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In a cost-cutting move, the FAA
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several years of intense activity to provide procedures to airports that
had been inaccessible in instrument weather. Sources told AVweb
last week that a formal announcement of the program will come from the
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OFFICERS KILLED IN ATLANTA POLICE HELICOPTER CRASH
is sending investigators to Atlanta to probe the cause of the Saturday
crash of a police helicopter that killed two officers. Pilot Richard J.
Halford, 48, and tactical officer Shawn A. Smiley, 40, were taking part
in the search for a missing nine-year-old boy when, according to witness
reports, the helicopter descended onto power lines and crashed on a
normally busy street that was free of cars at the time. The boy was
found a short time later and the crash knocked out power in the
immediate area. More...
ON WRIGHT B FLYER CRASH
A replica Wright B Flyer built in
Dayton, Ohio, crashed for unknown reasons on July 30, 2011, killing both
volunteer pilots, and the NTSB's October 30 Factual Report doesn't
determine a cause but does note deficiencies with a weld. According to
the NTSB, the aircraft's left propeller shaft tube exhibited a
separation at its aft weld. Contact points in that area exhibited
evidence of rotational rubbing. The aircraft was equipped with a modern
engine and avionics, and video recovered from onboard recorders showed
circumstantial evidence that could lead some to an early conclusion not
yet officially supported by the NTSB. More...
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'GAME CHANGING' INERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM
coalition organized by NASA and including Army and academic researchers
is embarking on a three-year project that aims to make inertial
navigation systems "at least 1,000 times more sensitive than current
gyroscopes." The work will focus on new optical gyroscope technology,
investigating how the use of optical dispersion (how different
wavelengths travel through materials at different speeds) can be used to
increase sensitivity and more precisely measure movement. The research
is expected to lead to more precise navigation capabilities even when no
landmarks or GPS signals are available. More...
RESEARCHERS FLY ON PURE BIOFUEL
Calling it a "historic
milestone for the aviation and sustainable energy industries," Canada's
National Research Council has conducted what it says is the world's
first civilian flight using 100 percent biofuel. Perhaps as a measure of
confidence in the fuel, made from oilseeds grown in Saskatchewan, NRC
Chief Pilot Tim Leslie conducted the Oct. 29 flight in NRC's Falcon 20
over the nation's capital of Ottawa, Ontario. "We have been working hard
with our partners for many months, and it is most rewarding to see it
all come together," Leslie said. "It is truly inspiring to take this
step towards an eco-friendly future!" NRC is a government agency and it
worked with private enterprises, including Agrisoma Bioscience Inc., which is now making
commercial quantities of biofuel based on the seed of the cold-, heat-
and drought-tolerant Carinata, or Ethiopian Mustard plant. The plant,
which is related to canola, thrives on marginal farmland not suited to
agricultural crops. More...
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U.S. DREAMLINER REVENUE FLIGHT ARRIVES EARLY
The first revenue flight for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched
down at O'Hare International Airport at 9:37 a.m. CST Sunday, about 10
minutes ahead of schedule but not a moment too soon for executives at
United Airlines. "We've been waiting a long time for this," said CEO
Jeff Smisek. He would have waited longer had United not bought out
Continental Airlines last year. The aircraft that flew Flight 1116 was
part of Continental's order and originated at its Houston hub, packed
mostly with journalists and VIPs. Continental and United each ordered 25
Dreamliners but Continental was first. Only some of the 219 passengers
were fare-paying customers and virtually all of them were "first flight"
enthusiasts who wanted to be aboard the historic flight.
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DOCUMENTARY, SPACE DIVE, AIRS
A documentary, Space Dive, will
air beginning this weekend (Nov. 4), detailing Felix Baumgartner's
journey to a successful world-record freefall jump with the corporate
support of Red Bull and the mentoring of previous record-holder Col. Joe
Kittinger. The one hour thirty minute program pulls highlights from
Baumgartner's years of training and includes previously unreleased
footage from cameras mounted on his suit as he passed the speed of
sound. It also details Baumgartner's claustrophobic reaction to his
pressure suit and complications that could have caused the team to
abort. Check BBC and National Geographic channels for local programming
times (announced times listed after the jump). More...
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NOVEMBER 5, 2012
Letter of the Week: Plenty of Advice For
Regarding your "Question
of the Week": I am a longtime, active EAA member, a technical
counselor, a flight advisor, and a member of Chapter 691 (The Green
Chile Chapter) here in New Mexico. I have flown my homebuilt to Oshkosh
I have been hearing a fair amount of negative
feedback from EAA members about EAA losing its way. I also sensed a mood
change this year at AirVenture that wasn't good. Many feel that EAA has
forgotten its roots.
I also sensed a mood at the show this year
that's hard to express, but it seemed as though folks who flew their own
homebuilt aircraft to the show were sort of taken for granted. There
seemed to be a reduced level of enthusiasm from homebuilders. Some got
the message that EAA did not really care about "little guys."
have to admit, though, that the mood in the ultralight area was much
more positive. I see that EAA recently took the step of reinvigorating
the Homebuilders Aircraft Council; maybe this is a step in the right
direction. The resigning of Hightower could also be a step in the right
direction if a suitable person replaces him. Moving Jeff Skiles to a VP
position seems positive to me. I also think the Hints for Homebuilders
is an excellent educational program.
I have a few
[Click through to read the read of Will Fox's
ideas for reinvigorating EAA.]
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INSIDER BLOG: DENZEL TAKES FLIGHT
If you were hoping
for an exciting aviation movie going into the holiday season, this ain't
it although it's got a riveting crash sequence the kids will
love. Otherwise, it's a dark character study into the downward spiral of
alcoholism and addiction. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul
Bertorelli reports that anyone who's had experience with addiction may
have trouble watching this film. If you go, don't forget the Prozac. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: NBAA -- PR FOLLIES
Paul Bertorelli chimes in
with two reflections on this year's NBAA Convention on the AVweb
Insider blog: At NBAA, Cessna showed off a new mockup of
something. But for the second time this year, they've shown something at
a show and declined to let news organizations photograph it. Does this
make any sense? We don't think so. Meanwhile, Hawker Beechcraft
announced that its new direction will emphasize turboprops and pistons,
but jets appear not to be on the agenda. Understandably, current HBC jet
owners are finding that not their liking. This is gonna be one giant
fence to mend. Read
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OF THE WEEK: CONNELL FLYING SERVICE (KDEH, DECORAH,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Connell Flying Service at Decorah Municipal
Airport (KDEH) in Decorah, Iowa.
AVweb reader John
Hanson discovered the FBO after an unscheduled
My wife and I had a
change of itinerary caused by the Hurricane Sandy weather system and
ended up in Decorah for the night. The FBO [owner], Mike Connell,
offered us a free tie-down and courtesy car for the night. After a
wonderful overnight at a great historic Decorah hotel, the Winnishiek,
we returned the next morning to depart. It had been cold overnight, and
mostly due to my poor starting technique, I ran the old battery down
trying to get the 182 started. Mike heard the problem and came out with
jumper cables without our even having to ask. He got us started and on
our way quickly. He had a smile on his face the whole time and wouldn't
take a penny for his efforts. Truly an FBO from the old school! Not only
will I recommend DEH to everyone I know; my wife and I will certainly
return for a weekender sometime!
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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...
In the late 1950s, our aero club was transitioning
from Tiger Moths without radio to "cabin class" with the addition of a
Tri-Pacer and a C-172A, where the flights were made without headsets
using the overhead speaker.
It came that an MK-5 Auster we had
been restoring was due for test flying, and our chief flying instructor
decided he must make the flight. The Auster duly taxied to the far edge
of our all-over field, where it sat for five minutes before returning to
the tarmac. The CFI climbed out and stated that he could hardly hear the
speaker, and please do not waste his time until it was
Nothing was really said; we just pointed to the earphones
hanging behind his head.
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