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CELEBRATES ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW FLEET SALES
Vero Beach factory headquarters Saturday, Piper celebrated its 75th
anniversary as an airplane company, hosting many of the very same
vintage aircraft that Piper built to establish its legacy. More than 200
people attended the event and were given factory tours, presentations of
the company's history and a look at some of Piper's latest products,
including the popular M-class aircraft that have proven popular as
luxury travelers and business aircraft. During the event, Piper CEO
Simon Caldecott announced that Florida Institute of Technology, a
long-time Piper customer, will soon take delivery on eight Archer TX
training aircraft, with options for additional Archers and Seminole
training aircraft. More...
PIPER'S 75TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
November 10, Piper Aircraft celebrated its 75th anniversary as an
aircraft company. AVweb was there and got a look at some terrific
vintage aircraft as well as Piper's latest line of M-class airplanes.
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CRJ CRASH VIDEO HITS WEB
Video has emerged of
the July 17 event that resulted in a CRJ200 taxiing at high speed into a
terminal building at St. George Municipal Airport, Utah, and severing
most of its wing, before its pilot stepped back into the empty cabin and
shot himself. The aircraft was operated by former SkyWest pilot Brian
Hedglin, who had been placed on leave by after the carrier learned he
was being investigated by police in the killing of his former
girlfriend. The video includes footage from various surveillance cameras
and shows the aircraft backing away from its gate under thrust reverse,
charging past and impacting the terminal building, and then bucking
wildly as it impacts obstacles in a nearby parking lot. Fourteen cars
were damaged during the event. Hedglin had previously been arrested on
charges related to his former girlfriend and was out on a $10,000
bond. AVweb's prior coverage is here.
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IMPLICATED IN FATAL CRASH
The NTSB says (PDF) it's likely a five-year-old girl's restlessness
started the chain of events that led to the crash of a helicopter that
killed her and four others on Valentine's Day in 2010. Although there is
no direct evidence to support the hypothesis, the board says simulator
scenarios and a biomechanical study point to the girl, who was sitting
on her father's lap in the left pilot seat of the Eurocopter EC135,
inadvertently stepping on the collective control and pushing it suddenly
to its bottom stop. Then, the board postulates, either the pilot in
command in the right seat or the left-seat passenger (and aircraft
owner) yanked up on the collective and back on the cyclic. The violent
control movements then caused the main rotor to hit the tail boom,
causing the aircraft to go out of control about 2,000 feet above the
Arizona desert near Cave Creek. The board cited the pilot's failure to
enforce "proper cockpit discipline" as a contributing factor in the
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SERVICE BULLETIN ISSUED
essna has issued a Mandatory Service
Bulletin (PDF) to beef up the wing structure of the first 228
Skycatchers delivered. The MSB, issued in early September, requires the
addition of a rib and other reinforcement at the wing attach points. The
MSB was issued after Cessna found cracks in the attach point of its
cyclic test aircraft. "This modification improves the durability of the
wing strut attachment structure," the bulletin says. More...
ENGINEERS WARN OF SAFETY LAPSES
engineers meeting at an annual congress held by Aircraft Engineers
International (AEI) this year at Malta were told "a staggering amount of
evidence" shows safety lapses by airlines and regulators. The group says
an ICAO safety audit results show carriers' average rate of compliance
with safety regulations is "around 60 percent." At the same time,
according to AEI, safety regulator positions are manned at 24 percent of
their target levels. The group says regulators and carriers are pushing
for further deregulation, self-regulation and more reliance on
"transparent safety reporting" systems. But statistics suggest "the
aviation industry is not yet ready" for that responsibility. AEI is not
an unbiased observer. More...
GETS ACCESS TO SAFETY DATA
The NTSB now has access to safety
data gathered by the FAA, airlines and pilots thanks to an agreement
signed last week. The deal will allow the NTSB to ask for information
gleaned from anonymous reports gathered by the Aviation Safety
Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program. "I am grateful to the
FAA, industry and labor for their leadership," said NTSB Chairman
Deborah Hersman. "Better information leads to better investigations."
The NTSB will use the data to determine if an accident is an isolated
event or part of a systemic problem. More...
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FLYQ APP GOES LIVE
AOPA's FlyQ Electronic Flight Bag app for
iPad launches today, according to AOPA, putting flight planning tools
into the hands of pilots and, according to some industry players,
turning the organization from "pilot advocacy group" to "competitor."
The debut of the subscription-based app packages airport directory
information, weather, moving maps, approach plates, synthetic vision,
smart "auto-routing" based on predicted winds aloft, and a host of other
tools for pilots. The app last month prompted a letter that Sporty's and
two other aviation companies sent to AOPA. In the letter, the companies
warned that the app was placing AOPA in competition with its own
advertisers, who offer similar products and, along with AOPA members,
sponsor AOPA's existence. AOPA has a different take on things.
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AN 'ULTIMATE WONDER' IN NIGERIA
A Nigerian telecom company
has caught the attention of the country with a promotion that has a
general aviation theme. MTN will announce the winner of a new Cessna
182T on Tuesday in its Ultimate Wonder contest for customers who sign
contracts with the cellphone carrier. However, it's not likely the prize
will ever land on Nigerian soil, according to commentators. Although it
has at least a couple of flight schools, recreational aviation is all
but unheard of in Nigeria and so is avgas. Cessna announced in July that
the turbo version of the Skylane will be replaced with the
diesel-powered JT-A, but it won't be available until next year. The
company says the winner can take $400,000 in cash instead of the plane.
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INSIDER BLOG: ELECTION -- READY, SET ... WHAT?
last week's election may represent some interesting possibilities.
Unfortunately, most of them involve budget cuts and possibly the delay
or elimination of programs most of us consider important. On the
AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli observes that, to a degree
most of us have never seen, aviation's outlook is tied to larger
taxation and policy considerations. Welcome to the world of the
challenged special interest group. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
The Biggest Aviation
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OF THE WEEK: MAVERICK AIR CENTER (KFSD, SIOUX FALLS,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Maverick Air
AVweb reader Clay Anderson works
alongside Maverick at Joe Foss Field Airport (KFSD) in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota - and has plenty of good things to say about
I started a flight
school with one aircraft at my home airport less than a year ago. I've
gotten to know [the people at Maverick Air] over the last several years
as they were trying to get onto the long-time monopolized field. When I
opened up [my business], they immediately offered me a discount on gas.
Last week, they towed my flat-tired Cessna Skyhawk safely to my hangar
for a new tube and tire. They jumped at the chance to let me have a
nice, smoke-free ground school in their new board room. I just can't say
enough about Maverick Air Center in Sioux Falls, SD. They are trying to
earn my business every day, not just on the days I need
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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Climbing out of Houston on a Sunday
"Citation 123, please
see if you can contact Challenger ABCD on 128.17 and have them contact
[A few minutes pass.]
"Houston Center, this is Challenger ABCD checking in at
flight level 360."
ABCD. Descend to FL 240. What was the last frequency you were
"It was New York Center 132.05.
They never handed us off."
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