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SENATE: NORFOLK ISLAND CRASH INVESTIGATION COULD LEAD TO CRIMINAL
In a scathingly critical report (PDF) of Australian
safety investigators and regulators, the Australian Senate last week
found that an investigation into the 2009 ditching of a medical
evacuation flight off Norfolk Island was so incompetently handled that
it could be referred to authorities for criminal prosecution. The Senate
investigation, which began last September, found that during the crash
investigation, Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority failed to
provide the Australian Transport Safety Board with critical documents
and findings concerning the Pel-Air ditching. That information would
have revealed, according to the Senate probe, that CASA knew of ongoing
systemic shortcomings in Pel-Air's operation that directly contributed
to the accident. CASA's action, says the Senate report, may have
violated Australia's Transport Safety Investigations Act. "It could be
seen as a breach of the Transport Safety Act in terms of obstructing an
investigation," said Sen. David Fawcett. More...
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AIRBUS A319 ENGINE FIRE
A British Airways
Airbus A319 with 80 aboard threw flames from its right engine shortly
after departure from Heathrow, Friday, and returned safely, missing cowl
components from both engines. The jet, Oslo-bound Flight BA762, departed
at 8:16 a.m. and suffered "an engine technical fault" according to an
early statement from the carrier. It returned to land less than 30
minutes later. Witnesses and passengers told reporters they heard at
least one, and possibly two, loud bangs and saw flames come from the
right engine. Photos and video of the jet in the air and on the ground
appear to confirm smoke from the right engine and loss of cowling
components on both engines. Video after the jump. More...
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DEPLOYS CHUTE TRAINING
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its new top priority with a program designed to ensure the pilots of its
aircraft know how, and perhaps more importantly when, to use the
built-in safety features, including the parachute. In announcing Cirrus
Approach, CEO Dale Klapmeier said the Cirrus safety record is "on par"
with other designs even though Cirrus aircraft have a host of safety
features, like automatic levelers and flight envelope detection and
overrides, plus the chute, meaning an average safety rating "is not
acceptable to us." He said the Cirrus Approach aims to change that.
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on how to use them, then these safety devices are not as effective as
they could be," Klapmeier said. "Cirrus Approach is our new commitment
to making Cirrus pilots safer." More...
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FLIGHT NE AIRCRAFT CRASHES
A Piper PA-34 Seneca being flown
for Angel Flight Northeast crashed in Garoga, N.Y., killing at least two
of the occupants and likely the third. The aircraft took off from
Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., bound for Rome, N.Y., and crashed about
60 miles from its destination. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft,
minus a wing, drop into a reservoir next to a campground crowded for the
long weekend. Two bodies were recovered and the third was believed to be
trapped inside. Angel Flight Northeast confirmed the crash. "Angel
Flight NE staff and volunteers are tremendously saddened by this tragedy
and we all offer our thoughts and prayers to the families of those
affected," said Larry Camerlin, the group's founder and president, in a
UNINJURED IN 707 CRASH
A Brazilian Air Force Boeing 707 went
off the runway on its takeoff roll at Toussaint Louverture International
Airport in Haiti Sunday but none of the 121 people onboard was injured.
One of the engines reportedly caught fire and the aircraft left the
runway. The aircraft was totalled. Details are sketchy but the airport
was closed for a time and some flights were delayed. More...
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AFFORDABLE' LSA HEADED TO MARKET
A Utah company says it will
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AirVenture Oshkosh this year. The SkyCraft SD-1 Minisport is a Czech
design that zips its single occupant at 118 mph at 1.8 gph on a
50-horsepower Hirth engine. SkyCraft says the little LSA costs $12 an
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GALACTIC PLANS 2013 SPACE FLIGHT
The SpaceShipTwo space
tourism vehicle operated by Virgin Galactic is expected to fly into
space this year during testing with commercial operations to commence
"not too long after," the company said Tuesday. Virgin Galactic is
finalizing customer options and says there will be different price
ranges for different experiences. Some 580 customers ranging in age from
18 to more than 90 years of age have given the company more than $70
million in deposits for future flights. While Virgin Galactic seems to
be on pace to become the first enterprise to offer a space tourism
service, XCOR may not be far behind and aims to be far more affordable.
CLIPS CABLES IN MISSOURI
One of two A-10 Thunderbolt II
"Warthog" close ground support attack jets Wednesday downed two
protective static cables above power lines that cross Stockton Lake,
Missouri, the Air Force Reserve has confirmed. Neither pilot was injured
and both jets returned safely to the base. The single-seat twin-engine
jets were operated by the Reserve's 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air
Force Base. A witness told local KY3 news that the lead jet "went
underneath the power lines." The Air Force says the second jet cut
through the two static cables with its wing. The aircraft were flying a
low altitude navigational training mission at the time and the pilot of
the strike aircraft has been removed from flight duty pending the
results of an investigation. Damage to the aircraft was reportedly not
severe. Now other aircraft may be required to fix the damage.
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MAY 27, 2013
Letter of the Week: Buyer
Regarding the story
about pre-purchase inspections:
We bought a Cessna 172 a few
years ago. Our guy was forgiven for not noticing the sluggish
performance of the airplane since he flew a PA-32-300 down to
Gainesville, GA before checking the 172N out. Back at our home base, we
got steady complaints about the aircraft performance since our other
C-172M was performing much better. Mechanics looked at everything
imaginable until, finally, a borescope inspection revealed that during
the last overhaul the cam was installed one tooth off, which caused the
engine to perform as though it was firing after top dead
During the teardown to correct that problem, it was
discovered that a gasket that was clearly marked "this side out" was
installed backwards. A hole allowing oil flow to the fuel pump area was
blocked, and oil pressure had blown a hole in the gasket, allowing some
lubrication. This engine had been overhauled by a shop that was no
longer in business, but the mechanic who had signed off on the job was
working at another shop in the area.
Should we have reported the
problem to the FAA? That was debated, and the idea dropped. Just because
a mechanic has experience and a certificate doesn't mean he does good
here to read the rest of this week's letters. More...
PILATUS UNVEILS PC-24 TWINJET
At the European
Business Aircraft Conference & Exhibition in Geneva this week, Pilatus
unveiled its design for a new twin-engine jet that can operate from
short and unpaved runways. More...
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OF THE WEEK: COPECA JET CENTER (TJBQ, AGUADILLA, PUERTO
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Copeca Jet
Center at Rafael Hernandez Airport (TJBQ) in Aguadilla, Puerto
AVweb reader Bruce Huester told us about the
Copeca Jet Center is a
well-run, family-owned and operated FBO on the northwest end of Puerto
Rico. We have stopped there several times for fuel and customs. The
customs folks are friendly, courteous, and quick! We park right outside
the customs office and are typically processed in less than ten minutes.
We had a pressurization issue after departure, and when we returned,
Copeca was very helpful with lining up a mechanic, arranging
accommodations, and providing transportation. I highly recommend Copeca
for a tech stop or overnight.
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...
I heard the following a few days ago over eastern
"Indy Center, Flagship 123
climbing through 12,000."
roger. What was your assigned heading?"
"O.K. Continue present
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