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G650 CRASH UPDATE: CREW WAS
The crew of a Gulfstream G650 test aircraft
that crashed at Roswell, N.M., on Saturday morning had been conducting
braking tests, according to the FAA. All on board -- two pilots and two
flight engineers -- were killed. The aircraft had been in the pattern
for a couple of hours, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford told EAA over the
weekend. Skies were clear and winds were light from the southwest. "The
plane had just lifted off when the right wing struck the concrete. The
plane hit the ground again and the landing gear collapsed," Lunsford
said. The airplane skidded for some distance and slid to a stop about 40
feet from the control tower. The aircraft was destroyed by fire.
Gulfstream released a brief statement on Saturday confirming the crash.
On Sunday evening, the company released the names of the four men who
died. "We mourn the loss of our colleagues and friends and extend our
deepest sympathies to their families," said Joe Lombardo, president of
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NARCO AVIONICS IN
NARCO, an iconic company that started making
avionics long before they were called avionics, has closed and is
apparently in bankruptcy. The company, which started in 1945, has
darkened its website except for one page, which contains this message: "Due to
circumstances beyond our control, we regret to inform you that after
over 65 years in business, Narco Avionics, Inc. has closed. A trustee
will be appointed shortly to oversee liquidation of assets and assure
return of Customer's property, such as Customer's Radios sent to Narco
for service, as soon as possible. We are extremely sorry for the
inconvenience this causes and thank all loyal Narco Customers, around
the world, for their loyalty over all of these years! Please monitor
this web site as informational updates will be provided as soon as
All Aspects of Security
Interests in Commercial
Aircraft to Be Explored in New
The Legal Aviation Workshop (LAW) "Security Interests in
" will take place on April 13, 2011
in New York. This major event is
hosted by Kaye Scholer, LLP, and it will cover the following main
themes: Introduction to Security Interests in Commercial Aircraft;
Cross-Border Matters; Multiple-Aircraft Transactions: Warehouse
Agreements and Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates; Cape Town Update;
Repossession and Remarketing; and the event will conclude with a
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PILOTS DODGED BUSY STREET IN
Witnesses say the pilots of a CASA 212
appear to have made a last-second decision to avoid landing on an a
crowded commuter route and instead hit a brick sound barrier next to the
freeway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada last Friday. One man on the
plane died but the two pilots survived with relatively minor injuries.
One engine on the aircraft, a highly specialized mineral and oil
exploration platform owned by Toronto-based Fugro Airborne Surveys, was
reported to have failed when the aircraft was about 12 minutes out from
Saskatoon. Fugro spokesman Terry McConnell told the Postmedia News the second engine also failed and
there was plenty of fuel onboard. Saskatoon Deputy Fire Chief Dan
Paulsen said the pilots apparently did all they could to avoid further
injuries. "Where he put the aircraft down it was certainly a great deal
of airmanship to avoid any other injuries on the ground, because there
certainly was potential for that," said Paulsen.
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BELITE INTRODUCES FUEL-WATER
A small probe that can fit into an aircraft fuel line,
detect water in the system, and alert a pilot was introduced at Sun 'n
Fun last week by Jim Wiebe, CEO of Belite Aircraft. The system is still
undergoing testing, he said, and he intends to have test and reliability
data available at EAA AirVenture later this summer. "It will be for sale
at Oshkosh, at a price to be announced," he said. The price will be
affordable for the homebuilt and ultralight market, he said, and he
expects the probe will also be available for light sport and certified
aircraft. Wiebe said he came across the water-detection technology by
accident while working on another problem.
FLIGHT DESIGN UPDATES
Flight Design executives said at Sun 'n
Fun last week they will introduce a mock-up of their four-seat
fully-certified airplane at the Aero show in Friedrichschafen, Germany,
later this month, and will also show it at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh in
July. They showed renderings of the design to the press corps at
Lakeland. The fuselage shares the high wing and wide cabin of the
current CT designs, but with a less dramatic taper toward the tail. It
will have fixed gear and "a lot of commonality with the CT," said
Matthias Betsch, managing director of Flight Design International. "It
will be big and quiet, quite an elegant airplane," he said. The price
point should be between $200,000 and $250,000, with a range of about
1,200 nm and 150 kts cruise speed, according to Betsch. Targets are to
have a prototype flying next year, with FAA certification by the end of
2012 and production starting in 2013. Betsch said the European version
will have a diesel engine, and he will have more information later about
engine choices for the U.S. market.
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"I SURVIVED SUN 'N FUN"
T-SHIRTS FOR SALE
The Sun 'n Fun tornado last
week was certainly a dramatic enough event, and affected enough people,
that a T-shirt to commemorate it was inevitable. By Saturday, show-goers
were turning up with gray T-shirts that proclaim, "I survived Sun 'n Fun
2011," with a graphic of a spinning tornado tossing tents, airplanes,
and various critters into the air. The actual tornado that hit the
airport, while it was certainly damaging, was not quite so dramatic as
the one on the T-shirt, but for those who were there, it's now
officially a t-shirt-worthy event.
Watch your inbox tomorrow for a round-up of all our video, podcasts, and
(yes) storm coverage from Sun 'n Fun 2011. (If you don't already get
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BRAINTEASERS QUIZ #158: WE
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PILOTS FOR PATIENT TRANSPORTATION
Most pilots are familiar
with Angel Flight, and quite a few have volunteered their airplanes and
time. Now there's a new organization called Patient Air Lift Services,
or PALS. In this podcast from Sun 'n Fun 2011, the organization's CEO,
Joe Howley, gave us a briefing on how the new group
organized just 10 months ago works.
PODCAST: MACH 5
We wondered how long it would be before
someone developed a Bluetooth headset that drops the wires from the
audio jack to the headset and now someone has. Jake
Carlson of Air Gyro Aviation showed us the Mach 5 headset at Sun 'n
Sun 2011, and he describes it in this podcast recorded at the show.
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FBO OF THE WEEK: LAKE TEXOMA
JET CENTER (KGYI, DENNISON, TX)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Lake Texoma Jet
Center at North Texas Regional Aiport/Perrin Field (KGYI) in
A little common courtesy (not just a car) from
LTJC impressed AVweb reader Daniel Dorgan on a recent
friend for his first flight from McKinney, Texas to the Sherman/Dennison
[area]. My friend became airsick and needed a break from the airplane.
This FBO provided a courtesy car knowing we would not be refueling there
or having any repairs made to the Arrow. No financial incentive
whatsoever and yet they treated us with respect, as if we were a
kerosene-powered aircraft providing a significant amount of
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ICAS FOUNDATION'S KYLE &
AMANDA FRANKLIN FUND
The aviation community is coming together to help Kyle
and Amanda Franklin get back on their feet and eventually back in the
air after their mishap at Air Fiesta at the Brownsville/South Padre
Island Airport. If you'd like to contribute, click on the banner at
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overheard the following tower transmission after a King Air made a
particularly short landing at Metro Airport near Denver. The King Air
landed in less than a thousand feet and cleared the runway much earlier
than the tower anticipated.
stunned and in good humor) :
"King Air, would you
mind telling the tower exactly what was wrong with the other 9,000 feet
of our runway?"
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