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- Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:27
The ABS Air Safety Foundation has averted what would have been a major Airworthiness Directive affecting most Barons built since 1972,
- Created on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 20:54
FAR 61.113 prohibits Private pilots from receiving compensation for flying, and require they pay their share of expenses when passengers are carried. Many pilots, however, volunteer their time and services to charitble organizations to provide transportation to persons needing medical care. FAA has published a policy change that permits non-commerical pilots to be reimbursed for expenses when providing charitable medical flights, but there are conditions. Read the FAA's policy change on charitable medical flights.
- Created on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:16
A leaner and financially fit Beechcraft Corporation has emerged from bankruptcy protection with an eye to launching new products and supporting the existing fleet. In a podcast interview with AVweb in advance of today's announcement, Beechcraft spokesman Shawn Vick said the new company has more than $600 million in capital to work with and encouraging signs from the market that its chosen path to future profitability is being met with optimism. "We are moving into the market as Beechcraft Corporation and expect 2013 to be a very good year for this business," he said.
Beechcraft will continue to produce the King Air line, the T-6 and AT-6 military aircraft and the piston-powered Bonanza and Baron models. It has ended production of pure jet-powered aircraft but will continue to support the existing fleet. Vick said almost a third of the 6,000 employees are kept busy in that role. He also said the company is now in the position to entertain offers from others who might want all or part of that business. Vick said feedback from the company's announcement that it would consider building a turboprop single is being analyzed and as the company moves toward profitability it will consider other new products.
The newly reorganized Beechcraft has also released a statement in PDF format.
- Created on Friday, 08 February 2013 14:39
FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for most airplanes equipped with Continental Motors continuous-flow, fuel injected engines. The SAIB warns of reports that throttle and mixture control levers have loosened in flight, resulting in partial or complete loss of throttle and/or mixture control. Original Continental control levers were made of bronze. CMI now manufacturers these levers from stainless steel, and has issued CMI Critical Service Bulletin CSB08-3B Revision B, which calls for replacing all bronze levers with the new stainless steel type within 100 flying hours. FAA SAIB NE-13-15 supports this recommendation.
FAA says this airworthiness concern "is not an unsafe condtion that would warrant Airworthiness Directive action" at this time. Read the SAIB for FAA's recommendations. and CSB08-3B Revision B for CMI's bulletin. ABS members may comment on this report in ABS Hangar Flying.
- Created on Thursday, 20 December 2012 22:32
The ABS/BPPP Guide to Initial Pilot Checkout for Pressurized and Turbocharged Barons (models 58P and 58TC) is now available.
This new Guide joins the stable of Guides covering all models of Beechcraft Bonanza and Debonair, and for the normally aspirated Baron. Additional Guides for the Travel Air and the 56TC will soon be added. Find the active Guides on the ABS Website Guide to Initial Pilot Checkout page, linked from the PILOT TRAINING/BPPP menu tab on the ABS home page.
ABS members may comment on this news item in ABS Hangar Flying.