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restoration project culminated with the first flights of what is now the
world's only flyable de Havilland Mosquito fighter bomber in New
Zealand. Mosquito KA114 flew from Ardmore Airport to Mangere on
Thursday. It was the first time a Mosquito had flown since 1996 when the
last surviving example crashed at the Barton Air Show in England. The
aircraft is owned by Jerry Yagen, owner of Fighter Factory in Virginia
Beach, Va., and after being displayed at Ardmore over the weekend is
expected to be crated and shipped to Virginia. The restoration, which
was practically a ground-up reconstruction, was done by Glyn Powell and
Mike Tunnicliffe. More...
Details of a deal announced earlier this month
show that a Chinese city may be single-handedly resuscitating Liberty
Aerospace with a $28 million deal that includes the purchase of 50 Liberty
XL2s. To put that into perspective, GAMA's 2011 Year-End shipment
report lists a total of three XL2 two-seat, side-by-side low-wing
trainer deliveries for 2011 -- all of which took place in the first
quarter. Through the first two quarters of 2012, Liberty shipped no
XL2s, according to GAMA. Now, Wuhan, China, has agreed to purchase 50
XL2s plus 50 four-seat helicopters from other manufacturers. The deal
was announced by officials from Wuhan and Federal Aerospace Holdings
Group with a promise of "bringing jobs back to America."
Three Things You Should
Never Say to ATC
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PILOT LOSES CRASH SUIT
The pilot of a hot air balloon that
caught fire, resulting in the death of two of his 12 passengers in
British Columbia in 2007, has lost his lawsuit against the balloon's
manufacturer, Aerostar International. Stephen Pennock claimed the fuel
lines on the balloon were improperly assembled and designed, resulting
in the horrific accident in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver, in August of
2007. The Vancouver Province reported B.C. Supreme Court Gregory Bowden said he
was unable to determine from the evidence whether strain on the fuel
line or improper assembly caused it to break and in any case he said it
wasn't established that the addition of any further safety devices would
have prevented the disaster. He dismissed Pennock's suit. It was the
last litigation involving the accident. Aerostar had settled out of
court with others involved and would not discuss details of the
AIRLINE DISAGREE ON CRASH CAUSE
Nepalese aviation officials
and executives of Sita Air are at odds over what brought down a Sita
Dornier 228 Friday in Katmandu, killing all 16 passengers and three
crew. It may be up to British investigators to sort out just what
happened. The twin had just taken off from Katmandu's airport headed for
Lukla, the first stop for many Mt. Everest trekkers, when the pilot
reported a bird strike. Witnesses on the ground reported seeing the
aircraft on fire before it crashed on an open patch of ground in the
middle of the city. The aircraft burned after impact and the only
recognizable part left was the tail. There seems to be agreement that
the aircraft hit a bird, possibly a vulture, but that's where the
airline and the government diverge. More...
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SUICIDAL FLORIDA PILOT MISSING
About one week after a
reportedly suicidal pilot and his plane disappeared from central
Florida, a piece of wing has been found floating off Florida's northeast
coast that may be associated with a different reportedly suicidal pilot.
Investigators are seeking to determine if the four-foot wing section
belongs to a Cessna 172 piloted by Gene Milowicki, a retired Navy
commander with 24 years service. Milowicki resigned on Sept. 14 from his
subsequent position as director of aviation programs at Florida State
College, Jacksonville. Police found a suicide note in Milowicki's car,
which was parked in his hangar at Herlong airport. The report comes
roughly one week after Michael Sills and his Piper Archer disappeared
under similar circumstances from Orlando-Apopka Airport.
X-37B LAUNCH EXPECTED, FEW DETAILS
The Air Force has
announced that one of its 29-foot-long X-37B unmanned space planes will
launch on another classified mission in October and this time has left
some faint hints of what the aircraft's activities might involve.
Previous missions of X-37B space planes ended in December 2010, after
255 days, and in June 2012, after 469 days. Both of those flights landed
at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and little is known about what
the aircraft did while in orbit. Air Force spokesperson Maj. Tracy Bunko
has indicated the X-37B helps the Air Force test how new payload systems
and technologies perform in space. It also brings those payloads back
for detailed inspection, providing "significantly better learning than
can be achieved by remote telemetry alone." The next trip may not return
to Vandenberg. More...
The Biggest Aviation
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The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators
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an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to
LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying
with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman
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TURNS FAKE EMERGENCY INTO MARRIAGE PROPOSAL (VIDEO)
Back in February,
Pilot Ryan Thompson decided to propose to his girlfriend in the air,
while flying a Diamond DA40 (or similar) near Chicago, but the proposal
wasn't the only drama Thompson had planned and all of it was caught on
video. While the actual flight took place months ago, the edited video
only appeared on the internet this month and it is making headlines,
including Good Morning America. Thompson's preflight planning for the
flight included mounting a GoPro to the glareshield and printing a
special checklist. Once airborne with then-girlfriend Carlie, the two
enjoyed some sightseeing before Thompson unleashed his plan. Video after
the jump. More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
OCTOBER 1, 2012
Letter of the Week: Boxed in at the
Regarding the Pearson
Box: The air field I used to fly from, White Waltham in England, is
close to London Heathrow and when the wind is from the east, is often
overflown by airliners turning on to final at 2,500 feet. Our circuit
height is 800 feet, with an overhead join at 1,300.
We knew that
our activities would trigger TACS alerts, especially when a Pitts or
Sukhoi was practicing aerobatics, yet this wasn't and isn't seen as an
Perhaps the FAA should contact U.K. NATS (National Air
Traffic Services) and find out how we safely manage this in the
here to read the rest of this week's letters. More...
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OF THE WEEK: TRADITION AVIATION (KTRM, PALM SPRINGS,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Aviation at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM) in Palm
AVweb reader Ted Seastrom
recommended the FBO:
months, KTRM was my home airport. This recommendation is based not on
just one experience but the consistency of dozens of experiences under
all conditions. Tradition Aviation, run by Penny Nelson and Ann Goodwyn,
is simply a jewel everything an FBO can and should be. Every
person there is competent, friendly, and professional. It's obvious they
love aviation and support pilots, passengers, and crew with energy and
enthusiasm. Planes are met, escorted, and attended to with efficiency.
The building itself has a rustic feel to it while offering the most
up-to-date amenities. Everyone is made to feel welcome from
corporate moguls and their jets to new private pilots. Tradition is a
case study in FBO excellence.
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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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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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This happened just three days ago, during
instrument training, while copying and reading back a clearance for only
the second time ever.
Clearance Delivery (after I'd
read back my clearance correctly) :
What runway, and how long?"
"Runway 03, and it's
4,200 feet long."
I can only imagine what the controller said
at that time. My instructor keyed in immediately to clear things
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