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TROPHY NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Seven aviation and aerospace
projects have been named as contenders for the 2012 Robert J. Collier
Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced this week. The
nominees are: the Gulfstream G650; Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull
Stratos team; Lockheed Martin's autonomous K-Max helicopter; the
NASA/JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity project; the NASA/JPL Voyager
Interstellar Mission project; the U.S. Air Force MC-12 Project Liberty,
which converted a King Air to military use as a crewed surveillance
aircraft; and the NASA/JPL Dawn mission, which sent a spacecraft to
investigate two dwarf planets to learn about the early history of our
solar system. More...
OF THE WEEK: WHAT'S YOUR PICK FOR THE COLLIER TROPHY?
are seven nominees this year, but we'll also give you a write-in
opportunity. Remember that the award criteria stipulates that the winner
goes to "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in
America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and
safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly
demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." Who or what
should win this year's Collier?
Plus: Last week, we
asked AVweb readers about the state of their safety equipage;
click through for a breakdown of their answers. More...
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TEAM UPDATES MISSION NUMBERS
The Red Bull Stratos team this
week released its final analysis of the data collected from Felix
Baumgartner's supersonic freefall
last October. Baumgartner, the team said, experienced 25.2 seconds of
weightlessness during his free fall, and reached a speed of Mach 1.25,
or 843.6 mph, even faster than originally estimated. His jump altitude
was revised slightly, down to 127,852.4 feet from the previous estimate
of 128,100 feet. His heartbeat reached a maximum of 185 beats per minute
when he exited the capsule, and ranged from 155 to 175 beats per minute
during freefall. The data was reviewed last month by a team that
included NASA astronauts, U.S. Air Force officers, and representatives
from commercial aerospace companies. More...
TO RUN DRY FOR EFFICIENCY
Over the next 12 months, UK carrier
easyJet plans to find out if they can improve the efficiency of their
operations by removing moisture weight from their aircraft, the airline
announced Wednesday. The carrier's yearlong test involves installation
of 66-pound "Zonal Dryer" systems in four Airbus A320 aircraft. It is
hoped that the system, provided by CTT Systems of Sweden, will remove up
to 550 pounds of moisture per flight from the jets. The carrier says the
weight is equivalent to removing 12 bags from the cargo hold and that
could save nearly 10 million pounds of fuel, per year. The company also
claims passengers will see a benefit. More...
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OFFERS FLYING CLUB START-UP SCHOLARSHIP
Some Chicago pilots
are hoping to foster the creation of at least one new flying club in a
place that needs and will support one through the offer of a
"scholarship" and some practical advice. Ground Effects Advisors is
offering the award, which includes about $3,500 worth of supplies and
tools, to the group that rises to the top of a nationwide competition.
Applications are being accepted here until May 1. In a podcast
interview with AVweb, spokesman Todd McClamroch said there
are plenty of scholarships for pilot training but none for mentoring
those who want to keep certificated pilots engaged and interested in
improving their skills. More...
GROUP OFFERS FLYING CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
A new organization
called Ground Effect Advisors is awarding a scholarship that includes
advice, materials, and supplies worth more than $3,500 to a group that
wants to start a flying club. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with
Todd McClamroch about the initiative and how worthy groups should
apply to StartAFlyingClub.com by May 1.
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TO HOVER IN DC AIRSPACE
Two large tethered helium blimps
carrying surveillance gear will be deployed for testing by the North
American Aerospace Defense Command, known as NORAD, somewhere near
Washington, D.C.'s airspace by the end of September, Reuters reported
this week. The blimps, each of them about 243 feet long, can reach
altitudes up to 10,000 feet and stay aloft for up to 30 days at a time.
They will carry radar and other surveillance gear that enables them to
detect ground targets, manned and unmanned aircraft, boats, and cruise
missiles at distances up to 340 miles. They cost about $450 million for
the pair. More...
ACQUIRES ZD PUBLISHING
PilotWorkshops has purchased the
assets of ZD Publishing, and its line of "pilot-friendly" GPS manuals,
the company announced Wednesday. ZD Publishing's founder John Dittmer
created the line of GPS manuals covering 21 Garmin and Bendix/King
panel-mount and handheld GPS units. PilotWorkshops says Dittmer will
continue to update the manuals and will add to the list of offerings in
the future. More...
SMOKERS CAUSE AIRLINE DIVERSION
A Sunwing Airlines flight had
to divert to Bermuda after a family of smokers found lighting up in the
lavatory refused to cooperate with the cabin crew and became verbally
abusive. The flight was en route from Halifax to the Dominican Republic
on Friday night when a mother, father and two sons ages 16 and 22 were
caught smoking by a passenger. They were "very uncooperative," Sunwing
spokesman Daryl McWilliams told CBC News, and they refused to tell the
crew if they had left other cigarettes on the aircraft. After diverting
to Bermuda, the airline sent a mechanic to thoroughly check the
airplane, and 170 passengers and crew had to spend the night. "This was
a very expensive exercise for Sunwing," McWilliams said.
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STATES, INDUSTRY PILE ON DRONE DEBATE
says it's the first civic jurisdiction to pass a resolution opposing the
use of unmanned aerial systems based on the "serious threat to the
privacy and constitutional rights of the American people" it believes
the widespread use of drones presents. The resolution by the
Charlottesville city council calls for a two-year moratorium on the use
of drones in Virginia and urges the state and the federal government to
ban drones from being equipped with weapons in domestic airspace. The
resolution came as Obama administration officials were defending drone
strike policies against suspected terrorists abroad. The American Civil
Liberties Union says nine states are considering legislation to restrict
the use of drones. Meanwhile, those who want to use drones for
commercial purposes continue to press for laws that will accommodate
pilotless aircraft in the National Airspace System. More...
GROUPS WORK TO EXPAND CAUCUSES
With a new Congress now in
session in Washington, NBAA this week said now is the time for pilots
around the country to contact their elected representatives and ask them
to join the general aviation caucuses in the House and Senate. NBAA
President Ed Bolen said the bipartisan groups "inform legislative
debates by highlighting the value of general aviation in creating jobs,
helping companies succeed, connecting communities and supporting
humanitarian endeavors." Bolen said the groups helped to pass FAA
reauthorization, the pilot's bill of rights, and bonus depreciation for
airplane buyers. More...
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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...
OF THE WEEK: PORT CITY AIR (KPSM, PORTSMOUTH, NEW
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Air at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (KPSM) in
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
AVweb reader Ron
Weinstein has had nothing but good experiences at
Not only did they not
charge to park, but [they also] had a loaner available and a print-out
of how to get to a great local lobster joint. Have gone three times in
last year, and not a bad thing to say about them! They always go that
little bit beyond! And the gas is cheap.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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