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ASH CANCELS FLIGHTS
Ash from a major volcanic eruption in
Chile has cancelled hundreds of flights and stranded 25,000 passengers
from neighboring Argentina to far-away New Zealand and Australia, and
experts say this could be just the beginning. "It's got a very strong
satellite signal and it's right up there with the big, big eruption
clouds ... it will keep going. I would suspect it will do a loop of the
globe," Andrew Tupper of the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre told
the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Strong westerly winds are
pushing the cloud from the Cordon Caulle volcano but the plume over the
South Pacific, 6,000 miles away, is expected to start dissipating soon.
Australian airlines are taking no chances but New Zealand's flag carrier
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SUGGESTS CELLPHONE INTERFERENCE HAPPENS
An International Air
Transport Association report suggests cellphones and other personal
electronics, notably the iPad, can cause alarming disruptions to
aircraft systems. The report, obtained by ABC News, is said to document 75 instances between
2003 and 2009 in which flight crews believed interference from
passengers using an electronic device caused something to go wrong with
the aircraft. Anomalies ranging from autopilots disconnecting to a clock
that ran backwards were said to disappear when the electronics were shut
off. The report is getting mixed reviews from those who study aviation
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PAX, CREW, REVISIT AIRCRAFT
Passengers who were thankful to
have lived through it and an airline captain who became an instant
celebrity because of it gathered around the battered hull of Airbus A320
N106US Sunday to celebrate the aircraft that changed their lives. The
dented and gashed fuselage of the aircraft used for US Airways Flight
1549 from La Guardia to Charlotte on Jan. 15, 2009, arrived at the
Carolinas Aviation Museum Friday and will go on permanent display there.
At a private reception on Sunday Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, other
members of the flight crew and some passengers gathered to remember that
chilly winter afternoon when the aircraft hit a flock of geese and
Sullenberger and his first officer Jeff Skiles put the airplane,
carrying 155 people, in the Hudson River. Among the cabin crew was
Doreen Welsh, who, with 38 years of patrolling the aisle, probably had
the most time in the air of anyone on the flight. She told NY1 she thought she'd given her last safety demo
when she heard Sullenberger tell the people in back to "brace for
impact" over the PA. "Thirty-eight years, who hears that? And who lives
through hearing that? I'm sure a lot of people in crashes, that's
probably the last thing they ever hear," said Welsh. "I said prayers. I
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EUROFIGHTERS LOSE TO F-16s?
Internet chat forums have for
months been alive with comments after 1970s-era F-16s were said in a
Pakistani air force blog to have beaten state-of-the-art Eurofighter
Typhoons in close air combat exercises, but there's at least one problem
with the story. At the core of the issue is an interview in which an
unnamed alleged Pakistani air force (PAF) pilot recalls flying three
hops against RAF Typhoons. In those three exercises, the Typhoons
lost every time, he said. When asked to explain that success rate, the
interviewee offered his opinion that "NATO pilots are not that
proficient in close-in air-to-air combat." The problem is that there
does not appear to be a specific date associated with the event and,
while the story may be true, the inability to independently confirm it
means it's just as likely that it's not true. More...
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ROADABLE AIRCRAFT DELAYED
Citing challenges in production
design and problems with third-party suppliers, the developers of the
Transition roadable aircraft have announced a delay that extends their
expected first delivery date to "late 2012." The company still plans to
show, but not fly, one of two production prototypes at AirVenture
Oshkosh this July and says its past experience suggests flight tests
might take place by March 2012. Terrafugia's press release declined to
expand on the problems that led to the delay and stated that the company
remains committed to the success of the program. More...
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RECORD SETTER DIES
Maynard Hill, who set 25 aviation records
and whom the Washington Post called a "balsa-and-glue virtuoso,"
died June 7 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. Hill was a legend in the
remote control model aircraft world and his exploits included some
remarkable records. He flew an RC model to 26,990 feet and one of his
aircraft was clocked at 151 mph. As a metallurgist at Johns Hopkins
University's applied physics lab, his work with RC models became the
foundation of the development of unmanned aerial aircraft. Of all his
records, however, it was the trans-Atlantic
crossing of his Spirit of Butt's Farm that attracted the most
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JUNE 13, 2011
Letter of the Week: A Great
I enjoyed the
article about Gordon Boettger's flight.
While working at NASA
JPL in Pasadena, CA and building my hangar and business in Fallon, NV
for three years I commuted on many weekends between KWHP near Burbank,
CA and KFLX, Fallon, NV.
I made about 100 round trips. At least
half of them were direct GPS route which takes you right down the middle
of the Sierra Nevadas. I would make it a point to always be about 2000'
above the highest peaks I intended to fly over. I did them both day and
I made many of these trips up there when the wind over the
Sierras was up to 65 Kts. FSS virtually always had a sigmet for moderate
to severe turbulence below 18K'. I found that to be the exception rather
than the rule. I would not be up there if there were lenticular clouds
hovering over the mountains. And sometimes there was light turbulence.
There was almost always some light wave action. I found that there were
considerably more opportunities to fly up there in the winter months
than in summer. Cold air seems to lay right down on the mountains. A
couple of thousand feet above thre was virtually no turbulence.
have never seen another airplane up there.
I have flown this trip
in both my 0-360 powered Cruisair and my 0-360 powered Geronimo. And
yes, you can soar a Geronimo up there sometimes. I have pulled it back
to idle and enjoyed good lift for streches of up to maybe five
Try it; you'll like it.
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LOW PASS VIDEO
Video of an extremely low, low
pass is making the rounds on the internet and we thought we'd share. The
aircraft appears to be an Argentinean FMA IA 63 Pampa or something
similar. It also appears to be flying about three feet off the ground.
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EASTMAN AVIATION'S CH750 VIDEO REVIEW
are only a few LSAs that qualify for true STOL status, and Eastman's
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it won't win any beauty contests, but it could excel at some short
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OF THE WEEK: DOMINION AVIATION SERVICES (RICHMOND,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Dominion
Aviation Services at Chesterfield County Airport (KFCI) in
AVweb reader Chris McClure was
blown away by the top-notch treatment he received at
On a recent trip to
the Richmond area, I flew into Chesterfield County Airport, primarily
due to convenience to the friends that I was visiting and the fact that,
when I called ahead, the lady at the desk indicated that they would find
a hanger where I could park my airplane (an Aviat Husky A1-B) for two
nights. Storms were predicted in the area in the evenings, so I was
particularly interested in putting the plane in out of the weather. When
I arrived, the staff was very courteous and efficient, and the same lady
I had spoken to earlier exhibited wonderful Southern hospitality,
[having] located hanger space for me. The friendly staff made sure that
the airplane was properly stowed in one of the corporate hangers on the
field and carried my bags to the FBO where I had a friend meeting me. I
mentioned that I would be topping off the tanks with 100LL before
departure, and when I returned to head back home, the staff had already
done so, [then they] helped me take my gear to the plane and pulled the
aircraft out of the hanger. The FBO itself was clean and well-equipped,
including the seemingly ubiquitous fresh popcorn machine. I will
definitely return ... when I next fly into the Richmond area, and I
highly recommend them.
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Years ago, an air traffic controller at KSYR was
working Approach Control and had numerous aircraft on his
"N1234, can you identify
yourself? Are you a Cardinal?"
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