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INVESTIGATING TWO RUNWAY INCURSIONS IN CLEVELAND
said this week it is investigating two runway incursions that
occurred in June at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in
Cleveland, Ohio, while a controller-in-training was directing the
airplanes. On June 26, an Express Jet Embraer 145 was cleared by the
controller to cross Runway 24L at a taxiway in order to depart from
Runway 24R. About 19 seconds later, the same controller cleared a
CommutAir DH8 for takeoff on Runway 24L. The Express Jet flight crew saw
the departing airplane and advised the controller they would not cross
the runway. The DH8 rotated about 1,500 feet from where the E-145 was
positioned. Just three weeks earlier, on June 3, a B-737 was cleared by
the same controller to taxi into position on the same runway on which an
E-145 was cleared for takeoff. The E-145 crew was entering the runway
and saw the B-737, and queried the controller. The two flights came
within 500 feet of each other on Runway 6L. The controller is still on
duty and is expected to complete his training. More...
SURVIVES YEMENIA CRASH
Officials searching for an Yemenia
Airways A310 that crashed near the archipelago of Comoros early Tuesday
have found a 12-year-old girl who survived the accident. She was
swimming amidst debris and bodies and is believed to be the only
survivor. She is reported to be conscious and stable in hospital. The
aircraft was carrying 142 passengers and 11 crew and reportedly went
down after an aborted landing attempt at Moroni Airport. Two French
military aircraft and a ship departed the Indian Ocean islands of
Mayotte and Reunion early Tuesday to assist in search and recovery.
Weather in the area at the time of the crash was stormy, with high seas.
The aircraft was enroute from Sana'a in Yemen to the Comoros Islands,
off the coast of Tanzania. Comoros is about halfway between Madagascar and Africa. More...
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FAILURE PROMPTS PRECAUTIONARY BUT SAFE LANDING FOR
Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo, also known
as "Mothership Eve," was on its way from Scaled Composites in Mojave to
fly past the groundbreaking ceremony for Spaceport
America in New Mexico on June 19 when the crew noted the failure of
a speedbrake actuator as they descended toward the site. Pilot Peter
Siebold and his crew made a precautionary landing at Williams Gateway
Airport near Phoenix, where they were met by ground crew. They were able
to re-launch the next morning and successfully completed several flybys
and a low pass over the runway at Las Cruces International Airport for
spectators at the Spaceport America event. Systems were evaluated on the
high-altitude return leg to Mojave. According to the flight log posted at scaled.com, WhiteKnightTwo has
so far flown more than 29 hours, with some flights lasting as long as
7.5 hours, at altitudes up to 52,400 feet. WhiteKnightTwo is the carrier
vehicle for SpaceShipTwo, which will transport passengers to the edge of
WILL BRING VLJ MOCK-UP TO OSHKOSH
So far, start-up companies
aiming to build very light jets have found the going tough (the
now-defunct Eclipse Aviation and Adam Aircraft, for example), but that
isn't stopping newer companies whose leaders believe they have a better
idea. One of those is Stratos Aircraft, a Bend, Ore., company that is
moving forward with its concept of a very light personal jet, the
Stratos 714, which it announced last May. The four-seat single-engine
jet will go 1,500 nm at 400 knots, and it will be easy to manufacture,
easy to fly, and easy to maintain, the company says. A full-scale cabin
mock-up will be ready for display at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh later
this month. "The full-size mock-up clearly demonstrates the level of
roominess and comfort we are aiming to achieve," said CEO Michael
Lemaire. "No amount of blueprints or renderings can replace actually
sitting in the cabin." Company officials also will use the opportunity
to gather feedback that can be incorporated into the final design.
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KITFOX-LITE MODEL RE-LAUNCHES AS BELITE ULTRALIGHT
Belite Aircraft, a new company based in Wichita,
Kan., unveiled its prototype airplane Tuesday afternoon in the middle of
the city's Old Town neighborhood. The aircraft, which flew for the first
time just last week, is an extensively modified version of the Kitfox
Lite. Entrepreneurs James and Kathy Wiebe acquired the production rights
to the aircraft earlier this year and have redesigned it to reduce the
weight below the 254-pound limit needed to qualify as an ultralight
under Part 103. The wing, struts, spars and ribs are constructed using a
proprietary carbon fiber process that James Wiebe says builds faster
than aluminum, wood or composite construction. The aircraft will fly at
about 55 knots with a range of 200 miles. It will be on display at EAA
AirVenture at Oshkosh later this month and Wiebe said he will release
further information at that time about pricing and delivery schedules.
It will be offered for sale as a kit or fully assembled.
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FUELS MOVE CLOSER, AS AVIATION ESCAPES EMISSIONS CONTROL
FAA said last week it has reached a "major
milestone" in its efforts to help the aviation industry develop
sustainable alternative fuels, and this week, the U.S. House exempted
aircraft from a major bill that will impose greenhouse-gas emissions
standards. The House bill, which was passed last Friday, still must
be approved in the Senate and signed by the president before it becomes
law. The Senate, however, is not expected to push for limits on aviation
emissions, according to Helicopter Association International. Meanwhile, the
FAA said an international panel of experts is working to create new
guidelines that will allow for the approval of alternative commercial
jet fuels. A number of new alternative fuels could be approved within
the next few years, according to FAA's Nancy LoBueand, acting assistant
administrator for the environment. She said the approval of new fuels
will help lower aviation's carbon footprint. More...
NEEDS A VOICE IN SECURITY PLANS, ALPHABETS SAY
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and AOPA said this week
that current proposals now in play in Washington are good news for
general aviation. One bill introduced in the House would require the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to create a rulemaking
committee including GA industry stakeholders, which would have input
into new security measures that affect the industry. "This legislation
shows that Congress understands that we can accomplish more good if we
work together rather than separately," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. The committee would
address proposals such as the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP),
which has been widely opposed by GA operators and pilots. After
receiving more than 7,000 comments on its proposed LASP rule, most of
them in opposition, the TSA has said it will issue a new NPRM before
issuing a final rule. AOPA also noted that a House funding bill that passed last week addresses
several issues of interest to GA. The bill urges the TSA to work with GA
stakeholders before issuing security mandates and provides $275,000 to
train GA pilots regarding security measures. More...
FRAUD CASE REVEALED
Jerry Comeaux, 69, the proprietor of
Quality Aircraft Support in Ninety Six, S.C., pleaded no contest to
fraudulently repairing aircraft parts without FAA credentials and is
being forced to pay $403,000 to customers who paid more than $2.5
million for them. Before Comeaux copped the plea, prosecutors told a
U.S. District Court in Greenville that some of the parts weren't
airworthy. Other charges against Comeaux and his wife Vicky, which
included money laundering, wire fraud and mail fraud, were dropped in
exchange for the no-contest plea. Customers included firms that repaired
commercial and military aircraft and centered on Comeaux's lack of
credentials to certify the airworthiness of the repaired parts.
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MEDIA LEADS TO PROJECT TO PROMOTE GA FOR ALL
pilots -- Jason Schappert, a CFI living in Florida, and Vincent
Lambercy, a Swiss private pilot living in Germany -- were chatting on
Twitter recently when they came up with an exciting idea. Why not go
flying in Jason's Cessna 150, from the U.S. East Coast to the West Coast
and back, to promote general aviation? "While it's not very fast, [the
150] is a very economical and reliable airplane," the two write on their
Web site, FlyingAcrossAmerica.com. "Jason opted to own such a
plane because it allows for his students to earn their private pilot
license for less than 5,000 dollars! Aviation is not restricted to the
elite and affluent. This is an integral part of our message." The two
plan to launch next summer, and they are looking for sponsors and donors
to help make the trip possible. They will fly a southern route from
Florida to California, to avoid having to cross the Rocky Mountains. The
two say they see the flight as "a mission" that is more than just flying
for fun from coast to coast. "We intend to rally people and promote
general aviation on a local grassroots level," their Web site reads.
AIRSTRIP EXPANDS ACCESS TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN FORESTS
A new grass
runway is now being built on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service in
Montana, after four years of effort by recreational pilots. The strip,
which is expected to be ready for next spring, will be 4,000 feet long,
stretching across a meadow at an elevation 6,300 feet, surrounded by
plenty of open grassland for approaches and climbouts. The site is close
to a popular trout-fishing area and a campground in the Lewis and Clark
National Forest. Members of the Montana Pilots Association and the Recreational Aviation Foundation worked with federal
officials to create the airstrip. The agreement required four years of
planning, including an environmental impact statement and an opportunity
for public discussion. Several sites were considered and rejected before
the final site made the cut. "This decision is significant because until
this location was selected at Russian Flat, there were no public
airstrips on Forest Service lands east of the Rocky Mountain Front,"
said Dan Prill, of the RAF. The runway is under construction now but is
not expected to open until the grass surface has time to develop.
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LAYS OUT JET PLANS (A PREVIEW OF OUR FRIDAY PODCAST)
one has ever accused Cirrus Aircraft Chairman of the Board Alan
Klapmeier of backing down from a challenge and he's taken on a big one.
Klapmeier announced last week that he's trying to buy the Vision SF 50
jet program from the company he and his brother Dale founded 25 years
ago. The news caused a sensation at last week's gathering of Cirrus
owners in Duluth and rippled through the industry. Now that the dust has
settled some, Klapmeier says he has a picture of the reaction to the
news and he's explaining the rationale behind the blockbuster news. In
an extensive interview with AVweb's Russ Niles recorded Wednesday
for our regular Friday podcast, Klapmeier lays out the history, the plan
and what he hopes will be the future of project. Here's a
sample of what you'll hear in the 15-minute interview. Look for the
full audio podcast on Friday morning. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: TIP O' THE CAP TO TAMPA
Ever tried to complain
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the number. At Tampa, Florida, they actually call you back. Paul
Bertorelli's report on that refreshing experience is the subject of our
latest AVweb Insider blog. More...
INSIDER BLOG: AIR SHOWS AND THE $6 HOT DOG
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break on the price of lunch at these shows. A little consideration could
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OF THE WEEK: SPARTANBURG DOWNTOWN MEMORIAL AIRPORT FBO
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the city FBO at Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport (KSPA)
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AVweb reader Jacquelyn
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fly with very young children by myself. This really can be challenging
upon landing. I have a plane, kids, and luggage to deal with. The
personnel at this airport jump right in to help. They take the children
and luggage, [then] take kids to play while I secure my plane. They are
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