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HIJACKED, SUSPECTS ARRESTED, NO ONE HURT A Boeing 737
operated by AeroMexico was hijacked on Wednesday after departing from
Cancun. None of the 112 passengers and crew on board were harmed in the
incident and police arrested several men after the flight landed in
Mexico City. No shots were fired, according to the Associated Press. It was unclear at our deadline
what kind of threats the men made or what their motivation was; it was
also unclear if Mexico City was the flight's intended destination. One
report said the hijackers used a fake bomb and forced the crew to circle
Mexico City seven times before landing, but other reports said the men
had explosives strapped to their legs. Another source said the hijacking
didn't take place until after the airplane was already on the runway.
The hijackers allegedly made demands to talk with Mexico's president,
Felipe Calderon. According to Bloomberg, the hijackers held the passengers on
board the airplane for about 45 minutes after landing, while negotiating
with officials. The passengers were then allowed to leave, but the crew
was held for about another half hour before Mexican police stormed the
aircraft and freed the crew and arrested the suspects. Bloomberg said at
least seven men were arrested, other reports gave numbers from five to
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SEES SIGNS OF STABILIZATION, IMPROVEMENT In a business update
that was webcast on Wednesday, executives with Textron, the
parent company of Cessna and Bell Helicopters, said "recent data
indicate early signs of stabilization" in the economy, and the long-term
outlook for deliveries is strong. The percentage of used Citations
available for sale improved over the last four months, and daily
utilization of the fleet flattened out over the summer, after 18 months
of decline, the company said. However, Textron CEO Lewis Campbell said
he expects another down year overall for Cessna next year, with "modest
recovery" in 2011. Global markets present strong growth opportunities,
the company said, and aggressive layoffs and furloughs have cut costs.
Cessna is on track to deliver about 275 jets this year.
MODELS NOW NUMBER 100 In just five years, the Light Sport
Aircraft industry has made it to S-LSA model No. 100, with the approval
of Van's RV-12. The RV-12 LSA approval was announced in late
July, but it wasn't until this week that Dan Johnson, chairman of the
Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, realized that the paperwork
for the Krucker amphibious trike, Cygnet, had been completed earlier in July, making
that aircraft No. 99, and the RV-12 emerged as No. 100. The LSA sector
provides a vital incubator for new ideas in aviation, Johnson said.
"Such entrepreneurial activities are vital," he told AVweb on
Wednesday. "If only governments (FAA and EASA spring to mind) don't
overly burden these sectors, we will continue to see bright lights at
the end of the tunnel." Out of those first 100 models, a couple are no
longer available, Johnson said, and two European companies are in
bankruptcy, though they may yet re-emerge. However, for the most part
the segment is robust, and many of the smaller manufacturers can do fine
on as few as 30 sales a year, Johnson said. More...
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SWISS, USA TEAMS LEAD IN ANNUAL BALLOON RACE The annual
Gordon Bennett balloon race, the premier event in the small world of gas
ballooning, launched in Geneva, Switzerland, last Saturday, with 16
teams competing. With online
tracking of each team now available, the competition can be watched
by a worldwide audience. The race rules are simple -- whoever lands at a
point farthest from the takeoff site, wins. The following year's race
then is hosted in the winner's country. By Wednesday, all the teams had
landed safely. Preliminary results list a French team in first place,
followed by the Swiss, and the U.S. coming in third. Most of the
balloons drifted south over the Mediterranean before catching winds that
brought them west over Spain and Portugal. Three teams landed in
Algeria, on the northern coast of Africa. More...
ROGALLO, "FATHER OF HANG GLIDING," DIES AT 97 Francis
Rogallo, who patented a flexible wing design in 1948 that has been
credited with spurring the development of hang gliders, sport
parachutes, and ultralights, died at his home in North Carolina on Sept.
1. In the 1950s, Rogallo and his wife, Gertrude, who was credited as
co-inventor of the wing, gave their patent to the government and began a
series of experiments with NASA, who renamed the design the Parawing.
The wing was tested at altitudes as high as 200,000 feet and as fast as
Mach 3 to evaluate it as an alternative recovery system for the Gemini
space capsules and spent rocket stages. NASA conducted test flights of a
Parawing aircraft called the "flying Jeep" and a weight-shift Parawing
glider, both manned and unmanned. In the 1960s, the Rogallo wing design
was adopted by the hang-gliding community. "Millions of people around
the world have enjoyed flight as a result of Rogallo's invention of the
Flexible Wing," according to the obituary published by the Rogallo
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AEROSPACE SHOW THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS GROWTH IN CORPORATE
SECTOR Asian Aerospace 2009, a leading event for the region
that is held every other year, takes place in Hong Kong this week,
Tuesday through Thursday, with a new emphasis on corporate aviation.
"The event's unique positioning and focus will provide a platform for
the business aviation industry to meet the widely forecasted groundswell
of demand in Asia, particularly from China," event organizers said in a
news release. Speakers will tackle topics such as legal, regulatory, and
insurance considerations; airspace requirements; safety regulations; and
Air Operator's certificates. China is already the world's second-largest
overall aviation market, according to event organizers. In spite of the
world economic turndown, 2008 was a record year for the business
aviation market in Asia, particularly in mainland China.
TECHNOLOGY TO DEBUT AT BIRD-STRIKE CONFERENCE People who
worry about bird strikes in aviation, from airport operators to air
traffic controllers to researchers and safety experts, gather every year
for a Bird Strike North America Conference -- but this
year's event, which takes place Sept. 14-17 in Victoria, British
Columbia, is expected to draw more attention than usual. The dramatic
Hudson River ditching early this year brought widespread attention to
the issue of bird strikes, and some new technologies are expected to
debut at the event. Accipiter Radar will introduce a 360-degree 3-D
avian radar technology. Other vendors will display various kinds of
radars for detecting birds as well as methods for dispersing them, such
as colored laser beams, specially trained dogs, radio-controlled
cannons, and garlic oil sprayed on grass to make it unpalatable for
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observations. At the core the problem was, and always will be, moral
Always set the example by your actions, not just your
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INSIDER BLOG: THE VLJ PRICE FANTASY The industry persists in
the notion that small, light jets can be made cheaply. In the latest
installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues
that "cheap" is really around the $2 million mark and not much lower.
The idea here is to produce sustainable projects that allow companies to
remain in business profitably. More...
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"Have you ever
had to argue with a mechanic over the price of a repair?" asks
AVweb reader Dean Herrington. You probably have, but it
almost certainly didn't go like the conversation Dean had with a
mechanic at Callaway Aviation at Big Bear City Airport
(L35) in California:
departed about 3:00 in the afternoon and quickly developed an electrical
problem that necessitated a return to the airport. I was guided to the
nearest repair facility, Callaway Aviation. The only mechanic available,
the owner, Brad Callaway, was very busy across the field supporting the
warbirds that were about to depart, so I had about a 1.5-hour wait. When
the courteous Mr. Callaway arrived he spent over an hour
troubleshooting, doing run-ups, troubleshooting some more, then finally
recommending that we experimentally replace my one-year old battery with
one of his used ones, just to see if we could fully eliminate my battery
as a culprit. His used battery immediately cleared up the problem, and
further tests and run-ups confirmed that it was completely
When I asked for the bill, he said "Oh, that's
I said, "No way, I've got to pay you for your time and the
battery." After considerable pressue he finally agreed to accept
How can this guy stay in business? Unless, of course, he
has a large, loyal following of grateful customers, like me. My flight
home to Vegas was an uneventful pleasure.
AVwebbers, is why Callaway is this week's very deserving "FBO of
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE Once again, we've
got a great batch of reader photos to share! Let's keep it simple this
week and dive straight into the submission box, shall we? Joe Scheibinger of Oshkosh, Wisconsin sent
us some really amazing photos this week from aviation's favorite
Wisconsin town some snapped during AirVenture and others taken
during the "off-season." More...
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