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This year's Collier Trophy has been awarded to
the international team behind the International Space Station. The
National Aeronautic Association announced the award on Wednesday. The
association says it selected the station "for the design, development,
and assembly of the of the world's largest spacecraft, an orbiting
laboratory that promises new discoveries for mankind and sets new
standards for international cooperation in space." NASA Administrator
Charles Golden said the award "is a testament to the dedication and hard
work of thousands of people around the world." More...
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CONTROLLER AT JFK?
Bring your-kid-to-work-day took
on a decidedly different turn last week when a tower controller at New
York's JFK evidently had a child communicate with aircraft on the
outbound local frequency. Recorded audio reveals the child made a
handful of transmissionsobviously coachedand the controller
said on the frequency "that's what you get guys when the kids are out of
school." The kid's directives included takeoff clearances and frequency
switches to departure. Although the pilots on frequency appeared amused,
the FAA and the controller's union, NATCA, are not.
Click here to
listen to the audio (MP3 file)
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|100 Years of Women in the Skies; Here's to 100
PILOTS TO CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL BY "PAYING IT
Around the world, women plan to celebrate
the 100th anniversary of the first time a woman earned a pilot
certificate by taking a woman or girl for her first flight in a
general-aviation aircraft during the week of March 6 to 12. Raymonde De
Laroche, a French balloonist, learned to fly a fixed-wing aircraft and
was the first woman to receive a pilot certificate, on March 8, 1910. So
far, pilots from the U.S., France, Spain, Mongolia, and many other
countries have signed up to participate in what they hope will be a
world-record-setting event. The Ninety-Nines, Women in Aviation
International, the International Society of Woman Airline Pilots, EAA,
and other groups have signed on to help with the effort. "Nothing can
inspire a woman to learn to fly more than meeting a woman who became a
pilot," say the organizers of the Centennial of Women Pilots. Women who
want to participate in the record attempt must pre-register at the
group's Web site.
for a podcast interview about the Centennial with Mierelle Goyer
AIR SHOW OPENS WITH HOPE, TRAGEDY
India Aviation 2010 launched on Wednesday amid high
hopes for expanding markets in the region, but the opening day airshow
was marred by a crash that killed two pilots. Spectators from more than
100 countries were on the show site in Hyderabad when a Kiran MK-II, a
military jet trainer, crashed into a nearby apartment building. Four
people in the building were hurt, two seriously. One pilot reportedly
ejected but the chute failed to deploy, and the other died in the crash.
They were flying with Sea Breeze (Sagar Pawan), a four-ship naval
aerobatic team that launched in 2003. A video posted by CNN shows the accident aircraft
veering off from the other airplanes, apparently out of control, as they
pull up from a maneuver. General aviation manufacturers from the U.S.
attending the show include Cessna, which is introducing its Citation Mustang
jet there, and Hawker Beechcraft (PDF), which is showing a King Air 350 along with two
of its bizjets, the Hawker 750 and Hawker 4000. More...
DC-3 FORMATION AT 40
Organizers of a mass arrival of
DC-3s and C-47s at AirVenture Oshkosh this year now expect 40 aircraft
to take part. The original goal was 25 aircraft making an hour-long
flight from Rock Falls, Ill., to Wittman Regional Airport for a
formation flyby at 1,000 feet to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the
first flight of the iconic aircraft. Organizers were deluged with
requests to participate in the flight, which will be the largest
formation of Douglases since the Second World War. The current record is
27, set in South Africa in 1985. There are 12 aircraft on standby to
fill any slots that open up before the flight. Once in Oshkosh, the
aircraft will be the centerpiece of festivities throughout the week
including a one-of-a-kind heritage flight. More...
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New Zealander (he's half Australian) Rudy
Heeman has, over 11 years, transformed his hovercraft into a
wing-in-ground-effect vehicle, and now it's for sale. Heeman says he's
found the ideal flight altitude under the vehicle's 7-meter wingspan to
be about 1.5 meters, over flat water or land, where he reached a top
speed of about 60 mph in a test. It will hop small bushes or short trees
and, yes, Heeman has hit shrubbery with it (and continued to a safe
landing). Theoretically, the pilot plus one vehicle can cruise at about
55 mph for roughly 140 miles. The project includes parts from six
different cars, including what was originally a 1.8-liter Subaru engine,
and a gas bottle from an old barbeque. Its wings consist of what appear
to be a front and rear aluminum tube spar, foam/fiberglass ribs (four
per side, plus an end rib) and zip-to-close fitted fabric covering --
all of which separate for storage/transport. The vehicle is controlled
by rudder and elevator, actuated by a control wheel (no rudder pedals).
The cockpit includes a GPS and engine gauges, but Heeman has included
other creative refinements. More...
Eurocopter announced the week of
February 25 new "Blue Edge" and "Blue Pulse" technology that
significantly reduces the noise generated by a helicopter blade. Tested
on an EC155 helicopter, the Blue Edge blade itself created a three to
four decibel drop in noise and then Eurocopter added more technology.
For the blade, itself, Eurocopter dramatically redesigned the shape,
creating what might best be described as a seagull-wing shaped bend at
the blade's tip. It then layered active "Blue Pulse" technology on top
of the Blue Edge design. Blue Pulse adjusts three trailing edge flap
modules 15 to 40 times per second via piezoelectric motors. The flaps
move to reduce the effect of blade/vortex interaction. That interaction
occurs as a trailing blade encounters the vortex of the preceding blade,
causing an audible "slap." And adjusting the interaction dramatically
reduces the slap. For disbelievers, the company has supplied audio. Find
it after the jump.
Related Content: More...
Click here to hear
sound comparisons (MP3)
Business aircraft activity is up considerably,
bucking a trend that saw an overall decline in general aviation activity
(it's down 3 percent overall) in the U.S. according to FlightAware. In
its monthly analysis of aircraft movements, the popular online tracking
and data site says private jet traffic is up a whopping 8.8 percent in
February, compared to the same month in 2009. Turboprop was up 2.2
percent but the tale of the tape was in charter and fractional
operations. Charters were up 16.5 percent and fractional traffic 6.5
percent, perhaps reflecting a shift from ownership to charters for
economic and public relations reasons. Every other sector of GA activity
measured by FlightAware was down.
Related Content: More...
the full FlightAware report (PDF)
VISIT IMPACTS HAWAII AVIATORS
The Oahu Aviation Initiative,
an ad hoc coalition of 20 small general aviation businesses in Hawaii,
is asking the federal government to compensate them for $200,000 in
losses they incurred due to almost two weeks of flight restrictions
during President Barack Obama's recent holiday visit to Oahu. The group
is also working with the Secret Service and the TSA to negotiate less
severe restrictions before the next presidential visit to their state.
The restrictions essentially banned flights within a 30-mile radius of
the rented house where the Obama family was staying outside Honolulu.
Pat Magie, president of Island Seaplane Service, told the Honolulu Advertiser that aviation company owners
were not informed of flight restrictions until four days before the
president's arrival, and many of them had no option but to shut down
entirely during the 12-day visit, from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4.
EXECS OPPOSE EPA DEICING RULES
New rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency to control runoff from aircraft deicing fluids would "create
safety hazards at many airports," the American Association of Airport
Executives says. Under the proposed rules, airports with more than
10,000 annual aircraft departures and 1,000 annual jet departures would
be required to re-capture up to 60 percent of the fluid, rather than
allow it to drain off the pavement, where it can end up in nearby
rivers, lakes, streams and bays. AAAE says the proposal doesn't allow airports enough
time to comply, would impose financial burdens, and the use of
additional fluid recovery vehicles around crowded gate areas could cause
safety issues. "Safe airport deicing procedures are paramount to winter
weather practices," said AAAE Director of Regulatory Affairs Leslie
Riegle. The EPA says stricter rules are needed because airport
discharges from deicing operations can affect water quality. Impacts
include fish kills, contaminated drinking water, and noxious odors in
residential areas and parks, among other effects. More...
AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
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OF THE WEEK: STARLINK AVIATION (CYUL, MONTREAL,
This week saw more AVweb readers telling us about
their favorite FBOs via our online nomination form which makes us
feel good about traveling around North America, but it makes picking an
"FBO of the Week" a little more difficult. After some thoughtful
consideration, we decided to award our latest blue ribbon to Starlink
Aviation at Montreal, Québec's Pierre Elliot Trudeau
International Airport (CYUL).
AVweb reader Keith
McLellan is a regular visitor to CYUL and reports that he has "tried
all the FBOs on the field," but he's now settled on Starlink as his
homebase-away-from-home, "and for good reason," he
Zoran Bratuljevic and
his hand-picked staff of professionals are the best anywhere! The guys
and girls at Starlink are very sharp, courteous, friendly, and truly
sincere in their efforts to take care of your needs. [G]reat service, a
nice facility with all the amenities you want, a well-trained and
friendly staff, and competitive pricing for all services. I highly
recommend them! Oh, and just FYI, how many FBOs offer a late-model BMW
as a crew car?
Keep those nominations
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...
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Ice, sleet, snow,
and more ice have been standard issue for the last couple of weeks
across most of the U.S. and in our "POTW" submission box.
Andrew Wall of Ankeny, Iowa
asks, "Will this winter weather ever end? These F-16s have been waiting
for a chance to fly for a long time and certainly won't be doing it
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