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VIDEO SHOWS RENO CRASH SEQUENCE
The NTSB is meeting today
(Aug. 26, 2012) to determine a probable cause of the crash at the
National Championship Air Races in Reno on Sept. 16, 2011 that resulted
in the deaths of 10 people and injured more than 60. Jimmy Leeward's
highly modified P-51, the Galloping Ghost, went out of control near the
home stretch pylon and crashed a few feet from a premium ramp seating
area. Leeward and eight others died at the scene and a ninth spectator
died later in hospital. The role of the departure of the left trim tab
has been a major factor in the investigation and video released by the
NTSB last week shows the aircraft was clearly out of control before the
part separated from the aircraft, although that doesn't mean it wasn't
damaged or disabled before it fell. More...
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ARMSTRONG DEAD AT 82
Neil Armstrong, the civilian astronaut
who became the first human to set foot on another celestial body, died
Saturday from complications from a heart bypass operation he underwent
two weeks ago. He was 82. Armstrong lived with his wife Carol in
Cincinnati. There was no immediate word on the plan for remembering the
self-described "nerdy engineer" who did his utmost to avoid the hero
worship the world nevertheless bestowed upon him. It's safe to say
Armstrong carried the dreams of the world and the prestige of his
country with him (and Buzz Aldrin, of course) when he saw where the
Eagle's guidance system had picked for a landing site, snapped off the
automatic system and manually guided the Lunar Excursion Module over a
crater full of boulders to the relative safety of the Sea of
Tranquility. That's when he uttered the second most famous line of the
mission: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." It had
30 seconds of fuel left. More...
INSIDER BLOG: ARMSTRONG'S FINAL STEP
One of the most famous
pictures of Neil Armstrong shows him smiling broadly in the lunar module
after completing the first walk on the moon's surface. On the AVweb
Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli wonders whether Armstrong, who died
over the weekend, realized he'd spend decades trying to deflect
attention away from his personal achievement and toward the 400,000
people who gave him the opportunity to command Apollo 11. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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CRACKS AND COCKPIT BLACKOUTS
New wing cracks on an Airbus
A380 airframe and the continued possibility of full panel blackouts
aboard some A320s put Airbus back in the spotlight this week. The
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Thursday announced that operators
of A380 superjumbo aircraft must perform additional "repetitive detailed
visual inspections" after a new area of the jet's wing showed signs of
cracking. EASA is already working with Airbus to create an approved
repair process for another wing cracking issue known to affect existing
aircraft. Meanwhile, The Associated Press chose this week to highlight
that an electrical problem that has led to instances of extensive
failures of instrumentation and avionics aboard Airbus A320 aircraft has
yet to see fleet-wide correction. More...
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RECLAIMS SPEED TITLE
Cessna says it has reclaimed (from
Gulfstream) the distinction of offering the world's fastest production
civilian aircraft with a maximum speed increase on its flagship Citation
Ten. In an announcement Friday, the company said it is now calling the
top speed of the lengthened and updated version of the Citation X .935
Mach, a .015 increase from the figure used when Cessna announced
the aircraft at NBAA 2010 in Atlanta. "As our founder Clyde Cessna said,
'speed is the only reason for flying,' so at Cessna we design, engineer,
manufacture and fly the fastest civil aircraft in the world - not
for us, but for our customers so they can work faster, more efficiently
and get the job done," said CEO Scott Ernest. More...
SR20/22 TRAINS FRENCH MILITARY
Some pilots training as pilots
for the French air force and navy will be passing through Cirrus SR20
and SR22 aircraft along the way following a new agreement, Cirrus
announced Thursday. The agreement goes through Cassidian Aviation
Training Services (CATS), which the French Air Force Flight School has
selected for outsourced training. CATS will operate and maintain at
least 23 Cirrus aircraft at various French military units. Thirteen
SR20s will be used for pilot training, seven SR22s will earn dedicated
spots for training "navigating officers arm systems" and three more
SR20s will be flown by students at a French naval air station. The first
aircraft has already been delivered and deliveries will continue through
year-end, with some specific special equipment. More...
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IN, OUT, AND PORTABLE
A new product joining the ranks of
ADS-B offerings may have particular appeal to individuals and operators
who own multiple aircraft as well as renters who own none, because it's
portable. SkyVision Xtreme this week introduced its fully portable ADS-B
In and Out system that delivers all ADS-B traffic and weather "to any
display without installation" via Wi-Fi. At under $4,000 the system
could be considered a stopgap measure for people who want the added
utility but don't want to commit panel real estate to evolving and yet
un-required technology. But company principal Harry Sanders told
AVweb Thursday that since 2009, his company has never charged for
software updates and when ADS-B becomes mandatory in 2020, the system
can also by permanently installed. More...
ADS-B IN & OUT PORTABLE SOLUTION
The hardware requirement for
ADS-B is still eight years off, but many of the system's benefits are
available now and may be more accessible, more palatable, and more
affordable in a portable package. SkyVision
Xtreme principal Harry Sanders discusses his company's latest
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AVIATORS' LAUNCHES THIRD SEASON
The Aviators, a mostly general
aviation-themed documentary lifestyle television series, has wrapped
filming for its third season and the first episode will appear Sept. 17
on PBS. In a news release, producer Anthony Nalli said the crew spent 46
days filming in 18 locations to compile a wide variety of segments for
the increasingly popular show. "Many months and 36 segments later I'm
more excited about The Aviators than I've ever been," Nalli said. "This
season picks up where the last left off and continues to break new
MAKES IPAD "MINI-HUD"
An Oregon app developer has come up
with a unique solution to the problem of spotting unfamiliar airports
from the air. Paul Mace is offering ARPort, which he says turns an iPad, iPod or iPhone
into a "mini-HUD" that displays pushpin locations of airports within 25
miles in the field of view of the device's camera. The pilot or front
seat passenger points the camera through the windshield and all the
applicable airports show on the screen as pushpins. Move the selection
icon under the pushpin to get distance and heading and tap on the icons
to get airport information. More...
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SENTENCED FOR FALSE LOG ENTRIES
The prosecution was seeking
one year in prison, but a judge has handed down a sentence of four years
probation, plus a $100 "special assessment," for a pilot who falsified
logbook entries while seeking advanced ratings. According to the U.S.
Attorney's office, Fahad al-Daous submitted a logbook containing an
extra 90-plus hours pilot-in-command time and more than 41 hours of
cross country time that he did not fly, but applied while seeking an
instrument rating. The pilot's flight school, Livingston Aviation in
Waterloo, Iowa, reportedly began training al-Daous in 2010 and alerted
federal officials when it spotted discrepancies between its own records
and the pilot's claims. The pilot reportedly later admitted to inflating
the numbers. Lawyers on both sides highlighted other considerations that
may have influenced the 33-year-old father of three. More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
Royal Flying Doctor Service was flying a B200 IFR
out of Broken Hill, Australia and had a young student doctor in the
right seat, who was unfamiliar with flying and for whom English
was a second language. As the flight progressed, the pilot noticed the
student becoming more and more uncomfortable and, after a normal
landing, noted an undue amount of relief on the student's
"Why are you so
"Because we survived the
"You know. I heard you on
the radio talking about 'my big dilemma.'"
(She had misheard
the call sign "Mike Victor Lima" ... .
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