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|Top News: What Really Happened on Northwest 188?||back to
RELEASES NORTHWEST 188 TRANSCRIPTS AND AUDIO
at Minneapolis Center first made contact with wayward Northwest Flight
188, they said, "I just have to verify that the cockpit is secure," and
the crew responded "It is secure and we got distracted, we were, ah...".
Transcripts released Friday by the FAA claim the next part of the
sentence was unintelligible, but the issue was not dropped. When asked,
"Northwest 188, do you have time to give a brief explanation of what
happened?" the crew responded, "... cockpit distractions, that's all I
can say." The crew was asked to elaborate six minutes later and
responded similarly, "We're just dealing with some company issues here,
and that's all I can tell you right now at this time." In interviews
after the October 21 flight that took the Airbus A320, in radio silence,
150 miles past their destination of MSP, the crew told investigators
they'd been using laptops trying to understand work schedule software.
Cockpit security and an explanation weren't controllers' only concerns.
Another was fuel. More...
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|Putting Heat on the Quest for Tighter Icing Regs||back to
PROPOSES MORE ICING REGULATIONS FOR PART 121
prompted initially by a safety review initiated by a 1994 fatal crash,
last Monday proposed rules that may require installation of enhanced
ice-protection systems on aircraft and changes to procedures for crews
operating under part 121. The FAA described its motives this way:
"Neither the current operating regulations nor the certification
regulations" in place "ensure timely activation of ice protection
systems." The new rules are intended to stop accidents the agency has
reviewed where it was determined that "the flightcrew were either
completely unaware of ice accretion on the airframe, or were aware of
ice accretion." Toward that end, the proposed rule would create a
standard to ensure that ice protection on part 121 aircraft are
activated in a timely manner. Mainly, this rule will be fulfilled
through equipment, and the adjustment of specific airplane flight
manuals, operating manuals and training programs. More...
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CITE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS TO BLOCK POWER PLANT
previously joining arms with local residents and environmental groups to
halt a similar proposal, the California Pilots Association is citing
pilot-specific environmental concerns in its fight against the proposed
construction of a power plant near a non-towered California airport.
Speaking for some 5,000 pilots in the California Pilots Association
(CPA), Andy Wilson told the Contra Costa Times that the proposed Mariposa Energy Project power plant would produce an
oxygen-poor plume of contaminants and hot ammonia "that could affect
engine operation or the pilot's ability to see." The proposal would put
a power plant roughly 2.7 miles south of Byron
Airport, a county-operated field that sees traffic from ultralights
through corporate jets, along with glider and skydiving operations. The
pilots have sought the influence of the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District to draw attention to the "health hazards" they say would also
come into play, due to the proposed 200-megawatt gas-fired plant's
MAKE CLOUDS SAY RESEARCHERS
No, this is not a ChemTrail
airticle, but the UK's Met Office has concluded that high level
contrails do have a global and localized effect ... on sunshine levels.
One contrail studied by the office turned into a high level cirrus cloud
that, at the peak of its formation, "covered an area of more than 20,000
square miles," Met Office Research Manager, Jim Haywood, told the UK's
Times Online. According to the study, vapor trails laid down by aircraft
along high traffic flight paths can reduce sunshine levels by as much as
10 percent whereas a lone contrail reduces light by less than one
percent. Atmospheric conditions dictate how long the contrails remain in
the sky and most dissipate quickly, said Hawyood. But some can last much
longer, stimulating reactions in the surrounding stratosphere, "because
the extra ice and soot act as 'nuclei' around which more water can
condense," wrote the Times. Cloud cover aside, researchers say that the
aviation-induced cloud cover can have other effects. More...
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METALPLANE UP FOR AUCTION
A 1929 Hamilton Metalplane, the
only one of its kind that has been restored to flying condition, will go
on the auction block soon in Scottsdale, Ariz. The airplane is hangared
in South St. Paul, Minn., and will remain there until a new owner takes
possession. The airplane was No. 22 of only 29 built, and was originally
owned by the Canadian Forestry Service. After a long useful life in
Canada, Alaska, and Washington State, it was fully restored in Minnesota
in the 1970s. It was flown to airshows and won several awards, including
Grand Champion trophy at the Antique Airplane Association National
Convention in 1975 and the Silver Age Champion award at Oshkosh in 1976.
Interested bidders can preview the Hamilton on Dec. 12-13 from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at Fleming Field Airport in South St. Paul. The aircraft will
be sold in an auction conducted by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January. No
reserve price has been set. More...
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HEATHROW HOME AT RISK
Officials at London's Heathrow airport
say they just can't find a good spot to display their Concorde and may
have to get rid of it, a prospect that has Concorde fans up in arms.
"The Queen of the Skies should now be the Queen of Heathrow," said Ben
Lord, spokesman for the Save Concorde Group. Instead, the airplane has been
shuffled around from place to place, and is now stored behind a
maintenance hangar. Earlier this year, the airport tried to sell off the
airplane to a buyer in Dubai, but the deal fell through. Plans to
display the Concorde in British Airways' new terminal also did not
materialize. "Heathrow is the world's most congested airport and finding
a permanent location is not proving straightforward," an airline
spokesperson told the London Times. "We are looking at a number of options
for the aircraft including a permanent home at Heathrow but have not
made any decisions." Lord said his group would vehemently oppose moving
the airplane. "Heathrow played a vital role in the 27 years of
Concorde's commercial lifetime, and it's critical that Alpha Bravo
remains there," he said. More...
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KILLED IN PAWNEE/GLIDER COLLISION
The FAA and NTSB are
investigating why a Piper PA25 tow airplane and a Schleicher ASW 27
high-performance sailplane were involved in a collision over Middletown,
Calif., that killed both pilots involved; there were no passengers. The
FAA said both aircraft were approaching the same runway from different
directions, but did not specifically state that the aircraft hit
head-on. The accident occurred at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crazy Creek Air
Adventures, which offers glider flights and open-cockpit biplane rides
from its facility near Napa Valley wine country. Contacted by Lake
County News, Jim Indrebo, owner of Crazy Creek Air Adventures, noted the
active investigation, adding only, "I can't say much about it."
COLLISION DESTROYS TWO CESSNAS
A man who was driving past the
airport at Gillespie Field near San Diego, Wednesday, apparently fell
unconscious and rode as a passenger as his pickup truck (and his dog)
went through a fence and plowed into a row of parked aircraft near the
local flying club. The 57-year-old driver awoke safely under the wing of
a small plane. He and his chocolate Labrador appeared unharmed and there
were no other injuries or fire, but two Cessna 152's were destroyed and
a third aircraft was damaged. The damage -- including aircraft and the
airport fence -- was estimated by an employee of Golden State Flying
club at near $200,000, according to East County Magazine. The driver was
checked by paramedics and police, who arrived quickly on the scene.
There are no indications that drugs or alcohol were involved.
|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
NOVEMBER 30, 2009
Letter of the Week: Ramp Delay
Shouldn't Have Happened
ramp delay is a classic example of the level of absurdity our
commercial airline travel has reached. These people should not have been
held on the aircraft overnight, nor should they have been "allowed to
deplane but held in a sterile part of the airport". They should have
been allowed to deplane and go to a local hotel where they could spend
the night with dignity and a little comfort.
They were not
departing; they were arriving. They had already been through the
security procedures. The plane was from Texas, not an International
flight with Customs considerations. The bigger question is why should it
make any difference if TSA was available or not. You do not have to pass
through security to get off an airplane.
The entire situation is
simply ludicrous. Are they going to distribute the fine money fined to
the people who were actually inconvenienced by this nonsense? Hardly. We
live in an era where regulation has been completely divorced from
Thank God for GA, but if we are not diligent the same
stupidity will insidiously creep into the system.
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OF THE WEEK: LEBANON AVIATION SERVICES (FLOYD W. JONES AIRPORT, LEBANON,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Lebanon Aviation Services at Floyd W. Jones
Airport (KLBO) in Lebanon, Missouri.
AVweb reader Bill
Lanman stopped in over the holiday and tells us how LAS rolled out
the Thanksgiving welcome for a weary traveler:
A full course buffet of homemade food and
freshly baked pie made my stop at LBO a real treat all for a
small donation! Last year I stayed overnight, and they paid for my cab
to and from the hotel. The pilot is truly king here! Great people and
service. I stop here whenever in the area, and I recommend any pilot
flying through do the same.
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coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
This is a nice one from a few years back. I know the
captain of the aircraft, so I'm sure it's authentic. A South African
Airways B747 just off LHR had a problem and said they were returning and
would need to dump fuel for landing.
"You are approaching Windsor Castle, and the Queen is
in residence. Hold the dump until you have passed Windsor."
"Phone the Queen and ask if she would like the fuel or the
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