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BLAMES CRASH ON LANDING 'CONFLICT'
NASCAR racing legend Jack
Roush appears to blame air traffic controllers working EAA AirVenture in
Oshkosh for the events that led to the crash landing of his Beech
Premier jet on July 27. "The reality of it -- on a trip arrival into
Oshkosh, Wisc., I was put in conflict with the flight plan of another
airplane close to the ground, and I was unable to address the conflict
and keep the airplane flying. I ground-looped the airplane..." Roush
told the car racing publication Motorsports. Tower recordings do
seem to suggest a clipped discussion between two controllers in which
one wonders whether instructions issued to Roush could be successfully
accomplished. "Is 6JR (Roush's plane) going to be OK with this?" a
controller asks. "Affirmative," says the controller working Roush's
aircraft. "Don't think so," says the other controller. Seconds later the
first controller begins ordering traffic on final to go around. The NTSB
has issued its preliminary report and says, based on amateur video
it has seen, Roush apparently overshot the centerline of the runway and
made several course corrections. More...
Former Sen. Ted Stevens and four others,
including pilot Terry Smith, died of blunt force trauma and wouldn't
have survived no matter how speedy the response to the crash of their
Otter floatplane near Dillingham, Alaska, earlier this week. Autopsies
were performed in Anchorage and the results were consistent with the
type of accident. Photos released by the NTSB showed the Otter largely
intact but obviously destroyed and heading directly into rising terrain.
There has, of course, been no suggestion of the cause, but weather was
terrible at the time of the crash. NTSB Chairwoman Debra Hersman said
one of the survivors, who wasn't identified, said "they were flying
along and then just stopped flying." Meanwhile, the survivors, including
former NASA chief Sean O'Keefe and his son, appear to be literally and
figuratively out of the woods. More...
ISSUES SAFETY ALERT RE: "RECENT ACCIDENTS"
recent accidents" Cirrus Aircraft and the Cirrus Owners and Pilots
Association (COPA) have issued a safety alert that makes a training
request of all Cirrus pilots. The alert urges Cirrus owners, regardless
of their flight experience, to conduct a currency flight with a
qualified Cirrus Training Center. Cirrus has created a specific training
syllabus for the 1 to 1.5 hour training, which focuses on airspeed
control, touchdown accuracy, approach stability and overall safety.
Aside from seeking training, the alert requests that Cirrus pilots
carefully review their aircraft's operating procedures "with special
attention to approach stability, traffic patterns, landing procedures
and go-arounds." AOPA's Air Safety Foundation has found that Cirrus
aircraft generally fare better in pilot-related takeoff, approach and
maneuvering accidents, but worse in go-arounds. More...
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TOW PILOT LANDS NEAR MALL
Returning from a banner towing
flight out of Albert Whitted Airport, a 25-year-old pilot was faced with
few good options when he suffered engine trouble Thursday near St
Petersburg, Fla., landed on a relatively busy road near a mall, and
walked away unscathed. Choosing a tree- and light-pole-lined road, the
pilot dropped his banner, landed, hit one tree with the aircraft's left
wing and sideswiped an occupied rental car. The banner landed in a
Walgreens parking lot and the aircraft came to rest with one gear leg
collapsed. After the landing, the pilot got out to check if he'd hurt
anyone on the ground and found he had not. The aircraft, a single-seat
Piper Pawnee PA-25-250, had been towing a banner "for more than three
hours" prior to the incident, a fire department spokesman who spoke with
the pilot told Tampa Bay Online. The young pilot told the spokesman he
had 10 years of flying experience. More...
EVACUATION CITIZEN JOURNALIST VIDEO
passengers were evacuated from a United Airlines A320 parked at the gate
at Chicago's O'Hare Airport Saturday morning and "citizen journalist"
Jason Stverak got cell phone video of it. Although passengers had
already started deplaning through the bridge, a fire warning light in
the cargo hold prompted the crew to open the emergency exit and pop the
slide, providing some drama for pax waiting inside the terminal. A
little girl can be heard on the video saying "Mommy can I do that
slide?" It wasn't as whimsical inside, according to passenger Doug Reed,
who spoke to the Chicago Tribune. "It was panic. The buzzers went off
and the flights attendants started saying, 'Hurry. Run. Get off,'" he
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HELICOPTER FOUNDER RETIRES
The man who made certified
helicopters reasonably affordable is retiring, although a little later
than he intended. Frank Robinson, whose piston-powered R22 and R44
helicopters are the best sellers in their class worldwide, had hoped to
retire on his 80th birthday last January. Instead, he turned the
company's direction over to his son Kurt on Aug. 10. "I felt I needed to
keep myself available to handle a lot of management concerns," he told
the Los Angeles Times. He also wanted to see the
completion of the R66 turbine-powered model. More...
FLYING, PILOT FIGHTS FOR FULL PRIVILEGES
Ian Andrews has
reportedly spent a small fortune ($200,000) in court and was there again
Wednesday seeking to fully reinstate his New Zealand pilot certificate
even though he's legally flying unrestricted in New Zealand with his
U.S. certificate. Andrews is currently 66 years of age, instrument
rated, and began flying in 1986. He suffered a health event in 1991 that
may have been a stroke and has since suffered no similar events. He
reported the episode when applying for his subsequent medical
certificates and has passed every Civil Aviation medical test. The
problem, it seems, is that the director of Civil Aviation in New Zealand
in 2007 imposed conditions on Andrews' New Zealand certificate,
prohibiting Andrews from carrying passengers, or flying over populated
areas unless necessary for takeoff and landing. The New Zealand court
must now decide the legal grounds that allow the director to impose
restrictions on a pilot's certificate after it has been issued and a
medical certificate granted. The case has earned the interest of some
U.S.-based pilot advocacy groups that feel the outcome may have
widespread impact. More...
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TRAPPE, CLUSTER BALLOONIST
Jonathan Trappe is a sort of
super-hero to some children and a crazy man to some adults, but we found
him to be a rather enthusiastic, and appropriately certificated,
lighter-than-air gas balloon pilot. Trappe is licensed to fly beneath a
group of (usually more than 50) homemade helium-filled polyethylene
balloons. That means his aircraft is one of the most structurally
redundant vehicles in the sky. After politely explaining the
complications of flying with a parachute, he concluded that he didn't
fly with one at Oshkosh and asked, "When you fly your aircraft, do you
wear one?" Trappe's aircraft is registered and carries an "N" number.
But because he can change "gondolas" (in this case a paraglider harness)
and sometimes knifes balloons in flight, the exact part of the overall
rig recognized by the FAA as an aircraft is a story in itself. We
chatted with Trappe at AirVenture Oshkosh the day after his successful
night flight across Lake Michigan. More...
AIRVENTURE FIGURES DOWN, PROBABLY NOT 37 PERCENT ...
estimate of 535,000 in attendance for this year's AirVenture Oshkosh
seems to set a new low since 1998's high of 855,000 (when the Concorde
graced the grounds of Oshkosh for the fifth and final time), but there
may be some simple reasons for that. "We've changed the way we count
attendees," EAA communications director Dick Knapinski told
AVweb, Friday, "and we're confident our estimates for more recent
years are more accurate than those from a decade ago." The estimates
made by EAA still count each person anew, each day, including those who
stay for multiple days. Knapinski guesses the larger attendance totals
likely break down into roughly 200,000 separate bodies visiting the
field, some for numerous days. That said, AirVenture 2010's count was
hampered especially in its first days by some of the wettest pre-show
weather the region has seen in decades. But other reasons may have
factored in, too. More...
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SOON -- AVIATION FOR YOUR TV
Summer is still in full swing,
but soon enough the days will get shorter, and if there's time for TV,
you'll find some new options to help ensure you get your aviation fix.
Aviators, which has been in the works for a while now, is a new
magazine-style broadcast series that will debut on PBS stations
nationwide in September. The producers premiered their first episode at
EAA AirVenture last month. The weekly program mainly aims to attract a
general audience and will feature profiles of interesting aviators, new
aircraft, cool technology and beautiful fly-in destinations. For viewers
who are already pilots, safety tips and career advice will also add to
the mix. Also, the documentary film Barnstorming will debut on PBS this fall. The
film tells the true story of the lifelong friendships that grew between
a farm community and the two pilots who landed in an open field one
summer day. More...
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BALLOONIST JONATHAN TRAPPE
Jonathan Trappe is a sort of super-hero to some
children and a crazy man to some adults. We found him inspirational.
Trappe is licensed to fly beneath a group of homemade helium-filled
balloons. That means his aircraft is one of the most structurally
redundant vehicles in the sky. But it's also challenging to fly. Trappe
controls his direction by varying his altitude. He can drop water
ballast or stab balloons with a knife to alter his buoyancy as he flies.
Wind direction can vary with altitude, and Trappe uses that to his
advantage, adjusting his present reality to the forecast conditions. To
stay visible to controllers and aircraft, Trappe carries a radio and
transponder, making him visible on radar. For visual avoidance, Trappe
relies mainly on the 50-foot brightly colored canopy of balloons above
his head. At night, he uses lights. More...
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OF THE WEEK: WACO AVIATION (KGWW, GOLDSBORO/PIKEVILLE,
Maybe it's the summer heat or the relentless
thunderstorms, but a lot of AVweb readers took time to nominate
FBOs for recognition here on our site this week. (And yes, we continue
to hear from readers who had stellar experiences at KUNU, KMTW, and KRYV
on their AirVenture trips!)
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon
goes to WaCo Aviation at Goldsboro-Wayne Municipal
Airport (GWW) in Pikesville, North Carolina.
Davidson discovered the charms of WaCo when thunderstorms forced him
to divert from his route recently:
I was met before the deluge on the ramp by the WaCo FBO
manager, Doug Lancaster, with chocks, tie-downs, and an offer of fuel.
Inside, I frequently checked the weather situation online and met local
pilots as they stopped in to hang out. When Doug came back to pull in a
scheduled home-based jet arriving before midnight, he stopped by the FBO
for the sole purpose of bringing to me a pillow and blanket! ... All
levels of flyers and craft would be comfortable here, and Doug knows how
to take care of airmen learned from his Air Force service as a
senior non-com. This is the kind of service with a touch you write
Hey, we're someone! And we're always happy
to spread the word about top-notch FBOs. Kudos to Doug and the crew at
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
AVweb crew gets to experience more than our fair share of
AirVenture magic, we always look forward to the reader pics we know will
start arriving in our "POTW" submission box when we get home.
No matter how active we were at the show, there's just too darn much for
any one (or ten) people to see. Enter Don
Aldridge of Hardy, Virginia, who brings us an incredible
sunset view of the tower complete with the Goodyear Blimp in the
Several years ago, I was flying my father-in-law
back to Portland, Maine. He had been in Connecticut preforming a
wedding. We got an early start, and at about 7 a.m., we were overflying
the Worster, MA Class Delta.
After making contact with the tower,
I commented that it was very quiet on their frequency.
controller responded that everybody must be asleep or in
My father-in-law, the ever-alert minister, pressed the
button that was both intercom and transmit PTT and said, "Maybe
they are in church and asleep!"
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