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DEAD IN WEEKEND AIR SHOW ACCIDENTS
It was a tragic weekend
for air shows as three fatal accidents occurred, killing a wingwalker
and a solo aerobatics performer in the U.S. and a member of the Royal
Air Force's Red Arrows at a show in England. On Sunday, wingwalker Todd
Green was trying to perform his signature transfer from a wing to the
skid of a helicopter when he fell about 200 feet to his death at the
Selfridge Air Show near Detroit. By tragic coincidence, Kyle Franklin,
whose wingwalking wife Amanda died of burns suffered in a March crash in
Texas, was performing in his first air show since his wife's death and
witnessed the accident. "It's really tragic," Franklin told reporters.
"We are not thrill seekers trying to cheat death. We love what we do. We
all know the risks involved." On Saturday, Red Arrows pilot Flt. Lt. Jon
Egging died after a low-level ejection in his Hawk aircraft at the
Bournemouth Air Show and Bryan
Jensen was killed when his highly modified Pitts Special, called The
Beast, crashed on the field at the Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show.
CRASHES DURING DISASTER EXERCISE
A Canadian airliner crashed,
killing 12 people of 15 people aboard, in the middle of a mock military
and civil defense exercise that was simulating an airliner crash in the
country's high Arctic. The First Air Boeing 737-200 was not part of the
exercise but was on a charter flight to Resolute Bay in the northern
territory of Nunavut. The elderly airliner crashed into a hillside near
the airport while emergency workers and the military were at the peak of
readiness during Operation Nanook. "We're here to improve our
capabilities to operate in the Arctic ... The operation was going to
involve an air disaster scenario that would have seen us responding to
an aircraft going down in the Arctic, which, unfortunately, is exactly
what played out today," Royal Canadian Air Force spokesman Andrew
Hennessy told Sun Media Group. "The aircraft was not involved in
the exercise - this was a civilian charter." Airport workers said the
airport was blanketed by thick fog at the time of the crash, about 12:50
p.m. local time. More...
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JUSTIFIED CIRRUS INTERCEPT
The NTSB says air traffic
controllers who vectored a Southwest Boeing 737 to a close-quarters
intercept of a NORDO Cirrus in Florida last March invoked a section of
the FAA orders (PDF) that compels them to take extraordinary action
if the situation warrants. The intercept made headlines and there were
at least short-term consequences for the controllers and pilots involved
but a factual report issued by the NTSB last week suggests
the controllers and supervisors on duty at the Central Florida TRACON
may have believed they were duty-bound to get the passenger-laden 737
within a few hundred feet of the Cirrus, which hadn't been heard from in
90 minutes despite repeated attempts at contact, to assess its potential
threat. "The controllers at Central Florida TRACON considered the Cirrus
to be an emergency due to the length of time the airplane was NORDO and
considered the Cirrus a potential threat to the Disney World complex and
the NASA space center, where a space shuttle was on a launch pad at the
Kennedy Space Center," the report says. "The controllers cited FAA Order
7110.65, paragraph 2-1-1, ATC Service that tasks ATC in part, to provide
support for National Security and Homeland Defense." More...
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THE DREAMLINER IS COSTING BOEING
Rolls Royce-powered Boeing
787 Dreamliners flew their last certification flight Aug. 13, but the
aircraft will be a drag on Boeing's bottom line until the 1,000th jet is
out the door, according to an Aug. 16 report. According to a report by
the New York firm Bernstein Research, the jet's initial popularity is
actually partly to blame. Orders flowed in so quickly when the program
launched that 800 orders were locked in before the program's rising
costs became apparent and could be factored into new list prices.
Fortunately, that popularity also suggests that the 1,000th delivery may
not be too far off. More...
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PLANE CRASHES, PILOT MISSING
A Piper PA32 crashed in a wooded
area about 20 miles from Horace Williams Airport, in North Carolina,
Tuesday at about 7 a.m. -- the aircraft was stolen, the pilot was
missing, and someone left a blood trail. According to local police, the
pilot is believed to have escaped out the front window of the aircraft
after the crash. He or she then crawled onto the wing before leaving the
scene into the surrounding woods. Authorities say there was no
significant fuel spilled at the sight of the crash. According to local
news, as of Wednesday evening the pilot had been identified, but not
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ICING RULES AND DEFINITIONS FOR CARRIERS
Effective in 60
days, the FAA will require carriers operating aircraft of less than
60,000 pounds (MTOW) under Part 121 rules to change how they deal with
icing and observe a clear definition of icing conditions. Operators will
have to install ice-detection equipment or update flight manuals "to
ensure timely activation of the airframe ice protection system." The
action is intended to address circumstances that have led to accidents
and eliminates crew guesswork by setting a definition for icing
conditions. Documents submitted during the rule's comment period
included some from private citizens who, according to the FAA, stated
the agency "had not done enough, early enough." More...
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VIRTUAL TOUR OF DISCOVERY'S BUSINESS END
With the shuttle era
over, memories of the amazing accomplishments of the program, and its
terrible tragedies, are the stuff of history books but enterprising NASA
technicians have created a digital tribute to the venerable spacecraft.
Just before they decommissioned Discovery to send it to the Udvar Hazy
Center of the Smithsonian in Washington, NASA shot an interactive
360-degree view of the cockpit and its immediate environs. Click through
for a link. More...
FLAUNTS CUSTOM 757 (VIDEO)
Donald Trump is
literally making a show (on YouTube) of the $100 million custom 757 that
he purchased form Paul Allen in February. It's significantly larger than
the Boeing 727 he previously operated, but Trump is not without his old
steed. His 727 has been for sale since 2009, asking $8 million. The
newer jet's interior wears 24-carat gold on exposed metals from sink
faucets to seat belts. It has a first-class seating area, a separate
lounge and a separate bedroom. The tour doesn't cost anything.
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SPITFIRE FLYING SCHOOL OPENS NEAR LONDON
If you can scrounge
up about $9,000 you can now buy a two-day course at London Oxford
airport culminating in about one half-hour flying a Mark IX Vickers
Supermarine Spitfire. The offer comes from the Boultbee
Flight Academy and requirements include a private pilot's license
and good health. Students learn the Spitfire like a wartime (WWII) pilot
-- first flying a de Havilland Tiger Moth or Chipmunk, then the Harvard.
Time in type may be short but the class's first graduates seem
satisfied. One told a reporter for the Telegraph.co.uk, "This is the
most exciting thing I've done in my life." Another, a surgeon who'd seen
action in Iraq, "couldn't stop crying once he'd landed."
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OF THE WEEK: AVCENTER (NAMPA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, KMAN, NAMPA,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to AvCenter at
Nampa Municipal Airport (KMAN) in Nampa, Idaho.
reader Neal Wright recommended the FBO:
Car rental company promised a cr would be
waiting on arrival. Got there, no car. AVcenter called [the] rental
agency, [and] they said they had a comouter glitch and had no cars
available. AVcenter gave us a courtesy car and said we could keep it for
the four days if [the] rental agency couldn't find us a car. They called
about four hours later and said the rental agency found a car for us.
Fuel was reasonable, and [there was] no tie-down charge for the four
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I flew for Air Wisconsin, and O'Hare was an
important hub for us. Taxiing out one day, Ground requested a "short
count" from us. My co-pilot, who had been a controller there,
"One. Is that short enough?"
Edward J. Godec More...
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