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ON NEXTGEN HUMAN FACTORS INTEGRATION
The GAO says that FAA
and NASA officials need to develop a cross-agency plan for coordination
of human factors research efforts, or NextGen implementation may see
cost increases and delays. "FAA has not established an agreed-upon set
of initial focus areas for research that identifies and capitalizes on
past and current research," said the GAO. Meanwhile, "experts GAO
contacted generally agreed that FAA's and NASA's human factors research
efforts adequately support NextGen." While efforts by both NASA and the
FAA are ongoing and coordinated "in a variety of ways," the GAO says its
research shows that human factors research leadership is still lacking
and coordination efforts can be improved. The office has offered
TO EASA: FIX YOUR RUDDERS
In 2001, an Airbus lost its
vertical fin and crashed on Long Island; Friday, the NTSB directed
Safety Recommendations to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) "to
ensure safe handling qualities in the yaw axis throughout the flight
envelope, including limits for rudder pedal sensitivity." The 2001 crash
involved an Airbus A300, American Airlines Flight 587, and killed all
260 aboard, plus five on the ground. The NTSB determined it was caused
when, as a reaction to a wake turbulence encounter, a pilot's
application of rudder led to failure of the airliner's vertical fin. The
NTSB's new recommendations A-10-119 (PDF) and -120 and a reiteration of
previously issued A-04-63 aim to create new yaw axis certification
standards and review existing aircraft to determine if they meet the
standard. The board directed the recommendations toward the European
Aviation Safety Agency and specifically toward its certification
specifications for large aircraft. More...
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|X2 Development Picks Up the Pace (As Does the
X2 GOES FASTER
Sikorsky's unofficial 258 mph run last week of
its X2 counter-rotating coaxial rotor technology demonstrator bests a
previous record set by a Westland Lynx in 1986, but is still short of
the X2's goal. Sikorsky aims to cruise the X2 at 288 mph by late this
year. The helicopter itself is far from traditional. It includes a
six-blade rear-facing propeller that relieves the main rotors of certain
aerodynamic and engineering hurdles created by high-speed rotor-wing
flight. Normally, traditional helicopters rely on the main rotor for all
forward propulsion and lift. At high forward speeds, the rotor blades
meet increasing stresses as they advance and retreat. At some point, the
retreating blades can stall or the advancing blades can achieve tip
speeds that reduce their efficiency. Those complications, among other
things, effectively create a speed barrier for traditional helicopters.
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FIFI HAS FLOWN AGAIN (WITH VIDEO)
The Commemorative Air Force's
Boeing B-29 Superfortress flew Thursday morning at Midland International
Airport, taking to the air for the first time since 2004 and reclaiming
its title as the only flyable aircraft of its type. "She ran like a
top," Paul Stojkov, one of the aircraft's pilots, said of the aircraft's
39-minute flight. The hop was made possible by volunteer work, the
support of the CAF team and financial contributors like Jim Cavanaugh.
That combination saw FIFI fitted with new custom-built engines that
combine the R-3350-95W and R-3350-26WD engines. FIFI's next flight is
expected on Saturday, Aug. 7, and visitors are invited.
FOR 'GURU OF SUPER CUB'
Some Alaska pilots gave a fitting
tribute to the man many credit with turning the Piper Super Cub into
practically a state symbol. F. Atlee Dodge died last month at the age of
88 and on Friday more than a dozen Super Cubs formed a parade over Lake
Hood. "Known throughout the world as the guru of the Super Cub, F. Atlee
Dodge specialized in the engineering, designing, fabrication and
certification of parts not only for the Cub but for all aircraft
operating in Alaska's unique flying conditions," Dee Hanson, executive
director of the Alaska Airmen's Association, said in a statement. "Atlee
will remain one of the most valiant, colorful, hardworking, and honest
personalities of Alaska aviation." More...
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ON THE MEND, AIRPLANE ISN'T
NASCAR legend Jack Roush remains
in the Mayo Clinic recovering from facial injuries suffered in the hard
landing of his Beech Premier at AirVenture July 27 and reports suggest
he's mending well. However, there appears to be little hope for his
airplane, which AVweb reader Josh Berman recognized immediately
when he pulled into a hotel parking lot in Merrillville, Ind., last
Thursday. Berman said the trucks pulling the two trailers of wreckage
bore the name of Atlanta Air Recovery, of Griffin Ga., which is the
boneyard for wrecks the authorities are investigating. Meanwhile Roush's
spirits are reportedly good as he keeps track of his racing empire from
the famous Rochester, Minn., clinic. More...
AUGUST 9, 2010
Letter of the Week: EAA's Vision
president of a large EAA chapter (1114, Apex, NC, 170+ members), I'm
commenting on the short
video of the interview between outgoing and incoming EAA
through to read Kent's comments and other responses to our latest
of the Week." More...
INSIDER BLOG: THE RISKY LURE OF AIRVENTURE
producedures at AirVenture increase the chances of accidents? Yes, a
little. But the compromise is worth it for the higher traffic capacity.
If you fly there, says Paul Bertorelli in the latest installment of our
AVweb Insider blog, bring your A-game. If you're uncomfortable
with it, don't fly into Oshkosh. Read
more and comment. More...
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OF THE WEEK: LAKESHORE AVIATION (KMTW, MANITOWOC,
week, we told you how many of the FBOs nominated in our weekly
contest were those pilots discovered when the weather forced them to
divert from Wittman Regional Airport on the first day of Oshkosh. This
week, we have another FBO that stepped up for those displaced pilots
Lakeshore Aviation at Manitowoc County
Airport (KMTW) in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
AVweb reader Al
Mathews was the first to tell us about the terrific service he and
others received at Lakeshore on their way to OSH:
Curt Drumm and his Lakeshore Aviation team
welcomed us and went out of their way to accomdate our needs. They
quickly arranged for restrooms and showers, brought picnic tables to us,
arranged for a bus to take us to AirVenture, and held a Wisconsin brats
and beer barbecue for us! No request was ignored.
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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Heard on the tower frequency at Oshkosh on Saturday
night (while waiting for the night
"Anyone inbound from the Fisk
arrival, please identify yourself."
[long pause with no
"Anyone inbound from
[another pause with no
"Bueller ... ? Bueller ... ?
Bueller ... ?"
Still no response, but obviously the guys in the
tower had had a long day! I wish I had a response for them, but I was
laughing too hard to think of one.
Paul A. Fisher More...
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