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Volume 16, Number 18b
May 6, 2010
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The Atlantic City (N.J.) International Airport is the first in the national airspace system to deliver digital Notams, the FAA said this week. The notices have long been posted in a difficult-to-read shorthand designed for delivery over teletype machines. The digital versions will be easier to read, more accurate, and will be disseminated quicker, according to the FAA. "Digital information management is key to meeting the air traffic system's safety and efficiency goals," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "This is yet another step the FAA is taking to modernize the national airspace system." More...

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Aviation Safety Watchback to top 

A Southwest Airlines 737 and a Bell 207 news helicopter nearly collided above a runway at Houston's Hobby Airport last week, the NTSB said on Monday. The two aircraft came within 125 feet vertically and 100 feet laterally as both were departing the field, the safety board said. Both aircraft had been cleared to depart. The 737 was on Runway 12R and the helicopter was departing from "another part of the airport," according to the NTSB. Shortly after the 737 lifted off from the runway, the helicopter converged into its flight path. Both flight crews executed evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. The incident was the second near-collision in just two weeks, the NTSB said. The first occurred on April 19 when a 737 and a Cessna 172 got too close above Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif. More...

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Over the Water and Under Scrutinyback to top 

After an unsuccessful search of a 770-square-mile area refined by ocean current and water data, French investigators said this week they will extend the hunt for submerged wreckage of Air France Flight 447. Only one of two ships sent to search the area will continue looking for the Airbus A330 that crashed last June while en route from Brazil to France, killing all 228 aboard. Airbus and Air France are applying 1.5 million euro to the effort, which should fund it through roughly May 25. The seabed in the search area ranges to 13,100 feet below the surface off Brazil's northeast coast. Nearly 1,000 pieces of wreckage have been recovered from the crash and while they have helped investigators gain an understanding of the jet's physical impact with the Atlantic, they have yielded no definitive information as to the cause of the crash. For that, investigators are still hoping to find the airliner's cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Investigators do, however, have some leads. More...

In its final look at last year's ditching on the Hudson by US Airways Flight 1549, the NTSB concluded on Tuesday it was not only the skill of the crew but a slew of factors that contributed to the positive outcome. Passengers were lucky that the visibility was good and winds were calm; the Airbus A320 was equipped with rafts and life vests, which weren't required for that flight; the cabin crew did a great job expediting the evacuation; and the proximity of rescuers was key in preventing fatalities after the airplane hit the cold water. "If even a single element had changed, the ditching could have ended not as a miracle but as a tragedy," said NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman. "The heroism of the flight crew was a necessary, but not sufficient, element." The board found plenty of things that could have gone better, listing 35 safety recommendations that call for better design of evacuation slides and life-vest stowage compartments, more precise engine monitors, and stricter bird-strike testing for jet engines. More...

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Aircraft at the Leading Edgeback to top 

The Gulfstream G650 flew at its proposed Mmo (maximum operating limit speed) of Mach 0.925 (about 704 mph) for the first time on Sunday, the company announced this week at EBACE (the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition). Gulfstream aims to steal the "fastest civil airplane" ranking away from Cessna, which has claimed it for some time with the Citation X, which tops out at Mach 0.92. The G650 reached top speed at FL 425, and it was no problem, according to test pilot John O'Meara. "Even at near the speed of sound, the aircraft provides stable and precise handling characteristics," he said. "It's very responsive to pilot input with fantastic maneuver capabilities. Turns can be initiated and completed without any onset of buffet. The engine performance is extremely smooth. At the conditions flown today, the entire operation was flawless." The G650 launched from Savannah, Ga. More...

Bell Helicopter and Northrop Grumman Corp. announced this week that they will work together to develop the Fire-X pilotless helicopter to demonstrate a new medium-range unmanned aerial system for the military. The aircraft will be based on the single-engine four-blade Bell 407 helicopter, adding more capability, payload and endurance to the systems employed in Northrop's smaller Fire Scout pilotless helicopter. The 407 is expected carry a 3,000-pound payload in pilotless form versus the Fire Scout's 600 pounds and the standard Bell's 2,347. The companies hope to fast-track the Fire-X's development by combining the established technologies represented in the Fire Scout's hardware and software with the 407's established (about 15 years in production) airframe. The plan also allows them to avoid the hurdles and costs associated with development of a clean-sheet design. The target market for the product is the United States Navy. More...

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... And Beyondback to top 

It isn't quite a flux capacitor, but Jonathan Trent, a marine biologist, is working with NASA to create biofuels using the effluent pumped out of wastewater treatment plants. Trent detailed his latest research at the fourth annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, in Santa Rosa, Calif., organized by the CAFE Foundation. His system uses energy from the sun to operate, and cleans the water while growing algae that can be used for fuel. The several hundred participants at the event also heard about advances in battery technology from Eva Hakansson, who together with her husband, Bill Dube, built the world's fastest electric motorcycle. They are now working on a two-wheeled electric-powered vehicle they hope will go 400 mph. Improving the energy density of batteries -- how much power they can deliver per unit of weight -- is at the core of advancing electric flight, according to EAA. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

The European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) opened Tuesday in Geneva and manufacturers are trying to sound optimistic and realistic at the same time as they face the inevitable questions about their market. In a speech at EBACE, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said the European market is showing signs of improvement and he's hoping emerging markets in Eastern Europe will be part of Cessna's future growth in the region as a whole. "Before the economic downturn, for example, Eastern Europe was a very strong region for us and we are beginning to see signs – including Citation sales – of that business coming back," he said. Pelton also said the recovery will be a long one, sentiments echoed by Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture in an interview with The New York Times. "I think it's premature to call 2010 a recovery year," he said. "The market still feels the way it did at the end of 2009." Gulfstream CEO Joe Lombardo told a news conference the industry is maturing and globalization is an increasingly important factor. Meanwhile, the industry got an unexpected boost from the volcanic eruption that paralyzed much of Europe's aviation industry last month. More...

The order count tradition at shows like EBACE is still with us in the downturn but the numbers are a little more modest. Still, aircraft are moving and the Middle East appears to offer the most in the way of opportunities. Dassault announced the delivery of the first of four Falcon 7X three-engine jets to Saudi Private Aviation, the business aviation side of Saudi Arabian Airlines. The aircraft were ordered in 2007. At the other end of the spectrum, Cessna announced the sale of two Citation Mustangs to the Turkish Airlines Flight Training Academy and Embraer found a home for a Legacy 650 in Jordan. The 650 is on track for certification later this year. Meanwhile, Gulfstream announced an important couple of milestones in its latest model, also a 650. More...


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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

If BP doesn't get it under control, the growing slick in the Gulf of Mexico could become a major disaster that will reset attitudes and policies toward offshore oil production. None of that is necessarily good for the price of avgas, and Paul Bertorelli breaks down some of the potential consequences in the lastest installment of our AVweb Insider blog. Click here to read more (and share your own opinions). More...

The next time you fly into an uncontrolled airport, there may be some traffic in the pattern who won't answer on the radio. Of course, you already knew that — you just didn't know it might be AVweb Insider blogger Paul Bertorelli. Give the radio a rest and exercise your eyeballs with Paul's latest post. More...

Bell Helicopter announced the development of a new pilotless helicopter based on the 407 model, and virtually any aircraft, it seems, can be made into a UAV. Where do they fit in the National Airspace System?

Plus: Do AVweb readers use their cell phones in the cockpit? Click through for a summary of answers to last week's "QOTW." More...

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

It's light enough to fit in a chart holder on the yoke, yet big enough to view a Jepp plate at full width. This new digital chart reader from SOLIDFX is a winner. More...

Say, how did those guys pull off that skydiver glider-to-glider transfer that's getting some much attention on YouTube and Red Bull's site? Here's the inside story from Ewald Roithner, the lead pilot. He spoke with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli. More...

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


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Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the Pacific Northwest, where AVweb reader Calvin Wilkinson has been relying on the services of SpanaFlight for the last 25 years. Wilkinson spent eight of those managing the maintenance schedules of Civil Air Patrol craft in Washington state, and then (as now) he counted on SpanaFlight — located at Pierce County Airport (PLU) in Puyallup, Washington:

I have had considerable contact with the owners, receptionists, and mechanics (all A&Is) who are all consistantly knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. On a few occasions, when an emergency has arisen, a SpanaFlight mechanic has worked late or come in on a weekend to get a plane into the air. In my book, SpanaFlight deserves to be the "FBO of the Week" every week.

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

It seems karma has finally caught up with the "Picture of the Week" electronic submission box. After swimming in a tide of great photos for the last several weeks, submissions dropped back down to the slightly-below-normal this week. But don't panic — we saved a few photos from last week's embarrassingly gorgeous assortment, so there's plenty of good photos to look at! First up: Paul Nuwer of Hurlock, Maryland decided to move his camera around a bit and found the perfect angle to capture our imagination. This is Larry Kelley bringing the B-25 Panchito into position on the runway at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, during the recent Doolittle Raiders reunion. More...

Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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