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YOU'RE BEING WATCHED -- WHY THAT'S GOOD
The NTSB's recent release of a final report
regarding the fatal November 13, 2011, crash of a Cirrus SR-22T shed
light on a flight noteworthy for its aerobatics; it also invites
speculation regarding the potentially untapped value of recorded flight
data in general aviation.
Both Avidyne and Garmin produce avionics
(the Entegra and G1000, for example) capable of recording tens of
different flight parameters that the entire aviation community -- let
alone individual pilots -- may not be using to full advantage. In the
case of the Cirrus crash, data stored in a remote (tail mounted) data
storage unit supplied sufficient information to not only reconstruct the
aircraft's activities immediately prior to the crash, but also for
several days before. One man in particular, outside of the NTSB, made
unique use of that data. And hopes to play a part in the charge for the
release of more data in other crashes. His name is Rick Beach and what
he hopes for would help us all.
Particular to the
November 13, crash, the aircraft, a rental, recorded information
from its Avidyne and other systems to a recoverable data module (RDM).
Beach told us the folks who make the RDM for Cirrus are a company called
Heads Up Technologies. The company makes a "single chip processor
capable of addressing large flash memory arrays" that is contained in an
"armored housing" and mounted somewhere in the aircraft that isn't
likely to hit the ground first or be consumed by a post-crash fire.
Usually, that means the vertical tail. On a normal day, the data can be
downloaded via a standard USB cable. In the case of a crash, the NTSB
can of course access data in several other ways that don't involve the
standard USB plug. In this case, they recovered very telling
Recovered data led the NTSB to determine that the
crash was the result of a roll attempted at low altitude. The NTSB used
the information to describe the moments leading up to the crash and also
its recent flight history, which involved aerobatic maneuvers while the
aircraft was in the care of the same pilot. The agency made some of the
accident aircraft's recorded data publicly available, and that's where
Beach comes in. Beach mined it. He took the data points and created a
virtual presentation (a video created in a flight simulation program) of
the event -- something he's done for roughly 15 other accidents. He then
took that video and posted it to Youtube as well as Cirrus-related
forums. But it's the "why" that makes all the difference.
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BALLOONS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
Pilot Jonathan Trappe,
who has crossed the English Channel flying his unusual cluster of small
helium balloons, now is in Maine waiting for the right weather to launch
across the sea. Trappe spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about how he
is preparing for the flight, what challenges he expects, and how you can
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OF THE MONTH: CHRIS COOK'S RESTORED DECATHLON
Decathlons are good buys on the used market. They're fun to fly and
affordable to own. And if you fancy some gentleman's aerobatics, so much
the better. Chis Cook has been working on restoring a 1977 8KCAB and
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