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VERY BAD WEEK...
With CBS's big eye glaring
last week at GA as a security risk, you'd think all pilots might be
on their best behavior -- it doesn't appear to have worked out that way.
When authorities finally arrested John Salamone after chasing him for
four hours around Philadelphia-area skies, he was staggering, his eyes
were bloodshot and his pants were undone, according to the Philadelphia
Daily News. Police told the Daily News Salamone blew .13 on a
breathalyzer (the legal limit is .04) after he finally landed his Piper
Cherokee at Limerick Airport about 10:30 p.m. The flight had originated
there about 6:20 p.m. While in the air, Salamone allegedly barged
through controlled airspace near Philadelphia International Airport as
low as 100 feet AGL, forcing six airliners to abort landings.
Authorities also said he circled the nuclear power plant ... which sits
practically at the foot of the runway at Limerick (PTW).
COMMERCIAL FLIGHT LANDS AT THE WRONG AIRPORT...
A Shuttle America flight Friday was aiming for University
Park Airport (UNV) in Pennsylvania, when it touched down at Mid-State
Regional Airport (PSB). The airports are 11 nautical miles apart,
offer identical runway orientation -- 16/34 and 6/24 -- with different
layouts, and both fields are non-towered (a reminder to self-announce,
listen AND look when operating near a non-towered field). The two
airports also have a VOR situated roughly between them. "When the pilot
walked in, he said 'Here's one for the news,'" airport worker Joanne
Shields told the Centre Daily. The eight passengers had to wait on
board, for security reasons, for about an hour until a van was
dispatched to finish their journey. More...
BIRD-FLIPPING PILOT RILES BRAZILIANS
Capt. Dale Robin Hersh discovered the Brazilian authorities' preferred
level of etiquette after last Wednesday allegedly offering the
middle-digit salute in response to Brazil's new requirement that
American visitors submit to photographs and fingerprinting ... which is
how Brazilians are welcomed to the U.S. under new security rules.
Hersh's alleged gesture (maybe that's how he always holds things) landed
him in a federal courthouse where formal charges awaited, but "Since
this was a minor crime, I proposed that he be fined $12,750, which will
be donated to a home for the elderly," Matheus Baraldi Magnani told the
Associated Press. More...
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PHOTOS OF RUMORED NO-HYDRAULICS LANDING...
Although no one in officialdom has publicly confirmed it, the landing of
a DHL Airbus at Baghdad Airport after being hit by at least one
surface-to-air missile last Nov. 22 has been rumored as one of last
year's most incredible feats of aviation. Extensive damage to the
aircraft's left wing may have rendered the aircraft's three hydraulics
systems useless, leaving the pilots with only differential engine thrust
to control the aircraft. DHL has not publicly elaborated on the attack
and the resulting heroism of the pilots (which stands, regardless of the
true extent of damage). For those with a flair for the dramatic,
AVweb has obtained a PowerPoint presentation of the incident that
includes photos of the landing, the damage, and text that may give some
insight into the specific nature of the damage. More...
AIRCRAFT DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
The presentation is a new pairing of photos not widely distributed, with
text previously available online through various sources. AVweb
has repeatedly contacted DHL seeking confirmation of the details of the
event (and an interview with the pilots) but thus far, the airline has
politely refused all of our requests, citing the ongoing investigation
-- there has been no official confirmation or denial of the
"no-hydraulics landing." Our initial story on the event ran in December, and
AVweb has been flooded with e-mails from people claiming to have
first-hand knowledge of the incident and confirming the details we
presented. At this time, we invite you to have a look for yourself at
the latest material we received and enjoy it for what it's worth.
JURY'S AWARD REFUTES NTSB FINDINGS?
Parker Hannifin Corp., maker of vacuum pumps on the Cessna 335 that
crashed, killing a Missouri governor, has been ordered to pay a total of
$4 million in damages to his family even though the
NTSB's summary of the investigation says, "examination of the
wreckage ... indicates [the pumps] were most likely functioning at the
time of impact." Gov. Mel Carnahan, his son Randy, who was at the
controls, and aide Chris Sifford died when the plane crashed near
Hillsboro, Mo., on Oct. 16, 2000. Carnahan's family sued Parker Hannifin
Corp. even though the NTSB's report cited spatial disorientation as a
probable cause with a faulty attitude indicator as a contributing
factor. Parker Hannifin says it's been vindicated by the verdict and
doesn't plan to appeal. Sure, read that again. More...
RATING, DEAD PASSENGER, ACQUITTED PILOT
A Kentucky pilot, who federal investigators say lacked a multi-engine
rating, was acquitted of wanton endangerment charges indirectly related
to the Aug. 1, 1998, crash of the twin-engine Cessna 340 he
was flying. One of Kenneth Asher's passengers, Debra Zukhof, drowned
after the plane stalled on takeoff from Meigs Field in Chicago and
flipped over in Lake Michigan. Michigan authorities decided against
prosecuting Asher for the accident. Instead, Kentucky authorities laid
the endangerment charges for the Louisville-to-Chicago portion of the
flight that preceded the accident. More...
MIDAIRS, A CONTINENT APART
There are some startling coincidences in two midair collisions that
occurred one day and 2,000 miles apart last week. The collisions
occurred in Tehachapi, Calif., on Friday and Clearwater, Fla. on
Saturday. In each case, a light twin and a single came together and in
each accident the twin pilot was able to maintain control and land
safely while the single did not. Pilots of both singles died. In the
California crash, a Beech Baron flown by Robert Hollis Gates, of Bear
Valley Springs, was in collision with a Cessna 180 flown by David Aaron
Lazerson. In the Florida accident, a Twin Commanche, owned by John
Collins, of Winter Haven, was trying to land at Clearwater Airpark when
it came in contact with a Cessna 150 that was taking off.
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PLANS VIRTUAL MEETING ON SIGHTSEEING NPRM
The FAA should face the people it's planning to put out of business with
a new set of regulations rather than hide in cyberspace, according to
AOPA. The FAA has extended the comment period (from Jan. 20 to April 19)
for a roundly criticized Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would set
national standards for sightseeing and tour operations. The NPRM
acknowledges that about 700 firms will likely be put out of the tour
business by the tougher rules, which, among other things, would require
that all such flights be operated under Part 121 or Part 135 rules. More
than 1,100 comments have been received so far. AOPA has been demanding
that the FAA set up a series of public meetings to hear directly from
affected businesses but the FAA has opted for a high-tech alternative.
PLANS WORRY NEIGHBORS
A Maryland developer has come up with a novel approach to gaining
approval for his plans to cover an airport in condos. Polm Companies
Ltd. says that if it can't build 600 homes, it will instead turn the
sleepy Suburban Airport into a major business and commuter
facility. Suburban is now home to 65 airplanes and 37 hangars. Polm
envisions 300 aircraft, 160 hangars, a flight school and heliport. Of
course, if the local council prefers, the company could put in the nice,
quiet condos, instead. However, Bruce Mundie, director of the Maryland
Aviation Administration, has assured local residents that Polm's plans
are pie-in-the-sky. More...
AIR VEHICLE ON DISPLAY
Part of the future of aviation might fit in the palm of your hand or on
the head of a pin. Scientists are furiously working on Micro Air
Vehicles (MAVs), tiny aircraft that can fly autonomously where human
pilots can't (or shouldn't). Now scientists at Cranfield University in
Britain have put the machine they are developing on display at the Thinktank Museum in
Birmingham. The Cranfield MAV will mimic insect flight with wings that
both oscillate and rotate, allowing it to hover and maneuver. The
computer brain on board will allow it to navigate itself. The museum
exhibit allows people to fly a computer-generated image of the machine
around a virtual smoke-filled building in search of trapped people.
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All ten aboard a Cessna Caravan feared dead after Saturday crash in Lake
Hundreds of kites launched the Celebrating India festival in
Mumbai last week.
The National Aeronautics Association is accepting nominations for its biggest honor.
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CEO of the Cockpit #28: A Different Airline World
AVweb's CEO of the
cockpit is back in recurrent training, trying to remember everything he
forgot about 767s and 757s since the last time he was here a year ago.
The security training session, however, prompted him to consider ways to
really cut down on security problems. His airline might not like it,
though ... More...
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