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WANTS FURTHER TAYLORCRAFT INSPECTIONS
The FAA proposed an Airworthiness Directive this week that would require
owners of more than 3,000 Taylorcraft airplanes to inspect the wing
strut attach fittings and check for cracks or corrosion. The proposal
follows the investigation of a fatal crash in Oregon last July, in which
it was found that the wing fabric was wrapped around the lugs of the
wing strut attach fitting, and the fitting was corroded. "This
condition, if not corrected, could result in failure of the wing strut
attach fittings and lead to wing separation and loss of control," the
FAA says. The inspections are expected to cost about $160, and new
fittings, if needed, would be about $200. The FAA issued an AD last year requiring inspections of wing struts on
some Taylorcraft models. Type clubs, EAA and AOPA lobbied for alternative means of compliance,
which were accepted by FAA. More...
IS CHECKING WHETHER FLIGHT CREW FELL ASLEEP
We've heard about
airline pilots falling asleep in flight before, but this report is even
stranger than usual -- it was 9 o'clock in the morning, and the flight
was a 45-minute hop from Honolulu to Hilo. Local TV
station KGMB9 said it obtained a radar track of the flight, which
showed it stayed at 21,000 feet and flew past the Hilo airport about 15
miles out to sea before turning around and returning to descend. The FAA
confirmed that it is checking into the incident. Air traffic controllers
reportedly tried to contact the pilots for 25 minutes and got no
response. The airplane, operated by Go! Airlines, landed without incident.
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UNCONCERNED WITH AIRSPACE CHANGES
A shift of airspace
responsibilities from Chicago Center to Milwaukee should have little
impact on the annual migration to EAA AirVenture, EAA's Dick Knapinski
told AVweb Monday. "A review of the situation indicate[s] that
this particular issue involves IFR operations," Knapinski said in an
e-mail. "The vast majority of AirVenture operations are VFR, and we are
not anticipating any problems with staffing or operations." In a
well-publicized news event in Milwaukee last week, the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association and several prominent state and federal
politicians blasted the FAA for shifting responsibility for a big chunk
of Wisconsin airspace to Milwaukee controllers, who they claim are
already overworked and understaffed. More...
SAFETY SEMINAR TO ADDRESS ONGOING DC ADIZ INCURSIONS
Safety Team is hosting a seminar in Leesburg, Va., on March 1 to try to
reduce the number of pilot violations that continue to occur inside the
Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and the
so-called "Leesburg maneuvering area" within it. More...
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PROVE POPULAR AT SINGAPORE AIRSHOW
Its no surprise that the
market for regional and corporate jets is strong and growing in Asia,
but Cessna is
finding an increased interest in piston aircraft as well at this week's
Singapore Airshow. "Not only has demand expanded for Cessna's line of
products in the Asia-Pacific region, that demand covers many countries
and spans all models," said Roger Whyte, senior vice president of sales
and marketing for Cessna. The SkyCatcher light sport aircraft, the
Caravan, and the venerable SkyHawk all are proving popular, Cessna says.
A flight school in India ordered 20 172s this week, and an Indonesian
company bought six Grand Caravans that it will use for cargo, charter,
and scheduled passenger service. More...
GA AIRSHOW GOES ANNUAL
AERO-Friedrichshafen, the popular European general
aviation event that has been attracting growing interest in recent
years, will now be held annually, instead of every other year, and EAA
and IAOPA will play a greater role in organizing the show. "It's an
outstanding general aviation event that serves the new light sport
aircraft (LSA) category very well, especially with the global growth
that we are seeing," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. "EAA looks
forward to participating at AERO in the future, and working with them on
programs of mutual benefit." The next show will be held April 2 to 5,
2009. Organizers have taken pains to avoid overlap with Sun 'n Fun. Last
year's AERO show was the biggest yet, attracting about 45,000 visitors
from around the world, with 533 exhibitors from 30 countries.
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RULE REQUIRING PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY NOT LIKELY TO BE ENFORCED
U.S. pilots who fly internationally are being asked to hurry
up and apply for replacement airman certificates that state they are
English proficient, according to an International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) rule that takes effect on March 5. But a
source at the FAAs General Aviation and Commercial Division
(AFS-800) told AVweb yesterday that the requirement is not likely
to be widely enforced, as most countries are not prepared to comply.
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UNMANNED MICRO AIR VEHICLE OK'D FOR AIRSPACE
Honeywell's unmanned Micro Air Vehicle weighs 14 pounds, can fly as high
as 10,500 feet, and zips along at up to 50 knots. This week, the FAA
gave the vehicle an experimental airworthiness certificate, allowing it
to fly in the National Airspace System. The ducted-fan aircraft can take
off or land vertically and transition to sustained horizontal flight.
Applicants have to demonstrate to the FAA that a collision with another
aircraft or other airspace user is "extremely improbable," the agency
said last year, when it issued policy guidelines for operations of unmanned
aircraft in the NAS. Honeywell's MAV was recently chosen by the
Miami/Dade County Police Department in Florida for an experiment with
the FAA to explore the use of small aerial vehicles for law enforcement.
1928 BIPLANE RETURNS TO THE SKY
A 1928 Boeing Model 40C
biplane, lovingly restored by Pemberton and Sons Aviation of Spokane,
Wash., flew this Monday for the first time in 80 years. "The airplane is
very controllable and pleasant with excellent ground handling, good
elevator and rudder, and heavy but effective ailerons," Addison
Pemberton said in the Nordo News. "The visibility is very poor but not
difficult. The overwhelming surprise is stability." Pemberton flew the
airplane for about 20 minutes, and said he was able to fly hands-free
for much of the flight. "In all flight configurations I never used more
than 1 1/2 degree of trim change, including slow flight at 55 mph," he
said. The airplane was originally used on mail routes, and Pemberton
said it's now the oldest flying Boeing aircraft. More than 60 volunteers
helped on the project, logging over 18,000 hours of work.
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THE FLY ...
Missile took out dead spy satellite...
F-15 pilot dead after midair off Florida...
An A380 had to be
grounded on Tuesday due to a fuel pump problem...
USAF officials say
they need $20 billion per year to replace aging aircraft...
Geneseo Airshow in New York will celebrate the Curtiss P-40
EAA shows you an overview of Oshkosh in a new online
AOPA celebrates 50 years of publishing its own
magazine, AOPA Pilot. More...
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VIDEO: AMAZING FEATS OF AVIATION DHL BAGHDAD
Recounting one of the most impressive feats in
recent aviation history, AVweb video editor Glenn Pew
recalls the circumstances of the DHL A300 shot by a surface-to-air
missile over Baghdad. The crew successfully landed the aircraft without
the ability to manipulate any control surfaces. (Note: The aircraft
shown in simulation is a Boeing 777, not an Airbus A300.) (Click
through to watch.) More...
OF THE WEEK: SANTA YNEZ AIRPORT (KIZA, SANTA YNEZ,
You guys have
been doing a lot of flying lately! We received more "FBO of the Week"
nominations over the last seven days than we have in months. Despite
some outstanding recommendations, we're awarding our "FBO of the Week"
ribbon to the FBO at Santa Ynez Airport at KIZA in Santa Ynez,
Not only do they have a great webcam on their site (where you can check real-time
fuel prices and ground conditions at a glance), but they inspired this
heartfelt endorsement from AVweb reader Eric
This is the way airports used to be, and I
believe [Santa Ynez] is the best small airport in the U.S. Made me feel
like a kid again.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
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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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
We get a lot of approach photos here at
"POTW" headquarters, and while many of them end up as desktop wallpaper
on our computers, it's a bit rare for one to find itself in the position
of "POTW" winner. Stephen Foster of
Cary, North Carolina bucks the odds, with this shot taken from the
cockpit of "a Cessna 210 piloted by Bob Draper [as] we spend a
late afternoon Christmas Eve sightseeing beautiful Taos, New Mexico."
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