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KILLED IN AIRSHOW ACCIDENT
One woman was killed and up to 38
people were injured when a Tiger Moth taking part in a small German
airshow ran into the crowd Sunday. The accident happened at the
Lillinghof airfield about 20 miles from Nuremberg. Witnesses told German
media the vintage biplane was taking off when it veered off the runway
and into the crowd. About 5,000 people were on hand for the event, which
featured mostly small aircraft and an AN-2 Russian transport. It was the
second airshow fatality on the weekend in Germany. More...
RECOVERED IN UPS CRASH
The UPS Boeing 747-400 that crashed in
Dubai Friday was only three years old and had less than 10,000 hours on
it, according to a news release issued by the company on Saturday. UPS
identified the pilots killed in the crash as Capt. Doug Lampe, 48, of
Louisville, Ky., and FO Matthew Bell, 38, of Sanford, Fla. They were
based in Anchorage. According to Dubai's National newspaper, the pilot reported a fire on
board and was trying to return to the airport. The aircraft had been
airborne for 38 minutes before the crash. There is also speculation the
pilot deliberately headed for an empty area of a military base, where it
crashed. There were no injuries on the ground. The cockpit voice
recorder was recovered on Saturday but the flight data recorder has not
been recovered. More...
VIRUS LINKED (LOOSELY) TO AIRLINE CRASH
Two years ago, a
Spanair MD-82 crashed on takeoff at Madrid, killing 154 people and
marking Spain's worst air tragedy in 25 years; now, malicious code
infecting a maintenance department computer has been implicated in the
crash. To be clear, the code was not flown on the aircraft's own systems
and did not cause the crash. This specific crash could have been avoided
regardless of the malware's existence. But the discovery of malicious
code introduced into an on-ground system operated by the airline's
maintenance department does suggests certain negative possibilities. One
possible scenario is that the code slowed a program which, if properly
maintained, would have flagged the aircraft for service and disallowed
the takeoff because of a series of smaller problems already noted with
the plane. That's a lot of qualifiers. But the fact that the system was
infected and didn't flag the aircraft in this case closed one door on an
opportunity to save the flight. It also suggests the urgency of proper
computer maintenance throughout the entire airline system to assure
safety of flight. More...
SUES TRANSPORT CANADA OVER CRASH
The provincial government of
British Columbia is suing Transport Canada, among others, to recover the
cost of medical treatment for passengers injured in an horrific
balloon accident in 2007. B.C. says Transport Canada didn't do
enough to ensure the commercial ballooning company involved was properly
qualified and equipped to carry out the type of flight that ended in
disaster on Aug. 24, 2007. Two people were trapped and died and most of
the 11 others were hurt when they jumped from the balloon's basket after
a propane fire erupted. Under Canada's public medical system, provincial
governments fund a major portion of healthcare. Earlier this year,
British Columbia enacted a law enabling it to recover the cost of
treatment of those injured due to negligence or criminal acts. The
province alleges at least four of the passengers suffered serious
injuries, including brain injury, burns, broken bones and traumatic
stress disorder. The mother and grown daughter who died couldn't escape
and burned to death as the balloon broke its tether and shot 400 feet
before the basket broke loose, landing in a campground, destroying
several cars and RVs in the ensuing fire. More...
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AND IMC CLARIFIED
The issues surrounding special light sport
aircraft flight in instrument conditions are complex and arcane, and in
an effort to ensure that some of the finer points are crystal clear, Dan
Johnson, chairman of the Light Aircraft Manufacturing Association, sent
letter to AVweb this week expanding and clarifying some of
the details touched on in Thursday's
AVweb report. In his letter, Johnson adds background about
some of the ASTM committee debates over the issue and emphasizes that
safety is the prime concern. "The [committees] always put safety first
in their efforts," he says. For the rest of Johnson's comments, see our
Letters section. More...
DEFEND TACTICS IN KING DETENTION
The Santa Barbara
Police Department has defended the show of force employed in the
detention of King Schools owners John and Martha King on Aug. 28.
Spokesman Lt. Paul McCaffrey told AVweb in a
podcast interview officers went by the book in their initial contact
with the Kings, which led to their being handcuffed and put in separate
police cars. McCaffrey said they were acting on information from the
federal El Paso Intelligence Center and the McKinney, Texas, Police
Department that the aircraft was stolen (as we've explained in earlier
stories the tail number on the Kings' leased Cessna 172 was a
re-issuance of the N-number on a Cessna 150 that was stolen in McKinney
eight years ago), noting the call from EPIC carries the same weight as a
call from the FBI. They had just 15 minutes to cover the 12 miles to the
airport and get in position but McCaffrey said they did double-check to
ensure the aircraft in question was, indeed, a Cessna with the tail
number they'd received. What followed was a textbook takedown, called a
felony stop, used by police forces throughout the U.S. to secure a
vehicle and its occupants suspected of a serious crime.
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THROUGH-THE-FENCE ACCESS CHANGES LOOM
community homeowners might enjoy continued "through the fence" access to
their associated runways, but things may be very different for similar
communities in the future, according to AOPA. In 2009, the FAA sought to
eliminate through-the-fence access to airport taxiways and runways for
aircraft based on adjacent private property. That general layout is
popular at many airport community neighborhoods. AOPA says the FAA is
now leaning toward a more considered approach for those airports that
currently include, or were largely built around, a through-the-fence
concept. At those airports, AOPA says the FAA may avoid broad-stroke
regulation and apply a case-by-case approach. But looking forward,
there's still a chance that airports seeking to provide those access
privileges in the future may simply be out of luck. More...
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY MAY INCLUDE YOURS
A flyer left by the DHS
in an FBO at Hickory Regional Airport in North Carolina makes bullet
points of suspicious behavior associated with illegal activities but
ensnares some behavior pilots might consider routine. The flyer was left
at the FBO about two weeks ago by federal agents and lists suspicious
activities that include customers who insist on paying in cash, are
vague about their itinerary, fly in with a dirty undercarriage, use
self-service fueling early in the morning or late at night, seek
temporary hangarage for their aircraft, fly a "worn out" plane with a
"very nice" GPS, or travel with "excessive" luggage. The posting listed
special agents to contact "if you encounter such suspicious activity."
It also offered a reward of "up to $250,000" for information "relating
to the transportation or storage of contraband and/or criminal
proceeds." The list did also include some activities that might be
considered suspicious by a larger group of pilots. More...
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LETS SLATER SLIDE AWAY
Steven Slater has made his final exit
from JetBlue. The airline confirmed Saturday that Slater, the allegedly
frustrated flight attendant who popped the emergency slide on an E190,
grabbed two beers from the galley and abandoned the aircraft at JFK last
month, is no longer with the airline. Slater achieved Internet folk hero
status after his dramatic departure, allegedly triggered by an
altercation with a female passenger who ignored instructions to remain
seated until the plane was chocked. Slater later said he'd been bonked
in the head by the passenger's carry-on as she, against his
instructions, pulled it from the overhead. Slater was later quoted as
saying he wanted his job back but the airline deflated that dream with a
brief statement. More...
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SEPTEMBER 6, 2010
Letter of the Week: LSA, IFR
Clarifications by Dan Johnson
While I thank AVweb for
frequent coverage of Light Sport Aircraft activities, I must object to
some words appearing in the Sept. 2, 2010 article with the title "LSA,
IFR, and IMC: An Update." I would appreciate if you could
communicate the following to your readers so they more accurately
understand the situation.
The following statement is incorrect:
"'The IMC change is driven more by committee members' concerns about
liability than about safety,' Johnson said." Safety was not secondary.
In my interview with reporter Mary Grady, I referred to a defensive
position taken by the design and performance subcommittee of the F37 LSA
standards-writing committee of ASTM. I intended to suggest that the
subcommittee felt it advisable to recommend a placard prohibiting flight
into IMC because the subcommittee did not believe IMC flight in LSA was
defensible until another subcommittee working on an IFR standard was
able to come to consensus. In reverse of the referenced sentence, the
main thrust of the subcommittee was to focus on safety, not to worry
over a manufacturer's legal liability.
Light Aircraft Manufacturers
Click through to read the rest Dan Johnson's
letter and many more from AVweb readers.
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REST OF THE KING STORY
Santa Barbara Police have taken some
heat for their handling of the detention of John and Martha King on Aug.
28. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Lt. Paul McCaffrey of
the SBPD, who says that, based on the information they had, the officers
did a proper and professional job of bringing the situation to a safe
conclusion. (Note this podcast is longer than usual at 16
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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: ORION FLIGHT SERVICES (WITTMAN REGIONAL AIRPORT, KOSH,
AVweb reader Doug Latch pointed out that
we'd given due praise to two
who stepped up to the plate when traffic was routed away from Wittman
Regional Airport in Oshkosh at the beginning of AirVenture but no
one had given a nod to KOSH's own Orion Flight Services:
These people went well beyond normal. They
treated me like I had a Gulfstream or Boeing business jet, and they knew
from the start I was flying a 1966 Cessna Skyhawk. During AirVenture
this year, parking was extreme and almost gone. [While] the other FBO
was only accepting twins and jets, Toby Kamark took me and my Skyhawk
and treated us like Royalty ... [then] he took as many people as he
could to register for the show and returned. ... I was there after the
show, and the level of service did not decline.
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...
|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
Heard on Chicago Center
"Chicago, Piper 12345 en route to St.
Louis. Request flight following."
where in the world are you?"
"I'm down below the
water [meaning south of Lake Michigan], heading for St.
Center (deadpan) :
"Piper 123, it
must be pretty wet down below the water. Want to try
"I'm ten miles south of Michigan
"That's more like it."
John Urschalit More...
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