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SERVICES HERE TO STAY?
Although calls to Automated Flight
Service Stations are decreasing steadily, the service they provide
remains valuable says Jim Derr, the program director of Lockheed Martin
Flight Services. In a podcast
interview with AVweb at Sun 'n Fun 2010, Derr said that
despite the huge shift in communications, weather and avionics
technology over the last decade there are still times when that
"personal touch" from a live briefer is invaluable. Although most, if
not all information a pilot needs is available online or through the
panel, sometimes pilots don't get all the data they need for a flight.
Briefers often notice those gaps and fill them, he said.
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BULL AIR RACE SUFFERS FIRST CRASH
The first crash in the Red
Bull Air Race's seven-year history was suffered Thursday, April 15,
2010, in Perth, Australia, when Adilson Kindlemann, 36, lost control of
his aircraft after rounding a pylon during practice. Kindlemann managed
a near wings-level impact. but as the aircraft's fixed landing gear dug
into the water the aircraft flipped, leaving Kindlemann and the aircraft
floating upside down in Perth's Swan River. Red Bull rescue crews
arrived quickly to the inverted MXS-R aerobatic race plane. They soon
extracted Kindlemann from the river and local police said he appeared to
be conscious with minor injuries. Video after the jump...
BULL AIR RACE CRASH, PERTH, APRIL 15, 2010 ADILSON
Bull Air Race experienced the first crash of its seven years on
Thursday, April 15, 2010 in Perth, Australia. 36-year-old Adilson
Kindlemann lost control of his aircraft after rounding a pylon during
practice and managed a near-wings-level impact, but the aircraft flipped
as the fixed landing grear struck the water. Rescue crews extracted
Kindlemann from the river, and local police reported he was conscious
and appeared to be suffering only minor injuries. More...
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PROMOTES ENGAGEMENT AT SUN 'N FUN
The future of general
aviation rests in the hands of today's pilots, AOPA President Craig
Fuller said at Sun 'n Fun on Thursday evening, as he kicked off the
event's annual AOPA Day, which will be held all day Friday. "At AOPA we
are busy doing more than ever before to keep flying strong," Fuller
said. "And everywhere I go I meet people who want to help, but they
don't know how." Fuller is on a campaign to get grass-roots aviators
fully engaged in meeting the challenges ahead. "Being more engaged can
be as simple as staying informed about the issues that affect your
flying and as involved as hosting a major public event," he said. "But
in between are almost infinite opportunities." AVweb spoke with
Fuller about some of those opportunities, as well as the challenges
facing GA; click
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Sporty's is keeping up with the
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video series that will run on smartphones, an iPhone E6B app featuring
23 aviation functions, and its first downloadable e-book. The mobile
video series will play either on a 3G/4G network or via wifi, said
Sporty's vice president John Zimmerman at Sun 'n Fun on Thursday. It
costs an extra $49.95 for buyers of the online training series. The E6B
app will be available in a couple of weeks for $4.99, and the first
e-book, Richard Collins' updated classic Air Crashes, will cost
$9.99. "This is just the first of many e-books to come," Zimmerman said.
He also offered a video sneak peak of a new product that will be
introduced at Oshkosh: a hand-held unit that can probably do myriad
things, but the video showed it operating as a back-up ILS after the
avionics went down during a flight. 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
stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that
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A PLANE DEMAND STILL STRONG
"The down economy has been good
for Build A
Plane," founder Lyn Freeman said at Sun 'n Fun on Thursday. "We've
had a lot of donations." The organization is now accepting airworthy
aircraft as well as projects. And the demand continues to run ever
higher, according to executive director Katrina Bradshaw. "We've started
200 projects since 2003," she said. "But we still have 325 groups
waiting for an aircraft." Freeman said the projects have a huge impact
on the kids who take part. "We had a group of kids in Hooper Bay,
Alaska, who started a project in 2007, and now we're raising money so
they can fly the airplane they built into AirVenture this summer,"
Freeman said. "Out of the 11 kids who started the airplane, three have
now earned their A&Ps, and two more are taking flying lessons."
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FOR NEW AVIATION HIGH SCHOOL
Officials from Sun 'n Fun and
the Polk County (Fla.) School Board broke ground Thursday for a $7.5
million facility that will provide a new home for the Central
Florida Aerospace Academy, an aviation-oriented high school/career
academy already located on the Sun 'n Fun campus. The 58,000-square-foot
facility will house up to 500 high school students. Current facilities
for the school have a maximum capacity of 175. "Sun 'n Fun is ecstatic
to have such significant and inspirational support for an educational
facility of this magnitude that underscores our organization's core
values and is in lock step with our educational focus and mission," said
Sun 'n Fun Board Chairman Bill Eickhoff. The project is funded by a
grant from the Aviation Education Foundation, a Naples-based
not-for-profit organization founded by James C. Ray. More...
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ASH CLOSES BRITISH AIRSPACE
U.K. Authorities took the
unprecedented action of closing its airspace Thursday as a plume of
volcanic ash from Iceland blew over the country. All flights, except
certain emergency operations, were banned starting at noon and weren't
expected to resume until 7 a.m. Friday. By then, the plume is expected
to be over northern Europe, where similar airspace closures will be
implemented. The plume contains minute particles of silicate which
damage the engines and airframes of aircraft that fly through it. It's
the first sweeping closure of its type since the Second World War.
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