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2010 AirVenture under the big red tents.
A Washington teenager accused, among other things,
of stealing several airplanes is behind bars in the Bahamas. Colton
Harris-Moore, whose cult status earned him the nickname the Barefoot
Bandit, was arrested by the Royal Bahamas Police Force in an ending
fitting for the movie that will inevitably be made about the youth's
crime spree. A source speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press officers shot out the engine of
a boat Harris-Moore had stolen and was using to flee from police. The
dramatic end to Harris-Moore's two years on the lam came on an idyllic
island where it is alleged he ditched a $600,000 Cessna Corvalis, stolen
in Indiana, in the surf. More...
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|Australia Introduces "Going Flyabout" to the
"FIRST" FOR AUSTRALIAN AVIATION
Thursday, Ken Evers and Tim
Pryse returned to Australia, becoming the first Australians to
circumnavigate the earth in an Australian-designed and built airplane,
the Airvan GA8-TC, but they also had a greater cause. The trip was
intended to raise awareness of malaria and raise money for malaria
prevention programs while also marking the centenary of Australian
aviation. John Duigan is credited with taking the first Australian-made
powered airplane aloft on July 16, 1910. That trip was about seven
meters long. Evers and Pryse flew their Australian-made plane for 55
days, including 234 flight hours. They covered 52,000 km and touched
down in 16 countries. The trip's timing meant the men saw, first-hand,
the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and violent uprisings in Jamaica.
The two men say the trip has served to invigorate their campaign against
malaria and the men now have plans to produce both a book and
documentary about their flight. More...
2nd Annual BALA Summit During
LABACE in Brazil
Following the success of last year's BALA Summit
Paulo during LABACE, the 2nd Annual event coincides again with this
major exhibition in Brazil. Explore the latest developments in the
business aviation sector of Latin America, as well as new business
opportunities and challenges. The summit will also provide the platform
for manufacturers and operators (as well as any organization interested
in this exciting marketplace) to explore the future of this industry.
Click here for more information.
CRASH REPORT CITES LACK OF TRAINING
The pilot who crashed a
CT-114 Tutor during a photo flight with the Canadian Snowbirds in 2008
was not trained for the role that ultimately killed him and his onboard
photographer, according to the flight safety report. Lead investigator
Major Kevin Roberts told CTVNews that experienced pilot Captain Bryan
Mitchell was maneuvering with the formation and was probably looking
back over his shoulder at the formation when he flew the aircraft and
his passenger, photographer Sgt. Charles Senecal, into the ground. The
accident took place near the team's home of Moose Jaw, Sask. "Fluid
maneuvering around a formation at low altitude is potentially a
high-risk activity and typically involves specialized training,"
according to the report. Mitchell had not received such training.
According to the report, that fact was "not fully considered" while
planning the flight and was likely "overshadowed by his [Mitchell's]
overall high experience level and reputation." Click through for
details of the maneuver that killed Captain Mitchell and Sgt. Senecal.
RATES: PREDATOR VS. GA
Air Force Predators last year managed
an accident rate per 100,000 hours that nearly matched GA's rate for the
same period, according to The Los Angeles Times. The newspaper Wednesday
published an article that listed the Air Force Predator's
accident rate at 7.5 per 100,000 flight hours in 2009. The rate
for general aviation during the same period was 7.2, up from 6.86 in
2008. The military said the Predator's rate is "comparable to that of
the F-16 at the same stage" and "just less than the 8.2 rate for small,
single-engine private planes," according to the article. And the
statistics may share at least one more similarity. More...
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AUCTION TO SELL DOOLITTLE STINSON AND MORE
A real estate
auction company has opened its horizons to aviation and chosen
AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 to sell some uniquely historic aircraft
side-by-side with yours, if you'd like. Bidding will open early and some
aircraft "may be pre-sold," according to auctioneer REDC. Aircraft set
to go on the block at "The Spirit of Aviation Auction" include a Stinson SR-10 "built for and flown by" Jimmy
Doolittle and a Grumman TBM-3U. The rest of the aircraft similarly range
from privately owned recreational planes to warbirds and rare vintage
aircraft. Not all of the offerings are set for lofty starting bids and
you're welcome to consign your aircraft, too. All aircraft will be
reviewed by EAA before being accepted into the auction and those that
are not pre-sold will be on the grounds at Oshkosh for at least two days
before the July 31 auction. More...
TO DEBUT AT FARNBOROUGH
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner will stretch
its reputedly long legs next week in a coming out party near London. The
company has confirmed one of five test articles of the largely composite
airliner will be on display at the Farnborough Air Show, which, is the
big tick mark on the commercial aviation calendar for this year. Serial
number 003 will be available for tours July 19-20. The show goes from
July 19-25 but Boeing is in an aggressive test and certification
schedule that is geared toward a year-end delivery of the first 787 to
launch customer ANA. "We've chosen Farnborough as a venue for
spotlighting the breakthrough capabilities and innovations of both our
commercial airplanes and our defense, space and security businesses. We
look forward to an optimistic mood this year as industry leaders meet
amid signs of economic recovery," said Tom Downey, senior vice
president, Boeing Communications, in a statement. More...
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LOOKS FORWARD TO G100UL DATA
Following up on its visit to
Ada, Okla., Wednesday, AOPA said it's looking forward to additional data
on General Aviation Modifications Inc.'s G100UL, a proposed replacement
for 100LL. "With that data, we can examine the production, distribution,
performance, emissions and economic impacts associated with any given
proposed alternative," said Rob Hackman, AOPA's vice president of
regulatory affairs. Hackman, along with AOPA President Craig Fuller and
Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, saw G100UL run through its paces in the test
cell. In a press release following Pelton's statement on his impressions
of the fuel, AOPA said it plans to continue to visit the key players in
the avgas issue. More...
HAPPENED TO MOGAS FOR AIRPLANES, ANYWAY?
It's still out
there, but it can be awfully hard to find. There are two reasons: one is
that the price difference between mogas and avgas has narrowed
substantially since the heyday of mogas for airplanes during the late
1980s and early 1990s. Then there's ethanol, which the vast majority of
autogas contains these days, so-called E10, which is up to 10 percent
ethanol. In addition to being hydroscopic, (it attracts water) ethanol
is also incompatible with some seals, gaskets and O-rings, or so the
earlier research seems to suggest. More...
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MILITARY FLIGHT TRAINING: A RIDE-ALONG IN THE CT-156 HARVARD
people, it's just a joke about funny Canadian place names, but Moose
Jaw, Saskatchewan is the center of the universe for young military
officers from all over the world who want to become military pilots.
Under the auspices of 15 Wing Moose Jaw, the Canadian Forces and
Bombardier are in a joint venture to train Canada's next generation of
pilots and also new pilots from as far away as Singapore. AVweb's
Russ Niles went for a ride in the CT-156 Harvard II (the Canadian
version of the Texan II used by the U.S. Air Force) and spoke with
flight instructor Capt. Zack Charbonneau. More...
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OF THE WEEK: PIGS CAN FLY AVIATION (STORM LAKE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, SAN
LUIS OBISPO, CA)
AVweb reader Tom Snider recently had one one
of those "when pigs fly" moments and yes, you can bet that it
happened at our "FBO of the Week," Pigs Can Fly Aviation at Storm Lake Municipal
Airport (KSLB) in San Luis Obispo, California.
On a recent trip to visit our son ... in our
old Bonanza, we found the airport under heavy construction and were told
by ground control that their was a NOTAM (we missed that) that there was
no overnight parking available. As we were discussing our options, line
personnel from Pigs Can Fly showed up in their golf cart with a sign,
"Follow me to free parking." We might as well have been a Gulfstream, as
they parked us, fueled us and helped unload the plane and transfer us by
cart to their very nice office/lounge with more very nice personnel. As
we were preparing to leave, one of the owners asked if everything had
been okay. I commented that everything had been great except they were
out of Terminal Area Charts for SFO. (They were on backorder.) He
climbed into one of their planes, got a chart from his own flight bag,
handed it to me, and would take no money for it. If you are in San Luis
Obispo, make Pigs Can Fly your FBO.
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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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
One sunshiny day a couple of years ago,
my friend Bill in his Mooney (C-FIHH) and I in my Comanche (C-FLHV) were
flying the 142 miles from Great Falls, Montana to Lethbridge, Alberta.
We'd taken off one right behind the other, so not surprisingly arrived
more or less simultaneously. Bill called into the FSS advisory frequency
first with his position and intentions, followed by me. FSS obviously
didn't realize we were together:
Hotel Victor. Traffic: A Mooney also arriving from the southeast, more
or less your position. Suggest you do a 360 to the right for
"Comanche LHV into the right
360. Actually, we've been doing 360s all the way from Great Falls, me
trying to stay behind him."
"Mooney India Hotel
Hotel, is he a friend of yours?"
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