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Volume 7, Number 37
September 23, 2009
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Top News: Epic Owners Petition Courtback to top 

The legal battles over the remnants of Epic Air are mounting and a picture of what went on behind the slick scale models and almost-instant prototypes churned out by the company is getting clearer with each filing. As AVweb told you in July and August the company is closed and there are about 12 unfinished builders' aircraft in the locked building at the Bend, Ore., airport. The latest filing was made by owner Doug King and documents obtained by AVweb make serious allegations about the conduct of company principals. In an affadavit sworn by Chief Financial Officer David Clark, he estimates Epic owes builders about $15 million in parts and has no money to meet those obligations.

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Aspen Weather Now Ready for the Cockpitback to top 

Aspen Avionics got a technical standard order (TSO) from the FAA last week on the MFD and weather functions on its glass panel retrofits, which were featured in an AVweb podcast at EAA AirVenture 2008. With the FAA approval, Aspen can start filling orders. "Pent up demand for our MFD and Weather Receiver products is strong, and we are providing an aggressive sales promotion, the Custom Glass Rebate, to make our already affordable products even more attractive to aircraft owners," said Aspen Avionics Vice President of Sales and Customer Support, Mark Ferrari. More...

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NBAA Expands Electronic Toolkit for Business Travelback to top 

NBAA members can now subscribe to a service that streamlines the electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) and allows more convenient flexibility when plans suddenly change. The system was developed in partnership with ARINC Direct Business Aviation Solutions and has been approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Since last May, all international flights to and from the U.S. must be preceded by an electronically filed APIS report that details passenger information. NBAA says its system offers some improvements over the CBP-hosted system that are worth the $25 charge for each international flight. More...

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Air Traffic Controllers Name New Presidentback to top 

Paul Rinaldi will be the next president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association after a runoff vote. Rinaldi narrowly beat former Executive Vice President Ruth Marlin with a 53 percent majority in the vote. Rinaldi gathered a total of 5,023 votes. He will take over as president from Patrick Forrey on Oct. 19. "We've had a difficult last three years, but we've persevered. I look forward to ensuring that our members always have a voice and, just as important, that the FAA always listens. More...

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FAA: Check Those EQ3 Cylinders on Your TCMback to top 

The FAA on Tuesday issued an airworthiness directive that affects certain Teledyne Continental Motors reciprocating engines with TCM EQ3 cylinders installed. The AD applies to engines in the O-470, IO-470, TSIO-470, IO-520, TSIO-520, IO-550, and IOF-550 series, which are found in a variety of GA airplanes, including many Beech and Cessna models. TCM shipped engines with EQ3 cylinders and shipped individual EQ3 cylinders from Nov. 1, 2007, through Jan. 30, 2009. Also, TCM produced a group of about 300 EQ3 cylinders in August and September of 2006. The AD requires initial and repetitive visual inspections of TCM EQ3 cylinders for cracks. The EQ3 cylinders must be identified and initially inspected within 20 flight hours after Oct. 7, 2009, the effective date of the AD. Also, the AD requires that the cylinders must be removed from service within 1,300 hours total time of operation. This AD results from reports of 35 EQ3 cylinders found cracked, the FAA said. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

Getting lots of attention from potential new pilots, hopefully. Mark Bennett, New England regional sales rep for Cirrus Aircraft, parked himself outside the entrance to the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show last weekend, one of the largest events of its kind in the country. Bennett brought along a full-scale mockup of a Cirrus SR-22 and invited all comers to climb aboard and check it out. The mock-up is an actual aircraft off the production line, only lacking an engine. The wings have been altered to make them easily removable, so the mock-up can travel up and down the East Coast on a truck, helping the sales staff troll for new customers at a variety of non-standard venues. "This airplane has been to boat shows, car dealer's showrooms, in hotel lobbies, you name it," says Bennett. All in all, the airplane and its fully equipped cockpit host about 25,000 potential buyers per year. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

He's got that exactly right, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog — and it's nice to hear someone actually say it. After a decade of psychobabble business speak, maybe Babbitt gets that the FAA's job is oversight and regulation on the public's behalf. More...

USA Today writer Thomas Frank apparently thinks airport funding should go to the 139 "well-known" airports that handle commercial traffic. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Russ Niles points out the danger in that thinking: "Let's hope he doesn't have a heart attack somewhere else." More...

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

With its new Austro engines, the new DA42 NG is a strong performer and a bit more economical than the previous version of this aircraft. AVweb editorial director Paul Bertorelli took a spin in one last month, and here's his report. More...

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

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? More...

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. More...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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