AVwebBiz - Volume 11, Number 21

May 29, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! Who Foots the Bill? back to top 

FAA Asks EAA To Fund Oshkosh Controllers

Every year for EAA AirVenture, the FAA sends a batch of controllers to handle all the extra traffic at the Oshkosh tower, but this year, the FAA is asking EAA to chip in to cover their costs. The FAA wants to collect enough to cover the controllers' travel expenses, per diems, and overtime. EAA is not happy about the change. "This may be an early indication of further efforts by the FAA to charge GA operators for functions in ways that could add unforeseen costs for the average pilot who simply wants to enjoy flying," said EAA, in a news release. Jack Pelton, EAA chairman, called the change "alarming," and AOPA president Craig Fuller said it was "extremely troubling news."

Fuller said it's unfair and unsafe for the FAA to impose these extra charges. "We've warned that the Obama administration wants to hit general aviation with user fees, and that's exactly what it's doing to the EAA and AirVenture," he said. "To depart from previous practice suggests that the FAA has entered a new, pay-as-you-go era with little regard for safety. General aviation already pays for FAA services through substantial fuel taxes. These user fees -- there is no other word for them -- are a double taxation." Pelton added that the issue is about more than just AirVenture. The larger issue, he said, is that the change in policy signals a new direction for the FAA, in charging for an equivalent level of safety that has previously been provided. "If the FAA asks for reimbursement on certain AirVenture operations for which it has always budgeted, where else could the agency unilaterally impose assessments, fees, and other costs on GA?" asked Pelton. "It's a frightening thought." This isn't the first time the FAA has sought reimbursement -- Sun 'n Fun was sent a bill for about $285,000 to cover controllers' expenses, in April.

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Making the Most of More Hours back to top 

Training Program Addresses First-Officer Changes

Every crisis creates opportunities, the saying goes, and with aspiring pilots facing a 1,500-hour minimum flight-time requirement for entry-level jobs in the regional airlines, due to take effect in August, FlightSafety Academy is offering a new program to address that need. FlightSafety said it plans to hire college graduates who have at least a commercial certificate plus multi-engine and instrument ratings, and will give them free training for their flight instructor certificate as well as CFI-instrument and CFI-multi. Hours flown in training and in giving instruction will help the pilots qualify for the ATP certificate, the company said. The pilots must make a two-year commitment to work at FlightSafety.

"The current and future need for qualified professional pilots continues to increase," said Nancy Ritter, manager for FlightSafety. "Our new Flight Instructor Candidate Opportunity initiative will help to meet this need by providing pilots with a unique opportunity to gain the experience and flight hours required to pursue a career as an airline pilot while earning advanced ratings at no cost and working as an instructor." The pending rule change has discouraged some students from seeking airline careers, according to a recent survey.

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Flying Solo back to top 

Single-Pilot Airline Operations Studied

A study funded by the European Commission and involving 35 aviation and government groups is taking a serious look at single-pilot operations for airliners. Advanced Cockpit for Reduction of StreSs and workload (ACROSS) will spend more than $40 million studying creating an electronic copilot to keep the human pilot flying correctly. The project is being coordinated by Thales Avionics.

Airbus and Boeing are also taking part in the project. At first, the electronic gear will be aimed at allowing crew rest periods or to take over in case of pilot incapacitation but there seems little doubt about where this is heading according to Forbes contributor Matthew Stibbe. He opines that the initiative may lead to better safety gear for airliners but he wonders whether the flying public is ready for just one warm seat up front.

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News Briefs back to top 

Flexjet Reports Major Business Boost

Flexjet, the aircraft management arm of Bombardier, says it's hiring pilots to meet the demand of a huge increase in business. While airframe companies have continued to say demand for their products is flat, Flexjet says demand for its services is up 83 percent in the first quarter of 2013 over the same period in 2012. "With the economy picking up speed, owners who have been tentative since the downturn have started to gain more confidence and are taking more and more trips," said Flexjet President Deanna White.

Sales of fractional shares went up 108 percent and jet card sales jumped 48 percent. At Easter, White said flying hours reached levels not seen since 2007. And while OEMs may be waiting for the same effect, White says the uptick in her business mirrors the general improvement in the world economy. "Having the Dow Jones Industrial Average reach a record-breaking 15,000 points is not only a significant financial milestone, but also very good for our industry," she said. "People are ready to get back to business, and Flexjet takes them there."

Man Exits Taxiing Airliner

A 32-year-old man has been taken to the hospital after he jumped out of an airliner while it was taxiing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. As the Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737 headed for the gate at the end of a flight from Cuba just after midnight Monday, the passenger calmly opened one of the mid-cabin emergency exits and hopped out. The Globe and Mail reported the tired travelers were alarmed when one passenger started yelling that a door had been opened and someone had made an "early exit" from the plane.

Meanwhile, outside, the flighty passenger had apparently made a perfect landing on the ramp and was quickly subdued by ramp workers who held him until police arrived. Shortly after there was an announcement asking for the man's traveling companion to come forward. It turns out the man had mental health issues and was taken to the hospital instead of jail.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Accidents -- The Pilot as the Last Line of Defense

That's how the Australian Senate characterizes its findings in its exhaustive review of the 2009 Norfolk Island ditching accident. But on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that this is exactly backwards. When your strap yourself into the airplane as PIC, command means you're in charge -- of everything, including being the first line of defense against a wreck.

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Who's Where back to top 

Okoli Sells Beechcraft in Africa

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Kingsley Okoli is the new regional sales director for Beechcraft in sub-Saharan Africa. Okoli was formerly an F-16 crew chief and fighter squadron logistics readiness officer for the U.S. Air Force.

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

Survey: Have You Had Engine Shop Surgery?

The engine shop and overhaul market has changed dramatically in the past few years. Aviation Consumer magazine wants to know about your engine overhaul experience and the experience you had dealing with the shop. We'd appreciate you taking a couple of minutes to answer these questions.

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

Video: Diamond's New DA52

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

Diamond jumped into the aerodiesel market early, and it still leads the industry in the number of diesels flying. This spring, it's deep into certification work on a new diesel twin, the DA52. Based on the DA42 twin, the DA52 is larger, faster, and carries up to seven people. Diamond views it as a high-class, luxury minivan. On a recent visit to Diamond's factory in Austria, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a demo flight in the new airplane and shot this exclusive video report.

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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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