AVwebBiz - Volume 11, Number 5

January 30, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! DOT Seccy LaHood's Farewell back to top 
 

Transportation Secretary LaHood Steps Down

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be leaving his job after four years in President Obama's Cabinet, he announced on Tuesday morning. In a statement to his staff, LaHood said he was proud of his team's achievements, including FAA reauthorization, a rule to combat pilot fatigue "that was decades in the making," progress on NextGen, and stronger consumer protections for airline passengers. LaHood will stay on in the job until a successor is named, which is expected to take about two months.

LaHood, who is 67, told The Wall Street Journal he has no immediate plans, and added that was conflicted about leaving the Cabinet, because he enjoyed the job. "I have had a good run," he said. "I'm one of these people who believe that you should go out while they're applauding." The Journal said some possible successors could include NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman; former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, who led the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has been an advocate for public transit.

 
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Aviation Safety back to top 
 

NTSB Cites Maintenance Errors In Fatal Crash

A tourist helicopter that crashed in Nevada in December 2011, killing the pilot and two couples on a sightseeing tour over Hoover Dam, was brought down by an improperly fastened nut, the NTSB determined on Tuesday. The investigators found that a maintenance crew working on the Eurocopter AS350-B2 before the flight had probably reused a self-locking nut that should not have been reused. The nut failed in flight, making the aircraft uncontrollable. The mechanic and a supervisor both had been called in to work on their day off, the board said, and fatigue was cited as a factor. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said the accident shows that mechanics need to use checklists in their work, just as pilots do.

Finding the cause of the crash required "old-fashioned investigative gumshoe work," Hersman said at the board meeting. The aircraft, operated by Sundance Helicopters, had no flight data recorder on board, there were no witnesses to the crash, weather was clear and calm, and there were not even any ATC tapes. Radar showed that the helicopter deviated from the usual tour route about one minute before the accident, first climbing and turning, then descending and turning again before impact. The helicopter was heavily damaged by the impact and a post-crash fire. A synopsis of the safety board's findings is posted online; the full final report will be posted in several weeks.

 
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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.
 
Concern Over Future Fuels back to top 
 

Avgas Safe: Leaded Car Gas May Disappear This Year

Innospec, the American owned company that is the world's sole producer of tetraethyl lead (TEL), the octane booster for gasoline, has reportedly told its shareholders it will stop producing the additive for automotive fuel by the end of this year but will keep making it for avgas. The company says on its website that it will continue production as long as aviation needs it even if it doesn't make it for cars anymore and it has a plan for making it work. "Plans are already in place to ensure our plant can safely and economically manufacture TEL solely for the aviation market while it seeks a technical and cost effective alternative," the website says.

Earlier this year the British magazine Specialty Chemicals ran a story about how the British press had been critical of the company for continuing to ship the toxic chemical to the six remaining countries in the world (Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Burma, Yemen and North Korea) that still allow leaded car gas. Innospec makes the chemical in England. The magazine said the company told its shareholders it had hoped to be out of the automotive TEL business by the end of 2012 and has set its sights on the end of this year. "Innospec is still producing and selling TEL to a very limited number of countries for use in motor gasoline," the magazine quoted the company as saying in a statement. "The timing of the exit from the business is designed around the conversion of these countries to unleaded gasoline. We have openly indicated that we expected these conversions to take place over the past few years, but it seems that in some cases the introduction of unleaded fuel in these countries has been delayed."

 
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Probable Cause back to top 
 

Danbury Chute Pull Aircraft Out Of Fuel

The NTSB says a Cirrus SR20 that parachuted to safety last week in Danbury, Conn., was out of fuel. In its preliminary report on the incident, which was widely publicized in the mainstream media, the NTSB says the aircraft, with a flight instructor, another pilot and a third person on board, was on final for the Danbury Airport when the pilot flying radioed to air traffic control that the aircraft was "out of fuel." Investigators later were able to drain just 26 ounces of fuel from the tanks and none had spilled when the plane settled to the ground about three miles from the airport.

The report says the flight originated in Danbury and the trio flew to Groton and landed. They were returning to Danbury when the prop stopped. The round trip was about 150 miles if both legs were flown direct. After making the radio call, the pilot pulled the parachute handle and the aircraft settled in some trees in a residential area, breaking off the empennage. There were no injuries. There was a remote data module on board and a memory card in the avionics and both have been sent to the NTSB's lab for analysis.

 
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More to See in Farnborough back to top 
 

FBO, Interiors Show Set For March

Two exhibitions of interest to business jet owners and operators are scheduled side-by-side at Farnborough March 19-21. The Business Airport World Expo and the Business Jet Interiors World Expo are expected to draw exhibitors and attendees from all over the world. The airport exhibition is a venue for FBOs to show prospective customers the services and features they can offer for the aircraft and the people on it. "Every single exhibit will be of relevance to every single visitor, meaning executive jet owners and operators and those responsible for scheduling aircraft can visit Business Airport World Expo for a day or two to come away armed with new possibilities to save money, save time or indeed find routes and facilities that can attract more passengers," said organizer Graham Johnson. He's expecting more than 150 exhibitors.

The interiors show will feature up to 40 companies that specialize in executive interiors for aircraft and helicopters. Target markets for the interiors show are aircraft owners and operators along with completion centers that handle the work. It will feature the materials, technologies and design that go into the cabin appointments of private aircraft.

 
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Who's Where back to top 
 

New CAP Appointments

Jayson AltieriTim Verrett

Col. Jayson Altieri and Tim Verrett are the newest members of the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors. Altieri is an active Army officer, and Verrett is an Anchorage lawyer.


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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: LSA's Failure to Launch

Last week's Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida had record attendance, according to the organizers, but anemic sales suggest tire-kickers outnumber buyers in the thousands. The market forces to change this still aren't in evidence. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli speculates on why.

Read more and join the conversation.

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

Video: Pardo's Push -- McDonnell F4 Phantom

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"Pardo's push" of March 10, 1967 was preceded by a similar event. In 1952, fighter ace Robbie Risner pushed fellow flyer Joe Logan 60 miles. The two men were flying F-86 Sabre jets and successfully cleared hostile territory, but Logan bailed out over water, was tangled in his canopy lines, and drowned. Risner was deemed a hero, but by Pardo's account, pilots were not encouraged to partake in similar activities.

Pardo's push may have saved the lives of pilot Earl Aman and his weapons system officer, Bob Houghton. But it would be decades before their efforts were recognized by the Air Force. Bob Pardo and Steve Wayne eventually earned the Silver Star for the act.

Pardo was later quoted saying that they'd gotten Earl and Bob back, and that's all they wanted.

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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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Tom Bliss

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Paul Bertorelli

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Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

Contributors
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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