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NOW FOR CHANCE TO LAND AT EDWARDS AFB
lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base in California has seen lots of
aviation history in the making, and on Oct. 1 another first will take
place there -- a fly-in for general aviation aircraft. Just 100
pilots will be drawn by lottery to land on the 21-square-mile Rosamond
Dry Lake, which has been the site of aviation research and testing for
more than 50 years. Historic events at Edwards include the Bell X-1
tests that first broke the sound barrier and the first landings of the
space shuttle. Pilots can enter the lottery online, but must meet strict
criteria, including a minimum of 200 hours of flight time, liability
insurance, and a background check. Only single- and twin-engine GA
aircraft are permitted, no jets, gliders, LSAs or helicopters; warbirds
will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Pilots must be prepared for
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drawing will be held Sept. 10, but due to the overwhelming response,
applications for most pilots must be in by 5 p.m. California time on
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RESPONDS TO DIAMOND DOOR DEPARTURES
Responding to "several
reports of the rear passenger door departing the airplane in flight" the
FAA Wednesday published proposed rules for owners of certain Diamond
aircraft models. "Several reports" appears to translate to 31, according
to the FAA, and affected models are DA40 and DA40F airplanes. The FAA is
proposing to change the models' "emergency open doors procedure" via
temporary revision to the aircrafts' flight manuals and apply an
"improved design" to an open door retention mechanism on some aircraft.
The physical change required for door retaining brackets would affect
428 airplanes in the U.S. registry at an estimated cost of $245 per
aircraft. But that change does not affect the door locking mechanism,
itself, which Diamond says appears to be fine ... so long as pilots
actually close the door. More...
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STUDIO" SET FOR STRATOSPHERE JUMP
Felix Baumgartner is
working to break the longstanding freefall record by jumping from a
balloon gondola at the edge of space later this year, and this week Red
Bull said it has developed a "flying video production studio" to capture
the event for live streaming over the Internet. When the current record
was set, 50 years ago this month, USAF Col. (Ret.) Joe Kittinger
documented his jump from 102,800 feet using spring-wound motion-picture
cameras warmed by hot-water bottles. The Red Bull Stratos capsule will
be equipped with nine high-definition cameras, three 4K digital
cinematography cameras and three high-resolution digital still cameras.
The outside cameras are in pressurized housings designed to protect them
from the near-vacuum air pressure, ice and extreme heat of the
stratospheric conditions. Baumgartner also will carry three small
cameras attached to his space suit. The launch date will be announced
within a few weeks, the team said on Wednesday. More...
SPACECRAFT READY TO LAUNCH
A Danish team of space enthusiasts
has built a rocket that they hope will carry humans into suborbital
space, and they plan to launch it on Monday, Aug. 30, with a test dummy.
If all goes well, they will launch again soon with an astronaut on board
to experience parabolic flight to the edge of space, about 62 miles
above the surface of the Earth. The "micro-size" minimalist single-place
spacecraft will launch on top of a booster rocket from a launch tower in
the Baltic Sea. As the booster uses up its fuel, it will be jettisoned,
and the capsule will continue to ascend and achieve zero-g as it reaches
its apogee, then descend beneath a trio of parachutes for a water
landing. The goal, the team leaders say, is to provide access to space
for adventure tourism as well as commercial and scientific purposes.
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BULL PILOT KILLED IN UNRELATED TRAINING ACCIDENT
Maclean, a pilot in the Red Bull Air Races since 2005, died last week
while practicing for an airshow in his native Spain. The airplane
slammed into the ground during a maneuver and Maclean was killed
instantly, according to a spokesman for the Casarrubios del Monte air
field, near Madrid, where the accident occurred. Maclean, who twice won
aerobatic championships in Spain, had placed as high as fifth in the Red
Bull races. He was known for an aggressive style of flying and was a
pioneer in air-race fitness, working to lose over 40 pounds in 2007 to
help gain fractions of a second in high-G turns. He started flying in
ultralights at age 18, and had survived two other accidents in his
career. Maclean was 41 years old, and leaves his wife, Emma, and two
children, age 7 and 12. More...
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TO REVISE NMAC INVESTIGATIONS
The FAA is planning to bring
pilots and air traffic controllers together to share information after
near midair collisions to help develop better strategies for prevention,
according to a report in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal. United Airlines is expected to
be the first airline to participate in the project. Currently, pilot and
controller reports are analyzed independently. The FAA will also
consider possible changes in training for air-traffic controllers and
will explore new ways to encourage controllers and their supervisors to
report mistakes voluntarily and avoid punishment, according to the
Journal. A series of recent close encounters prompted an FAA review of
the current procedures. More...
CONSIDERING FLIGHT SCHOOL FEES?
Arizona may be planning to
take a chapter out of California's regulatory textbook and that could
lead to significant extra costs for flight schools. National Association
of Flight Instructors President Jason Blair says Arizona officials are
meeting Thursday to discuss the regulation of flight instructors and
flight schools. A similar meeting by California officials some time ago
that lead to AB48, a hugely unpopular measure that will require flight
schools to pay significant registration fees and prove financial
viability through a debt-to-equity formula. The California law could
lead to school closures and increased training costs and Blair says NAFI
is afraid the same thing will happen in Arizona. "As a state that has a
significant number of flight training providers, we're concerned about
the chilling effect those fees may have on those businesses," Blair
said. "We're encouraging our members in that state to get involved in
this issue, so we don't have a repeat of the California situation."
California legislators say the move is needed to protect flight students
from unscrupulous operators but some aviation businesses have dismissed
it as a ploy to raise revenue. More...
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OF THE WEEK: LANDMARK AVIATION (KAVL, ASHEVILLE,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Landmark Aviation at Asheville Regional
Airport (KAVL) in Asheville, North Carolina.
Tahj Kraus told us about this Landmark location:
I spent three weeks coming and going out of
KAVL. Initially I was hesitant to stay there, but thought I'd try out
Landmark. Rebecca and Paul made my stay so enjoyable and comfortable
that I ended up feeling like part of the family a home away from
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next Monday! More...
YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... WE'RE GIVING YOU ANOTHER CHANCE TO
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
We knew we were in
trouble this week when we the first five photos we downloaded from the
electronic submission box went directly into the "maybe top
photo" pile. Picking a winner was tough, but the photos we've got
to share with you are outstanding, even by our usual high standards.
When all was said and done, Isaac
Adler of Kalamazoo, Michigan nudged out the nearest
competitor by combining a great airplane and unusual photo op. Isaac and
the Yankee Air Museum B-17 seen here were both at Pontiac Airport in
Waterford while storms were battering Oshkosh during the opening hours
of AirVenture. When a sudden downpour surprised everyone, Isaac grabbed
his camera to get some shots of the rain against a sunny blue sky and
couldn't pass up this shot. More...
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