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INVESTIGATING CHUTE INCIDENT
Cirrus Aircraft has sent an
investigative team to Addison, Texas, to look into a report that a
repacked Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) failed to deploy when a
pilot pulled the handle late last week. "We did have an incident in
Texas at the end of last week that involved a repacked CAPS parachute,"
Cirrus spokesman Todd Simmons said in an email to AVweb. "While
we understand that an anomaly may have occurred related to extraction of
the chute, it is premature to draw any specific conclusions at this
point much beyond that." AVweb contacted the owner's home Sunday
evening but was told he was out for the evening. More...
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GALACTIC HAS HIRED ITS PILOTS
A retired Air Force Lt. Colonel
and a former NASA space shuttle commander have been hired to fly space
tourists in Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, the company has announced.
Michael "Sooch" Masucci has 30 years of civilian and military
operational and test flying, according to the company, has served as a
U-2 pilot with the Air Force and has flown 70 different types, including
gliders. Frederick "CJ" Sturckow has 26 years of military flight
experience, flew as commander of two Space Shuttle missions and has
logged 1,200 hours in space. The men are currently training to operate
commercial suborbital space flights, carrying passengers for $200,000
per ticket. More...
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I'LL PAY FOR CRASHED HELI
Earlier this month,
a Robinson R22 helicopter flying a photo flight successfully
auto-rotated onto a downtown Honolulu street and, now, the owner of the
company that inspected the helicopter says he will pay to have it
replaced. In an interview with HawaiiNewsNow.com, Brant Swigart said the
pilot was "in no way" at fault for the May 9 event, and the operator
"had no culpability in this." He said he did not personally work on the
helicopter prior to the accident flight, but he "was responsible for
checking it." Swigart said he believes a mixture cable snapped and a
backup switch failed. "I didn't physically inspect that assembly," he
said, "and if I had I would have caught it." The helicopter wasn't the
only vehicle damaged in the accident and Swigart says he's stepping up
for another affected party, an Iraq war veteran. More...
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alongside the high art of plane building from scrap heaps. Watch Vince
Neil from Mötley Crüe take his first flying lessons and learn
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FEES IN NEW ZEALAND: $1 PER TOUCH-AND-GO AND RISING
around the patch at a controlled airport in New Zealand will soon carry
a $1 NZD charge under a user fee schedule announced by the Airways
Corporation of New Zealand, the "state-owned enterprise" that runs the
country's airspace system. By 2015, however, that same touch-and-go will
cost $3.55 NZD as will transiting controlled airspace around airports
and something called a "vicinity landing" that is not defined in the Airways announcement of the fees. Fees for
airliners will increase an overall 15.7 percent over the next three
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SURVIVOR DOCUMENTARY TARGETS AUGUST
A documentary based
on the insights of individuals who became sole survivors of commercial
aviation disasters appears set for release in August. According to the
movie's creators, the film includes commentary from at least three
survivors who have never spoken publicly about the events that changed
their lives. Among them is one pilot, Jim Polehinke, who acted as
copilot of Comair Flight 5191, which crashed at Lexington on August 27,
2006, killing all 49 others aboard. The NTSB found the probable cause of
the accident included multiple failures of the flight crew. Click
through for the trailer. More...
DFC90 CERTIFIED FOR BONANZAS
Avidyne Corporation announced
the STC certification of the DFC90 plug-and-play retrofit autopilot
system for Beechcraft Bonanza applications. The STC, which covers 25
models of the Bonanza, allows the DFC90 to replace existing S-TEC
autopilots when interfaced with the Aspen Evolution Pro Primary Flight
Display (EFD1000Pro). Avidyne previously certified the drop-in DFC90
with the Aspen PFD in Cessna 182 Skylane series aircraft and with the
Entegra PFD in the Cirrus SR20 and SR22. It's also certified in the
Piper PA-46 Matrix and Mirage. More...
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(RC) AIRPLANE 'FLIES' (WITH VIDEO)
The South Dakota
School of Mines and Technology said earlier this month that students
there had created and flown a small remote control aircraft made of
concrete, but their level of success may be open to interpretation. The
aircraft had a wingspan of 40 inches and weighed 18 pounds. A news
release from the school notes "viral" coverage of the event. It also
states that the "flight was quick and wobbly with the landing equally
erratic, but it was enough for the record books." After viewing video of
the flight, it may not be clear that the vehicle's return to earth can
be categorized as a "landing." The concrete plane isn't the first of its
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INSIDER BLOG: B-29 CONNECTIONS
Although its service life was
short, the B-29 remains one of the most fascinating airplanes ever
produced -- not so much for the airplane itself but what it took to get
it flying. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli recounts
his own experience in his first job: taking these magnificent airplanes
apart and melting them into scrap. He also observes that every serious
book on World War II in the Pacific carves out a chapter or two on the
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OF THE WEEK: ST. CLAIR COUNTY AIRPORT (KPLR, PELL CITY,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to St. Clair County
Airport (KPLR) in Pell City, Alabama.
Mike Grossberg got the royal treatment there
The service is
"over the top" at this beautiful country airport. The airport manager,
Larry, answered my airport advisory request and offered to meet me on
the ramp with the rental car as I taxied in from landing. Larry escorted
us to the transient hangar, helped push the plane in, and gave us
directions. This lovely airport even has a shady gazebo for watching the
airplanes come and go. Real Southern hospitality at its
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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