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GROUP ASKS EPA TO GET THE LEAD OUT
The environmental group
Friends of the Earth says lead emissions from general aviation aircraft
endanger public health and warrant regulation by the Environmental
Protection Agency. Friends of the Earth is calling on the agency to
either regulate or, if lacking present evidence, to investigate "the
health and environmental impacts of lead emissions from general aviation
aircraft." The EPA has responded with a Notice of Petition For Rulemaking and is asking for
public comment by March 17, 2008. More...
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GROUND TEST ACCIDENT SHEARS OFF NOSE
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Five people were injured
Thursday when Airbus suffered its first ground test accident. The event
involved Airbus's second largest aircraft, a 359-seat A340-600, that
"broke free" while testing its four engines (rated at 56,000 pounds of
thrust, each) and crashed into a noise-reduction barrier, at the Airbus
facilities in Toulouse, France, according to Reuters. More...
TECHNOLOGY MAKES AIRCRAFT MORE CRASH-RESISTANT
University of Technology in the Netherlands will demonstrate how the
application of Fault Tolerant Control can be used to keep damaged
aircraft flying and improve their chances of being successfully
recovered. Fault Tolerant Control involves the creation and adaptation
of on-board control systems to handle unanticipated in-flight
emergencies and keep the shiny side up long enough to get the aircraft
on the ground. "The key to this is to improve control techniques which
enable the aircraft to continue to be controlled," the university said
in a news release. "The implemented improvements are
based on the analysis of flight data from aviation accidents by the NLR.
This has led to improved interpretation of the (defective) condition of
the aircraft." More...
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LEGACY AIDS POLICE FAMILIES
The families of two helicopter
television journalists killed in a collision in Phoenix in July have donated much of the considerable public fund
created in their memory to a group that helps the families of police
officers killed in the line of duty. Pilot/reporter Scott Bowerbank and
cameraman Jim Cox, of KVTK, died July 27 when their helicopter collided
with a KNXV helicopter flown by Craig Smith, with videographer Rick
Krolak on board. All four died. Bowerbank and Coxs families have
donated $500,000 to the TASER Foundation For Fallen Officers and asked
that all subsequent donations be directed there. More...
BE AFRAID OF USER FEES ... AND ACT
"The FAA funding issue is
far from resolved," AOPA President Phil Boyer warned in a release Thursday. President Bush is using public
frustration over airline delays to push his administration's agenda of
imposing a 263 percent increase in avgas taxes plus additional user
fees, according to AOPA. For its part, AOPA is using the president's
words to once again call on AOPA members "to contact their senators when
the time is right." More...
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INVESTIGATES BALLOON/POLICE HELICOPTER COLLISION
department store could face the FAAs wrath after a Honolulu Police
Department helicopter tangled with the tethered balloon the store was
using to advertise a sale. The HPD chopper was supporting ground units
chasing a suspected thief last week when it clipped one of the lines
holding the Savers Thrift Centers promotion balloon over the
store. The balloon is apparently a common sight in the area, according
to KGMB News. The tether got caught in the tail rotor
and whipped the fuselage but the pilot was able to land it safely and,
after inspection, it was cleared for flight to a repair facility. FAA
spokesman Ian Gregor says the store may have been violating FAA balloon
HERDING TO CONTINUE DESPITE CRASH
The Department of the
Interior says it will continue using helicopters to herd wildlife in
national parks despite an accident in October that destroyed a
helicopter but only caused minor injuries to the pilot and the biologist
on board. The NTSB says the Bell 206 snagged the top wire of a
fence as the chopper was being used to coax wild horses into a corral.
The aircraft went into a dynamic roll that the pilot was unable to
correct and landed on its left side, destroying the rotor, ripping the
transmission from its mounts and busting off the tail.
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JUST A HAPPY GROUP OF GUYS AND GALS
bankruptcies, the withering of cushy retirement plans and having to
suffer the indignities of long security lines to get to work, pilots are
a happy lot, according to the Nov. 26 issue of Time. In an article about
job satisfaction, the magazine reports that 49 percent of professional
pilots say they're "very happy" with their jobs, ranking them near the
top on the job satisfaction spectrum. More...
NOISE LINKED TO HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
It may be music to the
ears of some, but airplane noise may be hard on the heart. A Swedish
study suggests that men who live near airports have a greater risk of
developing high blood pressure than those who live in quieter
neighborhoods. "It is thought that aircraft noise causes stress problems
when it interferes with people's ability to think, relax or sleep, for
example," study organizer Dr. Mats Rosenlund of the Karolinska Institute
in Stockholm told Reuters Health. More...
DELAY SOLUTIONS GET MIXED REACTION
plans to ease congestion and reduce flight delays over the coming
holidays were panned as too little, too late in some circles but
embraced as a sign of hope in others. Bush announced that the
epidemic of flight delays will be addressed with the opening of
Thanksgiving express lanes through military operating areas
on the East Coast through the five days surrounding Thanksgiving.
Thats been done before for weather diversions, FAA spokeswoman
Elizabeth Cory told The Chicago Tribune and it might help a bit.
However, critics say Bushs solutions are politically motivated and
will have little practical benefit, especially if the weather turns
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MONDAY PODCAST: UNEARTHING THE MAID OF HARLECH
may have read in Thursday's AVwebFlash, the sands of time have
buried an intact P-38 for more than 60 years since it was abandoned on a
Welsh beach. Now named the Maid of Harlech (for a town near the
beach), the Second World War fighter will soon be recovered and restored
to original condition, as was another P-38 well known to warbird and air
show buffs as Glacier Girl. And in an interesting twist of fate,
it turns out the Welsh aircraft and Glacier Girl probably left
the factory within days of each other and were both part of Operation
Bolero, the U.S. Army Air Force's first major mission to help the war in
Europe. AVweb's Mike Blakeney talked with TIGHAR's Ric Gillespie
about the Maid of Marlech's history and her future.
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YOUR BATTERY DIE? TELL US ABOUT IT
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aircraft batteries. As part of that report, the magazine would like to
hear about your experiences with aircraft batteries -- good, bad or
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Wishes Do Come True!
Ever wish you could fly every approach like it was sunny and VFR?
OF THE WEEK: ANTRIM COUNTY AIRPORT (KACB AT BELLAIRE,
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Antrim County Airport at KACB in Bellaire,
AVweb reader Stan Prevost flies into KACB
several times a year, and he tells us it's always a pleasant experience,
accompanied by a warm welcome. Here's how Stan was greeted on a recent
As we disembarked the airplane, airport
manager John Strehl met us at the airplane with two plastic bags,
greeted us by name, and told us to help ourselves to tomatoes growing on
vines they had planted around the terminal.
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