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CHINESE FIGHTER PHOTOS "LEAKED"
China has apparently unveiled
a second fifth-generation fighter prototype that looks like an F-22
Raptor but may also be designed for carrier operations. Photos appeared
online earlier this week that show an aircraft whose lineage seems to be
derived from the Raptor with some shirt-tail relationship to the F-35.
It's a twin, with the angled vertical stabilizers and big fully
articulating horizontal stabs. It's not clear if the aircraft, likely a
development project of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, has flown but
the timing of the "leak" appears to suggest a little chest-thumping on
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KEPT IN DARK DURING HIJACK SCARE
There was tension in
the air and in the cockpit of an American Airlines aircraft at New
York's JFK Airport on Monday when the arriving American plane and a Finn
Air flight were ordered to a remote area instead of getting instructions
for their gates. Authorities had received a threat that armed terrorists
were concealed in the wheel wells of both aircraft and the response was
predictable. However, for whatever reason, the authorities elected to
not tell the American pilot, at least, why there were fire trucks and
armed police around his plane. As the accompanying video shows, the
American captain was having none of that. More...
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SIGNS BIOFUEL AGREEMENT
A collaboration agreement announced
Wednesday between Lufthansa and Algae.Tec Limited will create a
large-scale production facility in Europe for the creation of aviation
biofuels from algae. The agreement forms the foundation of a long-term
partnership between the carrier and the alternative fuel producer.
Lufthansa will fund the project, entirely, and Algae.Tec will manage it,
retaining license fees and profits. As part of the deal, Lufthansa has
also entered a long-term "offtake agreement" consisting of "at least 50
percent of the crude oil produced at an agreed price." Lufthansa was an
early adopter of alternative fuels and has used them on revenue flights.
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TRACES JET DEVELOPMENT
Arguably the most
important invention of the 20th century celebrates a milestone on Oct. 2
and the date will be marked by the U.S. release of a documentary that traces the
origins of the jet engine. It's been 70 years since the first
jet-powered aircraft flew in the U.S. In 1930, Frank Whittle, a
30-year-old RAF officer, patented the first turbojet design. The movie,
Whittle: The Jet Pioneer shows how even with the Nazis building a
gigantic war machine Whittle had a hard time convincing military leaders
of the value of his invention until they finally sent some skeptical
scientists to his lab for a demonstration in June of 1939. Within a
year, under intense security, a simple aircraft designed for the
propeller-less engine was flown under jet power. A derivative of the
test aircraft, the Gloster Meteor, became the first Allied jet powered
military aircraft in 1944. The U.K. sent Whittle and his invention to
the U.S. in 1941 and the first jet flight on U.S. soil occurred on Oct.
2, 1942. More...
AIRMEN RETURN TO HOME FIELD
Last weekend, four of the
original Tuskegee Airmen returned for the first time to the field in
Alabama where they trained more than 60 years ago. The four were
welcomed back to the historic site by officials from the National Park
Service and Tuskegee University. The airmen, Homer Hogues, Robert
McDaniel, Claude Platte, and Calvin Spann, and their families were
granted a private tour of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
They also were given an advance look at Hangar 2, a new addition to the
museum that will be revealed next year. Tuskegee University President
Gilbert Rochon said he plans to expand the school's aviation programs.
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FAA BEHIND SCHEDULE ON DRONE INTEGRATION
Many obstacles must
be overcome before unmanned aircraft systems can be safely integrated
into the National Airspace System, the U.S. Government Accountability
Office said in a report released last week. Additional work is
needed, the report said, to find ways for UAS to sense and avoid other
aircraft effectively, to address vulnerabilities in the command and
control of UAS operations, and to develop safe and consistent
performance standards and regulations. "Concerns about national
security, privacy, and the interference in GPS signals have not been
resolved and may influence acceptance of routine access for UAS in the
national airspace system," the report said. More...
DIRECTIVES AFFECT PIPER FLEET
The FAA published two
airworthiness directives this week that affect the Piper general
aviation fleet. A final rule published on Monday affects 3,100 Piper
Comanches (models PA-24, PA-24-250, and PA-24-260), requiring
inspections of the stabilator horn assembly, at a cost of about $1,000
per airplane. If the assembly needs to be replaced, it would cost
another $1,600. Failure of the stabilator horn could lead to a loss of
pitch control in flight, the FAA said. A proposed rule published on Tuesday affects about
1,000 Piper twins, models PA-31, PA-31-325, and PA-31-350. The rule
would supersede an existing AD that requires repetitive inspections of
the exhaust system. More...
RACES: ATTENDANCE DOWN, SAFETY PREVAILS
The Reno Air Races
have concluded a week of safe racing. Organizers hosted a ceremony on
Sunday afternoon to remember the 11 who died in last year's crash
of Jimmy Leeward's P-51 Galloping Ghost. "We wanted to have an event
that appropriately remembered last year," Mike Draper, spokesman for the
Reno Air Races, told the local KOLO news. Balloons were released as each victim's
name was read. Attendance was down about 8 percent compared to last
year. "It wasn't until mid-August that we were able to say this event is
happening with absolute certainty," Draper said. "And I think people
held off on making reservations." Ticket prices for attendees also were
raised to help cover higher insurance costs, Draper said. The show
policy rose from $300,000 last year to $2 million this year. Draper
added that robust attendance is expected next year for the event's 50th
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OF THE WEEK: TWIN COUNTY AIRPORT (KHLX, HILLSVILLE,
Lots of happy pilots in the skies this week.
Nominations for an AVweb "FBO of the Week" ribbon soared over the
last ten days or so, and picking a stand-out this week was tough. (We
cheated and saved a couple of facilities for future
Amid stiff competition, Twin County
Aviation Services at Twin County Airport (KHLX) in Hillsville,
Virginia takes home this week's blue ribbon. AVweb reader John
A. Jorgensen had that best of all possible experiences of Twin
County -- a stopover so pleasant he'd go back just for
Wonderful service and
hospitality! I returned yesterday from delivering a DNR aircraft to
Sanford, North Carolina for a FLIR installation/integration. On the way,
I ran into the remains of Hurricane Isaac, which did not allow me to
continue VFR. Scott Thomas, FBO manager, and his crew met me on the
ramp, escorted me into their new facility, shared local weather wisdom,
entertained me, provided a courtesy car, and simply made me feel
welcome. Scott is a banjo player, and he invited me to their Tuesday
evening session at the String Bean in Galax! It was a real treat. I
stayed in a wonderful cabin along the New River Trail and had a great
rest. Next time through, I am sure that I will not hesitate to stop,
simply say "hi!" and to enjoy their Virginia hospitality. It provided a
real and special treat.
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