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|Air Space Confusion in the Pacific Northwest||back to
CHANGES CONCERN PILOTS
Just about everyone involved in
aviation in the adjoining cities of Portland, Ore., and Vancouver,
Wash., is urging the FAA to put the brakes on a surprise airspace change
that would give aircraft using Portland International priority over
those using Vancouver's Pearson Field. They're also wondering about the
uncharacteristic speed with which the FAA is bringing in the changes.
Local officials found out about the change last Thursday and it takes
effect Oct. 1. "This is a sudden rules change," Vancouver's
Communications Manager Barbara Ayers told the Columbian. "It's going to have significant
impacts on our community, and we're concerned about it."
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PASSENGER SURVIVE OPEN OCEAN DITCHING
The pilot of a Beech
Baron that successfully ditched in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday is
praising the response of rescue personnel after he and his passenger
spent more than three hours in the open ocean 28 miles south of the tip
of Louisiana. Theodore Wright said if the crews hadn't persevered until
just before dark to spot him and his passenger Raymond Fosdick bobbing
in their life jackets they might have faced a different outcome. "I said
we have about 25 more minutes of daylight. If they find us in 20
minutes, we're going home tonight. If not, we're staying the night our
here," Wright told reporters in Houston. More...
REQUIRES 787 INSPECTIONS BEFORE FURTHER FLIGHT
The FAA has
issued an Airworthiness Directive, effective immediately, seeking to
prevent failure of a critical component found on GE GEnx-series engines
after one failed on a B787 Dreamliner during ground testing. The failure
was contained and the engine threw debris out of its tailpipe. The
source of the failure was determined to be the engine's fan mid shaft,
which fractured. Less than one month later, in August, an ultrasonic
inspection found the same part in another 787's engine exhibited
cracking. The FAA has determined that cracks are likely to exist or
develop in fan mid shaft within other engines of the same design. The
new AD, published Friday, supersedes an earlier Service Bulletin (SB)
and requires inspection before further flight, but does not resolve the
problem. Further action is expected. More...
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The University of
North Dakota's (UND) Aerospace Sciences department Thursday showed off
"sense and avoid" software fitted to a piloted NASA Cirrus SR-22 as it
flew courses that conflicted with a stock Cessna 172. The effort is a
collaboration that involves UND, NASA and MITRE Corp. In the test, the
Cirrus served as the surrogate unmanned aerial system (UAS) flown with a
safety pilot but directed automatically by ADS-B data and MITRE's
algorithms. The test showed that the specially equipped SR-22 could
detect the potential conflict posed by the converging 172, and
maneuvered the Cirrus away. That has been repeated, but researchers say
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AIRCRAFT TO FLY, SOON
The Bugatti 100P was a purpose-built
aircraft designed to set world speed records, but in more than 70 years
since its conception it has never flown -- now, a project based in
Tulsa, Okla., aims to change that this year. Enthusiast Scotty Wilson is
the self-described "guy at the pointy end of the Bugatti 100P project,"
and he spoke with AVweb Thursday. Wilson has invested his time,
money, sweat, and nearly all other available resources into creating a
faithful reproduction of the aircraft. And he's found help along the
way. The result is a now nearly complete aircraft that Wilson says is
"externally, dimensionally, and aerodynamically accurate to within a few
millimeters" of the original. The airframe is complete, engine
installation is coming soon, and first flight, Wilson hopes, will come
by year-end. Then the aircraft will set out on tour ... but maybe not in
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IMPOSTER NABBED IN ITALY
An unidentified man who apparently
bluffed his way into the jump seat of at least one airline flight was
arrested in Turin, Italy, Saturday wearing a pilot's uniform and
carrying fake ID. The man, a 32-year-old Italian, is alleged to have
concocted an elaborate alter ego as Andrea Sirlo, a Lufthansa captain,
that got him a ride as "third pilot" on a flight from Munich to Turin on
Oct. 23, 2011. It's not clear if he has any flying credentials or
whether he has helped out on any other flights. Lufthansa isn't
commenting and the Italian police are looking into it. He was arrested
in the check-in area of the Turin Airport after some cyber sleuthing by
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CLUB ANNOUNCES ELITE GROUP
The IMC Club International has
announced creation of a "Special Membership Group" as an instrument
pilot safety initiative targeting "elite" pilots "dedicated to the
consistent and constant improvement of their instrument flying skill."
The new group will operate within the IMC Club as the "Inner Marker
Circle." Current, proficient IFR pilots are invited to join provided
they meet "the more demanding standards of the IMC Club." IMC Club
intends to form the group from a collection of pilots dedicated to
continuous improvement in the arena of instrument flying skills. IMC
Club International president Radek Wyrzykowski says he hopes the group
will become an "aviation safety cult." Membership will also come with
the potential for some financial reward. More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
Letter of the Week: Secret
I've always heard the aviation industry isn't welcoming
to newcomers. Let me tell you a story, and see if you
Recently, I walked into the local flight school. I had
briefly instructed there a few years and changes of ownership ago. No
one knew me.
I waited patiently for the three employees to finish
their conversation. No one greeted me. Finally, I asked if they gave
introductory rides. I also asked if there were any restrictions, because
I thought having an ATP might be disqualifying. I was told there were no
restrictions, and no questions were asked.
I booked a flight for
the next day, because no one seemed interested in going then.
arrived on time and was told: "The instructor isn't here
After 45 minutes, I gave up and walked out.
wonder why student starts are slow.
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SUPER LEGEND FLIGHT TRIAL
gained success with its popular Legend Cub, and now it's followed up
with a new Lycoming-powered version of the airplane. If you like the
Super Cub, you'll like the Super Legend, too, because its performance is
quite similar. AVweb ventured to Legend's Sulphur Spring, Texas,
homebase to fly the airplane, and here's a video report on the flight.
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OF THE WEEK: BERG AIR (S33, MADRAS, OREGON)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Berg Air at
Madras Municipal Airport (S33) in Madras, Oregon.
reader Charlotte Echelberger explains how Berg has taken care of
her traveling party on different occasions this year:
As part of the Oregon Air Tour, in May we
stopped in. It felt like they could not do enough for us! Tracy even
took time to go through the newspaper to find us a coupon for a free
root beer float, and Rob helped us hand-tow our 182 to the gas pump so
we didn't have to start the engine. We returned to Madras in August for
the Air Show of the Cascades and camped at the FBO. Excellent
facilities! (Even though I lost the pool game.) They even have a little
yellow rubber duck in the shower. With all the comotion and large crowds
[from the air show], Rob and Tracy were calm, cool, and wonderful. Can't
say enough about them.
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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...
Back in the 1970s, while flying an MU-2 into El
Paso, Texas, I heard the following exchange between approach and an
airline crew after repeated attempts to get the crew to reduce
"Flight 123, I must have you at
120 knots right now."
Captain of Flight 123:
you have any idea of the stalling speed of this
"No sir, but I bet if you ask your
co-pilot he can tell you."
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