive process of replacing individual pages one by one. The iPad is considered a Class 1 electronic device, meaning it is stowed during takeoff and landing under FAA regulations. In February, the FAA OK'd the iPad as a replacement for paper aeronautical charts for Executive Jet.

 
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Why Supressing N-Numbers Is a Bad Idea

Congress is debating whether to dial back the FAA's N-number suppression program, BARR. It's about time they did, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. N-numbers are public information and ought to be available to the public; besides, what does secrecy benefit bizjets in an era of suspicion of claims of excess?

Read more and join the conversation.

AVweb Insider Blog: Media-Induced Greenwashing of Aviation Fuels

The questionable reporting, says Paul Bertorelli in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, is not so much intentional as failing to ask the right questions.

Read more and join the conversation.

 
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

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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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