AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 10, Number 36

September 26, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! Americans in the E.U. back to top 

Senate Wants U.S. Operators Exempted From EU Rules

If the European Union wants to regulate aviation emissions, operators of U.S. aircraft should not have to comply, the U.S. Senate said last week. The Senate passed a bill that prohibits U.S. operators from participating in the E.U. Emissions Trading Scheme. "We appreciate the forceful message this bill sends to the E.U. against the imposition of a new carbon tax on aircraft," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. The U.S. House has also passed a similar bill. The two bills must now be reconciled and then voted on a final time by both chambers. Bolen testified before a Senate committee about the plan, calling it "fatally flawed," and added that "as badly as the airlines are treated, general aviation is treated even worse" under the E.U. scheme.

Bolen said international standards governing civil aviation should be enacted by the International Civil Aviation Organization. "The general aviation community continues to support the framework for addressing greenhouse gas emissions developed by the ICAO," Bolen said. "The business aviation community has a continuous record of improvement on emissions reduction. We will continue our decades-long effort to promote policies that minimize the industry's carbon footprint." The U.S. is not the only country perturbed by the emissions scheme -- 27 other countries have expressed opposition, and some have suggested that maybe they won't buy airplanes from European manufacturers in protest. Annie Petsonk, a lawyer for the Environmental Defense Fund, told The Guardian the bill would have an impact. "Passage of the [Senate] bill amps up the pressure on ICAO to move swiftly to reach a global agreement on addressing aviation's global warming pollution," she said.

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Dreamliner Soars into the U.S. back to top 

United Gets First U.S. 787

Nearly two dozen Boeing 787 Dreamliners are already flying all over the world, but this week the first one for a U.S. airline was delivered to United Airlines, in Everett, Wash. The airplane is the first of 50 copies the airline has on order, with five to be delivered by the end of this year. The 787 will start out on domestic flights, then transition to international flights later this year. Next year, the airplane will operate on United's new Denver-to-Tokyo route. "Customers will be more comfortable with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems," according to Boeing. The airplane will be flown to United's hub in Houston sometime this week.

United said the 787 is configured to seat 183 in economy and 36 in business/first class. Training for crews will take about a month. The airplane will then fly its first commercial route on Nov. 4, from Houston to Chicago. "The Dreamliner will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews," the airline said in a statement. The first 787 was delivered in September 2011 to a customer in Japan, and 23 copies have been delivered so far.

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The Next Generation of Jet? back to top 

Boeing Flies 737 EcoDemonstrator

Boeing recently showed off its ecoDemonstrator project at a news conference in Washington, D.C. The airplane is a modified 737-800. "The ecoDemonstrator is a Boeing technology demonstrator that we're using to test cutting-edge technologies that will hopefully reduce our carbon footprint, lower our fuel burn, lower our emissions, and also reduce our community noise impact," said Erin Henderson, lead ground operations engineer for the project. The experiment "really helps us to understand what we need to do to bring this technology forward and make it work in an airplane," said Joe Breit, of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The technologies being tested on the aircraft include adaptive trailing edges -- small flap-like devices that provide additional lift at takeoff then move to a different position to reduce drag during cruise -- for better fuel burn, a variable area fan nozzle to reduce noise and improve efficiency, active engine vibration reduction, and a regenerative fuel-cell system to make electricity using hydrogen and oxygen. The flight tests, which are taking place in Glasgow, Mont., make it possible for engineers to gather "volumes of data" about the viability of each technology, Boeing said. The FAA has been supporting the tests, providing funding for the adaptive trailing edge on the airplane and covering some flight test costs. When testing is complete, the airplane will be returned to standard configuration and delivered to American Airlines later this year. Next year, Boeing will test a new set of technologies, using a wide-body aircraft.

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A Little More Latitude at One Particular Longitude back to top 

Flight Testing Above The Atlantic

Two different programs are trying out new flight procedures in the airspace above the Atlantic Ocean. The FAA is conducting a trial that aims to establish lower aircraft separation minima within the Gander and Shanwick Oceanic Control Areas, in the North Atlantic airspace. The Reduced Longitudinal Separation Minimum Trial (PDF) will reduce the longitudinal separation requirement from 10 minutes to 5 minutes for eligible aircraft. No application is required -- if pilots are properly equipped and have minimum navigation performance specification approval, they can simply request a change in altitude. "Aircraft will benefit by having a greater opportunity to climb to more fuel-efficient levels as well as change speed or altitude due to turbulence or bad weather," the FAA said. Meanwhile, NATS, which provides air traffic control services for the United Kingdom, is testing a project called "Topflight" that aims to minimize emissions and delays on trans-Atlantic routes.

The Topflight project will operate 60 trans-Atlantic flights over four months between Heathrow and a number of North American airports. In this test phase, procedures will be optimized, including pushback, taxi, the flight profile and a continuous descent approach, with the goal to save about 500 kg in fuel per trip. "The aim is to prove that the concept is scalable and can be implemented for many flights at the same time without penalizing those in the surrounding airspace," said NATS. The FAA and NavCanada are cooperating with the project. "It is hoped the project will have a sustainable and lasting impact," said NATS. Martin Rolfe, managing director of operations for NATS, said: "The Topflight project is a great example of the aviation industry working together and we are delighted to be leading it. The industry has an opportunity to improve its environmental performance and the efficiency and fuel savings make great business sense too. It should be a win-win situation for everyone involved."

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Piper Operators, Take Note back to top 

Piper AD Clarified

FAA official Keith Noles has clarified the cost estimates published in last Monday's airworthiness directive affecting some Piper aircraft. According to Noles: "An owner/operator could choose one of two paths, either inspection or replacement. The key here is that the disassembly/removal and reassembly/installation is the bulk of the cost in any scenario, and it would not be repeated in any one event. Here are the possible scenarios: 1. Disassemble, inspect with no discrepancies, reassemble. Cost estimate is $1020. 2. Disassemble, inspect with discrepancy requiring replacement. Cost estimate is $1592. 3. Disassemble, do not inspect, replace/reassemble. Cost estimate is $1592." AVweb story last Monday read, "If the assembly needs to be replaced, it would cost another $1,600," but that amount should be $572.

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Maybe You Just Had to Be There ... back to top 

Why Don't Airplane Windows Roll Down?

The mechanics of airplane windows got some attention on the campaign trail this week after presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a remark at a Beverly Hills fundraiser over the weekend, saying "It's a real problem" that you can't roll the windows down in an airplane. He was talking about the recent experience of his wife, Ann Romney, on a flight en route to Santa Monica, when the crew declared an emergency due to an electrical malfunction. "When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly … and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open," Romney said. "I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous. … Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver." A New York Times reporter who was there later said "it was clear" that Romney was joking. A video clip including his remarks is posted online at MSNBC.

Others were quick to interpret the remarks as an example of cluelessness on the part of the candidate. "American media websites and blogs filled with mockery of [Romney]," according to the Telegraph, a London newspaper. Patrick Smith, of Ask The Pilot, told Atlantic blogger James Fallows that "the windows in an airplane don't 'roll down' because, for one, the plane is pressurized, and introducing a suddenly opened window would be somewhere between extremely inconvenient and catastrophically dangerous." He added, "You would THINK, considering how much time Mitt Romney must have spent on planes thus far in his lifetime, that he would have at least a vague grasp of where the oxygen in a plane's cabin comes from, and why the windows don't open." Fallows said critics should "cut Mitt some slack." Fallows said he has heard that Romney is "not a happy or comfortable flyer, and one who can always imagine things going wrong." He added that someone with this outlook "would naturally be all the more rattled by an emergency landing."

AVweb Insider Blog: So Why Don't Airplane Windows Open?

No, it's not a good excuse for a highly technical explanation — it's a joke. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli speculates on why it fell flat. Maybe Mitt Romney just needs a better straight man.

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Who's Where back to top 

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What Have You Missed on AVwebcom? back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Getting Out the Vote

Does the pilot community have something to teach us about how democracy works? AVweb contributing editor Mary Grady looks for signs of hope in her latest post to the AVweb Insider blog.

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

Video: Super Legend Flight Trial

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American Legend gained success with its popular Legend Cub, and now it's followed up with a new Lycoming-powered version of the airplane. If you like the Super Cub, you'll like the Super Legend, too, because its performance is quite similar. AVweb ventured to Legend's Sulphur Spring, Texas, homebase to fly the airplane, and here's a video report on the flight.

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Video: The Last Flying B-24 Bomber (Collings Foundation)

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The B-24 was the most widely produced bomber in world history. This video shows the sole surviving regularly flown example, from roughly 18,000 B-24 Liberator bombers produced. This is the Collings Foundation's B-24, Witchcraft.

During World War II, at peak production, factories put out roughly ten of these aircraft per day. Each was driven by four supercharged turbocharged radials putting out 1,200 horsepower each. Flying with greater range than the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator bomber could drop about 8,000 pounds of bombs from high- or low-altitude attacks. When WWII's most widely used big bomber went down, it often took all ten crewmen at a time. It was notably involved in the infamous Ploesti raid, in which more than 50 aircraft and 660 crewmen were lost. The surviving men who flew in the bomber and the men and women who produced these historic aircraft are becoming few. Talk to one if you get the chance.

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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 world's premier independent aviation news resource.

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Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

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Avionics Editor
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