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PULL RANK, DECLARE EMERGENCY AT JFK (WITH AUDIO)
The crew of
American Airlines Flight 2, a Boeing 767 out of Los Angeles for New
York, ultimately declared an emergency while trying to land in strong
crosswinds at JFK, May 4, after apparently being denied their runway of
choice. Speaking for the JFK Controller union, Steve Abraham told ABC
news the pilot "had no choice. He couldn't land 22L, it would have been
illegal for him," due to the crosswind. Wind was 320 at 23 gusting to
35, at the time. JFK's main runway, 31 Left, has been closed for
upgrades for about eight weeks, and controllers say that maintaining the
flow of traffic at the airport has led to some less than ideal
clearances. FAA spokesman Arlene Sarlac told AVweb Thursday that
the agency studied the situation "for over a year" prior to closing the
runway and worked with airlines who "agreed to reduce their schedules
during this closure time." The FAA says the situation at JFK is safe.
After receiving their clearance, the crew of American Flight 2 said, "We
can't land on 22," adding, "We're breaking off approach and if you don't
give us to Runway 31R, we're going to declare an emergency." The
controller responded "alright, I'll pass it along, fly runway heading
for now." At that point, things got more serious. Click for audio
(MP3 file). More...
Business Aviation Will Help
Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis
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
surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for
Speculation is rampant in commercial jet
circles that Boeing is ready to build a clean-sheet replacement for its
bread-and-butter 737. "Everything's on the table," Liz Verdier, Boeing's
spokeswoman for New Product Development, told Seattle's KING 5 News. While much of the focus on Boeing has
been on its prestige lines, like the 787 Dreamliner and the new 747-8,
the company's Renton plant is cranking out the latest generation of 737
at the rate of almost one a day. Although it continues to outsell its
rivals, there is more competition on the horizon and that's why pundits
are wondering if something completely new is in the works.
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CRASH -- THE AIRCRAFT AND ITS LEGACY
The first fatal crash of
an Air Force CV-22 Osprey in Afghanistan, this April, served as a
reminder of the aircraft's costly and deadly development history, but
comparing the current aircraft to the development aircraft may be an
apples-to-oranges comparison. In this week's podcast, AVweb's
Glenn Pew speaks with Richard Whittle, author of the newly released
book, "The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22
Osprey." In the podcast, Whittle explains the problems encountered
during the Osprey's development, the deadly crashes it experienced, and
how the government's own development process may have contributed to
those problems. Today, Whittle believes the physical lessons of the
Osprey's development have been incorporated into the current Osprey
airframe, along with its hardware and software. But the aircraft's
reputation in the general public may not have similarly evolved. And the
government may have yet to incorporated the lessons learned. (Click to
STORIED HISTORY OF THE OSPREY, WITH AUTHOR RICHARD
The first fatal crash of an Air Force CV-22 Osprey in
Afghanistan this April served as a reminder of the aircraft's costly and
deadly development history but comparing the current aircraft to
the development aircraft may be apples to oranges. AVweb's Glenn
Pew spoke with Richard Whittle, author of the newly released book
The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22
Keeping Our Airspace
Over 14,000 strong, the members of the National Air Traffic
are aviation safety professionals whose
skill and professionalism help keep our National Airspace System moving
safely and efficiently.
Find out more at NATCA.org
and read about our annual Archie League Medal of Safety award winners,
many of whom assisted general aviation pilots who needed help to land
HOPES TO PULL "OLDEST" P-38 FROM UK BEACH
Lost during a
training mission in 1942, a Lockheed P-38 Lightning was first revealed
by shifting sands at Gwynedd, UK, in 2007; now a recovery team aims
extract the aircraft, in whole, from its partially submerged spot. The
International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) began
looking after the aircraft when it was discovered three years ago. The
aircraft was identified as the Maid of Harlech, which was flown by
Second Lieutenant Robert Elliot. The Lieutenant walked away from the
crash that eventually saw the aircraft buried, but was reported missing
in action three months later while flying in Tunisia. His "Maid" is now
thought to be perhaps the oldest surviving P-38 airframe. As such,
museums are in discussions with TIGHAR over hosting the aircraft. But
removal of the seriously eroded airframe, from its sand-and-seawater
home of 68 years, won't be easy. More...
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TEST PILOT DIES
Rudy Opitz, the chief test pilot of one of
the most uniquely ambitious programs of the Second World War died May 1
in Bridgeport, CT at the age of 99. Opitz headed up the testing and
eventual deployment of the Me 163 Komet, which still holds the
distinction of being the only rocket-powered airplane to enter combat.
Opitz was snapped up by the U.S. occupying forces after the war in
Operation Paperclip and became a U.S. citizen in 1955. He joined
Lycoming to run their jet program but he never lost his love for
gliders, which, after seven minutes, the Komet became.
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AIRPARK RAVAGED BY FLOOD
About 20 aircraft were underwater
and an aircraft parts warehouse was flattened by a landslide as
privately owned Cornelia Fort Airpark, Nashville, Tenn., succumbed last
Monday to the highest water it's seen since it opened in the 1940s. All
but one aircraft were still mostly submerged through last Tuesday
afternoon, even though the floodwater had then receded from its Monday
high by about two feet. This comes after the airpark, which was
reportedly having financial difficulties, had been put on the market.
"The water rose so quickly that it was already over the runway before
anyone knew they had to get the airplanes out," Jerry Shephard, an
aircraft mechanic for the airport's operator, told The Tennessean.com. Just one twin, parked just
inside the perimeter fence on the road that leads out of the airport,
stayed almost dry -- but "almost" appears to mean the water may have
stopped short of the engines. But damage came to some other aircraft not
only from the rising water, but the current (and debris) that came with
WELCOME FEMALE COMMANDER
The first woman ever to fly as a
member of a jet military demo team is now the commanding officer of the
team. Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael took over Canadian Forces 431 Squadron
(Air Demonstration) Squadron, more popularly known as the Snowbirds,
last Thursday as the team entered its 40th season. "This is a chance for
me to give back to the team," she told Canadian
Aviator Magazine. "To be back here is a chance to really support
this team." Carmichael is a 20-year veteran of the Canadian Forces and
joined the Snowbirds for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. She joined the
Snowbirds a year after Fl. Lt. Joanne Mein, became a member of the Royal
Australian Air Force's Roulettes, who fly turboprop PC9s.
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Eur-Avia Cannes Is Southern
Europe's Leading Exhibition in General and Business
The exhibition brings together the leading proponents in general and
business aviation to allow a demanding clientéle to discover the
latest developments and industry innovations in a geographically logical
and appealing setting. This professional exhibition is designed for
owners and pilots, whether passionate fans or professionals, in general
and business aviation throughout Europe offering visitors a large
and representative palette of the aeronautics industry.
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REPORTS FROM CAFE ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM
electric airplanes continuing to gain favor, the fifth annual Electric
Aircraft Symposium was held recently, and here's a video report from
Kitplanes magazine editor Marc Cook. In case you haven't been
paying attention, there has been broad progress in battery technology
and endurance, motor weight, and power and charging systems. This video
summarizes the high points. More...
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OF THE WEEK: DANVILLE/BOYLE COUNTY AIRPORT BOARD (KDVK, DANVILLE,
We saw plenty of great FBO stories this week, but none
that wowed us so much as AVweb reader Liza Kummer's story
of above-and-beyond service at Danville/Boyle County Airport Board, located
at Stuart Powell Field (KDVK) in Danville, Tennessee:
We landed late at night enroute from Penn to
Texas and stayed at the fabulous Hampton Inn. The lady with Sharon's Car
Service Danville did not have taxis waited an hour for us
at the airport! It looked like we were going to be unable to fly the
next day because of a scary-looking squall line with forecasts of hail.
After thoroughly researching the weather, we were able to plan a path to
avoid all those nasty orange and red radar echoes and decided to forge
on before the squall line hit. It was raining now, and they retrieved my
plane from the corporate hangar, filled the tanks at the self-service
for me, pulled the plane close to the FBO to avoid getting wet, handed
me an umbrella for my pre-flight, and gave us bottles of water for the
flight. We felt like royalty.
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...
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YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A KING
SCHOOLS GET-IT-ALL TRAINING KIT
Win a Get-It-All Training Kit from King
Schools as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary! All you have to do is
click here to enter your name and e-mail address.
(You only have to enter once, and you'll be entered in our prize
drawings for the entire year so if you've already entered, you're
And no, we're not
going to rent or sell your name, ever. Tell your friends, and
invite them to sign up for AVweb so they can qualify for our 15
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Congratulations to David Schieman of
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flight gear package in our last drawing! (click here to get your
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This was heard the about a week ago when I was out
getting night current and was returning to Mid Continent for landing.
There was a regional jet that was landing ahead of me in my
"Regional jet, taxi to the
"Roger. To the gate."
"RJ, you going to the gate? I
have a Mooney on short final."
we are. We're just waiting for the skunk to clear ahead of
"Take your time."
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