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|AVflash! Rising Cost of Flying in New
ZEALAND PILOTS OPPOSE FEE HIKES
New Zealand aviation groups
are lining up in opposition to major increases in fees for obtaining and
maintaining a pilot's license. The one-time "issuance fee" for a pilot's
license is going up from $55 to $230 but it's the new "medical service
application fee" that is raising the collective blood pressure of the
pilot population. Starting in November, pilots will have to pay a flat
$313 any time their medical fitness is assessed by the Civil Aviation
Administration. For commercial pilots past 40 that's every six months
for single-pilot operations. It's not just the pilot fees that are going
up, though. The CAA charge-out rate for audit operations will go from
$135 an hour to $208 an hour in November and will be $284 an hour by the
end of 2014. In all, more than 150 fees are being increased.
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SILENT (BOOM) SUPERSONIC NINJA STAR JET?
A team of
researchers at the University of Miami has received $100,000 in NASA
funding to further develop their ninja-star-looking bi-directional
flying wing jet, which rotates 90 degrees in flight to achieve
supersonic speeds with virtually no ground-observable sonic boom. The
aircraft design is symmetrical along its longitudinal axis and its
lateral axis, but one is longer than the other. It has two cockpits,
each at one end of one axis, separated by 90 degrees. In flight at
subsonic speed, the aircraft uses its longer axis as its wings, with its
tips folded up into winglets. The aircraft transitions to supersonic
flight by folding down the wingtips and using aerodynamic forces to
rotate 90 degrees around centrally mounted twin turbofans. Once rotated,
the shorter axis, an airfoil optimized for supersonic flight, serves as
the wing. More...
A PLAN FOR THE COLLECTIVE HOMEBUILT
The idea behind
MakerPlane is to create an "open source aviation project" that allows
people to build their own aircraft using personal Computer Numerical
Control (CNC) mills and 3D printers. In that way, MakerPlane hopes to
create an environment where people can produce aircraft largely "built
on a computer controlled mill at home." The man behind the idea, John
Nicol, based in Canada, is seeking to reduce the financial means and
physical capabilities required by an individual seeking to build an
aircraft. Aside from creating a new largely digital workflow for
builders, MakerPlane would also seek to cultivate multi-media builder
assistance products and physical builder assistance sites. Nicol has
unveiled MakerPlane's first design, "Version 1.0," from Israel-based
aeronautical engineer, Jeffrey Meyer. The design conforms to LSA weight
and speed requirements. V 1.0 also aims to be a modular design and
MakerPlane intends to offer plans, free. More...
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PILOT DIES IN AIRSHOW CRASH
A member of the Hoppers civilian jet demonstration team was killed
Saturday when his L-39 Albatros went down at an airshow in Davenport,
Iowa. The pilot, Glenn Smith, of Frisco, Texas, was part of a three-ship
formation when his aircraft went down in a field near the airport. The
crash was visible to the crowd and resulted in a large fireball. The
show resumed Sunday "out of respect for our fallen aviator," according
to a note posted on Quad City Air Show website. More...
BACH INJURED IN CRASH (UPDATED)
It's now been confirmed that
celebrated author and longtime flying enthusiast Richard Bach was
seriously injured when his SeaRey amphib clipped power lines and went
down short of a runway on San Juan Island northwest of Seattle on
Friday. His son James told The Associated Press his father's condition
is improving. He has a broken shoulder and head injuries. Bach, whose
short novel about a seagull's love of flight was considered a metaphor
for Bach's own passion for the air, was a massive best seller and after
Jonathan Livingston Seagull he penned dozens of books, many of which had
an aviation theme. The 76-year-old Bach, who was interviewed
by AVweb's Mary Grady in 2011, is an accomplished pilot who also
started a blog
that often mentions aviation. More...
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NEXT JETMAN, TROY HARTMAN?
A new turbine-powered personal
flying wing jetpack may be coming from San Diego-based Troy Hartman, an
X Games skysurfing gold medalist and aerial stuntman who is actively
testing his developing design. Hartman has not yet flown the complete
rig but is testing its key components (see video). The
ultimate solid wing design may be similar to that created by current
only living Jetman, Yves Rossy. Rossy has successfully flown several
noteworthy flights strapped to his own turbine-powered wing, including
and a run in the Grand Canyon (video).
Hartman updated his YouTube page Aug. 26 with footage of some of his
most recent flight tests that included using the future wing's two-UAV
turbine engines, without the wing, to power him aloft under canopy.
HONORS ARMSTRONG'S LEGACY
The National Aviation Hall of Fame
(NAHF) will honor the legacy of the first man to walk on the moon by
renaming one of its most prestigious awards as The Neil A. Armstrong
Aviation Heritage Trophy, to be awarded this September. Formerly The
Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy, the award has been presented
during the Reno Air Races, and sometimes by Armstrong himself, as part
of the concurrently held National Aviation Heritage Invitational. It
recognizes "the most authentic example of a vintage aircraft restored to
airworthy condition." This year, and moving forward, it will carry
Armstrong's name. Head of Rolls-Royce North America, James M. Guyette,
said Rolls-Royce has been a proud sponsor of the National Aviation
Heritage Invitational since 1998. He added, "I can think of no finer
way" to memorialize Armstrong than to rename the trophy "in his honor,
as a lasting tribute to his legacy." More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
Letter of the Week: Pilot
Regarding the "Question
of the Week": I belong to the
"I-get-an-IPC-every-six-months-whether-I-need-it-or-not" club. I always
do ("need it," that is). I'm discovering that even with the
every-six-month constraint, I find the need to really "exercise" a skill
which is difficult to put into words for lack of a better term,
I'll call it "problem solving," and it's virtually impossible to
do this alone.
The rote procedure of establishing oneself on a
final approach course, keeping things centered and landing is a skill
which, admittedly, needs regular polishing. The "higher level" skill is
the ability to deal with the curve ball, the distraction. I'm absolutely
convinced that the bulk of morbidity out there, practiced by pilots who
have the training to know better, is the result of misdirected attention
to unseen traffic, GPS knob fiddling when a simple twist of the VOR OBS
would do, or just generally missing the forest for the trees.
of the rewards of IFR flight is the smooth handling of these challenges.
It's one of the hardest skills to practice, too. I like to rotate
through a couple of instructors at IPC time, just to make the experience
a little less predictable. I think that helps shake the rust off the
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INSIDER BLOG: NO TIME? NO KIDDING
Cost is a big reason that
many owners have reduced their flying hours. But so is lack of time. No
surprise there, either, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider
blog. You probably don't know anyone who's working fewer hours than they
did a decade ago, and neither do we. Modern life puts so many demands on
the 24-hour day that flying gets bumped to the bottom of the to-do list.
Plus, some additional thoughts on the passing of Neil Armstrong. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
FLYING TO AMERICA
It's an ambition for many pilots in the
U.K., and Flyer magazine publisher Ian Seager invited some
of them along for the ride on his trip to AirVenture Oshkosh. Seager
flew his Cessna 182 and talked to AVweb's Paul Bertorelli at the
show in late July. More...
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OF THE WEEK: GILL AVIATION (KDWH, HOUSTON, TEXAS)
AVweb's newest "FBO of the Week" is Gill
Aviation at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH) in
AVweb reader J.C. Hyde visit there
recently and experienced their first-rate service first
Flew into Houston last
week. I had arranged for a rental car to be available upon our arrival.
What I hadn't planned for was the lost of my primary vacuum pump. When
we arrived, [the] rental car was ready; when I asked about fixing the
vacuum, the FBO instantly put me into contact with Rite-Way Aviation,
whose owner, John Davis, met me at the aircraft. We hadn't even finished
unloading before he was hooking the aircraft up to his tug, ready to tow
it to their maintenance facility. [He got it] fixed that day and ready
for departure. Between Gill Aviation and Rite-Way Aviation, a two-day
planned stop did not end up in a long downtime waiting for repairs. And
even the cookies were great!
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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...
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In view of all the recent hurricane news
coverage, I recalled a pertinent exchange from the the Port Columbus,
Ohio (CMH) tower. I worked at the "Lane Gate" vehicle check point for
several years, regularly monitoring the tower frequency to get a "play
by play" description of what was going on around me. I overheard the
following exchange the day after the remnants of hurricane Ike came
through, causing a lot of downed trees and subsequent power outages. A
recently landed ERJ was taxiing to the ramp and called the
"CMH Tower, American Eagle 1234. I hear
you guys got a lot of wind yesterday. How much did you
"American Eagle 1234, Tower. The highest
gust I saw was 68mph, and then the wind thingee blew
(78mph gusts were reported by the news
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