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OF DRUNK PASSENGERS SUE OVER FATAL CRASH
The families of
three passengers killed in a British Columbia floatplane crash that an
investigation revealed was likely caused by the drunken antics of one of
them are suing the charter airline, saying the pilot should have known
better than to let them aboard. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. the suit also blames
pilot Damon York, who also died in the crash, for not wearing a shoulder
harness "so as to prevent being jammed into the control panel" when the
backseat passenger behind him kicked the back of his seat. As we
reported last year, the Canadian Transportation Safety Board report suggested the passengers were too drunk to
realize how unwise their actions were. "It is likely that passenger
interference caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft whereupon
it descended in a steep nose-down attitude until it struck the water,"
the report says. "It is possible the passengers' level of intoxication
contributed to their inability to recognize the gravity of the situation
and stop the interference in time for the pilot to regain control of the
aircraft before impact." More...
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FINDS PUBLIC SUPPORT
Unconventional aircraft designer John
McGinnis' public funding drive Friday surpassed its original goal and
may help him prove if his five-seat double box tail Synergy aircraft is
indeed "lighter, simpler, and more economical" than other planes.
McGinnis turned to the online fundraising website Kickstarter.com to
seek $65,000 from private individuals that he says will "maintain
present work output until our next milestone is reached in September."
By then, MicGinnis says, "we expect to have completion in sight." With
ten days left in the fundraising campaign, McGinnis had reached nearly
$59,000 in pledged donations. But McGinnis still couldn't be sure he'd
see any of the money. That changed, Friday. More...
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AIRSHIP FLOATS TOWARD FIRST FLIGHT
300-foot-long, 70-foot-tall, remotely piloted Long Endurance
Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) airship is scheduled to fly for the
first time in early June at Lakehurst, N.J. The maiden flight could take
place anytime between June 6 and 10, weather permitting, and will be
followed by a trip to Florida where it will be outfitted with
surveillance gear. The LEMV has been designed to operate for the U.S.
Army as a surveillance and reconnaissance platform, capable of loitering
in the sky for days, or weeks, at a time ... provided it's not really
windy at its operating altitude. More...
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Donations from more than 2,000 people, plus
other sponsorships, have funded Copenhagen Suborbitals' (CS) Tycho Brahe
program, which aims to see individuals launched to at least 100 miles
above the earth in personal capsules. The team's proposed capsule is
made from rolled steel plate wrapped in a cork heat shield. Inside, the
capsule's sole passenger would ride in a near-standing position, wearing
a G-suit to help force blood to the head during acceleration. The
passenger's head would sit in a transparent hemispheric dome topped with
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INVESTIGATES TANDEM SKYDIVING SCARE
The FAA has paid a
visit to a California skydiving company after video of some unplanned
excitement vaulted it to Internet stardom earlier this week. It's been
more than a year since an 80-year-old grandmother identified only as
Laverne took a bucket-list tandem jump with the Parachute Center in
Acampo, Calif., that may have got her a little closer to her maker than
she bargained for. Laverne is seen having second thoughts in the
aircraft door before she is encouraged to join the fun by her tandem
partner and the cameraman. Laverne somehow slips out of her harness and
makes most of the journey earthward in an undignified position in the
grip of her partner. At one point during the freefall the cameraman
moves in to help keep hold of Laverne. They landed none the worse for
wear and that was the end of the story until the video hit theChive.
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FLIGHT BEGINS WITHOUT FUEL
Solar Impulse, the manned
solar-powered airplane, began a 1,554-mile trip from Switzerland to
Morocco, Thursday and landed safely after a 17-hour first leg at its
planned layover site of Madrid. The 3,500-pound vehicle is carried by a
207-foot wingspan. It is propelled by batteries and 12,000 solar cells
driving four electric motors. Pilot Andre Borschberg was at the controls
for the first leg of the journey and reportedsubstantiated confidence in the technology.
It was incredible to fly alongside the barrier of clouds during
most of the flight and not need to hesitate to fly above them. This
confirms our confidence in the capacity of solar energy even
further. Monday, after a three-day layover to check the condition
of the aircraft and make promotional visits, Bertrand Piccard is
scheduled to take the controls for the next leg. Weather permitting,
Piccard's leg will see completion of the journey in Morocco. The trip is
just a small step toward the team's long term goals. More...
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decades-long career as an airline pilot spanned bankruptcies,
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DIAMOND MULTI-PURPOSE PLATFORM DA42
diversified its market to the military, law enforcement and even media
realms with the DA42 Multi-Purpose Platform. Diamond Airborne Sensing's
Markus Fischer took AVweb through the product at Diamond's
factory in Wiener Neustad, Austria. More...
RED BULL'S LATEST AERIAL BALLET
Red Bull Wednesday
shared video of one of its latest sponsored adventures -- five wingsuit
skydivers joining up with and maintaining formation with two sailplanes
in a dive over Austria. The team flew two aerobatic LET L-13 Blanik
sailplanes and just to complicate things, the lead flew inverted and one
skydiver formed up in between the inverted and upright glider. The
skydivers and gliders came together in formation at roughly 12,000 feet.
The sailplanes wore wingtip-mounted smoke canisters and one skydiver
wore one on an ankle. The trick of the task was mating airspeed and
descent rates and this time all members performed flawlessly. Check the
video after the jump. More...
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OF THE WEEK: BRUNSWICK COUNTY AIRPORT (KSUT, OAK ISLAND,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" is Brunswick
County Airport at Cape Fear Regional Jetport/Howie Franklin
Field Airport (KSUT) in Oak Island, North Carolina.
Horton had high praise for the FBO:
Flew to KSUT for an overnight stay. Greeted
by John and the ground crew as soon as the engine stopped and
immediately felt at home. They tied us down, guided us to the FBO, where
we found a friendly airport dog lounging on the couch and several locals
planning the next day's "Big Toys" event, which included Young Eagle
flights. They offered a crew car, but since we were overnight we opted
for an inexpensive rental; the desk is right there with the FBO. Asked
them to refuel at their convenience and left the airport.
back the next day and realized we left our Nflight cam running after we
landed, so we got to review how they moved our airplane to the pumps for
refueling and then moved it back to the tiedown spot. It looked like
they were handing their personal airplane!
The next day we
departed in the middle of a line of planes, taking those Young Eagles up
for an aerial view of the North Carolina coast. This is not just the
kind of FBO you want to have for your stops; this is one that makes you
wish you were based here!
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
Flying a Piper Lance from Santa Fe to Scottsdale
in severely turbulent winds, someone on the radio asked ATC a
"Is there anyone
flying out there in this stuff?"
"Yes. One other
"Well, he's assigned 10,500, but he's
anywhere between 9,500 and 11,500."
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