AVwebBiz - Volume 11, Number 14

April 3, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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NTSB Schedules 787 Hearing

The NTSB said on Tuesday it will hold a two-day investigative hearing on April 23-24 in Washington, D.C., to focus on the Jan. 7 battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston's Logan Airport. The hearing will focus on issues relating to the design, testing and certification of the battery system, the board said. Meanwhile, Boeing cancelled a planned 787 test flight on Saturday that was intended to test newly engineered power panels, according to the Seattle Times. The company did not release any information about the test or its delay, the Times said. However, ground tests were continuing, the Times reported, and a single demonstration flight to certify Boeing's battery fix is expected this week.

Meanwhile, Japan's ANA airline, Boeing's largest 787 customer, plans to start refresher training for about 200 pilots later this month so they will be ready to fly the 787 in June, according to Reuters. The airline owns 17 of the jets. Air India, which owns six of the grounded airplanes, is planning to sue Boeing for $37 million to cover its losses, according to Bloomberg News. The NTSB also has scheduled a separate forum, on April 11-12, to focus on lithium battery technology.

 
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From the Control Tower to the Courts back to top 
 

More Lawsuits Over Tower Closures

Last week, the city of Spokane, Wash., went to court to try to prevent the FAA's shutdown of an airport tower, and this week other cities are trying the same tactic. Lawsuits now have been filed by city officials in Bloomington, Ill., and the operators of three airports in Florida -- Naples, Ormond Beach, and Punta Gorda. The suits have all been combined together into one case, according to The Associated Press. Lawrence Krauter, director of Spokane International Airport, told the AP he expects more airports and possibly trade associations will join the legal challenge. The suits cite federal rules that require a thorough risk analysis prior to ATC changes. Meanwhile, 149 contract towers are scheduled to close April 7 through May 5, and pilots will need to be prepared.

PilotWorkshops this week offered its refresher program for non-towered airport operations free online. The program includes three short videos six to 12 minutes long. PilotWorkshops founder Mark Robidoux said, "While all of us are trained in these procedures, it's easy to become rusty if you aren't using a skill." When the towers close, he said, "There will suddenly be thousands of pilots flying into and out of airports that had ATC services one day, and none the next." AOPA's Air Safety Institute has posted a 14-page review of nontowered-airport procedures (PDF). AVweb editorial director Paul Bertorelli also has posted his own refresher and ends with some advice for pilots: "Just take a deep breath, relax and we'll all do fine."

 
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Aviation Safety back to top 
 

Bizjet Accidents Increase In 2012

There were more business jet accidents in 2012 than the previous year and American operators were particularly hard hit. Business Jet Investor quotes an annual study by Robert E. Breiling Associates as putting the world-wide total of business jet accidents in 2012 at 28, including seven fatal accidents. That's up from 25 total accidents with four involving fatalities in 2011.

Of the seven fatal accidents in 2012, five involved U.S.-registered aircraft, where there were no U.S. planes involved in fatalities the previous year. Two fatal accidents happened in the U.S. while the other U.S. aircraft crashed in Mexico, the Congo and France. The total number of fatalities was also up in 2012. Business jet accidents killed 26 people in 2012 compared to 14 in 2011.

 
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Made in the U.S.A. back to top 
 

First U.S.-Assembled Phenom 300 Delivered

Embraer has delivered the first Phenom 300 assembled in the U.S. to an undisclosed customer. The aircraft was put together at Embraer's plant in Melbourne, Fla., and will be used in the U.S. "This is a major milestone for Embraer Executive Jets and proves the maturity of our assembly facilities,"' said Phil Krull, who runs the Melbourne facility. 'We have quickened the manufacturing pace and will be able to accommodate a more demanding schedule." Embraer opened the Melbourne facility two years ago and has been producing Phenom 100s since the middle of 2011.

The first 300 was delivered with a few hours on it. Before it went to the customer it set some records for transcontinental flights for light jets on a flight from Melbourne to El Paso and on to Long Beach. It will be used as a demonstrator for an unspecified period of time. The U.S. plant will feed a ready market, according to VP of Sales Bob Knebel. "We have found the Phenom 300 to be particularly well received by owner-operators, corporate flight departments and leading fractional providers," he said.

 
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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 
 

Corrected: Podcast -- Pilots as 'Professionals'?

File Size 7.7 MB / Running Time 8:25

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The College of Professional Pilots of Canada has more than 1,000 members in its push to have piloting recognized as a true profession like medicine, law, and engineering. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with College President Tom Machum about the rationale for the movement.

Click here to listen. (7.7 MB, 8:25)

 
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New on AVweb.com back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: AEA -- Invasion of the Tiny Boxes

At the Aircraft Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, we saw major new products — but if you want ADS-B for every purpose, the market has it. The biggest challenge is keeping all the products sorted out.

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: Aspen's New ADS-B Products

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

Demand for ADS-B products continues to trickle upward, and everyone who is anyone in the avionics business is developing or already selling ADS-B gadgets. Aspen rolled out its first products at the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas, with an eye toward a range of solutions that rely on the company's innovative Connected Panel system, an in-cockpit wireless network that links up with tablet computers. In this video from the show, Aspen's George Pariza gives AVweb a tour of the new products.

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Video: Garmin Team X -- Passion-Driven Products

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

Although they're not the centerpiece of Garmin's booth at the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas this week, Garmin has made quite a ripple with its announcement of seven new avionics products for the experimental and light sport markets. In this video, Garmin's Jim Alpiser explains why the company is so bullish on the experimental segment and why Garmin carved out a segregated engineering team to develop uncertified avionics, with more products on the way.

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Video: Sandia Aerospace's New Compact Transponder

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

As avonics manufacturerers are spinning out new ADS-B products by the week, they're also creating some new sub-niches. One of those is for a simple, compact Mode-C transponder since some kind of transponder will be needed once the ADS-B mandate is in place. Sandia Aerospace recently added just such a product to its well-respected line of avionics fans, integration boxes, and encoders. At the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas, Sandia's Dennis Smith gave AVweb a video tour of the company's new STX 165 compact transponder.

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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:

Publisher
Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Contributors
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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