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THE WRIGHT EXPOSURE: GRASS-ROOTS OVERSHADOWED...
With sponsors like Ford, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman and Eclipse and a
huge organization like EAA running the show, it's no wonder the Countdown
To Kitty Hawk celebration of 100 years of powered, sustained flight
gets most of the attention. And yes, it will be EAA's replica of the
1903 Flyer (built by The
Wright Experience) that will duplicate the feat on Dec. 17. But away
from the bright lights and fanfare, there are other groups diligently
pursuing their own interpretation of that momentous event. Last March
15, the FAA presented the Wright
Redux Association with an Airworthiness Certificate for their
replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer. The plane, called the Spirit of Glen
Ellyn, flew last April and the group is claiming bragging rights that
its Flyer was the first to be certified, even though it lacks the deep
pockets of EAA's effort. More...
BUILDS TWO REPLICAS...
The Los Angeles Section of the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has also taken on
the challenges of building its own
set of two 1903 Flyer replicas. In 1999, the first aircraft built
was used for extensive testing in the wind tunnel in the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffet
Field, in California. The aircraft underwent unprecedented static load
testing, which the group claims no other replica has undergone to date.
Fred E.C. Culick, chief engineer and pilot #1 for the AIAA project, told
AVweb the group started working on its aircraft in 1978, "well before
the EAA even thought of building theirs." More...
VIN FIZ FLIES AGAIN
At this summer's Muskegon Air Fair, Dana Smith flew a replica
of the Wright Brothers' Model EX that made a coast-to-coast flight in
1911. The 68-year-old retired pilot and airplane mechanic was dressed in
the era's pilot apparel, as he flew the replica before the crowd of
onlookers. He also brought along a replica of the Wrights' Model A for
static display. The Model EX replica is patterned after the Vin Fiz,
which flew from Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., to Long Beach, Calif., in 49 days
during the fall of 1911. More...
PUSHES INTO CHINA...
The biggest consumer market in the world is opening to GA. Premier Zhu
Rongji and Central Military Commission Chairman Jiang Zemin recently
signed a decree regulating the country's general aviation industry. The
new "Regulation for Flight Control of General Aviation" will reportedly
help China make better use of its airspace, ensure aviation safety and
allow for the smooth development of the country's general aviation
THE GA FLEET GROWS
Some companies are already taking advantage of the opening doors in
China. On Friday, Cessna announced the sale of a T206 Turbo Stationair
to Beijing Sport Aviation School. The airplane will be headquartered in
Beijing and is the first Turbo Stationair in China. A&P Light Aircraft
Service Co. (China) Ltd., which helped seal the deal with Cessna, is a
joint venture found by Anyang Aviation Sports School and PTE, another
Beijingbased authorized Cessna single-engine sales representative
and Cessna service station. More...
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HAWKS IS CLEARED TO FLY INSIDE U.S.
The first FAA authorization to routinely fly an unmanned aircraft within
the National Airspace System (NAS) was recently granted to the U.S. Air
Force. The military will use this sign-off to fly the RQ-4 Global Hawk,
which was widely used in Afghanistan and the recent war in Iraq. The new
Certificate of Authorization (COA) allows it to be used throughout the
NAS in a new homeland defense role. More...
PONDERS DISPLAYING SHUTTLE WRECKAGE
History isn't always pretty and now curators at the Smithsonian's
National Air & Space Museum are pondering how to portray some of the
space shuttle program's darkest moments. While the Space Shuttle
Enterprise is already slated for display at the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
at Dulles, a debate is ongoing as to how, and if, some remains of the
Challenger and Columbia wreckage should be displayed. Until now, the
museum has obscured these monumental, but unpleasant, occurrences with
token mentions on small plaques. But it doesn't seem possible that a
special space exhibit highlighting 22 years of shuttle flights can
escape more honest treatment of the accidents that have claimed so many
astronauts. Or can it? More...
TO ROXIE LAYBOURNE
A Qantas Boeing 737-800, carrying 126 passengers, had just taken off
from Cairns airport on Sunday night when a bird was ingested into one of
its engines. Thanks to technology partially developed by Roxie C.
Laybourne, a pioneer in the science of forensic ornithology, the
aircraft was able to return for a safe landing. Laybourne, who used her
knowledge in identifying dead birds from their feathers in aircraft
engine components, died on August 7 at the age of 92. She was regarded
as a critical source of information for the proper design of engine and
canopy protective systems to help guard airplanes from collisions with
DONATES BEECH STARSHIP TO KANSAS AVIATION MUSEUM
As you may recall from previous
coverage, Raytheon Aircraft announced in June that it was
decommissioning the 40-ship Starship fleet because its support costs
were prohibitive. While some aircraft were reportedly scrapped, others
are headed for museums. NC-41 was recently donated to the Kansas
Aviation Museum. On Sunday, the aircraft, formerly based in Rockford,
Ill., was flown to the museum at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.
MAN'S FIGHT TO FLY IS HONORED
Capt. Marlon Green may not be a household name but his achievements
paved the way for all aviators, regardless of race or ethnic background,
to vie for that coveted left seat. On Saturday, Green, 74, was honored
in Seattle for his achievements at the Organization of Organization of Black Airline Pilots
annual convention. The organization promotes the training, mentoring and
hiring of black and other minority pilots. More...
Cessna called AirVenture a success, with more than nine new
Raytheon union launched an e-mail campaign to keep harness work
The Israeli Air Force grounded all C-130 planes after a recent
London's three major airports will get new runways. More...
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We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, Rev. Marvin B. Tobin, of Springfield, MO. His winning photo,
titled "Yellow Fever" captures Mike Mancuso putting on his best before
this year's EAA AirVenture crowd. Mancuso was part of the great lineup
of air show performers at this year's event, with our coverage still
available under the "Special Events" link of the homepage. Great
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We received over 300 responses to our question last week on
noise-abatement procedures. Half of those responding indicated they
normally follow airport noise-abatement procedures, while 32 percent
claim they are "somewhat observant" of these policies. Only 3 percent of
our respondents seemed to show a total disregard for the noise level
produced by their overflying aircraft.
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New Articles and Features on AVweb
Failure is Not an Option -- Part II
Failure to complete a flight safely after an electrical failure
shouldn't be left to chance. In Part I, AVweb
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Say Again? #27: 12 Minutes
AVweb's Don Brown is trying something different this month: 12 minutes
of fictional radio transmissions (just like those NTSB CVR transcripts)
to show how a few innocent errors and omissions in communication can
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