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B-17 DOWN, ALL ESCAPE
The Liberty Belle, a B-17
Flying Fortress operated by the Liberty Foundation of Florida, was
destroyed by fire after the crew made an emergency landing in a
cornfield in Illinois about 10 a.m., Monday morning. All seven people on
board escaped without injury, according to the NTSB, but the airplane
was a total loss. The B-17 had taken off from Aurora Municipal Airport
near Oswego, Ill., flying with a T-6 in chase. It may be the pilot of
the T-6 who communicated the fire on tower frequency shortly after
takeoff repeating, "you're on fire, you're on fire, you're on fire!" and
"put it on the ground, put it on the ground, put it on the ground!"
Several local residents reported seeing the plane flying low, trailing
smoke and flames. An account of the event was released Tuesday by
Liberty Foundation chief pilot, Ray Fowler. That, as well as audio and
video, are available after the jump. More...
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OFFERS FIRST 787 TOURS
The public will get a look inside
Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner for the first time, at EAA AirVenture
2011. The airplane will fly in to Oshkosh on Friday morning, July 29,
and depart that same day at about 6 p.m. During its stay at the show
center, now called ConocoPhillips Plaza, the 787 will be open for tours.
"This represents two significant firsts," said EAA Chairman Tom
Poberezny. "It's the first time anywhere that aviation enthusiasts can
tour the 787 and the first public showcase of the 787 in North America."
Boeing says the 787, which is expected to start deliveries later this
year, will be the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range
routes. Composite materials, electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and
modern engines aim to make the 787 more fuel efficient and lower the
operating costs. More...
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CONCEPT AND MORE, AT PARIS AIR SHOW
The Paris Air Show opens
next Monday with 2,100 exhibitors, the most ever for the show, which is
held every other year at Le Bourget. The event features commercial and
military aircraft as well as a handful of GA exhibitors. Airbus will
introduce its "concept cabin" for the airliner of 2050, which features a
fuselage built of bio-membranes that can be made transparent to offer
passengers a view of the night sky or of landmarks passing below (click here for the video). One of the most
anticipated debuts this year is "special guest" Solar Impulse, the
solar-powered aircraft built in Switzerland, making its first public
airshow appearance. The aircraft flew into the show on Tuesday evening
despite several weather delays, and is scheduled for demo flights every
The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration
It's gonna be a big year at Oshkosh. We're celebrating 100 Years of
all week long. Plus:
Special tributes to Bob
Hoover and Burt Rutan, a Monday concert by REO Speedwagon, the return of
the Saturday night air show, and innovation in the air with the Electric
Flight Prize competition.
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AD "WILL AFFECT 36,000 AIRPLANES"
The FAA's final rule
regarding Cessna seat rails applies to all serial numbers of Cessna
aircraft ranging from Cessna 150A to T337H-SP models -- 36,000 aircraft,
according to the FAA -- and is effective as of June 17, 2011. The
Airworthiness Directive (AD) supersedes a prior one; it clarifies
inspections that look for cracks in seat rails and details under what
circumstances parts must be replaced. Action, unless already taken, is
required within the next 100 hours time-in-service or within the next 12
calendar months. The FAA estimates that the inspections alone should
cost each owner about $85 and combine to produce $3.06 million for the
repair shop industry. Cost of replacement parts and work as needed could
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INSIDER BLOG: B-17 DOWN NOT MANY LEFT
This week we
learned that the Liberty Belle, a restored B-17 owned by the
Liberty Foundation, burned after an off-field landing in Illinois,
although everyone escaped alive. Is it just too risky to continue flying
these things? Shouldn't we preserve them for posterity? Yes, we should
preserve them, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog
but if they can fly, they should. Leave the museum pieces right
where they are. As sad as it is to lose one, it would be even sadder to
stop flying these rare treasures while it's possible to do so. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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SECURES D-JET FINANCING
Diamond Aircraft is recalling workers
and rapidly accelerating its D-JET personal jet program thanks to an
investment from an unnamed source. The money will also enable resumption
of the flight test program and the construction of one more test
aircraft as the company works toward certification. The amount of the
investment was not immediately disclosed but Diamond was turned
down by the Canadian government for a $35 million loan that would
have formed a share of the $90 million needed to finish the project.
While the D-JET was being developed exclusively by Diamond's London,
Ontario facility, that has changed with the recent announcement.
TO OUTLAW AIR CANADA STRIKE
The Canadian government says it
will pass a law ending a strike by Air Canada ticket agents if the
airline and its employees can't reach a contract settlement. The 4,500
members of the Canadian Autoworkers Union walked off the job at kiosks
and call centers at midnight Tuesday and within 12 hours, the government
had issued the ultimatum. "They've got a duty to Canadians to get a deal
done, and when they can't get a deal done and it ends up having an
impact either on Canadians in general or on the economy, then that's the
role of the government and we've clearly stated our intention," Labour
Minister Lisa Raitt told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. However,
union leaders say the unprecedented speed with which the government
intervened is massive interference in the bargaining process and smacks
of "collusion." More...
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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.
The picture at right is a screen capture from in-cockpit footage that
shows people running out of the way ahead of the jet. More...
EASTMAN AVIATION'S CH750 VIDEO REVIEW
are only a few LSAs that qualify for true STOL status, and Eastman's
CH750 is one of them. With full-span flaperons and leading-edge slats,
it won't win any beauty contests, but it could excel at some short
landing contests. In this video, Aviation Consumer editor Paul
Bertorelli takes a spin with Eastman's Gary Webster. More...
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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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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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