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MARTIN JETPACK FLIES SEVEN MINUTES
Martin Jetpack flew for more than seven minutes and at altitudes of more
than 100 feet last week but there was a dummy at the controls. The New
Zealand company put a mannequin onboard and flew the ducted-fan VTOL
ultralight aircraft by remote control in the first publicized glimpse of
what the device might be capable of doing. Company officials said the
remote-control flight was mandated by the rigid safety protocol that
aims to make the Jetpack the "safest and easiest-to-fly aircraft"
available. It's been more than two years since the device, which uses a
high-revving two-stroke engine to power the fans, was demonstrated
at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Although it has taken orders, the company is
still not firmly predicting delivery dates for the $100,000 machine.
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CONTROLLER CAUGHT SNOOZING
The FAA says it's moving forward
to fire a controller caught sleeping on the job at Knoxville's McGhee
Tyson Airport in February. According to the Washington Post, the
incident was revealed on Wednesday when FAA administrator Randy Babbitt
was testifying before a House transportation subcommittee. Babbitt told
the committee he learned of it shortly after the widely publicized
incident at Washington's Reagan Airport when a supervisor nodded off
while working a midshift. More...
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PRELIM ON G650 CRASH
The NTSB has released its preliminary
report on the crash last week at Roswell International Air Center
Airport, N.M., of a Gulfstream GVI (G650) that killed all four aboard,
and Gulfstream has suspended flight activities of its four remaining GVI
jets. The NTSB says the jet was performing a takeoff with simulated
engine failure and minimum flap settings at the time of the accident.
Gulfstream says the accident aircraft had accumulated 425 hours since
February 2010 and the GVI test fleet has accumulated 1570 hours to date.
Certification and production work will continue, according to the
company. Prior to the accident, first deliveries were expected sometime
next year. No changes to that schedule have been announced. Gulfstream
says it will provide any updates regarding the accident "appropriate
with the pace of the investigation." The NTSB's investigation confirms
the accident aircraft was engulfed in flame before it stopped. Click
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NO SMOKE OR FIRE EVIDENT IN NEW ORLEANS AIRBUS EMERGENCY
appeared at first that an onboard fire had led to the emergency landing
at New Orleans, on April 4, of United Airlines' Flight 497, an Airbus
A-320, but investigators announced Thursday they had no evidence to
support that. According to the NTSB, shortly after takeoff an automated
system warned the crew of smoke in the equipment bay. But "preliminary
examination has not revealed any signs of burning, indications of smoke
or other anomalous system findings," according to the NTSB. Plus, the
agency says neither the captain or copilot recalled smelling smoke or
fumes during the flight and pre-interview reports suggest the cabin crew
didn't smell or see smoke, either. What we know is that the aircraft had
issued an autothrottle-related message, followed by the avionics smoke
warning, which included instructions to land. The captain says he
followed the relevant checklist, which led him to shut down some of the
aircraft's electrical systems. And then things got more interesting.
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CHANGES HANDS THROUGH BANKRUPTCY
Emivest Aerospace Corp.,
formerly Sino Swearingen, won approval from a bankruptcy court Thursday
to sell its assets to MT LLC at a deep discount, leaving the future of
the struggling SJ30 business jet program temporarily in question. MT's
total cost appears to be $5.2 million, made up of a $3.5 million
purchase price and $1.7 million in liabilities. It was the best
available offer. Emivest vice president, Mark Fairchild, has said he
expects MT "to maintain Emivest as a jet manufacturer of the SJ30." But
specific plans had not been announced prior to our deadline, though they
may become available as early as this week. Until then, anything is
possible and not all the speculation has been positive.
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AWARDS GREEN GRANTS
NASA is crystal balling about the future
shape and performance of airplanes and has awarded more than $16.5
million in research grants to four organizations with specific goals to
make flight leaner, greener and more lightning-resistant. Of course,
$16.5 million won't result in any flyable developments but NASA's
Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington says the wind-tunnel models and computer projections
could result in technologies that will fly 20 to 30 years from now.
"NASA refers to this time period as N+3, representing technology three
generations more advanced than what is in service today," the agency
said in a news release. More...
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CRASH INVESTIGATION UPDATE
Investigators have found anomalies
with a fuel servo on Kyle and Amanda Franklin's Waco UPF-7 biplane as
they probe the March 12 crash landing and fire. The 1940 biplane was
powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985. That engine was supplied by Tulsa
Aircraft Engines, which is one of the few outfits that specialize in
repairing the type. The NTSB chose the company's facility to host its
examination of the engine. It found that the engine itself may have been
capable of functioning normally prior to impact, but investigators
couldn't say the same for the fuel servo. More...
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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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APRIL 11, 2011
Letter of the Week: Impromptu Not
of the Week" really doesn't match the heading. Impromptu off-airport
landings don't automatically translate to "landing where you
in New York should get his ticket suspended for a while at least for
the simple reason that he misled ATC and (by extension) the emergency
However, what isn't clear in all the noise in the
media is what regulations, laws, etc. were violated in the landing. Was
the beach closed to aircraft by regulation? Was the landing dangerous
due to people nearby?
If the answers to the above questions are
yes, then this impromptu landing should not have been made, and
the pilot should be doubly scrutinized for misleading ATC. However, all
"impromptu" off-airport landings don't trigger these issues. In many
areas where I fly, the land is publicly owned, not closed to aviation
activities, and, as long as one's skill and aircraft are suitable,
off-airport landings are one of the really enjoyable aspects of
Click through to read the rest
of this week's letters. More...
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SUN 'N FUN 2011 AVEMCO'S JIM LAUERMAN AT THE EYE OF THE
When a tornado hit Sun 'n Fun this year, Avemco
Insurance was sure to be in the middle of it, one way or another. It
just so happened that, in this case, Avemco president Jim
Lauerman very nearly was. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with
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about how pilots can safeguard their aircraft and the reasons their
coverage might be denied. More...
MARTIN JETPACK LATEST TESTS
Development of the Martin Jetpack is continuing in New
Zealand, and the latest publicly released video shows it reaching new
heights. However, that's a mannequin onboard and not a human pilot.
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OF THE WEEK: GREAT LAKES FLIGHT CENTRE (CYQG, WINDSOR, ONTARIO,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Great
Lakes Flight Centre at Windsor International Airport (CYQG) in
AVweb reader Jeff Lehman
discovered the stellar service at GLFC on on his back from Sun 'n
We were just ahead of
some unpleasant weather. (The tornado was long behind us!) As we headed
north, we needed to find an FBO after hours so that we could clear
customs. After several calls and being unsuccessful at several FBOs, we
found Chris at Great Lakes Flight Center in Windsor, Ontario. Not only
did he confirm reasonable fuel prices and customs availability, but he
offered to stay late (over two hours) so we could arrive that night and
stay ahead of the weather. Upon arrival, Chris cheerfully welcomed us
and, after clearing customs, promptly fuelled us up and made hotel
arrangements. After this, he offered to drive us to the hotel and then
come back to tie down the airplanes. We insisted that we help secure the
airplanes, and he drove us to the hotel before he admitted he still had
to head back to do a few things. Chris and Great Lakes deserve
recognition for great service and for going above and
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next Monday! More...
Heard over Oakland Center frequency in northern
"Bonanza 123G: Report Chico in
sight for the visual approach."
Looking ... ."
[Several minutes pass.]
"Bonanza 123G has Chico in
looking for the airport, though."
Zack Brown More...
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