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BEECH SURVIVAL PLANS REVEALED
Hawker Beechcraft plans to hang
on to its piston and turboprop business but will shed at least some of
its turbine production under three reorganization scenarios presented to
bankruptcy court last month. The Wichita Eagle reported that a common thread of the
reorganization plans is the demise of the Premier jet and the Hawker
200, which is under development. One plan eliminates jet production
entirely, another retains the Hawker Beechcraft 900 and flagship 4000
while the third sacrifices the 4000 and keeps only the 900.
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CARGO CARRIERS FIGHT COST OF COMPLIANCE
Cargo carriers and
manufacturers oppose a proposed fix for a problem the NTSB says likely
caused the in-flight explosion of TWA Flight 800 near Long Island, N.Y.,
in 1996. That event killed all 230 aboard. The FAA has applied a fix for
passenger aircraft and now wants to apply changes to cargo jets. The
NTSB has estimated that the problem (faulty wiring in a fuel tank) would
cause similar events every four years. And in 2001 a 737-400 suffered an
explosion while on the ramp at Bangkok, and in 2006 a 727-200 suffered
an explosion while on the ground in India. But Boeing says the risk for
cargo operators is "less than extremely improbable," the Seattle Times
reported Friday. The manufacturer has found support from Airbus, the
airline trade group A4A, UPS and FedEx. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking
in more ways than one. More...
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WHISTLEBLOWER WANTS JOB BACK
The lawyer for one of two F-22
pilots who went
public with their concerns about breathing the air supplied by the
aircraft is calling for his full re-instatement and the withdrawal of a
letter of reprimand on his record. The Newport News Daily Press is reporting Virginia Air National Guard Capt. Josh
Wilson complained to his superiors that a charcoal filter installed in
the fighter's oxygen system to combat other contamination issues was
actually making matters worse. Shortly after he told his commanders that
an Air Force doctor had recommended he not fly the aircraft, the
superior officers refused to renew his orders to fly with Air Combat
Command, dropping his pay by 90 percent and chopping benefits. At the
same time, Boeing was concluding a study that led to recommendations the
charcoal filters be removed. That recommendation was made on April 2.
The Air Force took the advice and started removing the filters about the
same time Wilson and Air Force Maj. Jeremy Gordon went on 60 Minutes to
publicly complain about the issue. Virginia Sen. Mark R. Warner and Rep.
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released the study publicly on Friday.
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SURVIVE OSPREY CRASH
All five aboard survived the crash of an
Air Force CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor during a Wednesday evening gunnery
training run in the Elgin Range over the Florida panhandle. Initial
details were provided by the 1st Special Operations Wing to which the
aircraft was assigned. The crash aircraft had been trailing a lead
Osprey that initiated search and rescue when it reversed course and
found the second aircraft was no longer in trail. The crashed tilt-rotor
was found inverted with significant damage. A post-crash fire did not
consume the aircraft. The crash led the wing to stand down operations
for a day. More...
CRASH PILOT'S CERTIFICATE ALSO PREVIOUSLY REVOKED
who had previously had their certificates revoked are related to the
fatal crash of an L-39 jet on May 18 near Boulder City airport, Nev.,
the FAA said Wednesday. Douglas Edward Gilliss was killed along with his
passenger in the crash. Investigators now say Gilliss had previously had
his certificate temporarily revoked for falsifying the checkride of a
pilot involved in the fatal 2009 crash of an L-29. On his own fatal
flight, Gilliss flew an L-39 alongside another piloted by David Glen
Riggs, who, as AVweb reported Monday, has also once had his
certificate temporarily revoked. The FAA is also pursuing evidence of
possible violations during the Boulder City crash. More...
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Organizers say they're expecting the grass next to
the runway at William T. Piper Airport in Lock Haven, Pa., to be a sea
of yellow starting Wednesday as the Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven
Fly-In settles near the birthplace of the J-3 Cub. Although this is the
27th time Cub owners have flocked to Piper's original home, this is
expected to be an especially busy year because it's the 75th anniversary
of the iconic aircraft. Up to 300 aircraft, many of them painted in
"Lock Haven Yellow," will be there, assuming good weather. "Hearing the
hum of the planes' engines and seeing the airport filled with planes
again brings back memories for many of us who had relatives and friends
working for Piper," fly-in coordinator Carmen Banfill told The Morning Call. More...
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SET JULY 14 FOR RECORD LAWN-CHAIR FLIGHT
has a new partner and a goal to set a new Guinness World Record for
longest two-man cluster balloon flight when he sets out from Bend, Ore.,
for a landing somewhere in Montana. Couch, who has since 2007 made no
less than four public cluster balloon flights, will be joined on this
adventure by Fareed Lafta. The pair expect to set off from a Stop and Go
Mini Mart at about 10 a.m. on July 14 (weather permitting) and fans will
be able to follow the trip online. Regardless of the outcome, the pair
is already talking about another arguably much more adventurous trip --
in Iraq. More...
The Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine
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Is Technology Eroding Pilot
The issue of eroding flying skills was a topic of discussion and concern
in the early 1990s but fell off the radar screen. Now, due to some
high-profile accidents, the question has re-surfaced. Apparently no one
hand-flies the aircraft anymore, including in the simulator. Should
training refocus on manual flying expertise to avoid automation
dependency? Add your comments to our international discussion here:
Is Technology Eroding Pilot
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VIKING AIR TWIN OTTER FACTORY
Viking Air is
quickly ramping up production of its new build Twin Otter 400 series.
AVweb's Russ Niles toured the Victoria, British Columbia factory
with VP of Operations Dan Tharp, a Wichita aircraft production veteran
recently hired by Viking to boost production. More...
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About ten airplanes from a local air park
descended on the usually quiet Grand Prarie Muni (Texas) for Sunday
breakfast. Afterward, we heard this
Controller (somewhat exasperated)
"Did you guys all take off together?"
"No. We actually took off one at a time ... ."
Steve Wilson More...
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