AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 11, Number 18

May 8, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! One More Round of Battery Tests back to top 
 

NTSB Plans 'Urgent' 787 Battery Tests

The FAA already has approved a fix to allow operators to re-launch the 787 fleet within weeks, but meanwhile the NTSB is still searching for the root cause of the battery problem. In a solicitation notice posted online Friday, the board said it is planning to conduct "teardown examinations as soon as possible of several aircraft batteries" similar to the one involved in the 787 battery fire in Boston. The "urgent requirement" will include CT scans of the batteries to be conducted both before and after the batteries are subjected to testing. "Since the FAA has recently approved a plan intended to result in the Boeing 787 being approved for a return to service, the information from these tests (and the CT scans required to support these tests) is needed as soon as possible," says the notice. The board said it requires the "fastest possible receipt of this information to avoid potential future accidents involving this type of aircraft battery."

The notice states that the board expects to award the contract for the work to Chesapeake Defense Services, "based on their unique technical qualifications as the only known vendor that has the capability to provide the required scans, that is within the required locality requirement, and has the availability within the required timeframe to complete the scans." The tests must be conducted at a location close to Washington, D.C., so the NTSB can transport the batteries to the contractor, since they are subject to shipping restrictions that could cause delays and other logistical complications. On April 26, Ethiopian Airlines launched the first 787 revenue flight since the fleet was grounded in early January.

 
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The New Face of Certification back to top 
 

Congressmen Push Part 23 Rewrite

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members led by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., has introduced a bill designed to propel revisions to FAA Part 23 certification standards into law. The Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 will establish a "date certain" for implementation of FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) recommendations, which were sent to the agency last week. Date certain is a legal term setting a deadline for putting the measures on the books although it's not clear what date will be set. The Part 23 revisions are aimed at making certification easier and allowing easier incorporation of new technologies in certified aircraft. It would set up a system of compliance through consensus-based standards. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association cheered the bill's introduction.

GAMA has been a key player in the Part 23 rewrite and GAMA President Pete Bunce told AVweb at Aero 2013 a couple of weeks ago that the changes are needed. "When you can go and put modern equipment into an amateur-built aircraft and have it perform just tremendously well, but then it costs ten times as much to be able to put that into a certified airplane … wait a second, our regulatory process is defeating the purpose for which it was set up, and that's to enhance safety. We, as an industry, need to change that," he said. Bunce said Tuesday the bill will keep the process focused. "We hope the bill will spur the FAA to move quickly in adopting the ARC's recommendations to improve safety and help to revitalize the lighter end of the aircraft market."

 
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Business Travel Goes On back to top 
 

Some Execs Are Flying More

Business aircraft use still hasn't recovered to pre-recession levels but some sectors of the economy are using airplanes a lot more than they used to. A study by JSSI, a large aircraft management and support company reported by CNBC, says those in the transportation business have more than doubled their aircraft use recently in search of new markets. At the other end of the spectrum, technology companies are logging less than half the hours they used to and other struggling sectors, like consumer goods, are also down substantially. "It tells me people are being a little more judicious about how and when they fly," said JSSI CEO Neil Book. "The guy who used to fly 600 hours a year is now flying 500 hours." What's also changing is where they're flying.

Book said executives are taking longer flights, heading to international destinations to find new business. "What we're seeing is people are flying internationally more, going into new markets, developing markets," he said. The market for large intercontinental business jets has remained buoyant through the recession with the light and mid-size market bearing most of the decline. Book also says that public perception of business aircraft use is likely part of the reason executives think twice before flying. The irony is that automotive executives are flying 60 percent more these days. It was the trip by auto executives to Washington in 2008 seeking government bailouts that is most widely implicated in the negative public view of corporate aviation.

 
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Download Sennheiser's new magazine app for the iPad at no cost and dive right into a new and interactive way to experience the world of sound. In the aviation issue, the high art of aerobatics features alongside the high art of plane building from scrap heaps. Watch Vince Neil from Mötley Crüe take his first flying lessons and learn how veteran pilots pass the torch in schools. Also listen to our new "Live Your Dream" theme song by Joe.e.

In May, BlueStage is all about the sonic experience on wings. Download, swipe, and enjoy! Learn more.
 
... And It's a Good Time to Be in the Market back to top 
 

Used Bizjet Inventory Stubbornly High

It's still a buyer's market for business aircraft of all shapes and sizes and the stubborn cycle shows no sign of relenting, although it is changing. A report prepared by JETNET says the number of transactions is on the increase, too. "As 2013 unfolds there remains a large inventory of business aircraft available at very affordable prices," the report says. While that's good news for anyone in the market for an airplane, it's bad news for manufacturers because when there are lots of cheap used aircraft on the market, it can be tough to sell new aircraft. Although more used aircraft are being bought and sold, the number on the market remains at about 2,500, up from 1,662 before the recession.

It's also taking longer to sell an aircraft. In the first quarter of 2013 it took on average 71 days longer to sell a business jet even though asking prices have decreased about 3.3 percent. Among the biggest changes in the report is the sharp decline in turbine helicopter sales. The helicopter market was relatively untouched by the recession but that appears to be over. Turbine helicopter sales dropped from 351 in the first quarter of 2012 to 229 in the same period of 2013, a 34.8 percent reduction. The bloom may also be coming off the large business jet market. Before the recession, just 19 percent of bizjets for sale were big ones. Now 28 percent, almost 700 aircraft, are on the block.

 
'The Aviators' Season 3 || The Biggest Aviation Show on the Planet - Now on PBS, 
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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.

Watch The Aviators on PBS, iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu.
 
Answering the "Where's My Flying Car?" Question back to top 
 

Next From Terrafugia -- Hybrid VTOL

While Terrafugia continues to work on their Transition roadable-aircraft design, on Monday the company unveiled a plan to develop a four-seat, plug-in hybrid electric car capable of vertical takeoffs and landings, with fly-by-wire controls. The TF-X design is "designed to be a flying car for all of us," says the company website. It will be safe, simple and convenient, the company says, with a 500-mile range, 200 mph cruise speed, and the ability to take off vertically from a clearing with a 100-foot diameter. No technological breakthroughs are required to make the design work, the company said: "We believe these goals are achievable today."

The TF-X will be easy to operate, requiring only about five hours of training, the company says, and operators will be able to choose between "manual" or "automatic" settings that determine how much human input is needed. The vehicle will have a parachute, and will be capable of landing itself. Like the Transition design, the wings will fold to enable the vehicle to be driven on roads and stored in a standard-size garage. "This is the right time for us to begin thinking about the future of the company beyond Transition development," said Terrafugia CEO/CTO Carl Dietrich. "We are passionate about continuing to lead the creation of a flying-car industry and are dedicating resources to lay the foundations for our vision of personal transportation." A price for the aircraft has not yet been set. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Dietrich about the project, the plans for certification, and the projected costs. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Podcast: A Flying Car for Everyone

File Size 9.8 MB / Running Time 10:40

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Terrafugia announced plans this week to proceed with development of a four-seat VTOL hybrid electric semi-autonomous flying car with a 500-mile range. Even with a time frame of 10 years or more, the regulatory, technological, and funding challenges are steep. Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the company's plans.

Click here to listen. (9.8 MB, 10:40)

 
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New on AVweb.com back to top 
 

Brainteasers Quiz #183: Fly Your Priorities

Brainteasers

If a control tower closes in the wilderness, does it make a sound? Politicians may diddle FAA budgets until the skies are porcine black, but we'll fly ... provided we keep our priorities upright by sequestering this quiz.

Take the quiz.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Aerodiesels -- Progress, But Not Thriving

The aerodiesel market appears to exist in a parallel universe to LSAs: making progress but not setting sales records. At Aero Friedrichshafen, Paul Bertorelli encountered a couple of new entries to the market, but he also noted some that have shown up in the past were MIA. He shares his observations on the AVweb Insider blog.

Read more and join the conversation.

 
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by Robert Reser || Available at AVwebBooks.com
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Who's Where back to top 
 

Jatip to Superior

Jalil Jatip

Jalil Jatip is the new director of quality assurance at Superior Air Parts. He was previously the quality fabrication department manager for Lockheed Martin on the F-16, F-22, and F-35 platforms.


Barnes at JETS

Alan Barnes

Alan Barnes has been named group managing director for JETS. He was previously at Inflite Jet Center as customer support manager.


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

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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
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Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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