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AIRLINES LANDING INCIDENTS PROMPT FAA REVIEW
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The FAA will increase its oversight of
American Airlines following a string of non-fatal landing incidents that
took place in December, including one that left an AA 737 in pieces in
Kingston, Jamaica. FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford made the comments to
CNN, adding that the FAA's review will attempt to determine if those
incidents "might be indicative of a larger issue." On Dec. 13, an
American MD-80 went off the side of the runway while landing at
Charlotte Douglas International Airport and dragged a wingtip while
realigning. The Dec. 22 incident at Kingston left 91 passengers injured
and the 737 broken when it overran the runway in heavy rain. And on Dec.
24, another AA MD-80 dragged a wingtip landing at Austin.
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LEADS TO F-15 INTERCEPT
Jean-Claude Courtois bought a plane
in Florida but an allegedly iffy checkride and some miscommunications
saw his maiden flight shortened by a pair of F-15s. The incident began
at American Aviation on Hernando County Airport in Florida, where
Courtois purchased a Cessna 425. While Courtois was getting checked out
in the plane, his instructor developed concerns about the Frenchman's
command of English and his piloting skills. Based on those concerns, the
instructor recommended to American Aviation (the plane's seller) that
Courtois fly with and be re-evaluated by another instructor. But before
that could happen, the Frenchman hopped into the aircraft and departed
Hernando "without (air traffic control) clearance," FAA spokeswoman
Arlene Salac told NaplesNews.com. Next, due to a miscommunication
somewhere in the chain, a call from American Aviation to controllers
along Courtois' presumed route of flight became a report of a foreigner
who wasn't talking with controllers flying a stolen aircraft. Soon
after, Courtois found himself putting down at Everglades Jetport at the
urging of two NORAD-deployed F-15s. More...
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To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep
flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even
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VICKERS ANTARCTICA WRECKAGE POSSIBLY FOUND
Vickers abandoned on the Antarctic ice during the 1911-1914 Antarctic
expedition of Australian Douglas Mawson may have been found on New
Year's Day, 2010. If true, the find itself may be as unique as the
circumstances that allowed for it. Wreckage was found on ice-encrusted
rocks on the shore of Commonwealth Bay. Modern-day expedition leader Dr.
Tony Stewart told Reuters, "Friday was the only day in several years
when the rocks were sufficiently exposed and the tide was low enough."
Only rusted lengths of metal tubing were found, but they match
structural tubing from the monoplane's fuselage and the expedition
believes they're a match. The Vickers was originally intended to fulfill
Mawson's goal of launching the first human flight over the Antarctic ice
cap, but that bid ended before it began. More...
A $2.1 million investment has yielded a hand-sized
infrared controlled micro air vehicle (MAV) that flies by flapping its
four polyethylene wings up to 30 times per second. Displayed last Monday
by Professor Hiroshi Liu, of Japan's Chiba University, the 2.6-gram,
four-inch long MAV carries a rechargeable battery that's reportedly good
for six minutes of powered flight. The vehicle has yet to demonstrate
its ability to hover, which is next on the list, but has demonstrated
stable figure-eight flight. Liu plans to ultimately develop the MAV for
earthquake-aftermath search missions by equipping it with a tiny camera.
The addition of a camera would make it not terribly unlike an existing
MAV, the Dutch DelFly Micro, an ornithopter that weighs in (with
camera) at about 3 grams and has a flight duration of about three
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TODAY CONTINUES AIRPORT FUNDING COVERAGE
privately owned reliever airports have again won the negative attention
of USA Today, this time with two articles -- one titled, "FAA and taxpayers prop up small, little-used
airports." USA Today writer Thomas
Frank's two articles appeared in USA Today on Dec. 31, stating among
other things that some small airports are owned by "businesses," and
that "raises questions about whether public funds should go toward
assisting private enterprise." Like a similar article printed in USA
Today back in September
of 2009 these latest two have drawn reaction from AOPA. The pilot
group wrote Friday that the latest articles cast reliever airports as
"playgrounds for the rich," when they actually "support business
aviation, medical services, and disaster relief." AOPA noted that it had
provided a statement to the reporter prior to the story's inclusion in
the paper, "but the newspaper chose not to include it."
GETS ON-SITE WIND TURBINE
Heritage Aviation, Burlington
International Airport's new general aviation facility, has installed --
onsite -- a wind turbine, claiming "a first for renewables and aviation
industries," according to Heritage. The Northwind 100 (100-kilowatt)
turbine erected at the airport stands 121 feet tall, measuring from atop
the 41-foot-diameter rotor's disc area. The airport hosts a number of
instrument approaches, and Heritage pushed through heavy FAA scrutiny
with the help of turbine supplier Alteris Renewables. "Basically we had
a very close look at radar maps and found a 10-foot circle where this
could go," Nils Behn, director of Alteris' wind division, told the
Burlington Free Press. Another turbine erected by the University of
Vermont is close to the airport and won FAA approval in part because it
was constructed next to a larger pre-existing water tower.
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MOST POPULAR STORIES OF 2009
We've looked back through the
electronic monstrosity that recorded the roughly 600 million hits you
generated for AVweb last year so, without further ado, here are
the stories that you found most clickable in 2009. In January, your
interest was dominated by our
same-day breaking news coverage of Sully and Jeff and their "Miracle
On The Hudson," along with our comprehensive first impact video footage and CVR
audio. In February, C-17
belly landing pictures and video won the top slot. The third month
was dominated by Terrafugia, specifically our
Terrafugia first flight video coverage. In April, a King Air pilot
died en route, forcing a low-time SEL pilot/passenger to orchestrate a
landing and our
audio coverage won out. In May, more audio -- this time covering Sean
Tucker's off airport landing. In June, video
of a Beaver that crashed on takeoff claimed the top spot.
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JANUARY 4, 2010
Letter of the Week: Spin
Unfortunately, I don't think most pilots would be able
to react to a stall/spin
situation. Most pilots I talk with fear spins and spin training.
Some are actually reluctant to do stalls. Thus they don't have the
opportunity to experience a spin until they inadvertently enter one, at
which time it is too late.
It's difficult to find an instructor
today who will teach spin recovery from an actual spin, as many
instructors have not experienced an actual spin. A pilot flying light
aircraft today would benefit themselves and their families by taking
spin recovery training from actual spins from a qualified
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OF THE WEEK: GEORGETOWN AIR SERVICES (GED, GEORGETOWN,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Georgetown Air Services at Sussex County
Airport (GED) in Georgetown, Delaware.
AVweb reader Mark
Galbraith had high praise for the staff and facilities at
I'm in my third
year of flying regularly to GED for both business and pleasure, and the
guys at Georgetown Air never disappoint. The large ramp assures parking
is available. All requested services are done immediately and to high
standards. Free long-term vehicle parking is available, as are several
courtesy cars. Randy and Greg are like family, giving my daughters rides
on the golf cart and, when I'm in on business alone, helping me with all
of my belongings and airplane duties. I am always treated as well as the
corporate jet folks.
See? We told you Mark gave them high
marks all around!
With the new year upon us, there's no better
time to tell us about your favorite FBO. Click here to nominate
someone. 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...
On approach into OAK, I was left-hand seat in the
Cessna 182, and my wife was working the radio with the following
"Cessna 1234, cleared to
land. Caution: banner-towing plane crossing in front of
"Cleared to land and we have
the banner on the right and the plane on the left."
Gary Cook More...
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