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PILOTS HELP HAITI FIGHT CHOLERA
Volunteer pilots flying with
Bahamas Habitat, in partnership with Servants in Faith and Technology,
are actively fighting the cholera epidemic in Haiti and seeking new
recruits. The group is delivering water filtration and purification
systems that serve as a front-line effort to stem the tide of the
disease. Cholera has already taken more than 1,700 lives in Haiti since
an outbreak began there Oct. 21, according to the United Nations.
Bahamas Habitat pilots have so far delivered enough purification units
to clean water for more than 34,000 people. Larger, community-oriented
purification systems weigh about 26 pounds each and, due to their size,
multiple units can be loaded on most small aircraft. Each aircraft also
usually carries multiple one-pound single-dwelling filtration units. The
flights are funded by donations and the organization is seeking
volunteer pilots (and aircraft) to continue the work. More...
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Specialty Co.: Your Holiday Superstore!
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supplies, headsets, avionics, instruments, wheels, tires, oil, filters,
books, DVDs, and aviation software. Within the Pilot Supply section of
their web site, a gift section is available to help with your holiday
purchases. View in dollar increments of $30, $50, $100, $200, or $500
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"PANIC" ON AIR INDIA EXPRESS JET
The Directorate General of
Civil Aviation (DCGA), India, has recommended "appropriate action"
against the crew of an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 after a
copilot's seat adjustment led to the rapid loss of 5,000 feet and his
own panic. No one was injured in the May 26 incident that involved 113
passengers, but the DCGA report states the copilot was not trained for
the situation. The situation was that the airliner was cruising at
37,000 feet in fully automated flight en route to Pune out of Dubai,
when the 39-year-old captain stepped out of the cockpit for a trip to
the restroom. The 25-year-old copilot then adjusted his seat forward and
inadvertently pushed the control column. That initiated the descent and,
according to the DCGA, the copilot's subsequent actions (which may have
involved adjustments to the autopilot) did not correct the situation but
instead caused the aircraft to roll from level. Meanwhile, the captain
was locked outside of the cockpit trying to gain access.
SKYMASTER LOST WING BEFORE CRASH
A Cessna M337B Skymaster
that crashed in Avon Park, Fla., last month while on a military training
exercise lost its right wing prior to hitting the ground, the NTSB said this week. All three on board, who were
civilian pilots, died in the crash. In its preliminary report, the NTSB
said the crew was returning to the Avon Park airport, which serves as an
auxiliary field for MacDill Air Force Base, at about 9 p.m. local time,
after the weather began to deteriorate. Rain and clouds were reported
near the accident site. The airplane was originally built in 1967 as an
O-2A for the U.S. Air Force. In February, a 337
crashed in New Jersey after a wing separated shortly after takeoff,
killing all five on board. More...
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PROFITABLE, SEEKING INVESTORS
Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH
says it has returned to profitability, improved its engines and is now
seeking investors to continue its revival. "It is a very good time to
start seeking a new investor," said Bruno M. Kubler, the
government-appointed bankruptcy administrator who took over Thielert in
2008 when the company went under due to financial mismanagement and, in
part, deteriorating aircraft market conditions. But now, says Kubler,
the market is improving "and the big players are starting to invest
again in order to take part in this upswing." Kubler was evidently
referring to world credit markets, not aircraft sales, which continue in
the doldrums worldwide. Thielert, by the way, has a separate marketing
arm called Centurion and this company and name has become the brand
nameplate of the engines. But we're told that Thielert GmBh continues to
operate under its original name. More...
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ICING SYSTEM FAA CERTIFIED
The FAA has approved the TKS
ice-protection system for Quest Aircraft's Kodiak turboprop, just in
time for winter flying. The TKS system, which is approved for flight
into known icing (FIKI), is manufactured by CAV Aerospace. "Ice
protection ... will greatly enhance the aircraft's safety and dispatch
reliability," said Quest CEO Paul Schaller. "We have seen interest from
all of our key market segments, including personal use, Part 135
operations, government, corporate, special operations and humanitarian
organizations." The TKS system works by "weeping" glycol-based fluid
through laser-drilled microscopic holes. It protects wing leading edges
as well as tail surfaces, landing gear, struts, and the windshield and
propeller. The system can be retrofitted to any of the Kodiak fleet.
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OF OPTIONS FOR AVIATOR GIFTS
If you're looking for unique
holiday gifts for the aviator on your list, or compiling a list of your
own, plenty of options have been flowing into the AVweb inbox.
Bonham's auction house in Oxford is selling a pair of wooden photograph cases made from one of the main spars of
the tri-plane flown by Manfred Von Reichthofen, known as the "Red
Baron," in World War I. The airplane was shot down in April 1918. The
two cases will be auctioned on Dec. 7 and are expected to sell for about
$600 to $900. Build A
Plane is holding an online auction to support its efforts to help kids
learn about aviation and science by building their own airplanes.
Bidders can find special passes to EAA AirVenture, a Garmin GPS, a
Bahamas weekend and more. The auction continues until Dec. 17, with new
items listed every day. More...
MOVING AHEAD WITH SMS?
A Canadian landing-gear manufacturer
may have spilled the beans that Dassault is moving forward with a new
business jet design. Montreal-based Heroux-Devtek announced to the Canadian Press last week that it
had won a contract to design, build and help certify gear for the as-yet
unannounced bizjet. "It's a recognition by another world leader that
Heroux-Devtek can design, develop and build aircraft landing gear so
it's a great win for us," company CEO Gilles Labbe told CP. Dassault has
not yet confirmed the project but it's likely a revival of the super
midsize SMS project that was announced in 2007 and shelved in 2009.
FROM BRAZIL COLLISION BACK FLYING
Not many business jets that
collide with airliners at 37,000 feet are repaired and returned to
service but that appears to be the outcome for the Embraer Legacy 600
that contacted a GOL Boeing 737 over Brazil on Sept. 29, 2006. The
collision resulted in the loss of the 737 and the deaths of all 154 on
board but the Legacy pilots, who were on a delivery flight from the
Embraer factory to New York, managed to land the damaged bizjet safely
at a military airfield in the jungle. The tragedy resulted in a
protracted legal and diplomatic squabble that might not be over yet. The
Legacy, however, lives on. It was flown
to Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 19, minus the winglet it lost in the
collision, where it will undergo extensive repairs. 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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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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OF THE WEEK CORRECTION
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Oops! We meant to mention this
last week, but our "POTW" of November 18 had two very different photos
transposed. Thanks to everyone who pointed it out and hearty
discouragement to everyone who suggested aerobatic pilot Jeff Boerboon
swap out his Extra for a Ford trimotor.
We're still digging out
from under a backlog, but our regular "POTW" feature will return on
Monday. Watch for a slideshow update over the weekend.
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