AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 11, Number 1

January 2, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! FAA Makes It Official back to top 

Huerta Confirmed To FAA Post

Amidst the tension of the economic discussions in Washington on New Year's Day, the Senate was busy confirming the nominations of political appointees and Michael Huerta was one of them. Huerta, who has held the post of acting administrator since former Administrator Randy Babbitt stepped down more than a year ago, was among dozens of nominations approved as part of the session ending package. Huerta will be playing catch-up on a number of fronts as the agency deals with a major modernization push in the face of tighter budgets and a rough economy. In a podcast interview at AirVenture 2012, a cordial but non-committal Huerta admitted as much.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reacted positively to the news. "We look forward to continuing our work with him on such critical issues as improving certification processes and practices globally, advancing NextGen ... " GAMA said in a news release. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association cheered the news. “We thank the Senate for working to confirm Mr. Huerta. He has demonstrated strong leadership and sharp focus in collaborating with air traffic controllers and all aviation safety professionals to improve the safety of U.S. aviation,” said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi. Huerta was widely endorsed for the job when he was nominated last spring but politics got in the way. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., vigorously fought the appointment to delay it until after the November election to allow Republican candidate Mitt Romney a chance to nominate his own choice if he had won. DeMint resigned his Senate seat after the election and without his opposition the appointment passed.

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Tracking Down a Cause in the Tu-204 Crash back to top 

Faulty Brakes Suspected In Russia Crash

Although early reports of a fatal Tupelov 204 crash in Russia cited pilot error as the likely cause, investigators now are saying the airplane's brakes or thrust reversers may have failed. "After landing, the pilot used all the available brake systems on the plane, but for some reason the machine did not stop," a member of the investigation team told the Interfax news Agency on Sunday. The Red Wings jet was landing at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on Saturday with eight crew on board. Five of them -- the captain, first officer, a flight engineer and two flight attendants -- were killed when the aircraft failed to stop after landing, ran through a barrier onto a highway, and broke apart.

The other three crew members remain hospitalized but are improving, according to The Voice of Russia. The airplane had passed an inspection as recently as Dec. 14. A Euronews report on Monday said Russia's aviation authority had notified Tuopolev about suspected brake problems after the same make of airplane ran off a runway on Dec. 19. The Tu 204 is comparable to a Boeing 757 and began service in 1994. It is still in production and the crash airplane was built in 2008.

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The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators is back for an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman Vince Neil learns to fly. Join our 10 million weekly US viewers and countless more worldwide.

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A Chinese Workhorse on the Horizon back to top 

China Testing C-17 Lookalike

China's aviation technology gap may have closed somewhat in recent days with announcements of some breakthroughs that may make it less dependent on the West for stuff it needs to advance its aerospace industry. Just after Christmas, photos were "leaked" of what appears to be the country's most ambitious aircraft to date, the Y-20 transport. The photos, purported to be of a test aircraft undergoing taxi tests, outwardly show a clone of Boeing's C-17 Globemaster, although the engine openings on the Chinese version are considerably smaller than the high-bypass turbofans on the C-17. If the performance of the Y-20 comes anywhere close to that of the C-17, China will soon have a long-range, heavy-lift capacity it has so far lacked in home-grown aircraft, but skeptics abound. Nevertheless, China does appear to be moving forward with development of some key technologies needed to build truly modern aircraft.

Taiwanese newspaper Want China Times quotes a Chinese publication as saying a research unit of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has made a breakthrough in mass producing the high-temperature alloys needed for high-performance jet engines. That could mean the country could start producing its own state-of-the-art jets within five years. It now uses Russian engines to power its latest fighters, the J-20 and J-31.

AEA Pilots Guide || Aircraft Electronics Association
Pilot's Guide to Avionics Now Available
The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. To request a complimentary copy, visit AEAPilotsGuide.net.

This special 10th anniversary edition is a consumer's directory containing buyer's guides, educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people. The publication helps pilots make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations around the world.
Unplanned Stopover back to top 

Stranded U.S. Bizjet Leaves Iran

An American-registered Dassault Falcon 900 took off from an Iranian airport Monday about three weeks after it had made an emergency landing. According to The Associated Press the aircraft was on its way to Rotterdam from Abu Dhabi in early December when a technical fault forced a diversion to Ahvaz in southwestern Iran. There was a single passenger and two crew members on board the aircraft at the time and they left the country immediately after landing.

The aircraft was left behind and repaired by a crew from Abu Dhabi. It was not clear why the diversion wasn't reported when it happened, nor were the identities of those on board or the aircraft's owner released. The aircraft left just as Iranian officials were preparing to close the Ahvaz Airport. The airport sits on a rich oil field and is being moved to allow drilling on the site.

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL || January 17-20, 
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
January 17-20, 2013

Sebring, Florida will hold its 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo this January 17-20, 2013 — the largest sport aircraft-dedicated event in the world. Additions for 2013: a twilight air show featuring Patty Wagstaff demonstrating LSA aerobatic aircraft and Team AeroDynamix; Wings of Freedom Tour; a contest that will crown sport aviation's most efficient aircraft/pilot duo; educational forums; and more. Four days in Sebring, Florida to "See, Try, Fly and Buy" ... everything in the world of sport aviation. Visit Sport-Aviation-Expo.com for details.
Checking the Scorecard back to top 

One New Airport Opened In 2012

Buried in all the statistics that surface at this time of year when analysts try to determine what, if anything, the activity of the previous year says about how things will be in the coming years is this grim fact: Only one new airport opened in the U.S. in 2012. The forward-thinking folks of Stockton and Plainville, Kansas, celebrated the opening of the $6 million facility in April. Rooks County Regional Airport is midway between the two centers. It has a 5,000-foot runway and room for airport businesses, and replaced seldom-used grass strips in both towns. Although city and county officials hope the airport will eventually help attract new business to the area, the immediate concern was that fixed-wing medevac aircraft had nowhere to land. It looks like there will be at least one new airport completed in 2013.

Cleveland, Tenn., will open Cleveland Regional Jetport in January. The $40 million airport is intended to be reliever for nearby Chattanooga and will focus on GA traffic. Local officials say a good airport is essential to attract new business. "It absolutely enhances your posture as a location ready for economic development," Mark Fidler, the new airport's operations director, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "It's used as a welcome mat." Along with the 5,500-foot runway, the airport project includes an 8,000-square-foot terminal set up for business meetings. The new airport will replace Hardwick Field, whose 3,100-foot strip was described by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland as "the worst, unsafest" airport in Tennessee. Its inadequacy was highlighted by visits by the governor in the state King Air. When Gov. Bill Haslam comes calling, he and his staff get dropped off at Hardwick Field, but the lightened King Air deadheads to Chattanooga and Haslam goes there by car to fly out because the current strip is considered too short for the loaded King Air to depart from.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Alternative Fuel Cooperation

Canada's National Research Council and the FAA are collaborating on finding a replacement fuel for 100LL. In a post to the AVweb Insider blog, Russ Niles asks the question, "Where's the rest of the world?"

Read more and join the conversation.

AVweb Insider Blog: You're Worrying About the Wrong Thing

That's especially true if you just sunk several thousand bucks into a traffic box to find airplanes that are unlikely to kill you. In an analysis and commentary on the AVweb Insider blog, resident blogger Paul Bertorelli crunches the numbers and reveals that stalls and stall-related accidents continue to be near the top of a long list of dreary ways that pilots manage to kill themselves. Why can't we do better? Why is it that some pilots seem conceptually unable to grasp that beyond a certain angle of attack, the wing will simply no longer deliver useful lift? We're not sure there's an easy answer -- or maybe any answer at all -- but we do know that owners worrying about mid-airs are suffering from misplaced fears.

Read more and join the conversation.

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 

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

Video: Meet Mid-Continent's SAM

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

As much as we love them, iron gyros are on their way to the scrap heap of history. They're even losing their value as backup instruments to glass panels now that glass itself has become more reliable and affordable enough to replace even analog backup devices. In this new video from AVweb, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano examines a new product from Mid-Continent Instruments and Avonics called the SAM. It fits into a small space on the panel and can be backed up with its own lithium-ion battery. Installation considerations are mimimal, but here's a close look at how the instrument looks and performs.

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Video: L-3's Trilogy Backup Gyro

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

Glass panels have become standard in new aircraft, and now that more legacy airplanes are retrofitted with these systems, there's a growing market for backup gyros. That market has clearly stated a preference: Backup glass units are making inroads. In this AVweb video, Larry Anglisano of Aviation Consumer and Kirk Fryar of Sarasota Avionics give us a tour of the L-3 Trilogy.

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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.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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