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SHOWS COSTS LIMIT FLYING
An MIT student's grad school thesis,
which relied in part on information gathered from AVweb readers,
confirms that cost is a major factor in the decline of general aviation
activity. It has also revealed something that hasn't shown up in other
studies but may be related to economics. In her research, Kamala Shetty,
who wrote the thesis as part of her quest for a Masters of Science in
Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT's International Center for Air
Transportation, found that people feel they don't have the time to fly.
"An interesting result of the survey that was not clearly evident in the
data indicated that available free time has also been a major factor in
affecting activity levels," Shetty wrote in the thesis. AVweb
facilitated the study, which was done under the supervision of Prof. R.
John Hansman, by inviting readers to take part in a survey of flight
activity and related issues. More than 1,250 AVweb subscribers
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DENIES BONUSES FOR HAWKER EXECS
A request from Hawker
Beechcraft to allot $5.3 million in bonuses to eight executives was
denied by a federal bankruptcy court on Friday, The Associated Press reported. Judge Stuart Bernstein said the proposed
plan would reward the executives just for doing their jobs. The bonus
request had been opposed by both the machinists union at Hawker and a
watchdog agency for the U.S. Justice Department. "Aside from its legal
problems, the bonus plan never made common sense -- why should a company
in financial distress pay millions to its executives for work they are
already paid to do?" said Frank Larkin, spokesman for the machinists
union. "We welcome the decision." More...
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FLUTTER LED TO RENO CRASH
Last year's fatal crash
of a P-51 racing aircraft at Reno was caused by compromised stiffness in
the elevator trim-tab system, which led to flutter and loss of elevator
pitch control at race speed, said the National Transportation Safety
Board in in its probable-cause hearing on Monday. At last year's
race, veteran air racer Jimmy Leeward lost control of his Galloping
Ghost P-51 after the home pylon turn, causing a sharp pitch up followed
by a dive into a spectator area, killing him and 10 others. The NTSB's
investigation revealed that the aircraft was flying faster than it ever
had by some 35 knots, with higher engine power settings than previously
used. The board also found that there was evidence of ongoing structural
failure during the race, including a cracked canopy. Further, Leeward
and his crew had made major modifications to the aircraft, including the
removal of the P-51's iconic belly airscoop, that compromised the
structural integrity of the fuselage. The crew notified the FAA of only
one of these changes, a boil-off system used to improve oil cooling. The
NTSB probe found that screws used to attach one of two trim tabs to the
elevator were old or loose, possibly having last been replaced in 1986.
This allowed the trim tab to flutter, failing the tab control rod and
resulting in an instantaneous pitch-up moment that generated a
calculated 17 Gs, which the board determined was beyond human endurance.
In a video
posted on AVweb yesterday, the trim tab can clearly be seen
departing the elevator, but by that point, the control rod had already
failed and Leeward had no trim control. The board had issued 10
safety recommendations in April,
so the race organizers would have time to act on them before this year's
races, and no new safety recommendations were issued on Monday.
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REMEMBER AND HONOR ARMSTRONG
Since the death of astronaut
Neil Armstrong on Saturday, the aviation community has been paying
tribute to his memory and his career. In addition to serving as a NASA
astronaut, the National Business Aviation Association noted, Armstrong
worked as a project pilot on many pioneering aircraft, including the
X-15, which flew at altitudes up to 67 miles and reached a top speed of
4,534 mph. He flew more than 200 different kinds of aircraft, including
jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders. He was also an aerospace
engineer and a university professor. "Neil Armstrong inspired
generations of people to reach for their dreams, and all of us in the
aerospace community have been inspired by his example," said NBAA
President Ed Bolen. More...
CRACKS EUROPEAN MARKET
Nextant Aerospace has delivered its
first 400XT to a European buyer, a private owner in the Czech Republic.
The aircraft will be managed by Time Air, a major Czech charter and
management company. "The 400XT is particularly well-suited to the
European market, since its 2,003-nautical mile (3,709-km) range enables
travelers to reach destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East and
North Africa with nonstop flights," said Nextant spokesman Jay Heublein.
That pushes the total deliveries of the "remanufactured" version of the
Hawker 400 series bizjet. The European delivery comes a few weeks after
a 10-aircraft order was placed by Asia Pacific Jets in Singapore.
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INSIDER BLOG: 'GALLOPING GHOST' -- NTSB NAILS IT
The NTSB set
just the right tone in this week's hearing on the Galloping Ghost
accident at Reno last year. The investigation was competent, thorough
and done quickly enough to have an impact on this year's event.
Unfortunately, it also revealed an airplane being flown beyond its
structural limits and one that appeared not to have been flutter-tested.
Paul Bertorelli watched the proceedings Monday and shares his thoughts
on the AVweb Insider blog. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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