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VS. EMBRAER'S BUILDING
It was well known on opening day at the
Paris Air Show that the Airbus A380 demo plane had "brushed" a building
and wouldn't be able to fly but it wasn't clear exactly what had
happened. Well, the accompanying photos, which are circulating on the
Internet but appear to have originated at AirlineReporter.com
, give a little context to the
conflict between giant airliner and building. That's Embraer's building
getting the renovation, by the way. The aircraft was moved under its own
power to a discrete area of the airport where Airbus officials who
aren't busy selling airplanes are plotting their next move. Airbus says
the pilots followed Le Bourget ground instructions for taxiing but it's
not the first time the super jumbo hasn't been able to keep its wings to
itself with the nosewheel on the centerline.
3.5 BIZJET INTRODUCED IN PARIS
SonicStar, a proposed new
supersonic aircraft that could reach speeds up to Mach 3.5, was
introduced on Monday at the Paris Air Show by HyperMach Aeronautics.
The company says it has developed a design using a "revolutionary" new
hybrid electric gas turbine engine, and is seeking investors and
partners to help launch a prototype by 2021. The airplane is designed to
fly at 62,000 feet, carrying up to 20 passengers in a luxury cabin. The
company's website says the design has eliminated the problem of sonic
booms over land, which are prohibited in many countries, by using
"groundbreaking technology" that allows "aerodynamics to be controlled."
'GREEN' INITIATIVES: ELECTRIC TAXI, TRANSATLANTIC BIOFUEL
Paris Air Show this week provides a venue for companies to show off
their "green" initiatives. Two jets flew in from North America powered
by alternative fuels. A Gulfstream G450 operated by Honeywell flew across the pond with "Honeywell Green
Jet Fuel," derived from camelina, mixed in a 50/50 blend with standard
jet fuel in one of its two engines. And Boeing flew
its new 747-8 freighter trans-Atlantic with a blend of 15 percent
camelina-based biofuel and 85 percent Jet-A in all four engines.
Honeywell also said it will partner with Safran, a French aerospace
company, to develop a taxi system that will drive aircraft on the ground
using the electric APU instead of jet fuel. The system could save up to
4 percent of fuel consumption for airline operations. More...
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CASE MAY HELP DEFINE PRIVACY ACT
Stanmore Cooper was once
convicted for making and delivering a false writing while renewing his
pilot certificate and his case has now reached the Supreme Court, where
it may decide the scope of the 1974 Privacy Act. Cooper is
HIV-positive and once disclosed his condition in order to receive Social
Security benefits, but withheld it when renewing his pilot certificate.
Those actions became known through the government's "Operation Safe
Pilot" program, which shared the information without Cooper's consent,
and the FAA revoked Cooper's certificate. Cooper entered a guilty plea
and was convicted of making and delivering a false writing. He later
appealed the case, saying government agencies had improperly shared
information, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. Now he's after
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PILOT SUSPENDED FOR TIRADE ON FREQUENCY
A Southwest pilot who
thought he was chatting with his co-pilot was actually talking over the
ATC frequency when he made disparaging remarks about flight attendants,
lacing his comments with hateful slurs and swearing. A Houston TV
station acquired a recording of the March 25 remarks and posted it online this week. On the recording, the
pilot said he found 11 out of 12 flight attendants to be unworthy of his
dating interest because they were overweight, too old, or gay. At one
point, he told his co-pilot, "I don't give a f---. I hate 100 percent of
their asses." The conversation, which contained "something to offend
almost everyone," according to the KPRC-TV reporter, went on for about two and a half
minutes. Southwest has not identified the Houston-based pilot, but said
he was suspended without pay and sent to "diversity education,"
apologized to controllers and co-workers, and has been re-instated.
BANDIT' PLEADS GUILTY, MOVIE EXPECTED
age 20, pleaded guilty last week to federal charges related to his
two-year crime spree, during which he stole four airplanes and a boat,
and now a movie about his exploits is in the works -- with profits to go
to his victims. Harris-Moore, known as the "Barefoot Bandit," was
arrested in the Bahamas last July after flying there in a stolen Cessna
Corvalis, which he ditched on a reef. He was captured while trying to
flee in a stolen motorboat. Federal prosecutors say he owes about $1.4
million to his victims, so they are hoping the movie deal goes through.
"While we cannot stop him from telling his story, we can make sure he
never sees a dime for his crimes," said U.S. Atty. Jenny Durkan.
HITS TRAIN CARRYING BOEING PARTS
A train carrying
subassemblies for Boeing from Tulsa to Everett, WA was hit by a tornado
earlier this week and, based on this video posted to YouTube by
StormChasingVideo.com (it's the first 40 seconds) it seems likely there
will be, at a minimum, some supply chain disruptions at the Boeing
plant. As the storm chasers mention in the video, the train was carrying
Boeing 737 fuselages (yes, we are struck by the irony, too) but the
aluminum tubes appear to have escaped a direct hit. However, an AVweb
reader who works at the Tulsa plant has told us that the train was also
carrying wings for Boeing's new flagship 747-8. He told us the railway
is still tallying up the damage. More...
BELLE' LIVES ON
As we reported
, the Liberty Foundation's pristine B-17 Liberty
was lost near Chicago in an unfortunate set of circumstances
that started with a fire on board. It became an injury-free off-airport
landing (all seven on board got out safely) and ended with the loss of
the aircraft because fire trucks couldn't get to it fast enough in the
muddy conditions on the field. Thanks to AVweb
reader Lee Hogan,
here's an oddly hopeful photographic chronology of the event's aftermath
that shows Liberty Belle
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CHANGES PLANS, GPS GROUP UNIMPRESSED
proposed a new plan that would use frequencies that are controlled by
the satellite company Inmarsat Plc and not use those closest to GPS
frequencies, hoping to avoid most interference issues. The company's
original plan had been to launch its service (which supports wireless
communications) using frequencies that neighbor those of GPS. But tests
mandated by the FCC found that such use could lead to interference
problems for GPS users. That possibility led players in the GPS industry
to form a coalition that spoke out against the plan. The Coalition to
Save Our GPS is not satisfied with LightSquared's latest proposal.
"LightSquared's supposed solution is nothing but a 'Hail Mary' move,"
said coalition spokesman Jim Kirkland. "Confining its operation to the
lower MSS band still interferes with many critical GPS receivers in
addition to the precision receivers that even LightSquared concedes will
be affected." LightSquared's new proposal involves using a band of
frequencies belonging to Inmarsat that is farther from GPS. The new plan
is actually just an acceleration of the old one and the company says "a
limited number of high-precision GPS receivers" could still be affected
by interference. More...
SELLS BA609 TILTROTOR
Bell Helicopter announced at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday that it
will sell off its BA609 civilian tiltrotor to AgustaWestland, which has
been a partner in the program. Bell will continue to supply engineering
services and key components for the aircraft. The decision will free up
R&D resources for the V-22 Osprey and other projects, both military and
commercial, said Bell CEO John Garrison, including the development of
next-generation tiltrotor technologies. No terms were disclosed for the
sale. "They [AgustaWestland] are going to take it over and do what they
think is best for it," Bill Schroeder, a Bell spokesman, told the Star-Telegram, of Fort Worth, Texas. Two 609s now
are flying, one in the U.S. and one in Italy, and have logged almost 600
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GALLERY: PARIS AIR SHOW 2011 (DAY ONE)
The Paris Air Show is in full swing this
week, and AVweb
is monitoring the show for news and
announcements. Plus, we're taking in the sights at Le Bourget, as you'll
see from this gallery of photos snapped during the opening hours of the
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OF THE WEEK: UPGRADED 737 OR NEW AIRPLANE?
The big question
in the commercial airplane business and one that wasn't answered
at the Paris Air Show is whether Boeing will upgrade the 737 at
great cost (because of design issues) or create a whole new airplane. If
you were Boeing's CEO, what would you do in the single-aisle
Plus: Last week, we asked whether historic
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INSIDER BLOG: RISK AT SEA WOULD YOU DO THIS?
footage put together by PBS shows what it's like to recover aircraft in
challenging sea conditions at night, no less. Operations like
this ratchet up the risk, raising the basic judgement question: Is the
gain worth the potential pain? If you're a Navy pilot, you don't get a
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pass is making the rounds on the internet and we thought we'd share. The
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similar. It also appears to be flying about three feet off the ground.
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shows people running out of the way ahead of the jet. More...
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OF THE WEEK: SILVERWING FLIGHT SERVICES (SANDPOINT,
A nice courtesy car can often put an FBO on our list of
favorites but sometimes it's a little something extra that
impresses an AVweb reader and moves him to nominate a facility.
Joseph Barber explains how SilverWing Flight Services at Sandpoint
Airport (KSZT) in Sandpoint, Idaho became our latest "FBO of the
We've always found the
folks at SilverWing to be friendly and helpful. This is not, itself,
exceptional in Idaho but in addition to a courtesy car (a
massive, late-model SUV, not the usual '80s vintage monster sedan),
[they have] bicycles. A great alternative for the short distance to
Keep those nominations
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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