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|AVflash! More Details on Qantas A380
A380 WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED
The Qantas crew whose A380 suffered
an uncontained engine failure earlier this month had their hands full in
getting the super jumbo back to Singapore. Shrapnel from the engine
disabled one of two main hydraulic systems, hampered the fuel transfer
system, punched a hole in the forward wing spar and caused a major fuel
leak. The cascading nature of such failures meant the pilots couldn't
dump enough fuel to bring the aircraft down to its maximum landing
weight and the fuel left in the airplane was unbalanced. Flaps, slats
and spoilers couldn't be fully deployed and the gear had to be dropped
manually. Once it was on the ground, the anti-lock brakes didn't work
and, since the damaged engine was an inboard one, there was only one
left for reverse thrust (the outboard engines of A380s don't have
reversers because they often overhang the grass and might be FOD
damaged). The heavy, significantly disabled aircraft needed virtually
all of the 13,123 feet of available runway. Meanwhile, the cause of the
engine problem has been determined and it's just adding to the PR
problems facing manufacturer Rolls-Royce. More...
Is There Anything More
Important than Protecting Your Family?
Be certain you have the right life insurance coverage. Get the
information you need to find the right policy for your family's
protection at the Pilot Insurance Center. Call PIC at (800)
Swift Enterprises is close to having an
approved fuel formulation for testing, a major step toward certifying
Swift Fuel, a potential leadless replacement for 100LL. In a podcast
interview at AOPA Summit in Long Beach last week, Jon Ziulkowski,
Swift's vice president for renewable fuels, said he expects unanimous
approval for specifications for the test fuel at an ASTM panel convening
in Jacksonville in December. With that approval, Ziulkowski said the
company will have a standardized fuel it can supply to engine
manufacturers so their findings are based on exactly the same product.
Aircraft owners who use automotive fuel in
their planes are being asked to join an online petition urging the EPA to ensure the
availability of ethanol-free fuel. The petition is directed at EPA
Administrator Lisa Jackson and cites the "unintended consequences" of
provisions intended to increase production of fuel containing ethanol.
The result has been that ethanol-free fuel is becoming rare in some
areas and causing problems for those who have boats, snowmobiles,
motorcycles and aircraft that can't use fuel with alcohol in it.
Sporty's SP-400: "Better
Than Some Panel-Mounted Gear"
That's what The Aviation Consumer
said in their latest review of
portable aviation radios. And: "Sporty's SP-400
shines ... . Its performance is clearly exceptional."
It's the ultimate backup radio, with full ILS display, flip-flop COM,
and much more.
Call 1 (800) SPORTYS
for more info or
find out more (and watch the video demo)
HANDS OUT HARDWARE
A CFI who went to the ends of the earth to
promote general aviation is the winner of this year's Let's Go Flying
Award from AOPA. As we
reported late last year, Marine Corps Capt. Gabriel Glinsky, a V-22
Osprey pilot, gathered materials and voluntarily taught ground school to
more than a dozen fellow Marines deployed in Afghanistan. "We will do
our best to keep GA strong, even halfway around the world," Glinsky said
at the time. AOPA also handed out the hardware for awards honoring
advocacy and service to GA at its Long Beach convention, which wrapped
up Saturday. More...
Two Great Ways to Keep Your
Engine Up to Speed
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Although much of the attention on the
benefits of bonus depreciation has focused on the high end of the
market, there is a way for entry-level airplane customers to take
advantage of the tax savings. As John Gilmour, national sales manager
for Flight Design USA, explains in the accompanying video, a leaseback
arrangement that has become popular with some owners of the light sport
design opens the door to those savings. More...
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SUMMIT 2010 PHOTO GALLERY
|Click for more photos|
Summit in Long Beach, California has wound down and we're
wrapping up on our online coverage with a few photos from the show.
Piper Aircraft Seeks Regional
Sales Director Asia
Piper Aircraft, Inc.
is searching for an experienced aircraft
sales leader to fill the position of
Regional Sales Director Asia
. This position will
be based in Brunei and responsible for driving sales growth for the full
line of Piper's products in the region. The Regional Director will work
with and establish a dealer/agent network as well as be involved in some
Visit Piper.com to apply or for
See What You've Been
Active-Surveillance Traffic Now Available Starting at
Avidyne announces new full-featured TAS605
models, along with the lowest price available for dual-antenna, active
traffic with our TAS600
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Click here to learn more about the TAS600
LEARNING TO FLY WITH FLYVIE & JEPPESEN
Jeppesen and Flyvie may revolutionize the way student
pilots learn to fly (and the way flight instructors approach flight
training) by making actual flight lessons recordable, portable, and
reviewable on the ground at the flight school, at home, and almost
BONUS DEPRECIATION FOR LSA
Design's John Gilmore tells you to take advantage of tax laws to lower
the initial cost of a new light sport aircraft (LSA) purchase before the
end of the year. More...
WingX Pro7 Moving Map for
The $99 Moving Map
WingX Pro7 Moving Map for iPad
is now available for your iPad. See your location on the approach chart;
Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams are now geo-referenced*, and all
are stored right on the iPad! WingX Pro7's interactive moving map
displays Class B, C, and D airspaces; animated weather images; A/FD;
AOPA Directory with Yelp integration; route planning, FARs, METARS,
TAFS, winds, and temperatures aloft; TFRs' text and graphics; an E6B;
and more. WingX is also available for Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and
Click here for more information.
OF THE WEEK: FLYING W AIRPORT (N14, LUMBERTON, NJ)
AVweb reader Tim Stevens has a great
destination FBO (and airport) to tell us about this week Flying W Ranch
Restaurant and Golf Course at Flying W Airport (N14) in
Lumberton, New Jersey:
Northeast Raider formation team is based there, and they provide the
locals an air show every weekend all summer. ... [You can also expect a]
car show annually and a cool bar overlooking a airplane-shaped pool. Fly
in and get a lift to the adjoining golf course, [and] the hotel and
catering facility are second to none. Worth a visit.
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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YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN IFLY 700
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
I heard this one over
Los Angeles Center:
"Beech 633, cleared for
the approach to San Luis Obispo."
for the approach."
Los Angeles Center:
"Beech 633, how
will this approach terminate?"
"Successfully, we hope."
White Plains, NY
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