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VIDEO A FAKE: FAA
It's not often a
viral video is debunked by federal investigators but the FAA has
determined that Victor Cruz's admittedly significant skills were
exaggerated in a YouTube video. The video depicted Cruz, the star
receiver for the New York Giants, catching a football that appeared to
have been thrown from an airplane. As we
reported in November, the video showed him easily catching a ball as
a Cessna flies overhead at what looks to be the required 1,000 feet.
Cruz makes the catch in the parking lot of what looks like a football
stadium in a built-up area and that's what caught the attention of the
FAA. As many AVweb readers had also determined (through
mathematical, anecdotal and plain common sense deduction) the agency
quickly found out the pilot of the Cessna did not allow an object to be
dropped from the plane against federal regulations. They took a more
direct route to that conclusion. More...
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FAA COOPERATE ON FUEL RESEARCH
A couple of months after
making the first-ever flight of a jet aircraft on 100-percent biofuel,
Canada's National Research Council is applying the knowledge it gained
in that effort to help the FAA find a drop-in replacement for 100LL. The
NRC will conduct a comprehensive series of experiments and evaluations
of five potential avgas substitutes at the government-run facilities in
Ottawa. NRC director of flight operations Tim Leslie said in a
podcast interview that NRC had planned to do the research
independently but it has now agreed to cooperate with the FAA's effort
in a fundamental way. More...
CANADA JOINS AVIATION FUEL RESEARCH
Research Council recently flew the first flight using 100 percent
biofuel in a Falcon business jet, and the NRC is now applying that
research in a study that will parallel the FAA's work to find a suitable
unleaded replacement for 100LL. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with the
NRC's Tim Leslie.
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RESOLVES ACCIDENT WEB PAGE ERROR
A banner posted on the FAA's
popular preliminary accident and incident notices page as late as
Thursday afternoon told visitors the service will be discontinued at the
end of the year, but actual human beings at the FAA have told
AVweb otherwise. The site provides preliminary information,
updated daily, regarding the most recent aircraft accidents. It
maintains the information in a rolling database covering the preceding
10 days. The banner sparked a few emails to AVweb, which prompted
our emails to the FAA. Responses from contacts there unequivocally
stated that the banner message was posted in error. More...
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SHERIFF TAKES FIRE OVER AIRCRAFT USE
A county audit has found
that managers at the Los Angeles county Sheriff's Department dispatched
aircraft for personal reasons, costing the county tens of thousands of
dollars, the L.A. Times reported Thursday. The county audit was prompted
in part by allegations that misuse of county aircraft was impacting
response to emergency calls. The audit found no support for that claim,
but did find improper use that included a trip to Connecticut in a
county aircraft that cost the county $35,000. According to the audit, a
commercial flight could have performed the same task faster and for
significantly less money. Another flight involved carrying the daughter
of a commander to his retirement party. Still, a department spokesperson
called the audit an "exoneration." More...
FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR GUILTY OF AIRBORNE ASSAULT
director of a flight school in New Zealand, Ravindra Pal Singh, 65, has
been found guilty by a local District Court judge of separately
assaulting two student pilots while providing instruction to them in the
air. One student testified that Singh had slapped him in the face and
pushed his head into the side of the cockpit. Another student said Singh
elbowed her on several flights and raised his hand above her head in a
manner that was threatening. Singh argued that the accusations were
levied by poorly performing students who were in the county on visas
that he was not inclined help extend. The judge disagreed with Singh's
account in spite of the fact that an arrest warrant has been issued for
a third accuser. More...
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DECEMBER 24, 2012
Letter of the Week: Not for
In regards to your drop zone pilot's nail-biting
video, I think this pilot's operations are completely unwarranted,
unnecessary, and unsafe. You've heard the one about old, bold pilots and
really, to save a few minutes? Having said that, it is a cool
video, and I admire his skill.
When I was in flight training at a
university, my instructors seemed to think I was overly cautious, with
one even calling me a pantywaist when I turned back from a cross-country
with a huge storm approaching.
Really? I'm flying one of your
brand-new $130,000 aircraft, and I'm being overly cautious? Anyway, I
enjoyed the video, and I always enjoy your newsletters. Keep up the good
here to read the rest of this week's letters. More...
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L-3'S TRILOGY BACKUP GYRO
Glass panels have
become standard in new aircraft, and now that more legacy airplanes are
retrofitted with these systems, there's a growing market for backup
gyros. That market has clearly stated a preference: Backup glass units
are making inroads. In this AVweb video, Larry Anglisano of
Aviation Consumer and Kirk Fryar of Sarasota Avionics give us a
tour of the L-3 Trilogy. More...
FK'S COMET BIPLANE
FK Lightplanes has
significant presence in Europe but almost none in the U.S. They'd like
to change that with a sporty little aerobatic biplane called the FK-12
Comet. Right now, it's got a Rotax 912, but it will soon have a fully
aerobatic Lycoming AEIO-233, making it one of only a couple of light
sports approved for aerobatics and the only biplane. AVweb
recently took a spin in the Comet with Hansen Air Group's Mitch Hansen.
Here's a video report. More...
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A double-dose of holiday merriment to celebrate
As a retired NWA/Rep/NCA pilot, I spent a
lot of time in and out of ORD. One time, leaving the gate for departure,
we heard ground control say to us:
"Via the outer and over the
bridge, to 32 rt you go."
Very melodic for the
In the early 1970s, just
Landing at Burbank, California, the ATIS
departed a short time later, it was:
On Christmas Day a few days later, Van Nuys
"Advise Van Nuys Ground or Tower on initial contact
that you are having a merry Christmas."
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