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|AVflash! The "D" in "R&D" Stands for
DIESEL AIRCRAFT ENGINE IN WORKS
A Wisconsin company hopes to
have a running prototype of a diesel aircraft engine by next summer
after funding for the project came through last week. Engineered
Propulsion Systems, of New Richmond, celebrated the formal launch of the
project after it raised more than $800,000 in investor and state
financing. Engineers Michael Fuchs and Steven Weinzierl have been
working on the project for several years but funding has been a problem
in the recession. Technical details of the engine aren't readily
available, but the project has attracted interest from Cirrus Aircraft
and drawn Dick Rutan as a technical adviser. "I'm really proud of all of
you," Rutan told the product launch. "It's going to save aviation."
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CONDITION MISSED BY PRO-PILOT MEDICAL
Tony Corr, a British
Boeing 737 pilot for Ryanair, died along with his friend, Richard
Leonard, when the Piper Navajo they were flying on Jan. 15 crashed in
the U.K., but the precise timing and reason for Corr's death may have
other implications. A post-mortem examination showed Corr had 90-percent
thickening in two of his three major arteries. Corr had passed his most
recent medical in September of 2009 and was working for Ryanair
instructing pilots in the 737-800 just days before the fatal accident.
The pathologist who examined Corr's body said his condition could have
caused arrhythmia, a heart attack or sudden death at any time, according
to Witneygazette.co.uk. Karen Leonard, widow of Richard
Leonard, framed the issue in a British court saying, "Surely, someone
should have picked up on the serious nature of his heart condition."
Said Leonard, "If they had, Richard and Tony would be alive today."
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FIRE SPARKS "MINOR" REDESIGN
Boeing says it's redesigning the
electrical panels and attendant power distribution software on the 787
after a program-halting fire on one of its test planes in Laredo, Texas,
a few weeks ago. It's also partly confirming reports last week that
something that wasn't supposed to be in an electrical box caused the
fire. Those reports said it was a tool left by a worker. Boeing says it
doesn't think so. "It was small, it wasn't as big as a tool," Boeing
spokeswoman Lori Gunter said. "A tool would leave evidence." The company
characterized the work as minor. More...
IMAGES" OF QANTAS A380 DAMAGE HIT NET
A "leaked" and
unconfirmed PDF document first published by Crikey.com purports to show
pictures of the damage done to a Qantas A380 on Nov. 4 when it suffered
an uncontained engine failure and shed parts over Indonesia. Photos in
the document show a failure that sent debris toward the fuselage, gashes
in a wing, serious damage to a flight control drive motor, severed
wiring, damage to a forward spar and a large fuel pipe that's torn open.
here for images.) The document says the forward spar was "penetrated
and is damaged extensively." The photos have not been officially
confirmed by Airbus or Qantas. Separately, Richard Woodward,
vice-president of the Australian and International Pilots Association,
said of the damage, "The amount of failures is unprecedented." Qantas
grounded its six aircraft fleet of Airbus A380s following the accident
but announced Tuesday that it is ready to resume some A380 operations
after "extensive checks with Airbus and Rolls-Royce." The airline is not
ready to restart its longest A380 flights and Rolls-Royce is still busy
dealing with complications the events have imposed on its supply chain.
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CRASH LANDING FINDS HERO
The pilots and flight crew of a
Tu-154M have been honored by the Russian president, and the story of
their emergency landing will be made into a movie, but the involvement
of another man, Sergey Sotnikov, has made him a hero of the people. On
Sept. 7, 2010, Izhma airfield became the runway of choice for the pilots
of the Alrosa Airlines jet after the Tupolev suffered electric system
failures that killed its radios and navigation equipment, fuel pumps,
and certain controls. The pilots picked the airport out of the
surrounding forest, put the aircraft down and overran the short runway
by 600 feet. All 80 aboard survived. The airfield had been closed to
fixed-wing aircraft since the early 2000s -- and that's where Sotnikov
comes in. Sergey Sotnikov had worked at Izhma airfield since 1978, and
had risen through the ranks to earn the field's highest position. After
the field was partially closed, he maintained Izhma's abandoned runway
-- without compensation or approval -- out of his sense of
responsibility. In light of the events of Sept. 7, Sotnikov's efforts
have earned him the respect and admiration of his countrymen and,
recently, even more. More...
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WHY AREN'T MORE WOMEN IN AVIATION?
A two-year study has
identified barriers that stop women from learning to fly and produced
suggestions to increase the number of female pilots. The study was
performed by Penny Hamilton, Ph.D., and included 296 surveys or personal
interviews of women pilots and student pilots, females who did not
complete their flight training, and instructors of both genders. Dr.
Hamilton used her research to produce a list of the top 10 barriers that
stop women from flying and the top 10 ways to increase female success in
general aviation. Topping the list of deterrents was one that
anecdotally appears universal -- a lack of money for flight training.
Dr. Hamilton addressed gender-specific recommendations to counter
"instructor-student communication incompatibility (Mars vs. Venus)," a
lack of readily available female mentors, certain perceived gaps in
experience and skill sets and more. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: FRIENDS OF THE EARTH THE UPSIDE
environmental group is seen as the main heavy in the struggle to find a
replacement for 100LL, but it is in fact just one of many players. On
the plus side, the Friends' petition and maybe a lawsuit
against the EPA may finally push the lead issue in one direction or
another, ending the uncertainty over future fuels. That, says Paul
Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog, is not a bad thing.
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
NOVEMBER 29, 2010
Letter of the Week: Helping GA by
back in support of GA: I sit on the local airport board, not as a
member (yet), but as AOPA's Airport Support Representative. In addition
to the work on the board, I also participate in Angel Flights and a
couple weeks ago participated in the "Wings of Appreciation" flight
where 23 planes gathered to fly wounded vets from Walter Reed to Tangier
Island for an appreciation lunch. I think that these sorts of activities
help promote the usefulness of GA and highlight the advantages we can
Click through to read the
rest of this week's letters. More...
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OF THE WEEK: PROJET AVIATION (KJYO, LEESBURG,
AVweb reader Howard Schur discovered the
value of a good FBO when he paid a visit to ProJet
Aviation at Leesburg Executive Airport at Godfrey Field (KJYO)
in Leesburg, Virginia recently:
I was arriving after hours (10pm), and they told me to take my
time. I needed a rental car, [and] when I landed, Mike was there with
flashlights to show me where to park, and the rental car was waiting on
the tarmac. By the way, I have a Cessna 340, not a Gulfstream but
was treated like I had a jet.
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
HIGHTOWER'S EAA (PART 1 OF 3)
Niles spoke with new EAA President Rod Hightower recently about
his first impressions of the organization and his short- and long-term
goals. We begin our three-part series with a discussion about EAA's
place in general aviation. More...
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
I was flying my shift as a traffic watch
pilot in a Cessna 172 here in Southern California and had just contacted
March Air Force Base approach to transit their Class C
"March approach, good afternoon. Traffic
Watch One Two Three, 35,000 feet."
"Traffic Watch One Two Three, roger. Do you mean
"Yes, sir 3,500. Did I say
"Uh, yeah. I was wondering
what kind of traffic you're looking at from that altitude."
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