The AEA has filled ANN in on some pivotal developments over the
Field Approval quandary that has so befuddled the aviation
business. The FAA's FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 43-210 may eliminate
a lot of confusion.
SUMMARY: This AC publishes in a standardized
Advisory Circular much of the previously published policies that
have dictated Field Approval procedures for over 40 years.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS: The AC provides standardized
information on alteration data, the field approval application
process, aircraft flight manual supplements, and instructions for
continued airworthiness, including samples of various checklists
that MAY be used to streamline the application process, but are not
WSI Corporation and Mooney Airplane Company announced Thursday
the availability of WSI InFlight as a Standard Avionics Option on
all new Mooney aircraft. The FAA-certified WSI InFlight AV200
system will be offered in combination with the Garmin-AT Apollo
MX20 multifunctional display. New Mooney aircraft owners will be
able to select the option prior to completion of the airframe.
Mooney claims the system improves pilots' situational awareness by
delivering WSI NOWrad radar mosaic weather imagery and other
mission critical aviation weather information directly into the
cockpit during flight.
A maintenance error combined with excess weight in the back of
the plane led to the crash of US Airways Express Flight 5481 last
year at North Carolina's Charlotte-Douglas Airport, federal
investigators said Thursday. All 21 people aboard were killed in
the crash, the deadliest in the United States in nearly 2 1/2
years. The twin-engine Beech 1900, operated by Air Midwest, took
off on Jan. 8, 2003. Within seconds, however, its nose pitched up
sharply. The aircraft stalled, then rolled left and plummeted into
a maintenance hangar. The plane had been destined for Greer,
At the US Navy's insistence, the FAA on Thursday formally
proposed turning the DoD TFR over the Kings Bay Naval
Base in Georgia into prohibited airspace.
"This is a general aviation pilot's worst nightmare and has
questionable security benefits," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.
"The Pentagon is dictating national airspace policy. And it could
get worse. AOPA has learned that the DoD has already submitted
requests to turn the remaining permanent TFRs into prohibited
Wisconsin Assembly Proposed End to Labeling at Gas
The EAA reports that it recently worked with the Wisconsin
Ethanol Producers to help craft a compromise bill that ensures
retail gas stations continue to inform customers of their use of
gasoline with ethanol additives. As noted on the EAA website, State
Assembly Bill 675 seeks to remove a requirement that gas stations
label their pumps with the percentage of ethanol, unless the device
dispenses reformulated gasoline at an airport for use as aircraft
fuel. EAA, which holds a series of FAA supplemental type
certificates (STC) that provide the right to allow aircraft owners
to use auto fuels, argued that clear labeling was needed regarding
ethanol in automotive gasolines for flight safety reasons.
Laurence Perry of Classic Helicopters and Rick Harmon of Hawkins
and Powers Aviation, Wyoming, are the recipients of Helicopter
Association International's (HAI) Pilot of the Year Award. This
award will be presented March 16, 2004, at HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas,
Nevada, during HAI's 43rd annual "Salute to Excellence" award
ceremony. After a bolt of lightning struck six of thirteen hikers,
Aug. 23, 2003, at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Perry and
Harmon flew to the rescue. Cell phone calls were placed to 911 by
the injured hikers and a magnificently planned and implemented
two-helicopter rescue relay followed.
Australia’s aviation industry is now subject to a new set
of procedures to enforce air safety. The government says new
procedures give the Civil Aviation Safety Authority(CASA) a more
balanced set of enforcement tools, as well as opening up
enforcement decisions to greater scrutiny by the courts and
tribunals. Changes to enforcement came into effect this week,
creating, what CASA considers, a fairer and more transparent system
for ensuring air operators, maintenance organizations and other
people in the aviation industry comply with safety rules.
CASA’s chief executive officer, Bruce Byron, says the new
system will ensure the punishment fits the crime.
Macedonia's president was killed on Thursday when his plane
crashed in a mountainous part of southern Bosnia en route to an
international investment conference, an official with Trajkovksi's
party said. Vlatko Djordjev, a spokesman for Trajkovski's party,
VMRO-DPMNE, said he was told by party headquarters in Skopje that
the 47-year-old Macedonian president was killed in the crash. The
aircraft was a Raytheon King Air. Bosnian search-teams scoured the
rough terrain in salvage operations.
Engine manufacturers are looking forward to an April Boeing
decision on 7E7 powerplants, Pratt & Whitney
President-Commercial Engines Robert Leduc said at the Asian
Aerospace 2004. The airframe manufacturer is taking the competing
engine specifications to key airline customers. Boeing firmed
aircraft specifications just a few weeks ago, but now "we finally
locked down on thrust and configuration," allowing Pratt to deliver
its "best and final" engine specifications at the end of March,
Leduc said. So large is the prospective market -- 2,000-2,500
airplanes over 20 years by Boeing's forecast, 1,900 by conservative
Pratt guesses -- that Leduc plans to keep the program going in the
event the PW-EXX is not selected, slowed somewhat waiting for
An A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot from Eielson Air Force Base, died
Feb. 25 after his aircraft crashed at about 8:30 p.m. The aircraft
crashed shortly after takeoff near the Chena Flood Plain area,
southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Capt. Jonathan Scheer is officially assigned to the 354th
Operations Support Squadron and he is an attached A-10 pilot with
the 355th Fighter Squadron.
Signature Flight Support has assumed flight support services for
business aviation at Hyeres Airport (TLN) in Toulon, France.
Operating out of the main terminal until the new purpose-built
4,000-sq.-ft. FBO facility is completed in the second quarter of
2004, Signature began service in Toulon on January 5, 2004. Bruno
Hardy will oversee operations at the fixed base operation and will
report to Louis DeMarque, general manager of Signature's Paris LBG
ANN subscriber Corey Garden brought the following item to our
attention. The problem is that we have no clue what the heck it is.
A flying contraption of sorts is for sale on eBay. The posting,
claims the following:
"This New Patented Invention Will Change Flight As We Know It.
It climbs straight up and will beat several world records. It is
ready to sell or develop. Flight can be remote controlled or
manned. Proposal to make official record breaking attempts for
dirigibles. Windcrafter Inc proposes flying our 10-ft tall 68 cu ft
of helium ship to 400 feet under full control. Only 20-ft long and
larger remotely piloted airships (blimps) even fly outdoors, and
only under perfect, no wind conditions and they require
approximately a min
The investigation continues into a deadly accident affecting
India's space program earlier this week. At least six people were
killed and three injured in a fire in India's main space center
Monday, an official said. The fire broke out in the fuel testing
area of the center in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh,
said the official. The spaceport, the launching center of the
country's satellite-bearing rockets, is located on Sriharikota
island, 60 miles north of the southern city of Madras. At
around 3.15 p.m. the crew were attending to the removal of the
bottom plate of a propellant casting assembly. During this
procedure, the propellant in the segment inadvertently caught fire
and caused the subsequent damage.
Residents who live in the Indian city of Gwalior are accustomed
to the sounds of fighter-jet operations -- the noise of takeoff,
landings and sonic booms. But the roar of U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle
aircraft in the sky above this north central Indian air force
station is something completely new. The Eagles and about 130 U.S.
airmen are in India supporting Cope India ‘04 through Feb.
25, the first bilateral dissimilar air combat training exercise
held between U.S. and Indian air forces in more than 40 years.
Following two days of familiarization flights, the F-15s joined the
Indian SU-30K Flanker, Mirage 2000, MIG-29 Fulcrum, MIG-27 Flogger
and MIG-21 Bison aircraft in a series of offensive counter-air and
defensive counter-air engagements
"The simultaneous existence of these
two errors resulted in a virtually uncontrollable
Source: Lorenda Ward, the investigator in
charge of the NTSB probe, testifying before the full National
Transportation Safety Board at their public meeting on Thursday.
The board was meeting to review the investigation of US Airways
Express Flight 5481, which crashed last year at North Carolina's
Charlotte-Douglas Airport. Ward claims improperly rigged cables
that controlled the aircraft's up-and-down motion combined with
improper weight distribution led to the crash of the commuter
Agusta's New Regional Sales Manager For South America
Agusta Aerospace Corporation (AAC) an AgustaWestland company is
pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. John Arbach as the new
AAC Regional Sales Manager for South America. Mr. Arbach
brings to AAC over twenty five years of international experience in
Latin America and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining AAC, Mr. Arbach
was head of International Sales for Latin America at Evergreen
Helicopters, Inc. Mr. Arbach will be based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
and he will be responsible for marketing and selling AgustaWestland
civil helicopter products in South America.