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Volume 13, Number 47a
November 19, 2007
 
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Kermit Was Right: Being Green Isn't Easyback to top 
 

AVGAS: 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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Safety R&D — Sometimes Not So Safe ...back to top 
 

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AIRBUS GROUND TEST ACCIDENT SHEARS OFF NOSE
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...

NEW TECHNOLOGY MAKES AIRCRAFT MORE CRASH-RESISTANT
The Delft 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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Pilots Effecting Changeback to top 
 

PILOTS' 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 Cox’s families have donated $500,000 to the TASER Foundation For Fallen Officers and asked that all subsequent donations be directed there. More...

AOPA: 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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Helicopter Safety in the Newsback to top 
 

FAA INVESTIGATES BALLOON/POLICE HELICOPTER COLLISION
A Honolulu department store could face the FAA’s 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 Center’s 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 rules. More...

HELICOPTER 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. More...

 
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Good Vibes, Bad Karma and a Few Mixed Feelingsback to top 
 

PILOTS: JUST A HAPPY GROUP OF GUYS AND GALS
Despite airline 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...

AIRPLANE 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...

FLIGHT DELAY SOLUTIONS GET MIXED REACTION
President Bush’s 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. That’s been done before for weather diversions, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory told The Chicago Tribune and it might help a bit. However, critics say Bush’s solutions are politically motivated and will have little practical benefit, especially if the weather turns sour. More...

ON THE FLY...
Thai Air Force pilot suspended for mushroom picking stop ...
Missing pilot’s family asks for public help ...
FAA tweaking New York airspace for Thanksgiving ...
Near collision avoided by TCAS. More...

 
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New on AVwebback to top 
 

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CEO OF THE COCKPIT #76: FLYING CARS
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AVWEB'S MONDAY PODCAST: UNEARTHING THE MAID OF HARLECH
As you 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. More...

 
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Readers Chime Inback to top 
 

AVMAIL: NOV. 19, 2007
Reader mail this week about UFOs, WWII history, flight without airline delays and more. More...

DID YOUR BATTERY DIE? TELL US ABOUT IT
Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, will soon publish an in-depth report on aircraft batteries. As part of that report, the magazine would like to hear about your experiences with aircraft batteries -- good, bad or otherwise. To take part in our online survey, click here. More...

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: ANTRIM COUNTY AIRPORT (KACB AT BELLAIRE, MI)

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Antrim County Airport at KACB in Bellaire, Michigan.

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 arrival:

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.

Fresh tomatoes! Can't top that!

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

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A Little Adrenaline to Start Your Dayback to top 
 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MOTORCYCLE JUMPING A HELICOPTER
Thrills and chills never fail to rouse our Monday-morning "Video of the Week" audience, so here you go — a motorcycle jumping a helicopter. 'Nuff said! (Click through to watch.) More...

 
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The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 
 

SHORT FINAL
Overheard in IFR 
Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

During a recent departure from Essex County Airport in Caldwell, New Jersey, the tower controller must have been frazzled with intensive student training in the pattern:

Tower:
Bonanza Seven Zero Mike Romeo, contact New York departure and have a good flight.

Bonanza:
To departure. Bonanza Zero Mike Romeo.

Have a nice day.

Tower:
It's too late for that.

Jack Meagher
Southern Shores, North Carolina

More...

 
New Gift Ideas Have Been Added to AVweb's Holiday Marketplace
When purchasing gifts for family, friends, and flying buddies, go to AVweb's Holiday Marketplace. AVweb is the perfect place to find perfect gifts for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. And for yourself — forward the link to your family and friends as a hint as to what you want! It's easy online, with AVweb!
 
More AVweb for Your Inboxback to top 
 

AVWEBBIZ: AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
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Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

MEET THE AVWEBFLASH TEAM

AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
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Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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