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AVIATION DEATHS DROP BY HALF
Eleven people died in Alaska
aviation accidents in 2012, down from 21 deaths the year before,
continuing a steady drop in aviation fatalities in the state, the Alaska
Dispatch reported this week. Several safety initiatives were cited as
likely contributing to the improvement, including efforts by the FAA
Safety Team office in Alaska, which has promoted education for both
operators and passengers. The state also has distributed many more
weather-cams in remote areas to help inform pilots about weather
conditions. Pilots have been encouraged to use shoulder harnesses,
airbags and even helmets to prevent injury. ADS-B technology also has
helped to prevent accidents. More...
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CRASH IN KAZAKHSTAN KILLS 21
A Bombardier CRJ200 operated by
a regional airline crashed on Tuesday in southeast Kazakhstan, killing
all 15 passengers and six crew members on board. The jet had missed its
first approach at the Almaty airport in fog at about 1 p.m. local time
and was climbing away from the airport when it suddenly "veered off
course and plunged to the ground," according to AFP. The wreckage was found near a village about
three miles from the airport. "There was no fire, no explosion. The
plane just plunged to the earth," Yuri Ilyin, a local emergency
official, told Reuters. More...
PLEA ENTERED BY MAN WHO SHOT PLANE
A man entered a guilty
plea in federal court Tuesday for shooting at (and hitting) a
crop-dusting airplane on Feb. 22, 2008, while it was flying near his
hunting ranch in Texas. The man, Stephen Paul Riley, 41, will face
sentencing in May. Court documents state that Riley shot at the crop
duster, striking it numerous times with multiple bullets and nearly
severing a rudder cable. Other bullets struck the aircraft's struts and
tore a hole through flying surfaces on the aircraft's left side. Riley
reportedly threatened the owner of Keeter Aerial Spraying prior to the
incident. Local authorities have filed attempted murder charges in
connection with the airplane shootings, the Wichita Falls Times Record
reported Tuesday. Initial evidence against Riley was found through an
unrelated search. More...
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QUICK FIX IN SIGHT FOR 787
Almost three weeks into its
investigation, and with the global fleet of Boeing 787s grounded, the
NTSB said on Sunday it hasn't found the root cause of the lithium-ion
battery fires aboard two of the Dreamliners. Investigators in Arizona
found nothing wrong with the airplane's auxiliary power units, the NTSB
said. On Monday, Japan's Transport Ministry said investigators found no
problems at GS Yuasa, in Kyoto, where the batteries are manufactured.
Inspectors now are checking the systems that monitor the battery.
Meanwhile, a financial analysis by Jefferies & Co. found the grounding
will likely cost Boeing more than $500 million, and in a worst-case
scenario, up to $5 billion, according to Bloomberg. More...
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EMPLOYMENT DOWN, SLIGHTLY
The number of workers employed
full-time by U.S. air carriers dropped 2 percent to 381,639 from
November 2011 to November 2012, the Department of Transportation said
Tuesday, adding to a recent downward trend. Though the overall number of
employees recently saw 22 months of growth, the movement was subtle and
began to reverse in late 2012. The DOT noted mergers and bankruptcy
among the factors affecting the largest carriers. Employment figures
rose sharply from about 1997 to 2000, peaking above 500,000, and have
been mostly in decline since. The airlines with the most employees as of
November were United, Delta and American. Together they represent more
than half of all employees that either work full-time for a carrier or
are deemed "full-time-equivalent" by the agency. The DOT's numbers are
only current through November 2012, but it has now marked several months
of decreases in employees. More...
BRING AVIATION HISTORY TO LIFE
It's a busy time of year for
aviation enthusiasts -- coming up in the next few weeks are the debut of
a new 3-D version of the 1986 film Top Gun in Imax theaters
around the country, a tour of classic Commemorative Air Force warbirds
in the Southwest, a symposium at Fantasy of Flight in Florida featuring
five of the original Tuskegee Airmen, and a new Nova documentary
re-examining the famous Lindbergh baby kidnapping case. The Top
is in theaters for only a week, starting Feb. 8; tickets and locations
can now be found online. CAF is launching its Southwest tour February
22 through April 4, featuring the famous B-29 Superfortress bomber Fifi,
the only one of its kind still flying, and a changing roster of historic
aircraft including a British Spitfire and a Japanese Zero.
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SAFE: LEADED CAR GAS MAY DISAPPEAR THIS YEAR
American owned company that is the world's sole producer of tetraethyl
lead (TEL), the octane booster for gasoline, has reportedly told its
shareholders it will stop producing the additive for automotive fuel by
the end of this year but will keep making it for avgas. The company says on its website that it will
continue production as long as aviation needs it even if it doesn't make
it for cars anymore and it has a plan for making it work. "Plans are
already in place to ensure our plant can safely and economically
manufacture TEL solely for the aviation market while it seeks a
technical and cost effective alternative," the website says.
CHUTE PULL AIRCRAFT OUT OF FUEL
The NTSB says a Cirrus SR20
that parachuted to safety last week in Danbury, Conn., was out of fuel.
In its preliminary report on the incident, which was widely publicized
in the mainstream media, the NTSB says the aircraft, with a flight
instructor, another pilot and a third person on board, was on final for
the Danbury Airport when the pilot flying radioed to air traffic control
that the aircraft was "out of fuel." Investigators later were able to
drain just 26 ounces of fuel from the tanks and none had spilled when
the plane settled to the ground about three miles from the airport.
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Ascension Scattering: A
Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
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PARDO'S PUSH -- MCDONNELL F4 PHANTOM
"Pardo's push" of
March 10, 1967 was preceded by a similar event. In 1952, fighter ace
Robbie Risner pushed fellow flyer Joe Logan 60 miles. The two men were
flying F-86 Sabre jets and successfully cleared hostile territory, but
Logan bailed out over water, was tangled in his canopy lines, and
drowned. Risner was deemed a hero, but by Pardo's account, pilots were
not encouraged to partake in similar activities. More...
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OF THE WEEK: MICHIGAN AVIATION (KPTK, PONTIAC, MI)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Michigan
Aviation at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK) in
AVweb reader John Keller sang
their praises on his nomination form:
We arrived in the CE-525 when it was 7 °F with light snow.
Two line personnel [were] there to greet us with rental auto planeside.
A little paperwork for the car, and a crew car [arrived] for the pilot,
complete with directions to hotel and dinner. [The] airplane went into
their warm hangar in a short while. Outstanding service from all
personnel especially fueling, hangaring, and getting ready to
depart on a cold and snowy morning. We will be using this excellent FBO
for several more trips in the future months.
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