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REPORTS SUBSTANTIAL DROP IN GA FATALITIES
fatalities decreased 30 percent last year compared to the year before,
the NTSB reported on Wednesday, down from 703 to 491. It
was the lowest annual total in more than 40 years. "The U.S. aviation
industry has produced an admirable safety record in recent years," said
NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker. "However, we must not become complacent. We
must continue to take the lessons learned from our investigations and
use them to create even safer skies for all aircraft operators and their
passengers." The overall number of GA accidents was up, rising from
1,518 in 2006 to 1,631 in 2007. Estimated flight hours were down
slightly, and the overall accident rate per 100,000 flight hours showed
a slight increase. More...
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RACING TO DEBUT AT AIRVENTURE
The Rocket Racing
League, which is made up of modified Velocity experimental aircraft
with a rocket strapped on the back, will debut its first-ever exhibition
race at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this summer. Two Rocket
Racers will compete, and the pilots will carry in-cockpit cameras to
broadcast the action live on multiple large projection screens. "EAA has
followed the development of the Rocket Racing League concept with great
interest," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "We are excited about the
opportunity to develop a whole new audience of aviation enthusiasts,
while at the same time promoting aviation innovation." The races will be
held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2. More...
STOLEN AT GUNPOINT IN MEXICO
A pilot and his family were in
their Cessna Stationair on Tuesday, preparing to take off from a dirt
runway in Baja California, when they were forced at gunpoint to abandon
the airplane, Bob Collins, president of the Aviation Crime Prevention
Institute, told AVweb. "Three men jumped the fence, then
three others in a Nissan Sentra pulled onto the runway, blocking it,"
Collins said. "One of them had a gun, and they broke a window in the
airplane and forced the family out. They pushed the Sentra off to the
side and torched it, then all six of them climbed into the airplane.
There was baggage in there too, and it barely made it into the air,"
Collins said. ACPI had issued an alert recently that aircraft thefts are
rising in the border region. "Mexican officials are seizing aircraft, so
smugglers are out looking for new ones," he said. More...
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AIRLINES-NORTHWEST AIRLINES DEAL FAR FROM DONE
As details of
the Delta and Northwest "merger" emerge, the number of affected parties
continues to grow and it's looking like some key people weren't
consulted--like Northwest's pilots. Northwest's pilot's union claims the
deal was structured around a new fat contract for Delta pilots and
Northwest pilots will suffer, resulting in class warfare on the flight
decks. "The labor discord that will result from the current structure of
this merger is likely to overwhelm the potential economic positives. We
will not tolerate being a B-scale airline due to an unfair contract,"
union president Dave Stevens said. Then there's the question of whether
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Northwest's current home, will continue to be a
major hub of the "world's largest airline." Regardless of the customer
service angle, it's already been decided that head office of the new
airline will be in Atlanta and the current CEO of Northwest, Doug
Steenland wasn't exactly direct in his comments on the disposition of
his MSP headquarters staff. "We want to be in a position to make
commitments on those topics, and we have indicated to the elected
officials here that as the transition plans develops, and we can be more
specific, we'd like to sit down and have that conversation," he said.
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ROLLS OUT PHENOM 300
Embraer rolled out the first Phenom 300
light jet and ground testing will begin shortly in advance of its first
flight. Work has already begun on the second Phenom 300. "We are
thrilled to see the Phenom 300 become a reality," said Luís Carlos
Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. "The Phenom
300... will set a new standard for the light jet category." The 300 was
rolled out 10 months after the smaller Phenom 100 was completed.
DISPLAYS NEXT GENERATION PC-12
The Pilatus PC-12, a well-respected
workhorse, has been given a 21st century makeover. The company displayed
an example of its next generation model that was certified days before
Sun 'n Fun 2008 opened in Lakeland, Fla. The biggest change is
installation of a Honewell Primus Apex glass panel, a variation of the
Honeywell system found in large business jets and is the base system for
Gulfstream's Planeview. Pilatus spokesman Mike Haenggi said the version
used in the PC-12NG is optimized for single pilot operation. The latest
PC-12 also gets more power. (Click through for video of Haenggi at Sun
'n Fun.) More...
SOLDIERS ESCAPE SUV DURING F-16 STRAFING IN UTAH
soldiers were inside an SUV that was destroyed when an F-16 fired upon
it at a training range in Utah last week. The two were able to escape
with minor injuries. It was unclear whether the vehicle was hit by the
jet's 20-mm cannon fire or if it crashed after the soldiers jumped out,
according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The soldiers were taking part
in a night training exercise at the Utah Test and Training Range. Live
air-to-ground exercises are often practiced at the range, the Tribune
said, and can involve firing on abandoned vehicles. More...
FOR AIRPLANES, MOTHER-OF-PEARL SKINS?
Scientists from the
University of Dayton Research Institute have manipulated the process of
shell and pearl formation in oysters to demonstrate a method for
depositing pearl-like coatings onto various metal surfaces, such as an
aircraft, according to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, which is
funding the study. The findings could lead to the development of new
lightweight, durable coatings that would protect aircraft from impact
and corrosion, the USAF said. The Air Force currently uses protective
ceramic coatings on aircraft for various purposes, but officials said
this new nonhazardous process could create ceramics at room temperature
and pressure. Existing methods require a high-temperature, high-pressure
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OF THE WEEK: AMELIA REID AVIATION (KRHV, SAN JOSE,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Amelia Reid Aviation at KRHV in San Jose,
AVweb reader Konstantin Blank
recommended the FBO, citing the unique training
Amelia Reid Aviation is a rare place where you
get excellent flight instruction while connecting with the roots of
aviation. While they instruct for all airplane ratings, the spcialty is
in tailwheel aircraft ... a place where hangar flying is a both a
pleasure and valuable (non-loggable) flight experience. I recommend
everyone get a tailwheel transition training here as it will be fun and
make you a better pilot.
While tailwheel training
isn't on our list for this year, we'll definitely spread the word. (And
now we know a good FBO in San Jose to stop in on during our
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!
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
As we were packing up for Sun 'n Fun, we
asked AVweb readers to keep submitting
pictures, promising that we'd dive back in as soon as we returned.
You guys certainly lived up to your end of the bargain, uploading nearly
150 photos over the past two weeks. Now that we're back in front of our
submission pile, it's time for us to pull our weight and start dishing
out pics. So let's go starting with this photo from Geoff Sobering of Madison, Wisconsin!
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