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would be offered to Alaskan pilots if a new comprehensive aviation safety initiative by that state's governor,
Sarah Palin, is put in place. The loan program would act as part of a
bill aiming to facilitate the purchase and cockpit installation of
Capstone-compliant avionics aimed in part at improving safety by
providing highly accurate physical terrain and weather information to
pilots in all weather conditions. Under an FAA-sponsored test program
(in which commercial operators got the gear for free) there was a
significant and immediate drop in the number of accidents.
FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS CUT OUT OF REWARD
Two former Pan Am
International Flight Academy instructors who say they alerted the FBI to
the strange demeanor of convicted 9/11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui when
he was a student at the school are upset that one of their colleagues
was paid $5 million under the "Rewards for Justice" program and they
received nothing. According to The Associated Press, Tim Nelson and Pat Sims both
phoned the FBI independently when Moussaoui signed up for advanced jet
training when he was clearly unfit for the course. Instead, the money
went to Moussaoui's instructor Clarence Prevost, who said he was
suspicious of his student but didn't actually make the call.
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PASSENGER BLAME CLAIM WITHDRAWN
The lawyer for the first
officer and only survivor of Comair Flight 5191 says he has withdrawn a
controversial defense strategy in which the passengers who died on the
flight were held partly responsible for their deaths. They along with
the pilot and a flight attendant died after the aircraft took off from
the wrong runway at Lexington, Ky.'s airport in August of 2006. As part
of first officer James Polehinke's defense against the numerous lawsuits
against him, his lawyer William E. Johnson wrote in the statement of
defense that the passengers should have known that taking a commercial
flight from the airport was a perilous affair because of well-publicized
construction on the runways. He also claimed they should have known that
the air traffic control tower was understaffed, that other airports in
the area were considered safer and that flying in the dark is dangerous.
LARGE CABIN JET NO LONGER A "CONCEPT"
Cessna Aircraft Co.
said on Thursday it will move ahead with its Large Cabin Concept jet
aircraft. The aircraft will have intercontinental range and will be the
largest ever in Cessna's fleet. "I'm ecstatic to announce we are
extending the Citation line upward and grateful for the patience of the
customers who have urged Cessna to add a large cabin Citation," said
Cessna CEO Jack Pelton. The company has been showing a mock-up of the
concept since late 2006 and customer feedback will be incorporated into
the final design, Pelton said. "We have invested a great deal of time in
evaluating this concept to determine a solid business case and involved
customers very early in this program. We're confident our efforts will
result in an aircraft that is right for the marketplace," he said.
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BIG, BUY SMALL
When he's not busy selling the world on the
new 787 Dreamliner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Scott Carson
will be flying his new Sport Cub S2. Carson took delivery of the light
sport aircraft last week at CubCrafter's manufacturing facility in
Yakima, Wash. N846SC is painted red and white in honor of Carson's alma
mater, Washington State University. More...
CASA C-295M CRASH UPDATE
The Jan. 23 crash of a Polish air
force air transport aircraft that killed all 20 aboard (including
high-ranking officials) has led Polish officials to ground its fleet of
nine EADS CASA C-295M aircraft pending the results of an investigation.
The crash aircraft had fewer than 500 flight hours and its data recorder
has been recovered. It clipped trees prior to crashing approximately 1
nm shy of the runway at Miroslawiec air base in northwest Poland. The
crash occurred just after 7 p.m. local time. Weather at the time
included cloud bases near 300 feet with heavy rain in the area. It was
the aircraft's second approach. An instrument landing system had yet to
be introduced at Miroslawiec, a spokesman for the Polish air forces,
Lieutenant-Colonel Wies³aw Grzegorzewski, told the Polish Radio
Information Agency. He added that the pilots knew that the ILS system
was not operating at the base and were landing by means of a precision
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777 ENGINES WERE RUNNING AT IMPACT
Despite earlier reports
that suggested both engines had quit on the Boeing 777 that crashed on
final approach to Heathrow last week, the engines were still developing
power at impact, the United Kingdom's Air Accident Investigation Board
said on Thursday. The AAIB also said there was adequate fuel on board.
The aircraft was on autopilot and stabilized on an ILS approach when the
autothrust system commanded an increase in thrust from both engines.
"The engines both initially responded but after about 3 seconds the
thrust of the right engine reduced," according to the AAIB. "Some eight
seconds later the thrust reduced on the left engine to a similar level.
The engines did not shut down and both engines continued to produce
thrust at an engine speed above flight idle, but less than the commanded
thrust." Investigators now are working to complete a detailed analysis
and examination of the complete fuel-flow path from the aircraft tanks
to the engine fuel nozzles. More...
EXPANDS OPERATIONS SIM LAB
University will open a new College of Business building this week at its
Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. The $13 million, 54,000-square-foot
facility will house ERAU's aviation operations simulations lab, formerly
located in the flight simulator building. Researchers use the lab to
test various operational scenarios, such as what it takes to unload and
reload a jet on time, and then use this data to help operators maximize
efficiency. Daniel Petree, dean of the business school, told
AVweb that he is actively courting air taxi operators to the
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RECALLS PAST CATAMARAN DESIGNS
When Virgin Galactic and
Scaled Composites unveiled the final version of their spacecraft last
week, the impressive double-hulled design of the WhiteKnightTwo carrier
aircraft stirred up memories of catamaran aircraft of the past. LiveScience turned up a photo of a Russian airplane model, apparently built in the late
1970s, that is eerily similar to the Scaled design. The model shows a
twin-hulled aircraft, in Aeroflot regalia, with four jet engines and a
center wing built to carry a space shuttle aloft. We found other pictures of the design, called a Myasishchev 3M2,
that look a little more ungainly and less WhiteKnight-like, with up to
eight jet engines, a single tail surface connecting the two empennages,
and the shuttle mounted in the rear. According to LiveScience, the
Myasishchev design was considered scalable for use to deliver ships into
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US ABOUT YOUR INTERIOR SHOP
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OF THE WEEK: EPIC AVIATION (KEVB, NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL)
In a week filled
with stellar FBO recommendations, our "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Aviation at KEVB in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
to AVweb reader Robert Edelson, Epic really stepped up to
the plate on a recent visit, despite having their hands full with other
The self-service pump was inop, but they
refueled me by truck at the same price. Furthermore, they changed by CHT
probe and cleaned a partially-blocked injector plus moved and returned
our plane to its tie-down by tug, all for a time charge of one and half
hours. They operate a busy flight-training operation, maintaining 20
aircraft, yet they graciously took the time to help me ... all for a
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actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
MONDAY PODCAST: MEET FLIGHTCRAFT'S PHILLIP CARRELL (IF YOU HAVEN'T
If you have bought or sold a high-performance single
or private corporate aircraft anytime in the last, say, half century or
so, you might have run across Phillip Carrell. Phil just celebrated 50
years on the job at Flightcraft Inc., one of the largest providers of
private and business aircraft services in the Pacific Northwest.
AVweb's Mike Blakeney wants you to meet Phil, as we pay tribute
to his career and contribution to aviation in this AVweb audio
OF THE WEEK: ALASKAN BUSH PILOTS' AMAZING STOLS
runway's too short for anything to take off from!" we've all
heard the sentence, and maybe a few of us have even said it, but from
now on, we'll have to make a slight revision. The next time you hear
someone talking about a short take-off, feel free to add, "Except, of
course, for those Alaskan bush pilots doing STOLs in that video I saw on
AVweb." (Just be careful what tone you use if you're talking to
the PIC, O.K.?) Thanks to AVweb reader Ronnie Hughan
for sending us the original video clip and YouTube user
dynmicpara for the YouTube link. (Click through to watch.)
|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
The following exchange took place en
route to the opening day at Sun 'n Fun one
"Jacksonville Center, Bonanza Four Seven
Two Zero Yankee. 11,000."
"Bonanza Four Seven
Two Zero Yankee, roger. Jacksonville altimeter
"Are you working a lot of traffic to
Lakeland this afternoon?"
"I'll tell you what:
If you fell out of your airplane right now, you'd never hit the
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