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SAYS IT SHOT DOWN DRONE
Israel says it shot down a drone
invading its airspace on Saturday and the big question still appears to
be to whom it might belong. The video
released by the Israeli government shows a missile blowing something
to pieces and a fighter jet turns sharply just shy of the debris cloud.
Media reports immediately implicated Iranian-backed Hezbollah for the
airspace incursion, which Israel said came from the Mediterranean and
ended in a puff of smoke over the southern desert. More...
STEPS TOWARD UAV TO UAV REFUELING
The Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency has announced that two modified Global Hawk
drones have demonstrated they can "safely and autonomously operate under
in-flight refueling conditions," but challenges remain. The tests
actually took place several months ago, and DARPA researchers have been
poring over data acquired during those tests to reach their conclusions.
Researchers expected low success rates over multiple attempts because
Global Hawks are designed for endurance, not refined control authority
in formation flight. But DARPA this week said data analysis shows that
close formation flights show that "60 percent of the attempts would
achieve contact." And that could eventually lead to changes the mission
profiles and capabilities of unmanned aerial systems. More...
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THOSE ALIENS OR JUST CANADIANS?
The Air Force recently
declassified documents that detail a plan to contract a Canadian company
to build a flying saucer capable of flying at Mach 4 and landing and
taking off vertically. According to CNET, Project 1794, as it was known, had a
development budget in 1956 of $3.168 million (about $27 million in 2012
dollars) and envisioned a strike aircraft that could still operate
without the runways that would presumably have been destroyed by nuclear
strikes from Russia. Avro Canada apparently came up with the idea. "It
is concluded that the stabilization and control of the aircraft in the
manner proposed -- the propulsive jets are used to control the aircraft
-- is feasible and the aircraft can be designed to have satisfactory
handling through the whole flight range from ground cushion takeoff to
supersonic flight at very high altitude," Avro said. Since the
declassified drawings look so much like the alien spacecraft that were
rampantly reported about the same time, it begs some questions that are
there for the answering by enterprising historians and/or conspiracy
The president of Jetlev Southwest, Dean
O'Malley, flew (tethered to a floating powerplant and not without stops)
over 26.2 miles of open ocean from Newport Beach California to Catalina
Saturday, Sept. 29, to promote the company's jetpack product. The
promotional stunt aimed to set a record for longest jetpack flight. Jetlev manufactures a
jetpack that uses water pressure for thrust. The water is pumped from a
floating power unit through a hose to two downward-facing nozzles
attached to a backpack worn by the pilot. The system handled the trip in
about four hours but its 200-hp four-stroke marine engine emptied the
craft's 22-gallon fuel tank twice along the way, with varied results.
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PIONEER WHITCOMB HONORED
The Whitcomb area
rule, the supercritical wing, and winglets changed supersonic flight,
modern jetliners and aircraft of all kinds, and are attributed to
Richard T. Whitcomb, who will be posthumously inducted into the National
Aviation Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 6. Whitcomb died in 2009 at the age
of 88 after a 37-year career at NASA's Langley Research Center. Lesa
Roe, director of the center, said of Whitcomb, "His practical solutions
led to three of the most significant and practical contributions to
aeronautics in the 20th century." Whitcomb's application of the area
rule earned him the Collier Trophy in 1954 and has been applied to
nearly every U.S. supersonic aircraft ever designed, according to NASA.
The latest honor adds to a long list bestowed on Whitcomb while he was
still alive. More...
GOES TO MUSEUM
A piece of aerial firefighting history has
flown its last mission and will become the newest display at the
Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, British Columbia, about 30 miles
east of Vancouver. Conair Group Inc., which pioneered the conversion of
military surplus aircraft into air tankers, is phasing out its fleet of
Firecats, modified Grumman CS2F Tracker submarine hunters. It donated
the airworthy aircraft to the museum. The twin-radial-engine aircraft
were carrier-based patrol aircraft used by the Canadian and U.S. Navies
in the 1960s. Conair converted more than 35 for use as firefighting
The Southwest's Premier
Aviation Event, the Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo
will take place October 25-27
Grande, Arizona at the Municipal Airport. This, the 40th annual event,
will include over 500 aircraft of all kinds, airplane rides, aviation
exhibitors, fly-bys, vendors, a food court, and the Ford "Go Further"
Tour. Adult admission: $15. Children 12 & under: no charge. No-cost
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Come and enjoy an aviation experience at its best!
INSIDER BLOG: DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S PLANE CRASH
Discovery Channel aired its much-hyped Plane Crash program on an
ambitious project to crash an old 727 into the Mexican desert. It was
billed as a research project and might very well have been, but it also
made for some interesting television. If you saw it or even if
you didn't it check out Paul Bertorelli's review on the AVweb
Insider blog and let us know what you think. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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OCTOBER 8, 2012
Letter of the Week: Going
Regarding the "Question
of the Week": I am a firm believer in flying clubs. I started flying
in the early '70s [and] belonged to an active flying club in South
Africa, and it was a marvelous and supportive experience aviation
related. I emigrated. The club scene there continues to flourish, but
here in the States there is little if any such involvement, and I think
it is a great pity. Flying overseas is far more expensive than in
U.S.A., but there is more enthusiasm and activity [abroad], and that
proves the point.
Dr. Peter Foox
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OF THE WEEK: GULF AIR CENTER (KJKA, GULF SHORES,
Once again, we've had a bumper crop of nominations to
our weekly FBO contest and this time, many of them came from
members of the Beech Aero Club, which apparently had a terrific annual
get-together at Jack Edwards Airport (KJKA) in Gulf Shores, Alabama,
Air Center served as their host FBO. Among those who nominated
Gulf Air is the club's founder Cloyd Van Hook, who
I am the founder of
the Beech Aero Club, the type club for the Beech Musketeer farmily of
aircraft. We recently had our annual national fly-in at JKA in Gulf
Shores. Gulf Air Center served as our host FBO. They provided us with
hangar space and equipment for our maintenance clinic and provided
excellent service to our members. I look forward to visiting KJKA and
Gulf Air Center again soon.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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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We had lost our autopilot and advised the local
ATC controller in the Kyrgyz Republic that we were not RVSM-compliant.
This prompted the following exchange:
"Aircraft 1234, Osh control. State nature of the
"Osh Control, Aircraft 1234. We
have lost our autopilot."
"Aircraft 1234, which pilot doesn't work?"
Karl Vogelheim More...
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