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WEATHER, PARADISE CITY BOOST SUN 'N FUN
The weather in
Lakeland wasn't perfect every day during Sun 'n Fun -- Friday was
blustery, keeping most aircraft on the ground, and a few clouds and
showers passed by -- but it was close, with temperatures in the breezy
80s and no tornadoes or mud-storms, and on Sunday morning CEO John
Leenhouts was enthused about how things went. "We've had an absolutely
superb week, with fabulous attendance," he told AVweb, citing
numbers up about 5 percent over last year, except for a 5 percent drop
on that windy Friday. "We had more people fly in than we've had in the
last five years." Two incidents at the Thursday splash-in left two
seaplanes damaged, but there were no serious injuries, Leenhouts said.
Some vendors told AVweb the crowds in the main display area
seemed substantially lighter than usual most days, with fewer serious
buyers, but the revived Paradise City area got more than its usual
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108 SURVIVE BALI CRASH (UPDATED)
All 108 people aboard a Lion
Air Boeing 737-800 survived after the aircraft reportedly missed a
runway Saturday at Denpasar Airport in Bali and ended up in the rocky
shallows of the ocean at the end of the runway. Details are scarce but
early news reports are adamant that it was not an overrun. They say the
airplane never touched the runway and "landed" in the sea. Photos show
passengers able to walk off the wings into waiting rescue boats while
rescue personnel secure the aircraft with lines. It was raining at the
time of the accident but the weather was described as good by officials.
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PILOT'S TEXTING CONTRIBUTED TO FATAL CRASH
synopsis from the NTSB identifies the pilot's personal texting as a
contributing factor in the Aug. 26, 2011, crash of a Eurocopter AS350 B2
helicopter near Mosby, Mo., that killed all aboard. The flight was
operated as a medical services mission flown in VFR conditions, carrying
three crew and one patient. It crashed due to fuel starvation "about 1
nm short" of its planned refueling stop, according to the NTSB. The NTSB
says that "the pilot missed three opportunities to detect" the
aircraft's low fuel state and was engaged in texting before and during
the flight portion of the mission. More...
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DARK LIGHTNING THREAT
Florida Institute of Technology
researchers say that a silent phenomenon called dark lightning can
silently deliver to pilots and passengers high doses of ionizing
radiation in one sudden burst. Dark lightning is associated with
thunderstorms, which pilots usually actively avoid, and occurs at a rate
of roughly once per thousand visible flashes, according to researchers.
So while researchers note that ionizing radiation is not well received
by the human body, they expect that the risk of physical injury from a
dark lightning event is slight. But in that case that an aircraft is
subjected to the phenomenon, researchers say that all aboard could be
exposed to radiation levels equivalent to the safe lifetime limit
or more. More...
OFFERS NON-PILOT OWNERSHIP
Cirrus is promoting aircraft
ownership to non-pilots through "Cirrus On Demand," which offers two
programs of service as an option for purchasers of new Cirrus aircraft.
Both programs come at additional cost to the buyer and in either case,
includes a pilot "trained to the company's corporate flight standards."
The program can operate like a turnkey corporate flight department or
provide travel service and flight instruction to clients. According to
Cirrus' Todd Simmons, the program provides "virtually unlimited access"
to a purchased aircraft and a pilot, "like a corporate jet." Prices and
details after the jump. More...
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FOR AERIAL LASER WEAPONS
The Navy's Laser Weapon System
(LaWS) recently targeted and shot down an aerial drone in testing;
meanwhile another aircraft-mounted laser system (this one for
self-defense) may commence testing in 2014. The Navy's test involved a
destroyer-mounted laser that successfully tracked and engaged a flying
drone. The aerial vehicle caught fire in flight and crashed into the
sea. Next year, the USS Ponce is expected to carry the system to the
Persian Gulf. Meanwhile, DARPA may soon test a High Energy Liquid Laser
Area Defense System (HELLADS) mounted on an aircraft and designed for
defense against inbound threats. More...
SUPER PÉTREL GATHERS A CROWD
A Brazilian (by way of
France) amphib design gathered a lot of interest at Sun 'n Fun.
AVweb's Mary Grady checked it out at the show, speaking with
Sport Aviation, LLC's Jerry Scheid. More...
OF THE WEEK: KIMBLE COUNTY AIRPORT (KJCT, JUNCTION,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Kimble
County Airport (KJCT) in Junction, Texas.
reader Sid Tolchin learned the value of a friendly face on his
recent stopover at JCT:
During a long flight in a small experimental plane from San
Diego to New Orleans, almost any out-of-the-ordinary stop is a pleasure.
This one was different. Billy Davis lives on the airport and was outside
in gusting winds to help me tie down. He suggested I stay because of the
weather and the lateness of the day before proceeding to New Orleans.
After being certain that the aircraft was safely parked, he called the
motel, recommended a good place to eat, and drove me to the Best
Western, where they honored his recommendation with a discount. The
short trip was filled with his stories.
Keep those nominations
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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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(spotting birds through binoculars) :
look out for multiple birds of prey on
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