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DATABASE: STUDENT PILOT CRASHED KING AIR
A twin turboprop
Beechcraft King Air 100 that crashed at night during a snowstorm on Dec.
19 near Libby, Mont., killing both aboard, was piloted by 54-year-old
Carl Douglas who, FAA records show as of Friday, held only a student
pilot certificate. Douglas was CEO of Stinger Welding and was flying
with passenger John Smith, 43. Both men died shortly after midnight when
the aircraft hit Swede Mountain three miles northeast of Libby Airport.
While the FAA's online database, does not list mmore advanced
credentials for Douglas, the event is still under investigation by the
NTSB and new facts may emerge. At least one airport official familiar
with Douglas has publicly commented on the matter. More...
COULD BE "SAFEST EVER" FOR AIRLINES
In November the
International Air Transport Association said 2012 was on track to become
its safest year on record and now Ascend, an aerospace analytics
service, estimates that airline passenger fatalities and aircraft
destroyed could set record lows for 2012
and that's not all good?
Airline fatal accident rates are now twice as safe as they were 15 years
ago, according to Paul Hayes, head of safety at Ascend. Fatal accidents
now occur once for every 2.5 million flights. Hayes warns the
improvement is part of a trend that could have negative effects on the
insurance market. More...
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RUNWAY CRASH KILLS FOUR
Four crew members
died when a Red Wings Tu 204 overran a runway at Moscow's Vnukovo
Airport on Saturday. Eight others, all flight crew for the Russian
airline, survived the crash but four are in the hospital. There were no
paying passengers aboard. Russian media is already quoting government
sources as saying pilot error is being investigated as the cause. The
aircraft went through a barrier and onto a highway just as Russians were
beginning the busy New Year holiday, but no one on the ground was hurt.
The aircraft ended up in three pieces. Click through for video footage
shot from the dashboard of a car as it was struck by debris from the
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TRANSPORT MISSES PHOTOGRAPHERS BY FEET
Pictures and video
have emerged documenting the final landing of a Transall C-160 twin
turboprop last October in Germany that, because the aircraft bounced
short, was very nearly the last thing a handful of photographers ever
saw. The 17-ton aircraft has a wingspan of 131 feet and can carry more
than 90 troops. On Oct. 16, it was being ferried to Ballenstedt Airport,
Germany, before a final trip to a local aviation museum. Photographers
were allowed to witness the event from a road 100 feet short of, and
perpendicular to, the runway. On final approach, the aircraft bounced
just short of the raised roadway, kicking up dirt, flexing its wings,
and missing a handful of photographers by feet as it hopped over the
remaining distance, touching down short of the displaced threshold on
the paved runway. Pictures and video after the jump. More...
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PUSHES ONBOARD INTERNET SERVICES
The FCC Friday issued a
statement that it has "adopted a Report and Order establishing rules to
help speed deployment of Internet services onboard aircraft," to meet
with consumer demands and promote economic growth. The action formalizes
a license application process for broadband systems and creates
standards to establish that they do not interfere with other equipment.
The FCC hopes this will help more companies create more in-flight
broadband services and products. According to the FCC, the new rules
should process approvals for broadband systems "up to 50 percent
faster." Under the plan, airlines will be able to test and implement
internet systems through a streamlined process with the FCC and FAA.
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PILOTS COMPETE FOR LONGEST WINTER FLIGHT
Federation of America has invited balloonists across the country to take
part in its annual Long Jump Challenge, an opportunity for pilots to use
their skills and equipment beyond the usual treetops-and-champagne
flight. The competition, which has been held every year since 1990, is
open from November through March, and the idea is to fly as far as
possible using no more than 40 gallons of propane fuel. The current
all-time record is 693 miles, set by Alvin Hansen in 2003. So far this
year, the longest recorded flight was made by Troy Bradley, who took off
in New Mexico and landed 175 miles away, in Texas. This year for the
first time, pilots can use their flights to help raise money for charity; this year's beneficiary is
the American Cancer Society. More...
LONG JUMP CHALLENGE FOR BALLOON PILOTS
Every winter since
1990, balloon pilots across the U.S. have competed in the Long Jump
Challenge, a competition to see who can fly farthest on a standard
40-gallon supply of fuel. Mark Caviezel, manager of the
competition for the Balloon Federation of America, talks with
AVweb's Mary Grady about the event.
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Here's one we missed
earlier this year but New Scientist's year-end wrap included its
April coverage of a novel (and so far useless) method of propulsion the
clever folks at German technology company Festo have created. Festo
built the SmartBird
flapping wing UAV that captured world attention in 2011, but
SmartInversion is a bird of a different feather. More...
MOSQUITO TO FLY IN NEW ZEALAND AIRSHOW
A de Havilland
Mosquito fighter bomber, the only one of its kind in the world that is
flying, will appear at the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow in New Zealand,
Jan. 18 to 20. The airplane is owned by Jerry Yagen, owner of Fighter
Factory in Virginia Beach, Va. It first
flew in September, and news reports at the time said the airplane
would soon be shipped to the U.S. Now it will apparently first spend
some more time in the country where seven years of restoration work took
place. "The legendary Mosquito has a fond place in the hearts of
Australian and New Zealand airmen," said Tom Williams, director of the
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INSIDER BLOG: YOU'RE WORRYING ABOUT THE WRONG THING
especially true if you just sunk several thousand bucks into a traffic
box to find airplanes that are unlikely to kill you. In an analysis and
commentary on the AVweb Insider blog, resident blogger Paul
Bertorelli crunches the numbers and reveals that stalls and
stall-related accidents continue to be near the top of a long list of
dreary ways that pilots manage to kill themselves. Why can't we do
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MEET MID-CONTINENT'S SAM
As much as we love
them, iron gyros are on their way to the scrap heap of history. They're
even losing their value as backup instruments to glass panels now that
glass itself has become more reliable and affordable enough to replace
even analog backup devices. In this new video from AVweb,
Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano examines a new product from
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avonics called the SAM. It fits into a
small space on the panel and can be backed up with its own lithium-ion
battery. Installation considerations are mimimal, but here's a close
look at how the instrument looks and performs. More...
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...
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OF THE WEEK: WRIGHT BROTHERS AVIATION (KMHE, MITCHELL, SOUTH
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Wright Brothers Aviation at Mitchell
Municipal Airport (KMHE) in Mitchell, South Dakota.
A few weeks
back, AVweb reader Dr. Steve P. Schoettle knocked us out
with his story of WBA's outstanding devotion to service:
Service above and beyond the call of duty!
On October 27, after a successful week of pheasant hunting in South
Dakota, I prepared to depart back home to Arkansas in my Cherokee Six.
To my dismay, N720JB would not crank! Quickly, the line personnel came
to my assistance with battery boosts, etc. After no success, Roger the
mechanic stepped in. Even on his weekend off, he spent the next six
hours diagnosing my failed starter and trying to get it working. After
exhausting all possibilities, and unable to find a new starter in the
area on a Saturday, he contacted a local plane owner, who graciously
"loaned" me the starter from his plane! Roger took that starter and
placed it on my plane, even coming in early Sunday morning to finish up
and get me in the air The starter has since been replaced and the
"borrowed" one returned to the other plane.
Terri and Todd have
always run a wonderfully friendly and efficient FBO, but this was truly
amazing service. My hat is off to the entire staff!
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Between Houston and Austin on December 18, 2012,
I overheard the following breif conversation between Houston Center and
"Houston Center, can
you give me a current altimeter setting?"
your altitude, it is 29.92."
[A brief pause.]
will see that one in the back of IFR magazine next month."
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