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LASER VIDEO RELEASED Boeing announced that it had
successfully shot a stationary truck on the ground with a laser onboard
a C-130 flying overhead. Last week video of what happens when airborne
laser meets truck was released showing metal sizzling from an area
outlined in duct tape on the truck's hood. Boeing earlier said the test
had "defeated the vehicle" although it's not clear in the accompanying
video what, if any, damage was done besides some melted sheet metal.
Still, it represents a milestone in weapons technology which will have
the result of making war just a little safer for those caught in the
FIRST PASSENGER JET, A GEARED TURBOFAN, WINS FOREIGN
ORDER The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Japan's state-backed
stab at earning a foothold in the commercial passenger jet market, has
won a 100-plane order with a street value of $40 billion from a U.S.
regional carrier. Trans State Holdings, based in Missouri, operates
GoJet and Trans States Airlines, along with feeder services for United
and US Airways. Said Trans States President Richard Leach, "Making a
decision of this size in this economic situation was difficult." But
Mitsubishi says the aircraft's Pratt & Whitney PW-1000G geared turbofan
engines (shared by Bombardier C Series aircraft) can bring fuel burn
savings of up to 30 percent per hour over other similar but differently
engined designs. A report by the AFT notes that Mitsubishi was "advised
by US Aircraft maker Boeing" and switched "to aluminum for the wings,
from carbon-fibre." Boeing has suffered significant delays in the late
stage development of its larger next generation all-composite 787
Dreamliner, due most recently to a redesign of the composite wing root.
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ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY PLANT CLOSURES, MORE Teledyne Continental
Motors Inc. announced Friday that it will close for one week, Monday
Oct. 5 through Monday Oct. 12, and will put other cost-cutting measures
into effect "in response to reduced demand" for the aircraft engines and
parts it produces. Salaried staff will go to four-day workweeks as of
Oct. 12 and vacations for Thanksgiving and Christmas will last one week
each. Beyond that, TCM has a shutdown planned for Jan. 4 to Jan. 9,
2010. The company says its goal is "to protect as much of our valuable
employee base as possible," and rebuild its backlog while it endures
this period of reduced demand. Customers will not be left entirely in
the dark during the closures. Sales will be open, TCM will make customer
service available for emergency support calls, and shipping/receiving
will continue to manage delivery of incoming and outgoing orders.
According to TCM, the cost cutting is only part of the company's
slow-market strategy. More...
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MOLESTATION AND AIR INDIA? Air India has some trouble to sort
out following reports Sunday that the crew of one of its commercial
flights was involved in pilot/purser fisticuffs and pilot(s)/flight
attendant sexual harassment all while en route over Pakistan with 106
passengers aboard. The flight was out of UAE for Delhi, and the whole
mess may have begun with confrontational verbal exchanges during the
pre-flight briefing. According to The Times Of India, it escalated in
flight when the pilots' allegedly attempted to molest a female flight
attendant in the cockpit. The flight attendant resisted the alleged
harassment and the altercation then spilled into the galley where,
according to the BBC, punches were thrown. The event has ended (so far)
with two crew members suspended, and two pilots grounded with a
molestation charge filed against them. It also seems that the pilots
have since lodged their own complaint of misconduct against a male
flight attendant, claiming the sexual harassment (or molestation) charge
is a false diversion from that real issue. More...
OFFERS PRICE CUTS THROUGH FLYSAFE PROMOTION Avidyne is, from
Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2009, offering "instant rebates" via its FlySafe
promotion that will save single-unit buyers $500 and could save
multiple-unit buyers up to $5,000. The deal is applicable to Avidyne's
Entegra, Entegra MFD, Wx, and Traffic series units, with one small
catch. To save the money, customers must "register for the rebate" on
Avidyne's Web site prior to purchase. To save $5,000, you (or you
representing four people) will have to buy four units. Purchasing just
two through the program will knock $1,500 off of the price and buying
three will save you $3,000. Company COO Patrick Herguth says the
initiative "is designed to provide substantial savings that make all of
our safety-enhancing products -- including our full suite of displays
and safety sensors -- available to an even wider number of aircraft
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LOST IN LAKE Witnesses saw a man appear to escape the
single-engine float-equipped experimental Avid Catalina registered to
61-year-old Jim Eachus that sank Wednesday into Inks Lake near Burnet,
Texas, but then saw him disappear into the water. It took until Saturday
morning for searchers to find the body of the pilot. Witnesses say one
of the aircraft's pontoons appeared to run low in the water, sinking
until a wing touched the surface and the aircraft flipped over. The
pilot, according to the witnesses, emerged from the plane's window but
then disappeared into the water. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
deployed search parties in boats and employed SONAR to try to locate the
missing pilot. The lake is about 40 feet deep in the area of the crash
site and wind, noted in the FAA's preliminary report out of the south
gusting to 15 knots, pushed some of the aircraft's wreckage to shore,
expanding the search area. A dive team that searched Wednesday and
Thursday failed to find the pilot, who was remembered by his instructor
as a passionate, hard-working and excellent pilot who flew regularly.
WRIGHT FLYER III REPLICA CRASHES, PILOT SERIOUSLY INJURED Mark Dusenberry, vintage
aircraft builder and pilot, was seriously injured Thursday when he
crashed a replica of the 1905 Wright Flyer III at Huffman Prairie Flying
Field. The airfield is cited by some as the world's first airport.
Dusenberry was practicing for the 104th Anniversary of Practical Flight
ceremony planned for the week of Oct. 4. Huffman Prairie Field sits just
south of the main runway at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton,
Ohio. Dusenberry has flown the aircraft successfully at reenactments,
but did suffer a minor crash at the same airfield on Oct. 5, 2007. This
year, he was just seconds into his second early morning flight when
witnesses saw the aircraft begin to oscillate vertically before pitching
down from about 20 feet and impacting the ground. Dusenberry was
conscious and talking with paramedics as he was airlifted by a
CareFlight helicopter from the airfield to a local hospital. The flight
ceremony, an event that includes educational outreach programs for local
students, has been canceled. Click through for local news video.
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CAPTURES BIRDSTRIKE Some days just don't go as planned and
the crew of this Germania Airlines Boeing 737 was having one of those
days on Wednesday. The Daily Mail says 200 starlings were ingested by
the right engine of the aircraft as it took off from Dusseldorf bound to
Kosovo. There were 80 people on board. Planespotter Juergen Kienast said
the engine pitch immediately changed as the crew continued the takeoff.
FUELED UP It's not only the aircraft that needs fuel on a
long cross country so the crew of a Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon
helicopter satisfied man and machine with two stops in Kenora, Ont. last
week. The crew was on its way from the garrison at Canadian Forces Base
Edmonton to Thunder Bay, Ont. (about 900 nm). According to the Canadian
Press, the crew of the medium-sized twin-engine single rotor utility
helicopter, based on the Bell 412 EP, landed at Kenora, two-thirds of
the way to their destination, for fuel. There was no food available at
the airport but there was a vacant ball diamond across the street from
an A&W in the nearby town. More...
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Jump For The Cause
(JFTC) just set a record on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, for the largest
female-only formation parachute jump of 181 women. Not being female and
not being a skydiver, Dr. Brent Blue decided to tag along anyway. Good
thing, too, since Brent learned quite a bit logging air time with
several dozen parachuting women and one talking lamb. More...
FOR THE CAUSE Really big events tend to raise really big
amounts for charitable causes, and the Jump for the Cause was no
exception, gathering almost $1 million for breast cancer research and
setting a new world record for women skydivers. Bambi Knight was
one of 181 women who linked in so many ways in the searing heat of
California last week, and she spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about
the jump. More...
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VIDEO: ON "NON-GOD-FEARING AIRCRAFT" Stability is a good thing ...
except when it isn't. Nearly all general aviation aircraft are
inherently stable, which makes them, in the words of military
experimental test pilot Desmond "Deuce" Brophy, "God-fearing aircraft."
But the fighter jets Brophy flies and tests are a little different.
During our visit to the flight test center at Edwards Air Force Base,
Brophy explained the fundamental aerodynamic differences between the
aircraft we fly and what he calls "non-God-fearing aircraft."
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QUIZ #146: OBSCURE REGULATIONS Seemingly insignificant
regulations can bite. So bite back and defang the FAA's oft-overlooked
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INSIDER BLOG: EFIS AS LIFESAVERS? Aviation Consumer's
survey of EFIS owners and users revealed widespread satisfaction with
the technology. Some readers even described glass panels as having saved
their lives. Consumer editor Paul Bertorelli chuckled a bit at
the thought, gave the pilot a little more credit that he did himself,
and started thinking about how much the definition of "flying" has
changed in a short time. Read his latest musings on the AVweb
Insider blog. More...
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"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Five Star Jet Center at Barne Municipal
Airport (KBAF) in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Tim Stevens told us how 5SJ keeps 'em coming back for more with
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