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HELI AND CESSNA COLLIDE
A Eurocopter EC135 and a Cessna 172L
collided near Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Va., at about 2:30
p.m., Friday, killing both of the Cessna's occupants. The Eurocopter
landed with damage to its skids and "it wasn't pretty," helicopter
instructor Mark Huntley told NewsVirginian.com. The Eurocopter, a medical
transport helicopter owned by PHI Inc. in Lafayette, La., was returning
from a successful mission to University of Virginia Medical Center in
Charlotte. All three aboard that aircraft did walk away. The Cessna lost
part or all of its left wing in the collision and crumpled debris
crashed down on two sides of Route 256, roughly one half mile north of
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Russia's air transport watchdog
Rostransnadzor is recommending the grounding of Tu-154 passenger jets
after the third major incident involving the Soviet era trijet, of which
there are now 14 operating. A Kogalymavia jet caught fire and exploded
while taxiing at the airport in Surgut, Siberia on Saturday. Three
people were killed and many of the other 113 aboard were seriously
injured with everything from burns and toxic smoke inhalation to
injuries suffered in the stampede that reportedly occurred during the
evacuation. "Rostransnadzor has prepared an instruction which recommends
air companies suspend flight operations carried out by Tu-154B aircraft
until the causes of the plane accident in the Airport of Surgut are not
established and measures to abate the risks coming from using this kind
of aircraft are not taken," a statement by the agency said.
757 OVERRUN VIDEO IGNITES PILOT SPECULATION
shot by a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 2253 as it overran
Runway 19 at Jackson Hole, Wednesday, shows unusual operation of the
aircraft's systems, according to some pilots. The 6,300-foot runway sits
at an elevation of 6,451 feet and the pilots landed in light snow at
about 11:37 a.m. About seven inches of snow had fallen in the area since
midnight, but the runway itself was reportedly in good condition with
good braking coefficients. The aircraft appears to be on the ground
prior to passing the PAPI lights and wind sock, which would be
appropriate. In the video, the engine's thrust reverser panel first
moves just after touchdown, but it does not fully open and the outboard
spoilers are not visibly deployed. Because of that, things quickly get
more interesting. More...
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ERROR PROMPTS CAPITOL EMERGENCY
A Piedmont Airlines Dash 8
pilot's read-back error triggered an emergency response in Washington on
Saturday. The FAA has confirmed the pilot selected the wrong frequency
after a handoff while approaching Washington Reagan National Airport.
Contact was lost for about 15 minutes while fighters were scrambled and
government offices were evacuated. The plane landed safely after
communications were restored. More...
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FOR THE END OF THE THIRD CLASS MEDICAL
Following up on a
health-related pilot story, AVweb contacted senior aviation
medical examiner Dr. Brent Blue, who said, "I think the FAA is actually
starting to float the idea of either dropping or relaxing third class
medicals." Blue pointed out the limitations of aviation medical
certification standards, and the risk factors that aviation medical
examinations are not equipped (or regulated) to detect. In spite of
that, Blue says medical issues are cited as causal factors in fewer than
one percent of aircraft accidents. He notes that the FAA has relaxed
regulations regarding the frequency of certain pilot health examinations
and believes money (and safety statistics) may push the FAA to further
relax, or remove, third class medical requirements. AVweb's Glenn
Pew spoke to Dr. Blue in this week's podcast. Click
through to listen. More...
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MILE HIGH FLIGHTS GROUNDED BY CAA
Founder Mike Crisp says his
air charter's bed-laden Cessna Grand Caravan has been grounded "because
of some prudish snobbery on the part of the CAA." The CAA disagrees.
Crisp's business, Mile High Flights, operated for two years out of
Gloucestershire, England, giving couples (and one threesome) the
opportunity to join the mile high club. Now, the CAA says the company
has failed to meet safety criteria and the regulatory agency will not
renew the company's operating license. The Mile High Flights Caravan has
been fitted with a few seats and a bed separated from the flight deck by
curtains. According to a CAA spokesman, "We cast no moral judgments on
what people do in their planes, that's not our business." Safety is, and
the agency claims that's where they have discovered problems. Exactly
what those problems are has not been widely reported but one source said the CAA has suggested in-flight
activities on these special flights could prove distracting for pilots.
Crisp says he's not giving up. More...
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CUTS DEAL WITH FLIGHTPREP
The FlightPrep patent story took
another turn Friday when NavMonster.com, which pulled down its popular
site about two weeks ago, suddenly announced it had reached a deal with
FlightPrep and will relaunch an updated website early in the New Year.
"We got all the lawyers and programmers together from both sides, and
after some good discussions, an agreement has been reached," NavMonster
owner Marc Alexander said in a statement posted on the
site. "No more patent infringement worries." It's a significant
change in tone from the
angry condemnation that appeared on the site two weeks ago when
Alexander announced he was pulling the pin. More...
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can't legally fly an NDB approach in the clouds using a GPS unless it
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OF THE WEEK: LEADING EDGE AVIATION (KLGU, LOGAN,
Lately, we've featured FBOs that AVweb readers
have discovered far from home typically in the midst of dealing
with a mechanical or weather crisis. But this week, Cathy Myers
shines the spotlight on Logan, Utah's Leading
Edge Aviation, located at Logan-Cache Airport (KLGU), where "a
cordial and welcoming atmospher [for] the local aviation community"
never takes a back-seat to the FBO's "excellent service to all types of
transient aircraft." How do they manage it? Cathy writes:
LEA has co-sponsored airport open house
festivities and provided discount fuel to all participating pilots. They
also organized and funded several cross-country fly-ins to the beautiful
Flaming Gorge area in northeast Utah. These events provided camping,
rafting, live music, dinner, and flying competitions. Safety, service
and professionalism is always the goal [at Leading Edge] and has always
been appreciated by those who stop in.
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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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
On a recent flight, a controller
instructed myself and another pilot of each other's position and had us
make the required adjustments. The controller was quite jovial and
introduced himself as "Bruiser," warning us that he didn't want to see a
repeat of the incident that earned him his nickname.
A few moments
later, the other pilot came on the radio asked Bruiser how he got his
nickname. The controller chuckled and told us that he and another
controller had both been looking down while walking toward each other in
the hall once and had bumped heads. Bruiser received six stitches, and
the other controller received four.
I couldn't help myself and
asked how these controllers managed to keep airplanes apart. A second
later, a Comair flight checked in at FL290, adding that he too was "a
little nervous now."
Bruiser at the center didn't miss a beat. He
replied, "Don't worry, fellas. I'm using my good eye today."
Pete Harmon Lee More...
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