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SAFETY RECORD QUESTIONED
A Washington Post report says that just as the FAA is
under pressure to integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace
System, the Air Force's drone safety record has taken a tumble. The Post
says there have been at least seven Reaper and Predator crashes at or
near civilian airports overseas in the last two years and while they're
haven't been any casualties there have been some close calls. For
instance a Predator drone carrying a Hellfire missile missed the airport
in Djibouti City in eastern Africa by almost three miles in May of 2011
and crashed in a residential area. The weapon did not detonate and there
were no injuries. More...
FLY BY WIRE PROGRESS
In Austria, a Diamond Aircraft DA42 twin
has been flown with digital fly-by-wire systems to demonstrate active
electronic control that the company hopes will one day be widely applied
in light aircraft, changing how people fly. In the test aircraft, most
functions are manipulated by the digital system, including both the
flight and engine controls. The system can control basic flight safety
by limiting flight parameters like pitch, bank and airspeed, but can
also react to environmental disturbances like turbulence. Researchers
and Diamond hope it will evolve to eventually provide automated takeoff
and landing, and Diamond imagines similar systems could ultimately
reduce the skill level required by the pilot, making flying more
accessible to more people. More...
The Best We've Ever Made
Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to
aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation
. The headset provides acclaimed noise reduction, with a
comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also
connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching.
MANSLAUGHTER RULINGS OVERTURNED
A French appellate court has
overturned involuntary manslaughter convictions issued in 2010 by a
French trial court against Continental and one of its mechanics for
their role in the July 2000 crash of Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde,
that killed 113 people. The trial court had found that a metal strip,
which had fallen off of a Continental DC-10 prior to the Concorde's
takeoff run, was later struck by one of the Concorde's tires. The tire
burst and threw fragments into a wing tank, causing a fuel leak and fire
that brought the airplane down. The appellate court ruled that mistakes
made by Continental or its employees did not make them guilty of
criminal wrongdoing. More...
ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED AIRCRAFT SALE TO IRAN
A U.S. airframe
and powerplant mechanic has been accused of trying to broker a deal that
would deliver seven jetliners out of China to Iran. Federal court papers
state that 52-year-old mechanic Diocenyr Ribamar Barbosa-Santos planned
to secure aircraft at $19.5 million each from a Chinese source, with
intent to sell them to Iran Air for a profit. The Iranian airline has
suffered due to sanctions by the United States that some say challenge
the carrier's safe operation. The U.S. has offered to help the airline
complete repairs outside of Iran, an offer Iran has so far declined.
Barbosa-Santos allegedly met with an undercover federal agent in
February after government officials received a tip that he was working
on a deal with China and Iran, but so far the rest of the details are
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LAUNCHES AIRBUS IPAD EFB
In July, Airbus announced it was the
first manufacturer to provide its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)
performance-calculating applications for pilots on iPad and Qantas has
now become the launch customer. iPad FlySmart with Airbus EFB allows
Airbus pilots to access Airbus operational manuals and compute aircraft
performance via iPad. Rollout with Qantas pilots will follow over the
next few months as the airline adopts the computer tablet to reduce
in-cockpit paperwork and facilitate access to information. Soon after,
Airbus expects more pilots worldwide to begin using the app.
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DAY AT LINDBERGH FIELD COMPRESSED
Digital photo and
video tinkerers continue to find new ways to create art with pixels and
a San Diego film and photography professor challenged himself with a
unique representation of short final at San Diego's Lindbergh Field. Cy Kuckenbaker compressed
five hours of arrivals at the airport on Black Friday into a 26-second
clip that turns the routine traffic into waves of aircraft visually
stacked on each other. Watch it all the way to the end for a nice touch.
FLIES ON 100TH BIRTHDAY
For most of us, simply waking up on
our 100th birthday might be enough for the day but Thomas Guy Reynolds,
of Martinsburg, W. Va., had a tradition to uphold when he hit the
centennial mark on Friday. He's taken his Evektor SportStar for a few
loops around the patch on his birthday for the past few years and he
hopes this flight wasn't his last. "I hope to fly on my 101st birthday,"
Reynolds told the Martinsburg Journal. More...
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GIFT WITH WINGS
What compelled 45 women from Anchorage to Chesterfield,
N.H., to trek to Vernon, Texas, a tiny north-Texas town where there are
more trucks than cars? All had heard about a unique program called Girls
in Flight Training (GIFT) Academy that provides free ground and flight
instruction for women in all stages of flight training. The second
annual event was held Nov. 3-10 at the Wilbarger County
According to Patti Shannon, the promise of free flight
training was certainly a big draw, but she and many others were in
pursuit of something that can't be logged.
"I needed a serious
boost of confidence," said Shannon, who soloed at GIFT and plans to
finish her Private Pilot's Certificate by yearend. "Flying is something
I've always dreamed of doing. I just needed an environment where
everything seemed possible. Being among such a supportive, encouraging
group of women was truly priceless."
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FLYING THE B-17 FLYING FORTRESS
Foundation's Derek "Otter" Ward sometimes serves as co-pilot aboard the
organization's WWII B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress bomber
Nine-O-Nine. He describes some of the aircraft's ground and
flight characteristics. More...
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Several years ago, while passing through Caracas
air space, I heard this on the radio:
"Caracas Control, Piper 1234 inbound for full
"Piper 1234, turn right five degrees to
intercept the ILS."
"Caracas, five degrees
is too little a turn for me."
"Piper 1234, can
you make a 90-degree turn?"
can do 90 degrees."
"Roger. Piper 1234, make a
95-degree turn to the right, then make a 90-degree turn to the left to
intercept the ILS."
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